"whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things." Phil 4:8
"When my days are gripped with doubt, and your truth keeps slipping away, God I know you are for me, but it's so hard to trust in this pain"
Does this describe your heart this morning? Are you in a place where doubt has grabbed hold of your thoughts? I plead with you to listen to this song and allow it to minister to your heart.
"For those who are weary: May this song be an encouragement that our Father is always present, always working, and always loves us. Even in the hard, He is holding us and offers unending grace. We can either choose to live in fear or choose to trust Him and rest in Him." -Written by Matt Collins (who Ryan and I had the pleasure of serving with in the worship ministry at our church, Christian Family Chapel, in Jacksonville, FL)
When I first heard this song, it took me immediately back to the place I was almost a year ago, as we were in the midst of making a BIG DECISION. It was the hardest decision I've ever had to make, but I chose to TRUST Him, and continue to choose, daily, that He knows what's best.
“Where can I go from Your Spirit?
Or where can I flee from Your presence?
If I take the wings of the dawn,
If I dwell in the remotest part of the sea,
Even there Your hand will lead me,
And Your right hand will lay hold of me.”
Psalm 139: 7, 9-10
"In Your words sweetly spoken over me in a Father's embrace, I can rest here unafraid"
Throwing "Easy" and "Comfortable" Out the Window : 5 Questions We Asked Before Making A BIG Decision
Decisions are impossible to avoid. Immediately upon opening your eyes in the morning, they begin.
Simple decisions like how many times to hit the snooze button (if you still have that luxury...kids don't have a snooze button...I checked), what to wear and eat for breakfast, and as the day goes on, more come; respond to that text, answer that call, take advantage of that awesome online deal (I need this, right??)...they just keep coming.
Then there are the decisions that should be easy, but aren't, because you're indecisive, and you just want someone else to make the decision for you (that's me).
And sometimes, out of no where, a big decision presents itself and you not only have to make that decision, but you also have to decide what to dwell on in the midst of it.
The weight on our hearts can be great, and the pressure can be high on our family, but if we decide to respond and rest in the truth of the Bible, & ask the right questions...
"WHO can give us wise counsel?
WHAT could God could do in our lives if we follow?
WHEN is it the "right time"?
WHERE is God leading?
WHY is He asking us to do this?"
...we will come out on the other side with a story that can be glorifying to the Lord.
The following is our story...and it's still in the making...
Raise your hand if you love Fridays!!!
I'm guessing most of you moms are raising both hands, if you're anything like me.
Early on in motherhood, Fridays became just like every other day of the week.
I still had to do all the same things that I did every other day, and no break was in sight.
But this Momma needed a break! I needed something to look forward to!
So, Friday's became our family night OUT!
My husband and I, and our little guy would head out to a family friendly restaurant...no planning, no cooking, no cleaning...perfect!
We actually really enjoyed these nights out as a family of 3.
People would come up to us and comment on how great it was that we were exposing our young toddler to public places.
We kindly nodded in agreement, but really, we were thinking, "yeah, we're doing this for more for us...he's just along for the ride."
Then, enter child #2....we were determined to keep our tradition going.
So, for several months, we powered through...
through the crying,
through the bouncing,
through the rocking, the shushing, the nursing in the booth,
through the glares we got from others trying to enjoy a meal in peace.
No one was coming up to praise us now...
Finally, we'd had enough. This was not fun anymore.
Something had to change...but I still really wanted to look forward to Fridays and all that it represented.
SO, enter Family Fun Nights.
STRESS FREE FAMILY FUN that happens in our home every week.
No worrying about meltdowns, bedtimes, running out of snacks for the little ones, or ruining anyone else's evening meal.
Just family time!
Now that our kiddos are older, they are just as excited as we are that it's Friday!
Most Friday mornings, we are greeted with their cheers of, "Yay! It's family fun night tonight!!"
It makes my heart overflow with gratitude that we have these moments together as a family, and as our kids grow, our activities will look a little different...but the purpose will be the same!
We are together!
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Here we go! Never thought I'd be saying this, but welcome to my blog!
I'm Christi, wife and momma to 4 energetic little boys.
I'd love to introduce myself, here, if you have a few extra moments.
Years ago, a seed was planted in my heart. In certain seasons of life, it was watered, cultivated, getting enough of what it would need to survive. In other seasons, that little seed was forgotten, at times choked out by the chaos surrounding it.
This little seed had little chance of survival if it were in my hands...however, it was a seed planted by the Lord, and if you know Him, He doesn't let things just disappear if they were meant for His glory.
This little seed was an idea.
A landing place for my thoughts.
An inspiration for helping me see my day in a clear, biblical way.
A verse that could, if I allowed it to, snap me out of my dark places and focus on the Lord's intention for this mind He gave me.
Philippians 4:8 says, "Whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is of good repute, if there is any excellence and if anything worthy of praise, dwell on these things."
There it was one day...."Whatever Is"...playing over and over in my mind.
A little seed.
But, what was I supposed to do with this?
SURELY I wasn't supposed to start a blog!
Everyone has a blog.
Who am I to share my thoughts, when I'm a complete mess most of the time?
I look back over the last 5 years, and in hindsight, I can see exactly where I chose to close that door because of my own excuses and insecurities.
But, by His grace, I can also see where I was obedient to watering this seed, even when I didn't realize it. Little things, here and there, that built up my character, my relationship with the Lord, and the desire to glorify Him.
I want people to look past ME and see Christ, but in the midst of my mundane, everyday life, that desire is SO easily buried by the chaos that surrounds me, and I'm finding myself scrambling for "peace and quiet" (I have 4 boys (1 MORE on the way)...you think I could just let that one go by now), instead of reaching for HIS PEACE.
Welcome to Dwelling Well Mom! I'm so glad you are here! I'm Christi, wife, mom of boys, Christ follower, picture taker, DIYer, chocolate eater, and coffee drinker. Born and raised a Florida girl, now braving the mountains of Boone, NC, I'm on a journey to find peace in the midst of my mundane. Join me!