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.

Facing My Battle of Comparison

Facing My Battle of Comparison

Today I am going to be sharing with you all, something that I personally struggle with on a daily basis, and that is the battle of comparison. As much as I hear my husband tell me how beautiful I am, I am still trying to figure out what he sees in me. I find myself scrolling through social media, and I compare myself to people that I don’t even know. I want to look better, and do better. Who I am is just not enough. I know that’s a sad thought, but that’s how I feel and think some days. And I know that I am not the only one.

"Comparison is the thief of joy." -Theodore Roosevelt

Social Media Statistics

According to the “Huffington Post,” statistics show that

  • 60% of people using social media reported that it has impacted their self-esteem in a negative way.
  • 50% have said that it has affected their relationships in a negative way
  • 80% voted that it is easier to be deceived by what others share on social media.

So how can we escape comparison, when we are surrounded by it constantly?

Stop texting and start talking.

Valuable friends are hard to come by these days, and one of the main reasons in my opinion is because we can’t seem to put away our phones. I know I may sound like your mom right now, but seriously think about it. When was the last time you put away your phone when spending time with a friend or a loved one? If you can’t think of a time then that’s a sign that you need to make time. I have found that creating more time with my friends instead of trying to find the perfect lighting to take a selfie has brought me more satisfaction in my life. I know the world pushes us to have a self centered mindset, but me are truly happier when we allow others into our hearts and lives.

"I praise you, because I am fearfully and wonderfully made." Psalm 139:14

Affirmation

Today I was struggling with my role as a new small group leader, and I was reminded by a leader above me that I already know who I am. I am the daughter of the king, and I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Words of affirmation can be so powerful in moments of doubt. That is why we need others and we need to go to the Bible or if you are not a Christian, then find some really awesome quotes. There are lots on Pinterest! Affirm yourself with kind and positive thoughts. I find that when I replace my negative thoughts with positive thoughts I stop comparing myself to other people.

Catch your breath

Every once in a while I will find myself going to a dark place. The dark place of comparison, where my mind will think all sorts of negative things. Like, “Look at how successful she looks in that picture, I will never be where she is at.” And it’s true with that attitude I won’t. I also feel like not everyone’s life is not as perfect as they portray it to be on social media. However, once I find myself getting caught up in my emotions and battling with comparison I immediately turn it off, and tune my mind onto things that I enjoy.

Having a cup of coffee with a friend.

Loving on my sweet baby boy.

Going for a walk in nature.

Reading my Bible or other Blogs.

Taking a break allows me to recharge and gain control over my emotions, and helps me to see how truly awesome life is.

 

Today I have shared with you one of my top struggles. I want to be vulnerable and open up to other people, and let them see my not so perfect side. If this is something you struggle with then you are not alone. I am right there with you, and I hope that my thoughts on this topic will bring encouragement to someone.  Also if you did like this post feel free to comment or share it on social media.

Living With Purpose

Living With Purpose
Defining Purpose

Everyone wants to find out what their purpose is in this life. Why am I here, and is there any meaning to life, or are we all just going through the motions? These are some great questions, but sadly I am not the one to say why you where put on this earth, but I can say that you are here for a reason. As a Christian I do believe that reason is spiritual. It’s connected deep down within you, and we all possess our own unique God given abilities. For those of you who do not believe in this kind of faith. Please find something to believe in, because life has no meaning without something to believe in. So my first suggestion to finding your purpose. Find something to believe in.

Find Something to Believe In

I believe that God has a plan for all of us, and we all have our own unique abilities. Ask yourself this question. Can a puzzle be completed if a piece of that puzzle goes missing? It’s a simple question really, but if I were to tell you that you were a piece of the puzzle of God’s unique plan for your life would you believe that? Maybe, and maybe not. The reason being that many of us doubt that we are gifted with our own special qualities. I know it may be hard to believe, but each and every person matters. Everyone has a purpose.

"For I know the plans I have for you, plans to prosper you and not harm you, plans to give you a hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

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Be Confident

Before I became a mother I had all the confidence in the world, but it took a while to get that way. Once I became a mother it’s like I had to start the confidence building process all over again. It’s easier to live with purpose if you live your life with confidence. So here are a few ways that you can build your confidence.

  • Self Care
  • Build Healthy Relationships
  • Be Kind and Giving
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Explaining the List Above

Self Care- Many Christians and even non Christians associate self care with selfishness. However, that can be further from the truth. God wants us to take care of ourselves. How can we serve someone else if we are running on empty. You can practice self care by doing at least one thing you love every day, and by also doing things that are necessary. Things like exercise, eating healthy, and maintaining your emotional and physical health. If we are made in the image of God and that is something to be proud of. Own that with confidence. (Song of Songs 4:7)

Build Healthy Relationships – Building healthy relationships is essential to building your confidence. My relationship with God is my top priority, then my family and friends. Building healthy and positive relationships will not only make you feel confident it will also make you happier.

Be Kind and Giving – I have always believed in the reap what you sow. I don’t think that coincidences are a thing. (Ephesians 4:32) When you are kind to others, then others will be kind to you. It’s a simple concept. Try doing one act of kindness a day, and you may find that your life has more meaning to it then you realize.

I hope that this helps you find your purpose. There is nothing that brings more peace, then knowing that you where put on this earth for a reason, and you are that reason. If you enjoyed this post leave a comment below, or share it with others!

"When it comes to the end of my journey it's not about being remembered, but who I am remembered as."

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The God Driven Woman

The God Driven Woman

Today I would love to share with you all something that is on heart, and that is what it means to be a driven woman. When I say driven I am not talking about the women who claim to be feminists who are completely anti-men, but more the woman who isn’t afraid to be who God has called her to be. The woman who doesn’t hold back despite the fears and challenges that she will face, because she knows who is in control of her life. This was shared with me by a lady in my small group, so I cannot take credit of these words, but they are beautiful and touching, and I think that every woman needs to hear this. 

The Propel Woman Is…

Unapologetic, she is a woman who leads.

Unshakable, she is rooted and grounded in the love and grace of God. 

Undaunted, by the challenges of life.

Unstoppable, as she follows the call of God.

Unmovable, she will not be manipulated.

Unselfish, she is generous with her words, thoughts, resources, and relationships. 

Undefeatable, she knows no weapon formed against her shall prosper.

Unbound, her history will not define her destiny. 

Unstuck, she moves gracefully from one season to the next. 

Undone by the love, grace, goodness, kindness and mercy of God.

Uncommon, she is not chasing worldly success, fame, or fortune.

Untamable, she is dangerous to the kingdom of darkness.

Unlimited, her potential in Christ is limitless.

Unleashed, she is not held captive to old paradigms or stereotypes. 

Unashamed, she does not minimize or hide who God has made her to be.

Unpretentious, she is real, down to earth, and accessible. 

-Jennifer N. 

If you have any doubts in your mind about who you are I want you to know that you are more than capable of being who God has called you to be. And here are just a few ways that may help you battle any self-doubts or insecurities. 

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1. God has a plan for you. 

Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Trust that God’s plan for you is bigger than any fears you may face. 

2. Get affirmation by getting into the Bible. 

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Psalm 139:14 “I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
    your works are wonderful,
    I know that full well.” When you dig deep into God’s Word, you will find that there are all kinds of Biblical affirmation. If the God who created our entire Universe believes in you, then you should believe in yourself as well. 

3. Get connected with other like-minded believers. 

When you get connected with other believers you will be surprised to find yourself feeling encouraged and refreshed. Although, I would advise that you be careful who you are surrounding yourselves with, because some people enjoy bringing others down, and I know that sounds horrible, but for those who have been to a southern baptist church they can tell you from experience that this is true. Find people who are going to inspire you, and encourage you to be all that you can be. 

I hope that this poem and advice will help you to stand up, and be the woman that you need or want to be. Just remember, that “You, yes you, can do all things through Christ who strengthens you.” Philippians 4:13. If you liked this article, please share it, or subscribe to my blog for more topics like this. Thank you, for being apart of this journey with me. 

                                                                              Lauren Smith                                                                          Momma From Scratch

A Cleaning Schedule for the Busy Mom

A Cleaning Schedule for the Busy Mom

Hey, everyone! Today I am going to be sharing with all of you working moms how to keep your home clean and put together. I know that with a chaotic schedule it can be hard to manage our homes, and stick to a routine. I have finally found a way to do that. However, I have found that the trick is that you don’t want to put too much on your to do list, otherwise you will find yourself overwhelmed, and possibly having a meltdown. To be honest I may have had one or two. So that is why I wanted to share this with you, because I know as a Christian mom specifically we want to put our family and home life first, so let’s get into it!

Galatians 6:9 And let us not grow weary of doing good, for in due season we will reap, if we do not give up.

 

Every Morning

  • Empty the dishwasher
  • Wash a load of laundry
  • Make Bed

In the Evening

  • Run the dishwasher
  • Fold a load of clothes
  • Do daily cleaning duty
  • Get everything ready for the next day

Ex. Pick out outfits for the next day yours, and children’s, make sure kids have a bath, Make sure backpacks are already packed with whatever is necessary for the next day. Tidy up kitchen and living room, or bedroom, if needed.

Daily Duties

  1. Mondays – Bathrooms
  2. Tuesdays – Mop room that can be mopped
  3. Wednesdays – Vacuum
  4. Thursdays – Dust everything
  5. Fridays – Monthly Duties

Monthly Cleaning Duties

  • Clean out and organize closets
  • Clean Out the Fridge
  • Clean the Microwave
  • Clean Cabinets, Walls or Doors
  • Clean Out Pantry

Only Choose one to two every Friday. You don’t want to get overwhelmed with too many tasks.

I hope these suggestions will help you out, and it may take a week or two to get this schedule going smoothly until it turns into a routine, so try not to get discouraged if you are a little behind on the first two weeks. I promise it get’s easier! Just keep your head up Mamma! I promise you have got this! If any other working moms have any more suggestions feel free to share and leave a comment below. And of course for more posts like this, subscribe to my blog! I hope you all have a blessed weekend!

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Love you all Sincerely,

Lauren Smith

Sunday Notes – “Four Principles of Rest”

Sunday Notes – “Four Principles of Rest”

Matthew 11: 28-30 (AMP) “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavily burdened (by religious rituals that offer no peace), and I will give you rest (refreshing your souls with salvation). Take My yoke upon you and learn from Me (following Me as My disciple), for I am gentle and humble in heart, and YOU Will Find Rest (renewal, blessed quiet) For Your Souls. For My yoke is easy (to bear) and My burden is light.” What a beautiful passage of scripture, and I love the way this version of the Bible puts it. Today we live in a busy world, and sometimes we can get caught up in the chaos. God’s gift to us is rest, and today I am going to be sharing with you , “Four Principles of Rest,” a message shared by Larry Stockhill. So let’s get into it!

1. “R” – stands for routine.

The most successful people normally have one thing in common, a routine. Having a routine can be harder when having a baby or little kids running around, but it is possible, and once you figure it out your life will go much smoother. Here are different kinds of routines you can establish.

  • Morning Routines – If you would like to see my morning routine, then comment, or give this post a thumbs up.
  • Work Routine – Getting ready for work can be a hassle, so if you are like me you need to get things ready in advance, so you aren’t running around like a chicken with your head cut off.
  • Family Routine- Family comes as a priority after God, so to me having a planned family day is really important, so I try to have one once a week.
  • Date Night – This also is very important, because in order to have a successful family your marriage needs to be the first priority in your family. So make sure you have a date night. Even if a date night just means playing a card game together, and sharing your dreams, when you lay down your kids at night. You need the one on one time with your man.
  •  Meal Routine- This can be hard for us depending on how well our day flows, so for us it’s hard to have a set time, so this is something we are still working on.
  • Sleep Routine – This to me is extremely important, because it’s hard to function properly without enough sleep. I am now currently going to bed at 10:30 PM. I would like to go to bed earlier, but for now that’s the earliest I can make it.

2. “E” Emotions – Learn to manage your emotions.

When he started talking to this I knew he was talking about me. I just recently found out that I have OCD, and I will be sharing that with you all very soon, but needless to say my emotions have been a roller coaster, because I tend to overthink things, but here are a few ways that the preacher shared on how we can have better control over our emotions.

  • Perspective: Put everything out of Eternity, which basically means Is what you are afraid of, angry about, worried about etc. going to matter when we get to heaven? Most of the time the answer is going to be, no. So for me that helps me to reconsider my emotions and put them in a different perspective.
  • Margin: Space your life out better.

3. “S” Sabbath – God took one day to rest, and we should too.

I know that there’s always that one thing on our to do list that we feel like we absolutely have to do. If you are a lists person I am right there with you. However, I do believe that we should all take at least a day off, and use it to spend time with our friends and family. It will make your soul so happy and you will be refreshed, and ready to go for the next week.

4. “T” Conquer Your Thoughts.

This is definitely my biggest struggle. My thoughts are on a constant repeat, and  I have to fight fear, worries, doubts almost every day, and I liked some of the tips that the preacher shared with us.

  • Isaiah 26:3 Focus on God’s purpose. Stop focusing on the wrong things.
  • Take every thought captive. The devil will try to lie to you and he will feed you with doubts and fears, so replace his lies with the truth. Make a pros and cons list if you have to and see if what you are thinking is actually the truth. Sometimes that helps me, when I am trying to find the truth. Also get into God’s Word there are lots of truth in that book.
  • Lay back in the arms of the Almighty God, because our lives are in His hands. If you’re worried about something surrender it to Him. (Jeremiah 29:11)

 

 

I hope you all have a lovely Sunday. Try to rest and enjoy worshiping our God and welcome his presence. Also call that friend that you haven’t heard from in a while and get catch up with them. Drink a cup of coffee with your husband and take a nice nap together, or play a game with your kids, while the music is playing softly in the backgrounds. This is the day of Rest! If you enjoyed this post, please feel free to comment. For more of these posts subscribe to my blog and you will get updated every time I write another post on Sunday notes. Love you all!


 

 

Lauren Smith