Thursday, October 8, 2015

All This and Heaven Too?


I read this devotional by Craig Groeschel from his sermon series "#struggles" and it was so inspiring that I wanted to post it on my blog for my kids to read one day. I imagine technology is only going to continue in its advances and demand more and more of our attention. Praying I remember that only One Person truly satisfies! Sure, the pleasures of life (like getting to walk to the Harbor with my handsome hunny for Fajitas and Margaritas☺️) are super fun for a little while...but like Chaps Griffin preached recently, "they leave you wanting more- the thirst is never quenched. We need to be nourished by the Bread of Life and the Living Water...Jesus and The Bible." Here's the Devo:

"In the pursuit of fulfillment in life, technology and social media allow you to capture every moment along the way. You’re not only on the fast track to success, but you get to show selfies at each lap along the way. Which only confirms how up-to-the-nano-second cool you are.

So get the biggest data plan you can, and collect wi-fi passwords at every stop. Check in at all the cool places. Share every inspirational thought you have, and every joke. Snap lots of pics. Get video clips, too, of course. And never stop uploading the whole show to the Cloud as you go.

Post everything online for the whole world to see. Pile up Likes and Friends and Followers until it’s all just one frenzied blur. Hustle until your real life exceeds your dreams. And finally, once you’ve reached the summit, I can guarantee you this one thing: your longing for more never stops. Like the latest technology, your achievements are outdated overnight.

Why? How could that be possible?

Because you were not created for earth. You were created for eternity. And there is nothing on this earth that can ever satisfy that spiritual longing you feel inside—even if you can collect it all.

Nothing.

When I was a teenager, years before I knew Christ, I would hear people say, “God makes a Christ-shaped void inside every person.” I remember that saying annoying me. I remember not understanding what they were talking about. But then one day I learned for myself why they said it: because it is absolutely true. Nothing outside of a living relationship with Christ can ever fill the emptiness of that ache inside your heart.

Your scavenger hunt for success will never be enough. Christ is what you’re searching for. He is your source. He is your strength. He is your sustainer. He is your joy. He is your contentment. He is your all and all. He’s everything that matters.

When Christ is all you have, you’ll finally realize that Christ is all you need.

 

Christ. Is. All. You. Need.

Monday, October 5, 2015

Perfection...and Being Far From It

Walking down the Carlsbad Beach cliffs with my crew!
It didn't take long for M to be soaked and loving every moment of it. 
T is much more thoughtful in her approach and searched diligently for beautiful seashell treasures. 
M trying to skip rocks like his daddy :)

My giant baby B hanging out with Mom and Dad! I had to pack up all of his 9 month clothes today and move him into 12-18 month gear...He's only 4 months old, folks! Such a big, cute, and squishy baby. There is something so healing about snuggling a tiny one. I didn't always feel that way, though. Lol! I definitely went through a time were I wasn't sure that I even liked kids. :) However, God has a way of softening and transforming hearts, right?! My desire to have children slowly grew and we set sail on uncharted waters that lead us through grief of loss and unimaginable joys of gain. 

You would never guess by looking at these pictures that I was presently having a pity party, Stephen and I weren't communicating well, and within a few hours...I'd be calling him on the phone and start by saying, "The last thing I want to do right now is talk to you because I'm mad and so frustrated...but I know that we need to work through this miscommunication. So, I apologize for being, impatient, irritable and discouraging..." We then talked through some heavy stuff to the background noise of a crying baby and two tired toddlers. God healed our hearts and brought us closer together in the end. I say all of this to say that life isn't always as it seems...and it doesn't always go the way I'd like it too! ;) But God showed through a devotional I read (while I was still annoyed:) that I have the opportunity to show my kids how to respond to life when my plans are derailed. I can act THEIR age and throw a passive-aggressive-silent-but-deadly fit, or I can have a radical change of perspective. I can choose to see the change of events as divine interruptions. To remember that God directs my steps and is making His sovreign adjustments to my day. Pretty crazy to think about God being interested enough in my ordinary life to make any changes at all. Kinda makes me feel worth it all to Him❤️ He's so good and gracious. I want to get to that point where I eagerly anticipate the excitement God is going to orchestrate into my day. I welcome anyone who wants to remind me of this truth when I have forgotten it...like tomorrow would be good! ;)