Living not striving…

Random thoughts and daily adventures in my life

Influenced January 31, 2009

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I have been blessed to have a couple of different women in my life during different seasons.  These women were always older than me and were ladies that I admired for many reasons but particularly for how they let Christ shine through them.  They each played an important role in my life as a mentor.

Something I have realized from my own life is that as much as my mom modeled amazing things for me there were times that she couldn’t speak into my life, because I wasn’t listening.  However I know she prayed for me to be receptive to other wise, Christian people and allow them to speak into my life.  Her prayers were answered and I am now praying the same thing for my children.

The arrangements were different each time, but basically I asked these amazing ladies if they would meet with me a couple of times each month to listen to me, pray with me, challenge me and guide me as a woman, follower of Christ and eventually as a wife and mother.  These ladies are precious to me.

These were relationships that I sought out.  Some of them were through mentoring programs at church but a couple of them were just godly women that stood out and I really wanted them to teach me and I hoped they would rub off on me.  The life lessons and nuggets of wisdom they passed on to me are priceless.

I don’t have a particular person currently to fill that role.  I wish I did, but it just has not happened at the moment.  But what is neat is that in the blogworld I have found a couple of women that through their blogs I am gleaning amazing truths.  I look forward each day to see what Robin has to say or what she may surprise me with.  Sometimes I find a neat fun activity to do with my boys and other days I have to sit down and journal over what she shares and where it takes me in my own journey with the Lord.  I love it and I feel like she is sharing a bit of her wisdom, love for life and joy with me to help me become a better me.

This morning I think I discovered a new cherished, wise friend.  She has no idea I exist but I am so excited to add her blog to my bloglines feed.  I know her name is Cyndi and she has an amazing story of forgiveness, redemption and friendship that you can read here.  I was so inspired by her thoughts here.  She is a mom of 6 boys!  Wow!

I am so blessed to learn from and love these ladies from afar.  I only hope someday I can have the same amazing influence on at least the people near me and maybe afar.


Surprise! January 30, 2009

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I saw an article on the MSN home page about a lady in California this week that gave birth to octuplets. As if that wasn’t overwhelming enough; during the birth, she had a bit of a surprise! Check this out!

The woman and her doctors were actually expecting seven children, not eight. The delivery team was thinking the hard work was over after that seventh baby was removed from the womb, when another physician spotted another little hand, Maples said.
The mother reacted calmly to the news, said Dr. Jalil Riazi, an anesthesiologist. “Her question was, ‘Really, an eighth baby? How did we miss that baby?'” he said.

Can you imagine?!? I think I get overwhelmed!


Remember who you are January 28, 2009

Filed under: Deep thoughts — erikaivory @ 9:03 pm
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This is what I have been chewing on today.  I was challenged by this  from the Beth Moore Bible study on Esther.  I hope somebody else can appreciate this today:)  It is referring to the Jewish people receiving word that Haman (a Persian leader) put into play a law that all the Jews would be killed and annihilated on a certain day in 11 months.  They heard word of this on the beginning day of their Passover

“The story of God’s merciful redemption gave those who were willing a hope against hope.  Could He who had delivered them from the Egyptians not also deliver them from the Persians?

You bet He can, Beloved.  He who delivered you from drugs can deliver you from distraction.  He who delivered you from bankruptcy can deliver you from bingeing, He who delivered you from infertility can deliver you from inconsistency.  He who delivered you from the fire can deliver you from fear.

Sometimes God uses the winds of a new threat to blow the dust off a past miracle that has moved from our active file into the archives.  Remember, Beloved!  Remember what God has done for you!  Rehearse the story again.

Find someone this week to retell it to.  Dear One, He who delivered you from a Pharaoh can deliver you from any Haman.  Remember who you are.”

He has done so much for us and sometimes I have to look back to hang on through the winds of today.  Just thinking out loud I guess:)

Love to you!


Wrestlemania January 27, 2009

Filed under: Family Life,Funny stuff — erikaivory @ 2:51 am
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I love being the mom of three boys.  So much testosterone.  Lots of fighting, wrestling… here is an excerpt from this afternoon:)  I wish you could have experienced the full show.  Eli has some mad ninja skills.  The kid does not seem to fear pain or consequence:)


Take the risk January 26, 2009

Filed under: Deep thoughts — erikaivory @ 3:27 am
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You know how sometimes a world vision commercial will come on the tv and you change the station b/c you just can’t watch it? At least that is what I do. I used to hate watching tv when I would nurse during the middle of the night b/c those commercials would always be on and I would end up bawling.   It strikes a nerve and hurts too much to watch b/c I feel like there is nothing I can do.  I am really, really prone to do that.  Because I internalize those pictures and stories and think about them for days, weeks.

I saw this on Whittaker Woman’s blog and my first response was to skip it.  But I made myself watch it.  Sometimes pain and feeling uncomfortable is good.  It changes my perspective, makes me stop complaining and in helplessness makes me ask the Father “What do you want me to do?  What do you want me to do with this?”.

Now I don’t have the answer…. yet.  But it is good for me to feel just a little bit of the pain my Father God feels when He sees the helpless suffer.  And I am supposed to be His hands and feet.  What does that look like exactly?  I am not sure, but if I don’t keep reminding myself that there are people that tangibly need to feel His provision…

Then I will forget and be content to sit and read blogs and eat ice cream and drink Starbucks with my friends and sit fat and happy in my nice little picture perfect life WHILE CHILDREN ARE ORPHANED AND BABIES STARVE TO DEATH.

So give me a break.  I didn’t want to watch it either.  Take the risk and FEEL so maybe God can use it in your life.  He may have something He wants you to do for Him, but you can’t hear Him until you let yourself FEEL a little! Sorry for the rant, but I had to give myself that pep talk before I was brave enough to watch it. Thought you might need it too:) Love you, really!


Tada!!! January 23, 2009

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Eli was supposed to be going to sleep.  But after 20 minutes or so he came down stairs and said, “Tada!”


Apparently he found the terrycloth headband and wristbands that Mark wore as part of a costume recently.  You never know what he is going to come up with:)


Great spot January 22, 2009

Filed under: Family Life — erikaivory @ 4:37 am
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When we go to Target (which is dangerous) I like to park to the right of the store along the side.  And since I have three young children I always pray for a spot close to the door.  It is getting better as my boys are bigger now, but when they were littler I would get so excited when a spot close to the door was open.  It meant I didn’t have to lug the baby so far or try to keep the toddlers from running into the parking lot.  You understand right?

Apparently I commented on this and prayed parking lot prayers out loud more often then I realized.  So the other day we pulled into the Target parking lot and a spot on the side was open, only two spots from the door.  I didn’t say anything about it but as I was unhooking Eli and helping him climb out of his carseat he said, “Mommy, God pushed the other cars out of the way so we could get a good spot!  That’s great!  Right, Mommy?”

Isn’t that sweet?  It is so great when in whatever manner our little ones let us know that something we are trying to teach them about the Lord, our faith, His goodness is actually sinking in and sticking.:)