Just for fun, Travel

Cruzin the Bahamas

It’s hard to believe that over two weeks ago we set sail on “The Liberty” of Carnival. It’s also hard to believe it’s taken me THIS LONG to upload the photos!  Life is busy here!

Matt & I had a fabulous time on our cruise to the Bahamas.  It was our 20th Anniversary in March so we decided to Cruise!  I’m so glad that we did!  We made lots of memories, & met a few new friends!  God is Good!

The excursions we signed up for were the V.I.P. Beach Get-a-way for two in Nassau & The Reef Snorkel & dolphin encounter in Freeport.  Both excursions were AMAZING!  My husband surprised me with the beach day (because he’s romantic like that) which I LOVE!  EVERY PICTURE was virtually post card WORTHY!!  I mean seriously… it doesn’t get much better than a private beach, welcomed by mimosas, lounger’s for two, lunch for two, and a sweet waiter!!!  Who, by the way, knew about the Lord,.. but hopefully will get plugged in after Matt spoke with her.  We should ALWAYS share about our God “as we go”! Amen?!

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On the morning of our 2nd excursion, we got bad news & good news.. bad=the water was too rough to snorkel, good=… they upgraded us to a Dolphin Experience!  This was THE HIGH LIGHT of our entire TRIP!!   God’s Blessing for sure!  We got to get into the water as a couple (with the guide instructor) and do tricks with them, hug them, kiss them, it was AMAZING!!  We were both like kids!  It was defiantly worth every penny they asked for!!! Highly recommend this excursion to anyone!

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Our new friend, “Indy”!  We bonded instantly!  Sure wish we had room for him on the farm!  I tried my best to get him to come home with me, but unfortunately he had to stay in Freeport.. something about not having an appropriate home here for him… blah,.. blah…blah…!  LOL!  dolphin selfie

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I love this MAN!  He is such a blessing to me and our family!  Being married for 20 years is rare. If it weren’t for God at the center of our marriage we wouldn’t be together. Hands down! So a little advice to the young ones out there…

  • Make God the center of your marriage!
  • Make time for each other
  • Communication is Key
  • LOVE
  • FIGHT FOR YOUR MARRIAGE, NEVER GIVE UP!

For more pictures check out our link:

https://goo.gl/photos/JumJReoR7XEjS13G8

Attachment Disorder

Our Story

I have wrestled with this post for quite awhile now… every time I came to type, my post was fueled by anger, bitterness, and the need to be justified and I would end up hitting the backspace key on.it.all… and in tears.  It wasn’t time to share… and I knew it!  I hated that!

I believe God had to let me heal from some deep wounds before I could represent HIM clearly… and make this post about HIM and His Glory to be seen throughout all of this,.. before I could actually write about it.

I was sent a video recently of a widowed mother of three.  She was only 25 at the time of her husbands unexpected death.  To say she was devastated would be an understatement.   She said something that spoke to me… it was that she cried out to God during her pain… crying not for the pain to STOP, but, that the pain would be used to further HIS Kingdom.  She said,. … “If one would come to know YOU Lord, .. through my pain….. and my husbands’ death… then it would be worth it! Don’t let my pain… be in vain.”

And,.. it hit me.  This pain that we’ve felt,..that Isaiah has felt from early trauma…..that it would all be in vain,.. if no one knew the story of how it came to be… of how GOD displayed His presence throughout the whole thing!  My, how we would ALL miss the point of it all! We don’t want that to happen!  We never ever want to sell God short on anything!

I will type this with honesty and integrity and in the most polite way I know how.. to honor my God and the Great Things HE has done for both Isaiah and our family.

 LORD, I pray RIGHT NOW as I type and as those who are reading this that my words would be used to give YOU Glory only!!  May this post be used to further YOUR Kingdom and to bring peace to our community… and beyond.  Bind up the evil one Lord, for we know that we wrestle with not flesh and blood, but with the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. (Ephesians 6:12)
  Lord Please,… as the widowed mother said.. don’t let our pain be in vain.  In your name I pray! Amen!  

This time last year was a very hard HARD season for us.  Dealing with issues in our home and praying that God would help us… give us eyes to see “how to handle this”.  What do we do, Lord?    First.. I praise GOD for a praying husband! A true MAN of GOD!  When I began this journey of life with him many years ago,… I knew he made no big decision without the prayers to a HOLY GOD for help and guidance.  That is one of the BEST things about Matt.  He is a passionate man for the heart of GOD and his people!  He has always led this family with a fierce love and fear of the Lord! I believe, ..with all my heart,.. that is why our family has stayed intact through it all.  
 Praise the LORD. Blessed are those who fear the LORD, who find great delight in his commands.  Psalm 112:1
As my hurt, bruised, little family sat in the Therapist office, after a long hard season… the therapist commended us both for raising our children in a Godly home, and for protecting them,…ALL of them… no matter the cost.  She said,,..”You know it is obvious that God is with you all,.. and your family is still intact because of your GREAT Faith in HIM,…and in time.. these wounds will heal.”  She encouraged us in our walk, and in our parenting.  Deep down, I knew, Matt was the head of the house, and it was only by his leading…his home… in a Godly way.. that we were able to still be together.  I can NEVER thank my GOD enough for that Wonderful man of mine.  I’m Thankful to call him my BEST FRIEND!  There were many MANY nights, that he would just hold me ,.. and listen to me cry.. and my asking why??? to answer’s that he didn’t even have.. but he pointed me to the ONE who had them all!!!! He encouraged me to never stop loving this son, that was so difficult to parent,.. and to NEVER stop telling him of a GOD that LOVED him fiercely. He “got” my hurt.  He “got” my pain.  He felt every bit of it.  He held nothing back.  He supported me with everything.  He stood up when lies were being told to him about me.  He stood up when his other children were not being treated the way GOD would have them to be treated and every time he disciplines our children… he had scripture to back it up!  He told this child of a God that Loved him and wanted way better for him than the path he was on.  Praise you Lord, for this wonderful Godly man, father, brother in Christ, and husband.  
No one knows, what we’ve been through.  Many who hear it, don’t believe it.  But, they were not in our home, and haven’t a clue to what a day would look like for us… much less know what to do when faced with such a difficult decision.  Many claim what they would do…  
Our story is much like the fable told of the man at sea with his two children.  He made the decision to put one who couldn’t swim on the buoy and leave him there while he went to the sea and rescue the other.  Regardless, of the decision.. is it truly a “win win”??  What if one child got swept out to sea?? What if you lost your life and now have two kids …fatherless?  What if one child slipped off the buoy?  There are lots of variables and “what if’s”. I’ve always thought… you know.. I just hope I never have to make that decision. But, obviously, a decision had to be made. 
For us, we prayerfully sought God in every twist and turn.  Nothing we did was flippant. We drew near to HIM!  The Bible says.. ” Draw near to him and he will draw near to you.” (James 4:8)     We cried out to him for a long time.  We obediently prayed and sought Him.. and I believe it was through those fervent prayers that a Godly family was found for Isaiah. 
We had been told by the therapist that sometimes,.. with a child with Reactive Attachment Disorder, the “second” family has a better chance at attachment with them.  Unfortunately, for us, Isaiah blamed his abandonment in China on us.  It also didn’t help matters that we had pictures with him and had met him while in China to adopt Faith.  For him.. the lies that the enemy had told,.. by seeing the pictures of us holding him at 1 year old.. and then not getting him until he was 6 years old.. made him even MORE convinced that we had left him.  
That was clearly .. not the case!  No matter how many times, we told him, therapist told him, … prayer… nothing could ever convince him of the truth.  He was stuck.  That produced an extreme amount of hate towards us, and ultimately he wanted out of our family.  From that, he tried anything and everything he could to make that happen.  
I was in contact with a friend who knew of his disorder.  She tried to help get him to a special facility that even specialized in R.A.D.  That didn’t happen,.. and he was put in a facility that just tried to basically give him coping skills for his outburst of anger.  In this facility, it looked much like an orphanage.  No real Mommy or Daddy or siblings there that told you they love you.  No having to obey someone you despised.  He showed no sign of the rages and even though he stated he didn’t want to go home, our insurance was settled to release him.  Though his treatment plan at the facility stated 3 months at the least. 
At this time we tried to find children’s homes to place him in for which they would not take him because if he was a threat to his family… he would be to the others in the facility.  They would not take him under his condition.  We felt as though the walls were closing in on us.  We continued to pray and trust.  This friend and I were on the phone one day and she suggested another family adopting him.  She asked had I ever thought about it.  Thought about it …and heard of it earlier, yes…but, only for a half-second because that was never an option we were willing to take at that time.  But, now,.. this time was different.  I agreed to let her see if she knew of any families that were interested in adopting an older child.  
In my heart, I just knew,.. she would never find one.  That was far fetched.for a family to be found.. especially given his history…or so I thought.  So, we prayed as we waited.  
I remember specifically the day… I heard God speak to me.  We were at church, and it was during an odd time… it was during the “welcome” time.  I heard a voice ask “Do you trust me?”  I paused in my pew and thought… what?
I heard it again.. “Do you trust me?”  I said (in my head of course otherwise someone would assume I was crazy) “Lord, is that you?
I heard for the third time.. “Do you trust me?”
I knew instantaneously, that the Lord was speaking.. for which I like Peter said.. 
“YES, Lord.. I trust You!… I mean.. of course I do!”
Then, as quick as the question came… it was gone.. and there was silence.
I told Matt about the weird question that afternoon.  We continued to pray and by this time had appointed prayer warriors to pray specifically.
The next day.. I got a call from my friend.  She wept as she told me she had a family that was interested in adopting Isaiah.  I know it must have been hard for her.  I’m sure her emotions were torn.  She began to tell me about this family and honestly… it was like they were too good to be true.  A Christian family, a godly home, older children in the home… always wanted to adopt….
I remember her crying and my sheer and utter shock.  I was numb.  As I hung up the phone, I began to process what had just happened and in that moment I knew WHY God had asked me “Do you trust me?”
This was NOT what I wanted! This was NOT what WE wanted!!  
We had not prayed for this!  I remember telling Matt and just crying… and he was like.. “ok… calm down… we haven’t spoken with the family yet. .don’t jump to conclusions.”  But I knew… that it was already done.  I knew about me hearing God the day before and I explained to him that I know God was preparing my heart.. for THIS news!   The next few days were a blur to me.  I honestly don’t remember much except for crying and hearing my kids ask me “Momma, is everything ok?”  Trying to hold it together was impossible without God.   I’ve always heard of the ” Footprints in the Sand”  poem but, truly had never REALLY understood how that felt.  To be held.. by God himself.  For it was God who carried me when I couldn’t even stand.
Then the time came .. we wanted to speak with the prospective family.  We wanted to know about them… and explain about his issues that we had had, but they also knew that we LOVED HIM!  This was NEVER about a lack of LOVE!  We knew that this was the last thing…. the last resort for attachment for him was another family.  But, we hated it.  We were angry.  We felt robbed.  It was like a death… but, worse.  
After starting off with praying with the other family… we began to talk.  They were perfect.  A sweet family.  A good home.  I was heartbroken. We were heartbroken.  So many questions?  WHY Lord, can’t he stay with us?  Why are we not good enough?  Is this your will? We sat there and talked after our conversation… and we thought well, it’s in the Lord’s hands now.  We prayed that God would show us the way.  
Within a few days it was final.  They wanted to adopt him for sure… and were already in the process of making that happen.  
And just like that… our prayers were answered… but, not like we’d hoped.  You see, we had hoped for something very different.  We struggled with that.. but knew we had peace about letting him be adopted by this family.  This Christian family.  We knew they were sent by God.  I remember my sweet sister telling me.. “Keisha, maybe you and Matt were just the vessel God used to get him to this family”  Since then, God has confirmed that statement many times through his people.  We have peace about the decision to give up our rights to this family for adoption.  
I never dreamed I would be here.  Never in a million years, would I have told you 4 years ago, that this would be how the story would end with Isaiah.  I had so much planned.  I had so many dreams… that went **Poof**…right before my eyes.  That “What I thought was the perfect family picture” just slipped right through my hands.  We had a choice.. sure.  We could have denied the whole thing and said NO, and demand that our family live in separate homes, to keep everyone safe and we visit one another each day and eventually, it would work.. WE would make it work.but.. 
God said.. NO.
Point. blank. end .of .story. NO!
I somewhat understand why some are mad at us.   They don’t like the way it all turned out.  They don’t like what happened.  So they look for someone to blame.  It must be someone’s fault.. right?  
Hey, just so you know…  we didn’t like it either, but 
We felt that for the sake of our other three in the home, and as well as Isaiah having a chance for attachment.. this was what God was showing us to do.   We PRAYERFULLY sought God through it all and because of that we have no regrets.  We miss him.  Our family misses him, but we know that GOD has a plan and that he is much loved and well taken care of.  We are Thankful to God.
When you put your Faith in a God that CAN… we will show you he CAN.
That’s what he’s done for us.  He’s shown us over and over that he is in control and just as Romans 8:28 says
“And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose.”
He is working this to the good.. for us all… Isaiah and our family.  We know that God has Great Plans for him.  We pray for him and for his new family.  We hope that this brings closure to some who so adamantly demanded it earlier.  We don’t have all the answers and maybe it still doesn’t make since to you…but we know THE ONE who does.  Do I ask why? Why not us Lord?  Sure, I use to ask.  But, not anymore.  I gave it to the Lord.  There is healing in that my friend.  
Our family has moved on and tried to put the pieces back together, but there is a piece missing… we are now 5 and not 6.  I still grab 6 spoons, or six plates. I used to break down and cry when that happened… but I look at it now as an opportunity to pray for him.  
I’m thankful that we may only be 5 now, but we are a strong 5.  God made us that way… he has healed many deep wounds and our family bonds are much stronger.   
I still have a lego man that was left behind…It sits beside my bed.  I will keep this little lego to remind me of God’s Faithfulness to Isaiah.. and that God’s plan is always better.  It may not look like what we envisioned or planned… but, it is always Better.  We just have to Trust.


Great is Thy Faithfulness! Lamentations 3:23

God teaching me learning

A lesson from Jeremiah

Can I just be real?…
 
I’ll admit.
 
Sometimes… life is just hard.
Sometimes I think “If the world just didn’t have mean people… it would be a great world.”
But then, I’m reminded… the world is full of mean people and evil doers. It’s been full of them since sin entered the world. 
Satan’s cunning and persuasive tactics are used on many. Millions blinded.
Billions without hope. I too have fallen prey to his schemes at times. I’ve been that mean person. I’m not perfect.
God convicts me of my sin & I cry out to Him to make me whole and forgive me of my sins. He so graciously Loves and cares for me!
 
Recently, I started a new bible study with our ladies group at church. It’s a study of Jeremiah.  
The subtitle:
“Daring to Hope in an Unstable World”
 
As Jeremiah pressed on in obedience, life really wasn’t that much easier for him.
 
Yesterday , I longed for an easier life..in this unstable world!
You see, I will be the first to admit that I’m a people pleaser. I don’t like it when people are upset with me.
I don’t know WHEN I will ever learn that old saying…
“You can’t please everyone”
But..
Really we should revisit that and think Why am I trying to please anyone other than God?
I also do not like lies being spread about me …or anyone for that matter! It’s just nasty! I don’t think you are ever more like Satan than when you lie and deceive someone! It’s truly shameful!
But,..
Sometimes some people will not accept the truth…even if proof is right in front of their faces! 
It’s truly sickening!
My first instinct is to try and fix it, get to the horses mouth and stamp that lie right  out of there! “Somebody give me a microphone ..Please.” Or in this day.. let’s do a Facebook live and tell 1,000+ friends the truth!
 
  But really, would it make a difference?
Sometimes…maybe.
But in our case it’s better to leave it where it’s at.
Let God handle it… 
and He will handle it!
Oh… but Yesterday 
I didn’t want God to have that thing!
I struggled 
I’m not going to lie
I wrestled 
I fumed
I fussed
I may have cussed.
Sometimes we just don’t understand things that happen in our lives.
One thing is sure,
If God brought us to it,
He will bring us through it!
As I stop and look at our lives.. I see that
He Has!
Brought us so through it!
He’s blessed us in so many ways! He’s surrounded us with such Good and Loving people!
And, he’s not finished with us! 
I’ve learned to look for the good!
When friends leave…
I don’t hang my head for too long
For I’m PRASING GOD THAT He Sifted those who need to be in my life …and those that don’t!
I give Him the Glory! And if there’s any chance of reconciliation of that friendship…that He will be our guide through it!
 
When handed a lemon… I ask the Lord to help me make lemonade!
 
When faced with opposition…I give it to the Lord.. and guaranteed if He’s not going to remove the obstacles He Will show us the way through that obstacle course!
 
And just like yesterday when I was low..
Thinking people would believe lies
God gave me this verse….
 
 
And I was reminded of how Jeremiah was just a messenger from God and was treated with such disdain.
With Hatred!
My little lies being said about me didn’t seem to be such a big deal
At all!
 
People wanted him dead
All he was doing was being obedient to God. 
You would think his life would be easy.
Nope.
Not even close.
But God protects his children and he promises them a reward in heaven..
That is what I will cling to.
Heaven.
I will press on.
I will pray on.
I will lift my head.
And adjust my crown 
Cause, I am a daughter of the King!
 
The storms of life will come and go but We will Praise Him in the storm!
 
 
 
 

God teaching me learning

The lost calf..

I was reminded yesterday of God’s goodness to his children through a “lost calf”

On Wednesday we had a two day old calf get away from us and through the fence, crossed the road, and darted into the woods! Sound crazy?! We thought so! Lol!
After hours of searching… it was clear, the calf wouldn’t be found and it would probably be coyote bait. 
We couldn’t stand the thought. We even road back that night to the location and listened to see if we heard it.. and again. .. nothing!
   The next morning the search and rescue team went out 😂 including myself (Lord help them) but I just couldn’t sit at home and worry about that baby. I wanted to help! 
After about 20 minutes of briar infested woods..😱 the calf was found Alive and Well! Well enough that he had Much energy to run and try to escape from us! What he didn’t know was that all we wanted to do was save him and put him back with his mom! Crazy calf! No lie, .. Matt put his football skills to good use and tackled him…. as we closed in on him! And y’all …. he did it without getting poop all over him!!! 
That is talent! 🙂 Love that Cow wrestling man of mine❤❤❤❤
We loaded him up and brought him back to the pasture where his Mom was anxiously waiting! That was scary! 
Never ever get between a Momma calf and her baby!  I felt like I was in the scene in Jurassic park where that momma T-Rex was coming after her baby! Yeah.. scary!
Anyway, after kicking Matt a few times 😳 and once where no man wants to be kicked …the calf was reunited with its Momma!  Success!!! 
As I was watching the baby and Momma reunite, I was thinking of how God teaches in his word about the parable of the lost sheep and how the shepherd would leave the whole herd to find the ONE lost sheep! (Luke 15:3-7) 
“”What man of you, having a hundred sheep, if he has lost one of them, does not leave the ninety-nine in the open country, and go after the one that is lost, until he finds it? And when he has found it, he lays it on his shoulders, rejoicing. And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and his neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.’ Just so, I tell you, there will be more joy in heaven over one sinner who repents than over ninety-nine righteous persons who need no repentance.”
‭‭Luke‬ ‭15:4-7‬ ‭ESV‬‬
This was what God did for us! He found us.. who was once lost….afraid, hopeless, “coyote bait” lol
Why? Why would he do that you ask?
Because of LOVE!❤️ He loves us! He never ever wants us lost and in darkness! 
As I was closing in on that crazy calf …who was looking at which way to run to escape… I thought about how we often run from God…
All he’s doing is trying to save us!  He brings Salvation! Then, there are times when we are far from God even as a Christian and He comes to rescue us and bring us back to the “fold of God”
 Or in this calfs’ case.. back to the herd! Lol!!! 
I have a book that I would like to recommend for you to read! It’s a short one I promise! It’s called “All We Like Sheep” by Mary Glenn Peeples
Matt and I read it many years ago but it has stuck with me and God has used it as a reminder for me many times! 
It talks of how we are just like sheep! Lost without a Shepherd! She talks about the characteristics of sheep and correlates it with how we too have those characteristics.  It’s a great book!!! Go check it out!

 

I hope that today you aren’t like our little calf, lost,.. afraid., and trying to escape the one who can help! Turn to Him!!! Don’t be coyote bait!😳
Be blessed!!! 
Here’s a picture and a quick video of the reunion! To God be the Glory!!!!
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It was a family afair! 😂
The Scary Mad Momma! Yikes!
Finally Home!

Click the Link below to see the sweet reunion!
 

 https://youtu.be/c_zSf68hZgU

 

God teaching me learning

Welcome 2017! Two challenges for your new Year!

WOW!  What. ..A… Year 2016 was!  You never know at the beginning of a year.. what it will look like in the end.  
-Lots of plans….
-Lots of new dreams/goals….
-A Clean slate so-to-speak

I have learned a lot in 2016! In fact, I would say that even though I may have nothing to show for it… I KNOW I’ve learned a lot.  I have it in my heart, & mind.  It helped shaped me for what’s to come.  

When I was in college, one of my favorite classes was Art Appreciation!  I used to love learning about artist, and the stories behind their paintings.  It intrigued me!  So,.. lets think about art for a moment and how.. every artist begins their masterpiece with a blank sheet/or canvas…. then, as the colors fling to the page,.. it’s hard to see or make out what it’s going to be,….. a MASTERPIECE is created!   I mean really, who would have thought that Pablo Picasso would have made it BIG?!  Take his painting “Seated Woman” picture below…


Who would have thought that there was an ACTUAL REAL Woman sitting in a chair for his inspiration!  Could you imagine how this lady felt when she finally got to look at what “she” looked like?!  
Confused maybe???
Insulted???
I mean REALLY?  Blue hands?!  

But, Picasso was a legend! He has Masterpiece, after Masterpiece!  EVERYONE knows who Picasso is, and he is known for his abstract art.  But, if you had a chance to sit down with the artist he would tell you the REASON for every unique detail, blue hands and all!  As we look at the painting right now, it may make you want to giggle…. but, each piece of art.. has a story!  

That’s how GOD…..each day, week, month, year.. is painting for us! This beautiful piece of art.. in the making!  Though we can not see the finished piece,.. every now and then.. .he gives us a glimpse of the art.  He tells us why ….”we may have those blue hands“…  or “a twisted mouth(OUCH) wonder what that’s all about?!

I’m thankful so say, that even though this has been a Tough YEAR for the Walker Household, as we are one-less member…

Our GOD has been FAITHFUL still!
He provides for us each and every step and has taught us so much about life, living for him, being a friend, how much encouragement means to someone, lifting others up, making hard decisions ..even in the face of adversity.  
So MUCH GOOD.. that I honestly want to cry and SHOUT for JOY!

Do you want to know how I came to this attitude after a very difficult year???!!

One year ago, I started a prayer and scripture journal.  I had NO idea what the year held for us as a family.  NO IDEA!
But God did! He knew I needed some of those scriptures… like the one below…

Count it all JOY, my brother’s when you meet trials of various kinds….

Joy?!
Sometime this year, .. I literally screamed out… JOY?! REALLY GOD?! (Yes, I am real.. I did .. I’m not proud to say that I did… nonetheless.. GOD knows my heart.. before I even speak it!)  It was a tough season.  But HIS word got me though.

I may not have scripture journaled everyday… but, those days that I did.. they helped carry me! 
Might I add.. .. that this year… I can TRULY relate and actually “FEEL” the footprint in the sands poem.
I’ve heard it… all my life,.. but, never felt the meaning… until this Year.  I KNOW HE CARRIED ME.. and my FAMILY! PRAISE MY FATHER, HE CARRIED ME! 
  


I’m so very thankful to GOD, that I was introduced to this little website called Sweet Blessings.

Each month, she posts a new scripture challenge.  You don’t even have to THINK.. the day,.. the verse, is right there for you! 

Challenge #1
 I would like to encourage YOU, wherever you are in life… to start a scripture journal!  It will change your life! You don’t have to be artsy-crafty to do this.  You can just write it out. 
Another thing that I started, well… because our church wanted to be more intentional about prayer I really DID NOT want to do it, was a prayer journal!  I knew, that my prayer life,…well… lets just say.. I needed HELP!  
God, also knew what kind of year we would have and knew I needed to be “PRAYED UP”  
What was happening to me, was I had SO much to pray for … I became overwhelmed, I was stuck in the muck.. and didn’t know where to start.. so I didn’t ask!  Or forgot! 
What in the world was I thinking?!  
As I began to write down prayers,.. not just mine.,, friends’ prayer request, facebook request, etc. etc.  
I became more in-tune.. to my life and the lives of others.  More focused!   I knew what to pray for and what to ask, following up on those prayers, cause not only do I make the list… I split my page down the middle cause I  KNOW MY GOD is going to answer!  And, when he does,.. I JOYFULLY write it down!!! Praising HIM!  
Often times, those answers do not look like what I thought.  I wanted something different, but, God in HIS SOVEREIGNTY answers a different way.  I have also grown in that area of my life as well.  It’s not in my control… it’s in HIS CONTROL.  And, I’m ok with that.   For you control-freaks.. you may struggle with this area.  Trust me, I know…about this.  I too, struggled with my need to be in control.  You better, get a handle on it now…GOD will show you.. one way or another. 
 See, I’m telling you to control your control! GEEZZ Louise! 
Okay.. well, I am a work in progress 🙂  
So… in comes the next and final challenge….
Challenge #2
Keep a prayer journal.  Write it out.  You don’t have to be detailed.  God knows the need,.. this is just helpful for when you pray, to not forget anything.. and to let your prayers be known to HIM!  
These are just two challenges.  JUST two.  Will you accept the challenge?  OH,  I hope so! Your relationship with HIM will GROW SO MUCH!  
Have you got any you are already trying this year?  Share them below or in the FACEBOOK comment!  
Happy New Year Friends!

God teaching me learning

Thankful for closed doors!

Lately, God has closed a lot of doors for us! But HE is Faithful to show us the way through each slammed door! To God Be The Glory! I still love my Lord even in this time, & NoThing can separate His Love for me and my family! Nothing! 

To those who are in a quandary… wondering what God is doing..??
Read About Paul & Silas’ Journey in Acts 16: 1-15!
It is encouraging to know that we are not alone in our distress… God is right there!