Unchanging

Unchanging

Malachi 3:6-11 throughout the Bible and throughout time, scripture shows again and again that God is an unchanging God. He remains the same. When we feel distant from God, it is not God who is distant, it is us.

In Malachi, 3:6-11, we see that our actions can keep us distant from God. We rob God our time and our resources.

Read Malachi 3. Meditate on verses 6-11.

Have a conversation with God.

Ask him: “God, where in my life am I robbing you of my time and resources?”

Challenge:

Write it down. Whatever He speaks…it may come later, while you are working, doing chores, watching TV…stop what you are doing and write it down in your journal.

Now. How can you reconcile “that thing” with God? Spend time with God this week asking Him how you can give back to Him and His kingdom. Once you’ve figured it out, with God. Tell your spouse, mentor, accountability partner, or friend. Make sure to check your heart, before you do. This is about accountability, and God getting the glory…not you. Got all that done? Great. Now go do it.

Verse 11 shows us what will happen when we reconcile with God, what will happen when we are honest with God. He basically tells us “Child of mine, I’ve got your back. I will defend you”. Meditate on verse 11.

Repent and ask forgiveness: God, I have robbed you of ___________. Father, I repent and change my ways. Please forgive me for _________. I want to draw near and close to your heart.

Follow through- Do the thing you said you would change.

Thank Him and Give Him the glory. Thank Him before, during, and after. When God is faithful to do what He said He would do, your story is now His story. Share what happened with someone who needs to know. Invite God into that process. Ask Him who needs to know. When you share what He has done in your life, He gets the glory.

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Waiting

Waiting 

Have you ever been waiting? Waiting on a promise of God? You can see right behind you, the old is gone, yet, in the same breadth, the new is just out of reach. Your fingertips are touching it, but you can’t quite grasp it, yet. Oh, that place is such a hard place to be. 

In Isaiah 43, the Bible says: “Forget the former things, do not dwell on the past. see! I am doing a new thing! Now it springs up, do you not perceive it? I am making a way in the wilderness and streams In the wasteland.” ( v 18-19). 

(V 25-26) 

“I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more. Review the past for me, let us argue the matter together; state the case for your innocence.”

We hold onto the past, and still hold onto hope for the future. But..we can’t have both. We must come to God with open hands and say: Father, I lay down who I was. I have sinned. I repent, and I choose to walk with you. I choose your ways over my ways, Lord. 

Challenge: 

This week, thank God for who He is. Thank Him that He blots out your transgressions. Thank Him that He remembers your sin no more. 

Repent to Him. Repent for the ways you have sinned, known and unknown. Lay it all down at his feet, with open hands. Don’t pick it back up. He’s already forgiven you. And if you do pick it back up…because we’re human. Repent again, and put it right back down. 

Now, look up. Look for the new things He is doing. When you see it, jot it down in your journal. Or save it on your phone to jot it down later. 

Talk with Him about it: God, give me wisdom. What is my role in your plan? 

Thank Him, again. 

Thank you God that your promises are true. Thank you, God that you are faithful.

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Disney: Goofy

Back in 2012, my parents took my sister, my husband, my oldest (only at the time), and me to Disneyland in California. It was a gift for my sister graduating high school, and me graduating college!

Again, this was when I was first starting out practicing photography anywhere and everywhere.

This was at one of the parades they have!

It was a fun trip!

26 Days of Thanksgiving: Day 23

A couple of days ago, I was feeling the weight of the world. All day, I was feeling like I was not good enough. I needed to sit through the pain, process, yet I could not just get out of my own head.

By the end of the day, my husband was getting ready to teach. And, I decided to take the kids, go get gas, a Dr. Pepper, some Hershey’s Milk Chocolate, and go on a drive.

After we filled up, and left the gas station, I was talking to God, telling Him, it was too much. I hate feeling this way. And, He sent me two songs. At just the right moment, He sent me a song about moving mountains, and a song about being enough.

And, in that moment, I felt heard and known, and seen by Him. And the weight of not feeling like I was enough, lifted.

Today, I’m thankful for these God moments.

Also- please know, that if you’re feeling like it’s too much, or you are not enough. You are. You are loved, you are more than enough, just the way you were created to be.

Homeschool, creativity, and toothpicks

Probably my favorite part of homeschool is seeing my son be creative with the manipulatives after a lesson. I love seeing my kids take something that is used for one purpose and creating a new purpose for it.

I’m often curious as to what this guy is thinking while he is creating. You could tell his little mind was busy and thinking, but it looked like he was just creating more piles.

And then, he was ready to clean and move on!

Perfection

Tonight, my husband and I were talking. We had just gotten back from having supper with my sister and her family, the kids were playing in their room, and we were just chatting on the sofa.

We were talking about the delicious meal my hubby had just made, and I was encouraging him to do something with his skills. Be a chef? Make how-to cooking videos on YouTube? Idk! Something!

And, the conversation took a turn, “I want to make sure I have some good recipes before I did anything like that!” Referring to the YouTube videos. “I mean, I don’t want to do something where ya make the sauce, and just pour in the noodles”. He looked at me, and laughed.

Now, if you know anything about me. . .this story has probably come up at least once:

When my husband and I were dating, in high school, we had a celebration coming up. I can’t remember if it was a 2nd anniversary, a birthday, Valentines, or what. I do remember; however, that I wanted to make him his favorite meal. Fettuccine Alfredo. I was making the alfredo sauce from scratch. And.it.had.to.be.perfect.

Now, up until this time, I think the only thing I’d made for myself was ramen noodles. No following recipes. Nothing. Let’s keep in mind, also, that I was probably 17 or 18, at the time.

So, I go to make his favorite meal. I don’t remember the exact recipe, but I do remember what it stated after making the sauce: add noodles.

Y’all! I took the noodles, straight outta the box- and dumped them in the sauce. And.they.would.not.cook. I did not realize, at the time, that first I needed to cook the noodles in boiling water BEFORE I added the noodles to the sauce.

I lost it. I cried. I was so upset.

We had to go back to the store, and I had to get all the things to make the whole meal, again.

And that’s me in a nutshell. I get this big idea in my head, it has to go perfectly, and when it doesn’t I get really down on myself. I feel like a failure. All the things.

Tonight, I laughed about that story and my husband’s reference to a YouTube video coming out like that it experience. It’s funny. I shake my head and laugh at the memory.

Over the years, I’ve had to lower my expectations. I’ve had to learn how to: just keep it simple and not over do it, to laugh and not take life so seriously, and most importantly to let go of the idea of perfection.

So, going into this Holiday Season- this year of all years. Imagine my 17 year old self making fettuccine Alfredo by putting raw noodles in the sauce. Laugh a little, and remember: it doesn’t have to be perfect. Keep it simple. Make some fun memories.