Monday, December 28, 2015

Monday Morning Motivation

Yep, it is Monday again.  No matter our where we find ourselves God is at work in our lives. All we have to do is put yesterday, today, and tomorrow in his hands.  Rest in his love for He cares for us...
(photo found on Pinterest)

So do not fear, for I am with you, do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you;  I will uphold you with my righteous right hand.Isaiah 41:10
Happy Monday!

Tuesday, December 22, 2015

Monday Morning Motivation....Joy!

The feeling of joy sometimes surrounds us and is palpable.  Other times joy can feel distance and elusive and impossible to find.  In those cases,  I think we need to look for it.  We need to ask God to help us find it.

"I cannot even imagine where I would be today were it not for that handful of friends who have given me a heart full of joy. Let's face it, friends make life a lot more fun."
   Chuck Swindoll
(Joy in friendships)

"Though you have not seen him, you love him; and even though you do not see him now, you believe in him and are filled with an inexpressible and glorious joy" 
1 Peter 1:8
(Cooking with Caleb brings joy and excitement and a crazed sugar high:-)

"Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning."
Psalm 30:5
(Brodie brings me joy:-)

"and be not sad: for the joy of the Lord is our strength. "
Nehemiah 8:10

And the angel said unto them, Fear not: for, behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people.  For unto you is born this day in the city of David a Saviour, 
which is Christ the Lord."
Luke 2:10-11
Merry Christmas Everyone!

Monday, December 14, 2015

Monday Morning Motivation The Paths Become Straight

I think we all have something in our life that has made our path difficult to navigate.  It could be something of our own choosing that has gotten us into deep water or something done to us such violence or in my case divorce or just the circumstances of life of which the list is endless. 

I am so glad we can count on God to walk beside us.  If we reach out to Him I believe He will help us down our path and will make the crooked path straight.
Thank You God

Friday, December 11, 2015

Juggling Christmas With Divorced Parents by Elisabeth Joy LaMotte on the Huff Post

When you are divorced or going through a divorce there are many events that should have been wonderful family times that are now complicated and divisive.  Awful what one person's decisions can do to a family.  I would never have made this decision for my family unless there was abuse or adultery.  I later found out, through the legal discovery phase, it should have been me walking out.
I remember thinking when he left "What is this going to do to my daughters, and  my grandson?"  There was little regard for them in this decision.  I found this article on Huff Post. Anyone who says adult children are not affected by divorce have their head in the sand.

Elisabeth Joy LaMotte
Below are 3 of her quotes...

"Navigating the holiday season with divorced parents is somewhat like walking a tightrope"

"People with divorced parents spend countless holidays practicing this precarious act. Sadly, many continue to experience tremendous tension and anxiety related to the holidays and the logistical challenges associated with their parents' divorce."
"Even for adults who know that their parents' divorce was necessary, having divorced parents can be incredibly painful, especially around the holidays" 
Now for Kathiey's thoughts on the issue....
I can't stop the pain that has been caused, but I can do my best to ease it.  When they come to me not knowing how to handle the holidays I just say I leave it up to you.  Whatever makes you most comfortable.  
Traditions from the past need to be discarded and new ones have to be developed.  I am working on that.  
Enjoy your holiday.  Enjoy your family.  No, it is not what it used to be and no, it may not be how it is supposed to be.  But it is what it is and we must move on.  Develop your own new traditions. I will slowly add new ones.  This year I am hosting a cookie baking party with my family. We are also going to attempt to build a Ginger Bread House.  Fun times.
Merry Christmas & God Bless

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Monday Morning Motivation...When God Closes a Door He Opens a Window

I love unique doors.  While I was touring the Great Western Winery in NY, I took photos of several.  Here are my photos of doors plus a few door quotes I found online.

"If opportunity doesn't knock, build a door."
Milton Berle
Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door,

“Forgiveness is unlocking the door to set someone free 
and realizing you were the prisoner!”

Max Lucado

Alexander Graham Bell

"You have to think there's a reason for everything. 
When a door closes another door opens."
Chris Daughtry

"When God closes one door He always opens another or at least a window."
Woodrow Kroll
Happy Monday Everyone!