Sunday, April 27, 2014

My Worst Week

Last week was horrible.  It really tested every emotional fiber within me.  I am sure you know exactly what I mean.  Of course there was plenty to celebrate - life, health, family, safe travel, etc.  But event after event kept happening and I found myself on Saturday emotionally drained.  The faith tank inside of me seemed close to depleted.

My honest feelings are just to encourage you.  One of the life lessons from last week was - what we focus on grows in our minds.  If an uncomfortable event happens in your life, find a place in your mind to focus on thoughts of peace, stability and God's grace.  Our mind can take us to places unknown, even in the midst of a crisis.

Mama Duck & her ducklings

At some point last week I saw a duck and it's ducklings.  The mama duck waddled around while her babies stayed close by her.  Because I felt so stressed that day I thought about what it would be like NOT to worry.  These ducks had no care in the world.  They didn't even wonder where their next meal would come from.  They waddled with the freedom of knowing, they are cared for.

I decided that day to walk in that same freedom.  As a child of God, peace and confidence is one of the spiritual blessings He gives His children.  If we don't walk in it, it is not because of Him but our own intentional effort to worry.

Remember - what you focus on grows in your mind.  After taking deep breaths my load seemed a little lighter if only for that moment.

Normally, I HATE these ducks that have taken over the baseball field.  But this time I learned a great lesson.  Worry does not solve any problems.  In fact, 80% of what we worry about NEVER even happens.

Make a choice this week, no matter what the situation, not to worry.  Trust and believe that your Father is handling it all for you, just like the mama duck at the baseball field.

"So I tell you, don't worry about everyday life - whether you have enough food, drink and clothes…Look at the birds.  They don't need to plant or harvest or put food in barns because your heavenly Father feeds them.  And you are far more valuable to him than they are.  So don't worry about tomorrow,  for tomorrow will bring it's own worries."  Matthew 6:25-26, 34

Sunday, April 13, 2014

She did it!

Our view this weekend!

During the spring our evenings are filled with track and t-ball.  Each weekend Alton and I head different ways.  Normally I'm on the track and he's on the t-ball field.  If Hannah has a track meet, Alton quickly leaves the t-ball field and heads to her meet.  I'm so blessed to have a husband who desires to play a big part in our children's lives.  I wasn't sure if he would make it this weekend because unfortunately he hurt his back and traveling two hours would prove painful.

Up until the last minute, we didn't know if he would make it.  Hannah didn't vocalize any disappointment in not having her dad there but I know she enjoys having him there.  Much to our surprise, he drove the distance to see her.  Unfortunately he missed her first event but arrived minutes before her 800 meter dash.  We are so thankful for his sacrifice.

Tyson Gay-Olympic athlete visited the track meet

By the time her second event comes up, she's hot, tired and ready to go home.  I had to wake her up (she normally naps between events) to check her in for the race.  She was not happy and pouted during the entire process.  At this point, she could care less about the goals she set or her race technique.  She wanted to get the race over so she could feel a cool breeze on her face coming from the ac in the car versus a warm breeze from an occasional gust of wind.

As always, I prayed over her and set her on her way.  I wanted her to find her happy place and go into the event with a positive attitude because with any sport, positive thinking is half the battle to any win.

3rd place medal

I'm so happy to share that not only did she run her personal best, she medaled in the 800 meter dash!  Her hard work and dedication paid off and God answered her prayers.  A goal that she set for herself  to accomplish by the end of the season was met after only one track meet.

I wanted to share this time in our lives because it was only accomplished because of a sacrifice Hannah was willing to make.  When you sacrifice, it means that you give up something, usually for the sake of a better cause.  Each week, she's willing to give up her time and body to run hard and meet her goals.

As we head into Holy week, let's be mindful of the sacrifice that Jesus made for us.  He willingly surrendered it all for each and every one of us. Hold fast to the truth of His passion for you!  (Posted by Renee)

Philippians 3:8(NLT)

Yes, everything else is worthless when compared with the infinite value of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have discarded everything else, counting it all as garbage, so that I could gain Christ.

Sunday, April 6, 2014

Sacred Mornings

"Roslyn, how do you get it all done?"

That was a question that someone recently asked me.  I think this person was intrigued because of the numerous amount of responsibilities that seem to fill my day.  At times, I reflect on the freedom of being a young child with no real chores except fun and play.  But then I quickly snap out of daydreaming because another task needs to be completed.

Here's my secret:  I am sure I am like many of you.  A solid support system is vital when you are raising children.  But also taking moments for yourself is a necessity.  I call them "me moments".  Some people may struggle to find that work/life/kid balance.  That is the person who probably spends time sick, frazzled and often appears exasperated at the end of every day.  Isn't it funny how things that we should HAVE somehow start HAVING us.

Get rid of the guilt and find at least 30 minutes in every day to do something for yourself.  If we pour all of our energy and resources into other people, what is left for us?

What are you cultivating or nurturing within yourself?

Mornings for me are sacred.  I am a positive morning person.  I admit that you won't find me working on a computer at midnight.  Renee is the exact opposite.  Even though we are identical twins, she is a night owl.  I enjoy solid nights of rest so I can at start my day refreshed.

Don't get me wrong, I can appreciate a sunset, if I'm sitting on a beach with a nice drink in my hand watching the sun set into the horizon.  Other than that saying good-bye is not as sacred to me as saying hello to a new day.

I wake up early so that I can have time with just me.  Uninterrupted - no plans, no kids, no work or hubby just me.  It is a sacrifice to carve out this time, BUT now it has become a habitual ritual in my life.  I cringe when I hear the alarm go off, but the end result is worth it.  Mornings might not be the best time for you.  Whatever time of day it is, I challenge you to find 30 minutes in your day for a "me moment".
These items are essential to me daily, what about you?

My day normally starts like this - curl out of bed, hygiene, lace up and exercise, meditate and drink my water. Seems pretty simple but if I cut any of that out of my morning routine my day seems a little more unsettled.

What about you?  What are some of your habitual rituals that your body craves everyday?

I can't wait to hear your comments.

Given an extra 30 minutes you would…  

Here's to SACRED MORNINGS! (Posted by Roslyn)

Thursday, April 3, 2014

Fun Friday - Get Out There and LIVE

Attended a pro tennis match for the first time!
My kids think me and my hubby are the most "boring" people they know.  We listen to all the wrong music, wear all the wrong clothes and in their opinion don't know anything about having fun. 

You guessed right - we are raising a teenager.  Because of this our family has become intentional on trying new experiences.  So I ask you:

When was the LAST time you did something for the FIRST time?

Seems like an easy question but when I ask most people, they mention something they did months or even years ago.  Find a way to try a new food, visit a new state, book a cruise, listen to a new radio station, try a new coffee shop on Sunday, see a new movie at midnight, try a new restaurant, have a pillow fight, play in the rain, eat ice cream for dinner, laugh until you start crying, sing out loud, live out loud!

This weekend go out there and LIVE!  Create a new experience for yourself.  
Rocked mint green polish!

Because you don't want someone you know to think you are boring! (Posted by Roslyn)

Had a silly moment in the mall for the first time!