Ever feel like you are SO done with the week and you can not wait for it to be O.V.E.R.???  Are you nodding your head, "Yes Laura"... every week!!  lol

That was this week x10!  This week has been such a week full of emotions, tears, ups and downs and all arounds, that I am sooooo ready for the weekend to be as calm and relaxing as possible. 

Maybe it's just the life of a middle-aged mom (hormones gone wild...lol) But I am telling you that life has been throwing me some major curve balls and I'm not doing the best with them.  I'm not going to lie, I've been a mess this week.  Through all the tears, the talks with friends, the devotionals I've read, the prayer time I've had, I've had to tell myself  "Nope, you're not going there"... and yet I still do!  I don't think I'm the only one with this problem either.  Why is it that when we are overwhelmed with too many things at once, I think we have a tendency to dwell on the negatives and keep thinking about them over and over in our minds.  I really think that's a tactic of the enemy.  The enemy wants us to DWELL on our problems instead of DWELLING on God's Word...

Lightbulb moment!

My word for the year... my #onelittleword is tripping me up!  The word I chose to focus on this year (DWELL) is the one thing I'm struggling with!  Oh my stars, how ironic is that? I'm seriously just realizing that as I'm typing this post.

Psalm 91: 1-2 "He who DWELLS in the secret place of the Most High shall abide under the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord "He is my refuge and my fortress; My God, in Him I will trust."

I made this page LAST week! Coincidence?  I don't think so...  See where I wrote on the bottom of the page "Don't dwell on your problems?" and I even put a big "REMEMBER THIS" in the middle of the page!  Oh dear...I am so stupid some times.  

There are two things I'm figuring out this week and I mean JUST figuring out as I write this...

The first is this:  No matter what we are dealing with, no matter what we "dwell on" (even the crappy stuff we shouldn't be dwelling on) there is one constant.

The Lord remains.

He is always there.  He is the One constant in our lives.  He is waiting for us. 

2 Timothy 2:13 "If we are faithless, He remains FAITHFUL; He cannot deny Himself"

We get all worked up, we get all emotional like a chicken running around with it's head cut off. (sorry, that's gross) But seriously... We are running every which way.  Oh, I'll do a little of this and I'll try a little of that and maybe this will calm me down... And the one thing we need to do is STOP the madness.  We need to "Be STILL".  He is waiting for us to drop all of this "stuff" at His feet and just trust in His faithfulness.  He doesn't change! His faithfulness remains. 

The second thing I have come to realize is this:

It's all about God's LOVE.

Yes that's a simple answer, but yet so profound that we don't quite grasp it. 

He is waiting for us to come and DWELL in His love and like Ephesians 3 says: 

 "to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God."

Just had to stop and make this while the thoughts were flowing...

His love IS amazing!  He cares for us SO much and He is FAITHFUL to love us, to surround us with his love and to change US by that love.  So that we can see that life is NOT about dwelling on our problems or the "wrongs" of the world... It's about taking that LOVE that the Lord is faithful to give us and in turn go give that love to others.  To give GRACE to others.

I posted this on my @awelldocumentedlife IG account a few days ago.  (This is the IG account I am posting all my Bible Journaling pages on, if you want to follow along)

Here's what I wrote:

"I'll be honest with you... I'm finding this one difficult today.  Was actually looking through my bible for some words to give me peace today and this jumped out at me.  Guess that's why this journey of Bible Journaling is so much more then painting pretty stuff in our bibles, right?  I'm glad it's a way to draw me closer to right where I need to be... Ephesians 4 talks about how we are all given GRACE by Christ, so then we should also give grace and forgive others.  I guess I need to work on that today."

Yes, sometimes the Lord needs to push us to where we need to be. One little nudge at a time...

So my prayer is for all of us to take the time to BE STILL and DWELL in the Lords love for us.  We are all SO blessed and SO loved by a God that keeps giving us Grace upon Grace.

Have a GREAT weekend everyone!

Hugs,

Laura

P.S.  This month is "Bible Appreciation Month" (kind of funny to me that it's one month...) But I thought next week I would post more about this Bible Journaling art form that I have fallen so much in LOVE with!   Also, I will be sharing a little "secret" I've been keeping that I am SO excited about and will be doing a blog post of AMAZING photos my friend Cathy Walters took at the last Art & Faith Creative Retreat last July in Italy!  I'm so excited to share these beautiful photos and update you on the June & September retreats... You are still welcome to join us this June & September if you are still thinking about it.  I can get more apartments if I need to and I've always said that if the Lord is calling you to join us, then He will make the way for YOU to be there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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