Perspective shift

Today was tough for me as a Mom. Like really tough. But this evening as the kids were swimming in the lake & then in the bath tub & then now, as the kids are sleeping & I just finished investing a whole hour+ into bedtime snuggles, books, rubbing backs, singing songs, praying over each one, playing rock, paper, scissors & hugging them so close & speaking life over them & telling them how much I am thankful for them & that I love them… I’ve had time to think about what I was thinking about when being a Mom felt so “tough” today. Truth is, I let my mind focus on & magnify the “hard” parenting things we do… but their was SO MUCH GOOD that happened today too… but most of the day I was missing it….

So much depends upon what we choose to focus on. It’s amazing how if I meditate on the whininess or the bad attitude or how much housework I need to do how much I can begin to dread the rest of the day with my kids… poor kids! Who wants a Mommy like that?!

This evening I determined to fight the good fight of faith and speak out loud what I am thankful for and to consciously focus on the good. And you know what? I felt grace come. Things begin to feel much more manageable. I began to notice the smiles, the blue sky, the beautiful sunset, the lake that’s available for swimming (my kids ended up having a blast swimming in the lake tonight) and I fully enjoyed watching them have fun. Energy came back where I was able to truly love on my kids before they fell asleep tonight. I may have messed up a chunk of my day due to focusing on “what a hard day I’m having” but I’m so thankful by Gods grace I was able to turn the ship around by evening time.

Truth is I have SO MUCH to be thankful for!!! We all do! A loving, kind, gracious, merciful God who is good and trustworthy. I could spend everyday going on and on about how grateful I am for God, I could revel in His goodness each and everyday and be so filled up. I just need to decide. Whatever we choose to think about will become magnified.

Their was a study on the brain done about complaining. And what it showed is that t when you complain their are pathways made. And so the more you complain, the easier it is to keep complaining because your brain likes to take the path of least resistance! Let’s be those who begin to cut-off those pathways by starving them out and do some of the hard work (and so worth it!!!) of forming new pathways in our brain- pathways of thankfulness!

Will you consider joining me as I do my best to focus on the good & the beautiful and speak the language of thanksgiving?! I know I won’t always get it right but how wonderful when I do! I think that’s how we are meant to live. A life of focusing on the good, the praiseworthy, the lovely, the beautiful & for thankful, gratefulness & appreciation to be our foundation for the way we talk. It’s not that we don’t see the bad or the ugly, we simply don’t choose to meditate on it.

All my love,

Angie

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Marriage wake-up call for me…

A Marriage Wake-up call for me…

Am I making investments into my marriage so that I can draw from it?

“Do you know the saying, “Drink from your own rain barrel, draw water from your own spring-fed well”? It’s true. Otherwise, you may one day come home and find your barrel empty and your well polluted.

Your spring water is for you and you only, not to be passed around among strangers. Bless your fresh-flowing fountain! Enjoy the wife you married as a young man! Lovely as an angel, beautiful as a rose— don’t ever quit taking delight in her body. Never take her love for granted! Why would you trade enduring intimacies for cheap thrills with a whore? for dalliance with a promiscuous stranger?”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭5:15-20‬ ‭MSG‬‬

This passage talks about how as I wife, I am lovely as an angel and beautiful as a rose. Am I living out who God says I am?

Looking a little deeper at a few of these words (taken from the free dictionary app)..

Lovely: full of love; loving. Inspiring love or affection. Having beauty that appeals to the emotions as well as the eye. Enjoyable; delightful. Highly pleasing, attentive, charming, gracefully beautiful. Of a great moral or spiritual beauty.

Angel: a benevolent, goodwill, generous and selfless being that acts as an intermediary between heaven and earth. A kind and lovable person. One who manifests goodness, purity and selflessness. A messenger of God, guardian spirit.

Beautiful: having qualities that delight the senses, especially the sense of sight. Excellent, wonderful, attractive, graceful, pleasant, pretty, lovely, tempting, gorgeous, fetching, magnetic, cute, enticing, captivating, appealing, radiant, ravishing, winsome.

Rose: brightly colored, sweet-scented, bright, hopeful, cheerful, optimistic, glowing, fresh, blooming.

I want to meditate on these words and allow them to sink deep into my soul. Remind myself of who I really am!

I also love to switch the roles in verse 19..
Enjoy the husband you married as a young woman! Righteous and a strong leader with a compassionate heart- don’t ever quit taking delight in his body. Never take his love for granted!

Let’s remind ourselves how lovely & beautiful we really are as wives, let’s fully enjoy our husbands that God blessed us with and let’s be proactive about making continual investments into our marriages so we can draw upon it! Let’s appreciate the love that we have, may we never take it for granted!!

Praying blessings & the help of the beautiful Holy Spirit to help all who read this.

Love, Angie

Post First Half-Marathon thoughts..

Thankful!!!

So thankful!

(My husband I just finished running in the Seattle Rock n’ Roll 2017 marathon event. He ran his 2nd full marathon & I ran my 1st half marathon!)

I am so thankful that God answered my prayers as well as the prayers of my friends and family who were praying for my knees! Leading up to the big day, nearly every training run I had suffered some pain from my IT band which was hurting my right knee quiet significantly. The 2 weeks leading up to race day I actually hadn’t run at all because of knee issues.

During the race I experienced NO pain whatsoever in my knees! It was a total miracle!!! The farthest I had been able to run during training was 8 miles due to knee issues. But race day, I was able to run 13.1 miles without any stopping and my knees were great! How awesome is that?!

I also am incredibly grateful for our chiropractor who re-opened his office on a Friday evening after hours to fit in an adjustment for Grant & I before our Sunday race. Grant had tweaked his back that Friday morning and our chiropractor closes at 12pm on Fridays. He was already booked that whole Friday morning but made a special appointment to meet up with us after hours that Friday evening to make sure we were feeling great before our big day. Who does that?! Such a blessing!!!! We were SO grateful!!!

So thankful for our babysitter Jordan who took care of our babies for us so we were able to do this!

So thankful for my friend Kristine who the night before told me to roll out my IT band with a muscle roller which I also believed helped.

So thankful for my husband who has encouraged and inspired me all along the way and who shared all his wisdom from doing this once before. He made sure I was well prepared for the big day!

I also feel proud of myself. The longest I had ever run in my life had been 8miles and on race day I ran 5miles farther without stopping. Pretty fun! I would love to run another half marathon. The excitement of crossing the finish line is so awesome!

It was special as well to be able to share in this experience with my husband. He ran his 2nd full marathon and crushed it! The joy afterwards, the story-telling & debriefing & post-race meal together with our 4 little kiddos was all so fun & bonding. I think it’s pretty neat for our girls to look up to us both seeing us train and accomplish a goal like this together.

It’s pretty hilarious as well to see us both hobbling around post race day for a few days as our muscles are so sore! 🙂 All very much worth it though! That’s about it, my friends! Have you ever ran in a race before? Did you love it? Would love to hear!

Let’s live like this!

“Summing it all up, friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, reputable, authentic, compelling, gracious- the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not to curse.” Philippians 4:8 My favorite scripture! I am committing myself onward to live this way.

Isn’t this the best way to live? We live in an endless amount of blessings how could we not overflow every day with gratitude and thankfulness?! There are so many things in our lives that are SO GOOD and those are things that should captivate our attention always. It’s so important to train ourselves to think on these things, to meditate on these things, to look for these things – it truly is the happiest way to live! As a dear friend of mine always says, “It’s just the most fun way to live!”

I love so much Proverbs 15:30 in the Passion translation that says “Eyes that focus on what is beautiful brings joy to the heart, and hearing a good report refreshes and strengthens the inner being.”

Are you looking for the beautiful in those around you? And in the things that you do have and that you have been blessed with? Are you meditating and reminding yourself of alllll the beautiful and life-giving promises that are yours in Jesus?

I am on a journey in this way of living, would you consider journeying this way of living with me? Can you imagine the strength and the energy we will feel as we develop this beautiful habit in our lives? Can you imagine the blessing it will be in our marriages and in the way we raise our children? Can you imagine how it will bring out the best in those who we do life with? This is how our Father God thinks, meditates, speaks and believes for us. Let’s live out who we were created to be – in the image of our Heavenly Daddy. Ephesians 5:1-2 in the Message bible says “Watch what God does, and then you do it, like children who learn proper behavior from their parents. Mostly what God does is love you. Keep company with him and learn a life of Love. Observe how Christ loved us. His love was not cautious but extravagant. He didn’t love in order to get something from us but to give everything of himself to us. Love like that.” Verses 3 & 4 goes on to say how we are to talk and what kind of talk is not fitting for us. At the end of verse 4 it says “Thanksgiving is our dialect.” How beautiful is that?! May our dialect be one of continual thanksgiving and gratitude. We have so much to be grateful for beautiful friends.

If you have a moment, would you begin a running list that you can add to of all the things you’re grateful for about your life? About your spouse if you’re married and about each of your children if you have them? About your friends, about your home, your work, your mode of transportation, etc. I have started this and I love referring to it to remind myself and adding to it when a new thing pops into my mind!

Thankful for you sweet and beautiful friends. Cheers to an overcoming and beautiful day!

Every blessing,

Angie

GROWTH…

GROWTH…I Never want to be someone who stays the same, I continuely want to be growing, changing and becoming more like Jesus!

Growth can be painful, uncomfortable, awkward and vulnerable. But it’s where we are meant to live! It yields healing & joy in our lives and healing & joy in those lives around us. Whether we choose to stay where we are or whether we choose to grow – both effect others around us either for the negative or for the positive.

Leaning into growth rather than avoiding it will propel us into the lives we’ve dreamed about. We are either growing or dying. Proverbs 4:18 says the path of the righteous is like the first gleam of dawn, which shines ever brighter until the full light of day. (NLT) In other words, as we continuely grow and grow, our lives become brighter & brighter!

May it be said of us that we leaned into the uncomfortableness of growth! That we leaned into the pain and the awkwardness of growth so we can consistently grow and become more and more like Jesus.

May we continually be growing, receiving more healing in our souls and as a result experiencing more joy and giving more beauty & joy to those around us. May we become more kinder, more loving, more generous in our hearts towards others with our words, time, actions and finances.  May we be those who always focuses on the best & the beautiful. May our hearts and our words be those of gratitude and thankfulness, staying far, far away from whining & complaining!

Did you know THE GREATEST GIFT YOU CAN GIVE YOUR KIDS IS THE GIFT OF A GROWING PARENT?! No child has a perfect parent, but a parent willing to grow is a gift every child longs for. Growing in love, grace, wisdom, kindness, joy, knowing how to have fun, generosity – what a gift for them to see a life dedicated to continual growth!

Every time I am “triggered” and maybe feel frustrated, angry, sad, alone, unhelped, overwhelmed, exhausted, etc. in that moment is an opportunity for growth. As I identify what I am feeling, figure out the root of those feelings, take it to Jesus or my husband or a close friend, identify what I need and receive comfort – I am receiving healing and as I do that, I am becoming more healthy & whole & with that comes a greater level of joy for not just me, but for all those my life may touch!

Let’s do it together friends! Let’s grow together and may our lives ALWAYS be a beautiful, green, growing tree producing good fruit in every season of our lives. What are your thoughts about growth? How are you growing? As I am homeschooling my girls, I feel like I am being homeschooled too! In the areas of kindness, gentleness, love, discipline, speaking out loud what I am thankful for, etc. Everyday, all-day, I am challenged to grow. When my precious little ones have really deep emotional needs I am doing my best to lean into them, find out more and truly bring comfort instead of dismissing their feelings.  I would love to hear how you are choosing to grow!! Please let me know in the comments below! XO friends! Love, Angie

Why I love to workout…

Hello there beautiful friends! It’s a great day today! Another great day to rise up and overcome all that is before us. I was thinking about all the reasons why I love to workout and here is the list I came up with. At the end, I would love to hear YOUR list!

You feel so good afterwards!

More energy in your day.

Life seems so much more manageable, peaceful and joyful.

Feel and look stronger and healthier!

The protein shakes afterwards.

The showers are always the most rewarding after a good workout!

Such a good example for our kids to see that as a habit.

Spurs us on to other good habits – such as drinking more water, taking our vitamins and eating healthier!

It’s like a vacation!

Helps relieve any tension we may be carrying.

Sleep is better.

Possible new clothes? 🙂

Feel more confident.

You’re an inspiration to others!

What do YOU love about working out? Please let me know in the comments below!

XO, Angie

Why I love the daily routines…

Before telling why I love the routines of life I must first start of by sharing that the most important thing for me personally is spending daily time with my Heavenly Father, because it’s in this quiet time where I am reminded that I am not alone, He is with me, He is my helper and that I am loved, valued and treasured. It’s from this safe and loved place that I can have this perspective towards the daily routines that we have been gifted with… Ok, here it is…

Why I love the daily routines of life; the making the beds, the preparing the meals, the kitchen clean-ups, the laundry, the folding and putting away the clothes, the picking up of toys, organizing the school room, the snuggling and comforting little ones’ sensitive little hearts and on and on the list goes – but here’s why I love it all…

Every day we have an opportunity to let heaven invade our world – bringing beauty and order into our lives.  Everyday we can choose to create, with the help of our Creator, a heavenly atmosphere in our hearts & in our homes that instills within those that are in our home the feeling of “I am worth living this life beautifully”.

It’s during these routine tasks that we do what we do that we can begin to let thankfulness roll off our lips. We can use that time to speak out loud all the little things we are grateful for & it’s amazing how afterwards we actually feel better, more refreshed, good because we just accomplished a task that needed to get done but also our souls were encouraged and filled up with some joy as we began to turn our thoughts and our words on the praiseworthy things, the good, the beautiful & the lovely.

I want my home to be a place of peace, warmth, beauty, a place of lingering and that is inviting. A home that makes anyone who lives there or any visitor feel valued.

Each day as we choose to think about and meditate on the good and the beautiful and continually stay in an attitude of thankfulness, life is sweeter, lighter and more manageable. The routines become a delight and what an example for our little ones to see us modeling this. May we be those who model an example of staying far away from complaining and may we be those whose dialect is one of gratitude.

By cultivating a home where there is rhythms and a sense of order, there is security and peace and gives way to special times. I am often more available for the spontaneity that my husband and children like to plan on the fly in our evenings when the rhythms of order have been tended too. Please understand, given the choice between having special family time vrs laundry or clean-up – generally family time wins every time, but I feel so much more released and better when things are in order 🙂

I feel like tending to the daily routines in our today is also giving ourselves a gift of peace for our next day.

Okay, why do YOU love the daily routines of life? I would LOVE to hear in the comments below! XO, Angie