Where feet may fail . Santa Fe, TX Writer

by Jamie Zenteno


My feet fail all the time.

They fail when I’m trying to balance a college career, a full time job, being a wife, being a mom…and then my 6 year old comes in the office and starts to play and I get mad because I literally just can’t think and I just need quietness. Then I yell. I failed.

They fail when I’ve got 6 lines at work lit up, I’m snowed under in paperwork, mail to match, emails to answer, material to order and I just need to go outside and take a breath of air.

So I’ve been reading this book called Wait and See. Y’all … if you don’t want God to show you some truth that might hurt or just mess you up in the good way…don’t read Godly books.

I’m tellin you it’s messing me up. Like I said lol in a good way.

There is a song that says …where feet may fail…

Where feet may fail – MY GOD DOES NOT!!

He is all powerful. All forgiving, and certainly all graceful.

He loves me when I just want to sit in my chair and cry because I feel like I just “can’t.”

And the same God who reminds me over and over and over again…He loves you too.
Where your finances may fail, His provisions do not.

Where your marriage may fail, His peace does not.

Where your anxiety and physical body may fail, his calmness and healing does not.

Y’all He really is a good good father. But we have to let Him be that.

We have to let Him take over.

How many seasons of wait have we been in because we failed to truly see what He has been doing the whole time? Just food for thought.

I pray ladies, and gentlemen if you’re reading too, that where your feet are failing that you allow God’s to not.

Until next time…

 

A woman trying to simply thrive but sometimes not,

Jamie Zenteno


Facing Giants . Santa Fe, Tx Writer

by Jamie Zenteno


I can honestly say i have not really enjoyed 2017. Some moments yes but overall...i just want to start over lol.

My husband was in another country because his father passed away 2 days after Christmas. While he was there he ended up with the flu and pneumonia, it is now January 12th and he and I have both gotten the flu, our daughter ended up with some virus thing, my dad had surgery, my mom was in the ER and well getting over the flu just kicks your behind.

But you know what i am thankful some seasons end lol because the Lord knows i was so over being sick and overwhelmed with life. these past 2 weeks.

While my husband was gone though, I became incredibly scared to sleep. I was staying up until 3 or 4 in the morning, watching endless amounts of HGTV just stay awake, and then when I got the call saying my husband was sick i just couldn't take it anymore. This crazy guy i love is ill and i can't help because he's hundreds of miles from me.

I felt very overwhelmed. My daughter and i were driving to our local little heb, and a song came on about giants, then another song came on about facing your giants. Then the hot steamy tears spilled over my lashes splashing onto my cheeks like rivers. Trying to silently let those splashes out issuper hard when you have precious little eyes in the car watching your every move. I just couldn't "keep it together" anymore. How could I? All the what if's started coming into my mind but you know what? God met me there in my car. And while my car was parked in my driveway my little girl unbuckled and put her little hand on my hair and just said oh mommy its gonna be ok.

Yes my sweet little girl it is.

God was then flooding my heart with peace, knowing that miles away our God was taking care of my husband. We have amazing family who took care of him and made sure he had the care that he needed.

We serve a good good father. So good that He notices the little things. He noticed that i was praying for his health. He noticed that my heart was lonely. He noticed the little warm hand my daughter placed on me.

And He notices you too. He notices your tears you shed in silence. He notices the heartbreak you endure while yet again, something didn't work out for you. He notices the word help, that you prayed when you had no other words to pray.

So my prayer for you is that you may see His blessings in disguises. That you may find life where others only see death.

-Jamie Zenteno


12 Days of Crazy . Santa Fe, TX Writer

by Jamie Zenteno


There are times in life that are just downright crazy. Moms am I right? Everything just seems like a big fat crazy mess right now. However, in this nest of mess I feel nudged to say ladies. . . its ok not to have your flippin' crap together.

I heard the other day on the radio that the dj didn't even have her Christmas décor out yet and it was the 12th of December and she went on to say that she wasn't sure if she was going to because Christmas is next weekend. We just put ours up on this past Saturday and I can totally vouch for what she said.

So before you go about your day trying to finish up those adorable Christmas goodie bags for your child's classroom party, before you finish up that crafty thing you saw on pinterest that has taken you all freakin' day long (like seriously who in the hell has time to make this stuff), before you get to that party you didn't really want to go in the first place but you're there because you felt obligated to go, before you say "I'm fine, how are you" but your heart is screaming seriously Jamie (insert your own name there) what the heck you're NOT "fine" lol can you do me a huge favor and be honest with yourself and just take a moment to stop.

Seriously just stop.

More times than I wish to confess things are crazy in my life because I have taken on too much, said "yes" to too many things.

And then there are the times when things are just crazy that I have absolutely no control over. Like right now.  I'm at lunch and there's no one else there. They have their own personal things going on that they can't control either. People are sick, things going on with them. So I can't complain but I can pray for them.

Guys I don't know if you've ever had moments where you'rejust 100% done. Like I'm so exhausted I can barely do the basics right now.

So I'm just going to be completely honest with you, in hopes that you too can be completely honest with yourself too.

Last week we had take out 3x for dinner. I have clean clothes on my couch that have been there for over a week. I have bought 3 Christmas presents and Christmas is next weekend. My home office is a disaster. I have photography folders that need to be filed. I haven't made our bed in idk how many days. And my husband was sick over the weekend.

I will say that I have clean floors, a clean bathroom, Shelby has had a healthy lunch everyday lol and my husband between his work has managed to cook dinner and help clean up things here and there for me. Oh and the dogs have been fed and taken out too.

Seriously gals its just crazy and the Zenteno house.

So Sunday night, my husband and Shells had each gone to bed early. And then I felt the nudge. Ya know the one where God is like woman...I know you have a lot of stuff you need to do but I need you to stop. Sit down. And read my word right now.

I would like to say I have been recently consistent in reading my bible, but I'm not gonna lie I hadn't.

Can I tell you how refreshed I felt after that? No all the situations, and stuff I need to get done haven't gone away. But can I tell you that God is so incredibly awesome that if I stop to rest, like I should and need to. Everything else gets a tinsey bit easier. I make better decisions. I can organize, I can take care of my family better.

So I leave you with this scripture today out of Matthew 11:28-30 Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.

Take care my friend and rest. And rest well.

-Jamie @ Women Simply Thriving