He slept 5 hours !! Mama and Daddy needed that! I feel a lot better! Then my milk came in so he had a BIG BREAKFAST! Yay!! AHHHHHHH HE IS HERE!! Still can't believe it! And although he was about 3 weeks early there weren't any complications or issues with him! Get this he was born on Daniel's 3 year anniversary of being clean from pain pill addiction! 😱😭🎉 God had the PERFECT time planned for him!
Shoutout to all 26 of the degrees who showed up for this mornings commute, you and this last minute "breakfast" are the real MVP's!! (Note: this mornings breakfast is brought to you by my flagrant snooze button abuse) Who else struggles with early Sunday mornings!? 🙋🏽🤷🏽♀️
God is surely one of redemption. Of reminding his children that truly he can mend the broken pieces of our hearts. Wiping away fears with the sweetest days of grace.
The night nurses I had during my sons labor were far from kind. Exhausted I'm sure from extra shifts in the middle of an ice storm. Overworked since so many could not make it in. Understandable yes, but still so harsh in their words & ways. Always have I remembered that night one without the comfort of a friendly face. Of being repeatedly taken aback by their lack of softness even towards my family who braved the roads to help. For years I've carried fear that's been settled within my heart for the day our newest arrives.
And while this one is far from his arrival (thank you Jesus) I've had to face this place again. Only this time my heart has breathed healing kindness. Filling itself from the sweetest of nurses, the kindest of women. Their ways so typical, so ordinary, so not a big deal. And yet their warm ways have meant everything to me.
For he will restore what the locusts have stolen. Even things as simple as memories. Replaced by the blessing of his love.
If you've ever had a session with me, you know that I make you do silly things or I'll ask questions to get emotions. Most of the time, those emotions include laughter.
Sometimes, I get this... a mother praying over her daughter as she heads into the final months of her senior year of high school.
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Still And Rest
Gods greatest work in me. Always and forever. Never did I want those words prints on me small or easy to hide. My heart knew I needed them large bold tattooed reminders of less me so there can be more him. A daily lesson that through sacrifice of self I will see his glory. Even in the boring.
To be still means to give up control, loosen your grip, specifically to drop the hand. For someone who thrives in her own strength, in her own will, in her own way this is always my biggest struggle. To compulsively have things a certain way allows me to breath. Yet I still must learn to just let him work. Without my nagging. Without explaining it all to me. Without hesitation or reservation.
To rest has so many beautiful meanings. So many types, commands, journeys. Yet this one stuck out to me. A promise of rest to Moses if he'd only trust God despite his knowledge of the path ahead. The Arabic translation of this Hebrew word means to camel rest. An animal who instinctually does not know how to lie down to rest. But rather is lovingly taught by their master often using a rope to force them down for their own good. Again & again until they have learned to do it on their own. Fully giving way to their body's request. They do not know how but instead they must be taught.
So here we are. Sitting bored in a hospital bed in the tiniest room without a window until tomorrow. My perfectly fine little man annoyed by the monitors, kicking them & moving away every time they're adjusted. Frustrated my body grows placentas so low that they easily are tugged & cause a raised eyebrow in my otherwise perfect pregnancy. Counting the hours until I can go home. Grumbling. All while staring at the lesson I know I'm learning.
And yet even from here he calls to me. Reminding me of his works as I share with the ones who come in my room only to ask of it's meaning. Praying the story of rest will reach beyond the doors of these rooms. To the hearts of other frustrated bored mamas looking for a village online while stuck in a bed. To remind other mamas on this floor of his glory through
Still & Rest.
🎶I wanna be different, I wanna be changed, 'til all of me is gone and all that remains is a fire so bright the whole world can see that there's something different, so come and be different in me 🎶
Lord, transform me each and every day into the person you have called me to be 🙏🏼
Link to this awesome song by @micahtylermusic on my Instagram profile under the "Song Lyric Saturday" button. Check out his entire EP, saw him in concert and he's AMAZING 🙌🏼
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My favorite part of travel days ❤Got my coffee...my cozy slippers (thanks @nestinggypsy)....my journal, devotionals and PD. If we're being totally real, I also have a toddler yelling for snacks and shows right behind me 😂 interrupting my thoughts....but that's Ok. That's just the messy, imperfect life we all live!!! The sun is shining and we're moving our front door closer to the BEACH!!! 🤗🤗 ✨What are you reading these days to grow yourself?? I'm always on the lookout for new resources!!!✨
Made it to Richmond and it's perfect. Y'all, do this. Married couples with kids? Do this. Take a weekend away. It's not easy. It's not convenient. You are going to miss your babies and wonder if they are ok without you (even though they are left in very capable and loving hands and you get picture texts that reassure you everything is peachy). You are going to spend a lot of time the day before making sure all their clothes are ready and then you're going to throw all yours haphazardly into a bag without thinking, and then you'll probably forget something. You might even spend a few minutes thinking "ok so what do we do now that we don't have kids with us? What do we even talk about?" But...it's worth it. Book the hotel, plan the sitter, plan the places you want to go (or don't). It's going to be good and life giving and wonderful and soul filling. 💕
I’m Rob Lininger, and this is my 3 year Thrive Experience:
Wow, 3 years already? I guess time flies when you’re feeling great and having fun! The past 3 years have offered plenty of both. Three easy steps in the morning, and I feel awesome all day, every day. I have tons of energy, am on top of my mental game, rarely get sick, and feel good knowing that I’m supporting my body with great nutrition. At 41, I’m fitter than I’ve ever been and keep on making gains. I can remember how I felt pre-Thrive, and there’s no way I’m going back.
Thrivers are an awesome community of healthy, positive people. I’m lucky to get to work with them and see the products positively change the lives of customers and promoters every day. I love introducing new people to Thrive because making people feel great never gets old. Another benefit? Thrive is portable…I’ve literally taken Thrive with me around the world, and when I’m packing for a trip, it’s the first thing I put in my bag.
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Try something new!! I'm starting to teach "paint & sip" classes (without the sip...cause I don't know how to do that legally) to raise finances for our "next," and I have no idea what I'm doing! But I know it's going to be awesome and I will learn so much. Here's one of the sample paintings that I will teach; a night view of Diamond Head & Honolulu. It looks hard but I think it will be really surprising to beginners how possible it is to paint something like this when you simplify it and break it down into steps. I can't wait to see people getting creative 😊🖌🎨
Kids are just purely themselves, no more and no less.
Earlier my littlest one was pretending to play the air horn or flute to some Christmas tune. He was super into it as we walked down the stairs like he may as well have been putting on a performance.
It struck me how wonderful that was, to watch him be so himself, so free. He's not wondering if I think it's silly, he was fully enjoying himself and I was fully enjoying him enjoying himself. Not shining to be something but shining because he already was. Just being who he has been crated to be.
Like any good parent we correct, discipline, guide and lead but we also give, surprise and delight in our children and delight in them being delighted.
The Lord must love when we are unashamedly being exactly who He created us to be. Deeply passionate or cerebral, creative or expressive, funny or logical.
There's just no way we as human parents could feel this way towards our kids and He not feel that way towards us. Such a heart exploding thought and feeling that when we are most living fully in who He made us to be in Jesus, He may also be most delighted in us. #walkingreflections
Yesterday I got to leave the boys with my mama, and take a walk in the warm spring air. Do you ever feel overwhelmed by all the stuff? Stuff going on that you never take time to slow down and process? Sometimes a little walk in nature is all I need to really get out of my own head. Thankful I can talk to Jesus about everything and that He cares about all the details. If you're feeling overwhelmed, you're NOT alone. Carve some time out, and hey, try going on a walk with Jesus. He's a great Listener.