Thursday, September 27, 2012

{How to Lead Your Man}

 Well, you don't.

I just got back from an awesome seminar by an incredible man named Adarryl. He is a minister at Southland Christian Church here in Lexington and came to speak at one of my mommy groups. I really enjoyed listening to him speak, especially because I learned how to be a better wife. I'll never be perfect! I'm a sinner! I realized my perfection in keeping our house clean or trying to be in charge or doing too much and being stressed..... is keeping him from being the best spiritual leader he can be!

He spoke about women and women pushing their husbands too far to be the spiritual leader in their families. We know it's biblically what the bible tells men to do and so we want that. Do you compare your husband to your pastor and wonder why he can't speak like him or have the ideas he does? It can tear families apart and men are just going to shut down and go the opposite way. So, take comfort in knowing that there's nothing YOU can do.

He said to rest easy....give it to the Lord! We may think we know how to get our husbands to lead, but the Lord knows better!

Even if your husband is the spiritual leader of your family, here are six things that we all can do as wives on a daily basis to support and love our husbands unconditionally. If your husband is not the spiritual leader of the home right now, that's ok! Adarryl said that if us women are obedient in the Lord....just watch what happens to our men!

1. Be humble   {We may think we know how our husbands are supposed to lead, but he Lord knows better! Let the Lord lead where your husband's heart is to go!}
 {Jeremiah 9:24, Psalm 18:27, Proverbs 18:27, Psalm 25:9}

2. Be clear {Remember your vows and speak on the same page. Go deep with our words towards one another!}
{Proverbs 14:12, 26:24, 25:24)

3. Be gentle {Be sincere. Try to NEVER win a fight. Have a record of 0 for 1,000! How hard is this?!}
{Proverbs 15:1, James 3:17}

4. Be strong in the Lord {A wise woman builds her home, but a foolish woman can tear her home down! We are nothing without the Lord!}
{Joshua 1:9, Isaiah 41:10}

5. Be in fellowship with one another {Serve one another, read the bible together, have authentic fellowship at dinner, make fellowship fruitful, and lift one another up to the Lord!}
{Galatians 5:13, Philippians 4:8}

6. Be obedient to the Lord and in the Lord {Express yourself in love. 10% talk and 90% action}
{Galatians 5:6}

Your husband leading is on God's agenda! These six things are all we need to do. It's enough! Rest easy...


Friday, September 14, 2012

TJ & them to pieces!

TJ's one of those guys that everyone wants to be friends with. He's loyal, funny, intelligent, a good story teller, and he never forgets anything you tell him. Trent and TJ were best buds in college and still are to this day. They talk multiple times a week on the phone (cracks me up), they plan golf trips together, and they travel to each other's hometowns when important things are going on. I'll never forget when TJ drove in for  the Susan G. Komen race honoring my mom and when Trent drove to TJ's American Heart Association event a couple years ago in support of his mom. It's a bond that will last forever and that's why I'm SO incredibly happy that he married Meghan!!! She's already one of my close buds and I look forward to many fun times together! Meghan is the most genuine, bubbliest, sweetest, and most gorgeous girl. She's got a great head on her shoulders and I love to be around her. xoxo

Kyle and Trent (best buds too!!)

Meg and TJ talking over the details :)

Two handsome guys!

TJ and his grandmother (his mom's mom)
The sweetest!

Meghan and her daddy


College buds! These guys mean the world to me!

Kyle, Danielle, me and Trent
Miss you guys already!

Trent's parents also made the trip to Chicago for the festivities. I had a fun time hanging out with them while Trent had groomsman duties. :)
Was Collins spoiled by staying at BeeBee's all by himself?!?!? Yes!! My dad was traveling for work, so it was literally him, BeeBee, and Aunt Sissy all weekend! Thanks for the pictures and thank you for taking care of my sweet boy!

Mom must have been here for a LONG time. Notice no one in the background in the pic. The one above has tons of people. :) ha!


Wednesday, September 5, 2012

Collins' World

It all revolves around him and I love it. :) His naps, feeding schedule, how he's feeling....our focus has totally shifted from us to him and that's how it's supposed to be! Thank you God for this little guy...I can't thank you enough!

18 month pics!

Loving his puppy dog!

Aunt Sissy love
New fave! PB & J!
Daddy is his favorite!!

Always busy
Lovin' Momma's big kit box!

Boy thing?? Loves to be squirted with water guns!
Meg and I downtown dancing with our babes!
And now...some of my other precious babies!
My SWEET Sunday school class xoxo

Tuesday, September 4, 2012

:) Love One Another

GUEST BLOGGED ON "Blissfully Burton"!! Check out her blog here: Blissfully Burton :)

See my post below!!

Hi all! :)

SO excited to be a part of this guest blogging frenzy! I went to high school with Megan, taught with her for 6 years, and now we share this incredible bond of mommy-hood. So far, I think sharing mommy-hood with Megan has been the best so far. It's been fun to share stories, ask for help!!, have playdates, and watch our two little ones grow into these beautiful toddlers. We both share a love for Christ and that's #1 in our lives. He has been SO faithful to both of us and we are so humbled by his goodness!

Collins: almost 19 months {my wild sweetie} & Harper: almost 1 year {Meg's cutie pie}

So, when Meg asked me to do a blog, I had no idea what to write. I started that first paragraph up above and then it hit me.

The sermon Sunday morning. It has just stuck.

I'm the farthest thing from being a minister and the last one to tell you what to do. But, the sermon on Sunday is something I want to share and I hope you can benefit from it as well. It was simple. Beautiful. The truth. What I needed to hear at the very right moment. I love how God knows what we need right when we need it. :)

The sermon was broken up into 3 parts this morning.

First: Life in the Lord is a blessing, not a burden.

Because it's all about what HE does, not what we do or what we are supposed to do. He Jesus His love, His pardon, His kindness, and His care without ever expecting anything in return!

Second: Our relationships with one another matter more than the rules.

This is what the Lord wants and intends on our journey together. The rules He has given us are meant to enhance our relationships. We don't live to try to keep them; they exist to help us so that we can have the joy and richness He wants our relationships to have in Him.

Galatians 5:22-23

22-23But what happens when we live God's way? He brings gifts into our lives, much the same way that fruit appears in an orchard—things like affection for others, exuberance about life, serenity. We develop a willingness to stick with things, a sense of compassion in the heart, and a conviction that a basic holiness permeates things and people. We find ourselves involved in loyal commitments, not needing to force our way in life, able to marshal and direct our energies wisely.
23-24Legalism is helpless in bringing this about; it only gets in the way. Among those who belong to Christ, everything connected with getting our own way and mindlessly responding to what everyone else calls necessities is killed off for good—crucified. 

Third: People are so much more important than things.

They are to the Lord and he wants them to be to us. With His help, He wants us to make the welfare of others the priority of our life out in the express His care for them by showing that their needs do transcend the priority of our things. It can be our most powerful witness to Jesus!

WOW! God is so good. :) Have a wonderful week! 

Thanks for letting me be a part of your blog week Meg! I had fun! :)