How did I wake up and welcome my 32nd birthday?!! The year is passing by fast and I am aging gracefully….. Can I be just a little transparent with y’all? Every year around my birthday I go through a bit of an internal crisis where I’m going through oh my goodness I’m going to be such and such what have I done with my life?! This year was no different. On September 22nd I sat at my dining room table and cried my eyes out and my husband just listened as I cried about how I felt like a piece of me was lost in the tasks of what I do for everyone else and I no longer recognize myself and I haven’t accomplished much!!! My husband just let me cry and it was full out breakdown, I mean the kind of cry that leads to hyperventilation. He didn’t say much except “I am sorry” coupled with hugging. Last night, at youth He spoke to the youth but it was as if he was finishing our conversation. What I heard was “Tristin, remember Jesus has to completely satisfy you because nothing else in this life will.” He talked about when “Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life; whoever comes to me shall not hunger, and whoever believes in me shall never thirst.” John 6:35 ESV
My breakdown on Tuesday was really about not being satisfied- that was the issue. Every year I make a goal and it doesn’t really change- it just gets a little more intentional. This year I want to be satisfied in Christ alone. I believe in Him and He is Lord of my life so I want to take in the promise I will not be hungry neither will I thirst again! I want to be CONTENT in whatever season I am- right now that is found in throws of motherhood and being a support to my husband while being intentional with others (this will never change- I will always be wife and mother). In whatever season may Jesus be my bread!!! Hello 32 it is so NICE to meet you! #thisis32
Hey everyone I decided to document the crazy highlights of parenting with a segment I will call STORIES I CAN’T MAKE UP chronicles!!! As many of you know, I have a handsome almost 2 yr old who is the biggest blessing to my husband and I. He is the cutest little boy you’ll ever meet with a lot personality. When I look at my son, I see a good mixture of his dad and I in him. He’s super adventurous and you won’t ever be bored when interacting with him. To summarize, I ALWAYS HAVE A STORY!
On Thursday, my son went to spend the night with his honey (my mom). While he was there my sister put him on the potty because he had been talking about the potty with her. I didn’t mind because we’ve been introducing him to the potty gradually since he can tells us when he done something in his diaper.
Fast forward to yesterday, we’re at one of his good friends’ birthday party and we’re having A GREAT TIME. I checked on him as he was playing and he was having fun with his little friends. I decided to grab something to drink and I’m talking to one of my friends when I here my other friend say TRISTIN Your son! Immediately I knew my son was in the bathroom! My inquisitive daring adventurous little boy had ventured to the bathroom and got into the toilet. He literally lifted up the toilet seat and put one leg in the toilet….
While we all shared laughter over this situation, I couldn’t help but think how these little moments when my son is doing yet another thing to remind me that YES he is indeed MY SON, that they are fleeting moments. In just 16 days my baby will be two years old. I remember carrying him! I remember how tiny he was when he came home from the hospital. I remember his first steps, his first words. I remember the day he recognized the color blue and the letter A. This incident help me to remember to cherish these moments because he’s growing fast. I also realized just how valuable these early years are for my husband and I and most importantly the little boy that God has blessed us the opportunity in raising. My only hope is that we won’t squander the moments to invest in our family.
Here’s a little snapshot of my world. A God fearing wife and mom trying to get it right one moment at a time, all while sharing stories I CAN’T MAKE UP!
It’s amazing to see that as a grown woman, I still find myself battling the lies that Satan spews at me that says “You’re not worthy of love. You’re not beautiful! You’re the lowest of low. You’re not valuable.” In the lies that rang in my head daily lies the insecurities I allow to ring true in my heart over and over again. It’s also amazing to see how God almighty, gives me just what I need from His word to combat the lies being spewed. Today I find truth to combat the lies that Satan spews at me as I park it in Psalm 139. As I read this passage I plugged my name in so that it can be personal for me and I pray Lord give me the faith to hear your word and obey it.
What I gain from God’s word is far more VALUABLE than any lie that Satan tries to make me believe. Here is what the Lord reminds me as I battle my own thoughts. He says, ” Tristin I have searched and I know you. I know when you sit down and when you stand up. I understand your thoughts from afar and observe your travels and when you rest. Tristin I know all your ways and before you even speak I know all about what you’re about to say. Tristin I surround. I am your fortress and I have placed my Hand on you. ” He reminds me that I am fearfully and wonderfully made. He tells me that when I was formless He saw me and all my days were written in His book and planned before a single one of them began.
I like David, can’t even began to understand God’s knowledge but I praise Him. I praise Him for his sovereignty. I praise Him because his thoughts about me are so VALUABLE. I praise Him because He is my protector. I also echo what David says when he says “Search me, God, and know my heart; test me and know my concerns. See if there is any offensive way in me; lead me in the everlasting way.”
To every lie Satan spews there’s God’s word to combat it! That’s where we find our tactics to fight and I was reminded of that today! Good day people!!!!
As the Christmas season draws near, here’s something to look forward!!!! The very reason we celebrate Christmas. Get ready to explore the very essence of Christ. This bible reading plan comes with a scripture writing challenge as well!!!!
Good evening everyone, so we’re in the final stretch of the 90 day tour through the bible. for the last 30 days we’ve focused on the rebellion of man, God’s redemption and restoration of his people. Starting on November 1st, we will continue to see how God restores us, how we should serve him and the hope we have for eternity. As we done in the past, we will be using the SOAP method as we explore God’s Word.
What is the SOAP method?
Scripture- what passage are you reading?
Observation- In reading the passage, what do you see?
Application- how does what you’ve read apply to you?
Pray- is there anything you need to confess to the Lord or any gratitude to show to him?
As always happy reading I look forward to hearing about how the Lord will transform your heart in the next 30 days!
Day 62- 1 John 3
Day 63- Psalm 5
Day 64- Psalm 32
Day 65- Jeremiah 31
Day 66- John 9
Day 67- Psalm 51
Day 68- Numbers 5-6
Day 69- Joshua 24
Day 70- Deuteronomy 10-11
Day 71- 1 Samuel 12
Day 72- Matthew 6
Day 73- Luke 9
Day 74- John 13
Day 75- Acts 2
Day 76- Acts 8
Day 77- Romans 14-15
Day 78- 1 Corinthians 12-13
Day 79- Philippians 1-2
Day 80- Revelations 2-3
The Second Coming, Eternity
Day 81- Revelation 19-20,22
Day 82- Romans 8
Day 83- Matthew 24- 25
Day 84- Daniel 7-12
Day 85- Isaiah 63-66
Day 86- 2 Thessalonians 2
Day 87- Romans 5-6
Day 88- John 5-6
Day 89- 1 John 5
Day 90- Ecclesiates
I f you should miss a day, keep going and come back to the day you missed after the tour is over.
Hello good people!!! Today I wanted to share some basic things I do to take care of my skin. As always there’s a background story to what I’m about to share…. ALL MY LIFE (really since puberty) I’ve struggled with acne and I also have very sensitive skin. Everything breaks me out! Over the years things have gotten better in some ways and worst in other ways. After having son, I’ve noticed my skin and hair are not the same (I’ll talk about my hair journey on another day today we’re talking about the skin!!!)Recently I’ve noticed that my breakouts were more severe and my face was dry. I talked to my mom and she gave me some advice and then I started researching ways to take care of my skin naturally. After much research on the properties of different oils and how they help your skin I decided to try some things out. Olive oil is the best carrier oil to use in anything from hair-care to skincare the benefits are AMAZING. I’ll get into the benefits in just a bit for now I will tell you what I’ve been using.
Twice a month (beginning and middle of each month), I use a lemon and honey face mask which brightens the skin naturally and gives it a natural glow. For this mask you need 4 teaspoons of lemon juice and 2 tablespoons of honey. I apply the mask on my face and leave on for 15 minutes. I then rinse my face with warm water and continue with my skincare regimen.
For my facial wash I use two thing a black soap from a company called yes to tomatoes. The soap is really great, but it dries my face out, so I couple it with an honey and olive oil face wash. For the honey and olive oil face wash you need 1 teaspoon of honey and 1 teaspoon of olive oil mixed together. I leave the face wash on for a couple of minutes. Next, I take a hot(not super hot) facecloth and put it on my face. When the facecloth is cool I wipe my face and repeat this 2 more times. I use my face wash twice a day.
Olive oil helps to nourish and clean the skin. It is infused with nutrients and antioxidants like vitamin A and E. It penetrates the skin moisturizing it and protects it as well. Honey has antibacterial properties in it that help to fight acne and pimples. Honey also retains moisture. Honey rejuvenates the skin and keep it looking young and fresh. Honey slows down the ageing process and prevents wrinkles.
After applying my face wash, I use an olive oil and castor oil acne scar treatment moisturizer. For this treatment you need 2 teaspoons of olive oil and 1/2 teaspoon of castor oil. After blending the two oils together I apply it to my face and leave it on for 5 minutes. I then rinse with warm water.
I already listed the benefits of olive oil, but castor is just as beneficial for your skin. Castor oil works to restore and rejuvenate the skin while acting as a conditioner. I also use this treatment twice a day.
After the scar treatment, I use just olive oil as moisturizer. I apply this at night before bed! Since changing my regimen my skin is not as dry and I can see the benefits of using natural products on my skin.
What do you think?????
Three years ago, my husband and I had been engaged for four months and we didn’t have much. I can remember combing over our budget for our wedding and thinking about what we can cut and what we didn’t need. I remember being STRESSED out. I also remember being at work super early and sitting down to read my Bible. That day I read about Jesus feeding the 5000. The passage of scripture was Matthew 14: 13-21. I had read that passage so many times before but on that day that passage became practical for me. I messaged my then fiancé and told him we might not have much but we’re going to give the Lord our fish and bread watch him do the rest.
Giving the Lord our fish and bread became our motto while we were engaged and the Lord provided in ways I couldn’t even begin to imagine.
Fast forward to three years later and we’re still giving the Lord our fish and bread and He is still giving us just what we need. We still don’t have much but we have an abundance of what we need in Jesus. As I sit with my 17 month old, I can’t help but praise the Lord for being faithful to my family and providing our every need. I praise the Lord that I can rest in knowing that all we need and could ever want is in him.
Will you give your everything to the Lord and trust him to provide for you?
Good morning!!! Today is the big day! Today we start our 90 Day Tour through the Bible. Along with following this plan I thought it would be cool to do the SOAP method.
What is the SOAP method?
Scripture– what passage are you reading?
Observation– In reading the passage what do you see?
Application– how does what you see apply to you?
Pray– Is there anything you need to confess to the Lord or any gratitude to show to Him?
Creation, The Beginnings
Day 1- Genesis 1-2
Day 2- Psalm 33
Day 3- Psalm 145
Day 4- Genesis 5-9
Day 5- Genesis 10-15
Day 6- Genesis 16-19
Day 7- Genesis 20-25
Day 8- Genesis 26-36
Day 9- Genesis 37-41
Day 10- Genesis 42-45
Day 11: Genesis 46-50
The Fall, Human Sepation from God
Day 12- Genesis 3
Day 13- Genesis 4
Day 14- Genesis 6
Day 15- Job 31
Day 16- Hosea 4
Day 17- Isaiah 65:1-16
Day 18- Psalm 14
Day 19- Psalm 51
Day 20- Psalm 58
Day 21- Matthew 12-13
Day 22- Romans 1:18-3:20
Day 23- Jude
Day 24- Psalms94
Day 25- Isaiah 1
Day 26- Exodus 4:1-5:4
Day 27- Exodus 8-9
Day 28- Exodus 10-11
Day 29- Psalm 10
Day 30- Proverbs 20