I have found that if you can take one word, or one verse, and settle your mind on it, the peace of God will keep you amidst troubling situations.
I hope you had a great weekend like I did!
We spent the weekend in North Carolina. We had a great ending to our trip but it did’t start out so great! Anytime my bag gets lost with all my make-up and hair products, it’s kind of scary. On the bright side, when I was told I would not be getting my bag till the next afternoon if at all, I found a new make-up line. Behind our hotel was a Walmart, not a Target for heavens sake, but a Walmart. As I meandered through the makeup isles I found this really beautiful line called Flower by Drew Barrymore. You probably already know about it! I’m a little slow finding this little stash of goods! I am a make-up junkie. I have tried it all and will continue on. I have 50 shades of red lipstick and I somehow see a different hue in all of them. This stuff really matters…ha!
As you can see, the packaging is really pretty. And I like it all! I will be going back for more colors!
Thankfully my luggage did arrive. late. I missed a morning session I was supposed attend but hey, I had a real excuse to stay in my hotel and sleep in!
The weekend just got better and better. God blessed our time in ministry, He blessed me with rest, and I was blessed with new make-up. So today when I arrived home, and the drill began with school pick-ups and baseball practices, I felt completely recharged and present with my kids.
I plan on being at my blog a little more this week and the weeks to come. I want to share some things that are going on, some things that are on my heart, some new endeavors we have ahead and stuff like that. So come back soon!
Happy Monday and have a great week!
Does your Tuesday feel like Monday too?
Im a little thrown off from the 4 day weekend we just had. It was too good to us and we are a little sad it’s over. I wanted to skip the gym today and Jaydon wanted to skip school, totally a Monday kind of day. We both pushed through.
So, this weekend we were all home. Landon had his 8th grade dance Friday night and he was super cute all dressed up.
I think he had a good time. You know how boys are, the details go unspoken.
I can’t believe I will have two in high school next year. Time is passing so fast. It seemed like the days would never end when they were in diapers, and now I can keep daylight long enough.
Saturday the boys stayed at some paintball field all day long and I got lost in Target around the book section. Once I realized I had read half the book, I came home with Gwyneth Paltow’s cookbook, It’s All Good. I have started off this year eliminating some things from my diet and this book has some healthy inspiration in it, along with weekly menus. I like people to make it plain for me and they even spelled it out pretty good. Really…who doesn’t want to look a little more like Gwyneth?
We had a lazy sleep in kind of Sunday. The kind where you stay a little longer in your jammy’s, have a few extra cups of coffee, and find a late church service to attend. It was glorious. For the people in my life that this is your norm and you take it for granted, I will gladly drag you with me next Sunday into my world. God must have had a hand in us going to the late service because at the moment we all walked into the foyer of church, eyes met a couple we hadn’t seen in 20 years when I lived in another state. Before we went to Lee University, Trent and I led worship in a youth group where this couple was on the leadership team. We all stopped and stared at each other like, “hey….I know you!” Come to find out we are practically neighbors, and I wouldn’t have known it if we hadn’t slept in! See…God wants us to rest!
ps. It was an Anthropology kind of Sunday too..
What is it that we love to be able to say when a dinner guest arrives at our home? For me, it’s come on in and have a seat! Well, at least the first few times, we would like to not require any help from them in the kitchen! Typically, you want your guest to have a seat and feel welcome, right? I want them to relax and enjoy their time, and hopefully even look forward to coming again. This past Sunday, I was blessed to have a family over for lunch. When I was growing up, this was part of my life as we often found our way to break bread with other believers or family members on a regular basis. Nowadays, it is a rare thing for me to be able to cook on Sunday due to the fact that we are ministering out of town so often, but we had this past weekend off were all home! Immediately after church, I rushed to the kitchen!
When I start cooking, I immediately start thinking of who I can invite over! I love to have people around our table sharing food, telling stories, talking about God’s favor, laughing about our children, and just living life! It is especially fun when you are able to do it with people that share a mutual and genuine interest in each other! Conversations become more than just talk, and often turn into great times of encouragement and joy. Without going into detail regarding this particular Sunday, I will say we had great conversation, and a for real feast! We spent the afternoon with no agenda, just enjoying the company of friends, chillin with great coffee, pumpkin cheesecake, and the calming distant yells of our kids playing football outside. Life can be so good!
Before all of this feasting began yesterday, Trent and I sang for our home church since we were off this Sunday. We sang a song written by some friends of ours called “Heaven on Earth” that is really becoming popular. The chorus says, “Be seated in heavenly places, just like heaven on earth.” This morning I randomly opened my bible to Ephesians 2:6 “And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus.” In that moment, God’s word delivered message to me that could not get any more clear. We are called to have a seat. There is rest in Christ Jesus. According to scripture, when Christ died, we died, when He was resurrected, we were resurrected, and we are now seated with HIm in heavenly places. Naturally we are still on earth, but supernaturally we are seated with Him in heaven. The work of our salvation was finished at the cross and Jesus sat down.
If you haven’t entered into God’s rest, and if you are not trusting Him with the needs in your life, then you’re probably pacing the floor! You need to be seated in Christ. Be a guest at His table, share a good conversation with Him, give Him the most intimate areas of who you are. Release your anxiety to Him and He will work out every detail of your life in perfect timing. What good is it to worry? In the 7th and 8th verse, it tells us “He did all this that He might demonstrate through the ages to come the immeasurable riches of His FREE grace in kindness and goodness of heart toward us in Christ Jesus. For it is by free grace that you are saved through faith.”