Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Have you ever wondered?

Have you ever wondered if  you are loved? Have you ever wondered if you are beautiful? Have you ever wondered if you are doing enough for those around you?

Well, I have.  ALL. THE. TIME.  I think as ladies, we all want to be called beautiful.  We all want to be loved. We all want to know that we are doing a good job being wife, mom, and whatever else goes along with those things.  But it's hard.

Sometimes we just need to hear that we are beautiful. Not from the world.  Who really cares what the world thinks? But from the people who mean something to us.  From our husbands. From our kids. From our friends....ok, maybe not really from our friends so much as from our husband and kids. I want to know that I'm doing good. I want to know that I matter. I want to know that I'm not a failure. I want to know that despite my best efforts that IT IS ENOUGH.

But what does God say about that?  Am I doing enough?  Outside of Christ, I can never do enough. Outside of Jesus, I'm a failure. But with God, I am beautiful.  In God's eyes, I am a princess. I am His child.  I am beautiful.  INSIDE.  I am trying my hardest to be obedient to Him and His calling.  Do I fail miserably?  In my eyes and the worlds eyes, yes I probably do.  But in God's eyes I am being obedient. I am doing what HE called me to do. Yes, I can do better, but He's not finished with me yet.

I know I can do more.  I know that I am in this constant feeling of "I need to do more" but I don't think that's what God wants. He wants to me to also find rest in HIS arms.  To know that I cannot do it all and that it is okay to say "no" sometimes.

We are instructed in 1 Peter 3:4-6  "but let your adorning be the hidden person of the heart with the imperishable beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit, which in God’s sight is very precious.  For this is how the holy women who hoped in God used to adorn themselves, by submitting to their own husbands,  as Sarah obeyed Abraham, calling him lord. And you are her children, if you do good and do not fear anything that is frightening."

I'm to be holy.  I'm to let the adorning be a gentle and quiet spirit. Now before you say "no way could she be quiet" it doesn't say I'm to be quiet but I'm to have a gentle spirit.  Don't be harsh.  Temper my words with love and gentleness.  Show other's God's love.  That's the most important thing I can do.

So what can I do today to touch someone's life?  What kindness can I show?  How can I be beautiful in God's eyes? Men may fail but with God all things are possible.  I am to keep my eyes on HIM and keep my heart pure.

Thursday, November 13, 2014

Ack. Faith is what it takes

So today I did something that has been on my heart for a while.  I am part of a ministry called "Love God Greatly".  The group I work with translates Bible studies into other languages.  My language : French.  So today, I took a step of faith and started a blog...in French...to try to reach ladies who speak French around the world.  Now, I dont speak French fluently, I am still learning.  Thankfully God has given me some helpers in my friends Domoina and Prisca...thank you ladies!!!

Please pray we can grow this part of the ministry.  

I will post more.  For now, the link is http://aimedieugrandement.blogspotcom

The first blog post from LGG has been translated.  

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

Does it REALLY matter?

Does it REALLY matter?

That is a question that I sometimes have to ask myself when I begin to get upset by something.

A lot of times we, as humans get upset about things that really, in the long run, DO NOT MATTER.

For example, does it really matter that I put the clothes away for my husband?  NO.  Does this help him?  Probably!  Should I get upset that he is there sitting on the couch while I'm folding clothes (right next to him)?  I really shouldn't. He works just as, if not harder than I do around the house adn at work.  He's a good man and I love him dearly. Besides, in all acutality it doesn't really matter. It's not hurting me (except maybe my selfishness in wanting to just sit and relax also). 

Or does it really matter that someone has a job that I may not agree with?  No, it doesn't. I really don't need to worry about what THEY are doing. I need to concentrate on ME and what I SHOULD BE DOING!  So what if they really don't do their job to my satisfaction. I'm not their supervisor. I'm not the boss.  They have to answer for their own actions, I don't.  So stop getting all upset about it and worry about yourself.

The Lord wants us to show others HIS kind of love.  Would I be showing my dear husband the love that Jesus wants me to show him if I complained about the laundry or dishes?  Not really.  I need to ask myself "In 5 years, will this really matter?"

So if I am called to love others like Jesus has loved them, then I need to stop complaining, stop gossiping, stop the bickering, the backhandedness, stop the back talking, the griping and just uglyness that exists when I do not love.