Masterpiece Are Made In The Mess (Guess Blogger)

My table

This is one of my favorite things I have around the houses.

I love this table!
I am not really sure why I like it so much. Maybe because it is meant to look a little messy and I don’t have to make it look clean.

This little table that sits next to my easel and reminds me that in the mess the masterpiece is made. Some of these paint spots came with the table some are mine. I am messy when I paint. I pay attention to what I painting and little else.

1523041064787_753498546_b301479b.jpgWhere I am today

Today I feel like a mess. Emotions are swirling around. We went to the park and I anticipated my kids running around enjoying the sprinklers. Instead, my son took one look at how many kids were there (it was Saturday and it was full) and sat down. I kept hoping that after a while he would get up and go play with his sister, but he never did.

I was hoping to take my younger ones to a nearby VBS this week while my oldest is at camp. But at the park, I was reminded of all that is going on right now in our life.

If I take Jonathan to a VBS he isn’t going to talk (just like at school). This will make it difficult for the VBS teachers. Then there is Grace, she doing well in a class but still needs extra help and someone to watch her more than other 9yrs old require.

I feel like that is asking a lot of people. I am their mom and part of that means taking care of them and all their different needs. At our church is a little different. It is our church family and I am close by. But how can I ask that of someone else?

I also don’t want to make Jonathan’s anxiety worse. VBS is only a few days and there isn’t much time to get used to it like school.

So, I’m seriously rethinking going to a VBS next week.

As I do this it kinda hurts. I know this what life is like for us right now. But this is still hard. It breaks my heart that I have to consider these things when taking my kids to VBS and today I’m a little sad.

I feel like a mess right now and I really don’t understand why all this is a part of our life.
~ What may look like a mess to us is God working ~

As I sat down to write this blog this verses came to mind. I can’t say it’s one I wanted to think about right now but it is one that I need to focus on.

Know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its perfect work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
James 1:3b-4

Today is hard but I will trust that God is at work. What looks like a mess to me is Him working. I believe God will bring a masterpiece together. I will cling to His promise that He works all things (even the hard days) together for good (Romans 8:28).

~ In the mess of the table, the masterpiece is made. ~

When I am the one painting and making the mess I love it. I have a vision in mind and I know it will be beautiful when it is finished. But I don’t often like the mess in my life.

God help me remember that I am your Masterpiece

My Prayer

Father, thank you that on hard days like today I can come to you and pour out my heart. You know that from my point of view I don’t understand why things are the way they are in my life. But, even when my heart is breaking I will trust you. Help me to remember that in the testing my faith is made stronger and that I am your masterpiece. Thank you for walking every step of this life with me.
~Amen

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Thank you Crystal

 

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God Remembers Your Sins No More!

Isaiah 43.pngWash and make yourselves clean. Take your evil deeds out of my sight; stop doing wrong. Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. “Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Through your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; through they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.                       Isaiah 1:16-18

I enjoy reading many books by Max Lucado a Christian author, and I have been reading his one book called “God Came Near” during this advent season. In the one chapter that I have read which is called “He Forgot” it made be think of the words from the book of Isaiah 43:25 I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my won sake, and remember your sins no more. Wow, Now that is something to talk about, God doesn’t just forgive us for our sins, he forgets them, he erases the board, he destroys the evidence. He doesn’t remember our mistakes. ( I can say thank goodness). For all the things he does do, this is one thing he refuses to do. He refuses to keep a list of our wrongs. When we ask for forgiveness, he doesn’t pull out a clipboard and say,” But I’ve already forgiven you for that at least a hundred times.” He doesn’t remember. ” As far as the east is from the west, so far he has removed our transgressions from us. Psalms 103:12 Do you think God is the voice that reminds you of the putridness of your past? Do you think God was teasing when he said “I remember your sins no more? Do you actually believe he would make a statement like ” I will not hold their in iniquities against them” and then rub our noses in them whenever we ask for help? Of course you don’t. You and I just need an occasional reminder of God’s nature, his forgetful nature. Think about this for a moment, if he didn’t forget our sins, how could we pray to him, or better yet worship him and sing praises to him, God is the “Great I Am”.  Let us remember the scriptures I shared with you as well as another from Hebrews 8:12 For I will forgive their wickedness, and will remember their sins no more.”

Grace and Peace to You My Friends