Motivation Monday for Moms {Opportunities to pray}

Hello again! It seems as though whatever was causing my blog problem has been resolved and I am glad to be back.

In praying about what what to encourage you with today I was thinking about all that is in the news as of late. Most of it is discouraging to down right scary. However, I have been reminded that ALL of those things provide a great opportunity to pray. We read in Philippians 4:6 -7 “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7)And the peace of God, with transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” I love this verse. It tells me to not be anxious about ANYTHING and all those things I am not being anxious about-but in every situation- I am praying about. NOT worrying about. And God says He will give me amazing peace. The other comforting passage of Scripture to stand on is Psalm 91. It is a great one to memorize and meditate on and even pray over yourself, your family and friends. We live in a fallen world, but we serve a very mighty God. I pray you find peace and encouragement in God’s Word today.

Happy Monday,

Tiffany

Motivation Monday for Moms {Does Balance Really Exist?}

I must start with a Jack funny.  (He is our nine year old resident comedian).  Last night Adam and Jack were talking and apparently Jack rolled his eyes at something Adam said. When Adam asked him about that, his response was, “My eyes were still, my head was rolling.”  He never ceases to amaze me.

 

Now, back to our regularly scheduled program.  When I hear the word balance I picture a set of old fashioned gold scales perfectly even with each other in perfect balance.  If your life is anything like mine the only time our “life scale” may look like that is when we are all asleep at night. (I give credit for that thought to a sweet lady that serves as a mentor and friend to a group of us younger ladies).  She’s right.  Then Ms. Nancy said, “Balance is found in setting priorities.” I sat in this group of ladies last week and we talked about this very topic-BALANCE.   We could have closed our notebooks, picked up our purses and left with that one thought alone, however, we needed to stay and unpack that thought some more.  So glad we did. I took four pages of top to bottom notes. I’d like to share a little of that with you now.

 

When life begins to spin out of control , focus on Jesus, follow His example.  He would go away and pray.  That is where balance begins.  Prayerfully considering your priorities.

God gives ME grace to carry out what He’s called ME to do, not what He’s called YOU to do. The same is true for you.

“Guard your heart for out of it flow the issues of life.” Proverbs 4:23

 

Here are a few tips to help bring balance into your life:

Schedule solitude.  Yes.  Put it on the calendar.  It may be one or two hours once a week or one day a month.  Follow through.  Not only will you benefit from this, everyone around you will too.

Live in tune.  Allow God to arrange your day and then allow Him to interrupt even that.  Really yield to the Holy Spirit.  Remember He is a God of order and he doesn’t go around confused and changing His mind.  Listen for His gently leading.

Learn to say No.  It is NOT a bad word.  And think of all the things you can say YES to once you say no to a few.  My friend Paula says, ” Sometimes you have to say NO to the good to get to the great.”

Partner with others.  We were never intended to go on this journey of life alone.

We must be sure we are only doing what God has called us to do.

Balance looks completely different for a mom with young kids, to a working, single woman, to an empty-nester.  Take some time this week as you are having your quiet time and work through the following three tips:

Consider what in your life is not working.
Then ask-How did it get that way?
Finally-How do I change/fix this?

 

God cares so deeply for you and He wants you to live in His will.  I hope you are encouraged that balance does exist and I hope you take some steps this week to evaluate where you are at.

 

Living balanced with His help,

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Motivation Monday for Moms {Inspiration from Others}

I hope everyone’s first week back to school was great.  Our family had a great week.  I cannot believe Hannah is a sophomore, Brooklin is in 8th grade , and Jack is in 3rd grade.  They were all little just yesterday.  I am so proud of each of them.  God has gifted each one and has a purpose and plan for them.

Motivation Monday for Moms {Inspiration from Others}

Now for today’s Motivation. I am a very visually sensitive person.  (I just made that term up).  What I mean is that I am very observant of my surroundings all of the time.  I am always noticing a great location for a photo shoot, or beauty in nature, etc.  Beautiful things are inspiring and everyone is inspired by different beautiful things.  Beauty is in the eye of the beholder.  With that being said, I am sharing several links to other blogs that inspire me.  Some inspire me spiritually, others creatively, and I hope you find inspiration as well.

I have a friend from the church we were previously at (before we moved to Rockport)that started a Mommy’s group and also a blog.  She is an amazing woman of God, wife and mom.  Here is a link to her blog.

For inspiration for your children, here is a link to a blog she started with her little boy about taking care of the earth.

I am absolutely inspired by Ann Voskamp’s blog.

Jennifer Price, along with her husband and family are missionaries in Africa and her heart and creativity always provide just the right inspiration at just the right time. Here is a link to her blog.

And this girl….well, she has my heart.  I am so blessed to call her mine.  She is an amazing writer and deep soul.  Her blog is found here.

I hope you find some inspiration as you check out these links.

 

Have a beautifully inspired Monday,

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Motivation Monday {School Days, School Days}

Motivation Monday {School Days, School Days}

The day will dawn early.  I will awaken to my alarm clock at an hour not many appreciate.  I will lay still and take in the silence, the stillness.  The sound of the coffee pot drip, drip, dripping, the aroma waking me further.  I will sit up and stretch.  Today.  The first day of school for the 2014-2015 school year has arrived.  I am ready.  HE has made me ready.  I have prayed all summer for my kid’s teachers, new classmates, old friends, my co-workers, and administrators.  Today is a new day.   The beginning of a new school year is old and familiar, yet new and exciting. And prayer holds it ALL together.

My heart is stirred when I think of the power of prayer.  When I think of all the prayers I have prayed and ALL the answered prayers I have witnessed.  Prayer takes time and commitment.  Many prayers are prayed and  seem as though they did not lift past the ceiling.  Yet, I believe every prayer is ushered into Heaven where the Father of all time hears and knows and understands every aspect from beginning to end of the prayer before Him.  And HE answers according to His will and according to our faith.  I am thankful that our faith can be as small as the tiny seed of a mustard tree. He knows us well.  He answers us well. My prayer for you is that you take some time to pray over your children daily.  Take some time to also pray for those children that will be around your children. God is faithful. He hears.

Here are two verses to encourage your children with as they go out to be Light in a dark world and salt in a distasteful world…

I Timothy 4:12 “Dpn’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set forth an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.”

AND…

Philippians 4:13 “I can do all things through Christ Who strengthens me. ”

 

Happy School Day to you all,

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Motivation Monday {Preparing for School}

Motivation Monday {Preparing for School}

 

I love this time of year.  It has been a great summer, but it can’t be summer forever.  Time for new school supplies, packing lunches and daily routines.  In preparation for that, I would love to hear from YOU about first day of school traditions, easy recipe ideas, any ideas that you have found to be helpful as you prepare to send your child(ten) back to school.  I will be posting each day this week based on your suggestions and tips.  Feel free to email me at tharrisphoto@gmail.com, leave a comment on Facebook, or here on the blog.  I look forward to hearing from you.

 

Happy Last Few Days of School,

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