"I'm so confused
I know I heard you loud and clear
So I followed through
Somehow I ended up here
I dont wanna think
I may never understand
That my broken heart was a part of your plan
When I try to pray
All I got is hurt
and these four words...
Thy will be done.
I know you see me
I know you hear me lord
Your plans are for me
Goodness you have in store." Sometimes we think that God has forgotten about us, given certain situations and trials we face, but he always has a plan for our hurt and struggle, not that he wants it for us or puts it on us, but he can turn any situation into good and use it for his plan. Sometimes we dont understand and that's okay.
Rebecca's Mr Rogers, in-progress
Now that all that's left is detail-work, I work on Mr Rogers at home, I don't usually have time to focus enough at work, so his face will take a couple days- things like eyes and mouths that are so tiny, so I use one thread at a time and make wee stitches. His eyes need a coat of mod podge for shine, and some smile lines, I think grey, and I'll build up his cheeks some since he will be smiling. So many little things on that wee face.
I also sewed the sleeves on his sweater, I absolutely don't know how folks can make people-sized sweaters. This wee one seemed like it took forever, but I'm also not a clothing maker( I can knit and crochet hats gloves and socks and hats, they're just not at all fun for me, so I won't make clothes unless they're the size of my hand or smaller😉)
Isaiah 40:28 - No one can measure the depths of His understanding. .
We often go through trials in our life. .
-The loss of a child
So often in our sorrow we tend to want to seek out and find someone to share in the grief, frustration and pain. Support groups can be found at every corner for parents who have lost a child, veterans suffering with PTSD, children affected by divorce, singles who suffer with loneliness and depression. It is in our human nature to want to be understood. .
Even when you find someone who has suffered with the same likeness, they still can’t comprehend your exact suffering because they only know it in it’s likeness not it’s reality. .
We serve a God who understands, and so much so that scriptures say we don’t even know the depths of His understanding. He not only went through every pain and emotion on this earth that we experience, but He also can see inside our heart and He counts every tear that fall from our eyes. He is nigh to the broken hearted. “He favors the broken” as Bro. Jim McComas once preached. .
Today, if you suffer from being misunderstood or seek to be understood in your pain and can’t seem to find anyone that compares to your likeness...try God. .
"Plain Jane" is how I feel sometimes in this world of colorful people and things. Sometimes we can get lost in it all and feel "unnoticed". But I can tell you this one thing, "God Sees You"! Please check out my blog entitled, "I See You". Link in bio. #hiseyeisonthesparrow#heseesyou#heseesme#brownsparrow
God listens to us, not because we’re worthy or we deserve His attention. Instead, it’s because of the mercy He extends towards His children. Speak to your Father. Turn to him with your complaint, your requests, your gratitude, and your praise. #Hehearsyou#Heseesyou#GoodNews#ChristSaves#PAHike
August will be an interesting month for me because I have 2 goals I will love to accomplish and I have faith I will. Persistence has been the most effective, so even though I get a hundred no and two yes I will be still happy and fulfilled to know I changed two people lives. Comment for info below #heseesyou#health#healthydiet#itworks 💚 #itworkswraps#helathyhair#thankgod
I have been so tired and irritable this week and I think it’s because there’s a lot happening at work and home and I’m not getting the rest and renewal I need. So I started a short devotional series yesterday on Finding Rest in a Busy World and I wanted to share with you what spoke to my heart this morning.
It’s the age old story of Mary and Martha when Jesus comes to visit their house. Mary lounges alongside Jesus while Martha works like a crazy lady to make sure everything is done and perfect. Martha evens says “Lord, don’t you care...?” Wow! Could you imagine saying that to Jesus?! But how many times do we really say that in our hearts even though we may not utter the words. Doesn’t anyone around here see what all I have done?! I wash the clothes, I make the food, I clean the dishes, I vacuum, I dust, and the list could do on and on. BUT God sees you, even when you think no one is watching, because you’re the apple of his eye and he has every hair on your head numbered.
Rest in his grace today and unburden your soul today of whatever little worries there are or if you think no one is watching. He is enough to sustain you, he made the universe for Pete’s sake!! Read Psalm 104 about how powerful and majestic God is and all that he made and then remember that even among all of creation he knows your name, sees all that you do, and loves you more than you’ll ever know.
I desire this to be my stance, even when I don’t understand your plan. Lord, I pray to stay surrendered to you, I will trust you. I will let you guide me, even when my heart aches and it feels like the walls are closing in and I can no longer see the light at the end of the tunnel. I will walk blindly, knowing that you know best. You have never failed me and you won’t start now.
Constantly reminding myself, as long as I have breath...it will be okay. God is too good and loves me too much!
Sometimes it’s hard but just keep going, you’ll come out. •••••••••••••••••••••••
My husband was out of town all last week. After the kids were asleep, I watched TV, read and cleaned like a crazy lady. I wiped baseboards, cleaned the smudges off the walls and wiped down ceiling fan blades along with the regular cleaning. It felt so nice to have a nice clean home. But you know what? The walls were back to smudged (see picture above) before my husband even got home. All of that hard work, and no one ever saw it. .
Isn't that motherhood? You do so many things that either never get seen, or are plain rejected. You clean the house, it's thrashed before your husband gets home. You make your kids lunch, they ask for something else. .
What I didn't realize when having my first baby was that I was being welcomed into The School of Obscurity - the state of being unknown, inconspicuous, or unimportant. .
When no one sees what we do, will we do it with a joyful heart, as unto the Lord? Will we serve all day everyday with little or no thanks because it's where God has called us and placed us? Will we wipe boogers, change diapers, be thrown up on all in the name of Jesus? .
As enrollees, we are in good company. Christ was enrolled in the same school as us mamas before starting His ministry. The time of John the Baptist’s ministry, before Jesus' ministry is called "The Time of Obscurity", we now know that was a time of critical preparation for Jesus. When no one saw Him or knew His name, God the Father did. In this School of Obscurity, we are being refined and our motives exposed. When no one sees you, the Father does. Take heart, you are being made more like Him. xo, Jenny
“God isn't blind to the sadness of His children. In the day that you cry out for God's help, He will hear. He sees you. He'll save you. He'll beautify you in your suffering.
You'll become a Christ-tree, lighting the way for others to see His goodness and everlasting life.”
This was our trip to Croatia 🇭🇷 which was amazing. Today is the last day to join our team and start your own business for just $20 plus $150 shopping spree.Change is necessary sometimes it’s mandatory. Let this be your first step to brighter days to come . Comment below #tbt ❤️ #thankfuleveryday#familycomesfirst#heseesyou#itworks 💚
Today’s #thriftythursday outfit makes me feel like Audrey Hepburn.
(Only blonder...with a Minnesotan accent...and bigger muscles. 🤔)
Throughout my acting career, I always lamented the fact that I wasn’t an Audrey Hepburn. You see, I didn’t get cast as the ingenue. I wasn’t small, delicate, or graceful...I was earthy, strong, and grounded. I was a Stella, not a Blanche. I was a Helena, not a Hermia.
I’m a Katherine—not an Audrey. 😉
But what I’ve realized over the years is that the only reason I wanted to be an ingenue was because I felt insecure about my femininity—if I could play one of those demure, delicate roles, maybe I wouldn’t feel like I was too much anymore. If I could just shove myself into a smaller box, I would fit the definition of what a woman should be.
And y’know? For all people talk about being anything you want to be and doing anything you want to do, there is great freedom in embracing who you are *not*.
There is freedom when you stop striving for a dream that goes against the grain of who you are.
There is freedom in celebrating someone else’s unique beauty, knowing that you will never possess it.
So now, when I wear an outfit like this, I look at my strong features and broad shoulders and wonder if Audrey, in all her fabulousness, ever wanted to fill a bigger box. Ever wanted to be more. Ever felt like she wasn’t enough.
And it makes me want to admire and magnify the innumerable different kinds of beauty I see in women every day. 💗
So if no one has told you yet today, my friend—your beauty is special. Your modesty, your boldness, your awkwardness, your humility, your fierceness, your particular color and voice combine to make you a wonder to behold.
No matter who you are...or who you are *not*.
Happy Thursday and happy #thrifting !!!
“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart...”
Jeremiah 1:5 .
7. “‘Be still, and know that I am God’ (Ps. 46:10) is a wonderful antidote for a restless spirit. The Hebrew word translated ‘be still’ means ‘take your hands off, relax.’ It’s so easy for us to get impatient with the Lord and start meddling in matters that we ought to leave alone. He is God, and His hands can accomplish the impossible. Our hands may get in the way and make matters worse.
From our quick beach 🏖 stay the other week. They both wanted to take a picture cuddled up under the covers. Love these kiddos so much!!! Thankful that I get to be their mom! Yes, we have our days where it’s not all smiles, and it’s more screams and fighting, but so thankful for the grace Jesus gives me so freely and gives it to me daily. 🙌🏻😊💜 Mama, no matter what day you’re having, or what kind of days you’ve had, nothing is too messy or too hard to bring to Jesus and let him have it all. He can take our messes and turn them into amazing masterpieces if we let him. 😉♥️ He sees you, he hears you and you are so fully known by him. 😊
I want to share my heart for a moment with y’all. Specifically to those who are going through some seriously hard, rough times.
Perhaps it’s only been a short while or like me, it’s been a few years of hardship. Today you maybe facing some serious “giants” or obstacles that no matter what you do, they won’t move.
Or maybe you are like me getting hit back to back in every area of your life and there are times you don’t know whether to cry or scream so you instead laugh at something so you don’t do both. But then...
... then there is that one thing that hits you out of nowhere and you just become. Numb. You aren’t happy but you aren’t sad. You aren’t excited but you aren’t worried either. You just feel like you are existing asking God, “where are You?! Have you forgotten me?”
This morning in my time of worship (and after rewatching Facing The Giants yesterday), I said to myself all I will do is praise and give thanks. I won’t come to God asking for anything else because like the movie said, “I will thank God in the good; and the bad. Win or lose” because He IS worthy of my praise because He has been good to me and He WILL continue to be good. 🙌🏽
Don’t lose sight of Hebrews 13:5, you are not forgotten and I post this screenshot from a song by @israelhoughton and New Breed. If you don’t already have this song, I encourage you to purchase it, it’ll minister to your soul (mind, will and emotions). If you already have it, play it until you remember your covenant with The Almighty Father.
I may be MIA for a moment or so as I fight for my relationship and my peace, please pray for me, as I will be praying for you all (feel free to shoot me a prayer of agreement request if you would like. I love praying for others!)
Have a great day y’all!
Oh...this one hits me every time! I’ve loved Jesus since I was 5 years old and yet somehow I’ve always struggled with the idea of Him being near, hearing me when I pray, watching me when I feel alone, speaking to me and just being there. 👉🏼For some reason I always believed the lie that He’s got more important people and things to deal with than little ole me...It’s only been in the last few years that I’ve really began believing and trusting that He does! I choose to believe that truth even when it doesn’t feel like it because that’s what the Bible says!! He sees me. He knows my name. He doesn’t just love the world as a whole—He loves ME! And He loves you too! He’s here. He’s listening and He cares. He sees you.
• “For the eyes of the Lord range throughout the earth to strengthen those whose hearts are fully committed to him.” (2 Chronicles 16:9)
Recently Justin asked me what my favorite song is. I told him that was a really tough question, since I love music, specifically Christian music. Over 30 years ago my friend, Debbie, gave me a cassette tape (some may need to look up what this is.. lol) of this woman's music. This was a time where I had recommitted my life to following Christ. I really didn't know what all that meant, and I'm still learning it. When I heard it I knew I wanted this to be my life goal, to have my Heavenly Father's eyes. I prayed this be true everytime I listened. I would rewind and listen to this song and all the songs on the cassette until I actually wore it out!
I think of this song often and it's still my desire. Many times I see myself and others through my own insecurities and judgment. During these times I'm anxious, hurt and want to fight or my real hurt stance..run! Run away from the pain that I or others have caused. Yes, there are times God pulls me away. Those times don't carry long- term guilt as I know God is working, but there are others I just can't stand to feel my own pain or see others as they destroy themselves. I can trust God, that even through my short-comings, He sees me through His Son. He sees me as His broken daughter who falls short but desires to love well; others and my God.
Lord, today may I see others through Your eyes, even if but for a moment to meet a need that You reveal, whether through prayer or another way. Help me also when I look in the mirror to see that You love me perfectly, even with all my age spots, scars and imperfections. It's about Your love, Lord.
May I have my Father's eyes, is still my prayer. #fatherseyes#heartsong#thankfulforgrace#amygrant#hisgracegivessight#heseesyou