Feb 22 2012

Exchange Your Ashes for Beauty

"You've got something on your Face."  

Hate that.  We’ve all been there.  Walking around not realizing you’ve got something gross on our face, until someone finally points it out. As soon as you discover it, you wipe off the offensive item (sometimes you need a mirror to get it right) and try to walk through your last hour wondering who else saw you while you had that thing on your face.

It’s embarrassing.  Makes others think that we don’t have our act together.

There are a lot of people walking around today with something on their face, but it’s on purpose.  It’s Ash Wednesday

"When the ash mark sits on your forehead we feel marked because, well, we are marked. The ashes designate that we are real sinners and this is something the world refuses to hear. It’s embarrassing to go around town that way on Ash Wednesday, but that’s the point, isn’t it. And then, at the end of the day, do exactly what Jesus says: wash your face.”  ~Rev. Karl Weber

You’re forgiven.


"What does God do with dust and ash?

He grows things out of them.

He lifts people out of them.

He unfairly accepts them in exchange for beauty.

He spits in them and uses the mud to give sight.

He washes them off your feet.

He breathes into them and creates new life."

~~Trevin Waxr

How has God made beauty out of your ashes?  Tell me here or on my Facebook Page.

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Feb 21 2012

Not Picture Perfect

I remember putting this song on repeat in college and listening to it over and over again.  I’m sure annoying my roommates. 

"Not everything is gonna be

The way you think it ought to be

It seems like every time I try and make it right

It all comes down on me

Please say honestly You won't give up on me

And I shall believe"

Matt BrouwerI Shall Believe

Now, I’m doing it again. Not because I’m wallowing (well maybe a little), but because I want the reminder that even though sometimes life doesn’t turn out the picture perfect way you thought it would, God doesn’t give up on you.

Today, I’m celebrating 6 years of motherhood.  My oldest daughter, Emily, turns 6 today, but I’m not with her.  She is visiting her Dad. 

Not the picture perfect Kid’s Birthday celebrations that I thought would happen.  It feels like a part of me has died, but I’m still kickin’.

I Shall Believe. 

"Broken in two

"I know You're on to me

That I only come home

When I'm so all alone

But I do believe"

When things don’t go the way you plan, you either can run away from God, or run to Him. 

"Open the door

And show me Your face tonight

I know it's true

No one heals me like You

And You hold the key"

He can unlock you from wallowing in depression when things don’t turn out the picture perfect way you thought they would. 

"Never again will I turn away from You

I'm so heavy tonight

But Your love is alright

And I do believe"

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