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Are You Ready For A Great Catch?

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Good Morning Friends,

This morning God inspired me once again from the book of Luke! In Luke chapter 5 verse 1-11 there is a magnificent story of obedience, abundance, surrender, and great purpose! If you want a great picture of what our relationship with Jesus should be, friends look no further, this is it! Now, for those of you reading this on the run and your not able to grab your ole’ faithful Bible, I am going to bring you the text right here, because I don’t want you to miss it. So many times I think we scan over God’s Word and miss things, but don’t miss this. I highlighted sections I want to draw your attention to.

“So it was, as the multitude pressed about Him to hear the Word of God, that He stood by the Lake of Gennesaret, and saw two boats standing by the lake; but the fisherman had gone from them and were washing their nets. Then He got into one of the boats, that was Simon’s and asked him to put out a little from land. And He sat down and taught the multitudes from the boat. When He had stopped speaking, He said to Simon, “Launch out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch.”

But Simon answered and said unto Him, “Master we have toiled all night and caught nothing; nevertheless at your Word I will let down the net.” And when they had done this, they caught a great number of fish, and their net was breaking. So they signaled to their partners in the other boat to come help them. And they came and filled both the boats, so that they began to sink. When Simon Peter saw it, he fell down at Jesus’ knees saying, “Depart from me, for I am a sinful man, O Lord!”

For he and all who were with him were astonished at the catch of fish which they had taken; and so also were James and John, the sons of Zebedee, who were partners with Simon. “Do not be afraid. From now on you will catch men.” So when they had brought their boats to land,they forsook all and followed Him. Luke 5:1-11

Please note: I am not a Bible scholar of any kind. So my comments reflect a young woman seeking to know God more. My comments purely reflect the wisdom I believe God wanted me to see and receive through my personal study time. So please study the passage yourself and see what God wants to show you.

What God showed me first was Jesus got in the boat with them and asked them to toss the nets a little off shore to first get their attention. It is here where he teaches them. Then, He asks them to do something somewhat strange. He asks them to launch out into the deep and let their nets down for a catch. There is a command here and a promise. The command was to launch into the deep, the promise was the catch! The definition of launch is to start or set in motion. He was telling them, get moving. Asking them to go into deep water could have been viewed as a little strange considering where they were fishing, but I believe that Jesus was illustrating something of great importance when He asked them to go deep. I believe it symbolized us going into a deeper relationship with Him, one that would have abundant blessings!

Sometimes what He asks us to do don’t make sense. Priscilla Shirer calls it a “Faith Place.” She states, “the faith place is stepping into a situation or circumstance where you put yourself into a position for God to have to come through.”  For whatever reason, I don’t think this made sense to Simon. However, He chose obedience. He chose Faith. Simon told Jesus that they had toiled (worked extremely hard) all night and the result was nothing. Then Simon goes on to say but Master since this is what you ask of me, I will do it. This reflects obedience! By Simon obeying, it released power. The obedience was preparing the miracle to happen. By obedience, Simon was being brought personally into a sphere of Jesus’ mighty power! It is the same with us. We have the same opportunity that Simon had. Obedience. I so want you to grasp the depth (deep) of this word! This one word changes the course of your life. It’s supernatural, its beautiful, abundant in all ways. Freedom, Purpose, Abundance…all in one little word, Obedience.

When Jesus performs this miracle for Simon, he is astounded. He falls on his knees to show his unworthiness. He tells Jesus to depart from him because he is a sinful man and does not deserve such a blessing but Jesus knew Simon’s past. He did not come to judge him but to give him an opportunity. Jesus was after Simon’s hands, feet, heart, and very life. He was offering Simon hope. I think Jesus was displaying great love here. I just wonder what else was said that day that is not recorded in the Bible. I imagine it being something like this: Simon, you are my best catch. You have worked hard for many years (toiled) without any hope. I have come to give you hope. Toil now instead with me.

I wonder how many of you reading this feel like Simon. You have toiled all your life and feel like you have gotten no where…an endless cycle producing nothing… you have thought, surely there has got to be more to life than this. Well friends, there is!

The passage goes on to say when they arrived back to the shore they forsaked all… boats, fish, all! and followed after Jesus. It’s amazing to me that something they were working so hard for (fish) all of sudden didn’t matter at all to them!  (I am shouting right now, Yes! Praise Jesus! Goose bumps and all.)  Jesus gave them an opportunity to now be fishers of men. He tells them to not be afraid and that He would be with them. So, they forsake all and followed Him. Friends, this is the ultimate great catch! Are you ready for it? Do you want it? It is a call to a NEW COMPELLING LIFE.

Have you accepted Jesus as your Savior? This is the greatest opportunity- Romans 10:9

If He is your Savior, have you experienced  a “call” to discipleship? In our passage today, Jesus was seeking disciples. Will you be a disciple?

Who are the people in your life that have been instrumental in “deepening” your faith?

Friends, don’t delay. Let today be the day for your great catch!

In obedience and Love,

Jeannie

 

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Cup Of Obedience Please!

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Good Morning Sweet Friends!

As I am sitting here enjoying my warm cup of coffee and reading my Word this morning, I prayed, “God give me a good Word this morning to satisfy my soul but to also encourage others with.” In that moment the Holy Spirit directed me to a very familiar chapter and verse: 2 Corinthians 10:5- “ casting down arguments and every high thing that exalts itself against the knowledge of God, bringing every thought into captivity to the obedience of Christ.” This entire chapter is educating us on the “Spiritual War” that takes place in our minds.

In my recent book, If You Love Me Obey Me: The Secret to Purpose and Freedom I state, “God is a God of order. He has shown me through scripture when we obey Him, we obey Him in six areas. These areas are : our heart, our will, our mind, our body, our finances, and our future.” Today I want to talk to you about your mind.  Your mind is where battle takes place. Now you have probably heard the word stronghold before, or maybe we should say “strong man” as in Satan because the mind is where Satan loves to attack us. Matter of fact, it is his favorite playground because he can watch us even attack ourselves when we begin to believe the lies and thoughts he has put in our minds. We don’t do it intentionally it just happens if we are not on guard and daily renewing our minds with the Word of God and prayer. It is the only way we can fight and overcome his attacks on our minds. It is why God instructs us to in Romans chapter 12 verse 2- “And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God.” (NKJV) Did you catch that? that you may prove… Jesus himself when being tempted by Satan said, “It is written, It is written, It is written.” He used the Word of God to overcome.

Paul was urging the Corinthians to cast down the thoughts of Satan “strongholds” that had been established in their minds. He knew they were in great danger if they did not instead make every thought obedient to Christ. Now watch this, when our obedience to Christ is being fulfilled then we are able to punish all disobedience that may come against us! ” and being ready to punish all disobedience when your obedience is fulfilled.” 2 Corinthians 10:6

In my book, If You Love Me Obey Me, there is a great chapter on the mind. Here in this chapter I share my own struggles as I walked through obedience, but also how I was able to overcome. I still go back and read it just to remind myself, but here is what you need to know- when God calls you to do anything that would glorify Him, Satan is not just going to stand by. He will call confusion, obstruction, and fear. In your mind you will try and reason but when you do it will lead to confusion and doubt because many times what the Lord calls us to do does not make logical sense. Don’t reason in the mind just obey the Spirit!

I wonder what you may be going through right now- what circumstances you are facing- what war is raging in your mind. Do you want to overcome and walk in peace? you can! With the power of the Holy Spirit we overcome any and all things that the enemy plots against us. Of course you can only have the gift of the Holy Spirit by receiving Jesus Christ as Savior. So, if you are reading this and you have never had the opportunity to receive Christ, let today be the day! Read Romans 10:9 and begin  a journey of purpose, freedom, and eternal life!

I will leave you today with the words I close the chapter with on the mind. “Circumstances can make you better or make you bitter. We may think if our circumstances were different we would be different but not true. Satan loves to use circumstances to attack the mind. If only I had…If only I could… the truth is, if we are not happy with our current circumstances chances are we will not be happy with a new set of circumstances…God has perfect plans for us. As we walk out those plans, He wants us to have renewed minds. Minds that seek to honor and obey Him. Our minds are renewed by reading His word, praying, and seeking to know Him more. God had a perfect plan for me. As I continued to be obedient and do His will, I had no idea about the blessings God had prepared for me. There were many questions, and many mysteries. I didn’t know how God would prove himself, but I simply believed He would and you know what? He did.

“Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is- his good, pleasing, and perfect will.” Romans 12:2 (NIV)

In obedience,

Jeannie

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Expect The Unexpected!

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We are approaching another year and I believe God is eager to speak to us very clearly. I believe this is a year to raise our standards of discipline and dedication to a higher level!

Oh my child, let Me speak to thee, and let My Spirit direct thy life. I may lead you in unexpected ways and ask things of you that are startling, but I will never guide you amiss. Across thy path shall fall the shadow of My hand, and where ever I direct you, you will see my power at work, and there shall come forth from your ministry that which shall glorify Me. Do not walk according to natural reason but instead obey the promptings of the Spirit, and be obedient to My voice. I need those who will be completely  flexible in this way, because there are a multitude of souls who are searching for Me, and would never come into contact with Me in a personal way through the channels of the organized church…go into the places that are out-of-the-way, and bring light on My Word to those who are in need. Stay in an attitude of prayer and faith, and I will do all the rest.” -Come Away My Beloved

We all go through a season where we watch, write, and wait as Habakkuk did, but I believe 2018 is a year to knock the dust off those dreams, desires, and visions you have buried down deep in your heart. God put them there and it is time to give birth to them. In the beginning there was a spiritual birth to your vision. This is where God planted it in your heart and you first caught a glimpse of it. Now, is the appointed time for the physical birth. The physical birth is tangible it radiates forth and touches the lives of others. Just as an unborn baby is born into this world it must be nurtured and begins to grow and so it is with your vision and ministry. It will require strategic care, but if you will step forward in obedience and just Be, God will Do. Yes! Be faithful, Be obedient, Be dedicated, be disciplined, because God is moving. His exciting work is constantly being accomplished! So what part do you play? Are you sitting on Go ready to do His will? Are you ready to see your vision come to Life? Are you prepared to do the work? I pray this will be a year of great breakthrough for you as you have never seen before!

In His Will,

Jeannie

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The Secret Wardrobe

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4:00 am and I quietly walk into my secret chamber, my prayer closet. I push my hanging suits aside so I can nestle down at my little prayer desk and see my items of necessity: my Bible, journal, favorite devotionals and anointing oil. I have a flashback of the movie Narnia when the children enter into the wardrobe. They too push the coats aside and enter into an unknown secret land. Yes, I am entering into a secret land, a place of communion with my Lord. You should know the enemy is trying to distract me. He whispers this is a great time to work on that “to do list” but no! oh no, God speaks at a higher volume, one I can clearly hear and says “Come my child. Deny the things that pertain to your outward life in order to perfect the inner life and enrich your knowledge of myself.” It is here where humility and discipline meet for me. I know that I desperately need this time for direction and guidance and for blessing upon my heart. Also, I need this time again in the evening to free myself of the burdens of the days happenings and give them fully over to my Lord, into His hands so He can work it all out. Oh, then in the busy hours of the day how I need to hear His voice, see His face so He can direct my steps, activities, and responsibilities so I may receive His grace, peace, and wisdom. But wait! I wouldn’t be able to hear and recognize His voice through the day if I didn’t take the time to know Him. The Lord does not seek and ask for our time to add another chore to the day, but instead to lift our souls, lighten our loads! In exchange, I receive supernatural blessings, extended time to complete tasks. It is unexplainable only because it comes from Him! Oh how He loves you! Friends, miss everything else, but don’t miss the voice of our Heavenly Father. I encourage you to commit to a life of prayer. Remember your time in the secret place is a time to do business with your Father. A time to renounce sin, ask for a pure heart. Frankly, this is the only thing that will give you inner peace.

” For a child will be born to us, a son will be given to us; And the government will rest on His shoulders; And His name will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Eternal Father, Prince of Peace.” Isaiah 9:6

In His Love,

Jeannie

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Two Yellow Butterflies

Today is my birthday. Everyone has said do something special today, just for you. As I pondered over the things I  enjoy such as being on the ocean or shopping, maybe even going to gym. I did say maybe;) But I could only settle on one thing I really enjoy doing and that is being still, alone in the presence of Jesus. There is no greater place to be and He is always there just waiting for me to be still and listen.

I asked the Lord how did He want our time to be today. Did He want me to write, read, pray, just rest? In that moment I remembered an earlier request of a friend today: “Make sure you check your mailbox.” Out of the box I pulled many precious cards and a package. The package was from my daddy. Inside was a devotional book that contained favorite Bible verses for women. Well just the thought of the gift from my daddy brought joyful tears for unspoken reasons. Then the Lord led me to one of my favorite spots, my back porch. It was there holding the book that I listened to the water pour from my  fountain. I glazed out in the trees, took a deep breath and was prompted to open the book to read.

First page,” Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth!” Psalm 46:10. At that moment I looked up and two yellow butterflies flying together embraced me for a visit. Two. I like to think of God’s blessings always coming in twos. Zechariah 9:12 promises this very day that He will repay two blessings for each of your troubles. I knew the butterflies represented a message God wanted to give me. It intrigued me enough to do some quick research on the meaning of yellow butterflies. They represent hope and guidance. Two things I needed today. In early Christianity they were a symbol of the soul. In Scotland and Ireland a yellow butterfly means the soul is at peace.  To Native Americans they are a symbol of change, joy, color, and considered a miracle of transformation.

At any rate, Jesus met me with Peace. I was right where I was suppose to be at the right time to see the gift of the butterflies. They flew together, played together. Something so simple but ministered to me so much and left a smile. Jesus can use anything if we are willing. In taking time to be with God, to rest in God, it strengthens my relationship with Him. When I step out of my busy life I can remember how vast God is! Perhaps most important, when I am still I am refreshed spiritually, physically, mentally. I receive nourishment for my soul. Today as I was still before God, I heard His voice-His loving, caring, reassuring voice. What a precious birthday gift from Him today. Peace, rest ” For you formed my inward parts. You covered me in my mother’s womb. I will praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Marvelous are your works and that my soul knows very well. ” Psalm 139 13-14 Trust me the God that can do this knows your every need and will supply it.

So, if your reading this, slow down…Avoid being so busy with life that you forget to nourish your soul.

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Love,

Jeannie

 

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Confident In Your Calling!

Recently, I have had some ask, how do I recognize the call on my life from God?

My answer would be first, one must have confidence. Simply, confidence that there is a God who loves you, seeks to fellowship with you, and created you for a unique purpose. Because guess what? He does! And He did!

Next, nurture that confidence. This is much needed because there is an enemy who is a liar and he will work hard to tear down the very confidence the Lord desires to give you. He will speak lies to you in relation to that confidence and you must combat that with truth.

The enemy will use people you love even look up to or serve with to knock you off the path to which God has called you. Be on guard. You must only look up stay focused on Him! Don’t try to fill  someone else’s call. Don’t let someone else persuade you into the wrong call. Look up! 

Truth is you are worthy and you have the abilities to accomplish your call! Seek the great teacher which is Jesus Christ and he will begin to lead you in your call.  

 Third,  There will be a time of waiting and learning. Be obedient and patient and persevere.

They that wait upon the Lord shall  renew their strength they shall mount up with wings as eagles they shall run and not be weary they shall walk and not faint. Isaiah 40:31 there is much to learn from this short passage.

Lastly, You must seek vision, the vision of God. Oswald Chambers once said “it is easier to serve or work for God without a vision and without a call because then you are not bothered by what He requires. Common sense, covered with a layer of Christian emotion becomes your guide.  You may be more prosperous and successful from the world’s perspective, and will have more leisure time, if you never acknowledge the call of God. But once you receive a commission from Jesus Christ, the memory of what God asks of you will always be there to prod you own to do his will.” Powerful truth!

God will give you a vision and a call if you ask Him to show you what He wants you to do in your life. Once you identify the call begin stepping into the call, continuing to stay on guard and practice all the things noted above. 

He will appoint you and He will anoint you! This is important to remember because you will face challenges. But it’s only when we face those challenges head-on and endure them that we can soar as the eagle to greater heights!

My life is worth nothing unless I use it for finishing the work assigned to me by my Lord Jesus that I might finish my course with joy Acts 20:24
Jeannie

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Be Still

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Good Morning Sweet Friends!

I am a little spoiled this morning! I am sitting alone with God and of course a delicious cup of coffee looking out at His beautiful creation. Thankful for the friends that provided this much needed little paradise getaway. Baby and hubbie snuggling sound asleep. How did I get so lucky to be graced with this precious time! I am marveling this lake which is completely still as God is ministering to me once again, Be still and know that I am God! “There is a river, the streams whereof shall make glad the city of God, the holy place of the tabernacles of the most High..God is in the midst of her…Come, behold the works of the Lord..Be still and know that I am God…I will be exalted among the earth…” Psalm 46.

Just short, simple, and sweet this morning.For all the pain, worry brokenness, trials, loneliness in this world, and there is much but God’s promise is this:

I am always there to help, providing refuge, security, and peace. My power is complete and victorious and certain. I will never fail to rescue those in need, those who love Me!

A friend recently reminded me of this simple yet powerful truth and I want to share it with you. “Be still and Rest, and while you Rest and Trust, God works!” Rick Sarver

Be still in His presence,

Jeannie

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Reject to Protect

Have you ever got frustrated with God because He just didn’t seem to be giving you what you wanted, or asked for, or thought you deserved? (ouch)

Well friends, let me suggest to you through my own life experiences that sometimes God’s rejection is His protection! God leads and protects us from things we cannot see. One of the greatest examples we see of this in Scripture comes from the Flight into Egypt. Take a peek at Matthew 2:13,15,19 ( I’m not going to tell you the story because I want you to dive into the Word for yourself)

Throughout this story we see three keys that are extremely important even for us today!
1. We see God Speak
2. We see Listening
3. We see Obedience
Then we see how these three things ultimately have led to even our salvation today! Wow!

Okay, I just have to give you a preview into what I am saying (Just in case you don’t dive into scripture) I don’t want you to miss this.
The angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and told him to take Mary and Jesus and flee into Egypt because Herod sought the child to kill him Matthew 2:13 (We see two out of our three here: God Speaks and Joseph listens).
Then in Matthew 2:14 Joseph takes them and departs into Egypt, hence the flight ( Here we see our third key, Joseph Obeys).

Here are some principles I have lived within that have really helped me and I hope they do the same for you.
When God speaks He does so through four avenues:
1. The Spirit
2. The Word
3. His people
4. Our circumstances

When preparing to listen from God. There are three things to focus on:
1. A Plan ( Schedule and plan this meeting each day)
2. A Place ( pick a special place where the two of you meet)
3. A Purpose ( God speaks, you Obey)

I don’t know what is going on in your life right now but just remember if your experiencing rejection during your travels, start by just using the principles above. Re align your prayers and prepare to maybe take a different route than the one you punched into navigation. His plan is always better!

I will leave you with this Hosea 11:1. Here God shows His Fatherly Love.
“When Israel was a child, I loved him, and called my son out of Egypt”

Now make it personal and add your name. For example:
When Jeannie was a child, I loved her, and called my daughter out of Egypt.

Buckle up and enjoy your Flight,
Jeannie
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Sweaty Joy

“These things I have spoken to you, that My joy may remain in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11

When one thinks of the word joy, how is it defined? One may confuse happiness with joy but they are not the same. Happiness may be spending time with the one you love, a beautiful sunset, sandy beaches, shopping, your baby’s smile, or maybe just a delicious cheeseburger. Sometimes we chase happiness but these things are temporary. In these examples, happiness depends on our circumstances, our whereabouts.

Now let me introduce you to Joy. Joy is eternal, it is a supernatural peace and calm in the midst of any circumstance, any pain. It is a confident spirit and heart knowing that God is the pilot of our life. It is the assurance of His love and work in our life. It is strong and deep in our core, it is Jesus Christ. So, if you don’t have Jesus, you don’t have Joy. Happiness depends on happenings, Joy depends on Christ!

It was still dark outside as I made my way into the gym. I recently had accepted Christ and each day was seeking Him more. I stepped on the treadmill and began to walk as I accelerated speed. I began to pray. Lord, what is joy all about. I hear so many speak of joy. Lord, I want to know true joy. There has been so much pain. I want to feel joy. At that moment the greatest indescribable unworldly peace flowed over me. Tears began to drip, pour and collide with my sweat. I knew at that moment God was demonstrating His joy within me. It was something that could only come from Him. It was then that I truly knew what joy was. It was simply me abiding in Him and Him abiding in me (John 15) If you want true joy focus all your attention and energy in knowing Christ!

One of my favorite books in the Bible is Philippians. It is all about joy I have claimed it to my life numerous times. If you need a little joy, I encourage you to crack it open and learn how to rejoice in every circumstance. Don’t take my word for it. Hear from Paul the author himself who while writing this book was in prison but yet lived in joy!

From A Mother’s Heart:
You have heard that a mother sets the mood of the home. It is true and if your spirit and attitude is one of joy it will be contagious and your children will rise up and call you blessed (Proverbs 31:28) A joyful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit dries up the bones (Proverbs 17:22)
A joyful family starts with a joyful mother!

Pray this with me. Lord, make me a joyous mother, because of my salvation through your son, I have every reason to remain joyous and celebrate life. Let my life be a testimony of your joy, love and grace!

Jeannie

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A little GOD time

Good Morning!

Did you think I fell off the planet? Well I have wondered myself. Time was hard to capture before becoming a mommy now it is almost impossible! However I have prayed and devoted myself to a little GOD time no matter what the day brings, no matter if it is only five minutes! A little GOD time can sustain you a long way!

Because of this season of my life, God is changing up my writing a bit. You know my heart has always been to encourage your heart no matter what life storm you are passing through. In my blogging I will turn you to God but also add some mommy encouragement meant to bless you no matter what stage of motherhood you are in!

Today and everyday God pursues and He never stops. Over and over scripture shows us how God pursues and attempts to reconcile fallen men and women to himself. “For the Son of Man came to seek and save the lost” Luke 19:9-10. God is all about second chances, thank goodness! Does anybody need a second chance? I know I have.
No matter our mistakes, no matter where our journey has led us to thus far, the great hope and promise is that even right now this very moment we have the power to change things, to change direction but only through the Holy Spirit! Someone reading this needs to know the God is pursuing you! Will you stop and face Him and allow Him to change the course of your life? That is my prayer! This is for all Christ followers no matter where you are in your walk, Is God pursing you to something different, new direction, or just calling you to be obedient to something? We must take some time out, a little GOD time and listen…

From a Mothers Heart:
Speaking of second chances, I am so thankful for them when it comes to motherhood! A couple days ago, I decided I would venture out with my newborn alone. I thought, I got this! A few miles down the road and I was pulling over and jumping in the back of my van to soothe a crying baby. This led to a feeding, another stop led to a diaper change and by the time I reached my destination I looked down to only discover dried poop under my fingernails! I was emotionally wore out! I have never been so happy to pull back in my driveway. Through this adventure, I did not have the best mommy attitude but guess what? I get a second chance. So, today we are going to try it all over again.

Even if your children are grown and you feel you got it all wrong (by the way you didn’t) it is never too late. The power of prayer changes everything. “Rise during the night and cry out. Pour out your hearts like water to the Lord. Lift up your hands to him in prayer, pleading for your children”. Lamentations 2:19
And if your now a grandparent, hey! maybe that is why God made grandparents…to give you a second chance!

Have a poop-free day! Much Love,
Jeannie
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