… his gifts are good

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hope you guys are having an amazing Sunday!
I wanted to share this promise with you guys today…… Reminding you that everything good & perfect comes from a God who is consistent and who will never have a change of mind or heart.

Trust our God’s plans, trust His wisdom, trust His goodness and have faith in what He does. There are times God will bring certain people or things into our lives that doesn’t seem so good or perfect but remember that the gifts from God will be good and perfect for us.
Before you run with that, know that God’s timing & plan is not ours. Know that sometimes we will have to work somethings out, we’ll have to endure, and change in order to see things through the eyes of God instead of our own.

Everything doesn’t always feel good but all things work together for good to those who love God.

I think everyone has experienced purchasing or receiving a gift that you weren’t too sure about. It may have sat on the shelf awhile or you may have tried to work with it & give it a go but it never really seemed to “work” UNTIL……. One day, it all came together and you realized the value in such a gift once you figure out exactly how to use it or your perspective shifted a bit.

Even though it took you a while to understand the gift, doesn’t mean the gift gained or lost any value during that time. It’s was YOU who had to grow and change.

Sometimes, the gifts God gives us have to be realized. It often takes us maturing in the fire and being molded as clay in our Potter’s hands for us to recognize the perfection that is before us.

This week, I challenge you guys to focus your thoughts and prayers so much on God that the circumstances of life are but minor details. God already has a plan for it all and we don’t need to get in the way. When we focus on Him we position ourselves to see the good & perfect that has been placed in our lives even in the midst of crisis or struggle.

And, more often than not if we can think of nothing “good & perfect” that has been given to us – we don’t have to look any further than the cross.

Because of His death we have been redeemed and He is perfecting us so that He will present us faultless & blameless before His father. So soon, we will be made good & perfect through the struggles & trials of life. 🙂

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God is so good you guys. Everything comes full circle. It all ends and begins with Him receiving glory & honor in every way.

Have a great week y’all!!

…. here’s to looking at life through the lens of faith!

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… little grasshopper

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You know what I find hilarious (besides the fact that I’m accepting that I cannot scroll up or down on Thomas’ Mac mousepad? … I’ve tried consistently, I can’t do it. :()

…. all of the things you think you will or won’t do when you have kids.

Example:
I do NOT like matching the girls. I feel that they should wear their own outfits, be their own persons, and communicate their own style. Complimenting in terms of pictures – yes. Matching – no. We’re shooting our Give1Save1 video tomorrow and I fought the temptation to style them in matching colors/concepts. SMH. Now, I’m considering what I should wear and if Thomas and I should compliment them.

I think that’s too much and that we should just be “us” without forcing anything but man is the temptation to look “perfect” a struggle.

As you can see, Aliya and I wore matching jeans today.
Her request.
And, I balanced a line today. My auto response was “Absolutely!” Then, I thought, “… But, we’ll be matching…” (Again, I hate matchy, matchy.)

But, there we are, pictured above, in all of our matchy jeans glory. And, I enjoyed it. Very much like how I enjoy her trying to style her hair like mine.
(Makes my heart go pity pat!)

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When I have the girls my focus is very much what they look like. I would hate, hate, hate for them to look disheveled or unkept while they’re with me. So, naturally, I semi-panicked (on the inside) about the fact that they had one SPOT of polish on their hands and that Ari’s curls didn’t fall exactly how I wanted them to and I may have felt some sort of way when she looked in the mirror and said her bow made her look like a clown.

Me: A clown? mmmmmmmmmm-kay. Not really but do you like your hair?
ARIANA: “YES”.
Me: ??? Oh.. okay! *** CONFUSED!!!!****

But really…….
Who cares if we match, or don’t match. Who cares if they have perfectly polished nails and toes. Who cares if they’ve lost a bow or aren’t wearing their nicest outfits to church every Sunday.

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As much as I am a believer and an advocate of presenting yourself well, I also want to teach that what you look like isn’t nearly as important as who you are.
And, that they aren’t synonymous. And, that the value placed on both of these entities are communicated in the most suttle ways.

I hope I remember that later on.

That walking out of the house and into the world looking picture perfect with my perfectly matched and accessorized baby isn’t nearly as important as how I treat others around me.

I hope I remember that a peaceful, patient mama is more valuable than a well put together, irritable mama ….

I hope I remember how easily these things are forgotten in the exhaustion and hubbub of the day. I’m sure I’ll put pressure on myself to “get it”…..  to do everything right….. to feel and be capable and efficient….. to look the part of a “successful” mama in whatever ways successful means to me, that I could lose sight of what ought to be my goal and end up being a cantankerous, drippy faucet type wife and mama. And, I will end up sending my husband to the corner of the roof. (Proverbs 25:24; 27:15 )

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I try to remember that my responses aren’t ever about me…. that I am an example of my Father to the world – unbelievers of all ages and believers in various stages of their journey.

That we effect each other. We can encourage and inspire or we can derail and offend.

 We aren’t perfect in any sense of the word, we all can have behavior outbursts (remember my most recent “expression” here?) but the most important thing is:

what do we do when we’re done?

photo 5What I have learned is that our moments aren’t ours alone but that we are just extensions of each other. We affect each other in ways that we may never see or can imagine.

We are here to help, encourage, support, guide, lean on, depend, entertain, uplift, and care for each other. With our words and actions. No matter how we’re feeling.

That is what I’m finding is most important and the most challenging.
Treating others with kindness no matter how I feel.

… here’s to beginning our days with prayer and devotion. to set our minds on the only One whose power and grace we depend on to become more and more like Him. 🙂

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