Friday, August 31, 2012

If You Don't You Should



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A test blog. Do you have one? I didn't either until last week. You can play around with it and make it private so that no one else sees it.

Once everything is perfect you can make those changes to your "real" blog without any worries. I'm getting excited just typing this :) Such a simple and obvious idea, I wish I would have thought of it.

As you've probably noticed I've changed things around here :=)
I had been procrastinating {i know shocker!} because I didn't want to mess anything up and permanently lose something.

I tried everything out on my test blog first to make sure that the code worked properly and it looked the way I wanted it too. I'm a taste and see kinda person..so the idea of a "test blog" is pure genius in my humble opinion.

Html is a slow and high learning curve for me, I have to do it in baby steps, one at a time, otherwise I get completely frustrated and end up wanting to chunk my computer out the 2 story window.

When I googled what I was trying to find (that google knows everything!) I came across some GREAT blogs that have free information on their site for people like me that want to make changes to their web page without spending any money and need baby step directions.

Here are a couple that I found that I wanted to pass on to you in case you are interested in making changes to your blog...for FREE!

Songbirdblog.com:: She gives step by step instructions to change your header/banner, background, tabs, etc... She also has some great links to other blogs that were really helpful.

Memories On Clover Lane:: Showed me step by step how to  make my picture banner in Picassa..FREE. It was so easy peasy I can't wait to do another and play around with pictures and backgrounds...it was quite exciting realizing how easy it is to make a header on your own and not have to spend one penny for it!

Makin Cute Blogs:: She showed me how to center my header...no one wants to go to the effort of making a header just to upload it and have it hanging out in left field :( She has a ton of easy tips on her site.

The Background Fairy:: This lady has a ton of FREE headers and backgrounds with instructions on how to upload it properly to your blog. There were so many cute ones and I think you can even tweek them to personalize for your own blog.

And my personal go to favorite for any blog related questions is Blogging With Amy. She has a ton of tutorials and advice to help you get the most out of your blog, if you don't click on any of the others check hers out!

I'm sure there are a million more websites out there, do you have a favorite go-to DIY webdesign blog? PLEASE SHARE! I would love to know about them!


So go ahead and try it, make your own tester blog and play!! I promise you will be like a kid in a candy store too!



Blessings,


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Tuesday, August 28, 2012

I'm Coming Up!




My mind has been set on my circumstances lately and the what if's. What if this happens what are we going to do?

Fear, worry, anxiety, anger, all of these have had a turn with me...and you know what they left behind, depression.

Well, he's an unwelcome guest, and I want him gone!

For the last month I've let our circumstances dictate my feelings and give me a very narrow vision of life.  He wants me to forget all the things I have to be thankful for, so in response we started a gratitude journal as a family.

Psalm 150:6 "Let everything that has breath praise the Lord.

I can't think of a much better way to get day by day in tough uncertain times than to take my eyes off  of myself and throw up thanks to God.

"Psalm 121:1-2 "I lift my eyes to the hills-where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.
So, while I'm working with God to get through this storm, I will also reset my mind to those things that are true, lovely and praiseworthy.  "You will keep in perfect peace him whose mind is steadfast, because he trusts in you" Is 26:3

I will make my requests known to him, with thanksgiving, and allow the peace of God which transcends all understanding guard my heart and mind.

I'm comin up out of the pit I've allowed myself to fall in and I'm gonna let God plant my feet firmly on whatever path he has planned for our life. Scary? yes. But,

I can do all things with Christ that gives me strength to walk through each day in His power!

Thank the Lord I don't have to do it alone, I have a God that will hold me with his righteous right hand!
And even though it doesn't feel like he's there or listening I know in my heart he is, and that my feelings can't be trusted.

He's holding tight to me even when I want to pull away from him. I hate hard times and I hate waiting even worse! And I can't wait for the day when I can look back and smile at this time in our life...just not yet.

My biggest question that I've been asking myself lately and want to ask of you is, if God doesn't answer the way we want, and if the bad thing we fear really does happen despite all of our praying, will we still be able to say "God, you are good, and not my will be done,but YOURS." I would like to think so.

Romans 8:5,6 ""Those who live according to the sinful nature have their minds set on what that nature desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires...but the mind controlled by the Spirit is life and peace"



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Blessings,




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Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Finding My Rhythm




Been trying to find my rhythm lately. What beat does my life dance to best? Who am I and what works for me,in order to get my days more organized and to stop feeling like I'm always one step behind playing catch up.

I like to read what works for others and then try them out for myself, but more times than not I find myself getting frustrated because what worked for them isn't working out so well for me.


I would think if I just did it this way, this works for them it should work for me too, right??

I'm realizing this isn't the case.


Our pastor just finished up a series on Rhythms. He gave five main ones: Bible, Prayer, Generosity, Physical, and Relationships.Everything in life has a rhythm to it.

For the most part I can find my rhythm for all of them but the bible, prayer, and physical :) OK so that only leaves two that I think I've found a good rhythm to.. what can I say, I'm a work in progress.

Through this series, a light bulb went off.
God knows me better than I know myself and what works for some won't work for others. I like to change things up, doing the same thing day after day wears on me after time. While others revel in the same thing day in and day out.

I also have a hard time reading the bible without some kind of study to go with it.  I've tried hard to just sit and alacazam open to something that will inspire me for the day. But, usually I end up thumbing through and reading what I've highlighted already. My short attention span makes this not a very effective way to spend quiet time.

I double up my efforts determined to make what other people said work for them, work for me. And I end up frustrated and guilt ridden.

What I'm learning is that we each have our own rhythms. Some are morning people and like to go to bed early (this is me, except for the morning person part), some like to stay up all night and sleep in, (this is me too, except for the stay up all night part). I like my sleep. Whereas my husband needs very  little sleep to function.

We've been very frustrated with each other at times because what works for me I think will work for him too, if he just tried it. And vice versa.

But we are wired differently and understanding that and accepting it makes our home much more peaceful.

God is a God of rhythms, life is a rhythm.

It is not a legalistic set of "I'm gonna do this and this and this" regardless.

It is finding out what works for your life, according to how He wired you, and when you discover this your life is less frustrating. You get into walking to the beat of your own drum.

I'm praying and figuring out what makes things work for me. It's been a letting go of the schedule and accepting grace for how I'm made and extending it to others.

So, how `bout you? Have you recognized your own rhythms and do you live by them, or do you struggle with how others say you should do things?

To help recognize your own rhythm
Figure out who you are. Ask yourself some questions, like: What's my personality? Am I a more laid back  B-type or structured plan everything out A-type?

Am I a morning person or night person? If your a night person trying to get up early to have quiet time,  you may last one or two days, then you will find yourself sleeping in:) or falling asleep halfway through your reading.

Are you a Bible study,devotional person or can you sit and read the Bible without anything else? You Version Bible app is a great one to get for your smart phone and it's FREE. It has tons of reading plans and devotionals if you need some kind of plan for your quiet time.

I'm praying that you find your own God given rhythm and I'm learning to walk in mine.


Blessings,


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Friday, August 17, 2012

Take Heart






We will have trouble in this life...and sometimes things that flat out stink happen that we have no control over.

Can I encourage you to not think and look at your circumstances from your viewpoint? God has the viewpoint advantage and He can see things we cannot.

He promises us that His plans for our lives are to bring us good and not harm and to work out all things for our good and His purposes.

I'm hanging onto these truths right now, more than ever.

Will you hang onto them with me?


Blessings sweet friends,



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Thursday, August 16, 2012

Growing Pains



June 29, 2012

Today I watched half my heart walk away. All packed up and loaded to go, they hugged and kissed me goodbye, and without a second glance back climbed into their grandparent's truck and left. They were off to discover nature and all it's beauty. The lake, trees, and life without cable. My babies went camping.

Without me.

I pulled away in my borrowed old red Jimmy that my father in law loaned me while we were visiting since I didn't have my car. This way I wasn't stranded here or there. I could get where I wanted or didn't want.

I pulled away with two empty spaces in the car where two wildly alive beings used to be. In my head I knew I needed the break, and a sigh of relief quietly slipped out, but my heart was screaming, "what are you doing, this isn't right, they need to be with you!," I was pulling out of the drive turning one way while they turned the other and there was no going back.

Not that they wanted to, they were excited for their new adventure, I was the one that was suddenly grief stricken.

Sheesh.

I was also the one that pleaded for a break for months, living so far from family (more than 800 miles) made grandparent sitting a little difficult. But now that it was happening I was unsure. They were going to be gone for days, one longer than the other, and I had gotten so used to them being up under foot that I didn't know how to be without them.

It's a strange thing these feelings. Once you get what you have been waiting for you don't know what to do with it, and almost don't want it.

Does that make sense to you?

Today I drove these same babies to school. Not so much babies anymore you see, they are going into the sixth and second grade.

You really don't understand the phrase "Time flies" until you have kids, this I know.

They've been my shadow for the past two and half months, and now they will spend their days at school being with friends, learning, and growing up even more.

The house is quiet and I almost don't know what to do with it. Soon, writing will get back into it's rhythm, it's refusing to be put off much longer. I will relent to it soon, this I know too.

So, I'm adjusting to a new routine of school once again. It happens every year I can't wait for another school year to usher in routine and activities, but at the start I mourn the loss having my babies home to play and keep me company {and drive me nuts}.

 But they come home sharing what they've learned with great excitement and joy and are overflowing with stories of new friends made and things teachers said...and they did return safe and sound from camping so I trust that God will return them to me at the end of each school day as well.

How bout you? Any new changes happening around your life that you are having to adjust to? Hopefully you are better with change than I am! :o)


****Life is changing around here, soon I will share, it's just not time yet. We are in a holding pattern in our personal lives and when God says wait, you wait, there's not much else you can do. Will you pray for us? Thanks.*****

Much love,


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Monday, August 6, 2012

At Break Neck Speed


Can you believe Summer is almost over?!
I can't either.

We are back from our vacation rested, refreshed, and ready to go again.

Another school year is around the corner and we are ready to get this party started!

Thought I'd start my first post back with some pics from our time away...and if your new around here you know "home" for us is Alabama, where the humidity nearly kicked my butt every single day. I turned into a whiny sweaty baby for four weeks. But it was worth it to spend time with family and let the kids get a little too spoiled for their own good...we are still trying to undo that damage :) Thanks!!

 OK, here we go!!



Keeli aka Prima Donna


Mikal (cousin) and Jackson..bowling!!



                                  Ahhhh, oh yes, it felt like Heaven on Earth
















                             Photo finish. My mom had to get beach pictures..I can now say
                                                         I'm glad she did :)


Just wish my husband would cooperate :)


                             Oh and my kids too. I don't know why they hate getting their
pictures made!!!


See that pretty girl in the white dress, yeah, that's my kid the one NOT smiling
The little boy in front (Hayden-cousin) not mine:)


Nana and Papa with half the grandkids



                             The whole clan-I think we make a pretty darn good picture :)
Can you say Christmas Card?



                             My Dad, handsome feller, and my Grandma-they don't come
much sweeter than her!



                                          Sibling picture. Me, Chad, and Laura
Nice looking group, if I do say so..


                            The girls have that Beiber fever thing going around..Lord when
will it ever end?!




                           
                                          Twinky Cousins. Kaitlin and Keeli




                             Sweet sleeping baby Noah. He was plain tuckered out




                     
                          And this my friends is why I have been working out twice a day and
eating Clean, since we have returned. It's fun eating it but NOT so much
fun taking it off, ha! :) 



                            My daddy, showing off his big muscles :) He's a ham for the camera



                             July 4th came round and it was so HOT! We went downtown to
watch the fireworks and while we waited the kids played in the creek








The day before we were to leave, Trey's sister organized a huge        
family wiffle{or is it wuffle?} ball game. I didn't play. I was content watching, and laughing
and taking as many pictures as I could!

                                                           Trey's parents


                               
                                  Trey and his childhood buddy catching up. They're supposed
to be playing outfield, hmmmm.



The rainbow was the perfect way to end the day!

Trust me there were so many more I could put on here but there isn't enough time in the day to go through them all!

I've got so many words stored up, my mind is about to combust!  I can't wait to start writing again.

Summer's been great, but I like routine and schedules I'm WAY more productive that way. One more week and school starts {I'm not counting down or anything :) }

Hoping everyone has had a rested fun-filled summer as well! It's good to be back, I've missed you!

So...how was your summer??? I'm dying to know!

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