Our Heavenly Father is so very generous and my heart is on the verge of exploding because of His kindness!
My heart is so full. Full of hope. Full of His goodness. Full of zeal and passion. Naturally, the inspiration has kicked in and here I sit at the midnight hour drafting away. I sit here carefully assigning my heart to words that I pray will encourage you. Maybe these words will ignite a change in you, inspire you, or simply bring a glimmer of hope to a seemingly hopeless situation. I long to know the full extent of what my readers are going through…
Shame is a silent killer and I’m so grateful for the victory I have over it…
Shame, a painful feeling of humiliation or distress caused by the consciousness of wrong or foolish behavior. The synonyms of shame are: humiliate, mortify, chagrin, embarrass, abash, and my favorite, cut down to size.
I am extremely grateful for givers. But the question I pose to you is this: are you a giver or a taker?
Givers. The one’s who keep on giving. I’m convinced giving goes against the very nature of fallen man. Fallen man seeks to gratify the flesh on every level. Fallen man seeks to satisfy his needs no matter the cost. In fact, the benefits seem to outweigh the cost nearly every time. I can prove the inherent selfishness that wakes and sleeps in the heart of humanity… just go to Disney when it’s extremely busy.
Jessi Schwertfeger discusses how she is grateful for people and the significant, but sometimes messy, relationships we encounter in our day-to-day lives…
My beautiful, intelligent, and anointed friend and co-worker Jessi Schwertfeger is my guest contributor today. I am so grateful that she has written for Pretty Little Lemons despite the extremely busy season that she is in. She and I go back nearly a decade! We met at our Overland Missions’ Advanced Missions Training school early 2008 and we have done A LOT of life together. She and her husband Jacob Schwertfeger, along with their three beautiful children, are our head of operations in Africa (we both work for Overland Missions if you didn’t guess that already). They are such an amazing family and they have hearts of gold. This entry she has written communicates a large portion of her heart, which is people. Her heart is BIG and LOVING and she has a passion for people and to see relationships flourish in the body of Christ. So, here we go…
Why did I not consider that the greatest Truth ever revealed to me was deeply seeded in my heart long ago?
I’ve missed you. I think my two month blog sabbatical was necessary. I had time to consider how much I love writing as I tackled an extremely busy season of life. I literally thought about Pretty Little Lemons every day and struggled with a borderline nagging, obligatory feeling (that was a lot of unfriendly adjectives in one thought) to at least attempt writing and posting in the midst of the beautiful craziness. However, I’ve come out of that season in total peace and remain extremely grateful for the work responsibility that was placed in my hands. And now I get to write… I’m a little rusty, so please be gracious.
I get to guard my heart… what a privilege
Regardless of how tired my physical body feels because it’s 11:30 at night I want to share with you how thankful I am for the ability to guard my heart in hopes that my mere words can ignite this same thankfulness in you. Some of you are well acquainted with this Scripture, but let me throw it out there just for a little refresher:
Guard your heart above all else, for it determines the course of your life (or out of it flows the issues of life)
That one time
at band camp when I put my foot in my mouth and I ignored the leading of the Holy Spirit
Once upon a time there was a girl with a small frame and a BIG mouth. That girl shall remain unnamed for the duration of this entry. Her mouth often got her into trouble, especially this one time.
One beautiful, sunny day in Jacksonville, Florida this girl and her husband were visiting friends. They started the day with a delicious breakfast that included but was not limited to fried eggs and Sriracha sauce. The moment with the Sriracha sauce foreshadowed upcoming events. The small-framed girl with the very BIG mouth proceeded to squeeze the Sriracha sauce onto her eggs but to no avail. Instead she channeled her inner Van Goh, or however you spell his name, and painted the white carpet red. Fortunately for her, a carpet cleaner was on standby.
My life has changed drastically since I started giving thanks…
August marks the one year anniversary of Pretty Little Lemons. I’ll be honest, this blog is my baby. I’m so thankful that the Holy Spirit prompted me to cultivate gratitude in my life through writing. I am more blessed than you know, and I’m probably more blessed than I know. Writing, nonetheless, has not been the sole means of cultivating gratitude in my heart. The Lord has absolutely used other avenues too.
Straight talk about the desires of our hearts
Desire, a strong feeling of wanting to have something or wishing for something to happen. Sometimes desires are strong; so incredibly powerful that nothing can quench them. Sometimes desires are weak; so feeble they may cease to exist. What makes a desire powerful? What makes a desire weak?
Shortcomings and why they are lies that need to be trashed
The only time I have to write in the last three weeks or so is at night when I’m putting my kids to bed. Sounds crazy, right? Writing while I put my kids to bed? Yes! Well, we are all in the same room and often in the same bed… Traveling. Not every hotel room comes with two beds, and hotels often want to charge $35 plus extra a night for bringing in a roll away bed. It’s extortion. Anyway, let me tell you about my shortcomings and why I am grateful for God’s grace as I face them.