This post originally appeared on Laura Fox’s blog, Dandelion Centerpieces. Laura blogs about her life with her husband and 3 kids, and how she finds God in the middle of it all.
I remember as a child how long the route to my parents’ room was in the middle of the night. Darkness seemed to expand the hallway to three times its usual size. I imagine it’s the same way for my kids when they break into a dead sprint with my door as their goal. I sleep with one ear listening for the sound of a doorknob, pitter-patter, quickly I find I am the big spoon with tiny cold feet jammed between my calves and a sharp reminder to keep up on the toenail trimming.
There are many reasons they come to me at night, but the most common culprit that pulls them out of bed to flee to the safety of my arms is
Shadows. Unfamiliar noises. They each went through a phase where they were afraid of their ceiling fan because “it has eyes.” They are currently going...
I am in a stage of wondering how everyone else gets it all done. Have you ever been there? Seen the pictures with the perfectly staged meal, the clean kitchen and the happy husband? Being totally honest, I think we all feel that other people somehow have it all together and we are the only ones who didn’t get the memo about how to do it all.
I follow Erin Moon on Instagram, and she one time said that life is like spinning plates. Some of them are paper, and some of them are china. At some point you are going to drop a plate, so just make sure the one you drop is paper. So maybe all of those pictures we see from other people are simply the plates they have chosen to keep spinning. We don’t always see the plates that fell.
Right now, my main china plate that I am choosing to keep spinning is having fun with my husband, Rhett. I will drop all of the plates to go to a Braves game or just on a drive to get a slushie with him. That means my house is not even close to...
Have you ever started a reading plan, and then life gets in the way? Maybe school starts picking up, or work gets crazy. Maybe your kid gets sick and it throws your whole schedule off. Sometimes life just happens. But ultimately I think there is one thing that keeps us from picking back up where we left off and finishing the reading plan - perfectionism.
I tend to have really lofty goals. But whenever something gets in my way, and I miss a day, I tend to beat myself up, and never finish the plan. Where as if I went into the plan knowing that sometimes life happens and I will miss a day, would I beat myself up so bad?
If we know that we probably won’t achieve perfection, maybe we can give ourselves a bit more grace, and simply pick up where we left off.
What if we broke the cycle of falling off the wagon, and started a new cycle of finishing, even if not perfect? I know it would help me with that extra push to keep going, even if I missed a day.
Monday’s are one of my favorite days of the week. I know, I know. That isn’t typical. But there is something about a fresh start every Monday that just gets me excited. Here is a prayer I am praying for each of us as we walk into this fresh start.
We seek You out at the start of our week. We are looking to You to guide us and be with us as we face today. As the King of the Universe, only You know the course this week will take, and we want to follow You, wherever You lead. Please show us the next right step we should take.
As we take these steps, help us to be a light. Help us to put You on display through our lives, and help us to love others in a way that reflects your very nature.
We are Your people. Help us to live like it.
But God, we know that we are only human, and we will make mistakes. We are thankful for Your love that covers even the worst mistakes, and never stops loving us. Meet us right where we are. We know you will, because You are faithful,...
Sometimes we can become so familiar with passages of Scripture that talk about characteristics of God, that we can become numbed to the facts about who God is. I don’t want to be numb. I want to stand in awe of who He is.
Today’s journal prompt is from Psalm 103. I want you to open your Bible, and read that Psalm. Then make a list of every single thing that Psalm says about God.
Example: His name is holy. He forgives my sins. He heals diseases. He redeems my life. He crowns me with faithful love. He crowns me with compassion.
This is just the first 4 verses. There is so much to stand in awe of our God about in Psalm 103.
Go make your list. Then thank God for who He is.
I have read Genesis and Matthew more than any other books in the Bible. Why is that, you ask? Well, they are the first books of the Old and New Testament, and I have started a reading plan to either get through the whole Bible, or the New Testament, and never finished, so I would start back over at the beginning. But you don’t have to get caught in that cycle like I did. There are other options than simply start over when you fall behind on your reading plan. Don’t give up, keep reading!
If you missed a few days, this is a good option. Simply add a chapter, or even a few verses to your reading each day until you catch up to the plan. If you are dead set on finishing your plan in the time it specifies, this will help you get there.
Just skip it. The perfectionist in me has a hard time with this one. But it is doable. If you want to catch up on what you missed, skim the section and see if...
Growing up, I was terrified that I would somehow get outside of God’s will and not realize it. Then my whole life would be ruined, and I would never be happy with my life, and God would not be happy with me either. Now I am realizing that God’s will is not an exact course for your life, but simply a relationship with Him.
I nanny 2 days a week. When I go see the girls, I don’t have an hour by hour agenda for what we are going to do. I want us to have fun, and I want us to do something other than waste our time watching videos (please, no more baby shark).
I wonder if our relationship with God is kind of like this. I know He has a plan for each of us, but what if that plan is that we grow closer to Him. As we grow closer to Him, we become more like Him, and our life reflects back to Him his glory.
So maybe God’s will is less an hour by hour plan, and more a step by step relationship.
“Mankind, he has told each of you what is good and...
I have been reading some form of the Bible since I was a kid, and have been studying the Bible for most of my adult life to this point. Over time, I have probably made each one of these mistakes. Here are a few things to watch out for when studying the Bible.
One of the most common verses taken out of context is Jeremiah 29:11. I am sure you have seen it on a graduation card somewhere. It says, “For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” Now this is a great promise, but it was a promise for the people of Israel that were in exile at the specific time this was written. It is not a blanket statement for all of us. I KNOW that I have quoted this verse incorrectly in the past, but as I seek to get better at Bible study, I don’t want to take verses out of context, but instead want to seek out...
As we set into a new week, that ultimately leads into a new month, I challenge you to set your sights on the Lord. Read Psalm 27. Pray it’s words. Here is my prayer for myself as I walk into this week. Maybe it is your prayer too.
In You, I am safe.
In You, I don’t have to be afraid.
When I face hard things in this world, I know that I can rest in You. You are where I place my trust.
If I can only ask one thing of You, I ask that You keep me close. I want to be near You. You are my safe place. I will praise You every chance I get.
No matter what happens, I will wait and trust in You.
I was driving today, and a song from high school came on the radio. I was singing every single word before I realized what the words were that I was singing. It got me thinking, what if scripture was so ingrained in me that I could recite it without thinking about it. What if when a situation arose, the first thoughts in my head were the very thoughts of God by His Word?
I am memorizing the book of James currently, and have chapter one semi down. I still need a few word reminders every now and then. I don’t say this to brag, or say look at me for what I am memorizing. But I do say this to ask you to hold me to it. Help me reach that point. I want my thoughts to be God’s thoughts. I want the words that come out of my mouth to be the very words of God.