My Problem with Joanna Gaines: SJG 2018 Summer Bible Series

I rarely watch tv  what I want to watch on tv.
We have one television in our house and with six people, that usually means the little people have on their shows.
So this means that if I’m watching the tv, I’m settling in for a hour or so of Teen Titans Go!, Alaska State Troopers or American Pickers.
Here recently though the girls and I have been settling in for Fixer Upper.
After reading The Magnolia Story and learning they have four kids too, and that her girls love to wear Matilda Jane, and they all love Jesus, I’m thinking, “We are practically best friends.  They just don’t know it yet.”
So here’s my problem with Jojo.
I have a love/hate relationship with her.
I watch their show and immediately I’m sucked in to Greener Grassville.
Gosh, she’s so pretty.  I wish my hair was long like hers.
She is so creative.  Why can’t I have an eye for design like that?
Her kids are so well behaved.  When I take my kids to work with me they make such a huge mess.
Ugh, these people.  Who has this kind of money to reno a house for that much?  I want a $450,000 budget!
Gosh, look how pretty Waco is.  I want to move to Texas.  I mean, I visited San Antonio in 2002 and LOVED it!
I’d LOVE to open a bakery, and write a book, and have goats, and have a sweet quiet demeanor about myself.
I’ll never have a bakery, or write a book, or have goats.  I’ll be loud and obnoxious and stuck in Russell until I die.

*squeal of an intercom loudspeaker*
Debbie Downer, your attitude adjustment is ready for pickup at customer service.
Debbie.  Downer.

I usually have to turn the channel before the final review because I’m in such a bad mood.
Super mature, huh?
I don’t know about you, but a lot of times, especially when up against someone wonderfully perfect like Jojo, I feel like a tiny, insignificant pinky.
I follow this account on Instagram called @hourly_facts.
I love it because it posts super interesting but super useless facts.
Like this one I stumbled on the other day…

I saw that and immediately went back to my thoughts earlier that week and it got me SO EXCITED!
Not that anyone has put me and Mrs. Gaines in a contest together, or drawn a Venn Diagram comparing and contrasting our characteristics.
But this post made my insides jump!
Your hand would be half as useless without your tiniest digit.
I’m not Joanna Gaines.
I’m not worth 18 million dollars and I still have a swap meet decorating style.
But it’s mine.
You’re not Joanna Gaines.
But by God you are more powerful than three fingers and a thumb COMBINED.
What if we were all Jojo?
Who would do all the other stuff that Jesus needed done?
Who would be the nurses, stay at home moms, teachers, billing clerks, nail technicians; all who love Jesus and serve Him and His love right from where they sit?
Our gifts and talents are meant to unify us as believers in Jesus Christ with one end in mind:
Point others to Jesus.
I love how creative God is.
He looked down through the tunnel of time and saw that this world was going to need a Joanna, a Jill, a Kristie, a Sherrie; doing what He set in you before you were even a thought.
So in the words of Shakespeare,


Get Moving Monday:
1 Corinthians 12:12-27
Zechariah 4:10
Ephesians 4:11-13
Isaiah 45:9
Romans 12:4-8

In order to get the full meaning of these scriptures, back up and read the whole chapter.  Read the verse in context.
Ask yourself these questions:
Who is the writer talking to?
What was the culture like when this was written?
Why is it important that this scripture is here at this particular point?
How can I apply this scripture to my life today?
Do my habits, thoughts, actions, mirror the people this scripture is intended for?

I’m a book-shelving, former tap dancer, wanna be writer, singer,
and banjo player, mother of 4, wife of 1, follower of Christ,
walking in the shadow of the Proverbs 31 woman
and redeemed by the grace and love of an Almighty God…
just living the dream.

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