I am seen…..

The eyes of the Lord search the whole earth in order to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.

2 Chronicles 16:9, NLT

My God sees me. He searches me out to strengthen and help me.

Why is this such a hard concept to understand and except. God doesnt just sit on his throne in heaven with angels all around him waiting for us to call to him. But those of us who have accepted and committed our lives to him he is actually searching for ways to strengthen and help us. I am so beyond blessed by that. HE SEES ME! He knows when I feel week and insecure. He k ows when I feel invisable or taken advantage of. He hears my frustrations even before I utter a word. My God knows me.

He even knows my successes and he applauds me. He smiles and delights in me. We all need that dont we.

The Lord takes delight in his people; he crowns the humble with victory.

Psalm 149:4

Today as I sit and think through all the things on my to do list I am so thankful that my heavenly father knows exactly what I need to accomplish those things. He also know what I will face emotionally and spiritually and has given me everything I will need to make the correct choices. Will I choose what is right? Now that is on me.

What a great Heavenly DADDY he is! He loves you so much.

Have an amazing Day.

Renee’

The Gift

So this is it…the home stretch. We are all trying to finish finding the perfect gifts and get them wrapped and under the tree. I think when my kids were small this was so much more fun. I have to admit that this part of Christmas gets harder as my family matures. Now I have grown children and giving them things is harder. I want so badly to find something they will use and not just throw to the side. I still love the giving part of Christmas it is my favorite.

If your struggling with giving this year I want to encourage all of you that EVERYONE has a special gift to give people in your life. It has little to nothing to do with money.

Sometimes the greatest gift you can give is your time, friendship and love. This costs nothing but it is one of the most desired gifts people are looking and searching for. So many are looking for connection. They want to know someone cares for them.

Do you bake? Do you clean well? Are you good at fixing things? Do you have an special ability to paint or craft? All these things could bring a multitude of giving possibilities.

Maybe you are a great listener or you have the best smile…you don’t need one penny to hand these things out to the world. It is often doing the small things that help us find our true purpose in life. I have found during the times I was filled with the most anxiety that helping someone else brought me the quickest source of healing and contentment.

So let’s dig alittle deeper this year and keep our eyes open alittle wider and see who is needing alittle extra love this year. You may find it was your best gift you gave away of the season.

Before I sign off and begin my day I want to make sure everyone Has the greatest Gift of all. JESUS… he is the reason for the season. He came as a little baby to our stressful world to bring us peace and hope. If you don’t know him it is easy to start a relationship with him. Just ask him to come into your life and then BELIEVE. He has the ability to bring peace and hope to you today.

ACTS 16:31

So they said, “Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ, and you will be saved, you and your household.

MERRY CHRISTMAS

Renee,

Peace Please!

So as 2018 comes to a screeching halt I am taking in ventory. How was last year for me. WHat do I remember most? What did I learn? What experiences stuck out the most? Was there more good memories than bad?

I have to say that for the most part 2018 was a good year for me. This next year I want to be even more intentional. I want to serve others more. I want to be less self focused and I especially want to spend my time learning more. I am more peaceful when my life is centered around Jesus and being more like him.

If you look back at 2018 and it’s a blur of bon stop striving and hustle and bustle. Have you neglected your family to be busy? What are you striving for? Is it worth your relationships or family. The days are short and we only have one Life. Our kids will grow and if we aren’t careful we will miss it.

As I grow older simple is what I crave. Bigger isnt always better.

Let’s slow down and enjoy our lives and families before there isnt anything left to enjoy.

BE BLESSED

Renee

AWESTRUCK WONDER

It is no secret that Christmas is my favorite. I love everything about it. The lights and the music and the colors and the food oh my….the food. I am a gifter…so I love buying gifts. MY HUSBAND on the other hand goes through total shopping horror with me as he reminds me that we don’t need to buy everyone we have ever known a present.

Even though I love this season I have noticed the world has taken a toll over my ability to be AWESTRUCK. How I yearn to have that back. I Do still hear the bell ring all you Polar express fans.
I know that Jesus is wanting that same AWESTRUCK WONDER from us. He wants us to come to him with the faith of a little child. That belief is what he created us for. I am asking for more of that this Christmas. I WANT TO BE AMAZED BY HIS GREATNESS AND CAPTIVATED BY HIS GLORY.

What about you? Do you still hear the bell?

Merry Christmas Lovelies!

Friend or Foe

I dont like this quote.. “If you want to see who your real friends are screw up and then see who sticks around.” Let me explain. I believe true friends and family stick around but I also believe that sometimes it is necessary to remove ourselves from relationships which are not good for us. True friendships grow together and lift eachother up. True friendships arent onesided and draining. True friendships are a beautiful blend of give and take. True friendships arent afraid of honesty.

The bible says in Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.

Sometimes real friendship means having to be real and honest with the other person

True friendship talk to your face not behind your back. If a friend or family member is offended and tells others and not you they arent interested in hearing your side of things they only care that they are right and you are wrong. This isn’t healthy communication.

True friendship isnt jealous of your successes. Real friends are your greatest fans. They should cheer you on the loudest. If they arent cheering when good things happening. Be careful that they arent secretly drilling holes in your boat trying to sink you.

It is ok to walk away and distance yourself from a person who is hurting you.

Proverbs 22:24-25 Do not be a friend of one who has a bad temper, and never keep company with a hothead, or you will learn his ways and set a trap for yourself.

God made friendship a beautiful thing to enhance our lives and strengthen us. If it isnt doing this and it is causing you pain and constant stress it’s ok to distant yourself and make sure this friendship or relationship is God ordained and the best for you.

BE BLESSED

RENEE

I want to encourage you today to take a look at how we look at others. As Mothers and friends and Christian’s we sometimes tend to judge others based on our standards. I want to to encourage us to look at others through the loving eyes of Jesus and use understanding and caring and a posture of serving others.

It does nothing helpful to whisper judgemental comments of others or look down our noses at those that haven’t been afforded the same life experiences or blessings we have been givin.

I am challenging us to extend our hand at then end of 2018 and as we enter the new year to make extra effort to lift others up. Give generously. That doesn’t have to always mean monetarily but what about giving of our time to just spend time with a young mother or a shut in. How about volunteering at church or a local non profit. Galatians 6:2 says it all.

Christmas is about giving! We might never know how that can change a life.

Xoxo

Renee’

I can be PRO-LIFE and be PRO-WOMAN.

Why do people have to be one or the other. I can want woman to be treated with respect in the workplace. I can be infuriated by woman and girls being objectified. I can be proud of woman who break out of molds that society puts on us and live proud that I’m not a size 0. I can be all these things and still believe that Life begins at the moment of conception and just because It is in my body that I have a right to kill another human being. I can love that life and respect it. Giving a baby the chance at life whether or not it is raised by you is by far the greatest gift you can give. JUST BECAUSE YOU BELIEVE IN A WOMAN HAVING RIGHTS DOESN’T MEAN YOU DON’T BELIEVE IN THE RIGHT OF THE UNBORN CHILD AS WELL. Don’t let society make you pick a side. We believe in what is RIGHT regardless of popular opinion.

I am a Pro-life Woman who is also Pro-Woman.