If you’ve ever played hide and seek with a toddler, you know that it is a hoot because they are absolutely TERRIBLE at the game. They hide in plain sight where you can’t help but see them. Their tiny little feet stick out under the curtains, they hide behind something way smaller than they are, they lay as a big lump under a blanket on the floor. They think that if they can’t see YOU, then they are completely invisible and will avoid your detection. I think God probably looks at us just like we look at a toddler playing hide and seek. We so often try to hide from him (and everyone else) when we are struggling and yet the good news is... He sees us. Genesis 16 tells the story of Hagar who was a young servant girl that was facing some serious, big challenges. When faced with these difficulties Hagar didn’t stay and confront them- she ran quickly away (which I don’t know about you- but is often my first instinct too!). And when Hagar found herself seemingly completely alone in the wilderness- feeling unloved and rejected and hurt and totally hopeless, guess who showed up? God- because He always does. She was stunned that He did and she responded to Him by giving him a new name.….El Roi- The One Who Sees Me. Genesis 16:13 says….“You are the God who sees me,” for she said, “I have now seen the One who sees me.” 𝗬𝗢𝗨 𝗮𝗿𝗲 𝘀𝗲𝗲𝗻 𝗯𝘆 𝗚𝗼𝗱. I am seen by God. He sees us. He pursues us. He is with us. We can be 100% certain that no matter where we go, no matter what we do, He is there and He sees us. We are never alone. We are never forgotten. We are never beyond hope. We are never invisible to Him. He knows when we are in the wilderness and will pursue us there- even when we try to hide from Him like a toddler playing hide and seek. It’s impossible to hide from Him. My prayer today is that you are reminded that no matter how alone or sad you feel- God sees you. No matter what mountain you are facing, no matter what illness you are battling, no matter how brokenhearted you are, no matter how rejected you feel, no matter what- you are under God’s care and HE SEES YOU. He wrote your story and He is in that story with you.
Happy #mememonday friends! 😘 Part #2
Happy #mememonday friends! 😘 Part #1
This. This is my goal for today...and EVERY day! 💡 To be light in this dark world. Some days I succeed and some days I fail....miserably. There are for sure days when I am a giant cloud of darkness and crankiness instead of light. (Just ask my sweet husband who- bless his heart-has to deal with me as we are having work done on our house currently and everything is in disarray!). Matthew 5:16 says: ...let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven. NIV Imagine if we all tried this ever single day? Strived to be a light. Bringing light to someone doesn't have to big or elaborate or expensive. A kind word, a You are appreciated email, an I think you are awesome text. Helping someone out, doing something to lighten someones load, asking how a friend is and then taking the time to sit down and LISTEN to their answer (while not checking your phone). Making a meal for someone who is overloaded and exhausted, dropping a treat on the doorstep of a friend anonymously. My challenge to you (and me!): Think of who you can bring light to today and then DO IT! 💡
When I was little I had a dog stuff animal. He was a big white dog with a red shirt that said “Puppy Love”. I loved that stuffed dog so dearly and took him absolutely everywhere. He eventually lost an eye and part of his nose- but my love for him did not wane, I loved him still. His fur was grayish, his shirt faded and his features scraggly. If you saw him you definitely wouldn’t think of him as beautiful- you’d probably only see his flaws. However, if I looked at him, I’d tell you he was beautiful and wonderful. Not because he is actually outwardly beautiful today. Not because he does anything to deserve that love. I love him because I see him as he was created. In my eyes, he is perfect because I love him so. Thankfully that’s how God loves us. He doesn’t love us because we necessarily are beautiful- inside or out. He loves us when we are good and when we are not so good. He loves us when we make mistakes and screw up (no matter how big those mistakes may be). His love is what makes us beautiful. He loves us despite all of our inadequacies and flaws. He loves us- flaws and all- simply because we are His children. He set his love on us- not because we earned it, but because He delights in us. Ephesians 3: 17b-19 says…And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. NIV His love is. It’s a fact and there is nothing- not a single thing you can do to change or erase it. NOTHING. When you feel ugly or less than or unloved, God says: You are beautiful because you are mine and I love you. My prayer today is that you are reminded how deep and wide and precious His love is for you. No matter what you have done or said, no matter what flaws you have, no matter how big your mistakes- He loves you still. His love is the single thing that you can count on. 𝗛𝗶𝘀 𝗹𝗼𝘃𝗲 𝗶𝘀 𝗶𝗿𝗿𝗲𝘃𝗼𝗰𝗮𝗯𝗹𝗲. He will always love you.
Happy #mememonday friends! Part#2 🤣
Happy #mememonday friends! Part #1 🤣
A few months ago I went to a fundraiser for our local maternity home. I drove home thinking that I wanted to start doing something for the mamas staying there each month. I decided that surrounding them with scripture to remind them of God’s great love for them would be my goal and that each month I’d give them a bag of scripture. As I finished the bags for this month and prayed for these sweet mamas, I thought I’d share what I put in each bag in case you have someone that needs to be reminded how loved they are. It only takes a few minutes and can cost almost nothing! In the bags this month I included: · A “Who I am in Christ” image that I laminated. This was written by my precious friend Terri’s mama and I love it so. You can print a copy here: https://goo.gl/hCidkJ . · The Comparison & Envy Scripture Writing Plan for this month. Last month in their bags I gave them the plan and a notebook. This month’s plan I put in a page protector. You can print a copy here: https://goo.gl/eoX1Lw. · A bookmark I created and had printed. You can make your own or purchase one. · This super cute magnet I found at Hobby Lobby. It was $2.99 and found in the check-out area. · A printable of 2 Chronicles 20:15 (which is one of my all-time favorites) and an army man. I love this reminder that the battle is His, not ours. You can print a copy here: https://goo.gl/Bn8jzT . · Micah 5:5 verse printable that I created and printed at Walgreens and placed in a $1 frame from Michael’s (that was on sale for 50 cents). You can print a copy here: https://goo.gl/rLojGL . (All links can be found in profile!) Everything in the bag I already had except the magnets and the bags themselves. It doesn’t have to be expensive at all- you can truly use what you have! Pray for God to show you someone who needs a little encouragement and a reminder that they are loved and create your own Scripture Bag surprise for them today! ❤️
Happy Friday friends! 🤣 #truth #teasedbangs&Ravehairspray #wings