Genisis 1:31

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When I draw something, I am told I do a funny head tilt. Really what I'm doing is surveying my work. (not really sure what tilting the head accomplishes but it's involuntary) I want to see if "its good."

Many times, I despise it, I crumble it up and I throw it away, I want to get it as far out of my site and memory as I can. Other times, I say "Ok, I can work with this." or "this is good enough" sometimes "it would have been perfect if I hadn't done THAT right there..." or "that's the best I can do with what I have to work with... These are some of the thoughts that run through my head as the "tilt" is going on.

Today when I read this verse, I had the most amusing picture in my mind: God is an artist. An incredible master architect of land and mountains, painter of sunsets, sculpture of mountains... I can only imagine Him on the day of creation stepping back (maybe doing a little head tilt) and saying "That's GOOD."  The difference with God is that when he created US, he didn't say "There's nothing good I can make out of that...." or "She's good enough, I guess...."

He made us all incredibly different unique, he made our QUIRKS WORK, he made them beautiful. He made them GOOD.

Luke 15:7

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"Rock bottom became the solid foundation on which I rebuilt my life." 

When I read this verse, I was overwhelmed by the mercy and graciousness of God. Yes, He gives us hard times, he gives us temptations, he gives us challenges, He gives us mistakes, He gives us falling on our faces.

But... He gives us these things knowing fully of the plan he has for our life. We see failure, HE see's an opportunity for us to turn to him. We see stupidity and shame, HE see's room for us to grow.

We see times we regret and wish we could take back, HE says "that's why I died for you". 

“But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him." -Luke 15:17

 

 

A verse a day.

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 "What consumes your mind, controls your life" 

I have many thoughts that go through my head. Some good, some brilliant, some ugly, some discouraging...but the worst ones, are the useless ones.

The fluff.  

So many useless, empty thought can filter through my head, using up energy and life that could be spent on other valuable things. In congruence with trying to banish these thoughts and empty chatter in my head, I am also trying to FILL  this void with the truth, with the words of Life, the words of God.  

Hoping... that by filling up and consuming my mind with his Word, this brilliant bright shining truth that I have at my finger tips, I will be so stuffed with it, that I won't have room for any thing else:) 

To me: When I read or hear this truth, I see pictures and words and colors in my mind, it helps me to remember them through out the day. It is my goal to take one--at least one-- nugget of this gold and illustrate what I see in my mind. 

So here's to Day 1.... let's get filled up. 

 

Ratios.

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Mommy and I challenged ourselves today. I always knew some-day math would come in handy, and those Saxon Math hours would come back to reward me in something profitable. Well.... Today it has. I've been reminded of RATIOSin "laymen's terms" (as they say)  

A ratio represents, for every amount of one thing, how much there is of another thing.

Mommy and I decided to make our own Saxon math word problem for the day. This time for our "thing" we used a very familiar and besetting sin of over  talking and fretting. We both agreed our track records prove that, comparing the amount of these to the amount of prayer in our life, is GIGANTICALLY off. 

 We challenged ourselves to re-set our ratio, and to make sure, that (even though talking and thinking are very necessary in life) for every talking or fretting we do about our problems or fears, our praying ratio significantly trumps it. 

One day down, many more to go, but thanks to God's never ending patience and mercy (and a good old Saxon math education)

 I think we can do it.