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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: A Masterpiece in the Mirror?

Yesterday was the first day of our homeschool and we are starting our Bible lessons with the Book of Genesis.  The creation story is familiar, though I still have a hard time remembering what was created when.  I do remember that, at the end of each day, God looked at what He’d made and “saw that it was good.”  Actually, on the sixth day, after He’d created man in His image, “God saw all that He had made, and it was very good.”

Later in the day, I thought about how we image-bearers (especially the female segment), often dispute that divine declaration.  We look in the mirror with dismay at the kinks He put in our hair, or the curls He left out.  We frown at the shape of the lips He carved and the nose He sculpted.  And we say, “It is not good.”

Why should we believe that any hair texture, skin tone, or bone structure is better than another?  Why would we limit the definition of beauty when God’s design is so magnificently diverse?  Why are we more willing to believe cultural standards than the Creator of the universe?

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.  ~Psalm 139:13

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What can you start to appreciate about the way God made you?

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Enjoying the Ride

This summer each of our children received some money from their grandparents, to spend as they choose.  For the past few days, the youngest has been asking–very earnestly :)—to be taken to the store to buy some Legos (more Legos, that is).  Today, Daddy agreed to take him and so they’re on their way.  I didn’t go with them, but I have to imagine that their in-car conversation is about the amazing structures that Little Man is going to build, or perhaps the French fries he’d like to get on the way home.  Maybe he’s telling Daddy about his day.  Or he might be asking Daddy whether Legos existed when he was growing up.

I’m pretty confident that my son is not asking whether Daddy knows the way to the toy store.  Or how an internal combustion engine works.  He’s probably not checking to make sure that Daddy uses the turn signal, or pointing out cars that might be about to enter their lane.  He knows that Daddy knows the way, because he’s seen Daddy drive there before.  I’m pretty sure he’s just enjoying the ride.

You know where I’m going with this, don’t you?  😀  Our Lord knows the way!  He made the way.  HE IS THE WAY!  He’s not alarmed or dismayed by potholes or roadblocks.  He sees it all coming and He has a plan for where is taking us.  We have a capable pilot in command, and a tank full of gas.  We need only trust Him, and enjoy the ride.

How would life be different if we truly believed that God knows the way?

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We Have a Winner!

Congratulations to Suzanne Vel, the winner of Wisdom for Wives’ 2nd blogiversary giveaway!  Suzanne will receive the Make Over Your Mornings online course, which has helped me to 1) be better prepared to face each day 2) spend more time working towards my goals.

Images of Crystal Paine on tablet and phone screens; image of course cover

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Thank you to everyone who stopped by for the celebration, and who shared your prayers for growth and change.  I have been praying for each of you, and hope that God will continue to grow all of us into better stewards of the precious resources He’s given us.  May it all be for His glory!

So grateful that you keep stopping by :),
Susan

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Two-Year Blogiversary and Giveaway!

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Thank God for another year at Wisdom for Wives!  I’m so grateful for what God has shown me the past two years, and that you all have allowed me to share it with you.  I’m also glad to have made it past my initial doubts about starting a blog discussing finances in marriage.  Even though I’ve been passionate about the topic for years, part of me was sure it was a terrible idea. 😀  For one thing, I knew that it would require talking about my feelings, my challenges, and my failures—three of my least favorite topics!  I was also sensitive about saying anything that might offend someone.  AND, I’m not such a great steward myself.  So how, I wondered, would I be able to encourage others in this area?  But of course we know, our testimony is not about what we get right.  But what He does perfectly.

Speaking of perfection, earlier this year I was quite discouraged about areas of my life in which I felt like I hadn’t grown or changed, including stewardship of my time.  Some weeks or months later I asked God to let me see change in just one area.   The answer to that prayer may have been the Make Over Your Mornings 14-day online course.  Developed by Crystal Paine, the Money Saving Mom, the course is designed to help you create “a morning that is in line with your life, your strengths, your family’s needs, and your unique situation.”  Since completing it in June, I have started an evening routine that has made such a big difference in my mornings.  I’m pleasantly surprised to be keeping it up throughout the summer and hope it will stand up to the real test when school starts again.  🙂  The course also covers setting and achieving goals, and it has helped me make progress with a small business that I hope to launch this year.  So to celebrate this anniversary of Wisdom for Wives, I would like to purchase the course for one of you!

To enter the giveaway, comment below on one area in which you’d like to grow or change.  I would be honored to pray with you about it.  I will select a winner at random from the participants who comment by 11:59 PM (UTC-4, Washington, DC time zone) on Tuesday, August 11. Then come back on Wednesday, August 12 for the announcement of the winner!

Thank you as always for stopping by,
Susan

{Disclosure: I am not receiving any compensation in connection to this post or giveaway.}

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Hide-the-Word Wednesday: Taking Notes

I can always find something to worry about. The usual things like money, whether my children will be safe.  When I run out of “real” things to worry about, I get creative and imagine things to worry about 20 years from now.

Why do I do this? God has an impeccable track record, as written in His Word and in my prayer journal. Yesterday I was flipping back through recent entries, where I’d asked for his help with a huge medical bill.

It’s been paid.

I prayed for direction about my oldest son’s school schedule for next year.

It’s been settled.

“Look at that!” I wrote in marvel. And I had to admonish myself. “COME ON!!!” I also wrote.  And “STOP,” in huge letters.  Like the song says, He’s never failed. And He won’t start now.

Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. "You of little faith," he said, "why did you doubt?" Matthew 14:31

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I do believe that one day, I will be able to say, “I used to worry a lot.”  What is your testimony?  What did you used to do, before you were transformed?

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