Archive | September 2012

No Christmas trees??!!

Mom and I wanted to go to this store yesterday that advertised itself as a Christmas store. We love Christmas decorations. We were looking for Christmas trees and anything cute that would make our homes feel festive.

The store was not a Christmas store. We were so disappointed! It had, maybe, one row of Christmas items and the rest were household goods. And they even had Christmas in the name of the store! Oh, it was so distressing! And the worse thing – we couldn’t find the bathroom! Horrors!

I tell you all of this, princess, to bring your attention to a very important Biblical truth – being genuine. Today’s world is so obsessed with putting on appearances. We are encouraged to “make-up” and dress up so that we are pleasing to the eye – any eye. And dear one, people should get to know the inside instead of judging from the outside.

Proverbs 12:17 – “A truthful witness gives hones testimony, but a false witness tells lies.”

Truthful. When you look in the mirror of God’s Word would you consider yourself truthful? I mean really truthful. Do you have the ability to tell someone you love that something is just not right with what they are doing? Do you have the courage to look at yourself and see the sin in your own life?

We need to strive, princess, to always tell the truth whether it be with our mouth or our life. We are encouraged to portray Jesus in our everyday life (Philippians 2:5 – “Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus”).

If we are doing anything other than telling the truth, we are not living like Christ. We are lying – that is a cold, hard truth. If you are not living truth, you are living lies – black and white. And if we are living lies, something is wrong. In Hebrews 6:18, it says that “it is impossible for God to lie”. You cannot have God fully dwelling in you and live a life filled with lies.

So don’t be like this store we went to yesterday and say one thing and live another. Be genuine. Be loving. Choose to be different. You need for others to see the true princess inside you, so that they will see your Heavenly Father at work in you.

Act your age, not your shoe size!

Do you sometimes act like you are 2 years old? Do you ever get upset or frustrated because you don’t get your way? Do you ever become nearly superstitious at trying get what you want when you want it?

I do. Sad state of affairs in my heart this morning. We are trying to buy a house – for the second time. The first time we tried, the deal fell through. I had already begun to paint walls and hang pictures in my mind. When we found out we were not going to get the house, I was crushed. It took everything I had not to lash out at God. Looking back, I can see where He was protecting me, but at the time….not so much.

So now, I am trying to very hard to be obedient and not hang pictures in my mind. My mom is visiting this week and she wants to buy things for the new house (that we might or might not get) to decorate it. I won’t let her do it. I feel like if I buy things that I am assuming that the deal is done. When I look at my actions, it is almost like I am doing things to get God to do what I want Him to do. NOT GOOD!

I am finding myself acting like a 2-year-old. There is a fine line between obedience and manipulation – that fine line is attitude. As children, we will be good so that mom will give us some candy. As adults, we should obey because that is what God requires – not to get something in return. But lately, I find myself obeying to get something in return.

1 Corinthians 13:11 – “When I was a child, I talked like a child, I thought like a child, I reasoned like a child. When I became a man (woman), I put childish ways behind me.”

My encouragement to you, princess, is to walk with me down this path of adulthood and put childish ways behind you. God cannot use you near as well when you act like a 2-year-old instead of a…more mature child of the King.

Mi vida loca!

Run, run, run. As modern women, we never sit down. There is always homework to be done, errands to finish, a house to clean and the list goes on and on. Then you add your princess duties to all of that and before you know it, you have a massive ball of yarn that is incredibly complicated.

Gone are the days of June Cleaver. In her tidy dress with the apron, she prepare meals and handled things in a very calm manner. I feel that most days, I am doing good to get clothes on and remember to brush my teeth!

Yet in all of this, we find time to snuggle on the couch, talk about our day and laugh at a movie. Sometimes, princess, you have to make yourself slow down and see your blessings.

Proverbs 31:25-27 – “She is clothed with strength and dignity; she can laugh at the days to come. She speaks with wisdom, and faithful instruction is on her tongue. She watches of over the affairs of her household and does not eat the bread of idleness.”

These verses are some that I strive as God’s princess to live by. This is how I want people to see me. I want them to see me running around my little world being the wife and mother God wants me to be. And to do it joyfully.

I am not always successful. My house is rarely perfect. My makeup doesn’t always make it on. My children are precious but rarely without fault. My husband may feel like he is directing a train wreck.

But when my King, my Savior, my God looks down on me, I want Him to smile. I want Him to see one of His own doing the best she can with what she has on her plate. It is like the Iron Chef of life. Open the basket and make something good out of it!

Let me see your hands

What is the condition of your nails? Weird question, I know. But for most of us, this is where we take out our lack of control. Do you find yourself gnawing on your nails or cuticles when you don’t have control of something?

My husband is always encouraging me not to worry. I get a little upset with him when he tells me this because I like to think that I don’t worry. In my mind, worrying means that you don’t trust God enough to let Him deal with things. I don’t want to consider myself as one of those people.

However, if you look at the condition of my cuticles, you will see the telling of the real story. Will we get the house we would like to buy? Is it too far from school? Which couch should we buy? Am I doing a good job raising my children? Will it be hard to pay all the bills this month?

Silly stuff in the scope of eternity. But in the here and now, they are important to me and God knows that. We really have no control over tomorrow nor do we have anything to brag about today. Proverbs 27:1 – “Do not boast about tomorrow for you do not know what a day may bring forth.”

Matthew 6:34 – “Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own.” Words of wisdom from Jesus.

So today, princess, try to let go of one thing. And each day after that, let go of one more. Don’t try to go cold turkey, your nails can’t take it. And then, go out and buy some cuticle cream and get those nails headed the right direction.

Yum, cake!

Yesterday at church, my pastor spoke on Gideon (Judges 6). Israel was messed up at the time. They had just had 40 years of peace and then decided to follow a false god. What is up with that? Why decide to follow this god when you have the One True God? I’m sure they didn’t get up one morning and say, “Know what? I think I will give idol worship a go!” It probably creeped in quietly and slowly. That’s the way sin usually is – the devil feeds us bits and pieces until we eat the whole cake!

Well, God saw something in Gideon. Judges 6:12 says, “When the angel of the LORD appeared to Gideon, he said, ‘The LORD is with you, mighty warrior.'” This man had just been threshing his wheat in secret. There was nothing mighty or warrior-like about what he was doing. God saw in him the ability to accomplish incredible things – things that would be impossible by human standards.

Princess, that is what God is seeing in you right this second. He looks upon you and sees opportunity. He sees you as beautiful and He sees you working for Him. Gideon tested God on several occasions. It wasn’t like God said “go fight thousands of men with only 300” and Gideon said “okay.” No, Gideon tested God to know that he wasn’t crazy.

God may be asking you to do something way outside of your comfort zone. You might feel like God is crazy for asking you to do this. But, princess, if God is telling you to do it, He will give you all that you need to do it! One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Philippians 4:13 – “I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me.”(KJV) This verse has kept me afloat more times than I can count.

So princess, don’t let sin creep into your life and eat away your opportunity. Pluck it out of your thoughts and refocus. Remember that God sees you as an amazing warrior princess for Him and that, in and through Him, nothing is impossible.

Poor little me

Do you ever feel like you are being picked on? No matter how much you try, how much you give of yourself, it is just not enough. There are times you want to pull your hair out!

I remember when my kids were little. There were times when they would be at each other’s throat and I would be at the end of my rope. I would put them in their separate car seats, close the door and look up to heaven and beg “If you don’t do something about these two, I am going to do something terrible!” You know, they always took a long nap after a short drive. I know you have been there, if you have children.

You know, sometimes God just asks us to cheerfully endure. No need to balk, no need to fret. Just keep on truckin’.

Philippians 2:14-16a – “Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fail in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life..”

Dear Princess, do you sometimes find yourself complaining and wallowing in your own sorrow? I know I do.  “Poor little me, I’m so neglected.” Princess, do you ever stop and think about the FACT that the God of Heaven never leaves your side, so you are never neglected and mistreated? That, dear one, is the devil whispering in your ear when you start down that path.

And look at our verse today, it says “do everything” – that means EVERYTHING. Cleaning the bathrooms at home today, thank God you have a home to clean. Going to face the battles at the grocery store, thank God you have the finances to feed your family. Traffic going to work, thank God you have a job.

We are to “become blameless and pure”. How beautiful is a princess that is blameless and pure. Choose to “shine like stars in the universe”.

Build your house

Proverbs 24:3-4 “By wisdom a house is built, and through understanding it is established; through knowledge its rooms are filled with rare and beautiful treasures.”

Have you ever built a house? You sit down with an architect or builder with a bunch of plans and you have to determine which one will fit your family the best. Then you have to determine how you want to decorate the house – flooring, wall color, cabinets and such. It takes a long time to make all of these decisions.

We are looking to purchase a home. It has been a long process that has involved looking at many houses and making many decisions about what we really want and need. We have seen some wild ones! We saw one last week that had a welcoming spider the size you of fist! Needless to say, we don’t want that one.

A home is very important in the life of a family. It is the physical heart of a family. Without it, a family feels disconnected and out of sorts. Trust me, I know this first hand. We have been in an apartment without all of our “stuff” for about 4 months now. Don’t get me wrong, God has been amazing through all of this time. But we are ready mentally and emotionally for an established home.

God has placed within the heart of His Princess to have the desire to build and protect her home. He provides us with the necessary tools to make our home beautiful both physically and emotionally. He gives us wisdom to know with whom to build our house. He gives us understanding to establish our home. He also gives us knowledge to know how to build our home and to create a warm and inviting atmosphere.

Now don’t think that this refers only to your physical house but also to your emotional house. You can build your emotional house just as well as you can build your physical house. And you can tear your emotional house down just as quickly as you can your physical house. Be careful princess, houses are precarious and require the Lord to build it to last through the storm.