The beautiful unknown

The first mistake ever made, the worst decision, the separation.

All because she couldn’t handle it. The hazy hidden glory. The secret unknown.

And she quivered, but admitted the truth of her heart. “Yes, it would be good to know.”

We all make decisions with all senses in good form. Or so we think.

We all want to know everything. We buy books, watch movies, travel anywhere our feet will take us, talk to everybody.

Because we want to know everything about everything. How exhausting!

Don’t get me wrong, it’s a great thing to learn and to find out new things and to be curious!

But you can’t possibly know everything and that’s the truth. If you know everything, where is the wonder? Where is the surprise?

Our God loves the look on our face when we receive an unexpected blessing, the tingle of a surprise visit, the joy of a gift.

God has a plan for you. This is the thing you must know. A vital ingredient in the delicious Good News. He came for you because He wanted to save you.

He came to give you a good life, a full life.

That is ALL YOU NEED TO KNOW about the future.
This is your horoscope today, tomorrow, and will follow you to the ends of the earth.

He holds your future.
Forget your bank account, the unrequited love, the thankless job. That may be your past, perhaps your painful present. But you have a FUTURE.

I know you don’t know what exactly is ahead. Neither do I. And the human mind has kicked into survival mode and is preparing you for the worst.
Train your mind to focus on the promise of a good future. By the King.

I have struggled with deciphering the future, perhaps you have been afraid too along the way.

For the longest time, I sinned by stepping out of the spotlight because I didn’t know what I do now.

That God knows. I can love, adore, worship even sadden Him. But I can’t surprise Him. He already knows everything about me.

The falling hair, the half bitten nails, the stuffy nose.
The broken heart, the irritable lips, the hurried feet.

Can we leave the knowing to Him and the enjoy the growing?

That’s all He asks of us. A Mighty Glorious Perfect God. Who knows what is going to happen even before it happens.

You might be at a place where you don’t know how it’s even possible to move forward. Take heart because you don’t need to know. Someone who loves you has already planned every last detail.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” says the Lord. “They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope.”

The unknown appears scary to our human minds. But if the One who made you already knows, isn’t that grace enough?

Your future is beautiful. Because the One who has planned it is exquisite.

So give up the worry, live a little and step into the unknown- It’s beautiful here!

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Truth for the Week

Here is something to ponder on as we begin a new week!

You may be anxious, unwell, stressed or exhausted at the thought of what you will have to deal with over the next few days.

Believe that You have everything you need to make it through the week.

Because You have Jesus on your side.

He makes us complete. Look to Him for strength, wisdom, health, support and joy.

He has promised that whatever we need is ours through Him. All we need to do is ask.

Claim this promise this week. Let it cover, soak and guard your heart.

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Blessings and Love,

Pri

Image Credit: Holley Gerth

You are not who they think you are

You are certainly not who they think you are. Sometimes you aren’t even who YOU think you are. You are only who God says you are. And God doesn’t make mistakes. I struggled with this truth a while ago. People who I believed with all my heart let me down. They seemed more intent on proving that they were above me, more talented, more true, filled with more goodness. They picked on my faults and brought up things from long ago and I realized that grudges had been harbored for a long time.

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It led me to a place of darkness, defensiveness and unrest. I felt cornered and alone. So I turned to the One Person who I knew wouldn’t think I was crazy because He was so crazy about me. My Savior. I prayed, became more conscious of my blessings and have reached a place where I am growing from all of the pain. I can appreciate that I had to go through that experience because it affirmed Jesus’ unconditional love for me.

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I have been working to eliminate these negative influences from my life and focusing on God’s truth. It is an ongoing struggle, because some words can create deep wounds. But with the armor of my Savior’s truth, I’m stronger and happier. The is a great moment in the fabulous movie Julie & Julia when a french woman who is conducting a cooking test tells Julia that she doesn’t have any ‘real’ talent. Right when she is trying to hard. And I love Julia’s response. She sticks her tongue out at her. How incredibly immature, you might think. But I admire her. For having faith. And for being resilient. Most importantly, for being sure of the truth and not letting anybody (even someone who might seem like an expert) tell her otherwise.

Don’t believe what they tell you.

Now these are truths you can and must believe. Blessings you inherit.

You are fearfully and wonderfully made (Psalm 139:14)

You are God’s handiwork (Ephesians 2:10)

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus (Romans 8:1)

Do you not know that you are God’s temple and that God’s Spirit lives in you (1 Corinthians 6: 19)

For he chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world that we may be holy and unblemished in his sight in love (Ephesians 1:4)

For freedom Christ has set us free. Stand firm, then, and do not be subject again to the yoke of slavery (Galatians 5:1)

For you were at one time darkness, but now you are light in the Lord (Ephesians 5:8)

We know, brothers and sisters loved by God, that he has chosen you.. (1 Thessalonians 1:4)

You have been filled in him, who is the head over every ruler and authority (Colossians 2:10)

 

Take heart, friends. You are a masterpiece. Loved by the only One who grasps the greatest, truest Love.

Don’t you forget it.

 

We are all a little broken (and that’s okay).

I look at myself, my slight pudgy legs and foolishly generate mental groans.
Where is the thanks, girl? That you are whole and that is itself a miracle?
Years later, I break an ankle. The pain never goes away. I roll my soles on a tennis ball and wrap a bandage of crepe. I take extra special care. But I’m still a little broken.

Then, I bare a heart. Again. Then again. “You have too much hope”, I’m told. “The best thing is to pretend like you don’t care”. So I try. You’d think building walls around your heart would guarantee you’d never get hurt.
The intention may be to protect but the world lies.
And this is one of the biggest ones they’ll feed you.

When I was a young girl, I never pretended. I cried when I was hurt, demanded a hug from my Mama and let her take care of me. There was no shame in admitting you were broken, lost or hurt. I knew I would be well taken care of- fed, bathed, clothed and hugged and kissed.

You grow into a woman and walk straight into a mirage. You think you have to “hold-it-together”, “get-a-grip”, “toughen-up”.
And you nearly kill yourself trying. You cannot manufacture that strength you desire.

He said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. (2 Corinthians 12:9)

It’s more than okay to be broken. You can even dare to be thankful for it. The Lord is near to the broken-hearted and saves the crushed in spirit. (Psalm 34:17-20)

God is your strength. He will take good care of you and soothe your tangled mess and bathe your wounds. That is why He came.

Be thankful that you are broken. Imperfect. Rough. You always will be.
You are still whole, loved and precious. Forever.
It is the great paradox of Christianity.

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What have you got to lose?

I read about the competition in a magazine. I felt like I could do it. I imagined my entry spread its loveliness across the glossy pages, maybe a little photograph of myself on the side and my mother reading it with proud tears in her pretty eyes and me glowing like a light bulb. A dream come true.
Few days left until the deadline and I’m beginning to panic. The draft is ready and I don’t love it yet. Tears of doubt prick my own worried eyes. And the words I don’t want to hear; the ones I dread bounce around my mind. “Not good enough”.
I try and try to keep going. I gaze at the words until they begin to float like a mirage off the screen but I can’t put anything down. I type eagerly and then promptly hit backspace repeatedly for days.
Classic writer’s block or am I buying into the lies of the world?
I confide in a friend. What if my words fall short? What if they aren’t funny enough, dramatic enough or moving enough? What if the judges think it’s not good enough?”
He speaks loud and clear. “How about you write what you can and I fill in the blanks?”
I ask “You mean you will proofread?”
That offer is one I will gratefully accept.
He responds calmly “No. You do what you can. And I will do the rest.”
I cannot believe this reassurance. The generosity.
It’s difficult to put yourself out there. To be vulnerable and expose a part of yourself while being creative. I am asking for the world to deem my work worthy.
I’m a little human, flawed and fearful. I am always trying to think about what I have to lose.
The scary truth is you have nothing to lose.
How could I forget that I have a friend who will walk through fire with me, and this is just a competition. But I have a loving, powerful friend. In a high place.
That the Bible tells me I have treasures stored in Heaven. That I am fearfully and wonderfully made.
Chosen, Cherished and Validated for eternity.
Sometimes all a girl needs to hear is that she isn’t alone.
That she is always and forever more than “good enough”.
That if she joins hands with the greatest friend she could ever have, she will undoubtedly taste a bit of heavenly glory and delicious fun just by trying.
Whatever dream you choose to pursue (or are currently pursuing), you have a partner, a friend in whom you will always find unconditional love.
The result may not be exactly what you planned but there is a friend always rooting for you.
I believe in you, He believes in you. So please press on.
Never let the world tell you otherwise.
Let go and let’s go!

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How to celebrate Father’s Day (when you have lost one).

The print is large, celebratory. I pretend that I don’t see it. Everybody at home ignores it, but I hear muffled voices wishing theirs when I’m not around.
Yes, it stings.
That he just kept walking, built walls, a new home, and a new life.
Leaving a surname that anchors heavy and boils with unanswered questions.
How do you celebrate something you don’t have? When the whole earth stands together in gratitude for the blessing you can’t see?
You don’t get used to it. Even when the waves of full years have carried you far away from the shore of memories.
It’s not easy to live without a Father, I admit. With reminders popping up while filling forms, dreams of your wedding day, in books, movies and the countless stories of people you know and love.

I have hurled the question ‘Why me?’ in anger, when I should have asked this of God in humility. “Why me?” Why did you pick me to inherit your kingdom? Of all the billion people in the world chose me to clothe, feed, bless, love.
There are a million things I do not know, and might never find out. There are things I will live without, but I have come to believe that what I have in God is enough.
If you were born to fathers who don’t see you, love you, validate you or hold you, be strong.
If death has separated your father from you, take heart.
God sees your aching heart. He knows your pain. If you have made it or you are trying to, know that God is on your side. You are strong, brave and determined, chosen by the King. There is One who will not leave you. Who will cross over with you to the other life- a Father for all time.
Believe that your true creator, the lover of your soul adores you to pieces, watches you tirelessly and is constantly by your side. This He has promised. Where your earthly father has fallen short, your Heavenly Father stands magnified.
You can celebrate. Everyday. You belong to the King. You are His child.