Temptation – Wednesday Prayer

Wednesday Prayer

I’m reminded of an episode of Veggie Tales where the subject was resisting temptation.  The villain (Bad Apple) is trying to take over the town of Bumblyburg by making all of the citizens fall to their deepest temptation.  The hero, Larryboy, thinks he can resit temptation on his own since he’s a superhero, but he finds out that he needs God and his friends’ help.

We all deal with temptation to some degree and we’ve all fallen victim to temptation in a moment of weakness.  God, is our only saving grace even when it seems impossible to resist.

There hath no temptation taken you but such as is common to man: but God is faithful, who will not suffer you to be tempted above that ye are able ; but will with the temptation also make a way to escape, that ye may be able to bear it. – 1 Corinthian 10:13

HOW DO YOU TALK TO CHILDREN ABOUT TEMPTATION?

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Friends or Foes – Wednesday Prayer

Prayer for children

 

Friends are a very important part of our lives.  I never had a ton of friends growing up and girl friends were fewer.  Being smashed between an older and younger brother, I was sort of a tomboy.  I didn’t share the same interests as the girls I knew.  I didn’t have an interest in talking about boys, exchanging makeup tips or mall hoping.  I just didn’t.  It wasn’t until high school that I became friends with two girls who were my classmates.  It turned out that these girls were very much into school and had a plan to get to college.  I had always talked about going to college, but quite honestly didn’t know the first place to start.  Not knowing the college prep process, I followed their lead when it came to which AP classes to enroll in, what college applications to fill out and tests to take.  We had a great friendship.  After graduation, we each got accepted into different colleges and distance took its toll.  Now, our communication is very few and far between, but I still love them the same.

I pray that my children experience true friendships that encourages and build them up.

HAVE YOU EXPERIENCED FRIENDSHIPS THAT HAVE CHANGED AS YOU’VE MATURED?  HOW DO YOU HOLD ON TO THOSE FRIENDSHIPS OR DO YOU LET THEM GO?

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Prayer For My Sons – Wednesday Prayer

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 With all that that I’ve seen on the news these past few months {not to mention all the atrocities that don’t reach the news circuit} surrounding our black sons, I can’t help but seek God’s protection over the black boys and men in my life, especially my sons.  I’ve always tried to be a glass-half-full kind of person when it comes to racism and injustices of the like, but there’s really no other way to look at these recent events.  From Donald Sterling’s casual racism to the death of a young man in Ferguson at the hands of police officers, I’m realizing that we live in a society where racism is very real especially for black men. I never thought I’d have to teach my children about the importance of yielding to police authority appropriately.  It’s just not something that ever crossed my mind.  Maybe I’m the naive one.

How are you talking with your children about the recent events of racism?

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Bless me with Patience – Wednesday Prayer

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God deals with all of us in certain areas.  For me, it’s patience.  I try so hard to be patient and exercise grace when I’m being pulled in many directions, but boy is it hard.  I like this little prayer for patience and I try to remember it when those moments come.

In what area does God deal with you?

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The Power of A Praying Mom – Wednesday Prayer

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Today is back to school day in the Young home.  I was really excited to celebrate it in a fun way {which I’ll share with you here in the coming days}. While I was able to pray with my littles and help get them dressed and have breakfast, I didn’t ride with them to school and walk them to class.  I’m still home with baby Jonny, but Daddy and grandpa {better known as Big Daddy} went with them.  I put Daddy up to the task of taking pictures of them and making sure they are settled and feel positive about the first day of school although we’ve been coaching them for the past 2 weeks.

If you follow me on Instagram you’ll see that we had a little of our First Day of School breakfast party.  Just wanted to make things memorable and special for them.  Of course, as soon as the garage went down, I cried like a infant.  My babies are growing up!

How are you dealing with first day of school meltdown?

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Toast to the New Year 2014!

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I’m so grateful with all that God has done for my family and I; not because we deserve it by any means because that’s not how God works.  We couldn’t earn His grace and mercy if we tried.   You couldn’t have told me 10 years ago that in 2014 I would be expecting my fourth child, entering my eighth year of married bliss and embarking on my first year of really trying my faith and working for myself.

Of course, life hasn’t been a bed of roses.  There’s been ups and downs and everything in between both personally and in my blog world, but I try to keep things in perspective when it comes to balancing home and this business of blogging.  There’s nothing that matters more to me than the five people I share my heart with.  I’d give it all up in a split-second, with no hesitation and not even a glance back, if I was ever forced to choose.  But let’s not go there. LOL

In the coming months you’re going to notice a transition with FASHION du jour.  Although, I love working my wardrobe, I love my life even more and I want to let you in.  So, not only will you see my outfit posts, but I’ll also share more of my home life and what it’s like raising 4 kids and keeping a happy hubby.  I’ll share more of my faith walk and the world of a “first lady in training”, the challenges, triumphs, and lessons with running my own business, and even some of my favorite fun stuff like pins, instagram pics, life hacks, and random commentary.

I hope you’ll stick with me through the ride.  Beginning January 1st you’ll see a new look to FASHION du jour, so you’ll have to tell me how you like it.

Happy New Year Friends!

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No Do Overs

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Ever wonder why God doesn’t give us do-overs in life?  Probably because God knows we’d be calling do-overs like they were going out of style.  How often do you wonder how things would be different if you had…

1.  calmed down before you sent that text.

2. not ran that red light?

3.  decided not to answer the door.

4.  chosen a different major.

5.  said “I do” and did.

6.  didn’t buy another pair of designer shoes.

7.  just picked up the phone and talked it out.

8.  said thank you.

9.  said I’m sorry.

10.  said I love you.

Rarely does life give you do-overs or second chances.  But often life gives us the luxury of righting our wrongs.

Dear God, Thank you for your grace and mercy.  Thank you for not returning to me the wrongs that I’ve done to others.  Thank you for allowing me to see my faults and giving me the courage to do what’s right, especially when it’s hard.  I ask you to continue to bridle my tongue, to calm  my spirit and instill the wisdom in me to know how and when to speak in love.  Amen.

What wrongs can you right before the New Year?  So, what’s stopping you?

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Sears & Kmart: Look for Less

Look For Less
{click below to shop this look}
Check out Eva Longoria looking all…Eva Longoria-ish.  Eva is one of those celebs who you know will always get it right.  In the collage above she’s in black from head to toe, which is a really classy and easy look to mimic and I found some items that will allow you to copy the look at a fraction of what Eva paid.
I don’t know if you’ve been by Sears or Kmart lately but if you haven’t, you should know that they have really stepped their fashion game up.  I  live right by a Sears so I like to stop in and catch their sales.  Although, I don’t live super close to a Kmart, God blessed us with the internet so you know I’m popping in an out online.
Being a mom of three, I’m super conscious {borderline neurotic} about my spending especially when I’m buying stuff for myself.  This look, however, is totally guilt-free.  Of the six items I found, none are over $45!  Believe it people!
Pop on over to Sears and Kmart and see what gems you find!
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The Root

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I read a daily devotional called the Daily Bread and one in particular stood out. I’ve been thinking about it all week and I know that when something sits on my heart and mind, I need to share it.

Matthews 13:20-21- “But he that received the seed into stony places, the same is he that heareth the word, and anon with joy receiveth it; Yet hath he not root in himself, but dureth for a while: for when tribulation or persecution ariseth because of the word, by and by he is offended.” 

There are some people who, not counting the cost, and taking little thought of the demands that will be made upon their life, happily receive the Word with a quickness of apprehension, a liveliness of interest, and a quickly expressed excitement.  

In the lives of these stony hearers, the real test comes not in the manner in which they receive the Word, but in the depth of their commitment to it.  When the root of that seed reaches down, desiring a greater selflessness, a more encompassing love, and a deeper self-denial, it finds that underneath that open reception is a heart still unchanged, unconverted, and stone-cold. 

 “A divided heart loses both worlds” – A.B. Simpson

Rather than go on and on {because trust me I can} about this, tell me.  What does this mean to you?  And if you don’t currently have a prayer life or devotion time, I encourage you to make it a part of your day.

 

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