Thursday, November 23, 2017

Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃


As I reflect back over the last few months alone, I'm reminded just how precious life is. 

My prayer for you today is that you never forget how absolutely amazing you are. If you are breathing then you are blessed beyond measure. 

May your thanksgiving be full of laughter and love, and your joys be many. 

I pray your yummy sweet potatoes (my favs) are without calories, your travels are favored, and your time with family and friends are plentiful. 

From our family to yours, Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍁

With Love & Gratitude,
Ryan, Candye & Alexis 
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Here’s Your Sign...



I wrote this a couple of years ago and it came up in my memories — well worth sharing again! ♥️

Many people have wondered if Jesus really loves them. The Bible is clear that no matter what we have done, Jesus does love us. In fact, He promises to both forgive us of every wrong we have done and provide us eternal life if only we will believe in Him: "For God so loved the world, that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life" (John 3:16).

Romans 5:8 says, "God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Before we were even born, God sent His only Son Jesus to die on our behalf to give us the opportunity for eternal life. This amazing gift comes to us because of His wonderful grace toward us: "It is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God—not by works, so that no one can boast" (Ephesians 2:8–9). We don't have to earn His love; we simply accept it.

It may be difficult to believe Jesus loves you because of other people who have let you down in the past. However, Jesus is unlike any other person; He is God in human form (John 1:14). He was involved in creating us, He sustains our every breath, and He offers us new life now and eternal life in heaven with Him.

Never forget how amazing you are and that you're the sons & daughters of a King! Have an amazingly blessed day! Make memories and make today count!

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

“Thank You” With A Full & Thankful Heart!


As we are in the throes of the "thankful" season, I find myself daily giving thanks for all of you that have chosen to follow our story. Our life's journey. 

When I obeyed God and started this journey of "transparency," I never dreamed it would produce such an intimate and inspiring unveiling in my life. Connections with people from all around the world. 

I have had the opportunity to meet some truly amazing individuals that have honestly touched me (and my family) in a way that is simply indescribable. Your faithfulness to follow me is humbling. 

I receive hundreds of messages of thanks from so many of you that follow me daily. What I fail to communicate is that it is I who is thankful. Your reach outs are a blessing beyond words. They keep me going. Even those messages that challenge me. That challenge my beliefs. Those make me a better person. 

So, today, I simply thank you

I pray God's abundance and blessings over you and yours. 

May your seasons be full and your joys be many. I pray this week you have more than you can imagine. 

One thing I have learned in this journey, is that "being a blessing" is far greater than receiving one. I promise you! 

"O LORD, You are my God. I will exalt You, I will praise Your name, For You have done wonderful things; Your counsels of old are faithfulness and truth." (Isaiah‬ ‭25:1)

Now, I pray your yummy sweet potatoes (my favs) are without calories, your travels are favored, and your time is plentiful. 

From our family to yours....

...Happy Thanksgiving! 🦃 🍁 

With Love & Gratitude,

Candye~
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Coping With Death — #CancerSucks‼️



I received the news Sunday after church that another longtime friend, Gina Calk Crocker, lost her battle to that awful disease, cancer. She had passed away earlier that morning. I was actually sitting in Olive Garden with my little family when I received the text from a dear friend. I was heartbroken. 

She fought a long, hard battle and gave that disease a run for its money, but in the end - we lost her. 😪 I've known Gina since I was in jr high, and my heart is shattered, so I cannot imagine what her sweet family are going though. 

(Gina Crocker, May 17, 1970 - Nov. 12, 2017)
Since Sunday, I've tried to process this and make sense out of why so many precious people in my life are suffering with this horrible illness. 

I've tried to connect the dots of their lifestyles, their illnesses. Anything. Just to make one small connection that would help me wrap my mind around these losses — but I keep coming up with the same conclusion. Nothing. Just sadness. Confusion. Anger. 

There is no rhyme or reason. I do know, cancer is no respecter of person. It can claim any of us, at any time, and that is just unfair! 

(Michelle Piha, Feb. 25, 1973 - Oct. 11, 2017)
Everyone of these ladies were unique and special, just as their illness. 

Through my search, I did find one common consistency among them — their FIGHT! WOW! They each fought an amazingly and honorable war! They each showed strength beyond human ability to carry on and I so admire them. 

I will definitely miss each one. I will not pretend to be okay with these losses, and I will never understand, but I can promise you — I will never forget them either. 

I ask that you each stop and love yourself, love your spouse, love your family and love your friends. Treasure each breath you have the privilege to breath, because you just never know when it will be your last. 

(Kristin Huffman, Jan. 12, 1981 - Sept. 3, 2017)
I clearly do not understand. But one thing I do know for sure - Life is short! Make it count! We only get one chance to live out this "dash" that separates the beginning from the end. Don't waste one moment! 

In loving memory of each one of these brave warriors, I write this simple message just for them. 

Ladies, Kristin, Michelle, and Gina... 
THANK YOU for just being You! Thank you for the memories and blessings you brought me! May you Rest In Peace and know you will never be forgotten... You will reside forever in all of the hearts of those that had the honor to know you! To love you. To laugh with you. To cry with you. And, now, to rejoice with you as you receive your heavenly wings. I love you infinity! 😪💕 

My prayer: 
Heavenly Father, at this moment nothing seems to be able to help the loss I feel and the hurting I know these families are enduring. My heart is broken and my spirit mourns the loss of these great ladies I've had the privilege to call my friends. Although I do not understand this horrible disease that continues to claim precious lives, I do know that Your grace is sufficient. This day, this hour, and moment by moment, I choose to lean on You. For when I am at my weakest Your strength is at its strongest. I pour out my grief to You and I praise You that on that glorious day, when all suffering is extinguished and love has conquered. I know we shall all walk together again in your Heavenly presence. I lean heavily on Your Word and the promises they bring. "Blessed are those who mourn, for they will be comforted." (Matthew 5:4). Lord, I plead with You to wrap your loving arms around these families, and the children, as they continue to mourn the loss of their loved ones. Comfort them as only you can. In your precious name I pray. Amen 

#CancerSucks‼️ #TheyHaveTheirWings💔 #WeHaveTheirMemories💞

Blessings~
Candye 
"G18Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Saturday, November 11, 2017

“Honoring Our Veterans”




As I reflect on this day, I want to extend a little big "thank you" to all Veterans for your service and sacrifices, who have served and are serving, so me and my family have the privilege of enjoying our freedom. It is not something I take lightly. 

A very special thank you to the Air Force man that captured my heart, my husband. He served his country as well, and although he's not serving today, I can honestly say, "once a military man, always a military man." You're a hero to me and our daughter! We are so proud of you and love you, Ryan! 


And a special thank you to my Dad.  He served in Vietnam and earned a Purple Heart during his tour.  I am so proud of you and the service and sacrifices you gave to our great country... I Love you, Daddy!


I am honored to have so many in my family that have served, or are currently serving, and it's an honor to remember you and honor you on this day! All of whom I love, respect, honor, and learn from daily! Thank you!! 



To all the incredibly brave heroes who fight or have fought for the freedoms that we enjoy every single day, we salute all of you and are grateful beyond words for all you have done and are doing! 

May we never forget, "Freedom isn't Free." 

I love a quote I read that simply stated, "If you really want to thank a soldier, be an American worth fighting for!


With the utmost sincere love, honor and respect, Happy Veterans Day!! 

P.S. Alexis picked out all of the above pictures for this blog! ♥️🇺🇸

Blessings, 
Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, November 8, 2017

Be Beautiful! Be You!



God's Word is filled with promises of strength and courage if we place our confidence in Jesus Christ. 

It's so easy to become disappointed because we don't see life going the way we want it to and we do not see the big picture that God is working through everything to produce in us a character like Jesus Christ. 

We lose confidence in trusting God and begin to trust in ourselves and what we can accomplish. Pride and arrogance takes over quick and we find ourselves forgetting the goodness and grace of God. 

Then before we know it, something happens or goes wrong that we cannot control and we blame God. The truth is that nothing apart from God can save us or make us whole. 

Jesus is the answer and without Him at the center of our lives, we will continue to struggle with having confidence. 

Rise this morning with an insurance of knowing that you are capable of anything you set your mind to do. 

You just have to believe in yourself! 

GO! Be Beautiful! Be You! You're amazing! #WakePraySlay

"Blessed is the man who trusts in the Lord, And whose hope is the Lord." (‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭17:7‬)

Blessings, 
Candye
#G18Mommy

Tuesday, November 7, 2017

Become Fearless So Life Becomes Limitless!



You are what you're made up of. When things don't go your way, you have three choices. 

You can either let it define you, let it destroy you, or let it strengthen you. I choose the later! 

Everything we go through makes us stronger to face the next day. The next battle. Don't give up. 

Just around the corner is the success you've dreamed of. You just have to decide to keep going! 

GO! Show the world what you're made of! Have an abundantly blessed day! #WakePraySlay

"But you, be strong and do not let your hands be weak, for your work shall be rewarded!" (‭‭II Chronicles‬ ‭15:7‬)

Be blessed! 

Candye~
#G18Mommy
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Friday, November 3, 2017

Bold Faith



What a wonderful opportunity we have before us called "Today!" 


Thank the good Lord above that He chose to wake us once more - don't take it for granted. 


Go out and do something amazing today....one simply apology for your actions, one beautiful smile, just one small act of kindness can bring such peace and joy to the broken and unbroken alike!


 "Give, and you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full—pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over, and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. " (Luke 6:38)


 I pray you each have a Blessed Friday FULL of God's grace & mercy! Make memories and make today count! 

Candye~
"G18Mommy"
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)

Wednesday, November 1, 2017

Learning To Be Thankful



Hello November!! 


It's time to reset! 


This is the month of "thankfulness." What are you thankful for? 


Me, I'm thankful for the breath I breathe. It means my story isn't finished. If you're reading this - it means neither is yours. 


What are you praying November will bring for you and your family or goals? Set your mind and do it! 


Every single day is an opportunity for you to start anew. I call this my '24-hour Reset Button.' It means I don't look back on yesterday failures and sigh, but reflect on it BRIEFLY to learn from it, then move on.  


Each new day stands alone and brings you another chance to move closer towards your goals, so make each day a "thankful" day. 


Remember, how you start your day determines how it will end. 


My prayer: "Lord, give me a thankful heart that chases after you and your will for me and my family. Let me never stop thanking you for all the goodness and mercy you have bestowed upon us, even in our hard times. Help me to make a positive impact on everyone I am given the opportunity to encounter and be an encourager to them. I pray today I will be better than I was yesterday and an even bigger blessing than I can imagine. Guide my footsteps where you need me most. In Jesus Name, Amen!" 


As I've written before, if you take nothing else away from my blog - I pray you will never forget that you are "wonderfully and fearfully made" (Psalm 139:14). 

Never forget that you are the son or daughter of the almighty King of Kings and that you do not have to "BE" what the world expects you to be, but you do have to be what makes you happy! 

Do something kind today, be nice to others, and respect those you interact with. Strive to make a difference in others lives, but more importantly make a difference in your own life. Life is messy...thank God for Bounty paper towels, Grace & Mercy!

 "Pretty words aren't always true...and true words aren't always pretty, but when the truth is spoken, it's always beautiful!"

"And you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free." (John 8:32)

Make memories and make today count for today will never come again. GO! Be the awesome person God designed you to be! Have a blessed day! 

Blessings,
Candye~
"G18 Mommy"

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)
#WakePraySlay

Friday, October 27, 2017

Living With Expectations


Good Friday Morning! I pray you woke this morning ready to win! 

I declare today as THE DAY that great and mighty things will happen! I am setting my mind to a mode of expectations and victory and accepting nothing less! 

What about you? What are you expecting today? What do you need to declare victory over and claim it as DONE, in Jesus Name?

Whatever it is, I encourage you to find your 'Esther anointing' and courage! If you don't know who Esther is from the Bible, man oh man are you missing out! You need to read up on her. 

She was a woman of clear judgment, courage, and self-sacrifice. The same God that gave her beauty for her ashes will do the same for you. It's up to you. But you have to change your mindset before you can change your circumstances. 

Are you ready to open up and receive all of the goodness the Lord has in the storehouse for you? Or, are you going to continue to live as the victim i challenge you to put on the armor of righteousness and salvation of Christ and live as victors not victims. God designed you to win! 

I firmly believe that the hand of God is at work in the lives of His people. Just as He used the circumstances in Esther's life, He can also use the decisions and actions in your life to providentially work out His divine plans and purpose for you. (Isaiah 61) 

My prayer: "Lord, let us all arise and be radiant with the glory of the Lord today and every day. Let your light shine through me. I want to be a beaming lighthouse of hope for so many that sit in gross darkness doubting their self-worth and existence. I pray for words of wisdom that will guide and influence many. I won't let past failures and disappointments keep me silent. I will live in expectations and not be a victim to my circumstances. I thank you in advance for all you have done and all that you are going to do. In Jesus Name, Amen!"

Now GO! Be that awesome person God designed you to be and live out your abundant life, with FULL expectations today, trusting and believing and claiming it done in Jesus Name! 

Blessings, 
Candye~
#G18Mommy
#WakePraySlay

"...the battle is the Lord's" (I Samuel 17:47)