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.


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 below💕

Top 5 Benefits When Traveling Without Kids

FullSizeRender (3)This past weekend I had to make a quick trip to Canada for my grandfather’s funeral. Dan and I decided against all of us going as the times offered weren’t so convenient in traveling with an always on-the-move toddler. But I will be an honest mom and say, there were definite benefits in traveling alone!  Now before you go judging me, how many of you have seen those single ladies in the airport just sipping on their Starbucks while flipping through their Fashion Magazine without a care in the world?

Here are my Top 5 reasons for traveling without the kids:

  1. I got to take carry on luggage–no strollers, no car seats, no diaper bags, snacks, activity sheets, crayons, snacks, iPads, snacks!
  2. I sat and read a magazine!  Need I say more?  I honestly don’t know the last time I’ve done that without being interrupted.
  3. I went to the bathroom, ALONE!  No diaper change in the middle of the flight, no stress thinking, “oh I hope she doesn’t poop so I have to try and change her in that tiny bathroom!”
  4. Peace–simply looking out the window
  5. Sleep–is there even an explanation for this one?

This was just a short list to poke fun at some of us moms who don’t get to be that lady sitting in the airport sipping on Starbucks, but when we do get that chance, hey we are going to enjoy our moment, right?  But lets be truthful…we still do miss those little stinkers because our thoughts are never too far away from our children.

Loss Is Never Easy

IMG_1724Dear Friends,
I come to you with a saddened heart, with a heavy heart, but yet a comforted heart.  Yesterday I found out my mom’s dad, my 90 year old grandpa passed away. No matter how old they are, it’s still a process isn’t it?  You still don’t want to admit their age, or the inevitable one day, you fight just as hard for them when they are in the hospital with ever bit of hope that they make it out this time, you cringe every holiday season that passes  hoping this isn’t the last they are with us, but then the day comes when all those thoughts become reality and you believed in your mind that “I will be ready when the time comes” yet it hits you.

He was quite a character–he loved the Lord, he was wise, he was a very hard worker, (after all he had 7 daughters and one son) he was a fighter and he was a jokester!  He had a way about him where he could find humor in just about anything–you couldn’t be around him for five minutes without laughing about something he observed or something he said.

Last night before drifting off to sleep, I thought, “he’s walking on streets paved in gold; he’s with my other grandparents; is he teasing Jesus about something or the other; I’m pretty sure he is teasing my grandma (his wife) and I bet he’s eating all sorts of desserts and showing her how he can finally eat it all without her worrying!”
But while my heart is sad and while I feel the grief for my mom, aunts and uncle I am comforted in knowing that he is in a better place, he is no longer in pain, he is no longer suffering, he is happy and healthy and completely whole–he is with the King of Kings!
I leave you with grandpa’s favorite verse which is found in John 14:1-2, “Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid.”

Pray For Your Spouse

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A couple weeks back I shared with you all about the importance of praying for our children. But have you considered the same importance over your spouse?  Do you really pray for them or do you pray about them?  Just like with your children, you know them best!  You hear about their day, you hear about their dreams, their wishes, their struggles, their goals–YOU are more than equipped to go to battle on their behalf.
Sure you may pray that he/she has a good day and that their meetings go well or they are protected to and from work–all good prayers but your spouse needs those Big and Bold prayers too.  Today I challenge you to pray for your spouse (after all you more than likely prayed for them to come into your life) not to change them to what you want but what they are created to do and fulfill in this life.

Pray Big and Bold prayers for your Spouse.

I added a few scriptures verses that I believe are helpful in getting started. Look them up and even if you don’t have words to express in prayer, just read these passages over your spouse.

For Protection–Psalm 91-This entire Psalm is amazing to speak over your spouse. It asks the Lord for His protection and deliverance
Prosperity–Jeremiah 29:11 -A great verse to speak life into their future, to remember there is hope
Purpose–Romans 8:28- God works all things out for our good for those who are called according to His purpose
Joy–Nehemiah 8:10 -the Joy of the Lord is our strength.  Pray that simple prayer over your spouse.  So many things happen in a day that can weigh them down, pray that they will be filled with joy
Direction–Proverbs 3:5-6-Our life verse–this verse is our favorite verse! It gives us peace that the Lord is leading and guiding our steps
Love–1 Corinthians 13:4-8–Often called the love chapter of the bible.  Read it and profess it over your relationship, marriage and your spouse.

I can not wait to hear how circumstances will change in your home/life.  Please send me a message of how this commitment to pray for your spouse  has helped he/she and in turn you.  Blessings everyone!

Need someone to pray and believe with you?
 Feel free to leave a comment
or
send me an email:
H2owalkerlife@gmail.com 

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