On humility.

Who Me?

Written by Colette Magoon (Excerpted from the Collegiate Devotional Bible NIV)

In a world of cynics on every part,

Lord, take the pessimism from my heart–

The part of me that tends to say,

“You are wrong.  That’s not the way.”

The part that chooses to distrust,

assuming they’re filled with lust,

with egotism, greed and pride,

Lord, show me I too have that side–

the arrogance that hides within,

a subtle, sly and devious sin.

Replace it with humility

that serves and loves and dies to me.

I am not so good at being a servant.  If I had my preference, I would be the one being served.  That’s horrible.  How can I sit here and write this to you if that is how my heart really feels?  But it is the truth.

Sometimes, when I have been home all day with the kids my pride seems to take over right when my husband enters the door.  This thought that, “I deserve a break” strangles my judgement and I start to perseverate on that.  Before I realize whats happened, I’m yelling at my husband and my kids, or I’m locking myself into my bedroom and spending my “much needed” break playing on my phone, wasting good time.

Please don’t misunderstand my point here.  I probably do need that break.  You know who also needed that break?  My husband probably did as well.  This week, I have decided to give myself this challenge:  Every day, no matter how tired or exhausted I am, my goal is to greet my husband at the door with a spirit of humility.

Maybe I will have coffee waiting for him when he comes home or a drawing the kids made just for him.  Then after he has had a moment to decompress I can calmly ask for my half hour to do the same.  I know I will need that break at the end of the day, but I also know that God requires that I am humble about it.

Bible verses for the week:

Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.” Mark9:35

“For everyone who exalts himself will be humbled,
and he who humbles himself will be exalted.”
Luke 14:11 (NIV)

For the little ones in your life:

Walk humbly, and do what is right.

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Back to basics.

I have a confession to make:  this is not my first blog post.   I’ve set up two blogs prior to this one, both of them were crafting/lifestyle blogs. I have a love of crafting things and a passion for home decor. I did what all the “welcome to blogging” posts said.  I tried, and I think in some ways successfully found my “niche”.

No matter what subject I posted on or how many comments or followers I received, something was always missing.  My words felt empty and pointless.  I found myself with this constant nagging thought in the back of my mind, “why am i doing this?”.  I needed more than a crafting blog, not that there’s anything wrong with those. But for me, I have this desire to put something out there that means something, that makes some type of difference in this world.

When I look at my kids I know that I am here to be their mom.  But, I also believe that I am here to encourage others, to tell a story.  My story.  However long, or short or boring or funny it may be.

It is my hope that through my ramblings, God’s purposes will shine through in my life and He will be glorified.  It is the very least I can do. 💛

“for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.” -Philippians 2:13