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thankful for faith

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faith mountain

God has given me such encouragement through the 31 Days of Faith study. Journaling myself and then seeing the other pics of faith on instagram has been my favorite part of the day!! I have loved starting my days off this way. It’s been such a good time of focus for my word of the year too. God is asking me to trust Him MORE…more trust means more peace, less worries, more of Him, less of me.

so thankful…

God’s lessons on faith

our first co-op of the year!!

art with our co-op – the kids loved it!!

our first field trip also!! The Lincoln Museum at LMU.

watching the olympics late at night with my family

David having a few days off to do some fun stuff with the kids

ice skating

the water park for our NOT back to school party!!

going down the water slide! wheeeeeee…

the kids expressions when they figured out I was, indeed, going to do the water slides with them!! :) priceless.

Jesus NEVER fails!!! the truth AND the song our choir did this week. best song ever. Loved it!!

eating better and feeling better

new mercies…every.single.morning.

#3243 – 3255

faith and gratitude go together

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faith mountain
I have been pondering my word of the year lately. Faith. And I started pinning faith quotes. There are some great ones! Then I came across this necklace. I love it. But, I love even more what it means…
Pondering and wondering and praying that someday those that knew me will say that I was a woman of faith. But, what evidence do I see in my own life that I do live by faith? Can others see my faith? I pray regularly that God would increase my faith. And I think He is. But, do others see that? Is my faith living and growing and showing the world my Jesus?
As odd as it sounds, I think faith and gratitude have a lot to do with each other. I think the more I focus on all the GIFTS that God has GIVEN, the more my FAITH is boosted!! When I see how FAITHFUL He has been in the past in my own life, my faith grows!! Isn’t God amazing like that?!?!
“Gratitude bestows reverence, allowing us to encounter everyday epiphanies, those transcendent moments of awe that change forever how we experience life and the world.” ~ John Milton, from Ann Voskamp’s God in the Moment daily calendar.

much to be thankful for…bestowing reverence, encountering everyday epiphanies, growing my faith…


watching robins bathe in backyard puddles

mexican with cousins

birthday parties for family

saturday morning walks with my family

reading Kisses from Katie with my kids

a clean house, mowed lawn & laundry done. all at the same time. feels good! :)

school plans

a lazy Saturday around the house

a cup of coffee and reading in the quiet mornings

a nice, neat, decluttered and re-arranged school room as we start our new year! (pics to come!)

discussing Gal. 5 with our small group. good stuff.

#3191- 3202

Abiding – Prayer & Fasting

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“…praying without ceasing is indeed the one need of my life – an unceasing waiting, moment by moment, on the God who has united me to Christ, to perfect His own divine work, to work in me both to will and to do His good pleasure.” Andrew Murray, from Abide in Christ

I haven’t written on my word of the year in awhile…but that isn’t because I haven’t been abiding. :) God has been so faithful to continue to grow me in Him by teaching me how to abide in Him through prayer and fasting.

For me, prayer and fasting are all about learning to trust Him more. To trust Him completely.

I don’t think I can say that I always act like I trust Him completely. Sometimes my actions are driven by fear or worry or doubt. However, I can say with 100% confidence that in my heart, when I stop and think about it, I do trust Him completely. I trust His Word. I trust His promises. I trust His faithfulness. And I trust His goodness, no matter my circumstances. This doesn’t mean that life is always grand and I treasure each moment the way I should, because you all know that I struggle. I struggle a lot. But deep down, I know it is all a part of His plan and His purposes. And that is trust.

Our church recently held a conference and the speaker spoke on the importance of prayer and fasting towards breaking down strongholds in our lives. It was excellent, so I wanted to share a bit of that with you here. Here is Dr. Frizzell’s website.

In tearing down strongholds in our lives, one of the very best weapons we have against the enemy is prayer and abiding in Him! Just think, we can fight the enemy by talking with God! I have never thought about prayer as a weapon – but wow, I love the new picture I have in my mind of that time spent on my knees.

Yet, so often we don’t take advantage of this weapon that God so graciously gives us. We might send out “help me, Lord” prayers throughout our day – which is good, there is nothing wrong with those! (I pray that way all through my days!!) However, for genuine cleansing and repentance to take place in our lives on a regular basis, we must have a little bit of time to spend with our Father and allow Him to search us. We can’t grow more like Him if we aren’t living a life of repentance and a complete yielding to Him.

Another subject that it seems the church doesn’t readily discuss very often these days is fasting. But all through Scriptures and history we know that many believers and saints that have gone before us have fasted. God’s Word says in Matthew, “when you fast…” not if you fast. Yet, I rarely hear encouragement to fast on a regular basis. In Dr. Frizzell’s books he discusses how imperative it is to continually be fasting on a regular basis, it is all a part of the cleansing that we need from the Lord regularly.

I’d love to hear from you…

What is your experience with fasting?

How do you abide in Him on a regular basis in the midst of your busy life?

How do you find quality and quantity time to spend with God? Dr. Frizzell really emphasized our need for regular cleansing and repentance, letting God cleanse us – by asking Him very specifically to show us attitudes, thoughts, words, actions that aren’t pure. We can’t have this time of cleansing without time. Time alone with the Father. Oh, how I need that time!

“Search me, O God, and know my heart; test me and know my anxious thoughts. See if there is any offensive way in me, and lead me in the way everlasting.” Psalm 139:23-24

UPDATE to post: I received a question in my comments that was very good and should be thought about. She asked about fasting when she is hypoglycemic and going without food for several hours might make her sick. Here is my response to her, in case it might help someone else. :)

Fasting is a very personal thing. You must pray and see where God is leading you. If your body can’t handle a “no-food” fast, then try something else! No chocolate for a week, no internet for a day, no tv for a month, no soda for a certain amount of time. There are many, many ways that we can fast! The important thing is that we are listening to God and going where He is leading us…individually. :) We can fast from ANYTHING and use that time to spend in prayer and in His Word! And that is what is most important, our time with Him!!


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I have had a post about my Word of the Year rolling around in my head for a few weeks now. Yes, it is taking me awhile to process my thoughts into words that are legible. :)

But, today I saw this posted and had to share with you. This is what it’s all about, friends!!

Supermom Vs. Abiding Mom

I am definitely going to use the printable version and put that somewhere that I can look at it daily…as a reminder. As silly as it sounds, I think we do need to be reminded that we are not supermom. When I say that outloud, it sounds ludicrous, why would I even attempt to be supermom?? But, without realizing it, we do…we think we can do it all. We can’t. We think we can (and should) please others all the time. We can’t. And honestly, all those things we are *trying* to do, especially in our own strength, aren’t worthy goals to begin with, are they??