We wrap ourselves up in comfort, we surround ourselves with friends that share our beliefs, our values, that echo who we are. It’s only natural for us to want to feel safe, to be with people that agree with us, that get us. I find it fascinating, intriguing and beautiful that Jesus kept the most unusual company, company that would make me feel pretty uncomfortable.
Mark 2:13-17 tells the story of Jesus having dinner with Levi and his tax collecting, sinning friends. Some Pharisees saw the scandal and started asking questions. Jesus hears their questions and tells them that it’s not the healthy that need a doctor but the sick, that He has not come to call the righteous but sinners.
Here is Jesus, keeping company with the outcasts, the misfits, the broken, the forgotten, the unwanted, the rejected, the hated, the despised. The people that the religious establishment had turned their backs on are the people that Jesus chose to eat His dinner with. The people that would make me uncomfortable are the people that Jesus calls me to spend my time with.
I wonder, are you willing to join Jesus at the dinner table with a bunch of sinners?
The first set of new totes went out the door this morning! Including two to Australia. What?!
Did you know I lived in AUS for 5 months in my twenties? Yep, I was at a @ywam_org base there in New South Wales. (Anybody heard of #YWAM?!) That experience was such a pivotal one in my life. Not perfect, but beautiful, and I’ll always look back on it with affection.
You don’t have to live in Australia for me to be super happy to send you one of these new totes! 🙂 Every single package that goes out is such a dang big treat for me. Looking forward to seeing where the next ones will head. Hopefully to you! 💌
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One day at a time I’m learning that it’s about progress, not perfection. I struggle to do it all, be it all, and not beat myself up when I fall short. I’m learning to ask the Holy Spirit to edit my to-do list as He sees fit, to leave space for the unexpected, and to give myself grace just as God does ❤️. I even wrote about this on the blog last week. If you can relate, give it a read. I pray it blesses you. Link in profile 👉
My day was made when I had the greatest biblical epiphany yet - I may be reading the Bible in page order but the content I’m reading is definitely not in chronological order! I mean, I totally knew that before but it’s hard to keep that in mind as I’m reading from paragraph to paragraph. •
Until now. Deuteronomy summarizes Numbers in the exact way I needed to read it so I actually get it now. Praise hands 🙌🏼
This week I’ve realised just how much I’ve allowed voices from my past to shape the way I think about my calling. ✨
I realised that I’m so nervous to do what I feel God has called me to do because I’m worried people will think I’m self-centred and attention seeking. Honestly, I even feel nervous writing this because I’m worried you will think it’s true. ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
The crazy thing is that I can trace that thought back to one conversation I had with someone a few years ago. 😱
Those small limiting words that this person said to me has stuck with me and shaped the way I’ve thought about myself. 💭
I’ve been challenged to not just accept the thoughts that come into my head but to ask questions: Where did that thought come from? Does it line up with what God says about me? ⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀⠀
Am I listening to God’s voice and what He says about me? Or am I listening to the voices of others who have spoken limiting words and negativity over me? 😌
I’m also reminded just how powerful our words are. I never want to speak to someone in a condescending way, in a way that might stick with them and limit their beliefs about their calling and purpose on this earth. 💖
Our words have the power to speak LIFE or DEATH. Let’s speak LIFE over people. ☀️
Have you let someone else’s voice have power over you? 👇🏼 Let’s break these lies together. ❤️
God’s call on Moses life has nothing to do with Moses, but it took Moses a little while to understand that (anyone relate?🙋🏼♀️)
Moses says, “God I can’t go, I’m just a shepherd” (Exodus 3:11). But God responds “I’ll be with you Moses” (3:12)
Moses complains, “What if you’re wrong God? What if they don’t believe me?” (4:1)
God assures him that He will perform miraculous demonstrations of his power so that they will believe(4:2-5).
Moses continues, “yeah but God, I’m really terrible at speaking” (4:10), to which God says: “Didn’t I make your mouth? Can I not also teach it what to speak?” (4:11-12)
What Moses was yet to understand was that God wanted Egypt to be impressed with him, not Moses. He wanted Egypt to tremble in awe at the throne of glory, not to falsely attempt to worship Moses. He wanted Egypt to love, serve and surrender to Him, not Moses.
Multiple times recently I’ve wondered why God chose me of all people to run something like @phosterco. Let me be the very first to tell you I have NO idea what I’m doing. There are so many other, more qualified people for the task at hand. But Lazarus wasn’t equipped to walk out of the grave and Saul wasn’t qualified to evangelize the Gentiles. God choses unlikely, weak people so that his power might be magnified (2 Corinthians 12:9).
May our lives lift His name high and not our own. May we trust in our Father and not ourselves.
We have a shipment y’all! End of day special delivery. Elizabeth and I ran down to our new warehouse to load up the car so we can start shipping tomorrow first thing! Thank the Lord it’s here - all 9 pallets. 💪It’s been an excruciating wait, and I thank you all for your grace and patience if you’ve been waiting on yours. Customs decided to keep our container longer than expected, but God’s timing is always perfect (even when we don’t understand the delays). 💗 Here are some behind the scenes pictures @elizabethholdphotography shot today!
after this photo was taken, the words “i think this photo completely sums me up,” escaped from my lips. now i’m wondering if i should be concerned that i can be summed up by a photo of me WAY TOO giddy about a footlong hotdog, while attending a concert. 🤷🏻♀️
She said “mom check out this shoe it’s so tiny!”. When I held it in my hand I giggled at its tiny perfection. I ran my finger down the stitching and imagined a tiny sock foot wearing that shoe. I did let my mind wander to think who in the world would make a shoe that small with laces, but that’s just the blessing of a brain that overthinks everything.
After the laughing, I held onto that shoe for a long time. I thought about putting it in my purse. I knew holding this tiny shoe with total clarity that my time having babies is over. The grief I felt in that moment was hard to disguise.
Don’t laugh, I know I’m a mid 40’s mama with kids who are tweens! I see myself as a young woman in my brain thankfully, but I’m in a new era and I didn’t even know it.
There is a part of me that always thought there would be more time, another chance to bring a babe into our family, to see my kids love on a younger sibling. It will always be something I think about and wonder if I made the right choice.
I hit the kid jackpot with my two and am so blessed, but that tiny shoe just made me unravel right at the shoe store in the mall.💗 PS - I am so buying those shoes for a mama who is getting ready for her babe😍
“While there were times I felt so hurt tears of rage fell, or when I threw out every item of clothing I had ever worn in my lover’s presence because it still carried the faintest scent of him, or hid from the world in my garage — I don’t regret.
Because once my heart cracked, the overwhelming rush of creativity poured out and flooded my life and filled my soul with a new, more meaningful satisfaction.”
Follow Clair’s lead in her latest blog, “The Art of Being Broken Open.” What good thing could you allow into those broken places? 💔
While I was making dinner tonight, I had a chat with my new public-school-going-kindergartener.
It really boiled down to “sometimes new things are hard but that doesn’t mean we don’t like them.” Because he loves school but it’s new. New can be hard. Honestly? I think he felt 100x better just hearing me say, “Yes, this is hard and you’re doing great. I’m really proud of you.”
Sometimes we don’t need a “other people have it worse” story. We don’t need a “well, that’s just how things are.” We don’t need a familiar Bible verse or a pat spiritual answer. We need to hear, “Yes, this is a hard thing. You are doing great.”
It can be hard. It doesn’t make it bad. It doesn’t mean you’re doing a bad job. It doesn’t mean that you should do something else or that if you had more faith it would be easier.
I want to hold space for life to be hard as well as beautiful and it starts with me. I have to be able to speak life and truth over myself as well as others. “This is hard, but that doesn’t mean I should look for something else to do.” If I just admit that it’s hard, I can quit pretending that it’s not. Pretending makes everything so much harder.
Maybe you need it tonight. It’s hard and that doesn’t make it bad. Exhausting maybe, but God’s going to walk with you. You are doing a great job.
Remember that time we went to Wisconsin Dells to fulfill @sara.struong’s childhood dream of going to the Torture Museum and it was closed even though Google said it would be open? 😂😂 We had a good laugh and made our way to my hometown, where we’ve played with horses and the friendliest little kitties. Next up: Pride and Prejudice with a glass wine. It’s been the perfect Wednesday!