He Knows

My weekly devotional for Daughter of Delight

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Downtrodden. Disappointed. Hurt. Dismayed. Have you ever ached in places you didn’t know existed, feeling like a punching bag, being beat up by life?

Perhaps a friend turned their back on you this week. Maybe those feelings of loneliness are at an all time high, or you may have suffered a recent loss. Whatever the reason, the damage is real, the tears are wet, and the sadness stings. You weep and weep as you come to the realization that some things in this world will break your heart and break you down. Some things will leave you shattered and confused, crushing your spirit if you let them.

This is a painful place to be friends. I understand because I’m there. As I process these emotions, vulnerable and raw, I’m hit with this glorious truth:

God knows…

Click here to read it in its entirety, and as always, I hope you have a fantastic day! 

BE BLESSED!!!

 

Time is Fleeting

“LORD, remind me how brief my time on earth will be. Remind me that my days are numbered— how fleeting my life is. You have made my life no longer than the width of my hand. My entire lifetime is just a moment to you; at best, each of us is but a breath.”

Interlude

We are merely moving shadows, and all our busy rushing ends in nothing. We heap up wealth, not knowing who will spend it. And so, Lord, where do I put my hope? My only hope is in you.”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭39:4-7‬ ‭NLT‬‬

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I thought I’d have so much to say. Some form of poignant words filled with deep reflection and revelation. The truth is, I’m at a loss. Not out of desperation and certainly not out of despair, but out of  an aching heart. 

On Monday night I was sitting in a hotel room, contemplating dinner options and if I’d take a dip in the pool. Hoping that day 2 of the conference would come with better breakfast options, and wondering what my husband planned to do with girls while I was in session. Then I received that call everyone dreads, and within moments I was packing for our hour and a half drive home. 

Even as I sat in the hospital room, holding her lifeless hand as my husband prayed, it didn’t seem real. It still doesn’t, but it is.

My Auntie Tina has left this temporary dwelling place, to join the Father in our permanent home. At just 46 years old it all seems too soon, but against the backdrop of eternity our lives here on earth are but a fleeting moment. 

I will never forget the tears that poured from her eyes when we presented her with her own Bible a couple Christmases ago, knowing that her desire was to forge a more intimate relationship with the Lord. Her salvation assures me that we’ll meet again, and brings more comfort than I could ever put into words.

Oh Tina.

I’m sure you and my dad are doing some epic party planning in heaven, but I wasn’t ready to say goodbye. I’m still not, so I’ll say see you later and thank you. Thank you for the good times and the love. Thank you, Auntie, for all the wonderful, wonderful things you added to my life. 💗

BE BLESSED!!!

Prayers for my family during this difficult time would be appreciated!

 

Surrender to God’s Perfect Peace

Friends, I have some exciting news! For the next few months I’ll be contributing to the on-line ministry, Daughter of Delight, as a weekly writer!! I will be sharing a devotional every Sunday, and I pray that God’s Word will encourage your hearts. I am so humbled by this opportunity and thankful for this platform to spread the goodness of Our Heavenly Father! Below you will find my first post, and I hope you will follow the highlighted link to read it in its entirety. 💗

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Peace. This is a rare and special word that is as full of strength as it is calm. It is a delicate state of being that we seem to be in a constant battle to find, and once found we are in a constant battle to maintain.

The cares of this world are great, and the demands are unending. School is overwhelming, work is stressful, and relationships are complicated. The pull and tug comes from every direction, but we are to seek peace in the midst of it all…

Click here to read the rest of this devotional, and I hope you’ll join me each Sunday!!

BE BLESSED!!!

World Breastfeeding Week – Patricia, Alexandra and Lily

 

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I always knew I wanted to breast-feed my babies. I whole-heartedly believe in the health benefits and was determined to stick to this part of my post-partum plan. Leading up to the birth of my oldest daughter I realized that I didn’t know much about what was to come. I believe I was like many women in thinking that everything would just come naturally. But after receiving a pump from a friend who was unable to breast-feed for medical reasons, and having conversations with other moms who had recently had babies, I began to hear more about their struggles and even pain. I started to wonder what this experience would be like for me, and I did my best to prepare….

Read the rest of our story at Adventures With Baby. We are so honored to be featured by my sweet friend @kalipatt!! 

Happy World Breastfeeding Week!

Be encouraged.

BE BLESSED!!!!

“Mommy Don’t Be Angry”

lifeofaministermom:

My sweet friend @bbprep invited me to share a guest piece on her blog. Here are some thoughts on being an angry mommy and the lessons I’m learning about patience!

Originally posted on bbprep:

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She stood on her little stool in the bathroom, pieces of her curly hair bouncing across her forehead as she brushed her teeth. She paused and looked at me with with an earnest expression that comes from a state of deep contemplation. She opened her mouth and the conversation went as follows:

Alex: Mommy, why aren’t you my friend anymore?

Me: Where in the world did you get that idea from? I’m your mom, the first friend you’ve ever known. I love you very much.

Alex: Well, because you get angry at me. Yesterday you got angry at me. You can’t get angry at daddy, me, or Lily Girl. Friends are nice to each other. You have to be nice to us.

Mommy: We all get angry sometimes honey. That doesn’t mean we don’t love each other. Sometimes mama gets frustrated because you’re not a very good…

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