Spring’s abloom with flowers of faith!! On this 10th day of May, I’ve been reading all the Mother’s Day statuses and opening all the sweet gifts my girls made at school for me and thinking about what it means to be a mom. God did not bless me with these girls just to have someone to love & hang out with. He put them in my care & gave me the responsibility of teaching them His word, right from wrong, self respect, self worth, respect for others, and to love and care for them as only a mommy can. And while I enjoy playing with them, watching their extra-curricular activities, shopping with them, etc…. I would rather they know God than how to make a basket, throw a curve ball, or coordinate the perfect outfit. Lord I pray that I never forget to guide our children according to Your will and that I live my life as an example. This is my prayer…and my flower of faith, to all the mom’s out there 😊
Yesterday the weather was so nice! It was absolutely beautiful outside. Today, not so much. So I’ve decided that I’m gonna start referring to the weather as our hokey pokey weather. Then it occurred to me that too often we have hokey pokey faith. We sometimes put our problems in God’s hands but then pull them out because we think that we can handle them ourself. Or we’ll give him our praise but then turn around and take it away by reminding others how great we are. We’ll put one foot on the path of righteousness but then take it out if we think we’ve found a faster track in this world. We’ll put one hand in to reach out to a friend in need but then pull it back out when it’s someone that we don’t think deserves our help. We’ll put our head in but then pull it back out so we can hear the latest tidbit of gossip. But once we put our whole self in, God will turn our life around. And THAT’S what it’s all about!!!
How many times a day do we wad up paper and throw it in the trash? Plain, ordinary paper that gets discarded simply because it didn’t have a purpose. Have you ever made a paper snowflake? You start out with an ordinary piece of paper. You fold it up and cut little pieces out of it, and then round off the jagged edges. When it’s all unfolded, you have a beautiful snowflake. I think we are all plain ordinary pieces of paper. And unless we allow God to take us, remove our jagged edges, allow Him to remove the sin and cut away the pieces of fear and doubt, then we are just going to end up in the trash, destined to be burned. But when we accept Him and allow Him to change us and give us purpose, we go from plain and ordinary to a beautiful creation.
17 Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 18 And we all, with unveiled face, beholding the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from one degree of glory to another. For this comes from the Lord who is the Spirit.
2 Corinthians 3:17-18 ESV
~ Thought for the Day ~
I don’t sunburn easily. So when we’re at the beach…which isn’t as often as I’d like… I put off applying sunscreen…even though I know that I should put it on right away. Maybe I’ll put it on after I’ve swam or looked for seashells a little while. But then I have to wait until after I dry off. And of course I don’t want to put it on until after I help the girls build sandcastles because that will just make the sand stick even more. And besides…I’ve been out here all day and I’m not even red yet. It’s not until it’s too late that I realize that I burned. It’s kind of like that in our relationship with God. We fail to put Him first…even though we know that we should….but we’ve just been so busy lately. Maybe when life slows down we’ll have time to study our bible. I know I shouldn’t be gossiping, but this is “just between us”. Maybe I’ll miss church this Sunday but only because “I really need to catch up on a few things”. I’m just too tired to pray right now…I’ll do it later. And before we know it, we’ve strayed away from God. And once it’s too late…there’s not enough Aloe Vera in the world to cure that burn.
Filled Life…or Full Life?
It is so easy to confuse a busy life with a full life. We try to pack more sports, church events, girls’ nights, boys’ nights, work, family time, and vacations into our lives than we can possibly handle. I.AM.GUILTY.OF.THIS. We want to do it all, have it all, and be it all. But if we’re trying to do, have, and be, all at once, then we get absolutely no satisfaction from it and more importantly, God gets no glory from it. Instead of focusing on everything, maybe it’s time to stop and focus on God. God is supposed to come first. He wants us totally focused on Him. He doesn’t want us to give Him an hour… or occasionally two on Sunday. He wants every decision, every activity, everything, to be based on what He wants for us. If we’re reluctant to give Him our time on Sunday, then chances are we’re not giving Him any time from the other 6 days either. God, our spouse, our children, and everything else. That is the order that He wants us to have our priorities. If we constantly try to fill up our lives with everything the world has to offer, maybe we should stop and asker ourselves, ‘Do I want a filled life, or do I want a full life?’. Fill it with Jesus and you’ll never feel empty again.
30 And you shall love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’
Mark 12:30 ESV
25 Husbands, love your wives, as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her, 26 that he might sanctify her, having cleansed her by the washing of water with the word, 27 so that he might present the church to himself in splendor, without spot or wrinkle or any such thing, that she might be holy and without blemish. 28 In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself. 29 For no one ever hated his own flesh, but nourishes and cherishes it, just as Christ does the church, 30 because we are members of his body. 31 “Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh.” 32 This mystery is profound, and I am saying that it refers to Christ and the church.33 However, let each one of you love his wife as himself, and let the wife see that she respects her husband.
Ephesians 5:25-33 ESV
Have you ever blown on a dandelion? I used to love to. It was so cool how the little fuzzy pieces would float away. It seemed like they would float forever. Then one day my mom told me to stop doing it because those cool fuzzy things were seeds and everywhere they landed another dandelion would pop up. I didn’t see a problem with that since it would mean many more days spent picking and blowing on them but she explained that they are weeds and that we don’t want weeds in our lawn and garden because they’re bad for the good plants. Blowing on dandelions is not much different from spreading rumors. We may convince ourselves that it’s fun…or maybe for someone’s protection…or maybe because we feel like it’s our duty to set the record straight…or maybe we think we just can’t help ourselves. But the thing is…once we blow on the dandelion, we have no control over where the pieces go. And everywhere a piece lands, more dandelions pop up. Before it’s over, we have done more harm than good. So maybe, when we find a dandelion, it would be better to spray round-up on it instead of blowing it. Because you never know whose garden or yard is going to be hurt by it next. And regardless if the rumor is true…regardless of how reliable your source is…you are the one that has to answer to God and if what flies from your lips does anything but give Him glory, then it should probably be kept to yourself.
I said, “I will guard my ways,
Lest I sin with my tongue;
I will restrain my mouth with a muzzle,
While the wicked are before me.”
Psalm 39:1 NKJV
Thought for the day. My husband was watching Andy Griffith this morning. It was about a spoiled little boy. Andy made a comment that basically if we don’t teach children to live in society then they’re never going to make it in the real world. On that episode, there was one spoiled brat but all the other kids were good. Somehow today’s society has managed to flip-flop that & now the brats outnumber the good kids. Unfortunately on occasion mine can be included in the majority. We all want our kids to have more than we did but are we also teaching them to appreciate it? Are we teaching them that all things are a blessing from God? Are we teaching them that misbehavior yields consequences? I would never ever want to be a teacher…not so much because of the kids…but because of the parents that have the “my kid can do no wrong” attitude. ALL kids can do wrong. My kids do wrong. But at least my kids know that when they do wrong, they will not only have to deal with punishment at school, they will have to deal with it at home. I’m not here to be their buddy or to be the cool mom. I am here to teach then right from wrong…to show them how to be thankful….and to hopefully equip them for life. And my most important job is to instill in them the love of Jesus Christ. If I don’t do that, then I have failed as a parent.