If most of us are honest, we will admit that we don’t have it all together. In today’s Pinterest-perfect society, we are expected to be perfectly dressed with perfect makeup, not a hair out of place, with perfectly clean, magazine worthy homes. We are expected to have a home-cooked dinner on the table every night, with perfectly dressed and perfectly behaved children.
I don’t have that; at least, not all the time. And never all at once. So, who holds us to this impossibly high standard? We do. We hold ourselves to these impossibly high standards we can never meet, but luckily, God does not.
God chose us, even though we are a long way from perfect. We don’t have it all together and God chose us anyway.
Ephesians 1:4 says “For he chose us in Him, before the foundation of the world, to be holy and blameless in love before Him.” We don’t need to be perfect; we just need Jesus. There are no perfect humans, and there don’t need to be. Jesus already fulfilled the role of the perfect human.
It’s tempting to spend all of our time trying to be perfect and live up to those impossible standards, but instead, let’s put that energy into trying to be like Jesus. He already knows we aren’t perfect and he loves us anyway.
This post is going to be a bit transparent…but tomorrow is the first day of school with students. Not for my children- they’ve already gone back to school a few weeks ago. This is my districts’ first day. If I didn’t admit that I am a bit nervous, (lots of positive covid cases here), I’d be lying.
So this verse is as much of a reminder to me as to you all…maybe even more so. This month, I’ve been focusing on verses concerning fear/anxiety/hope/trust, as we have a lot of things to fear in these times.
31 but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.
There are many things that offer us false hope; as easy as it is to focus that hope in the wrong area, we must remember to pray. We must remember to look toward our God to quiet our fears. I worry about the safety of my children this school year. I worry about my students. I worry about my self. I’m not only talking about health concerns- we live in a highly volatile society now and I fear what may happen.
I try to remember that God already is aware of all of my fears. He is simply waiting for me to call out to Him.
I’m praying today and tonight for my students and myself as we adjust to a school year that is both more normal than the past two years and also far from normal at the same time. I pray for my own children to make wise choices and keep their primary focus on God. I pray that I will continue to pray and focus on God to keep us safe.
As hard as it is not to worry and be anxious, we can do it with God’s help. This school year, I hope I can inspire and comfort others who fear the same things I fear.
I’ve taken a major break from this blog this year: my break has been due to a combination of things: a lack of extra time, s lack of inspiration and a bit of burnout, too. I’ve been trying hard to think about how I want to proceed forward and so far, I’ve come up with what I think is a good direction.
I also remember when I used to do Scripture Sunday, which used to be nothing more than a printable scripture. There wasn’t any true substance to it and there certainly wasn’t any meaning or sharing of God’s word. I felt led to start creating some monthly Bible studies with you all: something we can do at our own pace, without pressure and something we can discuss and share with one another if we led to do so.
I just finished 31 days of Proverbs with some ladies online and I loved it! I’ve decided, since November is “Thanksgiving month” to do a study on what the Bible says about Thankfulness.
I present to you, “30 days of Thankfulness.”
My challenge to myself and to you is this: let’s read one of these verses every day and reflect on these things:
1. Who in this chapter is thankful?
2. For what are they thankful?
3. What meaning does this have in my life?
I would also like to encourage you to journal about the verses and these questions. I have learned so much from journaling about what I read in God’s word.
I am creating a poll on my Facebook page tonight- please weigh in and tell me what you think!!
Happy Friday to all you beautiful people! I am lagging a little in my blog entries this week, but I have some really cool things planned for you next week. Today I’d like to share a free printable with you. A few years ago, I began designing printables featuring my favorite Bible verses. If you know me, you know all about my love for typographical art. We have some sort of print or sign in every room of the house. These two printables I am sharing today came about because Esther is one of my favorite books of the Bible, and this verse is one of my favorite verses. I also really needed something to hang in my daughter’s room.
As always, to download the print, right click on the picture and save it to your device. For best results, do not print larger than 10×13. You can print these at home but I prefer to use a print shop like Staples Copy + Print.
I hope you enjoy these free printables! Join us tomorrow for a special feature.
Everyone has a song that holds some sort of special meaning for them. It may be a song that is tied to a happy memory or a song that is tied to a sad memory. For us, it’s a little of everything.
“Praise you in this storm” by Casting Crowns will always have a special meaning to my family. It’s a song about how God is always with you no matter what, and there are moments in our life that we know without a doubt God was with us.
Several years ago, we were blessed to meet the family who inspired the song. We met a man whose daughter had passed away from leukemia. His daughter’s illness, death, and the family’s grief inspired the song. He shared that his daughter knew the band was writing a song about her but she passed away before she was able to hear it.
My mom downloaded the song as her ringtone, but with no way of knowing what that song would eventually mean to us.
About a year and a half later, my dad was diagnosed with cancer. After a rough four years filled with surgery, treatments and sickness, he passed away at age 54.
We were devastated at the time and even more than two years later, we still miss him terribly. Looking back on his illness and his death I can think of many occasions when I knew, in spite of everything, God never left our sides.
He was with us as we struggled to navigate a new life without my dad. He was with us as I faced crippling anxiety and depression. He was with us as we grieved.
No matter what trials we face and how many years we shed, God is with us and He knows we are suffering. He also restores us and heals us when we go through those trials. He knows why we suffer and He holds us as we suffer.