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Friday, February 11, 2011

Projects from Mommytography's 365 Project

Mommytography has a BUNCH of really neat challenges on their Mommytography 365 Project blog. Here's one I'm going to be joining:



The point is to find a creative way to display the particular shape for the challenge. This one is a heart. :)



 Yes, that's hair. ;-)  Katie just loves the Valentine's Day heart hairstyles we get from different places.  (This one is from Adopt A Do, very cute stuff over there, and even a YouTube Channel for tutorials. :))  She asks me to do them all the time, and today was the perfect day for one. :) 


The next project I'm going to feature is Literature to Life.



OK, this is actually a pretty heavy passage. If you read it from the beginning of the chapter, it's talking about the blessings we receive when we are obedient to God.


If you fully obey the Lord your God and carefully follow all his commands I give you today, the Lord your God will set you high above all the nations on eary.  All these blessings will come upon you and accompany you if you obey the Lord your God:

You will be blessed in the city and blessed in the country.
The fruit of your womb will be blessed, and the crops of your land and the young of your livestock--the calves of your herds and the lambs of your flocks.
Your basket and your kneading trough will be blessed.
You will be blessed when you come in and blessed when you go out.

Deuteronomy 28:1-6

OK, so that's the context.  The next question is:  What does this verse mean to me?  

Does it mean that my life will be one of ease, if only I'm obedient?  Of course not.  Christ was obedient to the Law, the only One who ever was, and His life was far from easy.  So what is God telling me here?

I've been pondering this all week, and today I had to go grocery shopping.  As I was unpacking my groceries, I was praising God for the ability to buy them.  A few months ago, we seriously didn't have a dime to our name.  My beloved had been laid off this past summer.  He was working with a man we knew, contractor work, but wasn't getting paid much, for many different reasons.  We had to suck up our pride and go on food stamps.  It was a heartbreaking decision.  We were on SNAP for 5 months.  We were humiliated.  But, we were also humbled.  Things that mattered SO much before, didn't matter at all now.  It was no longer that we couldn't afford a new TV, new mattress, video game system.  We couldn't afford toilet paper.  We were seriously that broke.  

So, what does this verse say to me?  Not that times will be easy, but that God will provide, through my obedience to Him.  We might not have had a dime to spare, but we did have food.  And shelter.  Because we had been convicted to become debt free, we had bought our tiny little trailer on contract, and it was paid off shortly after my husband lost his job.  Trust me, people are much more willing to help when your expenses are as low as they can possibly be already.  Our van was also paid off, and we were already living very frugally, trying our best to become good stewards of our money. 

Eventually, God provided a new home, a new job, and a new community for us.  And the following photograph represents how much God has blessed us, how he's refilled our basket and kneading trough.



We have been blessed enough now that we no longer need food stamps!!  We never renewed our benefits, and we're paying for all of our own food now. :)  All of our bills, all of our curriculum, all of our...everything!  What a blessing to be self-sufficient!!  

And God, in His goodness, even provides a little bit extra.  ;-)  When He fills your bowls and troughs, he doesn't just fill them, he makes them overflow!!  Notice the Sonic cup?  Not a necessity, but just a little treat. 

My King is just amazing!! 

10 comments:

  1. Absolutely love the heart picture!

    And a great reminder of our Provider!

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  2. Beautiful post and a really lovely picture!!

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  3. Cute hair! Makes me want a little girl.
    I really feel your pain about money issues. These times are tough, but God is tougher! (My new motto)

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  4. Love that you are in better job and better support system...you always had the best life and made the life that was good..happy and filled with love even with the struggles. You are a beautiful mommy and woman!

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  5. Thank you Joni! You're so sweet! ♥

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  6. That is such a cute heart hairstyle. The Lord definitely provides. :)

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  7. What a blessing you have been given. We should always thank our Creator even for the smallest things.
    WOnderful post and good reminders.

    Peace...Naila Moon

    http://imaphotographicgenius.blogspot.com/2011/02/36549-50-51is-this-all-life.html

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