Are You Struggling? Scared? Not Sure How You Will Make It Another Day…Jesus Already Has a Plan For You!

Are there days, weeks, or months, that you wonder, how on earth you will make it through? How you will pay the mortgage, put food on the table or gas in the car? Are the mount of bills piling up resembling Mount Everest? Every time you make a deposit to save, are you also making a withdraw for some unexpected expense? I’ve been there, and this month in particular seriously brought me to me knees financially!

I started a new job that I absolutely love, but I get paid monthly. I’ve been paid monthly before, but I miscalculated the pays from my previous job and it left me in a pickle, to put it mildly. I’m not a big spender, but I live in the DC metro area, which is extremely expensive. So, miscalculating a paycheck is enough to throw a serious monkey wrench in the budget. Not to mention there were unexpected expenses, such as eyeglasses for my daughter, I higher deposit for a new school, and all those little things that add up. My bank account was thin and I was struggling folks.

I felt anxious, scared, angry at myself and to be honest I was exhausted! A big part of that unrest came from not trusting in the Lord’s provision. When I was reading John 6 this morning, I was struck by the passage, 6:5, “When Jesus looked up and saw the great crowd coming toward him, he said to Philip,” Where shall we buy bread for these people to eat?” He asked this only to test him, for he already had in mind what he was going to do.” Jesus already knew what he was going to do. Philip was faced with this situation that appeared to be insurmountable! How would he feed these thousands of people?

Philip automatically went logical on Jesus, right? He said, look, 8 months wages wouldn’t be enough to feed these people! I can totally relate to his reaction, because it was the one I had this month. The impossibility of the situation was overwhelming, and logically I could not see how the dollars would stretch. Just like Philip who gazed out and saw the hoards of people with no plan to feed them.

But, Jesus had a plan! Doesn’t he always? Jesus was testing Philip. Those pesky tests, get us every time, don’t they? When we are tested whether it be in our finances, health, family, or whatever area, it isn’t God being cruel. It is the Lord showing us his awesome provision, and sovereignty in our lives. It may not feel so awesome at the time, but there is a reason for the season we are in. We often have the tendency to look for an outward solution, instead of turning to Jesus. We look at our problem with human instead of spiritual eyes. Human eyes rationalize and don’t take the spiritual in account. Spiritual eyes, see the limitless possibilities of Christ. Spiritual eyes remind us that Jesus takes our impossible situation and show his love for us through it in the most remarkable ways.

What strikes me to in John 6 is the instrument that Jesus uses to feed the people. He uses a boy with 5 small barley loaves and two small fish. I’m sure the disciples were confused and hardly convinced that mere amount was enough. But, Jesus not only made it enough he created an abundance! Notice, too , he didn’t have a rich king show up to feed the people. He used the least likely, the smallest… a child as a vehicle to show his power. How many times has Jesus used the people you’d never expect to show up, and show up big in your life! We need to remember that through tiny vessels Jesus does extraordinary things!

Through this crazy and scarce month I’ve been shown the love of Jesus through so many unexpected blessings. My new boss gave me a title change, and a $5,000 raise in 3 days! The finance office at my daughter’s new school worked with me on pushing up the first tuition payment. My 13 year old daughter earned over $250 in babysitting money, so he had her own money to spend if she wanted to hang out with friends. My parents gave me money to make up the difference on my rent (and my sweet dad, has made it a point to tell me to not worry about getting it back, but I will ). I was able to push up my car loan payment and insurance as well. God has just spread a blanket of provision and abundance over me and my daughter!

God took my barley loaves and fish, and created a full meal. Friend, he will create a full meal of provision and abundance for you too. If you are facing a tough time know this…Jesus already has a plan! I so desire for you to rest in this truth. He knows your suffering, fear, and most of all your heart. This difficult time, may be a test for you to draw closer and lean on Jesus rather than your on capabilities. He will come though! When he does I hope you sit at the table full of gratitude and enjoy and not waste any morsel of his absolute love for you.

I will be glad when August 30th rolls around and that first paycheck comes in, but I know until then and afterwards, Jesus will feed me! He always has and he always will!

Bible Study Binder Available! Special Price for August…$12.00! There’s More…You Get One FREE for A Friend! Use the Code: studyfor2

I am super excited to launch the project that is closest to my heart… The Bible Study Binder! The most important thing you will ever do in this life is to nurture your relationship with God. Through that relationship you can reflect the love of Jesus through your life to your kids. I think of it as a way of leaving somewhat of a spiritual legacy for your family. The Bible Study Binder was born out of my love for taking sermon notes, bible study notes, dissecting scripture and having a desire to build up a library of spiritual wisdom and guidance that I could eventually give to my daughter and her family. This binder will help you do that!

I know that the month of August is busy and it is usually a time when we are shelling out the bucks for back to school. So, for the month of August I’m offering The Bible Study Binder with 68 pages full of resources for $12.00, which is about .06 cents a piece! But, there is more! Sisters need to support each other so you get a Code for a Free Copy for a Friend. Click here to see the printables. Use the Code: studyfor2

Take a look at all you’ll receive!

  • Beautifully Designed Dividers & Cover
  • Daily Prayer Printable
  • Prayer List Printable
  • Personal Prayer Printable
  • Count Your Blessings Printable
  • 2 Page Scripture Memorization Printable
  • Favorite Scriptures Printable
  • Life Circumstances Printables to write down scriptures for encouragement (faith, fear, courage, anger, idleness, health, gossip, forgiveness)
  • 3 Different Designs for Sermon Notes 2 pages each
  • 2 Sets of Bible Study Class Notes 2 pages each
  • In Depth 3 page Bible Study Notes
  • Bible in a Year Schedule
  • Bible in a Year Tracker 
  • 12 Month Calendar Bible Study Schedule
  • Extra Bonus: My 1 page personal study of God’s Character through Psalm
  • Extra Bonus: My 1 page on Choosing God’s Plan for Your Life Over the Enemy
  • Spiritual Goals Printable 2 Designs
  • Spiritual Discipline Tracker

It’s a lot, but this is going to change the way you study and how you keep track of your personal spiritual growth. 

Print these pages out every week, every day, and build an amazing Bible Study Binder

Get 20% Off On a Grocery List/ Grocery Haul List Printable! Use Code: Grocery20

Happy Saturday! If your pantry is looking a little bare after a busy week, then you’re probably heading out to the grocery story. It’s probably not the fun activity you had in mind for a lovely Saturday afternoon, but a girl got to eat right?

I’ll make this quick, so you can get back to your weekend, but I have good news! Don’t spend hours scouring the aisles, have a game plan in place! Download my Grocery List or Grocery Haul List and make shopping more efficient, so you can do what you enjoy this weekend!

Take advantage of this FLASH SALE of 20 % Off by using the Code: Grocery20 when you check out!

Simply do the following for your 20% Off Deal!

  • Click on the link  to choose the design you like
  • Add to cart and click on the Check Out Button
  • Add the Discount Code Grocery20 in the discount code option
  • Click Pay and your discount is automatically added!

You’ll receive your download immediately! Enjoy!

P.S. Remember to check out the options for the Kitchen Binders! Hard Copy is now available!

The Complete Kitchen Binder is AVAILABLE! 96 Printables!

It is finally here! I’ve launched the Complete Kitchen Binder for all you busy moms and anyone who is running a household! This binder is chockful of printables with different designs that you are going to love! Not only are they pretty, but they are practical and AFFORDABLE! You will get all 96 printables for $12.00! That is 8 cents a copy. This is a great value and you can print it out over and over again! So, what do you get?

As you can see you have options! If there are any revisions you will automatically receive an updated version of the printable. If this is too much for you, I offer smaller versions of the kitchen binders in two collections, the Floral Collection and the Orange Blossom Collection both have 29 printables and are $8.00. You can also purchase the Complete Recipe Binder with 54 printables and the most adorable designs if recipes are your jam!

Once your purchase is a link will be sent to your email with the complete set of binder printables.

Take a look around Home Sweet Home Binders for a ton or printables that will help you create systems to make your home life more organized!

Download My Free Weekly Meal Planner!

I’m so happy to share my Weekly Meal Planner with you! Use this free download to help you prepare for breakfast, lunch and dinner! One of major stresses for moms is making sure our kids are fed. What’s worse than scouring the pantry and fridge for dinner after a long day? Ladies, save yourself some time and start planning your meals. Putting forethought into your meals is a great way to prepare for the upcoming week. Not to mention it save you money! Meal planning allows you to purchase exactly what you need at the grocery store, so you’re not aimlessly throwing items in a cart.

I’m creating a home binder that I can’t wait to share with you. It will be kind of like a… command central, that will help you stay organized in your very busy world!

Click Here to Download Your Free Resource!

Are You a Mary or Martha Kind of Mom?

I’m sure your daily to do list is a mile long and a big chunk of it consists of what you need to do for your kids, such as helping with homework, driving them to practices, getting lunches ready, scheduling doctor appointments, and well, you know the drill. We can get so wrapped up into the doing that we miss the opportunity to just be present. It goes back to that super single mom syndrome, of not only doing it all but doing it perfectly, because hey we got this under control, right? Well, it may appear that way, but this is an surefire way to get totally burned out. Always thinking about what you need to do robs you from the gift of being present. Sure, you made it to your kid’s recital, but if your mind is preoccupied with the new leotard, or cleats you need to buy for the kids, or the dentist appointment you forgot to schedule, or a million other things, then you are not there. Little Suzy is on stage dancing her toes off and although your eyes are watching, your mind is a million miles away.

In a blink of an eye it’s over and your onto the next thing. Listen, you show up and that’s half the battle, but if you’re going to be there, why not savor the time? You deserve better, and frankly so do your kids.

Mary and Martha were two sisters who no doubt loved Jesus and desired to honor him, they just went about it in two different ways. Martha was busy with the preparations. Can’t you can almost see her sweating over the meal she was preparing, worrying about whether it would fit for Jesus? Mary gets a bum rap, but I believe her intentions were good. She was getting it done, checking off those boxes, to ensure that things were on point for Jesus!

Mary on the other hand wasn’t so concerned about the happenings in the kitchen. The heart of her reaction to Jesus’ arrival was not in the physical preparations, but in the spiritual and emotional. She was present. She sat at his feet and gave him her undivided attention. I bet when Martha saw her sitting down, basking in the glow of Jesus, she was hot! Here she was working her fingers to the bone to prepare a meal for Jesus and there was Mary slacking off. Was Mary really just given Martha the shaft? Absolutely not! But, we can certainly understand how Martha could feel a bit annoyed. Both women were doing the right thing…they were serving Jesus. But one decided to just be while the other decided to do. Mary’s choice gave her the opportunity to be in communion with Jesus, the one thing that was needful.

I always felt bad for Martha, because I understand her heart. I know how it is getting so caught up in the preparation, trying to make everything look perfect, and then feeling as though it really isn’t appreciated. Of course Jesus appreciated Martha’s efforts, but I think he was gently saying…stop being troubled by the things that are temporary and be present for the things that are of real value.

I’m not comparing our kids with Jesus, but I think moms can easily fall into a Martha kind of parenting when we are too consumed with prioritizing our duties, and not our relationship with our kids. Both approaches have the best intentions, but there needs to be a balance.

When we our kids become another check mark on our   to do list, life as a mom starts to morph into series of routine chores. We become preoccupied with performance, not theirs but ours.  The judgment and pressure on moms to do everything, be everywhere and do it well is ridiculous! It is what society expects and it has somehow creeped into our own belief system. For example, at my daughter’s school there are room moms, but not room dads. Not only is this the norm, but the school wouldn’t dream of asking dads to do something they consider to be the mom’s role. We are expected to show up and men are not held to the same standard. When we do so no, we are made to feel guilty!

The no means we don’t care, or can’t be bothered, or aren’t involved! It is so stinking unfair! So, don’t be hard on yourself if you struggle with the performance thing, because to some degree it is what we are groomed to do. Has it helped us? No! It’s just made us burned out, stressed, and exhausted. Not to mention we hold ourselves captive to an impossible standard.

Children are not tasks, they are human beings who crave a genuine relationship with their mom and on the flipside we desire the same. When that desire isn’t being satisfied, we slip into a rabbit hole of  just going through the motions of being a mom. Look, there are seasons, when we are just happy to get through the day, with everyone fed and still breathing. That’s life, it happens and you may need to focus on the task at hand. However, if  this season is a lifestyle it’s probably time to try a different way.

I get frustrated and burned out when I feel like my only purpose is to pay bills and run errands. When I start to feel like just an Uber driver or get caught up into making sure everything is working perfectly, it makes me feel further away from my daughter. It’s like my role as mom has been diminished. If I look at her as a check box on a long list of things to do, then I’m not giving our relationship, the dignity or respect it deserves. That to do list may be filled with items that relate to her, but they are not her. I can take care of daily to do’s, but am I taking care of the person, or the relationship? This is a key question to ask ourselves. In my heart when I know that I’m putting more emphasis on the stuff than her, it makes feel awful, which in turn makes me incredibly hard on myself.

Life is too short and too uncertain to allow moments to slip away. When you are gone from this earth, your children will cherish the relationship and the memories you created. Sure, they’ll remember that mom juggled a million and things and totally rocked, but nothing will replace the memory of you being present and engaged. Give yourself permission to stray from the to do list, and spend quality time with your kids. Creating memories will last way longer than making sure dinner is on the table at precisely 6:00 pm. You may have to run a tight ship, but that doesn’t mean you can’t play hard, laugh a lot, and enjoy one another’s company. I know you’re trying to keep all the wheels turning, but don’t get run over by them! Enjoy the ride! You are a gift to each other, so make sure you take the time to unwrap all the delightful surprises that come with your family.

In my upcoming eBook, “15 Tips to Avoid Single Mom Burnout,” I’ll give you practical tips on how you can be a little less Martha and a little more Mary!

Day #5 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series!

DIY Bathroom Cleaner

Ah, the bathroom. It’s a space that gets a lot of use and tends to get dirty and germy pretty quickly. This DIY bathroom cleaner helps clean and sanitize at a fraction of the cost of store-bought products. As a an added bonus, it smells great! Ingredients: ●       2 cups of distilled water ●       1 Tbsp. of baking soda ●       3 Tbsps. of liquid castile soap ●       30 drops tea tree essential oil ●       30 drops orange essential oil Directions: 1.     Pour the water, baking soda, castile soap, and essential oils into a plastic spray bottle. 2.     Cover and thoroughly shake the ingredients together until dissolved. 3.     Spray where needed – the toilet bowl, tub, sink, floor, and even the shower walls. NOTE: Tea tree oil can be toxic to pets, so use with caution if you have furry friends around. Version:1.0 StartHTML:000000221 EndHTML:000279503 StartFragment:000279166 EndFragment:000279430 StartSelection:000279166 EndSelection:000279430 SourceURL: Day #1 of 7 Natural Cleaning Products You Can Make At Home Guest Post Series! | A Single Christian Mom’s Advice On Making Life Easier

About the Author: Linda Floyd

Linda Floyd is the owner of Upstairs Downstairs Cleaning Service. Linda is a mother of 3, loves to travel and spend time with her family.