Who we are today...

Thursday, January 5, 2017

My girls generally get the unglued version of me on school mornings.  As chaotic as I try to make it not be (packing lunches, backpacks ready the night before, etc), it never fails.  It's.just.chaos. Anything that deals with timelines and children just is.  I'm not always running around screaming,  "get your shoes on!!  Brush your teeth!!!  Have you eaten yet?" 

But on those mornings it sure feels like I am.  

I feel like I miss the good stuff.  The prayers, the words of wisdom, the talks because we don't slow down and soak those mornings in.   

But every now again, a morning comes along like yesterday.  The first day back after Christmas vacation.  A day destined to be met with chaos.  Groans from sleepy children.  Cranky kids who wanted another day.  A cranky Mama who wanted another day.  

And it was met with all of those things.  I won't lie.  

But believing every morning is a going to be chaos is a lie the enemy has used to steal my joy in the mornings.  

That's truth, y'all.

I was feeling pretty down on myself.  Playing the "you really stink at parenting" card.  

Telling myself...

If you were a little more organized...

If you got up sooner...

If you didn't struggle with staying on task...

And then the sweetest prayer came from the backseat as we drove to school.  I mean seriously.  If you don't know Ava, you're missing out on quite possibly the sweetest voice.  ever.

As she prayed she spoke words that melted me and convicted me all at the same time.  

"And God, thank you for making us who we are today."


Let that sink in my bones.


Let that sink in yours.

So many times I've lived in the past or look too far ahead to the future when God just wants us to be in the today.  


Not yesterday.  Not tomorrow.  Not 15 years from now.  Not 4 years ago or 40 years down the road.


And not to just be thankful for today, but who we are today.

How many times a day, a week, a month, a year even am I thankful for who I am?  Who God has made me at this very minute?

I'll admit, probably none.

We're too caught up in the past or who He is making us to be  for tomorrow that we struggle to be thankful in who we are today.  There is a purpose in this very day and He has made us just for it.

Paul wrote, “Sing and make music in your heart to the Lord, always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ” (Ephesians 5:19-20).

Paul knew chaos.  But Paul knew thanksgiving, in everything.

I would love for that spirit of thankfulness to wash over me.  To not settle for mediocrity, but to be thankful in the chaos.  be thankful in the groans of the mundane days.  Be thankful in who I am and where God has me today.

How greatly rich our days would be if we didn't settle for lies and settled instead for cultivating thanksgiving in our daily lives and in our homes? 

My prayer (for both you and me) is that we can know His love and be secure in it.  Be secure in who He has made you today.  Friends, even when it's messy.  Even when you don't think it looks like He wants it to look like or you think it's suppose to look like.  Even when the enemy tells you it's all wrong and things will never change.   

And the best way to accept that security is to accept who Jesus says you are.

And He says,  

You are chosen!  (Ephesians 1:4)
You are forgiven! (Ephesians 1:7)
You are a new person with a whole new life. (2 Corinthians 5:17 )
You are a child of God (John 1:12)
You are God’s workmanship! (Ephesians 2:10)

You are a friend of God!  (John 15:15)
You are redeemed (Ephesians 1:7)

You are loved!  (1 Thessalonians 1:4)

Believe what He says about you.  

And then give thanks.


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