Thursday, July 11, 2013

Building a Mansion



The last couple of weeks have been VERY trying around the Cramer house.  Let’s start with; the toilet backed up in the tub (gross), the roof is leaking, we are having an AWFUL time getting someone to clear our land, the screen door broke, now the front door has a crack in it and on top of all that I wrecked my car.  It just seems like I am throwing money out left and right, I sat down last week and was scrolling through my Facebook feed and said, “wow I wish I didn’t have to worry about all these things, I wish I had an endless bank account.” “I wish my house looked like that.” “I wish my car was fixed.” “I wish I was at the beach.”  I wish, I wish, I wish.. a two hour whine-fest, pity party.

After wasting the longest, rainy afternoon on my Facebook news feed (which is a TERRIBLE waste of time) I felt extremely guilty and had something on shoulder as if it was from God himself.  WHY was I complaining?  I have an amazing job, a great husband, and house that is paid off, 5 acres of land I didn’t have to pay for, my car was being repaired, I have great friends and I have a God who I can worship as loud as I please on the sidewalk if I choose, what’s my deal?

I think my deal is a lot like many other young adults “deal” , we live a life filled with, “lifestyles of the rich and famous”, old money, and keeping up with The Jones’s.  I felt like when I was married it was all of sudden imbedded in my mind that I HAD to have a nice house, car, the biggest ring, the best clothes and unless you’re really monetarily “rich” that could lead to having the biggest debt, which sadly is okay with a lot of people as long as they have the best, even if it means turning their back on our Lord. 

WHY do we feel this way?

There are many reasons why we do, if most people are like me it’s from wasting so much time on social media and awful reality TV.  However, there are many reasons why we shouldn’t feel this way. One example that sticks out is Romans 12:16 “Be the same mind toward one another. Do not set your mind on high things, but associate with the humble…”  this is one of Paul’s letters where he focuses on how to live as a Christian with basic “tools”, respect, avoiding evil, showing hospitality, love and living humbly .  The world we are living in is living for the world, as Christians I feel like my household should begin and live by one question: Which is more important, building a mansion on the earth surrounding it with “riches of the world” or should I live in my world preparing me and those around me for living in the richest mansion of them all, Heaven?

Out of focus.

Jealously.  It begins and ends with pride in worldliness possessions. The world we live in, especially America is completely about BIGGER THE BETTER, house, cars, boats, bling.. you name is SOMEONE is going to upstage it.  We are seeing through the wrong lenses, we are looking at the world out of focus.. The beginning of James chapter 4 reads “Where do wars and fights come from among you?  Do they not come from your desires pleasures that war in your members? You lust and do not have.  You murder and covet and cannot obtain.  Yet you do not have because you do not ask, You ask and do not receive because you ask amiss, that you may spend it on your pleasures.” All evil things can be traced back to gratification, but who deserves our gratitude, who deserves our thankfulness and our faith?  In verse three it reads, “you ask and do not receive because you ask amiss..”  When I read this verse all I can think about is Santa, God is not Santa.  As children we ask santa for a pony or a doll and it seems like sometimes we ask in prayer similar things “God please let me get this job” ..etc.  Again God is not Santa, God deserves our praise, he deserves our heart and all we have, we should thank him for where we are, what we have and focus on the doors he leads us to open.  If we are focused on other people’s lives we may miss what God is laying out for OUR life, OUR open book he has written for us.  I’ve had to work every day in my life since 16, sometimes two jobs sometimes three, I know people my age who still have their parents pay their bills, and that’s okay.  That’s not my plan, that’s not the life I was given and instead of gossiping about it or wasting time being jealous I should thank God for the ability to work, thank God for his blessing and thank God for laying out my life for me, so I don’t have to do it on my own.

 

Just be happy

Reading through different chapters and verses, stories and wisdom the Bible I keep coming back to Paul.  In 2 Corinthian’s chapter 10 Paul knew the Corinthians were in danger, they were being led away from the gospel, as is the world around us. God isn’t “allowed” in many places that is why HE should live through us.  We should take the knowledge of the world and turn it into power of the WORD.  The Bible shows us HOW living for the world will cause us to crumble into ruins, and how remaining faithful to our God will keep us strong.  We have to resist the urge to; buy a new pair of shoes because it makes us happy, upgrade our car because it makes us happy, live in the biggest house of all the friends you know because it makes us happy and just BE happy.  Be glad we are saved by a God who gave his only son and died for the wrongs we do, and be glad when we give into the world HE is always there to pull us back up on our feet. 

I may not have mansion on Earth and that’s okay, wherever I may be a place where I can serve the Lord is worth than all the worldy riches combined. 

“As for me and my house, we WILL serve the Lord” Joshua: 24:15

Wednesday, June 12, 2013

Chinese food, Cupcake Toppers and Cell phone cases

Seriously.  It's like 95 degrees today. SHEESH.  I mean Alabama is hot, maybe it's because we haven't been to the beach yet this year.  We went to Savannah, Georgia a couple of years back for Eric's birthday(in July) and it was literally the most humid place in the world. EVER. See the sweaty hot mess below LOL
Anyways, today is exactly two months until we are at the beach and I am SOOO excited!!
 
Today has been a pretty weird day, I have been having these crazy dreams about people I haven't talked to in forever.  One of which was a friend I haven't talked to/seen in over 4 years.  I didn't have his number and he doesn't have a Facebook so I for real pulled out the old Myspace log in and password and found his email.  I talked to a few friends about it and they told me maybe it's God putting him on my heart.  I haven't heard from him yet but hopefully I will.
 
 
So my very best friend Kristin and I are slowly but surely preparing ourselves to start the Daniel Fast beginning July 1.  I am pretty excited but I totally binged on Chinese food today :(  When I get home and I'm not hungry Eric is going to know something is up.  We just bought lunches/dinners for a week Sunday so I totally blew that one. (Sorry Honey!) Does anyone have tips on the Daniel Fast? Have you completed it? Was it AWESOME (did you starve lol)?
 
If you've read the last blog you know I have a cupcake business, I made the CUTEST cupcake toppers for a friends little boys birthday party Saturday, he will be one.  He is SO beautiful! He's a ginger baby and his momma is so creative!  She went to high school with Eric, but I met her because my super talented mom catered her wedding! I can't wait to post the final product but here's a sneak peak of the toppers! :)
I have some pretty legit skills in paint if I must say so myself!  Seriously.. who needs paint skills, if anyone knows of a program where I can make this stuff TELL ME!! My fingers are numb from drawing those bad boys LOL!
 
Other than that today has been pretty normal. I bought this crazy iphone case for my i5 and I promise it weighs like 180 pounds now.  It's sweet though, it totally charges my phone!!! SWEET! My phone dies ALL THE TIME.  I don't think its because I overly use it, but you know, business is business I got "thangs" to say HA!
 
Hopefully I can get Eric to break out the bass boat this weekend...Maybe. :)  Here he is the day we got married on his boat (the other woman hahah!)
"For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God; Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus." Romans 3:23&24

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

Meet the Cramer Clan

Hello!  My name is Kaleigha Cramer, I am from a VERY small town in Alabama called Arab. First and foremost I am a child of God, he holds my heart and I am SO proud to say I am saved in HIS grace.  Secondly I have an AWESOME and beautiful husband, his name is Eric.  We have been together since 2009 and married in 2011. He is honestly my best friend, I know that is totally cliché but ya know :)  We have a great time, but all things weren't so awesome, we had an amazing fairytale wedding, then after the honeymoon was over the weight of the wedding finances hit hard.  Eric's job slowed down and it was hard for a while, we were going out a lot and we weren't really living the life God had allowed us to have.  It felt like God was really giving us signs, in April 2011 tornadoes shattered our home town, one of our best friends lost everything, we knew people who lost their lives; but we were spared and untouched.  We were living life in the "fast lane", staying out all night, partying, acting WAY differently than a "family" of God.

Literally one day I woke up and was thinking, "what am I doing?".  God had given me a new career, I had a great life, a great husband and I have wasted the entire first year acting like a fool.  I got in the shower (TMI, I know) and cried my heart out to God and felt 100 tons of bricks lifted off my chest.  I found out later on that Eric had a similar talk with God, but I never knew.  We never talked about God, we never went to Church, we never studied the Bible, we were "closet Christians".

Today life has changed, Eric and I study the Bible, every night, we LOVE talking about God and although we are still trying to make it to Church EVERY Sunday we love having a church family.  Don't get me wrong we still have our faults and arguments, because we aren't perfect, but life trying to be "Christ-Like" is SO rewarding, having a growing conviction is also AMAZING.  I know that sounds cray cray (LOL) that I like appreciate feeling guilty for things that didn't really seem like a "BIG" sin before. We enjoy spending time going to concerts, traveling, spending time outside: fishing, hunting (Eric), riding UTVs, being with friends and mainly just living life together.

Now on to some random facts!!! (I love lists... I'm sure everyone else does too HAH!)

10 Random facts about me!
1) My name is Kaleigha (Ka-lee-uh) but I have like a million nicknames, the main ones are; Kal, Kmoore (my maiden name is Moore) and most recently Eric calls me, Kalia.  Acutally he will SCREAM it through the house.. It's insane, and hilarious.
2) I am an insurance agent for a very LARGE insurance company. I LOVEEE my job, it's so rewarding knowing that I take part in "protecting people from mayhem" ;)
3) I also have a part time company called KC's KupCake Boutique, it's subsidiary of my mom's business Cake N Eat it 2

4) I love to shop, BUT I am a TOTAL bargain hunter.  I am obsessed with Poshmark because you can get great deals AND sell you're stuff!
5)Redoing old furniture and thrift shopping is SO much fun! (Eric thinks I am a real life hoarder)
6) I have a really cool cat, his name is Mahgilacuty.
7) I have one brother, and I was blessed enough to be able to meet ALL my grandparents AND great grandparents!
8) I LOVE LOVE LOVE Kirk Cameron, he is seriously hilarious, he and Joel Osteen make my heart feel so warm.
9) Eric and I love music but we attend a Primitive Baptist Church which means we have no instruments, our voices are our instruments and we sing our praises to the Lord!
10) I seriously have the weirdest sleep patterns, so blogs MAY be posted at 3 am.

 
 
Thank you for checking out my blog and I hope to see you reading again soon :)
"Commit to the LORD whatever you do, and your plans will succeed." Proverbs 16:3