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Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!


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Audience of One

Life can be exciting.

Life can be hectic.

Life can be hard.

Life can be AMAZING.

There are people in our lives that make it beautiful.

There are people in our lives that make it hard.

It’s fun to share our lives.

It can be a relief to vent about our lives.

…and with technology it seems like we are on a stage of our own, sharing to all the audiences around.  When little Billy takes his first step we run to our phones to share with the world.  When we get in a car accident, we vent online: #dumbdriver #notmyfault #crying #justpaiditoff or so on. We live like the world is our audience.

Do we think about just shutting it down, looking up and telling the Lord about Billy’s first step?  Do we live like we have an audience of One?

There is One who watches us.  He really does care that Billy took his first step and that my car is no more.  He really does care how I treat people publicly and privately.  He is the audience I should care about.

I don’t think it’s wrong to share our journeys and cares with our friends but, remember, we should be living for an audience of One.

Love not the world, neither the things that are in the world. If any man love the world, the love of the Father is not in him. For all that is in the world, the lust of the flesh, and the lust of the eyes, and the pride of life, is not of the Father, but is of the world. And the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever. – I John 2:15-17

Can you think of any other great verses that speak of living for God and Him alone? Leave them in the comments below.

Rejoicing in the Present,

Joy


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Little by Little

When I was little, we listened to Patch the Pirate a lot. One song said,

“Little by little, inch by inch. By the yard, life’s hard, by the inch what a cinch.”

Do you know how true that is?

I’m trying to lose weight. Again. And if I think about having to count calories for basically the rest of my life, I want to give up. But if I think about today, and making good choices for THIS meal, I can do it.

The same is true of parenting. Sometimes taking care of my little ones is exhausting. Thinking about taking care of them constantly for the next 20 years overwhelms me! There is so much to teach them. There are so many Biblical principles I want to instill in them. There are so many character traits, and good habits they need to learn. But it happens one day at a time, one problem at a time. One victory at a time.

Lamentations tells us, “It is of the LORD’s mercies that we are not consumed, because his compassions fail not. They are new every morning: great is thy faithfulness.”

So, today I’m not going to live my life. I’m going to live today.

“Never stare up the staircase, just step up the steps. Little by little, inch by inch!”

❤ Joy