Helping Moms power on faith, Tune-In to family life, Flip through to do list, Turnip in the garden & tell you what’s on the Menu. Nicole is a wife, mother of 3 and a Chorkie. Blogging and vlogging about the things that she enjoys in life, her family, cooking, gardening, decorating, planning, crafts/diy, thrifting, giving roadside finds new life and more.
There’s Joy in the Midst of Disappointment
Hearing my kids laugh these days brings me unspeakable joy. Playing a video game together or alone, watching Vine videos or laughing at each other, are the things that make my kids Laugh Out Loud. Actually, Roll on the Floor Laughing.
Focus on the Good
Who doesn’t enjoy hearing their children laugh? Of course we all enjoy hearing them laugh, but sometimes I tend to take those things for granted. I take many things for granted. Many. MANY. But when you get a whack upside the head with life’s disappointments, you begin to draw from the unspeakable joys in your life. You know those things we take for granted and don’t speak of? Yeah, that. Sounds a bit cliche, but what better way, to not focus on all that’s going wrong in our life and to focus on the good God is allowing us to experience in the those times of disappointment.
Draw Close to God & Relearn
These past few years, my life has taken some twists and turns that I didn’t expect and I surely didn’t see them coming. After I balled my eyes out, felt sorry for myself, nearly broke into pieces…. well, I think I did break into pieces. Tiny bits and pieces. I had to draw closer to the One that knows me and loves me more than my difficulties, than my circumstances, than my let downs and broken dreams. I had to seek God to relearn His will and purpose for my life. Yep, I had to relearn. Sometimes you can get knocked down so hard that you’ll forget your own name. Forget your purpose. Forget everything God has pulled you out of and know that He’s able to do it again. And He will.
After recognizing that there’s joy in the midst of disappointment when we focus on the good that is continuing to take place in our life. Drawing closer to God will help give us the direction we need in this season. This will allow us to see the vision God is trying to show or restore in us and what he’s trying to teach us. There’s always something to learn and we need to continue to learn from the true Teacher. He loves us and wants us to know the will He has for our life. Let Him show us in the thick of our disappointments.
This week my youngest will begin swim lessons at a nearby swim school. Sadly, in our family my husband is the only one that knows how to swim. My two oldest can barley swim which to me counts for not being able to swim.
The swim school she’ll attend has swimming lessons all year round and I’m excited about that because it will help her become a strong swimmer. While making sure she had everything she needs for swim class I think I threw in everything, but the kitchen sink. In the video below I’ll share everything she has in her bag. If you think I left anything out be sure to let me know in the comments below.
Pouring Gasoline & Lighting An Opened Wound
This past week has been absolutely devastating to the Black Community in it’s entirety and a hard time for us as a Nation. For the Black Community it’s like pouring
salt gasoline and lighting a match on an open wound. Unless you’ve been under a rock you’re aware of the events that took place last Wednesday, at Emanuel African Methodist Episcopal Church in South Carolina. On Wednesday night a 21 year old white male murdered 9 members of the AME Church while they attended their Bible Study. Before he went on his killing spree, Dylann Roof made it clear that he was there to kill black people.
Racism is a Heart Issue
Since last Wednesday, I’ve read numerous articles, watched a bit of the news and read many blogs written on this tragic event. Now it’s time that I share my 2 cents on this calamitous matter. First things first, racism and hate is a heart issue. The spiritual heart, that is. That innermost part of your character, the heartbeat of your emotions, your moral state of being … Did someone say morals? That’s definitely a word we no longer use in our English language.
Is Hate Taught at Home?
I’m sure I’ll catch a lot of slack for this one here, but many people think that racism and hate are only taught by parents. That’s not necessarily so. However, we do know that it may be the majority, in most cases. Howbeit, if we took a survey of 1000 parents who raised their children in loving homes and taught them to love everyone. I can guarantee you that out of the thousand surveyed you will find at least one, if not more, whose children refuse to live according to their moral upbringing. We’ve all heard of rebellion, right?
Moral Impressions on the Heart
There was a time when most of a child’s influence came from home and school. Now you have the television, video games, internet, social media and a vast of other impressions that stamp moral standards on the hearts of our kids.
The Cure to Racism & Hate
When tragedies like this strike; we march peaceably and in turmoil, we talk, we protest, we fight and it happens again. Then, we march, we talk, we protest….and the cycle continues to repeat itself.
There’s one cure.
Until everyone in this entire world comes to the realization that we all have come from two people, Adam and Eve. And that we all have One Creator who created us in the image of Him. We will all think within our heart that we are superior than the other and harbor hate in our heart for the other.
Until we all come to the realization that we are sinners in need of saving. We will speak words like, “whatever makes you happy. Do that.” Then we’ll do just that.
Until we all come to the realization that in order to be saved from our sins, forgiven and that we need a savior. We will all think that as long as we’re a “Good Person” we’re good enough.
Until we accept Jesus Christ as our personal Savior and know that we are now adopted into the family of God. We will all continue to believe that we are not one body. That if I hurt you, I’m doing harm to myself.
Racism is a heart issue and until we allow God to enter into our hearts and learn to love how he loves. We will continue to be a nation that spews racism through lies, stealing, cheating and murder.
I’m a member of the Netflix Stream Team. My opinions are my very own. All mine 🙂
This month I’ve been all over the place with picking movies to watch on Netflix. Some were good and some weren’t my cup of tea. I began the month off with needing something to make me laugh. So, I picked, ‘Thou Shalt Laugh 4’. From there I watched, ‘Marriage Retreat’ with hubby and a few others…
Noah – My son and I turned it off in the first 15 minutes. We weren’t feeling it. At. All.
Heart of the Country
Now that you see I’ve been on a movie kick this past month it’s time to share my favorite…*drum rollllllll*
Heart of the Country was my favorite movie for the month of May. The story of a young lady that left country life to live out her dreams in the city. However, some challenges in Faith’s marriage led her back home to the country with her family. Although Faith thought returning home would allow her to leave her marriage problems behind her, her dad had another plan.
When Faith returned home, it was just in time. Her dad became terminally ill and they were able to spend some well needed quality time together. Like I said, her dad had a few tricks up his sleeve. Calvin was very instrumental in helping Faith and her husband restore their once broken marriage.
Heart of the Country was definitely my type of love, romance, Chic Flick type of movie. Looking for something to watch while you cuddle up with your hubby during the rainy season? Be sure to check out Heart of the Country.