Happy New Year friends! Welcome to the year that has taken so long to arrive. You can say you have lived through a pandemic. We’ve loved, we’ve lost, we’ve broken down, we’ve gained control…..
Some may be thinking that it was the crap-tastic year of their lives; others may be thinking it was the most phenomenal year of their lives. Which one are you?
Today I encourage you to Relax. Reflect. Return. Look into your heart, and ask yourself who you are today. Are you where you want to be? Are you the best version of yourself? (i hope not, because we can always strive to be better versions of ourself!)
I’ve done OLW (one little word) for about 10 years now. This year is no different. My OLW for 2021 is STEADFAST.
My heart, O God, is steadfast, my heart is steadfast; I will sing and make music.
resolutely or dutifully firm and unwavering.”steadfast loyalty”
I’m also starting out 2021 doing Gretchen Rubin’s ‘The Happiness Project”. Have you heard of it or her?! It’s a great book! Add it to your 21 for 2021 list!
I pray abundance over your year. I pray for wisdom & kindness to fill your hearts…
My son woke this morning shortly after 8. He went straight to the xbox. I spoke at him with a calm yet firm voice. “AJ, these devices have become an idol”
“huh?” was his reply.
I had an opportunity to share with him the meaning of an idol; and then told him to read his bible. Start your day with God, not an earthly possession.
you shall have no other gods before me
An idol can be anything that you fixate on. Money, food, people, fitness, people, false gods, electronics….anything that stand between you and God. The one true King. It’s an unfortunate realism that this has been the way of life for so many years. From generation to generation, passed down through the ages.
When you can pinpoint your idols, you can ask God for forgiveness over these. You can begin to realize how much time you spend idolizing over these and start looking at ways you can build your relationship with Christ.
I remember driving down the highway years ago with the windows wide open listening to a Lady Gaga cd. I was convicted right there that I was putting this before God, so I threw it out the window! Today, I struggle with money. Most often I put it above God. I know in my heart this is wrong. So, again, I humbly set this aside and ask for God’s grace and forgiveness. God is my provider, not my paycheck.
What are some things in your life that may be hindering you today?
I am still loving my pumpkin haul from October’s pumpkin patch! I was able to freeze about 8-2 cup bags! I also have 4 cups still sitting in my fridge. So when my friend, Megan over on Instagram posted her pumpkin chocolate pudding, I knew I needed to make a version I could eat!
Enter in my Vegan Chocolate Pumpkin Pudding…GF<DF<SF<LC
Don’t ya just love all the acronyms?
*gluten free, dairy free, sugar free, low carb*
I am loving this special treat I can enjoy as an afternoon snack or an after supper dessert! You could also pretty it up with some whipped cream of your choice! Maybe throw a cherry on top, make it your own! Without further a do….
I hope you give this a try! If you do, let me know what you think! Use the hashtag #saraskitchenchaos when you do!
Full Moon, halloween, end of the month….change in weather….I don’t really know.
My offspring have made it near impossible for me to focus this week. Nevermind me, but their attention spans seem to be that of Dory (Finding Nemo anyone?).
This week has been crunch time for a few things. I am part of an online tradeshow, 12 Days of Christmas (thanks Allyson!), I am speaking at a homeschool retreat this week as well as leading a fitness sesh, while I am super grateful for all of these opportunities, I am finding myself straying from keeping the house in balance, teaching the munchkins, dreaming of our future home, and contemplating heading back into the workforce (part-time). All the while, worrying about an election I have no control over, worrying about my friends and family in these insane times…on top of not being quite sure if my prayers are being heard….God, can you hear me?
I say I’m fine, yeah I’m fine oh I’m fine, hey I’m fine but I’m not
And when it’s out of control I say it’s under control but it’s not
And you know it
I don’t know why it’s so hard to admit it
When being honest is the only way to fix it
There’s no failure, no fall
There’s no sin you don’t already know
So let the truth be told
This hit home, and I released everything to God! It felt so amazing to just let go. It will all work out. The kids will settle, we will find the perfect house, the things I worry about seem so small compared to the big picture of heaven.
So, I just need to keep on praying, trusting, following, believing, speaking the truth….and just keep swimming!
healing doesn’t mean that damage never existed, it means the damage doesn’t control my life anymore.
When I say that I have been on this ‘journey’ let’s call it, for quite a while, I really mean that there is a place where everything begins. The beginning, and the end.
I don’t remember ever feeling anxious as a child or teen. What I do remember is being awkward, mouthy, and rebellious. If you were to tell me not to do something, you better believe that I would do it anyway. I think a lot of kids were\are like that.
I should have clued in at some point that my impending anxiety and mental health were just years around the corner.
Over the last three years in particular my journey brought me here, to where I am today. I have struggled with body image and self-esteem for so many years that when I experienced an intense mental breakdown in January of 2018, at the ripe ol’ age of 32.5, I got to the point of not giving a CRAP about others opinions anymore. It was the pivotal moment that I decided it was time to make some serious life altering changes.
Without writing my life novel here, it brings me to today. With how media portrays self-care and mental health advocacy ( which may very well be complete strangers), I am here to tell you from my platform…or really wanting to shout it from the roof tops…YOU ARE WORTHY OF THIS LIFE!
It’s okay to not be 100% in love with yourself (and I dare you to tell me that would be selfish…), it’s okay to take a little white (green, yellow, pink) pill to balance out your hormones and mood swings, it’s okay to stay in bed another day, and it is okay to not be okay.
*call a friend *take a hot shower/bath *go for a massage *journal *sing *dance *walk *exercise *read the bible *start a hobby
I want to encourage you today to believe that this is not the end. I am choosing to believe that I will not be on this rollercoaster for the duration of this life; and neither will you. Your day will come when you make that choice to live. To rise from the ashes and choose life. To understand that you were made for so much more. That the grace God freely gives is yours for the taking. No matter your trauma, your choices, your past….it doesn’t matter. Love is truly all we need. God’s love. God’s healing love.
So today, embrace yourself. Is today day one or one day?
All throughout my history, Your faithfulness has walked beside me, the winter storms made way for spring in every season from where I’m standing.
These days upon us are strange. We can shop wherever and whenever, but churches are scoffed at if we choose to attend. We push past each other in aisles at the supermarkets, but 6 feet apart in pews/chairs is frowned at. We can touch all the cereal boxes, and jugs of milk, but it is too much of a risk to pass around the offering plate. (I am now realizing I much like the offering plate at the alter anyways!)
What a mixed up world we are living in. Our days are numbered as we turn further and further away from our Creator. Now more than ever is the time to be standing up for what we believe in. Terry Noel, who spoke today at Prince Albert Bridge Ministry said it best when he stated that citizens could walk into a restaurant and openly praise our Lord for the abundance (food!), and yet now, we (most of us) will get right down to scarfing our meal back with a simple thanks (if that).
Show up, show your faith, pray out loud, show love! Pray over your neighbour, your family, your marriage! Pray for Saskatchewan, our Nation, our world. Pray for the persecuted!
Arise, shine, for your light has come, and the glory of the LORD rises upon you. See, darkness covers the earth and thick darkness is over the peoples, but the LORD rises upon you and his glory appears over you.
For ever it seems, Christianity has been mocked.
Remember this: you had a purpose before anyone had an opinion!
This was my thought this morning, as our first day back to our studies didn’t go just as I’d planned. I’ve prayed and cried out for finding purpose in my life. Should I go back to work? To school?
My answer was clear. This is a time in my life where I am raising my babies to be disciples of God! How amazing is this opportunity to be in a season where I am able to be here for these tiny humans. As tough as times get here with chaos…such beautiful chaos…I am constantly reminded of God’s love for His people.
Without His perfect love, we wouldn’t have the grace that he gives freely. He gave us choice & free-will, Without that choice we would be cookie cutter followers.
“For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.“
For today, I will be wrapped in his love. I will wrap my arms around my children and show his love.
Hello there!! I feel like this is a perfect time to tell you about our homeschooling journey!
We have been homeschooling for 4 years! So, in reality we are just amateurs but in so many ways not. I am a second generational homeschooler. Although I didn’t stick with it for too long, I am proud to say that my mom had a hand in me wanting to educate our children at home.
My husband wasn’t always on the same page. I prayed many prayers for God to give him a change of heart. Thank you Jesus that that time came!
I pulled my teenage daughter out shortly into her grade 10 year. Times were tough for her, wrong crowds and such. We just completed our family earlier that spring with baby #6, and little did I know, I was heading for a mental breakdown.
Things were rocky that first year. But I think we both came out of it stronger! The second year was when we pulled our 3 other children from public school. Circumstances were changing in the system and we felt it was time. Diving into the home education world was an interesting perspective. I learned lots of valuable pointers from the HSLDA & SHBE, as well as other mamas & HS groups around our community. I strongly recommend grabbing a membership from SHBE (saskatchewan) to help advocate for you if ever needed!
This year we are continuing with the Gather Round Community by Rebecca Spooner. We have found it valuable and well worth the cost surrounding this curriculum. As with everything, there is a cost involved with home education. But so much freedom and family bonding has come from this opportunity. Thankful for the freedom to raise and educate my family.
Feel free to contact me if you have any questions about your own journey with Homeschooling or schooling in general. I am by no means a teacher with a degree, but I am confident in teaching the kiddos what needs to be taught in this day and age.