Strong Faith

She is clothed with strength and dignity, and she laughs without fear of the future. Proverbs 31:25.

As a Christian there are many people that I have admired and been inspired by throughout my journey. I have had the privilege of being witness to several woman who have been shining examples of not only Christians, but mothers, wives, leaders, entrepreneurs, and friends. There are strong women everywhere. Society over the course of the past several years has also began, I feel, to celebrate and empower women more than they have ever done in the past. As a mother of four daughters, it is important to me that they become strong women, and by having good examples of that it will definitely help guide them along the way.

Of all the strong women I have had the privilege to know one of the ones I admire the most is my husband’s grandmother, Billie. I remember when I was a teenager and first began to date my husband she welcomed me into the family instantly. It was like she had known me forever. I knew from the first moment I met her that there was something very special about her. There really are no words to describe what it is. Her spirit was just magnetic. You can’t help but to be drawn to her. Billie has always been one of those ladies who was always doing for others, but rarely doing for herself. I remember anytime we would call and tell her we were craving some of her delicious gravy and biscuits, she would stop what she was doing and make it for you. Once Ryan and I were married and had children she was always cooking for us, buying gifts for the girls, and volunteering to babysit. Oh, she always loved to babysit the girls, they had the best time together.

Billie has always just enjoyed life and she really doesn’t let much bring her down. She always finds a way to have joy in her heart. That joy comes from the relationship she has with God. Since I have know her, God has always been at the center of her life. Nothing ever came before that. To her, that is where all the blessings flow. Her faith has all been something I have so admired. Yes, I have faith, but hers is not easily shaken. For someone who has been through everything that she has, and still have unwavering faith, now that is something. Billie, in her lifetime, has lived through wars, depression, deaths of many loved ones ( including her husband), a stroke, the current pandemic , and many other trials. Yet, with all these, her faith has always remained strong. The stroke Billie had a few years ago left her confined to a wheelchair. She was always so active and overall healthy. I remember her always playing on the floor with my girls, singing, dancing, playing jokes on people(she loves to do that), she could do anything we could. But now she is unable to move her legs, and has weakness in her arms as well. Despite all this, she has the best attitude. She not one time has ever complained or asked why me? Her faith remains strong. Through it all, and even what is happening in the world now, she just smiles and says “Well, we are just going to pray about it.” And that is exactly what she does.

The whole Johns crew

I can tell you this I will spend the rest of my life to strive to be more like Billie. To always keep God as the center of my life, to always keep joy in my heart, to laugh and love with abundance, and to have such a strong faith that nothing will hold me down. The world would be a much better place if we could all be even half of the person she is. I pray that each and every person that reads this will develop a strong faith that never waivers no matter what storms you are facing. I am so blessed that I have someone like Billie in my life, and I pray that you do too.

God is within her she will not fall. Psalm 46:5

I pray for health and safety for all of you today and that each of you are covering with many blessings.

Love and hugs,

Jennifer

Everyday Devotional

Everyone is so busy anymore, especially if you are a mother and a wife. We all are running around like crazy doing everything that needs to be done for our families. Most days it feels like there is just not enough hours or minutes in the day to accomplish everything that has to be done. As a woman it is natural for most of us to try to do everything for everyone else, but often neglecting our own needs. I’ll tell you there a lot days my tank feels like it most definitely is on empty, and the thought of trying to do anything else, even if it is for myself, is an exhausting thought. However, it is so important for us to take time for ourselves. To fill up our own tanks and make sure that our own mental and physical health is flourishing, which in turn also helps when it does come time to take care of our families. This is something we should never neglect, but unfortunately most women do.

This past Christmas my oldest daughter gave me a devotional that I have actually fallen in love with. The book is the The Confident Woman devotionals by Joyce Meyer. It is a daily devotional that focuses on a lot of the common issues and concerns that women face on a daily basis. Everyday the devotional has a different topic that it touches on and then ends with a prayer after each one. It covers a variety of topics such as self-image, relationships, taking care of yourself, and many others. One of the best things about this devotional is the length of the subject each day. It covers the topics very well, but does it in a very small paragraph so when you sit down to do the devotional it doesn’t take much of your time at all. I love this!!! Even though most days I do try to sit down and have quiet time with God, read my bible, and journal, but when I can’t get that time I reach for this devotional. So this book is perfect !! I know I can get some time in with God, and feed my soul no matter what time constraints I may have that day.

I highly encourage everyone to go and buy this book for themself, their friends, their mothers, their co-workers, or anyone you might think could use a little quick motivation and inspiration. My daughter purchased this book on amazon, and I know there are several other locations where this book can be picked up. I plan on purchasing a few more copies myself to be given away for gifts as well. It is always so rewarding when we give things to other women that can potentially help them grow their relationship with God, as well as help them take a little breath from the demands that come with each passing day. It is so fun to love on others and also help them love on themselves. Again, I encourage each of you to take a little time for yourself everyday. Take a little time to talk to God, and rejuvenate your soul. You will not be sorry, I promise!!

I hope each of you are covered with many blessings today.

Love and hugs,

Jennifer