This time last year…

As August 1st draws near, I reflect on this past year. This time last year I cried.

I was praying about my upcoming re-location, with a combination of excitement and anxiety. This has been a season of transition in all areas.

I reflected and prayed for God to protect my family, for Him to keep them, and keep me. I was scared of the missed baseball games, missing my daughter’s birthday celebration, and missing other moments I deemed precious as I embarked on my journey…alone.

The following weeks and months were some of the hardest days I have been through, as I adjusted to my new surroundings; adjusting to new people, new environment, new culture, lots of NEW.

August of last year, my family was over 1,000 miles away. This took my relationship with my husband to a new level. Today, he remains my biggest cheerleader. He provides so much encouragement and love every day. We have stood on a solid foundation that has been in the work for 13 years of friendship and almost 10 years of marriage.

I was challenged to re-shape my role as a mother, providing guidance and comfort via letters, cards, and weekly face time.

My kids re-located from TN to MN January of this year, so these past 6 months have been interesting to say the least, as I’ve taken on the role of a ‘single mom’ physically. With my husband in the military, he remains miles and a phone call away.

We have grown so much in this season.

I am in awe at God’s grace and mercy toward me. I’m am truly a blessed woman and kept.

I have so much of my story to share, but I felt compelled to share this snippet. My attitude of gratitude is over-flowing today so I had to share what has been on my heart for a while now.

Mid – Year Check Up

Good morning,

As an effort to be fully transparent, I feel pressed to give you a praise report. I’m a firm believer that we often share only the bad with everything: relationships, ‘adulting’ revelations, etc.; as sometimes it is hard to find the good in situations. With my relocation for work, my family has made some hard decisions and sacrifices. We’ve responded by praising (in advance), praying and even dropping a few tears (on my end).

It’s paying off. I am grateful and optimistic about what the remainder of 2017 holds and that come August (my moving anniversary), I know this move/transition has entered a new season. 😊

As you’ve read in my previous encouragement posts, it’s been a struggle emotionally, financially, mentally, etc. in many ways, but there has also been LOTS of good with new friendships, true friends ‘pulling through’ with communication, prayers etc. In some ways it has been a test for us all. And my marriage has blossomed, so there has been some good.

I’m optimistic about my transitions in all aspects of my health – mental, spiritual, financial, spiritual, and physical.

Anywho, just wanted to share some good with you and remind you that prayer works. Sometimes (often times) it is not in our timing or looks like what we want it to. But just like a rearview mirror gives the disclaimer ‘objects are closer than they appear’, God works the same.

 

XOXO

~ Lemon

A Prayer for the Overwhelmed

Lord, when my heart is overwhelmed, overwhelm me with Your peace. Lead me to You, my rock. Guide me to Your Word which gives me strength and refuge. Help me not to run to lesser things. Draw me to run to You first. Help me get into the habit of taking my “overwhelmed” and placing it under your will. Thank You, Lord. In Jesus’ Name, Amen. – Jennifer Rothschild, Proverbs 31 Ministries

Just do it!

Just do it!

Have you ever found yourself implementing this infamous NIKE slogan?

If not, you should.

We often get caught up in a whirlwind of perfection.

Perfection is tricky.

You see…if you wait for something to be perfect…you’ll always be waiting.

I’ve seen the PERFECT wedding, have rain. The PERFECT husband, be flawed.

There is no such thing as perfection.
We are imperfectly perfect.

With that said, #workyourfaith and #justdoit

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Do whatever nudge you feel in your hear to do.
Do whatever dream you are chasing, rather it be to further your education, increase your income by finding a new job, or perhaps marriage counseling so that you and your significant other can communicate better. Perhaps, you and a friend share the same passion, but are waiting for the right timing to do pursue it.

The truth is, the only right timing, is God’s.

So stop thinking about it…pray about it, and just do it!

Spiritual Resolution 

Believers around the world marked today, the first day of Lent, as a spiritual ‘resolution.’ Some are making sacrifices of various kinds including food, beverages, unhealthy behavior etc. Some are adding ‘good seed’ such as prayers, worship, etc.

After a little reflection, I decided to give up sweets, as it’s often a source of comfort when I’m feeling stressed, anxious or worried.

It may seem silly to some, but sugar is a weakness for me and I seldom pass up “melt in your mouth, not in your hand” goodies. So for 40 days, I’ve decided to ask for help. Often, we ask God for the BIG stuff: healing from sickness, financial freedom, relationship strains etc. and forget that He is also our strength with the smaller stuff (whatever seems small to us), such as our temperament, temptations, and confidence.

While in worship service tonight, I added good seed of writing daily for the next 40 days. I’ll continue to pray for guidance, wisdom, and most of all… Courage. As it’s often on my heart and mind to write, but I allow fear in. 

So cheers to 40 days of sacrifice and seed! May my obedience honor Him and bring fruit for my readers. Even if you don’t practice lent, or perhaps are in your infant spiritual growth, drop me a comment and I’ll wrap you in prayer as we walk this journey .