Sometimes it’s really easy to focus on the negative. To project fear into the future. To imagine the worst possible outcome in any messy, confusing, unresolved, disappointing or difficult situation. This is my natural tendency. So much so that I have lovingly nicknamed myself Worst Case Kathy. I naturally look at everything with a critical eye, when I supernaturally need to fix my eyes on the creative power of God to take anything—ANYTHING—and turn it into something of eternal value, even beauty. Sometimes it helps to project a worst case scenario before The Counselor and ask Him to sanctify my imagination. I need His eyes to picture possibilities I had never dreamt of and show me how He could actually redeem what looks broken or pointless. I know that He is able to do far more than I could ever ask or imagine. Thank you, Alicia Bruxvoort, for the reminder.
“… being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.” Philippians 1:6 (NIV)
“I’m gonna make something fabulous,” my daughter, Maggie, announced one rainy morning before heading to the basement in search of crafting supplies.
I peered over the pile of laundry I was folding and flashed my 8-year-old an encouraging smile. “Okay. I’ll be down to check on you soon.”
Later, when I walked down the stairs, I found my creative one sitting in the middle of an unruly mess. I couldn’t spy anything fabulous, but I could clearly see the giant jumble of paint splats and glue puddles, tape wads and paper scraps that framed my daughter’s workspace.
I sighed at the sight of the mayhem and assumed my daughter’s fabulous plans were falling short. I bent low to pick up a handful of plastic beads that were scattered across the floor like brightly colored dewdrops.
For all you Nat’s fans out there, today is the season opener! I know you’re excited. Very excited. Good for you!
Truthfully, if I never saw another baseball, basketball or football game, I would not suffer. My family knows this about me; my boyfriend-now-husband suspected the truth after tickets to the Dallas/Redskins game failed to impress. He knew the truth when I pulled out a paperback at Fenway Park.
For years, I have tried to understand and enjoy the intricacies of team sports — really I have — but I am a complete and utter failure. I feel like Dr. Seuss; “I do not like green eggs and ham. I do not like them, Sam-I-am!”
Valentine’s Day is soover.Heck, it’s almost March Madness; time to “spring ahead” to Daylight Savings Time; time to finish those dark chocolates and pull out the bright green! Nonetheless, when I heard Milan and Kay Yerkovich share their theory on How We Love, I saved it for you. For right now. It’s time we figure out this thing called love, so we can love our mates — really anyone — better. In fact, after one friend listened to this broadcast, she went to their website, took the quiz, which opened her eyes to a few things, and had a major breakthrough. So it’s never too late to learn how we love so that we can learn how to love. Listen here or below.
And since some of you prefer to learn and grow by reading rather than listening, New York Times bestselling author, Lysa TerKeurst, shares a vulnerable self-assessment of how she sometimes looks at love, from her new book, Uninvited:
“It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails.” 1 Corinthians 13:7-8a (NIV)
Today I’m feeling so challenged to look at love a little differently. Sometimes in the gut-honest quietness of my heart, I look at love through the eyes of what it will offer me.
I hold out the little cup of my heart to the people I love, “Will you fill my empty spaces? Today will you do that one really thoughtful thing and make me feel like I’m the most noticed and special woman in the world?”
Then I hold it out to my children, “Will you fill up my empty spaces? Will you do something today that makes me look really good as a mom so I’ll feel a little more validated?”
Then I hold it out to my ministry, “Will you fill up my empty spaces? Will you provide something today that makes me feel more significant?”