A Timeless Love: You + God = Forever

How precious are His thoughts towards us…

Beaches are timeless. They remind me of God’s infinite power and his everlasting love. Know that you are loved with a love that never fails, never wanes, never ceases. God’s love encompasses, his strength holds you, his depths have no bottom. “How precious are your thoughts to me oh God! How vast is the sum of them. If I should count them, they would outnumber the sand.” Psalm 139:18

His love for us endures…

In this Psalm David is talking to God. David shows an intimate exchange where his heart truly loves God. I love the Psalms because they highlight so much about David ‘s life. We can relate to David because he had so many ups and downs, and yet his heart yearned for and loved God. David shows us how in times of triumph, God is there, in times of sadness, God is there. God thinks of us. I preached this sermon called, “A Love Like No Other.”

God loves us and thinks of us. God’s love thoughts toward us number more than the sand. There’s the obvious sand we see….but there’s also the sand we don’t see. Under the water, hidden in the grass, blowing through the air. Those are times we don’t even know about…and yet our creator thinks and cares about us. Our creator LOVES us. You matter. You are important. GOD sees YOU and loves you with an everlasting love that endures.

Be encouraged tonight.

#encouragement #purpose #God #creator #prayer #ocean #springbreak2017 #springbreak

Vanessa xoxoxo

Quiet Time Affirmations for the Hurried Heart

 

Quiet Time Affirmations for the Hurried Heart

 

Hi everyone,

Spring is here and with that and Spring Break coming up many of us are feeling the burn of being drained, overworked or overburdened. Many of us go through the day- to- day struggling and tired.  Taking time for ourselves is so important. As nurturers and caregivers, we can sometimes feel the burnout long after it has begun. Running here and there can take its toll on us, leaving us feeling frustrated and even doubting ourselves.

I remember the days where I was commuting to work 106 miles one way. It was so difficult to get all of the children ready and  household chores done to my liking with such little downtime. I felt like I was failing. I remembered the words of one of my mentors. She always has a kind word, and an encouraging word. She once told me, “Remember WHO you are and WHOSE you are.” Dear sister I want to pass these words on to you. When the frustrations of the world start to weigh you down, remember WHO you are and WHOSE you are. The  burdens of the day are so tough sometimes. Remember to have grace on yourself and to deal with yourself gently. We are so hard on ourselves and are often our worst critic. Why do we do this? What does God think of us? How does God think of us? Let us reach towards that truth!

 

One scripture that really stands out to me and ministers to my heart when it is hurried is Psalm 4:8. “I will both lie down in peace, and sleep; For you alone, O LORD, make me dwell in safety.” NIV

I love to meditate on this because often times worry and anxiety would keep me up at night. I would be concerned about so many things. Then across my heart I would hear Matthew 6:34, “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” NIV. 

It is so true. We sometimes stay awake fretting about what could be or what MIGHT happen when we waste time thinking about these things, playing them over and over… and yet they are just imaginations. Thankfully most of the time, things turn out ok. And even when they do not… God gives us the grace to weather the storm. Now this is not just a pit-pat answer. I lived it time and time again. Moments where I was in anguish and did not know where to turn, God lifted me up and God lifted me out. But sometimes I had to wait out the storm and sometimes I had to ride it out. Sometimes I had to walk in the wilderness. It has been a journey for sure!

Sisters, as we go into this week I want to affirm you. I want to speak to your hurried heart and say, “You are enough. You are loved. You are blessed. You are created with purpose. God SEES YOU, and LOVES you.”

Here are some affirmations to speak/pray over yourself anytime, but especially when you feel that your heart is hurried. May the words which I created based in Biblical truths touch your soul and take root deep inside. May your hope and heart be anchored in God, who weathers all storms.

 

Let us make it a priority to take out time daily to spend time with the Lord. Not religious rituals that are dry. But real connections. If you are not quite sure how to please message me and I will GLADLY share with you how to start a relationship with God that is vibrant and full of life. Blessings to you as you begin your week. Let me know which ones speak to your heart the most in the comments below!

Have a good week!

Vanessa xoxo

Affirmations for a Hurried Heart 

I can cast my cares before the Lord. The Lord cares for me, and cares about how I am doing.

 

I am blessed of the Lord. My future is bright. I am full of purpose.

 

These storms are around me now, but God is with me and I am not alone. This too will pass.

 

I can rest knowing that God is in control. God orders my steps. The Lord is still on His throne.

 

When I am overwhelmed God promises that He will not leave me, nor forsake me. He will hold me steadfast in his right hand, a hand of blessing.

 

God’s angels are around me protecting me. I am surrounded by God’s protection.

 

I can rest and be refreshed by the Lord. I can take time to be with Him.

 

Who I am is special. I am a daughter of the King.

Nothing is a surprise to God. He is the Alpha and the Omega. The beginning and the end. He’s got me.

 

When negativity attempts to bring me down, God’s word builds me up. It nourishes me, it sustains me.

 

God is a very present help in the time of trouble.

 

I do not have to fear. God has not given me a spirit of fear, but of power, love and a sound mind.

 

When I call to the Lord, he promises that he will be there for me. He is never too busy to listen.

 

God loves me with a love that is eternal.

Affirmations for the Hurried Heart

 

Get Gorgeous for Spring! Deals and Coupons!

(This post contains affiliate links, which means that if you click on one of the product links, I’ll receive a little compensation, however all ideas are my own.)

Springtime is here! Finally!! After that long Winter of rain and cold weather, the flowers are blooming, the winds are lightly blowing, the sun is shining, and… I am ready to be CUTE! After all that Spring Cleaning, take some time out for you and pamper yourself a little bit.

 

Who doesn’t like a good deal? I know that I love to find good deals. Just recently, I went into my local beauty supply for some of the beauty essentials I needed, like makeup and hair products. I got my nails done, and  I bought a new cute watch. I used to always have a watch, but then after the years I fell into the trap of saying all I needed was a cell phone. (Um, no.) I realized it is so much easier to look at your watch then having to track down my phone in my purse, or have to dig out of my pocket, swipe unlock, enter the code…. all to read the time. I decided that this year, I would definitely buy a cute watch and I did. It has made my life easier for sure! There is link to some pretty watches for Spring! I am spending more time in caring for my hair. As a busy lady with five children and a full-time teaching job outside the home, It felt good to have some new products to use on my hair. (Watch for another post on how I share about how I grew my hair out from one inch in 2010 to all the way down my back.)

I also looked for some new clothes! There are some Spring looks and products below and my readers get a discount by using  my referral link. Cute watches for Spring

Sally Beauty March Deals  for Spring has got me looking for some Spring looks for Easter and Springbreak. Hey everybody! The sun is shining and I need to get beautified!

 

I love  little eye candy when it comes to planning some cute outfits for Spring and Easter. Here are some trendy clothes from Naked Zebra coming your way! Cute Clothes for Spring

 

This week, take time to do something for YOU. Splurge a little get accessorized. ( I have an affinity for bangles, bracelets, perfume, earrings, necklaces and scarves!)  Let me know in the comments what you do for You. Happy shopping and happy Spring! Tonight I am going to a concert that I won tickets to go see! I can’t wait to tell you about it!

Be well!

 

Vanessa xoxo

 

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March Devotions for Peace

 

March Devotions for Peace

I love devotions and to soak in the word of the Lord. Developing a quiet time with God is so important.

I love to take moments each day and grab a hot cup of my favorite tea and just focus my mind on God and the love of the Lord.

Here are some meditations for March. Which is your favorite? Let me know in the comments below. I would love to hear from you. Please share this with someone who may enjoy!

 

MARCH DEVOTIONS FOR PEACE

 

Peace I leave with you, My peace I give to you; not as the world gives do I give to you. Let not your heart be troubled, neither let it be afraid. John 14:27

Be anxious for nothing; but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6, 7

For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, or any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38, 39

 

Fear not, for I am with you; Be not dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you. Yes, I will help you, I will uphold you with My righteous right hand.

 

When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; And through the rivers, they shall not overflow you. When you walk through the fire, you shall not be burned, Nor shall the flame scorch you. Isaiah 43:2

 

 

Blessings!

Vanessa xoxo

 

31 Easy Snacks & Meal Ideas For Spring Break

Easy Snack and Meal Ideas for Spring Break.

Happy Spring! Spring Break is fast-approaching! If you are anything  like me, with a growing family, snacks that are super complicated and have multiple steps are not the easiest to pull off. I have five kids and I like to have quick, healthy snacks for my kids on breaks like Spring Break! I usually try to do organic as much as possible for items that are most affected by pesticides. My favorites are listed below! Happy Spring-ing! What are some of your favorite kid snacks and easy meals for #SpringBreak? I would love to hear them below in the comments!

Easy Spring Break Snack and Easy Meal Ideas

Easy-peel clementines

Platter with Brie cheese, strawberries or grapes,(grapes for children over 3), crackers, apple slices (MY KIDS LOVE THIS!)

Sourdough bread toasted in oven with olive oil drizzle, parmesan cheese, garlic powder and italian seasoning. (My kids love it.)

Stovetop popcorn popped with olive oil AND butter with sea salt to taste. ( When my BFFs come over with their kiddies we do this and the kids love it. You can also add parmesan cheese and any type of herb sprinkle you like! Or try it with hot sauce and squirts of lime. I call these versions grown folks’ popcorn.)

Nacho bar! Get your cookie sheet and layer tortilla chips, shredded cheese and even cooked ground turkey (can do vegetarian option). Toast until warm, take out of oven,add your toppings and serve immediately! Some ideas: Diced tomatoes, avocado, chopped green onions, olives. Enjoy!

Mini Corn-Dog muffins. Take your batter and set a  mini sausages such as a “little smokie” inside. Bake muffin according to directions.

Oatmeal Raisin cookies

Chili    So many options!!  Crockpot it and let it cook all day. Add your fixings and YUM!!! Can do a turkey chili, a vegetarian chili or even a vegan chili! Might have some tomorrow! Yessss!!

Smoothies

Non-GMO yogurt

Almonds, cashews, walnuts, and dried cranberries

Turkey meatballs

Turkey and cheddar roll ups

Berries. Lots of them. Blueberries, raspberries, strawberries! Delicious and packed with nutrients.

Chips and Salsa or Guacamole

Roasted Red Pepper Soup (A HIT at my house!)

Ground turkey spaghetti w/ salad

Shredded Chicken Salad: Grab a big tub of spring mix salad, rinse. Shred cooked chicken on top. Add chopped tomatoes, chopped mini peppers, sliced green onions, shredded carrots etc and toss with your favorite dressing. I love to add cheese to it and sprinkle some herbs on it.This feeds a crowd!

Bread in a bread cooker or in a pan. Will write a post about this soon.

Homemade yogurt and juice popsicles

Frozen Banana “ice cream”

Braised Kale, mini peppers, ground turkey.

Soft tacos

Protein and a vegetable.(I.e. Chicken and broccoli) Can also be over a grain.

Quick quesadillas

Crockpot carnitas

Breakfast burritos

Potstickers

Salsa chicken in the crockpot. Easy peasy!! You can use it over rice, inside of soft tacos or tostadas, burritos and more. You can also take a tortilla and roll it up with the salsa chicken inside and add cheese. Yum!

White chicken chili in the crockpot. Yessssss Lord!

For drinks we do water or home made lemonade or lime made sweetened with honey. We also make pitchers of kid friendly herbal tea, sweeten with honey and stick them in the fridge. The kids love it! (Disclaimer:Please do not give honey to children under 1 year old.)

 

Well this should get you started! Share with a friend! Have a great Spring Break!

Vanessa xoxo