Phone Company’s Must Love Moms!

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I am absolutely convinced that phone company’s LOVE moms!

I was just having a discussion with a very good friend of mine and couldn’t help but laugh when she told me she needed a new phone because she dropped hers. I asked where and giigled-knowing exactly what happened and yup! Truth be told, she dropped it in the sink!

To think of how many phones I have boughten over the years because I have dropped them into the dirty dishwater: Two hands in the soapy water, head cranked to the side, smiling, and cramping while insanely trying to multitask the slippery plastic against my slick hair. Then-whoops!

This doesn’t account for our wonderful helpers that are oh-so-willing to aide us in our phones doom.

Toddlers are great when it comes to laundry, they can pick up those articles that have fallen on the ground so mommy doesn’t have to bend over, etc.  But, they also are prone to helping mommy add extra clothes or items they feel need to be washed and not always does mommy pick up on what has been added to the ever growing wash cycle-lo and behold, it is the cell phone.

Milk and juice have made the acquaintance of our cell phones while parked on the counter by our lil mini helpers and the worst is when they scream, “bye-bye” from the bathroom and you here the toilet flush. Yes, that was the phone and pretend Grandparent swimming down the drain!

These little accidents have cost us a lot in recent years but, nothing is more valuable to me than my Saviour, my husband and my lil’ helpers. Life can be so materialistic if we allow it, or we can laugh about the cost of our modern life and truly value the best things this life has to offer!

Matthew 6:19

Lay not up for yourselves treasures upon earth, where moth and rust doth corrupt, and where thieves break through and steal:” KJV


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The Hard Path of Mothering with Purpose Series

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I am going to be starting a new Series that deals with the hard path of being a Mother of Purpose!

Being a mother-no doubt-is hard work. It is selfless and we can have our doubts of who we are, what we are doing and if we are actually making any difference at all. I am here to tell you, you are! You are making an impact in your child’s life…one that lasts into eternity.

This Series will delve into thoughts that will keep you on the narrow path with your head held up and your eyes set on the things above-Heaven. For this is our main purpose.

However, we can get distracted from our main purpose and goal in rearing up and training up our children in whom God has entrusted to us. So, for the first part of this Series, I want to talk about your Identity!

#1 ~ What Is Your Identity?

Who are you as a mother? And what is your real purpose in that role?

Well, to some these questions come easily if all is well in your world of mothering but, when the walls are crashing in and the rules are neglected and children are rebelling…these are hard questions to ask ourselves. We need to focus again and remember what our calling is.

We are mothers. We are not necessarily; naggers, pushovers, walls to climb over or step on-ers, or angry monsters. We are called to be nurtures first and foremost but, most importantly our main calling is to be Christ-like!!!

Are you an imitation of Christ?

Does your children see Christ in you? Our Identity lies in who Christ is, not of ourselves. Are we being mothers on our own strength?

I often think of Jesus and His life lived. He is the single most crucial part of our existence, our Creator, our Heavenly Father. He came to this earth as the King of Kings and was met with murderous eyes and depravities. His life was not lavish. His earthly children did not recognized Him. He was used by them. He was mocked and laughed at by them. He was beaten up by them. Even His closest disciples, who He poured every bit of wisdom and love into, deserted Him at one time. Yet, out of love he sacrificed His own desires, bled out tears of sorrow and gave up His life for his wicked children (yet, while we were yet sinners Christ died for us) 

I believe we have the perfect image of self sacrifice in Christ.

Now, I am not suggesting at all you let your kids spit in your face, rip out your hair or beat you up!!! But, I want us to recognize that mothering is a sacrifice with a GREAT reward!!

Christ found this to be JOY SET BEFORE HIM!!!

We too can look to Christ and know we have a great reward in heaven. Our Identity, our strength, our reward is Christ. Lift up your eyes. Be Christ-like and know you are loved in Him first. Then, we can in return show self sacrifice for our children during those rough times, so we too can reap the great reward of a life born again into the kingdom of God. For your children are a great reward and your example to them will lead them also towards heaven!

What a beautiful joy to have!

Hebrews 12:2

“Looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and is set down at the right hand of the throne of God.” KJV

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Top 3 Tips on Taxes…and how to really Stay Calm & Tax on!

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I have been thinking a lot about stewardship and it doesn’t come as a surprise because right now for me, in Canada…It is tax season!

Many people think of stewardship towards items, purchased goods and maybe they go to the extent of their time or people. Seldom do we like to attribute the word stewardship with money, let alone, Taxes!

Taxes take up so much time and stress but, I have come to realize that some people handle the time and stress in very different ways. If you have one job, than you easily file your taxes with your T4’s and away you go. The biggest complaint here is having to pay a fee. Some people have opted in getting their own software and filing it through that and again, away they go! Now, for those who are self-employed, contracted out (another way of being self-employed), business owners, entrepreneurs, those that have to work and are trying to pursue their dreams–who need to claim in both areas…this is a nasty job at best!

Receipts get piled up in a box somewhere; Some people don’t even do their taxes for fear of having to deal with the issue, for up to five or six years. Those who are self employed, do not want to even think of how much they owe at the end of the year despite all of the eating out, gas, and other expenses they tried to buffet that dollar balance.

Here are a few tips I encourage you to try and help you give unto Caesar what is Caesar’s and not be stressed in the future!

#1–Do your Taxes!

This sounds obvious, but it is not! Look for a good registered tax person that a friend recommends and pay them to do it, instead of the government in 4-6 years after the penalty fee they will slap you with at the end of the year.

#2–Organize those little flyaway papers!

Instead of throwing receipts, invoices, and all related paper work into one box and have to sort it out at the end of the year. Have large (cheap at the dollar store) envelopes in a box. Label each one with a black marker: Food, Gas, Bills, Etc. You are already throwing them into the box…you might as well take the one second extra to throw them in to their proper envelope. This makes it easier for the tax person and might save you money in the long run. Or, easier for you to do at the end of the year!

This tip is also great for those who have two types of business and own a house or something to that extent. You can categorize each envelope for each business and that really helps!

#3–Make money with your money instead of paying for it!

This is my best tip! If you don’t do anything else, do this!

If you are self employed or own a business, you need to think about that end-pay-back for your taxes. Putting it off doesn’t do anything beside give you more grey hairs! Along with your tithe which is typically 10%, move over 10% of your income as you receive, into a seperate savings account. This will be a huge benefit to you! Not only will it pay for your taxes and maybe some more, but if you invest this money into a TFSA, you can earn dividends on it as a Mutual Fund and then pull that money out at the end of the year to give to your taxes. Have that money work for you!!!

To me, this is a better solution than waiting 3-5 years and having to pay the tax person double?

Mark 12:17

“And Jesus answering said unto them, Render to Caesar the things that are Caesar’s and to God the things that are God’s. And they marvelled at him.” KJV


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5 Tips on being Satisfied with your lot in life…and your home!

5 Tips on being satisfied with your home

Lately, I was caught up in a re-do project of my house and found items in my home that hadn’t been used in a while and were still of good use. It made me think about life and why I even wanting to change the room around in the first place. Yes, it needed to be more functional and usable but, was there more to this than met the eye? I began to search my heart and I realized  I was not satisfied. I asked myself again, why? I had to admit it was because I wanted a certain look and feel to the home. I wanted style, like I had seen in others homes before and I wanted more. Plain and simple!

This is not always a bad thing. We need to grow. It is not wrong having nice things.

What I was facing with the thoughts of my heart though, was more than that. If I looked around, I had lots of very nice things. Yet, these were not satisfying me anymore. So, why was it not?

Easy!

I was not focusing my heart on intentional things. Here is a list of 5 Tips that will help you to focus on the best parts of life so that you can be satisfied with all the God has already given you….in your home!

TIP #1 

DON’T COMPARE WITH THE WORLD, COMPARE WITH THE WORD!

Open the word of God and focus on what He wants for you. What He says is beautiful and compare yourself to His standard only. Once we steady are eyes back on the things which really matter and set them towards Heavenly things, our worldly possessions don’t seem to matter as much. My husband came back from ministering in the Philippines where he had no running water, no electricity in some houses or it was hanging on the ground outside of the tiny huts and told me that we were simplifying our home. What he was saying is that we have so much and it doesn’t matter in life, what you have, the souls God touched through his ministry, our children, God’s purpose, meant so much more to him after that trip. But, it doesn’t have to stay there…we can glean from that and be satisfied with those same principals here!

TIP #2 

BE A GOOD STEWARD & ENJOY WHAT YOU ALREADY HAVE!

Being a good steward is tending to the things that need to be done. Fixing little things right away. Making sure items don’t become too damaged or worn. Recently, I almost threw away two dress pants because the aren’t hemmed. I am very short 😀 I wanted to buy new pairs instead. Then I realized, why don’t I get them hemmed? This is being a good steward. It cost less. I can use them then and I won’t have to waste more time in trying to go shopping for new ones that probably won’t fit and I would put aside to later buy more again! So, hem your pants, polish your silver (if you have any…I don’t!), move your room around and see if what you have already works for the room, get creative and use old jars for organizing, polish your wood and stainless steal, get those spots out of clothing, and paint the chips on the walls! (also get a magic eraser because those seriously work wonders!)

Once you do this. You will start to enjoy your home again and be satisfied with what you already have.

TIP #3 

PRAY FOR THINGS INSTEAD OF COVETING AFTER THEM!

God is faithful to his word and the desires of your heart do not go unnoticed. Believe me, I know. However, they do come in God’s timing and not our own. This sometimes detours us from going about it in His way. I can attest though to God’s provisions in something that you or someones else might find silly but, God knew it was a desire in my heart. THrough patience, I received it. There was this one pretty hand-knitted out fit I so wanted for my brand new baby girl. We couldn’t afford it at the time. So, I prayed that if God wanted, I could have that to put His little girl into. I was content with not getting it as well but, left the results up to Him. This little girl turned 10 months and finally we ended up having a baby shower for her. I completely forgot about my little request and lo and behold, God did not! There in a simple package was the most surprising gift. That hand-knitted outfit.

If we humble ourselves to His will and plans and are satisfied with any result. God sees that and honours it. I think if you ask for a million bucks or all your neighbours things, you might be waiting a long time for those desires lol! But in humility and grace, with a heart that wants to exalt God and Him alone; those small things, He will take note of and I believe, delights in giving His children good gifts, like any good father would!

TIP #4 

GET INVOLVED IN CHURCH, MINISTRIES, COMMUNITY!

Next time you want coffee with the most chicest of the ladies, go to their house to bless them instead of checking out their latest style and taking mental notes. Minister to them. If this is too hard for you, then seek others to minister to so that you are not tempted to living up to their standard only. Be an individual that is a servant of God. Serve in different volunteer ministries of your community. This helps us to break us out of our comfort zones and gets us out there focusing on other people rather than our house.

TIP #5 

GET ORGANIZED & KEEP BUSY BY DOING CHORES!

OHHH, just hearing those words makes me cringe! I am guilty of this. I like to dream and plan and seldom follow through. I have a hard time being organized. You can read all about that here. But this is an important part. I don’t mind chores, but picking up after 7 people is dreadful…especially the laundry. Yet, if I am honest with myself, the reason I am most often discontented with my home is because it is not functional, organized or clean. On my best days, I love being in my own home. Other days, I want to run far, far away and pretend I live with Martha Stewart. I can not afford a housekeeper and so it is up to me! If I maintain this area better, I will be more satisfied with living in my home and that goes for you too 😀 We can work on this area and be imperfect together!

1 John 2: 15-17

“Do not love the world or the things in the world. If anyone loves the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world-the desires of the flesh and the desires of the eyes and pride in possessions-is not from the Father but is from the world. And the world is passing away with its desires, but whoever does the will of God abides forever.” ESV


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Giving can be hard but, receiving can be even harder!

Receiving,

Is sometimes better than giving.

…as a measure of good medicine!

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When you have nothing and work so hard for everything, pride can slowly creep in.

If you are not careful, it can turn you into a Scrooge! Especially when you are faced with the fact you might have a lousy Christmas in the gift giving department! Life can offer set backs at VERY untimely moments: a lost job, a house flooding with the Cities Sewage water!!!!! I am not sure if you can tell…but, that one just happened to us. *Ahem* moving on: unexpected bills, loss of a loved one, family problems, etc. Often times, it can suck out the heart and soul of the Season and leave us wanting to recite those famous lines, “Bhaaa-Hum-Bug.”

To be honest, I didn’t even get the Christmas tree up or lights put out this year. The grandparents came over and made me pull it out. As my husband and I stepped out for a bit to pick up dinner, they did it all with the kids and had a blast. I was actually super grateful for this because I have been tired and suffering some other health issues. This was a great blessing to us. But…if I really examined myself, I didn’t care less if I had the tree up or not. That is a sad truth and a real truth. We had no money because of our set backs and I knew we weren’t having Christmas this year. So why put up a tree, I thought? The excuses flooded in (no pun intended) and I just surfed them out.

I find it humorous how when we think things are impossible, that is when God decides to do the Possible–to–Him miracles!

I prepped my kids for the inevitable and asked them what would happen if they got nothing for Christmas? What would they do? How would they feel about it?

I was very impressed by my eldest’s response. He said, that Christmas wasn’t about presents and it was okay. I was so grateful for his attitude but, I wondered still, if his reaction would stay true to that statement on Christmas morning when they’re really wouldn’t be presents under the tree, or candy in their stockings, or any Candy canes to decorate with?

I was comfortable with the idea of just sitting around the tree, saying all the things we loved about Jesus in a quiet remembrance of what He came for. I had peace with it finally and looked forward to embracing the day a real gift was given to us.  It made me think about how I have nothing to offer Jesus besides my wretched life and yet, He was there, was given for us…laid his life down as our gift. It dawned on me; giving sometimes can be easier (in a sense) than receiving–something we know we don’t deserve and it is free for us! I watched the twinkling lights and truly was excited for Christmas morning, fast approaching.

Then it happened…

The miracles.

The blessings.

The pride.

We received gifts from family, from Insurances, from different sources–over and above our thoughts. And, God wasn’t done. He gave more through gifts to the children for Christmas that didn’t cost us much: Through our work, through people, through friends…

It literally just poured in!!

Through trials came pain and then, many blessings. We were patient and satisfied with even the little we would have had. Yet, God saw fit to provide for us and we were so grateful for that. But there was a slight problem….me!

Some of those blessings came from places and people that was hard for me to receive them from. Not because I didn’t love the people or places that it did come from…but, because of myself. I could feel pride creep in and I wrestled with the idea of receiving these blessings. I had to remember that this was a blessing from God. We were in need and He was providing. He chose to use these times and places. I had to be willing to receive my gifts as well as give them too.

This is and was, a hard lesson for me (or anyone) to learn but, good medicine for the soul.

James 1:17

“Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.”

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