Tuesday, March 19, 2013

recap of week

A few years ago, I would blog each week about the happenings in the King house from the week before.  This was great for using as a journal and a great way for me to see what was really going on in our lives.  Anyway, I got busy and distracted and I stopped this blog posting and I have missed sharing with you about our life.  Therefore, I am beginning again!! 

So, I am not sure what day I will post this and I am not sure what title will be given each week but I am sure that I will begin again!!  The day and title will come I am sure :) I will begin taking pictures each day of happenings but this past week will not have pictures.  The days do not seem very interesting to many I am sure...but to me it is a journal.  I am not going to include many school events, other than extra fun and different than normal daily school events - just remember that each day involves school time and learning :))

* Sunday: time change last night and lost an hour of sleep due to springing forward!!  needed a nap most of the day :) enjoyed a great time of worship and a wonderful sermon.  This month the topic is "the Nest" at church and Brother Hollie will be reminding and challenging us about family, home, and children.  I am excited.  

*Monday: co-op classes for the girls and I teach a co-op class that is so fun.  I enjoy spending time with the kids in my class, it is a time of fun and learning from each other. ( I will share more each week about my class and the girls classes). J is also home this week and I am loving that!!  He has been traveling each week, but this week he is home.  Tonight we had dinner at Nana and Papaw's house that was yummy and good time with each.  

*Tuesday: dance classes for the girls that I will share about more each week.  T had a MRI done on her knee to give the doctor a better look at what is going on.  I will share more about this next week after follow-up appointment.  

*Wednesday: church night - more on that in the future

*Thursday: haircut for me - love getting my hair washed, cut, and fixed.  We went to see the spring program presented by River's Edge Christian Academy.  It was good to see people we had not seen in a while and the kids did a great job.  

* Friday: new tires for my Honda Pilot :( trying to decide if I want to sale or trade the Honda Pilot and get a vehicle that is smaller and has less payment.  I need to really decide what I am doing about this next week.  Either way - I have new tires and they are wonderful!!  They are like riding in the clouds and so smooth.  We began T's birthday celebration tonight with J's family.  We had dinner, cookie cake, gifts, lots of fun, and special memories with family.  

*Saturday: T and A went to Nashville with Granny and Pops to continue the celebration of T's birthday.  J and I ate breakfast in downtown Knoxville, went to Home Show where we dreamed about remodeling, ran errands, car shopping, eating dinner at the best Mexican restaurant that we love, and just enjoyed spending the day together.  It was a fun day and the weather was wonderful!!

What is inspiring you?

Do you ever wake up feeling like I was made for more than this?

This overwhelming pile of laundry.

This underpaid job I hate.

This sadness I can’t shake.

You feel that was because you were made for more.
“As long as you are alive, God wants you to go further, dig deeper, and draw closer to him. Every dream or desire you have that comes from God is an invitation for more intimacy with him.” -Holley Gerth.
You’re Made for a God-Sized Dream: Opening the Door to All God Has for You is inspiring me this week! I’m highlighting and nodding my head and learning. Because dreaming isn’t just for the crazy (me) or brave (not so much), it’s for everyone who breathes. God has more for you and when you dream, you are changed. And when you stare in the face of something so big is scares you, He is there and nothing is bigger than God. Even the impossible.

Monday, March 18, 2013

You are not alone

this was my devotion reading for today.  So very needed for me today...

One thing I’ve learned from Facebook, is that all of us are going through a lot of similar things.  

When one mom complains of her child not napping, 5 more moms are there to say, “Mine too!”  
When someone mentions her frustration with all the laundry piling up, we all do a cyber nod in agreement.  
And when another complains of headaches, someone is there to say “I’ve been there and here’s what helped me.”

We all have common struggles with husbands, children, our work and stress load and just living life on planet earth.


Our puzzles are all different. 

One woman has a child with special needs while another is raising a gifted child. 
One woman has a romantic, sensitive husband while another has a husband who has anger issues and he screams and yells at everyone in the house.
One woman struggles to make ends meet while another is going on her third vacation of the year.
One woman has a husband who doesn’t work while another is married to a workaholic.
One woman has a traveling husband who calls everyday while another woman has a husband who is off the grid for military reasons for weeks on end.
One woman is running a marathon while another suffers from a debilitating disease.

Our puzzles are different.

And here’s the key…don’t think for one moment that the woman with the Prada purse on her shoulder – who is on her third vacation this year has less problems than anyone else.  Her purse still holds junk–secret pain and dissatisfaction.

We’ve seen it on television –famous music, television and movie stars commit suicide. Why?  They have it ALL!  

Because life is hard and we all have struggles that beat us down and  fame, fortune, power, and even health and wealth can’t fill that empty void that God has placed inside of us that only he can fill.

All of our lives are riddled with trials, hardships and circumstances that truly no one else can understand.  I’ve even contemplated that my husband, who shares the same house, kids, marriage and trials as me, does not really understand — because he’s not married to himself! lol!  He’s married to me…and that makes his puzzle different.

But Jesus…He sees and He knows.

Jesus understands.

He can sympathize with our struggles because He was born to die for us. It is hard for me to  imagine the struggles Jesus faced…because when I’m tempted, often times I just give in. For example, when my kids drive me nuts –I yell. Then I apologize. 

Jesus felt temptation to the fullest degree because He did not give in. He suffered deeply –for us.  We serve a God who understands.
Hebrews 4:15 says “For we do not have a high priest who is unable to empathize with our weaknesses, but we have one who has been tempted in every way, just as we are–yet he did not sin.”
Our God is not a distant God –He came near by dying on the cross for our sins and after he rose from the dead –before he ascended into heaven, his last words were that he would send the Holy Spirit –the ultimate comforter to be with his children. 

You do not walk this road alone.  You are a child of the King!  He is with you every step of the way. 

Somedays it may feel like no one understands…until you hop onto facebook or a blog with a writer you relate to.  

Often times I breathe a sigh of relief to find that my marriage is normal or my kids are normal!  My Christian sisters have helped me through some of my greatest common struggles…but it’s through my deep study of 
God’s word and through prayer that I’ve found comfort in my individual struggles. 

And so I urge you, during this season leading up to Good Friday and the Celebration of Easter Sunday, to draw near to God in his word and prayer.  Open to the gospels, breathe in his love and truth and exhale all your burdens. 
Jesus said: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28
He already knows your burdens.  You need rest…you might as well set down that burden and talk to Him about it.  I can guarantee you –He FULLY understands.