Thursday, August 15, 2013

Taking Some Time Off:)

I'm taking some time off from my cyber world:) I need some time to replenish & rejuvenate my spirit and my posts! 

Be a blessing friends! ❤

Monday, August 12, 2013

Motivational Mondays

We've all been here haven't we? We've either been the scolder & the judger, or we've been on the receiving end of scolding & judgment haven't we?

It ain't pretty. Sometimes "our best" just doesn't seem to line up with the worlds outside version of who we "should be".

I'm here to say...

That's okay.

I'm not always going to make "the right" decision. I'm going to make mistakes along my bumpy path. I won't be able to change people's opinions, but I can choose to forgive others always. I will choose forgiveness when my feelings have been hurt. When others form their opinions of how I "should" live my life, or judge my decisions, that's okay. I know in my heart of hearts that Jesus is with me every bumpy step of the way, smoothing out the bumps with every step I take. I hear His beautiful words of grace leading me forward, telling me with every bumpy step I take; "do not worry"; "before the world judged you, I have been judged first." I choose to listen to his voice, it's not always easy, sometimes it's exhaustingly hard. We are constantly bombarded with judgement from even our closest loved ones; and that's okay. I take this judgement and I remember the words of my Saviour, calling me to lay my judgements down and to love others as myself. Since I loathe being judged; I will not judge others. 

There is a true sense of freedom in laying our judgements down and choosing to love and treat others as we would ourselves. 

I thank my kind Saviour for that well needed lesson, I'm reminded of it often. He calls me to see things as He sees things, I'm getting there. Slowly but surely I'm getting there, one bumpy baby step at a time.

Be kind. Lay your judgements down. Love one another.

Thank you Lord,
For your patient lessons of love.

Friday, August 9, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember

Be Blessed Friends!

Tuesday, August 6, 2013

Embarrassing Moment #4!

Here we go again...

My little peanut of a girl is OBSESSED with how Jesus died. There's parts of my faith that I have trouble explaining in words that would help a four year old child understand the Cross & what it means. She's relentless with her gruelling questions and I always feel weird explaining something so complex to a small precious mind. Like I'm warping her innocence or something? But I've always stood by the theory that when you ask me a question, I will do my very best to answer it as truthfully & as graciously as I possibly can...

Entering Walmart on the busiest day in the universe;

"Mommy why did the people's kill Baby Jesus?"

"We'll talk about this later."

"But why Mommy? Why they hung him on the cross? Was God mad at him?"

Beginning to sweat as many eyes are glaring for an answer;

"We'll talk about this later, when we're not shopping in a VERY BUSY STORE."

"Mommy would you hang Baby Jesus on a cross?"

Ok now I'm like super uncomfortable;

"Jackie can you please stop saying that."

Whining and getting even louder;


Oh sweet Baby Jesus, please make this stop! Think of something Tanya. Think of something. ANYTHING!!!

"Oh Jackie look at this dress isn't it pretty?"


I'm in hell right now. Hell.

"No he's alive in our hearts. No I wouldn't kill him, I love and follow him. We love Baby Jesus!"

"I wouldn't kill Baby Jesus, cause he's just a baby and we don't kill babies cause that's not nice."

Oh heaven help me get the hell out of here!!!

I swear it felt like time had stopped & a crowd of on-lookers were glaring at us and I could feel the beads of sweat dripping from my forehead:)

For the record I love her questions and I love truth telling, just not in crowded places with a child who is whining louder than an ambulance siren, demanding to know EVERYTHING about the death of my Lord & Saviour!


Saturday, August 3, 2013

~ This Moment ~

Inspired by Amanda to share with you {this moment} - A Friday ritual. A single photo - no words - capturing a moment from the week. A simple, special, extraordinary moment. A moment I want to pause, savor and remember. 

Be Blessed Friends!

Friday, August 2, 2013

Right now...

Inspired by Amanda to share with you Right Now...

I'm soaking up every fibre of my surroundings. I'm feeling grateful that my children got to live out in the wilderness for an entire week. I'm filled with a sense of peace that only God & His nature can fill me to the brim with. I'm listening to the birds chirping and the leaves rustling and I am thankful!:)