Do you have a discouraged Heart?

“How are you feeling today?”, can be one of the worst questions someone can ask us, at least if we want to be honest with them.  We are taught to have the joy of the Lord, and to rise and shine as Christians, and never be down or discouraged as believers.  I am not sure about you, but this seems like a tall order to complete some days.  Our strength does come from the Lord (Nehemiah 8:10), but there are still days when life seems to grip our hearts and lives, and we become discouraged.

I have a saying that I use over and over in my life, “I NEED A POSTCARD.” To me a little postcard in the mail from a friend can be such a blessing.  It can tell me how they are doing, if they are on vacation, or maybe they just send a friendly hello with a verse of Scripture to encourage me.  A postcard always brings a smile to my face and brings a little joy.

When life gets me down and discouraged and my heart is heavy, I find myself asking the Lord to send me a postcard of hope, encouragement, direction, or whatever I think I need for that day.  Sometimes, I have asked for a certified letter instead, when things are really discouraging.

Is your heart discouraged today?  Do you need a postcard?  We need to be in the Word daily, to read and hear His words for us, and we need to be in prayer daily to share our hearts with Him.  You might say that this is to basic and yes, we already know to do this, but are we doing it?  Sometimes when our heart is discouraged, we have stepped away from the Word and prayer without realizing how far we have gone.

I call on you, O God, for you will answer me; give ear to me and hear my prayer 

(Psalm 17:6 NIV).

When I pray and then ask for a postcard, it is exciting to know that I will get one from the heavenly postal system.  It is always awesome to see the notes that He sends my way.

God is always moving in our lives.  We do not always see it at the time, and of course hindsight is 20/20.  We need to keep moving forward, and if we hit a road block of discouragement, ask for a postcard of direction, yell out for help, and wait for the heavenly mail system to deliver just what we need.

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How do we Measure Success?

Be strong and of a good courage, fear not, nor be afraid of them.” (Deuteronomy 31:6)

We all feel the need to appear as perfect individuals, having it all together.

I would like to be known for being a perfect woman.  A beautiful wife and homemaker, as well as a loving mom and professional businesswomen.

WOW!!!! What have I set myself up for?

As Christians we should be victorious in our lives, but victory in Jesus is accepting what He has given us to do. Running in the Christian race for Him until He takes us home.  Not what we feel our agenda is in life.

I was given a poem when I graduated business school over twenty years ago that stated their version of a successful person.

“Who loves life and lives it to the fullest: who has discovered and shared the strengths and talents that are uniquely their own; who puts their best into each task and leaves each situation better than they found it; who seeks and finds that which is beautiful in all people…and all things; whose heart is full of love and warm with compassion; who has found joy in living and peace within themselves.” (Barbara Burrow)

If I were to give this back to the Lord and consider what His mission for me is and His view of success in my life, I would have to say….

Success in the Lord is…

“Who loves life and lives it for the Lord; who has discovered and shared the strengths and talents that God gave to them, and uses them for His glory; whose heart is full of His love and warm with compassion for His people; who have found joy in living and peace from having Him within their lives.”

Success is found in Him alone, and joy fresh each morning.

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Unique Service

I worked in the Travel and Tourism field for many years, for the airlines and hotels, before working in Ministry.  Both good customer service and unique service was always something that would be a big draw for customers.  Who doesn’t like to be treated special, in a unique way…. to feel like you have been hand-picked to have this service done just for you?  If you walked into a hotel and they greeted you and knew your name as you walked in and then led you to the desk, carried your bags, checked you in, offered you some special accommodations, and maybe even a unique special gift for just coming…how would that make you feel?  At first, I think I would assume they have the wrong person and start looking around for the right person….after which when they tell me it was really for me….I would feel that I was unique and special even for that moment in time.

I remember when we walked into our church a few years ago and we were greeted in a manner that made us feel like they had been waiting for us to arrive.  They had never met us….and we had never been to this church.  Week after week, we were greeted with a heartfelt hug, welcome, smile and a feeling of we belong.  How special that after two years of being there….there is never a time when we arrive that we are not treated with this same feeling.

Is this unique?  YES, it is….where can you go and get this greeting these days?

I am reminded of a verse when I enter this church found in Matthew 20:28

“For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”

If the Lord came to serve, who are we to do any less? If you are not sure who to serve, when to serve or where to serve……then ask for WISDOM (see James 1:5).  His words are perfect and truth.  He will direct your path and steps and lead you into serving at the perfect moment.

I have been reminded a few times in the past few months about how to serve in a humble way….I am proud to say that I work with many wonderful people herein ministry that walk with the Lord daily and serve with a humble spirit. Let me share a few examples with you…

We had a rather larger person who could not tie his shoe….I watched him pace the floor and then finally asked one of our staff men to help him tie his shoe.  Our staff member knelt down and tied his shoe and as he did he started talking about a sports game….in a way that turned that embarrassing moment for a guest into a “by-the-way type conversation” and removed the awkwardness.

I also watched as a staff member, on his way to a coffee shop… spotted a homeless man and purchased a coffee and sandwich for him.  When the staff member gave it to the man….he asked for his name and then told him how Jesus loved him.  He didn’t just hand it to him but made him feel special by asking for his name.

I also watched a guest check-in with her luggage which happened to be a cardboard box.  She was on a limited income and had a family to take care of ….so her personal needs were put on the back burner.  Another staff member saw this and got together with me to put together a set of luggage for her.  We gave this to her anonymously so that she would not feel awkward.

Again….He did not come to be served but to serve.  The Lord served in a loving and humble way.  As I write this devotion…my eyes are filled with tears remembering these stories and my heart is challenged by these servants to get out there and serve someone today…how about you?

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Instant Pot Quick Cheeseburger Macaroni

A fast and quick dinner to make any night of the week when you just don’t feel it!

I came home tonight after a long week of working and I just didn’t feel like cooking.  We also have already overspent out eating out funds….so what is a girl to do.  Get out the Instant Pot and start cooking.

This recipe is fast, fun and oh so yummy.  Here is my version along with the original recipe I found on Jamerrill Stewart website.  I hope you enjoy…leave me a comment below if you make it and how you like it!

Lynn’s Recipe:

  • 1 lb. of ground beef
  • 1 box of elbow macaroni
  • 1 1/2 cups of cheddar cheese
  • 1/2 cup of mozzarella cheese
  • 2 tbsp. spoons of Worchester sauce
  • 1 tbsp. spoon of brown mustard
  • 1/2 cups of sour cream
  • 1 tsp of garlic
  • 1 tsp of garlic butter
  • 1 tbsp. spoon of dried onions
  • 6 cups of beef broth
  • 1/4 cup of tomato paste
  1. brown ground beef on sauté mode on your instant pot with the garlic butter and dried onions
  2. in a separate bowl mix the beef broth, tomato paste, garlic, and Worchester sauce together
  3. when beef is done cooking turn instant pot off
  4. now add the box of macaroni over the meet ( do not stir)
  5. now poor mixture over the macaroni ( do not stir)
  6. place lid on instant pot ( venting not sealing) and then put on manual for 5 minutes
  7. after 5 minutes do a quick release and take the lid off
  8. add your sour cream and cheese and mix well

You then can enjoy!!!

 

 Original Recipe I found:

Large Family Instant Pot Macaroni and Cheese

 

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One of your Smiles…

A cheerful look brings joy to the heart, and good news gives health to the bones.

Proverbs 15:30 

I just love this verse…I think is says it all.  How many of us give a cheerful look?  How many of us bring joy to the heart?

One day I was texting my son on his cell phone, little did I know that he happened to be coming down the hall.  He walked in and asked… “Did you need something?” He had a smile on his face.  I explained to him…, “you just gave it to me.” With a puzzled look on his face, I answered him and said, “I needed one of your smiles.”

My youngest son knows when he is being a handful and sometimes, to break the tension between the two of us, instead of getting upset, I look at him and say …Gavin, give me one of your smiles.  Well, he knows how to make my heart melt and yes, bring joy to my heart.

When you walk in a room, do you bring a cheerful look?  I have walked into church meetings, ladies groups and other situations where a simple smile was not on the agenda of those people.  It just seemed to create a different atmosphere, one where you felt like you didn’t want to be there. It is amazing when you walk into a place and you receive a friendly smile….everything can change.

Do we realize how our smiles and countenance show so much of who we are in Christ?  We are all that some people ever read of the Bible.  When they look at us, can they see past us and see Christ?

There are so many ways that we can give one of our smiles to a friend today.  Pass a note to them, send an email, send a text, give them a call, give a little gift, or better yet, greet them with a smile on your face.

Bring a cheerful look to someone today and bring the joy of the Lord to their heart.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Dehydrate Kale

Have you ever wanted to try dehydrating?  It is so easy whether you do this in a dehydrator or an oven.  I have linked below a video on the why, how to’s and what to use it for after it is dehydrated.  Come and see how fun and easy this is.  Leave me a comment below if you have any questions too.  Happy Dehydrating.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Amish Baked Oatmeal – Simple Breakfast

Sometimes breakfast can be the worst meal for me to make. I never quite know what to make and prepare. This recipe is simple, affordable, easy and oh so yummy. It is also a go to meal and or snack for anytime and any age. It is a favorite in our home. #amish baked oatmeal

  • 3 cups of oatmeal
  • 1 1/2 cups of whole milk, skim milk, almond milk or the best is oat milk
  • 2 eggs
  • 1/2 brown sugar, while sugar, honey, molasses, or maple syrup
  • 1/2 cup of butter melted
  • 1 1/2 tsp baking powder
  • 1/1/2 vanilla or almond extract
  • 1 1/2 tsp cinnamon
  • 1/4 tsp salt
  1. mix all dry together first ( saved the sugar for the wet ingredients if you are using a syrup etc…)
  2. then add butter and milk and mix in with the dry
  3. now add the eggs and extract of your choice as well (and sweetener if in a liquid form)
  4. pour mixture into a greased 8×8 or a 9×13 baking dish
  5. place baking dish into a preheated oven on 350 degrees for 25 minutes
  6. best served warm
  7. ENJOY!

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

 

 

 

 

Are you a Cloud?

Today while I was working, the skies grew dark and gray and the rain came pouring down.  Of course, that is all everyone could chat about as the guests ran in and out of the rain drops.

A guest came today to pay his invoice for his event.  While he was standing with me a woman kept going on and on about the rain and how it was going to ruin the day.  As I tried to encourage her to enjoy the day and the facilities that we offered indoors…it did not seem to help her….she seemed intent on complaining about how her day was ruined due to the rain.

As she walked away, the man replied to me….”Oh, what a cloud she is.”  He said to me that one of his students one day told him the sun is always shining but the clouds can get in the way.

How many times my father has told me that some people bring sunshine when they come, and some when they go.  How has your life been going lately?  I know for myself these are trying days.  The bills keep coming, the economy keeps changing, and the winter is coming, and so on.

Do I bring joy and sunshine when I enter a room or when I leave?  Or better yet, do I bring SON shine when I enter a room?  You know our smiles might not always be big and beautiful, sometimes small and simple, but it can still be there.  We can still show Christ or SON shine even when rain and clouds come in our life.  We just need to make sure that the clouds don’t cover our SON shine.

Is the Son shining in your life or have you let the clouds of fear, worry, frustration, doubt, and complaining come in the way?  I know my son tells me sometimes that I am his rock and when I am down in spirit, it affects him.  You know, we do affect each other with our attitude.  If you are having a bad day and keep reacting to it…either people will start to feel the same way as you or if they are smart they will walk away and stay away from you.

We need to bring “SON” shine into lives and remember what we do does matter to others.  Have a SON filled day and share a smile with someone.  Even if it is just a small and simple one.

Lynn A. C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother

Which Pandemic are you living with right now?

We are living in uncertain times right now and I know that we are all facing situations that are new and uncomfortable for us. We are walking on opposite sides of the street to avoid being near someone. We stand six feet apart from other when we want to talk with someone.

 

Now that many of us are wearing a face mask…..it seems to me that many of the people that I watch are hiding behind them in order not to smile or even make contact with you. I said hello to several people today that I walked past and they completely ignored me and acted like I had no right to talk to them. Their masks that they wear….does not give them the right to be rude.

 

For God has not given us the spirit of fear, but of power and love and of a sound mind.

II Timothy 1:17

 

A pandemic of any kind is unsettling….you almost find your self frozen in time and not knowing what you can or cannot do. What are we allowed to touch or not touch? Where are we allowed to go or not go? But what I see happening more and more above and beyond the virus restrictions that are being imposed on us …is the fear that is being drilled in our heads.

 

People are paralyzed with fear right now….just look are around! They are panicking over food, supplies and many other things. Many of these things they don’t even need. We are a people that seem to be driven to fear right now and it is becoming worse and worse.

 

But wait STOP…..what is fear? To me it is a tool that has been used over and over again by many leaders, parents, and supervisors etc… to manipulate people to do what they want. Fear can drive us to do things that we never thought we would do or not do. I have had to stop myself from reaching Facebook, social media and even the daily news. The more I allow myself to see, read and hear these things the more I am feeling frightened and paralyzed to want to go and live life.

 

How many times in the bible did we find men in a situation where fear could have stopped them from doing what God was telling them…? David Goliath, Joseph, King David, Noah, Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego, Mary the Mother of Jesus and the list goes on and on. If they choose to not do what God asked them to do the story would have been very different.

 

Some of us might feel like Jonah right now and in the belly of a large something (in his case a large fish). Either way we might have been frightened and ran off in the other direction of where we were supposed to go. But after left in a bad place and situation just like Jonah we too can come to realize that what God is calling us to do is where we need to be.

 

I challenge all of us to roll up our sleeves, put the fear and panic aside of this virus or whatever else that is causing fear in your life and make a choice today to do and go where you were called to go.

 

Lynn A.C. Wilson – Resume of a Mother