Cupcakes and Rainbows

Friday after Thanksgiving I resisted the urge to run to the stores, instead I accompanied my four year old grandson to the movies. He had seen the Trolls with his parents and he wanted me to see the movie.

After purchasing our tickets we made our way to the theatre. The kind with reclining seats and lots of room between the rows. It took me a moment or two to figure out how to recline the seats but soon we were sitting comfortably watching the preview of upcoming movies.

The opening music for Trolls started and without hesitation my grandson was on his feet dancing. In fact he danced every time music was played, and believe me there is an abundance of music and singing in the film. Thankfully we were seated in the back row where his dancing would not disturb the other movie goers.

cupcakesThe story is about choosing to be happy, but as we well know happiness depends on our circumstances. There are happy occasions and there are sad occasions. A time to rejoice and a time to weep, or as one sad character in the film reminded the ever singing and dancing princess, “Life is not all cupcakes and rainbows.”

Lets get real, none of us are in a happy state one hundred percent of the time. We have days that are cupcake and rainbow-less, some days are more burnt toast and thunderstorms. Circumstances in life yoyo so much it can easily send us on an emotional rollercoaster.

Is there a way for a more even ride? The answer to the question is yes.

“But godliness actually is a source of great gain when accompanied by contentment [that contentment which comes from a sense of inner confidence based on the sufficiency of God].” 1 Timothy 6:6 Amp Bible

Having an inner confidence that God has me no matter what happens causes me to be content. Which in turn positions me to be at peace, resulting in no more being tossed around on the emotional rollercoaster.

So instead of pursuing a constant state of happiness or choosing to remain in sadness lets choose to put our confidence in God and move forward in Him. He is the all sufficient one, the one who loves us and cares deeply for us. His joy is our strength through all circumstances.

Emotional roller coasting wears us out, but if wait for Him [expect, look for and hope in Him] we will mount up like eagles and we will run and not become weary.

Choose Trust in God

Choose Godliness with Contentment

Choose Peace that only Jesus can give.

Time for us to choose to get off the emotional rollercoaster. Will you make that decision today? If so, talk with your Heavenly Father. He is ready and waiting to be Lord of your emotions.

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

Helena

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Thanksgiving: Trap of Comparison.

Comparison is good when you are shopping. Who doesn’t want a good quality item at a good price. However, comparison is not good when we compare ourselves with each other.

I’m as guilty as the next woman when it comes to comparing myself with others. Sure, these days I have a better understanding than my younger self did but I’m not immune to the trap.

silverwareAs I await my turn in the checkout line at the grocery store I am confronted with magazines displaying elegant and beautiful decorated dinning tables ready for Thanksgiving. Maye you have the skills to pull off some of the displays shown. I don’t. My home decorating skills are almost zero. Now, saying that I’m fairly good at painting walls and woodwork. But the finishing touches; not so much.

I see posts on Facebook showing off awesome table displays and I’m pleased for the person. I hit like or post a comment telling them how beautiful it is, while at the same time feeling a tad disappointed in myself for not being able to rise to their standard of homemaker.

I walk into homes with stunningly beautiful tables. Not just the lager than life centerpiece, the whole table is elegantly set for dinner, napkins, cutlery even the glasses and china. They have gone the whole hog and the celebration is still days away. I stand and admire the creative workmanship and once again the feeling of disappointment invades my thoughts.

Instead of learning from the creative homemaker, gathering some of their ideas to use myself, I spend a moment in self pity. A moment which can turn into a day, a week or a life time of feeling not enough and I don’t want to live that way.

I have learned to run immediately to the Lord. To stamp on those thoughts of self pity and feelings of inadequacy. The ones that tell me I’m useless and don’t match up to my more creatively gifted sisters. The thoughts that did not originate from my heavenly Father but rather from the enemy of my soul. The enemy who wants to cause division, the enemy who wants to steal my peace,  the enemy who wants to take my focus away from what the Lord has gifted me to be and do and instead trap me into focusing on what I am not.

Be on the alert against comparisons.

Whether like me you have felt lacking or maybe from the other end of the spectrum you have looked down on those who are not as gifted as you. Thanksgiving is not about how awesome, or not, our celebratory decorations are. It’s about thankfulness. Thankful for God’s provision in our daily lives and thankful for His provision of Jesus. It’s about His love and sharing that love.

Lets not waste time in comparison but rather in celebrating each others uniqueness. For we are fearfully and wonderfully made. This Thanksgiving be you, the one God created you to be. Live, love and serve as only you can. No one else can be a better you.

Happy Thanksgiving Everyone

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

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A Grateful Heart/Blogiversary Winner

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The guest speaker spoke about being thankful, it was after all November and Thanksgiving was just one week away. A timely reminder to show and give gratitude.

I couldn’t help but overhear a conversation two fellow attendees were having as they were standing right next to me. They were discussing how difficult it is to give thanks to God when things go wrong in their lives. The one lady sighed and explained to her friend that she knew the bible says to give thanks for all things but she found that hard to do.

I struggled with that same question for many years. I thought I had to say thank you to God for every situation, good or bad that came my way. I thought of those who have had horrendous atrocities done against them and wondered if I were to experience some of what they had suffered would I be saying “Thank you”?

No. I would not. Just being honest.

So how do we give thanks to God when life as we know it crashes in around us? When tragedy comes barging through our door? When loneliness is our constant companion?

Lets look at the verse my fellow attendee was referring to: 1 Thessalonians 5:18

“Give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God’s will for you in Christ Jesus.”

Did you catch what it said?

“Give thanks in all circumstances.”

That’s right! In not for all circumstances. This puts an entirely different perspective on the why we give thanks.

We are able to worship and praise the Lord during difficult circumstances because His love for us doesn’t waver.  His compassion never fades. He is not for us one moment and against us the next.  He remains faithful. In His mercy He has forgiven and redeemed us. He has seated us with Him in the heavenly realms. He gave His only son to pay our debt all because He loves us as dearly beloved children….

…and we in turn are grateful!

So lets cultivate a daily habit of gratitude, returning a heart of love to the one who loves us. Then when life throws us a curve ball we will be able to give thanks in all circumstances.

Whether you are eating roast, deep fried or smoked turkey with family, or a turkey burger on your own. I pray this thanksgiving will be marked by a grateful heart.

From the Davies family to yours

Happy Thanksgiving

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Blogiversary Giveaway Winner

Thank you once again to all who support Grace Lace and Polkadots, your continued support means so much to me. Welcome to all who have just signed up, so happy to have you aboard. May we all continue to grow in our walk with the Lord and radiate His love to others as we keep our eyes fixed on Jesus.

I am so excited to announce the winner of the Blogiversary Giveaway is non other than Sue Moore Donaldson of California. Congratulation Sue.

Sue would you please message me your mailing address and I will have Lisa Bevere’s book in the mail soon after.

I plan on doing another giveaway, not sure December or January. What type of things would interest you in a simple giveaway? Ideas please, I want to hear everyone’s thoughts . Write them in the comment box.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Blogiversary Giveaway!

blogiversaryI have heard it said that many bloggers give up in the first three months and the majority do not reach their first anniversary. Guess what?

It’s my One Year BLOGIVERSARY!! Yea! Excuse me while I dance around my living room!

I have also heard on Jeff Goins webinar that if no one is reading your blog post you don’t have a platform, all you have is an empty stage. Thank you to all who read my blog posts, it would be so lonely without you.

In celebration of my one year blogiversary I’m doing a giveaway but more on that later.

It took me eighteen months from thinking about doing a blog to actually starting a blog. To any would-be-bloggers out there let it be known it does not take eighteen months to set up a blog. It just took me that long to puck up the courage and go for it.

I blog for two reasons.

Reason number one: To brag on Jesus. Who He is and what He has done is so worth bragging about. He loves us more than we can comprehend. He forgives and washes away our sin, He restores us to himself. He covers us in His grace, righteousness and peace. Each day as we walk with Him we discover He is more beautiful, more loving, more gracious, more powerful than we realized the day before. He is definitely above and beyond anything we could ask or imagine.

Reason two: Is you my friend! My hearts desire is to encourage you in your walk with the Lord. Life is hard and it can drain us of our energy, our get up and go for the things of God gets pushed to the bottom of the pile without us even realizing it. Before my fingers hit the keyboard I pray for words that will inspire a desire in you to know Him more intimately.

Thank you for faithfully reading, commenting, liking, and sharing. Without your interaction I would be just talking on that empty stage. I ask that you continue even more so this year to hit the like and share buttons so more women can be encouraged in the Lord. I love it when you leave a comment.  It lets me know I have connected with a real person and I’m not talking into cyberspace. I love reading how the Lord is moving in your life, yes I read and respond to every comment because you are important to me. You are not a number on a stats sheet, you are my sister-in-the-Lord and I want to set you up to win just as others set me up to win.

The Giveaway: Drumroll please.

without-rival-bookI am giving away one copy of Lisa Bevere’s book Without Rival: Embrace Your Identity and Purpose in an Age of Confusion and Comparison. If you already have the book still enter as Christmas will soon be here and it will make a wonderful Christmas gift.

To enter the giveaway simply signup to receive Grace Lace and Polkadots directly into your email inbox. I post once a week so know you will not be inundated with emails from me. You will find the Follow Blog via Email on the side bar of the post if you are looking on the computer. Mobile devices will show it towards the end of the page just keep scrolling until you get there. Those already receiving Grace Lace and Polkadots directly into their inbox will automatically be entered into the giveaway.

The Rules

One entry per person. Must be over eighteen years old and live in the continent of the USA (sorry international friends just trying to keep mailing costs down). You may signup between November 7th 2016 and midnight November 12th 2016. Winner will be announced in blog post on November 14th 2016 and contacted through their email address.

This is so exciting!!! Can’t wait to see who will get Lisa’s book.

Have a great week everyone, tell your friends about Grace Lace and Polkadots. More importantly tell them about Jesus.

Helena

Looking to Jesus. Living in His Radiance.