family times

I’ve had a lot of down time lately. its nice when the holidays roll around and you’ve got no work or school. 20171225_230309

Jonathan and i had plans to just basically do nothing. go no where. and just simply be at home with the kids.

we don’t ever get that any more we’re always anywhere but home and usually the kids are  bounced from one house to another. i feel that’s just not good for kids to be rushed about all the time.

one night we made pizza. on a whim i was like lets make pizza with the kids. turned out to be a lot of fun and my picky kids, kinda-sorta ate the pizzas they made.

they mostly ate while we were constructing our pizzas.

As a mom i try to make memories with my kids. in this fast paced world we live in things are a lot different than when i was a kid (that wasn’t that long ago). i don’t feel like my parents rushed about or even had to TRY and put memories down in the book.

maybe i am forcing it…. but yet again so many things take our attention even when we are at home, no one is really doing things together any more.

This year Jonathan and i plan on creating some good habits. some Godly habits too.

our family focus for this year is Stewardship. (more in-depth on that later) that encompasses practically everything we want to get better at and take better care of.

time

family

money

things

our bodies and minds (health)

 

prayer

I heard something on the radio about prayer the other day. It was about prayer and how if you needed an answer, or advice on something most Christians turned to 3 things.

  1. people- if you needed advice on what to do Christians turned to those closest to them.

that’s okay i thought, God places people in our lives full of wisdom for a reason. but we turned to them first instead of God?

now the next is what stocked me.

2. social media

3.  prayer.

social media ranked just a tab bit higher than prayer. what???? this seemed wrong to me. very wrong. to me it was like we were putting social media on the same level that God.

GOD! the all knowing, all powerful, creature of the universe!

it got me thinking a lot about prayer. Now I pray. I know how powerful it is and I know how important it is to a Christian’s relationship with God. I know it works, but sometimes I have trouble committing time out of my day to pray over things and seek God.

I’ve always prayed through out the day. Usually when some one or something pops into my head without reason I take that as the holy spirit prompting me to pray. And of course I always pray when I  don’t know what to do or need a miracle. but daily committed prayer I’ve always struggled with. So I was challenged to pray for 30 days.

30 days of set aside time in my morning to pray. my goal is to make it a habit. something done for 28 days or so, I heard, can lead to it being a habit and that’s what I want.

During my prayer time I simply intend to just seek God. Let him pour his wisdom into me and to let Him share his secrets with me.

During this morning’s prayer time I’m already encouraged and empowered to go about my day.  How awesome is that!? I haven’t painted in a long time my favorite medium to work with is pastels and chalk. i love to get my hands dirty and20171012_105943 blend the colors together to soften the edges. i worked with water color pencils which i am experimenting with. so what i did today was a mixture of both.

i’m no artist by stretch of the imagination, haha in fact most of my works you HAVE to stretch your imagination to see what i was trying to do.

i don’t have any deep meaning behind what God was showing me but i can explain the picture for ya.

I saw a bunch of arms stretched upward and in the middle of each hand I saw these globes, bright and warm. kind of like little balls of fire. Nice fire, not crazy wild things. everything was peaceful and cozy. the arms were almost flower like. all displayed like a field of wild flowers, which i love. There! simple as that.

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if you want to challenge yourself join me in my 30 days of committed prayer and make God #1 on your list.