Wednesday, January 31, 2007

**Wordless Wednesday**

Tuesday, January 30, 2007

Satan Is A Liar!

"Satan's ultimate lie is that you are capable of being the god of your own life, and his ultimate bondage is getting you to live as though his lie is truth."~ Neil Anderson ~

Satan is a liar. That is no surprise, is it? How many lies has Satan told you just today? Has he told you that God can't handle your problem? Has he told you that you can take care of your problem without God? If you have heard that running through your head today, then I just want to tell you that:


I am guilty of believing his lies. I am guilty of trying to live my life my way and on my terms. I am guilty of not truly believing that God can handle a situation. If I could just engrave this thought into my brain, then my life would be much smoother. Just think of how your life could be if you would hand it all over to God. If you would hand over your:










If you could just find a way to hand every area of your life to Him, and quit taking it on yourself to fix and repair, then it would all work out the way that God wants it to. God says in His Word to

"Cast your cares on the LORD and He will sustain you; He will never let the righteous fall." Psalm 5:22


"Cast all your anxiety on him because He cares for you." 1 Peter 5:7

He is not just talking about the big cares. He wants us to give Him even the smallest things. It is not necessary for us to worry about anything, for He can handle the load for us. I forget this often. I carry around the worry, the anxiety, and the pain because I feel that I can handle it myself, but that is not the way that He designed it. Satan wants me to think that I can handle it myself because he knows that in most cases I will fail miserably or will not be doing as God willed. The longer that I believe that lie, the more that I will try to do in my own power and before I know it, I will be entirely out of the will of God. It may begin with small things, but it will cycle to larger things the more that I believe him. I don't want this to happen. I want to live in God's will and under His protection. I want to hand it all over to Him. Why is it so hard?

CONTROL. I want control. I am uncomfortable if someone else, even if it is God, is in control of my life. I have to get over that. How? By giving Him the reins of my life each day, every hour, and even every minute if I have to. Then, and only then, can I break the cycle that this lie has brought into my life.

Lord, I ask that you take control over my life. I give you the control. I no longer want to drive and hold the reins. I stink at it. I run into things and overturn the wagon. Drive me in your will, Lord, and help me to be the woman that You want me to be. I praise You, Lord, for showing me today that Satan is a liar. Thank Your for your blessings and mercies. AMEN

If you want to read other "In Other Words," visit Christine at Smiles and Loves! Janis

Saturday, January 27, 2007

Baking Bread

My friend, Karen, bakes her own whole wheat bread and it is soooo yummy! I have been secretly envious of this fact for quite a while, because it is so much healthier and it tastes so much better than store-bought bread. I kept telling myself that I just didn't have the time to grind the wheat berries and make bread every week. I couldn't afford the wheat mill and the top of the line mixer, either. Then, the lightbulb went on. I could work into grinding my own wheat and making my own bread. Right now, I can't afford the mill, so I bought organic whole wheat flour to get started and I ordered the other supplies from Breadbeckers. I made homemade tortillas last night with my new flour and they were sooooooo good. I was very proud. Now, I have two loaves of bread rising for the second time. YEAH me!

My family will take some time to get used to eating healthier. I will, too. However, I think that it is important that we take care of our bodies. If I don't take care of my body and my family to the best of my ability, then am I honoring God? I think not. I want to honor Him in everything I do-even in taking care of my home and family. Yes, I work at home and have projects and clients that demand attention, but my first priority should be taking care of my family. Here is how I am beginning. I am going to post it so that I am more accountable.

The baking bread is the first thing. It is to help my family eat healthier, so that we are in the best health possible so we can physically do what God asks us to do. This includes going on mission trips or just going visiting the lost. This is the beginning of our health changes.

My husband works very hard six days a week, usually. I have been allowing him to get the kids up, get them dressed, and get them to school while I sleep. Although this is working for me, it is not working for my husband and the older kids. My husband is stressed because they are ready to go and he isn't (he is not a morning person). Then the husband gets ill at the kids and the kids go to school ill. I can help everyone's day begin much better simply by getting up and helping them get ready. This is my second change to my life.

Time management is a huge issue for me. I am a procrastinator. I have set a schedule on my computer for me to work every day. This includes the days that I have Bible study, do Bible study, and our other weekly activities. I know that sometimes I will have something crop up to mess up that schedule, but I hope to stick pretty close to it.

Anyways, that is all for today. I am letting God "knead" me as I knead the bread today. He is still working on me!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Update later in the evening: Bread turned out GREAT! I am so proud!

Thursday, January 25, 2007

Thankful Thursday

I so love Thankful Thursday. It gives me a chance to think about the wonderful blessings that God has bestowed on me and my family. Here are the things that I am thankful for today.

1. I am thankful that God loves me even when I am unloveable.

2. I am thankful that my husband loves me and supports me in any dream that I have.

3. I am thankful that my children respect us as their parents and I am thankful that God blessed me with them.

4. I am thankful that our cabinets and freezer are full, for there are many who do not have this blessing.

5. I am thankful that three years ago this month God spared my life and allowed me to stay here to watch my children grow.

6. I am thankful that God answered me and my husband's prayer for Godly friends. He has so abundantly blessed us with friends that love God and hold us up during our trials.

7. I am thankful that we live in a country where we can publicly praise God and learn more about Him.

8. I am thankful for my mom and dad taking me to church every Sunday when I was growing up.

9. I am thankful that we have the opportunity to blog about His faithfulness for millions of people to see.

What are you thankful about today? Head over to at Sting My Heart to read more posts about being thankful.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 24, 2007

Wordless Wednesday

Tuesday, January 23, 2007

In 'Other' Words

"You act more like a Christian by your influence on the lost,
then the saved people you impress"
~ Dr. Alvin Reid ~

This week, Laurel Wreath is hosting In 'Other' Words and this is the quote that she chose. This quote spoke to me so clearly and cut me to the quick. How many people have witnessed my actions and not seen Christ in all that I do? Oh, that number is very large, I am sure.

How many times have you been frustrated by a store clerk and shown that frustration in a not-so-Christian way? What about a telemarketer? Just because it was over the phone and they didn't see you, doesn't mean that it didn't occur. It is hard to tame that tongue and those actions when you are frustrated, angry, and irritated by some wrong that you feel has been committed against you. I know, I have been there. I have gotten angry at store clerks because their sales price didn't ring up and they say that the price was not on that particular item. I have gotten short with a telemarketer that has called in the middle of dinner. Do you think that they think of me kindly? Definitely not. Do you think that they saw God in how I acted? Definitely not. What if that person were to visit your church and they see you praising God in the choir? What do you think will run through their mind? Do you think that they will want to hear about God from you? I don't think so. My walk and talk through the week must be the same walk and talk that I have at church with my Christian friends. Otherwise, what good is my relationship with Christ doing for the world? If I cannot live it out each and every day with those who are lost, then what good does it do the cause of Christ? To only act like a Christian with other Christians is not going to win souls for God's kingdom. That is what He wants us to do. To be a light to others. The others is not necessarily other Christians. In fact, God wants us to be a light to the lost to help lead them to Him. To do that, we have to show God in everything that we do.

Lord, help me to show Your love in everything I do. Whether it is answering the phone or taking care of a problem at a store, let me be a light to You. Thank You, Lord, for Your great mercies. You are awesome! AMEN

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Homemaking Meme Fun

Lindsey, over at, had this meme on her blog this morning and I really enjoyed reading it. Homemaking is not one of my strong points. I would much rather sit on the computer all day. I really have to make myself get my work done and this is something that God is working with me on. Have fun reading!

Aprons – Y/N? If Y, what does your favorite look like?
I do have some aprons that I purchased on Ebay. My favorite one is a dainty looking one that is lavender and flowery. It makes me feel like a little homemaker.
Baking – Favorite thing to bake
Clothesline – Y/N?
Nope, but would like to have one during the summer months.
Donuts – Have you ever made them?
No, but I keep meaning to try to make some.
Every day – One homemaking thing you do every day
Freezer – Do you have a separate deep freeze?
No, we really don't have room, but I wish we did.
Garbage Disposal – Y/N?
No, our house is OLD!
Handbook – What is your favorite homemaking resource?
The internet and my mom.
Ironing – Love it or hate it? Or hate it but love the results?
I hate it and can count on one hand the number of times that I have ironed in the last year.
Junk drawer – Y/N? Where is it?
Kitchen – Color and decorating scheme
Red walls, white cabinets, and dark grey counter tops. New wood laminate floors. It is going to be apple themed, but I have not put up the backsplash yet. (another project unfinished)
Love – What is your favorite part of homemaking?
Having an impact upon the home. I am the one who keeps it running smoothly and without me, it all falls apart.
Mop – Y/N?
Does Swiffering count?
Nylons – Wash by hand or in the washing machine?
Don't wear them unless necessary. If I do, then they get thrown in the washing machine.
Oven – Do you use the window or open the oven to check?
No window, so door opener.
Pizza – What do you put on yours?
My favorite pizza would be beef, pepperoni, black olives, and green olives
Quiet – What do you do during the day when you get a quiet moment?
Read blogs and check email, may read a book depending upon how long it has been since I checked email
Recipe card box – Y/N? What does it look like?
No, but I have lots of notebooks
Style of house – What style is your house?
1955 don't know
Tablecloths and napkins – Y/N?
Under the kitchen sink – Organized or toxic wasteland?
It is somewhat organized, but needs some help.
Vacuum – How many times per week?
Never. We have hardwood floors and I sweep and swiffer
Wash – How many loads of laundry do you do per week?
Hmmm...I do at least 2 loads per day, except for on Monday when I usually have 5 or 6 loads, so that adds up to 14 or so a week.
X’s – Do you keep a daily list of things to do that you cross off?
I try to and my day goes much easier when I do
Yard – Y/N? Who does what?
I don't really do much unless I putter around with the flowerbed.
Zzz’s – What is your last homemaking task for the day before going to bed?
I turn off the lights, pick up anything that may be in the traffic zone in the living room (so I won't trip over it in the middle of the night), and check on kids.

This was fun! I realized that I have some room for improvement, however, and that is not fun! If this meme looked fun to you, then consider yourself tagged! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, January 22, 2007

I Give It All To You

This praise and worship song that was sung in church yesterday is the start of this post. It really made me rethink some things. The song is from Lincoln Brewster's "All To You" album and is the title track. Here are the lyrics:

You called me Lord
You know my name
I'm standing out
I'm not ashamed
No, No

I've searched and came up empty
This world has nothing for me
You are my one and only

I'm living my life for You
And I'm giving everything to You
Not holding back, but every part
I'm giving it all to You

You are the Lord of all I am
And, I'll never be the same again
I've searched and came up empty
This world has nothing for me
You are my one and only

What struck me about this song? Several things, but the most important thing is that the chorus said what was and is in my heart. I want to give him every part of me. Have I accomplished this? No, it is a daily process. Have I given all of myself to Him? My mind? My heart/soul? My feet? My eyes? My mouth? My ears? What am I holding back from Him? That is my cry to Him, today. Am I holding back any part of me from You? If so, what is it?

Mind-The mind is the key to every other part of your body. If you can learn to tame your mind, then you will find that every other part will be tamed as well. Now, I know that I have not tamed my mind, so therefore, there are some issues with the rest of my body. Thoughts still go through my head. Are all these thoughts honoring to God? NOPE. Does that mean I am a bad person? NOPE. It just means that He is still working on me. The mind is the key to giving it all to Him. No one is perfect and we all will have days where we feel that our mind is winning, however, God gives us a new beginning every second of every day. There is no need to beat ourselves up about it, become depressed, and just give up. God wants us to pick ourselves up, dust ourselves off, and get back on the journey with Him. This is sometimes difficult for me. I get bogged down in my failures and forget that He loves me and wants to restore me to Him. I feel unworthy of this kind of love, but through Him, I am worthy of it. He took all my sin, my shame, and my unworthiness upon Himself and put it on the cross. That makes me worthy of living for Him. I thank Him for that.

Lord, I give all of myself to You. I don't want to hold anything back from You. From the top of my head to the bottoms of my feet, I want it all to be Yours. I want You to take me and mold me into the woman that You want me to be. This world has nothing for me, Lord. You have everything and are everything to me. Help me to show others Your love. I praise You for Your mighty works and awesome power. AMEN

What are you holding back from Him? Ask Him and He is sure to answer. Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, January 19, 2007

The Lens of My Life

Do you see people as Jesus sees them? I hope that you can truly say that you do, but for me, I have determined that no matter how hard I think that I try, I do not always see other people as Jesus sees me or sees them. This is sad to me. My lens is quite cloudy sometimes concerning other people no matter how hard I try to keep that lens clean and clear so that I can see them as God sees them. I have been thinking about this quite a bit lately. I make friends with a particular type of person. I don't really even try to speak to people outside of this type. That is sad to me. I want to see them as Jesus sees them-as needy people that need a touch, encouragement, or just a smile. Simply by speaking to them or encouraging them, I could begin a relationship with them that could lead them to Christ. I don't want to be closed off in my little world (although I do like it here most of the time). I want to be a light to others. People think that I am shy when they first meet me. This is somewhat true, but more than shyness, I am just afraid that they will not like me, so I am quiet. I know that some people may think of me as a snob or aloof, but I don't want that to frame me in anymore. Through God, I can overcome this so that I will have the courage and strength to speak to those that need it-no matter what they look like, smell like, or sound like. Wouldn't Jesus do the same?

Lord, I am coming to You right now to ask you to help me to see others like You see them. Help me to see what they need, so that in my small way, I can show them You and Your love. Put people into my path tomorrow that need You. Thank You, Lord.

What do you see through the lens of your life? Drop me a comment and let me know!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, January 18, 2007

Thankful Thursday

This is my first time to participate in Thankful Thursday, but I find that making a list of things that you are thankful for helps you to see the many blessings that God has given you. That is why I want to participate. Here are the things that I am thankful for today.

1. My loving and supportive husband. He is continually trying to get closer to God and that is one of the many reasons that I love him. He is an awesome man of God.
2. My children. Jacob, KellyAnn, and Abbie. You are each different, but I see God and His work in each one of you.
3. My church family. I have grown so much by watching and listening to each of them. They have supported me and help me up when I cannot take another step. They show me God's love each and every day.
4. A warm home
5. A car that runs
6. Food to fill our bellies
7. Laughs
8. Hugs and kisses
9. My blogging friends. I am constantly amazed by the insight that each of you has into God and His Word. It blesses me tremendously.

And last but definitely not least....
My Father, My Savior, My God. He is there for me, giving me the strength and peace to make it through every single day. Without Him, I am nothing.
Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 17, 2007

Book Meme and Five Things That You Don't Know About Me Meme

My blogging friend, Lisa, at asked me to do this meme last week. Here is the gist of what I was supposed to do.

1) Grab the book closest to you.
2) Open to page 123, go down to the 4th sentence.
3) Post the text of the following 3 sentences on your blog.
4) Name the author and book title.
5) Tag 3 people to do the same.

Here it is... (even though this one doesn't make sense and it only makes me hungry)

"'Well, Miss Julie, I...' Careful, boy. Careful, careful, careful...
A plastic plate loaded with cannelloni and swimming in marinara sauce clunked down on the table in front of him. Another one landed in front of Julie, then the waiter was gone."

Not much fun when it is in the middle of the story, now is it? This tidbit was from a wonderful fictional book by T.D. Jakes called Not Easily Broken. If you like fiction, then you will like this one that is about marriage. It was the closest book to me, sooooo I following directions!

Now, my blogging friend, Cyndi, at tagged me to do the Five Things That You Don't Know About Me meme, so here goes. They may not be thrilling or interesting, but I am sure that most of you don't know these little details about me.

1) If I have to sleep overnight somewhere else, my pillow of many, many years comes with me. I have taken it to the hospital for each birth, on a cruise, and on many vacations and trips. I cannot sleep well unless it is on this pillow.
2) I only buy Kraft cheese. I can tell if it is not Kraft cheese on my sandwich. I may eat it, but I will not like it. If it is American cheese, then it must be Kraft at my house. My husband thinks that this is crazy, but that is me.
3) I am the oldest of three. I was an only child for six years and really think that it should have stayed that way! TEEHEE! Just kidding!
4) My feet never stay still. Even if I am sitting, my feet are still moving. It doesn't burn many calories, though, as you can tell from my picture. My mom is the same way. Don't know why...
And last, but not least.
5)I read everything in sight. Even as a child, I would have to be reading. I would read cereal boxes, shampoo bottles, etc. to pass the time while eating, using the bathroom, etc. I cannot just sit and do nothing. I am working on that with God, though.

Now, you know five things about me and you read a portion of a book that I read. I don't think that I am going to tag specific people. If you haven't done one of these meme's then I think that you should. You know who I am talking to!

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Sweet Time With Him

I had (and I am still having) a beautiful time with God this morning. I did my Bible study as normal, but the last thing that was mentioned in the Bible study was to read Psalms 104 out loud. Now, I usually just read it to myself, but I decided to read it out loud this morning. I started and it was fine, but as I continued to read about how great and powerful our God is, then I began to break down. God is so mighty and so powerful. Everything that I see and imagine, He created. He made each one of my babies. He made the grass, the sun, the moon, the sky, the ocean, the mountains. As I read this passage of scripture, it made me feel very blessed and very small. I am a tiny part of His world that He created, but to Him, I am big and can do big things for Him. Through Him, I am strong, joyful, peaceful, beautiful, and full of His spirit. Through Him, I can accomplish and do anything. If He is in it, then it will occur if I follow Him and am obedient. This may not touch anyone else today, but this post is a praise to Him this morning.

Thank You, Lord. You are so big, so mighty, so powerful. My mind can only wrap around a small part of how magnificent You are. Thank You that through You, I can accomplish anything. If You call me to do something, then You will equip me and give me the tools and ability to do it. Thank You for Your beautiful creation. Thank You for loving me with an everlasting love. May I keep You in everything I do and say. I praise You, my Father. Amen

I will be back in a bit to share five things about me that you don't know! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Monday, January 15, 2007

Couple Time

How many of you regularly spend time with your hubby alone each week? I am not talking about that stolen hour or two between the kids going to bed and your own bedtime, but a special time together for just the two of you. If you are like me, those times are few and far between-especially overnight. I was blessed enough to get to spend an entire weekend with my dear husband this weekend.

Every year, my husband's company has a end-of-the-year party in Knoxville, which is about two hours away. They have food and pay for your hotel room for the evening, which is great, so we use this party as an excuse to leave a day earlier and spend some time in nearby Gatlinburg and Pigeon Forge. It was wonderful to be away from the kids from Friday to Sunday, but by Sunday morning I was missing them soooo bad! On the way home I had this thought concerning missing my kids.

I miss my kids if I am not with them, but think of how much God must miss us when we do not spend time with Him. I know that I get quite a bit from spending time with God, but He loves spending time with me even more. I am His child and He loves to spend time with me. What a wonderful thing to realize! He is just waiting on me to come and spend time with Him. How disappointed He must be if I just go through my day, busy and not taking that time with Him. I don't want to hurt or disappoint my Father anymore. I am making it a priority for me to spend that time with Him. He has done sooo much for me. How else can I show my gratitude and love for Him? Spending time in His presence-praying, singing, and simply being still-is what He wants from me.

Thank you, Lord, for helping me to see that you love me even more than I love my own children. Thank you for reminding me that You are always there-just waiting on me to stop and spend some time with You. Thank you for loving me, even when I fail You. You are my God and I praise Your name!

How do you spend time with God? Smiles and Loves! Janis

Thursday, January 11, 2007

God, My Father-My Heart, His Home

At our small group last night, we learned about making our heart Christ's home. The small group leader went into detail about different rooms and the things that may be in those rooms. It really illuminated many things to me and convicted me, as well. Here is the link to the whole article that is written by Robert Boyd Munger Check it out. It is quite long, but well worth the read.

I really am quite blessed. I don't realize it or even appreciate it, but when I think back on my life, I can definitely see it. I have always went to church. We didn't miss a Sunday unless we were very sick. It is only in the last few years, however, that I have seen that going to church is not the only key to being a Christian. I can go to church every single day for the rest of my life and still not have a relationship with Christ.

Main Entry: re·la·tion·ship
Pronunciation: -sh&n-"ship
Function: noun
1 : the state of being related or interrelated
2 : the relation connecting or binding participants in a relationship: as a : KINSHIP b : a specific instance or type of kinship
3 a : a state of affairs existing between those having relations or dealings b : a romantic or passionate attachment

For our purpose, definition number two seems to fit the best, especially kinship. We are in a kinship with God. Kinship is defined as "the quality or state of being kin." Kin is defined as "relatives." This means that we are God's children. I am God's daughter. You are God's daughter. We are Sisters in Christ! God is my Father. Do you get it? Is it soaking into your mind? It is difficult, I know, because I still don't think that I get the total meaning of this. Your Father is God. Yes, you have an earthly father, but God is THE FATHER. This means that when we fall and scrape our spiritual knees, that God can kiss away the pain. He wants us to come and spend time with Him. Praying is not just for us. Praising is not just for us. Yes, both of these things make us feel better, but more importantly, it touches God's heart because He wants to spend time with us. Why? Because we are His children. That just blows my mind. God wants to spend time with me! Listening to my day (even though He knows what happened), spending quiet time with me, or just simply hearing me sing. Think about how much you love to spend time with your child-just one on one time listening and just being with them. God wants to spend that time with us even more. How much more wonderful could our lives be if we could understand that fully? I don't think we can even fathom it.

Lord, help me to fully get the fact that you are my Father. Let it soak into my mind, heart, and soul so that I can truly realize what I have in You. Thank You, Lord for always being there-waiting on me. Help me to be the daughter that you created me to be. I praise You! AMEN

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 10, 2007


No, me and my husband are not separating! We are doing just fine and dandy. What I am talking about is separating yourself from others. I am very good at this, just ask my friends. When I am not doing very well mentally or spiritually or even physically, I tend to separate myself from my church friends and from church entirely. I don't really understand why I pull into my shell when I so need the help and encouragement, but I suspect it has something to do with pride.

Now, I would have told you six months ago that I didn't have a problem with pride, but I believe that almost every sin that you commit can be traced back to a problem with pride. Here are just a few things that the Bible says about pride.

When pride comes, then comes disgrace, but with humility comes wisdom.
Proverbs 11:2 NIV

Pride goes before destruction, a haughty spirit before a fall.
Proverbs 16:18 NIV

That is just a couple of the verses that have to do with pride. I think that God knew that this would be a big struggle for us.

Now, back to my separating. When I am not feeling well mentally (depressed, down, etc.) or physically (just not feeling well), then I tend to quit calling my friends, doing my Bible study, going to church, going to friend's houses, etc. What I should do instead is call my friends (especially church friends) and allow them to encourage me. I am an encourager myself, but I just don't allow my friends to do this for me. Case in point, a month or so ago, I was really down. I went to a friend's house for Bible study and broke down. I was not myself and my friend knew this. She begged me to go out to lunch with her-she was even going to pay, but I keep telling her no. I wouldn't allow her to spend time with me and encourage me. She was doing exactly what she was supposed to do, but I didn't allow her to do it (Sorry, Karen!). It was pride. I don't want people to see me falling apart. I don't want them to see me down. I don't want to be a downer for them. Why? Because of pride. I have a problem with this. In fact, my husband pointed out the fact that I had began my separating act this week. I didn't go to small group last Wednesday (excuse that Abbie was potty-training, but I still could have gone) and I didn't go to church Sunday (excuse that my back was hurting and it was, but I could still have gone)and I didn't go to our friend's house Friday night (excuse that KellyAnn was not feeling well and she wasn't, but I normally wouldn't have let that stop me). My husband was right (I hope he doesn't read this! TEE HEE!!). I was starting it, but I quickly put an end to it when he pointed it out. I picked myself up, dusted off my pants, and went to Bible Study Monday morning, where I was greatly blessed by our Beth Moore Bible study.

I said all that to say this. Pride is a big issue for me and probably is for many of you out there. Think about any sin that you have a problem with. If you really sift it out, is pride at the forefront of it? I am almost positive that you will find that it is.

Lord, please show me when I am being prideful. Send my friends and family to point it out when I am separating. I cannot be the woman that you want me to be without spending time with my church family. Let them be a blessing to me, just as I try to be a blessing to them. Thank you, Lord.

Smiles and Loves! Janis

Friday, January 5, 2007

Another Milestone for My Baby

My youngest daughter and last child, Abbie, is now potty-trained. While I am excited at the thought of not having to change her diaper anymore, I am also a little sad. She will be three this month and with the other kids, this is when I would be thinking of having another baby. Not this time, though. I cannot have anymore babies, due to some problems after her birth, so I am through with pregnancy. It kind of makes me sad, but a little apprehensive because I feel that God is leading me in a new direction. I am looking forward to that. Here is the Christmas picture of the kids. I hope you enjoy seeing them! Those of you who are through with having children, what are your thoughts about it? Thanks for sharing with me! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Jacob (10), KellyAnn (7), and Abbie (2, almost 3)

Thursday, January 4, 2007

Dandelion Momma

Hi! I am now known as Dandelion Momma! I am in LOVE with this name for several reasons, but the most important one is that it sums up everything about me (the important parts, anyways) and it speaks to how I want my life to be, too!

I love how dandelions change from a beautiful flower, to a beautiful seed pod, and then the seeds scatter all over your yard to only create many, many more dandelions. I want my blog to be a tool that works just like this dandelion. Why? I want others to come and read my posts to be encouraged, to have a laugh, or to take something away from my post that causes them to think about their relationship with God or their family and friends. I want to be a seed carrier and when God blows His wind upon me, I spread the seeds of His love to the people who come into contact with me, whether it is in person or in the blog world.

Blessings on you all! Thanks for reading my blog here at Dandelion Momma! Smiles and Loves! Janis

Wednesday, January 3, 2007

Name Change

I am having a hard time settling on a name for my blog? Why? I guess the best and most compelling reason is that I want it to sum up everything that is important to me. While this may be impossible, I am still trying to find something that sums me up. While I was searching for a Bible verse or something else to inspire me, I came across this verse in a different version than I had previously read. It really touched my heart, so I wanted to share it with you. It is from Romans 8:38-39 and this is from the Amplified Version of the Bible. Why did it touch me? It came to me while I was reading this that God loves me no matter what. No matter what I do, no matter what I say, and no matter what happens in my life, none of this can separate me from God's love. It says that I should be sure about that, persuaded about that, and convinced of that fact. God loves me so much that He sent His only Son to die for me-even with all of my faults. Why would he do that? Because of his all-encompassing love for me. Thank you, Lord, for loving me even when I am all full of the grime of this world. May there be more of you and less of me in 2007 so that others can see You shining through me.

What is your favorite Bible verse? Why does it speak to you?

UPDATE 1/4/07-God gave me a name! More on why this name in next post!

Tuesday, January 2, 2007

Are You An Encourager?

Have you ever hurried to tell a friend or family member about a dream or goal that you have only to find that they do not support your dreams or they try to downplay that dream? It doesn't feel very good does it? This happened to me this week. I was so excited because I had found a writer's conference that I could both afford and go to because it was during my husband's fall vacation. I went to this person and told her about it and she just acted like I was crazy for wanting to go. This person knows me very well, so it is not like she does not know what I do for a living or what I would like to do. It hit me like a ton of bricks. Then it came to me that she may have lost her ability to dream dreams for herself, due to the problems that she has had in her life and I became sad. I continued to contemplate it and then determined that I always want to make sure that I support other people's dreams even if I think that they are crazy. Who am I to think that they may not be able to accomplish something?

I think of myself as an encourager. I hope that my friends see this in how I talk to them and listen to them. This does not mean that I am always encouraging, however, because I do allow myself to get bogged down by the cares of life. I never want to squash someone's dreams because I do not believe in them, because who knows what God can do with them? That is why I am going to continue my encouraging and even try to encourage my friends and family members even more. I want to help them dream big. Who knows what God can do for us and through us?

Are you an encourager or a discourager? Think about it.

Monday, January 1, 2007

Dreams and Goals for 2007

I have already posted about my work goals for the year, but I haven't talked much about my goals for my personal life and for my family life. I learned in 2006 that if I didn't stay in the Word, that my focus would remove from God and I would begin failing Him in numerous ways. This has taken me a long time to realize, but my mood, my faith, and my love for others is directly impacted by whether I spend that time with God each day. Now, this may be something that you realized when you were 10, but I am a slow learner! Therefore, I have to make my Bible study and time with God a priority in my life for 2007. How am I going to do this? By putting it in my schedule every day. Some people may think that scheduling God into your life is wrong, but in my case, this is what I have to do to get my life on the right track as far as God and my relationship with Him.

Another thing that I learned from 2006 is that if I don't take care of myself, who will take care of me? Of course, God takes care of me and gives me everything that I need and more, but He expects me to take care of this body that He has given me as well. This is very difficult for me because I am a nurturer and encourager, who nurtures and encourages everyone around me while I put myself down in my mind and don't take time for myself. That has to change so that I can be and do all that God has for me. This means that it is time to change eating habits and exercise habits. I weigh ALOT! While I don't want to lose weight because I feel that I look bad, I do want to be healthier so that I can do anything that I want to do or that God wants me to. That includes mission trips and anything else that God has for me. So, instead of saying that I am going to lose weight, I am going to say that I am going to eat healthier and feed my family healthier and exercise regularly. I will add exercise to my schedule, too.

I know that God wants me to be the best mom, wife, daughter, sister, friend, and person that I can be. By making these changes in my life, then I will be well on my way. What are your dreams and goals for 2007?

Welcome 2007!

Well, it is finally here! Today is a new start for you. How are you making it count? I am making plans. Schedules, lists, and organizing. That is my focus for today. I am going to make a schedule for the week, including working, going to Bible study, having my own Bible study, and doing everything else that goes into my life. I am making lists of goals and dreams for the year, as far as my home and family. I am helping the kids organize their drawers. I am organizing my desk and going through all of the papers I have around me. All in all, it is a pretty good day.

You can tell it is the New Year as soon as you sing onto your internet service, can't you? There are several ads for different weight loss plans, ways to organize, your life, etc. I have come to the conclusion that there are no "one size, fits all" tips for life. What works for me may not work for you, but it may encourage you to find what works for you and that is just as important. I enjoy hearing about how people lose weight, organize their homes, and live their lives simply because I can use their experiences to find what works for me. That is why I love to blog. I hope that someone can take something that I say to help make changes in their own lives, even if they do not do it exactly like I do it. I want to make you think. If you think, then you are learning and you will find that you can come up with solutions for yourself. That is what is most important.

I hope that 2007 is the best year for you ever!


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