Be Present with Your Presents: Refocused on Motherhood Day 1

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“Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.”

Psalm 127:3

Challenge: BE PRESENT WITH YOUR “PRESENTS” TODAY!!!

This is a good way to remember to enjoy and engage with the children God gave us as our best gifts from Him!

I think about mothers in the bible and how it must have been easier to treasure their children “back in the day.” The pace of life was slower. There were no cars, no computers, no smart phones!

Let’s commit to letting nothing get in the way from being fully present in our children’s lives.

Listen to them intently.

Play with them. Read to them.

HAVE FUN WITH THEM!

The Lord is going to be watching and loving seeing us enjoy the most precious gifts He has given us! Let’s commit to making this a reality this year. Everyday we will be pulling back a layer of the wrapping paper from these incredible gifts from God as we watch our children mature and grow.

Question: How does viewing our children as a gift from the Lord, as Psalm 127:3 says, change our parenting?

What small change can you make to create a better big difference? (Less phone, etc?) Another Challenge: Think about (meditate) on this verse today:

Children are a gift from the LORD; they are a reward from Him.” Psalm 127:3

I have good news for you: Thinking and praying about God’s word can be very powerful. Simply do this if nothing else! I want to encourage you to be on the “do what you can plan.”

A little of God’s Word is better than none at all! I’m going to sign off and be “PRESENT with my PRESENTS!” Thanking God for these most precious gifts! Praying you will do the same!

New Here? I’m blogging through my Bible Study, “Refocused: Fixing your eyes in Jesus for the road ahead.”

This week is Motherhood Week!

The last week is Home Week!

I hope you’ll follow along!

Resources below:Download the study free HERE

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You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study

Praying for you,

Amy

Created for Intimacy

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Let my beloved come to his garden, and eat it’s choicest fruits. Song of Solomon 4:16

The world has done well at taking physical intimacy away from a married man and woman and putting it on every channel of our televisions.

But the church has a hard time talking about it. I get it.

It is hard to talk about something God created to be so good and pure and right inside of marriage with sacredness when we are all sinful people.

But you know what? God can handle it. He wants you to go to him, in prayer and in his Word and rediscover, see with new beauty what he created physical intimacy in marriage to be.

So I hope and pray that if you are doing this bible study or just following along on the blog with us that you do not skimp over this day of study. That you do not flip through and passively throw up a quick prayer about your married sex life.

Yes I typed the three letter word. It is a good word if you are using it in the way God intended. I challenge you to really write out verse 16 – post it on your bedside table, light a candle, and put the kids to bed!

Have a great time and check back in here Monday when the kids are awake driving you crazy, and join us to refocus on parenting!

Happy Friday!!!

✨New Here? I’m blogging through my Bible Study, “Refocused: Fixing your eyes in Jesus for the road ahead.”

This week is Marriage Week!

Next week is Motherhood Week!

The last week is Home Week!

I hope you’ll follow along!

Resources below:

Download the study free HERE

OR

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study

Praying for you,

Amy

You ARE the Proverbs 31 Woman

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FAR MORE THAN RUBIES That is your worth as a a “virtuous and capable” wife. Your strength comes and capability comes from the Lord your God as you wake up everyday and choose to let the love of Jesus flow through you onto these precious containers on your blessing table, your husband and children.

The first exercise today was to “translate” verses 13-16 into ways you can help your husband in the year 2021.

13She finds wool and flax and busily spins it: She sees her man needs some new clothes and goes to Kohl’s to buy them.

14She is like a merchant’s ship, bringing her food from afar: She goes to the grocery store and buys the food to prepare home cooked meals. She may drive 3o minutes away to get organic food from Harris Teeter or Trader Joes. Or she may go to Aldi and Walmart to get good deals and stretch her dollar.

15She gets up before dawn to prepare breakfast for her householdand plan the day’s work for her servant girls: She rises early to spend a few quiet moments with the Lord, writing out a to do list an asking Him to help her prioritize and get done what needs to be done. She doesn’t have servant girls, BUT she has a washer, dyer, dishwasher, indoor stove, and microwave to help her.

16She goes to inspect a field and buys it; with her earnings she plants a vineyard: She puts great thought into how she spends her money and thinks about how she can invest not only her money, but her time and skills for earthly and eternal profit.

These are just a few thoughts about how “Provie 31” can be translated into a real woman in 2021: To further engage with the passage, you were asked to ENVISION yourself as this virtuous woman, complete with all the gifts and talents you use to serve your family everyday. And last, but not least, Your coloring illustration was Proverbs 31:12, in the Message.

I pray this day of studying the Proverbs 31 woman has encouraged you. Let’s stop striving and walk with Jesus to love and serve our families!

Check back tomorrow for a very intense topic!!!

✨New Here? I’m blogging through my Bible Study, “Refocused: Fixing your eyes in Jesus for the road ahead.”

This week is Marriage Week!

Next week is Motherhood Week!

The last week is Home Week!

I hope you’ll follow along!

Resources below:

Download the study free HERE

OR

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study

Praying for you!

Amy

Admiring leads to genuine respect

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My husband, Nick and I at a wedding a few years ago. ❤️

“So again I say, each man must love his wife as he loves himself, and the wife must respect her husband.” ‭‭Ephesians‬ ‭5:33‬ ‭NLT‬‬

Today our application for the study includes 3 actions:

1. Praying for our husbands to love us with Christ’s love.

2. #Refocus our hearts to Respect our husbands by admiring their good qualities.

3. Let respect come alive in action. You know your husband. Hear what’s important to him. What’s on his mind. What’s important to him should be important to you.

Today I was challenged to start making a list of things my man mentions that need to get done so I don’t forget. Seriously, I need lists in my life!

Pray for God to help you speak your man’s language of what respecting him looks like to him. He will help you! Praying for you all!

What is your action? Share below!

Praying for you all,

Amy

✨New Here? I’m blogging through my Bible Study, “Refocused: Fixing your eyes in Jesus for the road ahead.”

This week is Marriage Week!

Next week is Motherhood Week!

The last week is Home Week!

I hope you’ll follow along! Resources below:

Download the study free HERE

OR

You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study

There’s an edition for every season of life!

Trusting God with Your Marriage

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A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back-to-back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

A few years ago this week, I was walking through an infirmary in Jamaica when a sweet soul in a bright orange dress laid in her bed smiling widely and waving at me. I drew closer, shook her hand and introduced myself to her. Beside her bed was a wheelchair and a small bedside table. On her table, a bible was laid open to the book of John.

I talked to her for a few minutes and then I waved some of my friends over to meet this happy spirit. We circle around her bed as she shared passages of the bible from memory with us. We were humbled by her joy and her faith. Then she started handing out presents to us.

“I want to give you something,” she said as she looked at me. She grabbed a braided bracelet from her bedside table and tied it around my wrist. She tied it so tightly I could hardly get it off to sleep that night. The three pieces of thread, in native colors of the Jamaican flag, were weaved so strongly together, with no gaps so that it looked like one piece of continuous yarn with three colors.

Of course, I KNOW this is an illustration God has given me through this sweet angel of his for this verse:

For me, this bracelet represents God in the gold, me in the green, my husband, Nick in the black. With the Lord holding us together, we will stay connected, strong and steady and without any gaps for others to enter in to this sacred covenant we entered into eleven years ago.

This verse and illustration is now used in wedding ceremonies. My sister in law included it in hers. And I can see why.

We can trust God with our marriages.

We can trust him and call out to him when we have anxiety and worry about the current state of our relationship.

We can trust him and call out to him to protect our bond and keep it strong when others around us are unraveling.

We can trust and call out to him when we are at the end of our own rope in our marriage.

When we don’t think we can hold it together anymore, we can trust and call out to him and know HE CAN.

I don’t know about you, but I find so much freedom knowing God is able to hold this beautiful, but complicated thing called marriage together, making it strong, unified, and better with every twist and turn as long as we trust Him and follow his pattern for it.

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I’ll be honest, I get sidetracked in life, how about you, friend? A few years ago, I was tired of spinning on a hamster wheel, feeling like I was making no progress in areas of my life. I prayed and God told me that this was not the way He desired for me to live. He showed me through His word that I AM His daughter, and that there is a better way. A refocused, narrower way. We can ask God to make our vision clearer for our lives, more effective to know Him better and see Him more clearly right where we are. To have more peace and fulfillment in our relationship with Him, our marriages, our mothering, and our homes. He will flood those areas of our lives with new clarity and breath and life and beauty when we ask Him and meditate on His Word towards those areas in our lives.

His Word brings beauty to the most mundane parts of our lives! By the end of January, if you join us, you will be folding laundry, or reading to your children, or having a conversation with a friend, realizing you are standing on Holy Ground with Jesus, doing exactly what He created you to do, communing with Him and doing good work for His glory, right where He has placed you! Join us here at Refocused Bible Study to REFOCUS through His Word!

It started New Year’s Eve, but jump in anytime!

Download the study free HERE

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You can can buy the study here: Refocused Bible Study There’s an edition for every season of life!

Praying for you!

Amy