My little boy and I sat together at our kitchen table staring in to each others eyes. We were in the middle of a face off, over school work – neither one of us wanting to back down The tension was high and I knew it was going to end in tears soon and then in walked my little toddler. She had on an Iron-Man mask which was nearly as twice as big as her head and she looked so silly. Will and I took one look at her and then we burst out laughing.
It was just the right thing at the right time to diffuse the tension in the room. Sometimes laughter is the best medicine. Of course Little Em delighted in being the center of attention and performed for us a little and then she was running away again to play.
We sat back down at the table again and giggled a little more at just how silly Em can be sometimes and then we got back to work. Will had forgotten his previous stance over his school work and he was able to listen to reason. Of course after the wonderful response she got over the Iron man mask wearing incident Em was back to the table a few more times to try and make us laugh, she is such a little cutie pie.
Laughter is good medicine. When you feel like you could either laugh or cry, choose to laugh. It could just change your whole situation, your whole outlook on life and your whole day right around.
Taking part in Life Captured Inc daily Prompts.
I am a dreamer. I love to sit and dream and think and plan all sorts of wonderful things for my life.
I also dream in the night, when I am asleep my mind is active. God speaks to me and revels things to me in my night time dreams. Our own special little communication process. I love it.
As our time is drawing to a close here in California we are beginning to sit and dream and think and plan for the next steps we are going to take. The dreams are big, wild and exciting. Some seem impossible in the natural but simple in the supernatural.
One dream I have that I can share with you is this. I would love to see the renovations continue on my little seaside home. We would love to extend the house so we have more room to grow and play and live. We would love our backyard to become a wonderful oasis with bountiful vegetable patches, fruit trees, a chicken coop filled with chickens, an outdoor kitchen complete with pizza oven and a fire pit. I envision a cubby house, swing set and trampoline for the children and hopefully even a new puppy!
I can get so caught up in dreaming about my future plans that I forget to live in the here and the now. As I write this we still have nine and a bit weeks until we are back home. Nine weeks still left of growing, learning and experiencing so I need to finish this season and finish it well.
Some times I find it a daily struggle to live in the here and the now. It is important to keep your eyes fixed and focused on the future but I think it is about finding the balance between the two. Having a hope for the future and being able to pray into it and still focusing and finishing out strongly in the current season you are in.
Taking part in Life Captured Inc daily Prompts.
I get frustrated over my height. I don’t like standing out in a crowd and I face the never ending battle of finding pants that are long enough for me (the struggle is real).
I get annoyed at having to wear glasses. My eye sight is really poor and I can not go a moment without them. My toddler leaves smudge marks all over them, my hair gets caught in the hinges and I can never find them in the middle of the night when I need them.
I don’t like the way I hide from people when I see them in the supermarket because sometimes I feel socially awkward and I just don’t know what to say to them.
Honestly I could probably go on forever listing the things that plague me. They are silly things, but still things that get to me every now and then.
We can become so good at pointing out our flaws and our bad habits but yet we struggle when it comes to finding the gold within ourselves. We quickly forget our lovely qualities, the things that people are drawn to in us, the wonderful things that make us who we are.
Of course there are little things that I can change so that I feel better in my self. Eating better, exercising more, working on my conversation skills and wearing contact lenses instead of my glasses and just let my hubby get up to the kids in the middle of the night so that I dot have to struggle to find my glasses!
The more that I try to fix the things I dislike the more discouraged I feel about myself and that is never a good feeling. Instead I shift my focus. I own my weaknesses and my strengths. I am created in the image of God, I am fearfully and wonderfully made. God is excited about who I am and I need to think that way too.
We need to understand that we are deeply loved and accepted by God, sons and daughters of the King. He accepts us so we should accept ourselves also. To love other people we have to first love ourselves as God implies for us to do. Self hatred is not biblical. Self acceptance helps us to accept our unchangeable physical features and our weaknesses and we can then focus on the more important things in life such as our character.
As we let our own light shine we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. Nelson Mandela
Taking part in Life Captured Inc Prompts.
Once upon a time I used to dream of wondrous adventures, about taking off into the big wide world with the wind in my hair and the sunshine on my face.
I would dream of wondering the streets of Paris with my lover on my arm, perusing the boutiques and dining at the finest cafe, eating the freshest breads topped with divine cheeses.
Of cruising around the Greek islands on a beautiful boat, swimming in the ocean and watching the sun sink into the sea.
Of traveling the world with nothing but a bag on my back, a camera around my neck and my best friend, my hubby by my side.
I never dreamed that this would become my life. It used to just be a fantasy, something hoped for but never thought would actually happen.
But it did. I wandered the streets of Paris, sailed around the Greek islands and many many more exotic destinations. I traveled the world with my best friend and now my children. I can not put into words how amazing this is to me. Every time I recount my travels to a new friend that I meet I am amazed at the adventures we have taken these past eight years. We are so very blessed.
What is the next adventure that I am dreaming of? To be home, in my little home by the sea with my close friends and family once again. To be walking down my favorite beach hand in hand with my hubby while the children run and play in the sand and sea. They say that absence makes the heart grow fonder and this is very true for me and my home town right now.
Will there be more adventures for me and my little family? Probably! We like to go wherever the wind may take us (and by wind I mean the Holy Spirit) but for now the wind is calling me home. Only nine more weeks and we will be back on Australian soil.
I am taking part in the Life Captured Inc Prompts.
We are called to be salt and light in the world.
“You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill can not be hidden”. Matthew chapter 5 verse 14
What does it mean to be salt and light?
As a follower of Jesus, we shine a light onto the very nature of God, how He acts and how He thinks. We should be the revelation light of God, His love letter to the world around us. We represent Christ to the lost, broken and hurting people around us. We preserve his very nature in the world.
When it is dark you look to the light. You look to the light so that you can see your way through the darkness, so that you do not stumble or fall. The light reveals the beauty that surrounds you, beauty that the darkness tries to hide away and cover. Light is like sunshine, it warms the body, heals the soul and clears the mind. To a child light is security, it chases away the bad things hiding in the closets or under the beds.
We are called to be light, so when darkness surrounds – when there is sickness, family breakdowns, lack of money, disaster after disaster – when it is dark people look to the light. When they look to you do they see the very nature of God? Do they see His love, His grace and His mercy? Do you hold out a hand so they do not stumble and fall? Do you help to reveal the beauty that is inside of them? Do you provide nourishment for their body, their mind and their souls? Are you preserving His very nature in the world?
To see our cities rebuilt, transformed we need to be salt and light. We need to be the very nature of God. His love letter to those who surround us.
I have just finished reading The Supernatural Ways of Royalty by Kris Vallotton and Bill Johnson. It is a really great book and one that I recommend you read. It is about knowing your true identity as a child of the King of Kings, letting go of a pauper mentality and how to start living life as an heir to the kingdom.
In the book Kris Vallotton shares a story about the transformation of a community, a community that had been overtaken by crime, drugs and immorality and the Sheriffs department didn’t know how to solve the problem. Kris and his family began to feel a strong burden for the community and they began to pray and intercede for the town. They did this for a whole year and then Kris was approached by the county, they wanted him to work with the youth who were on probation in that community. Every week they would meet and play basketball and volleyball and during half time Kris would share a message giving them tools to deal with life and let them know how valuable they were to God. Over the course of five years the entire town was changed and transformed… “drug dealers got saved and most of the kids began respecting themselves and started having moral standards. We taught the teenagers how to deal with conflict so that the fighting stopped and the entire community cleaned up” (Kris Vallotton).
This story of an entire community transformed so inspired me. One family followed the burden that was on their hearts, they took ownership for their community and they stood up and did something about the brokenness that was surrounding them. They saw breakthrough and transformation come to their community.
As the body of Christ we need to take ownership of our communities, our towns, our cities. We need to take a stand and do something about the brokenness that surrounds us…We have love that causes people to know they are cared about. We have grace that gives them the power to change. We have mercy that picks them up when they fall. We have courage that stands in the face of violence and brings peace and we have wisdom that shows people how to live. Most of all we have an awesome father who knows how to melt the hearts of His people. We have the answers to the world problems and the devils devices. Kris Vallotton.
When we start praying and interceding for our cities God will give us strategies and strength. Strategies on how to bring healing and the strength to carry them out. We have love, we have grace, we have mercy, we have courage, we have wisdom and a Heavenly Father working miracles all around us. Let heaven come in our city.
One of my most favorite times of the day is just after the children have gone down to sleep for the night. I breath a sigh of relief and soak up the stillness and quiet of the house. My evening in now free for me to do as I please. I can eat what I like without the children eating from my plate, I can listen to my music and watch what I would like on the TV. I can read a book and actually concentrate without having someone talking in my ear or asking me a million questions and I can use my Ipad or computer without being harassed by my small person, and all the parents of small children said AMEN!
When my little boy comes down the stairs after I have put him to bed to tell me that he cant sleep I feel my heart sink. My lovely evening has just been interrupted. I just want to tell him to stop being silly and to go back to bed and lay there until he goes to sleep but all it takes is one look at his sweet little face and I melt. How can I possibly say something harsh to him and then send him away to bed for the evening?
I am reminded of the verse to not let the sun go down on your anger. I am reminded that my words can speak life or death in an instant, so I pull him onto my lap for a cuddle and a kiss and I pray with him that sleep would come. He goes back to bed with his little love tank filled up a bit more and he can now sleep in peace for the night.
This parenting gig is hard sometimes and it is the little things that send us over the edge and anger and frustration begin to bubble and rise to the surface. We are not all perfect but all we can do is try to be better then what we were yesterday.
I am thankful for His mercy which is new each day and for my forgiving and loving children. In our little family we can accept each others faults and mistakes because we can see in each other that we are trying to be better than what we were the day before.