Don’t leave Him out…

Fighting too hard to reach a goal? Plans aren’t quite coming together?           You are being hit with one bad news after another?                                                        More frustrated than ever because things won’t come together just right at home or work or even in your marriage? 

Don’t leave Him out–with God all things are possible! He will always make a way where there seems to be no way! Hold on tight to whose you are and watch things shift!ūüíúūüíú

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How Grateful Are You?

Let’s count our blessings? What are you most grateful for? Do you know that the more grateful you are the happier you are? Focus on the negative and it’s simple–you feel sad/tired/drained! 

So count your blessings–name them one by one! Write them down; say it outloud–and you will see how good the Lord has been to you! 

I will start–I am grateful for my family, I’m grateful for a husband that supports me and encourages me to be the very best version of me; I’m grateful for my three little girls that we were blessed with; I’m grateful for the opportunities I get to minister and encourage other people;  I am grateful that God is the center of my family’s life and He is leading our way! 

I know I can keep going on and on…but it’s really quite easy–just start small and you will see the day will get brighter as you focus on the goodness in your life! 

Now your turn…

One day at a Time

I don’t know about you BUT choosing to walk through one day at a time is enough for me! I have enough in ONE day to keep me busy–when tomorrow comes with its challenges or not–Lord give me strength for that day! ūüíě

Our Present Help


How many times do we pray asking the Lord to remove this problem or that problem? I know I do! We tend to think oh if we didn’t have this or that–life would be so much easier. But when I read the quote above, I thought, “wow, so true!” We don’t need the problem in our life to be removed every time–sometimes those same problems that bring us stress, grief or seems like the end of the world are meant to teach us something–help us grow or even somehow minister to others! 

Now I know it’s never easy as that but it is simple as that! We just tend to complicate the process instead of allowing Him to do what He does. Psalm 46:1 tells us, “God is our ever present help in times of trouble.” Hang on to those words today! Let Him help you find a way through your struggles victoriously! 

Pesky Mosquitoes

Summer is practically here! Summer cookouts, picnics, beach and pool days, going for walks, taking the kids to the playground and the list goes on!  But one thing that can put a halt to all that fun are those itchy, pesky bugs that attach themselves to you and before you can even think to swat at them, more than likely they have already started to feed on your blood!  Yes, I’m talking about the dreaded “mosquito!”
My girls and I were headed out for a walk a few days ago as our plan was to get in some exercise while spending some time together and our local news station approached us randomly to interview us on nonetheless: Mosquitoes in our area! That definitely inspired this post and you can find the news clip below.

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They come out of nowhere–the bites itch at night and they keep popping up here and there and everywhere! So what are some ways to make prevent these bug bites?

Here are a few tips I found that works and some that I will be trying throughout the summer:

  • Bug Repellant Spray: Spray liberally before heading outdoors!
  • DynaTrap: this has been a life saver for us! This device emits UV light to lure the mosquitoes in.  After a week or so, check and empty the device.
  • Grow your own mosquito repelling plants (citronella, catnip, basil, peppermint)
    You can crush these leaves and rub the oils on your skin–the natural oils they emit will keep these bugs at bay!
  • Get rid of any standing water in the outdoor areas. (make sure gutters are not clogged so that the water can drain freely from the top of your house) Mosquitos thrive and reproduce in warm, humid and dark areas.
  • Refrain from wearing heavy perfume/cologne or scented body lotions–the sweet smell attracts mosquitos.

How to STOP the itch?

  • Apply apple cider vinegar to bug bites to help stop the itching.
  • Vicks Vapor rub is said to ease the itching. (definitely helps)
  • Honey to soothe the area.
  • Banana peel–rub the inside on the bite for a few minutes.
  • Peppermint oil–a dab on the bite and it relieves the itchiness (TRUTH)
  • Rubbing Alcohol–the cooling effect of the alcohol immediately soothes the bite, reduces the size and swelling. (works for me)

What are some of your methods that works for you and your family to help with these pesky bugs?

 

I Declare…

ONE touch from The LORD can CHANGE everything… 
Don’t give up!

Don’t give up on your dreams…

BELIEVE and DECLARE with me that you are not just going to survive life anymore, but you are going to THRIVE! 

Mommy, Mommy, Mamaaaa…

Do you remember when your little tiny baby would¬†melt your heart with¬†those huge smiles as you¬†cuddled up to their chubby little¬†faces and looked into their big bright eyes, saying to them, “maaaamaaa!”¬† ¬†You can say it, “maaamaaa!”¬† Well today happens to be one of those days where I wish I could change my name to maybe dada–they never really seem to scream out that one too often.¬† All I hear today is shrieks of “mommy, mommy” and a tiny voice from the one year old, “mama!”¬† All needing me right now!¬†There immediate need is more¬†important than¬† the other and I finally answer the one year old to hear her say with the biggest grin on her face, “hi mama!”
Tired and exhausted I think back to those days when as moms we just can’t wait for them to sit up, we can’t wait for them to crawl, we can’t wait for them to¬†walk, we can’t wait for them to speak, we can’t wait for them to potty, we JUST can’t wait for them to get to the next level.
But as I take a break to blog/reflect and ignore the¬†hundreds of requests that¬†are coming out of their mouths even as I try to write this–I know I will miss these days¬†when they get older.¬† I know that time doesn’t slow down. I know that every day that goes by is one more day closer to where they are learning how to be more independent, I know that each moment I pour into them helps them become more of who they will be, I know that every question I answer is another opportunity for me to teach or instill a lesson, and I KNOW one day may come when I might miss hearing them yell, “mommy, mommy, mamaaaa!”

 

 

Blogger Recognition Award


Thanks to GislyReal for nominating me for the Blogger Recognition Award. I really appreciate the love and thanks for always stopping by my site.

Rules: 
Thank the blogger who nominated you and provide a link to their blog.
Write a post to show your award.
Attach the award to the post.
Give a brief story of how your blog started.
Give a piece of advice or two to new bloggers.
Select 15 other blogs you want to give the award to.
Comment on each blog and let them know you have nominated them & provide a link to the award post you created.

How it all began for me:
Writing has been something that has had a special place in my heart since I was very¬†young but I just never really thought of pursuing it.¬† Two years ago I started my first blog post with the encouragement of my husband to document our adventure as we were heading into full time ministry.¬†I rose to the challenge and found that my posts were geared to young moms who were trying to figure out this thing called, “motherhood.”¬†As I started blogging more frequently I just felt in my heart that if my writings could inspire or encourage any and all readers then I felt this was what I’m meant to do for this season of my life.
This past year I have also started to write for Mami of Multiples as Tampa Bays Contributing Columnist.  Check out this site to learn more on product reviews, Disney insider information, recipes and other family friendly topics.

Tips to Newbie Bloggers 

  • Write about something that you are passionate about. It will show readers your heart and the relationship between writer and reader is genuine.
  • Check out similar bloggers and follow them. Read and comment on their blogs. Encourage one another!

My nominations:

Daily Quick Notes
Foodbycamilla
Joyful and Thriving
I Write
Lead Right
Mama Strong
Mommy Lanes Adventure
Mom of Two Small Girls
Rural Mom
Sprinkles in my Lunchbox
Teacup talk
Thoughtstalklog
Thoughtful Pennies
Waterwalkers
White Camillias

 

 

 

 

Timing is Everything

There is a time for everything-a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time to mourn, a time to rejoice, a time to press forward and a time to be still.  The list can go on and on.  During these times, I encourage you to rest assured that the Lord is still in control.  We may not see the big picture but He does.  We may not know the end result, but He does.

In His perfect time, all things are made beautiful!

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Essential Oils? Does it Work?

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Were you surprised like me?¬†I don’t sell essential oils but I am now convinced that it works. We use a sinus blend of peppermint, lavender and eucalyptus oils! This blend helped us with headaches, coughing, relieving any runny noses which all led to a more peaceful nights rest.

What are some oils that you have tried and can say you saw a difference in using them?

Leave me a comment belowūüíē

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