It doesn’t matter whether your children turn out to be all you expected them to be. Rather, your heart and your concern should be: Did I raise them the way God would have raised them? Was I faithful?
-Porsche R. Armstrong
By God’s grace, I’ve been faithful in everything I’ve set out to do in this life. I’ve done a lot of Kingdom work. I’ve learned. I’ve taught. I’ve preached. I’ve prayed. I’ve cried. I’ve died. I’ve risen. I’ve left a mark. I’ve raised, reared, trained, and grew up children of the Cross. I’ve carried a child for nine weeks (almost two years ago), and I’m carrying one again (it’s been a little over twelve weeks now). Praise God I made it through my first trimester. I pray that motherhood, in a natural sense, works out the way God plans it this time. Either way, I’m a MOM, a MOMMY, a MOTHER, and I always will be.
I went on a mini vacation, and gifted my blog followers and social media friends and followers with an early Mother’s Day post, and then I went into hibernation for the rest of the (early) weekend. I had some thinking, evaluating, resting, and gleaning to do. Jesus is the catalyst for all of the above. And, this is how my extended Mother’s Day Weekend went:
For the most part, I relaxed! I stayed in the house, watched a TON of movies with my babies, and ate whatever I wanted. They like Twizzler Bites, Turkey and Cheese Sandwiches, Kettle Barbecue Chips, and Strawberry, Blueberry, Raspberry, and Banana Smoothies with Gluten-Free Strawberry Protein Powder, Milk, and Honey.
I finished writing in the ‘Dream Big’ notebook that my Mother gave me a while ago. Tons of creative, poetic, persuasive, legal, reflective writing. My heart bled on the pages, and I let out alot of emotions. I also thought things out with Jesus, and then wrote my thoughts down. (I also kept track of my daily tasks, and what occurred on each day. I’m a record-keeper. Lol.) I filled all 116 pages of the notebook, and I am ready to start another!
We watched shows like For The People, Law & Order, Star, Black Ink Crew (I laugh a little, lol) and (as mentioned above) random movies that were both fun and enlightening. My babies started kicking and moving when we watched Rocky III. I don’t know if this was because they liked the movie, because I was making crazy faces as I was watching the movie, or because they had a Smoothie earlier that day. Lol. (FYI: I read, write, sing, and watch different things with my babies. I take notes when I am watching certain shows. In the womb, they are learning, and who knows, I may be training a future preacher, teacher, lawyer, creative, filmmaker, director, etc!)
I ran errands on Saturday (bank stop, grocery shopping, ‘pamper me’ shopping), then I cleaned the house a bit. I bought a Coconut Oil and Sea Salt Face Mask that I desperately needed because I was having so much fun being in the house that I neglected to wash my face one night (I wash my face in the morning and at night) and someone was VERY disappointed. Lol. The face mask did the trick. I put it on twice, and I was able to remove some impurities from my face that I didn’t know were there. The face mask didn’t cost much, and it’s perfect for all skin types. Still no makeup – my babies don’t like it. (I’m sure you read about my no-makeup, eye exam fiasco. If not, I recommend reading it.) Right now, I have small little bumps near my chin and a few blemishes that were there before, but overall my face is fully recovered from March 9th, and is still glowing.
I twisted my hair in the front! I left a curly bun in the back. It’s been a while since I’ve done two-strand twists, so it was pretty cool!
I bought a 16′ Supreme Pizza (Pepperoni, Sausage, Green Peppers, Red Peppers, Banana Peppers, Black Olives) on Saturday, and we ate this on Saturday. I haven’t had pizza in a while, and I still have over half of a pizza left, so I guess we’ll eat the rest of this today!
I slept well, woke up, dressed up like I was going somewhere, and did all of these things for four days straight!
‘Take care of yourself Mother’s Day Weekend’ was a success! I think I can get used to this!
Before I leave, I wanted to point out something!
Love Is A Lifestyle’s mission statement was founded several years ago on one of the below-mentioned scripture verses (I added verse 16 for emphasis):
That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive;
But speaking the truth in love, may grow up into him in all things, which is the head, even Christ:
From whom the whole body fitly joined together and compacted by that which every joint supplieth, according to the effectual working in the measure of every part, maketh increase of the body unto the edifying of itself in love.
This is my duty. This is our duty as mothers and as followers of Christ. To raise, to rear, to train, and to grow up God’s children in the supernatural and the natural sense. And whenever, wherever, and however God sees fit.
I’m always gleaning so that I can teach others. And I can glean from anyone or anything – a true sign of a great leader, teacher, and nurturer.
With that said: Happy Mother’s Day to myself, to my baby daddy, my babies, and to all of the wonderful Mothers out there! I’ve already had an amazing Mother’s Day Weekend, and it’ll just continue as usual!
With God’s Love,