Home…

Hello there gorgeous one!

I happen to be away at the Breathe Retreat this weekend, an incredible life-giving & refreshing weekend for mom’s – its amazing!!

While here, I am spending some time thinking about the word HOME and what my dream home is like.  Have you taken some time to think about your dream-home? I’m not talking about your physical house, although that may be part of it. Perhaps some of my thoughts could spark some inspiration for you. I encourage you to write down your thoughts on how you can imagine your home being. xoxo

Home…

A home that’s heavenly; an atmosphere that instills within them that feeling of “I am worth living this life beautifully”

Beauty & order

Presence & worship

Royal & loved

Important & productive

 

“Home is a place where all that is good is treasured, stored & protected.” -Sally Clarkson

It’s a safe place. A place where everything good rules and reigns. The atmosphere is always LOVE. Where we are enabled and live from a place of victory. The feelings within each one who lives there fluctuates between every good feeling – loved, loving, joy, peace, inspired, inspiring, beautiful, royal, righteous, compassionate, energized, heard, important, respected, amazed, passionate, full, healthy, whole, lacking no good thing.

The actions of the ones who live here are loving, respectful, kind, generous, thoughtful, serving one another, preferring one another’s needs above our own, finding joy in other’s joy, having our needs richly met by our Heavenly Father.

Thanksgiving is our dialect. Life-giving words is what we speak over one another.

 

Oh my soul, bless God.

From head to toe, I’ll bless his holy name!

Oh my soul, bless God, don’t forget a single blessing!

He forgives your sins – every one.

He heals your diseases – every one.

He redeems you from hell – saves your life!

He crowns you with love & mercy – a paradise crown.

He wraps you in goodness – beauty eternal.

He renews your youth – your always young in his presence.

God makes everything come out right; He puts victims back on their feet.

As high as heaven is over the earth, so strong is his love for us. -Psalm 103:1-6

 

I am loved to the deepest core of my being- instilled into my core is my Heavenly Father’s perfect, unconditional love, his peace, that surpasses all understanding AND His overflowing life-giving JOY. He wraps me in His loving kindness and tender mercies. He satisfies my needs & longings till I am fully satisfied and brought to a place of contentment and joy. He leaves me lacking nothing, I am totally cared for. I am loved. His love drives out any fears or anxieties I might have had. I know that he constantly is thinking of my needs and preparing good things for me every day! He is a good, good daddy! Everyday he holds me to reassure me of his love. I know that I can do all things beautifully and with strength and Grace because He is my helper and His joy is my strength! Thank you God!

 

Lady wisdom builds a lovely home;

Sir fool comes along and tears it down brick by brick. -Proverbs 14:1

 

Builds: to develop or give form to according to a plan or process.

Lovely: full of love, loving, inspiring love or affection. Having beauty that appeals to the emotions as well as the eye. Enjoyable, delightful, of a great moral, a beautiful woman, winning, graceful, amiable.

 

Brick by brick: small things, small compromises.

 

I love preparing for a beautiful tomorrow; cleaning, organizing, planning, praying, etc. Prepping fresh fruit and meals for a healthy tomorrow. I like to start my day and not let my day start me…

My home…

Beautiful

Clean

Uncluttered

Organized

Simple and romantic

Systems

Inspiring

Tranquility

Peaceful

Warm

Cozy

Happy

Healthy

Full of energy

Inviting

Relational – a place where you can be heard and process

A place of worship, healing, hope, freedom & love

A place of laughter & joy

 

We are loved. I am a happy, loving and kind Mommy to Avey, Anna, Kirsten & Lily. I am the best wife for Grant. Our home is beautiful, full of our Heavenly Father’s presence, full of His love, joy, peace & grace. We are full of energy and strength. Everything is getting taken care of. The Holy Spirit is our helper. We are living the glorious life He has willed for us.

My daughters and I are full of beauty and grace and we walk in truth. We absolutely love & adore, admire & respect the man of our home, my handsome husband; their loving, kind & fun daddy. My children & husband are God’s greatest blessings to me! Grant and I are best friends & so in love with each-other. I am his best helper and we are a great team. We work with each-other and not against each-other. We look for the best- not the worst in each-other. I am Grant’s & my children’s #1 cheerleader. We always think and believe the very best about each-other. Mommy & Daddy can’t keep their hands off each-other!!

Jesus’s blessings on our lives is crazy ridiculously good! A scandal! Love, joy, freedom, grace, peace, forgiveness, freshness, a new start, generous, wisdom, favor!! Just to name a few!! He makes life beautiful!! He turns things around for our good, He is trustworthy, safe & soooo so good!! “He is not a rules-enforcer, He is a grace & love dispenser!!” (Author of quote unknown).

Home is being in God’s presence. A place where we are meant to live in Him & Him in us. 2 Corinthians 6:14 Message says… I’ll live in them, move into them; I’ll be their God and they’ll be my people. (The Passion Translations says it this way:) I will make my home in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people.

What are your thoughts on HOME? Would sure love to hear in the comments below…

Love you sweet friends!

Angie

 

Empowering our kids…

If you were to crack open my heart for a little bit here, you would find that my heart longs for, on a daily basis to start a business, to be an entrepreneur and to encourage and empower other women. I can’t help it, I think about it All. The. Time.

I recently was listening to a leadership podcast by Michael Hyatt and they were talking about the importance of empowering the team around you.

They said things like “How are you motivating and empowering your team?”

“When you empower your team, then their gifts and talents can flourish.”

“We double, triple, even quadruple our time when we learn how to empower our teams.”

“We deprive our team from using their gifts when we do the work they could be doing.”

And this final quote that I loved “Don’t do anything that others could or would do when theirs so much of importance to be done that others could not or would not do”.

I began thinking about my team and do you know who my team is in this season of my life? It’s my 4 darling little girls. Ages 7, 5, 4 & 2. They are my dream team. And I want to empower them in every possible way that I can.

It was just 2 months ago when we moved into our new home and I was beginning to quickly realize that I simply cannot keep all the balls in the air when it comes to keeping our home in order. I am 1 person and there are 6 people in our home and I cannot stay on-top of everything and have a healthy soul at the same time! My husband kept nudging me to “teach the girls to do some of these things so you don’t have too” and I gotta confess, I didn’t really have faith in them that they could do many of the things I was doing or at least not in a reasonable time-frame. I kept defaulting to cleaning up after every meal, cleaning up every evening, doing all the laundry and putting it away, even tidying up their rooms, etc, etc.

My husband began to see how tiring all this was on me so one wknd he took charge and put the kids on dishwashing duty and he did not allow me to step in. He gave our 4 year old a wet rag and showed her how to dust baseboards. He showed our oldest how to push a vacuum cleaner. And you guys… I WAS SURPRISED IN THE BEST POSSIBLE WAY!!! They really could do things. And they actually can do them pretty well. It’s been about a month now since we began empowering them in these different chores around our home and they continue to get better and faster as time has gone on.

One girl washes the dishes, another loads the dishwasher and drys and puts away.

Another girl wipes down all the kitchen countertops and the table.

Someone sweeps the floors.

One preps the children’s vitamins the night before.

Another sets the table for tomorrow’s breakfast with the bowls/plates, silverware, napkins and water cups. (With their vitamins on their plate that’s in a cute little dish).

They go throughout the living room/kitchen and pick up their things and put them away.

They clean-up their rooms.

They clean their own bathrooms.

They fold and put their laundry away.

On rotation they each have “their day” where they get to be the one helping with cooking the meals. On their day they also get to pick where they get to sit at the table, say the prayer before the meal and (once we get our TV hooked back up again) pick out the “show” if they get an opportunity to watch a show that day.

They help unload the groceries.

They dust.

They organize their toys.

They make their own beds.

They get their own jammies on, (they help their little 2yr old sister get her jammies on – and can even change a wet diaper (they hold the line on not changing a poopie!), they go potty and brush their teeth on their own.

As I have stuck with this and as I continue to empower my kids in helping out with these beautiful tasks to everyday life skills – I am seeing that I then have more time for working on our budget, doing some of the deeper cleaning, more time for meal prepping as they are cleaning up the kitchen, more time to work on things in my heart such as writing these blogs and doing things that only I can do. They are growing leaps and bounds and learning great work-ethics and their confidence has also grown so much. They are owning their responsibilities and I couldn’t be more proud. As they have grown more comfortable with these routine tasks I have noticed them being more self-starters on their own accord. We homeschool and sometimes it’s so neat when I walk into the living room and I see that one or two of my girls has already finished their math & writing work for the day! (It doesn’t always happen that way! But it has a few times and it’s been happening since they’ve owned more responsibilities). I will say, we are nowhere perfect in all of this and we do our best to be consistent but sometimes things come up. And that’s ok.  We pick up where we left off and begin again. We do our best with what we have and their are still times where I may lend a helping hand in cleaning a room or with laundry or the dishes. I’m working on this! But we have come so far in the short amount of time we began implementing these things and I’m grateful for their contribution and hard work.

I am doing my best as a parent to be much more open to allowing them to help when they ask for it. I think out of feeling overwhelmed and that I like things just-so I got into a bad habit of saying “No thank you, I got this”. But I realized this is not good for me or them. And just as if I did have a staff around me, whom I would want to empower – so I realize I have these 4 precious daughters whom I want to empower and equip in every possible way and who are far more valuable than any future staff. They are my ministry. My daily ministry. And they are worth it all.

How have you motivated & empowered your kids? Do you have any words of encouragement or great tips/advice on this? Or maybe you are like how I recently had always been and this is maybe something you want to incorporate. Do you have any questions? I sure would love to hear your thoughts below.

Thanks so much! Love you friends!! We got this!!

All my love,

Angie