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You are Beautiful

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So there is a new post trend starting that I wanted to reflect on a little bit. The trend? “Post 5 pictures that make you feel beautiful.” You post, you tag 5 people and they need to do the same.

And so my news feed is slowly filling up with “beautiful” pictures of my friends and family. And I don’t say that sarcastically. Truly, each and every one is beautiful… But here is the thing… I look at all those pictures and immediately some other pictures come to mind:

Pictures of Jesus.

For God so loved the world that he sent his only begotten son so that whosoever believed in him shall not perish but have everlasting life…
– John 3:16

So loved…

So treasured…

So considered each and every person worthy and truly marvelous.

Oh, that we would truly believe:

You made all the delicate, inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! Your workmanship is marvelous—how well I know it.
– Psalm 139:13-14

And I wonder as I scroll through my news feed, seeing selfie after selfie…

Do we really know it?

Do we really know we are beautiful?

Or are we sitting and wait for comments? For validation? For someone to say, “Yes, you are beautiful!”

If you are…

Can I tell you something?

Somebody already said that.

We don’t need to hang our beauty on the words or lack of words in the comments of our “selfies.” We can hang our beauty on the One True Word.

May we remember that the fullness of our beauty isn’t found in our face, but in His.

And when we get tempted to base our beauty by our positions and our accomplishments,

We may remember:

We greatly underestimate our beauty if we base our beauty on our position and accomplishments.

For the fullness of our beauty isn’t found in our position here, but the fact that the Word of God tells us that through Christ we are seated there, in heavenly places with the very maker of the heavens.

But God, who is rich in mercy, out of the great love with which he loved us even when we were dead through our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ – by grace you have been saved- and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the ages to come he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus.”
– Ephesians 2:4-7

We can know we are beautiful, so SO beautiful, not because of what we do or have done, but because of what HE did.

And here is thing about knowing how precious and beautiful you are to God.

When you know, truly know, just how beautiful you are to God, it opens your eyes to the outrageous and overwhelming truth that every single person you see is beautiful to God.

Every single person was and is worth reaching out for, drawing a line in the sand for…

Worth sitting with and laughing with, listening to and talking with…

Living for, dying for…

They were are all worth it.

And I pray you know that reader and friend.

I pray you know that YOU were worth it.

YOU ARE beautiful.

Not just five times over, but infinitely over.

YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL in the eyes of our most beautiful God.

Your beauty is found in HIS beauty and your worth is found in HIS.

Colossians 3:2-4
New Living Translation (NLT)

Think about the things of heaven, not the things of earth. For you died to this life, and your real life is hidden with Christ in God. And when Christ, who is your life, is revealed to the whole world, you will share in all his glory.

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Getting out the Boots (Yay!!)

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Seasons are changing here. Time to switch out the wardrobes and get out my boots! Yay!! I love getting to wear my boots! (My favorite pair, the pair in this picture, were a gift from my hubby, who knows well my affections for shoes.)

How is that a pair of shoes can make you feel happy regardless of the weather?

I don’t really have the answer to that question but I do know this: God’s great promises are like shoes.

The Bible even says so.

It tells us,

“For SHOES, put on the PEACE that comes from the GOOD NEWS, so that you will be fully prepared.”
– Ephesians 6:15

I love that.

I don’t know exactly what weather is coming my way or your way, but I do know this:

Whatever life may bring, we can walk IN peace when we know God’s great promises.

So just like pulling out those fall and winter boots, pull out your Bible. Find those promises and have them ready. Be prepared for chilly weather.

Far better to have them ready then trying to find them once the weather is here. AND who says you can’t walk around in them now? Great shoes are great shoes in ANY season!

Thank God for his Word, thank God for a great hubby, and thank God for great boots!

 

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A message for my single lady friends…

A man who is passionate about the Lord is a man whose passion will endure for you.

With that being said, don’t be swayed by every fool that comes around and is passionate about you and desiring to serve you. His passion for you and his desire to serve you will change as you change.

Be swayed by a man who is passionate about Jesus and desires to serve him. He is one worth considering.

Help encourage him to serve and love The Lord. Help him keep his eyes fixed on The Lord. By doing so you will keep your eyes fixed on the Lord too.

Having a man that loves you passionately is AWESOME, but a husband’s love is always meant to glorify the love that God has for his church. In other words: Even if you do not have a husband, consider the most passionate, loving husband you can think of and know that God loves you even more than that man loves his wife.

Never get your heart more fixed on the gift more than the Gift Giver. Love Jesus and seek Him passionately. He is your greatest reward.

 

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Good Morning!

Good morning friend! I want to challenge you today to really seek God. Ask him to reveal new things to your spirit as you go about your day. Pay attention to the situations and things around you. Listen closely for his voice and the great lessons in even the smallest matters. Make a note of what he reveals.

Praying for you. May you have a day filled with the awareness of your God who is always, always with you.

 

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Why?

There he sat, our seven year-old son, at the end of our kitchen island on a mahogany stained and scarred barstool that he and I had worked so hard on just months before to refinish.

He sat there,

Trying so hard to smile,

And be strong,

And pretend like it did not matter.

And act like everything was ok.

But he could not keep the tears from flooding his eyes, nor his little lip from trembling as I began to the lift the lid of our trash can to throw away the little Lego man that he broke, but could not fix, though he tried so hard.

And my heart hurt, because even though it seemed silly and trivial to me,

To him, the pain was real.

To him, everything was not ok.

It was just too much to see his beloved little friend, first broken, and then tossed into the depths of a bin filled with trash that has been deemed worthless. This was too harsh, too undignified, and too unended. For where does a bag of trash go anyway? Where would his little “duty man” finally rest? What else would he have to endure?

I ask him, “Do you not want me to throw him away?”

His fake smile drops, and a deep sob suddenly escapes that can no longer be held in, “No.” The word bubbles out of his mouth which is filled with the saliva that has built up in the back of his throat the whole time he sat trying to be strong.

Do you want to bury him in the garden instead?”

His eyes light up, a smile returns, and he gurgles out, “Yes.”

And I think to myself,

“Did I seriously just offer a proper burial for a Lego man?”

Yes, I did. And now I would have to continue with this seemingly ridiculous thing.

So we proceed to walk out into a part of our garden. And he proceeds to bury his broken Lego man. Each little shovel of dirt and mulch seem to soothe his hurting heart. And I say to him as he prepares his resting place,

Better a toy man than a real man, right?

And he looks up at me and thinks hard on this. Smiles and says, “Yes.”

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He sits for a minute longer and then hops back up and runs back towards the house, feeling light.

But I stand, feeling heavy.

Because somewhere, some little boy just watched his daddy get lowered into the ground.

And somewhere is a person who is being broken by the careless hands of someone else.

Somewhere there is a woman who has deemed herself as trash and worthless and needs a hand to reach out and save her from the pit of despair.

And here am I, burying a Lego man with a seven year-old boy whose knowledge of the horribles in this world are summed up in a broken Lego man being thrown in a trash can.

And all I can think is,

Why?

Why us?

Why them?

My mind wanders back to my husband buzzing our four month-old son’s hair out on our dock in the sunshine.

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I held his hair in my hands that day pondering the same question.

Why?

Why is it that I am here, holding in my hands the hair of a healthy baby boy, enjoying the sunshine and sounds of our other healthy children playing, while somewhere else is a mother holding in her hands the hair of her young child who is dying of cancer?

Why?

Why us?

Why them?

I stand considering these things and all I can do is pray,

And trust,

And seek him to know what more I can do for the broken and hurting.

And thank Him for the blessings I know we are given day after day here in our little place of a very big world.

As for God, his way is perfect.
Psalm 18:30

 

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What Sunday is All About

Up earlier than usual this morning… Folding laundry and reflecting on our day yesterday. One, seemingly random, thing keeps coming to mind: Our lemonade cooler.

I struggled with it yesterday, trying to figure out why I could not get a steady outflow of lemonade. It was weak, very weak. Then I realized, the lid was on too tight. I had the lid on so tight that there was no space for any air to get in and help create the pressure needed to force the lemonade out. Once I loosened the lid, the flow returned beautifully.

I think about that cooler this morning knowing that today is Sunday. Tomorrow, another week will begin, one that is going to demand my energy and potentially drain my mind and emotions. As I think on it, one word keeps coming to mind: space.

I have got to create that space in my day and in my week to allow God’s presence IN before my children and others around me, come to me looking to get more of me OUT.

That is what “a Sabbath day” is all about, God encouraging us to make that space in our week to let more of him in, before we pour more of ourself out.

Will you do that today? Will you make a space in your schedule for time with him? That is what matters most.

 

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You’re too Big for That!

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Walking around with Band-aids on my heels today because I insisted on walking around in shoes that were too small for me yesterday. I knew they were too small from the moment I put them on but they looked so good I figured I would put up with the pain. (It’s a girl thing and unfortunately, so is this:)

Us ladies tend to get ourselves in relationships that do not fit us, but we stay in them because we think it makes us look better or simply because those “shoes” just look so good! Wrong choice ladies. Appearance is not what matters most.

If a man hurts you from the moment you get to know him, chances are he is going to keep hurting you. You are not going to “break him in.” It is more likely the case that he is going to break your heart. Leave him on the shelf. Don’t buy into his lies. Do not bring him home! You’re too “big” for that.

And should you have walked in the wrong relationship, or perhaps a few wrong ones, and it has left blisters on your heart, there is still hope. Jesus can heal those blisters and guard your heart, much better than any band-aid. Hand him your heart and allow him to show you what matters most in a man. Let him show you just where you should be placing your feet and your heart.

 

 

 
“Do not look on his appearance or on the height of his stature, because I have rejected him.
For the Lord sees not as man sees: man looks on the outwardappearance, but the Lord looks on the heart.”  
– 1 Samuel: 16:7
 

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