Thursday, May 28, 2015

Where do you go when the going gets tough?

I'm not sure about you but most of the time I think I have it all together but, let a few things get out of line like...a messy house, looking up and my smallest has stuffed all the food she didn't want into her shirt, or the bagger at Kroger puts my chicken with my strawberries and quickly my donkey side starts to seep out.
A little more on the serious side though, where do you go when the going gets tough?
What do you do when things seem to heavy to bear, when your not sure if you can do it, when you've been hurt by someone, when you are scared, when you've lost someone, when someone has betrayed you, when a relationship takes a left turn...
Where do you go?
Do you give up, run, hide, turn the other cheek, hide under the covers, gossip, or do you seek God?
Romans 8:18 tells us "For I consider that the sufferings of this present time are not worth comparing with the glory that is to be revealed to us."
Now I'm not sure about you but that verse is pretty reassuring to me, no matter what I am faced with God will always make sure that true glory will shine and be revealed in time.
Have you ever been in the middle of your trial or storm and almost gave up but instead you held steadfast to God's promise and when the storm settled you were able to look back and thank Him and then say silently to yourself "wow, He saw me through that just like he said he would, so glad I didn't throw in the towel."
I have those moments all the time, the more my faith matures the more I know that whatever I have on my plate it will be okay, it may not seem like it at the time but He has never failed me, not even once and He won't now.
Aren't you a little more comfortable when you tell your problem to someone and they are able to say "oh you are facing that, so am I?" isn't there just something about someone else dealing with what your dealing with comforting?
Did you know Jesus has been there too, just because he lived 2000 years ago doesn't mean He didn't face the same things we do now. 
Pain, suffering, confusion, financial strain, loss, and so much more. Just like the old saying goes he has "been there and done that" but the difference is he did it for you and for me.
Your trials have a divine purpose.
How will you handle them?
Have Zest and Turn to God

Monday, May 4, 2015

Mama Bird

Before baby birds hatch the mama communicates to them by sending messages through the egg. This process is much like us a mothers carrying our babies. We are already talking, singing, reading and praying for our unborn long before we meet them.
I ran into a birds nest where I was actually able to stand by and watch as the mother bird fed them. To watch those baby birds sit and chirp helplessly as their mama gently placed food into their mouths was amazing. To see the work that went into that nest is a wonder in itself.
Much like us we work hard to provide a safe environment for our babies but no matter what we do we can't help the inevitable.
(the little nest I was spying on)
My mama bird instinct kicks in all the time, whether it's knowing when my baby girl is silent that she is most likely squatted down hiding somewhere covered in lipstick or when my son hasn't checked in he is usually forehead deep in mud hole somewhere.
We just tend to know when something isn't right.
Between what I've watched on the news, seen on social media, and the fears I have in my own mind I've am I to always protect my kids, how can I know they will choose the right friends, and how do I know the temptations of the world won't get to them?
I would like to believe they will come to me and that I can always keep them safe but the reality is we live in a fallen world and the devil is on the prowl.
I was feeling helpless after realizing how tiny my little corner of the world is and no matter how badly I want to stick my children in a bubble the truth is I can't and the things they will see and hear are too much for me but they aren't too much for God. He doesn't guarantee our children will turnout okay and he doesn't say that by following him we are free from trials but what he does say is that it's His, so give it to Him.
Let go of it, it's too heavy for you and He has it. We are small and God is mighty!
I found this from Mark Batterson, Praying Circles around Your Children
“You don’t have to do everything right as a parent, but there is one thing you cannot afford to get wrong. That one thing is prayer. You’ll never be a perfect parent, but you can be a praying parent. Prayer is your highest privilege as a parent. There is nothing you can do that will have a higher return on investment. In fact, the dividends are eternal. Prayer turns ordinary parents into prophets who shape the destinies of their children, grandchildren, and every generation that follows.”
I know I was prayed for as a child and now I'm a mother so I know the pains, worries, and concerns my mom felt, she just didn't have pinterest, facebook, and great mama blogs to assure her she wasn't the only one feeling these mothering pains.
But, she had God and so do I.
If your struggling with parenting or know someone who is do something and pray for your children or whomever is on your heart's children.
Don't ask what you can do, choose something and do it.
This mama thing isn't always easy but thank the Lord we don't have to do it alone.
Have Zest and Be a praying parent!