Let’s just face it! We can wake up one morning, and well, things may not go as planned. It’s frustrating and disappointing. Sometimes, we face tough times for a day, a week, a month or a season.
During the time when my husband Ruben was out of work and we were trying to make it all work out, it seemed never ending. Yes, it felt like a never ending story and every day I woke up wondering if this was the day when a brink of light would come shining through.
Homeschooling during that time was challenging.
My mind was constantly thinking about bills to be paid, wondering how to make groceries last, gas money for the car, working my business to make money, yada, yada. . .
I felt like I was slowly losing my grip on this “homeschool journey”. Help!!
I knew I couldn’t quit and I didn’t want to, I just needed to refocus. I needed to pray.
Recently, one evening as I remembered this past “stormy” year, I took some time to write down ways that helped me weather the storms of life.
You may be going through a trial right now? And if you aren’t, then you are probably coming out of one or one is on the way. Trials are a way of life. We can’t negate them from our lives, too bad huh? I know! Boo hoo. Reality is that we can learn and grow from them.
Best of all, we can decide how we will press on through them! There’s no other way around it.
It’s like waiting in the airport. You are sitting down anxious and waiting to board your plane, when you see through the windows that there is a storm brewing.
That means you will be flying through a storm.
Well, you can’t change your flight now! The flight attendant calls your boarding group.
That lump in your throat grows thicker, and your heart races harder.
You board the plane, take your seat, buckle up for the flight and PRAY.
It’s time to fly through the storm! No, better yet, above it!
Flying Above the Storm
Have any of you been through this lately? I had a number of flying situations in my past travels such as this one and every time the Lord used it to test my faith. Did you know that an eagle flies above the storm and not through it? Success is flying above and conquering the storm!
Storms are unpredictable. You don’t know when they will come or how long they will last.
There is beauty after the storm. The sun appears again.
A rainbow comes forth and shines through.
The dirt is wet and fresh. The soil is fertile again. New growth!
How exciting it is to see our trials in this light.
Here are 10 ways I learned to fly through the storm and even above it! Enjoy your flight.
Your situation does not define you, however it is your trial that gives you a testimony of triumph for others to have hope and belief.
10. Never Quit!
It’s not an option.
You can take a break, slow down your race, but keep running the race of endurance! Keep flying and keep going Mom! You can do it!
Art by our “little Princess”
Let me encourage you today that no matter what you are going through sister, the Lord Almighty will never let you down, never fail you and never stop loving you. He holds you in the shadow of His wings. Steady and still. Believe me, I know. Jesus loves you Mom! Keep pressing on. Blessings and Shalom,
Thispast week, the Lord has been teaching me about worry. Can you relate?
Every time I think I got it down, I realize I don’t. Sound familiar? So much easier said than done, right? I love the picture that comes to my mind when I think about Matthew 6:25-34 the “do not worry“verses. I see the little birdies collecting their food. They don’t worry, yet God provides food for them. If God cares enough for the sparrow, then He is surely taking care of me and my family, everything! Jesus tells us not to worry, and many cases we need to be reminded. . .
Do Not Worry
25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes?26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they?27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life?
28 “And why do you worry about clothes? See how the flowers of the field grow. They do not labor or spin.29 Yet I tell you that not even Solomon in all his splendor was dressed like one of these.30 If that is how God clothes the grass of the field, which is here today and tomorrow is thrown into the fire, will he not much more clothe you—you of little faith?31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’32 For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.33 But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.34 Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. Matthew 6:25-34
If you are like me, for some reason when I lay my head down at night, I seem to worry. The other night when I felt that worry thing creep up in my mind, I immediately thought of a plan of action. An instant plan of action! Just like a instant cup of coffee wakes us up. Well, in an instant I thought of this recipe to combat my worry. I call it my recipe for peace. I’d love to share with you.
Recipe for Instant Peace
1. Recognize you are worrying. 2. Read Matthew 6: 25-34 3. Stop, review, confess the bible verses: Philippians 4: 6-7 “Do not be anxious for any reason, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be known to God, and the healing peace of God-the very shalom of Heaven-which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Yeshua the Messiah”. 3. Remember a time (that’s usually recent) when you did worry and it eventually everything worked out for your good. 4. Thank God for his faithfulness and tell Him you believe that He’s done it before, you know He will do it again. 5. Confess your worries and give them to the Lord. 6. Worship– sing a song of praise to the Lord 7. Rest in Him
How are some ways that you combat worry? We can beat this worry thing with the Word of God. Keep pressing on! May you be blessed with a day of peace. Blessings and Shalom,
I was reminded about making ends meet during hard times when I read an article today entitled, “Economic Watch: Goodbye Full-time Jobs, Hello Part-time Jobs: R.I.P. Middle Class”. I have seen first hand the decline of full-time jobs already begin here in our state. My family has gone through this recently so I can relate to this article. We know all about this people! It took a year before Ruben my hubby could find full-time employment after being laid off from a job. For 6 months, he worked part-time and yes it is difficult for a family to live off part-time salary. However, I thank God that during that time and for the past 12 years I have had my Mary Kay cosmetics business that helped us make it every month. God PROVIDED for us and made a way where there seemed to be no way. The key here isn’t improving yourself, it isn’t about finding the “perfect career” with 5-7 digits, and not even education. It’s all about who you know! Do you know Jesus? With out Him, you can have the world, yet lose your soul. The key is trusting Jesus and knowing that even when there is nothing left, He is all you need. He is your way maker! When times are good and troubles come, remember He is the only ONE. Please take time to read this article and seek the Lord on what wisdom He has for your family. Has your family been affected by a similar situation? What are some ways you have coped? I know God has a plan for all of us and today you may feel like that plan is down the toilet. God says to you today, that he knows the plans He has for you, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future. Believe that and keep pressing on. Blessings and Shalom,