Weekly Recap + Dose of Truth

Dose of Truth

Well you guys, it was a tough week. This week I stood next to my best friend as she laid her dad to rest.  “Shouldn’t that be our grandparents?” one of my friends said.  What made it kind of shocking was that for the first time, one of the girls in our little group, lost a parent.  It hurt all of us and reminded us in a very real way that life is fleeting.  But in every trial, there is a dose of truth.

For me this dose was a picture of perfection and I had to share it with you. It wasn’t a message I was expecting but God knew what our hearts needed to hear and maybe yours does too.

If I’m honest, sometimes I tune out at these kinds of things.  But this time the priest had my full attention for some reason. He started by saying “let me take the focus off the pain and sadness onto what is actually happening for your loved one John.”  I thought to myself “Oh brother! Same old sermon.”

He said, “Think about this. You wait 9 months when you have a child to see your babies face. When you finally do, how happy are you? The wait is over and it’s one of the most powerful moments a person feels. Now, also think about this. What if you were blind and suddenly you could see?  You see a flower for the first time. Then you see the trees. Next the inside of your home. You say to the person you’re with “show me more!” If the very next day you could go back to being blind, would you? This is how your loved one is feeling right now. He’s waited his whole life to see Jesus’ face, not just 9 months. And it is the single most powerful moment he has and will ever experience.  And being in heaven is like seeing for the first time. Trust me when I tell you he does not want to go back to being blind!”

Having just had a child a few short months ago, this was a powerful picture for me. Can you imagine what it feels like to see Jesus!?  Then the priest told us he had a homework assignment for us.  He said anytime we see a mother or father holding a baby in the weeks to come, think about John. He said “that’s how Jesus is holding him right now. He has finally returned to his father and Jesus is never going to let him go.”

I don’t know about you but my heart needs to remember this. The Bible says “don’t be transformed by this world but by the renewal of your mind. So you can prove what is good, acceptable and perfect.” (Romans 12: 2). As hard as it is to lose someone, or go through trials, we have to renew our minds daily to remind ourselves that this world is temporary. If we are clinging to this world, death would be that much harder but if we are clinging to God’s truth we will remember that death is life. And it is God’s good and perfect will for us. I read this week in Ecclesiastes “there is nothing better in this life then to be happy and do good.”  If we can really fix our eyes on Jesus, be happy and do good, I believe we’d hold the key to this life and the next.

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Weekly Recap

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My Outfits of the week:
Headed out for date day in this oversized shirt, my favorite denim shorts and my espadrille wedges! All under $30!
Had a mini-vaycay without the kids to the dentist lol. Love this boho blush top and another favorite denim short. And these sweet sandals are easily becoming my go to summer shoes.
What I’m packing for our kids beach trip:
Loving all these sweet outfits and rock and roll tee’s. Can’t wait to see my handsome blond hair boy in these with a little beach tan to go with it.
Love all these pretty outfits for Scarlett’s suitcase. Especially our mommy and me tops for the Fourth!
Technology Finds:
My new phone case and loop ring for easy holding along with a match air buds case! Sometimes you just have to remind yourself to smile!
This Weeks DEALS:
$50 for $20!
Summer Cardigan $22
Summer Cardigan $16.98
RIbbed Tank comes in many colors $7
Free People Style Top $12
$40 for $16
Off the shoulder floral top $12
$30 for $12 comes in many colors
Button down balloon sleeve comes in different colors. Was $28 now $11.20!
Kitchen Finds for Fam and Kids:
The best toddler cups! Spill Proof and makes them feel like a big kid. Comes in girly styles too!
The best little divider plates. Has grips on bottom for high chair trays.
Family microwavable plates…so pretty and only 79 cents!

 

Check back next week for a little faith inspo and what I’m packing for our family vaycay!

Stay Fabulous Mama!

XOXO,

Jill

Weekly Recap + A Dose of Truth

A Dose of Truth

“Sing truth. Speak truth. Seek Truth.”

I’ve been spending so much time seeking truth over the matters at hand the last 3 months. The Spirit is softly whispering to me that something just isn’t quite right. In seeking, I’ve stumbled, gotten back up, stumbled again and gotten back up again. I’ve prayed for discernment, that God make clear to me what is real and what is not.  Here’s the kicker, no matter how far I thought I was getting, I was still constantly feeling uneasy.  And that’s because I was seeking for truth in all the wrong places.

God always comes through though. That discernment and clear message I asked for found its way in my inbox.  And I was given the “ok” to share it with you all. Here is the truth, God’s truth, by my friend, Sherry March.

Pontius Pilate asked, “what is truth?”
I picture him saying it as a toss-away, shoulder-shrugging “Eh? Your truth, my truth.  What is truth?”
In this plugged-in age, the “truth” flies at you like poison darts from every direction and you can’t duck fast enough to escape being pierced?  You anxiously hope for only the “real” truth arrows to bury themselves under your skin.  Let the other truths, the relative truths, the subjective truths clatter harmlessly to the floor.
Jesus said, “You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free.” (John 8:32)
Oh boy.  There’s the rub.  How do we recognize that truth?  And what does it mean to be set free?  Of what?  How?  How can one little word carry such heavy weight of responsibility?
From a perfect blue sky, the sun radiates onto lush greens of every shade.  Flowers bloom in every vibrant color found in nature.  Birds are chirping and a gentle breeze stirs my hair as I sit by the open window typing my thoughts to you.  This is true for me, for here, for now.  Where you are may be gray and drizzly; that is true for you.  While our two truths differ, the truth of God’s hand, creating both sunlight and clouds is the ultimate truth that stands indisputably above our individual truths now and always.
These are troubled days.  Just miles from my idyllic setting are people gripped in rage and despair; others are caught up in sorrow, confusion and fear.  Funerals, marches, riots, and protests draw raw and angry crowds.  Prayer vigils and peaceful gatherings unite sad and broken hearts.  All seek an outlet to ease the pain of death, disease or social and racial injustice.  All seek truth.
Politicians, pundits, and passersby all have opinions and plans; all point to the source, the cause, the perpetrators of every ill or misdeed, or outrage; natural or man-made.  But too often the “facts” prove false, the causes are questionable, the solutions less than sound. Distrust and suspicion foul the air and we are left wondering who’s telling the truth.
Wouldn’t it be wonderful if we had a Pinocchio Principle to weed out the lies?  Remember Geppetto, who carved himself a wooden puppet? Magic happened while the kindly old man slept, dreaming of a son.  “If you prove yourself brave, truthful and unselfish, you will become a real boy,” said the fairy waving her wand, bringing puppet Pinocchio to life.  She sent a cricket named Jiminy to help steer him on the righteous road.  But every temptation and trap, detour and dastardly deed the wide world offers, lured Pinocchio from his righteous path. Along with captivity in a cage, the tail of a donkey with ears to match, and wailing in a whale, who can forget his consequence for lying? That’s right, the nose grows.
What if Washington DC, the pit of politics, operated under this principle.  What if news sources and Twitter trolls were forced to follow the fairy’s terms?  What if false prophets and product pitchmen fell under the same spell? Speak truth or watch out!  The halls of Congress wouldn’t be long enough to hold the prominent proboscises.  Newsrooms would be nose-rooms.  Clarity, at last!  You lie!  I spy! I spy the evidence of your prevarication right there, and there, and all the way out to….there.
But wait!  We have something better. We have the Truth.
Jesus said, “I am the way, the truth, and the life.” (John 14:6a)
When we are disciples of Jesus, the truth is right there in His Word.  Scripture provides all we need to establish the boundaries for our lives; right and wrong, fact or fiction, good and evil.  Every decision we make or action we take can be determined by the wisdom in the pages of the Bible.  In concept and intent—if not in exact detail — Jesus has illustrated and demonstrated our way forward.
When we surrendered our lives to Him as Lord and Savior, He sent His Advocate. John 16:13 says, “When the spirit of truth comes, He will guide you into all truth.” That Spirit, the Holy Spirit abides in us and with Him comes all wisdom. “Then you will understand what it right, just and fair, and you will find the right way to go.  For wisdom will enter your heart, and knowledge will fill you with joy.” (Proverbs 2:9-10)
Pinocchio was a lucky boy.  He was saved by the love of his “father” Geppetto.  But you and I are favored ever-so-much more.  We are blessed and saved by the love of our Heavenly Father.  Our conscience resides, not perched on our shoulder like Jiminy Cricket, but deep in our hearts and souls in the person of the Holy Spirit.
He will fill us with wisdom if we ask Him.  He will show us the way if we listen to Him.  He will discern the Truth for us if we seek Him.  The world desperately needs Truth, the truth that frees us from sin; from the ungodly, the immoral, the questionable. Our choice is between the shallow offerings of the secular world or the deep, soul enriching gifts of the Spirit.  Let’s choose Him.
Though we love a fairy tale like Pinocchio from a storybook, we should share the truth from the Good Book. Let’s weigh the “worlds” truth against the Word’s truth. Long noses would be hilarious proof of public perfidy, but we’ve got Jesus.  And with Jesus, we have everything we need to discern the truth so we can flourish and become holy in His image.
“Make them holy by your truth; teach them your word, which is truth.” (John 17:17)
By: Sherry March
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Weekly Recap

Best Sellers of the Week:

**My favorite leather style back pack or over the shoulder diaper bag under $40 here

**The $5 tees from Target here!

**Baby girls Fourth of July outfit available here

**Women’s Fourth of July Top here
**Women’s jean shorts from American Eagle on sale here
Posts of the Week
Product of the week:
This takes out EVERYTHING!! Carpets, couches etc..

 

Sales Going On Now:

American Eagle Up to 60% off

OLD NAVY // Up to 50% off everything on sale.

Back to Work

This week Neil went back to work and so did I! A stay at home mom IS work, am I right mama’s? Some of you even found that out first hand these last few months.

The day after Scarlett was born the whole world shut down and I had my husband home with me til now! I have to be honest, I was absolutely petrified last week for him to go back. I remember when I had Silas I was so overwhelmed. So now, even just thinking of what it would be like with a new born, a 2 year old and a 6 year old all by myself scared me to death.  And while I was blessed to have Neil home the last 3 months, in some ways it made me even more fearful to do this job.

But here is what I knew…I knew I had to do 3 things before I went into this to be successful. One, I needed to wake up this first week with a straightened home so I didn’t start the day off feeling out of sorts. Secondly, I needed to start my day early before the kids woke up to have my coffee, listen to worship music and talk to God alone. (Starting the day calm and peaceful would make all the difference.) And third, I needed to find our “rhythm”.

Spoiler Alert: I did!

What We Did:

I know how hard it can be finding a schedule that works, so I wanted to share what worked for us. Of course it won’t work for everyone but I know lots of mom’s looking for ways to do their day- especially when there is more then one child.

A day in the life:

  • 7 AM wake, coffee and quiet time for me.
  • 8 AM Kids up- breakfast for them while I tackle my daily chore (whether it’s laundry day, bathroom day, dust day etc I like to break it up)
  • 8:30 AM Let them watch a show and I get ready for the day and get out what they need to get them ready
  • 9:30 AM Get everyone else ready
  • 10/10:30 AM Get outside- whether a walk and the library or time at the pool- we just had to get out! The day it rained I made them change their scenery and play in the basement with all those toys they forget sometimes forget they have.
  • 12/12:30 PM Come home and have lunch and a little screen time
  • 1/1:30 PM Silas down for his nap while Jameson has the rest of his screen time for the day. (This is where I tackle anything I want to do)
  • 4 PM After nap, a little play time while I prep dinner
  • 5 PM Dinner Time
  • 6 PM After dinner, back outside for an hour
  • 7 PM The boys in for fun time in the tub while I clean up anything left from dinner and get PJ’s and Bottle ready
  • 8 PM Silas bottle and bedtime routine and Jameson has snack and TV time and then bed for him an hour later

**By the way, Scarlett was basically strapped to me in the Baby Bjorn most of the day unless she was eating, in her swing or sleeping. That thing is a lifesaver! I’m not sure i’d get much done without it.

So there it is…Hopefully you can use this to shape your day in a way that works for you.

Anyway guys, I couldn’t believe I did it. In finding my rhythm, I found even more of myself.  I found that what I once feared was actually something that empowered me. After that first day, I texted my mom and sister and said “I was so scared to do this alone but I killed it! I feel so accomplished!”

What God Taught Me:

God reminded me through this experience that challenges have the ability to change us and make us better. I’ve read the verse a million times in the book of James about this but sometimes we need to live it out many times before it sticks. It’s never easy to consider anything hard as joyful but we should. The verse reads:

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”

So ladies, here’s to the next time we have something challenging to face! That we always remember God will use it to make us braver, stronger, better and most importantly, more complete.

What I wore:

Casual look. Everything on sale!
Knotted Waffle Knit top. Comes in all different colors. Only $15!
This is a great one piece suit for postpartum belly’s. It holds you in and has ruching in the stomach. It also comes with removable straps which my hair is covering. Comes in multiple colors and prints!

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