Jul 222014
 

Falls, in His Name

I just read a blog post from a dear mama of boys who is expecting with about 6-8 weeks left in her pregnancy and she wrote about a fall she took over the weekend and how she instinctively injured herself to protect her baby belly.

I encourage you to read her post here because it is definitely food for the soul. Instead of the “why me?” it’s the “praise God” type of post that must’ve taken her a little while to be able to conjure into her beautiful words.

What I’m Reading

Right now I am reading God’s Heart for you by Holley Gerth and Under God’s Umbrella also by Holley Gerth. I am horrible at reading her devotions as devotions. I tend to sit down and read them like they are novels, but I need to remind myself to slow and pace myself so that I can absorb the message of Love that she is reiterating to me from the written Word.

I am also reading The Nesting Place by Myquillyn Smith which was a ‘splurge’ book for me because I have been putting off decorating or even finishing the drywall now for well over a year and I lover her blog and thought that the book might just be the kick start I need to actually start to enjoy the home I live in, and it most certainly has been. The book is all printed on glossy paper so the photos all show beyond well and she has so many tips that are on the inexpensive that I actually feel like I may just enjoy this place in the near future after all! Be sure to check out her book and blog!

Finally, I am also reading A Million Little Ways by Emily Freeman who happens to be the little sister of Myquillyn and this happened totally by accident. I only learned they were sisters when reading the praise at the beginning of The Nesting Place. Of all the books to read I think it is definitely God’s doing that I have sisters teaching me how to express the art that I am from two different perspectives!

What I’ve Been Doing

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Honestly? I have been depressed the last week or so and I am struggling with feelings like the world is ending and there is no point in doing things because it will all be for nothing (like decorating) and then being in a somewhat manic state where I should scrub things clean -at least that lasted until I pulled my back out. Whatever the case two fish tanks, the crayfish tank, bird cage, dog crates and floor have all been scrubbed.

On a more fun note I put together my first #FMFPartySnailMail card for a lovely lady named Michelle, though I haven’t mailed it yet because I don’t actually live near a post office and they don’t deliver to the house. I picked up mail today but alas I forgot the card I worked so hard on here, right in front of my calendar, where I wouldn’t forget to grab it (anyone else do that?) now, tonight I am working on card number two and I received my first card in the mail today which was really sweet and the scripture and prayer is greatly appreciated. *photo to come, i don’t carry my phone, but I assure you it is pretty and PINK!!* The most fun part is that the lovely lady who sent it lives only 2 1/2 hours away! Possible community? Maybe 🙂

So

The phone just rang and it had one of those I don’t want to answer because I don’t want to know what the caller says type of rings to it and I answered and promptly handed the phone over to my dad who learned that my great uncle Richard died. He was my grandpas best friend and my grandpa passed away back in the fall. With a family as large as ours it’s hard to say I was “close” to him but the effect is definitely felt and I pray that he has risen up and was greeted kindly by loved ones and our Lord and Saviour.

I also learned an uncle who was like a father to me while I grew up is once again in the hospital with a severe bladder infection and from what I understand a perforated bowel so he will likely be needing surgery. He just left the hospital after about 6 weeks because of an infection and is nearly 70 years old so I am praying for him, my cousins and my other aunts and uncles as we all ask God to let us keep him a little bit longer.

Please friends. join me in prayer that God’s Will will be done and that any suffering will be at a minimum to everyone affected.

Sum It Up

I guess when we experience falls they aren’t always something beautiful like a waterfall seen from afar yet the fall has the same amount of power as those water falls do, the ability to suck you under and deprive you of the soul sustaining love and God that you need in order to really live and those same falls with the same power also has the ability to beautify and splash up life and newness and a world that is magical, holding its own rainbow as the light shines through, because no matter how hard the fall, no matter how deep the landing, the light is always there, shining bright, with a promise of His peace begging to be seen.

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Perfection is overrated.

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