Love everyone 

There is a song on AirOne that says, “Who you love I’ll love.” That means everyone. We are to love everyone. Just like Jesus did. Even if we don’t want to. 
What is love?
Love is patient

Love is kind

It does not envy

It does not boast

It’s not easily angered 

It keeps no record of wrongs 

It does not delight in evil

It rejoices in the truth

It always protects

Always trusts

Always hopes

Always perseveres
Some of these are often times hard to come by – like keeping no record of wrongs. Like patience. Like not becoming angry. But God has called us to be Jesus-minded. To keep walking in His shoes while He isn’t physically here. So — love everyone. It’s that simple. 

Best of intentions 

We always have the best of intentions. It’s a new day, and we are going to have a new attitude. Then the devil starts throwing bullets, or “shade” as my Cheerleaders would say. 
Spilt coffee

Burned toast

A Facebook post that rubs you the wrong way 

Your kid won’t get out of the bed 

Or halfway to school your kid announces they forgot something

Get to work and the WiFi’s down 
I could keep going and going. 
Ladies, y’all know what I’m talking about. In those moments we have a choice to make. We can twist off like a busted can of biscuits, –or– we can take a deep breath, say a prayer, and hold on to our composure. 
Let’s work on keeping it together, ladies. We don’t want our kids remembering us as “Mad Mommy”. We want them to remember us as a lady of God. 
One with a smile. 

One with grace. 

Lots of grace. 
“My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.” – James 1:19-20

Back to school 

Back to school. 

Back to work. 

Back to life. 

Back to reality.

(Are you singing that song in your head now?)
With all of this creeping up on us, it is extremely easy for stress to start creeping in as well. Supplies, clothes, and schedules (and one million other things) can become our main focus instead of God’s mission for us. 
Don’t let these things steal your joy. God has given us blessing after blessing after blessing. 
Focus on the happy. Focus on the magic of this crazy, exciting life we’ve been given. Focus on God. And for all of my educator friends, let’s focus on the fact that we are lucky enough to work in one of the best mission fields God created -the school. Our children. Our future. 
“But rise and stand upon your feet, for I have appeared to you for this purpose, to appoint you as a servant and witness to the things in which you have seen me and to those in which I will appear to you.” – Acts 26:16

Come as you are 

🎼Come. Now is the time to worship 🎼
God doesn’t care who you are, where you’ve been, or what you’ve done. He can wipe that slate clean anyway. 
He just wants your undivided attention. He wants your entire heart. 
Come to him. 

With all your sins. 

With all your hurt. 

Your scars. 

Your brokenness. 
Come to Him and worship Him with your whole being. Come to Him, and let Him make you perfectly imperfect. 
“My sacrifice, O God, is[a] a broken spirit; a broken and contrite heart you, God, will not despise.” – Psalm 51:17

Beautifully Flawed 

Stop focusing on your flaws like they are the absolute worst thing in this world. God is going to turn those flaws into something beautiful. Those flaws have potential. 
The devil wants you tangled up in this twisted web of lies because it takes your focus off of what God needs you to do for His Kingdom. He is pitting your self against your self in hopes that you slip and fall. Don’t get stuck in that mess. 
Do not let him get the best of you. God sees something in you, or He would not have created you in the first place. 
You, my sisters, are beautifully flawed and wonderfully made. 
“I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.” – Psalm 139:14

Good, good things still hurt 

Sometimes your heart breaks wide open but for good reasons. And even though they are good, good things – they still hurt. They still rip you wide open and expose every fiber of your soul. 
Moms of seniors. 

Moms of kindergarteners. 

Moms whose babies are leaving for college or the military. 

Empty nesters 

God has your heart, and He has you. 
This is my niece’s senior year. The first granddaughter. The first niece. The first baby. It will be a year of firsts and a year of lasts. It will be a year of moments that culminate into one huge rite of passage. 
You’ve spent the majority of your life watching this tiny human grow, learn, and become this amazing person. It makes your heart swell with pride. You are beyond excited for who they are becoming and the journey that life is taking them on. 
Don’t you know that’s how God feels about us? Don’t you know that’s how He looks down on us — with pride and adoration — with His heart on the verge of exploding. I don’t think we will ever understand the magnitude of love that God has for his “babies”. I am certain He is one proud Daddy. 
“I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth.” – 3 John 1:4

Don’t be scared 

Sometimes the Spirit of the Lord tells us to do some scary stuff. Sometimes it’s not even scary; it’s just out of our comfort zone. We sit back and think, “Really? Are you sure, God?” Our human flesh can come up with a ton of excuses why we are not the right person for the job. 
When God is speaking directly to our heart we should take it as the highest compliment. If the Spirit of God is asking you to do something for Him – that just means you HAVE the Spirit of God working within you. It means God trusts you enough to take care of His business. He thinks your awesome. 
No matter how scary or crazy you think God’s plan is – don’t dismiss it. Don’t put it off, and don’t try to do things your own way. 
You don’t want to find yourself in the same predicament as King Saul:
Stripped of your title. 

Stripped of your calling. 

Stripped of God’s Spirit. 
I don’t know about you, but I never want to live a day without God’s Spirit in my life. 
“For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God.” – Romans 8:14