National Day Of Prayer Prep

The National Day of Prayer is coming up this Thursday May 2nd… it happens every year the first thursday in May to be exact and this year is no different. There are many different ways you can get involved to include day of prayer meetings around your town and even watching a simulcast. There are numerous ways to prepare for thursday some started last year, some started 50 days ago some started 21 days ago and some just start with preparing yourself with the points in order to effectively pray on Thursday.

I didn’t want to just write about The National Day of Prayer on Thursday instead I wanted to provide a couple of days notice so you all could gather the necessary information and participate even if it’s just going over the 7×7 prayers which are the 7 centers of power 7 days a week it sounds difficult but really can be done literally anywhere; in your car, while you’re in line, or right before you go to bed. I wrote about it in my prayer challenge a few months ago. For those of you who have no idea what the seven centers of power are, they are  the most influential parts of our lives, military, government, education, business, media, church and family.

If you can even commit to pray through them now until the end of the week that would be a great start. Also check out the official website to find other great things you can look forward to on Thursday and how you can prepare for next years day of prayer now. I encourage you all to not let this day of prayer come and go without any action taken! Challenge yourself and pray…

My Week Recap

This week has been chalk full of Jesus and quality time with the hubs and family in general! I did spend an insane amount of time doing homework but pictures of me stressed are not that fun… I did some CrossFit and hung out with friends but I was too busy having fun to snap pictures!! I hope your week was just as full of memories in the making! Blessings to you and yours!











God is Good

The semester is almost over and it has been so amazing! I have learned so much about myself and about God through this time of diligently studying and I have been dependent upon Him for knowledge, strength, peace, joy, and rest.

Thank you for all your prayers and for keeping me motivated to stick it out! Not only will I be graduating with my associates in May but I was recognized for being in the top 15% of my class and I have made A’s on the remainder of biology tests which has put me with an A in the class right now which means that I will finish this semester with a 4.0!! I never thought that I would have achieved such a goal as a full time student but God knows what I am capable of even when I don’t and that’s why He’s amazing!!

I have really enjoyed learning more about public relations and truly believe I have found the perfect fit in the communications department at Austin Peay State University!! I just want to encourage you all to go and try the things you are most afraid of, all the while leaning on God for true understanding and watch Him show up and exceed your expectations! He’s willing and able to do it, you just have to let him!!

I felt the burn!!

Today’s workout of the day (WOD) was a doozy!!! I got to work on my snatch technique and even worked up to 20lbs. We then went off and did sumo dead lifts and I was able to lift 70 lbs!! Those were definitely work… Then we moved to doing three rounds of activities we had overhead lunges, up downs, sit-ups, atlas stones, good mornings, pass thrus, and v-ups, it was extremely tiring but I finished it all!! I felt like a rock star especially when lifting those atlas stones!! I am in pain but it feels so good to be getting the hang of things and progressing a bit more than before!! Progress feels good!


P.S. all of my activities were modified and probably will be for a while, however when I’m not modifying I’ll let you know. Thanks for reading.

Your Home Is A Tool By Mystie Winckler

This is a blog post that I found from one of my favorite blogs Homemakers Challenge! It just gave me such relief to see someone say that your home is to be a tool, and it’s supposed to be functional not something that is never used… It was very refreshing and I hope you enjoy it…

Your Home is a Tool

April 22, 2013 By 

Many of us are task-driven. We want to see things done, accomplished, finished. This is what the world tells us is productivity.

However, our life at home is not the kind of world where things are often finished. You might check off “laundry” for the day, but before the day is out, there will be more dirty laundry in the hamper. You might check off “make dinner,” but dinner will have to be made again tomorrow. Not only that, but because you made dinner today, there are now dishes in the sink to wash.

This can be supremely frustrating. It can be discouraging, disheartening, even depressing. But that is because we have the wrong framework for productivity and accomplishment.

dinner helper

Our aim in home cooking and home keeping is not to check off as many boxes in a day as we can; there are no deals to close or contracts signed or paychecks earned. These areas of our lives are means, not ends in themselves. Our aim is to build people and to build people up.

The goal of home cooking is not, actually, to put a meal on the table. It is to feed people. The cooking, the eating, the cleaning up afterward, are part of the cycle of feeding people. It isn’t a task worthwhile in itself. A beautifully set table with a piping hot meal is picturesque, but pointless if there are not people there to enjoy it, to use it, to make a mess because of it, and to need it again only a few hours later. Nourishing people with food and with fellowship is the point of the effort, the meal and the dishes are tools for that effort. Tools must be maintained, but not polished and sharpened merely to hang on a wall. Effective tools are used and reused, dirtied and cleaned, over and over.

messy kitchen

The goal of home keeping is not to have a clean house. What a frustrating goal that is as a homeschooling family! We use our home all day every day for everything. There are lots of people doing lots of things in our homes. That is good. That is right. Our homes, also, are tools to be made use of, not display pieces to handle gingerly. Tools get dirty, tools have to be taken care of, but the point is to keep them useful and functioning. A shovel left out in the grass all winter will rust and rot and not be much use in the spring; a home left untended will run to weeds. But a home cared for will not be immaculate. The aim in cleaning house is not to have a clean house, but to prepare the house for further functioning.

When you find yourself looking around and sighing and cringing and feeling deflated and defeated (as I do almost every day), it is a sign that your hope is set on the wrong end. Do not confuse your tools with your projects. Your home is a tool of investment into your family.

Let it be used.