Saturday, April 20, 2013

How do you keep a 6 1/2 yr old boy organized?

Hello everyone,
                             I hope that your day is treating you well. Here at our house my son is currently throwing a fit in his room because he can not find his library card, (I have a kept the big card, and gave him the key tag for his key ring. ) I keep trying to tell him that if he keeps things organized and puts things back where they belong when he is finished, he won't have to spend so much time searching. This is very different from me, because I try to stay organized. As a mother of two boys, if I am not organized my day falls apart. My days are full of schedules, and lists. (And yes, I make time to put the lists down and spend that quality time you can never get back once it's gone) I realize that he is just a child. I realized he is a boy, and boys are way different than girls. We have tried storage bins with pictures on them so he knows where to put things when he is finished. I normally find everything under his bed or thrown in his closet. He even has a chore chart that he completes and gets paid so much for each chore completed. We also let him earn things like choice of restaurant if he gets so many stickers, or choice of a fun activity like bowling or mini golf, etc...  So I have to ask....  Does anyone have any advice on how to get, and keep my son more organized? The charts were working for a while, but lately he is even slacking on those! Thanks for reading! Until next time, God bless!!!!

                                         Amy

Monday, April 1, 2013

Whispers from God

Hello everyone,
                             Hope ya'll are doing well. I know they have been around for a while now, well years actually; but I just recently found out that I can listen to podcasts on my iphone. I know I know it's sad isn't it? Well anyways, this totally tickled me pink, because I found that one of my favorite preachers Jentezen Franklin has podcasts that I can download for free. I have been in my own little world listening to podcasts and praising God right along with them. So many messages I have listened to have really spoken to me, and touched me. Ever felt like something was meant for you to hear it? Well.... I have a lot lately!!

Jentezen Franklin talks about Samuel and how God whispered to him when he was just a young boy. He talks about how if we will just listen, God will whisper. God has a plan for our lives and even though we may not see how things could ever get better, when times are at their worst; we need to stop and pray for God to give us Samuel ears. Just listen to the gentle whispers of God. He will guide us.  I have often wondered if God was too busy to take the time to whisper to me. Then I realize that it's me. I get too busy. So easily I get caught up in life and rushing around, that I end up tuning out God's gentle whispers. I think I can work things out on my own. God steps back and waits patiently for me. Sometimes I learn my lesson before I fall flat on my face. Other times God lets me fall so that I realize that I NEED him! My goal for this week, to learn to listen more carefully to the gentle whispers of God. 

For those of you that know me well, you already know that I have struggled for many years, wondering what God wants me to do in life. What is my purpose? Right now, I am a stay at home wife and mother, to a wonderful husband and two amazing boys. There are times that I feel like this is where God wants me. Other times I feel like I should be doing more. I need to learn to listen to the gentle whispers of God and he will show me where I am supposed to be. My first step is finding a home church. I have struggled in finding a church that is right for me and my family. I have been to many churches that are great. I just haven't felt "At home" and those of you who are in the church you are supposed to be in KNOW what I'm talking about. I felt that way before we moved at my old church. I dearly miss that church. I dearly miss those people, they were my family! They ARE my family! My husbands job brought us to where we live now, so I am in search of a church that gives me that same feeling. I know that I will NEVER be able to replace those wonderful people. I wouldn't dare even try! So in closing I ask all of you to please pray with me, that I find the church that God wants me to go to. That God shows me where he wants me in life. Even if I am already here just being a wife and mother, as long as it is God's will for me. Thank you so much for your time and support! God bless!
                                                                                 Until next time,
                                                                                                   Amy