I remember the time my mom was not feeling well, she was having great abdominal pain and was sent to the hospital, where she ended up having to stay in the hospital as they needed to run a various set of test on her. Once she was settled in and resting I had to leave and told her I would see her first thing in the morning. Well, the next morning as I was getting ready to go back to the hospital and check on her I received a call from the hospital telling me she had gone into a coma after having a cat scan. Needless to say, I was highly upset and rushed to be by her side. There had been people who have come out of a coma that had been in a coma for months and they say your hearing is the last to go, so I was hoping she could hear me as I was talking to her and even if her brain may have been dead as long as her heart was still beating I refused to allow them to unplug the machines. So the hospital allowed me to stay in one of their private rooms so that I could be there on site and be with her whenever I felt like it. She passed away several days later.
I tell you this because I feel it is time. It’s time to start having quality conversations with loved ones again. Death is a real challenge and it tells us not to waste time. It tells us to make the time right now to tell each other that we love each other. It tells us to stop texting and tweeting every second and actually open the floodgates to real, long, heartfelt conversations with the people we love and care about. Relationships flourish when people are able to share their innermost feelings and thoughts about themselves and each other. To be fully heard by someone, in raw form, and to be adored anyhow, is what true love is. Making time for these deep connections and conversations is well worth it. It’s Time.
How to Mulch a Garden Bed
I am a big DIY person, I love challenging myself by saving money when I can, I also don’t mind getting down and dirty. One of my favorite DIY Youtube channels to watch is “This Old House”.
Planting is more than throwing mulch down and walking away, there is an art to it. This video explains how to mulch correctly without ruining your home and your plants so that your yard can have that lovely curb appeal you want this summer.
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Disclaimer: Please know this is not me trying to force my beliefs on anyone. Being a parent myself I know how hard it is to try and make sure our children are happy, healthy and safe. The world we are living in today is totally different from the way the world was when most of us were growing up. Yes, things may have been out there, but a lot of it was hidden, you didn’t hear about them. Now everything is open and put out there for everyone to see and know about, which causes the peer pressure, comparison and fear our children feel they have to deal with 20X worse. Which is why we have to keep them and each other lifted up in prayer. If this is not for you, then please kindly dismiss this post.
This season of new beginnings, fresh starts, and graduations can bring a mixed bag of emotions for many of us. Though it’s a time of great celebration, the process of letting go might bring some pain or uncertainty too. Whether our kids are just now taking their next steps out of kindergarten, or we’re watching them head off to college, life transitions can sometimes be difficult for us as parents.
But here’s a hopeful reminder: our children are His. No matter where they go or how old they are, they are in God’s care. And He has a great purpose for them in this life.
It’s a daily process to keep learning to let go, bit by bit, through every stage of parenting. But as we entrust those we love straight into the care of our powerful and loving God, we can be assured that He sees, knows, and is there with them, always.
May we never underestimate the importance of speaking His blessing and truth over the lives of our children, no matter what their ages. Prayer is powerful and God’s words are true. He promises in Isaiah 55:11 that His word will never return empty without accomplishing great things. He reminds us that He hears our prayers and is always at work on our behalf and in the lives of those we love. So we can send them out, covered in prayer, rich in His blessing, with great hope for all that God has in store.
Here are eight prayers along with bible passages for blessing and hope that we can pray over our graduates and children.
- For Guidance and Direction
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding, in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” (Proverbs 3:5-6)
We pray that you give our children wisdom and direction in making decisions, and in each new situation and the journey you have for them now. Teach them to listen closely to your voice, that they would have the heart to obey your word and have a desire for the right choices.
We pray that those we love so much would walk faithfully and diligently in all your ways. We ask that you make their footsteps firm, that your Word would be a constant lamp for their feet and a light to their path. May they sense the freshness of your Spirit in their lives in amazing ways, may they be strengthened and instilled with hope for the new roads you have in store.
We ask for your wisdom and clear direction over their lives, that you would give them understanding beyond their years. We ask for you to open doors that need to be opened and close everyone that should be shut tight. Allow every gift and treasure you have placed in their lives to grow and flourish, to bring you glory.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
- For Peace
“Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:6-7)
We pray for your Holy Spirit to cover our children in your great peace and security. We pray that their thoughts would not be drawn to worry and fear, but instead be filled with the strength and confidence of your power every day. Help them to believe without question that you are truly with them, in whatever they may face, that they are never alone. Help them to know that you are mighty within them.
We pray that you would plant deep inside their hearts a sense of overflowing gratitude that they would be free from the love of money and would walk in the freedom of contentment, with an amazing spirit of giving to others. We pray that out of their lives would flow service, love, generosity, and compassion in a world that desperately needs to see your goodness in action. And when fear and anxiety battle against them, we pray that your words of truth will seal them in like a shield, giving them strength and guarding their hearts and minds in your powerful peace.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
3. For Protection
“He who dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, ‘He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.’” (Psalm 91:1-2)
We ask you for your powerful protection over our children as they go to different places and embark on new journeys in life. We ask you to watch over their way and keep their footsteps secure. Protect their coming and going. We ask that you cover them from behind and guard them against all evil.
We pray that no weapon formed against them will prosper and that you would be their constant shield and defender from the enemy’s attacks. Please hide them in the shadow of your wings, be their refuge and security in every place they go.
We pray that you would give them a deep awareness of sin, that they would be quick to confess when they’ve done wrong and have the heart to make it right. We ask for freedom from condemnation and fear. We pray that, when they face temptations in this life, you would help them to remember that you are always there and able to help them overcome.
We ask you to guard their steps from evil, give them diligence in turning away from what is wrong, that they would be bold to say “no” to what is wrong and “yes” to what is right.
In Jesus’ name, Amen
4. For Courage
“Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.” (Joshua 1:9)
We pray that our children would be strong and courageous, believing that you have called them and are always with them. We ask that they would be bold to stand for what is right, even if it means standing alone. Would you equip them for every purpose and journey you have in store, that they would live as mighty warriors in this life for your purposes?
We pray that when they encounter various struggles and difficult times, when they experience loss and things don’t go their way, that you would teach them greater perseverance through it all. Build deeper character, stronger faith, and use any hardship in their lives for the ultimate good, turning it around for blessing instead.
We ask for your powerful boldness and courage to face every challenge set before them, with the confidence and peace that can only come from your spirit. Raise up greatness within their lives, greatness in this generation. May they be willing to stand strong and true, passionate for you, believing that you have designed them for a purpose and good works, which you have planned and prepared in advance for them to do.
In Jesus’ name, Amen.
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You don’t have to have the same DNA as a child to be a dad.
Happy Father’s Day to all the amazing fathers out there…you know who you are. May your day be filled with JOY, PEACE, ENJOYMENT, and loads of HUGS, LOVE & APPRECIATION.
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Use your Amazon Prime to get your father or that special father figure in your life a great and original gift.
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It’s not selfish to love yourself, take care of yourself, and make your happiness a priority — it’s actually quite necessary! When you take care of you, you will be better able to take care of those around you.
Before you can expect anyone else to love you, you must love yourself and commit to fostering a healthy relationship with that person that you spend the most time with – yourself!
Here Are 10 Signs You’re in a Healthy Relationship With Yourself:
- You Are Gracious
You are appreciative of where you are at this exact moment, and you do not let negativity or what-ifs get you down.
While you may not have that million-dollar mansion or vacation home in Bora Bora, you are thankful for what you do have: family, great friends, health, and wholesome food on your table, amongst other things. You may daydream about what the future has in store for you, but you are not pessimistic or negative about your present situation.
2. You Do What Feels Good
Do you want to do yoga? Do it. Do you want to take a nap and have a lazy Saturday afternoon? Go for it. You are in touch with what your body and mind need, and you allow yourself to have time off, when desired. You are able to make decisions that are right for you in the moment, without regrets or remorse later on.
3. You Smile and Laugh . . . Regularly
You know what makes you happy, and you surround yourself with those people, places and things every day. Whether it is a playful puppy, a vigorous hot yoga sesh, or a spontaneous adventure, you grab life by the proverbial balls and make sure that each day is a fresh start, all with one destination – your happiness.
Your laughter is contagious and you light up every room that you are in, creating a cycle of happiness and positivity everywhere you go.
4. You Can Be Alone
We are not talking about running off to a deserted island and becoming a hermit, but you are in a healthy relationship with yourself if you can spend a day or night at home alone vegging out on the couch without needing FaceTime (or social media, text, or email) with other people. You are comfortable in your own skin and you can find ways to entertain yourself.
5. You Care For Yourself
You are self-aware and often ask yourself the right questions, such as “How do I feel today?” You are in tune with your body and mind’s needs, and you make those needs your top priority. You eat well, exercise regularly and get plenty of rest. If your body doesn’t feel right, you know what small adjustments you should make to get realigned and refocused.
6. You Have Hobbies
Your significant other is not a hobby, but the concerts or comic book conventions that you attend together can be. Hobbies can be as simple as a love for a romance novel or even a regular yoga practice (woo hoo!), so if it feels right do it, and do it often.
If you have always wanted to learn to crochet or surf, what are you waiting for? Life is short and there are so many things to experience, so carpe diem, my friends. Best of all, the more hobbies you have, the more skills you acquire, which will boost your self-confidence and help you create an even stronger relationship with yourself.
7. You Enjoy Silence
You can go for a long walk or peacefully daydream without feeling like you have not accomplished enough on your to-do list. Sometimes your body needs a break from the constant influx of information, and a little quiet time and relaxation is all you need to recharge and prepare for your day or week ahead.
Let your mind wander and see where it takes you — you might be surprised how freeing it can be to allow yourself to be in the moment, instead of 10 steps ahead. If you find it difficult to quiet your mind for a few minutes, try a guided meditation to mantra and quiet music, which will help guide you to a state of tranquility.
8. You Surround Yourself With People Who Make You Happy
We all have that friend who is always nagging about seemingly irrelevant non-issues. If the people in your life are negative and make you feel uneasy, those feelings will permeate beyond your conversations with said negative person.
Choose to spend your time with those individuals that support your growth and share your interests.
Instead, pick and choose who you surround yourself with. Choose to spend your time with those individuals that support your growth and share your interests, which in turn makes you feel better about yourself and more confident in your decisions and place in the world.
9. You Practice Positive Self-Talk
You make it your mission to end each night with a smile on your face, and that all starts with positive self-talk. You spend a few moments each morning and night (and at various times throughout your day) repeating positive affirmations in the mirror, such as “I love you,” “You are smart and wonderful,” “You are beautiful and strong.”
Whatever motivation you need for that given day, you give yourself that pep talk to set your mind right before facing the world. If you do not practice this already, start now! You will be surprised at how these words will become true over time, as your mind begins to believe and accept your mantras as your new reality.
10. You Reward Yourself
You treat yourself to pampering that is good for your body and soul, such as a mini shopping spree, a spa day and delicious meals without the guilt (and even dessert first if that’s what feels right). We all need a little “me time” every once in a while, so choose activities that relax and debug you, and do it solo so you can realize what activities are good for your soul.
So . . . Are You in a Healthy Relationship With Yourself?
Life is a perpetual cycle of learning, growing and evolving, so what matters is that you are happy in the here and now. Life is a perpetual cycle of learning just as with any relationship, the one with yourself takes hard work and dedication.
Remember that you are always worth the effort, that you are good enough, you are fantastic, and you are in the exact place that you are meant to be.
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