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Believing the One in Whom I Believe

Remember how the LORD your God led you all the way in the desert these forty years, to humble you and to test you in order to know what was in your heart, whether or not you would keep his commands. He humbled you, causing you to hunger and then feeding you with manna, which neither you nor your fathers had known, to teach you that man does not live on bread alone but on every word that comes from the mouth of the LORD. Deuteronomy 8:2-3

I have shared with several friends lately (and in a couple of my blogs) about how God has recently given me an increased measure of faith. Because of all of the situations and problems that have arisen in my past that God has seen me through, I can rest assured that nothing will happen in the future that is too big for Him to handle.

Of course, as I begin sharing that with more and more folks, I will once again be tested.

This week has brought with it a series of unforeseen events that have caught me somewhat more than off guard. (I am so thankful that n…

Nothing Changes If Nothing Changes

The Spirit of the LORD will come upon you in power, and you will prophesy with them; and you will be changed into a different person. 1 Samuel 10:6

After having been asked to be a featured blogger for the parenting community on Wellsphere.com, I have spent a lot of time considering the state of my own health. And to be bluntly honest, the choices I make daily concerning my health aren't that great. Our family eats out too often. I drink too many soft drinks and not enough water. And usually I stay so tired that I do not have the motivation to do as much exercising as I want or need.

I made the mistake of taking the Depo-Provera birth control shot after my first child was born. While I had not gained much during my pregnancy with her, after getting the shot I bled continually for a year and during that time I packed on the pounds. The eight years that followed found me pregnant, having just had a baby, or going through a miscarriage. As for the past two years since my last baby arriv…

The New and Improved Mama's aMusings!

My blog makeover is complete, and I am beyond thrilled with the results.

Tara went far and above what anyone would expect to meet what I had envisioned this blog to be. I really wanted a "happy, cheerful" feel to Mama's aMusings, and I feel like she achieved that and then some.

Tara is currently having a grand opening sale on her blog makeovers. If you order before February 1st, she will lock you in for an entire set for $13. Unheard of, right?? Not only is her work good, but she is very easy to work with and is willing to work and rework to make your wants a reality. You can visit her site at: Blog Makeovers by Tara . I am sure you'll like what she comes up with for you too!!

A Thankful Heart is a Happy Heart

Today is Thankful Thursday. I don't participate in this often, but think that it is important to pause and reflect often on how much we truly have to be thankful for. Years ago I was told by a doctor to keep a health journal to monitor my progress during a time when I was ill. After a few days of reading and writing what I felt, I felt worse than I had to begin with. I was focusing on the negative instead of the positive. At that point I made a decision to make list of three things daily I was thankful for or that had blessed me. When I shifted my attention on how much I had in my life, my attitude and health picked up too. It has been a long time since I sat and listed three blessings each day. After a while I didn't need to everyday. I could see what I had in my life and was constantly reminded of how blessed I really am. I've said before that if my life came with a soundtrack two songs that would be included would be How You Live by Point of Grace and Blessed by Martina…

TEN THINGS I LOVE

Alicia @ Confessions of a Snowflake, posted a Ten Things I Love theme on her blog and I thought I would play along. The rules are to list ten things you love that begin with the letter assigned to you. Alicia gave me the letter "C".

 1.  Our CREATOR.
 2.  CHRIST my Lord.
 3.  My CHILDREN.
 4.  MY CHILDREN's daddy!  - Thanks for the idea on that one, Alicia!
 5.  COCKER SPANIELS... My precious little Bella Rose!
 6.  CHRISTIAN friends.
 7.  CHURCH
 8.  That I am CHOSEN and CALLED.
 9.  God's CREATIONS - I love butterflies, flowers, and especially sunsets!
10.  CHIMICHANGAS, CHERRY PIE, CHOCOLATE, and Diet COKE.


If you would like to play along with the Ten Things I Love theme, leave me a comment saying so. I will come visit you and give you a letter. Come on. Play along. You know you want to!!

I also have assigned my kiddos each a letter so that they can play along too.  Check out their blogs to see their answers!  Some of them are too cute!

Be blessed!
Samantha

Put Your Big Girl Panties On and Deal With It!!

More often than not our life seems like a never ending roller coaster with ups and downs and curves and tunnels. Sometimes it crawls along, but most of the time it seems to pass with a break neck speed.

I've spent a lot of time the past few days thinking about the last year of my family's life.

It really started a couple of days before Christmas in 2007. That was when we got a letter from the IRS stating that we owed several thousand dollars in back taxes. The next week was followed by a trip to Kansas where our van ended up breaking down, and we had to replace the alternator outside a parts store in the snow. Another couple of weeks passed and the motor in my husband's truck locked up.

There were resolutions to each of those problems. We were able to prove we didn't owe the tax money.. praise God! My van is still chugging along. Tommy's truck has a new engine in it, and we plan to run it until the wheels fall off. But those few things aren't the whole of what has…

Life's Seasons

Tomorrow will mark three weeks since my husband had arthroscopic shoulder surgery. It has been a very emotionally, physically, and mentally draining three weeks for both of us. Neither of us were prepared for or expected the pain he would experience almost continually after his surgery. Nor did either of us realize to what extent he would be physically limited following this procedure. My husband has always been a big help around the house, and it has taken him being incapacitated to show me just how much he did do around here. Usually on mornings that my husband does not work, he makes breakfast and lunch for the kids and me. But every meal that has been prepared since his surgery has been by my hands. For the first time in eleven years, I've taken trash out. Tommy has enjoyed putting our two year old to bed nightly since this is something he missed while working nights after our first three were born. However, this is one more thing that for the moment he cannot do. He cannot ma…

An Interview With Samantha

I got this from Alicia at More Than Words. If you'd like to participate, leave me a comment with your email address and I'll send you my list of questions.

Here are my questions from Alicia:

1. Did you grow up in church?
Yes, I did.

2. What is your favorite thing about blogging?
I started blogging about three years ago as a means to journal and keep track of my kids in each of their different stages. I love being able to look back now and see where we've come from and relive some fun memories. These days I blog mostly as therapy for my soul!

3. What do you find the hardest to organize in your home?
I guess the hardest thing to keep organized in my house is laundry. Clothes for six people is not an easy or fun thing to keep up with. I really need more storage space for our clothes which is something I'm hoping to gain in the next few months.

4. Are you a cook or a baker? What is your favorite dish/dessert to make?
I go through phases. My current favorite "dish" is meat…

All Things New!

Therefore if any man be in Christ, he is a new creature: old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.2 Corinthians 5:17

VISIT SIGNS, WONDERS, and MIRACLES FOR MORE THEN SINGS MY SOUL SATURDAY!

Friday Funnies! - "Earth to Jaden"

Earlier this week as my son, Jaden, and his friend, Daniel, sat engrossed playing a Star Wars video game, Daniel's mother tried to no avail to gain their attention.  Moments passed when finally she demanded, "JADEN!  Do you know what planet you are on?!?"  Jaden calmly replied, "Yes, ma'am.  I'm on Naboo." For more Friday Funnies visit:  Homesteader's Heart

Extremely Spoiled and Somewhat Helpless - Oh, and It's a NEW YEAR!

Since my husband's shoulder surgery a week and a half ago, I have been blessed with a lot of insight into both of our personalities and our places in our home. I tend to be all about preparation and details, while Tommy is about the execution of those things. He has made me an extremely spoiled and somewhat helpless woman!! I have as many scars from his surgery as he does... I cut my hands three different times opening toy packages and installing batteries on Christmas Day. I don't like to sound as if though I'm complaining or whining, but deal with me a minute while I do...the past nine days I have felt like a single mom of five kids! I have a whole new appreciation for my husband and all that he contributes in our home to help me in as many ways as he can. He truly has a servant's heart and enjoys helping. He does not like laying around not being able to do much. While this is something I've always known, I don't think I'd realized it in the same light un…