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Saturday, March 15, 2014

Grateful for Single Parenting

Single parenting.

I am grateful for single parenting.

Surprising?

Yeah.  It surprised me, too.

I never thought I'd say those words, but today, I'm grateful for this season.


I'm grateful because single mothering has done the following:

- Taught me about contradictions in terms- "Single" means solo. And I am solo. But it also implies that I'm doing this alone... and God says I'm NEVER alone! 

- Given me some of the best friends on the planet- a status I never thought I'd be grateful for has given me the ladies of Single Mom Central, God's Gals, and so much more.

It's taught me how to reach out and lean into women of God... t
o hold the hands of ones beside me, to walk in the paths of the ones who've gone before me, and to ALWAYS leave a trail for the ones that follow me.

- Shown me that God equips the called- my single parenting journey did not surprise God. It shocked the living daylights out of me (just wasn't on my top ten list of things to do! LOL...), but God knew that life would take me here. He knew and He prepared His girl for the task ahead. He equipped me completely to be the Mommy that He called me to be. I am the woman for this job.

-Taught me how to prioritize- God first. Family second. After that, anything that honors #1 and blesses #2. It really is just that simple. If it doesn't fit in that list, I don't need to do it. The end. 

- Shown me how to take care of my heart without hardening my heart- there's a difference. The Bible says, "...the greatest of these is love." He never intended for life on this side of heaven to make us bitter, but instead intended it in all of its inconsistencies to draw us closer to Him...closer to love. Can't love God without loving His kids. So, I keep lovin'. 

- Shown me my Ultimate Provider, Attorney, Father, Husband, Physician, and Counselor is already in my life. Everything else is bonus material.

So, I'm grateful. Grateful for right now. 



©Christie Aitken, 2013
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Saturday, March 1, 2014

What I Want for My Birthday Month



So, it's my birthday month.

And, yes.  I said MONTH.  





Because, let's face it...


Days are cool.  

Weeks are awesome.  

Months are better.


This year, the big # is 38.  (Gasp!)  



I think Girl Code says I'm supposed to hide my number from you, but (clearly) I'm not.  

I kind of like my age, honestly.

See, 38 years signifies a lot.  

It's 13,870 days of God saying, "You still have work to do down there, sweet girl."
I'm not going to get all long winded here, but fully plan to use the month of March to highlight what I'm grateful for in these 38 years... just a big, huge THANK YOU list to the One that made it possible.

Okay... so that's where YOU come in.
Let's talk GIFTS! 

Bold, eh?  :)

Nah! That's what we do on birthdays.  Right?

So, what does this birthday girl want from YOU on her birthday?



((........DRUMROLL.....))


Words.  

(Stop that.  I can see that funny face you are making as you say, "HUH?  Words?")



Yes.  I want your words.

I want your words, but we'll start with numbers. :)




Pick a number... 3 or 8 (or 38 if you dare!).  


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Now here's how you do this gift giving thing...

Type out a gratitude list of that many things.

Just what YOU are grateful for on this side of heaven...

The people, places, and things that make you want to PARTY over all that God has done in your life... I want to read them!


Why?


I think the bible says it best in Philippians 4:8.






"Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honorable, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things."

I can think of no better way to celebrate the month of March than to get to read what God is doing and has done in your world... and then to CELEBRATE the same!

It's a PARTY!  I hope YOU can make it!

Post YOUR list in the comments below and read the other comments.

We're ALL guaranteed to leave with a gift that lasts long after this online celebration.

©Christie Aitken, 2013
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http://www.YoungLiving.org/wordstoexpress
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