I don’t know your relationship with your dad or how Father’s Day makes you feel, but I personally take so much comfort in knowing that even when my earthly father fails me (like all dad’s do) my Heavenly Father never has & He never will.
I take comfort in knowing that I can go to my Heavenly Father at any time, any place, and pour out my heart to Him without fear of rejection.
If you feel pain on this day, I just want to remind you that you are not alone in that.
The pain & scars may never fully fade, but know that your Heavenly Father loves you & that there is nothing He wants more than to wrap you up in His strong arms & to remind you that you are His beloved child, whom He will never leave or forsake.
Father to the fatherless, defender of widows—this is God, whose dwelling is holy | Psalm 68:5
Even if my father and mother abandon me, the LORD will hold me close | Psalm 27:10
#Repost @scribblinggrace #thechristianbloggers ・・・
Can I get an Amen for this verse?: “What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things?”
Romans 8:31-32 NIV.
We have had the best day today! I have really enjoyed pampering Steven on his first Father’s Day ever 💗 This guy is going to be the best daddy I’ve ever seen. I just know it. He already loves baby A SO much it just melts my heart. Happy Father’s Day to all you hard working dads out there who fiercely love your families like God calls you to 💜🙌🏻
“Holy Spirit, I’m making room for you. Have your way.” This is such a beautiful prayer to pray over your life, your dreams, your business, your family, your situation.
It's beautiful (and so freeing!) what takes place when the Holy Spirit is welcomed and invited into our lives, when we make room for Him to speak and lead and move. There may be many things in our lives that are beyond our control, but God is able to do what we cannot. And He is willing! He can do more in a moment than we could in years... not by might, not by power, but by His Spirit.
We’ll only grow weary, frustrated, and discouraged when we try to manage things in our own strength, understanding, and timing. We need His Spirit enabling and helping us. But that’s the best part: it's not all on our shoulders... the pressure is off. In our weakness, He is strong. He is our very present help in time of trouble. We don't have to struggle through life and strive and strain to figure it all out on our own. As we invite the Holy Spirit to fill us and give us wisdom, peace, strength, and grace for the task/decision/relationship/situation at hand, we can have total confidence that it’s a prayer He loves to answer. Just watch and see what He begins to do in and through us as we yield our hearts and lives to His lead.
So, as we start a new week, a new day, or even simply a new moment, let’s invite the Holy Spirit in to do what only He can do. Rest easy. The pressure is off. We’re in good hands. He won’t steer you wrong. He’s completely trustworthy and full of grace, kindness, and compassion. He will counsel you in the right way to go and give you revelation concerning the things you’ve been asking Him for.
In Jesus name. I believe it!
p.s. this print is included in the June monthly print collection.
Happy Father’s Day to the BEST, most caring, kind, funny and hard working dad ever.
10 random and fun facts about my dad:
1) He is THE most generous person I know. I’ve seen him give the last dollar in his pocket to someone in need with a big smile on his face, no questions asked and no explanation needed.
2) He built our family home and still lives in it today with my mom (they’ve been married for almost 54 years!)
3) When he tells a story and gets laughing so hard he cries, you are sure to start laughing too... even if you didn’t hear the story!
4) When we were little and mom was away, dad would cook us Shake-n-Bake pork chops. And they were gooooood.
5) He had a side job cutting trees when I was little and to this day, whenever I smell pine, I’m instantly 5 years old again running to my dads arms for a big hug when he got home from work.
6) He is known for his whistle.
7) He served our country and I’m so thankful to him for that
8 ) Since having a pacemaker put in in 2000 he works out at the gym 2-3x per week for 2 hours per day. He does what he can when he can.
9) He used to take us to McDonalds in FRED, his 1926 Model T Ford, and people would come talk to him for hours about the car. We felt super important!
10) He loves the Lord with ALL his heart and he raised us to love Him too... which is the BEST gift any dad could give his children. ❤️ There are a MILLION more stories and memories I could share. But one thing I know, we are SO blessed to have you in our life dad. You’re my hero, you’re one in a gazillion and we love you SO much! ❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️❤️
I love making gift baskets. They are so easy too! All you do is start with a basket and fill it with the recipients favorite things. Then you place it in shrink wrap and use the blow dryer to shrink it to the form of the basket. You can finish it up with a pull bow and cut off the extra wrapping. How easy is that?! What are your favorite gift giving ideas? ▫️▫️▫️
#giftgiving#ladypastorpreneur#hospitalitytips#itssparklingjuice 🎁 🥂🍾
These sweet baby foster kittens have filled our house with lots of craziness, snuggles, and love the past month. Life has felt hectic with summer classes, work, and these cuties. But here's to being content in the season you're in. 🎉✨
God is still working even when it feels like you're alone and treading water. 💛
How we are with others:
Solomon reveals a lot of life lessons in these two chapters. He talks about our relationships with neighbors and enemies; how we treat others.
The thing is we don't treat them different. We are supposed to do good regardless. 25:21-22
Also Solomon talks about how we are to answer fools. Verses 4 & 5 of chapter 26 seem to be contradictory until you read them together in context.
We are not to answer people ever in a way to stoop to their level. "Do not answer a fool according to his folly or you yourself will be just like him."
But verse 5 continues, "answer a fool according to his folly, or he will be wise in his own eyes." In other words we need discernment and wisdom for every conversation we have. That we don't use manipulation or speak unwisely. But rather even as we correct or seek to help others by speaking in truth we do so without going about it like they are. This also doesn't mean to avoid conversation. We are as verse 5 says answer. But as verse 4 warns being careful in how we do so.
Our words matter, look at 26:18-19.
Being hurtful and then taking it back with "I'm just kidding" is not a new thing. Even in Bible times this was a thing!! Let us be careful to be wise in choosing our words because they reflect our character.
Let us also remember like in verse 24 that it is possible to speak well and harbor evil. Let our actions and words work together for good, sharing the Gospel and being the hands and feet of Christ. This is when they work beautifully together and are not in contradiction.
Remember this, "a lying tongue hates those it hurts, and a flattering mouth works ruin." 26:28
Let us speak in truth, kindness, and love. It is how we treat others that we reveal best where we really are in our walk with Christ --- allowing Him to work in our hearts and minds pours into our actions. Does this mean we never struggle? Nope, still human here 🙋🏻 but we have hope of being renewed! We have Christ, and He is changing us from the inside out, including word and deed.
Repost @beyobadassself The world puts up many facades but underneath people are crying out for authenticity. Nobody likes a fake – fake friends, fake designer handbags, fake followers and fake tan!
I have a friend with a strong pull towards ministry. She insisted that she desires to be in ministry and yet struggles to work with those of the faith with wrong motives. Selfish motives, to put it bluntly. This is particularly prevalent within larger and prominent church organisations where pseudo celebrities were praised though their behaviour and integrity were often questionable.
We have all been there. Worked with or served alongside another Christian who looks the part, talks the talk, but are there for all the wrong reasons. And, if we can be really honest with ourselves, we too have been that person. The term whitewashed tombs come to mind – keeping up appearances but shallow on the inside.
The way I see it is her struggle comes down to convictions. She has a low BS threshold and that isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Convictions such as authenticity and genuineness are admirable. Jesus demonstrated these characteristics with his disciples, followers and even his haters. He attracted people of all socio-economic backgrounds because he was real, relatable and in the case of his critics, assertive.
If we are to be like Jesus, we too should be authentic in what we say and do. Be the real deal. Though we live in a world full of fakers, posers, filters and masks, we should have the confidence, character and convictions to stay true to ourselves.
Let’s help others with a genuine heart, not to attain position, prominence and power. Let’s say what we mean and mean what we say. Then, others can look at us and say that we are just like Jesus.
Happy Father’s Day to my amazing husband!! I am constantly amazed at your servant heart and love for our family. We spent the day taking Hannah Grace & Benjamin to Worldview Academy. Thank you for loving us all so well. I remember being in high school and your goal was to be the best husband & father that God could help you to be. Scott you have exceeded all my hopes and dreams and truly exemplify the love of the Father. I love you. #discipleageneration#fathersday#ilovebeinghismrs#wifelife
“You are allowed to be a masterpiece and a work in progress simultaneously.” // Sophia Bush
Last week was all about trying to find my work balance: starting up a business, blogging, and freelancing on the side.
I’m usually the organized type, but my brain’s been scattered, my planner’s scribbled, and the desk has become a second shelf.
But for the past couple of years I’ve learned that becoming entrepreneurial and the hustle in general is messy- and that’s okay.
The grind doesn’t discredit the wonderful and amazing person God has already created you to be. You are ENOUGH.
I love this man more than words can say. He loves our babies so well, if they are half the man he is I will be a happy mama. Every moment with him only gets better. I'm so thankful my boys get to learn from his example and love of the Lord and truth. To my daddy, I love you to the moon and back 💝 #fathersday @stanley_067
The level of anxiety I sometimes feel can be overwhelming. It can get hard to think clearly, hard to breathe, and can cause me to start sobbing at the drop of a hat for no apparent reason. And friend, I’m here to tell you - it’s okay to hurt. We just can’t stay there.
In Psalm 23:4, God’s word says, “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Did you see what that said? We are moving through it. When we feel like we’re stuck in the darkness, we have a partner in the ultimate Comforter. I will choose not to be afraid because He is with me. God is always with us! Cling to Him, He is our hope.
Rest takes different forms and for me it looked like a spending a few days in a deep dive of Deuteronomy at The Gospel Coalition Women’s Conference. Deuteronomy is probably my favorite book of the Bible right now. It’s all about a God who faithfully pursues His people, keeps His promises and desires to bless them and be in the midst despite their/our unfaithfulness and hard-heartedness. It’s about a God who established a covenant with the same group of rebel hearts knowing they would not be able to keep their end of the bargain. So now I am home, filled up with a lot to process and excited to dig into some of these newbooks. This isn’t the full haul. Books for me and for my #littletheologian . I thought she’d be all over the book about Augustine, but no. It was the The New Moody Bible Atlas she couldn’t keep her paws off. Also, one of the fun things about being away for a few days is being missed. Grateful for a husband who made sure I got to attend this year.