Fragile…in an eggshell!

Fragile

What have you done for me lately?

Walking on eggshells

People who live in glass houses shouldn’t throw stones.

Wearing your heart on your sleeve

Bull in a china shop

Breaking point

Pushed over the edge

So what comes to mind when you hear the word fragile? You can see my mind automatically went to relationships. How would you define your relationships? Do any of these describe them? Do any of these describe you or someone you love? Do any of these define how you feel in those relationships? Would you add any?

How is that working out for you?

Hide or Go Seek?

It’s November and I’ve been on a break from Facebook for the most part except for posting my daily occasional blog post and a shout out or two. You just don’t skip your child’s birthday! If you are desperate for a place to board your family canines, Facebook is the quickest place for a shout out.

The purpose of this break was/is twofold. I wanted to spend the time I would have spent on Facebook connecting face to face with my family. I wanted to spend that time face to face with God. After all, when I asked Him what He would like me to fast, putting Facebook down was His idea. Seriously, I asked Him for plan B and heard nothing but the creaky noises between my ears.

So, how has it gone? Well, I’m 21 days in and I know a little more about the things going on in the lives of my family members than I did before. I know a little more about me than I did before. I know a little more about what works when we communicate with each other and what doesn’t work. I know a little more about what is getting in the way of our communication with each other and what things work to bridge that gap. I’ve been able to practice those things more. Uh, yeah, this means I’ve practiced some of the wrong ones a little more too, but, hey, how do you think I’m learning those don’t work so well :/

What about that extra time with God? Well, lets just say I’m glad this fast isn’t over just yet. Lets just say I need the discipline. Lets just say I’ve already been considering asking Him for something else when I feel released from this one. Lets just say I’ve got as much to learn about my relationship with Him as I do those around me, or more.

Removing a major distraction from your daily routine may take time to get used to. It may knock you off your feet for a little while. It may send you looking for another distraction if you aren’t purposeful about it. You may discover why you chose that distraction to begin with. You may find it was a great hiding place. You may find you’ve been missing out on both good and bad things while you’ve been in hiding. You will have choices to make. You will have messes to clean up. You will likely find you have relationships in need of repair.

It will take time! But look on the bright side! Without that distraction…you will have the time you will need for all that you see.

What is your distraction? What have you been missing out on? What have you been hiding from? Ask Him! I promise He is faithful to answer!

Yes, Yes I Will

The handsome fella and I went to a marriage conference on Valentine’s Day and renewed our wedding vows along with close to 1,000 other couples. We each repeated the vows looking into the eyes of the love of our life. We each exchanged the same rings we had worn into the event. We said I do and I will all over again.

Sunday night the preacher shared with us God’s opinion of David and what made him a man after God’s own heart. He was willing to say I will to anything God asked of him.

22 After removing Saul, he made David their king. God testified concerning him: ‘I have found David son of Jesse, a man after my own heart; he will do everything I want him to do.’ – Acts 13:22

Is that a little odd to any of you? This is the same David who committed adultery, tried to cover up the sin and ultimately had the husband murdered. But who am I to argue with God when he calls someone a man after his own heart. He does know what he is talking about. Perhaps God was speaking from a place of grace and mercy when he made that statement? Or could there be something to a redeemed, repentant life that God admires? Could it be that God really isn’t looking for perfection when he is looking to see what our hearts are made of? Wouldn’t that be a relief? Wouldn’t that be a game changer if you could believe that about God’s heart toward you?

This scripture was part of my daily bible reading today and I was amazed at the timing.

28 “What do you think? There was a man who had two sons. He went to the first and said, ‘Son, go and work today in the vineyard.’

29 “‘I will not,’ he answered, but later he changed his mind and went.

30 “Then the father went to the other son and said the same thing. He answered, ‘I will, sir,’ but he did not go.

31 “Which of the two did what his father wanted?”

“The first,” they answered.

Jesus said to them, “Truly I tell you, the tax collectors and the prostitutes are entering the kingdom of God ahead of you. – Matthew 21:28-31

How many times have you said you would and didn’t? How many times have you said you wouldn’t and then did after you thought about it a while? I’ve done both more than once. Sometimes my follow thru is just not what I’d like it to be. Sometimes I allow fear to speak and then later decide to take authority that I forgot I had at my disposal so that I could say yes. Sometimes I am just stubborn and rebellious.

I am so thankful to serve a God who ALWAYS means it when he says I will. I am thankful He is the God of second chances who is way more concerned with the outcome than all the missteps and mishaps along the way. I am thankful He looks at the heart thru a completely different lens than I do.

And He who sits on the throne said, “Behold, I am making all things new.” And He *said, “Write, for these words are faithful and true.” Then He said to me, “[a]It is done. I am the Alpha and the Omega, the beginning and the end. I will give to the one who thirsts from the spring of the water of life without cost. He who overcomes will inherit these things, and I will be his God and he will be My son. – Revelation 21:5-7

And I am thankful He gave me a handsome fella who wanted to say I will all over again.