The Missing Tooth

Much of what we think today comes from a misconceived perception
of what we are supposed to be or act like.

What does that mean?

 

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If we look today at what the media, television and the world in general have to say about who we are, we fall so short of “their” sorry expectations.

My husband made me stop to think a few weeks ago as we were heading to serve at our church for VBS.

During my journey this past year with my body not absorbing the calcium not only did I get a T6 & T12 back fracture, I also split one of my font teeth (same one in the photo above) vertically. The dentist could not save it and it had to be extracted. In my mind humiliating to have a front tooth gone.

I have a temporary partial I can wear and generally in public I do so folks don’t stare and point at me. Well one of the nights for VBS I was running out of the house and I forgot the partial, I was going to serve first graders without a front tooth. I panicked a bit and went back home to get it. I called my husband to let him know why I would be there late and to please let the teacher I was helping know I was coming.

I told him I was embarrassed to be there without my tooth. He so kindly and lovingly said to me, “Honey, missing a tooth does not define who you are.”

 

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Wow! What a moment of eye opening awakening! I was allowing the “worlds perceived opinion” of me impact my evening. I stopped, took a deep breath and was gently reminded that I am:

I will praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Marvelous are Your works,
And that my soul knows very well.

Psalm 139:14

If we as women of God are fearfully & wonderfully made, why do we look at what the “world” has to say about us?

It is time women of God to take your power back and act like you are the daughter of a King, you my friend are royalty! So put on your crown and show the world the amazing God we serve, the amazing Father we have in heaven and out loving Savior who sent His Son for you and I.

Called to Love

This morning as I sat on the screened porch in my rocker with a cup of coffee the Lord softly spoke to me on a topic once again. So instead of just agreeing with Him I decided perhaps since He has mentioned it a few times it was meant to write instead of just agree.

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As women of God we sometimes find our selves caught up in our own little world at home, the same pew or chair at church and talking to the same people each week. Why?

Why is it we are missing the big picture or perhaps the snapshot right in front of us?

What about that new woman that came to church this morning? What about the widowed woman sitting alone in service? What about the woman weeping during worship?

Have you taken the time to get out of your own little click, group or comfort zone and say hello to her? Why not?

Proverbs 31:20 tells us:

“She opens her hand to the poor and reaches out her hands to the needy.”

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“She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Then in Titus 2 we are told to mentor and be that example for the younger women. Meaning those younger in the Lord not necessarily in age.

So do you sit in the same place every Sunday morning, talk to the same people each week or possibly ignore that woman sitting alone? Have you moved someone out of the way because that was “Your seat?”

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It is TIME women of God to be the ones reaching out, showing compassion and letting that woman know she is loved and welcome. Remember we are the church, the church is not the building it is the people. It is TIME women of God to stop being so self focused we miss the opportunities God is placing in front of us, to be that woman of God…HE wants us to be.

 

When Doors Don’t Open

I love to share awesome things with our Cafe’ so here is an article I read this month that really seemed to be a great one to share with everyone. The timing may be perfect with summer rapidly approaching us and with the heat rising tempers seem to do the same. We find ourselves on a shorter fuse sometimes and we need that little reminder to stop and think just how what we say, do or how we act will impact those in our lives.

I truly pray you enjoy today’s post, be sure to share below if it resonated with you!

 

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Today’s Truth: I will never leave you nor forsake you. Joshua 1:5

Friend to Friend

The morning had been hectic and they were running late because the baby needed a last minute diaper change. Tara needed to get all three kiddos loaded up and to the car pool location quickly, but for some strange reason the back doors of her van would not open. She tried her clicker. She tried the key. She tried jiggling the lock.

Anxiousness started to well up in her heart.

“You’ve got to be kidding me!” She grumbled loudly while trying to open the back doors of her minivan. “This is NOT what I need right now!”

The kids began to sense the tension and take on the stress for their own.

“What’s wrong, mommy?”

“The back doors aren’t opening and we’re gonna be late! That’s what’s wrong!”

Pressed for time and strongly annoyed, Tara told the kids to get in through the front door and had them crawl back to settle into their car seats. As she started the car she was aware of her agitation and didn’t like it.

Taking a deep breath, Tara began to recognize the stress for what it was. She remembered the Bible verse that is written on the chalkboard in their kitchen. Spoken from the lips of Jesus Himself, the words flooded her heart…

2Peter-Jude-Dec18In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world. (John 16:33)

Yes. They were having trouble getting a few doors open, but it was nothing that Jesus couldn’t help her handle. Calmed and cooled by the red-lettered love, Tara made an empowered decision … and a very cool minivan ministry moment followed that went something like this:

“Okay, guys! Here we go!” Tara began. “That was a bit stressful and I’m sorry for raising my voice. I’m not sure why the doors didn’t open, but we aren’t going to let it mess up our day. We can choose to let this situation get the best of us, or we can get the best of the situation by asking God to bring peace to our anxiousness. Remember the verse on the kitchen chalkboard? Jesus said that in this world we’re going to have trouble. Sometimes doors don’t open, but He’ll help us! Jesus told us to “take heart” because He has overcome the world.”

Then, from the back of the van her eight-year-old theologian son piped up and joined the sacred conversation.

“Yeah! And Jesus said that He’ll never leave us or forsake us. God is always with us, mom!”

From. The. Lips. Of. A. Child.

God is always with us.

What began as a chaotic and stressful drive to school became a celebration of the presence of God. It was a devotion-on-wheels that began with a door that wouldn’t open. A beautiful memory that started with stress but was changed by the grace of Jesus, our Overcomer.

Sometimes doors don’t open for us. We don’t always get the position we want, the response we want, the admiration we want, or the health we want. But with every closed door comes an opportunity of response. When Tara invited God into her frustration and opened her heart to His presence the tension transitioned to peace.

A few minutes after the “stuck door debacle” they arrived at the carpool line to pick up the other children. Tara figured she’d try again. She pressed the button to unlock the back doors, and this time they opened with no resistance.

A smile spread across her face as this thought danced in Tara’s mind. If the back doors had opened a few moments earlier, we would’ve lost the opportunity to celebrate God’s peace and our time of sacred conversation would never have happened.

With that in mind she thanked God for the doors that didn’t open as she drove the kids to school.

I don’t always respond perfectly in stressful situations. And Tara readily admits that she doesn’t either. But when we choose to turn our frustrations and disappointments over to God He gives us the grace we need to experience His peace in the midst of pressure.

Let’s Pray

Lord, Thank You for reminding me that You are dependable, available, and willing to help at all times. Please guide me toward Your grace when I grumble. Teach me to turn to You when I’m stressed so that others would see Your joy and peace in me.

In Jesus’ Name,

Amen.

Now It’s Your Turn

Read Psalm 37. What verses in the chapter resonate with your heart today? What doors are not opening in your life that have you frustrated? Grab your journal and a pen and write a prayer of response. Not a journal girl? No worries. Swing over to my blog or Facebook page and write it there!

Thank you for this great message from our friends at Girlfriends In God:

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Breathe!

Breathe!

A simple thing we far to often neglect to do with all the stress and things we feel we have to do.

Stop with me now and take a deep breath…breathe in and exhale out…

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As busy women entrepreneurs, parents, wives we often have a to-do-list that never ends.

God is loves us so much He wants us to take care of ourselves, get rest and BREATHE!

If we look at Proverbs, in two separate verses God tells us to REST:

 

A little sleep, a little slumber, a little folding of the hands to rest.
Proverbs 6:10 NIV and Proverbs 24:33 NIV

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Take that time today and BREATHE in the refreshing breath that Christ gives us as His daughters.

If we can do this, we will be of better service to those we are called to serve and our families. You will begin to THRIVE in your business and you will find true JOY in your heart.

Ready, set….BREATHE!

Take a quick listen to this song…

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