Saturday, April 11, 2015

Paint life "Anew"!!

There is  this life coach and her motto is "I Paint Life".  That motto has been on my heart this morning.  As I considered what we were going to do today as a family, what ran through my  mind was all the motions I was going to have to go through to get myself ready to go, kids ready to go, and get the chores I need to get done around the house.  I was going through this list in my head and then I saw myself rushing to get these things done quickly to be out the door and doing something in a timely fashion.  For some reason the vision I had of myself hopping up out of the chair and getting to it, didn't sit well with me.  During the week I am on a schedule with school, with work, with dinner, with getting kids to bed, with getting kids out in the morning.......and that's great but this morning it dawned on me that you have to have time during the week where you have to stop, sit, and think about exactly what kind of picture you are painting of your life.  You have to stop and think about what ways that picture may need to change based on different stages of your life.  You can't just go on autopilot; and that's what I was just about to do.  It's Saturday and it's the day I have the most freedom with my day and my schedule.  What do I want to do with that freedom?  What do I want my Saturdays to look like?  Do I want to do things in such a way where the day lingers a little later and a little longer?  I believe life is suppose to be a beautiful portrait of your Lord, your love, your passion, your personality, your strengths, your weaknesses, your goals, your dreams, your gifts.

If you don't take time to stop, and consider; especially as life changes, you miss out on so many of God's blessings.  You have to learn to take on a new space or a new pace.  Allow the people and
things around you to take on a new form.  Certain things can stop fitting you the way they use to. Certain things that were becoming on you, are not anymore.  There have been certain items of clothing that I kept for years because they fit me just right and I always got lots of compliments when I wore them.  But there did come a time where those items were not the right fit for me anymore and they no longer complimented who I was.  Well, just like most people, I still held on to them for a couple more years hoping they would one day be the perfect fit again, but that day never came.  The same is true with life.  Many times we have outgrown a certain wardrobe for our lives, but we hold on to it because we keep hoping the fit will one day be perfect again.  But that day never comes.  We have to let go of old ways and allow God to birth new ways of doing things in our lives.  It is spring!!  And all of nature screams that it's time to birth new things.  Even in nature God paints a new picture for the spring.  Our natural landscape changes with growth and new life.  Well, He is doing the same things with us as individuals.  Open your heart and let the great Artist paint a new landscape in your life. 

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