Gratitude, The Source of Happiness

20180715_134617791_iOS

I wrote some context commentary that follows this page with yesterday’s post; Feel free to read about it here if you haven’t already!

I worked through Lamentations and Zephaniah all weekend, and I created some of my favorite pages this year with Tarama Arcilla’s new Print and Pray Shop set, Friends 4Ever.

20180715_134704084_iOS

I have also been reading through a book called Wellsprings: A Book of Spiritual Exercises by Anthony De Mello, and it has been wonderful!  It’s filled with beautiful prose and thought provoking questions!  It was fitting that today’s reading was about finding happiness in any situation just as Zephaniah and Jeremiah did in their suffering for Jerusalem.

20180715_134715587_iOS

2018-07-162018-07-16 (1)

Gratitude, The Source of Happiness Bible Journaling Page - Lydia Cost

Supplies:

Friends 4Ever Print & Pray Set, Maggie Holmes Chasing Dreams Rhinestones, Maggie Holmes Carousel Collection “Happy” Thickers, Paige Taylor Evans Pick Me Up “Lemonade” Thickers, IF Homespun Alphas: One in a Melon, IF Pink Stamp Pad, Scrapbook.com Blender, IF Watercolors

Your Redeeming Love is Like…

Your Redeeming Love Bible Journaling Page using Print and Pray Shop Elements

My pages this weekend were all about commentary.  I just felt like I needed to write out all my thoughts and have long conversations with God!  I just love when that happens!  Tamara Arcilla’s new set in the Print and Pray Shop, Friends 4Ever, has the most beautiful florals, and I pretty much stuck them on every page!

20180715_134449298_iOS

I’m not sure how I found myself in Lamentations & Zephaniah this weekend, but there I was.  I read through Lamentations, and you are drawn in from the first verse: “How lonely sits the city, that was full of people.”  Jeremiah certainly had prose, just as was the relenting of Zephaniah.  Both books lament over the destruction of Jerusalem plagued by sin.  He was utterly devastated and gave a profound insight into the judgement of the Lord.  The last few chapters speak of Jeremiah placing his trust and hope in the Lord, and that is what truly struck me.

20180715_134406215_iOS

17 Peace has been stripped away, and I have forgotten what prosperity is.

18 I cry out, “My splendor is gone! Everything I had hoped for from the Lord is lost!”

19 The thought of my suffering and homelessness is bitter beyond words.

20 I will never forget this awful time, as I grieve over my loss.

21 Yet I still dare to hope when I remember this:

22 The faithful love of the Lord never ends!  His mercies never cease.

23 Great is his faithfulness; his mercies begin afresh each morning.

24 I say to myself, “The Lord is my inheritance; therefore, I will hope in him!”

25 The Lord is good to those who depend on him, to those who search for him.

26 So it is good to wait quietly for salvation from the Lord.

20180715_134430802_iOS

It must be something about the long winter we had, but after all of Jeremiah & Zephaniah’s relenting, the last chapter of Lamentations felt like the first taste of summer to me.  After the bitterness of  his lamenting over Jerusalem, they found hope and felt the redeeming love from the Lord.

Supplies:

Friends 4Ever Print & Pray Set, Amy Tangerine Mini Doilies, Amy Tangerine Chipboard “Lucky” Thickers, IF Mini Alpha Stickers, Elle’s Studio Stanley Jr. Alpha Stamps, IF Homespun Alphas: Olive You, IF Wordfetti Cardstock Stickers

When you Serve Your Family, You Serve the Lord

Serve Your Family Bible Journaling Page using Elaine Davis Printables

I’m going to be totally honest with you guys….I hate house chores!  I hate doing the dishes and I equally despise the loads of laundry that always seem to pile up.  After a full work day, the last thing I want to do is fold laundry and prepare a meal.  I desperately want to curl up on the couch with a blanket and snuggle my little man; that is my ideal evening.  That’s not often how it goes, and I know that I have responsibilities as a mother and wife.

20180317_194352176_iOS

My husband and I have made do with a tiny efficiency washer and dryer for the past 3 years.  A load of laundry would take about 4 hours to complete, which meant laundry was never finished.  Recently the dryer finally decided it was done for, and winter really isn’t a great time for air drying clothing.  As my mother-in-law has now relocated back to the Midwest, she kindly gifted us her full size washer and dryer.  Hallelujah!!!!  I was so excited to get it into our laundry room and finally be able to keep up with the laundry!  That’s not exactly how it went though.  Without our knowledge, my kind mother-in-law gifted us a GAS dryer.  We do have gas in that room; however, we do not currently have a dryer hookup.  I was so discouraged by the whole situation!

20180317_194310879_iOS

Genesis 18:19 ESV

“For I have chosen him, that he may command his children and his household after him to keep the way of the Lord by doing righteousness and justice, so that the Lord may bring to Abraham what he has promised him.”

I spent the next week washing about 15 loads of laundry and then hanging each and every piece on our shower curtain.  It completely consumed every morning and evening.  Every morning I walked into the bathroom with clothes hanging on the shower curtain, it made me negative about the whole thing.  On my last load of laundry, when I was hanging my little one’s clothes in his closet, I just felt the Holy Spirit wash over me.  He reminded me that all this laundry is a labor of love.  While it is not the most enjoyable service, it is a gift to my family.  We have these grand ideas about how we should be serving the Lord, but truthfully as wives or mothers, sometimes our greatest servitude to the Lord is to serve our families.  Every load of laundry, cooked meal, and dish washed is a chance to share the Lord’s love with your family.  Every time your little one smashes two legs into one clean pant leg or your husband pulls on his favorite sweater,  the aroma of Christ lingers in the air.

20180317_194334265_iOS

Supplies:

LoadsofLove_preview1bb1825