What I learned from giving up social for Lent

I share Kobi –  I didn’t realize how much I shared her on my platforms until I couldn’t post a picture or a story of our lives together. I really missed letting everyone know all the cool ways she’s been growing, but it did allow me to treasure the memories that much more.

Praying is a way of life – I really missed praying for my friends and acquaintances via my social platforms. It made me feel connected and like I was helping them, so to not have access was harder than I thought. I mean I did still pray but it just wasn’t the same.

Baking from Scratch Cookies, and Brownies mostly, but I’ve also made some ooey gooey bars, and I just made scones last night. I’ve also made several gluten free options.

Reminding myself of the Gospel daily –  It doesn’t sound like much, but it really did make a difference in how my days presented themselves because I would talk through the Gospel and then try to apply it to situations in my day. It just leaves me lighter and more forgiving.

Intentionality is HUGE – I had to be diligent to reach out to people, otherwise the communication was few and far between. I also had to be intentional with what I did with my time (hence the reading) and actually seek out news from different sources. Another benefit of being intentional is that we found some really great neighbors just by being intentional when our children played together to actually talk to the parents *read one of my biggest fears*. Being intentional also meant making time for myself to workout, I just feel so much better when I take 30 minutes for myself no matter the time.

Memories can be made every day – Somewhere along the way I grasped the concept that I could be intentional every day to make memories with Kobi and so that is what I did. I now have a slew of memories written down for the last month and it makes my heart happy.

Reading is fun! –  I already knew this, but I got to remind myself of this and I finished 3 books while I was away. Now that I think about it, they were all Autobiographies/Memoirs and they were wonderful. I read My Beloved World by Sonia Sotomayor, Born A Crime by Trevor Noah, and Becoming by Michelle Obama.

Making mom friends isn’t that hard – All you gotta do is show up, and be willing to be put yourself out there. I looked up a MOPS (Mothers of Preschoolers) group here in Miami and started attending and they have been a huge blessing! It’s been so nice to be able to connect with mothers in the same season of life. Kobi and I have had playdates and good outside of the home time together because of it. I also started going to BSF (Bible Study Fellowship) on the recommendation of the MOPS moms and that was so good to make connections with some great women not to mention the studies are phenomenal! If you haven’t heard of it you need to google it and sign up!

I AM A GOOD WIFE – This one is huge! Since we got married I had this false sense of what a wife should be because I never really had any true examples, so I’ve just been winging it; with God’s help of course but it’s still not been first hand discipleship so I’ve felt inadequate. However, during this time I’ve been able to be a bit more attentive to what makes William happy and what helps our family run smoothly and I’m actually doing a good job and I’ve found a joy I didn’t have before.

Eating Gluten Free and Vegetarian is pretty good – I realized during this whole thing that I needed to expand the way I worshipped and if I were to worship the Lord with my whole self I should take care of the body that I have been given. Therefore, I have been really buckling down on eating gluten free when I can because it makes me bloated and causes really bad back pain, (so not a real allergy but a sensitivity for sure). I also met with a woman who had PCOS and got rid of it and is pregnant with her second child by ditching the meat, and sense the Lord had already been talking to me about I decided to give it a go. The whole thing is still a work in progress and I’ve done some research so I think I’m on a path of a flexitarian. I’m trying to eat mostly veggies and really limit my meat intake when I can. The overall experience has been better than I thought and I’ve even made several gluten free treats from scratch.

 

 

Worship More

I have always loved worshipping the Lord. Music makes me move and get lost in His presence. I feel like my worship has only grown deeper throughout this year! My adoration has grown seeing Him work in and the life of my family. He has always been faithful, His faithfulness was just amplified in this last season.

In this season especially going into the new year I encourage you all to worship the Lord with your whole heart. Look for Him and His work in every thing and in everyday. Acknowledge it and worship Him in and through it. Let Him use you to war and intercede for those around you through your worship!

Stay Blessed

Where Was God Today Day 31

Today, Jesus was in my memories, reminding me of His goodness and faithfulness in our lives! Today we celebrated it being 2 years since we were able to bring Kobi home from the NICU. We called it Kobi’s coming home day and had donuts for breakfast, and then went and let her pick out some things at Toys R Us with some gift cards she had. We wore matching shirts and just spent time together.

What better way to end my blog challenge than by being reminded of one of the greatest miracles God has given me thus far! Kobi was and is an answer to many prayers and she never ceases to amaze me or anyone she is around for that matter. God speaks through her and works through her to soften hard hearts and bless and brighten the day of those she meets.

I started this challenge in a funk, and I’m ending on a high note, encouraged and very aware of God’s faithfulness in my life and in the lives of those around me. He is moving and working on our behalf even while we sleep, and regardless of what we don’t see He is good and worthy to be praised!

Where Was God Today Day 30

God showed up several times today. First He came in the thoughtfulness of an Easter basket… Those eggs we dyed yesterday, were put into baskets for all of us, not just Kobi and it made me cry to be given such a sweet and thoughtful gift. Each of our baskets had the eggs with our names on them, and then some of our favorite things (jelly beans, cashews, toys).

Then God showed up to fight for me. During a misunderstanding, where I could have really argued my point in a not so nice way, I decided to keep my mouth shut and fingers from typing and just thought about how I could approach the situation and the Lord allowed for the other person to see their mistake and make things right.

Lastly, God showed up in the conversations that William and I were able to have. We didn’t agree about everything and I didn’t shut down, but instead pushed through until we finished and had resolutions in place. All of which is progress for me!

Where Was God Today Day 29

God was here…

We sat around a table and decorated eggs for each other and it was so much fun!! I hadn’t dyed eggs in years and this was Kobi’s first go at it… not only did this family activity give me a chance to reflect on Easter, it also gave me a chance to reflect on family! The blessing of a family is remarkable, and when you choose your family it makes moments like these that much more special!