Truth on a Saturday {2}

Have you ever had a friend or family member question your beliefs? Have you tried to explain The Truth behind your convictions only to be met with blank stares and sometimes words that hurt your heart?

Friends, I will admit that this has been happening to me a lot more lately than I would care to admit.  It seems like the closer I am getting to Him the harder it is to explain why.  I get defensive, I get upset, I try to explain to my husband that it is like someone is questioning my love for him or why we have such a good marriage.  It baffles me as to why someone would argue so vehemently with me about my love for my God & Savior.

Love for Him, love for others, without love I am bankrupt.

My friends, I am excited, as I have really prayed about this and wondered what to do and then I saw this:

1 Corninthians 1:12

For the word of the cross is foolishness to those who are perishing, but to us who are being saved it is the power of God. 1 Corninthians 1:12

I want everyone to see the Power of God and to not perish.  I want their eyes to be opened to see the beauty of everything around them. This is my prayer today.

So friend, what is your prayer today.  What truth is He speaking into your life? I would love to hear about it!

 

photo was taken with my iPhone 5 using the Afterglow app and the Over app.

Tuesday Tunes on a Thursday

Typically each week my friend, Amanda, from High Impact Mom shares what she is listening to each Tuesday through a meme she calls Tuesday Tunes.   Of course, the week that I decide to play along she didn’t put her post up; I think I shall blame this on the fact that I didn’t get around to sharing my tune until Thursday.  Totally plausible, right?

If you don’t know most of the music that I listen to when I have full control of the radio or Pandora list in my car or office is mostly Contemporary Christian with some other music tossed in for good measure.  Music is a huge factor for me in worship; certain songs really speak to me and I listen to the lyrics (unlike my husband who claims not to hear a single word that is sung in a song but likes the beat better)

Recently this song, by for King and Country has really been speaking to me.  It has been stuck in my head and it doesn’t help that whenever I am in the car The Fish decides to play it.

Let my life be the proof, the proof of Your LOVE!

This phrase, stanza, whatever it is (dear golly I hope my former choir director never reads my post and shakes his head that I can’t remember what a chunk of music is called.  I’m sorry Dr. J) gets stuck in my head and I find myself humming it, closing my eyes and savoring it bouncing around in my head, and on occasion I belt it out in my car driving down the road.  The message, Love, is something that I think  no matter what you believe, is important.

Without Love I am Bankrupt.

So what songs are speaking to you this week?

Truth on a Saturday {1}

And I praise You because of the wonderful way you created me.  Everything you do is marvelous! Of this I have no doubt. ~Psalms 139:14 Contemporary English Version

For years I yearned to wear dresses and red lipstick.  YEARS.  I didn’t do it because I didn’t want to stand out, to seem to fancy in what sometimes is a very non fancy world.

I look around at so many people who are trying to be someone they aren’t.  We, as women, are constantly picking ourselves apart and finding all of the tiny flaws.  These flaws jump out at you and scream in your face about how you aren’t good enough or beautiful enough.  And then I think of that Psalm.

Everything He does is marvelous! Have you stood in awe at a sunset?  Have you been amazed when those tiny flowers poke their way out of the ground each spring?

How many of us have taken photos of unusually created fruit or vegetables? Or have looked over a flaw in a piece of furniture because it gives it character?

We look at life with rose-colored glasses when it comes to the whole world until we look at ourselves in the mirror.

My eyebrows are uneven and my face is red and splotchy.  Most days my hair can’t decide if it’s wavy or straight.  And don’t get me started on my extra-large feet and hard to fit body.

What happened to being wonderfully made and praising Him for all of his marvelous creations?

This morning after my devotional time, I really was burdened with something on my heart as I looked at the table in my dining room.  It came from my grandmother’s house and sits in the corner collecting various things that don’t get dumped on the dining room table.  My favorite thing about this table are the clawed feet.  They are chipped and discolored, there is some dirt that won’t ever come out from the lines, but I love it.

To me it speaks stories about life and family.  I could never cast it aside for a different table, because to me it is perfection just the way it is. So I decided to post this to Instagram (I’m @hdurdil there by the way) with the hashtag #TruthOnASaturday.

Sometimes our flaws are what make us the most beautiful #truthonsaturday

Sometimes are flaws are what make us the MOST beautiful.  Just let that sink in for a second.

My husband has the picture of me that I took while at a conference a few years ago.  I see my saggy arms and multiple chins.  I actually tried to throw it away on one occasion because I wasn’t really sure why he had it in his dresser.  He saw the picture in a pile of stuff destined for the recycle bin and asked what I was doing to his beautiful wife.  He looks at that photo and sees my smile and the joy in my eyes because I was doing something that I loved.

We need to love ourselves and all of our flaws, because we ARE wonderfully made!

What truth would you like to share with us this Saturday?