What is in a Face?

I looked objectively at my 40+ year old face. I see every hard time, every good time, every pain, every happiness. I see all that. I look a bit angry, a bit older, and that is my face now. It is not pretty, as the world sees pretty. It is not radiant or stunning. But it is mine, a reflection of me in this life. And there is only one of me. A face can change as skin loosens over time and fat comes and goes from beneath the surface layer, but who I truly am has absolutely nothing to do with that reflection. I am soul and spirit, the physical form changes. But who I am and who God sees me as being is the same beautiful little girl He created. And every person has their own unique beauty He designed. And every person’s beauty has nothing to do with their face or body shape or skin condition or color or hairstyle or whatever else we are programmed to believe. I am me because of who God designed me to be. Who you are is who God designed you to be. And He must really love us because we have such beauty inside and such amazing talents and gifts.❤

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My Spiritual Gift of Faith

Faith has always been my spiritual gift. Many proofs I won’t get in to, but I make it a habit to be truthful always so I guess your faith in practice will allow you to believe me. Lol. My mom’s family (parents, grandparents, aunts, cousins, etc.) were missionaries. Missionaries often have a lot of faith because God proves Himself faithful to them. Often their faith is actually very small as they start their journey and by the end, their faith has been developed to enormous levels by God throughout it. That is how it is quite often. My grandmother, my strongest influence (a missionary nurse to Africa with my grandpa as missionary dentist and preacher) was my strongest faith influence. She co-authored my book Worry Crashers. She was ) prayer warrior, but her enormous faith developed over time but her obedience pushed her through to develop it. She told me this in correspondences. I was born with it. Like I said, it was my spiritual gift. We all have one. I just happened to learn mine young with family’s help, love and wisdom to draw from. What I really suck at in general is planning. I can see the big picture and know full well God will provide as we obey and He will help us meet goals He agrees with or will change my direction. No worries. But getting from here to there, I leap. I charge ahead. I trust and go. The details are not n important and generally work themselves out but sometimes God blesses me with precious friends who help me organize, plan and focus. My least favorite things to do. It is not n impatience either, as I though it was for a long time, it is vision to see the next goal from here. Even before this step is complete, my eyes see the next finished project and how it helps and figures in. I can visualize everything. I see it complete before some tiny faith person tells me it can’t be done. I laugh. I know it can. God let me see it. And even if humanly impossible, God can do absolutely anything. There is no doubt in my mind absolutely all. I do not trust people but I trust God with all my heart and soul. That is my spiritual gift and I wanted to share it for some reason. Maybe it will help you. Maybe it will cause you to seek out your God-given spiritual gift and have the courage to use it. Nothing is more satisfying. It’s how we are cut, our purpose, our meaning. Those who don’t look for God and do what God designed them to do are forever searching for some pathetic (but seems perfect at the time) substitute. Be bigger and wiser that that.❤

Serving Your Purpose/Designer

I am great with two groups of people: kids and the elderly. I am not good with the in between ages. That is how it has always been, except my few friends that mean a great deal to me. I used to think I was just weird, and I really am ok either that, prefer it actually. But lately, I think it is my gifting from God, my design. And in my service to others, I excel the greatest when I am working with kids and elders. And I do so as often as I can while still maintaining my responsibilities at home. And I really enjoy coaching 2nd and 3rd grade homeschool P.E. and I just live my kids. We have it every week and it is great. And my kids are feeling like family, telling me all about their weeks, holding my hands while we walk, racing me, giving a hug after class. It is just the sweetest thing. And I would encourage you, whatever age group God built you for, to serve them somehow. It is truly beautiful when we do what we were designed to do. Artists should do art. Musicians should do music. Politicians should really work on their moral code. Lol  Do what God made you to do. It is worth the startup effort and God blesses your effort for Him well. ❤

Work Your Strengths

Work your strengths and trust God with the rest. Everyone has their own gifts and abilities, given specifically and purposefully by God for each of us. We have an inclination and desire what we have been gifted to be able to do. That is what we should do. I am a quandary because God made me a leader and I am a woman living in the south. Lol But I do the best I can considering the constraints and lead kids choir at church and teach my kids.❤

Normal Is a Distant Star in Someone Else’s Universe

Never having been “normal” and knowing a few boring people but absolutely no “normal” ones, I am convinced this term is both ignorant and against God’s original design when He made us. See, we were made on purpose, beautifully and excellently, full of our own specific abilities and gifts and upbringings. This refutes the ignorant “normal” claim and makes those who embrace their uniqueness feel “abnormal” and be bullied and pressed down. This is very dangerous for people may be tempted to not fulfill their original and beautiful and rather powerful design. Whoever countermands God’s design will have seriously bad and extensive consequences. So be careful that no one deceives you into a false reality of who you were designed to be and go all out in obedience to God as to your original and unique design. Be you and do ago with God. ❤

Seeing an Old Friend

I think sometimes God puts someone fresh in your mind because something is left undone with them or to let you know they will be headed your way soon. Well, this happened recently in a dream and some random thoughts through the day and today we randomly met up at a park. Well, because of the Holy Spirit preparing me, I was ready and knew what to say and what he needed to hear. It is beautiful how God works out unresolved or unfinished business in the right timing when we are ready for it and the other person is ready for it. And God continues to amaze me every day. I love Him so much to take care of the little nagging details of our lives to promote growth and peace and show love. He is so very good! ❤❤❤

Tiny Touches

For me, the hardest thing to be patient with is the little minute details of most anything, being born a big picture person. My family are all detail people. This had caused much disparity over the years, to say the least. However, when it comes to art, and quilting specifically at this moment, I drum up an endless supply of patience for the details. Why? Because art trumps everything as my most natural form of worship and I will be excellent at it if I can. Art quality is separated in excellence by the tiny touches, the details. It is these tiny touches I am working on now with my quilt. I have handset two fabrics together into a square and am now using a template to finish a smaller square. 99 of them, to be specific. It will be the crown detail on the quilt and although much time is required, it is a gift given in exchange for a more no wee auto full quilt. I need to find a way to incorporate the same lesson into my life in every way. The down side of being a big picture person is the details for excellence are chore. But maybe if I consider all of life a beautiful artwork, I can get better at the tiny touches that make such a difference. ☺