Friday, February 22, 2019

A Few of My Favorites!

This is the Give Me Jesus Journal from The Well Watered Woman Co. I love it!  For 23 years I have kept a journal for my quiet time. I decided to try something different and I saw the  Give me Jesus Journal on a friends Instagram and decided I would try it!

Snow cones with Lincoln! I love  when he comes to Nonni’s house to see us!

My chicken/hen, Sybil!

It’s the little things!
Enjoy your weekend!

Wednesday, February 06, 2019

Looking at 2019

Happy New Year! We are in the second month of the new year. I had a hard time leaving behind Christmas & 2018 but.....  I'm ready.

Each year.... I pick a word for the year.  This year...  I wasn't feeling it. Wasn't sure I would have one for 2019. I started to question....  was it because I do this because it trendy or because I really want to focus on something God is showing me....

2011- Mercy
2012- Grace
2013- Peace
2014- Hope
2015- Joy
2016- Rest
2017- Laugh
2018- Simple

On the last night of 2018... it came to me. It was just a word I saw and it sparked an interest. I had taken the dayspring quiz and the word PEACE kept coming up....  but that was my word for 2013. I wasn't feeling it. So when I saw this word....  I just smiled. I didn't claim it....  I just thought about it for a while. Letting myself wonder why THIS word...  and I just smiled. God is like that...  I just knew. It was right where I was at....  He met me. 

So for 2019 ~  my word....


Because I struggle with change.... I believe this word .... Embrace... is perfect. I struggle and have to talk myself out of the lies...  often...  before I put my feet on the floor in the mornings... the clouds come in and whisper to me.... all the bad....  that all the change is bad, hard, and sad....  it is happening more often because life is changing fast. Change .. that word is like a bad word in my mouth...  my mind.  I do not want it to be....  so, God will show me all kinds of things with the word EMBRACE this year. Sometimes it is totally different than what I think it will be....   sharing my heart here... and keeping it real. Life is hard at times and when so many changes come...   my emotions have a hard time putting things in perspective. It is hard for others to understand... but everyone's life looks different. We all struggle with different things...   for MY life.... I'm on the tail end of raising six children (youngest is 15, in 10th grade), only two here at home... teen boys, four children living in different states, mental illness and addiction try to destroy our family... but God.  God is enough. God is bigger. God is faithful. God is my Rock.

I want to EMBRACE change....  embrace what God has set before me. I want to embrace the moment, the memory we are making at just that moment....  embrace the changes as they come.... and give glory to God for all the things He has done... and continues to do.

Happy New Year... to all of you. If you are reading... will you leave me a comment. I'm not even sure who is here anymore.  But, thank you for stopping by!

Grace~ Teena

Saturday, January 12, 2019

Christmas at the Martin.

“No trumpets no fire no conquering fight,
The kingdom of heaven came softly at night. The tomb is now empty, 
there’s scars on His hands, and closed is the gap between holy and man.
Away in a manger that led to the cross,
Acquainted with sorrow, familiar with loss. 
My sin on His shoulders, His righteousness mine,
A greater love story my heart cannot find.” ~ Jordan Rawls & Blake Gosnell#gpcdouglas #meetmeatthemartin

Our worship pastor and our outreach director at our church.... wrote these two verses to go with Away in a Manger.  I absolutely loved it.

Our church rented the Martin Theater for our Christmas Service on the 23rd of December. Our church is small and we wanted to accommodate everyone. It was amazing.... I loved it.  My youngest who is a drummer at our church played the drums.

It was amazing!!! So very thankful for Christmas in the City & my Gracepointe Family.

Grace~ Teena

Tuesday, January 01, 2019

Christmas 2018

Christmas is such a special time for me.  I put lots of work into it and plan for weeks.... and every year (so far) all of my children and grandson make it home. I know as the years come that may not be the case. One married son, Michael lives in Orlando with my daughter in law, Amber and grandson Lincoln. One daughter, Mandi lives in Montgomery with my son in law, Andrew and one son lives in Memphis, Dakota with my daughter in law, Alex. My baby girl, Lysa goes to college hear Orlando. So for all of them to make the trek home.... is a gift to me. I am so grateful. Anyway, as the years come ... and life takes them away.... we may not all be able to be home for Christmas. So, I do not take this for granted.  It is loud and crazy and ... a bit cramped.... but, we do it.

                                       my original four sons & two daughters.

Afterward.... when everyone says goodbye and they go in direct directions .... I have to be careful not to jump on the train of mom guilt.  This year... it seemed to hit hard. For the past few days I've been fighting it....  speaking Truth to myself, looking back over the year and our memories and spending time with Jesus.

A friend of mine gave me a quote/plaque for my wall.... and I love it.

"Gratitude turns what we have into enough."

Even when others want you to believe it wasn't enough, or good enough or.... planned enough....  IT WAS.

If you are sad it is all over and.... struggling with mom guilt....  YOU ARE ENOUGH.

My kids tell me often what they remember most about past memories.... and it is never the things I worried about or stressed over....

So, as you go into this NEW YEAR .....  embrace His gifts, steadfast love and remember YOU ARE ENOUGH.  It's the little things that matter.

Hope all of you had a wonderful Christmas....

I will be sharing.... my word and my book list and thoughts for 2019 in a few days!

Grace~ Teena