Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Who is the Happy Winner?

Sorry for my absents and delay in telling you who won the giveaway so without further ado

Barbara K you are the winner!!

Congrats to you Barbara! I'll be sending you a message shortly!! Look forward to another giveaway next week!! So if you want another chance or missed this one.

Look forward to an very important post Friday evening sometime! ITS BIG!! PROMISE!!

Here is something I want to share with you

That's right! On May 10th I will be graduating with my Bachelor of Arts! 

I'm so excited!! To God be all the Glory!  

So emotional! 

Love, 
Aunt LaLa

Friday, January 24, 2014

Just Wait

I cannot tell you the amount of times that someone has said to us either individually or together to just wait.

Just wait... the honeymoon phase will end
Just wait... one day you won't be able to stand eachother
Just wait... all the kissing and hand holding won't be there
Just wait... this does not last
Just you wait... you will see

I really want to write a snippy come back to the comments of late. It is really hard not to be angry at someone saying these ugly things about my marriage.

My heart hurts just writing those things. I realize marriage does not come with out challenges. But geeze... how miserable are you to say these things? Or maybe your view of marriage is skewed....

I think that to make your marriage be something more than a miserable thing your stuck in, you need to make a CHOICE to make it better or how about never letting it get to the point where you can not stand each other?

Listen, J is not perfect and neither am I. One thing I can tell you we have almost been married for a decade. We are going on our 7th year. We are mindful of our marriage. God put us together, there is a purpose to marriage. It is to glorify God. It is to show just a little of how much God loves us.

Think about a marraige that is so broken you can not stand one another. Think about how many selfish steps you and your spouse took to get to that place.

Pride.
Sarcasm.
Insults.
Being non-supportive.
Neglect. 
Revenge.

Are all death sentences to a marriage.

I understand that there are difficulties, but being married for a little bit I think I have some insight into this marriage thing. These are just basic things listed here, but take an evaluation.

1. Where are you with God? Is he apart of it? We are human full of error to correct that we need the help of God. I realize my need for him, without Christ I nothing. He needs to be first. Only he can heal your marriage. And heal your broken places.

2. Look in the mirror: Take responsibility for your actions.What have your contributed to your problems in your marriage? Do you hold resentment and try to "get back" at your spouse? To make them hurt. Do you contribute by the problems I listed above?

3. Are you open? How is your communication with your spouse? Do you expect them to read your mind? Do/Can you communicate your feelings without the listed things above?

This is in no way a comprehensive list. But just a basic checklist.

So here is my rebutle for all those negative comments about my marraige

Just wait... J and I will always be on our honeymoon. Because frankly he is my beloved and I am his
Just wait... We will continue to love being with each other. We love to laugh and hang out. He is my best friend
Just wait... We will be kissing and holding hands until death and then in Heaven :)
Just wait... Our marriage is forever
Just YOU wait... You will see

As always if I can pray for your marriage or maybe you having a comment about this... please feel free to email me (auntlala25 at gmail) or comment below :)

Love
Aunt LaLa


Wednesday, January 22, 2014

Want to share the Happy!

I'm so excited to share this with you all!!

As you all must know by now I am a big supporter of Happy Wives Club
(Go check out my recent article by clicking the link)

This giveaway was supposed to happen LAST week... BOO to the sick season! But I'm back and trying to get it together :)

So guess what I have for you!? I will be hosting two giveways. Each will be for a Happy Wives Club book. Fawn Weaver took her idea of Happy Wives GLOBAL! It is now on the New York Best Seller list and the USA TODAY best sellers list!! That is not it... Happy Wives Club has been featured in the Huffington Post twice in two weeks!!

So I love what this stands for! This book is really encouraging! So without further ado sign up to win below!!

This giveaway will run through this week until Sunday! I post a winner Monday, 1/28~





Love, 
Aunt LaLa 

Thursday, January 9, 2014

Unstoppable

Last night our church watched the movie Unstoppable. It is a movie by Kirk Cameron.

Going into the movie I was not sure what it was going to look like. I had watched an interview with Kirk Cameron and he spoke a little about what the movie was about.

Watch the preview and then I'll add my two cents :)



I remember the first Christian based film I seen with Kirk Cameron. It was the first Left Behind movie. I was 15 and and this movie made an impact on me. Ever since I've casually followed Kirk Cameron's ministry.

When I first learned about Unstoppable I was intrigued. After watching the interview and the preview I wanted to see it! But I had a problem, the closest theater showing the movie was already sold out. Of course this is not a bad thing but a great thing that so many went out to support this film.

So when my church (by popular demand) decided to show the movie and I was excited.

It was produced in a much different way in my head. I was not expecting such a great (but heavy) depiction of some of the stories in the Bible. But the way they filmed the scenes were beautiful in my opinion.

Kirk talks through the film and discusses a few stories in the Bible. I do not want to give away what he says because I want you to watch it but I want to let you know what impacted me.

The films purpose was to try and answer an age old question: Why does God let bad things happen to good people?

I can honestly say there has been several times I have asked the question myself. And have felt God gave me understanding and people in my life have given me their thoughts.

Really, I do not think that we will know the answer to all because we are not God. When God let us have free reign and walk on this earth with no sin, no worries we could not handle it (Garden of Eden).

So many times mankind has turned their back on God and tried to outdo him. Every time mankind falls. Then every time God comes and picks up the pieces.

This movie really does a great job at finding this in the stories he shares.

There were a couple things that I really thought were neat: When Adam was created he was commanded by God to take care of the Garden and protect it.
Genesis 2:15 Then the LORD God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
To keep it... Kirk points out that Adam failed at his job. He was supposed to be watching over the garden and his wife. Adam was there with her. He did nothing to stop the what happened.

How many times have I failed in doing what God has commanded? Sometimes  in the most simplest ways...

God ask us in the New Testament in Matthew 22:37-40
Jesus replied: “‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”
 Two  main goals in my life should be these that you just read.

We question God, WHY?? But how many times do we act in disobedience or never consult God in the first place. Some times I think bad things happen because humans fail. We do bad things. We sin. And there are worldly consequences.

Romans 3:23
for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God

Another point of why bad things happen is there is a purpose! If you read throughout the bible, if you think about your own life... When pain happened something came from it. There is purpose. The movie addresses this well so I won't go too much into it.

Do I have the answers? Nope. But I just wanted to get you thinking and maybe more aware of our quickness to always blame or question God when we do not like where we are.

As always if you would like to email me (auntlala25 at gmail) feel free or comment below. I would love hear your thoughts!  I'm also on Facebook and twitter :)

With that have a happy Thursday!

Love 
Aunt LaLa

Tuesday, January 7, 2014

What does 2014 hold?

So we are 7 days into 2014 and I've been doing some contemplating on this year. We started the year off freezing to the point of numbness...


Seriously it took more than an hour to get feeling back in my derrière! HA!

But it was so much fun! Starting the year with great friends!

Getting to see the ball drop in Pigeon Forge at the Island! Seeing the band and the light show!




It was a great time! 

This year has started off great really! Some very powerful prayers have been said over me, and I claiming them by faith. 

I am part of a great move of Happy Wives! (Seriously check out THIS book)

I have started this year with my family all relatively healthy! 

I get to see my best bud next week! 

We have had a great snow/ice storm here! Loving it! 

There are some big events happening this year! I'm so excited!

~ I graduate in May! It really is surreal! I am down to 3 classes!

~ My little cousin is getting married in May! 
She is the one in the middle, The hottie on the right is my younger cousin Paul... they make me feel old!

~ I will have another nephew in April! Praying little Mason stays in Mommy's belly longer than his
brothers!

~ Josh and I will have a child (praying and believing) 


Most of these things are going to occur the first half of the year! Really there is no telling where we will be next year. I have no idea what God has in store for us... but I know this



Happy New Year my friends! I pray this is a blessed year and better than 2013!

Love, 
Aunt LaLa