every good thing

Monday, August 13, 2012

Now may the God of peace—who brought up from the dead our Lord Jesus, the great Shepherd of the sheep, and ratified an eternal covenant with his blood—may he equip you with all you need for doing his will. May he produce in you, through the power of Jesus Christ, every good thing that is pleasing to him. All glory to him forever and ever! Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21

This past week, I spent a lot of time feeling like I couldn’t do it. No matter what ‘it’ was, I felt like I wasn’t enough. I can’t solve my children’s problems. I can’t heal their hurts. So many things are out of my control – my family, my friends, my health. I don’t have enough in me to do it all.

Truth is, I’m not enough. There’s humility in that, sure, but there’s also freedom. I can quit trying to do it on my own. I’ve prayed these huge prayers; I’ve stepped out in faith, even when it’s with my eyes shut because I’m so scared. I’ve continually surrendered my plans, my control, my life, and I continue to lay it all down because I know that’s when God picks all those broken, not quite finished pieces and somehow, some way, they fit. When I feel like I’m not enough and I can’t do it, I look to Him. He has equipped me for all I need. He does all that needs to be done - even the miracle resurrection stuff – through the power of Jesus. Every good thing. It’s all through Him.



beyond 1000 gifts:
shopping days with my girlie
well-behaved children
misbehaved children
turkey sandwiches, smeared with pesto, toasted with cheese
roasted vegetable chickpea salad
fresh, firm, salty Feta
patio seating
relaxing on my couch, Chopin playing, hot tea in one hand, a good book in another
fresh days and fresh starts
my newest sweet niece, weeks old, and oh, so snuggly
”you’re my fa-rite color, Mama” from my not-so-little anymore girlie
heavy blankets, bringing peaceful slumber to a fitful little girl
safe travels for the far-away grandparents who get to spend some weeks close by
excitement for a new school year
possibilities of an answered prayer – because I was brave enough to ask
vacation anticipation



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