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A storm and a prayer!

Jessie is in the garage sweeping out water as it pours down rain! (Just keeping it from flooding)

Ellie has been learning about prayer. She continues to pray…. “Jesus please help our house to stop flooding. Stop the rain!” Then she goes in to listing 100 possessions of hers that could possibly flood and after listing each one she prays the prayer again asking Jesus to stop the rain. 😂😂😂 This went on for 5 cycles. Finally, I remind Ellie that she does not have to beg Jesus. He hears her. Then we taught her a new prayer…. “Jesus, please help the rain stop and my stuff not to flood. But if our house floods we trust you. Jesus you will always take care of me!” BTW: our house is completely fine. It’s not flooding. However, a 4 year old will see a little water in the garage and to her it’s a Noahs Ark flood! 😂😂😂😂 I often find myself praying just like Ellie. I’m praying based on my fear and not necessarily praying based on my trust in Jesus. Jesus will take care of me no matter what happens. Of course we want Jesus to stop every painful thing in our life but because of sin in our world bad things do happen. However, Jesus will take care of you! He will make it right! He will provide. He will show up. Even when the rain continues to pour and the water rises around us, Jesus will always calm the storm. In His time!

“Wait patiently for the Lord.

Be brave and courageous.

Yes, wait patiently for the Lord.” Psalm 27:24NLT

Third Trimester encouragement!

Officially in the third trimester. 🎉🎉 Let the party begin! There is so much to do and so littletime. Last time I was at the doctor Jays heart beat was 139. I recently heard that moms match their babies heartbeat to a Psalm in the BIble. So I did and I was amazed at what what I read….

Psalms 139 (wait till you read verse 13)

1

O Lord, you have examined my heart

and know everything about me.

2

You know when I sit down or stand up.

You know my thoughts even when I’m far away.

3

You see me when I travel

and when I rest at home.

You know everything I do.

4

You know what I am going to say

even before I say it, Lord.

5

You go before me and follow me.

You place your hand of blessing on my head.

6

Such knowledge is too wonderful for me,

too great for me to understand!

7

I can never escape from your Spirit!

I can never get away from your presence!

8

If I go up to heaven, you are there;

if I go down to the grave,[a] you are there.

9

If I ride the wings of the morning,

if I dwell by the farthest oceans,

10

even there your hand will guide me,

and your strength will support me.

11

I could ask the darkness to hide me

and the light around me to become night—

12

but even in darkness I cannot hide from you.

To you the night shines as bright as day.

Darkness and light are the same to you.

13

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body

and knit me together in my mother’s womb.

14

Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex!

Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.

15

You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion,

as I was woven together in the dark of the womb.

16

You saw me before I was born.

Every day of my life was recorded in your book.

Every moment was laid out

before a single day had passed.

17

How precious are your thoughts about me,[b] O God.

They cannot be numbered!

18

I can’t even count them;

they outnumber the grains of sand!

And when I wake up,

you are still with me!

19

O God, if only you would destroy the wicked!

Get out of my life, you murderers!

20

They blaspheme you;

your enemies misuse your name.

21

O Lord, shouldn’t I hate those who hate you?

Shouldn’t I despise those who oppose you?

22

Yes, I hate them with total hatred,

for your enemies are my enemies.

23

Search me, O God, and know my heart;

test me and know my anxious thoughts.

24

Point out anything in me that offends you,

and lead me along the path of everlasting life.

God is good.

Edit to add: Psalm 139 was the passage in the Bible I chose to reflect on when I found out we were pregnant with Jay. I feared another miscarriage and really needed a passage that would be encouraging for me. So I chose Psalm 139 specifically for verses 13-16. When I heard my doctor say his heartbeat was 139 I laid their shocked. That’s not possible. Maybe I have the passages confused. It can’t be matching with the one I’ve been reflecting on. Can it? It did match. As Jays mother this will be the passage I forever pray over Him. ❤️🎉

I don’t know if this encourages you today. It sure does encourage me.

The race!

Ellie’s 2nd race was yesterday! She competed in two races. The 50 yard and the 100 yard. I love how hard she runs and how she never gives up. Mostly I love watching the big grin on her face that never fades the entire race. She doesn’t look ahead at who is winning and become defeated. She keeps her eyes on the finish line! Keep that in mind throughout life. The win is often found in finishing when maybe you would rather give up. Finish strong!

Smile!

Ellie is a little jokester in our house. She has been ever since she was really little. She loves to laugh but more importantly she loves to make others laugh. Naturally, when she saw this camera she wanted to play tricks on a few people. I bet she felt like the greatest clown when she would say “I’ll take your picture” but instead press the button that made bubbles fly out. My dad was one who got covered in bubbles and his smile was so big. He loved it and together they shared a laugh and huge smile. A smile brings so much joy and creates memories. There are days when finding a way to make someone smile should be our goal. I had a coworker once who was so cranky. She was older and you could just tell her spirit was defeated and she was not the most joyful person to be around. My goal everyday was to make her smile. If I could just make her smile once then I had accomplished something great. I did one day make her not just smile but she laughed and I can’t for the life of me remember how. How doesn’t matter though. I’ll never forget that smile and joy on her face even if it was just for a few moments. There are many people in our lives right now who need a reason to smile. Who can you make smile today?

“A cheerful heart is good medicine,

but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.” Proverbs 17:22 NLT

Shoo fly!

A fly recently joined us for lunch on the patio. Ellie was not thrilled. She was so focused on the fly that she could hardly enjoy her lunch.

How often do we allow something as little as a fly to take away the joy in our life?

Sometimes we let a common fly ruin our day. Don’t allow the little things in life to derail your day. Like that childhood song “Shoo fly don’t bother me!”

A basket of toys!

Ellie has been persistent that Jay needs toys. Finally she went around her room gathering all her baby toys and brought them to me. “These are for Jay. Now we need batteries!” We cleaned them and put them in a special basket. They will sit in our living room waiting for tiny hands to play with again.

Ellie is fully aware that Jay needs lots of help when he is born. When we pass the baby food isle she always wants to throw some in the cart so that “Jay can eat!” She is eager to help him eat, play, stay clean and so much more. Her mind has been busy preparing for Jays arrival because she wants to help him. She doesn’t expect him to do this baby thing all on his own. When he is born she will make sure she loves and helps him. Guess what? Jesus is fully aware that we need His help. He hasn’t left us stranded. He doesn’t expect us to do life on our own. When we were born He intended on helping guide us through this thing called life. Just like Ellie is eager to help Jay. Jesus is eager to help you. Will you let Him? Will you trust Him?

“But God is my helper. The Lord keeps me alive!” Psalms 54:4 NLT

A Hamburger Smile!

Ellie loves to wear hats! She has so many. I was so proud of Ellie. At a hamburger restaurant she noticed a waitress wearing a hamburger hat. She was talking to us about how she thought her hat was so cute. We encouraged Ellie to go up to the lady and tell her how much she likes the hat she is wearing. Guys! She did it. She was so brave and used a voice that could be heard. The waitress had such a huge smile on her face. I’m sure that waitress day was made. My day was made too. I was encouraged to find someone everyday and encourage them with something as simple as a compliment. Find a reason to put a smile on someone’s face each day. Who can you make smile today?

To all my mommy friends!

To All my mommy friends….

Women love to celebrate their pregnant bellies! We post pictures almost daily, showing off our growing bellies. I know I do anyway. We no longer feel the need to suck it in because we want it to be noticeable and growing. We love it because we know there is someone beautiful on the inside growing and waiting to meet us. Then we give birth and suddenly we are fussing over the stretch marks, extra skin and mom pooch. We start sucking in again, planning diets and refusing to post pictures that make our mid section look like it just gave birth. Am I the only one? Look! I’m with you. I’m waiting for the moment I can feel less bloated after Jay is born but I’m striving not to let it consume me this time. I don’t want to allow that desire to ruin my day or determine my comfort level. I don’t want to allow the desire to get my pre baby body back to define me.

Ladies! We should still be celebrating our bodies after birth. We should be loving our bodies period! Those stretch marks, extra skin and mom pooch tell the story of the life you helped grow. This is a beautiful thing. I’m not saying it’s bad to live a healthy life. It’s not bad to want to shed a few pounds. It’s not wrong to want to work out. We should make healthy choices. It can become all consuming though and that’s when it needs to be put in check. I believe there can be a balance. There can be a point when we take it too far. I don’t know about you, but I want to love, appreciate and celebrate my body after the birth of Jay. Our bodies are worth the smile when we look in the mirror. As women we should strive to reach a place where we live unashamed of the changes that have taken place to our body. The truth is our bodies have not done anything bad but they’ve created someone beautiful. Let’s celebrate that!

Stop and smell the sunscreen!

We were traveling back from visiting family in Springfield Missouri! We stopped at a gas station and across the street we see a splash pad. At this point Ellie is begging to join in on the fun with all her promises to make good choices and not cry when it’s time to leave. She had been in the car for theee hours so we decided to let her get out and run around in the water. We quickly put on her swimsuit, @jessierayos shielding her with a blanket. We did our best to sunscreen her wiggly excited body before she took off. We told her she has 20 minutes and sent her off to splash and squeal. She had so much fun and it was good to feel the unexpected sunshine on our skin. Honestly, we just wanted to get home before dark. If it were not for Ellie pointing it out we would have never noticed the splash pad. It’s so easy to get caught up in where we are going that we often forget to enjoy the trip getting there. To keep it short and simple: stop and smell the roses or in this case the sunscreen. I’m sure glad we did!

When God shows up on a tractor trailer…

When God shows up on a tractor trailer….

At our outdoor worship service, one of our members brought his tractor trailer to use as a stage. As I stood worshiping along side my friends and family I was reminded that God will always provide all that you need to do what He has asked you to do! Yes! Thats what I thought when I watched our worship team leading our church on a trailer that was earlier attracted to a truck. When you can’t worship indoors take your worship outdoors. Never give up! It was encouraging seeing our church come together with the resources on hand to have a night of worship. I’m so thankful that although it was a social distancing style worship service you could still feel Jesus there. He even held the rain off long enough for us not to have to cancel. Jesus was not distant tonight nor is He ever distant. If we just call on His name He is there. He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5) not even in the most difficult of times. If this season of life has taught me anything, it’s that God always shows up-even on the bed of a 16 wheel tractor trailer.

“The Lord is my strength and my song;

he has given me victory.

This is my God, and I will praise him—

my father’s God, and I will exalt him!” Exodus 15:2 NLT