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Another F word…

Sometimes I wake up with a song already in my head.  Sometimes it’s Selena Gomez and her singing about wearing a dress because she wants to look good for her fella.  Other times, it’s a praise and worship song.  Here lately I’ve had this song as an earworm.  We’ve been singing it a lot at church and it’s so simple.  Would you take 5 minutes and listen to it?

This has been such a good summer.
We haven’t done anything monumental.
Nothing really to write home about.
But maybe the simplicity of it has made it just good.
It hasn’t been without frustration though.
Even with frustration though I have felt like the theme of this summer has been how good God is.
Shown through His grace and forgiveness.
He is good.
Humans can be difficult.  They can be super quick to demand grace and forgiveness but very slow to extend it.
How can that be?!
When we have been so freely forgiven?!
The line in this song that says “The Father’s arms are open wide.”
They aren’t open wide to only the people who have perfect children who never make mistakes.
They aren’t open wide to only the people who are smaller than 130 pounds.
They aren’t open wide to only the people who drive a certain car.
They are open to everyone.
I can ask for forgiveness from people.
But it’s not guaranteed.
What they do with my apology is on them.
But my apology to Christ is guaranteed.
It’s backed by the blood of Christ and the promise that He will never leave or forsake me.
He will NEVER put conditions on His love for you.
So what about you?
Do you need to ask for forgiveness?
Do you need to extend forgiveness to someone?
Or do you need to extend it to yourself?
Because God’s arms are open and waiting.

 But because of his great love for us, God, who is rich in mercy, made us alive with Christ even when we were dead in transgressions—it is by grace you have been saved.–Ephesians 2:4-5

“Leave behind your regrets and mistakes

Come today there’s no reason to wait
Jesus is calling
Bring your sorrows and trade them for joy
From the ashes a new life is born
Jesus is calling”

Elevation Worship
Oh Come to the Altar

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Legacy to my girls

I remember being in 2nd grade and in dance class. It was spring time and our dance recital costumes had come in. Everyone was so excited to try them on in front of the full length, wall to wall mirror and make sure they all fit right. The instructor asked everyone to come out and do our number to see if the costumes fit the song and dance the way she envisioned it. I didn’t have tights on that day, just my dance pants and a leotard. I remember stepping lightly out of the dressing room into the main dance room and looking at the mirror, closely watching my legs jiggle. i wasn’t an obese child. But compared to my friends, I felt like the elephant in the room. That is my very first memory of being self conscious or even ashamed of my body. That’s a lot of burden for an 8 year old to carry.

Watching this video that was produced by Dove was a real eye opener for me. To know that these teenaged girls were so greatly impacted by what their moms did and said about themselves was so crazy. I have so much to change in myself and my attitude about myself before I make a lasting negative impression on my girls. I refuse to allow my girls to have so much hatred towards their bodies as I did and do still. It’s truly up to me as to what kind of legacy I’ll leave for my girls, that will pass down to countless girls in my family tree to come.