Perhaps you’ve heard hope is an anchor for our souls. It’s part of a rather popular worship song. There are bracelets and home décor featuring anchors for this very reason.
When we talk about hope being an anchor for our souls, it’s imperative that we know WHO that hope is anchored in. I know it can be tempting to gloss over a portion of scripture – especially when it’s one we are familiar with – but let these truths sink in and saturate your soul:
Some days are hard. Perhaps not tragic or life-altering, but just hard. And that's okay. As children of God, we are called to think on the pure and lovely - but that doesn't mean we ignore the challenges before us.
Every once in a great while, I find a book that speaks of Jesus' glorious truths. Like a balm to the soul, and a breath of fresh air. I'm a do-er, a striver, a let's-get-it-done kinda girl --- and more often than I'd care to admit, I need reminders of His grace freely given. This week, in the pages of Stolen Jesus, I found just that.
When we first got married, I did the whole meal planning thing. I would make grocery lists and clip coupons and budget for our food, With each additional child, the demands grew and my time, well, it didn't. Eventually, I embraced the winging-it method of meal prep. That is, until we faced the first life-threatening allergic reaction. (If you think this won't apply to you, because your family doesn't have food allergies, I humbly ask you to read on - chances are, someone close to you DOES and would greatly benefit from your understanding! Plus, I'm sharing some tips on meal prep at the end that anyone can use!)
At the beginning of January, many of us set goals or select words or make resolutions. By the beginning of February, we're either solidly on track, or disappointed with ourselves. God's Word is clear - without vision, people perish (Prov. 29:18). I begin each month, week, and even day, by reviewing my goals, and planning actionable steps to meet them. But today, I want to address the importance of making sure our plans do not replace our priorities.
Time is a gift that cannot be purchased or returned. It is one of our most limited resources, and therefore, our use of it must be intentional. We are each allotted 24 hours a day. What we do with that time can get us closer to fulfilling God's purpose and seeing His will done. Or, it can be spent spinning out of control, feeling frustrated, unproductive, and exhausted.
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Maybe one of the most important concepts to grasp going into the process of purging is this: God intends our space to be a tool that serves in the fulfillment of our purpose --- not for our purpose to become serving the space, enslaved to the stuff we need to keep rearranging to make it functional.
We're going to kick this part of our series off in the kitchen. With some coffee. Because, friend, when it comes time to purge, a little bit of coffee and a whole lot of Jesus is what will get you through! That, and the promise of a space that serves you and your family better.
At the end of this post is a free printable to help you purge your kitchen, and reclaim that space for God's best for you and your family!
Throughout the Bible, the truth of God's kingdom is displayed in ways that seem contrary to the world we're living in. There's a pull in our spirits - longing for heaven, yet, dwelling here. That conflict can be increased by the bombardment of information, ideologies, and opinions. You see, the enemy can't create anything. But he can, and does, pervert it. The very things God has called good, are the things satan works to destroy.
Over and over in scripture we see that gentleness is a gift from God to us, and a character trait He desires in His children. And yet, in our broken society, it is often viewed as weakness. Today, let's unpack the truth of God's Word and look at some ways we can become intentional about being gentle.
Today, we are kicking off our Intentional Series! When I asked what topics you wanted covered in this series, time management and relationships were the top two answers.
So why am I beginning with seeking God intentionally? Because it is the beginning. The end goal of being intentional in every area of our lives is not to optimize performance - it is to honor God, by being a good steward of what He has blessed us with.
Don't get me wrong, you can implement intentional living in other areas first and see results. But it isn't until our hearts and minds are stayed on Him that we welcome Him into every area - and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in being intentional. Seeking the Father has to be the foundation for every area of our lives.
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 6! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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