Saying No Actaully Means, Yes! 

 
The enemy is constantly trying to fill our minds with guilt, remind us of our past, and distract us from seeing God’s glory. He attempts this and is often successful in all three of these things by convincing us to overcommit ourselves. In saying yes to every volunteer and ministry opportunity, we are actually devaluing something that is so precious to God, our time. In becoming too busy, it takes away time we could be spending with God. This is how the pattern of “I’m too tired”,or “I have too many things I need to get done to read my word” starts. Our Heavenly Father deserves the absolute best we have to offer Him. This includes our finances, time and resources. As tithers we joyfully give back to God 10% of our household’s income. The tithe comes before our mortgage, electric or grocery bill. We would never offer The Master our leftovers with our money, so why are we so quick to do it with our time? The biblical principle laid out for us in Malaki 3:11 explains that being in covenant with God concerning our money allows Him to protect us from the devourer. Shielding us from the enemy who so desperately wants to rob us of our bountiful harvest. Our harvest in terms of time with God would be a prophetic words, instruction, and words of knowledge. When we become too busy to quiet ourselves and hear from Him we are missing out on huge opportunities to have an encounter with our Lord.

We know God values time by the way he organized the creation of the world in 6 days, when He certainly has the power to have done it in one. It is because of our Father’s love for us that He spared no detail. Focusing on only certain things each day. This is how we now have the pleasure of enjoying the over 7,500 types of apples that there are around the globe. God wanted to give His children the best, so he rushed nothing! As women, wives, and mothers we have been convinced by Satan that unless we say yes to every large and small tasks that is asked of us; we are somehow worthless, lazy, or selfish. The spirit of obligated guilt that has overtaken the minds of Women must be exposed and cast out swiftly! We must regain our authority in boldly saying no and delegating tasks responsibly.

The account in Exodus 18, is so relevant to the lives of wives and mommies everywhere. Moses has his father in law, Jethro in town for a visit. During this time he explains to him all of the different responsibilities he has in leading the people of Isreal. Moses lists all the tasks that have fallen on his shoulders, and that have overcrowded his already full plate of responsibilities. The very wise Jethro gives Moses some sound counsel and advice saying in Exodus 18:17-18 “So Moses’ father-in-law said to him, “The thing that you do is not good. Both you and these people who are with you will surely wear yourselves out. For this thing is too much for you; you are not able to perform it by yourself.” 

God did not create us to do everything, nor does he expect us to say yes to everything. In fact, by saying no you are actually proudly and unapologeticly saying;
Yes, I recognize my time is valuable.

Yes, I value this ministry, committee, ect enough to not offer you an overworked, burnt out me. 

Yes, my quality time with the Father is a priority.

Yes, I take my responsibilities as a wife and mother seriously.

Yes, intimate time with my husband is a priority in my life.

Yes, actual face time with my children is important to me.

Yes, God is ok with me saying no. 



Exodus 18:23 says “If you do this thing, and God so commands you, then you will be able to endure, and all this people will also go to their place in peace.”
Titus 2 Women, not only do you deserve the peace of saying no, but so do the people around you. We all desire more peace in our lives , and we can attain that by limiting our “yes”, “sure”, and “why nots”. When you overcommit youreslf it shows a lack of self control which is one of the fruits of the spirit listed in Galatians 5:22-23. 
I encourage you ladies to start being more responsible with your time. There is much power, respect, and authority given to those who are responsible enough to say no. Remember to value the time God has given you by being a good steward of it.

Not Right Now Kids.. Mommy Is Clocked Out!

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Bold title huh? Yes i know! But that’s a sentence my 4 kids hear three times a day, every single day. I make it a point to tell people all the time, wherever i go that i love my job. I’ve worked at the same place for 8 years, and i can’t imagine doing anything except what i know for sure is the best job on the planet. Oh my gosh what do you do? Is the question i hear so often when in line at the grocery store making small talk with the person behind me. I hold my head high, puff up my chest and proudly declare, I’M A MOMMY!!! What follows next is usually “Awwww how many kids do you have”, or “Oh wow you must never get a break” To which i reply with “Oh you’d be quite surprised that i manage to take two 10 minute breaks, and a 30 minute lunch everyday”.  Yes you read right Titus 2 Women, I take 3 breaks a day, and if you’re not doing the same I’d advise you to start TODAY! It will enhance your life, and you will mother better! I’ve mentioned before that i have the best husband on planet Earth that truly appreciates and understands how much actual work i do on a daily basis in our home with our four loves. Early on into my career as a “professional mommy” as one of my dearest friends so affectionately calls me, my husband Erick encouraged me to rest, and relax during the day. He also reminded me that by law his job makes him take breaks during the day so that in the long run he is more productive, and i should have the same right by the law of the Castelin land.  Now in the early years, I’d hear nothing of it. I wanted to do as much as i possible could and maximize every waking moment during the day. While that was successful, and i ran a organized home, that was always tidy (and still is now) the enemy started to plant seeds of resentment in mind, i started to feel burnt out and i even began to believe that i wasn’t deserving of a break because after all, I’m a mother. Mother’s don’t need breaks. They certainly don’t take breaks, and if they do take them they must not be good mothers. Its tragic to think how many mommies around the globe have had their minds twisted by the adversary and actually believe they are unworthy of a break, despite doing the most physically and emotionally taxing job on Earth. Mark 6:31 reads;

Then, because so many people were coming and going that they did not even have a chance to eat, He said to them, “Come with me by yourselves to a quiet place and get some rest.

Now, I’m in no way comparing myself to Jesus after feeding the 5000, but i can say after making food, and feeding 4 hungry kids lunch, I myself am pretty tired LOL! After studying the scriptures i noticed a common theme… God actually ENCOURAGES rest! That was breaking news to me, and i had to repent. Not just because i failed to listen to my husbands instruction, but because God Himself encourages us to rest, and to rest often. If God can see the value in the refreshment that comes after taking a pause, they why couldn’t I? I am not God, and i should not try to be. It didn’t take long for me to implement my three breaks a day rule. Here’s how it works: I have a digital kitchen timer that stays on the fridge, we use it for EVERYTHING! In the morning after we’ve had breakfast, finished school drop off, and I’ve made a few phone calls or done some house work i set my timer for 10 minutes. I let the munchkins know that I’m about to go on a break, and ask if they need anything before i do. After all, they are the bosses 🙂 They know not to bother me during those 10 minutes unless someone is bleeding or throwing up, and i always stay where i can still see and hear everyone. I use the timer instead of just simply keeping track on my phone, so that the kids will hear and know when mommy’s break time has ended. During those 10 minutes i browse Facebook, Instagram, and sometimes even eat a light snack like apple slices and drink some water. Its like my own teeny, tiny mini vacation.  I always feel like i can ease through the rest of the day after my break. I repeat that process in the late afternoon before i start prepping dinner and after I’ve gone through the school pick up line. I remind them that mommy has done a lot of work this afternoon and a break would make me feel better. Refrain from calling it a “mommy timeout” you are not in trouble. Quite the opposite actually, its a reward for your efforts. By explaining your need for a break to your children, they will value all the work you do in the home so much more. Also, they won’t think that all the laundry folding, vegetable chopping, and floor mopping is effortless. It does take effort. Effort that is noticed by God, and your husband , It should be noticed and appreciated by your children. Ladies don’t allow the enemy to rip away one of the things you need most.. REST. Do what is best for not just yourself, but for your husband and children. It may feel as though someone is laying on the fast forward button, so i encourage you to hit the pause button in the middle of the day. Its been proven that companies that treat their employees well, and show their appreciation in small ways often don’t have as high of a turnover rate as those that don’t recognize the efforts of their employees. Now you obviously can’t go “work” or a different family, but the burnt out feeling you have in your own home will go away. Ladies, clock out and take a break. You most certainly deserve it, and your Heavenly Father encourages you to.

  
 

You must be steadfast in preparing yourself for not just the birthing process, but also for the eventual baby. So often we talk about God’s timing in a way that seems as though everything we have prayed for will take a long period of time before you see those prayers become manifest in your life. That is not always the case. God is ready to bless you. He’s your Heavenly Father, it delights Him more that it delights you for Him to bless you! But you must get yourself ready for it. You must be ready for the amazing thing God wants to suddenly do in your life. You may have prayed for it, but have you prepared for it? Preparation and prayer should go hand in hand but far too often they do not. When we want to sound super spiritual we say things like “God won’t give you more than you can bare” which the absolute truth. But you may have not received your Boaz, business, or ministry yet because you haven’t made yourself ready for it. You may really want that sudden shift in your life, but have not gotten yourself prepared for it. Have you studied the scriptures on the characteristics of a Godly wife? Researched what it takes to start and run a business? Fasted on the direction in which God wants to take your ministry? Our Heavenly Father is looking for us to prepare our own selves for the blessing. The waiting game is your time to prepare, not your time to remain idle. Ezekiel 38:7 reads; 

“Prepare yourself and be ready, you and all your companies that are gathered about you; and be a guard for them. 

You must prepare yourself and be ready!!!! Think of it as a 16 year olds hat just got their drivers license who desperately wants, and has begged their parents a Ferrari. Any responsible parent knows their 16 year old child is not prepared for the speed and power of a Ferrari, but what they are prepared for is a Ford Focus. That child never looses the desire for the Ferrari, but instead drives the Focus and gets well acquainted with the laws of the road, and different scenarios that happen while driving. All the while their parents are paying attention to the care, and responsible way in which their young adult is handling that car. Then one day seemingly out of nowhere to the 16 year old, they wake up to find a Ferrari with a big red bow waiting for them in their parents driveway. It will be suddenly to them, but the parent has watched for a period of time (it could be long, it could be short depending on how proactive they are in readying themselves) and feels confident knowing they are now well ready for the responsibility of such a fast car. I urge you ladies to not let your prayers and request to God hit the ceiling by your unwillingness to prepare for that which you ask for. Become a lady in waiting that maximizes her time by not just praying but by also preparing. 

Two become ONE

I know what you’re thinking… Another marriage post. Not quite. In fact the two I’m referring to is you and your Heavenly Father. How to go from being separate in thinking and doing, to becoming so in sync with your Father that you have a mind like God. Think like Him, make decisions like Him, and act like Him. It is only until you have a complete renewing of your mind (Ephesians 4:23) that the unity can take place.

After taking notice that the Holy Spirit had lost its place in many  homes I was pressed to start this blog. Our hearts desire should be to mirror God in every thing we do. From folding laundry to picking up dry cleaning on Saturday morning. The Holy Spirit wants to consume our lives but we have to created a welcoming atmosphere for Him.

In order for the Holy Spirit to come back into our kitchens, laundry rooms, and minivans we must start to court our groom again. Spend quality, meaningful time in the presence of God. Talk with God, cry out to Him, share our thoughts, desires, and needs with Him. I promise if you make time for Him, if you start having daily dates, you will begin to hear quite clearly His instructions, nuggets of wisdom, and even words of affirmation. When you worship God He will fill up your love tank. He will satisfy your mind and body more than anything on the Earth ever could. Titus 2 Women, change your attitude about how you spend time with God, from wanting to go on speed dates with Him reading your 10 minute morning devotional while packing lunches with GMA blaring in the background. To wanting to have those long walks on the beach where you loose track of time because you’ve been gazing into His eyes for so long, staring at His face, studying every freckle and wrinkle.

I remember when my sweet husband Erick and I were courting we were so in tune with each other that he knew what I was thinking and I knew what he was thinking by just looking at each other. Today that has ballooned and we now finish each others sentences, and often beat each other to doing something the other was planning to do. There’s not a day that goes by where you won’t hear the sentence “aww man, you beat me to it” in the Castelin home from either Erick or myself 🙂 we are truly one flesh, a unit, a two person power team. That should be the same with you and Christ, your groom. There shouldn’t be a second thought about how to handle any challenging situation when you are walking hand in hand with the Father. The Holy Spirit should be on the inside of you helping you to navigate through life. Seek Him in how to start that business, how to handle your defiant child, how to pay down that debt, how to be a more submissive wife. Welcome the Holy Spirit into your life by spending time in the presence of God. James 4:8 says, “Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded.” Don’t allow the world to trick you into believing God is some far away being that doesn’t have time for your silly little mommy problems. He wants to be close to you, inside you, filling you up so that your overflow can spill out into the world. Yes, your world of bibs, crock pots, and Disney Jr shows is important to God. The other wives and moms you come in contact with are important to God.

If you are reading this and have not established a relationship with God, and accepted Christ as your savior this is your moment!!! It doesn’t matter of you are reading this on your iPhone while waiting for your oven timer to beep. Pray this prayer with me. I assure you your life will be forever changed. You will become a better Woman, wife, and mommy once you have.

Dear God,

I accept your great big gift. I believe that Jesus died for me. That may sins would be washed away and I am made perfect in your sight. I thank you for loving me enough to send your only son to suffer and die so that I could live an abundant life. Father fill me up with your Holy Spirit, let it overflow into every area of my life. I love you Father! Amen.

If you just prayed that for the first time ever, or just recommitted your life life to Christ I would love to hear from you! I’m so excited for you because I know that you have just become one with the Father, you are no longer alone. There is now unity in your heart and will be unity in your home. Enjoy the greatest gift of all, and that’s to unwrap something new about God every single day for the rest of your life. Uncovering His goodness, and wonder learning everything you possible can about Him as you will be forever courting your Groom.

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Daddy who?! 

 
  
First comes love, then comes marriage, then comes a baby in a baby carriage. What happens next isn’t what I would call a hit record, but it certainly holds true that once you put the baby carriage to use the love that got you the baby starts to fade away in the rear view mirror. Let’s be real Titus 2 women, with baby comes sleepless nights, stinky diaper pails, sippy cups and bottles with a mixture of water juice and likely a little bit of milk that you just didn’t bother to rise out ALLLL the way. None of that is sexy, cute, or appealing to any of the five senses. Laundry piles up, and casseroles need to be made, but one thing that should NEVER get repetitive is your interaction with the man that blessed you with that best job you’ll ever have. Your husband. At times he may seem like another one of your children; someone that you have to clean up after, make meals for, and help find the charger block to their iPad for the 600th time. But I assure you, he is so much more than that. In fact, there’s likely someone at his office, gym, church, or the kids school that thinks he’s the best thing since sliced bread AND  Keurig coffee machines. So why isn’t he to you? The one that vowed to love, obey, and cherish you in the good times and bad. When you had to clip coupons for groceries and during the times that you could splurge on your favorite designer hand (or diaper) bag. 
I know what you’re thinking oh but you’re not married to my husband, he won’t take out the trash unless I ask him 52 times, or he won’t help the kids with their homework, ect. But I’m certain that when you were dating him, you wouldn’t have to ask twice for things to get done. That’s because you were putting your best foot forward each and everytime you saw him. And no, I’m not referring to your outward appearance. Although that’s VERY important too! The way you spoke to him was full of love, respect and kindness. You gave him the best of what you had to offer, even if you didn’t feel like it. He was your priority, and everyone else had to wait. Even your very best girlfriend who likely served as your maid of honor. You would submit your body to him, and would make yourself available. (Hopefully not sexually until AFTER you were married). You would submit your ears to hear about his hopes, goals, and dreams no matter how far fetched they seemed at the time. You would submit your eyes to watching his favorite sporting events on TV. And you would commit your time to taking up new hobbies or learning all about something he liked to do in his downtime. You did all of those thing, and you did them with a huge smile on your face, and excitement in your heart because that was the man God has blessed you with, and you wanted to do everything you could to make him happy because he made you oh so happy.

Let’s fast forward to today…

The days seem long, you feel as though you can hardly squeeze in the time to clip and paint your toe nails, or read a few pages of your favorite devotional each day, let alone have time to listen to your husbands hopes for that awesome promotion next year, or HIS desire to loose 15lbs. When was the last time you asked your man where HE would like to go on the next family vacation? Ladies, I’m not trying to be the bad cop, but I am trying to gently yet firmly remind you to put your husband (which is a pretty sexy title) AFTER God and BEFORE your children on your priorities list. Submit yourself to him, and I promise he will submit himself to you. When your children see that you value daddy, they will value daddy. When they see you investing time into your marriage, they will strive to do the same in theirs someday. Marriage is suppose to be a reminder of the love Christ has for us. Unconditional, doesn’t keep track of faults, and everlasting. 

Below I’m listing some tips and suggestions on how to maintain the courtship after marriage, and kids 🙂 there is no reason why you can’t implement some of them TODAY! 

  1. Weekly, yes WEEKLY date nights. They can be at home, and can cost absolutely nothing. Turn your kitchen into a diner and make waffles or pancakes and bacon (men LOVE bacon) at 11 o’clock at night after the kids are in bed. Share a homemade milkshake at your bar or kitchen island.
  2. Read your Bible TOGETHER. Listen to what the spiritual head has been hearing from God. I’m sure it will knock your socks off! You should be excited to know what your man of God has been talking to The Lord about. 
  3. Talk. It sounds pretty simple but when was the last time you had a conversation with each other about the next comic book movie that’s coming out, a new recipe you want to try, or something you learned in your ladies Bible study. 20 minutes of conversation about something not regarding the children, bills, or household chores goes a loooooong way! 
  4. Clock out time: a set time every night that you clock out for the day including social media, TV, the phone and go to bed. Have pillow talk, and drift off to sleep TOGETHER. The more rested you are the better partners you will be for each other the next day, and better parents you’ll be for your children.
  5. Boundaries! Set them for your children. Let them know your bedroom is off limits for them, their toys, books, and electronics.  Have the conversation with them that when your bedroom door is closed mommy and daddy are spending alone time together, or are having sometime to refresh and relax. The entire house is the children’s, but the bedroom should always be a kid free zone. Your marriage is sacred, and your marital bedroom should be also. 

Wives, submit to your own husbands, as to the Lord. For the husband is head of the wife, as also Christ is head of the church; and He is the Savior of the body. Therefore, just as the church is subject to Christ, so let the wives be to their own husbands in everything. Ephesians‬ ‭5‬:‭22-24‬ 

Quarterback Mommy

 

A successful football team has a great head coach, and an awesome quarterback to carry out the plays the coach has drawn up. I think of my family has a team, but not just any team; a 1988 San Francisco 49ers team 😉 God designed the husband to be the head coach, the wife to be the quarterback, and the children are much like the offensive line. Their goal is to move the ball in the direction of the end zone and make as many touch downs as possible to win the game. In order for that to happen there must be a game plan. Everyday we are starting the clock with tasks that need to be accomplished, and the family team must work together to make sure at the end of the day you are victorious. Ephesians 4:16 reads;

From whom the whole body, joined and held together by every joint with which it is equipped, when each part is working properly, makes the body grow so that it builds itself up in love.

Your family is also like a body. In order for the arm to bend, the leg to move, the toe to wiggle, or the heart to beat it must send a message to the brain first. It must communicate what it wants to accomplish. Without the proper communication you would get arms blinking, toes smelling, and eyes sneezing. Communication is key for every family team. Without it there would be a lot of chaos, and trust me God does not want our families filled with chaos and disorganization. Far too often we get frustrated with her children for not understanding the importance of everything that we the mommy must get done during the day. We snap at them in frustration and anger. And the reality is, they don’t know or understand because we have not told them. Our children are not mind readers. How else would they know that the chicken has to go in the crockpot before 11 AM  on low in order for it to be done by 5 PM if we do not tell them. It may sound silly, but we then expressed frustration that they’re calling us to watch a commercial of their favorite tv show, as if they know that it’s 10:56 AM and the chicken is not yet in the crockpot. 

Every mom has a plan in her head for what and how things are going to get accomplished during the day. But that plan means absolutely nothing if you don’t let your family know exactly what that plan is. At the start of each day the mom must communicate with her children what the plan of the day is. Children not only love to know what’s coming next, but they love to please their parents. By communicating the day’s plan with your children that allows them to not only assist you in completing the tasks of the day, but it makes them feel needed and wanted much like the MVP of the family! You may even want to go a step farther and write down the plan for the day, and give it to each one of your children. They will be able to follow along, and I suggest you give them some time during the day to work independently on some of the things that are on the plan or agenda. For example; fold towels, unload dishwasher, clean out trunk of the van, eat. At the end of the day your children will delight themselves in knowing they helped mommy and daddy or the head coach and quarterback be able to win the game for their family. I challenge all you Titus two women to sit down with your head coach and plan your day, week, month,quarter, or year. 

Titus 2 women, be the quarterback for your family. Hear the vision for the team from your head coach husband. Draw up plays, communicate it with your family, and run as fast as you can into the end zone! 

We serve a God of order, and he commands order in every area of our lives. Including our household responsibilities a women, wives, and mothers. I can assure you you will have more wins than losses, and your family will flow in a spirit of excellence. 

The Laundry Basket Mission Field

Behold, upon the mountains, the feet of him who brings good news, who publishes peace! Keep your feasts, O Judah; fulfill your vows, for never again shall the worthless pass through you; he is utterly cut off. Nahum‬ ‭1‬:‭15‬ 

I’m blessed beyond measure. God has truly given me grace and favor by providing me a laundry room that has a door! Our washer and dryer isn’t in the garage, or some awkward pantry but it has it’s very own actual room, with a door, that I can close whenever I don’t want to face the mountain of whites, reds, sheets, and colors staring me in the face. I must admit that I find folding laundry to be quite relaxing, but with four kiddos and a busy schedule sometimes I don’t get to the folding as quickly as I’d like to, and the inevitable happens… THE MOUNTAIN! 

I have decided to look at my laundry as a mission field, because honestly it kinda is! My husband works in the medical field and wears scrubs everyday. He interacts with patients, prays with them, and gives them an encouraging reminder that God has not forsaken or forgotten about them even in the midst of a medical storm. As I hold his scrubs to fold them neatly I pray over them. Lord, give Erick a fresh word for your people. Use him to demonstrate your power in that clinic, and let his job be an opportunity for divine appointments every single day. 

Our oldest daughter is a first grader who loves The Lord, and never hesitates to pray for someone in need. She goes to a Christian school where prayer is a huge part of her day. As I fold her polo uniform shirts and khaki skirts I pray that God will use her as a vessel to send out the gospel on the playground at school. That our sweet girl will be the brightest light not just for her pupils, but for the staff and teachers at her school. 1 Timothy 4:12 reads;

Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity.

Although she may carry a pink Barbie lunchbox, and wears a Disney Princess backpack as she bounces out of the car each morning, she is already a powerful woman of God! She has a word for God’s most precious people. 

Our second daughter is fast approaching 4, I think her clothes are the cutest 🙂 she dresses like a little lady and already has her favorite items in her wardrobe. Her Frozen tutu is what she would wear everyday if she could because it reminds her that she too is a real princess! I can’t help but hope that even a grown up lady will be reminded when they see my little princess that they are royalty too! As I fold her array of princess tshirts, socks, and dresses I pray that she will always remeber that she’s the daughter of a KING, thee KING. The one that reigns supreme over all things. That she too will be a mini minister at the park, and on play dates to all her preschool age friends.

My only son has a special place in my heart! We had a special gender reveal photoshoot when we were expecting him. I remember the moment all those blue balloon came flying out of that giant cardboard box , that I instantly thought I can’t wait to see him in his football uniform one day 🙂 I’m so excited to Shoutout grass stains from his pants, I can hardly wait! For now my terrific 2 year old has the largest amount of clothes in each load of laundry. He gets the most dirty each day, and I so enjoy seeing him discover the world around him! My prayer as I fold his tiny guitar or monster truck tshirts is that his same curiosity for the world around him now, will be the same curiosity he has about God’s word later. Just as he now wants to turn over and pick up every rock, stick, and leaf from the ground, he will want to uncover the stories written in scriptures about God’s plan for us, His undying love for us, and the promises He has for all believers. 

Our adorable 8 month old daughter has items so small they often get lost in the laundry. In fact of the nearly 40 pairs of baby socks she once had, there maybe 12 pairs remaining lol. Where they are I have no clue! I must admit though everytime I fold one of her little onesies I think to myself  “we could have another one no problem”. Then I quickly come to my senses, thank God for our four, and remind myself to enjoy them now and worry about having more later. Her little items in the laundry basket remind me how awesome and supernatural God is. So many amazing things have been spoken into her already and it won’t be long before she is doing great works for the kingdom! My prayer for her as I fold her little onesies and small bloomers is that she brings a perfect peace to everyone that peeks in her infant seat as we walk through the grocery store. 

Yoga pants, tshirts, and nursing bras are what you would find from me. Sounds quite ordinary but I assure you I’m doing the extraordinary! I wear the uniform of a stay at home mommy! Fancy? No. Fantastic? YESSSS!! I pray over my yoga pants that while I am walking though our wholesale club store with coupons in hand that God will use me to show the world what a proud Titus 2, Proverbs 31 woman looks like. That I don’t get too frazzled (although I sometimes do) that I show my husband respect, and put our family and home at the the tippy top of my my priorities. Lord, let me be an example, allow me to teach, not only my children but your grown up daughters God, that you made something special when you created Women. Thank you for giving me the biggest, most beautiful pulpit and platform in the world to spread your gospel, by being Erick’s wife and mothering your children in the Earth relm. 

Titus 2 Women, I understand that folding a mountain of laundry is probably not your idea of fun. I also understand that you may not be in a season where you can pick up and move to Africa, or go on a two week mission trip to Haiti or Honduras. But the next time you go to fold your mountain of school uniforms, Thomas the Train pajamas, dish towels, or undershirts for your husband, think of the endless outreach, and mission opportunities that are piled up in that laundry basket!