Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Wasted Time

What do you do daily that wastes your time? I call it my "me time" but is it really? Most of it is spent in front of the computer or on the bed catching up on hgtv....I am starting to realize my me idolness....OH NO you gasp....SHE SPELLED THAT WRONG...NOPE!! Not me! I am really funny about grammatical issues. I mean it. It IS IDOLness. I have become my own IDOL! I want for me, I do for me, I pray for me, I need for me, I suffer FOR ME!! Is any of this wrong? Oh yeah because I do it all the time one way or another.

I have been focusing on becoming the Proverbs 31 woman and I was convicted in today's Doorposts Giveaway that I am not being this woman. This idea that I have that I NEED downtime...its strictly spoken against in the Bible....maybe it doesnt say "thou shalt not watch HGTV" but it does say that we are to stay busy. God doesn't give us bones, muscle, dynamic, and energy to be wasted pushing a remote button back and forth

So my me time and energy are now going to include the following:

Keeping my home so that I may not be consumed by my work but kept busy by my tending (27She looks well to the ways of her household,And does not eat the bread of idleness. )thus springs forth the idea that maybe if I am busy enough...I may not over eat. How many times have I taken this bite or that...just because I am bored, lonely, or just plain and simply NOT PAYING ATTENTION!!!!

Working out ... my body is my temple and i perform better when I feel better. My body needs muscle to burn fat and energy. According to 1 Corinthians 6:19–20 (ESV)
 19 Or do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit within you, whom you have from God? You are not your own, 20 for you were bought with a price. So glorify God in your body.
 Ever wonder how much life can be transformed by simply living the way the bible tells us to?
Find Time to Try a New Recipe ... this goes along with proverbs 31 in that
15She rises also while it is still night
And gives food to her household
And portions to her maidens. 

Ever wonder how much life can be transformed by simply living the way the bible tells us to?

Friday, March 18, 2011

Oh what a glorious day,,,,

have you ever felt like God was just smiling down on you? I feel little blessings pouring all over my shoulders today...

I can't say what yet but there may be a very big blessing coming our way soon. My sweet dh may be able to go to training when we can all go. One of my besties and I are going to get make overs, eat Olive Garden, and buy furniture....on top of that I did my 2nd work out in a row along with 5 solid days of tracking food.

to top all that off....My ABSOLUTE FAVORITE mothering tool is up for grabs today from one of my favorite parenting resources! Doorpost's 4th day give away is a full set of their charts including (drum roll) THE IF THEN CHART!!! Oh you should see the smile on my face!!!!

Go here and enter to win...NO MOTHER SHOULD BE WITHOUT THESE!!!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

I am humbled

You've heard the age old saying "smile, you never know who is looking up to you". Yesterday, I was challenged to look at the world around me....and through God's eyes. It was painful. I have come to believe that we as people have become numbed by society to the point that we can't see the pain going on in someone else's lives because we are blinded by lies. In my very own life I let a small fib (if you can call it that) stop me in my tracks and instead of seeing through it with God's eyes I some how chose to just keep going on. What she said was what she meant and that was the end of it. It wasnt until tears of joy and love came pouring from her eyes that I knew I had been wrong. We as people are prideful not only in our lives by what we have accomplished but also in what we as people have accomplished in someone else's life. So today I challenge you....see through the curtain, pray for God's eyes, look for what you may have purposely overlooked before....I challenge you to bless your nearest and dearest in some way today. What is love...if it isnt shared?

With that keep this verse in mind

1 Corinthians 13

 1 If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

Enter to win....

I absolutely love Doorposts and ever since my dear sweet Jaybrena introduced the If/Then chart to me...parenting has been MUCH easier. Not a cake walk by any means but I don't struggle with my punishment or praise technique anymore. Well if you want to be as blessed as I was you can enter to win daily through March 26th...a grand prize winner will be chosen on that day to receive all the products!!

Go here to enter

I don't know why...

but I have decided to blog again...I think in a way it just makes me feel better. I love sharing my life, my experiences, and the many "treasure boxes" God leaves for me along life's journey. So with that....I am back!!!

So why "The Abiding Mom" you may ask? Well it was something i found when I started trying to homeschool the monkey. I realized I had always been called a supermom and it was starting to really take a toll on me. I struggled to make my kids shine. I wanted to be praised for having the best kids in the world. Yes, I know it seems selfish but you can't say you haven't been there too if you are honest with yourself.....I mean don't we all have a "smarter than the average bear" moment with our kids?

I was losing my battle, and I was losing fast. I decided that I wanted something different. I wanted to be a better mom. I was spending too much time on coupons. I was spending too much time on Facebook, I was spending way too much time playing Frontierville, and I didn't really like being a parent for the most part. I love my kids, don't misunderstand, but I felt like I was failing in so many ways that I wasnt able to keep up and so I really had begun to stop trying. I wasn't a super mom and I wasn't going to try to be one anymore.

Then I found this chart.

I have since slowed down on my "to do" list and started my "to be" list. I love harder, try harder, and even forgive harder. It's life changing when applied....try makes being a mom easier, more fulfilling, and even more joyous....then again....What doesn't feel better when done through the love of Christ