Obedience. The dictionary defines it as “compliance with an order, request, or law or submission to another’s authority.” I don’t know about you but compliance with an order from another authority doesn’t sit easy with me. I’m the type-A personality. The one who likes to get things done. And to be honest, I like to be fully in control. Because of that, obedience never comes easy to me. It’s very hard for me to realize I’m not in control but someone else is.

This is probably why the newlywed time in marriage was hard for me. I was in a battle for control. But as the years have gone by I have learned that allowing Greg to fully lead gives me so much peace.  Marriage is the perfect example of another relationship.

Our relationship with our Maker. That’s right – God. God wants us to submit to Him as well. He wants to be the lead of our life. My life. Your life. Wouldn’t you be filled with much more peace if you were to step back and allow God to lead you? If you are not a Jesus follower than I challenge you to read the book of Genesis. You will see through that book that how God moves when obedience happens and when it doesn’t.

How do we obey? It’s difficult, I have been a Jesus follower for a long time and I still struggle with obedience. But it’s the small things. It’s spending time with Him daily. It’s reading your Bible. It’s hiding God’s word in your heart. Loving others around you. As you deepen your faith you start finding ways that you can allow yourself to submit to another’s [God’s] authority.

The Lord is the Great Shepherd. Did you know that the main responsibility of a shepherd is the safety and welfare of the flock? Wouldn’t it be great to think the same of God? If you allow him the position of Shepherd, then he will keep lead you. That sounds great to me. I need to be led. And remember this doesn’t mean nothing bad will happen to you. Because it is certain in this life we will have trouble. But having a leader and obeying Him with what He calls you to will give you peace.

I always tell my kids…obey first. Maybe I needed to be reminded of that as well.

The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full. I am the good shepherd. The good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.” John 10:10-11


Maniac Monday – Coupons!!!

I thought it would be helpful to share with you some site I use for coupon deals.

1. Amazon Local – click here to sign up

2. Coupons.com – Click here to find out more

3. Kroger – this is by far the best! I signed up for a Kroger credit card. I only use it for groceries and I pay it off every month. Here’s why I love it… every quarter they send me a $25 off coupon and monthly they send me personalized coupons for stuff I always buy. This past week at the grocery store I saved $50 with coupons.

I hope that this information will help you be a good steward of the money that God has provided to you!



Maniac Monday – Do Not Conform

Happy Monday!

This past weekend my husband and I went away for a weekend retreat at Winshape. If you haven’t ever been, I highly recommend it. The retreat we did included speaking sessions and the ropes course. Good times!

When we arrived, we spent some time praying that God would speak to us in a new way. And he sure did. We learned that we are not supposed to just accept that life is crazy in this season of life. God longs for us to enjoy every season of our lives here on earth. And we are to use this time to praise Him. We were not doing that.

The verse he continued to pound into us was Romans 12:2. We found the Message version and thought it was a great description.

“So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.” Romans 12:1-2 MSG

Married couples, I cannot stress the importance of having this time away. We were so blessed by the no-tech zone at Winshape. No tv. No internet. Just each other. We have decided to start going to Winshape yearly as our marriage retreat. No matter where you go – it is just good for you as a married couple to get away from “real life” and spend time with your spouse.

Hope you have a great week!

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.” Romans 12: 2 NIV


Maniac Monday – Busy!

When I left my full-time job in December, I thought life might slow down a bit. Boy was I wrong! Life has been speeding by. Things are going well. I am just amazed at how fast things are moving.

Anyway – as I start this new week, I wanted to remind you of a verse that comes to my mind quite often . . .

“Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails” Proverbs 19:21

That simple verse has brought me such peace. I am such a planner. And most of the time I’m anxious trying to put my plans together. But that verse reminds me that I can make all the plans I want. But God’s will always prevails.

I hope this simple truth starts your week off well. Many blessings to you and yours!

Maniac Monday – Thankful

May 20, 2013

“One of the main reasons that we lose our enthusiasm in life is because we become ungrateful..we let what was once a miracle become common to us. We get so accustomed to his goodness it becomes a routine..” ― Joel Osteen

27. A house that we’ve made a home.
28. Friends that are there for you no matter what.
29. Having 20 minutes to talk on the phone to a great friend.
30. New recipes that are delicious!
31. A backyard to make memories in.
32. Sharing my faith openly
33. Coffee
34. Did mention coffee? Ha!
35. Baby kisses from Selah
36. Finn’s questions
37. Picnic lunches
38. Perfect weather
39. A camera to catch sweet moments
40. 7 years of marriage to my very best friend. Happy anniversary Gregory! I love you!


Maniac Monday – Thankful

I’m starting this week with a thankful list. I have so much to be grateful for!

May 13, 2013

Put down roots right where you are and be content in the present regardless of where God might take you in the future.

14. Both sides of my family getting along and actually enjoying being together

15. A husband who treats each celebration in May as a separate event so they are all special (my birthday, Selah’s birthday, mother’s day, our anniversary)

16. A sweet son who continually told me “Happy Mother’s Day” yesterday

17. A beautifully landscaped back yard that we can enjoy

18. Gorgeous weather – blue skies, breeze, sunshine

19. New friends

20. Spring cleaning and giving to others

21. Learning something new from my pastor

22. Ibuprofen to keep the birthday girl’s fever down

23. New delicious recipes

24. A camera to catch great memories

25. Prayer groups

26. A wise mentor who always fills me up