When Life Gets Tough

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Maybe the world was always so messed up. I’m not exactly sure. When I was a kid, it seemed pretty good. My parents fed me, clothed me, lavished me with toys, gave me a safe and loving home. I was sure everyone lived like this.

Until I became an adult. The protection of my parents concealing the harshness of this world was gone. I live in a safe and loving home now with a husband who feeds and clothes me now. But I now know, not everyone lives like this. Many children, and adults alike, live in broken homes. Some don’t live in homes at all.

The pink clouds of childhood is gone. The news scream of how this sin-infiltrated world is falling apart.

However, now I know exactly how much this world needs Jesus.

This world will never be perfect. As long as the devil exists, the world will remain broken. The world needs a Savior. Broken hearts need to be mended from all the hurt. Living in sin will never bring humanity happiness. If money and fame brought happiness, rich and famous people wouldn’t commit suicide, they wouldn’t divorce, and they wouldn’t need therapists. Yet, all people, rich and poor, famous and nonfamous, need One therapist.

The Therapist knows living in sin is not easy. It might seem easy to live however we want is the better option. Yet, it’s a lie the devil hands us on a pretty plate. Living with lies, abuse, jealousy, hate, addictions, fear [insert any sin here], is an easy life?

In Matthew 11:28-130 Jesus says,

“Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.

Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.

For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Jesus walked our paths some 2,000 years ago. He felt hunger, pain, sadness, loneliness, rejection just like we do. He felt it all (except sin of course)! He was a human, yet a God, living in this broken world. He saw the injustice. He saw how much people needed a Savior. That is exactly why He died for us.

He knows your hurt. He wants to heal you and give you hope for a future. If you think living in sin is a better option, think again. When life gets tough, who can you turn to?

When life is tough, go to Jesus.

When life is good, thank Jesus.

When life is over, you’ll meet Jesus.

When life gets tough

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Is The Bible Old-Fashioned?

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What has been will be again, what has been done will be done again; there is nothing new under the sun. Ecclesiastes 1:9

People say the Bible is an outdated and old-fashioned book, and that it doesn’t need to be followed. I’m not much of a Bible scholar, yet, looking through history, I notice one pattern. Humans were always wicked. From the first murder crime scene (Cain killing Abel) to the last crime you heard last on the news today, these events all have one major thing in common.

Sin.

Even with new technologies appearing every day, the human heart is still full of evil. Unless Jesus’ blood has cleansed a person from sin, the master of that heart is the Devil.

So, if human hearts have always been the same, then why would the advice in the Bible be old-fashioned? To this day, God’s Word remains wise and true. To read and obey His Word is the best thing we can do in this life. The more we read His Word, the more we get to know God. It’s not always easy, but living in sin is hard too. We serve Satan when we live in sin. God wants us to live for Him and only Him.

Have a preference for which version to read? Share with us in the comments which version and why!

Blessings to you all!

Is the Bible Old-Fashioned

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What Steals Our Happiness?

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“You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.” Exodus 20:17

Admit it. You’ve been there. I know I have. Being a completely normal human being, it’s an emotion we have all felt at one point in our lives. However, it’s what you do with this emotion that makes a different in the world.

Jealousy.

Ugh, it can get very ugly.

We see someone do something better than us. Buy something more expensive than us. Look skinnier, prettier, more fabulous than us.

However, underneath all the fabulousness, we have no clue what hardships they are going through. Each and every one of us has something we have to deal with. No exceptions. No one’s life is perfect. God gives us hardships in our lives to test us. To make us stronger. To bring us closer to Him. In hardships, we seek Him. Even though in happy times, we should also seek Him and praise the Lord.

With all that said, that amazing and perfect perfect person you’re so jealous of has some other hardship to deal with, that you might not have to!

Jealous of the rich guy? He might have a health issue, but God gives you perfect health. Jealous of that girl’s flawless beauty. You probably have no idea about the mean coworkers. Jealous of that beautiful singing voice? God gave you a talent He wants you to use for Him!

These examples are ones I simply made up, but I’m sure they happen all over the world. The list of causes to be jealous is impossible to count.

Cain was jealous of Abel. In conclusion, killed his brother.

Leah was jealous of Rachel’s love from her husband, and Rachel was jealous of Leah’s ability to have many babies. Neither of them were happy with what they had. In conclusion, both lived unhappily.

King Saul was jealous of David’s bravery and popularity. In conclusion, Saul wasted his life trying to kill David. Failing miserably, committed suicide.

Notice a pattern? People are always looking on the other side of the fence, thinking someone else has it better than them. Instead of counting their own blessings, they count someone else’s. What’s the point?

In conclusion, be thankful for what God gave YOU, not someone else.

What steals our happiness

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5 Spring Family Dates

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To every thing there is a season, and a time to every purpose under the heaven. Ecclesiastes 3:1

I have a really hard time deciding on what’s my favorite season. I’ve narrowed it down to 2: spring or summer. Even though, every season has its own beauty, I LOVE how everything comes to life in spring. The feeling is just…indescribable. God is good!

So I’ve compiled a list of things you can do with your family to enjoy this wonderful season. I’ve heard way to many times, “I’m bored,” from one of my family members, so there always need to be a go-to list for fun activities. You might have your own ideas up your sleeve, so this is just a place to get inspired!

Oh, want to leave the kids behind with grandma? No worries! These work as regular dates as well.

  1. Explore a new park
  2. Plant a garden or a fruit tree
  3. Picnic
  4. Canoeing/kayaking
  5. Visit another town nearby

5 Spring Family Date Ideas

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Mommy Wisdom Wednesday: Day 3

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Let’s look at more wise and wonderful examples from Biblical heroes…

Daniel:

*Daniel had the opportunity to be satisfied with worldly things, since he lived in the king’s palace after all.

*However, he did not make himself unclean from those things.

*Just like Daniel, we can keep ourselves clean from the world. We all have our weaknesses, but with God’s help, we CAN do it!

*Relied on God in even the toughest of situations.

*Trusted God to give him and his friends life. Yet, proclaimed he was ready to die for God if necessary!

*God showed His power through Daniel and his friends’ faith.

*Prayed, regardless of harsh circumstances.

 

Mary:

*Someone in Mary’s home made sure she knew about God.

*Regarded herself in a lowly state; was humble.

*Didn’t question God’s plan, even though there was a great risk of her being stoned.

*Wasn’t thinking about her own self when the Angel told her about becoming pregnant with Jesus.

*In order to praise God with words like Mary, your heart has to be filled with praise first.

 

Timothy:

*Wanted to please Jesus, not people.

*Regardless of his young age, Paul trusted him completely with important tasks.

*Timothy’s grandmother and mother passed on their genuine faith.

*Even though there was division in the house because Timothy’s father was not a believer, Timothy was still raised to serve God. (Do you know of any families where one is a believer and one isn’t?)

*Being a mom is a hard ministry, but it can bring lots of blessings when done with God’s help.

 

And my favorite quote from the Introduction section of A Mom After God’s Own Heart:

“Our families are fertile fields for receiving gospel seeds. It is the most difficult land to work, but it yields the greatest harvests.” -Elizabeth George

Mommy Wisdom Wednesday

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Mommy Wisdom Wednesday: Day 2

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Today, we looked into three Bible heroes to see what we can learn from them.

Hannah:

*Prayed for her child before he was even conceived or born.

*Came to God with her problem, not someone else.

*Praised God after she received what she asked for. Do we always thank God after we receive answers to our prayers?

Samuel in his youth:

*Even though he was so young, he chose to follow God instead of his own desires.

*Immediate response & obedience when God called Samuel to serve Him.

David in his youth:

*Responsible and obedient even from a young age.

*Hardworking (in the pasture tending sheep).

*Brave (defended sheep from a lion & conquered Israel’s enemy: Goliath).

*Used his musical talents for God (sang psalms & played the hard).

*Relied on God to help him conquer instead of relying on himself.

*The Lord was with Him.

*The Lord honored David by anointing him king of Israel.

Lessons & Conclusions:

*God is everywhere, not just in church and Sunday school.

*Therefore, we can make lessons for our children even in ordinary life situations.

*Because God is in math, in science, in history,in EVERYTHING!

*We can teach our children about God even at a young age!

*Do not underestimate children. They understand a lot!

*And what they don’t understand now, they will later on in life. Our job as a parent is to plant the seeds of faith.

Mommy Wisdom Wednesday

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Month of Thankfulness

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 In every thing give thanks: for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus concerning you. 1 Thessalonians 5:18

Since the month of November contains the wonderful holiday of Thanksgiving, and as the year comes closer to its end, we (hopefully) start to reflect on all our blessings. Well, ideally, we hope to not think about our problems, and even thank God for the problems that we had, which brought us closer to Him. That was His goal. In the hardships, He wanted to teach us a lesson or two.

Instead of stressing about what we’re going to get everyone for Christmas in the upcoming month, and searching for the best Black Friday deals, let us reflect and thank God for ALL the wonderful blessings He has provided us with this year (and in our lives in general). We truly have so much to be thankful for. As you might know, I’m a crazy list person, so I will start my list. I hope to inspire you to write your own, and to truly be thankful for what you wrote on your list.

I will start with blessings I wrote in a previous post and continue on from there:

Marta’s Thanksgivings:

-My husband’s smile and green eyes

-My 4 year old son telling me “I love you”

-My baby girl’s sweet laugh

-Birds chirping, greeting me in the morning

-A hot shower at the end of a long day

-Sunny + warm days

-Sound of ocean waves

-Smell of fresh coffee brewing

-As well as fresh cut grass

-Baby toes…they are just too cute

-Clean laundry all folded

-Kids telling me “Can you always be our teacher, Mrs. Podgayskiy (I’m usually the substitute)

-Pink sunsets

-The freedom of being a Christian in a country of religious freedom (or so we hope)

-Hugs and kisses from my husband & kids

-Fellowship

-A church family and building

-Talents God gave me, so I can serve Him

-The Bible: God’s Word for us

-My Sunday School children

-Health

-A cozy home

-My husband’s job

-Lessons that God teaches me

-Close friends to share life with

-Parents who raised me in God’s truth

-An abundance of clothing and shoes

-Opportunity to do photography and capture memories for people

The list goes on and on, and everything can no be possibly written down everything God has given me and you! Go ahead, make your list and make sure to thank God daily!

Happy Thanksgiving!

The Thankfulness Challenge

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Mommy Wisdom Wednesday: Day 1

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Above all else, guard your heart, for everything you do flows from it. Proverbs 4:23

Being a mom may seem easy from the side, but once you become a mom, you quickly learn that motherhood is one of the hardest jobs out there. Yet, it is one of the most satisfying careers a woman could have.

To support and encourage each other, I have decided to start a small mommy group. With the help of a book we chose together A Mom After God’s Own Heart by Elisabeth George, we want to learn how to be better moms (and wives as well).

These lessons I want to share with you my dear sister in Christ, so join us every Wednesday for snippets of wisdom for moms.

*Prioritize your day by ensuring you took care of your heart with daily Bible & prayer time.

*Take care of your mood. When you’re in good spirits, your children (and husband) will reap the rewards.

*Have one-on-one time with each child so that each child knows he/she is special to you. (Daily, weekly, monthly, but do it.)

*Our tongue is litmus paper to our heart. Be careful with your words.

Until next Wednesday! God bless you!

Mommy Wisdom Wednesday

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Why do we Idolize Celebrities?

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Humans have a tendency to worship.

We worship money. We worship famous people. We worship cars, houses, jewelry.

Sports teams. Actors and actresses. Singers.

We worship ourselves.

In ancient times, people worshipped the sun, the stars, the moon, rocks, rivers.

God, our Creator knows this great need in us to worship. Notice how the FIRST Commandment out of ten is:

“You shall have no other gods before me.” Exodus 20:3

Knowing our inner needs and wants, He created us to worship. But we worship everything and everyone, except God.

Check your life today. Do you worship something or someone above God? Are there idols you treasure so much that you can’t imagine your life without them? We all have this craving. I know I do. Yet, don’t substitute it for Who we truly need to worship. And that The One who made us wanting to worship.

God bless you!

Why do we idolize celebrities?

Confessions of a Mom

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I can do all things through Christ[a] who strengthens me. Philippians 4:13

I wake up every morning thinking that today I will be more patient with my kids, more loving to my husband, more spiritual, more, more, more.

But as the day goes on and exhaustion falls upon me, I start being less patient, less loving, and definitely less spiritual.

The daily struggle.

I know I can’t be alone with this struggle.

And at the end of the day I’m always asking God for forgiveness for not being as good as I wanted to be.

I confess. It’s not easy some days. But the BEST part is God forgives and He gives us another day to try. He gives us strength when we ask.

And even though we fail some days at keeping our promises, God still loves us. Nothing in this world is better than knowing that.

Thank you Jesus for loving me even when I don’t deserve it. Thank you for grace.

God bless you moms and wives out there! Of course, dads and husbands as well because they have their struggles too.

Confessions of a Mom

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