Survival mode is like a gear. Sometimes we shift through it but we can’t stay there or we won’t move forward. Simply surviving can lead to apathy. Discontentment. Anger. It can lead to numbness of heart and mind and rob us of moments, relationships and opportunities. It may not be a natural instinct but there comes a time when we must choose joy. We must choose life. We must choose to praise Jesus through the pain. If we are going to reach our full potential and live the abundant life that He offers us, we must choose to trust His sovereignty in the unknown when we don’t feel the peace of the known.

Each of us has been, or will be, at a crossroad of emotions. Things happen that were not in our plans of perfection. There are speed bumps, road blocks, dead ends and construction on this crazy ride with the potential to make us or break us, as the saying goes. 

I beg you – don’t let it break you. Get up, stand strong, don’t quit. Your decision will affect you, your future and future generations. I think we often underestimate the power of our choices. Or maybe, rather, we simply don’t consider them. 

I don’t write this to speak at you but to talk with you and to share thoughts that God showed me when I found myself complaining to Him, “I’m in survival mode.”

We are not alone. With God’s help, we have the power to overcome. 

Be encouraged today with the words of Isaiah. He writes in chapter 40 verses 29-31, “He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” 

Cafes, Shops and Stops

Javalina Coffee House in Silver City, New Mexico

I stumbled upon Javalina Coffee House on accident and I’m so glad I did. Nestled on a side street corner off of Silver City’s downtown, it’s the perfect place for an afternoon tea, a study spot or just grabbing a cup of coffee to go. The staff is helpful and the drinks are delicious. Choose from a variety of hot or cold beverages and then cozy up inside or enjoy your time soaking up some sun on their back patio. 

Javalina is open 7 days a week and they are pet friendly. This is my go to when I’m in the area.  


Monday Prayer

Tonight I found a prayer I had written back in 2016. I thought I’d share as it’s relevant to 2020 as well.

“God, may we be a generation who purposefully pursues You. May the importance and absolute necessity of dwelling in Your presence be deeply rooted in our hearts. Help us not to be distracted by fears, entertainment or our busy lives.

We are desperate for You.

Teach us to use our words wisely, speaking when we need to speak and staying silent when we don’t. Let our conversation uplift others and honor You. 

Help us love others deeply. 

Give us courage to face whatever comes our way. Give us passion to declare Your Name. 

Keep us in tune to Your voice and sensitive to Your leading. Give us a willing spirit to follow. 

Prepare a way for us like you did for the Israelites in the desert, whether we are walking in the day or the night.

When discouragement and frustrations comes, give us fortitude to stand strong. Keep us faithful in an unfaithful world. Keep us grounded in truth while surrounded by deception. May we never set aside the armor of God.

May we never succumb to complacency but live our lives for the good of others and the building of God’s Kingdom.

Teach us to love, serve, care for, protect and honor those around us. May we be women of God who walk humbly, yet confidently, in who You have created us to be, knowing that You have a plan and purpose for us in this generation.”

Psalm 5:3 “In the morning, O Lord, you hear my voice; in the morning I lay my requests before you and wait in expectation.”

Music and Books

My husband and I love all things music. Whether it’s singing, listening to or creating and writing it, music is one of our favorite hobbies. We love worshipping God in this way and also having fun in the process. There are a lot of songs currently in the making but here are a few already recorded.
Glory Fall
To Know You
I Worship You Now
The Sound of War
Revive Us Again
I’m Breaking Down
Oh the places we and tricks for traveling with kids

5 Tips for Flying with Toddlers

  1. Request to sit at the front (not first class) of the section so the kids can play on the floor. You have to sacrifice the space for your luggage under the seat in front of you but it’s worth it for them to crawl around – and you get to stretch your legs.
  2. Give the kids the window seat.
  3. Let them have special snacks.
  4. Take them on walks down the aisles occasionally (and let them jump around and get their wiggles out near the rest room area).
  5. Don’t forget to bring a variety of quiet toys (you gotta mix it up because they get bored fast).
Oh the places we and tricks for traveling with kids

5 Tips for Flying with a Baby

  1. Nurse or give your baby a bottle when taking off and landing to help eliminate ear aches.
  2. Request to sit in the seat with a bassinet (Airlines have a removable bassinet that can be set up on many flights, but be aware that they make you take your baby out every time the seat belt light comes on. This can be very frustrating to us mommas who work diligently to get our baby to sleep).
  3. Don’t forget a blanket because some flights are just freezing.
  4. Reserve an aisle seat so it’s easy to get up and walk around if your baby gets fussy.
  5. Don’t panic if your baby starts crying. Most people are helpful and understanding (not everyone, but most).