Feeling Blessed

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(Wall o’ Daddy I have made for the boys.)

With the upcoming D word, I am finding it hard to be sad.  

  • Do I wish my husband could stay home forever??!  OF COURSE!!  
  • Is that the life we have chosen?  No.  

With all the summer activities and get ready for daddy to leave stuff, I had been quite busy.  Now that we have completed so much, it has hit me he is leaving, SOON.  I don’t want you to think that doesn’t make me “sad”, because I am heart broken.  It’s just not like it was the first time when I was 22, living in California, and thought my whole world would end! (lol)

I want my husband to be all he can be, (no, he’s not in the Army) and with his job choice that means sea time.  We have been lucky.  This is only our third time in 11 years. 

This deployment will be good for my husband’s career (no matter which direction it will head in next).  He doesn’t want to go anymore than we want him to, but he does want to have the experience it will bring.  

I say I am having a hard time feeling sad, because this year has brought so many blessings!  

  • We joined our church this year.  
  • My children and I have been baptized this year.  
  • I helped with VBS at our church which was, also, me conquering a fear…
  • I was able to sell my Dad’s house (this sounds awful, but the stress is took away was a TRUE blessing).  
  • After selling the house, I was able to completely pay my father’s funeral bill.  
  • My husband will soon be a Chief Petty Officer in the US Navy.

I’m not sure if it’s because this is coming after the LOOOOONG couple of years prior to this one that makes this year seem so wonderful, or if it’s just wonderful all by itself.  I can say, though, I am at a point in my life where I am content.  

Thanks to the guidance we have gotten from God, we are where we need to be; doing what we need to be doing.  Of that, I am sure.

This next journey will definitely be something you will want to stay tuned for…  

Nine months.

One Mommy.

Two preschoolers.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Life is a journey full of happiness and sadness.  Sometimes we have to suffer through sadness, so we can be more thankful for the happiness.***

I can track these periods in my life, completely.  They are what has made me who I am.  

Philippians 4:13~ I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.

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July 9, 2013: Inspiring Quote

“Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.”

The book The 4:8 Principle was amazing!   It seems only fitting that it be my new favorite quote.

So, so simple.  Who could be unhappy if we spend all of our time dwelling on whatever is true, noble, right, pure, lovely, admirable, and praiseworthy!?

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Not quite as simple in the real world where everything is trying to bring you down, huh?   The book has a whole section on how to guard yourself!

In the meantime, when things are going bad and nothing seems right…

Remember:
—–Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

Try and focus on the good amid-st your storm.

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***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  If we put our eyes straight on God, and work toward that goal, the rest will fall into place.***

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Many Many Lessons…

Philippians 4:13–  I can do all things through him who strengthens me.

I will not bore you with the many tales of, what my husband and I called, today.  A day that was topped off with a broken car window noted at 10pm.  Vandalism or an insane wind storm?  Who knows.

I did learn MANY lessons, though, and I thought I should share.

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: When your three year old says he sees something and can manage the trip there and back, he’s probably lying.  Not necessarily on purpose, but beware.***

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: Stop buying all the crazy, high tech cleaning stuff. Get a broom. Get a mop.***

***McCrazy Daily Lesson: HMmm….  I can’t remember the rest!!!  I had, at least, three more earlier.  They seem to have slipped my mind…  It must mean it’s time to CHEER UP!!!***

😉  Good Night World!!!  

John 16:33– I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.”

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Philippians 4:8

 “Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.”  ~Philippians 4:8

I will say it again, the book “The 4:8 Principle: The Secret to a Joy-Filled Life” by Tommy Newberry is OUTSTANDING!!!

You guessed it!!  Tuesdays are BIBLE STUDY days!! 🙂

This book confirms what I already know, yet have been made feel crazy about at times, AND gives me answers to my “what have I been doing wrong” questions.  It’s all “how to fix myself and my outlook” stuff.  The best part is that we can fix our outlooks on life just by changing OUR thinking.  No need to worry about anyone else!!  Just retrain US!!!

Chapter 6 (today’s chapter) started with a little story:

“A classic fable begins with a grandfather telling his grandson about the two wolves battling in his heart. ‘One is wise and kind, and the other is vicious and cruel,’ says the grandfather.  ‘Which will win?’ asks the grandson. And the grandfather replies, ‘The one I feed.'” (Newberry, pg 103)

Makes sense, right??  How crazy is it that it is that simple.  If we feed negativity, that’s how we’ll think.  If we feed happy thoughts, we’ll feel lighter and happier.

Today’s chapter also spoke about the Law of Exchange.  How wonderful is this!?!  “You can do away with a negative thought only by replacing it with a positive thought.”  (Newberry, pg 112)

Again, SO easy!!  It is just hard, sometimes, to realize it on our own in the heat of the moment!  😉  Because in the heat of the moment we may “…seem to think that we have a right to negative thoughts.  Instead of dismissing them, we embrace them.  There’s no benefit to doing that.”  (Newberry, pg 116)

This entire book is based on Philippians 4:8.  The WHOLE thing!!  So, maybe we should start by reading that.  🙂  (I have placed it at the beginning of this blog just in case.)  🙂

Happiness and a JOY-FILLED LIFE are within reach!  WE just have to make the choice!!!

***McCrazy Daily Lesson:  Choose Joy!  Choose to be Happy!!!  We are the only ones who can do it for ourselves!!!***

This is a GREAT little chart put together, from the book, by our wonderful teacher today!!!  Also found on pages 110-122 of “The 4:8 Principle”.  😉

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