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For He Is Worthy

As I sit here “alone” for the first time in weeks, reading my new Lysa TerKeurst book, I find my mind roaming wildly. I’m trying to learn about God, but right now my mind is stuck. Stuck on thanksgiving. Not the rapidly approaching November holiday, but the thanksgiving that occurs daily from the acknowledgement of all of the blessings that God has rained down on such an undeserving sinner.

I’m thinking of so many worldly situations that have been consuming me recently. I’m thinking about the way my worldly circumstances have interrupted what I would consider to be a two-month-long conversation with my Saviour. After getting my priorities back in order, I’m thinking of how this quiet time “alone” with God truly feels like I am getting back to being myself. “Myself” isn’t me, or simply something that I enjoy doing. “Myself” is a child passionately worshipping a God who created me for just this purpose. I’m thinking of how beautiful it is to be able to return into the loving arms of my Father, regardless of the mistakes I’ve made or how my focus may have temporarily shifted.

Suddenly all of these all-consuming worldly circumstances have simply faded into the background of my life and shine through, not as “problems” that I have been “dealing with”, but as the blessings that my Father has shown me.
My only real problem all this time has been that I allowed for my focus to stray from the One who deserves and is fully worthy of receiving such attention.

My mind is overflowing with love and gratitude toward the One who loves me like no other.
Rather than trying to focus on my reading, I am choosing to focus on my Lord! I am basking in the time and the opportunity to just thank Him, and to love Him, and glorify Him.
For He is worthy!

 
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Posted by on July 19, 2012 in Building Blocks for Life

 

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One Child Challenge

I was scrolling through my Facebook time line this morning, just wasting time as my morning habit, when I came across a posting…three or four times. It was a post that I had seen and read yesterday in passing but hadn’t really given much thought to. Today however, I am so grateful for the changed perspective that God gave me when I saw the post again. As soon as I followed the instructions, I decided that while my modest blog may not reach a large number of people, this is something that is definitely worth sharing to those who do read it. So here is the challenge that has been put in front of myself and so many other people…

1 Child Challenge 2012

Here’s how it works:
1. Go to cure.org/challenge.
2. Pick 1 child’s story you identify with most.
3. Click Follow on the right side of that child’s page.
4. Sign in with your Facebook OR CURE account
5. As a result, a CURE donor gives $1 towards that child’s care. It is FREE for you!
6. Then share the child’s story with 1 friend via Facebook, Twitter or email.

As I said before, I really didn’t give it any thought when I passed it the first time. Seeing it again today was instantly different. Especially after seeing  it posted so many times, through various friends, I decided that this must be a challenge for me, from God. suddenly all I could think about was how stupid it would be of me to continue to ignore it. I mean really–All I had to do was click a couple of links and I helped a child who otherwise may not have gotten the medical help they needed. How could I pass that? I am supposed to give to those in need, and this doesn’t require me to give of anything more than a couple of minutes from my day. How could I ignore it? Easy. I couldn’t. God wouldn’t want me to ignore it.

“Command them to do good, to be rich in good deeds, and to be generous and willing to share.”
-1 Timothy 6:18

It doesn’t get much easier than this challenge. Is it really something that we should walk away from?

 
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Posted by on June 13, 2012 in Life in General

 

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Blessings

My husband is home for most of the day today, and we’ve been having some calm, natural family time. Nothing special, a little bit of cleaning and some grocery shopping. While at the grocery store, my daughter demands hugs every couple of aisles. That is something that I’m not really proud to say has been an annoyance to me in the past, because I was trying to accomplish whatever task I was working on. Recently however, I have been relishing those times. She won’t be my little girl for long, and the time is already going by quicker than I want it to, so I’m taking the time to enjoy my little 2-year-old. After all–it’s only three months from now that I will no longer have a 2-year-old, but a 3-year-old who is growing and changing more than I realize. The emotions alone, when she wraps her arms tightly around my neck, are enough to bring tears to my eyes, and melt my heart.

Yesterday as I was sorting through paperwork and trying to organize bills, work out arrangements for an upcoming party, talk on the phone, get last-minute gifts ready to be given and a couple other tasks all at once, I was overwhelmed. Of course this was one of those times when my little girl decided that she needed hugs one right after the other. After a good dozen hugs, when she asked for another, I calmly replied, “not now baby.” Her reply was sweet and short and enough to snap my priorities back into line, when she said “I love you mommy”, and continued running around. I immediately stopped everything that I was doing, and just thought to myself how can I say no to this request? So of course she got her hug and I put aside all of the things that I was working on, and just spent some time enjoying watching her run around the room and come back for a hug over and over.

It’s the blessings like this that are so easily lost amid the everyday hustle and bustle. Those are definitely the kind of memories that I will cherish in the future, and I would not want to look back to remember all of the things that I was “too busy” with as her childhood passed me by. clichés often seem so laughable until you’re put in the situation that they describe perfectly.

 ““From the fullness of his grace we have all received one blessing after another.”                                                                                                                -John 1:16

 
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Posted by on March 16, 2012 in Mommy

 

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