Family

I have always been passionate about the Family unit. That’s why it just had to be included as an area where I could cheer people on to stick together and keep God at the center. When you have the opportunity to experience a loving, encouraging family unit, it can serve you well in life! On the flip side of that, I have come to realize that there is no perfect family out there. Even when you have an exceptional family, it can set you up to think that you just re-create what you had growing up and that's not always the case. There are no formulas for creating a loving, healthy family, but you can commit to doing your best and asking God to guide you every step of the way. It takes hard work, loyalty, selflessness, and a never give up attitude, but it’s worth it. The Inspiring Hope Family blog will share ideas, stories, successes, and even failures, so that we can learn and grow together. God is for families that love each other well, so let’s encourage one another to do just that!

The Top 10 Things I wish I had know about Motherhood

Moms

There are some things women just opt not to tell you when you’re younger in life. Maybe it’s because each of our journeys into Motherhood look a little bit different or maybe some people ease into their role as a Mom better than others. I just would have loved for someone to be honest with me. I mean it would have been nice to have the real scoop on the matter, so I could have been better prepared.

As a little girl, all I really wanted to be when I grew up was a Mom. I had such high hopes for what it would be like. Pregnancy would not be a problem, I would have lots of kids, and most of all, I would love every minute of Motherhood. Don’t get me wrong; being a Mom is the hardest job you will ever love, but there is nothing that will test your faith and grow you up more than walking the road of Motherhood. So I’m going to try my best to prepare you. Please learn from my mistakes and from some of my successes. Most of all, try to savor every season in your role as a Mom. It will go all too fast, so learn to embrace the journey!

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Here are the TOP 10 Things I wish I had known…

  1. Just because you want to be a Mom doesn’t mean it will come easy. The process of getting pregnant will teach one of life’s most important lessons, you aren’t in control, but God definitely is.
  2. Children are miracles from up above and come to us in many ways. I have had the opportunity to experience both adoption and pregnancy. From my experience, when it’s not easy to get pregnant or if you have a miscarriage(s), you definitely won’t take having children for granted. If having children comes easy for you, please don’t take them for granted. They really are a gift from God!
  3. Your kids will do things that embarrass you and humble you beyond belief, but you begin to learn that it’s not about your pride. It is about building and shaping their character to be more like Christ, so love them through their mistakes and celebrate their successes.
  4. When your kids hurt, you hurt. There’s a little saying that as a Mom, you are only as happy as your saddest child. You might have to navigate mean girl drama and possibly bullying, too. You’re more than likely going to have to help them through all that stuff.  Keep your faith in God and believe in them through the process.
  5. Just because your kids go to church with you doesn’t mean their faith is their own. They may accept Christ and get baptized (everything can look good on the outside), but the true test is whether they will choose to own their faith. You can put them in the right situations; ultimately, choosing to follow Christ is their own choice.
  6. The Middle school years will take you for a ride. It’s a time when your kids are figuring out who they are, who their true friends are, and what they really believe about life. Hang in there, it gets better, God builds their confidence over time. Keep praying and keep trusting in Him!
  7. The Teen Years are tough. There will be friends that come and go, figuring out the opposite sex, and getting their footing on a firm foundation.  There will also be some glimpses of them growing up to be responsible, caring, young adults. These glimpses will refresh your spirit and revive your Hope in this journey that you have taken called Motherhood.
  8. When your teens can drive, you don’t see them as much. I was actually preparing myself for the feeling that I would experience when they left for college. I just wasn’t prepared for that feeling to come before they had actually left our home.
  9. There could be surprises that happen along the way that change the course that you thought life would take for your children. It could be an injury or it could be a realization that they aren’t as passionate about something as they used to be. When the surprise happens, stick closer to God than you ever have before and trust that there is a purpose in the unexpected twist.
  10. Your kids are going to leave the nest! Expect it, prepare yourself for it, and prepare them for what they will face when they stand on their own! Don’t center your life so much around them, that you don’t have a life of your own. Is your marriage still strong?   Do you have a plan for the extra time that will free up when they’re gone? Start preparing now, but remember to enjoy all the precious moments that you still have left!

So there it is, these are some of the lessons I have learned in my journey through Motherhood. I am praying for you and trusting God to faithfully lead you in wisdom and strength as you walk this path with Him!

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Opening our Hearts and our Home

This year our family is opening our hearts and home to our foreign exchange student, Frederikke from Denmark.  Today marks two weeks that she has been with us and already we are being stretched to learn new things and grow in our knowledge about another culture. We are learning to speak Danish words and trying our best to honor her by pronouncing her name correctly. Honestly, this experience is truly a gift from God. Frederikke is a breath of fresh air and a total blessing to our family!

Can you imagine what it would be like to leave everything familiar to come live with a family that you have never met before for an entire year? Everything is new to her; a new home, a new city, a new school, new friends, a new family, and even a new culture? I could go on and on with all of the new things that she is experiencing for the first time.

Open your HeartI have been so impressed with Frederikke’s willingness to try new things and be open to a different way of life. I am praying that this year will change us all for the better, that we will always stay in touch, and that we will be a blessing to one another now and for many years to come!

So how about you, is your heart and home open to new experiences? Are you open to learning about people that come from another culture or even a different background?   God wants us to love people, to open our hearts and our homes.

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Already, I can say that I am so glad that we said “Yes” to this opportunity to get outside of ourselves, so that we would have the chance to be forever changed by another culture. I am just wondering if all of us would open our hearts and home, how that could change all of our lives for the better?

I am not sure what that looks like for your family, but this year, for us, it has meant opening our hearts and our home to a very special young lady from Denmark! I can’t wait to see how God will use this experience to forever change our lives for the better! I encourage you to ask God how he wants you to open your heart and your home to someone that will transform your life!

Bless you dear Friends!

Heidi

 

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A Child of the One True King by Kielyn Smith

I am thankful that God allowed my life to intersect with Kielyn Smith’s! She has become such a dear, sweet sister in Christ and friend to me. We serve together in ministry and study God’s Word together in our accountability bible study. I can always count on Kielyn to brighten my day with her smile, laughter, and always-encouraging words. Anyone that knows her would say that she has an incredibly big heart filled with the kindness and compassion that comes from a close relationship with her Savior. Kielyn is one of my prayer warriors and has always supported me to step out in faith, trusting and believing that God has a plan and a purpose for whatever I am facing in life.   We have had many conversations about how God might use this blog to encourage people, and I know that she has a heart’s desire to Inspire Hope in the lives of the people that God brings her way. That’s why I am delighted for you to hear her perspective this week.

When Kielyn’s dream of having a close relationship with her earthly father was taken away, God clearly showed her that He has and will continue to always love her and give her the things that only He can provide.   He has given her brothers and sisters in Christ who have become like family to her and most importantly, she knows that she is a “child of the one true King!”

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Kielyn’s Perspective and Story

There I was. Curled on my couch; crying like never before; in my husband’s arms. He was just holding me, as I said “Why God?” This is exactly what I needed. I felt like I had been punched in the stomach and had a hard time breathing between tears. I was broken. No words could sum up the pain and anger that I felt at that very moment. The moment I answered the phone, and wished I hadn’t. As if not answering the phone would have reversed time, reversed the person on the other end telling me my dad had died, or even taken my pain away.

I wasn’t sad and angry because I had a loving relationship with him. I was sad about the finality of my dreams. As the tears fell down my cheeks, I began to think about all the dreams I had already missed out on…The dream of him teaching me how to fish, him walking me down the aisle, or even him taking me out for ice cream. Then there were the dreams I held so close to my heart…the dream of hearing his voice, the dream of him being a real grandfather, and the dream of hearing him apologize for walking out on my family when I was 2. The dream I truly wanted most was to hear the words, “I love you Kielyn”. And now, in a matter of seconds they were all gone. “Why God?” “Why did you take him from this world before I could even meet him? Why did you allow him to even walk away?” These were burning questions inside of me.

As days went by, and time didn’t reverse, and my questions remained unanswered; I decided, along with my siblings, to attend his funeral. That decision was one of the most gut wrenching things for me to do. I was heartbroken and nervous at the same time. Heartbroken over the loss, and nervous about seeing family I hadn’t seen in years. Aunts, uncles, and cousins were there to welcome us with tender hearts, and understanding of our situation.

At the end of the service, my siblings and I each got an individual letter from our aunt that was written by our father. It took some time for me to read it. I wasn’t sure what I would read and was I prepared? When I finally read it; once again tears.

He said the “sorry”. He said the “I love you”. But what hit me the most is these words, “I am in heaven, and you have a Heavenly Father that loves you.”  These at first made me mad. Why after the way he treated me would he tell me that? It really felt like one more punch to me. This is when I truly started to pray. I remember telling God how hurt and mad I was. I sobbed, and asked for help with everything. “Just help me move on.”

I didn’t pray this prayer just once. I prayed it many times. As I prayed, and looked for answers God showed me who He was, and who I was in Him. I began actually reading my Bible, and learning what I do have.

I have a Heavenly Father that cannot be taken from me.

For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”  Romans 8:14-15

In Him , I have peace, comfort, and hope.

I have said these things to you, that in me you may have peace. In the world you will have tribulation. But take heart; I have overcome the world.” John 16:33

In Him, I have protection and strength.

God is our refuge and strength, a very present help in trouble. Therefore we will not fear though the earth gives way, though the mountains be moved into the heart of the sea, though its waters roar and foam, though the mountains tremble at its swelling. Selah Psalm 46:1-3

In Him, I have forgiveness.

In Him, we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace. Ephesians 1:7

As I was in the Bible, and praying, God taught me along the way. He is my perfect, all-knowing Heavenly Father, but He is also my father’s Heavenly Father. He loves him just as much as he loves me. He loves all sinners just as much as he loves me. As I let go of my selfishness and pride, he taught me that He has always been there. He was there when my dad left. He was there when I fished for the first time. He was there when I walked down the aisle, and His Word always says, “I love you, Kielyn.” I am thankful for my experiences now. I have received a much greater gifts, a relationship with my Heavenly Father, and a relationship with so many brothers and sisters in Christ. I am so thankful now that my father is freed of his addictions, and that he is Heaven. What a blessing a letter can be, and because of these experiences God has taught me to be compassionate. I am so thankful to be saved by grace, and to be a “child of the one true king.”

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