Overtaken

John 14:1 “Let not your heart be troubled: ye believe in God, believe also in me.”

The fact is, you can let your heart be troubled and let it overtake you. Meaning you have the power to allow things to come into your heart. You must take control of your heart. With so many heartaches going on in the world today with uncertainty of us being on the brink of WWIII with North Korea, social media wars between President Trump and the world, disasterous weather on the rise, earthquakes in various places, tsunamis, hurricanes causing widespread death and destruction, wars and rumours of wars, crime scenes on every corner, and such. We must fully put our trust in the Lord for as we see the days are evil. This is a time like never before where all of us need to continue to be in prayer for God’s direction. He loves you and has warned of these days coming, yet He also said, “Let not your heart be troubled.” He knew some would be troubled with fear. Yet He said to believe in Him, if you believe in God. We simply WON’T make it without Him! Reading the scriptures daily will help you to trust the Lord more. He brings so much comfort and you will have no need to worry. There are three things people struggle with in life, which is the enemy’s tactics against you: fear, doubt, and unbelief.

Take power over your heart, and believe in Jesus!

A Journey with Journey

This is my newest chocolate muffin Journey! Journey is now 5 months old and truly a blessing to us all! Her mom Ashleigh is enjoying life everyday with her beautiful daughter. Ashleigh is now on her own journey in motherhood and will learn the way of nourturing her little one in the fear of the Lord. Many obstacles will come in her path yet at as a family like ours who sticks together, her journey with Journey will be a blessed one!

7 Degrees!

Yes…for the past couple of days it had been snowing!! One morning as I awakened, it was a whole 7 degrees and with the wind chill factor it felt like -6!!! So yeah, it’s been very cold to say the least. But, I have been waiting for this moment for a long time! My children have been having the best time of their lives having snowball fights, building snow castles, and just romping around in the snow! We also have a new member of the family named Sebastian! He’s a pup right now but will soon be gynormous! He’s a great pyrenees and they can get to be a whopping 160 lbs!! So far, he’s nearly doubled since we bought him. He too have been having a blast in the snow. In fact this is right up his alley because his breed is used to romping around after a good snow pulling children on sleds and whatnot. They are meant to protect their flocks and family from potential preditors like wolves and coyotes. But for now, he’s enjoying the snowball fights with the kids!

Your Reaping Through Your Tears

Many of you know that my husband have been going through many trials in his body. Going through numerous surgeries and at present facing another possibly soon, which have made this a very tedeous journey. Through it all I have found myself crying, a lot, on most days. I thought Lord, why? Why does my husband have to suffer so much? It seemed every time he’d get well…something new would pop up. I thought, gesh! Why can’t he be well? I’d pray and pray and pray. He would heal, then along comes another trial. Each time, the Lord would give me a dream, or vision, or He’d speak what would be coming. Then BOOM, there it is. I’m not speaking of things lightly. Like he’d lose a foot, leg, or something. The Lord through it all would tell me how or what to do. He’d tell me what’s coming and let me know just to encourage my husband. That he is going to be healed. Through every trial…he was healed. But as for me, being his wife. It is hard to say the least. I’m not going to say that being a caregiver is by no means easy. But I must say this, I have gained strength through it all. I didn’t realize that this was mainly testing time for me. This one imparticular morning the Lord began to speak to me to open His word to Galatians chapter 5, verse 22. As I began to read, he said, “Longsuffering.” “Aurora, this is what I’ve been teaching you. You said you wanted to be like me. Through taking care of your husband, I’ve been teaching you longsuffering.” I then began to weep. Thanking Him, I wept. God is so good. He knows what all of us need to be like Him. I just want to go back with Him. To be purified in Him. With all of this, I didn’t know I was reaping through my tears.

When we cry out to God, He uses those tears to water the solid foundation by which we stand. Ever seen water come out of a rock? Looking at the mountains here in Alabama, there’s plenty of water flowing through them. –To me, it’s nothing short of a miracle to see such a sight.

Lost Identity, Lost Purpose

Many of us feel like we’ve lost our identity and lost our purpose in life. We walk around wondering, “What am I supposed to be doing?” We start asking, “Lord, what is my purpose?” – Have you lost your identity?

We all lost our identity when Adam and Eve sinned in the garden. But thanks be to God, that He sent His Son to die for our sins and restore us back to His own image! I’m thankful in knowing that my purpose in life is to show forth and walk in the image of Christ. The nine fruit of the spirit now live in me. I have become love! Just as God is LOVE, I am to love. His fruit abides in me and now I am the image of Christ that was lost in the fall of man! Every time I look in the mirror, I’m looking at Jesus! I am His NEW creation! Old things have passed away, behold all things have become NEW! His glory is shown every day I walk in His Spirit! I no longer have to walk in the fall of man with the attitudes that came with the fall. Since I was born, no one had to teach me how to act up, get attitudes, fight, and do bad things. It came with the fall. Which is why I had to be BORN AGAIN! And if at any moment I tend to forget, I have an advocate with the Father, who is Christ Jesus! I’ve been set free and know my purpose! My identity has been redeemed by the Father. My body is His temple! And He lives and breathes through me! So therefore, my identity and purpose is no longer lost. Amen? Amen.

Alabama Living

Living in Alabama is so unique and so entriguing that I still can’t get over the fact that my family would ever be led to live here! First of all, Alabamians are very family oriented people. Family matters most to them. They look after the ways of their families to ensure they are doing their best. They are ones that will offer to you any assistance they can, even if they are scraping the bottom of the barrel themselves. As opposed to Floridians, they rarely ever honk their horns at ones dragging to turn a corner or are pausing too long at a traffic light. All family issues are dealt with by the eldest in the family, usually grandmas or great uncles you don’t ever want to mess with. Not much is going to the officials. Take it to uncle Bob and the shows over! He’ll shut everything down! –Also, there’s no real night life here. Everything begins to close down very early in the evening. On Sundays, you’re with the family eating dinner at the local restaurant or at home stuffing your face with one of grandma’s blueberry pies! Most days you sit back on the front porch watching your young ones play out on the roped tire swing that was made when your mother was young in age or climb the tires of some old tractors. Having a four wheeler is a plus! Your daily tasks consist of cleaning the barns, feeding the animals, or with some, just cleaning the yard. Most people like to cut their yards twice a week with the riding mowers, that’s if they didn’t have to go over it with hugh dozers due to cleaning up the crops.

Family owned businesses are always in full swing. Many have sons, cousins, and nephews to help hold things together. Right now, all of the cotton fields have been harvested to be taken and sold for clothing, blankets, or sent to various places in the industry. It’s so amazing to see balls of cotton rolling down the highways left over from the 5 to 6 foot high layers of cotton stacks! My ancesters came into mind many days as I drove by the fields everyday, looking to what it had been like in their day. I so wanted to go pick cotton. I wanted to put on a cotton sack to see and feel what it was like for my great grandmother when she did the work. For some it was hard labor and for some it was a joyful way of living. They sang the hymns to encourage each other. The master didn’t know them but they knew. I know now too. Times have changed tremendously in Alabama. Life has grown and so have the people. They’ve changed for the better, most of them.

When I first arrived here, I literally cracked up laughing while looking on Craigslist looking for furniture and scrolled through the “free items” to find someone getting rid of fainting goats and chickens! I thought OMG! Now, if this ain’t the country, I don’t know what is! Free pigs??!!! Lord, where did you move us to? -So, this is country life. It’s just amazing! I LOVE it here!! The sheep and emus are also incredible to see! One day driving through the mountains I saw a Llama! They are actually used to protect the livestock?! Who would have known? Alabamians! I personally have never heard of such a thing. As for me, I now love Alabama living.

Fall In Alabama

Looking out over my banister on my back deck is most rewarding in the beauty God created for His children to indulge in, especially in the fall of Alabama. As I sit here, there’s a glistening breeze sweeping gently across my cheeks. My hair catches the coolness across the tops of my grays. The differentiated birds offer praise to the one who created them for the abundance of supply they’ve awakened to. Many buzzes, chirps, and calls echo through the mountain today, all giving attendance to the daily tasks set before them. All too often I continue to hear the drops of broken branches that give way to the ground below them for no longer are they able to remain attached to their previous homes. Life was lost in them. God shows me His people. They too lost the life they once lived. No longer do they hold to their homes. They’ve faded from true holiness. Some plunder to the ground and some gently fade in the distance as a flower blows from it’s stem to an unfamiliar place. The foundation of the Lord is strong and sure, full of life and never fades away. It’s forever green. -As I watch each leaf float to the ground my heart begins to wrench for seeing the fall of God’s people everyday. Though the leaves fail, God’s unfailing love continues so his children return unto Him. New branches do appear. This is fall in Alabama, arise and be made new.

We're the Cunningham family raising 14+ children, that's including all of our adoptees :-). In our everyday life, home budgeting, DIYer's, home decorating, living for Christ and sharing the fruit of the Lord to the world is what God called us to do! Take this journey with us, as the Lord changes the lives of others and ourselves!

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