Saturday, December 1, 2012

Saturday Morning Coffee Hop :)



I am sitting here in my comfy jammies drinking a yummy cup of coffee.  I love Saturday mornings!!  As I was reading through blogs, I came across quite the blog and found this fun hop.  The great thing is that you can write about anything and join the hop.  It's always fun to find new blogs to read.  I have met some great women through blogging.  I wouldn't have been exposed to their blogs had it not been for hops. :)

I have so much on my mind this morning.  I could probably write a ton of things....I PROMISE I won't.

My daughter, Emily, and I were able to spend some great, quality time together last night.  Jorden had to work and Luke had a birthday party to attend.  Emily and I met a friend at Hobby Lobby to shop.  It was so fun looking through the Christmas decorations.  As if I wasn't already super excited about Christmas!  Hobby Lobby had decorations everywhere....and the best part was that ALL Christmas items were 50% off.  Hip, hip, hooray!!!!!!  

After shopping we had dinner together.  My heart melted and thrilled with excitement because when we sat down to eat our meal, Emily placed her napkin in her lap, folded her hands, and waited for me to say a prayer over our food.  I was so proud of her.  As a family, we always pray when we eat, regardless of where we are.  However, it hit me last night that our children expect it and will not eat without it.  She did not care that the restaurant was crowded.  She was going to honor God the way she had been taught.  I mentally gave God a high five and thanked Him for the love my daughter has for Him. 

We picked dessert and came home and snuggled on the couch as we enjoyed our sweets.  Emily actually fell asleep cuddled up next to me.  These are the moments I love.  She is in 7th grade, yet still loves her mama like something fierce.  I could laugh and cry at the same time right now. :)

Here's a question for my sweet blogging friends.  It has been on my mind for a while now and I could use some help!  How do you know when you are being judgmental and when it is the Holy Spirit?  I have been dealing with an issue lately that has caused my gut to tense up.  There are some people I know who are toxic to me.  They gossip, backstab, and live for the world.  I know I have been negatively talked about by them.  My gut tells me to run, and run fast.  I truly believe the Holy Spirit warns us when a situation or people are not good for us.  However, at times, I wonder if I'm being too self protecting.  I want to share God with people.  I know I will have to be around people who aren't Jesus lovers in order to share Him.  However, my thinking is if I'm getting that icky feeling, the Holy Spirit is telling me to move on.  What do you think?  Have you ever experienced something like this?  I don't want to hide in a bubble, but I don't want to be somewhere He certainly doesn't want me to be.

Love and hugs to all of you!  Have a wonderful first weekend of December. :)

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10 comments:

  1. In my experience, at least lately, when your are praying and seeking God's will for your life (as you seem to be doing), that feeling in your gut is most likely coming from the Holy Spirit. So, I would say, follow it. Pray for these people, love them, but if you feel like you are being led away from their toxicity, then away you should go. Just my two cents...hope it helps. :)

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  2. Hi Marci! What a beautiful blog you have! Looking forward to getting to know you! Following you back from Moms Surviving Kids :)
    Megan
    www.momssurvivingkids.com

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  3. I've had the same feelings recently and I absolutely believe that if your heart tells you that something is amiss, then you have to follow it. That feeling deep within is a message from the Holy Spirit. I have never made a poor decision when I follow my gut/instincts/heart. Go with it. :)

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  4. I love this post, and I am so thankful you found me through blogging because you are so inspiring to me. I love the mama/daughter time (I'm a little jealous of this because I love my mama/son time, but I have a feeling my time like this is more limited). I have had similar feelings like yours about people I am exposed to daily too...at work, at school, at my children's events, etc. I feel that I have made the conscious decision to remain separate and apart from people who act in such ways which probably makes me even more of a target of their gossiping. If people don't want to truly know who you are or understand you and only live to bring others down, then I believe all you can really do for them is pray and leave them in God's hands. It is hard to remain separate and apart, but I think that as Christians it is what we are called to do, right?

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  5. your daughter sounds amazing!

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  6. Marci,

    I enjoyed your post this evening. Your question is quite interesting and honestly a question that truly is something to ponder. I however would like to point out I feel the Holy Spirit is telling you to get away and not your own personal self. My reasoning is you do not seem to be a self-centered person, you truly believe and know that you should help others find God, even if they are toxic. I say go with your “gut”, I believe the Holy Spirit is telling you to move on.

    Mrs. T
    Myfrontporch1.blogspot.com

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  7. Marci,

    I also have a 7th grade daughter that still loves her mama fiercely. I enjoy snuggling with her on the couch watching Christmas movies, that's our Friday night favorite.

    I have been in situations where the Holy Spirit has led me to depart company from others. Most recently this summer I had to change a particular environment, by stepping away from the entire situation for a while. Once I truly dealt with the matter I have been able to go back into the situation and the "toxic people" have been removed. Follow His guidance.

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  8. Marci - I was just reading in "Every Day a Friday" the other day that God brings people into our lives who are not just "with us" but are also "for us". People who are just "with us" are there as long as we preferm perfectly, give them what they want, and don't make mistakes. But people who are FOR us bring out the best in us. God will bring the right people into your life, but you have to let the wrong people walk away.

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  9. I think that if the people you refer to are not building you up in your relationship with God, but instead causing emotions that are damaging to your heart, then it might be the Holy Spirit telling you to move on. Sharing God with them can very well be in the form of prayer over them while not necessarily bonding or building stronger relationships with them. hope that helps some.

    thank you for linking up with Saturday Morning Coffee. :)

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  10. Aww that's awesome about your kids expecting to pray before a meal. I didn't really grow up that way, but I definitely want to instill that into my kids.

    Ooo I know what you mean about those kind of people- I've struggled with that many times. I think it's different for different people. For instance, my best friend had a boyfriend that was very toxic and they were always together AND we went to college together. So in order for me to hang out with her, I was usually always with him. It was hard at first, but I started praying for him and praying for me to be accepting of him. After about 6 months,he turned his life over to God and we became very close friends. So I would say pray individually and just ask God to remove the people that you aren't meant to be in relationship with. Of course, that doesn't mean to hide everytime you see them, but be your sweet self just like anyone else. So my advice is to continue to pray for those people & see where God takes you. In regards to the gut feeling, I definitely feel like the Holy Spirit gives me that ugh gut feeling. Crazy how that works. Whew, okay, I'm stopping now lol.
    Have a great day my fellow H-town blogger :)

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