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Words of Wisdom Wednesdays

I love quotes and little bits of wisdom that encourage me and inspire me to do better.  (I like the ones that just make me laugh, too!)  So I have decided that Wednesdays should be devoted to just that…Words of Wisdom!  Enjoy!
Bday

I love my tribe!!!!!!

OCEAN (1)

snowflake

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Beautiful Creation!

I cancelled school today.  I RARELY do that anymore, now that I have a 7th grader, and ALGEBRA!  (You cannot get behind in that stuff!  It starts multiplying and then you just have to give up!)  Anyway, I did!  I totally cancelled school today.  I don’t have a super good reason for doing so, other than the fact that the teacher needed a personal day, and the teacher wanted to go and see some properties on the mountain with her husband.  So, I did just that.  We saw some super fun cabins, one MASSIVE home being built up here (10,000 sq feet ya’ll!  Crazy ridiculous!  I’m hoping that they will need a person to go turn on the lights, the heater and get the coffee started on the “weekends” that they come up.  I’m their person!  Haha!)

Can I just tell you that no matter where I go on this mountain, I am in awe of God’s beautiful creation?!  Every view, every creature, every time.  I am so thankful that the God of the universe chose to give His beautiful creation as a gift and reminder of His love for us!

(I know I need to work on my photography skills.)

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I’m not a quitter!

I’m not a quitter!  I’m not a quitter!  I’m not a quitter…but this wordpress thing is making me want to be!  Yikes and Ugh!  I am going to learn how to do this.  I am!

The End!

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Gratefulness

-Our obedience isn't just for Him; it's for us. He uses it to change us.-

As many of you know, I am currently reading Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World by Kristen Welch.  (The book goes on sale, Jan. 26, or you can order now online!  Do it!  This is good stuff!)

I have been challenged by each chapter that I read.  Challenged to be a grateful mom, challenged to be kind, challenged to serve!  Kristen says “You don’t think about yourself, when you’re thinking about others!”  Yep!  So true! I want to SHOW my kids what that means.  I want them to get a taste of what that feels like and then thirst for more!

I really loved this quote from Chapter 8, “Our obedience isn’t just for Him; it’s for us.  He uses it to change us.”  Oh how this is so true.  Through obedience, whether easy or hard, God changes our hearts.  He molds us into who He wants us and needs us to be.  I love that!  Kind of like the song, “Have Thine Own Way.”  Here are a few of the words:

Have thine own way, Lord

Have thine own way.

Thou art the potter, I am the clay

Mold me and make me

After thy will

While I am waiting, Yielded and still

May that be my prayer today, and the song in my heart as I work on being molded by Jesus!

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What am I doing on WordPress?

Oh my goodness!  I wanted to move forward with this blogging thing, so I jumped right in and got myself a wordpress blog and new domain and everything.  Now I’m DROWNING!!!!!!!!  HELP!!!!!!!!  Here’s hoping I get this thing figured out in a few short days!

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Family

I love our families!  I have always loved being with family.  As my aunt always reminds me, I was the small child who would cry and cry when it was time to leave my granny’s house…EVERY TIME!  I am pretty much the same way today.  When I am with family, my heart is full.  When I have to leave family, my heart is sad!  This is why our moving across the country from Texas to California has been such a big deal.

We have tried to go back to Texas two times each year.  So far, this plan is working, but I already have anxiety about when this is not going to be the case due to THINGS and STUFF as our kids get older.  Ya know?!  (Okay, enough about that because it makes me want to start crying right now, and I need to  start school with my kids, not be a blubbering mess!)  Anyway, we just got back from our visit to Texas.  It was great!  We got to spend time with both of our families, and even though we didn’t get to see everyone, I was definitely reminded how very blessed we are!  I mean, both Micah and I have amazing families.  Families that love us and care for us in ways we could never repay!  I often feel very guilty for leaving Texas and moving to California.  I feel like I abandoned the people that love us most. Then I pray, and remember that God moved us here.  He had a plan from the beginning, and even though it is TERRIBLY TOUGH to be away from family, we know that we are in a place where we can serve Christ by serving others, and that he prepared us for this.

     

With that being said, God is amazing in how he provides “camp family” for us too!  I love our Palomar “camp family” and truly feel like family with each of our staff here.  Ya’ll, I couldn’t live on a mountain 1 hour away from the grocery store and all of civilization if it weren’t for this “camp family!”  We eat meals together, celebrate together, worship together, cry together…just do life!  It’s good, and I am so very grateful each day for all of these that live and work here with us!

So, family…whether it’s biological or not, it’s important!  I am so thankful for a God who loves me and knows me better than I know myself.  A God that provides for needs that I sometimes don’t even realize I have.  Thankful that God has given me so many to call “my family”!

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Back to life, back to reality!

Back to life, back to reality…those are actually the only words I know to that song, but they will now be on repeat in my head for the remainder of the day!  (Sorry if they are now in your head too!)

Monday morning after Christmas break, ugh!  Who wants to get up and get back to life?!  I prefer to sleep in a few more hours and stay in my pj’s all day, and watch more t.v., and eat more carbs, then fall into a coma…BUT, that cannot be!

We were up and out of the house this morning, without any notable whining!  That makes for a great day!  The kids are now at school for the day, and I have been sitting in our church’s cafe for the past 2 hours planning for this week and catching up on all things!  It’s now lunch time, and it is smelling really good in here.  I think that I should definitely order something healthy, since Micah and I are back on the  “healthy eating” plan today, but I don’t WANT to.  I really just want that “Mama’s Grilled Cheese” sandwich that has about 10 different cheeses and sourdough bread!  Yum!  I will get something healthy though.  I will.  I will, I really will!

Anyway, I hope that anyone who reads this silly thing had an awesome Christmas and a Happy New Year!  We certainly had a great break with family!  (I’ll blog more about that soon.)  Here’s to a Happy Monday back in reality!

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On My Mind…

Just some things that are on my mind today:

1.  Horrific Violence –
Today 14 people were killed in San Bernadino, CA.  Innocent people that couldn’t help themselves, by gunmen that had no care in the world for life.  Violence has been around always.  I study world history with my kids each day, and believe me, violence has always been around.  I hate it!  I don’t want to sit around and wonder what the next thing will be.  I am glad my hope is in Christ!

2.  Going Home –
We’re going home in just a few short weeks!  Can’t wait!  Oh how we miss our families and can’t wait to spend time with them!  While I am super excited to see family, I always get a little sad because I can never see all of the many people that we know and love when we come home.  Just know, whether I see you or not, you are loved and I am thankful for you.

3.  Raising Kids –
HARD!!!!!!  HARD!!!!! WORK!!!!!!   BEST JOB EVER!!!!!!!!  but…HARD, HARD WORK!!!!!

4.  Giving –
I love to give!  If I could give everyone presents all the time, I would!  It makes me happy, but it’s hard too.  We went and bought our gifts for the outreach tree at church last night.  It cost over $50 and we really didn’t buy much at all.  Micah and I talked about it a bit.  About how so many families do not have money to buy basic needs.  (We bought hats, gloves, baby wipes, socks and underwear…all basic things that are necessary.)  If it was a struggle for me to buy these things for only two children, can you imagine how families with 4 or 5 feel at this time of year?  Help a family if you can.  People have needs!  Lots of people!

5.  Laughter –
I love to laugh!  Lately, Grace and I have been laughing a lot.  (She’s at the stage in life where she is legitimately funny, and it’s the best!)  I read one chapter from Jen Hatmaker‘s For The Love while we were at Barnes and Noble last night.  Grace and I laughed so hard in the store that she fell out of her seat.  We quiet laughed, so as not to be too obnoxious, but it was a funny chapter.  Check out a few things that made me laugh really hard.  (I posted them below.)

6. HGTV’s Fixer Upper –
Let’s just end on a happy note, shall we?  I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE Fixer Upper, but I think the reason I love it is because I adore Chip and Joanna Gaines!  I love laughing at/with Chip!  I love how Joanna always laughs when he is silly!  I love how Joanna talks to her kids!  (Yes, I know that this is a TV show, but they just seem so very real and authentic!)  Fixer Upper is my 1 hour each week where I settle in and feel like I have just stepped back into Texas and I LOVE it!!!  (Did I already say that?)  And, to end this rambling blog post, I just thought you might like to know that Chip Gaines retweeted me today!  Yep, pretty much made my day!  LOL!  Yes, I need to get a life.

Here are a few things to make you laugh!

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Connecting The Dots

I follow several blogs, daily.  We are THAT family by Kristen Clark Welch, The Big Mama Blog by Melanie Shankle, Money Saving Mom by Crystal Paine, and the original blog that hooked me on all things “blog”…The Pioneer Woman by Ree Drummond.  I read these everyday.  I enjoy them.  They encourage me, teach me, and make me laugh.  So, when Kristen Clark Welch posted that she needed a launch team for her new book, Raising Grateful Kids in an Entitled World, I decided to apply.  I totally did not think that I would get chosen for this awesome opportunity, but I DID!  I was chosen!  So stinking exciting!  I totally applied on a whim, but knew that I would seriously enjoy this book if chosen, and let me tell you something…not only will I enjoy this book, I am CERTAIN, I will be changed.  Yep, I read the introduction the day before Thanksgiving, and knew then that this was going to be BIG!  Today, Chapter 1, rocked my boat a bit.  Uh huh, entitlement!  Yes, Kristen makes you think about YOURSELF!  How dare she?!  Haha!  She says this, “Entitlement didn’t start with my kids.  It began with me.  I entitled them because I was entitled!”  Wow!  I had to stop on that one!  (More to come about chapter one later this week!)

Here’s the super cool thing, though!  Last night at church, one of our pastors was reading from Exodus 3.  You know, the chapter where Moses sees the burning bush that isn’t burning up, so he goes close and hears the voice of God?!  He speaks to God there!  Yep, heard that story a few times myself, being that I grew up as a preacher’s kid in Southeast Texas.  I know that story!  I could tell you that story over and over, but last night I heard something different!  In Exodus 3:13-14, the bible says:
Moses said to God, “Suppose I go to the people of Israel.  Suppose I say to them, ‘The God of your fathers has sent me to you.’  Suppose they ask me ‘What is his name?’  Then what should I tell them?”  God said to Moses, “I AM WHO I AM.  Here is what you must say to the Israelites.  Tell them, ‘I AM has sent me to you.”
Now friends, I am going to be brutally honest here.  I have read and heard that passage many times, but never really grasped what God was saying when he says, “I AM WHO I AM.”  Never really got that.  Kind of read it, and kept going…never stopped and processed!  But last night, I understood!  I AM means HE IS means He’s Sufficient!  He is everything when I am nothing!  He IS, when I’m not!  I AM…whatever they need, whatever you need, sufficient for anything and everything always!  One of our pastors, Christopher Hillken, says it way better, take a look:

Good stuff!  And here is where I realize that God connects all the dots for us!  My entitlement, just might be connected to my lack of understanding that HE IS, sufficient?!  Yep, this book might just be God’s way of teaching me about HIS SUFFICIENCY!  I pray that my heart is ready, Lord!  Let’s do this!

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Not So Sure

I loved blogging, when I blogged.  I have wanted to start back many times, but I get intimidated.  I just want to have fun with it.  If people want to read it, awesome!  For now, its just a way for me to share my thoughts.  Micah and I were talking the other day, and he said that I should start blogging again.  I told him that I really didn’t know what my “platform” was.  I don’t know where my “lane” is, in this blog world.  I do know that I love writing.  So, I’m going to go for it again.  I may not post for the world to see anytime soon, but I’m going for it.

I’m not so sure…but here it goes!

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