Monday, January 31, 2011

Someone to help you up!

In my Good Morning Group, I am getting to know some great people.  Sometimes it is hard to let yourself out there.  To tell about your past.  To let people know where you have stumbled, fell.  But without letting this out, I would not have gotten to know some of these wonderful women.  God brings people in your life to help you, and when he brings someone to me that has had a similar background it is so awesome.  I like the feeling of not being alone, in my struggles.  I have many great christian friends that I know are always there for me, but sometimes its nice to be able to talk to someone that relates so well to your story!
Ecclesiastes 4:9-10 says, "Two are better than one, because they have a good return for their work; If one falls down, his friend can help him up.  But pity the man who falls and has no one to help him up!"

I like these verses, sometimes when you stumble and fall it's so easy to just stay down.  The next time you fall it will not hurt because you won't  fall so far.  But it is those people that have been through what you have, that have had the same hard times that you can look at and say, I can do it.  They have went through it and got back up, so I can too!   The hard part is putting yourself out there so that you can meet and get to know those people.  So I challenge you to put yourself out there, connect with a new friend.  You will be amazed at what you have in common and enjoy together, someone that can help you up too!

Forever Changing,

Sunday, January 30, 2011

Scripture and a Snapshot! 

Today I am linking up at Katie Lloyd Photography.  All you have to do is take a picture and add a verse that goes with it.  Some of the links are really, really GOOD.  Here's my picture, hope you enjoy and have time to head over to her page and see some of the others too!

Forever Changing,

Friday, January 28, 2011

Brunch Casserole

Today I am linking up with Comfy in the Kitchen.  I really like recipes that are easy (can you tell) and do not have a lot of ingredients.  Hope you enjoy this one!

Stove Top Easy Brunch Casserole

1 lb bacon, cooked & crumbled
2 cup Stove Top
6 eggs
2 cup milk
1 cup cheese
salt to taste

Heat oven to 350F.  Mix all ingredients in large bowl, spoon into greased 13x9 pan. 
Bake 45-50 min or until center is set.

Forever Changing,

Thursday, January 27, 2011


Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean;
   wash me, and I will be whiter than snow. -Psalm 51:7

Living in Ohio I see lots of snow.  As I was driving through town today, I though about the verse above.  I kept glancing down at all of the black snow along the road, and thinking how just days earlier how white it had been.  I pray and ask God to forgive me of all of my sins, he washes them away and I am whiter than snow.  Than life happens, plows come out and move the snow to the side of the road, cars go by and it all turns black.  So like tonight, God will again blanket the ground and roads with snow and cover all of dirt from the past few days.  I love when it first snows and everything looks so peaceful out, everything slows down.  Its like that on Sundays for me, during bible studies, and when I go to fellowship also. I feel great, white as snow.  Then slowly cars come by, sin creeps in and before I know it, I am all black again.  I talk to God, "Please take away my sins", and he washes it away again.  Thank you God for all you do for me!

Forever Changing,

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

Way Back Then

As I am reading through the Bible in my 90 day challenge, it is becoming so clear what it really meant for Jesus to be on that cross!  Over and over again I am reading the stories of those who lost sight of God and were put to death.  It tells about how God destroyed whole towns, cities and tribes because of their sins.   God made the law and they could not keep it.  Since they were unable to keep the Law, then they were punished by it. God wanted me to be saved, but somehow the Law must be satisfied.  That is why God sent his Son.

"For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.  For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world,
but to save the world through him." -John 3:16-17

How amazing and heartbreaking!  Someone has to pay for my sins and the price is very high.  "For  the wage of sin is DEATH..." -Romans 6:23.  God sent his son to die on the cross for me, he paid the price for me,  I owe him everything!  I was reading in a book the other day and it was talking about the cross.  It talked about what the cross was really, an instrument of death.  What Jesus did ON the cross for me was an amazing beautiful thing, but the cross itself is not so beautiful.   Now when I look at that cross I not only see what a great thing Jesus did for me,  I also think of all the pain it caused and I see all of those people in the Old Testament that didn't have that promise too.  I think of how blessed I am that Jesus took that pain for me, that he would do that for me, and unlike the people in the Old Testament I can have a personal relationship with God.!

Forever Changing,

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Caution Work in Progress

Ever read over Proverbs 31 and thought to yourself,  "wow God, there is no way I can even compare?"  I have thought that many times.  I am very far from this women!  Reading in my Bible tonight I realize what God is trying to tell me with these verses.  He is telling me what I can do with all that he has given me.  He is showing me where I should go, the path that I need to take.  He is showing me the many opportunities I have to use these gifts he has given me.  Jeremiah 29:11 says, "For I know the plans I have for you, declares  the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a purpose."  
These verses in Proverbs are not new to me but I am always asking God to show me my purpose.  Here is God showing me my purpose!  How much clearer can he get?  I know I will not get there quickly, or without bumps in the road, but it gives me something to work on, someone I want to become.

Proverbs 31: 10-31 
10A wife of noble character who can find?
   She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
   and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
   all the days of her life.
13 She selects wool and flax
   and works with eager hands.
14 She is like the merchant ships,
   bringing her food from afar.
15 She gets up while it is still night;
   she provides food for her family
   and portions for her female servants.
16 She considers a field and buys it;
   out of her earnings she plants a vineyard.
17 She sets about her work vigorously;
   her arms are strong for her tasks.
18 She sees that her trading is profitable,
   and her lamp does not go out at night.
19 In her hand she holds the distaff
   and grasps the spindle with her fingers.
20 She opens her arms to the poor
   and extends her hands to the needy.
21 When it snows, she has no fear for her household;
   for all of them are clothed in scarlet.
22 She makes coverings for her bed;
   she is clothed in fine linen and purple.
23 Her husband is respected at the city gate,
   where he takes his seat among the elders of the land.
24 She makes linen garments and sells them,
   and supplies the merchants with sashes.
25 She is clothed with strength and dignity;
   she can laugh at the days to come.
26 She speaks with wisdom,
   and faithful instruction is on her tongue.
27 She watches over the affairs of her household
   and does not eat the bread of idleness.
28 Her children arise and call her blessed;
   her husband also, and he praises her:
29 “Many women do noble things,
   but you surpass them all.”
30 Charm is deceptive, and beauty is fleeting;
   but a woman who fears the LORD is to be praised.
31 Honor her for all that her hands have done,
   and let her works bring her praise at the city gate.

I am linking up with Time-Warp Wife and Women Living Well, and Moms Mustard Seed.

Forever Changing,

Monday, January 24, 2011


my new Bible
Mondays are my cleaning days.  On the weekends I do only what has to be done, mainly cooking, and try to just spend time with my family!  However, I am one of those people that don't like things unfinished, if I start something it has to get done before I stop.  I like things to be in order, neat.   I have tried to do the one-room-a-day thing but find I just can't.  By Monday morning I am ready to just get it all done.  I work all day on Mondays and then, most of the time, only have to do little clean-ups the rest of the week.   When I got up this morning I read a little in my Bible, but just kept thinking about how I needed to get the house clean.  So I started cleaning.  As I was walking from room to room picking up, dusting, etc.. I kept catching glances at my new Bible (my birthday was this weekend and my sweet husband got me a new study Bible :) It was sitting there, waiting for me!  Well of course, stubborn me, finished all of the housework, got dinner done and finally sat down to finish my reading for today (90 day challenge).  I finished up and was flipping through admiring all of the new pages and skimming over some of the stories and this one really stuck out;
 "Martha, Martha," the Lord answered, "you are worried and upset about many things,
but only one thing is needed.  Mary has chosen what is better,
and it will not be taken away from her."  -Luke 10:41
The story in my Bible says "In Mary-fashion, we need to learn to hear God calling us away from our tasks for a pit stop.  At Jesus' feet we'll be refueled.  Then we can dash off to "Martha" the world that awaits us.  Ok God, I hear you.   So are you a "Mary" or "Martha"?

Forever Changing,

I am linking up with Raising Homemakers!

Friday, January 21, 2011

Cheesy Chicken Enchiladas

1 can (18.5oz) Chicken and Cheese Enchilada Soup
1 can (10oz) enchilada sauce
2 cups chicken shredded
2 cups shredded cheese
10 tortillas

Preheat oven to 350 F.  Stir soup and sauce together.  Spread one cup of soup mixture in ungreased baking dish.  In large bowl mix 1cup of soup mixture with chicken and 1 cup cheese.  Reserve remaining mixture .  Spoon the chicken mix onto the tortillas, roll, and place in the baking dish over the mix.  Pour remaining soup mix over the tortillas.  Add remaining cheese.  Bake for 30 min.

I serve mine over rice and corn!

 I am participating in Feasting in Fellowship Fridays over at Comfy in the Kitchen, and Raising Homemakers.

Forever Changing,

Thursday, January 20, 2011


"I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go.  If only you had paid attention to my commands, your peace would have been like a river, your righteousness like the waves of the sea." -Isaiah 48:17-18

As I was looking through my bible a couple days ago these verses really stood out to me.  This week I have read and reread them many times.  I am always asking God to give me peace.  I worry about money, the kids, homeschooling, cleaning... everything!  Am I doing a good job?  God is my teacher, he will direct me in the way that I need to go.  If I pay attention, IF I PAY ATTENTION, peace will be like a river.  In school I was one of those kids that liked to sit at the back of the room and stare out the window, daydreaming.  I could hear the teachers, just didn't really listen to them.  I got good grades but had I applied myself I could have gotten better ones, I just did enough to get by.  That's not how I want my walk with God to be.  I need to learn to pay better attention, listen to the teacher!  Read the Bible,(I'm doing the Bible in 90 days challenge) and  study it (studing James over at GMG.  I want to pass the tests that my teacher gives me.  How will I know if I am passing?  I will have peace.  I want an A on my final.  I want to go to Heaven! 

Forever Changing,

Wednesday, January 19, 2011


Growing up, the house that I lived in had shingles on the walls instead of siding, it was old, it was ugly.    I remember not wanting my friends to see where I lived because at first glance the house did not look great, but once they were there we had so much fun.  There was a natural spring in the backyard, a creek across the street, plenty of climbing trees, and tons of cornfields around. I could have easily hid inside and complained about what the house looked like.  Instead we built houses in the weeds, made "dishes" from the clay in the creek, built dams in the water, caught "food", played tag in the fields, swam in the creek, climbed in trees, the list goes on and on!  It was a great place to spend the day.   Everyone wanted to come over.  The location was great!  I compare that old house and land with my relationship with God!  It doesn't matter what kind clothes I wear, car I drive, or house I live in, it's about what I do with what God gives me, it's about where I am spiritually.  Do people see God in me, do they see how he is working in me, all of the great things he has given me?   I want the "location" of my heart to show people that God is awesome!  He is the reason I (try to) keep my house in order, cook with love, do dishes, homeschool my children.  I want people to say "Even though she is not a perfect package, I want that "location"! I want God in my life too."

Forever Changing,

Tuesday, January 18, 2011


My son being grouchy
Today I was grouchy!  It was all me, my husband gets one day through the week off and they decided to switch it to today.  I was feeling great this morning (after being sick for 3weeks) and just wanted to dive in and do something.  Well... my husband saw that as me saying "we" need to do something and while he really just wanted to relax, he came upstairs to see what he could do.   I should have been glad, excited, but it was just messing up my routine, I just wanted him out of  the way.  I knew what I was doing, I am capable of doing things myself.  After I was kinda mean, he left the room and I knew it was his way of saying "If you need me, I'll be right here."  Just days before I really wanted him around all the time, he even made Potato Soup for dinner one really rough day.  He was great when I was sick.  Wow God is this how I treat you?  Dear God, I need you, I'm sick, I've sinned, somethings wrong.  Then in the next minute, it's ok God I got this I'll give you a call when I need something!  Today in my Good Moring Group this was our verse;
"...testing of your faith develops perseverance. 
Perseverance must finish its work so that you may
be mature and complete, not lacking in anything" -James 1:3-4

I looked up perseverance, Perseverance is commitment, hard work, patience, endurance, being able to bear difficulties calmly and without complaint, is trying again and again.  I need all of these things to be able to fight off Satan, and sometimes to get along with my husband.   The more I listen to God the more I will develop these great qualities.  Today though, I have to say I was far from them, I was not mature at all!  If I would have let my husband help, calmly, without complaining, and with patience, we would have gotten it done and had time to spend together.   I owe God and my husband an apology for my actions today.  I will work on them.

Forever Changing,

Monday, January 17, 2011

Be strong and courageous

Be strong and courageous!  In the bible these words are found in ten different verses, four of which were in the first chapter of the book I just finished reading.  I think that God is trying to tell me something, what do you think?  But God, I don't feel strong and courageous, I feel weak and cowardly.  I know I need to have courage to say and do what God wants me to.  I need to have strength  and courage to endure the trials he lets my way.  I also need strength and courage to finish the bible in 90 days.  I know there will be setbacks, there will be trials, Satan will be there trying to push me away, but God says;

Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous.
Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged,
for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." Joshua 1:9

God will be with me wherever I go!  He will give me that strength, that courage.  I need to learn to STOP, PRAY, and then TALK!  God will give me the words when I tell someone about him, he will help me find the time to read, he will get me through the trials.  TOGETHER YOU AND I CAN BE STRONG AND COURAGEOUS because God is with us wherever we go. 

Forever Changing,

Friday, January 14, 2011

Easy Peanut Butter Cream Pie

Today I am linking up with Comfy in the Kitchen!  Here is an easy Peanut Butter Pie recipe, hope you enjoy!

1 Graham Pie Crust               2 pkg Vanilla pudding
1/2 cup peanut butter                      1 tub cool whip
1 1/4 cup milk

Mix peanut butter and milk in a bowl until well blended.  Add dry pudding mixes, mix well.  Stir in half cool whip.  Spoon over pie crust.  Top with remaining cool whip.  Refrigerate 3 hours before serving.

I'm also linking with Raising Homemakers!

Forever Changing,

Thursday, January 13, 2011


"If anyone has material possessions
and sees his brother in need but has no pity on him,
how can the love of God be in him?"
1 John 3:17

Do you find this verse hard?  I do.  It's not that I don't want to help someone in need.  It's just that well, if it's something that cost a lot or I worked really hard to get, I don't want them to break or lose it.  Sometimes it depends on the person too.  If I have let them use something before and something happened to it, then why should I let them again?  Then I have to think, how hard did Jesus work?  He suffered and died for me, and I am sure he would do it all again for me.  I break his heart daily.  How many chances has he gave me?  Yet I still get lost sometimes.  How many more chances will I ask for?  And yet I know he will once again open his arms wide and invite me back.  No matter what!  This verse asks a question, how can the love of God be in him?  Didn't I just say I wanted to let God's light shine through me?  I need this reminder.  I need to let go of  these material possessions.  So what if it does get broken or lost.  I didn't NEED it, and if it is something I need I know God will provide me with it.   

Forever Changing,

Wednesday, January 12, 2011


Today I decided to clean my room, a task I have put off for far to long.  As I was pulling everything out of the closet and going through all the clothes, shoes, and other stuff I found (yikes).  I started thinking about all of the "cleaning" that God has done in my life.  It took a while for me to get the room done and halfway through I was thinking "Why did I even start this!"  I am so glad that God does not say that about me.  The things that God has "pulled" out are many.  I know that God is not nearly done with me either, it is scary to think how big a task that is! 

"Wash away all my iniquity  and cleanse me from my sin". -Psalm 51:2
"Cleanse me with hyssop, and I will be clean; wash me, and I will be whiter than snow.
Let me hear joy and gladness; let the bones you have crushed rejoice. 
Hide your face from my sins and blot out all my iniquity." -Psalm 51:7-9

I know, hard as I try, my room will get messy again.  I also know that I will sin again and God will again be there to clean up my mess!  Have you thought about cleaning lately?

Forever Changing,

Tuesday, January 11, 2011


Being a mom, a teen mom, one of the things that changed were my friends.  I'm not saying that they walked away or anything, it's just that in an instant my priorities changed.  I didn't care so much what I was going to wear but was concerned what my baby was going to wear.  My idea of a great evening was snuggling with my husband and baby, theirs was going out for a fun night away from family.  I didn't lose them forever, I still talk to most of my close high school friends and I am connecting to more and more as they are now starting to build families.   It is just that you tend to want to be around people that have things in common with you so God brought me different friends.  God brings people in your life to help get you through the things that you are facing.  I look back at all of the people God has brought into my life and some I know why God brought them to me, some I don't.  Some he allowed to teach me, some to help me through the tough time, some are my "rocks", while others God is still working on me with.  Everyone has a purpose, sometime it is hard to see what mine might be sometimes.  As I continue to read through the bible in 90 days it is becoming clear to me that I can't help in all the ways God wants me to unless I know his word.  I know that I can affect the people I meet and I want everyone to see Jesus through me.  The more I know and GROW, the brighter God's light can shine.  I think the more I shine, the more people he will bring in my life.
 "There is a time for everything, and a season for every activity under heaven:" Ecclesiastes 3:1

Forever Changing,

Monday, January 10, 2011

Are you listening

Tonight my son decided to give my husband a back rub!  He was so funny doing all different kinds of rubs trying to get the lotion in (the elephant, the bike, the piano, etc...).  It just reminded me of how everyone learns so differently.  I know that some people like to read, some like to be read to, some need lots of visuals, etc...  But have you ever thought about how you learn from God?  Some people may be able to hear Gods word and listen.  Not me, I learn the hard way. I need something to happen, usually it's something bad.  I am like the crowd of five thousand, they had just witnessed Jesus feed all of the people with 5 loafs of bread and 2 fish, yet then;

"So they asked him, "What miraculous sign then will you give that
we may see it and believe you?  What will you do? -John 6:30

God can try to tell me something and I ignore it.  I wait, maybe I'm not hearing it right!  That can't be what he is talking about.  I do it again and God tries to teach me again.  Again I fail.  Finally he says " Okay Liz, let me do it this way!"  Then I learn and  answer, "Why God, did you have to do it this way, I would have listened?"   So maybe if I would just listen to God the first time, then I could spare some of the heartache. 
I will leave you with this, from a new book I am reading The Shelter of God's Promises  by Sheila Walsh,
As you reflect on your life, I pray that you can say with absolute confidence that although there have been many turns in the road, God used every bend to bring you under the shelter of who He is.

Forever Changing,

Sunday, January 9, 2011

Not me!

I remember when I was little I would alway hide behind my dad's leg whenever someone tried to talk to me.  I was a shy kid and have really not changed much.  I am not someone that can just go up to anyone and start a conversation.  I wait. I observe.  I hope someone will come up to me.  Once I get to know someone I am fine, its easy, but have always wished that I might be able to be that person.  I read in Exodus a couple of days ago (and just keep thinking about it) how when God told Moses that he was to go back to Egypt to free his people, he said
"...I am slow of speech and tongue" - Exodus 4:10  and
"..Oh Lord, please send someone else to do it" -Exodus 4:13

I know how Moses felt, I don't know what I would have said to God.  I can only imagine though, that it would have sounded a lot like what Moses did say.  So what did God do for Moses?  He told Moses that he could tell his brother, Aaron, what to say and then he would speak for him!  God made a way for him!  I think that after a while Moses felt more comfortable with the people and began to speak more and more to them, but God gave him that time.  I feel like that is what God is doing with my blog.  He is giving me that out, a way to talk without being uncomfortable.  Will I ever be that person that can just walk up to anyone?  I am not sure, but I know that this is what God is telling me to do right now.  What does God want you to do to help you GROW?

Today I am linking up with Women Living Well!

Forever Changing,

Friday, January 7, 2011

Daily bread

Sometimes I feel defeated.  I was baptized the first week in December, and since have missed church 3 times.  The first was a planned family thing for Christmas.  Then for the last two weeks we have been passing our sickness back and forth here.  Just when I start feeling better, I get it again. 

Tonight I decided to read ahead in my 90 day challenge (because I don't feel like moving around) and this verse is really sticking out to me.

Then the Lord said to Moses, "I will rain down bread from
heaven for you.  The people are to go out each day
and gather enough for that day..." - Exodus 16-4

I feel that is what God is doing for me right now!  He brought this challenge to me so that I could get my daily bread.  Even though the devil is trying really hard to steal me away again, God has used this challenge to bring me closer.  This is a big deal for me.  I have never even thought of reading the bible like a novel, but it makes sense for me to do it like this.  It's great for me because I am one of those people who will sit and read a whole book in a day because I can not put it down.  Thank you God for helping me take one day at a time in my journey to grow closer to you!

Forever Changing,

Thursday, January 6, 2011


I do not ask for mighty words
to leave the crowd impressed.
Just grant my life may ring so true
my neighbor shall be blessed.
-Author unknown

I love this poem, it really makes me think.  What do others see when they look at me?  Do they, can they see how God is working in me?  There are way to many (to many to count) times that I could have let God's light shine through me and I didn't.  I know that I can't change those times but, I can start from here and try to be the person God wants me to be.  Sometimes it's hard to change, especially when you are around people that knew your old ways.  Maybe it's more important that I show them how I changed, how I am growing, to show them what they are missing!  I NEED to let them know they can change too.  I can talk, and  talk, and talk, and write all I want but it takes ACTION for someone to believe you.
Dear children, let us not love with words or tongue but with actions and in truth. 
This then is how we know that we belong to the truth,
and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence" -1 John 3:18-19

Forever Changing,

Wednesday, January 5, 2011


When my husband was in Africa, he went to a church there.  He was amazed, they were there for about three hours, no one there really caring about the time or that they were there that long.  They had nowhere else to go.  They devoted Sunday to God. 
I can't tell you how many times sitting in a church I watched the clock when I was younger.  I wanted to be able to say, "Oh yeah, I'm a christian, I go to church on Sundays"   With that in mind I think about these next few verses;
church in Africa
5 This is the message we have heard from him and declare to you: God is light; in him there is no darkness at all. 6 If we claim to have fellowship with him yet walk in the darkness, we lie and do not live by the truth. 7 But if we walk in the light, as he is in the light, we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of Jesus, his Son, purifies us from all sin. 1 John 1:5-7
I need fellowship.  I need to see people with the same vision as me.  I need accountability.  I need refueled!  When I get up on Sunday and  feel like there are a thousand things to do and maybe I should skip just this once, I have to think about the people that I talk to at church.  Maybe someone has been waiting all week just to have that fellowship with me.  Maybe I need that one person to smile at me and let me know that I have encouraged them that week.  Maybe God is really wanting me to hear the message.  At my church we have lunch after the service every week and I know that I sometimes get more out of that time than the message.  If everyone ran out of the door every week than I would be missing some great fellowship.  It might be easier for me to fall away, to get off track.  I am so thankful that we get to have this time together (and all the other times we get together) and I don't want to rush it!  Help me Lord to make the most of my fellowship time this year.

Forever Changing,

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Got Money?

Sometimes I think that the hardest thing about being a teen mom was that we really had no time to save up money, to build that cushion, just in case!  It's not that we didn't work, we had jobs, it's just that well we were self-centered.  It was our money and we could spend it right?  Turns out that paying for "everything" as a teen is not quite the same thing as supporting yourself, your family.  We were immature, so when we didn't like a job we quit.  We always managed, but never managed to get ahead.  With a second child at 18, and then a third at 22, I think we kinda gave up along the way.  Now I always worry about money and my husband always says "It will work out, God will provide!"  I have to say though, we are not poor either.  Not to long ago we had a message at church.  Did you know; if you keep food in a refrigerator, clothes in a closet, sleep in a bed, and have a roof, you are richer than 75% of the world? That if you make more than $10,066 per year, you are in the richest 16% of the world?
So here is my verse for today, "Better a little with the fear of the Lord than great wealth with turmoil." -Proverbs 15:16
  God will turn on a light when you are in the dark, but you still have to watch where you are going!  So when God gives us something we will "watch" what we are doing with it and leave the rest to God. Maybe this is God's way of keeping me grounded, centered on him.  I don't need wealth with turmoil, I need GOD!

Forever Changing,

Monday, January 3, 2011

What will you give me?

I am not sure about anyone else but my children were so good this holiday season!  They were helping each other with loads of laundry, cleaning their rooms, and even taking turns.  One day while my girls were being extra nice, I dared to ask them why they had decided to be so nice to each other.  Their answer, simply put, was that they were all getting new toys and they wanted to play with them.  They know the meaning of Christmas and really like to give to others during this time of year, but with all three of their birthdays in December and Christmas they do get a few toys.  Of course my reply was that of most moms, "you should do just because you love each other!"
A few days later we had this verse in bible study;
"Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men"
 -Colossians 3:23 
We talked about when someone asks you to do something, you should do it as if it were God asking you to do it.  Wow, I think this is a great verse for anyone, especially ME! There are a lot of things as a wife, mother, and even as a christian that I would rather not do but have to and sometimes I complain.  Sometimes I even have a hard time doing the things that I know God is convicting me of!  However I know;
"A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones" -Proverbs 17:22 
Please Lord, help me to have a cheerful heart for you while I work!

Forever Changing,

Sunday, January 2, 2011


As I reflect over the past year the thing that stands out in my mind the most was staring out of the back of an ambulance on my way to have emergency surgery on my throat!  What a couple of months that was, the doctor did the surgery and then I was on strict orders, "Liquid diet, NO pop!"  until the following surgery.  After the second surgery the doctor said I could go on a soft diet, still no pop, no bread, and no red meat!  In an instant I went from being able to have whatever I liked to almost nothing.  Did he know that all I drank was Mt Dew?  What was I going to do without it?  I love bread, going from bread with almost every meal to nothing, what was he thinking?  The first week was so bad.  All I could think about was eating and boy did I have a headache!  I wasn't allowed to have all of those things that I loved, couldn't imagine what I would do if I couldn't have them, still here I was alive, still able to enjoy my family yet complaining about all of the things that I couldn't have!  Now I know why people fast.  I pulled out the pictures of all the children my husband had taken when he was in Africa.  They were so excited to get beans, to get a piece of candy!  I prayed for those children, for everyone really, that didn't know where their next meal would come from.  I thanked God every time that I heard my stomach that I was able to go to the store and get special food that I could eat!  I lost 20pounds! God sure has a way of taking something that we think is bad and turning it into something Great right?  I am challenging myself this year to look at those not so great moments and say "Ok God, I may not know right now what you want me to get out of this but I am ready for it!"  It will be a challenge for sure!

Forever Changing,

Saturday, January 1, 2011

My word for this year!

My word for this year is GROW!  Grow closer to God, read the bible more.  Grow closer to my family, take time for each family member to really listen to them and do things with them that they enjoy!  Grow closer to friends, invite people over and stop worrying that everything has to be perfect first.  Grow gardens, spend time outside! Plant a garden, plant some flowers, add mint to the side of my house, have fun with it!  My word is GROW!

Forever Changing,

The start of something new!

Here I sit on the first day of 2011 wondering what made me create this blog.  Something in my heart is just saying it is the right thing to do.  So now the question is, should I talk about being a teen wife and mother, my walk with God and where he is leading me, or just about what happens day to day?  I guess I will just have to see where God is leading me to go with this!  I know it is going to be an awesome journey and I am excited to have something to look back and see where I was at any one point this year! 

I have always considered myself to be a christian.  I went to church when I was little, got married in a church, and if anyone asked I could always answer with, "Oh yeah, I go to church at..."  even though I think I would maybe would show up on a Sunday, 4 or 5 times a year, after we got married!  Obviously getting pregnant at 16, my walk with Christ was very far from where it should have been.  My husband was not raised in a church and to me, I just wanted to be with him.  Our marriage at such a young age showed how immature we both were.  We had lots of ups and downs during the first part of our marriage, the good times were really good and the bad times, well, were bad!  One night I decided to leave and when my husband came to talk to me, my friend's boyfriend that I was staying with sucker punched him and broke his jaw!

That really was the low point!  I thought that it was all my fault and couldn't stand to see him in pain, his mouth was wired shut for six weeks.  During that time we really evaluated where we were and where we wanted to be/go in life.  Both of us realized that we could not do anything without the help of God!  We started going to a great church that we both liked and could related to the people there.  It wasn't one of those churches that let you do whatever you want, this church follows the bible and wants you to grow.  They understand that your not going to change overnight and don't push you to do anything, but they pray for you and lead by example of what is like to truly walk with Christ in your life(Titus 2 comes to mind)!  Little by little God convicts you to change for the better and they help hold you accountable for what you are doing!  At first it was really hard for me.  Are they judging me, should I be doing what they are, what if I do something wrong, will they kick me out?  I have really learned that all they want is for me to be happy and see growth, just as Jesus does.  Some people take a long time on something they are working on, but as long as you are working to become closer to him that's what really matters!

My husband and I with my
head covering on!
 Since we started going there (about 3 years) both of us have been baptized, my husband has went on a mission trip to help build an orphanage in Africa, I have started wearing a head covering (1 Corinthians 11), we decided to start homeschooling our children, and we both have really started studying God's word and trying to put the things that God has laid on our hearts into practice!  Sometimes it is not easy at all, but I know that we are doing the right thing and that is the most important thing for our family!

I know that the first steps are always the hardest ones to take and to look back at where we were just a short time ago, I am so proud that we could tear down the walls and really let God in and take over our life!  It is a truly wonderful feeling to have a husband who follows God, prays for our family, and leads us on our journey!

I will end with this today,  this week I will be starting the Bible in 90 challenge over at  Wish me luck!

Forever Changing,