Valentines – Let it be a Reminder

of a greater love.  A LOVE we can’t ever out give, it’s so much more then a date on the calendar!   Sometimes we lose sight of our Father’s love because we can’t see Him or physically feel Him but maybe He has come in the form of a whisper to your heart.  You just need to stop long enough to listen…..

Sometimes the hardest thing is attuning our hearts to hear what he says; because the ‘other voices are loud’ we let them drown out what is the best voice.

  Maybe you heard Him say, “You are enough”….when you feel inadequate

Maybe He is saying, “I am your Burden bearer”….when you are heavy laden

Maybe it’s, “I am your Door”…..when it looks as if there is no way out

He could be saying, “I am the God of Armies”…..when the pressures are on

Or let Me be your, “God of details”……when you are frustrated

I will be your, “God of love”…when you feel unloved and need a hug

Whatever your greatest need is today, there is always a name of God that can meet that need.  Sometimes it’s us simply aligning our spirits to His Spirit to hear it!  That is a LOVE worth KNOWING!

So celebrate the love you have with the ones closest to you this Valentine’s Day.  Make it a bit extra special but don’t overdo it, if it’s not in your realm to do so this year.   A simple celebration could be as basic as fresh strawberries dipped in Nutella.  Just be sure to light the candles.  Candles make the humblest of celebrations Grand!

Cheers to loving well!

Dawn

Today Was The Day

my mom and I submitted our manuscript.  We are very humbled and grateful to be doing a cookbook together with Harvest House.

This cake recipe will be in the book!

Her and my father drove to Virginia last weekend to be with us.  It was a special time, all weekend Grandpa played Ticket To Ride with the boys and they even got a game in Sunday morning before church.  The girls all had a little tea party, with Kate taking care of all the table details; we even had macaroons, oh so good!

  This book will release January 2018.  It will be full of traditional recipes that my mom has cooked with for years on the farm, coupled with stories woven in and out.

My portion will have a twist of  simple food (it’s the season I find myself in) woven with some thoughts that I have been pondering in my heart over the past 2 years.

My baby wanted in on a picture with Grandma!

Cheers!

Dawn

Pondering ‘Peace On Earth’

Often at Christmas time I view ‘Peace On Earth’, that little phrase in the olde Christmas carol with some cynicism.  How can we sing about ‘Peace On Earth’ when there really is hate on a broader level, when there is broken feelings with people I love? This year there has been a fresh perspective, a new understanding, that ‘though the wrongs won’t be righted today or tomorrow’ I can in a small way bring ‘Peace On Earth’ in my domain, to my sphere of influence.

It comes with me praying before the Lord and asking Him what He wants me to take on, who He wants me to reach out to?  It comes with a soul awareness that as I align my heart to His I can bring ‘Peace On Earth’ to my children, to the people I rub shoulders with.

Often in the chaos, the externals are not peaceful but my soul can be at a place of deep peace because the ‘Prince of Peace’ Isaiah 9:6 is with me. And I am learning on those days and in those moments when I am in turmoil that it is an invitation to me from HIM to bring the anxiousness, the questions, and the longings to him.

One day when I was in an anxious funk, I told my kids I needed 30 minutes of quiet and this is what my Kate prepared for my quiet.  It was such a moment of servitude from her even though they are solid wood. 🙂  It brought a beautiful peace to my soul!

When I sat down at the computer to find pictures to put in this post, I  found this picture, taken by one of my sons. I think it fits so perfectly on this topic!  If your world feels a little like this picture…..it’s an invitation from HIM to you…….to quiet your uneasy heart before HIM!

My baby, Will, 2 years old set up the nativity this week with all our stuffed animals.   Joseph was the goat, Mary was the sheepy, and gorilla was the baby.  He had flying cows as stars.  And he was happiest, eyes twinkling when he started with his treasured blankie as the platform.

The moment was so scared and all I could was weep as he narrated the story for me.  At one point when he was placing the wise men, a dolphin and penguin he shouted, “NO ROOM”.  And isn’t that just like us, that the more we let ‘other voices’ crowd things in our heart our peaces vanishes. God touched me in a deep place in my soul this week as he narrated the story for me.

I am so grateful for many things, the ‘Prince of Peace’ constantly with me in this day.  And when I have ‘NO ROOM’ he proposes an invitation to my heart and I can always come to him the ‘God of Peace’. I Thessalonians 5:23

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

DAWN

P.S. One final picture.  We celebrated big this past weekend in DC.  My husband turns 50 this week.  He is such a gift to me!

Books I Am Reading

Books, they serve as mentors in my life!  I am always intrigued by the books that people I love and deeply respect are reading.  It gives me a window into their souls.  It’s like a clue to what makes them tick.  Why they think the way they do and the ‘how’ to some of  their guiding principles.

I have this burning desire to always be growing in my soul.  These are the books that are challenging me in this journey, as

of late.

Fervent, Priscilla Shirer

Cutting edge, practical and a powerful reminder that our prayers do matter.  We are moving Heaven and Earth when we enter the Throne.

The 10 Habits of Happy Mothers, Meg Meeker, MD

Seriously, the title didn’t grab me but this one is on!  She writes with tons of real life, client experience.  She is a pediatrician but her writing style is counselor.  I would not have picked up this book but when your husband sets 2 of her books in your lap because he has been reading her stuff,  you give it a try.  I wish I could retain half of her insight.  She is just that good!!  Tons of practical ways on how to over come fears, the control money has on us and on and on………..

The Life Giving Home, Sally & Sarah Clarkson

I love anything the Clarkson’s write.  Most of their books have been written to homeschooling momma’s but this one is practical in how to live life very intentional with your children, regardless of what educational route you choose.

Teaching From Rest, Sarah Mackenzie

  It’s a short book so if you don’t have a lot of time to read right now I would pick this one up.  I could not put it down!  I don’t know if it was because I was going thru the internal struggle ALL OVER AGAIN of what is required of me to walk this homeschooling journey and I just wanted to run, run far away.  It really gave me some perspective.

Cheers to a Fabulous weekend!  We hope to spend it in the great out doors with some family.

Dawn