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Dec
19

Roughed Up But Steadily Growing

Posted by: Kristina Evans | Comments (2)

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I feel beaten up and battered, not physically, emotionally.  I’ve felt this way for many months.  This place of isolation, where I don’t like very much, and I hurt a lot.  My tears are quick to come and so is my anger and frustration.  I feel selfish, unloved and unlovable.  How did this happen?  When did I start down this path?  I have a wonderful husband, two beautiful daughters, parents that love me and encourage me.  Our finances are stable.  There is not one of us suffering from illness or injury.  What is MY problem?

“The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy.”
(John 10:10, NIV)

There is a REAL enemy who wants to steal my joy; steal my peace; kill me in my place of authority and influence.  Every day his plan is to kill me either physically or emotionally.  He doesn’t care which way I go.  He just wants me gone.

I help him.

I give in to my impatience.  Every time my husband comes home late, or doesn’t answer the phone when I call, or forgets to tell me he loves me, or doesn’t tell me I look pretty, or, or, or, or…

I give in to my frustration.  Every time I have to pick up my kids clothes, or clean their bathroom, or teach the same thing over again, or tell them not to bicker, or talk back, or, or, or, or…

I give in to my selfishness.  Every time I JUST WANT IT MY WAY!

I give in to my anger.  Every time spewing hateful words from my mouth that do anything but hurt the ones I love the most.

The Apostle Paul reminds us, “For our struggle is not against flesh and blood, but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.”  (Ephesains 6:12, NIV)  They are sneaky!  They will take any and all authority I am willing to give up.  Every time.

BUT, I have authority through Jesus Christ.  Authority means that I have the power to determine, control or command.  I have the right to silence the enemy.  I have the final decision in spiritual conflict with the enemy.  “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

My flesh is what cries out for me to give into frustration, impatience, selfishness and anger.  My soul cries out for the heart of my heavenly father who is the complete opposite of these things.  My father who loves me completely despite my ugliness and frailty.  I am broken.  But He is my redeemer, my helper, my friend.  For Him I will once again say as the Psalmist said so perfectly in Psalm 121

1 I lift up my eyes to the mountains—
where does my help come from?
2 My help comes from the LORD,
the Maker of heaven and earth.

3 He will not let your foot slip—
he who watches over you will not slumber;
4 indeed, he who watches over Israel
will neither slumber nor sleep.

5 The LORD watches over you—
the LORD is your shade at your right hand;
6 the sun will not harm you by day,
nor the moon by night.

7 The LORD will keep you from all harm—
he will watch over your life;
8 the LORD will watch over your coming and going
both now and forevermore.

I will once again turn from looking inward and chose to look upward.  I will intentionally chose to fight in this season.  I’m fighting for my life and the life of my family.  Yes, it’s been a season of sitting in my misery, feeling sorry for myself.  Yes, I have been roughed up and I’ve given into impulse, and I will again.  But today I put on my armor and I KNOW who wins!!

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Dec
15

The Company I Keep

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Growing up my mom often confronted me with a truth I didn’t always want to hear.  She would tell me to be careful of the friends I kept because I would become like them.  As a teen (a very head-strong teen) I was absolutely confident she was wrong.  I remember being so angry because “I knew better!”

I’m sorry Mom.  You were so right!

Thankfully as an older, and hopefully wiser daughter and mother, I can understand this simple yet profound truth.  I recently read a wonderful book based on the life and sermons of Smith Wigglesworth.  The author, P.J. Madden sums it up this way.

“If you want to fly with the eagles, don’t run with the chickens.”

So true.  But there still an even brighter truth.  Yes, I love being know as my husbands wife, my children’s mother.  I love being known by the friends I keep close to me.  But the truth is, my greatest hope is that I would be known by my relationship and love for my Savior.  For everything else will fade, but Him.

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The Company I Keep

Let me be known by the company I keep
By the One who determines each day that I greet
From the moment I wake ’til He rocks me to sleep
Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep
When the valleys are low and the mountains are steep
By the One who holds fast when swift waters are deep
Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep
By the One who implores me to sit at His feet
And quickens my soul to discern what is deep
Let me be known by the company I keep!

Let me be known by the company I keep
Eclipsed by Your presence that I may decrease
‘Til all You have chosen this traveler to meet
No longer see me but the Company I keep.
(From Things Pondered, by Beth Moore)

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Oct
05

Summertime

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What a summer it was and absolutely nothing of what I had planned!

Each year we take a camping trip to Sequoia.  Because of the record-breaking snow fall in the High Sierras our campsite was still under two feet of snow at the end of June.  So we did the complete opposite trip and drove to Phoenix, Arizona where we stayed at a resort with a water park.  We had a great time with our friends and even got to visit the house where we brought our youngest daughter home!  Memories.

My oldest daughter who has been swimming at the Rose Bowl Aquatic Center for about a year now, made the competitive swim team and her practices went from three days per week to five!  I had no idea the Lord would bless me of all people with a fish.  I don’t even like to be in the water!  I’m more of a beside the water person.

My fish!

My fish!

I had the opportunity to teach a friend’s daughter cooking classes.  What was supposed to be three classes turned into three weeks of cooking classes.  I discovered I really enjoy teaching one on one and I have a lot to share with the younger generation!

Strawberry Dessert Soup - Yum!!

Strawberry Dessert Soup - Yum!!

Our dearest friends came to visit.  We had such a lovely time while they were here!  We spent most of our time just relaxing and then did a few day trips to the beach and to Santa Ynez for wine tasting.  There is just nothing like being with people who really get you!  Who have walked with you during the ups and downs, the good and bad, the lovely and ugly and yet they still love you.  I am really blessed and discovered what it means to talk about the Lord in the morning, at midday, and at night.

We've known Keith and Theresa since before any of us had kids!

We've known Keith and Theresa since before any of us had kids!

The jazz band I sing in played two “platinum” weddings which meant extra rehearsal time and planning.  These were really fun and really stressful as I seem to never get over the jitters.

My dear husband traveled A LOT back and forth to Cape Canaveral in Florida where his team is integrating the next Mars rover on a rocket.  The program will launch shortly after Thanksgiving.  It has been a difficult time on all of us but especially on hubby having to be away from the family so much.

And lastly, we’ve been back to homeschooling for six weeks now.  We actually changed curriculum which was exciting and challenging as I had to plan a lot more for our year.  In my next post I’ll share what we decided on and how we are doing.

Things I learned this summer…

Plans always need to be flexible.
There is no greater time spent then with family and friends.
There is no greater time spent then with family and friends.
There is no greater time spent then with family and friends.
There is no greater time spent then with family and friends.

My summer was definitely not what I expected, but was full of joy and God’s grace and that’s really what matters.

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Oct
04

I’m Back!!

Posted by: Kristina Evans | Comments (0)

This summer proved to be a crazy one!  Remember the quote, “The best laid plans of mice and men,”?  Yes, that applies to me!  I’m declaring this morning my unintended sabbatical is over!  I’m officially back to blogging and I have some fun things planned!  Stay tuned for some family inspiration!!

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Jun
20

And the Winner Is…

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Dorothy Abdelaziz!!

Congratulations!!  This just goes to show, the more times you enter the better your chances to win!

Thank you to everyone who participated in our give away and a very, special thank you to Lila at Central Coast Lavender for giving us this great oil!

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Jun
15

Lavender Give Away!

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It’s time for another give away!!

My friend Lila, over at Central Coast Lavender Farm has graciously offered to give away a 1oz bottle of Organic Lavender Essential Oil.  This is a $40 value!

Lila’s essential oil is certified organic.  Lavender is one of the most fundamental and versatile essential oils.  Used in aromatherapy lavender calms, refreshes and invigorates. It eases tiredness, stress, insomnia and depression. When used as a massage oil, it helps treat high blood pressure and relieves muscular and joint pains.

Having used some of Lila’s products myself, I know you are going to love this oil!

Here’s how to enter!

All you have to do is leave your name and email in the comments section if you don’t have a blog.  Super simple!

Extra Entries

Each thing you do above is worth 2 entries each, so please leave 2 comments each.  If you buy one of the great products from Central Coast Lavender it will count as 5 entries, so leave 5 comments.

Hope you win!

Thank you Lila Avery-Fuson!

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May
09

National Wear Your Apron Day!

Posted by: Kristina Evans | Comments (0)

Did you know the day after Mother’s Day is National Wear Your Apron Day?  Well it is and this is the trouble I got into today…

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Whipped this little number up in a few hours.  It would have gone faster but the pattern I was following was for a half apron.  I prefer an apron with a “bib” after all, I’m much more likely to splatter my shirt than I am to get something on my pants.  So I made my own pattern for the bib portion of the apron and that took me a bit longer.  It was a lot of fun and really rather easy!

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The girls are wearing beautiful handmade aprons from a girlfriend of mine.  She did such an amazing job embellishing each apron and then personalizing each one with the girls names and a scripture.  They wear their aprons so proudly!

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Mar
24

Solar Energy

Posted by: Kristina Evans | Comments (1)

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$0.98!!!   Our most recent electric bill!

$0.02   The amount we had to over pay because our bank won’t let us pay an online bill for less than a $1.00!

We had a solar system installed about four months ago.  I think the whole process took about six months when you factor in the initial site reviews and surveys.  We opted for a leased system which means we don’t own the system outright.  This worked for us because we didn’t want to lay out tens of the thousands for the purchase and it would take too long to recover.  With the lease program there was no up front cost.  (You read that correctly, we didn’t pay a dime!)  The system was installed, inspected and approved.  The company we chose now maintains the system for the next twenty years.

We have a solar payment and on the months we don’t completely offset our electricity, we will also get an electricity bill.  We determined the monthly outlay for two payments (one to solar, and one to electricity) would, on average, reduce our energy payment by $60 per month.  We generally average $200 per month in electricity.  Our goal is to really reduce our electricity outlay to zero, having the solar completely offset it.  It may not be possible every month especially when things start to heat up hear in Southern California, but we’ll see.  I figure we’re one giant step ahead of where we were six months ago!

I’ll keep you posted.

Oh, by the way, if you are interested in solar, I would highly recommend Solar City!

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Mar
22

Impromtu Fun!

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Can you guess what this is?

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Mar
18

Super Dad

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Sometimes I just find myself extra thankful for the man I married so long ago.

The family protector.

The trip planner and weather man.

The encourager.

Fearless Dad.

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Selfless.

Yesterday as we were cross country skiing, the girls and their dad we’re ahead of me.  As I looked toward them I saw dad with one of the girls backpacks on.  The backpack in rainbow colors with a cupcake ID tag.  I have to admit I chuckled because not every man would be willing to wear that backpack.  But you see he did it for us.  We needed to bring water along on our adventure and of course the snack.  We both have great adventure backpacks but we had left them at home.  The only backpack available was this most colorful one in which we had brought the girls homeschool work.  As we started the day I wore the backpack, but eventually my neck really started hurting from the extra weight.  I made a passing comment about my neck hurting and the next thing I knew the backpack was transferred from my shoulders to his.

I am so thankful I am married to this wonderful man!  I am thankful the girls get to experience on a daily basis the love of their father and his protection.  I am thankful God gave me someone who is way more selfless than I am.  It makes me confess my short comings and want to be more like him and in the end be more like Jesus.

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