Whole30: Week #1 Reflection

Well friends, Week #1 of my Whole30-60-who-knows-how-long-I-will-go-on-like-this is complete!  I made it through The Hangover and Kill-All-The-Things stage. (But more on all that in a minute…) Let’s recap, shall we?

Weekly Ranking (1-10)
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10 Faith-Full Habits that Changed my Life (Part 2)

Last week, I shared the first of five faith-full habits that the Lord has used in the last few years to transform my heart. (Did you miss it? Catch up and read all about it here.)

Today, I am continuing this conversation with the second five habits. All of the habits shared in this mini series have impacted me in great and powerful ways in various seasons of my life. So let get back to it, shall we?

6. I intentionally memorize Scripture. Over the years, I have dabbled in this a bit, like ones in a moment/season that I desperately needed for a crisis. (Philippians 4:6 anyone?) And I sort of attempted to start memorizing the book of 1 John. But it wasn’t with passion or intention. I was doing it for pride, not to become closer to and more equipped in the Lord. Now,  a fresh fire has been lit. I am memorizing scripture to KNOW what God’s word says how to live. I can see how it is gradually making me face my own sin (yuck) and teaching me how to live, react and respond in more of Christ-like manner. (YAY!) I am a learner, so this feeds into my passion. (I just wonder why it took me so long to realize this!) [Read more…]

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10 Faith-Full Habits that Changed my Life (Part 1)

God blows my mind on a daily basis.

Some days He shows up in the most unexpected places. Other times, He straight up blesses my face off. On some occasions, I powerfully feel him as He bestows peace that passes understanding in the realm of future junk I have zero control others.

And some times, He rocks my world by reminding me of where my heart used to be and how He has transformed it today. [Read more…]

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Giveaway: Girl Meets Change #EverydayJesus

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day!  And today– we are doing a giveaway! Keep reading… 

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Sometimes, I see it coming. I am on my guard, ready. I can smell it in the air and I am face it with open arms.

Other times, it scares the ever-living everything out of me, like when my two-year-old wakes up at 0554, gets right up in my face and instructs me to “WAKE UP!”

It’s change. Something that all of us face at some point in our lives.

And Kristen Strong knows it. So she wrote a book to help us through it.  [Read more…]

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It’s That Time Again #WilcoWednesday

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Welcome to Wilco Wednesday! If you are a new around these parts, “Wilco” is Army-speak for “Will Comply.” Think of it as saying “Roger, God. Got it. Will do.”  So that is what Wednesday here at 7 Days Time is all about– exploring his decrees and seeking guidance for what complying with Him looks like in everyday life. The best part? He loves us for who we are, not what we do.  Remember: He doesn’t want perfection, just obedience. Today, let’s welcome (and send-off… SIGH) my friend Jenny as she prepares for another cross country move in response to telling God “Wilco!” 

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PCS. Permanent Change of Station. To the average person, it’s just three letters, another acronym, but within the military community, those three letters carry with it, a lot of meaning and bring with it a plethora of emotions, (not to mention endless questions and concerns). In the coming months some of us will see many dear friends move on to their next duty station and have to say, “see you later…”, while others, like myself, will be the ones that have to pack up and, “go where the army send us.”

I am roughly down to the one month mark, you know, it’s when you REALLY have to get things in order, declutter, begin planning and finalizing the road-trip, not to mention– give notice to housing! It’s crunch time! Oh, how this year has flown by. This will be our 7th move in 11 years of army life, so by now, you think I’d be used to it. Does anyone ever get used to it?!

I’ve had non-military friends tell me (and I’m sure many of you have heard them too), “oh, I could never do what you do” or, “it would be so hard to move every couple of years” and “I just can’t be away from family and friends.” I agree, there’s some truth to those words. It’s not easy and it’s hard at times, but what I’ve learned and gained from those experiences thus far, I want to share with you.

Moving time

God is for us.

God will not take you somewhere and abandon you there. “…the Lord goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.” – Deut. 31:6. He goes before us and provides what we need, in His perfect time. He always has. Think of how He constantly, miraculously provided for the Israelites in the desert (for 40 yrs) even with their constant temper tantrums and complaints!

I’ve never regretted being at a place He has sent us. Yes, the Californian in me complained when I first found out that Alaska would be our first overseas assignment (didn’t everyone get to go to Germany or some other exotic locale as their first overseas assignment?!). Let me also say that my first few months there felt like we were abandoned at the other end of the world, (a very dark, very cold, very lonely world). That was a pretty tough place to be, emotionally and physically for an extrovert like me.

He deepens our walk with Him.

When I feel most alone is when God takes those opportunities to show me He was, and is, enough. Isn’t it in our times of greatest need or struggle that we cry out to Abba, Father and He so graciously brings comfort? I find solace in His promises for me. It is during those moments, my walk and dependence is fully on Him, rather than on others. Please don’t misunderstand me; I am not saying that you need to be alone, or cut off your godly friendships in order to grow deeper in your walk with the Lord. What I am saying is that He uses all our circumstances and situations to continually mature us in our walk with Him.

He emboldens us

I love how God shows us that we are capable of more. He tells us,“…be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the Lord your God will be with you wherever you go.” –Joshua 1:9b Had He not sent me to a place of such extremes—what I sometimes call my “wilderness”—I would have missed out on some of the greatest experiences of my life thus far. Sometimes a change of scenery, (or state, or country) is just what is necessary to change our perspective and push us to new heights. So don’t be afraid to get your feet wet. Dive in.

He blesses us

We’ve been able to see and experience things and places I could never have imagined (there are things that I have witnessed with my own eyes that will never be properly, proportionately, or accurately portrayed in a photo or video or facebook post). Sharing those experiences with our kids (including one, who was born in Alaska), is even better! However, beyond the sights and experiences, He has blessed us with incredible friendships as a result of those relocations and moves. Sweet, loving, deep friendships I otherwise never would have had.

Change is never easy, and relocating to new places can seem rather daunting, but remember that He goes before you. He has hemmed you in. Looking back, I can honestly tell you, by His grace, I have a love for the places we’ve been to and would go back willingly. On the other hand, I welcome the opportunity with both hands up, to allow God to show me something new and fresh, to take me where I’ve never been and to make it incredible.

How about you? How will you handle this next season of change? Would you be willing and open to His purpose and plan for you? Be willing to step out of your comfort zone and let God show you what He can do! Join the conversation and leave a comment below

Jenny KoJenny is a stay-at-home-mom to three children ranging in age from 16 to 6 years old. She and her husband David, an Army Chaplain, have been married for 19 years. She loves the military community and the ministry of PWOC (Protestant Women of the Chapel). She enjoys cooking and sharing her love of cooking with others. She marvels at this incredible life she has been given and the journey God has taken her on and continues to lead her in.

Linking up today with my friend Kristin over at Three-word Wednesday and having a little Coffee for your Heart with Holley.  Oh! And be sure to join our #EverydayJesus link-up community right here at 7 Days Time every Thursday!

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Unhurried Hallelujahs

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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We all know that making the conscious heart decision to follow Jesus is a life-changer.

Correction: It is an eternity-changer.

Lately, the Lord has taken this whole “Follow Me” thing to a new level in my heart through the duration (and subsequent conclusion) of this Lenten season.

Yes, when that tomb was empty on that glorious Sunday morning, it changed my eternity. But the revelations He revealed to me the last couple of months has changed my right-now life. [Read more…]

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The Green Dream (And How To Tame It)

I think most of us have a certain “color” we just look good in. You know what I am talking about. That color that just makes our eyes pop, our hair gleam, our hips look like we didn’t eat that entire bag of Dove chocolate in the bathtub last night.

And no, it isn’t black.

My color is green. This revelation was rather odd to me, because green really isn’t my favorite color. (Infantry blue, baby! #America)

But for some odd reason, green just works on me. [Read more…]

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Ever-Changing Grace (#Everyday Jesus Linkup)

Welcome to another week of our Everyday Jesus link-up. Be sure to link-up below this post, comment on your neighbor’s blog and share with your friends… Because Jesus is everywhere, every day! 

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If you have been a Christian for more than 33 seconds, you have probably sang and subsequently fallen in love with the song “Amazing Grace.”

And rightfully so. It is an incredible song. Wonderful lyrics, powerful truth and encouraging melody.

As daughters of Christ, we can and should be endlessly thankful for the Amazing Grace He bestows upon us.

But as an army wife, mama and minister, sometimes I beg Him for grace… specifically the kind that changes with my heart needs as the world around me changes.

Because CHANGE. IS. HARD. With the constant, never-ending changes that seem to come hand-in-hand with military life, I need many different kinds of grace. [Read more…]

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“Get Started” New Year’s Coaching Special

Ever had one of those goals or dreams that when you envision it, your heart starts to race and your stomach gets all butterfly-ish?

Yeah. Me too. Those goals can be fun. Exciting. Breathtaking.

And sometimes, downright intimidating.

It’s a brand new year with a world of God-adventures right at our fingertips. Our slate has been wiped clean, and we have twelve months stretching out before us. What will we do with the time we have? [Read more…]

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Change and Chocolate Mousse (Repost)

As the final days of 2013 are drawing to a close, many of us are probably prepping to make some changes for the coming year. Today, I want to share with you this repost (complete with a crazy-great-unique recipe) to encourage you to GO FOR IT in 2014! Change is good thing. Get some. 

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I’ve always heard that change is inevitable… except from a vending machine. Ain’t that the truth? (Yes, I said ain’t. I’m being grammatically lazy today.)

Change IS going to happen in all parts of life: family, weather, jobs, circumstances, finances, our age… everything. If it is such a common occurrence, why do we fear it so much? [Read more…]

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