God-the great orthodontist

This is not going to be a polished and pretty blog post today. There will probably be typos and misspelling, simply because I have about a half hour to get this typed. I actually haven’t written in almost two years and thought my blogging life had been dead and buried a while ago. But then today, as I was in prayer, God gave me a story picture to encourage me, and I really felt a strong impression to share it. So I asked the Lord how to share it, and I immediately thought of the blog. Which is funny, because I haven’t thought of the blog in such a long time and had reckoned it as dead. But, God likes to surprise us, and He has a way of bringing things back to life that we thought were dead. So, I am going to type this quickly and get straight to the point while I have a moment while my little people are napping, and my older people are preoccupied.

I’m sure I’m not the only one who has been praying continually over the past week. It’s been an unexpected (well, I suppose some of this was expected), wild and bumpy ride. To hear that the main stream media has “declared” Joe Biden to be the next President of the United States over the last couple days has been a bit like entering the twilight zone. Actually, all of 2020 has felt like the twilight zone…but, that’s for a different day.

Let’s get to the point…I voted for Trump. Yes, I did. It’s not a popularity contest, it’s a vote for the President of the United States of America. It’s a BIG job. One that Trump, in my humble opinion, has done an amazing job at. He is the most hated, hounded, mistreated, and bullied person in the world. He works for free, will probably be the only president to leave office with a smaller net worth than when he entered, and is misrepresented, misconstrued, and maligned by the media 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. So don’t even try to say that you could do a better job. You have no idea what he is up against each and every day. Most people would buckle under that pressure, but he has continued to get up day after day and face the wolves.

This post is for those of you who have voted for Trump. I know you are in every state, every county, every town. I know there are some of you who are in other countries who, if you could, would have voted for Trump. The massive attendance at his rallies, the boat parades, neighborhood parades, flags and prayer vigils from all over the world have been so awesome to watch the past few months. There is no doubt in my mind that the narrative that the media is spinning is not how the majority of the country feels.

So, like I said, this post is for those of us who voted for Trump. The rest of you can keep moving along. Nothing else to see here for you. But for the true patriots who are fighting for Trump, this is for you…

If you are feeling discouraged, scared, or bewildered at what is happening in our country this week, I’m here to say-don’t! I truly believe that God is doing something. I even think Donald Trump is doing something. I think if we just sit back and pray, we will see some pretty awesome things happen. Now, I don’t think we can go to the msm to hear about it. I think we need to pray, and ask the Holy Spirit what He is doing in these days. He is exposing the depths of wickedness that He saw happening, but the bulk of Americans did not see happening. My prayers throughout all of 2020 have been for God to expose evil, and deal with it! I do believe that is what He is doing.

But, what I wanted to share with y’all is a specific picture the Lord just gave me 20 minutes ago. I was praying for this election, and crying out to God to expose the deception, and bring people to accountability that have done wicked. For Him to stop people dead in their tracks who are deceiving, and for justice to be served. Then he reminded me of a picture that I was just looking at the other day, and compared it to what is going on in the heavenliness.

I saw the picture the other night when my older daughter and I were sitting down together looking through pictures on my phone. We came to a picture from about 9 months ago of her smiling a big toothy smile snuggling up to our dog…with a huge gap between her front teeth that wasn’t there when she got her braces on! As we came to the picture, she screeched, and said, “mom! Do you remember how awful that was?! That gap between my teeth was so huge! Ugh, that was so terrible” At the time the picture was taken, she had just gotten her braces on a few months prior, and she had to have an expander put in, which is a device that they attach to the roof of the mouth to expand the palette. For the first 30 days of having it in, she had to turn a little gadget in it to slowly widen her entire smile. Well, over the course of that month, as the expander was expanding her smile, it was causing a gap between her front teeth to appear. And with each passing day, as she continued to turn that little device, that little gap got bigger and bigger. It got to the point where I had to call in to the orthodontist and ask if this was normal! My daughter was very upset and at that point wishing she never would have had braces put on! The orthodontist was very compassionate, and said that, yes, indeed this was normal. That the gap would get so big, it would “look like a double wide could drive right through it”, and to keep turning that device. They told me that when she came in next, they would change around her rubber bands, and the bands would then pull her teeth in the front back together again, and that over the course of the year, they would keep shifting her teeth around. She told me to just be patient with the process, and that it would get better, even though it looked like they were getting worse! It was very hard for Vienna to go through this process of moving her teeth around, especially because it truly looked worse than before she had braces! But, sure as they said, her teeth were only that way for about 6 weeks, and then that huge gap closed right back up after her next visit. She was quite relieved to put it lightly!

As I was praying today, God brought that exact picture of her to my mind, and said, “I’m moving things around to bring about a better expected end. Just like things had to move around to bring her smile to a better end, so am I doing in the world right now. It may look like things are worse than they were a short time ago, and you may feel discouraged, but I’m moving things around right as you pray, and things will be better. Just trust me”.

So friends, don’t lose hope. I know God is doing something “other worldly”. He is moving things beyond what we can see. And He is certainly not the author of confusion- or the author of the main stream media. He is God, and He sits on the throne. He sees all things, and knows ALL things that happen in darkness. He is the “Lord God to whom vengeance belongs”, Psalm 94:1. Proverbs 6:16-19 says, “These six things the Lord hates, yes, seven are an abomination to Him: A proud look, a lying tongue, hands that shed innocent blood, a heart that devises wicked pans, feet that are swift in running to evil, a false witness who speaks lies, and one who sows discord among brethren.” I don’t know about you, but I wonder if God sees all of these things being used this week in these elections. If they are-and only God knows the truth- I think we can rest assured that they will not go unnoticed by Him. We can rest in His mighty power, and continue to pray that all that is happening in the darkness will come to light.

Well-gotta go! I hear the baby awake and crying in his crib. I hope this encourages you like it did me. God is moving things around, dear one. He is causing things to shift both in the heavenliness, and on earth. But I believe the end result is going to be better. I can’t promise you that Donal Trump will be re elected, and the Supreme Court will rule in his favor. But, I do know that whatever God is doing, its going to be bigger and better than what we thought. And it will leave us with a beautiful smile on our faces.

Keep fighting on your knees, dear friends! 2020 is gonna make us into some fierce prayer warriors- I just know it!

Christmas Anticipation

 

DSC_0942“It’s the most wonderful time of the year”! Can’t you hear it playing? I grew up listening to this song every Christmas season when my mom would pull out the 1963 Andy Williams Christmas album(and by album I mean a good old record!). My Moms parents loved to sing and were musical, so I grew up with lots of records around when I was little and never a moment without some kind of music playing in the background. This song brings joy to my heart every time I hear it because it reminds me of the anticipation that comes with Christmas. Anticipation of playing in new fallen snow, making Christmas cookies, shoveling the driveway until feet and hands were numb and sipping hot cocoa afterward, presents under the tree, Christmas Eve candle lit church service, and Christmas morning. Oh glorious Christmas morning! Waking up and realizing that its the day and coming out of the bedroom to the sweet smell of breakfast cooking. Spending the morning tearing through beautifully wrapped packages all while lounging in our pj’s and just being with each other.

So, I find it perfectly fitting to start this blog at Christmas time. With much anticipation, I begin writing and sharing our life. The life God has called me to live with my hot husband, and five precious babies. (OK I lied, they aren’t all babies-but my husband IS hot!) I’m not sure what presents will be unwrapped through this blog. Some neatly packaged, some not. But I pray that they are presents to you. We need more encouragement and positivity in our culture. We need more support in our culture-especially between women. I hope to bring you those things through sharing tidbits of my life with you.

Speaking of presents, my Mom just gave us a little, but special present when she was here a couple weeks ago. Something that came from her house that she only sets out at Christmas time. It’s this little house that plugs in and lights up all different colors. It’s quite mesmerizing to look at, and my children always love gazing at it in a dimly lit room. It’s spent it’s Christmases at Grandma and Grandpa’s house…until this year. When she pulled it out of the bag for them, she said, “I think this house needs to stay with you where you guys can enjoy it all Christmas season.” My kids were so excited to see the little magical house be pulled out of the bag. We plugged it in and watched the little lights come on, and as we looked it over, my daughter Vienna said, “I just want to go inside so bad!” And to her response, I said, “I know- I do too!”

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I pray that this blog would be that little house to you. May you be drawn to the light that shines in our home. More than that, Id like to invite you to come inside! I hope to inspire and encourage you in motherhood, marriage, spiritual matters, health, wellness, homeschooling, and everyday life. I desire to link arms with you and help you to enjoy the family God has given you, even though each day is not Christmas morning, or neatly wrapped up packages.

I sit here as I type with a crackling fire roaring next to me in the fireplace(weeellll, its actually gas, so its not roaring or crackling, but its hot. Oh-kind of like my husband(wink!)). Speaking of him again, he is dozing on the couch next to me, and behind him is our beautifully lit Christmas tree. The tree that all seven of us hiked out into the back of a tree farm to pick out and cut down on a cold morning. The tree that my children and I decorated together. The tree that tilts a little, has ornaments hanging in random clusters, and is bare near the bottom so the cats and baby can’t pull them off. The tree that is covered in ornaments that I made as a child, or adorned my childhood trees, as well as ornaments that my children made with pictures of their sweet little faces on them. They are falling apart yet every year I pull out the tape to fix them again. It’s not the Pottery Barn Christmas tree and would be rejected by every store catalog, but its our tree and the kids love it. They love pulling out the ornament box every year, filled with anticipation, and unwrapping each one and exclaiming, “oh I remember this one! Mom, remember this one?! I looove this one!” Ahh, the anticipation. So, I rest in the anticipation of where this blog might take us. I hope and pray that it takes us somewhere good, hopeful, inspirational, and warm…kind of like the room I’m sitting in right now. May it draw you to delight in the treasures of life. May it bring you peace in the craziness of life. And may it inspire you to not look perfect like the Pottery Barn trees out there, but to live authentically like your unique Christmas tree.

God gave us all unique fingerprints, and with those fingers we have all created our own unique Christmas trees. I hope you know this Christmas season that you are a one of a kind creation made by the Creator Himself.  He’s crazy about you. He truly is. May that truth this Christmas season settle into your heart in a new way. God’s got good things for you. Anticipate it. Until next time…