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The Key

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"Your attitude is either the lock on, or the key to the door of success."

Isaiah 22:22-23

22 The key of the house of David
I will lay on his shoulder;
So he shall open, and no one shall shut;
And he shall shut, and no one shall open.

23 I will fasten him as a peg in a secure place,
And he will become a glorious throne to his father’s house.

Isaiah 22:25

25 In that day,’ says the LORD of hosts, ‘the peg that is fastened in the secure place will be removed and be cut down and fall, and the burden that was on it will be cut off; for the LORD has spoken.’”

What are your burdens? We all have them. No one person is without a burden. But some are without the key! I have the key, do you? If you take them to the Lord He will lift them off you. Once you've closed that door completely it will be gone and locked away. You will never revisit it. Only the doors that you leave open, remain as such!

I know from personal experience that even though it sounds easy to just lay your burdens at His feet and leave them, it's one of the most difficult things to do. When things are troubling us, we resort to worry. It's hard to let go of some things. But even as hard as it is, it's what's best in all cases. To let go and let God take over. Once you get past the struggle of letting go, it's all down hill from there and you will look back and see that it wasn't so bad and you will see how much you grew from it!

I know 2 years ago, I thought my world was ending. Little did I know that it was just beginning and I was going to grow more as a person than I have ever grown. I found myself again, yes I was knocked down for a while, It's ok to get knocked down, but you must drag yourself up and brush it all off and GROW! I now appreciate what happened 2 years ago where I used to think it was ending my life! If it had never happened, I probably would be more lost than I am today. I would not have grown within and I would not have become a stronger mother and would not have grown closer to my girls! For that I am grateful!

Today I'm grateful for:

Struggles. After all, had I not gone through the ones I have, I would not be as strong as I am today, I would not be WHO I am today. I appreciate them and appreciate that I was given the eye to see and grow from them, not let them take me down.

Mothers~ I'm grateful for mine, she has been there when no one else was! She has been there when I wasn't there for her. No matter what she's always been and always will be there for me. She's my mother and I love her dearly and wouldn't trade her for another :)

For being a mother. There's nothing else like it. It helps me open up to see how God can love us as His children even if we are flawed, even if we turn away from Him, even if we get an attitude with Him, He will always be there. Just like a mother is always there for her children no matter what! No matter who they become or what they do, good or bad, she will be there. The only love greater than a mother's love is Christ's love for His children!

Chocolate dipped anything :) This is going to be our new tradition. It came to me on the way home, how much fun it would be to let the girls dip strawberries and pretzels to give as gifts for mother's day. It turned out awesome and brought us all together on such a wonderful day. It is now going to be a tradition that I hope they carry over to their children.

Pictures. They can say a lot more than I can say with words. I'm grateful for the one who invented the camera and I'm grateful for the one who invented Digital pictures. The little things we take for granted. But w/o these things we would not be able to capture great moments nor would we be able to share them!

My children. Even though they can get to me sometimes, deep down I know they love me. They do some of the sweetest things. I expected nothing but a Happy Mother's Day from them. I printed pictures for them to color and to write a poem, it turned out awesome. I printed a coupon book for them to give me and can't wait to use the cleaning ones on them :) They also gave me a card with $30 in it, money my parents had for them to use for Spring Break but saved it. They chose to give it to Mommy for mother's day. That speaks more to me than anything else! Hoping they keep their giving nature as they grow!

Poem Syleste Wrote:

Dear Mom,

You are very sweet,
And you Make my heart beat.

I love you Mom.

Happy Mother's Day

Hope you all have a GREAT week! ♥ Love You ALL ♥


Let God be the Guardrail of your life!

1 Corinthians 13:6-8 (New International Version)

6Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. 7It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres.

8Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away.

Psalm 40:10-12 (New International Version)

10 I do not hide your righteousness in my heart;
I speak of your faithfulness and salvation.
I do not conceal your love and your truth
from the great assembly.

11 Do not withhold your mercy from me, O LORD;
may your love and your truth always protect me.

12 For troubles without number surround me;
my sins have overtaken me, and I cannot see.
They are more than the hairs of my head,
and my heart fails within me.

To know that God is the Guardrail of my life as long as I ALLOW Him to be just amazes me. No matter what I've done to Him. No matter of the sins I've committed, He will still protect me. Never forget that, never get to the point to where you think that you have been overtaken by sin, so much, that He will not allow you back on His path. I know many times people think they aren't worthy due to the sins they have committed against Him. And that is what sends them on the continued spiral downward!

Just remember, all you have to do is to ask Him for forgiveness and Allow Him to be the Guardrail of your life once again. Set limits and go to Him to help you stick to those limits. Whether it be for love, friendship, family or whatever, set limits and do not lower yourself or go past the limits you have set. You are worthy!

Today I'm grateful for:

Being spoken to by Him. This may not make sense to anyone but me, but it was spoken to me and I feel it's my duty to share. I hope it helps you as much as it helped me. Allow Him to be the guardrail of your life. This does not mean that your life will be without blemishes but it does mean that life even with the blemishes will go a lot smoother and you will come out of the trials stronger than if you had went in alone.

Being encouraged. Seeing others being courageous and going through what they do, gives me strength. Some don't even know how much their words mean to me. How encouraging they are. I just hope to be an encouragement to those around me. To withstand my trials and show wisdom and strength so that they too will gain something from it. It makes it all seem worth it, if what you go through touches someones life, that is my goal! To allow my life to touch someone else's. I know that I withstood my trials for a reason, God has kept me here for a reason, so it is up to me to make sure that I fulfill His reason for keeping me here!

Dreams only being dreams. I am changing and I know this. Yet the devil tries in every way possible to get me back down. I saw the old me in a dream last night and woke up with the fears that I once had. But instead of allowing the devil in, I spoke against him. I know I'm doing better than I was and I am not going to allow him to sink me back down to that person.

Rainy days. Finally, maybe the mugginess will disappear after today. I can stand the heat but the humidity just about kills ya. Instead of letting the rain get me in a bad mood as it usually does, I came against it. I got out there in it at 720 am, Huge Umbrella in hand, carting the girls to the car! I came in and was smiling. I shocked myself. Thank God for HUGE umbrellas.

Patience. Last night, as I was just about to doze off, I hear "MOOOOOOMMMMMMMYYYYYYYYYYY" being yelled in that "I don't feel so well voice". I had heard some noise about 10 minutes prior and thought someone was throwing up, but then it was silent, so I thought they were just dreaming. Uhm, yeah. My first intuition was correct. Caity had puked all in her bed and fell back asleep. It was very odd. No fever or anything. She felt fine. And instead of me getting ill as normal, I got her in the bathroom, cleaned her up. She brushed her teeth and I started laundry-which means I had to fold a load full out of the dryer at midnight. Then I came back and scrubbed her bed. Disinfected the bathroom and got her settled.

All without getting overwhelmed and yelling like the old me would have done. I was gentle and patient, I think I'm getting the hang of this. Usually when I'm overwhelmed, I freak, spazz out.......Not this time and hopefully not in the future. Instead I breathe, step back and take on whatever life wants to through at me.

I'm with Beth: "I got this".......She inspires me!

So no matter what life throws at you allow God to be your Guardrail aka Godrail and don't get overwhelmed, he will control it all IF you have the faith in Him and ALLOW him to take over!

Hope you all have a Great Monday and week! Take whatever is thrown at you head on and smile and throw it back!

Love You All!!!