Monday, October 12, 2015

Those Days

You know those days . . .
Those days that start with your alarm going off at 5:30am but a minute after you reset it for 6:00am your child wakes up.
Those days where the routine is out of wack and your child is clingy and doesn't want to play in his crib like usual.
Those days where you have to wake up your grumpy husband to watch the grumpy baby so you can take a quick 3 minute shower.
Those days where you're trying your hardest to quickly get ready but continue to be interrupted because you have to remove the child from playing in the toilet and then bribe him with animal crackers every 5 seconds so he stays away from the toilet.
Those days where you are getting lunch ready for all members of the household, starting laundry, and emptying the trash all before the daylight breaks.
Those days when the dog snatches the bread out of your hand at the same time the child throws his head back hitting you in the face during his attempt at a fit.
Unfortunately, it's been one of those days - and this mom lost it.
Upon arriving at working and reading my devotions in my inbox, I was quickly reminded of a verse in Philippians 2 (14-15) :
Do all things without grumbling or disputing, that you may be blameless and innocent, children of God without blemish in the midst of a crooked and twisted generation, among whom you shine as lights in the world
We need to remember that when we have days like those days, God's grace is all we need. Even though we are completely undeserving, God's love and kindness reaches down to us through Christ.
For this I am so thankful.  

Friday, October 9, 2015

An Obsession: Illustrated Faith

Have you heard about this fad (that I think is here to stay) called Illustrated Faith/Bible Journaling?
To say that I'm obsessed is an understatement. It's all the rage right now - popping up all over my IG feed and my Pinterest Page.
If you don't know what I'm talking about - check out:
 #illustratedfaith or #biblejournaling or #drawinginthemargins on IG.
Lovely ladies (mostly) from all over the world share their love of the Lord through creative doodles, drawings, scripts, etc. It's another way to connect to the word of God and to worship.
I started dabbling in the bible journaling community last fall while I was on maternity leave with Kingston. Before you knew it, life took over - I lost interest and my bible sat with all my craft stuff just waiting for me to find the time and inspiration again. Unfortunately, I hate the reason that got me back into bible journaling and really spending time with the Lord. If you read my previous post, you know that CT and I experienced a missed miscarriage last month resulting in an immediate D&C.
What a crushing few days it was for me. I recognized I needed an outlet and something to pour myself into and that happened to be creating - in my sewing room, in my planner, in my bible. Quickly I realized how much I missed creating for the Lord and how good for the soul it is.
My situation was perfectly stated in my daily devotional from She Reads Truth:
I cannot fully grasp the sweetness of God without knowing the bitter taste of life in a fallen world. What a truth this is. I'm ashamed that it took something so awful to bring me back to God, but now that I'm back - I'm more excited than ever!  
(side note: I was never really 'away' from Him - but I wasn't craving a relationship with Him like I am now)
Here's what I've been up to lately:

By drawing and doodling in my bible, I've found that I'm able to concentrate on the verses or themes that I'm creating - and this helps me retain the scripture better.
If you aren't comfortable drawing in your bible - start with a journal - but what ever you do I know it will bless you like it's blessed me!
 I wake up wanting to create in my bible and I go to sleep thinking about creating in my bible!

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