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What a Year!

23 Dec

What a Year!.

What a Year!

23 Dec


What a Year 2014!


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Psalms 37:23( KJV) The steps of a good man are ordered by the Lord, and He delights in his way.


I had posted recently on my facebook page about how my life has been like a whirlwind lately. Especially through the year of 2014!  Simply meaning that it has been rapidly moving in circles to where I absolutely have to trust God to help me navigate through them!   I am not complaining but rather rejoicing, as I’ve labored seemingly for years to have the personal success that I am now enjoying.  If you have read any of my writings or followed my blogs then you will know that I am a Mom of two boys that I home school which is and will always be my greatest blessings and  priority.  I am also an Author, Artist and an Inspirational speaker.   I actually have four books published at the present time and am currently working on several more, however, being any of these things especially being an Author is not a golden ticket to success!  As a matter of fact, writing the books was, in my opinion, the easy part.  Marketing the books or promoting them to get the messages inside of them out to the public has proved to be the real task!   I have had so much to learn and am still learning every day.  There have been times where I’ve honestly just became overwhelmed and wanted to throw in the towel!  However, again if you’ve followed my blogs or my writings than you know that I am a very determined person!  I do not give up without throwing my most valiant effort toward that thing.   Unless GOD releases me to do something different!

I was a director of Women’s Ministry for many years!  It was honestly a joy and a privilege to help so many women over those years!  I found that with the Lord, that what I helped to make happen for them, He made happen for me.  I actually published two of my books during that time although I had written nearly a dozen.  I think that I thought in my mind that since I was so active in my local church doing Women’s ministry that the Lord would somehow combine the two.  I never thought in the beginning of publishing my first book that it would come down to a choice, however, when I realized that it was coming to that, I actually stopped writing for a while.  I loved Women’s Ministry and truly would not even let myself think about stepping out and doing anything different.  What I now know, is that it wasn’t trading one for the other, but that the Lord simply wanted to add to what I was doing and to promote me to a larger platform!  I bucked against God like a stubborn mule at first when I felt in my heart that I was going to release the Women’s Ministry, but one day in His sweet and calming still voice He spoke to me, “My Daughter, you will always be in Women’s Ministry because you are a women!”  Duh!… This was such a simple thing, but it became a revelation to me, so much so, that it allowed me the freedom to step out without looking back!  I dared to pursue my writing/ art career but also still do ministry which I so loved with a passion! When I say ministry, I do not necessarily mean to go to packed out church buildings and preach to multitudes, however I would do that with invitations, but, what I mean is that one on one ministry that now happens everywhere I go!  Life is absolutely exciting and full of adventure.  I never know how the Lord will use the open doors, but all I have to do is simply walk through them by faith and let Him use me once I am there!

God’s plans for me are always so much larger than my thoughts can take me. So I wrote all of this blog not to toot my own horn of obedience or successes, but rather as stated before my passion is to minister to you my readers!  I want to encourage you to trust the Lord! What He is doing for me, He will do for you!  Maybe you’ve stepped out before and felt like you were a failure.  Yes I’ve done that before as well but no attempt with GOD is a failure!  I’ve shook  myself off and simply began again!  I am hardly making a fortune, (YET) on my books or art, and my calendar is not filled for the next six months up the road, but do you know what?   I am thrilled because I have learned to let the Lord order my steps so that I can truly delight in my way! I have no doubt that He will bring me to success in every area!  I hope in the coming year, that you experience this kind of freedom that I am talking about and simply walk with the Lord and let him lead you!  I would love to hear of what the Lord is doing or has done for you in the coming months.  Please feel free to contact me!  We will rejoice together!

Happy New Year, May it be beyond your wildest imaginations

Thanks Giving Adventure!

29 Oct

Thanks Giving Adventure!.

Thanks Giving Adventure!

29 Oct

Thanks Giving Adventure


As I begin writing my blog today, I realize that Thanksgiving is coming up very quickly! For many Thanksgiving is a time set apart with their families as they partake of a bountiful meal. They all may express what they are thankful for! I love this tradition as well and usually have a crowd of family and friends at my house every year for Thanksgiving.  However, along with the old traditions, I wanted to start a new tradition with my family leading up to Thanksgiving Day! So I declare the entire month of November to be Thanks Giving Adventure month!  I think we will do it much like an Advent Calendar.  We are beginning November 1, 2014 until Thanksgiving Day. Giving thanks to God and giving praise to Him is always wonderful, but this year we will not just be Giving Thanks with words, but with our deeds as well! My family will make the month of November an adventure month full of Giving!

As I think about it I am already excited!   Honestly it will be easy for my family to do as my children love to give!  They always want to bless others.  I have begun already preparing for November 1, 2014 as my children have outgrown several jackets and winter coats that are in very good condition!  I have gotten their jackets and coats as well as a couple of jackets of mine and my husband’s out of the closet and washed them up to donate!  I am encouraging my children to think of what we can physically do to show that we are so thankful to God that we want to share his goodness with others!

Below is just a small list of some of the things that we may do that we came up with! A lot of these will take a little money or time, however, there are a lot of things that I am sure we will do that does not cost us anything but a little effort!  The point is that we will go through the month of November with Giving Thanks as our purpose and see how exciting it will be!  I say exciting because I know that anything that you can do for others and ask for nothing in return is such a blessing!  But, you know what I have found out?  If we will be a funnel for God to pour through, He will keep pouring in to us so that we can continue to give!

  1. Donate good, clean, clothing.
  2. Make special goodies such as cookies, muffins, candies etc. to give away. I usually do this every year anyway as my specialty this time of year is pumpkin rolls.
  3. Something we like to do is clip restaurant coupons and if we can’t actually pay for someone’s meal at the restaurant than we can give them our coupons so that their meal is at least reduced.
  4. Donate a bag or two of food to your local animal shelter or if you know an elderly person who may be on a fixed income who has a pet, bless them with their pet a bag of food!
  5. Maybe donate non-perishable food to feed homeless.
  6. Donate shampoos, soaps, razors and bath tissue to single working Mom’s that you know  may struggle.
  7. Donate socks or blankets to homeless shelters

Most of these again, my family already does, but to know that we are purposing it for our Thanks Giving Adventure just makes us excited about doing more of it!  We are going to use our imagination and if we see something that we can do to bless someone then with God’s grace upon us, we are going to do our best to do it!

Happy Thanks Giving Month! I hope that this inspires you to possibly go on a Thanks Giving Adventure of your own!   God only knows who will be blessed more,  those you bless or you!

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