Loving Mondays: Unworthy Royalty

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I always wanted to be a princess.

I’m sure every little girl does. Long gowns and longer balls, that always sounded lovely to me. Palaces, ponies, but best of all, the prince. That wonderful being who would see me in the midst of my mundane life, woo me for his own, and carry me off to be cherished forever. Didn’t sound too bad to 10-year old (ok, who are we kidding, 14-year old) me. Continue reading

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Loving Mondays: Reclaiming (Garden) Ruins

Left to itself, a garden becomes a disaster.

Plants start sprawling out of their cages. Bugs infest, leaving only holes and webs of leaves behind. Fruit sits forgotten, slowly rotting until it falls to the ground. All available (and unavailable) space is crowded up with weeds. And not nice weeds, mind you. Big, towering, ugly weeds, with roots going a mile deep and thorns an inch long. Basically, a giant mess, not even worthy of the name garden, except for the fact that there are a few persistent tomatoes hanging on to life in this dystopian world of plants.

Until a gardener comes in.

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Loving Mondays: Down time

Today’s blog post: God still loves you when your tired, when you need a break, and when you’ve been running around everywhere. When your hair is a frizzled mess, when all you want to do is sit and eat chocolate, and when you really need to shower. He still sees us just as beautiful, just as loved, just as precious. So don’t stress about it. He made rest for a reason.

And sometimes it’s ok to just sit on the couch with your family, eating M&M’s and watching the Olympics in your pj’s.

Because we are always secure in His love.

Return unto thy rest, O my soul; for the LORD hath dealt bountifully with thee. (Psalm 116:7)

Loving Mondays: Sons of God

Sonship is only possible through a father. And the quality of a child’s position depends immensely on the quality of the father.

Not everyone has been blessed with a wonderful father, but I have. I adore my mom and him so much. He listens earnestly and patiently as I talk all about life to him, and then talks just as much with me, giving me wisdom and advice. Being silly together is our specialty, singing crazy ditties and dancing crazy dances. And though there are a million reasons I love our relationship, little can compare to being wrapped in a tight, warm hug, listening to his heartbeat close to my ear. He may still be human, but when I am with him I know that I am safe, that I am loved.

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Loving Mondays: The Highest Love

What are the words that best expresses love to you?

Is it “As you wish”? Or “I know”? Perhaps it is “*insert name here*, will you marry me?” or “I’ll never leave you,” or even “Till death do us part”?

Or is it, perhaps, For God so loved.

And we’ve heard those words so many times. They’re so familiar. Athletes write the reference in their eye blacks, stores put it on the bottom of their bags, and churches plaster it on benches at bus-stops.  We have mouthed these words again and again at Sunday school, and yet sometimes never stop to think about what they actually mean. Continue reading

Announcement: Faithfulness Fridays/Loving Mondays

It is a good thing to give thanks unto the LORD, and to sing praises unto Thy name, O most High: to shew forth Thy lovingkindness in the morning, and thy faithfulness every night. Psalm 92:1-2

We need to praise God, to thank Him always.

Period. Full stop.

I honestly don’t have to go on, nor expand this any further. Even the child who knows his catechism can tell you this. What is the chief end of man? To glorify God and to enjoy Him forever. Now of course, this answer has an ocean, an universe of meaning behind it, yet still can be compressed into one simple sentence.

But oftentimes,  it is the simplest commandments which are also the easiest to overlook. We get caught up in the everyday chaos, the everyday drama, the everyday business; and forget. Continue reading