May we never lose our wonder

Sometimes I stand in the back of our youth room during worship and wonder what we are doing wrong. I see some students and leaders worshipping. I see many that are not. I see many that are standing with their arms crossed or hands in their pockets. I know that it is not my fault per se- that I should not take it personally. However, I do. I do feel responsible.  Then I feel guilty, I have been that same way. All sorts of excuses can creep into my mind or anyone’s mind for that matter.

I don’t like this song. I don’t like the style or voice of this singer. It’s cold in here. My phone is more interesting. The person sitting beside is more interesting. The words on the screen aren’t right.

There are so many distractions…so, so many. Life is amazing, but it is full of a bazillion details. These little details can race around in our mind 24/7. I don’t want it to be like this. It is not always, but sometimes  I have to be VERY PURPOSEFUL  in my worship time. It is very easy to be distracted and allow my mind to wander. It can wander to bills, laundry, kids, stress, etc…

Isn’t God deserving of so much more than that?

Psalm 72:18-19New Living Translation (NLT)

 Praise the Lord God, the God of Israel,
    who alone does such wonderful things.
 Praise his glorious name forever!
    Let the whole earth be filled with his glory.
Amen and amen

We are so spoiled. We are free to attend church and  worship freely. People in other parts of the world are attacked or murdered simply for trying to attend a worship/church service. I have roughly two dozen  Bibles in my home….others are smuggling Bibles in and ripping pages out to share one Bible among a village.

We might hear these stories from a missionary speaker or read them in a book. We might even shed a tear. Our hearts might be torn as we go on a  missions trip. The question is, what about a month later? Are you back to your regular routine? Do we take the presence of God for granted? Do we see His wonder as no big deal?

I don’t want to ever lose my wonder. A wonder that is so deserving. A wonder that gave everything for me. A wonder that created me with a purpose and had been faithful over and over again.

Yet, I’m too busy or proud or popular or spoiled to give Him my all for thirty minutes during worship.

Shame on us– shame on me.

Deuteronomy 4:39New International Version (NIV)

 Acknowledge and take to heart this day that the Lord is God in heaven above and on the earth below. There is no other.

I love this song. It was on repeat in my mind as I stood in the back of our youth room feeling discouraged….

May we never lose our wonder
May we never lose our wonder
Wide eyed and mystified
May we be just like a child
Staring at the beauty of our King

Cause you are beautiful in all your ways
King of Kings
You are beautiful in all your ways

 

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January 2017 Reading

I am several days behind on getting this post out. Oh well- life is busy!! During the  month of January, I reached my goal of two books per month and exceeded it. To be honest, although our schedule was packed full- different events offered more reading time this month than usual. For instance, our son is playing football. I always have a book in my purse to read during his practices. We also went to a minister’s retreat  and my husband and I always tend to read through a book or two when we are out of town. Not having laundry to fold and being able to read for an hour in the afternoon is nice! In addition, we were blessed this month with the opportunity to work a concession stand to raise money for Speed the Light. (if you have never heard of STL, you can read more about that at http://stl.ag.org/about/). So every Friday night this month, we have spent five hours setting up and working a concession stand. We usually brought a book for any downtime here as well!!


The First Book was Extravagant by John Andrews. This book breaks down the story found in Luke 7:36-50, my Bible titles it ‘Jesus Anointed by a Sinful Woman’. If you have spent any time in church, you are probably very familiar with this passage. This book talks about the act of worship and how this passage says so much about true worship. Some of the passages that I highlighted while reading were-

“If a lifestyle of worship is left to the mercy of the spontaneous, then what should be usual will become occasional. “

“When we focus on what we’re giving away, we’re already off target.”

“Her actions were the expression of her faith, not the means to it.”

The second book was The Magnolia Story by Chip and Joanna Gaines. I just love them. I love their show and their style. I really love their story and their genuine faith. Although I don’t have any quotes to share, since this is not really a take notes and journal kind of book. This read did have fabulous stories about  these people that so many of us have come to adore. If you are a fan, you should absolutely get this book!!

The third book was Preparing him for the other woman by Sheri Rose Shepherd. This book is great for anyone that has a son. A lot of the concepts talked about are ones that I have heard many times before…sometimes it is just nice to be reminded. Some of the notes that I marked while reading were-

“Your voice and your words are among the most governing influences you have in your sons life.”

“Let your words be a legacy passed from generation to generation.”

“There is a big difference between teaching kids about God and connecting them to Him.”

The fourth book was Overflow by Scotty Gibbons. This book is subtitled ‘a student’s guide to giving’ and that is exactly what this book is. It is full of testimonies and examples of the Lord’s faithfulness. It is a wonderful resource that Otis and I have both read as well as passed on to a few of our students. Some of the parts that I highlighted in this book were-

“When you open your life up to the overflow, you are blessed, others are blessed, and God gets all of the glory.”

“You are an empty container and God is an abundant source.”


The fifth book is When God doesn’t fix it by Laura Story. If you listen to Christian Radio at all, then you recognize that name and can most likely sing her songs. I was shocked to read this book and to actually hear about all that she and her family have gone through. You have this idea of artists being glamorized. You might think that is an ideal job– hello, getting paid to worship God?!?!? I had no idea about all that she has faced. She talks about the trials that she has endured and how she has overcome them. She is even honest about mistakes along the way.  Here are some of my favorite passages-

“Contentment begins with asking how God might use my brokenness for His glory.”

“My story is my greatest offering.”

“God can redeem not only our life, but every season of our life.”

The sixth and last book that I read this month was Unqualified by Steven Furtick. We are big fans of his at our house and enjoy listening to his sermons. We have also read several of his books. This would be a great read for anyone. If we are all honest, we can admit that it is so very easy to fall into the mind trap of wondering if we are good enough or if the things that we are doing even matter. I highlighted A LOT in this book, but I will only share a few–

“God knows your true identity- the real you- and He loves you just as you are.”

“God wants to do something beyond your abilities, and He is far less intimidated by your failures and limits than you are.”

“Our weaknesses don’t disqualify us. They actually qualify us even more, because they are the portals through which God’s power permeates our lives.”

“We are never so awesome that success is inevitable, and we are never so terrible that success is impossible.”

 

A few months ago is when I started including a few quotes from each book in my blogs. Usually, it is a quote that will grab my attention and make me want to read a book. I hope that beyond holding myself accountable… that by listing each book and a few thoughts, maybe these posts will inspire your next read!!


 

 

 

 

 

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Homeschooling is hard

 

We have been homeschooling for five years now. It is hard to believe that it has been that long. I had no idea what I was getting into when we first started. I mean, I had researched online and talked with a ton of people. However, it is kind of like having a child….you can never be fully ready until you just do it. I remember our first year. I was so scared that I was going to mess our daughter up. I made all these fancy lesson plans and had long, exhausting days planned out. In our first few weeks, we were having school from like 8am-3:30 or so. It was crazy. Our Pastor’s wife is a teacher and I asked her a few weeks into that school year how many tests her class had taken so far. She just smiled at me and said not to worry….that I could catch up and then told me that they were about to take their fourth test of the year. I then told her that we had already taken thirteen!! She laughed and encouraged me to pace myself before we were out of work by Christmas!! A lot has changed between then and now. We are more relaxed in our day. We have added little brother to the school mix and homeschool is the only school that he has ever known. We have learned together what works best for each very different student. I would say that I am a bit more confident. I don’t worry so much about what other people think. I know that the curriculum we have chosen is a great one and I know what my kids are learning. I can see where they are struggling. I can use real moments in real life- like trips to the grocery store- as teaching moments.

One thing that has not changed in the five years that we have been doing this is the feedback that we get. We constantly hear comments like ‘that must be so nice’. It is!! I love it and would not trade these last five years for anything. My kids might bicker and fight, but then I also catch those moments when Gary wants to be a part of Allie’s science lesson and so she takes the time to explain it to him. It is such a blessing and I frequently joke about all of the perks, like planning our own field trips and schedule flexibility.  I cannot begin to tell you how nice that it has been to be able to travel with Otis and to book vacations around the cheapest rates. We also get to serve as a family. Our kids are usually the first volunteers working when we have a youth event– they are the ones shopping with us and unloading groceries and supplies. We adore being able to serve as a family unit. The perks are fabulous, but they are not reason enough to choose to homeschool.


I have lost count of how many times over the last five years that I have gone in my room and burst into tears. This is a huge responsibility. Being a mom alone comes with stress and worry and tears…. imagine being the mom and the teacher. Most parents send their kids to school and trust that the school is doing its  job. I have nothing against that. 99% of my family and friends do that very thing.

We truly believe that the Lord wanted us to homeschool. It was never even on my radar….not something that we ever talked about. Seriously- it was never brought up. When Allie was finishing her second grade year at a private school, we faced a fork in the road and we had to make a decision. We prayed about our options and homeschool became a very clear one. We re-evaluate every year. We talk to our kids and make sure they are still happy. We pray as a family. So far, this is where God has us and it has been a blessing to our family.


That does not mean that it hasn’t been scary and hard. Like I said before, it brings a whole new level of responsibility to the growth of your kids. As Allie has gotten older, I have worried about being fit to teach her some of the math and science lessons. It has been a long time since I was in 7th grade!! Thank goodness for online resources and YouTube. If we are stuck on something, we can look it up and learn together. Allie went to a great daycare, so she went into kindergarten being ahead of the game. The school that she attended for three years was a fabulous school, so we know that she had a great foundation. She had already learned how to read and write. The scariest thing for me her first year of homeschool was teaching her cursive.  Gary on the other hand has been completely with me. He did not have that foundation. I have to be honest though, when I sit back and see him reading– I get excited. I taught him that! My kid can read and write because I taught him! That is a confidence booster!! When he is struggling with something though- it weighs heavy on my heart. I worry about what I might be doing wrong and try to come up with different ways to teach him. That sits on our shoulders as his parents. There is no “letting the teacher deal with that”….we are the teachers.


Homeschooling has been one of the great privileges of my life. I spend more time with my kids than most parents get to. It is not a quick fix. You had better make sure that the Lord called you to walk this path, because you will certainly need His strength and wisdom to make a way. There are hard times, but the rewards are priceless.

I do not know how long that we will be on this particular journey, but as long as the Lord allows us to….I will enjoy every rewarding and difficult step that we take.

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Relaunch Time

Since I am home more now, I have been able to spend some time doing one of my favorite things- photography. I have always loved photography and am often counted on to handle the pics at birthday parties, special events, weddings, etc.

A few years ago, I even started making a little side money from booking jobs here and there. I always counted it a huge success if I had three paying gigs over the course of a year. This made me start to take my hobby a little more seriously. I ordered business cards and made a Facebook page for my “business”.  I felt kind of official….and then I slacked off. I wasn’t just out looking for things around me to photograph. I was only waiting on the call or text for a money making possibility. This pretty much zapped all of the creativity out of me. Then once we started homeschooling, schedules became more difficult to juggle. Between working full time, homeschooling and the time that we devote to ministry… there wasn’t much left. In fact, I had turned down a few jobs because I simply did not have the time or energy.

Now that I am not working full time, the opportunity has presented itself a few times to start up a little more. I was asked recently for my website so that a potential customer could take a peak at my work. I quickly threw together a shared page on a  photo sight and sent them that link. It worked and I got the job, but I knew that it was not how I wanted to be represented.

In the past, I have shared some of my photos on this blog. I felt like it was time to start a new page, just for photography. Now, customers can have a place to browse and I have a spot devoted only to that part of my life/work.

The new site is 

https://juliefulfordphotography.com/

if you would like to subscribe and follow along! 😁😁


 

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Taking the Time

Time is such a crazy thing. We all have the same amount of time each day. No one can possess any more or any less. Time truly is a irreplaceable treasure, yet we tend to throw it away so easily. We can waste hours and hours of it online or staring at our phones. If you are my daughter, you can somehow spend hours looking up random funny videos of cats or dogs.  Sometimes being purposeful with our time can seem like such a chore. However, it is that time of year when most people are making goals and promises about how they are going to prioritize their time a little different than in the past.

This past week was the Assembly of God’s week of prayer. They hosted a special theme and emphasis each day. Our church participated by having an hour of prayer from 12-1pm daily. We already have Monday Night and Tuesday Morning Prayer, but this was on top of those meetings. So, just to make this clear to you- we very specifically set aside an hour every single day to meet together and pray.

Obviously, my family and I are Christians. We pray most mornings before Otis goes to work. We pray with the kids before they go to bed. We pray before meals. We pray before we start our school day. We pray when we hear bad news or when someone asks. We even have a habit in our family of praying when we are passed by a firetruck, police car, or EMS with their sirens going. My point is this- we pray.

The first day of our hour long prayer this week was hard for me. An entire hour….all at one time…with no distractions. No kids or youth to pray for or with. No guarding the door or watching for parents.  There was absolutely nothing there grabbing for my attention. Just me and God. I found my thoughts wandering and me wanting to check the time on my phone.

That’s horrible.

That is hard to honestly admit and even harder to type.

As day two came, I kind of realized what a treasure this time was. Something that my husband has taught me over the past few years is the importance of listening during prayer. . We talk and talk and pray and pray, but never take the time to just be quiet and listen to God. He does speak to us. We are just sometimes too busy to hear it.

This week I kept thinking about the words to that song The more I seek you by Kari Jobe.

The more I seek you,
The more I find you
The more I find you, the more I love you

I want to sit at your feet
Drink from the cup in your hand.
Lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat
This love is so deep, its more than I can stand
I melt in your peace, its overwhelming

The line that kept playing over and over in my heart was the “lay back against you and breathe, feel your heart beat.”

I felt like this week I had the time to not only listen to God, but to just be in His presence. Resting in His presence is such a sweet thing. Taking the time to just be with Him. You know why I had that amazing time this week to be in His presence? Because I scheduled it. I planned it and marked it on my calendar. I worked my day around it. School ran a little later for us each day, because this was made a priority.

Shouldn’t it be like that every day?

Now I know that with work schedules that not everyone is able to just devote an hour in the middle of the day to prayer. As wonderful as that sounds, it doesn’t always work out that way. If we are all honest though, I’m sure that we can take a look at our 24 hours and see some room to give God more. 


Don’t rush through your prayer time. Make time to listen for His voice and rest in His presence. It makes all of the difference in the world!!

” For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence,  for my hope is from Him.” ~Psalm 62:5


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Happy January! New Years Resolution Time!

Do you make resolutions? I am not generally one of those people. I do have a little mini journal that I keep a running list of life goals in for myself and my family. I have never really been one to sit down and make a list of changes and goals every January 1st.

That doesn’t mean that I just sit around with zero aspirations. I always kinda have in the back of my mind that this year will be the one that I get healthier and drink more water. I will be a better wife and mom. We will put more into savings and cut out excess spending. Maybe even plan for that amazing vacation. I think everyone can understand what I am saying here– we all have those sort of goals rolling around in our brain.

I have learned in my 35 years that, there is something to putting something in writing. It sort of makes it seem more official. So I have decided that this year, we are going to write our resolutions down in our family.

Physically write them out….with pen and paper….and make a plan.

It is one thing to set goals, but those goals also need to be attainable!! What steps do you need to take to reach those goals??

I think that those things listed above will obviously be on my mind. One other major goal that I am setting for myself is to memorize scripture. My goal is to cover one verse per week. That might sound super easy to you, but I have a purpose for devoting that much time to each verse. I don’t want to memorize it in the sense that I can ramble it off with my eyes closed. I want to memorize it and dwell on it. I want  those scriptures to be “hidden in my heart” like in Psalm 119:11. I want each verse to become a part of me in such a way that I can lean on them during hard times when I might not know what to pray. We all go through times when we are exhausted physically and emotionally. The Lord is reminding me that it is important to have His words and His promises inside of us so that we can speak that life over our self, especially during those battles.

My first verse is 1 Peter 1:6-

So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you must endure many trials for a little while.

This is how I am going to help myself memorize and dwell on this verse this week….


I also have it saved on my phone and hanging up in our kitchen. 😁

We will see how this method goes. I may end up switching it up, but this is how I am going to start.

What are some of your favorite verses to memorize? and your tried and true methods?

If you see me this year, ask me what verse I am working on for the week. (you might even see random letters scribbled on my hand) 


 

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December 2016 Reading- Sandcastle Kings

In the midst of a very busy December, I was still able to read one book. I was happy with that! The book that I read was Sandcastle Kings by Rich Wilkerson. The reason that I chose this book was because I had seen this pastor on a couple of talk shows. He is probably most known for being a pastor to people like Kanye West and the Kardashians. It had me curious.


I am going to share a few of my highlighted passages so that you can get an idea of the feel of the book-

“The closer Jesus gets to us, the more we realize just how far we are from Him, how far short we fall of His purity, wisdom and holiness.”

“You may not be worthy of God, but you are still priceless to Him and He alone gets to decide your worth.”

“Our quiet worship should turn into noisy gratitude.”

“Today’s reality was shaped by yesterday’s choices, and tomorrow we will experience the consequences of the choices that we make today.”

Check out this book if any of these quotes peak your interest. Happy Reading in 2017!!

 

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The End of the Year Festivities

We have had a busy month at our house!! A certain level of chaos is a part of  everything that comes with the Christmas season and now celebrating  a brand new year!

Our month of December was packed full of the typical events- parades, making cookies, attending parties, shopping, plays, choral presentations, attempting to build gingerbread houses, Christmas light viewing,  and exchanging gifts. There was lots and lots of family get-togethers. We were blessed to have more flexibility in my schedule this year, so we were able to attend more events together! Not to mention the glorious fact that our Allie is old enough to babysit and so we could go to some as a couple and not have to pay a sitter!!  (on a side note, we do generally pay her a little something…however, we gave her an advance to do some Christmas shopping so she has been working off her debt😁)

We have a party for our youth group every year and the past four or five years they have always been themed. This year our theme was whoville and we had a blast pinning ideas on Pinterest and making them come to life! 



Our first family Christmas celebration was wonderful. We were able to have a little gathering with my brother and his girlfriend on Christmas Adam. This is the event were we saw my dad and his wife. It was a great day.


All of our festivities were sort of potluck, so we had separate dishes/appetizers that we brought to each home. We got home and spent 20 minutes tops unloading gifts/dishes and reloading new gifts and the new dishes for the next round! That night we had an evening with our framily who also happen to serve along side us in youth ministry. This was also a fantastic night. We appreciate these people so much- we honestly see them more than some actual family and we are thankful to be walking through life with them!!


On Christmas Eve, we spent the day with Otis’ mom and his siblings. It is always so much fun to see all of the cousins together. I absolutely loved this pic of Allie and her little cousin. Gary also loved spending  time with everyone as well.


One of my greatest fears this year was about Christmas. I was so nervous and scared that our Christmas would be horrible since I left my job. I worried about not being able to give our kids the type of Christmas that they are used to. Now believe me, we obviously put a great deal of focus on the true meaning of the season. Let’s be honest now- who doesn’t love to watch the kids open gifts and see their faces light  up with excitement when they open that special gift that they have been begging for!! I was so overwhelmed this year by the faithfulness of the Lord. Someway, somehow it all worked out and we had a marvelous day!


This year was a little crazier since Christmas fell on Sunday. We cut out some of our usual family traditions, since time was a little tighter. We woke up and had Christmas with our family. We always see what Santa brought first and then read the Christmas story from the Bible before we open gifts. It was a great morning. The big gift this year was a laptop for Allie and the Lego set Jokerland for Gary. He has been asking for this set for a few years now and was so excited when he opened it that he actually kissed the box!

 

We went to church as a family and then headed to a family dinner with the rest of Otis’ side of the family. We always have fun and love shopping for everyone. 


I was especially excited about this get together, because we had a few very special gifts that I could hardly wait to pass out. Otis’ cousin and best friend was killed in a car accident his senior year of high school. I actually went to school with his cousin and knew him before I knew Otis. I went through my old yearbooks and found his message in the autograph section. We had a bracelet and a keychain made that had his nickname in his handwriting. It was such a touching moment. Seriously, the gifts came out beautifully and were very high quality. It was such a special time. That was certainly a highlight of our holiday season.


We made visits to a few other family members and enjoyed some time of rest and relaxation. We had a little youth event for New Years and just opened up our youth room. We played basketball & football, ate, and watched movies. Then we had the live feed of the ball drop from Times Square…shot some confetti and celebrated.


I am looking forward with great expectation to 2017.We have already had some things spoken to us and over us concerning this year. We are striving, as with every other year, to walk in the complete will of God. We want our faith to be in Him and Him alone. We  have not done this yet, but I want to sit down with our kids and write out goals for the year. That will probably be part of our school day when we start up again on Tuesday!!


Our family is so thankful for all of the changes and growth that 2016 brought! We are anticipating even greater things for 2017! Happy New Year!! ❤


 

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A Birthday Getaway! 

We were very blessed to have the opportunity to sneak away for a few days a couple of weeks ago! We didn’t go too far, but we did get to experience something completely new to both of us— staying at a bed and breakfast!! Neither of us had ever stayed at one!! We were awarded a gift card a couple of years ago to use for a getaway. I’m a little ashamed to say that it took us this long to be able to go!! 

We searched bedandbreakfast.com and looked at numerous places in various surrounding cities. Otis came up with the idea of using it for a birthday retreat. Our birthdays are back to back and so we had the when decided, just not the where. We ended up choosing a place in Calabash, NC. This was an ideal location since it was close enough to drive into Myrtle Beach for shopping, attractions, or dining!! 

Our reservations were set for The Rose Bed and Breakfast!! 

I was a little nervous and unsure about what to expect. I was googling things like ‘do I bring my own towels’ or ‘should I bring sheets and pillows’ the night before while trying to pack. This is probably what caused me to completely forget to pack my toothbrush and contact supplies😩😩😩. #thankfulforCVS

I was pleasantly surprised when we arrived. This place was beautiful!!! 


The owners were just so sweet, welcoming, and pleasant!! 

Our room was spacious and perfect for the two of us!


The home was gorgeous- especially decked out in the Christmas decor!! 




I can’t write a post about this trip without dedicating at least a paragraph to the amazing breakfast!!! We were given a menu with options to choose from. We chose each night what we wanted to eat the next morning and what time we would be downstairs. It was lovely!! 

This is what we came down to-


Over the course of our stay, we enjoyed pecan French toast, an omelet, grits & eggs, baked apples, homemade scones & Coffee cake!! It was all absolutely heavenly!!!  Some type of fruit and homemade pastries were served in addition to the menu items we chose. The first day we had baked apples and the second day we were given orange slices with honey and cinnamon. I had never heard of oranges served that way. They were amazing and we plan to copy this treat at home! 

This was just a really great experience for us!! We loved it and had zero complaints. 

There really isn’t much to do in calabash itself- except eat fried seafood. We drove in and checked out the waterfront. 


We didn’t want to spoil our birthday dinner at Rioz that night, so we didn’t eat anything. We checked out a few shops and then headed back to the B&B to relax before dinner.

We had an amazing birthday weekend!! 

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Thanksgiving, Christmas Décor, and November Reading

Thanksgiving was another great holiday for our family. The four of us stay home and celebrate with a relaxing day. Like normal, we started with me waking up early and starting on dinner preparations. As soon as Otis woke up, I  reminded him that his most important job at that moment was to go get me a newspaper. 😁 I love to sit down and go through the black Friday ads. I know they are online and some of them have been out for weeks. There is just something traditional for me to spread out, go through the entire packet and write my list. I LOVE it! We watch the parade together and watch for our favorite floats and performers. This year’s winners were Pokémon, Ben Rector and Santa Clause!!

We had way too much food and enjoyed a wonderful and delicious meal together before we all  needed some lounge time to recover!! We are so thankful for all of our blessings this year and how God continues to hold us in His hands!


Allie and I headed out to do some Black Friday shopping that night. We were chatting all day long about what time we should leave. In years past, she had gone into work with me and then we would go shopping at 3AM when I got off. This year, we could go whenever we wanted…we just weren’t sure when to go! haha! We headed out about 7:45PM and hit almost everything on our list. We are not big ticket item shoppers. We are all about the doorbusters- the $5 items and the cheap movies!!! We were home a little after 1AM and had a great time!

 

Our family tradition has always been to put up the tree and outside decorations on the day after Thanksgiving. We bought our tree the Wednesday before and so on Friday, it was ready to move into the house and be decorated. The kids and I usually handle the inside decorations and the tree. Otis is outside getting all of the lights on the house. It works great for us! Christmas really is our favorite time of year!!



 

We are excited for all of the festivities that this coming month has to offer!! We are also excited that we will have more freedom than ever to participate in them as a family. We are headed to our first Christmas Party tonight and are looking forward to our local parade this weekend!! From here on out, it’s all Christmas, all the time!!

 

Now on to my reading for this month….

I only made it through one book this month, but that is fine with me!! I read Uninvited by Lysa Terkeurst. 


I have become a really big fan of hers and was super excited to dive into this book. I was really looking forward to it, because if I am honest with myself…I was hoping to grow while reading it. It can take me about 3 seconds to feel left out, not good enough and alone in life. I know that my personality is to take things very  personally. Every glance, every card, every text, every invitation or lack of- It all tends to go straight to my heart. I opened this book ready to highlight, underline, and learn. I will say that I definitely took more notes from this book than I generally do while reading through a book. Here are a few of my highlighted notes-

“I have to keep my mind focused on what the Holy Spirit whispers, not what my flesh screams.”

“The mind feasts on what it focuses on. What consumes my thinking will be the making of my identity.”

“The more fully we invite God in, the less we will feel less invited by others.”

“It is impossible to hold up the banners of victim and victory at the same time.”

“Heartbreaking seasons can certainly grow me, but were never meant to define me.”

There was so much more that I could have written about this book. I hope that if the topic, author, or any of the quotes peak your interest…that you would give it a read!!

 

I am already planning a few more posts over the next few weeks. I pray that everyone enjoys this beautiful Christmas season, all that it represents, and all that it has to offer!!

 

 

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