Grandma’s Prayers

First time I read that, I cried. It hit home so deeply, tears literally just fell out of my eyes. My grandma was the most faithful “prayer warrior” I’ve ever known. Prayer was her answer to life. The good, the bad, the joyful, the sorrowful, the questions, and the answers–she prayed about it. But even more than that, she was a living prayer chain. She would have a list of people and things to pray for and on top of all of that, she kept a prayer going that my great-grandmother started. Every day she’d pray for every single person in the family. From her husband to her cousin’s daughter’s son, she prayed for them, by name. So when I read that quote from above, my whole being felt that prayer. The one she said for the 28 years she was with me. She wasn’t only praying for me in my everyday life, but she was also praying for my future self as well. It never occurred to me that her prayer was still being said over me. It was like a warm hug. God reminding me that my life has been so greatly blessed because someone out there was praying for me, diligently. Showing me a true example of faithfulness. She never questioned His faithfulness, she knew in His hands we were at our best, so she said a prayer for us, for me, to be blessed, to know Him, and to walk the path of righteousness.

Great is thy faithfulness…”

Seems like that’s been all over my radar lately. Faithfulness. I can’t help but think He is trying to tell me to let go of whatever it is that I’m holding on to, those parts of my life that I’m trying to control instead of letting Him handle it. Have faith in Him and His will for me.

“All that I’ve needed thy hand hath provided…”

I miss her greatly. She was and will always be one of my favorite people. I wish she could be here to hold this precocious little boy in my life, for I have no doubt, she once said a prayer for his life too.

*ASpottedHeart

Love, Love, Love

Lately, I’ve thought a lot about Love. February seems to do that…and being pregnant. The word itself has become so commonly used, but do we ever stop to think about what love actually means to us?! According to Webster’s dictionary there are 9 different definitions of love, nine! Maybe thats’s why they say love is a universal language.

I won’t list what all nine say, but let me tell you the ones that resonate the most with me.

1) strong affection for another arising out of kinship or personal ties.

2) warm attachment, enthusiasm, or devotion.

4) unselfish loyal and benevolent

9) God

These are my 4 favorite ways that love are described. Being pregnant has made me really focus on the love between One Cute Cowboy and I, and the love we already have, abundantly overflowing, for little bear. It also has made me fiercely protective of that love. I guess you could say like a Mama Bear, I want to protect and nurture and make the love I have for Little Bear prosper, but I also feel that strong intuition to protect the love between One Cute Cowboy and myself.

That “warm attachment” mentioned above, has been like red-hot attachment lately. We’ve been savoring these last couple months as just “us” and cherishing one another for what we’ve become as a couple, and what we’ll soon be–parents! We’re wanting to make sure we’re setting a strong foundation of love for our Little Bear to look to when everything else seems to falter. We want him to know how deeply his parents not only love him, but love each other. I think it’s important for kids to see that.

Which brings me to the number nine definition of Love–God. I can’t help but think it’s that red-hot attachment that He has for us as well. He wants us to know His deep love for us, and to share that love.

Now a minute to brag on my loving husband. I’m strong-headed (so is he) but he lovingly takes me in stride when my temper runs over. He is my supporter in anything I set my mind to. He is my rock, he is my shelter. He is quite simply the love of my life, and soul-mate. I can’t imagine going on this journey with anyone else in this world. Our love isn’t perfect by any means, but we’ve learned to love through the imperfections.

” It’s not a walk in the park to love each other, but when our fingers interlock I can’t deny, can’t deny, you’re worthit. ‘Cause after all this time, I’m still into you.”–Paramore

We’ve been on many adventures together, but we’re getting ready to embark on our greatest adventure yet, there’s not a doubt in my mind that you’re my One. Happy Valentine’s Day, My One Cute Cowboy! ❤️

Inspiration from The Magnolia Story


Last week I mentioned on my January Mood Board that I’d been reading Chip and Joanna Gaines’ book The Magnolia Story that One Cute Cowboy got me for Christmas.  I finished it this past weekend and it left me inspired, driven, and with a sense of things are going to work out the way God has them planned.

For those of you who aren’t addicted to HGTV like my husband, and have no idea who Chip or Joanna Gaines is, they are a married couple that have a show on the HGTV channel called The Fixer-Upper. They live in Waco,Texas and buy and restore or “flip” houses in the area to make them the dreamiest, most amazing houses the buyer could imagine. They’re endearing, and you can tell they work hard, but have so much fun doing it. Their chemistry is palpable and by the end of the episode you can’t help but feel like you’d be great buds with both of them. If you’ve never caught a show, I highly recommend it. Tuesday nights at 8:00 central time.

Back to the book. I had a bit of an epiphany while reading Joanna’s words, she reiterated time and time again that it was she and Chip’s trust in God that led them to where they are in life now. She would voice her dreams and the desires of her heart to God (and Chip for that matter) and though it might be immediate or in time, God bestowed those things upon her. Now, I know this is no new revelation, that trusting in God brings great things, but for some reason, reading her words, and hearing it in what seemed like a friends voice, it made new sense to me. Speaking, out-loud the desires of your heart to God. I know I’ve prayed to God for things to happen, or not happen. For this or that to work-out, but have I ever just dreamed out-loud to God?  I know when I was in college, one of my professors were alway saying, “Be sure people know your dreams. Tell everyone you know what your dreams are! You never know what could happen because of it.”  Why not tell the one person who can literally make anything happen?! Now, don’t get me wrong, I’ve prayed about the desires of my heart to God, but I guess I’ve always figured he knows my heart and deepest desires, why speak them all to Him? Reading Jo’s words only made me realize, yes, He most certainly knows our deepest and truest desires but He also wants a relationship with his children. He wants us to speak to Him like we would a loved one, because He is love. 

It’s a little bit hard for me to put into words how this epiphany has changed my way of thinking, and somewhat changed my dialogue with God. But this brought something new to the table for me. I feel like this book has only enriched my relationship with God. Not only has it made me start looking at things in a new light, I feel energized after reading this book. It was inspiring. I think Chip & Joanna are just inspiring people in general, but this book really makes you start to examine what you want out of life. What are you striving for in life?

I highly highly recommend this book. It’s a fast, entertaining book that will only leave you with a smile on your face, and I pray some hope in your heart. I know it did mine. You can even buy it on iTunes for audio for you non-book-readers out there. Go check it out, I promise it’ll be worth your time.

The Magnolia Story

 

*ASpottedHeart

 

Psalms 61:2

This has been one of my favorite verses for quite some time. I use to read this as “when my heart is overwhelmed (in a negative way) lead me to the rock that is higher than I.” Only recently have I realized, this means whether my heart is overwhelmed with gratitude, sadness, worry, or joy- lead me to the rock that is higher than I! So many times in my happy moments I forget to give my joys to God, I thank Him, sure, but do I ever just sit and tell him the things I’m excited about? The things that make me happy? For He has made me in HIS image, and it would only make sense the same things that make my heart happy, would please His heart as well. I want to be diligent in letting Him know when my heart is overwhelmed with joy and thankfulness, for the Lord wants a relationship with us, a friendship. 


I hope you find many things to be thankful and joyous for today!