Monday, December 31, 2012

BRAVE

Happy New Year!!
Today is the first day of our year!!
My word for 2013 BRAVE

 I need to be BRAVE! 
BRAVE has ever slowly whispered its way to me. Through what I'm reading, in my devotionals, conversations I've had you name it! It's been there itching and fighting its way into my heart my mind. I need I must be BRAVE! This new season of my life requires much bravery.. Well I think every season does I just haven't exercised the muscle of what it takes to be brave. Brave in my marriage, in loving others, in my faith, in being a mother to four kids who watch my every move, in walking into a NEW thing. Sometimes I feel terrified of what my task is, what is required of me can paralyze me with fear if i let it. And the influence I have can overwhelm me. All of it takes me being brave&fearlessly trusting God with it all! This year is my year to be "Brave" to walk into every New thing God has for me and my family.  Be Brave! Be fearless!! Hey this is also your year to be a better version of yourself.  So much can happen this year & I choose to be BRAVE:)God bless you and yours! Happy New years Day 2013 is looking good my friends..Believe it xoxo-aligna




A NEW Thing

"Behold, I am doing a NEW thing! Now it springs forth; do you not perceive and know it
and will not give head to it? *Isaiah 43:19

This was my devotional this morning and it was exactly what i have on my heart for this new year. Everything will be NEW NEW NEW! Exactly what my heart needs to hear and medicate on.

 A new chapter of our lives is coming and that bittersweet 2012 year is going to close and wave goodbye this very night. Like most of us we have had conversations about a new year which always brings resolutions, ideas, goals, a resolve to make this year better then the last. And its such a great feeling i think to know we get to start brand new! A new year full of endless possibilities. Can you feel the excitement I'm trying to pour into this post!! AAHHHHHHH!!!(me screaming in full JOY mode)
well i wish we could sit together and chat about it all, i would love to hear your story hear what has given you insight about your year that is coming to a close. Lessons you've learned trials you want to overcome and leave behind you. We are all the same we all want a fresh start in our lives we crave it.
And the  weeks leading up to the NEW year are weeks were i start to reflect on the year that is ending and that seems to fly by me even faster then ever before in my life.. I see some great moments and victories and i also see the areas of my life that can grow and change this next year. I take note of it and i start to journal about it like a mad women and then i start to pray over it all. My word for this NEW YEAR ______.:)
My family, our journey that we are embarking on into this 2013 year. I can't help but be excited!
I may not know what this year holds for our country, my family or me but I'm trusting GOD with it all.
A peace that surpasses all my understanding is covering my heart and mind in this and I'm holding on to it with everything in me.

My wish and hope for all of you out there is the you step into this NEW YEAR with faith that you can have different and greater year then the one you just had. Trust GOD in this! BE BRAVE, fearlessly  walk into your NEW YEAR:)

"God has created you to need and crave diversity and variety. You require freshness and newness in your life. As this year and this day comes to an end, make a quality decision to step out into the new thing God has for you. And don't forget to enjoy yourself." - Joyce Meyer

Instagram Highlights of 2012 (there was so many i wanted to share but here are a few i gathered in a collage;)



Happy New Year to you all!!!!!
 God bless you & you New year!
 xoxo-aligna

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

I will remember..


I will remember what happened this weekend to those beautiful children and teachers for the rest of my life..
I will remember the look of horror on the face of the mamas and dads looking frantically for news of their children outside the school that afternoon
I will remember how the media gave to much attention to this horrific act
I will remember the blaming, the pointing of fingers to mental illness and the right to have firearms..
the struggle to make sense of it all

It is so important that we remember whats happening here right now in our country
I think PRAYER over the children being raised in America is so important. I can't think of any other way to help the parents that have lost their children and everyone affected in that small community  other then to PRAY in earnest for their healing

As a mama of 4 kids that i would die for! My jasmine is the age of most of those little kids that were killed.. words could not express he heavy heart i felt for the families and community there i was so heartbroken over it all
I can't even imagine the pain these families feel
i needed time to process all of this and i can honestly not write anything else in this little space of mine without sharing my heart

You want to know the good things i want to remember always
THIS

I will remember to hold my babies tight to treasure my family, my friends because we are not guaranteed tomorrow so how i love today matters
I will remember to pray daily for the children being raised in America
I will remember to not FEAR! That my kids&family are in Gods hands and that i can use wisdom to raise my children to love God, to honor their elders, to have respect for others and value life..these things i fear are left wanting in America and as sad as that is to me to realize i have HOPE
Their is hope my friends!


My hope is in Jesus my savior, my comforter, my redeemer, the champion of my life who rescued me..so yeah i will remember i have nothing to fear and its all worth fighting for

God bless you and yours!
xoxo-aligna

Friday, December 14, 2012

On my heart *Friendship*

John 15:12-15 “This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you. No longer do I call you servants, for the servant does not know what his master is doing; but I have called you friends, for all that I have heard from my Father I have made known to you.



Friends are essential to living a full life. They are not meant to be number one on your list of the most important relationships but they are right up there behind God & if your married after your hubby:)

Friends need intentional time invested in them. We need each other and for independent spirits (me;)out there that may not come as naturally to reach out and pursue your friends but its definitely worth it! 


I got to see my lifelong childhood best friends this month and it had been too LONG since we'd been together! I miss them everyday but boy i hadn't realized how much i missed them until we embraced and immediately fell into a natural rhythm of talking, laughing & connecting again. I want to cry right now just writing this makes it hard for me to understand why we have to be so far from each other.

In the mist of all our catch up we started talking about friendships. How since becoming adults a new light has been shown on the trials and work that goes into making friendships. We've all grown up, had kids, got married..its much harder now to find lasting and real connection with strangers that just dont automatically get you. Connection isn't instant, walls are up for many women and so many times you are left at arms length and confused at the lack of real connection with women around you. You ask questions like is it me, what did i say what can i do to be more approachable? 

And truly sometimes i find that some women seem to not have grown past there adolescent approach to friendship. Who in and who's out? everybody's my friend. There all invited type of attitude, the more the merrier. Talking to my friends now about this makes me more aware how intentional one on one time is. How some become hurt and left out even in a big group setting..See friendship is hard work!!

We talked about how easy it is for us to all be together and not worry about offending each other or worrying about what we think the other thinks about us because duh we know!! We love each other unconditionally and how blessed we are to have this friendship between us. I don't want another 2years to go by before actually seeing them again. So this will take me being intentional!

And as wonderful it is to hold on to childhood friendships there are the new ones I've made now that have changed my life. They breath encouragement and love into my heart. They are a GODSEND! And even though it may feel like we don't have enough time for each other believe me its worth it when we fight for that time. 

Proverbs 27:17 Iron sharpens iron, and one man sharpens another.



Friendships can be messy, confusing and a whole lot of other things because truly we all have garbage to work through we are all far from perfect. We live in a fallen world were the enemy will use yes even friends to hurt us play into your insecurities and separate you from the love of Christ.(praying over your friendships is so important for this very reason) But don't give up on making friends!! Don't give up on being that friend to someone else because that's what Satan wants. Isolation will not reap growth.

Truly you will never grow from easy friendships.. if you are never challenged and pushed to grow well then we just remain the same. And you know whats wonderful about all this GOD calls us his friend how sweet is that! If anyone can teach us to be a friend its him. Remaining in him and praying over this area of our lives is essential to living a good and long life. Hey that's even scientifically proven people!!

Luke 6:31 And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.

Romans 12:10 Love one another with brotherly affection. Out do one another in showing honor.

Ephesians 4:29-32 Let no corrupting talk come out of your mouths, but only such as is good for building up, as fits the occasion, that it may give grace to those who hear. And do not grieve the Holy Spirit of God, by whom you were sealed for the day of redemption. Let all bitterness and wrath and anger and clamor and slander be put away from you, along with all malice. Be kind to one another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, as God in Christ forgave you.

Colossians 3:12-14 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience, bearing with one another and, if one has a complaint against another, forgiving each other; as the Lord has forgiven you, so you also must forgive. And above all these put on love, which binds everything together in perfect harmony.


SO my challenge if you couldn't already tell!:) is to be the friend i wish to have in my life to the ones i already have and the new ones that i have yet to discover. I'm excited about this people!! This has been on my heart for some time and a new year is upon us a fresh start a new perspective on creating a life i want to live. 


So whats your challenge for this next season of your life? 

Are you needing praying for anything specific in your life? Message me 
so i can join you in prayer! If theres one thing i truly like about this social media
its the connection to share our concerns and come together in prayer and encourage each other! 

Merry Christmas!! God bless you and yours:)
xoxo-aligna


Thursday, December 13, 2012

Busy bees..

Oh boy haven't we all been busy!!!!!
So lets just start our moment in time with some funnies:)

We all feel like this sometimes don't we!
                                                 


this made me think of my son!lol someday he'll find it funny:)

SOooo Blogging what!?.. whats that? Honestly its been so far from my mind & by the end of the night this mama wants a cup of tea and some relaxing time which is instead of writing in my own special little space of the blog world) is spent reading my favorite bloggers lengthy, funny, creative post;) I admire their commitment to blog daily and still make me laugh and inspire me.

And yes i almost bought this to send it to a few blogger i love..but i had to put
the creeper gene aside and stop myself!!lol


The presents are almost all wrapped and under the tree and as much as i thought Violet would tear into them she really hasn't. She just wonders by picks it up holds it & sits by the tree. A very surprised mama here! I think she even knows she has to wait, but boy I can hardly wait to see the kids dig into the gifts this year.
Are you one of those people too that can't wait to give a gift?..i think I'm becoming one(i totally blame my hubby for this!;)

Recently we took our 2012 Family pictures i have yet to pick one..i like them all!



That's my family people!! God is so good i am so blessed to have them in my life
Can you see why its hard to decide!
But i have made a decision to definitely put some of these on canvas. I just don't have enough pictures
of us as a family up on our walls so yeah its about time!


Merry Christmas to you and yours!
......and P.S. take some quite time for yourself watch 'A wonderful Life", read some Christmas books with the kids, drink lots of hot cocoa and if you can really escape for some RR take a HOT bubble bath or try my favorite *1 cup of Epsom salt , a few drops of lavender oil and 1 cup of red wine(in the tub not your mouth!;) and chill out to some Norah Jones:)

xoxo-aligna