I'm amazed at how my Savior can take any and every circumstance around me to show me more about him. My prayer has always been that this journey of life I'm on would continually bring honor and glory to him, so by using every opportunity; my mistakes, my successes, and my day-to-day adventures, he teaches me how to use it for his glory. This life he blessed me with is ALL about him! So, these are my thoughts, my heart cries, and my lessons from his glorious Word. These are the teachable moments from my Savior!

Psalm 25:4-5 "Show me your ways, LORD, teach me your paths. Guide me in your truth and teach me, for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in you all day long."

Saturday, June 11, 2016

What Does a Real Man Look Like?

Enjoying some porch time with Jesus this morning and pondering over the craziness of this world. Sometimes I just have to talk it out with Him as He reminds me that He is still on His throne and He is still in control. 

In light of recent news about a former Stanford student and his evil actions and the flippancy of his father's comments, there has been much trending on what a real man truly is. I think we all agree that what this person is (and his father) are NOT anywhere near a real man. It burdens my heart for the young woman so permanently affected by that evil and I pray for her and all those affected by such horrendous actions. 

A few years ago we were in conversations with our kids about dating and things to pray over and look for before entering that big responsibility of dating. Though we weren't there yet, I began praying that my sons would be men of honor and my daughter would find a man that would be loving and respectful. A real man...

But what does that look like?

Does that really exist?

Well, I decided to list those things that I believe make up a REAL man. Here are just some of those things:

A real man loads his family in the car and drives them to worship the Lord on Sundays.

A real man opens the Word of God for fellowship and direction from the God of the universe.

A real man gathers his family together for a time in God’s Word and prays over them.

A real man views his wedding vows he took with his wife as a covenant with the Lord and not a contract that can be severed whenever things don’t go his way.

A real man guards his eyes with the truths of God’s Word against other women and considers his wife the most beautiful woman on earth even though she has gained some weight.

A real man comes out to the driveway when his wife gets home from the store and helps unload the groceries.

A real man leaves sweet love notes on his wife’s pillow before he has to go out of town on business.

A real man flies his family to the other side of the globe to bring home his third child that was waiting in a Chinese orphanage.

A real man puts his arm around his teenage son and tells him how proud he is of him even after he didn’t play his best basketball game.

A real man cuddles up with his young daughter to watch "High School Musical" ...again, because she loves it.

A real man shows patience when his young son asks him 100s of questions about everything he is doing.

A real man gets up on Saturday mornings and makes chocolate chip pancakes for his family.

A real man carries his wife’s purse as she tries on clothes at the mall and tells her how beautiful she is even though she's discouraged by what the mirror shows. 

A real man paints his little daughters fingers and toes with pretty pink nail polish because she wants them to look like mommy’s.

A real man works long hard hours to provide his family with the necessities of life.

A real man treats his grandmother like a beautiful girl and listens to her stories over and over again as if it was the first time he’s heard it.

A real man sets his hobbies aside to spend time with his family in his spare time.

A real man teaches his sons how to treat women with respect by his own actions towards women. 

A real man models for his daughter what she should look for in a guy.

A real man doesn't just tell his wife he loves her...he models it daily. 

A real man teaches his kids to accept responsibility for their actions and learn from their mistakes instead of covering them up. 

A real man wipes the tears from his teenage daughter's face and takes her on a breakfast date after she's had a rough night. 

A real man shows grace and mercy and loves like Christ. 

A real man treats others with kindness and teaches his children how to be the hands and feet of Jesus to the world.

A real man loves God with his whole heart!

Yes, THESE are the traits of a REAL man and he does exist.  This is the man I live with, share my life with, and am honored to call my husband, best friend, and father of my children. I love you, Matt! ❤️

There are other real men out there as well! They do exist and they don't get enough credit and praise. So, ladies, if you have one of these real men, let him know those things you see in him. Be thankful and praise God for him. Hug him tightly and treat him well! Continue to raise your sons as men of honor and teach your daughters that real men do exist and what they should look for. 

“But you, man of God, flee from all this, and pursue righteousness, godliness, faith, love, endurance and gentleness.”
‭‭1 Timothy‬ ‭6:11‬

Happy Saturday to you all and now I will go enjoy this day with MY man! 😉❤️

Monday, May 23, 2016

God's Light for Each Step!

Life can get so busy that sometimes there just aren't enough hours in a day. That is the glamorous but oh-so-special life of "Mom". One particular morning, during a very busy season, I visited my local grocery store after realizing it was time to restock the pantry and refrigerator that had gone extremely bare. The milk had run out a few days before and there were no trash bags left in the house so we had resorted to using plastic shopping bags to throw out our waste. Yes, it sounds wonderful doesn't it? Lol! I had been pretty busy those last couple of weeks so the minor things like food for my family and proper waste disposal got a little behind. Haha! Ok, I am really not that terrible, I had just been in too many directions.

After I made out my shopping list and had it organized by grocery aisles, I grabbed my purse and coupons and headed out the door. “Mom” is my superpower so that grocery-shopping thing had nothing on me. I even went in full Pender County mode by donning a big old t-shirt and yoga pants and wore my hair up with no makeup on. Yes, yes, I was a sight to behold! But surprisingly, I felt a twinge of freedom and went with my head held high. Or that may have just been the large scrunchie on the top of my head. Haha!
I selected my buggy (a.k.a. shopping cart), disinfected with hand sanitizer and made my first stop at the coupon hub for the special coupons just for me! Oh, how special I felt when they printed out with "Jordan Family" at the top! Ok, now I was ready!

I began stocking my buggy and checking off my list. At the same time I was adding up my purchases and shock and awe began to set in. Wow! Those prices! Of course, the budget is the same but the prices have taken a dramatic hike so then I began making adjustments. I'm sure you all understand, well, unless you have an endless supply of money and in this economy, I kind of doubt that. So, the list gets adjusted and some of those previously selected items get the ax and go back on the shelf. But, nonetheless, I press on and come to the end of the list. By this point my mood starts shifting and I get a little discouraged. It was as if the grocery store acted as some sort of kryptonite to my “mom” superpower. Lol! Of course, it was just my human weakness that came to the surface so I asked God to show me how to make the most of out of what He had blessed us with.

I paused in mid-aisle and said a prayer of thanks to God for His constant provision. I praised Him for the many items in my buggy; those items that will nourish our family and even our sweet dog, Louie. Though it may not be everything on my list, it was more than enough, and for that, I was grateful! I needed an attitude adjustment and also to refocus on God's many blessings.

I took my final turn down the frozen foods aisle and as I walked, every light in the freezers began lighting up. The more I walked, the more lights lit up! Oh, how I love it when God sends me teachable moments in these unsuspecting places. Lol! In all my redneck glory of no makeup and yoga pants on the frozen food aisle, God reminded me, in His gentle way, that He will always give me just enough light for each step I'm on. His light will always shine brighter than any disappointment or circumstance I am in and He will guide me every day of my life.

This was not exactly how I had imagined my grocery shopping experience that day. But the longer I walk with the Lord and trust His heart, the more I see His presence in every area of my life. From life’s victories to life’s disappointments, He will always show himself faithful and guide me to His Word for comfort and direction.

Thank you, sweet Father, for your perfect ways of adjusting my focus back on YOU. In my weakness, YOU are strong. It’s not my power but YOUR power within me that I walk in. Thank you for reminding me that YOU are always enough and will provide every need beyond what I could ever imagine. You are so good and YOU are enough!

Take some time on this Monday to see the goodness of God. Through all your frustrations and disappointments, remember that you have a God that loves and adores you. He is for YOU! He will provide your every need and give you just enough light for each step your on! Blessings to YOU this day!

“You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! Trust in the Lord always, for the Lord God is the eternal Rock.”
Isaiah 26:3-4 (NLT)

Saturday, May 21, 2016

Saturday Morning Ponderings!

There are so many things I love about my home!

I love the people that inhabit it with me. I love the location away from the chaos of city life. I love the view from my front porch. I love the marks in the kitchen doorframe that measure how my precious kiddos have grown. I love the voices I hear going from room to room as my once little kids with little voices are now big kids with teenage voices. I love waiting at the door and seeing my husband pull into the driveway at the end of the day. I love being the first to hug him tightly when he comes in our home. I love my crazy dog and how he gets excited when I grab my coffee and Bible because he knows its front porch time for us. I love the late night Nerf gun fights by the kids (and sometimes their dad) when I'm tired and ready for bed but they are wound up and ready to keep going. I love the prayers I hear lifted throughout each room to our awesome God and the Bibles opened for guidance. I love watching my daughter continually dance and sing around the house or hearing her laugh with her cousin as they constantly FaceTime each other.
I love marveling at Caleb's latest Lego creations and listening to the story behind it. I love seeing Ben and his girlfriend sit on the floor as they work on crafts for their Sunday school class. I love watching Ben and Matt walk down the street with their fishing poles and backpacks headed to the neighborhood pond together. I love hearing the dog start barking out of jealousy when Matt hugs on me in the kitchen. I love our frequent dance breaks in the kitchen because sometimes you just gotta. I love seeing the kids in deep conversations with their dad as he shares wisdom and encouragement with them. I love hearing Ben head out the door in the early mornings headed to work because he's taking responsibility and growing into an incredible young man. I love the sweet notes we all leave for each other whether handwritten or by text. I love walking through the fog of Axe men's body spray from the upstairs boys section then to enter the fog of cotton candy body spray from Callie's bedroom. Yes, yes as crazy as some of it is, I love it all!

The list could go on and on so I won't bore you anymore with my sweet memories of our "glamorous" life. But waking up this morning beside my wonderful husband, God so tenderly reminded me that even though life is hard sometimes (ok, a lot of times. Ha!), it is still amazing! At every turn in this home I see God's blessings. Even though I also see lots of work that needs to be done throughout the "house"...our "home" is a priceless masterpiece that God has been building since Matt and I said "I do" over 24 years ago. Is it perfect? Absolutely not. Some days it is downright imperfect and a big mess. But it is my mess...my home...with my tribe...and together we grow.

Christ has been and will continue to be the center of our home. Through Him we love and live and grow and this morning I am so grateful for each and every part of it. The laundry piles and dust bunnies are just part of its character. Lol! But the main attraction is the awesome work of God that He continues through us all. Living, learning, loving.....

Thank you, Father, for my home and all the dear souls with whom I have the honor to do life with. I am blessed and, today, so eternally grateful! I don't take a second of it for granted. Sweet, sweet blessings!

Look around your home today. Look past the mess and thank God for the blessings that inhabit your home. Hug each loved one tightly and realize that each day is a gift! Tuck the memories inside and continue making new ones and live life to the fullest. Gratitude and praise on this Saturday!

“But as for me and my house, we will serve the LORD.”
Joshua 24:15b

“Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward.”
Psalms 127:3

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”
1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

“Love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things.”

I Corinthians 13:7