Constantly Praise Your Name

Thankful Thursday!!

O God, we give glory to you all day long and constantly praise your name.

Psalm 44:8 NLT

Good morning!

I have been spending quite a bit of my morning reading time in the psalms… well I say morning, but with it being summer it seems like it is hardly ever morning!  This week the boys have had swim lessons, so I have been getting my reading in while watching them splash in the water.

I love the musical language of the psalms and the real, honest, heartfelt words of the prayers that are recorded.  They encourage us to be open and passionate in our praise and thanksgiving to the Father.

This week I am thankful for:

  • Amazing swim teachers and fun in the pool
  • The beginning of harvest out of our garden
  • VBS and all that it does for our children
  • A great birthday and all the love poured out by family and friends
VBS
VBS!!!

What are you thankful for today?

Blessings,

The Johnstons

When Life Bombards Us

 

Good morning!

Anyone else feel absolutely bombarded by life lately?!  I know, I know, it’s summer right!! But along with swimming pools, T Ball, bike rides and frog catchin’ there is still work, chores, cleaning, etc. that needs done.

I totally feel like life has been controlling me lately instead of me putting life together in a planner.  LOL

But when we get bombarded and overwhelmed with all the activities that make our worlds go ’round I am learning that as long as my heart is grounded where it should be…everything else will work itself out.

There is no one holy like the LORD; there is no one besides you; there is no Rock like our God.  1 Samuel 2:2

There is no one else in the whole world that will ever fill our hearts like the Father does.

There is no other Rock that will ever be firm enough to hold us when life bombards us.

So, as we all dive into the second half of summer, let’s plant our feet firmly on the Rock, keep our eyes on Jesus, and our hearts set on His Word.

Blessings!

The Johnstons

Stop and Smell the Roses

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Good morning and Happy Tuesday!

It can be so hard to get back into the swing of things after a three-day weekend, can’t it?  It feels like a Monday, but actually its Tuesday and it can throw us all for a loop!  It can make us feel behind, almost anxious to “catch up” with time.

But as my husband and I sat outside on our front porch yesterday morning, coffee in hand, sunrise behind the fog as far as our eyes could see, it was nice to sit and take in a breath of fresh air.  We reflected upon the weekend of graduation parties; watching families close a chapter in their lives and begin new ones and how fast the time goes.

It struck a conversation about our own boys and truly treasuring the time that we have with them.  It is so easy to get caught up in a routine, the day in and day out responsibilities, but sometimes we just have to stop and smell the roses.

We must slow down, even though time tries to pull us forward.  This week, this month, this summer lets stop and take the time to enjoy our journey.  Time is something that we don’t get back…we must enjoy the days while we are living them.

So instead of being anxious to catch up, lets slow our stride enough to smell the roses, enjoy the sunshine, and thank the Father for providing these days.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

Spend Your Time Well

Good afternoon!

There is never substitution for time spent.  Sometimes we have a hundred other things to do…

Things we have planned in our minds.

Things we have on a list written down somewhere.

Things we have placed as priority.

But there is never a greater priority than raising the very humans God gave us.

Take your time.  Build the snowman.  Spend the time that matters.  You will be glad you did!!

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Blessings!

The Johnstons

Thankful Thursday

Thankful Thursday!!

Good afternoon!

By the time Thursday afternoon rolls around I’m in desperate need of a mental reset.  And the best way to reset our minds is to focus on the things we are thankful for.  It turns our thoughts from the things weighing us down to Jesus and the amazing gifts He provides.

So, here are a few of the things that I am thankful for!

  • Warmer days, beautiful flowers, and a freshly planted garden
  • Beautiful sunrises
  • Two boys giggling on the trampoline as they spray water
  • Time to go visit friends tomorrow as a family
  • A husband dedicated to walking by my side through this life

What about you?  What are you thankful for today?

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

When Words Aren’t Enough

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Good morning!

I am just loving these longer days!  You?  I love that the sun rises early and floods the earth with its presence.  As I stand out admiring the view of colors there is a peace that comes.  A unique stillness so inviting to praise Him in the moment.

I continue to water the flowers as my heart searches for words.  But sometimes words just don’t seem like they are enough.  They don’t quite seem to express my gratitude for all He has done.  I smile as the words of David come to my mind:

I will exalt you, my God the King; I will praise your name for ever and ever.  Every day I will praise you and extol your name for ever and ever.  Great is the LORD and most worthy of praise; his greatness no one can fathom.  Psalm 145:1-3

Wherever you are today, stop and take a moment to praise Him.  He is so worthy of our praise.  And if you can’t seem to find the words…don’t worry, He knows what’s in your heart.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

Monday Morning Hangover

Good afternoon!

Did anyone else experience the Monday morning hangover affect this morning from Mother’s Day?  I totally had this attitude and thought process of “I don’t have to do that today” yesterday and I did thoroughly enjoy the day with my family.

However, at 9:00 PM last night I found myself doing the boys laundry because if I didn’t, they weren’t going to have clothes to wear to preschool today.  A day off! Ha!!  Mothering never takes a day off.

But you know what else I discovered as I was switching their laundry loads last night?  That I’m grateful I get to do their laundry.  I’m grateful that I get to be their mom.  I’m grateful that they both had their favorite clothes to get dressed in this morning for school.

Because those smiles…the ones I got this morning when they slipped on their favorite shorts were priceless as they set out for their day.  Mothering can be exhausting, overwhelming, never-ending, demanding, and all sorts of things.  But it is also so rewarding, so fulfilling, and so incredible.

What priceless moments did you experience from your Mother’s Day celebrations?

Blessings!

The Johnstons

Where Our Help Comes From

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Happy Monday!

As we kick-start our week I felt encouraged to share with you where our help comes from.  As I spent some quiet time with the Father this weekend and prayed about the upcoming doctor appointment (today) for our son I was greatly encouraged by the scriptures in Psalm 121.

I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? 

My help comes from the LORD, the Maker of heaven and earth. 

He will not let your foot slip – he who watches over you will not slumber; 

indeed, he who watches over Israel will neither slumber nor sleep. 

The LORD watches over you – the LORD is your shade at your right hand; 

the sun will not harm you by day, nor the moon by night. 

The LORD will keep you from all harm – he will watch over your life; 

the LORD will watch over your coming and going both now and forevermore. 

So as we start into this week and face whatever it brings, lets pick our heads up and lift our eyes to the One who provides our help.  He’s got us!

Blessings!

The Johnstons

Declaring Truth

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Have you let the heaviness of your current circumstances weigh you down?

I’m here to tell you it can happen before we know it.  And don’t worry…you’re not alone.  This world can be brutal and unless we chase after the truth, the lies will consume us.

As I sat down at my kitchen table a couple of days ago I could feel my stress level rising as the weight of anxiety was creeping in.  Our son that was in the hospital a few weeks ago has been sick again this past week with something viral.  As I got him out of the bath that afternoon I could see the rash spreading all over his belly and creeping up his chest.  Seriously? I thought to myself.

I sat down at our kitchen table, opened my journal, and wrote across my page:

If I didn’t hold on to Jesus so tightly I might just fall apart. 

And I began writing the truths I needed to hear…

  • I believe His promises
  • I believe He is good
  • I believe He works all things together for good
  • I believe His ways are higher than my ways
  • I believe He goes before me and behind me

Declaring Truth

Sometimes we just need to declare out loud His truths over our own lives.  We need to be bold even when it is just to remind ourselves of the very truths we believe in.

As I sat there, trying to process all my emotions and give my anxiety to the Father I wrote one more statement in my journal:

Even though it doesn’t look like I want it to…maybe it looks just as it should.

As I lay my head in my hands and began to pray I felt Him asking me to yield my frustration, yield my control, and to trust Him.  Trust Him with my child’s health.  Because after all, they were His children first.

What has you all tied up in knots?  There is no better way to untie them then to declare His truths over and over until we feel the release of His power in our hearts.

Blessings,

The Johnstons

 

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