It has been too long since I have written. I decided to look at my FB page for this blog and realized about the time I quit writing was the time my family's lives as we knew it had come to a stand still. Our family business had shut down with no notice and all of the sudden, we were without an income. Just like that. I was a Full Time Realtor and my husband was jobless. If any of you are familiar with Real Estate then you know you get paid when a home closes. It is not a guaranteed income. I had just decided to become a Full Time Agent in February, one month before my husband unexpectedly lost his job. So of course it would be months before I received a pay day. What were we going to do?!? I had been doing so well in Real Estate, going NON STOP and building my business. The day I got the call my husband and so many other of my family members had lost their job...I froze. For almost 2 weeks to a month I was off my game and fell behind in my business. Life as we knew it was over.
My husband was a manager receiving a salaried wage and was working a couple of nights a week for a restaurant. Cooking is his passion. Now all we had was his 3 nights a week at the restaurant. Luckily, his boss is like family and made him full time. But it was less than half of what we were making a month. We took a HUGE pay cut. Plus, the worst part, we only get to spend time together on Sunday as opposed to every evening and every weekend.
We have come a long way in 6 months. Life is far different from what we would have hoped, but it is a good life. I am still in Real Estate full time and my husband is still at the restaurant full time. I am one sale away from being a MILLION DOLLAR PRODUCER!!! ( NO, I have not earned a MILLION dollars..FAR from it.) I have just sold a MILLION DOLLARS worth of homes. I have made enough to make sure our bills are paid each month, but that is it. We no longer eat out or shop for things we want anymore. We only buy what we NEED. I have slowly been learning how to MAKE certain necessities, like body wash, face wash, and make-up, etc, in order to save money. We are becoming more savvy when it comes to groceries.
We are still managing to allow our daughter to participate in cheer and pay for our son to be in Pre-School. We have gained quite the keen eye for snagging deals at yard sales. I no longer care about having the hottest new make up (heck I wish I did not require make up at all...bad acne!) I cringe when I see the grocery bill. Having little funds sure has made me look at finances. I wish I could kick my previous self and realize how I was pissing away money we could desperately use now. But the truth is..I can't. All I can do is make sure we are doing okay now.
I love Real Estate. It is a wonderful career that allows me to meet so many people and learn so many new things daily. I am still hanging in there because I refuse to be stuck in a career I hate. I may not have a regular pay check, but I enjoy going to work everyday. My husband enjoys his job. I hope one day we can make his dream of running his own restaurant come true.
My kids are doing great! Thankfully we were already active in a wonderful church when all this chaos happened or we probably would not have made it though. They have been a rock for us. God is so good. We may not like every step of our journey, but in the end we realize it could not have happened any other way. We are stronger for it.
So, I hope you can see that if we can come back from rock bottom, you can, too. It will NOT be easy. But it will be worth it.
Hello, readers! I am so glad to be able to offer my ramblings up to you once again! So much is going on for me at once it is hard to concentrate on just one. I would like to start by bragging on myself & letting you all know I finally passed my Real Estate License exam! I am now licensed to sale real estate! :) It was a long and stressful road, but I am so overjoyed to have finally completed the task at hand! I had many people supporting me and I am grateful for them. I am thankful the Lord has helped me to start this new journey in life. I look forward to being a success.
"If you believe in yourself and have dedication and pride-and never quit, you will be a winner. The price of victory is high, but so are the rewards." Paul "Bear" Bryant
My husband and I have been attending a church we really love for a few months & decided we want to officially become members. We attended the class yesterday to learn what the church is about and how to become members. Also, yesterday my husband and I were baptized in front of our children. We both were baptized when we were younger, but it was not something we understood in our hearts, it was just what was expected of us. I am honored to have shared that moment with my husband and to have our children witness such a special decision. Our preacher explained to them what we were doing, and I hope one day they will be able to fully understand and make that decision on their own. After, we were given a 6 week devotional. (I cheated and read ahead...hehe) So I wanted to share something I liked from this devotional that has to deal with some things I have witnessed recently. I don't know how many of my readers are Christians, but I hope the verses and words I will share today speaks to you.
Speak No Evil
"Slander" to God is telling something detrimental about an individual to someone who is neither part of the problem or part of the solution. In other words, it doesn't have to be a lie or a half truth we are repeating for it to be a in. It may very well all be true! But if we are repeating this information to someone who is neither part of the problem nor part of the solution, we are guilty of slander. Let's try to discover how to keep our tongues free from Satan's evil "garbage."
Why do we slander another person? Is it because we don't love that person? "He who covers over an offense promotes love..."(Proverbs 17:9) If love covers over an offense, then the absence of love will broadcast it. We don't speak evil of those we love. Or at least we shouldn't, but some do. So I guess in that case, you don't really love the ones you slander...even if you claim to love them.
"If anyone says, 'I love God,' yet hates his brother, he is a liar. For anyone who does not love his brother, whom he has seen, cannot love God, whom he has not seen." (1 John 4:20)
The key to overcoming the problem, is to love the person whom you once resented. If we truly love someone, we will be incapable of speaking evil of him.
"Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone." (Colossians 4:6)
Train yourself to use your mouth only to build up others!
"Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen." (Ephesians 4:29)
Hear No Evil
The companion to the tongue is the ear. The slanderer would be silent if it were not for those who are so eager to listen to their never ending flow of dirt!
"A scoundrel plots evil, and his speech is like a scorching fire." (Proverbs 16:27)
"A wicked man listens to evil lips; a liar pays attention to malicious tongue." (Proverbs 17:4)
We won't listen to evil reports about those we love!
"Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres." (1 Corinthians 13:6,7)
The best thing to do when someone approaches you with slandering, evil talk, is to walk away! Above all, don't hate the scorner, but continue to love him, but do not tolerate his sin. We should continue to help them overcome this weakness.
"Without wood afire goes out; without gossip a quarrel dies down." (Proverbs 26:20)
Now, just because I speak about my faith or quote the Bible, it does not mean I am claiming to be perfect. I too have been guilty of gossip or having evil thoughts in my heart, at some point in my life. I only share information that has helped me overcome struggles in my life. I am by no means sinless, but it is something I strive to be. I want to be someone who lifts others up, not brings them down. I want to inspire others. I want to fulfill the purpose for which our Lord has put me on earth to do.
I love this !
We should T.H.I.N.K before we speak or write! Our tongue is a dangerous weapon.
Well, I guess that is all I have for you today. I hope I have left you with a few things to think about. If I can ever discuss faith or any other topic with you feel free to contact me via here, facebook, or email.
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I hope this finds you all well! I look forward to hearing your feedback!
Wow long time no see huh?! Ya I know. Life is crazy busy, but today I didn't have to go to work (YAY) so i get to write to you. I actually have something to say today, too! :)
It isn't exactly a feel good message, but hopefully it will be a message that makes you look at the topic differently and gets ya 'motivated' to make a change. It is something I have been dealing with personally with people in my life. I love going to my church because every time the Lord speaks through them to me and tells me exactly what I need to hear.
Do you consider yourself a Christian? If so, what does "Christian" mean to you?
Did you know that 84% of Americans claim to be Christian? WOW! In that case, we all must be doing our part as disciples by going out and making more disciples! Do you think that is the case? No...me either. If we were, then the world would definitely look a little different. I think what the statistics really mean is that 84% CLAIM to be Christians on their terms...not on Christ's terms.
Being a Christian is the same thing as being a Disciple. Our preacher said when he was younger he thought there was a difference. He thought that he was a Christian, but to be a Disciple you had to go through a training class! But that's not the case. As Christians we are supposed to be Disciples.
"Go therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and of the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all things that I have commanded you; and lo I am with you always, even to the end of the age." Matthew 28:19-20
How many of us are doing this? This year I have recently started reconnecting with the Lord and I deal with a lot of the same things I write here about. I invite friends to church or encourage others to find a church, but when they give me an excuse as to why they can't....I let it go. In my head I think of all the things I should say...but I back off in order not to step on any toes. But let me tell you...whatever excuse you have will not be good enough when the Lord returns. That's what I should be saying because it's the truth. And I tell you this as someone who used to make excuses! But once I had that push and visited a church just once then I couldn't wait to get back the next Sunday!
I can totally relate to "I'm exhausted from the week and I want to sleep in." or "We are going to go to the mall instead." I'm sure those were some of my excuses, too. I even hear "I'm a Christian...I pray to the Lord and I try not to sin." But that's not all there is to being a Christian (disciple). To be a disciple(christian) of Jesus, you must be committed to Him above EVERYTHING ELSE. This is where one of my favorite verses comes in. I've loved this verse since I was a teenager.
"He who finds his life shall lose it, and he who loses his life for my sake shall find it." Matthew 10:39
What does that verse mean to you? To me, it means giving up our own life, our wants, needs, etc, in order to live our lives for Christ and to live the lives He wants for us. This means giving up a few extra hours of sleep, the sale at the mall, the matinee at the theater, so on and so forth, in order to make time for Jesus. Taking up your cross means saying goodbye. You must be willing to give up everything! God gave you freedom, but He did not give you freedom so that you could do whatever you want. "For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. For all the law fulfilled in one word, even in this : 'You shall love your neighbor as yourself.'" Galatians 5:13-14
Jesus died on the cross for us. And if asked I'm sure many of the 84% of self-proclaimed Christians would say "I would die for him as well!" But...would you live for Him? It is easier to die for something than it is to live for it.
"People before things, people before projects, family before friends, husband before children, husband before parents, tithe before wants, Bible before opinions, Jesus before all." Jo Ann Leavell
I hope this gets your gears moving and thinking and I hope it motivates you to make a change. If I can ever be a listening ear for you in any case please let me know. I would love to grow as a Disciple (Christian) with you. Have a great week!
Ok, bear with me please. Sorry for my absence but I am writing you from my iphone. My power cord is out for my computer & I'm not sure how much longer my 6 year old laptop will make it. This and life is what's been getting between me & my blog. :( I miss y'all dearly, but I was determined to share something with y'all regardless.
I have a Women's Friendship Devotional & I read tomorrows entry early (you know you skip ahead too)! July 10th is entitled "When the Dream is Broken." the entire entry is too long to type via iphone but I'll share the key points.
Have you ever wondered "what if...?" what if my life were different or if it was the life I wanted for myself? I sometimes catch myself wondering what if I had accepted that 20,000 dollar scholarship to Mobile...what if I didn't get pregnant at 19...what if i wasnt raped(sorry to throw that at ya, but its the truth)... what If I was living out my dream as a singer...? Well, the end of this entry told me how to handle it.
Lord, I keep asking you for the life i want. Now I'm asking you to help me live the life I have. Help me to see you even through the tears. Help me to live this life in your power.
"This is not the life I wanted, but it is the life I have." 2005 Indonesian tsunami survivor
I guess the sooner I quit wasting time with the "what if's..." the sooner I can live the life I have. Life is a blessing. It disappears in a vapor...don't waste it.
Let me start of by saying I am sorry the blog is progressing slower than when it started. I'm finding it hard to juggle both jobs, babysitting, and my own home life with my children and husband. I think about my blog and readers daily and always try to jot down any inspiration I find so that I can share with you. It has been a battle with emotions for me here lately because of an incident that happened in my home town. A little 3 year old lost her life to drowning and it really hits home for me because I almost lost my daughter that way as well when she was 3. I have been replaying all those emotions from that day, but this time because I know that they are being felt by this little girl's family. I know the blame that is going through their minds. I just want to hug this girl's mother and not let go. It is a tragic situation. The amazing thing from this is that hundreds of people at this water park held hands and prayed that day. Maybe some of them have never prayed before, but they say that beautiful girl struggling to be revived and kneeled in prayer. There is a prayer group for her and her family on facebook and there are over 5,000 people on there and growing. In her short, almost 4 years, she has touched more people than many of us. God used this beautiful angel in an amazing way. Please take the time to remember this little girl's family in your prayers. They need it tremendously right now and forever.
That is the link for little Sarah Golden's facebook page if you would like to join and help lift this family up. Thank you.
Now, where was I..oh yes...motivating you instead of saddening you.
*How to endure suffering*
- Be content to know WHO is in charge. Romans 8:28-30
-Acknowledge that He is with you. Hebrews 13:5
-Pray all the more. 1 Peter 5:6,7
-Know that God sets and knows your limits. 1 Cor 10:13
-Master the anger. James 1:19, 20
-Hope in the Lord. Job 13:15
"Without the burden of afflictions it is impossible to reach the height of grace. The gifts of grace increase as the struggles increase." St. Rose of Lima
"Resolve to keep happy, and your joy and you shall form an invincible host against difficulties." Helen Keller
Now, I am about to be "the pot calling the kettle black" because this is something I need to work on myself, BUT I figure we can work on it together...
"Worry is most often a prideful way of thinking that you have more control over life and it's circumstances than you actually do." June Hunt
"Worry is a choice that displeases God. When you worry, you reveal that you don't trust God to provide all that you need." June Hunt
Worrying takes so much life outta you. I know it is easier said than done to let go of worry....but really, what do we accomplish by worrying? It doesn't solve anything. It just causes us stress and anxiety and none of that is good for us. So try each day to leave yesterdays worries behind. God to sleep with a clear head. Hand it all over to the Lord and start each day fresh.
"God will never assign you an overload." Jo Ann Leavell
"While Christians are not spared suffering, they are promised deliverance from sin and the inner resources through the indwelling Holy Spirit to live a righteous life in Christ." Rhonda Kelley
"He who suffers most has the most to give." Jo Ann Leavell
"When you have clung to Jesus through pain and problems and experienced His amazing grace, you find joy in Him." Jo Ann Leavell
"Living by Faith is not easy, but it is essential. It is the only weapon for adversity that cannot fail." Dorothy Patterson
Well, that's all I got for today! :) I really hope you all are improving your outlook on Mondays. Shoot if I can bounce back from poking myself in the eye with a straight pin then you guys can bounce back too! ;)