Monday, January 21, 2013

Oh Look! A Shoe!

Drew received lots and lots of new toys for Christmas. So many that I've reserved most to go in the attic for another time. He is very loved. :)

It amazes me how quickly a toy looses its shine. And how Drew can be surrounded by toys and want the thing that looks new.

-My keys
-The stool leg
-My purse
-The bottom of our shoes, blaa!

He'll pass up all his fun toys for something he doesn't have.

We were born craving new. We are easily distracted by something we don't have. We long to look different physically, have new clothes in our wardrobe, sometimes we want new friends or make bad decisions to find new in our marriages.

But God is also a fan of new.

In His word He promised, "Anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!" 2 Corinthians 5:17

Lamentations 3:22-23
The faithful love of the Lord never ends! His mercies never cease. Great is His faithfulness. His mercies begin afresh each morning!"

Each day He wipes the slate clean. He wants to make us new from the inside out. He also longs for us to desire Him over all the shiny, sometimes new things this world has to offer. 

I'll forever be amazed at how God will speak to me through the lessons & life Drew is experiencing for the 1st time. I pray we will always wake up thankful we are being made new by Him. 

"Every day it's true. You make all your mercies new."
Nichole Nordeman, Mercies New

Sunday, January 6, 2013

Accept the Invitation

Today I had the opportunity to sing "Wide Awake" by Katy Perry! We launched a series at my church Cross Point called Wide Awake, moving beyond life as usual to life with God.

Our Pastor shared a couple of key points:
"God wants to walk with us before he works through us."
"Your life is not about doing things for God. You were created to remain, abide, be with Him."

I found it ironic that Drew was wide awake at 3:30 AM this morning. These days I long to be dead asleep more often!

But I also find myself longing for something else.


I hear, see and know God is inviting me to be with Him. And I continually turn Him down. Maybe because I feel overwhelmed & busy caring for Drew. Maybe I just want to sit and do nothing after he goes to bed. Maybe I just don't want to. 

But I need Jesus. I need Him when I'm overwhelmed. I need His eyes to see Him working in our family and in those I cross paths with daily. I need him to refresh my spirit in the quiet moments. 

I had a friend tell me a story once about a little girl he knew. She was 4 years old and one day he walked in to the girl's room and saw her on her knees praying with her bible beside her. 

No one was watching. 

At 4 years old, she was taking time to be with God. 

I want Drew to know that mommy and daddy walk with God. That we will get on our knees to thank him, ask for help, be still. And that He is alive and at work in the hearts of His people.

I am excited about this series and want to start accepting God's invitation to remain in Him.