Monday Matters

So much of the time, once Monday rolls around we get in a slump and aren’t excited about the day. That’s not me today though! I have so much to look forward to. I confided in you about some of my struggles in my previous post but although I struggle, I have hope.

This Monday morning I am excited about the day. For the first time in awhile, we meal prepped last night and I am stoked to share the recipes with you. Also today, a friend of mine and I are beginning our Advocare challenge. Today marks day 1 of the cleanse phase. Then tonight, my second season of Run for God begins. We participated in the program a few years ago but haven’t stuck to running. During the program last time I completed my very first full 5K run. Usually, I had just walked them. I felt like I was on top of the world and to be honest, was probably in the best shape of my life then. I’m ready to get that me back! It’s coming.

Now, for the meal prep last night. I made a delicious one pan dish that included chicken, green beans, and red potatoes. I also made vinegar cucumbers and clean deviled eggs. Just look at how delicious all of this looks! I will be sharing the recipes in separate posts.

Make it a marvelous Monday!
Hollie

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Thankful

This is the time of year where we all seem to reflect on what we are most thankful for. I wanted to post my ‘top 10’ that I am most thankful for..

  1. Life – I am thankful for the ability to live and although I am not perfect, I am thankful for another day to try and be the best I can be.
  2. Love – I am thankful for God’s love, a love that is indescribable other than using the word unconditional. I am thankful that no matter how many times I fail, God still loves me and cares for me. He loves and cares for you, too!
  3. Family – I am so incredible thankful for my family. As a whole it can be dysfunctional at times but I love each and every member and know that at the end of each day no matter the circumstances, we all are there for each other.
  4. My daughter – I am so thankful that the Lord called me to be her mom. Parenthood isn’t always sunshine and roses but everyday with her is full of love and laughter. I am so proud and hope that the Lord blesses me with many more years as her mom.
  5. My boyfriend, Kasey – This man right here is the only man who can get on my absolute nerves yet I love him more and more each day. He has shown me such support in the most darkest times and going through life with him is nothing but special. He truly is one of my biggest fans and I cherish every minute of our love story!
  6. Freedom – I am so incredibly thankful for the freedoms that we have in America. So many of which we often take advantage of.
  7. Material things – I know I shouldn’t put much emphasis on material things but in this case, I am super thankful for our home, warmth, food, electricity, all the material things that allow us to live peacefully and without worry of going without.
  8. Friends – I don’t have many that I truly consider an honest friend but the few I do have, I cherish their friendship. I cherish their brutal honesty, and I cherish each moment spent with them.
  9. Experiences – I am thankful for both good and bad experiences. At just 30 years young I have been through so many different things that some people don’t experience in their lifetime. Each experience has shaped me into the person I am today.
  10. Passion & Purpose – I couldn’t be more thankful to feel so passionate about not one topic but many. To have a passion for something gives so much purpose. I am thankful for the callings and direction that God places on my heart to fulfill his purpose.

What are you most thankful for this Thanksgiving season?

God is SO good!

So I have to share with you guys the blessings that the Lord placed on my family last week in the most unexpected ways. It all began when we were on our way to Pigeon Forge, Tennessee. We were headed up Black Mountain and my dad’s radiator blew. To make a long story short we were stranded on the side of the highway for a good 4+ hours. My dad’s best friend drove a good 2+ hours to bring us his truck and him and my dad swapped out the radiator. They swapped out the trucks so that we were pulling the RV with his friend’s truck and then his friend was going to drive my dad’s truck back home. The blessing in disguise was that while we were sitting on the side of the highway, ambulances passed by and there was a huge wreck up ahead. If we hadn’t been stranded, that very well could have been us. Think what you want, but I believe that the radiator going out was God’s way of protecting us from the wreck up ahead.

If that isn’t enough to give you chills, check out what happened literally about 30 miles from the campground we were staying at. Only around 30 minutes to go, we took a turn and a tire on the RV blew (see picture below). Here we are on the side of the road, late at night, no one around. My dad calls around to different roadside assistance places and the quotes began at around $500-$700. Next couple calls got the total down to anywhere from $325-$445. My younger sister posted a status on Facebook requesting prayer considering this was our second time on the way to where we were going that we were stopped in our tracks and found ourselves on the side of the road. No lie, not even 5 minutes later a gentlemen pulls up checking on us. He said he lived right down from where we were pulled off at and that he has a spare for his RV. He was going to go pick it up and see if it fit my dad’s RV. Praise the Lord, it fit like a glove! We were back on our way and my dad got his tire fixed while we were there that week so we could get back the tire to the gentleman who helped us. Talk about a blessing, I will never forget how the Lord showed himself in those circumstances!

  

I’m so excited..

..for the journey that I’ve committed myself to for many days, months, and years to come. I’d love for you to take this journey with me. What journey you ask? The journey to a better ME!

I’m officially a Momsanity sister!! I cannot wait to gain the friendships (“sisterhoods”),  knowledge, healthier lifestyle, and deepen my relationship with Christ right along fellow believers. Right along with others who share my same struggles that I do, who face similar challenges, and who are supportive and want to be supported. 

If you haven’t heard of the Momsanity sisterhood I invite you to go to their website(s) Momsanity and Momsanity Sisterhood, take a look to see if you’d be interested in becoming a Momsanity sister. If you already are or decide to join please comment below. 

It’s going to be a fun and challenging experience that I know my body physically, mentally, and emotionally, will thank me for later. It’s about time I do something to benefit myself, what about you?

Xo!

Growing Closer to God Through Art, Design, and Journaling.

I am human and I fail. I don’t live the way I should all the time but I try. I make mistakes yet He loves me anyway. How astonishing is that? He blesses me with so much even though I don’t deserve it. How can anyone know that and not want a deeper, more personal relationship with Him? I want to love like Jesus loves. I want to trust in Him ALWAYS, not just when it’s convenient. I want to be confident in myself and see myself through His eyes. I am valued, a one of a kind original. I was handpicked by the King of Kings.

Despite knowing all of this, I always feel that my relationship with God isn’t where it needs to be. So, I spent some time searching different approaches to really studying scripture and gaining a deeper relationship with the Lord. I came across the process of journaling in your Bible. I hadn’t heard of journaling Bibles before coming across Shanna Noel’s blog and Valerie Wieners Art. These two ladies have inspired me to start my own journaling Bible experience. One of my resolutions for the new year is the create a more meaningful and deeper relationship with God through my journaling Bible. I hope that through doing so and sharing my experiences, I’ll inspire someone else just as I was inspired.

So here it is, my first round of supplies on this new journey.

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I purchased the ESV Journaling Bible by Crossway. After looking in a few stores, I was able to find it on hand at Lifeway. Other supplies you see in the picture are Erin Condren extra fine colored pens (these were a gift and I absolutely love them!), Crayola twistable crayons, different washi and duck tape designed tape, stamps and stamp pads, flag punch, and stickers. I am going to decorate the outside of my journaling Bible but not all at once because I’m sure I’ll run into other sticky fabrics, stickers, and tape designs I like and would like to display. So I’ll provide you with a before and after (so far) of the front cover.

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I had so much fun making it my own. The sayings on the front cover are from a sticker sheet that I purchased at AC Moore. “What if you woke up today with only the things you thanked God for yesterday?” How powerful is that? It really touches me and puts things into perspective. The other one, “Draw closer to God and He will draw closer to you” is one that I felt connected to mainly because I am terrible at not doing my daily devotion or personal prayer time simply because “I don’t have time.” This is reminding me that when I MAKE TIME, the Lord will make time for me in other areas. Without Him, I wouldn’t have any time, so I really need to do a better job at taking that time for Him.

Have you ever had a journaling Bible or maybe currently do? I would love to hear about your experience if so. I will be posting more as I make my mark with how I’m interpreting the scripture. Hope you’ll find it inspiring!