Revelation & Hope

Hello Dear Readers,

Long time no hear? Yup, that’s me. I barely write in but when I do – look out world! ;p Anyhoo, just thought I’d pop in and tell you a bit about my faith life right now. I have gone through a LOT of emotional rollercoasters since last blog post. Found out some truly hurtful things happening, and recognized all the evil that’s been going on on the other side of the mountain so to speak. But God… even through this trial by fire, He never lets me give up. Trust me, I almost did many times. Between people judging me for hanging on to hope, to being thrown to the wolves, to getting stabbed emotionally and painfully more than once, and worry creeping in, it’s been a hectic ride folks. Yet God says, “Keep praying. Don’t give up.” There is hope and His Name is Jesus. He has outlasted the enemy of our souls in the battle to save humanity, and He died for me and my family and friends, neighbours, co-workers, and everyone around the world that we might have eternal life. All it takes is a little faith in Him and the will to keep following Him – taking up our ‘cross’ daily. It takes prayer, sometimes fasting, discipline, fellowship, study, meditation, living in the Spirit not in the flesh, living in the Light & Truth of God’s Word, instead of our emotions, repentance and forgiveness. It also takes much humbleness & thankfulness because if we’re not acting in this way, we’re probably living in pride which is what brought the devil down from Heaven in the first place. He wanted to be God and have His Worship. He thought he was better than God and decided to do things his way, but we all know how that turned out. And ultimately, how it will turn out. One thing I’ve noticed is there is a lot of hurt amongst Christian communities as we all continue to live in sin, without repentance, and continue to live our lives for ourselves – in our selfish nature, unless we have revelation of this, and sadly many don’t, we end up living a life of misery and failure, unfulfilling and sad. God wants us to have His best and in order to do that we need to die to self daily, we need to keep surrendering our lives to Him and praying for discernment and wisdom as the enemy tries to keep us from following Him by whispering in our ears lies and all sorts of deceit to lead us off the narrow and straight path. It sadly is happening amongst those closest to me and it saddens me. I feel burdened to pray for them unceasingly and I am. I believe God has a Plan just as He has promised in His Word and the more I keep holding on to these Words, the more light and hope I see at the end of the tunnel. So no matter what you’re going through, believe that God will make a Way and ask Him what His Will is for your life. He will let you know if you’re listening and seeking Him with your whole heart. He has and continues to do so for me. So believe!

Till next post,

~*Roxy*~

Passion

Hey there,

Long time no blog! How’s life? Me? Life is tricky but it is well with my soul. Today I cried out to God for help, a way out and encouragement and He gave me all 3! He is awesome like that!

But what I want to share the most is this:

Whatever you do for God do it with passion. Anything else is as filthy rags to God. So don’t kid yourself; if you’re not passionate about what you do and after praying about it nothing changes, its probably time to change it up. Just ask Him for a way out, He knows what we can handle, and is merciful when we ask for help!

P.S. – If you’ve never experienced the life changing power of God’s free gift of Salvation and want to know more please reply below with the subject “Salvation”. Be blessed!

 

A Day in the Life

I felt like writing something amazing, but I don’t think I have it in me today; I’m tired, sore from a workout the other day, been fighting a cold for the past week and a half, lost a relative recently and might lose a friend soon due to illness, can’t seem to lose weight despite all my efforts, feel like there’s still a wedge between me and someone close which makes me sad/upset, can’t wait for changes with family life & work schedule,  have a ton of sewing I want to do/have to do but no energy/focus and my hubby is struggling with stuff too so its been a rough time, long days & nights spent praying, thinking, asking for help. God hears us, I must be patient. Even though all seems chaotic, still i am blessed. Praise God, He is Good!

Blessings,
SharingMomLife

Clean Detox Program and Other Things

Hi Everyone,

How are you doing today? As for me, I could use a bit of a boost as I wait upon the Lord to come through for us, but I know well enough to know that He will provide. There are times when life gets so crazy you don’t know what to do other than pray, and right now is one of those times where I just have to say, “Okay Lord, I know You’re in control, and You Love us, so I will keep praying and trust in You.” I think most of all, it’s important to keep trusting, and to be obedient, doing so because you love God of course, and not for the wrong reasons. And right now, to top off the craziness, my hubby and I are doing the Clean detox program, to help rid our bodies of any unhealthy junk that has built up over the years. It is a combination of proper eating and meditation/rest, and expelling said toxins through our skin via sweating/soaking in a tub, and regular bodily functions. ;p So far I’m on day 4, and it’s been a bit rough (moreso the lack of certain favourite foods), but really good for my brain. I seem to be able to think clearer, and have more energy. The first few days are the hardest, though it’s tough being tempted every time I go to a grocery store or preparing meals for the kids since they are not on the diet and can eat normal stuff. It’s worth it though if this will help my body to heal the way it was intended, as through talking to people and reading, I’ve heard so many good things about this diet. It’s up to you if you do the 1 week, 2 weeks or 3 weeks diet for complete detox, but so far I’m working on the 1 week plan. I have yet to lose any weight, but apparently it’s more common to lose weight in the second week. And I know I need to exercise more, as I am out of shape, though with only about 10 lbs to go, you just know those are the hardest ones to lose, (raise your hands ladies if you know what I’m talking about)! It’s a choice that I’m happy with though, and even excited to see the outcome of as I have never done a formal diet such as this, just the regular exercise routine/cutting out sugar and midnight snacking at times.

I’m hoping my seasonal/pet allergies will be reduced and that my asthma will be gone completely (I haven’t had bad issues lately, but it does act up around animals and dust). Especially if at some point we get a dog (our kids want one and I wouldn’t mind having one around again, once we have a bigger yard), it will be good to not have so many allergies.

But this program has also taught me much about staying informed about the chemicals that are in the foods we eat and in the air we breath, not in a paranoid way as it might for some people as I know that God blesses our food to our bodies’ use, but moreso in a way that encourages healthy choices. And in this day and age, making healthy choices in any area of our lives seems to be getting more difficult. I mean from keeping in touch using all the online devices (staying connected to the net at every turn instead of maintaining relationships in person), to eating processed/restaurant foods, to living a more sedentary lifestyle and spending less time with God, it’s no wonder our society is going downhill. And I struggle with all of the above at times, so I’m not saying I’m perfect either. I just recognize the need to go back to a more organic type of lifestyle. And I’m happy to say, that lately moreso, I’ve been finally finding peace with just being thankful for what I have/who is in my life and not trying to keep up with the Joneses’ (something I don’t actively do or care about, but something that my sinful side bothers me with at times).

I think it’s important to keep perspective with regards to our relationships and what really matters. And if you struggle with this, ask yourself, “If I were on my deathbed today, what would I care about most?” It’s a simple question anyone can ask themselves to see how their life lines up with the things of importance, and if not, to question why it doesn’t. For me personally, I know I need to work on my relationships and on getting back to being me, hence I’ve been trying even harder lately to do so regardless of what society thinks. I know that not everyone agrees with my lifestyle choices or how I approach things, but that’s okay. I’m finally learning that it’s okay for people to not agree with what I think, even when they blatantly say it to your face (or online). I’m learning that so long as God is okay with me, then I’m okay with me. I’m also listening to some Joyce Meyer cd’s on healing and proper thinking, which are great btw, and trying to work on a better schedule at home. In the end, I just want to make sure I’m pleasing to my Creator. Something to think about perhaps? All the time. ;) God Bless you all!

P.S. – I’ll try to keep you in the loop with this diet thingy ;p

~Roxy~

The Season of Giving

Hi Readers,

Today I went out to my local thrift store and donated some clothes, a few odds and ends and an extra Christmas tree which we were not using, and I thought someone could make good use of this time of year. I went to the MCC Thrift Store on Watt, a place I truly admire as they are completely volunteer run, and their prices are true thrift shop pricing. And all funds raised go to help those in need, not to line their pockets (something that other well-known thrift stores do). Every time I donate something, whether it’s big or small, I feel good knowing that someone in the community will be able to put it to good use, and they won’t have to spend their last penny buying it. I’ve been in dire straights in the past, so I know what it’s like, but really, how hard is it to take a quick look through our things and give away all that we have lying around? There are so many people in need, people we see everyday when dropping off our kids at school, going to the office, or grocery shopping, and these people are truly hurting. And to top it all off, a lot of people are hurting even more because they don’t have anyone to fall back on. No one is there to help carry their load when they get sick or injured, or just need some love. No one, except God that is, who many people do not even acknowledge or are aware that He’s real. I have come to realize that whenever we’re in need, the Lord comes through for us. And this is the time of year when things get even more tight budget-wise, so it’s nice to know we have our Creator looking out for us. I try to remember to pray often, not that He needs us to tell Him what we need, but even just to remind myself that He Provides. There is truly nothing more amazing than knowing His Love, and what better time of year to walk in this truth, than at Christmas? The time of year where we reflect on the birth of Christ, our Saviour, who came into the world that we would have hope. How many people do you know who need hope right now? A miracle? I have a few friends going through cancer treatments right now, who I know need hope, something to hang onto, and I’m praying for them too. And trust me, prayer helps. I hope that you will take the time to give from your heart this season, whether in the form of donations to your local thrift store, or charity, or by helping out a friend through prayer or otherwise. There are so many ways to show God’s Love this season, and any time of year, so God Bless you as you embark on this journey and help to spread love!

Warmest Wishes,

Roxy

DIY Costume Closet

Whoever said you need lots of money to organize was wrong – because I just pray for stuff to use, and God provides the tools,material,and even the furniture to do it! Not kidding, but that is clearly a blessing to find everything I need for either free or cheap. And I realize this so I’m so thankful for everything. This time I decided that the boy’s closets were hindering them from seeing/using their multitude of superhero costumes, (yes, they’re fans too), so I thought to myself, “I should build them a costume closet.” I didn’t know how I was going to afford such a thing, but I knew that God would provide a means in some way. So I kept an eye online and noticed one day that someone was giving away an old armoire. I didn’t know what it looked like, but from their post online, it sounded like something I could use. So I arranged to pick it up with my hubby, and we drove out to their house to get it. It was missing the doors and pretty used looking, but that didn’t matter to me, I saw it’s potential so we happily took it off their hands. As we were driving home I was already imagining what I could do with it. I knew I had some caster wheels at home which I could put on the bottom, which is awesome so I could make it into a costume cart. And after seeing what some people did on Pinterest with similar furniture I was inspired. So I planned out a little what I was going to do with it, and set to work demoing it. I had to use a crow bar, hammer, and chisel, so I was ready for business. I’m sure the kids were wondering what I was doing hammering in the rec room as they played upstairs, but I told them I wanted to wait until I was done more to show them. Of course, that didn’t last long so they had to take a sneak peek here and there. This is what they saw:

So I managed after a while to pull off the back which was cut up anyways and to take a couple shelves out along with some annoying support pieces that had long staples in them. Then for safety I hammered down all the stapes in the pieces I removed which was a chore in itself, but I didn’t mind as it meant I was getting stuff done (I had been in a creative slump lately, so it was nice not to procrastinate). I also gave the whole thing a good wipe down to make sure it was sanitary as possible as it had been sitting outside at the other’s person’s house. And I took measurements for the fabrics that I had on hand which I decided to use to line the inside of it. I was a bit loose with the bottom fabrics on measuring, more like eyeballing as I knew that no one would really see this when covered by costumes. So I cut up some fabrics, (which I got for free from Arts Junktion btw), and started staple-gunning them down to the floor of the closet. Next thing I had to put the whole thing on it’s side, to lay down fabric for the inside sides, one at a time. I measured off some fabric, then decided to try putting a bit of tacky glue down the edges first, afterwards laying down the fabric on top and slowly pulling the fabric taut as I staple-gunned it down. After doing this on one side I determined the glue unnecessary, and so just used the staple gun by itself on the other side. I had my hubby drill some holes at the top where I measured out the closet rod would go. What did I use for the closet rod you ask? Why an old broken kid’s rake which I just sawed up to fit and then my hubby helped screw it in place from the outside. After the rod was in place, it was pretty much ready to test out, and I was excited to show the boys so I brought them down and they were happy about it too. To help organize the accessories I decided to put a couple big bins with handles on top of the closet too. And now whenever they want to play superheroes, it’s a lot easier to reach, (especially for my almost 5 year old), and they can clearly see all their costumes right in front of them. And I’m thinking, “Man, I wish I had this when I was a kid.”

Here’s the finished closet, (minus perhaps some future paint on the outside):

Lol! So if you’re in a similar predicament I encourage you to dream big, without worrying about the finances, and pray. God will provide, and inspire.

Blessings,

Roxy