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My journey to full time RV

Hey everyone,

It’s the new trend going around these days, I’m talking about selling it all and living life on the road. Have you heard about full time Rving? Pretty much all over pinterest, and if you haven’t heard them you’re missing out! I know some people might think I’m completely crazy, and well they might be right I’m ready to join the rest of y’all and live life on the road. I’ve always loved being outdoors, pretty much always up for an adventure. Growing up we used to camp all the time, and I absolutely loved it. Having two younger kids myself , I’m excited to share my love for adventure with them at a young age. I’m going to share out experience, how were doing it, cost, and the dirty side of things.

Starting out we are joing my parents, who happen to be doing full time rving themselves. We are thankful to have this opportunity, and learn different tricks they have. They have been camping for many years, and decided to take the jump and go fulltime. They just got rid of everything at home, and our leasing out their home. My kids and I will be camping with them at the one and only… drum role please…. DISNEY WORLD!!!! it’s a dream come true, now if you’re not a Disney junkie like we our you won’t understand it, however those of you who are a Disney junkie you are probably jumping up and down for me while reading this!

I can’t wait to share with y’all or adventure at Disneys Fort wilderness campground. Fun fact about this campground is, I grew up camping here and now I get to do the same with my kids 🙂 If you have never camped here, you’re missing out. There’s much to see and do without going to the theme parks. We will only be going for one week during our two month stay. However, don’t worry, we will have so much other things that we will be doing and Sharing with y’all.

I have a lot to catch y’all up on, I can’t believe we have been here for 3 weeks so far! They say time goes by faster when you’re having fun. Well they are surely right about that. So let’s get y’all all caught up on our RV life for the past three weeks! We started out in Norfolk, where my kids and I flew to Orlando. My parents were already at the campground all set up, waiting on us. Our flight was quick, which I’m very thankful for traveling alone with a 4 and 7 year old.

We arrived to Orland international and got on the Mmagical Express 🙂 what better way to start you’re Disney vacation than riding on the diseyes bus. My kids and myself were so excited, we boarded the bus and sat back watched a Disney movie and enjoyed the ride to the happiest place on earth!

When we arrived at the campground we got on a Disney bus that takes you into the campground. My parents were happily waiting on us at the bus stop. Side note, we don’t currently live in the same state as them so you can imagine our excitement seeing them. We arrived late, and were starving. We hopped on a bus and went to one of the restaurants, we had a quick bite to eat and then headed over to the beach/ marina to catch the fireworks from the magic kingdom. Talk about a warm welcome 🙂

after the fireworks, we headed to the pool for a late night swim. We had the pool all to ourselves! What a great way to start our trip. As you can imagine we were completely exhausted from the trip and slept very well that night.

Day 1! My sister was flying in, we were having a girls trip this weekend for her wedding. She got in very early! Like 6 am early!!! We went on a walk to the beach and had some sister catching up time while everyone else was sleeping.

We had breakfast, and some much needed girl talks 🙂

There was so much excitement, things to see, new palaces to explore. We got the kids up and fed, then we hit the floor running. Were off to the pool. Good thing about Florida is it’s pool weather year round. My kids ware so excited to go swimming. They have a splash pad and slides at the pool, they are little fish and love the water. We had a full day playing, and relaxing under the sun. We headed back to the camper for some dinner, and then went to the famous chip and dale campfire sing a long. I remember this from when I was a little girl. I’ve always loved going to the campfire and roasting s’mores!! Idk about you, but this girl loves her s’mores.

It was a successful first day. The next 3 days were for my sisters girls weekend, she’s getting married next month!!! My dad kept my kids for me. For the girls trip we stayed at Disney’s Bay lake towers. One of my favorite resorts. I won’t go into to much about girls weekend, however we had so much fun and laughs.

I’ll catch y’all up on the crazies of the hurricane, and the evacuation on the next post! Until then goodnight y’all!

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Where’s my Joy

When we allow God to define our identity, what happened in our past isn’t nearly as important as what’s promised in our future.

How can you overcome heartache and despair? 

Your words were found, and I ate them; and your words were to me a joy and the rejoicing of my heart: for I am called by your name, the LORD, God of Hosts.

– Jeremiah 15:16

According to today’s verse, joy and delight come from devouring God’s Word. That means more than simply reading the Bible–we need to memorize it and meditate on it.

When you are in stormy seas of life, there comes One who can give you joy and peace. God’s Word is a joy – no matter what you’re going through.

This is hard for some people to do, when you’re going through a rough season, do you run and tell others, do you gossip about someone, do you seek help from a friend? The Bible tells us that we are to turn to the only one that can heal us and truly give us Joy. If we turn to his word and “ate” them as the verse is telling us, then we will receive Joy and the rejoicing of our hearts. All that is hurt, will be healed in your heart through Reading his word.

I pray that when you’re in a hard season, that you will turn to God to find joy!

Dear God,

Please help me draw near to You today and be a blessing to others!

I trust You completely.

Please give me a greater hunger for Your Word.

I ask in Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him

He appointed twelve that they might be with him and that he might send them out to preach and to have authority to drive out demons

-Mark 3:14-15

I was doing a lot, pouring myself out for God, but not really spending time getting filled by God. Maybe you can relate?

We run around trying to do everything, and please everyone.  We say yes to volunteering and baking something for the kids school party, taking the kids to multiply after school sports or events. We fill our plates completely full. However were missing out on what God want’s for us, he wants us to slow down enough to receive from him. I don’t know about you, but I’m always praying for God to help me, help me with all of my daily task. I have a hard time saying no, and then end up overworked in the end. I love to serve, however I’m missing out on being served and left feeling empty. He really does have it all worked out. The gaps filled. The needs met. The questions answered. The problems solved.  And the parts he’s purposed for us? They’re all perfectly portioned out in assignments meant for us today. No more. No less. All he ask is that we personally receive from him BEFORE setting out to work for him. This is HUGE and I don’t want you to miss this. In doing so we are encouraged by his presence. This is the daily sacred exchange where ministry turns into pure delight. 

He is capable! We say we trust him but act like everything depends on us. We give all we have to the task at hand with only occasional leftovers of time slightly acknowledge him. It must break his heart when we work like we don’t believe he’s there to help us. Jesus doesn’t participate in the rat race. He’s into the slower rhythms of life like abiding, delighting,and dwelling. When Jesus appointed the disciples, there were two parts to their calling, as we see in Mark 3:14-15. Yes they were to go to preach and drive out demons, but FIRST they were called to be with him. Fullness comes when we remember to be with him before going out to serve him.

He wants our hearts in alignment with him before our hands set about doing today’s assignment for him.  We need to receive in prayer, worship, and truth from his word. Fix your eyes, not on a worldly prize, but on staying in love with me.

That’s an agenda that’s always completely satisfying.

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Why

What we see will

violate

what we know

unless what we know dictates

what we see

Why?

You know that question that you’re toddlers constantly asking? It can get pretty annoying at times. But have you ever actually thought about why? Why did this happen? Or why did I do that? Why am I doing what I’m doing? Why I’m a mom? Why I’m afraid? Why am I always asking myself to do so much?
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What’s you’re why? Why do you get up in the morning? Why do you do what you do everyday? Why do you keep the same routine? Why do you tear yourself down? Why do you compare yourself?
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Have you stopped and asked yourself why?
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Today I find myself asking why a lot, why do I do what I do? why do I act this way? Why have I always been scared? Why do i let this happen? Why am I insecure? Why can’t I trust?

I always do for others, I put them before me no matter how they treat me. I keep giving until I have nothing else to give. I do for them and not God first. I end up hurting myself, I give them my everything. I have realized I can’t serve God if I keep serving a different master. I used to tell myself I’ll fix my hair for you, or I’ll dress this way for you. That I workout to look good for you, and I keep the house clean for you. I’ll cook a healthy meal for you. I never stop to think and serve God in all these ways. God loves me no matter what, he will never leave me or forsake me. Yet I keep doing for others and not healing my heart, to be able to Love and put God first. And today I ask myself why? Why do I always do for others and not do it for ME!
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Well let me tell y’all something. Don’t ever do something if it’s always in the sake of doing it for them. Yes I know we’re supposed to do for others, however not at the point that we lose ourselves and not do for ourselves. I’m also not talking about the selfish I’ll do everything for me kinda way. I’m talking about the I get up and workout for me, because I want to look and feel good. The I keep the house clean because I simply can’t function in clutter, the I cook because I actually enjoy it and I’m not a salve to serving you. The I love and stay home because I want the best for my kids and I want to be the one that pours into them daily.
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Sometimes we get so lost that we end up losing ourselves. Take the blindfold off and know it’s okay to put yourself first, to make yourself happy. Because when you do, you make the ones you love even happier, even more loved, even more appreciated.
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I hope this helps you find you’re why, I know it 

God’s love isn’t based on me. It’s simply placed on me. And it’s the place from which I should live….Loved

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37:4)

If you abide in Me, and my words abide in you, ask whatever you wish, and it will be done for you. ( John 15:7)

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Keep it shut

I highly recommend the book “Keep It Shut” by Karen Ehman.

It contains a section about how to make sure your words are always God-honoring. Ehman says the key is making sure we spend as much or more time talking to God in prayer and through reading God’s Word as we spend talking and listening to everyone else.

She says that when God is the One we spend the most time talking to, He will become the One we most want to please—the One whose opinion of us matters most.

Wow! Talk about an “ah-ha” moment! This sage advice is so obvious, but yet so easily overlooked. When we spend time talking and listening to God through prayer, reading and studying the Bible, singing songs of praise, enjoying the beauty of creation, and enjoying the talents and abilities God gave you in ways that honor Him, we draw closer and closer to Him.

Today’s verse is to our spiritual life what the adage ‘you are what you eat’ is to our physical body.

Be mindful of what you allow into your mind, because it goes straight to your heart, before flying out of your mouth.

Pray

Dear Lord,

Fill my mind and heart with only those words that honor You.

Let my words be uplifting, encouraging, and full of love and grace.

When I speak to Your children, please let them hear more of You and less of me.

In Jesus’ name I pray, Amen

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The Promotion

No longer do I call you servants, for the servant doesn’t know what his lord does. But I have called you friends, for everything that I heard from my Father, I have made known to you.

– John 15:15

As a middle child, it felt like a promotion when I got to be included with the older set of siblings who babysat the younger ones.

I imagined that I had risen through the ranks and now stood in my parents’ stead as I delegated tasks or listened to the younger kids’ concerns. The respect and obedience that I had given were now due to me. I was a co-laborer with my parents to carry out their wishes during their absence.

Such authority was not arbitrary.

My parents gauged my fitness for responsibility, taking into consideration how mature I was, how readily I obeyed their requests, how well I followed their rules, if I made fair decisions, and how harsh my reprimands were. They carefully assessed my own character growth before putting vulnerable little ones under my rule.

Our Christian journey is similar to growing up in a large family. As we mature, we learn more about the reasons for our Father’s rules. We learn from those who are more advanced in their faith than we are. And we have the great privilege of working with our big brother, Jesus, as we help those whose belief is still small and fragile.

Jesus calls us His “friends,” and invites us all to a deeper relationship of mutual intimacy.

Pray

Dear Heavenly Father,

Thank You for accepting me as I am.

It is unimaginable that You would call me “friend,” yet You have.

I, too, want a friendship with You.

I pray in Christ’s name, Amen

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If God says he will do something he will be faithful to preform. Don’t let impossibilities quench your faith. Instead, allow it to fuel your faith! Look beyond your circumstances to a completely loving, faithful and powerful God.

The more we intentionally praise God, the more reasons we will recognize to praise him. Psalm 92:1 “It is good to give thanks to the Lord, to sing praises to your name, O Most High.”

God is Greater Than the Highs and Lows