Join me in my journey as a momma, learning as I stumble along the way, pouring out my heart and being covered by amazing Grace.
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Sunday, October 14, 2012

This week has been a challenge for all of us here at the Taylor household. I have been terribly sick. When momma is down for the count, it affects everybody, especially my darling Mr Taylor. But he has been a trooper trying to fill both roles and take care of everything. Last night he came in the bedroom after getting the last one to bed and said "You have got it ROUGH. This is hard work!" That little bit of appreciation for my 'job' goes a long way. It is a rough job. Its the best job. Its the hardest job. And I sometimes feel that it goes unnoticed and unappreciated. This is where I need the help of the Holy Spirit. I tend to find myself seeking approval of others, seeking the appreciation of others. This of course leads to all kinds of problems... what happens when you don't get the approval?? But God wants us to seek Him as our source of fulfillment. We are to do the work set out before us for Him. So that 2 am baby wake up call is for Him. That 2nd poopy diaper right after I just changed their hiney is for Him. That load of dishes or laundry, doing something for the kids when I would rather be doing something for myself is for Him. "And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God..." Colossians 1:10 NIV
I was put in this very position to do the work of God from where I am. I used to find myself often wishing for more. More freedom, more time to myself, more glory for myself. I was starting to resent my life. I am not sure when it happened, but I had a little wake up call. I was CALLED by God to do what I am doing. Wishing for more was denying God. Yes, it may be hard. We were made for hard. I truly believe we are never given more than we can handle. Before I was saved I had often found myself in situations that I thought were unbearable, too much and unfair. Since growing in God over the past few years I have come to a different place, a place of understanding that when I am in the midst of the hard I can simply call out to God. I don't need to wish away my life. This is my purpose.  "Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,  because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance." James 1:2-3  
I believe that this is one of the most effective ways we can show Christ to others. Not just to people outside our lives, but our children, our husbands, our friends and family. "Let your gentle spirit be known to all men. The Lord is near." Phillipeans 4:5 NASB
I just have to 'get over myself'. And do you know what happens? It makes me happy. When I stop trying to do so much for myself it makes me joyous. The devil doesn't want us to know that. He doesn't want us happy. We have to choose it, happy is an action.
We are called to live in an attitude of service. Jesus himself got down and washed the feet of his disciples. How often do I lower myself to serve others? While I will continue to let God work on this area in my life, I am learning to find contentment in the everyday. The JOY of simple life. I hope that today you may do the same. There is so much joy out there. Remember, you are right where you are supposed to be! Now I have to go change a hiney.
Liz Taylor
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Tuesday, October 9, 2012

Hello! Welcome to my very first Blog! I have no idea what I am doing, so be patient with me. 
So first I will tell you a little bit about myself.

I am a momma. To three children: a 4 year old daughter, a 2 year old daughter and 7 month old son.  I am busy. Lots of diapers. Lots of needs. Lots of hugs and kisses and tears. Some of them mine.

I am a singer in a small, local Christian band. I write music and love to get out and play whenever I can.

I am always up for a chat about decorating and there is a sofa a Crate and Barrel right now that I am literally in love with. I have painted my living room 5 times in 7 years and I am not ashamed.

I am married to a great guy. He is in the Navy Reserves. He is supportive of my decorating habit. He painted the living room in "coastal villa" last month, a shade of oh-so-perfect-grayiege, but I digress.

I am a jack of all trades, master of none. If it is a craft I have probably done it. Currently I am working on one painting, 3 sewing projects, a few fall decor projects and a couple of necklaces...
I do not have a problem. wink wink.

I am a terrible housekeeper. But I try. Really. Our house is small. 962 square feet and one actual closet. Moving on.

I am flawed. But I have learned to love me, and ask for Grace to fix the things that He wants me to and move on. I am so far from perfect but I try not to let it stop me.

The whole point of my blog is...
I have a heart, that I am working on day in and day out, trying to be the best momma I can be. Motherhood, my life, my journey isn't always what I expected, but it is wonderful. Sure there are ups and downs, and some days the downs scream way louder...making it easy for me to forget what it is really all about... Love.
Serving God. And loving His children, which happen to include my children, and my husband, and me and everyone else. 
So join me in my crazy journey as a momma, as a wife, as a woman and a child of the King.
I can't promise that it will be all sunshine and roses, but I can promise it will all be from the HEART.

Your Friend,
Liz Taylor