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

 

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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!