We live our lives the way most of America wouldn't understand. If you took away the technology we use for our business, you might be shocked by the simplicity of our home. We do have televisions, and the reality is they're rarely on. We don't have cable or even Netflix. We listen to the radio, a local Christian station, The Joy FM, and when we watch T.V. it's a lot of Bible-inspired shows or well-screened kid/family-friendly shows.
We spend a lot of time with Jesus. We read the bible, do devotionals and we pray. We spend a lot of time outside, taking care of our garden, our chickens, our little bit of land. We build, we design, we craft, and work and play and enjoy life. We are building a strong and faith-filled life for our family, and it's a life most people can't even imagine, but they should imagine it. They should want it. They should seek it out...it's going back to a simpler time and way of life, and it gives perspective.
While the rest of America is out there running around like chickens with their heads cut off we are working to build a life dependant on God and not on this world. We don't want the many distractions that the world as to offer. We don't want them for us, or our children. We home school to teach our children the rich history of America, about God, and the other fundamental things they will need to know for life. Our plan includes making our children God dependant, and not victims to the world around them.
What is a "simple life"? It's going back to the basics, going back to our roots. Jesus and family and doing things for ourselves. Not counting on others as much as we've been programmed to in the last 30 years. It's slowing things down and focusing on the important things in life, and that means teaching our children how to get to the next life. Eternity matters y'all...teach your children that fact before you let them spend hours and hours soaked into a video game that undermines good values.
Listen, I'm not on here to preach, but I think we need to rethink this "progressive" stance so many have taken. We can make progress without destroying the foundation of the world. If you follow me, and you support this blog, our business, and our Facebook page, this isn't any news for you. You know how I feel, and where we stand, but I think people are feeling kind of lost and they don't know how to turn back time and stop what has been put in motion.
We haven't always limited tech with our kids or lived more self-sustaining. It all starts with a change. Start somewhere and get your focus where it needs to be (JESUS). If your children are young, they'll fall in line easily...some of the greatest humans in history didn't have a cell phone at all, let alone as a child. Let your kids be kids, and be involved in the process of their young lives. Create a FAMILY/GOD culture in your home, and stand up for what you believe. Do all these things to simplify your life and watch everything start to change for the good in your home.
If this struck something in you, and you have questions and would like to learn more about how to live a more simple life and lead your family to the Lord, reach out. We're here to talk to you! Until the next blog, you can find me doing something creative on our Facebook Page or hanging out in our Private VIP Group, CLUB CHARM. Come join us! Share this blog with a friend whom you think will benefit, and give us a like!
The law of the Lord is perfect, reviving the soul; the testimony of the Lord is sure, making wise the simple Psalm 19:7
Until we meet again...love and prayers!
You know what they say...the way to a man's heart is through their stomach. In the case of my husband, this is certainly true, so when a special occasion comes around I try to prepare meals I know he loves to show admiration, love, and affection toward him. Father's day and his birthday top the list of the days I put special care into what meals I fix.
One of my husband's favorite meals is BBQ Ribs and Fried Potatoes, but not just any fried potatoes, my specialty fried potatoes. This Father's Day I fixed both of these things for him, and he was a pretty happy camper, to say the least. He finished the entire plate of food with a smile on his face.
Now, on a 'normal' day we try not to eat lots of meals that are high calorie, but on a day like Father's Day we tend not to worry about the calorie count, and focus on the love, company, and the time around the dinner table together. There's really no better way to connect with one another than around a table eating a meal and sharing your lives and loves. We try to make sure we eat our dinner meals (at minimum) at the table together most nights.
I want to share the recipe to my fried potatoes with y'all, and feel free to pass it on by sharing my blog post!
MY POTATOES (Fried Potatoes)
I hope you enjoyed this blog, and I hope you'll try the Fried potato recipe. When you celebrate dad or any other man in your life, consider feeding him a good meal! He'll most likely appreciate it! Please share it with your friends! Thanks for reading. See y'all tomorrow!
We celebrate our birthdays as being another year older, and we are, since our last birthday. In reality, we're only one day older than the day before, and there's a lot of hype around that number.
My oldest son told me yesterday that I was three years away from really old. Clearly, he can say that he's only 29, but boy does he have a lot to experience and learn.
When you're young, everyone who's older than you by 10 or more years seems really old. I can remember considering 30 old, and then I turned 30. It wasn't a fun week leading up to that birthday, but the day I turned 30 wasn't a big deal. I had hyped it up to the point of feeling physically sick, and then it happened and all the world didn't collapse.
After 30 I really didn't think much about my age. When I turned 40 I celebrated. I embraced 40 with open arms. It seemed like a badge of honor more than anything. I didn't have grandbabies yet, but I was only a couple of years away from that milestone at that point. I had my last baby right before I turned 40, so I guess I felt kind of young in away.
Seven years later I look at my life and I'm kind of wondering how I got from there to here. I'm 3 years from 50 and I don't feel a day over 35. I know I'm a grandma, and my oldest son is going to hit the BIG 3-0 next year, but it just all seems so impossible. Surely I couldn't really be middle-aged already? It just kind of all sneaks up on you and before you know it you are your grandparents' age.
Our lives are but a vapor in the wind. Life passes away quickly, and when we find ourselves at the end of our lives, what will it all be for? I pray you were living for Jesus because then it actually will have meant something. It will mean something to those you leave behind, and it will mean you'll spend your eternity in heaven. That's a big deal folks!
You see, eternity isn't short, it's forever. Literally, it never ends, and that is hard to wrap our minds around, and still, it's so. Every soul that was ever created will spend their eternity somewhere, and they get to choose. Where do you choose?
I know I'm preaching, and I'm sorry for those who don't like it, but it needs to be said. There were many years of my life I was running from the Lord and living for Satan (even if I didn't realize that part until later.) Those wasted years sometimes haunt me, oh but God. He has reminded me more than a few times that even in my messed up past, He has a purpose, He created purpose and He's continuing to work it together for my good and the good of those who love Him.
When I think about how quickly life passes us by, and how most of us don't really appreciate many of the years we are given, I just want to run up to every young person and grab them and shake them and scream at the top of my lungs..."DON'T WAIT!" "DON'T RUN FROM HIM, RUN TO HIM!!!" "IT'S ALL ABOUT JESUS!!!!" Of course, you can't really do that, people would think you're crazy, and here's a little news flash for you, if you're living your life full-on for Jesus, they probably already do think that if they're not saved. Let them think it! Your eternity literally henges on your mindset. I have said it more than once, and I'll keep right on saying it. What occupies your mind, controls your life. Let it be JESUS!
If you're getting older, and you aren't really sure how you got from there to here, pause for a second and put it all into perspective. If you're not already, start pressing HARD into the Father. Live the life He has called you to live. Share the Gospel with others. Take as many people with you as you can to heaven. He actually told us, Therefore go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, 20 and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you. And surely I am with you always, to the very end of the age.” Matthew 28: 19-20. Soooo, what are y'all waiting for? Use the precious time you have to lead others to HIM. He is the reason, and really there's nothing else. If you think there's anything else that matters as much, you've been deceived by the enemy.
Praying y'all find this encouraging today, and that you pass it on. Until tomorrow, be blessed.
This is the story of George and Linda. My name is Jen, and my husband is Kenny, and if you aren't confused yet, well, you're in the minority. We constantly get asked during our lives why we call each other George and Linda, and those who don't ask us are probably just new, embarrassed, or they think they missed something. The only thing they missed most likely was us telling the George and Linda story for the millionth time. (I'm sure our regulars get tired of hearing it), but we continue to tell it because we aren't trying to confuse anyone. No we aren't in the Witness Protection Program, and yes we are in our right minds (I think!) We really just love having fun, so here's this crazy story.
In 2014 Youtube and the internet made a little boy name Matao famous when he argued with his momma over some cupcakes. He called her by her name (Linda) and it was the cutest thing we'd ever seen! (Even if we did want to spank him very much badly!) LOL, He was trying to argue with his mom about why he could have cupcakes when she had told him he could not.
Kenny began to use this little spiel when we would not agree on something, or if he was being silly, and he began to call me Linda. Slow at first, but over time I was more often than not referred to as Linda. It was funny, and most people didn't even really notice.
So it wasn't long until I began to give Kenny a nickname, and at first, just playing around, I was calling him Ronaldo, but it just didn't seem to fit him. One day I called him George, and it stuck, and we've been George and Linda (to each other) since.
Insert crafting 7 nights a week on Facebook LIVE, and well, people do notice when you don't call your spouse by their actual name. LOL, What has become second nature to the two of us has sincerely confused a whole lot of people who follow us. We weren't trying to confuse anyone, but if we didn't call each other that, well we wouldn't be 100% authentic because this is us people, and all our weirdness, soo...
Call us Kenny and Jen, or call us George and Linda...we'll answer to either name, just call us! LOL, We just try to be authentic and what you see is what you get. Some people find it weird, others cute, still others think we're a little crazy. I keep telling people we are a little crazy, but mostly about each other.
Thanks for hanging out with us, and getting to know us a little better, and now YOU know! You know the back story (it's not that glamorous) and you know that we continue to do it on our lives because you're getting an authentic experience with us. This is just who we are. We're fun, quirky, silly, loving, and we have a heart for the Lord. We also enjoy referring to each other as George and Linda, and we invite you to participate! We even have a t-shirt for our crafting LIVES and you can find it HERE.
Thank you for stopping by and reading our story. Share it with a friend who was wondering the same thing you were wondering. There's no confusion here, just a couple of silly people having fun with their lives.
Look around y'all. I'm sure you know someone, or you are someone that has had a marriage that is falling apart. I've been that person. I've been the person with a marriage that was shaky from day one, and I hadn't a clue how to fix it. I see it all the time, young folks getting married, no plan, no foundation, no clue. Young people (and old) just signing on the dotted line, the two becoming one, but in name only. They're not following the Lord they're following a path to destruction.
How do we teach people that marriage is life-long, and there is no out? How can we give the young a better understanding of Christ's idea of marriage? First and foremost we need to model what a Christ-like marriage looks like, but let's back up for a moment. How do we, ourselves get to a place of a Christ-like marriage? For some of us, myself included, we find Jesus, he changes our lives and we begin to seek His will in our lives, in every way, and that leads to Christ dictating things in our marriage, and not the world.
When Christ is dictating your life, and your marriage, you might not have a perfect marriage, (okay, actually you're not going to have a perfect marriage, so there's that part.) You will, however, have a marriage that you won't want an escape from, a partner that is your best friend, and you'll both be closer to each other and the Lord.
You see y'all, putting Jesus first is paramount. It's the utmost important thing in your life for your whole life. Your eternity henges on it, and so does your marriage. I'm going to say something that's not going to get many praises. If you're living with someone, you shouldn't be, and you shouldn't marry them until you've lived apart for a substantial time, gotten your life in line with scripture, accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior, and had extensive pre-marital counseling, both alone and with your significant other. If you want a marriage that not only survives but thrives, these things are a MUST. If you don't do it, you're literally rolling the dice and betting on a future that is as unstable as the foundation it's built on.
The only foundation to build a life on and marriage on is the rock of Jesus Christ.
24 “Everyone then who hears these words of mine and does them will be like a wise man who built his house on the rock. 25 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat on that house, but it did not fall, because it had been founded on the rock. 26 And everyone who hears these words of mine and does not do them will be like a foolish man who built his house on the sand. 27 And the rain fell, and the floods came, and the winds blew and beat against that house, and it fell, and great was the fall of it.” Matthew 7:24-27 ESV
If you build on anything besides Jesus, expect trouble, turmoil, and problems that you can't weather. Expect a broken home and broken marriage, because the world shows us every single day, it will likely happen, but Jesus has a different plan, a better plan. A good marriage starts with self and lining yourself with Jesus. If both partners do that first, the marriage might not be a daily walk in the park, but it will be solid, and it will weather the storm, Jesus will make sure of it.
Jesus is the rock. Jesus is the foundation. Jesus is over and above everything. If you want a rock-solid marriage, Jesus better be over you and your spouse. It's best if that happens before you're married, but if you're already married seek Him today, make Him Lord and Savior over your life, and watch Him change it all for His Glory!!!!!
I pray this is an encouragement to you today as I encourage you to seek the Lord in all things, but especially your relationships. The world doesn't have a good marital track record, don't let the world dictate your marriage. Don't fall victim to Satan and his lies. His mission is to kill, steal, and destroy. He loves tearing marriages apart, and he'll tear yours apart, just like he tore mine apart before I knew Jesus. Put on the full armor of God and protect your marriage and your life from the evil one. Teach your children what a strong relationship with Jesus is and what a good marriage looks like, because of Him. Doing that will have generational impact for years to come.
Thanks for taking the time to read my blog today, and if you enjoyed it, or if it touched you, please leave a comment, send me a message, share this or give it a like. Your feedback is most appreciated. I also want to encourage you today, if you're struggling in your marriage reach out to us. My husband and I would be happy to speak to you regarding Jesus, and how He can change your marriage and your life.
Until we talk again, I am praying for you!
In our home, we do things differently than many families do. We do things differently than many "Christian" families do, but we don't take the fun out of things for our kids, let me explain. Y'all know, because I've talked about it many times, Jesus is FIRST here, He just is. We strive daily to live in a manner that is reflective of our heart and hopefully that's teaching our children the real important things in life. First and foremost, Jesus is greater than EVERYTHING.
We recently celebrated Easter as I know y'all did, and we, including our children, understand full well what the meaning of Easter is. We are in awe of a God, loving us so much that He sent His only son to die on a cross for the sins of the world; not His sins, but the very sins of people who would never love Him. That's love y'all.
We celebrated all He did for us on the day He died and also on the day He rose. We talked about it, we read scripture, we watched some Bible shows, and we spent time reinforcing in our children the importance of all that occurred, teaching them that our very faith henges on the death and resurrection.
What does all that mean though and what doesn't it mean. Well here's the 411. It means that we relish in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. We understand His gift to us, and we are grateful, so grateful for a God who loves us that much. We put Him first, we celebrate Him and on Easter, as much or more than any day of the year, we remember His sacrifice on that cross so that we may live in eternity with Him forevermore.
Here's what it doesn't mean. It doesn't mean our kids can't have fun, and can't be kids. It doesn't mean that I don't decorate with bunnies and eggs a little bit too. It doesn't mean we are separating ourselves so much from the world that we forbid the children to enjoy candy or an egg hunt. While, yes, we do want separation from the world because the bible tells us distinctly we are set apart, we do not want that fact to seem like a punishment to our children, because it's not, it's a glorious appointment of God, and it should be celebrated.
2 for you are a people holy to the Lord your God. Out of all the peoples on the face of the earth, the Lord has chosen you to be his treasured possession. -Deuteronomy 14:2
The world offers us nothing for eternity, and if we stay in the world, we will surely be separated from God for all eternity. When we give our lives to Jesus, that changes. Giving your life to Jesus, and keeping your fence mended doesn't mean your children can't be children and hunt eggs on Easter, it means you need to do your job of teaching them that the eggs are fun, but Jesus is the reason.
I hope this gave you some things to think about, in how you're teaching your children and grandchildren, and how you're molding them to know that it doesn't have to be a straight-laced face all the time. There is fun to be had, and that doesn't have to impede on Jesus or your faith. Let children be little and have fun, teaching them all the while that Jesus is Lord and Savior of their lives, and that He, and nothing else, is the most important thing in this world and beyond.
Until we talk again! Thanks for reading, sharing, and liking! Together we can spread the gospel one day at a time. <3
Life moves fast. Sometimes it just seems like you can't catch your breath! I can't believe it's already April. Where has a third of this year gone? Time passes so quickly! I have often said, when you're a momma, the days are long, but the years are short. I think during this time of craziness in our world, where most of us are stuck in our homes, those days seem so long, but the reality is, time is slipping away from us. I'm here today to tell you to make the most of every moment with your babies, with your grandbabies, with your spouse, and all the people you love.
Currently, I have four of my seven children still living under my roof, but I also have three who have grown up and moved on with their lives. They all live at least 1,000 miles away from me, and two of them have children, which means I have grandbabies far away. I don't want to miss all the things with them, and so Facetime has become my friend more than ever. With my kids at home, well we are getting on each other's nerves just a little at this point, so I'm struggling in some ways. It's not that I'm not used to my kids being home, I homeschool, so of course I'm used to it. I'm just not used to my kids not getting out of this house for weeks at a time. We typically go to lots of places, and that has come to a standstill.
Even with all the chaos and with our schedules being so out of wack, I am trying to embrace every moment. I'm trying to play with them more, listen to them more, and celebrate them more. I'll admit, it's been a tough go of things the past few days, but today I think we made progress at turning the corner to less stress and more joy. With birthdays falling right in the center of all that's going on, we had one this week and another next week. I cannot lose my focus on them, their education, the time I spend with them beyond school, and what it all means for the future.
I've read more than a few times that people should start looking at this "lockdown" scenario as a chance to spend time with the people they love, and it is, but shouldn't we already be doing that? I think we've come to live in a society that is always on the go, and it affects us, our relationships and how our children learn and grow. Many times parents would rather throw a two dollar toy at their kid than spend quality time with them enjoying something together.
I refuse to be the parent who misses this boat, and who doesn't understand the importance of our children and the future. I refuse to be the person who got it all wrong because I thought I had it all right. I don't have anything right until I have it on good authority from Jesus. That's why every day right now, as always, but even more so, I'm praying and asking God to guide my steps and show me things through His vision.
Moms, grandmas, your kids, and grandkids are important. They're looking up to you. They're wanting attention from you, and you need to be there to give it to them. Not because you have to, or even because you should, but because you love them and you know what hinges on your role in their lives.
Grab parenting by the horns and hug your kids. Let them sleep in some, and let them stay up late a little, and when they do, spend that time with them. Play cowboys and Indians, jump on the trampoline, read a book to them, they'll love it! Go on a bike ride, let them help you plant or cook or sew. Whatever you do, just spend time with them. Time spent with children is never unimportant, unappreciated, or uneventful. We are here to guide and lead, make them put down the electronics, (and put down yours too) and have a blast with those little ones you adore so much.
Whether you're a mom or a grandma, I know you love them so very much. Don't let this moment in time pass you by, but instead do all the things you wish someone had done with you. Love them, and give them the very best gift, your time.
Until we talk tomorrow, enjoy your babies and grandbabies, and smile, you're pretty awesome! Thanks for liking and spreading the charm. Be sure to leave me a message and tell me if you needed to hear this today.
Y’all it was a day let me tell ya. It started off with attacks of the enemy, and it ended with my back in a bind. I might have slightly lost my faith in humanity, thankfully my faith in God is stronger than ever, and it's that faith on which I rely.
The country as a whole, the world even, is going through an awful lot right now. People are scared, they’re lost, they're losing sleep over their worries. Well, let me introduce you to my life, and a man named Jesus.
In 2009 Kenny and I brought our son, Cash, home from the hospital after a bumpy start to his little life. He was born only two weeks early, but he had lung issues right away and spent his first four days in NICU struggling to breathe. I had never had a sick newborn before (Cash is #5 out of 7). It was difficult in those few days, but when we brought him home, healthy, I put it behind me and got on with life.
Cash would end up being in the hospital another 8 times in his first two years of life (admitted more than 3 days and up to 30 days at a time) He would subsequently be at the ER and the doctor's office so many times I lost count. Lung infection after lung infection, pneumonia, skin infections, ear infections, a bone infection, sepsis. You name it, that poor little guy got it. It was nothing for us to have to take him to the ER, for one thing, only to have him pick up something else while there. He was a sick little boy.
In the weeks after his second birthday, he was hospitalized after having a tonsillectomy because he had developed three separate infections, one of which ended up taking his left lung. It literally liquified his lung and the lung drained out a chest tube that had been placed in his side. These were dark days. I was 8 months pregnant, and a hot mess most of the time. Cash was hospitalized three hours from our home, and I stayed with him the entire time while Kenny was home and working. It was difficult, and it was character building. It was our wilderness, and that season in our lives was just plain difficult on so many levels.
When he was finally well enough to come home after losing his lung, it was a whole new world for us. He was soon diagnosed with a Primary Immune Deficiency, and that brought it's own set of new challenges as we learned to navigate the world of germs, but the diagnosis also helped our son to live a healthier life because we knew what we were up against and that Cash wasn't like every other child. He was healthier than he'd ever been after diagnosis. He still had infections, and a few hospital stays, but taking a daily antibiotic prophylactically, and taking precautions for him, we were able to keep infections to a minimum.
By the time we moved to Florida four years ago Cash was holding his own, and the warm weather here only helped. We had always been told a warmer climate may make a world of difference as he had the most illnesses in the fall/winter/early spring months. Since moving to Florida Cash has had no hospital stays, and only a few minor infections. We have truly been blessed. We believe Cash could be healed, as we fully know God has the power to do that, but I say he is healed cautiously only because so many kids who have Primary Immune Deficiencies have months and even years of good health, and then relapse. We take every day one day at a time with Cash, and we're truly thankful for every good health day he has. We believe the Lord has His hand on Cash, and that Cash has a mighty Godly purpose on this earth.
Enter stage left, COVID-19. Everyone is freaking out a bit, and we're just over here trying to decide how to best keep our immune-compromised son safe. It's funny, I had almost forgotten the urgency of keeping him safe until all this happened, and then this virus wisped in and changed all our lives and rocked our little piece of the world. We are fortunate to already be homeschooling, so we didn't have to worry about school, but with the numbers increasing rapidly of diagnosed cases, and Florida being number 4 in the number of cases in an individual state, we aren't taking chances with Cash. He has not left our home in over a week now, neither have our other kids. I have left only a few times for necessities, and errands. Kenny has continued to go to school on the weekdays. We are very aware that one of us could bring something back to Cash, so we are trying to minimize that possibility.
Y'all I do not want to minimize the God factor here. This virus is a big deal, but my God is a bigger deal. We have faith, but we have common sense too, That's why we are limiting contacts and keeping to ourselves (social distancing) to protect our son. So when I came against the enemy this morning and it rocked my faith in humans for a hot minute, let me tell you, God reminded me pretty quickly of all the blessings in my life, and how my faith in Him has carried me through some pretty rough stuff. My faith is stronger today than it's ever been. This virus crisis doesn't scare me. Am I going to be smart, of course, but I'm not scared because I know who holds the future.
I guess I'm writing all this to say Jesus is King, God is in control and if I'm not scared, you shouldn't be either. We have someone in our home who falls into that the demographic of people who really need to be concerned about this thing, and still, we're not scared. Fear is of the devil, and we will not be shaken by a devil who has no power over us. Yes, my faith in God is strong, and that's the faith that I rely on.
I encourage you today y'all, don't bend to the fear of Satan, but instead lean into the strength and the power of Jesus, and know He is in control, and He's got you. Use your brain, be smart, but trust in Him always. I hope y'all have a wonderful and blessed day and I will talk to you again tomorrow! Please leave me a like or a comment if you enjoyed this blog and share it with your friends so I can be an encouragement to them as well.
Y'all we're living in uncertain times, and it's got me to praying and thinking a lot about my children. I'm considering all things as we stay home and ride out this storm with Jesus. What's REALLY important in life, and how can we make sure our kids get the important stuff and let the other stuff slide on by? How many of y'all know the world is teaching them one thing, but we have to teach them something else? In times of trial and uncertainty, it's not our government we lean on, it's not our own understanding, but Jesus.
So as the days have been a little long recently trying to keep my kids occupied as we hang out at the house even after homeschool is finished I am trying to teach them well. We were fortunate to have a good supply of food already, so I didn't have to buy a lot, but some of our staples around here have thinned out the past few days and I don't want to make unnecessary trips to the store so I'm waiting to do my grocery run until I run out of a few more things and also hopefully allow some of the shelves to be restocked a bit. One of those things is cereal. We actually have cereal, but their favorites have been demolished. Typically I'd go out and pick up some more even if I wasn't making a store run that day, just a box or two to tide us over until I did a larger grocery shop. I'm not doing that this week and my kids are about to lose their minds. Instead of getting frustrated, and aggravated I tried to use it as a teaching moment. I was reminded of words from the bible and felt compelled to share those words with my children.
Philippians 4:11-13 tells us, "Not that I speak from want, for I have learned to be content in whatever circumstances I am. I know how to get along with humble means, and I also know how to live in prosperity; in any and every circumstance I have learned the secret of being filled and going hungry, both of having abundance and suffering need. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me." Being content in all circumstances is a hard one. It's hard for kids, and yet we must teach them the truth of God's word, and how that translates into our lives. Psalm 34:10 says "Those who seek the Lord lack no good thing." We must teach our children to seek the Lord, not just in troubling times, but always. As we go through the coming days and weeks, and many of us have more time on our hands than we've had in a very long time, our children are watching us. They're looking to us to set the pace and the tone of life. What are you doing to set that pace and tone in line with the word of God and to teach your children that if we have Him, we have everything. Yes, we need certain things on this earth to survive, but we don't have to have Fruity Pebbles like my kids so strongly protested this morning that they needed. They need the very word of God, they'll find something to eat in our pantry, even if it's not their favorite.
So I want to be an encouragement today. Don't get overwhelmed by everything going on that's out of your control. None of it is out of God's control, and if you're seeking Him, and teaching your children the same, all those little things will fall into place. I read a meme once that said, "Teach your children to follow Jesus or the world will teach them not to." Sadly this is exactly it, and now that you have some extra time with those precious ones the Lord has entrusted to you, don't waste it! Show them the order of importance in your life, and model for them so they'll figure out where things need to be ordered in their own lives. Yes, they're children, and no they're not going to get it all right now, but I'll tell you what they will get, and that's where your heart stands with the Lord, and what your intentions are. Be faithful to the Lord, just as he has been and will be faithful to you, and show your children that God's truth trumps all, and that the important things have everything to do with the Lord.
Proverbs 19:23 says "The fear of the LORD leads to life; then one rests content, untouched by trouble." Today, our lives are untouched by the trouble of the world, and it's not because we're immune to it all, it's because we have Jesus in our hearts and we trust Him. Teaching our children not just that in theory, but practice is something we try to do daily, but you can be assured that during this time, we're working diligently to clarify things for them, and to gently lead them further down the path to a life lived for Jesus.
Praying for y'all today. I pray that you are also using this time to teach and mold your children and grandchildren because we certainly do not normally get enough time with them where we can shape their character and their thoughts so free from distraction. They typically spend so much more time "in the world" than they do with their own families. Perhaps God is slowing things down and giving us a chance to right some wrongs? Perhaps He's saying to us today, gather my flock and teach them well my intentions and my desires for their young lives.
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I don't know about y'all but I feel like I'm living in an episode of the Twilight Zone right now. Here I am making some crafts, doing some DIY's, feeding my chickens, watering my garden, baking some bread and all the while the world has gone mad. The NBA shut down, the NCAA shut down, schools are closed, Universities are closed, and something that, as a Floridian, I can tell you NEVER happens. Disney World has shut down. Even when Orlando gets hit head-on with a hurricane, Disney World never shuts down for more than a day. They're now officially closed until at least the end of the month. That's TWENTY DAYS people! TWENTY!!! I'm telling you, this is serious!
So, what the heck is going on? I'll tell you what's going on, there's a whole lot of people who don't trust Jesus. Now, having said that let me be clear. I fully know COVID-19, also known as the Coronavirus is a real thing, and it really can kill people, but I also know it has a much lower death rate than simple Influenza which hits our nation every year. Some years it hits harder than others, but people die every single year, and they die at a higher rate than COVID-19 is killing them. I'm not saying we shouldn't take it seriously, take precautions, and be smart, I'm just saying this is madness, and anyone who trusts the Lord cannot be falling for this madness.
Now, before you start yelling at me, know that I have a child with a compromised immune system and so this is serious to our household. I mean it's serious to everyone, but we know elderly, babies and toddlers and those with compromised immune systems are the most at risk to be affected. That means I don't take it lightly, but I also don't take the Lord God lightly. I know He's protecting me, and He has a mighty plan among all the craziness that's happening around me in the world right now.
I am drawn to Philippians 4:6-7 which tells us: "Do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus." The panic that is happening is not of God, and I dare say it is of something dark inside this world. In Isaiah 41:10 it says: "Fear not, for I am with you; be not dismayed, for I am your God; I will strengthen you, I will help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand."
You need not look any further than your very own Bible to find the peace and comfort that you desire during this time of panic in our nation and our world. God is with you, He is fighting for His people, and He will sustain you. Is this crisis real, well in part, yes. Should you take precautions and use common sense, of course. Is there a viable threat currently, unfortunately, yes there is, but none of that changes who God is and what He does. There's a reason the Bible says the peace of God surpasses all understanding, and it's because non-believers don't understand it. Sometimes believers don't even understand it, but we know we can trust it, and we can trust it.
Take heed friends, when there's panic in the streets, and when people rush about, buying up all the things, hiding in fear, and trembling, we serve a Mighty God who is in total control and for whom we can trust with our very lives. Proverbs 3:5 tells us: "Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your understanding." We do not fear, because God tells us that fear is not for us. “For God has not given us a spirit of fear, but of power and of love and of a sound mind.” 2 Timothy 1:7
If you're fearful today and you know Him, go to Him and ask for His peace. He will supply it in multitude to those who are His own. Grab hold of Jesus and don't let go. We're all going to get through this and come out better for the fact that we depended on Jesus for our every need. Though it's unfortunate, this isn't an episode of The Twilight Zone, and we can't just turn off the TV and make it go away, but we can get on our knees and take it to the Lord in prayer. I pray you're doing just that, and that you won't let the panic of others control you. Feelings lie to us every day, the word of God never will.
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