Simple

Often times as moms we find ourselves feeling guilty when we make simple lunches or dinners. However, sometimes the simple meals are the best to your child.

I could slave away for an hour in the kitchen and get nothing, but complaints. I take five simple minutes to gather supplies for peanut butter and jelly Friday, and all I hear is nothing except happy children asking for more!

Moms do not be so hard on yourselves! (Trust me I am 100% guilty of this) Life with kids gets chaotic and crazy! Just remind yourself, your family would rather spend time with their mommy then poking at a five star meal ๐Ÿ˜‚

Moms share those quick and easy favorite recipes!!!!

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Bread

Bread, an every day food we take advantage of without realizing it.

Think about the above statement for a second. We can go to the store, buy bread already made and ready to eat. Incredibly easy, yet I know I am one who finds myself complaining about this simple task.

I often find myself annoyed when we are out of food and I have to take my four kids to the store. Even when I do a grocery pick up, I tend to still complain about how long it is taking the employees to bring me my groceries. Convenience, is something we take for granted in today’s day in age. We are spoiled. An attitude I know I personally need to improve on.

My husband and I have personally made the decision to homeschool our children. I chose the curriculum, My Father’s World. (An amazing Christian based curriculum). This curriculum has fascinating science experiments and history lessons.

Our experiment/history lesson last night was making bread from scratch. As I was teaching my children how to knead dough and keeping track of how long the dough needs to be worked, I got to thinking of how easy we have it now a days.

I explained to my children how pilgrims did not have stores they could go to, to get food. Everything they ate was home made from scratch. They had to go out to the fields and collect the ingredients. My children love McDonald’s and had to ask if there was McDonald’s, with disappointment filling their eyes I told them; “there was no fast food restaurants.”

Convenience… Busy day let’s just get drive thru. I’m feeling too tired to cook, take out. We’re out of bread and milk. Better go to the cow to get some milk; I meant store. We are so blessed, yet still complain, just like the Israelites.

Then all the Israelites left Elim. They reached the western Sinai desert, between Elim and Mount Sinai, on the 15th day of the second month after leaving Egypt. Then the whole community of Israelites began complaining again. They complained to Moses and Aaron in the desert. They said, โ€œIt would have been better if the Lord had just killed us in the land of Egypt. At least there we had plenty to eat. We had all the food we needed. But now you have brought us out here into this desert to make us all die from hunger.โ€

Exodus 16:1-3

My children loved kneading the dough. I was surprised by how much work goes into creating the perfect dough. My arms had grown tired and felt like jello.

How often do we treat our relationship with the Lord like a convience item; only praying or reaching out to Him when things go wrong? Just like the bread dough, the more we knead and work on our relationship with the Lord the better the outcome will be.

It is important to not treat our relationship with Him like a quick stop and go. Our relationship with Him is far too important for that. Below I have shared some Bible verses showing the beautiful outcome of a close relationship with God.

Crazy

Do you ever feel like you have gone crazy trying to find something? The overwhelming, frustrating, and confusing feeling you get when the item you had is no longer where you put. This leaves you wondering what on earth you did with it?

I hope you have or this blog post is pointless hahahaha….

My children are notorious for taking items and making me feel like I’m going crazy.

Exhibit A

I was feeding my baby girl and had my drink by my phone on the couch end table. I got up to lay her down, come back and it’s gone. My other three kids swore they didn’t touch it. Hmmmm…. I wonder who took it ๐Ÿ˜‚

I am a huge fan of stories. I hope you guys share your stories as well in the comments! I’d love to laugh…. I mean read them! Kids can do the must frustrating yet funny things.

I’ll close with one last story. I always say my phone literally grows legs and walks away because of my third child (who is three). I had to put a lock on my phone because for the longest time she’d steal it and go hide watching videos. Most of her hiding spots were quite clever; under my bed, in my closet behind my clothes, or behind the rocking chair. However, her funniest hiding spot was when she would lay on a bed and hide under a blanket. I love how kids think if I can’t see you, you can’t see me hahahaha….

True Disciples

The topic of True Disciples has really been on my heart lately. In this post I wanted to share two great messages I heard this past week. Both touching base on what it means to be a True Disciple. These messages also have several other amazing points to get your mind rolling and thinking as you dive into the word ๐Ÿ’•

The first message is by Pastor Tim at New Life Church in Pleasant Hill, Iowa. (The link does work if you double click on the box above). The second message is from Pastor Barry at First Assembly of God in Indianola, Iowa.

https://indianolafirst.com/media/parables-of-perseverance-part-4-pastor-barry-hill

“But evil people and impostors will proceed from bad to worse, deceiving and being deceived.”

2 Timothy 3:13 NASB

“It’s time we rise up and be true disciples of Jesus, to not be shy!” -Pastor Barry.

Jesus Calling By: Sarah Young

This topic is so important especially for everything going on in today’s world. Above is a passage from my devotional I found to be spot on for what my mind has been pondering on the truth of being a True Disciple. People and the media can be deceiving, but if you want the truth dive into the word โค๏ธ I encourage you to do so, whenever you doubt or question what is right dig into the word seeking the answer!

Please feel free to comment any thoughts or questions you have ๐Ÿ™‚

Healing

In order for the body to heal we must have FAITH in God. Think of the blind man, the man with leprosy, the woman bleeding for 40 years. They all had one thing in common…

And He said to him, โ€œStand up and go; your faith has made you well.โ€

Luke 17:19 NASB

And Jesus said to him, “Go; your faith has made you well.” Immediately he regained his sight and began following Him on the road.

Mark 10:52 NASB

Your faith has made you well! Faith is what they all had in common. Unfortunately, some issues we face may not be as simple as rubbing dirt in our eyes or washing ourselves in the Jordan River. Some healing requires time, dedication, and ALOT of sacrifices. The path may be covered in pot holes, but the healing destination at the end makes everything worth the while.

In my last blog post, I shared after 3.5 years we finally had an answer to my daily chronic headache, pain, muscle weakness, tightness, and tingling. An allergist did blood work finding autoimmune disease, leaky gut, and high amounts of Candida in the blood stream.

Candida is also known as thrush in the mouth, yeast infection, and diaper rash. I have this in my gut and the goal is to kill it off to cleanse my body causing my organs to work properly.

The first week was full of pot holes, DEEP pot holes. Ones that make you cringe after your tires bounce off them. The amount of Candida in my blood was flagged as super high on a scale for the average person weighing 140. Needless to say other than pregnancies I have never cleared 95. The detox has had me tripping and face planting through the pot holes.

Despite all I drag myself out of the holes, sometimes army crawling, focusing on God. I know my Faith in Him will heal me. Whatever you may be going through the same goes for you. Do not give in to the evil negative thoughts, focus on God and find strength in your faith in Him. YOU GOT THIS!!!! BECAUSE HE HAS YOU!!!!

Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10


Even there your hand shall lead me, and your right hand shall hold me.

Psalm 139:10

The Christmas Wish

This year I felt myself praying wishing for an answer to my health problems…. After 3.5 years my wish came true!

One night can change your entire life. On July 14th of 2017 I chose to start the birth control pill. Throughout the night I woke up sweating, numb, tingling, anxious, my neck and head throbbing. These symptoms have been my leaches trying to drain all my strength and faith everyday for three and a half years.

The only way to fight off these leaches is to cling to God drawing closer to Him.

God is our refuge and strength, an ever-present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear, though the earth give way and the mountains fall into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam and the mountains quake with their surging.

Psalm 46:1-3

I felt like a guinea pig. The doctors thought it was just a migraine. MRI and CT Scans showed nothing. I tried several different pills and doses. All of which I told them I had to stop because my symptoms were worse and I literally felt dumb.

The brain fog was INTENSE! I strive to give my children a normal life never letting the pain get the best of me. I can not be helpless when I have four children relying on me! My husband has been amazing support, with me every step of the way. I knew they all loved and needed me, giving me the spark to stay motivated and moving. Even though they mean the world to me my strength comes from the one who gave them to me.

My main focus was God. Through prayer I would hear Him say, “My child I am with you.” I felt peace in knowing I was in my Father’s hands.

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.

Isaiah 41:10

No matter what you are going through, no matter how much pain you are in, DO NOT LET THE EVIL VOICE OF DOUBT AND ANXIETY IN YOUR HEAD TAKE OVER YOU! You are a child of God and He is always there for you. Talk to Him, vent to Him, and cling to Him; growing closer to Him and deepening your beautiful relationship with Him. You will be amazed at the strength and hope He can give you.

Seek the LORD and His strength; seek His presence continually!

1 Chronicles 16:11

He gives His toughest battles to those He knows can handle it. (Attached is one song I would jam to giving me peace. “He Said” by Group 1 Crew). My battle is far from over, but after three and half years I now have the upper hand!

Daily chronic pain, headache, tingling, fatigue, and weakness was on the winning side. However, we now have the classified information to turn this battle around! The Lord has provided us with an answer of the underlying cause to all these problems.

I did an extensive blood test, at an allergist, resulting in autoimmune disease (leaky gut). My liver and guts are not processing things properly causing junk to get into my blood stream. The junk causes cells to be inflamed damaging the neurons and neurotransmitters. This also has resulted to malnourishment and my immune system to have low white blood cells acting it self.

We are very thankful to have an answer as to what happened after our third child was born. The birth control pill I tried, was just the tipping block. My liver could not process it properly causing a severe reaction. The next step is an extensive diet to do a cleanse and more testing to figure out what form of autoimmune disease. Good health is an amazing gift from the Lord this holiday season ๐Ÿ™

Mini Muffins

This morning my oldest was explaining to my son how they all have the same amount of muffins in the mini muffins pouch. He proceeded to argue with her, insisting he had five in his. Then to his disappointment he madly opened the pouch yelling, “Look there is 1…2…3…4….4!!!! Why is there only four?! Why would mom make them with only four in a bag! She needs to make them with five!”

Suddenly, I became the bad guy. Even though the amount of mini muffins was out of my control, my son was still livid with me. In his child eyes I buy the groceries, I provide the food. Therefore, I am in control of it all.

I sat there in bed pondering this, while waiting for the angry four year old to come stomping in telling me about his recent discovery. Then I discovered something amongst my thoughts, how amazing is it our Father can do all things. No task is out of His control.

Yet we often get upset with Him because what we want is not what we are given. We may feel as though some prayers go unanswered. The key is our view point, which can help change our attitude. It’s not what we want, but what God wants. His will is what matters. He can do all things yes, but He knows what is best for us and has a plan for us.

We need to have faith trusting in His reasoning. (Definitely something I myself need to work on). When we begin to view situations from His point of view, for our lives, instead of feeling anger rush over us we feel hope and peace taking over.

And He was saying, โ€œAbba! Father! All things are possible for You; remove this cup from Me; yet not what I will, but what You will.โ€
Mark 14:36 NASB

And looking at them Jesus said to them, โ€œWith people this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.โ€
Matthew 19:26 NASB

https://www.thekitchenmagpie.com/how-to-make-perfect-mini-muffins-recipe/

Above is a link to a mini muffin recipe so you can actually control the number of muffins your child receives haha….

Magic Wand

Bippity boppity boo!!!! Do you ever wish you had a magic wand? Goodbye dirty dishes *waves wand*, laundry put away check *waves wand*, and farwell toys all over the ground *waves wand*. Unfortunately, this is not how God created us. Through these experiences we learn and Grow.

โ€œWorthy are You, our Lord and our God, to receive glory and honor and power; for You created all things, and because of Your will they existed, and were created.โ€
-Revelation 4:11 NASB

There are numerous experiences we go though we may find difficult and heart breaking leaving us to question, why? Revelations 4:11 has the answer, because of His Will. Through the hurt remember our creator has a reason why we are going through what we are. I know it is hard because we can not see what is at the finish line. However, we need to cling to faith, trusting in Him. He will be there with us every step we take towards the finish line. We know thy will be done.

Hillary Scott wrote a beautiful song called, “Thy Will”. The song is about a heart breaking time in her life. She wrote a cry to God during her struggle of losing her unborn child. I’d encourage you to listen to it, the lyrics are beautiful and strong. I have them below:

I’m so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So, I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I don’t wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart is a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I’ve got is hurt and these four words
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you’re good
But this don’t feel good right now
And I know you think
Of things I could never think about
It’s hard to count it all joy
Distracted by the noise
Just trying to make sense
Of all your promises
Sometimes I gotta stop
Remember that you’re God
And I am not
So
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will
I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store
I know you hear me
I know you see me, Lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store
So
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Like a child on my knees all that comes to me is
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
Thy will be done
I know you see me
I know you hear me, Lord”
Source: Musixmatch

Furthermore, if life were easy we would skip right over all of our opportunities to learn. In the midst of all the chaos remember God created us and His will be done. He is with us every step of the way providing the strength and peace we need to over come life’s obstacles. Thy will be done.


Watch “Hillary Scott & The Scott Family – Thy Will (Official Video)” on YouTube.

Mom Fail of the Week

Stinky Cheese

Life with a newborn baby and three other children can be quite chaotic. Baby girl was taking a great nap so I decided to make a nice meal for the family.

In the midst of cooking this meal a child peed on the floor. Therefore, if you give one kid a bath they all want a bath.

I knew there was a ticking time bomb and once detonated nursing would be the only way to turn it off. So the race was on to get dinner in the oven.

Once the time had come to sit down and eat the meal I prepared, Pizza Spaghetti with pepperoni and bacon bits, something was definitely off….

My nose was filled with the smell of stinky feet. Overwhelmed I realized the mozerella I used was the smell….