Archive | January 2012

Our Minutes

Day 31 Project 365

So normally by this time each year I am kicking myself for all the things I started doing January 1st with full intentions of finishing that have fallen by the way side.  I am usually beating myself up wishing I had more will power, drive or hours in my day.  This year started different as instead of new years resolutions I had compiled a well thought out and prayed over list of projects that I wanted to accomplish, from reading books, finishing photo albums to personal growth and healing!  I needed to start with a different purpose and vision and goal.

I am so pleased that after 31 days I am still going strong.  I have had ups and downs and joys and pains.  I have had days where I didn’t quite accomplish all the things I wanted to or should have done and I am excited to say instead of quitting I picked up where I left off the next day.  I have given myself grace and learned to apply that towards others.  I have made new memories with my family and friends and even added some new friends along the way.  I have not been perfect but I have been successful.

I am encouraged that as I continue to surrender the moments and desires of my heart, as I continue to allow myself to be sifted and refined, I am daily finding success.

Today I would like to share with you bits and pieces of a really great blog I read some time ago.  (I will have a link at the end of this blog so you can read the blog I am quoting from in its entirety.)  This is a reminder that no matter how much time is left in this year we are to spend it wisely.  The author was giving this as part of his speech to graduating seniors:

(The gift of) ” the next year of your life.

525,600 minutes.  I heard our friends in Concert Choir rehearsing “Seasons of Love,” one of my favorite songs from the musical Rent around the same time I started brainstorming for this speech.  In the song, Jonathon Larson wrote:

Five hundred twenty-five thousand Six hundred minutes, Five hundred twenty-five thousand Moments so dear. Five hundred twenty-five thousand Six hundred minutes How do you measure, measure a year?

In the next year, you will be given the gift of over half a million minutes.  Spend them wisely.  Tonight, as you mark this wonderful transition in your life, I hope that you’ll consider ways that you might spend your time to create some meaningful minutes in the year ahead.  It might be overwhelming to consider all that lies ahead for you:  college, or a career,  or family, or all of these, or none of these.  You all have plans, and tomorrow you will take your next step toward achieving them.

But before you get lost in the big picture, recognize that life is built minute by minute.  Lord Chesterfield said, “I recommend you take care of the minutes, for the hours will take care of themselves.” It’s the cumulative impact of our daily interactions with others that shape who we are and who we become. My challenge to you is to simply become more aware and purposeful in the way you choose to spend those minutes……

Now don’t worry, this isn’t the part of the speech where I tell you to “live every day as if it were your last.”  I’ve never really understood this advice.  If I lived every day as if it were my last, I’d probably never go to work!  You’d probably find me every day eating a Big Mac on a rollercoaster in Disney World with my family before flying to New York to see another fine Broadway performance.  Instead I tend to agree with Arnold Bennett who said, “The supply of time is a daily miracle.  You wake up in the morning and lo!  Your purse is magnificently filled with 24 hours of the unmanufactured tissue of the universe of life.  It is yours!  The most precious of your possessions.”  Spend it wisely.”

http://everyeveryminute.wordpress.com/2011/05/23/meaningful-minutes/

The gift we have been given is today- and the challenge is to simply become more aware and more purposeful.  I love it!  Best part, the one who created me is excited too!  Because as I surrender my moments and become more aware of my purpose and living it I become all He created me to be!

The best is yet to come

 Day 30 Project 365

Hard to believe we are at the end of January.  I am very excited though about the things I have accomplished this month.  My list of projects is well underway and the things that the Lord has been showing me and working in me is quite exciting.

Today I took my son to the DMV for his learners permit test.  I was excited for him as he scored a perfect 100.  It seems so hard to believe that time moves so quickly and he is driving.  I am so proud of him, of my kids.  I have been so blessed by them and to be their mom.  Today as I reflect back on this month and the things I have learned I am reminded that as I humbly lay my life in the masters hands He is so faithful.  As I approach life with a humble heart, with grace and with forgiveness He supplies the rest.  He answers in His time in accordance with what is best for me.  It might not always look like what I think it should but I do trust His heart.  Just like my son was so calm and collected today, knowing he had studied and was ready for his test, I too am finding that as I spend time each day preparing for my day ahead, as I make moments throughout the day to reflect and listen, I move through my days with confidence that no matter the test or the circumstance that might present itself, I have done my part and I am ready.

I am anxious for a new month to start.  Today I will spend sometime looking back over this month and making a plan for the next.  I am excited each day by my new success and new-found freedom.  I am loving the change and I am excited to see what is next.

Proverbs 16:3

New Life Version (NLV)

3 Trust your work to the Lord, and your plans will work out well.

 

In that quiet place

 Day 29 Project 365

The sun is shining so bright today.  The boys were off last night to my parents house because today is their dirt biking day.  I made sandwiches this morning and packed the cooler for my husband to join them.  My daughter and I then made our way to Cracker Barrel for brunch with my mom,sisters and niece.  A pleasant way to start the day.   Soon after we arrived home my daughter had to leave for work which left me to the quietness of my day.  I had some photographs to work on and some things needing my attention around the house.  I finished my to-do list for the day and decided to spend some quiet time.  I fixed some tea and sat down to read.

With sun streaming through my windows my thoughts were of rain.  Rain that washes away and refreshes and makes all things new.  I needed that today!  Not that anything in particular happened.  It has been a good day.  Yet I have this feeling lurking that just makes something feel off.  I need to remind myself of the washing away of fears and tears and worries.  I need to be still in this quiet place.  As my praise music plays quietly this song comes on by Mercy Me, Word of God Speak.  I have felt so quiet today.  Not really wanting to talk and not really wanting to move.  Not sure why but maybe it is in this quiet place that I need to hear His voice.  Maybe in this place where I give up control, give up trying to figure things out, create something perfect, do the next right thing, maybe in this place He just needs to be able to speak and I need to be able to listen.  Today Lord, right now, I am listening!

“Word Of God Speak”

I’m finding myself at a loss for words
 And the funny thing is it’s okay
The last thing I need is to be heard
 But to hear what You would say
[CHORUS] Word of God speak
Would You pour down like rain
Washing my eyes to see Your majesty
To be still and know That You’re in this place
Please let me stay and rest
In Your holiness
Word of God speak
I’m finding myself in the midst of You
 Beyond the music, beyond the noise
All that I need is to be with You
And in the quiet hear Your voice
[REPEAT CHORUS 2x]
I’m finding myself at a loss for words And the funny thing is it’s okay

Poison

 Day 28 Project 365

I was baking cookies with my kids over the holidays.  My son was helping me measure all the ingredients and place them in prep bowls so we would be ready to go and not miss anything since we were more than doubling this recipe.  He opened the bottle of vanilla and practically stuck his nose in it. MMMMMM smells so good.  He begged me to let him try it and I warned him the smell was deceiving because alone it was bitter and nothing at all like it smells.  He insisted and I relented and he put some on a spoon to taste.  I will save you the part where I said I told you so!

A few weeks later I was making fresh squeezed lemonade.  My little niece insisted she wanted some lemon juice.  Try telling a 3-year-old that just knows about everything there is to know about everything she won’t like it and you might as well attempt to nail jello to a tree.  So I let her sip it from a spoon.   After we all died laughing at her over exaggerated faces and I wiped her tongue off with a wet dishcloth at her repeated assistance, “Get it off me!” she proclaimed rather matter of factly, “that was ridiculous!”  (Yes, she used the word ridiculous!)  I tried to tell her!

Bitterness, anger and holding grudges leave the same nasty taste in our mouths.  Even though we have been warned over and over that nothing good comes from it we still insist that some how it will help us feel better.

I read a quote yesterday:  Holding a Grudge is Like Drinking Poison and Waiting For the Other Person to Die

May I share?  I will do so tenderly so if this seems vague I am sorry but I pray my words will be sensitive yet effective.

Many years ago I heard very clearly from the Lord.  It was as though He was standing to my right side, had placed His hand on my shoulder and whispered in my ear.  He was very clear in what He was asking me to do and say.  I shared it with those whose lives it would affect and I obeyed.  The result was the changing of life circumstances for several people and our entire family.  I do know that lives were saved because of following His direction.  Because of the way God made me and the characteristics He has ingrained in my being, I find it hard to behave certain ways.  I find certain lifestyles and behaviours hard to understand.  I do not for one minute think I am above anyone but, on the same foot, I am not below anyone either.  Many years have passed and I have sacrificed as have many others.  I have tried to do the right things and be the woman God has called me to be in this situation.  There have been years of blessings and years of pain.  I learned that although I was obedient I still was (and am)  in the middle of someone elses consequences, someone elses choices and wrong behaviours and I will go so far as to say someone elses generational curses.  I have stood my ground and held my head high.  I have done when others would have given up.  I have not always been perfect but I have been willing to be challenged and corrected in love and I have been willing to change.  I have endured people thinking they knew and others passing judgement.  I have lost people who I thought were my friends and I have been left standing alone. (That is how I felt)  I have been the topic of “prayerful” conversation and I have hit bottom to the point of no longer wanting to live.  I have spent hours, countless hours in counseling and I have done and done.  I had grown cold and resentful and I could taste hate for the first time in my life.

I am being so real with you.  I have to.   I started being real about this several months ago when I could no longer breathe.  Literally.  It was as if the walls were filled with holes and water was pouring into every crack threatening my life, sucking out the last bits of air.  I have poured over the Word, I know the scriptures.  I know that these people do not care what they are doing, what they have done.  They have shown and continue to show me who they really are and I have accepted it.  I know that them facing or being made to face their behaviours would mean they would be faced to make a choice to change.  They would no longer be able to blame others, me.  Yet it hurts, because I can’t wrap my head around it, because I have done and given up and wasted time and…..don’t they get it?????????????????????????????????

No. They don’t.  Just like an addiction- until you are ready to face it, deal with it and call it what it is you insist “you don’t have a problem!” ( I don’t speak this lightly as I too struggle with addiction to co-dependency and food)

And so as I give this bitterness and anger and these grudges rent free space in my head and heart they take over.  Not always, but when these people are in my space….I can almost taste it in my mouth like that bitter vanilla or lemon.  I don’t want it to be this way.  I want to find a way to be without letting these things impact my life.  And so today, I do the only thing I know to do as I am spoken to with disrespect and glared at and …………………….I turn these things and these people over and apply truth the only way I know how.

“Lord, help me to  be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to get angry. For I agree with You, my anger can never make things right in Your sight. James 1:19-20

Father, I refuse to sin by letting anger gain control over me. I  choose not to let the sun go down while I am still angry, because I know that anger gives a mighty foothold to the Devil. Help me rid myself of all bitterness, rage, anger, harsh words, and slander, as well as all types of malicious behavior. Instead, Father, I choose to be kind to others, tender-hearted, forgiving one another, just as You through Christ has forgiven me. Ephesians 4:26, 31-32

Lord, help me to remember that You said that if I forgive those who sin against me, that my heavenly Father will forgive me as well. But if I refuse to forgive others, the Father will not forgive my sins. I know that I am saved by grace and not works, but this shows me how serious You are about forgiveness. Help me to follow Your example! Matthew 6:14,15

Father, help me to remember that if my enemies are hungry, I should give them food to eat. If they are thirsty, I should give them water to drink. The truth is that when I do this it is as if I am heap burning coals on their heads, and I know that You, oh LORD, will reward you. Proverbs 25:21-22    Father, Your word tells me to never avenge myself. Rather help me to leave that to You, dear God. For You have written, “I will take vengeance, I will repay those who deserve it,” says the Lord. Romans 12:19

Father, help me to aim for harmony in the church and try to build others up. Romans 14:19 Lord, help me remember that a gentle answer turns away wrath, but harsh words stir up anger. Proverbs 15;1

Lord, help me to control my anger because if I do I will have great understanding; those with a hasty temper will make mistakes. Proverbs 14:29

Lord, I choose to stop my angry habits! I need Your help in order to turn from my rage! Help me not to envy others–because it only leads to harm. Psalms 37:8

Lord Jesus, You said that if I am angry with someone, that I am subject to judgment! If I call someone an idiot, that I am in danger of being brought before the high council. And if I curse someone, I am in danger of the fires of hell. Lord, you take anger and rage seriously, I repent of this evil. Help me also, remember anyone that has something against me, and give me the strength to obey You and go and become reconciled to that person. Matthew 5:22-24

Father, help me to obey Your word where it says that if another believer sins against me, that I am to go privately to that person and point out their fault. Lord, if the other person listens and confesses it, then I have won that person back. But Father, if I am unsuccessful, help me to obey You by taking one or two others with me and go back again, so that everything I say may be confirmed by two or three witnesses. Lord, if after all this, that person still refuses to listen, then help me not to sin but take my case to the church. Help me to live as if I really believe You Jesus when you said that I am to forgive someone “seventy times seven! Matthew 18:15-22

Dear God, since You chose me to be one of your holy people who You love, help me clothe myself with tender-hearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Holy Father, help me to make allowance for the faults of others and help me be obedient and forgive the person who has offended me. Lord, I choose to remember, that You have   forgiven me of so much, that I must forgive others. Father, the most important piece of clothing I must wear is love. Love is what binds us all together in perfect harmony. So Holy Spirit, I want the peace that comes from You to rule in my heart because I am called to live in peace. And to always be thankful. And I do thank you Lord! Colossians 3:12-15

Father, even now, when I am praying, help me to first forgive anyone that I am holding a grudge against, so that You dear Father in heaven, will forgive my sins, too. Mark 11:25

Father, I keep working toward that day when I will finally be all that You saved me for and want me to be. I know that I am still not all I should be, but Lord, I am focusing all my energies on this one thing: Forgetting the past and looking forward to what lies ahead. Jesus I am straining to reach the end of the race and receive the prize for which You, through Christ Jesus, is calling me up to heaven. Philippians 3:13-15

Father, I cannot even begin to understand what You meant when You said, “I will forgive their wrongdoings, and I will never again remember their sins.” Father, You are talking about me. So help me Lord when I am tempted to judge others to do the same thing You do. Help me forgive them for what they have done against me. Hebrews 8:12

Jesus, You said that those who were without sin could cast the first stone at someone else’s sin. The truth is if I say that I don’t have sin, I am deceiving myself, but if I confess my sin you are faithful and just to forgive me from all my sins and unrighteousness! How then can I hold on to this stone? Lord, I put down the rock. I have been looking at the speck in their eye and ignoring the beam in my own eye. Lord, forgive my sins as I forgive those who have sinned against me. I choose to forgive! John 8:7; I John 1:8; Matthew 7:35, Matthew 6:12″   (1)

I make the decision today, once again, and as many times as I have to.  I make the choice to let this go.  To lay down the wrongs that have been done and to embrace forgiveness.  I have no idea how to do it other than to trust Him to hold me.  Trust Him that He will give me the strength and each time I hurt, each time I even sense it coming on I need to pray His truth to this situation.  I have to also know that even though I forgive and let go I do not have to let these people back into my space, even if they are in my home or family or work.  I can set boundaries to protect myself. 

Thanks for letting me share!

(1 Credit for these scripture prayers goes to another Word Press Blog:   http://sozo1.wordpress.com/2007/04/07/praying-the-word-bitterness-and-forgiveness/)

Making of a great memory

Day 28 Project 365

I love to cook and even better I love to cook with my kids.  So last night with my 3 boys and 3 nephews and 1 adorably bossy 3 yr old niece we made pizzas.  Trying to stay in the healthy side of this much-loved meal we used whole wheat pita and lots of fresh veggies, meats and cheeses.  Every one designed their own creation and in the oven they went.  We were well on our way to making a yummy memory.  Within no time our pizzas were out and being inhaled.  We ventured out on our second walk of the night to take the kids to the new Yogurt bar that opened up right around the corner, Sweet Frogs.  (The whole walk there we had to convince my niece that we were not going to really eat frogs.)  It was a yummy time to which my nephew Chase informed me he lovessssssssssss my idea of a walk!  Home we came for some late night hoops and then a cycle of 6 sweaty boys in and out of showers.  A dirty sock here and a dirty sock there and a pile of wet towels before a 11 p.m. movie.

This morning it is so quiet you can hear a pin drop.  I expect them to sleep in!  Everyone is snuggled under blankets and I was ran out of bed early by a 3-year-old that insists you smell her feet while she is dead asleep!

I love making these memories.  I love that part of my project this year is to find the time to just be.  Live in the moment and let go the things that can wait for another time.

Somewhere in the midst of last night was Lego building.  The boys had fun and Addi too.  She even got Uncle Erick on the floor to build an airplane and a ship.  We colored and laughed and told jokes and we realized what amazing kids we have!

A sweet end to the last Friday of January.

 

Time- Whats yours look like?

Day 27 Project 365

TIME! It seems to be passing by at a faster pace than ever before.  I know we still have the same 24 hours in a day, 7 days in a week and so forth but how in the world did I get to be 41? How did my son get to be 21?  How did I get so much gray hair?  Where did my years go?  I have four kids that either look me in the eye or look down on me from over 6 foot and I have one that in just a matter of months will stand nose to nose with me.  I have so many amazing memories and so many more to create.

I also have a calling to be a good steward of my time.  To tithe to the Lord in my time and talents as well as in my finances.

I had dream after dream last night about my kids and how much time is passing by.  I woke this morning with a longing to capture time.  As I moved about my morning routine, switching loads of laundry, putting away last nights dishes, pouring my cup of morning java, I started to think about the amount of time I spend doing the things that compile a day.  Many are necessary and I have no choice but do I place importance on the right things?!

How much time do I spend:

Eating?

Turning on and off lights?

Listening to the radio?

Watching TV?

Brushing my teeth?

Using the restroom?

Sleeping?

Getting dressed or undressed?

Exercising?

Reading?

Talking on the phone?

Texting?

On Facebook?

Blogging?

With my kids?

With my husband (or wife)?

At work?

On my hobbies?

WITH GOD?

So many times in my day He gets the smallest fraction of my time.  I say I have no time and my day got away from me but really???

I know He is there and never leaves me. He longs for so much more than a few moments.  He is the author and finisher of my faith.  He knows best how to write the story of my life.  He desires to walk along with me and be a part of every moment.  Yes it is wonderful when I can sit down, open my bible and spend some solid time with Him and that is a very necessary time.  Yet He also longs to be with me as I make breakfast and fold clothes, as I drive to and from and as I watch my son play ball.  He desires to be with me at the grocery store and as I take my evening walk.  He desires to be with me at the hospital and when I am laying in my bed sick.  He wants to be with me when everything is going great and when I am feeling isolated and alone.  He wants to be there when I spring a leak not just when my pipes burst and I am drowning in water up to my neck.  He wants the offering of my time.  All of my time.  He longs to be my best friend.  To do life with me.

I love to play worship music in my home.  I love to fill the air with the sound of worship.  I love to sing along and pour out my soul.  I leave little devotionals throughout my home.  I write scripture on my bathroom mirrors and leave notes in my purse.  I ask Him as I am doing my chores and running my errands to speak to my heart.  I want to know what is on His heart too and I am always amazed at His love and tenderness.  I try to invite Him in to all I do.  I no longer want to go through the motions of my day.  I am finding that as He is along, walking right beside me, even the things that made me feel so overwhelmed and robotic have taken on new life.  He is showing me the purpose for things and people and me!

We get so busy.  We rush and say maybe later. How many times have we told our children I just don’t have time?
We have a responsibility to be good stewards of our time.  Invest in what matters.  Fill ourselves up so we can fill up others.  Do not put off tomorrow what is begging for your attention today.  Tomorrow may never come!

I know that I am so thankful He uses even my dreams to remind me how much He loves me and how precious is my time.  I am so thankful that He loves me enough to never tell me He just doesn’t have time.

Matthew 6:33 ESV

But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Romans 10:17 ESV

So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ.

2 Timothy 3:16 ESV

All Scripture is breathed out by God and profitable for teaching, for reproof, for correction, and for training in righteousness,

Proverbs 18:24

there is a friend that sticketh closer than a brother.”

What a Friend we have in Jesus, All our sins and griefs to bear!    

What a privilege to carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!    

 O what peace we often forfeit, O what needless pain we bear,    

All because we do not carry Ev’rything to God in prayer!

Have we trials and temptations? Is there trouble anywhere?

We should never be discouraged-Take it to the Lord in prayer.

    Can we find a friend so faithful Who will all our sorrows share?    

 Jesus knows our every weakness-Take it to the Lord in prayer.

Are we weak and heavy laden, Cumbered with a load of care?    

 Precious Savior, still our refuge-Take it to the Lord in prayer.   

  Do thy friends despise, forsake thee? Take it to the Lord in prayer;

 In His arms He’ll take and shield thee-Thou wilt find a solace there.   

  -Joseph Scriven, written 1855

A Master Jeweler

 Day 26 Project 365

My little niece Addi loves to play dress up.  She loves to put on fancy dresses and wear pearls and rings and boa’s.  She is always asking to wear my rings when we are playing.  My daughter Karissa is about to turn 20 and her ideas of dress up have turned into a love for jewelry of a higher dollar value.  My son just bought a beautiful diamond for his fiance.  (He went to Jarred!)  I myself love sapphires and of course diamonds.  While working on website designs for a jewelry line with some precious friends I learned today that the price of precious stones and silver and gold is not the same today as it was a few years ago.  These precious stones and metals increase in value as time passes.  Their settings, their weight, the process of creating and hand crafting each piece all impacts their value!  The process the stone and metal goes through to get from its original form to our hands all plays a part in the purchase price. If you sold a piece today for what you paid for it a year ago you would be giving it away in a lot of cases.  To discount these pieces would not be profitable!  For the true value of the piece to be recognized you have to consider its history and then calculate its worth.

As I came home and looked through the treasures in my bag waiting for me to photograph them the Lord reminded me I too can not be discounted.  It just is not profitable.

What are you speaking to my heart Lord?  (You see, as I started this journey I asked Him to show me- really show me with every sense in my body how He sees me. He is faithful and the lessons He has been teaching me fall on the pages you read)

You are a precious gem yet you see yourself as less than.  You have placed a value on your self that is discounted all that I created you to be.  You look at your worth before I redeemed you.  You don’t see yourself as I do.  You see your self as scarlet and I see you as snow- saved and sanctified, washed white as snow.

I discount myself all the time.  I discount myself and sell myself short. In some cases I know why I do it and other times I just do not understand.  Yet God has been working on my heart in this area for the past 26 days.  He is showing me something new each day.  May seem to you like I talk about value and self-worth a lot on these pages.  I am and I am glad I am because I have lived a life of discounted worth.  I have allowed my self to feel not good enough or worth it forever. 

There is a process that is used to identify gems.

  First you “Place the gem on a piece of plain white paper and look at it through the  jeweler’s loupe. The main thing to take into account is the color and  characteristics of the gem. Is it striated, layered or is the entire gem  completely solid?1

  • THROUGH THE JEWELER’S LOUPE- God is my master jeweler and he looks at me through HIS eyes and HE decides my value.  He looks at me and sees all the characteristics that are necessary for me to be a precious gem. He sees them because they are in me.  He placed them there.  From the beginning.  When He knit me together in my mother’s womb.

Second, “Turn on the lamp or shine the light directly on it. Look at the reflective  qualities of the stone. Does it sparkle in the light and throw colors onto the  paper? Does the color change once the light hits it? Or is the gem entirely  solid and non-penetrable?”1

  • LIGHT- His light in me reflects all the qualities He has placed in me.  His light shows in my character and reflects on those around me.  When the light hit me I was forever changed. He is the light unto my path.  When we invite Him in to His rightful place in our lives to penetrate to our very core His light reflects and dispels the darkness and we start to see ourselves as He does- with great value, not to be discounted.

Third, “Look in the reference guide, taking the answers to all of the previous  questions into account. Locate the type of gem that you have based on the  information at hand.”1

  • The WORD OF GOD- how cool we have a reference guide where we can take all we know to be true and test it against the infallible Word of God and base everything we know about ourselves on HIS WORD!

The fourth step is to Polish your GEM!  “Sand away any imperfections on the surface of the gem. This will remove any  scratches.”1

  • OH buddy, I don’t know about you but I have been through some sanding.  I have been sanded by tests and trials, sickness, loss of a home, a job, health.  I have been sanded by people who are in my life that seriously rub me the wrong way ( sandpaper people, that is a blog for another day)  All this He uses to smooth out my imperfections  and remove my rough edges.

The next step in the polishing process is to “Place the gem into a tumbler. The tumbler will polish the stone and round off  any sharp edges. How long the stone has to be tumbled depends on the type of  stone and the specifications of the tumbling machine.”1

  • Tumbler must be another word for LIFE these days.  Life hands us ups and downs.  We lose a job, a career, a business.  We lose a child, a friend, a dream.  We are tumbled around so much we can no longer see out.    I have been in this tumbler a long time but I trust that HE knows me.  Knows what I have need of and what it will take to get me right where He needs me to be.   I know He will see me through because His word is true.  I can trust His heart!

Lastly, “Rub the gem with a soft cloth once it comes out of the tumbler.”1

  • His gentleness and loving kindness is like water to my soul.  He polishes me and handles me with care.  He insures that I reach my full value.  He doesn’t promise my road will be easy but He does promise to never leave me nor forsake me.  He does promise to be my Shepard and to protect me and hold me in the palm of His hand.

I learned some pretty cool things today as I worked with my friends.  He is a master jeweler and with his guidance I will be able to accurately portray to customers the value of fine gemstone and precious metal pieces.  As he showed me today the different stones and how the light reflecting in them and off of them brought them to life, I realized that is what Gods light in my life is doing to me.  It is allowing me to realize my full potential and value.

GOd is the ultimate master jeweler and He CREATED ME.  He is helping me see the complex beauty that He designed me to be. He is working in my characteristics that set me apart and define me.  He is sanding out my rough spots and polishing me for a work that I was created to do.  He is bringing me to a place of purpose and passion and victory.

Seeing through a new set of eyes is AMAZING!

Don’t sell yourself short!  Regardless of what you think about yourself or what you have done, do not discount who you are, who you were created to be and what God has designed for you to do!  You have a purpose and a plan and a great value!
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