31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #2

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Day #2

And we are on to day number 2! I apologize for the delayed post, still working out some kinks amid a busy time in our lives but I hope to have it all up and running on regular schedule by the end of this week! I hope you all enjoyed my first post. I will be adding a link back to the earlier post each day so if anyone missed a day, it will be easy to find the post before. 🙂 OK, here it is! Have a good day and God bless!

See Day #1 post here

Scripture Reading: “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving, let your requests be 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

Supplication: ♥

the action of asking or begging for something earnestly or humbly♥

My thoughts:

Today we are told to be anxious for nothing…..but how many of us constantly struggle with anxiety?? I know I have and still do! I’ve worried and stressed over something so much that I had full-blown anxiety attacks!! This isn’t at all how God has planned the life of a believer to be. He designed prayer so that we could take all our anxieties to Him. We don’t need to worry or stress or be anxious. God’s got it all figured out.

Once again thanksgiving is also included in the package. We need to look at all our blessings and be thankful to our creator and remember how wonderful He has been. He will take care of our troubles, but we need to be thankful for all we already have. Even for those troubles because it means God has blessed us with another day. When we do this, a peace that is beyond our comprehension will come over us. Isn’t that such an amazing promise? It’s a miracle even considering the world today, with all its spiritual conflicts and political dramas. It just fills me with thanksgiving.

See how it all comes full circle? We thank, the Lord gives and we are filled again with thanksgiving. But wait there is even more….branches_pink_flowers_red_4581_1600x1200

Our minds and hearts can be filled with such cruelty and flesh directed thoughts but when we go to the Lord with our worries and troubles, His amazing peace will guard our hearts and minds! This is such a great promise. It’s well worth taking a little time out of our chaotic world to speak with our Lord. A strong prayer life bring so many promises and so many blessings. <3

Prayer:

“Thank you Lord for your great and wonderful promises. All I can do is praise you when I think of what a life of prayer and a relationship with you rewards. Again and again I thank you! I also just ask that you continue to help me grow stronger in prayer as each and every day of this challenge passes by. Help me to fight against the enemy and his temptations. I pray this in Jesus’ name. Amen”

 

31 Day Scripture Writing Challenge: Day #1

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Yay, the day is finally here!

Welcome! Today we are starting out on a 31 day journey to a stronger prayer life and I’m really excited about it! 😀

If you are barely joining us, you can read my introductory post here! Before we begin, I just want to say a few things!

  1. You are all more than welcome to share your thoughts in the comment section below and although we may not know each other, I would love to build a strong community of fellowship with you all!  We can really strengthen and encourage each other!
  2. I also challenge each of you to spend a few minutes each day, away from all the chaos and spend some deep quality time in prayer. Pray for strength so that we can stay strong against the enemy, pray for all the others that are joining us on this journey and any other prayer requests we might have. Remember, the goal of this challenge is to grow closer to our Lord. So now without further ado….LET’S BEGIN!

Scripture Reading: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, in everything give thanks; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. 

                                                                                   – 1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

My thoughts: 

You know, I have the issue that when the second things don’t go well or I can;t keep up to my own “perfect” standard, I become discouraged and give up. I stop praying. I believe ,though, that these verses clearly tell us otherwise.

rejoice always. hmm…. that’s a hard one. But that’s what God asks us to do. And not just when things are going well. I need to learn to rejoice even when I don’t feel joyous. because in Christ Jesus, there is always something to rejoice for.

re·joice:

feel or show great joy or delight

pray without ceasing. Whoa! this is a difficult one for me. During my teenage years and into my early adulthood, I didn’t do much praying. I still struggle with prayer. I often don’t know what to say or how to pray. Especially when I feel like I’ve fallen way short of God’s expectations and my own as well. But I’ve got that all backwards. The only way I’ll ever come close to fulfilling either of those is with our Father’s help. And how do I do that? You guessed it. Prayer. Prayer without ceasing. No matter if you don’t feel worthy or if it seems you aren’t getting any answers. Continue to pray!5-dandelion-150ppi-01

in everything give thanks. Wow there is a lot in these couple of verses. Give thanks? In everything?? yep that’s right. If your plans get ruined. Give thanks. if your paycheck wasn’t what you had hoped. Give thanks. When your exhausted at day’s end. Give thanks.

Why, you ask? The reason is actually pretty simple. And it’s found at the very end of our scripture reading.

for this the will of God in Christ Jesus for you. It may not make sense, trust me it doesn’t make sense to me a lot of the time. But God’s planning is perfect. And His will for us is to rejoice, pray without ceasing and give thanks. He will bless with a peace no earthly happiness can give.

Prayer:

“Father, you know my heart and the struggle I’ve been having with prayer. Will you help me find it within me to rejoice more, even when I don’t “feel” like it? Help me to stay strong in prayer and never cease even when Satan tries to hinder me. And Lord give me a thankful heart. Oh Lord you are oh so full of grace, thank you for being patient with me and giving me yet another chance. May I learn to praise your Great and Holy Name always! In Jesus’ name. Amen”

God is so good. He will not forsake us, nor leave us. When it feels we can no longer feel or hear His presence, let’s take a look at ourselves and evaluate how far we’ve walked from Him. Not the other way around.

 

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“Walking in My Shoes” PS. I have a Different Pair


Hey everyone! So quite awhile ago I was told that one of our friends had trouble conceiving their second child. The couple trying had tried for a few months before she had gotten pregnant again. A few months! All I was thinking was come talk to me again after its been a couple years of trying. But hey, who’s counting? I get it though… when your trying to have a child and it doesn’t work as easily as you thought, or as easily as it worked the first time, you get concerned. I understand the fear…. just as I hope you understand that I’m saying this with love in my heart. Infertility (wow, I’m really starting to dislike this word) is often diagnosed after the couple has been trying for more than a year without success. So if you only tried for a few months, consider yourself blessed.

You don’t know what its like unless you are in my shoes, or wearing the same pair (Though for those of you trying so hard to understand and be compassionate, THANK YOU!) My shoes are called “infertility shoes” or “not ovulating shoes”. Or maybe “struggling with infertility shoes”. For those of you who can relate ( and I’m so sorry if you can) this will make sense to you. How I long that we could all put on “Motherhood shoes”. For now God has given me these shoes, and I choose to wear them. Infertility isn’t my choice, but accepting it is.

 

My Infertility Shoes!

God, my feet are tired

and my shoes feel worn through

I don’t want to keep on walking

in these worn-out ugly shoes.

I don’t like the way they fit me

and I want a new pair,

but You look at me so sadly and say

” My Child, please don’t despair

these shoes are making you stronger

though you may not know it yet,

these shoes will give you compassion

My Child please don’t fret.

My plan for you is beautiful

just like your special shoes

please accept the shoes I’ve given

and KNOW that I’m with you”!

I pray all of you out there like me, may find God’s meaning for your “special shoes” no matter what they may be.

Feel free to comment with your thoughts.

With love, The Hopeful Wife

God’s Strength


A good friend of mine recently told me I was strong. I agree, BUT only because I know God has given me strength. God has been holding me up for the last while. At times I have been fighting God, not wanting to accept reality. I do NOT want to accept the fact that we might never have children. I have such a great desire to be a mom and to raise up children in Christ. So I have been fighting this battle and learning over and over again to give it to God! I’ve known for a while that I haven’t been ovulating… and of course if there is no ovulation -there is no baby. So now I’m fighting a new battle…. what do to about not ovulating, and what is right in God’s eyes!

I’m counting on one thing though, God will give me strength.

“I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13

I know I wouldn’t be who I am today without God, and I wouldn’t have the strength to share my story if it wasn’t for Him in my life. Every single day I wrestle with infertility, and time and time again He helps me through. God sends people with caring hearts my way, and He gives my husband the words to help me get through another day. When I’m crying on the couch saying “God, I cant do this“, begging Him “ God please don’t make me go through this” He is right there beside me. God gives me strength! That is why I can be strong.

 

 

 

JOIN US FOR A 31 DAY SCRIPTURE WRITING CHALLENGE ON PRAYER!!

prayer-writing-challenge(Disclaimer: This graphic was created by me but the outline was not originally my idea. If you would like to see the original please go here!)

  • What’s happening??

So I’ve decided to come up with a little something new for us for the month of November. A scripture writing challenge! Starting Monday, Oct. 31, please join us in 31 days of learning about what the Bible has to say about prayer through scripture writing. I’ve done this for the last few days already and it has really improved my spiritual walk!

  • Why did I decide to do this?

I was actually going through a really rough patch in October, I wasn’t praying and I wasn’t taking time for quiet time with our Lord. Let me tell you, I was miserable! I was a cranky unhappy wife and momma. I didn’t tell anyone about it, I refused to communicate with my husband about it and our relationship suffered. And I put up a strong front to my sisters in Christ. I faked a happy-go-lucky smile and pretended everything was fine.

Until it got so bad I had to shed my burdens to a friend as we were having some good fellowship. I couldn’t keep up my hypocritical front. So I decided right then and there… I needed to do something about it. And prayer is where I decided to start. Because without prayer, we can’t have a relationship with Christ, we can’t know His will and if we don’t ask for help, He won’t force it on us although He is always patiently ready and waiting. Prayer is something I’ve struggled with for a long, long time and I know I’m not alone. So let’s see if we can get our prayer life rolling with this challenge!

Who’s all ready to join me?? The count down begins and I’m really excited about it! Let’s do this.

  • So how are we gonna do this?

The photo above has the scripture for each day until the end of November. What we will do is write down the verses for the day! Be as creative as you like. Following each verse each day will be my own thoughts on the verse/verses! And I hope to send you the my post each day via email, so if you aren’t subscribed yet, please do!

  • What will you need?
  1. the graphic from above so you know where we are at with our scripture reading/writing.
  2. a notebook
  3. your bible (I will be using my NKJV and my NKJV Study Bible)
  4. pens, pencils, and colors (for your creative side)

And that’s it. It only takes a few minutes and I promise it is very rewarding! Hope to see you all back again Monday!

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Rejoicing in Infertility


I never imagined my husband and I would have trouble conceiving. After 2 years of trying, its time to face that reality. It becomes quite difficult when you see everyone around you getting pregnant, and you don’t. My sister recently told me they were expecting… I hugged her, cried a little with her and told her “congratulations” as my heart was aching inside. I left early that day and sobbed the whole way home. Please don’t get me wrong… I’m thrilled she’s going to be a mom, I am just sad I’m not there yet! I mentioned this to my sister later on, and she told me they had been waiting to tell people in hopes we would become pregnant as well. Her love for me… almost brought me to tears. This helped me learn that it was okay for me to be happy for her, but more importantly it was okay for me to be upset.

It was okay for me to be upset! 

This is something you need to be allowed to grieve over. My sister understood. Through this all God taught me to rejoice even when it doesn’t go my way.

“Rejoice in the Lord always: and again I say rejoice” Philippians 4:4

I can be happy (even excited) for people around me that are blessed enough to become pregnant. Why, you might ask?

I choose to be thankful for life’s blessings, and I choose to not be bitter over the things I don’t have! While this isn’t easy and I often fail to do so… I can still rejoice.

” Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content” Philippians 4:11

With Love, The Hopeful Wife 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Busy, Busy, Busy Mommy


Dear Mommies,

 Tonight I’m gonna be blogging a bit differently… I just kinda needed to journal a bit and I figured ..meh why not share my thoughts with you all. If you’ve read my ABOUT, you’ll all know I am a mama of one busy toddler so far and guess what…..we have baby #2 on its way! Yay!!….. Right? 

Honestly, it’s been a little terrifying! I am sooo busy, it’s almost unreal. I mean if I’m not doing this, then I’m doing that. It seems like a never ending cycle of laundry, cleaning, dishes, chasing toddler, cooking etc. And I am such a restless soul… Not finding fulfillment in anything. So I find more to do. You see I’m a bit of a perfectionist so I’m constantly trying to have a cleaner more organized house or a prettier, more meaningful journal entry or a better, more fullfilling devotional. Anyone else feeling me? It’s driving me crazy! So I get busier and busier. I can hardly keep up. So yeah…2 little ones seems almost impossible to me right now. But I know things will be ok. Trust is key. Trust in the Lord is master key. Everything will work out if I make Him center of my crazy world. 

I’m just not sure how to slow down though…… I need to find my “thing”. So tell me fellow busy mamas, who’ve got it all figured out 😉 (lol) are you willing to give up your secret, your “thing” to slowing down in such a busy world??

If you are, comment away!

Please! ❤️ I’m sure many of us would love to hear your advice…. 

Hey I just might even have to pick some of the best ones and feature them in my next blog post! 

Waiting On God


“Don’t you want a child?” Ouch. That hurts. This is what I was asked when after 1 1/2 years of marriage, we didn’t have any children. I couldn’t help thinking, “If only you knew how much I wanted a baby, how muchwanted a little bundle of joy and how much my husband wanted to be a daddy, you wouldn’t ask that question!” but instead I replied ” We are waiting for God to give us a child.”  Often when I say that, I get a look of pity. I don’t want that. I’m not asking for pity. I’m simply stating the truth. We are waiting for God’s will and His great plan for us. I’ve often prayed for more patience and I can honestly say God is answering my prayers and teaching me to be patient.

I think in situations like mine people often don’t know what to say. and you know what? THAT’S OK! Like I said, I’m not asking for pity, I’m asking for understanding. I’m asking that comments like:

  • “Your still young”
  • “You have plenty of time”
  • “Just relax and it will happen”

be kept to yourself. And the reason I say that? I would rather hear you say ” I’ll pray for you.” Prayer accomplishes things empty words don’t. I’m writing this for everyone out there struggling with infertility or knows someone who is. Bottom line is YOU ARE NOT ALONE! God hasn’t left you. He is always there.

Deuteronomy 31:6 KJV

“Be strong and of good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them: for the LORD thy God, He it is that doth go with thee; He will not fail thee, nor forsake thee.”

With love,

The Hopeful Wife

About the Hopeful Wife

Hey! I just wanted to introduce you all to a very dear friend of mine whom I’ve known for a few years now. Recently we have gotten to know each other pretty well and she opened up to a bit about the struggles in her journey with infertility. I was able to see and understand her situation and others like her in a completely different light. I also realized she has quite the way with her words, so I pestered her into writing a section for my blog. I feel that this will be so helpful to many of us, who do not know the struggles of infertility, to better understand and know how to support our loved ones who do struggle through this. Also I believe she has such a wonderful faith in our Lord, and although she struggles at times to understand why this is God’s plan, I think she could be a great encouragement to others in the same situation. So without further ado I introduce to you  “THE HOPEFUL WIFE!”  Hopefully you will enjoy her posts and I ask that you keep her in your prayers.

Hi, Everyone!

Like the Mennonite Wife, I have chosen to keep my identity a secret. I am a daughter of Christ and a young wife. I’ve always enjoyed writing and feel God is using me to share my journey and hopefully encourage others out there, who also are mothers in their hearts. ♥

With love,

The Hopeful Wife

 

Seeing the Bigger Picture

“For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory.”  – 2 Corninthians 4:17

There is a reason why we go through what we go through. It’s hard to see sometimes when your struggling through a phase of temptation, failures and possible doubts… But maybe there is a bigger picture…wait. No. I KNOW there is a bigger picture. I’m slowly emerging from a rough time of spiritual darkness but God revealed something to me through it all. It’s this. Have you ever paused to consider that maybe God uses some really dark thread to weave into our design so that in the end the masterpiece will be all that much more beautiful for it? Think about it. If our life was say, a continuous colour, would we seek to glorify Him for it? Wouldn’t be just kinda become numb to His awesomeness and glory? It’s only when a dark phase has passed and the colours start to shine and brighten, that we stop and praise and give glory to God for all He does. For all the blessings He continues to give, even in times of darkness. So my revelation is this. THERE IS A MUCH BIGGER PICTURE IN THIS MOMENT OF AFFLICTION! And I truly believe this now. It’s through the pain and suffering that He draws us nearer to Him. And in the end when our story is woven, we will gasp in awe and wonder at how perfect the colours fit.