Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

Sunday Musings: I don’t have it all together…and that’s OK

I don’t have it all together. Not even close.

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.

Have a blessed week.

Make it Monday: DIY Farmhouse Sign

Make it Monday: DIY Farmhouse Sign

DIY Farmhouse Sign

This week, my daughter and I were trying to think of the perfect sign to hang behind our piano. I knew I wanted something “music-themed” and I wanted to try to make something. We went through our scrap wood pile and found this:

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We measured it around another long, thin board we found and painted the back board white.

 

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We then pulled the framing pieces off and cut them to the correct size. I chose to make it easier on us and not miter them. We then stained the framing pieces.

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We reattached the framing pieces.

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When we were thinking of something to put on the sign, we decided on a quote from one of our favorite hymns, “How Great Thou Art.” We quickly created a stencil on our Silhouette Cameo.

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We cut out the stencil and placed it on the sign. We then traced the stencil.

And then we filled in the traced stencil.

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We then attached D-ring hanging hardware to the back of the frame and called it finished.

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I was really pleased with how this turned out. I can’t wait to get our family room painted so we can hang it up! I’ll surely show it to you when we do.

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Have a wonderful week! Join us again Wednesday for a look at our newly organized bathroom vanity.

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

Sunday Musings: Raising Godly Children

It’s important to us to raise our children in the Christian faith. The easiest way to do that is to take them to church, but there is so much more to raising Godly children than attending church. We are far from being perfect Christian parents, and this is truly an area where we are working hard to improve. I thought I’d share some of the things we are trying to do, in the hope that some of you would share some of your great ideas with us 😉

We are a family of four, with a six year old daughter and a two year old daughter. We attend church regularly and also participate in Vacation Bible School and a summer camp program at our church during the summers.

1. Sunday school

We have recently begun to attend Sunday School after not attending for several months. Sunday School lessons for children are the Gospel tailored for their age and comprehension. This is why it’s important for them to be there. My kids have learned so much from the children’s programs at our church.

2. Read a devotional each day with your kids

We, as adults, get a lot out of our kids’ devotions. Not only are we reading and learning about the Bible along with the girls, we are modeling for them the importance of reading and studying the Bible. And don’t think because it isn’t written for adults that you can’t be blessed by it as well. I have learned from my kids’ devotion book as much as I have from my own.

3. Buy your kids a Bible they can read

There are so many wonderful Bibles on the market today you can choose from. There are Bibles available for little children, tweens, teens and primary aged children. My daughter has this “Big Picture Bible” which works in conjunction with a phone app. She loves it and it does a great job teaching and explaining the Bible stories to her.

5. Pray together

My children and I read the Bible and keep a running prayer list. We spend time thanking God for the things for which we are grateful and praying for the things we need or the people we know with needs. I’ve also started praying aloud in the mornings as we are driving to school- not only to pray, but to model prayer for my children.

What ways do you model living the Gospel for your children? How do you ensure your children are Godly? I’d love to hear ideas or suggestions!

Have a wonderful week.

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

Scripture Sundays: 1 John 4:19

Bible in 2018

As you know, Valentine’s Day is quickly approaching. While the world has many ideas and thoughts about love, I thought I’d share some of my favorite Bible verses about love.

Perhaps my most favorite verse is John 3:16, but this verse is a common one as well. 1 John 4:19 has been used for engagement photos, weddings, and more.

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Where is a greater picture of love than Christ’s love for us? Basically, what this verse means is we can love others because God loves us. He is the one who gives us that ability. The following verses talk about how we are not to hate anyone, and how a person cannot say he loves God but hate his brother.

I feel this verse is never more relevant than today, when violence and tensions are running at an all time high. Even though evil is rampant and hate is spewed forth on a daily basis, we must not be part of t. God called us to love and to be set apart.

I am challenging myself to recite this verse daily, so it will remind me to show others that love. We love because he first loved us. Shouldn’t we strive to radiate that love to others?

Have a wonderful week.

 

 

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

Scripture Sundays: Finding Him in 2018

Bible in 2018

This week has been one of the most rotten weeks we’ve experienced. First of all, my husband began getting sick last week, and then we found out he had the flu. I ended up sick myself.

Then, my blog server crashed. I lost everything- three years of work, blog posts and ideas down the drain. While I was upset and I’m still a little frustrated, I’m just going to try to find the positives. I’m going to start over and keep blogging, but I’m going to use this as an opportunity to make the blog better than ever.

All of these complaints and hardships have a purpose- I promise I’m going somewhere with this.

Last week, this verse showed up in my daily devotions four times.

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My church friends and I had a conversation about this verse last Sunday as we were eating dinner. Side note: my church is amazing. We are a group of people who truly love being together. I’ve never experienced a church before with such loving and caring people. If you live in Central NC and you need a church, please come to ours.

We are certainly not immune to hard times just because we’re Christians. The loss of my blog and a few days of illness are truly not hardships when you look at the bigger picture. They are minor annoyances and while they are irritating and frustrating, they are certainly not catastrophic. We’ve been through some true hardships as a family recently, and to some extent, we’re still healing from them.

As hard as it is to miss my dad and my grandpa, I can take comfort in the fact that my dad and grandpa were both Godly men who are now in Heaven. And I can most certainly take comfort in the fact that Jesus overcame the world. We can give our troubles to Him because with his help, we can overcome them.

Do you know the Mandisa song “Overcomer?” In the song, she sings these words:

“You’re an overcomer
Stay in the fight ‘til the final round
You’re not going under
‘Cause God is holding you right now
You might be down for a moment
Feeling like it’s hopeless
That’s when He reminds You
That you’re an overcomer
You’re an overcomer.”

I wish being Christian meant we were immune to trouble, but if that were true, we’d never learn anything, or grow. But being a Christian does mean we can overcome our troubles through Him…because He’s already overcome the world.