LONELINESS is a mind game from hell. Because well, first of all, you’re not alone. You’ve got me. Hiiiiii! Second, you have the master of all friendship, closer than a brother, faithful and perfect. You have Jesus. Who, even if you’re not aware of it or WANT to be aware of it, is there. He doesn’t leave, you can’t play hide and go seek with Him. Even at your worst, He thinks your lovely. And at our best, He only makes us better. Where pride ends, relationship can begin.
Mornings are very important to me friends, I’d say you’ll do best by filling your minds and meditating on things true, noble, lovely, authentic, compelling, gracious ”the best, not the worst; the beautiful, not the ugly; things to praise, not things to curse. put into practice what you learned from me, what you heard and saw and realized. do that, and God, who makes everything work together, will work you into his most excellent harmonies. ‘philippians 4:8,9’
1 Timothy 4:12 Don’t let anyone look down on you because you are young, but set an example for the believers in speech, in conduct, in love, in faith and in purity. I know it may be challenging in our culture to see two barely twenty-somethings take a leap into the mystery of marriage. But I just want to honor you baby @byronrideaux for holding a standard of grace and wisdom and maturity. There’s so so much we don’t know, but I DO know there’s nothing that could separate us from our Father’s love. And that’s enough for me. I can’t wait to marry you. #LaVieEnRideau
It’s a privilege to serve my Heavenly Father alongside my amazing Dad. the smartest, kindest, silliest and most humble man I know. hard working and diligent in his faith and purpose. Love you @ihoughton…..
God then nudged me (today) in my heart and whispered “Twirl, baby”. It didn’t make sense at first. But then I thought of when I was younger, my dad and I would always spend time together and if I ever had a hard day at school, or even just down in my heart- we would go for a walk and just talk through life. He would hold my finger, lift it up in the air and tell me to twirl. My dress would billow, the wind would fly through my hair, and I felt like a little ballerina. That tradition carried over into my adulthood and no matter how old I get, I’ll always let my dad twirl me around
I know that God was reminding me today to never be too big, too stressed, too overwhelmed to twirl. Let the wind blow and get a good look at what’s happening around me.
I want to be a space, a vessel, that Jesus can use. But most times fear, failure, sin and humanity can make a mess inside. God doesn’t just leave me and move out and stop using me (just like I wouldn’t move out of my loft when there’s dishes in the sink). God still uses us in progress. In the polishing, the decorating, the vacuuming. He doesn’t wait until we’re perfect. It’s His presence and design that makes us worth using, worth living in and loving. He uses you. He lives in your space and loves you while He’s working.