8 Things I Am Going to Do to Create The Life I Love

8 Things I Am Going to Do to Create The Life I Love

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Be your own definition of amazing, always.

Nikita Gill

As we are approaching the end of the year many of us are reflecting on the choices that we have made in 2018, and maybe even the choices we want to make in 2019. So with that being said, something that I think goes well with reflecting is having a journal to look back on, or even to keep you on track with the goals that you have or will be creating for yourself. I was given a special journal on my birthday, and I just really wanted to share it with you all, because it has honestly been an eye opening experience. The questions that it asks you are very personal, but I have been sharing some of them with you all lately. The one that I would like to share with you all today is, “What would my version of having an amazing life look like for me.”  Once I put this list on paper I realized that my dream life is actually very achievable, and although I am a simple minded person, your amazing life may not be as far away as you thought. 

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My Amazing Life

  1. In my amazing life I would be debt free, and by debt free I mean all of my credit cards would be paid off. The only debt I am willing to be in is on my mortgage.  (I am currently $3,000 of debt, therefore, if I follow the Dave Ramsey Plan, then I should be out of debt within a year or two.)
  2. I would go on vacation two times a year. Once with my husband and once with my family. (This will be achievable once I am out of debt.)
  3. I would run my own small online business and sell organic made products and T-shirts. (My plan is to have $1000 saved before I start my business. Hopefully I can do this within three to four years.)
  4. I want to give 20% of my business to the Anti-Human Trafficking Association.
  5. I want to have an Associates Degree in Marketing. (I’m already planning on starting back school in the Spring Semester, and I should graduate by 2020, if it’s God’s will for my life.)
  6. I want to start a successful small group with Church of The Highlands.(I’m actually working on that right now with someone, and hopefully it will happen in the Spring Semester.)
  7. I would love to coach and mentor other women through my blog, and help them grow into strong, beautiful independent, and ambitious women, or more so help them to see that they already are. 
  8. I want to start a Paleo Diet, and stick to it. ( This can happen, but I gotta make it happen.) 
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After writing these aspirations down on paper I began to see what my life could really look like, if I have a goal and I work hard to make these these things happen. My challenge to you is to write as many things that you would like to see happen in your life in 2019, and discover for yourself that anything is possible. Actually why wait until 2019 when you can create the life you were meant for now. If you would like to purchase this journal I will leave the link below. It has great writing prompts, and quotes throughout the journal. This is your story. What’s it going to be?

Discover Your Passion

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The things you are passionate about are not random, they are your calling.

-Fabienne Fredrickson

Hey, you! I still cannot believe that we are approaching the last month of 2018. And I can’t help but ask myself, “What have I actually accomplished this year?” If I’m being honest with myself I feel as though I wasted a lot of time, and money, and that’s not the greatest feeling in the world. It’s okay to look back, because then you have to hold yourself accountable for the person you are today. Instead of waiting until 2019 to get started on our goals and dreams, why not get a head start and do it now? With that being said, I am going to challenge myself, and I am also going to challenge you. 

Your Challenge: Write down 10 things that you are most passionate about, and start working towards a goal. I believe that the things we are passionate about is our calling. God puts these desires in our heart for a reason. Just check out Jer. 29:11, if you don’t believe me, and Psalm 139:14. We are all unique, and we all have  been blessed with God given talents we just have to take that first call to action. 

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10 Things That I am Passionate About

  1. I am deeply passionate about having a relationship with Jesus. However, it is definitely something I need to work on. A lot of times I get caught up in the hustle and bustle of life that I forget to prioritize the most important thing in my life.
  2. I am deeply passionate about having a strong marriage. I believe that marriage has the power to change the world, for two are better than one. Ecclesiastes 4:9-10
  3. I am deeply passionate about being a loving mother. Why loving? Because I believe that love conquers all. John 3:16
  4. I am deeply passionate about helping others, and more specifically young moms who don’t know how to love themselves.
  5. I am passionate about giving even if I have nothing to give, because I know that God will supply all of my needs. Philippians 4:19
  6.   I am passionate about being financially free, and helping others to be financially free as well.
  7. I am passionate about feeling mentally and physically well.
  8. I am passionate about supporting small businesses, because I know how hard it is, and how much time and effort is put into it.
  9. I am really passionate about minimalism. I want on simplify my life, and only focus on the things that matter. 
  10. I am really passionate about the art of Hygge. I want others to feel welcomed and cozy at my home. 

If you are interested in learning more about Hygge, then I recommend getting this book. It goes deep into the history of Hygge, and teaches you how to do it. I purchased it myself, and I find it worth the investment, so click the photo below to find out more!

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I really hope you all enjoyed this topic. Let me know if you did the challenge, and comment your passions below, if you would like to share. I would love to hear from you all. Don’t forget to subscribe for more posts like these. Thank you!

Lauren S. Watkins

10 Creative Gifts For Her

10 Creative Gifts For Her

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Hey, everyone! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend. It’s getting close to the Holidays, and although It’s not the actual twenty-five days of Christmas count down I like to have the week of Christmas off to be with my family, and enjoy what Christmas is all about, and for  me that’s celebrating the birth of Jesus Christ, and just a time to embrace family and love. So with that being said, I am starting my Christmas posts now! 

1. Young Living Essential Oil Kit

Essential Oils are a great way to relax after carrying the weight of the Holidays. What all comes in this kit? I’m glad you asked. It comes with 11 essential oils. And these oils will last you 3 to 4 months depending on how much you use them. It also comes with a Diffuser that lights up and changes colors. It comes with two Ningxia Red Natural Energy Drinks, and a Packet of Thieves Cleaner, which is enough to fill a 16 oz. Bottle of cleaner. The cost of this kit is $160, but don’t let the price keep you from adding this to your Christmas list, because they do have the option of doing the monthly payments of $27 for 6 months. Let me just tell you this kit is a no brainer for me as a mom and for my family. I have been obsessed with Young Living’s products for a while now, and I feel like it’s worth investing in. For more info on how to get started just go to https://mommafromscratch.org/young-living-essential-oils/

2. Fab-Fit-Fun Box

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3. Fleece Pullover Deal

This beautiful pullover was $42.99  and is now $26.99!! – Midway Fleece Get yours today! Limited time only! Pullover (11/21 to 11/23)   

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4. Personalized Sign 

Farmhouse sign that you can get custom made. Was $49.99 – Now $22.99 – Farmhouse Inspired Wood Sign (11/21 to 11/23)

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5. Set of 5 Notebooks and Pens

I don’t know about you, but I know for me personally the use I get out of notebooks is incredible. I am a huge organizer and lists person, so if you know someone like that, then this would be a really great gift to give. 

6. For the Book Lover

The first book in Lauren Oliver’s New York Times bestselling trilogy about forbidden love, revolution, and the power to choose.

In an alternate United States, love has been declared a dangerous disease, and the government forces everyone who reaches eighteen to have a procedure called the Cure. Living with her aunt, uncle, and cousins in Portland, Maine, Lena Haloway is very much looking forward to being cured and living a safe, predictable life. She watched love destroy her mother and isn’t about to make the same mistake.

But with ninety-five days left until her treatment, Lena meets enigmatic Alex, a boy from the Wilds who lives under the government’s radar. What will happen if they do the unthinkable and fall in love?

Click to get this book series. It was one of my favorites.

7. For the Christian Girl

8. For the Boss Girl

9. For the Healthy Girl

10. For the Lazy/Cozy Girl

P.S. This category is honestly me,lol. Like Honey, come and read my Christmas list. Wink, Wink.

Deck the Halls and all that stuff. I hope you all enjoyed this post! I really tried to pick out gifts that I know I would personally enjoy, so if you like this post please share it by using one of the shareable buttons below, and don’t forget to subscribe for more posts like this! Thank You!

Lauren S. Watkins

Depression And How To Get Through It

Depression And How To Get Through It

Disclosure: I am not a doctor and I am not here to cure any illnesses. This is just my personal experience. If you struggle with suicide, or anything like that call the number 1-800-273-8255

Can you remember who you where, before the world told you who you should be.

Danielle LaPorte

I remember exactly who I was, before the world told me who I should be. I had a dream, and I still do have a dream, and that dream has always been to become a writer. We all have a dream, but sometimes life can get in the way of who we where meant to be. Depression can be caused by different factors, and for me it was losing my identity, and knowing who I am. It seems as though the older I became the more I would lose a part of me that I used to love. First it was my parents who always told me that my dreams where a little too unrealistic. Then it was falling in love and allowing the love I had for my soulmate to cloud who I wanted to be, and then it was becoming a mother and the feelings of guilt for having a desire to do anything besides being a, “perfect mom,” would consume me. So I found myself lost, in pain, and unmotivated to do any of the things that I used to enjoy doing, including writing. Then one day I was sick of it. I was tired of laying in bed for hours when I woke up in the morning. I was tired of the long nights of restless sleep. I was tired of feeling worthless, and unmotivated. I missed being ambitious and having goals and dreams. And that’s when God stepped in. And I’m sorry, I know I am bringing God into this, but what He did for me changed my life. He helped me rediscover my purpose, and brought me back to life. 

1. Waking Up 

To shine upon those who sit in darkness and the shadow of death, to guide their feet into the way of peace.

Luke 1:79

In my experience of being depressed I was alive, but I wasn’t really living. I would wake up and think to myself, “What’s the point of getting up, when nothing is going to change.” Where I used to wake up, and think, “Today something good is going to happen.” I had began to lose hope in life. I didn’t see a reason to truly live. I would have days where I was in so much pain and I couldn’t seem to stop crying. I didn’t know why, but this deep sadness and shadow of darkness seemed to follow me. After about a year of this I decided enough is enough. I tried the pills, and they didn’t work. I tried exercise and wellness and they seemed to help a little bit, but still there was a void in my heart  that couldn’t be filled. So I cried out to God, and when I say cried out to God I was literally hands covering my face sobbing, and asking God to show me how to get through this. I didn’t ask Him to take it away, because I know that sometimes God is trying to work through us during difficult times, and so I just prayed for His peace, and that I would feel His presence with me. That’s when I woke up. I found a devotional on depression, and the very day I began to read it I felt an overwhelming peace come over me. A verse came to my mind, and I was reminded that I didn’t have to go through this alone. I was choosing to. So in that moment, I cast my burdens on Jesus, and he began to carry the weight for me. Ref. ( 1 Peter 5:7)  Click here to go through this devotional, and Ps. It’s free! https://my.bible.com/reading-plans/3140-breaking-free-from-depression

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2. Emotions Are Real

One thing that I realized while I was going through this devotional is that my emotions are real. Negative or happy they all mean something. People may tell you that your emotions are lying to you, and you may have convinced yourself that, but let me just tell you that they are not. It’s perfectly okay to not be okay. If someone is making you feel guilty for going through these emotions, then they are the wrong for that. Even Jesus knew what it was like to carry negative emotions. Read John 11:4-7 for references. The problem is that most of the time I didn’t know how to handle my negative emotions. Negative emotions are not meant to put a label on us, but rather to warn us of an underlining issue. I was often times fixed on that one emotion rather then seeing it as a signal that something deeper was going on beneath. Why was I feeling sad and unmotivated? Asking myself these questions caused me to evaluate my emotions on a deeper level, and it helped me to discover the whys. I felt sad and unmotivated, because of insecurities that I was dealing with and because of the changes that I was experiencing. For example I lost a lot of friends because of my insecurities of losing Stephen. I felt like if I didn’t stay with him all the time that he would forget about me or stop loving me, when in reality the people that I had relationships with before him, and the life I had outside of him where one of the reasons that he fell in love with me, but I was too insecure to see that. So because of that it led to sadness and feelings of guilt and loss, because I truly do miss the people who used to be a big part of my life. I wouldn’t have realized that though, if I had not questioned why I was experiencing these negative emotions. So don’t ever stop with,” I’m feeling this, so this must be my destiny.” It’s not. There’s something more underneath the surface you just have to keep digging, and eventually the bigger problems will come to light.  

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3. Your Dreams Have Purpose

Have you ever had something that you have always wanted to do, but you felt like it was not realistic? Well did you know that those are just feelings of doubt and insecurities, and even fear that are holding you back? Think about it. For example, say you have a dream of being an artist, and you know that you have talent, and yet you still laugh when you even think about pursuing it as a career. I bet a memory comes to mind, where you painted or drew something, and someone that you loved made fun of it. In your eyes it was a masterpiece, but they just did not get the picture. So that plants a seed of doubt in your mind. And you think, “Maybe I was never meant to be an artist at all?” I think that deep down in your heart you know that you were meant to be one, but you just can’t seem to get past the voice of that person laughing at you. I can tell you this. It is not a common thing to have a creative mind in Gadsden, AL. Most people would pursue something more realistic. Like being a nurse for example. But that is not what drives me. That’s not what get’s me up in the morning, and although being a nurse is a great profession it is not what God has called me to do. Each person is unique, and one of the best ways to get out of a depressed mindset is to pursue the dream that God has put on your heart. And for me it’s writing, and wellness. Don’t allow the feelings of doubt, fear, and insecurity get in the way of being who you where meant to be. It’s in your heart for a reason, and it’s time to take action. God sees you as His masterpiece open up your eyes, and see it too! (Jer. 29:11) 

I praise you, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know that full well.

Psalm 139:14

Here is a short and very inspiring video, and I hope that it inspires you as it has me. https://youtu.be/zJDJ7Jvrn0I

I really hope that you all enjoyed this post. I know it is a deep topic, but I want to be real with you all and the things that I am currently going through. If you are going through depression or experiencing any kind of brokenness, please shoot me an email, so that I can pray for you.  I would greatly appreciate this being shared,  or if anyone wants to leave a comment in the box below. Come back for the next faith related article going through ten emotions that Jesus experienced while He was here on earth. Also don’t forget to subscribe to my blog for freebies and updates. Thank you.

Lauren S. Watkins                                                                                                          Momma From Scratch

Why I Am Taking a Break From Instagram

Why I Am Taking a Break From Instagram

Hey y’all! I hope that you are all having a great start to this new week! So today I am going to be talking about social media. There are pros and cons, and for me personally the cons have been outweighing the pros these past few months. I’m talking about like I have been getting seriously depressed and finding myself losing a part of me that I don’t want to lose, so for that reason I will not be using Instagram again until New Years. The struggles of social media can very from person to person. For me Facebook does not have that affect on me, but for others Facebook may be their biggest weakness. So how can you know when It’s time to step back from the social media platform? Here are three ways that you can know when to take a break, or if it’s serious enough get rid of it completely. 

1. If you find yourself getting lost on social media for hours.

Social media can be really time-consuming, and if I am not careful I can allow it to take over my life. Obsessing over social media Isn’t healthy or beneficial. Once I found myself checking my Instagram every five minutes I knew that I needed a change.

2. When you allow it to affect your relationships.

The other night I had some lovely company over at my house, and instead of being fully present with them I found myself editing a picture to post on Instagram. And later I thought to myself, “Wow, Lauren, quality friends are few and you choose to spend time on your phone with people who probably could care less about you, rather than spending time with the ones who made an effort to be there for you.” If you can relate to this, then maybe it’s time to realize how toxic social media can be, if you allow it.  Personally, I don’t think social media is worth hurting my relationships. 

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3. Comparison 

I can never say this enough. Comparison is the thief of joy. When you can compare yourself and your relationships to other people it can cause so much damage to yourself and to others. Here are a few ways it has affected me in a negative way.

. It made me lose my self-confidence. This was a wake up call that helped me to see that I needed to take a break from social media. 

. It caused me to be someone I’m not. Losing yourself on social media can be very easy to do. Instagram can be a people pleasing platform if you are not careful. Just don’t lose sight of who you are, and don’t lower your values just to get an extra like. It’s not worth it. 

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. It hurt my relationships. I would compare my relationship with my spouse to other relationships. A great way to destroy your man is by telling him what another man is doing right, and what he isn’t doing right. Don’t do that. So what that guy bought flowers every week for his girlfriend. Your man stayed up with you all night when you lost your pet. Did you forget about that? I know it happens, but don’t let it. Realize what you already have before it’s too late. 

If any of these things sound like what you are experiencing, please take serious consideration about what you are gaining and what you are losing from social media. Do the pros outweigh the cons? If not, then maybe it’s time for a break. Please let me know your thoughts on this topic, and feel free to share it by using one of the shareable buttons! Thank you,

Lauren S. Watkins

Four Things That I Have Learned From Experience About Long Distance Relationships

Four Things That I Have Learned From Experience About Long Distance Relationships

Hey everyone, I hope that you are all having a lovely weekend. I have my Sweater Weather Playlist on Spotify playing in the background, and my Pumpkin Pie French Pressed Coffee sitting next to me. I think this is going to be a good weekend. Tonight I am planning a Halloween Party at my house, so I’m pretty stoked about that! So with that being said I would love to hear about your weekend feel free to talk about it in the comments below. Now to get into what this blog post is really about. Most of you know that my husband has been away for a little over two months training for basics for the US National Army, and he has informed me in his last letter sent to me that he is now officially a US Army Soldier, So Yay! I couldn’t be more proud of him. He graduates this week from basics and will transfer to his actual training for what he wants to do in the military, so it’s going to be another long three months, but I can say that without a doubt long distance is not easy, but it is very doable with the right person. Here are four things that I have learned from my experience of being in a long distance relationship. 

1. Leave room for grace and understanding.

This is probably my biggest tip to those who are going into a long distance relationship, or are already in one. Leave room for Grace. The only way that my husband and I can correspond to each other is through letters, and there have been many times where I would ask him something and he didn’t give me an answer. Not that he did it on purpose, but he’s exhausted, and has a lot on his mind trying to get through a lot of high stress obstacles. So I had the chance to either get mad about it, or have understanding and show him grace the way that I knew that I should do. Now I can’t say that there weren’t times that I wouldn’t get frustrated, but I can say that this experience had made me feel more compassion and love towards my husband and everything he has been doing. So maybe your SO forgot to call you back, or seemed to respond too late. Think about what occupation they have, and how their time is being spent. They probably aren’t ignoring you. Life just gets busy, so leave a little room for grace and understanding. You will be happier and so will your soulmate.

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2. Stay Positive and Busy.

It’s hard to have negative thoughts if you are staying busy, and getting creative with your time. Don’t focus on the negative. It will only hurt you, especially if there’s no real reason to. A lot of times when I would get caught up in a negative way of thinking I knew it was the enemy trying to get inside my head. I didn’t let him for long. I would always find something to do. Philippians 4:8 is the perfect verse that I can think of when it comes to thinking positively.  When you find yourself getting wrapped up in your thoughts don’t dwell on them. Call an old friend and have some coffee. You may be surprised at what coffee with an old friend will do for you. 

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3. Grow.

One of the best things that you can do for yourself and your SO is to grow while they’re away. Don’t sit there in your self pity. I know it’s hard, and there were days when I just wanted someone to cuddle with, and hold my hand, but it’s not healthy to stay stagnant. I have continued to pursue my dreams by learning how to market online, and doing things for the first time that I have never done before. It’s a beautiful thing to watch a rose bloom. You are that rose. Blossom and grow where you are planted. God has great plans for you, and we need to believe that. (Jeremiah 29:11) Cook a new meal, start an online course of something you have always wanted to learn, meet a new friend do things for you, or if your a mom like me try new crafts and projects with your kids. 

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Push yourself because no one else is going to do it for you. 

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4. Stop comparing yourself to other couples. 

I found myself comparing my relationship to another couples relationship whose long distance didn’t work out that great. I literally got sad thinking, “Yep, that’s going to be my luck.” Or I would catch myself looking at all the happy perfect relationships on Instagram, and feel worried that maybe I did need my husband to be with me 24/7 to be happy. What a terrible way to think. No relationship is the same, and no relationship is going to be perfect, but yours is yours, and God gave you that SO, so enjoy your love story, and don’t compare yours to someone else’s. Song of Songs 3:4 ,”I have found the one whom my soul loves.” 

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This quote is how a long distance relationship made me feel, and I love it. Long distance relationships are not a set back they are an opportunity to reflect and become the best version of yourself. I hope you all enjoyed this post. Feel free to share your comments on the topic in the comment box below, and don’t forget to share it! Thank you for giving me the opportunity to share my journey with you all. -Lauren S. Watkins

My setback was a blessing! I survived what was meant to destroy me. I came back like a boss…fabulous, wiser and stronger than ever.

Quote I found on Pintrest

An Apology Letter to My Husband

An Apology Letter to My Husband

Dear Husband, I apologize for failing you as your wife. These last three months that you have been gone training to serve our country, I have had time to reflect on the wife that I have become. There are things that I have done that have hurt you, and I just need you to know that this is not the wife I want to be. So to begin with I want to say I’m sorry for using my words as a weapon against you. I realize that words can be powerful, and yet many times  I have used them to discourage you rather then to build you up. Words can either bring life or death, and one too many times I have only brought destruction, but how easy it is, when something upsets me to spill words out without even thinking about what happens after I say those words. So today I want to change that. I want to start by encouraging you and bring the best out of you with my words. Second I want to stop putting pressure on you to meet my high expectations. I’m sorry, that when I took on this journey with you I thought I understood what I was saying, when I told you, “for better or for worst,” but in reality I thought that marriage was always going to be eating cake and laughter, so when the bills started pilling up, our child kept us up until 2AM, and you forgot to take out the trash my reaction proved that I didn’t truly mean the promise I made to you. Today I want to give God all of my expectations, and be grateful for the days when you did take the trash out for me. For the time I got sick, and you stopped working just to bring me Chicken Noodle Soup, and for the days that you cooked dinner for me, because you knew how tired I was as a young mother of a 3 month old boy. I want to cherish those moments, the beautiful and the ugly. Last of all I want to apologize for not protecting our marriage the way that God wants me too, and the way you need me too. Days get shorter, and so do my prayers for you. What God has given me I have taken for granted. So starting today I will pray for our marriage, and I will fight for us until my last breath. And when I look back on this day of reflection I want to be able to say, that I love you more then I did when I wrote this for you.

Ivan’s First Birthday

Ivan’s First Birthday

Hey, Y’all! I hope you are all having a lovely weekend! This Saturday my son turned one. I have mixed feelings about this as a mom. It feels like just yesterday I was holding him in my arms for the first time. Now my sweet baby boy is turning into a toddler, and is walking, and saying new words every day it seems. I love this boy with all of my heart, and a special thanks to, “Jessica Trammell Photography,” for taking these photos for us. Also for those of you who don’t know, my husband is away at basics, and wasn’t able to be there on Ivan’s first birthday, so these were just a small surprise to send to him, so he can see how much our son has grown over the past few months since he’s been away. 

Who Is Yahweh?

Who Is Yahweh?

When I began this blog, my goals, and intentions were to keep God and my relationship with Him as my number one priority. However, I found myself caught up in my own desires, and although there was nothing wrong with the things I would talk about it’s more about the fact that I stopped writing about my faith, and started worrying more about what I was going to get out of this blog. I have decided to prioritize my blog again, by keeping God at the center of all things in my life. With that being said,  I am going to talk about the many names that God has been called in the Bible. God has many different traits that He carries just like we do in our own selves. The first name He called himself in the Bible was, “Yahweh,” which is the Hebrew definition for, “I am.” So let’s talk about who Yahweh is. 

1. He is understanding. 

In Exodus 3:7-10 God says that He sees everything that His people (us) are going through, and he understands. He wants to deliver us and take us to a better place. Because He cares, and He wants better for us. Whatever you may be going through, whatever heartache that this broken world has brought to you, you should know that God sees everything. He understands, and He will deliver you. 

2. He’s simple. 

People try to make God out to be something that is so complex, and I love how in Exodus 3:14 Moses asked God what He should tell his people, and God said, ” Tell them that I am who I am.” God is not this gigantic puzzle piece that we have to figure out. We can just simply trust that He is who He says He is. 

3. He is Compassionate and Loving

Exodus 34:6-7 talks about how God is gracious and slow to anger. He is full of love and faithful on His promises to us. How beautiful is that? I grew up thinking that God was ready to throw a lightning bolt at my head if I said a cuss word when I stubbed my toe. I was afraid of this great big massive Creator was judging me every minute of my life, and I didn’t realize that the things that I worried about most were the least of God’s concerns. How refreshing, and how wonderful it is to know that we serve a God who is kind and understanding, and full of love. If you think otherwise try to dig deeper into His word and find out for yourself that the word Love is mentioned in the Bible 280 times according to “Quora.com,” versus the word condemned is only mentioned 59 times in the Bible according to, “Carm.org.”

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Today my challenge to you and to myself is to be reminded of who Yahweh is. Have we created our own definition for Him, or are we defining Him by who He says that He is? He is a God of understanding, simplicity, love, and grace. If you enjoyed this post feel free to share your thoughts on this, or share it by clicking one of the shareable social media buttons below! I look forward to discovering more of who God truly is with you all.

Five Money Saving Apps to Start Using Now

Five Money Saving Apps to Start Using Now

Hey Y’all! I hope you are all having a fantastic week. It’s that time of the year where we start to do most of our shopping. From decorating our home and buying a new wardrobe to fit the season to Holiday shopping. So today,  I am going to be sharing with you five apps that I use daily or at least weekly. I love finding new ways to save money and to help minimize my savings, and I also enjoy helping others to cut costs too. We live in an expensive world, so why not help a sistah or brothah out. There’s no reason to live on Roman Noodles when we have resources available to us that can help us budget and spend our money well. On a side note if you do decide to use these apps as well, please help support me while I help support you, and use the referral links below. When you refer someone you get an amount of money for doing that, so who wouldn’t want to do that?

1. Ebates

If you love online shopping as much as I do, then this an app that you will definitely get some use out of. I used to love going to stores and shopping, but now that I’m a mom and don’t have as much time on my hands I find this an easier alternative to get the things I need. With this app it will tell you how much of a percentage you will earn with each store. I have only had this app for about a month and I have already made eleven dollars from just a few purchases. That’s without the referrals. For every referral that signs up you make $25!! How crazy awesome is that?? Click the referral link below to refer me, and tell your friends about it too, so you can start profiting from your online shopping too!

https://www.ebates.com/r/MOMMAF215?eeid=28187

2. The Walmart App

I promise this isn’t a post just for me to earn a profit off of. I actually really enjoy helping other people save money. Walmart is one of those apps that won’t profit me any, but it will profit you. I use this every single time I go grocery shopping. When you download the app there will be a button that says, “Savings Catcher,” and all you do is once you are done shopping you can take a picture of your receipt, and if there is another Walmart that is selling something at a cheaper price, then you will get your money back. I received more than $2 back on the first receipt that I scanned. Plus they also have other benefits of using this app. I use it to create my grocery list too! No more having to bring a pen and paper. You can create the list on the app and check off the items on your list as you go!

3. Ibotta

Ibotta is a great app to use for going grocery shopping. Every now and then they will have great deals on there, and it works a lot like the way the Walmart app does, however on this app you can choose from different stores, but you have to get what they are offering to get money back. Once you buy $20 worth of food you will receive $20 back. Plus you get a percentage back on anyone you refer. Just like with the Ebates app.

If you want to get started with this app today, then you can use my referral code: dogdsyb to get an automatic $10 welcome bonus!

4. Facebook

The Facebook app is a great way to declutter your life and get rid of the junk that’s in your home and make a little side cash too! If you need to make room for the Holidays and changing seasons just put yourself on the market. Just be sure to meet in a secure place where you will fill safe. Or you can always use the Paypal option and just ship the items to the person.

5. Poshmark

I cannot get over how obsessed I have become with this app. I love reselling clothes, and going through my closet, and I also enjoy shopping on there as much as I love selling. So if you are wanting to find a way to sell your new clothes then this is the way to do so! Also for every friend you refer they earn $5 and once they make a purchase off of the app then you will make $5 too!

If you would like to download this app then use my referral code: KOUNTRYGAL18 to get your first $5! And you can check out my closet if you want to get the general idea of how Poshmark works!