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While you wait…

It’s Valentine’s Day! ❤️

The day where you go the extra mile to show a little extra love and attention to the people you care about! This is one of my favorite holidays to celebrate, but I know for some people it isn’t. To me, it’s not a day set apart only for…as my fellow Indian friends call them… “The love birds!” It’s for everyone.. Your parents, siblings, kids, friends, coworkers, neighbors, and the list goes on. You don’t have to lose the victory if you’re single on Valentine’s Day. I’ve traveled to many places and countries, and one thing is the same everywhere I go, and that is EVERYONE wants to fall in love. Everyone is looking for their ” happily ever after.”

It’s something that God put in us. The desire to love and to be loved. One of the first questions that we’re asked here in India by our young adult single friends is if we had a love marriage or an arranged marriage? This is my hubby’s response, “I arranged it and she loved it!” Lol Of course, everyone just laughs, but that’s just proof that we all crave love.

I have a question for you awesome single people out there:

What are you going to do while you wait?

You can either sit around focusing on the things you don’t have and be bitter when one of your friends find love OR You can embrace this season of your life.

You can get inpatient and put matters in your own hands and settle for just anyone and hope it all works out OR live with the confidence that Jesus has your future planned out.

You can live a wild and careless life OR You can stay focused on living clean and staying pure.

My advice to you is, don’t awaken love before it’s time. Don’t rush love, It’ll happen. Don’t Force love, it won’t last.

In this time of waiting focus on sharing what true Love really is, and that’s Jesus Christ dying on the cross for our sins. Keep your eyes so focused on God that you don’t have time to worry about what you don’t have.

Enjoy being single!

Being married is amazing and wonderful, but there are some things that are not as easy to do that we were able to do while we were single. Does that make sense?

Love is a choice.

Being content is a choice.

Living clean and pure is a choice.

Speaking of living clean, check out my friend’s Instagram page @qleanapparel or their website liveqlean.com (it’s under maintenance right now but will be up & running again soon!)

Their business is all about living clean-on the inside and out!

Here’s Jordyn reppin’ @qleanapparel in India!

Ta-ta!

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Hello, From India!

We have been in India for going on 5 months now, and let me tell you, we have had the time of our lives! We’ve experienced so many different things from food to weather to smells and everything in between. It’s been WILD, to say the least!! I’m not going to say too much on today’s post, just that I’m planning on writing more about our experiences here. So far, we’ve enjoyed every bit of it…The good, the bad, and the ugly! My main point for blogging about India, is so That we have something to look back on with our new life here, because life passes us by so fast we tend to forget to savor the moments that we have been given. One thing I’ve learned, is that every moment is precious. Life changes and moves so quickly.

My daughter is helping revamp the look of the blog and I need to update my About me page because it is SO OLD!! So please bare with me as we try to reconstruct the blog. Comment below on what topics you’d like me to write about and any questions you have about living abroad, family, home school, etc.

If you’re new to the blog, please subscribe so you won’t miss out on anything! If you’re not new here, thank you for sticking around so long!

Looking forward to sharing this new chapter of my life with you!

Ta-ta,

Geneva

PS. To all my friends and family back at home, please be mindful on the what you write in the comments!😉

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Be intentional

Lately I’ve been taking inventory of my life… Been doing a lot of soul searching. Asking myself how have I survived 21 years of serving God? How have I been married for almost 20 years? And how in the world did I get to the point in my life where I am now… Living out of suitcases on my way to be missionaries…WITHOUT MY SON!?!

And I think I have the answer. Obviously, it’s Jesus, right!? Yes.

But it’s more than that.

I’ve made it this long in my salvation and in my marriage because from the very beginning of my salvation I’ve had people investing in my life. People who have become closer to me than my own family. I figured out early on in my salvation that I needed friends who were not only gonna be cool to hang with a few times a week, but friends who I would allow to speak into my life and challenge my faith and call me out if need be. I needed those types of friendships and I need to be that type of friend, too.

Why am I telling you this, you ask?

Well, I’m an observer. I notice things that maybe some people don’t notice. I see things that others may not see right away… Especially when it comes to my kids. I believe that God put that in us as parents for multiple reasons and one is so we can pray for them. And two, so we can deposit words of wisdom and knowledge and help guide them in the ways of God.

Unfortunately, I didn’t have saved parents to help me in this area, but what i did have were people that God put in my life to teach me how to truly be saved.

I was once the new convert; New to the church, family drama, fornicating, no car, etc., And yes I needed friends in the church to hang out with but I also needed them to challenge me to change. They didn’t always preach to me, but they guided me by their example and by making every time we hung out intentional.

Jesus was always at the center of everything they said and did, and that is what attracted me to them and to God.

They weren’t even that cool in my eyes lol, but there was something about them that was different from what i was used to and that is what I knew I wanted and needed.

And I know for a fact that I wouldn’t be here if they were carnal Christians trying to fit in the world and at the same time trying to follow up on me.

I already knew how to be carnal and worldly, that was easy. What I didn’t know how to be was saved and set apart.

My whole point is to challenge & encourage you to be different and set apart from this world… For the sake of the destiny of others, who may be new to the church or not saved at all and for your sake, as well.

We have too many carnal Christians.

What we need are on fire Christians who are sold out & Holy Ghost filled who are unashamedly willing to reach this lost and dying world!

And you my friend, are that person. It’s in you.

I want to encourage you to keep being a friend to that new convert who God brought into your life and to challenge them and draw a line when need be. And at the same time, challenge yourself to step it up and start getting aggressive with the devil and not let mediocrity snatch them away.

Because you never know, that new convert who doesn’t seem to quite “get it” could possibly be a missionary one day! And it’ll all be because you actually took the time to help lead and guide them on the straight and narrow road right to their destiny.

They will one day look back on the past 21 years of their lives, with such a grateful heart and thank you for all the time spent on them, thank you for all the late night talks, thank you for the many times they made bad choices and you were there to help them get back up and continue on the road they never thought was possible and even thank you for the numerous amounts of rebukes that you might have to give. They will thank you for never giving up on them and for believing in them even when they didn’t believe in themselves.

As I count down the days to our departure, I can’t help but to think of every single person who has helped me get to this point in my life.

(Because I was not the easiest new convert to deal with!…I was a rebellious little thang!) I want to thank each and every one of you. I know without a shadow of a doubt, I would not be the person I am today if it weren’t for y’all. Never in a million years would I have ever thought I’d be where I’m at now.

But most of all, I am so grateful for the love and patience of Christ. He has been so good & faithful to me throughout the years. And I’m looking forward to see the next chapter of my life unfold!

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Long time no See

Hello, it’s me! I’ve been unintentionally MIA for almost a year now. I don’t know why I stopped blogging, i just did. I stopped cold turkey…no warning, no reasons, i just stopped.  Maybe because everytime I’d get on my laptop to type, nothing would come to mind, like serious writer’s block, and i got discouraged then the busyness of life kicks in and before you know it… Continue reading “Long time no See”

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February 2016

February seemed to be a very busy month for us.  But we somehow fit a daddy daughter date in and I flew out to Colorado to be with the hubby for a few days.

We decided a few months ago that Jeremiah was going to take Jordyn out to dinner and surprise her with a special gift, which was a beautiful heart shaped necklace with a diamond right in the middle. I’m sure she’s going to blog about it soon, so I won’t give all the details away.  But I will show you a picture! 

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We knew that Jeremiah was gonna be gone a lot more than being home this month,so we planned for me to meet him in Colorado for a few days.  Since he wasn’t here for our 17 year anniversary on the 7th or Valentine’s Day, this was a perfect idea! He booked my flight months ago, but can anyone tell me why he picked a 6:05 am departure??? Man, that was torture to have to be at the airport by 4 am! If anyone knows me, you know that I am not a morning person! I was a zombie that whole entire day.

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Between the early morning,  jet lag,  and the time difference, which was only an hour, I was no good. Oh,  and I stayed at my SIL house so she can take me to the airport, and we were up talking until about 2:30 am! So yeah,  rough 1st day in Colorado,  too say the least! With a little nap and a cup of coffee,  I was able to catch my 2nd wind and we met up with some friends for dinner and a concert that night.  Let me clarify something,  this was actually my first time meeting her in person!  We met when I had an IG account. I knew once I made my decision to let go of IG, that she was one of the  people That I met on there who I wanted to stay in touch with…and I am so glad I did!  Despite my exhaustion, we had a great time getting to know each other, while eating Indian food.

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After dinner, we went to a bluegrass concert and saw The Barefoot Movement.  I really didn’t know what to expect being that this isn’t my type of music.  I mean,  bluegrass, really?  I don’t know how Jeremiah found out about them, but I was impressed.  They’re a young band of 4, super cute and extremely talented in music and voice. I think I can speak on behalf of us all to say  that we really enjoyed their concert.  Thank God for husband’s who think outside the box!

The next day, we hung out in Boulder and walked around Pearl Street.  That evening, we drove up to the mountain to try and watch the sunset. We were actually chasing  the sun!  This is what we got:

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Isn’t that so beautiful?? These pictures don’t even do it justice, but it’s still breathtaking! 

If you ever have a chance to go to Denver,  you have to go shop down town.  I forgot what they call it, but it’s a whole strip of different shops and department stores. Kinda like an outlet mall but in downtown Denver. We went during the day, but I hear that it can get a little crazy at night.  But I will give you a heads up,  the Denver Airport is MASSIVE!  The security checkpoint is never ending,  and you have to get on a train to take you to the departure gates.  All you have to do is follow someone who looks like they know where they’re going and make sure you look like you know where you’re going,too!  That’s what I did, ha! I didn’t give any signs that I was scared out of my mind!  No one knew that it was my first time flying all by myself.  Nope,  i have waaaay too much pride to let that happen!  I looked like I was some sort of world traveler or something!  But that’s our little secret!  (Wink)

My trip went by so fast.  3 days was not nearly enough time to spend with him, but I’m so glad that I at least had that. Because once he was done with his revival there in Denver, he flew to Sri Lanka and now he’s in India.

Since January, he’s been gone a lot and I’m having to get used to living life without him here.  We’re going into our 3rd month, and I think I can say that me & the kids are finally getting into a routine…sorta.  All I know is that I need to find a hobby that doesn’t include me sitting on my bum reading! Because I KNOW I’ve gained a few pounds…I can feel it. But I have been busy with the kids.  Little Jeremiah goes street preaching with the guys on Tuesday nights,  Jordyn is now in drama team and they meet on Thursday nights. Plus she’s in theatre and they’re home school classes are Monday’s & Thursday mornings …we stay pretty around busy here. For those of you who have called or text to see how we’re handling this new life…Yeah,  I think we’re doing pretty good! I’m so grateful that my kids are older and they’re more of a help to me then anything. I guess all those spankings they got when they were little are paying off!  I don’t have rebellious disrespectful kids! 🙂 We actually enjoy each others company…for the most part!

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Since February is Black History Month, we’ve been doing extra activities that pertain to that. We watched the movies Glory and Woodlawn, and had great discussions on them both.  Jeremiah read To Kill A Mockingbird.  Jordyn read All Things New by Lynn Austin. Joshua read The Red Badge of Courage. I also had them pick someone to learn about and to do a project on.

Joshua made a poster on Harriet Tubman.

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Jordyn made a poster on Misty Copeland. 

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And Jeremiah did a power point on Malcolm X.

To finish off our month of Black History learning,  we went to a Baptist Church on Sunday morning, who was honoring their oldest member, Big Mama. She turns 101 years old in March. What makes Big Mama special to us isn’t only the fact that she’s lived almost 101 years,  but she’s one of my best friend’s grandmother.  When I found out about this service, I knew I wanted to take my kids. We had the honor of meeting Big Mama and we even got to hear her sing a song with her two daughters. Just in the few minutes that I talked with her,  I can tell she is spunky and full of life&personality. Can you believe she lives in my subdivision!? I’m hoping to spend an afternoon with her one day, just to hear her story.  She doesn’t look like she’s 100 years old, does she!? (Jeremiah was home sick, just in case you’re wondering! )

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That’s it for now…Thanks for stopping by!