He saw us.

“Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be.

Psalm 139:16

We celebrate our birthdays as the day that our fully formed body came into the world and we breathed our first breath.

Birthdays mark the beginning of our lives, but in this Scripture, God was celebrating us long before our birthday!

He saw us before we were even formed; he knew that we were destined for life, even before that first breath.

What an amazing God we have, who is not only all-knowing, but ever personal.

Take courage and strength from the truth that you were destined from the beginning and you have a wonderful purpose!

No matter how you have judged that image in the mirror staring back at you before, no matter how little or plenty self-esteem you may possess, no matter rejected or rejoiced over, and whatever you may be about to face in your day – hold your head high and remember the One who created you for such a time as this.

The knowledge of God’s total attention on you can change the way you step into your day.

And into the fullness of who you are!

Because

He saw us!

In His image.

In His likeness.

He saw us first.

Can we even begin to handle the enormity of that knowledge?

I’m going to try.

Beginning today!

Music: The Best Thing by JJ Heller

hugs n’ blessings for all those who affirm our existence here on earth, but especially to those giddy enough to step into their day with God’s full attention on them!

no bible, no breakfast! no bible, no bed!

it’s the monday giggles…

With all the heart-wrenching travesty swirling around in the world – it hardly seems fitting to pull out a giggle.

But our lives can still find sweetness, our hearts can always soften, and our hope still can be found.

I do pray this little sharing brings a tiny giggle to your Soul.

And in it, may you claim the calm sense of knowing WHERE our peace can be found

even if for only a little while….

If you were a member of my parish it would be ingrained in your psyche “No bible, no breakfast! No bible, no bed!” Our parish priest, Father Larry Richards, reminds his flock of followers of this importance perpetually! (first giggle.) He frequently bellows an enthusiastic reminder, “Before our feet hit the floor in the morning we should open the Word of God with steadfast faith, “Speak to me your Word, O Lord!” Then allow the Bible to be opened and our eyes to be led toward the Scripture God intends for us this day. And the same in reverse order upon returning to bed in the evening, to apply the Word of God as a balm on our hearts at the close of every day.” I am paraphrasing of course, also I am not jumping up & down in typical Father Larry fashion, but I am sure you get the clear picture! (second giggle.)

Truthfully, this practice of God revealing His Word to you at the beginning & end of each day, can be hard to do!

However, I can honestly attest...there is nothing more worthwhile which I have disciplined myself to do.

*NOW I am jumping up and down (third giggle!)

Which leads me to the real giggle for this Monday.

It’s a tender one.

And just the one I was in need of.

Moreover, I do hope the reason I am sharing it with you is because…it was meant to bring a smile for you, as well.

Judges 6:24

*The Lord is peace.

I needed these Spirit-led Words for my troubled heart this morning.

I needed the reminder that He is still there.

And how, in Him, we shall know peace.

Perhaps His reminder will softly tickle your own heart too & you may rest just a little easier

because of it.

hugs n’ blessings to all those weary from the turmoil swirling around us…may YOU discover exactly where it is you can find rest.

*Shouldn’t – wouldn’t – it be a wonderful world if everyone believed this…

*Said while jumping up and down, some more!

our DIL is a VIP💕

Our DIL is a VIP in our family!

God brought you into the world on this day, and fate brought you into our family. Happy Birthday to a daughter-in-law who truly makes our world complete.

Hope you get lots of special presents on your birthday

but none will compare to the GREAT gift we received the day you chose to join our family!

We love you mightily and appreciate you so much!

hugs n’ blessings to our daughter-in-heart from your PIL (Proud In-Laws).