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Great is His Faithfulness

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Looking at our baby boy this morning,
Still standing at our front door,

Watching,

Waiting,

For a glimpse of his daddy who left many minutes before.

I look at him and I am reminded of God’s faithfulness to us.

When we walk away,

He is still watching.

When we are far off on our own agendas,

He is still standing,
Waiting for us to come home.

When we are faithless,

He is still faithful.

Great is his faithfulness.

Lamentations 3:22-23
The steadfast love of the Lord never ceases;
His mercies never come to an end;
they are new every morning;
great is your faithfulness.

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Make Time

Thanks to my momma, I have been able to be home alone today, cleaning and listening to music (without crying and messes exploding and the sound of “Mommmm!!!!!”) Yesterday and last night I got to spend alone time with my hubby. I just wanted to share two thoughts as I reflect on this:

#1 If you are a grandparent you can be such a blessing to your child’s marriage. Providing that time for your child to be alone with his or her spouse- loving on those kids that you did not birth and truly you may feel at times too old to care for- those are such great, big, huge gifts. You have the ability to strengthen your child’s marriage. You have the ability to strengthen your family. You have the ability to make such a big difference in what may feel like such a small, ordinary task. I am so thankful for my mom for giving us this gift. You are a blessing momma. May God richly bless you for all you do for us.

#2- Time alone with your spouse is like breath for your marriage- if you spend that time wisely. You don’t have to go out. You don’t have to spend money. You don’t have to make any big plans other than the simple plan to reconnect and draw closer to each other. If you haven’t had time alone with your spouse- time where you have purposed to draw closer to their heart- right now is a great time to make time. Do it. Do it now. It matters most.

 

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Have You Made Room for Jesus?

No ones truly knows the thoughts or what became of the inn keeper who turned Mary and Joseph and Jesus away. All we really know is that an inn keeper told Mary and Joseph that he did not have room to let them in.

As I consider that inn keeper I cannot help but consider how God places people and opportunities in our path. God places himself in our path. We have the choice to make room or not.

Tonight, in the aftermath of a day filled with accommodations, gifts, joy, family, friends, cooking, cleaning, and borderline exhaustion, if you haven’t already… I pray you join me in making some room for Jesus. Let us open our hearts to Him, thank him for the fullness of today and ask him to open our eyes to where we need to make the room for Him to be clearly seen.

 

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Fully Awake

A few nights ago I woke up from a deep sleep to the sound of our baby crying in his crib. I immediately jumped to my feet to go attend to him. Problem was, my foot that hit the floor, and my entire leg, had not woke up with the rest of me. My leg gave and I ended up hitting, all too quickly, the floor below. (Not exactly where I envisioned myself heading to say the least.)

As I went to get up, I felt as if The Lord had just taught me, in a not-so-gentle way the importance of being fully awake to Him.

We can have “good” intentions. We can hear or see a need and jump up thinking we are going to help- but if we step out, not fully awake to Him, His will and the steps He is leading us to take- or perhaps not take- we stumble. It is possible to step out doing “good” and still stumble.

All these thoughts came back to me tonight when I came across this scripture in a devotional with our kids:

Romans 13:11
“Besides this you know the time, that the hour has come for you to wake from sleep. For salvation is nearer to us now than when we first believed.”

God desires for us to “wake from sleep.” To be fully awake to His love, to His will, to His ways as revealed in His Word. He desires for us to wait on Him. To follow Him. To know the sound of His voice. We can know the sound of his voice.

May we awake to it.
May we be fully awake.

Because one day we will all take our final step. So I pray, for each and everyone of us, that our final step is a step straight through heaven’s gate.

May none of us wake up to find we are nowhere near where we envisioned ourselves to be.

May our hearts be fully awake to Him. May we be fully awake to His love and His leading. May we be fully awake to His willingness and desire to take every step with us.

 

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One Simple Thing that Makes Life Better

10 consecutive years…

Of changing diapers…

Of “accidents” because little ones just couldn’t “hold it” long enough…

Of little ones that would sooner “sit in it” than let it go…

10 consecutive years of a whole lot of ____________. (I’ll let you fill in the blank there.)

What has all of it continued to teach me?

That there is one simple thing that I can do to make life better:

Hold on to what is good.
Let go of what is not.

Oh, I know that probably seems like no big revelation.

But for me- it is.

Because I have a tendency to want to hold on to the hard things, the stinky situations, the stinky attitudes… When in truth…

Like wet and stinky diapers…

They were only there for a fraction of my day, and then they were changed and gone.

What about the rest of the day?

What about the good in the day?

Why do I, like a toddler walking around in a stinky diaper, continue to want to hold on to what is of no good to my spirit to hold on to?

When my husband comes home at the end of a long day and asks, “How was your day?” When a friend at church asks me, “How was your week?” Why do I immediately allow my mind to drift to the stinky situations?

What about all the wonderful situations? What about all the glorious, holy, and sacred moments that filled the day? Why do I not immediately think of those?

Why do those only come after I dwell and get caught up again in the stinky ones?

That, I am realizing more and more, is a sure-fire way to steal the beauty and wonder of the day, by holding on to all that is not even worth holding on to.

Hold on to what is good.
Let go of what is not.

That is a sure-fire way to cling tight to the beauty and wonder of today.

Philippians 4:8
Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things.

 

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Your Kingdom Come, Your will be done

There is a certain prayer that has been heavy on my mind lately, perhaps because Halloween is right around the corner.

It is probably one of the most prayed prayers I have heard, as it is part of the ever-popular “Our Father” prayer.

The specific words that have been heavy on my heart in this prayer are these:

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”
(Matthew 6:10)

His will- on earth- as it is- in heaven.

Clearly, our world is far from heaven.

And as I consider this prayer, my heart gets heavy.

“Your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

What would that look like?

What am I doing here that I cannot imagine I would be doing there?

What could I be doing here that I can imagine would shine glimpses of life there?

That is what I have been asking myself lately.

And I pray that those who I love will really consider that with me.

Let us consider, “Is this truly your will, Lord?”

And let us pray and walk out this prayer:

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

May heaven touch earth as we do.

 

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Not Just a Safe Place

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I wanted to share this picture that I took as I watched my husband throw our oldest son wildly out into a lake.

I love this picture, I guess mostly because when I look at it I am reminded that

When we are in the arms of our Heavenly Father, it is not just a safe place. It is an exciting, wild place.

It is a place where we never know exactly where our Father will launch us, but we can trust that it is always toward the light and we can know that He will not let us drown.

We need not fear. We need not fight. We simply need to place ourselves in his hands, take a big breath and soar.

“These things I have spoken unto you, that in me ye might have peace. In the world ye shall have tribulation: but be of good cheer; I have overcome the world.” – John 16:33

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