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How I relate to Sarai/Sarah

01/31/2013 - Author: Jennifer

I enjoy reading about the women in the Bible. Even though we live in different times, we have the same God.

After reading about Sarah, I saw myself in her and found her relatable. What about you? Hope you stop over at Unveiled Wife and read more and tell us…what woman of the Bible do you relate to more?

Be blessed:)

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Again

01/25/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

AGAIN

Last night, I felt my world was falling apart, again. I don’t know what the future holds and I don’t know what the next step is with our son’s future, but I feel like I have failed again.

I hate being a repeat offender. I hate having fear in the unknown when I fully believe that God sees what is going on, is in control, and loves my son more than me. He knows what is best and knows that we can do this or he wouldn’t have let me and my husband be his parents. What a gift, blessing, and honor that God loaned our son to us!

Last night, I took to my prayer journal and cried out to God on paper. It is something new I am doing. It used to be enough for me to just cry out, but there is something therapeutic for me to put it on paper.

This situation makes me see my need, as a mom, to rely on God. It reminds me, again, that I can not do this alone. For the good times and the times that frustrate me, I need to again, go to God. I need to thank and praise Him, because He is the same, no matter what!

Five Minute Friday

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How do I Compare?

01/23/2013 - Author: Jennifer

I have been doing the Hope for the Weary Mom online study and this is the 3rd week for it. I have enjoyed every week and I would encourage you to read the book check it out if you haven’t yet.

Today’s post stirred something in me–on the other end of the spectrum though. Talking about comparisons made me think of how I compare myself to other moms.

If we are honest with ourselves moms, we compare. I compare how I am not like other moms or how I should be a better mom. But you know what else? I compare how I am a better mom than others.

My husband and I were married 8 years before our son was born. That gave me time to watch and learn, but that doesn’t give me the authority to think that I am better when I don’t make mistakes.  I am not going to say that I don’t  need to improve, but for me to think how I am better–that isn’t right. Arrogance 🙁

Megan said that the only measuring stick we need to be concerned with is The Holy Spirit kind. Well, I fail. I fail every time I compare how I am doing better and how I am doing worse. The Holy Spirit doesn’t compare and I shouldn’t either.

Motherhood is not the only place I compare myself and my life. I compare marriages, blogs, families, friendships, and other things wishing I was in a better place. Sometimes, God has me where He wants me and sometimes He wants to make an effort to do better or take that next step instead of waiting, complaining, or wishing for better things.

I am not going to be the best at anything. I would have more arrogance than I already have. I need to mind my own business and keep striving to do better for me and stop patting myself on the back when I do get things right. Instead, I need to thank God for when I don’t mess up because let’s face it–it is only because of my reliance on Him that I make it and His grace to help me fix it.

Be blessed:)



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Cherished~~Five Minute Friday

01/18/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

CHERISHED 

I remember snuggling my infant son and how I prayed to God that I would never forget this. Help me to always remember this moment. They say kids grow up fast, and I never doubted it, but I feel like my memory is like a sieve and I can’t remember the moments that I did cherish.

Life feels like a blur some days or some days are just REALLY hard and I need to cherish more moments with my son and my husband.

When the hard times come, and I know they will, I need to remember and cherish the promises God gave me and cherish the times He has led me through so I remember to rely on Him.

On days that my son is being a 2-year old and I feel like there is nothing good out of the day, I need to look for moments to cherish and once again pray, God please help me to never forget this~~to cherish these times because I won’t get them again.

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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3 Years Ago Today

01/13/2013 - Author: Jennifer

My life changed forever 3 years ago today.

Back story: In 2009, we were told we could try and get pregnant again after we lost our first baby. I can’t tell you how many failed pregnancy tests I took that year. We were going to have to look into options to help us get pregnant. Then, we decided to go to Ireland for my 30th birthday. I told myself that I wasn’t going to take another pregnancy test. I wasn’t going pursue other options yet, not until after our trip.

Leading up to this day, had been exciting. Our trip to Ireland was finally happening! But, for the past few days I had not been feeling well. Having a cold isn’t uncommon in January. Having a cold that mad me feel nauseous isn’t unheard of, but it would go away and I thought nothing of it.

The morning of January 13th, 2010, was like any other day, EXCEPT I woke up with nausea. Hmmm…..maybe? I had 1 pregnancy test left. I thought, OK–last time before Ireland in April. What I never thought possible again happened~~ we had a positive pregnancy test. I am talking a digital, no brainer, no counting faded lines~~PREGNANT! I asked questions–how, when, what?! I know, like I should know this stuff by now, but the questions came anyway!

Ireland~~ well, it didn’t happen. A volcano erupted and we canceled our trip. You know what? That is OK. Life comes with interruptions that I feel God has blessed me with. Even as I write this post, I have been interrupted and had a tickle fest with my now 2 year old son. I am ok with interruptions and plans that don’t go, well, according to my plan because I am convinced that God knew what would happen and has blessed me so much more than I could have planned for myself.

3 years ago today, 1 day after we booked the trip of a lifetime, God  interrupted my life with news that I was pregnant.  This was a miracle and a blessing.  I am so grateful for God’s interruptions. What about you? Any interruptions that God blessed you with? I would love to hear.

Be blessed:)


Why I Love My Husband

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Five Minute Friday~~ DIVE

01/11/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

DIVE

FMFParty--Dive

Sometimes, we are thrown into situations, forced to dive in and sometimes we dive in ourselves, without fear, never thinking we will need help.

I dove right into marriage thinking it was going to be easier than it was. Thankfully, there are friends to help pull me up when I  fet like I was drowning and can’t catch my breath.

What started as a dive into motherhood felt like being thrown into the deep end when my son came early and we had unexpected obstacles that we are still overcoming.

I am learning that it doesn’t matter if I feel like I am sinking or swimming, He is there as a buoy–to help me stay afloat and tread water. He helps me catch my breath!

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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Do I Dare Have a God-sized dream?

01/08/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Do I dare have a God-sized dream?

I used to dream of traveling. I dreamt that my husband and I would travel more before our son was born. We did have small vacations, but mostly he said we couldn’t afford it. We mostly had to fly to visit family. If my husband, who is head of the house said no, then I had to oblige. My husband put his needs and wants before what was best for us and because of that, my spirit is crushed. Now, due to bad decisions on both of our parts, finances are not there.

I don’t know if I can dream. I feel like I am setting myself up for hurt, so right now, it terrifies me.  We had planned a trip to Ireland but had to cancel due to the volcano that erupted. Why did God allow that? Maybe the timing wasn’t right for us to go, but then–why give me this desire if He says no? 

I have been told no too many times and had so many roadblocks to travel that it is too painful to dream. Traveling is not the only dream that has not happened, but it is the one that keeps coming to mind.  I would rather He give me a different dream, one that I feel is in His will. Is this a God-sized dream? I feel like it is because it seems only He can make it possible. Is it just a desire that I can’t have? I know the Bible says God will give you the desires of your heart if you delight in Him.(Psalm 37:4)  Is that what I am missing? I think I am delighting in Him, but maybe I am not. I don’t believe God will give you the desires of your heart if you are not in God’s will/sinning.

What is my dream?  Maybe my dream is to figure out what more God wants me to do to help further His kingdom. Maybe my dream is to dream again.

Be blessed:)

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Five Minute Friday~~Opportunity

01/04/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

Opportunity

The word can go down so many trails. You can have an opportunity to help others, to make friends, to go out of your comfort zone, but ignore them. Maybe it is fear, anger, resentment or knowing someone can do it better, so you say no.

You can also do bad–opportunity arrives to do bad, seek revenge. Those are the opportunities to pass up.

The opportunities to not pass up–the ones where you can serve. Ask forgiveness. Offer grace.

The opportunities I struggle with–the ones others get that I want. Lessons learned that I needed to be taught. If I open myself to what God wants to teach me, then jealousy can turn into gratefulness and happiness.

Those are the opportunities I can’t pass up. 

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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