Day 34: partaaay…
God’s been working on my heart the past few weeks through this Lenten ‘adding’. He’s been teaching me to step out in faith and to not over-think the future. He’s pressing on me the importance of the message…His message, and the unimportance of my fears and seemingly humble concerns. I say “seemingly” because I am learning that my desire to be humble is actually just a way to protect self. It is inhibiting me from actually doing what God wants me to do…share His message.
Tonight was the final meeting of the A Girl and Her Warhorse Study at Crosspoint. To celebrate our time together, we all brought snacks. We had popcorn, fancy cheese and crackers, cookies, cupcakes, oreo balls, and even a Chick-Fil-A nugget platter. It ain’t a party ’til the seal on the Chick-Fil-A sauce is cracked.
I am so thankful for all the ladies that I’ve grown to know a little better over the past 8 weeks or so. What a delight to share our stories and to remember together how faithful is our true Savior. Tonight was particularly meaningful for me as my new friends shared feedback on the study and thoughts for the future. What a joy to walk alongside other women through all that life throws our way. I’m amazed at all that God continues to do. He has been pounding me with words that I’ve been needing to hear. And He does so with such gentleness and grace.
“You have given me the shield of your salvation, and your right hand supported me, and your gentleness made me great.”
Day 35: opportunity
Today I added an opportunity. It’s been one of the ways God has been moving and speaking to me lately–through opportunities. Usually, I let other tasks, like folding the laundry or cooking dinner take precedence. Or I simply find an excuse to not answer these risky calls to action. But lately, I’ve been jumping with both feet(…as of this week). It’s exciting to watch things unfold. (A whole lot better than waiting for the clothes to self-fold.)
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.”
Day 36: yellow sweater
About a month ago, Helen and I were in the store when we came across some discounted fabric. There was one bolt with some lightweight, very thin, white material with a pretty green design along its border. In a moment of Super-Mom delusion, I agreed to make Easter dresses for the girls.
Fast-forward to day 36 of Lent.
Yeah, I totally forgot about the material and the promise of handmade dresses. We’re going out of town tomorrow, and the last time I did math, I think 40 minus 36 was only…holy Cadbury Egg, not enough days to sew Easter dresses.
Yesterday, I found the bag of fabric stashed on the floor of the linen closet. I started cutting and sewing the little that I could, trying to make a plan out of “no idea how I am going to do this.”
Today, I finished one dress, trying my best to meet all of my 11-year-old’s expectations. Getting the super-fine fabric to glide under the machine’s needle without snagging was near impossible. Which is why today, we added a yellow sweater. Thankfully, it’s bottom edge hangs right at the waistline of the dress, hiding all the flaws of the gathered seam.
On the cross, Jesus covers me with a full-body sweater of righteousness. It’s like a Snuggie…it covers every possible inch. There’s not one bit of me that doesn’t receive his goodness, mercy, and forgiveness. Thank goodness that His provision of forgiveness wasn’t a last-minute remembrance of a forgotten promise. He had a plan of piecing His forgiveness over by brokenness since the beginning of time. And unlike this dress, whose snags and hiccups are merely disguised, what was once flawed in us, becomes flawless in Jesus. No more need to hide.
Now, we just pray for dress #2, whose designer is far pickier than Ava.
“I will greatly rejoice in the Lord;
my soul shall exult in my God,
for he has clothed me with the garments of salvation;
he has covered me with the robe of righteousness.”