A New Perspective

A New Perspective
This morning I woke up to these toys on the back porch. I told Tommy Mydlo and Eli that we weren’t picking them up last night as I wanted to give them a good cleaning today, so no need to pick up. I have to admit, that was tough on my OCD, but good for me.
I actually loved waking up to this.
A floor full of toys represents life, and love, and family closeness to me. It didn’t always. When my kids where little, sometimes the day to day chores wore on me. I would hear the devil’s lies and ugly whispers telling me that I wasn’t making any kind of difference in the world picking up toys, changing diapers and teaching my kids manners. The devil would try to get my mind on worldly passions and goals. I would feel frustrated many times with the beautiful season that I was in as a wife and mother.
But not today devil!
I know better!
I know how to decipher lies from truth by judging everything by the Word of God.
I know how short life is. I’ve lost loved ones who I would give my last dime to spend another day with here on Earth. I don’t waste time anymore.
I know how important the hospitality and love and nurturing and discipleship of the next generation is. I know the importance of keeping an eternal perspective.
I know I’m one person. One person cannot change the world. But… one person can truly change one person’s world.
I love the season I’m in right now. God is allowing me to write and teach and minister at a local level, so that I can be the best wife and mother and Mimi I can be while still affecting people across the globe with the truths of God’s Word.
I’ve learned to embrace the boundaries I’ve been given. I’ve learned to be content. I’ve learned to stop and smell every rose. I realized that they always smell the sweetest when picked by little hands. 💙

“Since, then, you have been raised with Christ, set your hearts on things above, where Christ is, seated at the right hand of God. Set your minds on things above, not on earthly things.”
‭‭Mommies, don’t rush this!
Don’t listen to the devil’s lies! Your job is the most important one on the planet.
Don’t tire of the daily tasks. You’ll miss them someday.
Set your minds on the Kingdom impact you are making in your precious home with your precious family.
I love you mommies.

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I’m Trying!

Trying to eat what I would eat if my doctor was right here!
Trying to say what I would say if my Mama was right here!
Trying to work like I would work if my boss was right here!
Trying to exercise like I would if my trainer (don’t have one😄) was right here!
Trying to love like I would love if Jesus were right here! Because He is! (Christians, we carry Holy Spirit, don’t forget)

#Ithinkthatsintegrity

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Washing of The Word

The Washing of The Word

We are painting our entire garage so we decided to take the popcorn off of the ceiling. There’s no doubt that most of my revelation for writing comes when I’m sweating, whether I’m the garden, on a project or exercising.
Today as I was scraping popcorn ceiling with Tommy Mydlo I thought of the freshness we are able to experience as new creatures in Christ. Our old sins disappear under the precious blood of Christ.
Yes, our Spirit is made new supernaturally and immediately when we make Jesus Lord. But, our minds, our wills, our emotions, and our bodies all have a long way to go to look like Jesus. There is a scraping away that has to be done, a renewal that only can take place through the crucifixion or our flesh and the renewal of our minds in the Word of God.
As I was spraying the water to loosen the popcorn I thought about the scripture in Ephesians 5:25-26, “Husbands, love your wives, just as Christ loved the church and gave himself up for her to make her holy, cleansing her by the washing with water through the word,”
‭‭Y’all, The Word washes us clean. When we study it, mediate on it, memorize it, and apply it to our lives, we are truly made more and more holy everyday. It’s not a one time cleansing. We must clean our hearts and minds daily with God’s Holy Word.

How did the ceiling come out? Absolutely fresh. Our floor looked like it snowed in our garage before we swept and washed it, but it was worth it. Now, it’s time for mud and paint.

You know I’ll show you a finished picture. I’m pretty sure I am addicted to before and afters. To see a once dirty, broken piece or room made new, beautiful and fit for a Kingdom, it excites me to no end. I think I get that from God.
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Garbage Day

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When you ask God for wisdom, don’t be surprised by the things He uses for analogies and metaphors. I was walking Tyco this morning and I realized it is my least favorite day of the week to walk; garbage day. Yes, I am utterly grateful and thankful for our garbage collectors. What would we do without them? But, after they have come through the neighborhood, every top of every can is hanging open. With open garbage cans, comes a plethora of smells that are not pleasant in any way.

Tyco, being a dog, of course has no issue with stinky things. God only knows why dogs love to smell each other’s butts. But, that is just a dog thing. So, Tyco has no issue with open lids of garbage cans. That is like mama’s milk to her. But, to me, I find myself walking in the middle of the street to avoid the curbside lingering’s.

I was praying and I heard God speak to me. He said, “This is necessary to clean out the junk. Just like your heart has to be cleansed to clean out the junk.” Oh ya’ll….

If we don’t remove the lid, God can’t clean out our junk. The bible says, “the heart is deceitful in every way.” Our hearts are yucky without the washing of the Word. If we close up our hearts to God’s cleansing power, we will never truly get healed. Sometimes we want to just put the lid on the can of our hurts. We want to keep it closed so no one sees our real. We want to quickly shut up the stink. But, if we don’t allow God to invade every area of our lives, we will remain broken and unable to heal.

Healing is stinky. It involves work. It involves study. It involves serving. God wants in to our trash dump of a heart so He can make it what He truly desired it to be; a place where His Spirit leads, a place where joy lives, a place where true servant hood is birthed, a place of peace.

1 Corinthians 4:5 says, “Therefore judge nothing before the appointed time; wait until the Lord comes. He will bring to light what is hidden in darkness and will expose the motives of the heart.” You know, sometimes being a teacher, hurts. It does. God wants me to help others, so He makes me feel what others feel. He makes me suffer what is right, so I can preach what is right. You gotta be real to heal. So, God makes me feel the real.

I know, coming out of this quarantine is not going to be easy. People have had the lid on for five months and now that they are having to return into life, some stinky fears are going to surface, some stinky worries are going to linger, and some stinky insecurities are going to have to come out. We can’t keep the lid on. God wants us healed. He wants us whole. He wants us clean. So, there will be a cleansing period, and we all need to prepare.

Those of us that have felt fear and seen God heal, need to be there for others who are afraid.  Those of us who have felt shame and have seen God restore, need to be there for others. Those of us who have felt unloved and have received His love need to share that love with others. We need to walk through the stink with each other for a little while so God can clean us up from this mess. Oh friends, the true healing of God is there for the taking. Just let Him take the lid off once and for all, so you can be cleansed.

Garbage day can teach us so much!

 

 

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Copy God!

“Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:25‬ ‭NIV‬‬
https://www.bible.com/111/gal.5.25.niv
When we went trail riding in Utah Eli’s horse was so cute how he copied everything my horse did. If my horse peed, his peed. If my horse galloped so did his. If my horse whinnied, I would hear his also. He was so adorable how he mimicked whatever mine did.
What if we did that with God?
What if we felt loved, then we gave that love away?
What if we were blessed then we went out and became a blessing to someone?
What if we heard Him speak and we shared His wisdom with others? That’s keeping in step with The Spirit. The Holy Spirit is our Guide, our Teacher, and our example of how to live Godly.
Keeping in step with The Spirit will protect us from dangerous cliffs in life and guide us into all holiness as we follow Him closely and not at a distance. How about today, copy-cat God’s loving ways? This world could use some good followers, true followers of The Way.926631A7-C44A-4C0A-9E9E-8A0D9BB3BCF9

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The Rock Eternal

2F6A1EAC-ACC6-4B6E-BBFE-2E3D092CD6B8Psalm 61:2 says:
“From the ends of the earth I call to you. I call as my heart grows faint, Lead me to the rock that is higher than I. For you have been my refuge, a strong tower against the foe.”
While hiking I learned so much about God.
He is the Rock! The Rock eternal. He is our safe place. When hiking you step on many rocks. You begin to see which rocks can be trusted and which cannot.
Some rocks are unsteady and some are trustworthy.
Some people run to the rock of money.
Some run to the rock of education.
Some run to the rock of things.
Some run to the rock of news.
Some run to the rock of people.
All of these rocks may seem steady for a little while, but too quickly they erode and cause you to slip.
The righteous learn real quickly that Jesus is the only Rock that we are to run to. He is the Chief Cornerstone and The Rock that makes many stumble.
They stumble because they don’t believe the truth.
Our Jesus is the Rock that can ALWAYS be trusted.
Will you run to Him today? He will never turn you away.
#JesusisTheRock
#youareunforsaken

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Memories

5A869225-7A1F-4DD1-95C3-D2C401B6587AIt’s getting a little chillier outside since it’s January. This morning the windows in the house were fogged up. During my prayer time I looked out back to glimpse at the sunrise and I noticed the fog on the windows. So, of course I did what any very mature 46 year old would do. I wrote with my finger in the glass.

Our memories are such amazing things. As I was writing a love note to Jesus I could feel myself ten years old  in the way back of my parents old station wagon, riding back from Grandma Carr’s house. It was chilly to touch because we lived in upstate NY but my sister Annie and I would always feel the need to remove our mittens or gloves and pen our names or something special in the glass to make our mark. I remember it driving my mom nuts all of the fingerprints we would leave. But, we simply couldn’t resist.

Isn’t it crazy how memories can pop back up like that? Good and bad memories of times past can be drawn up so easily. The human brain is truly remarkable.

I think that memories are one of the most amazing gifts that God gives us. As the river of time rolls on, we can always go back to simpler times in our imaginations and rejoice and thank God for the blessings that we have received. We can’t get hung up there though. After all, the gift of today is the best gift that God has given us.

Every new sunrise represents a fresh start, a new day and a chance for a different perspective. Too much focus on yesterday or tomorrow can trip us up and steal our today. It’s such a blessing when God draws up an old fun memory for us. Savor those moments but don’t stay there too long. His true gifts are packaged in the present moments of today!
Trust and obey! All that’s real is today!
Make today amazing.

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I See Men Like Trees

“They came to Bethsaida, and some people brought a blind man and begged Jesus to touch him. He took the blind man by the hand and led him outside the village. When he had spit on the man’s eyes and put his hands on him, Jesus asked, “Do you see anything?” He looked up and said, “I see people; they look like trees walking around.” Once more Jesus put his hands on the man’s eyes. Then his eyes were opened, his sight was restored, and he saw everything clearly.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭8:22-25‬ ‭NIV‬‬
I’ve read this scripture so many times, but today I felt God say to me, this is how disciples grow. They see a little clearer everyday.
Discipleship is a process. Knowing Jesus intimately and growing in the knowledge of His love isn’t a one time thing. Discipleship is a walk. It’s a journey.
When we make our good confession, only our Spirit becomes perfect immediately. Our soul and our body still needs sanctification.
Sanctification takes place as we allow God to touch us with His Word in a way that will make our vision just a little bit clearer than yesterday.
Sanctification is a process that is driven by renewing our minds in the Word of God and crucifying our old flesh daily.
When we are first saved, we see people walking around like trees. With each touch from Jesus, our vision of Heavenly things and things of the Kingdom become clearer and crisper everyday!
Let’s decide to allow God to shape us and let’s continue to work out our salvation with fear and trembling. The road ahead is only getting brighter!
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Words

May my words be sweet unto your ears

and a form of earthly praise.

May my mouth speak love and life and

peace, today, though all of my days. 

May past mistake be dead and gone

to be remembered here no more.

May today be a day I speak life and love,

to behold all your blessings in store.

May your peace be my anchor, may your

love be my sword.

May your Word be my weapon. May my

flesh get on board!

Today my dear King this is my prayer and

plea.

May my words be acceptable and

honorable toward Thee!

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Freedom

Tommy and I ran  into someone we’ve  known for years who used to go to church with us and serve in construction ministry with us. I’m always happy to see him because it’s usually at a home improvement store or somewhere like that that we see him, where hard working people shop.
He truly is a kind man. We asked him how he was. He said “Really, I’m  focusing on the Mosaic law lately. It’s really about the law” First thing I thought was “Praise God, he’s pursing holiness.” But immediately I felt my Holy Spirit say,  “You foolish Galatians who has bewitched you? You’re turning to a gospel that really is no gospel at all.”
It made me think of the entire book of Galatians when Paul is trying to tell them to stop trying to go back to their old ways of circumcision and forcing people to follow rules and religion that they really are unable to follow, without God’s Grace poured out to accomplish it. These Galatians were free people who sort of chose to put their own imaginary shackles of religion back on. Paul was trying to urge them to choose a better way, and choose The Way, Jesus Christ.
You see, we are saved by grace through faith and there is really nothing we can do to earn it, that’s why it’s called grace! It’s grace that saved us and it’s grace that keeps us. Working to follow the Mosaic law perfectly will just leave us spiritually exhausted, feeling like we can never measure up.
Hebrews 8:13 says, “By calling this covenant “new,” he has made the first one obsolete; and what is obsolete and outdated will soon disappear.”The Word is serious about us walking in the NEW Covenant of Grace, not getting saved by the new covenant but still worshipping the old covenant. That’s double minded and what Paul says “really is no gospel at all.” Gospel means good news. The good news is that Jesus has paid it all and all to Him we owe! Sin had left a crimson stain and He washed it white as snow! That’s good news.
Oh y’all, should we pursue holiness? Heck yes! All day, everyday! The Word says “be perfect because I am perfect.”
Will we obtain perfect holiness here on Earth? Well, our Spirit is made Holy the second we make Jesus Lord. But it’s only by crucifying our flesh and renewing our minds daily, will we be pursuing holiness for our soul and our body. Our Spirit has it, our soul and body needs a little work!
So, yes I love that my friend loves the law, but I’m praying for him to remember that Jesus completely fulfilled the law. Jesus gave us a new and better covenant! Jesus is truly what it’s all about. When we follow Jesus we walk in the fruits of the spirit, which are  love, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control. And the Word says, “against such things, there is no law!”
Let’s let The Holy Spirit guide us into all holiness! He’s so much better at it than us.
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