Updated and healthy(er) lol

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Sorry I have not updated in a while. My small family has been sick for what seems like months (even though I know it has not been lol). So, I have been preoccupied. We had our first ER run with our little Ella, almost 2 weeks ago. It was scary, but it also gave me a glimpse of how much the Lord has truly blessed our family. We went to the ER because Ella had awoken in the middle of the night and  she could hardly breathe, she was coughing and started vomiting as well. I went and picked her up out of her crib and she just went limp in my arms, (so SCARY). We went to the ER and they told us she had croup, which is most of the time not dangerous and doesn’t usually last longer than a week. I was just so grateful to God that, that was the all that was wrong and that we could leave the hospital that night. Makes my heart hurt for those families who go into the hospital and don’t get to leave.

On a high note, a couple of people from my church and I got to go to a “RADICAL” conference in Louisville Ky. It was such a great time of learning, fellowship and conviction! Our small group at church had just finished reading the book Radical, by David Platt so it was a great reiteration of what we had just read. I was able to attend several break out sessions on Radical womanhood and radical relationships, which was so encouraging and eye opening in the aspect that not only should we be radical about being mission minded but also be radical in our everyday lives with our loved ones.

Sadly, I have fallen back on my organization plans. Even as a type this I feel bad for not keeping up with it :(. However, Zac and I have been able to put back more money than we have for a while (towards our loans), and have not gone out to eat in quite some time! (Except with a gift card the other night, that doesn’t count lol).

Zac and I are hard at saving money to pay off our loans. Mainly, we would love to move out of my parents home soon, and paying off some of our loans will free us up to be able to do that! Please be in prayer for my small family, that we can put into practice what we learned at the conference but also that we can pay off some of our loans and be able to live our family life in our own home.

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“Radical Obedience to Christ is not easy; it is dangerous. It is not smooth sailing aboard a luxury liner; it is sacrificial duty aboard a a troop carrier. It’s not comfort , not health, not wealth, and not prosperity in this world. Radical obedience to Christ risks losing all these things. But in the end, such risk finds its reward in Christ. And he is more that enough for us.” David Platt.

I have spent much time on this earth striving for what I thought were the best things, like popularity, nice clothes, nice things etc. Those things, while not bad in themselves, were goals that if I reached them were found to be empty and unfulfilling. The Lord has really been showing me, and not just in my quiet time, that those things are not worth it!

Since I have been writing this blog, so a week lol, the Lord has been showing me and my family ways that we can truly be living out our faith and striving for our goal which is to get rid of our debt so we can do missions. One way I have taken a step towards our goal is to get organized. I truly have never been an organized person, ask anyone who has known me for more than a week lol. So this is a hard thing for me, but I am determined. I have printed off a list for cleaning, groceries and weekly planner and have put all our bills in the same binder so everything is in the same place. This is a big deal for me. You may be thinking, thats not much of a step, but it is!

 Ella helping me get organized. :)

Ella helping me get organized 🙂

The next step that my family and I have been praying over is this: we are going to pay off one of Zac’s loans and some savings and then we are moving out of my parents house and moving to a place called, Anderson, Indiana. Now for those of you that are not from around these parts, Anderson is known as the “dirty” city. It is run down, full of rough necks and going no where. And you know what, that is exactly where the Clements family wants to be. We may not be able to go over seas at this point in our lives (debt is the reason right now), but we certainly can go to our neighbor city. Everyone I know has run from Anderson, saying “who would want to live there?” . But, Anderson needs Jesus too. We want to be more like Jesus, and He was seen with the people no one else wanted to be seen with.

I pray that the Lord would continue to keep our passion for Him, His word and the lost, growing everyday.

There is only one thing I ask of you, whoever you are, please pray for us; that the Lord would help us to be good stewards of our money and time and that if Anderson is where He wants us to be  that He would continue to confirm that to us.

One step at a time

I’ve got a goal

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I have always liked to write, but because I have never been the “best” at writing I don’t (good attitude I know). But, I have a goal for this particular writing project!

I want to blog about my husband and I making our way to being debt free and ministry focused. It is a rather large goal but we are determined to do it! Recently we have felt the Lord really tugging at our hearts to do missions (what exactly that entails we aren’t sure yet) but we know that before we can go anywhere we have to fulfill our obligations here, which means PAYING BACK OUR STUDENT LOANS. Yuck. You know before I had student loans, I thought loans were the best! Now that I am paying them back, my view point has changed dramatically, lol.

The Clements family has had some definite ups and downs this past year, God has truly been teaching us to trust Him with everything. You may have to re-read that but I said EVERYTHING. Everything that I thought I had control over He has shown me that I, in fact, do not have control over. I thought I had control over our finances (I mean Zac had a good job and we paid all the bills ) until Zac got laid off from his job and his salary was cut to a third of what it was. I thought I had control over my family and their health, until Zac started having seizures again and when I got pregnant I had diabetes and high blood pressure. I thought I had control over where we lived, until we couldn’t afford to have our own place and moved in with my parents. Shew. Now along with the trials we have also been blessed with a beautiful, healthy baby girl who we can not thank the Lord enough for. She has truly changed our lives in every way, and we now have a new understanding of God’s love.

my fam

We have also been blessed with jobs that can pay our bills, and families that have shown us plenty of love through this time in our lives.Now that I have caught you up, I will say that I am so thankful for the Lord’s mercy and grace and the fact that even when I am unfaithful He is always faithful.

This blog is going to be a way of keeping my family and I accountable for paying our debt and making our missions dream possible. If you will, whoever you are, please pray for us and that the Lord would help us to pay our debt off and be “on mission” for Him no matter where we are.
So, here we go!