Greater Than Your Heart

Within the past year, at times I tend to run off my emotions. Do not get me wrong, emotions are great. They are wonderful indicators and warning signs of what is happening. However, from experiences I know that running off of emotions only fog our thinking and never ends well. I was given the wisdom from a friend, Liza, about three things that are on our spiritual train; faith, facts and feeling.Faith should lead, facts come second and feelings follow behind.” I try my best to sort out facts and faith from my emotions, but I am not always successful. I was recommended to watch Judah Smith’s teaching titled, “Greater Than Your Heart“. The principles of this teaching have totally shaped my spiritual and mental well-being. Prior to listing to this teaching, I found myself thinking, “”God, I am so unworthy.” “God, I can’t give you the praise you deserve.” “God, I feel like I am not good enough in everything I do.””. These are all feelings. From here on out I am choosing to act in faith and facts over my feelings.  Sure, these thoughts will and have returned but I can replace them with the truth of God. God’s word says, “For though the righteous fall seven times, they rise again, but the wicked stumble when calamity strikes.” Proverbs 24:16 Despite how I “feel” I will rise again. I can’t rise on my own strength but God’s! I repeat, despite how you feel, you will rise again! You can’t rise on your own strength but God’s!

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I encourage everyone to listen to this teaching. If you don’t have time to watch the full 45 minutes, at least watch the last 15 minutes.

“Greater Than Your Heart” – Judah Smith from The City Church on Vimeo.

“When God gives up on me then I can give up, but he won’t give up.”– Judah Smith

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19 This is how we know that we belong to the truth and how we set our hearts at rest in his presence: 20 If our hearts condemn us, we know that God is greater than our hearts, and he knows everything. 21 Dear friends, if our hearts do not condemn us, we have confidence before God 22 and receive from him anything we ask, because we keep his commands and do what pleases him. 23 And this is his command: to believe in the name of his Son, Jesus Christ, and to love one another as he commanded us. 24 The one who keeps God’s commands lives in him,and he in them. And this is how we know that he lives in us: We know it by the Spirit he gave us1 John 3:19-24

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♥Melanie

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“Be Content My Child”

From the second I wake up I think, “What will I eat for breakfast? What am I going to wear today? What am I doing tonight? What is happening next month? Where will I be a year from now?”. All throughout middle school I wanted to be in high school. All throughout highschool I wanted to be in college. All throughout college I wanted a real job. As I look back on my years I think to myself, “The grass always seemed greener on the other side.”. Growing up and maturing is no doubt an exciting part of life but I am faced with the conviction to be content in the present moment. I need to learn how to take in exactly what is happening in the moment, not looking ahead and not looking back. Recently, I have arrived at the root of my lack of contentment. I believe that if I don’t think about the future it will never come or my future won’t be successful. God has so gently given me Matthew 6:25-27 to help me out of my false thoughts. The passage reads,

25 “Therefore I tell you, do not worry about your life, what you will eat or drink; or about your body, what you will wear. Is not life more than food, and the body more than clothes? 26 Look at the birds of the air; they do not sow or reap or store away in barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not much more valuable than they? 27 Can any one of you by worrying add a single hour to your life? -Matthew 6:25-27

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To follow my conviction to be content my prayer each morning has been, “Lord, I am choosing to live in the present moment. I want to see what you are doing in this minute. I don’t want my thoughts to wonder what you will do in the next thirty minutes or the next hours. I want to see what your doing with my life in this minute. Help me Lord! “. I often have to pray this throughout the day because I go back to my natural way of thinking. Twice this week God has taught me contentment through two different situations.

After talking and praying with my boyfriend, Todd, about my lack of contentment we walked into his mom’s house. His 4 year old niece was whimsically riding her scooter in circles outside. The next minute she asked someone to get her bike and began riding her bike in circles. Then the next minute she was laughing and running around. Todd looked at me and said, “This is how God wants you to to be!”. No, I am not saying God wants me riding scooters and bikes in circles. I am saying that God wants me to be free! He wants me to enjoy the present moment, right where I am. Even if that present moment doesn’t seem “productive” or future worthy.

After praying during my  drive to school I arrived at school. I was stopped by a fourth grade student. [The conversation went like this, Student-“Is college fun?” Me-“It is fun but somedays it can be boring and other days it can be really challenging.”. Student- “I can’t wait to be in college!” Me- “Why? College isn’t much different than fourth grade. Enjoy fourth grade while you can!” Student- “No, I bet college is awesome! Fourth grade is no fun!”] I thought to myself, “God, this is exactly what I sound like, isn’t it? How pathetic!”

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Whatever stage of life you are in, enjoy it. Whether you are in a season of joy or a
season of trial, enjoy it. Soak in every moment. You will never get back this minute. Hear and believe God say, “Be content my child.”

Life after Death Craft

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I am a huge fan of receiving flowers. I even buy myself flowers because they are so beautiful. Unfortunately the flowers eventually die. I never know what to do with flowers once they die and don’t have the heart to throw them out. Most of the time I dry them out then they collect dust and I end up throwing them out anyways.

Valentine’s Day I received roses from my boyfriend. Once they died I was dreaming up of what I could do with them. After a pinterest search I was inspired by many different ideas. I decided to combine ideas and make the dried flower petals into one giant flower shadow box. I ended up making the pretty little gem to the right. It was super fun and easy to make! May I add, It is a heck of alot much more functional and attractive than a dead bouquet of flowers too!12939348_10153354326811090_275285248_n


Materials:
total cost is under $10

  • shadow box [I found mine on sale at Michaels for $5]
  • 1 piece of scrapbooking paper of your choice [I bought a gold metallic sheet at Michaels for $1]
  • Scissors
  • Glue [I found that a hot glue gun worked best.]

Instructions: total time- 30 minutes

  1. Hang dying flowers upside down to dry. Once they are mostly dry, peel the petals off of each flower. I found that the inside of the petals had more moisture than the outside. Place petals on a flat surface to dry some more. (It took about a week or so.)
  2. Cut a scrapbook piece of paper to fit shadow box.
  3. Once all petals have fully dried, starting in the middle of the paper begin hot glueing them on. Have fun with the glueing this process! There is not a right or wrong way to create this craft.
  4. Hang on a wall or set on bookcase to enjoy!

Happy Crafting, Melanie!