Scripture of the Day

Phillipians 3:13-14 But one thing I do: Forgetting what is behind and straining toward what is ahead. I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Friends, move forward. Your past is valuable because it gives you lessons for the future. But pr…ess forward, learn the lessons, and move toward your predestined purpose! God doesn’t want us in a rut he wants us to THRIVE for him, for you, and for your family! Say goodbye to the past and hello to the fabulous future that lies ahead!

Homemaking Tip of the Day

Are your mornings hectic? Do you forget things? Keep a check list by the door or on a bulletin board, of everything you need, keys, book bag, money, etc. It will make getting out of the house a little easier!

Money Tip for Wednesday

One of the biggest stressors in a single mom’s life is money! Take control of your finances by taking a serious look at your financial status. Start by examining your credit reports. Go to http://www.facebook.com/l.php?u=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.myfico.com%2FProducts%2FProducts.aspx&h=f580b to order or monitor your credit report. If you monitor it, you will …get alerts if your score goes up or down and you can make adjustments accordingly. Get financially fit!

Parenting Tip for Wednesday

Being a single mom can be overwhelming which can make you cranky and impatient. If you feel yourself slipping into anger take a time out. If you have little kids throw a dvd in and find some quiet space in the house. If you have …older kids who can take care of themselves, go for a walk or take a quick 15 minutes drive or even sit in the car. Believe me you and your kids will be glad you did!

Single Mom’s Tip of The Day

Single working mom’s I know how hectic the morning can get. If your child brings lunch to school make lunch the night before, right after the dishes pack the next day’s lunch. In the morning you can grab it out of the fridge and head out the door, saving minutes off of your morning routine!

The Book of Eli

I saw the movie the Book of Eli. At first I wasn’t sure if this was a movie I should be seeing because of the violence. However, the overall message was inspiring. God will always lead us regardless of any obstacle when we have faith. If we let God just take us by our hand and lead us we will never have a reason to fear anything or anyone. Remember to let God guide you, dont question his plan just follow the course he puts in front of you!

This has been an interesting week, God just keeps sending people in my life that are reiterating my purpose. Amazing how God works through others to get his message across to you! God bless and praise Jesus!

Finding A Church Family

Some of my earliest and fondest memories are of reading the bible with my grandmother. My gram was a devout believer in Christ and a shining example of how a Christian should behave. When I was little at night we would sit in her bed and do questions and answers in this bible she had. Interesting enough it is something that has always stuck with me, even when I wasn’t always proud of my own life. In my core and foundation was the knowledge of the importance of spiritual wisdom. Years later with my own daughter, I often go back to those cozy nights in bed with my gram as I read to my almost 4 year old the stories of the bible. Our children’s earliest impressions are vital. As a mom I want to pass down my passion for Christ. We pray, read the bible, and discuss the teachings of Jesus all the time. The one thing I haven’t been able to do is to find a church in the area I live in.

The church I grew up in Pittsburgh was a simple church with a fierce love for God and eachother. Each time I visit home I make it a point to attend church with my mother. My grandmother went there, my grandfather became a minister there, and three of my uncle’s were ministers there. I missed the fellowship of church. I attended churches in the area and was dismayed with certain aspects that I couldn’t agree with. I was also limited since I didnt own a car.

Let me share with you how God is always working. In the fall my daughter was taking ballet, I was rushing her to class and this woman stops me and gives me a flyer for a church. She said, ” I don’t know why but I felt that I should give this to you.” I looked at this flyer every now and then and although it was close to my home I needed a car to get there. On New Year’s Eve God blessed me with a car! What a way to start out the New Year! Praise Jesus. The first thing I did was dig out that flyer and attended church.

Everyone was so welcoming, the sermon was wonderful and I knew God had called me there. As a single mom it is so important to have a church family that can provide you with support, love, and fellowship. I praise God for all that he has already shown me he is capable of doing in my life in 2010. If we are obedient and trust God nothing is impossible.

God Bless and Happy New Year!

Being Open to God’s Plan

Life is so unpredictable, and the one thing I have learned is that no matter what it throws at you, roll with it. There is a reason for every situation you encounter. God doesn’t let anything happen that is not supposed to. We should embrace our circumstance and learn from them, if we do something positive can come from it. I have to say that I am enjoying being off and spending quality time with my daughter. I have also had a chance to explore my interest in writing. I had an article published in Inspired Women and Christian Ladies.net entitled, Become the Peacemaker. Lord has really been blessing me. In Touch Magazine is also reviewing Become the Peacemaker and considering it. I am now a columnist at Moms of Faith too! Wow, once you get determined and have faith that God will lead you in the right direction anything can happen.

I have decided to write my book about being a spiritual single mom. I know in my heart this is the direction I should go in. Lots of exciting changes.

Thank God for every day and every breath! Praise God!

Check out my article
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Become the Peacemaker

Moms of Faith
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Precious Time

Wow, it has been a long time since I have written. It is now March and there is snow on the ground, I can hardly believe that we are in the third month of 2009. Time goes by so quickly, as it says in the bible life is but a vapor and than it vanishes. How very true that verse is. It seems like only yesterday I was graduating from high school, actually it was 1990 and I am now turning 37 years old. But, how God has blessed me to give me 36 years here on earth. Have I always made the best of my time? Hardly. When I think back about how much precious time I wasted that the lord gave I shudder. However, the one thing you can not do is go back to the past you can only go forward. I may not be perfect, but I am much better than I used to be. I have seen God working in my life in such a way that I am astonished at his ever lasting love for me.

This year I have made a decision to make good use of the precious time that he has granted me with. I do not want to waste it away, I want to enjoy it, make it useful, and do good with it. Although I work full time when I get off of work my attention is focused on my daughter and that time is precious and critical. The best thing we can do for our children is to give them our time, attention, and first and foremost a spiritual foundation. That is why I try to always incorporate pray in our time together, whether it is before a meal, going to bed, or before going to school. We read a children’s bible and we talk about the lessons we can use in our daily life. It makes me proud that at 3 years old Anya’s favorite bible story is David and Goliath. The time we spend together is free and is the best thing that I could provide for her.

For myself, I am using my time to read the bible, take notes, and read spiritual literature, and I can’t tell you how much of a difference it is making in my life. When you drift away from God you can feel it inside and when you head back to the lord this feeling of comfort covers you a like a warm blanket. The lord wants us to use our time wisely and when we do we are rewarded.

Our days are numbered here on earth, but while we are here we should use the time to become closer to God. I want the next 37 years of my life or hopefully more to be time well spent, to become closer to my saviour, to use my spiritual gifts that he has given me, to be a responsible parent that teaches her child about the goodness of God, and to be a servant of the lord.

He has given me so much to be thankful for. A wonderful daughter, a job that provides a warm and comfortable home for us, health, family, and the thirst to want to learn more about him. The least I can do is to use my time to serve him.
God Bless!