Nothing

“In the beginning God created the heavens and the earth. The earth was without form, and void; and darkness was on the face of the deep. And the Spirit of God was hovering over the face of the waters.” Genesis 1:1-2

He took nothing and formed something. The earth, with it’s deserts and mountains, with it’s valleys and streams, with it’s magnificent oceans and beautiful rain forests……all of it created. Created from nothing. Created by a mighty and powerful Creator.

If He could create such beauty, just think what He is capable of creating in me. I am nothing but He created me. He created me for something much better, much bigger than nothing. I grasp on to this, holding tight, on days when I am drowning in the seemingly mundane tasks of everyday life. 

I cling tight to the hope that He is using me even in the simple tasks of folding laundry and preparing meals, sweeping the floor and dusting the furniture. He strengthens me each day to clothe my family, to give nourishment to their bodies, to provide a home for the ones that I love the most.

I am not nothing. You are not nothing. For the God who created the heavens and the earths created me, created you! What marvelous things He has made!

O Lord, how manifold are Your works!

In wisdom You have made them all.

The earth is full of Your possessions—

This great and wide sea,

In which are innumerable teeming things,

Living things both small and great.

Psalm 104:24-25

 

And even though it’s Saturday, I’m joining a group of writers for Five Minute Friday. Today may you see the beauty that God has created around you as well as the beauty that He has created in you!

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His grace IS sufficient

My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 2. Cor. 12:9

My quiet comes from fear of being vulnerable, of exposing too much. But with God, what if exposing my vulnerability and my weaknesses would be an inspiration or a lesson for another? Meditating on this today.

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Five Minute Friday – Friend

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This summer, on the 12th day of July, my husband and I will celebrate five years of marriage. Somewhere in the last five years, I stopped seeing my husband as my friend. It’s not that I saw him as my enemy. He was “just” my husband. I became focused on my duties as a wife. Sometimes, when we can’t look past our duties, we forget the gift that we have.

Last weekend my husband and I attended a homeschooling conference together. My son and I started our homeschooling adventure before my husband and I married. My son, although my husband completely accepts him as his own, is mine. I’m learning that “mine” and “yours” are words that should not enter a marriage. Last week I felt my husband come beside me in this adventure. It’s not that he’d never supported our schooling from home but I had never fully allowed him into the realm of our family life. I may still be the teacher but my husband is my support and my encourager…my friend.

Last year my son and I began the new adventure of beekeeping. Yesterday, with the arrival of my bees, I invited my husband into our beekeeping world. My husband, since my son was not available, helped me hive the bees. He took an active interest in my our bees and asked many questions. As we walked up the hill (a little jaunt from the apiary to my parent’s farm house where our van was parked), we talked. We laughed. And as I drank in the warm, spring sunshine, a new warmth filled my heart as I silently thanked God for this man. My husband but more importantly my friend.

 

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Laurie’s Everyday Notions……..

……..still under construction. In the meantime visit me at lauriesnotions.blogspot.com

 

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