Perspective

Perspective…. Perspective in a nut shell is a point of view. Everyone’s is different because they are all at different places in life. When you are happy you tend to see things throughout your life in a more positive light but when you are heartbroken…. It is really difficult to see the light in anything. When your heart is full you see the glass of light as half full, or your cup runneth over. But when you are drained, and empty the glass is always half empty. I think you get what I am trying to say here.

Sometimes things happen in life that force us to have a different perspective, either of a certain situation, your life or other people. Its not always a good thing it can be a bad thing as well. So what can we do to keep things like that from happening? Well typically we can’t but you can be proactive to keep yourself from being tunnel visioned and only seeing YOUR point of view.

Step out of the box. Take the time to see things from a different perspective. Take the time to see something from a loved ones perspective. Before its too late. Often times we don’t look at life and really SEE what’s going on. We do our thing and go on about our lives never realizing that series of events also involve and affect other people. Your perspective is really going to reflect how you treat people. If you see the glass as half empty you will see people that way. If you see the glass half full you will see people that way.

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Try Something Different

It might surprise you!!!

This year has been full of plenty of firsts for me!! This past weekend was probably the fullest of them. I signed up to coach cheer this past spring. It was a last minute decision. I must have done something right because they asked me to come back!! WHAT?!?!?! If you know me at all then you know the last thing you could possibly ever imagine me doing is coaching cheer! I mean really! My thing is football, weightlifting and anything that does not have to do with a bunch of women and girls much less cheerleaders!

I stepped out in faith though. I felt God saying ok Jen lets get you out of your comfort zone and do something different. So I agreed to coach again in the fall. Starting with a weekend full of learning about cheer…. That was this past weekend. I attended so many cheer classes and learned so much. on top of that spent the weekend with a group of women. GREAT ONES!! They are all so different but so great in their own ways. I have always wished for a group of ladies to be close with and do things with and this past weekend did not disappoint.

So my weekend full of firsts:

Went to a WEEKEND cheer Conference!

Learned about cheer! And liked it!!

Hung out with a bunch of girls! AND HAD FUN!!

Rode in a Limo!

Went to a place called Sugar Factory!

Got certified as a cheer coach!!

I am looking forward to being a part of this group of ladies and coaching cheer. I can not thank ya’ll enough for your support and acceptance!! This cheer season is gonna be AWESOME!!!!

Try Something Different

It might surprise you!!!

This year has been full of plenty of firsts for me!! This past weekend was probably the fullest of them. I signed up to coach cheer this past spring. It was a last minute decision. I must have done something right because they asked me to come back!! WHAT?!?!?! If you know me at all then you know the last thing you could possibly ever imagine me doing is coaching cheer! I mean really! My thing is football, weightlifting and anything that does not have to do with a bunch of women and girls much less cheerleaders!

I stepped out in faith though. I felt God saying ok Jen lets get you out of your comfort zone and do something different. So I agreed to coach again in the fall. Starting with a weekend full of learning about cheer…. That was this past weekend. I attended so many cheer classes and learned so much. on top of that spent the weekend with a group of women. GREAT ONES!! They are all so different but so great in their own ways. I have always wished for a group of ladies to be close with and do things with and this past weekend did not disappoint.

So my weekend full of firsts:

Went to a WEEKEND cheer Conference!

Learned about cheer! And liked it!!

Hung out with a bunch of girls! AND HAD FUN!!

Rode in a Limo!

Went to a place called Sugar Factory!

Got certified as a cheer coach!!

I am looking forward to being a part of this group of ladies and coaching cheer. I can not thank ya’ll enough for your support and acceptance!! This cheer season is gonna be AWESOME!!!!

Change is Good!

I have a mountain of Bibles on my bookshelf. My husband says I have a problem but I just love them. Each a different version bring something very different to the table. I received a Study Bible to review. I am a creature of habit so I was not looking forward to changing Bibles. Not that it had to be permanent but even temporarily trying an ew one gave me anxiety.

I had a few reservations… I typically use an ESV version and this one is a CSB. There is not much difference in the wording thought he CSB does seem to flow more naturally. One other thing I was hesitant about is it is hardback. Of course after using it, it grew on me and I came to appreciate the hardback. Because this Bible is geared towards women there are some beautiful illustrations throughout the Bible as well as tid bits of things that women can use through the scripture to apply to their life or to help them deal with things they are going through. Those are very personable and relatable.

Over all, I love it. ITs pretty and easy to read. It has become my go to Bible when I am not using the Bible App on my tablet. Here are some photos of the Bible itself!! If you are thinking of making a change… Change is good. Pick this Bible up and check it out. This one has become one of my favorites.

How’s Your Soul?

So since lately I have been unable to attend my Thursday night sessions with the wonderful ladies from my church due to other commitments, I have been doing an online Bible study on a book called Why Her? which I review later on. There are a number of things that have jumped out at me but Chapter 6 has really resonated with me (and I’m not even finished with it yet). I could not go to bed tonight without sharing this with you all.

The theme of the chapter is the question How’s Your Soul? People ask how are you all the time with the impression the common answer will be returned, I’m fine because really they do not care to have a conversation beyond the How are you and the I’m fine. But Nicki asked the question How’s your soul? WOW. Umm… Well now that you mention it and then she went on to describe some of the ways that your soul is unwell… Literally all of my symptoms. FACE PALM!!!

It is not often that we sit down and have a chance to really think about how our soul is, but after reading those things I have realized that my soul needs work. I need heart surgery. If you do not often need heart surgery with the sword of God’s word then you are deceiving yourself. The scripture that she used that cut me deeply was said by Jesus in the book of Matthew. Matthew 15: 18 “But what comes out of the mouth comes from the heart, and this defiles a person”. WOW!!! Just wow!! Take a minute and think about the things that come out of your mouth. Would you be willing to walk around with them written on you, would you be willing to ACTUALLY say to the persons FACE what you’d said behind their back, would you be willing to say them to Jesus Himself, Do they help or do they hurt, do they build up or tear down? Yeah, I didn’t think so, me either.

So what can we do about it? I am not always 100% sure but I do know that seeking God’s truth in scripture is the first part and praying is the very critical second part. Ask God to SHOW you these things in your heart and soul that you need to work on. Trust me, I am writing this more for myself than I am you, but if it applies to you well now you know that you are not alone in this battle. As soon as I get more information on how to successfully do this surgery I will let you know but my dear friend I know that until I am walking with my Lord in heaven my heart will always need to be repaired. I pray that if this is you, like it is me you go to the Word of God and seek Him in all you do and remember what Jesus said. What comes out of your mouth is a direct reflection on the health of your soul. God Bless ya’ll and until next time.

Eschatological Discipleship

I have recently gotten a book to review. While it is not considered a fun read I do recommend it for all of us to have and to read at one point. Especially those who are deeply involved in apologetics. In the book Eschatological Discipleship written by Trevin K. Wax he describes what the meaning of each word means and then gives a definition of what those words mean put together. In order for us to argue our case for Christ we need to understand really what scripture is telling us and where it originated from and the era in which it was written. This book gives a great descriptive understanding of just that. Christians need to have a clear understanding of what scripture says and the historical context of the Word of God. While I am not a theologian it was very informative to read and gain a better knowledge of what Christians are actually called to do and I gained some more foundation as to why I believe what I believe is real. I would recommend this book for at least a once read and to keep in your library to go back and look on. Having contact with those who commonly asked questions why and how do scriptures pertain to my life it is very helpful to know the answers or have the means to guide those searching for answers. Thanks guys for reading this review! I know it does not have the typical WOW factor but I wanted to share this book with you all. Thanks!!

What is today?!

There is a season for everything but what they don’t tell you is that there is a season WITH everything. Life is so busy these days and I keep adding things to it to keep me busier. Of course I know there will be a day when I am in a season of NOTHING and I will wish it was this season again. So know I am not complaining.. I just want you all to know that if you feel like you could not possibly take on any more than you already have now…. you aren’t the only one. So here is a not so short update from me (since its been a while).

Mexico practice and preparation is in full swing and so is my pocket book. We have been so blessed to have some sponsors for our trip which has been such a tremendous blessing. If you do something FOR God He will work out the details. It has not been easy but who says doing things for the Lord is easy. If it were then everyone would do it right? As we get closer though my husband, daughter and I get more and more excited. We can not wait to work for the Lord, learn new ways to worship God and bring the gospel to those who do not hear about it.

I am currently finishing up my AA in Psychology-Christian Counseling. 3 more classes to do and then in the fall I will start my Bachelors program. I am excited and psychology has been an area that I have felt pulled to. Again something reminds me that I am not built for that type of career but I feel as though God laid this desire on my heart so I can get out of my comfort zone and work on areas where I am weakest. Isn’t that the great thing about God. He is constantly shaping and molding us to be fully equipped to do His work.

The kids homeschooling has been going good too. I have been in contact with a lady who has helped me want to spread my horizons with them and get more involved with local homeschool groups. My kids get plenty of social interaction but this will allow them to learn along side some children their age to which she told me that it is positive peer pressure and it gives them a desire to do better.

We put our daughters in cheer for the spring. I am excited to see what they learn and watch them continue to get better with cheer. They really enjoy it as well. That makes me proud. I have also volunteered to help coach cheer. To some of you that is a huge surprise because I have never been all about cheer but when my daughters face lit up when I told her I would ask if I could help, that was pretty much the deciding factor. As a parent we do what makes our kids happy, and this makes her happy.

And Finally, I just recently finished Bible study at our church. It was wonderful and I learned a lot. There were times when I started to get discouraged but I kept pushing on. However because I am volunteering with my daughters cheer I have stepped back from that and someone offered to step in, which I am so grateful for. My desire is to grow the faith of the women in our church as well as strengthen the bonds of fellowship with all of them as well. I did feel as though since I can not make it on Thursday evenings I still should stay connected to Gods word and study so I am participating in a Bible Study online called Why Her? Based on Nicki Koziarz’s book Why Her? (There will be a review on that later)

So there you have it. A long list of not really excuses on top of my typical stay at home wife and mom obligations as to why I have been MIA for a while on here. I promise I will try and do better in the future… Anyone want to be my accountability partner?

“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under heaven” Ecclesiastes 3:1

100 Days With Jesus

Who doesn’t love a daily devotional? I know I do. This one was really special to me because it was a daily intimate look at the person of Christ. Getting to know my savior has been a wonderful way for me to better understand my salvation and the purpose for that salvation. Throughout this devotion there are entries telling you a little more about Jesus than you knew before. Some of the things in this devotion I already knew but I was surprised even at the little things I learned about Jesus.Any story about Jesus is awesome! This devotional has been great!!! Walking each day with Him allowed me to get to know Jesus more intimately and continue to fall in love with him and his purpose. As I get to know Him better I also feel more free to worship Him. As Christians we are charged to be Christ like so it is important that we understand what that means and what that looks like. We will never be able to attain the level of Christ but that should not keep us from understanding who He is and trying to be more like Him. Because, after all, if it weren’t for Him you would not be where you are! The length of the entries are perfect and the illustrations are also beautiful. the cover on the hardcover is elegant and appealing. The entries define who Jesus is and gives scripture as proof of that definition. I really enjoyed this devotional and will probably start it again in the near future to refresh and renew my relationship with my Savior.

Skeletons

We all have skeletons in our closet… No one knows about them. They are tucked away where no one can find them and if we are good they will never be found. God knows they are there and surprisingly so does Satan. How clever the evil one is. As hard as you may to keep them hidden away and not let them interfere with your life Satan knows right where to go to slip one of those skeletons out and let it ruin your mind, heart, should, relationships and so on. I have a skeleton that I can not get to go away! I can not hide it and if I do it’s hidden poorly, a preschooler could point it out. It piggy backs on my past entry about my youngest daughter. Insecurity. It is a common skeleton but what insecurity does it breeds jealousy then hate and then anger and then something that was such a minuscule issue is now keeping you from having a completely devoted relationship to Christ, your husband and even your friends.

So what do you do when that happens? Be transparent about it. Go to God, tell him you are struggling and give it to Him, let Him have it. If you are having a hard time giving it wholly to God tell your husband. Be real with him. Honesty is a wonderful and refreshing thing, it is freeing as well. Unfortunately the feeling will never go completely away and just when you think you have given it all to God and are freed of is Satan knows and he does EVERYTHING possible to bring that to the surface and go again wreaking havoc on your life and those around you. Trust me when I tell you I am preaching to myself here. I struggle so badly and I just can not seem to drop of my baggage and leave it at the cross. The wonderful thing is, whenever I am ready and able to do it God is STILL waiting for me.

Do you know that you have a Savior that is WAITING for you? Do you know that once you are His he is constantly and consistently pursuing you? He will never leave you and never not be available for you to go to. We tend to forget that He is always available but once we remember that and live our lives that way our lives will improve and we will be more available to live our lives that bring honor to the Kingdom of God. How can you do that? Pray, read and study your bible, get involved in a local church and fellowship with other Christians. I hope this encourages you with something you may be struggling with. If you need to talk always remember that I am here and available for you!!! God Bless and have a blessed day!!!

It’s FRI-YAY

Today is Friday! I love Fridays. It means that my hubby will be home during the day for the next two days. I know that may not seem much to you but we have spent a lot of our time together apart. Between work, military, work, military and so on. Even though we will be REALLY busy this weekend I love just being with my hubbs! Just a little pre-warning.. This is a long post!

So last night while reading my book I am required to my Christian Counseling Class I had a not so subtle smack in the face. It discusses how a child’s upbringing affects their relationships with others as they get older. Even into their marriages. I am not a lovey dovey kind of mom… I have never really been that way. I think it has just come from how I was brought up. Tough independent woman. My mom was not a mushy person, she rarely cried and I think that is why I am the way that I am. I NEVER cry, unless I am mad but that is a different story. I have also struggled with my self esteem… It is a long story and I never really had the affirmation from my parents.  It was really on the contrary but I will not go into it because we have all looked back and discussed it as adults and have had regrets and have forgiven.

It always seems like God is really trying to hammer something into my head when it seems like everywhere I turn is what he is trying to get me. Even to the TV show that we watched last night. In the show This Is Us the dad was videoing his daughter and she did not want him to, she struggled with her weight and she had low self esteem. She copped an attitude and got upset with him. When she went back and watched the video and seen the pure love and pride in her fathers face she could tell how much he loves her. So later she went on to tell him to never stop trying. “Never stop trying to get me to see myself the way that you see me”. That is echoing in my head!

My oldest daughter is tall, very thin and fit with long blonde hair and blue eyes. She is GORGEOUS! My youngest daughter is shorter than her and athletic and still has a bit of baby fat on her but she has the most beautiful BIG teddy bear brown eyes, beautiful thick light brown hair and a smile and a face that can light up a room. For her entire life her weight is what was talked about the most.Throughout our ENTIRE family and I know even at the young age of 8 it has affected her. If you have met her she has a HUGE personality and I think she does that to deflect an insecurity she has with herself. One day I took the girls shopping and when my 8 year old started crying because she wears a bigger size than her older sister and says shes fat it was then I knew… SOMETHING HAS TO CHANGE!!!!

So after reading what I read in my book I immediately stopped reading and took her into my arms and hugged her. Mind you I did not have this much growing up so this is all new to me. I grabbed each side of her beautiful face and looked into her gorgeous brown eyes and told her how beautiful she is. Her reply “No, I’m not the pretty one, my sister is”. My heart shattered… I went on to explain that they are both equally beautiful and that because they look DIFFERENT does not mean one is more beautiful than the other. I told her what Psalm 139:13-14 says “For you formed my inward parts; you knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are your works; my soul knows it very well.” I explained to her that her daddy and I think she is beautiful inside and out and that everything that God makes is beautiful. That Her daddy and I praise God for the beautiful precious children he has given us.

Lesson learned! My promise is that my daughters will know that they are beautiful but not just in mama and daddy’s eyes but in The Kings eyes as well! They will know that they were wonderfully made just the way that they are and God makes NO mistakes, and everything he makes is beautiful. So here is my challenge to you, Love your children. Tell them how wonderful they are, how beautiful they are, how smart they are and how proud of them you are. They will take the kindness and love that you have shown them and share it with others. I pray you all have a great day and enjoy your weekend! Don’t forget to leave me some love in the comments! =)