Friday, October 31, 2014

"A Wizard of Oz" Inspired Halloween

I've heard it said that...

"If you want to make God laugh, then tell Him your plans"


We had so much fun last Halloween when we hosted our Fear is not a Factor party
that all year long the kids and I have been

planning
preparing
promising

to host another fun gathering this Halloween!

Well today is supposed to be that day,
and I've since learned that if you wanna make God laugh... 

then tell Him your plans

What had been our plan all year?
To host a movie-themed party

What movie was our theme based on?
"The Wiz" (with Diana Ross and Michael Jackson)

(but some things got in the way of our planning and we decided to hold off on a party)

and the irony

of that didn't even hit me until yesterday as I was explaining to a coworker

what our plan had been,
and why we were cancelling the plan

and when she laughed and pointed out that we had just lived the movie
by experiencing our own "we're not in Kansas anymore" moment

I remembered the saying...

Wanna make God laugh?
tell Him your plans

And although we still "plan" to host our "Wizard of Oz" party someday
we know that it won't be today

So for now we'll just...

pop some corn
cuddle up together on our new couch
watch the movie

while simply enjoying the fact that...

"There's no place like home"

Friday, October 24, 2014

When It Seems Your Prayer Is A Contradiction

I had been asking for more...

praying about it
singing about it

and before I knew it, I was completely surrounded

with

newness
challenge
change

until one day I actually heard myself saying...

"Lord, this is too much!"

and it seemed that my prayer had been a contradiction

 
so I took some time to...

pause
reflect
reconsider

and as we began piecing our home back together

paint
flooring
furniture

 
 
 
 
 

I remembered the old saying... "less is more"
and realized that sometimes
 
when you're craving more
what you could really be craving is actually less
 
less drama
less fuss
fewer frills
 
and that's when the full realization that God knows best
(and that His timing is impeccable)
 
will light upon you
 
as you graciously learn how to
 
believe
fight
endure
 
even when
it seems that your prayer is a contradiction
 
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Thanking God we're back in our home!