That is what I’ve been pondering lately.  As my faith is growing so is my want to do God’s work.  Right now I’m at a quandary on whether or not God is putting it on my heart to do something or if I just really want to do it.  At this point I’m not sure.    A friend of mine once said that sometimes he thinks he hears God, but then he thinks ‘wait is that just me?’  I think that is how a lot of people are.

So what do you do?  You turn to God and pray and pray and pray I suppose.  It’s will be interesting on how this gig turns out.

When I say that ‘I am a Christian‘, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living.   I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’

When I say ‘I am a Christian‘ I don’t speak of this with pride.
I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian‘ I’m not trying to be strong.
I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian‘ I’m not bragging of success.
I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian‘ I’m not claiming to be perfect.
My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian‘ I still feel the sting of pain.
I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say ‘I am a Christian‘ I’m not holier than thou,
I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!


So my life has totally been blessed and I’m not saying this lightly.   I had the most extraordinary weekend this past weekend at a friends lake house on Cedar Creek Lake.  They held a trainer retreat for those of us who train at The Road Adventure.  Hubs and I spent the weekend with the best group of people that live their faith and are a joy to be around.  Saturday we all played on the lake and that evening we had a talent show and then Praise and Worship on their deck over their boat slips.  Sunday morning we got up and had a lake side service and watched three of our good friends get baptized in the lake.  What a glorious morning. I came back feeling renewed and refreshed!

Shawna

Living your faith sounds easy to do, especially Sunday mornings in church.

However, stepping out in the real world at work and in your business suit it can be a little harder. One of my spiritual gifts is mercy. So I can feel and empathize what others are going through. Now this is not necessarily the best gift when it comes to contracts and contract enforcement. I don’t want to be the bad guy for enforcing a 100% legal and ethical contract that the other people broke because I can understand their motivation. Am I going to negotiate somewhere in the middle, that I see as fair, probably. Now this is not probably the best business move.

The best business move would be to follow the contract 100% to the T, but would that be the Christian thing to do?  Probably not.  As Christians, we are taught to understand, forgive and have empathy.  Do unto others as you would have others do unto you.  The Golden Rule.  I have to remember though that in an ideal world, everyone would live by that, but we are an imperfect people living in an imperfect world.  We are going to mess up and we are going to fail no matter how much we try to live by The Golden Rule.

I honestly believe that the couple that signed the contract do not realize what they are trying to do and how it may affect hubs and I.  I have to believe that they are not just trying to get one over on us to better themselves.  This may be my nativity kicking in, but I am choosing to believe it.  I am also choosing not to be a slick and savvy business person and getting as much money as I can.  I am choosing to live my faith in my actions and offer a fair deal somewhere in the middle.

Have a great day.

Shawna

Why I get along with everyone! And everyone gets along with me and there’s no arguing or anything. Where everyday is a Double Rainbow day! LOL

At least in my fantasy world. I have actually started reading a study called The Bait of Satan.  It’s about how we, as Christians, can get offended by those that are closest to us, our spouses, parents, friends, church…  As I started reading this, I took a break to go through my mail and do some other things.  It was at this time, I got pretty bad news, new that could potentially wreak serious havoc on our finances.  But instead of panicking and becoming flustered, I drew on what I had read so far and leaned on God for support.  A sense of calm came over me.

Still not sure what going to happen, I know that I am going to keep reading and studying the book and keep relying on God.  Because,  he is amazing.   Double Rainbow amazing!

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old he will not turn from it”

I have always heard Proverbs 22:6, but actually saw it come to life last night in a smaller form, a little God Kiss.  For the last 3 years, my daughter has been going to her dad’s house for a month in the summer.  Her dad’s house has a different set of values as we do.  Normally when she comes home we have to god through a deprogramming, as I call it.  I let her adjust for a couple of days and then start reminding her that she’s back home, where respect is given and expected, where we are thankful for what we have and don’t focus on what we don’t, where the love is flowing and things are positive.   It takes a little bit for the sassyness and the negative attitude to go away, but after a few days and a few gentle reminders, my sweet girl is back to normal.  This year was different, so far.  It’s only been one night, but my girl came back home like her normal self, loving and happy.  We are truly blessed.

Hubs and I are blessed beyond belief to have our life, our family and our faith.  We are really trying to focus more on what we have been given and not the struggles we may be encountering.  It is so easy to look around and see everything you don’t have, but to look around and realize WOW look what I have and be truly content is amazing.  Even if it is not the new fancy car or the big McMansion down the street, to be happy with what you have is a freeing.

We had a scare last week that I truly felt like our faith was being tested.  Our renters gave notice they were breaking the lease 6 months early and moving in a month.  Not sure what we were going to do and knowing that we could not afford having the house empty right now, we prayed.  We prayed, we prayed and we prayed some more instead of panicking ( like I normally would have ).  Within two days of the notice that our renters were buying a house, we got another email saying that it had fallen through and that they would be staying the term of the lease.  What a relief, now we can prepare for the end of the lease in March and hope that the market continues to improve in case we decide to sell.  Praise Be To God!

Have a glorious day!

Shawna

Not that I am a super chef but as least I am beginning to feel like a cook now !  This has been interesting lately trying out new recipes and realizing that not only can I cook – I’m pretty darn good at it too!  I am also loving it.  So far it’s fun.  As soon as hub’s starts expecting it everyday that may be when it turns OR I stop cooking!  LOL But he is enjoying it quite a bit.  I hope we don’t get round with all of the cooking!

Here’s a few tidbits I’ve seen:

To ensure that you always use the freshest ingredients, keep a live pig on hand.

Remember: With passion and the right attitude, anyone can cook. Wait, that’s “play punk rock.” Never mind.

So for for now… just call me Julia

Really, need I say anything more.  Today has been somewhat stressful and then I found this little tidbit of deliciousness to brighten my day. This is just true awesomeness!

This goat reminds me of the parrot, Fred, my parents had.  It was a beautiful parrot but when Fred would want something it would start screaming “BOB” at the top of its lungs.  Especially when we were eating dinner, he would get extremely loud.  Just to play with him, I’d love to feed him a little piece of chicken every now and then.  Weird I know.

The weekend is almost here!  YAY!

It’s no surprise to anyone that I Love Shoes.  I especially love my purple shoes, they are sassy and sexy and empowering.  It’s amazing how empowered I feel when I where these shoes.  The guys on my team call them my Sexy B shoes… Not that I turn into a B, I just don’t take any crud. 😉

To be honest, it’s not just the shoe that have got me in a fantastic mood today.  The countdown has begun for my peanut to come home.  She’s been at her dad’s this month with the exception of 3 days.  This mama (in her purple shoes) is ready for her to come home!!  I’m hoping to get her room painted before then, I’m not sure if I’ll have time or not.  Guess what color – PURPLE!!! Actually only one wall, the rest of the room will stay the same color.

Have a great day and be thankful for all the blessing in your life.  It’s really easy to focus on what we don’t have and forget about all the blessings we are surrounded with each and every day.

Shawna

I mentioned this the other day that I was going to try cooking a new meal at least once a month.  I decided to add this to my Bucket List because 1.  I really can’t cook much, 2. We are getting in a rut of having the same thing over and over, 3. To be honest, Hubs cooks a lot more than I do.  So I checked out my favorite blog, The Pioneer Woman, and found a recipe for Hot and Sweet Chicken.   First of all, any recipe that starts with 1 cup of apricot preserves has already won me over!!!  Something I get from my daddy, the love of apricot preserves, why everybody else has not discovered this scrumptious bit of or orange color heaven, I don’t know.  Anyway, I digress

Hot and Sweet Chicken

1 Cup Apricot Preserves

1/4 Cup of Ketchup

1/4 Cup of Soy Sauce

2tsp Minced Garlic

2tsp Tobasco Sauce (I will probably add a bit more next time to give it a little kick)

3 lbs Chicken

Mix all ingredients (except chicken) in sauce pan over low heat to let the preserves melt.  When you have this wonderful ooey gooey sauce, spo0n it over the chicken in a baking pan, make sure you cover all sides in the gooey goodness.  Pop in the over for about45 minute at 350 uncovered.  Occasionally spooning the sauce back on the chicken while in the oven.   It comes out smelling and tasting as good it looks!

I served this with Cilantro Lime Rice (2 cups of long grain rice cooked with one cube of chicken bouillon, once cooked add 2 tsp of fresh chopped cilantro and 2 tsp of fresh squeezed lime juice).  The two together were fantastic!

Hubs said that I am setting the bar pretty high, so I might need to be careful. 😉

Hope you enjoy this as much as we did.

Lovies,

Shawna