|The girls love pulling all the pillows off the couch and the big chair and rolling all around on top of them.|
|T's face here is what makes the picture.|
|Watching Sesame Street|
|Who needs one of those fancy book nooks you see on Pinterest when you can share a pillow with your sissy and improvise your own?|
If you go back to Matthew 6 and read what's said right before Jesus issues the advice to "seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness," you'll see that he's talking about the fruitlessness of getting all worried and anxious about things like clothes, food, you know, the things you have to have to live. The things you can actually be the most tempted to worry about. Then he says that if you seek first the Kingdom of God and his righteousness, then all these things will be added to you -- which means that they have a way of sorting themselves out. If you focus on God and the things God cares about, He will take care of the rest.
So seek His Kingdom first, no matter where that takes you, no matter what that looks like for you. No matter what, it will be worth it, and "all these things will be added to you." Of course, that doesn't mean that life's going to turn out delightful always, but that does give you good cause to remember to adopt the truth of verse 34 as your own: "Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble."
Now to learn to live that out even when it's not easy...
|Hearing them "read" their books is always a favorite of mine. It's amazing what they absorb just from listening to me read to them.|
2. Don't be afraid to shine like a star. Philippians 2 talks about "shining like stars in the sky" while living a "blameless and pure" life as "children of God ... in a warped and crooked generation." I have seen that if you have convictions and stand by them, sure, you'll get some flack for it -- but more often than not, people will also respect you for it. And of course, you should never let people's respect be a motivator, but I have found this to be shockingly true over and over again.
|Life with a man: I see Chris has found my Vera Bradley clips and is using them to keep bags of veggies nice and tidy in the fridge. I'll bet he probably didn't even notice how cute they are when he pulled them out of the drawer.|
In 7th grade I accidentally wound up qualifying for a school-wide spelling bee, and I was just beyond mortified that I had done so. On the day of the spelling bee, I stood in front of a cafeteria packed with my bored, listless, way cooler peers, and suddenly I just felt like I was doing nothing but solidifying my ho-hum reputation in their eyes. I couldn't take it anymore. When my turn came around, I misspelled "avalanche" intentionally -- just so I could get out from under their stares, just so I wouldn't look like some kind of know-it-all girl who was actually very smart. When I went home that day, I told my mom what I had done, and I wound up feeling overwhelmed with guilt. Slowly it sank in that I should never, ever be ashamed to be a smart girl. In fact, I should embrace it!
As I became older and saw the way girls who at least pretend to be dumb are embraced in our shallow culture, it hit me one day: I should always be suspicious of anyone who doesn't want me to be smart. Why wouldn't I want to be smart? Nowadays, if you tell me I'm smart, I'll take it as an extreme compliment! Smart = awesome!!
So while I have come to embrace and encourage the smart, I really don't know that I'm all that quiet anymore, and I'm happy about that. I'm still an introvert at heart, but I've learned not to worry so much about what others think of me, and that has freed me up to be more outgoing over the years. More on that later!
Maybe I'll cover some more life lessons next time. I do have a Pages document ready with 30 of them! :)