I want to start sharing three topics/things I have experienced throughout the week that have stood out to me. I believe that God gives us wisdom when we keep our heart, mind and soul open to Him even on the ordinary days.
I am on year two of my blogging journey. My first big project was supposed to be my book but God took me down a different path and I am okay with that. I am still knee-deep in writing my book as I know that it will come together at the perfect time. If you keep up with my blog, then you know that I just realized my Seasons of Life Journal. It was my first big project and my first product. Nearly two weeks after releasing it, I ran into a business headache. I sold out of journals the first week and ordered another batch. I went to pick them up and low and behold they were messed up. I was supposed to ship them out the same day I picked them up.
What did I do you ask? I immediately turned the car around and headed right back to the printing company and showed them what happened. They were understanding (as it was their mistake) and told me they would try to have them back to me before the end of the day. As I aforementioned, I needed to ship them the same day I picked them up. I was frantic. I just launched my first product and my naive self assumed all would be sunshine and roses. HA! I called my husband (because he is a fixer and listens to me vent) and told him what had happened. He was calm and collect and said that "things happen and not to lose my cool". How dare he be reasonable and realistic? ;) I am thankful that he balances me out when I let minor inconveniences bring me down.
Lesson Learned: Business comes with business headaches from time to time and I learned this nearly two weeks into launching my first product. I find business intriguing. I often wonder what business was like for the Proverbs 31 woman? She wasn't an actual woman of course but was a picture of a great woman. I am sure business women in biblical times were experiences business headaches as well.
I did get to pick-up the freshly made journal 2.0's the same day and aren't they gorgeous?
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Our sweet boy is nearing 18 months and is still obsessed with his pacifier. I am in no rush to break up their love affair so I purchased new pacifiers yesterday. We were strolling through Target when we realized somewhere between Starbucks and the swimsuit section that we had lost it. It was time for new pacifiers anyway. Is there honestly anything cuter than a baby sucking on a pacifier? I think not! I love the MAM brand pacifiers. I get them at Target and they last for forever. Walker James is growing up so fast and I am cherishing every second of our last child's "firsts". God often reminds me of how fleeting time is when I look in the face of my children. Our last baby is walking, talking and is ready for a bigger carseat. I feel as if he was born yesterday but the calendar says he is 15 months old already. Time, you're such a thief!
"Hello, bitterness my old friend."
Okay, so now you will have that song (with my added lyrics) stuck in your head all day. You're welcome, friend.
Bitterness is a sin I struggle with. There are moments when I hear something or think of someone and immediately bitterness tries to spring up in my heart. The word spoken or person brought up triggers the negative emotion or event to flash across my mind. I can live in this negative space or chose to forgive the person all over again before it causes bitterness to take root. A verse I cling to when this occurs is found in Hebrews 12:14-15.
"Follow peace with all men, and holiness, without which no man shall see the Lord: Looking diligently lest any man fail of the grace of God; lest any root of bitterness springing up trouble you, and thereby many be defiled;"
And Ephesians 4:31-32
"Let all bitterness, and wrath, and anger, and clamour, and evil speaking, be put away from you, with all malice: And be ye kind one to another, tenderhearted, forgiving one another, even as God for Christ's sake hath forgiven you."
When I read the part of the verse in Hebrews that says "root of bitterness" I am reminded of tree roots. If you study tree roots then you will find that they are very hard to eliminate. You have to slowly uproot a tree that is dead or obstructing your yard. It is not a quick process to kill all of the roots from a tree that has been cut down. We are talking four to five years for a trees root system to decompose.
When the seed of bitterness is planted in your heart and starts taking root; it will show itself in the ugliest of ways. I am sure you know someone who is bitter or maybe you struggle with bitterness. It is hard to let past hurts go but we must if we want to live our lives to the fullest possible.
When a difficult memory or person comes to mind we have to forgive them all over again it seems. We can let the memory take root and create bitterness or we can forgive the person all over again and move on. There are past memories and situations that we must stop replaying in our minds because it is causing bitterness to take root. A bitter person is normally an unhappy person who refuses to move on with their life. Life is too short and God is too good to be that person."
Let go of bitterness.