This is exactly how I feel today as I pop in to show you a cute idea for displaying plates.
“I can hardly wait to see what God is going to do with your lives,” said a friend to me one day.
Are you kidding me? Our lives? My husband and I were in the midst of our season of Great Pain, and it was just the beginning of a long process of restoration. I couldn’t possibly see ahead to the day when God might be able to use us for anything good.
Words are powerful though, and the respect I had for this dear friend of mine made me want to live up to her expectations. Her words helped me in my battle through the pain to the healing waiting on the other side.
This blog, Old Things New, began as a result of that healing.
Did you ever have a toothache when you were a kid and your mother told you to put an aspirin on your tooth to numb the pain? Did you do it? If so, just how long were you able to hold the aspirin in your mouth before spitting it out and declaring that the toothache was more tolerable than that nasty aspirin?
I called my-daughter-the-dentist today to ask her about this practice of her late grandma’s and she informed me that she has actually had patients come in with burns on their gums from trying this. I knew it! And this is exactly why I never made my kids do the same thing.
“What,” you say, “does this have to do with creating an Ever-Changing Flower Arrangement?” You MUST know by now that I always get to the point eventually.
I recently spoke with a young woman who felt as if her life choices had disqualified her from God’s help to overcome her circumstances.
All I could say to her was that I didn’t know who the God was that she believed in, but that the God I know is compassionate and loving, and that His son Jesus knows exactly how we feel because He experienced our pain – every single bit of it – when He hung on the cross and sacrificed His life for us.
I have this friend. She has an opinion about what I “should” do in nearly every area of my life. The only areas where she doesn’t weigh in are in more private matters, but that’s only because I keep them private. Do you have anyone in your life like this friend of mine?
Not too long ago she asked me what I thought about letting my hair go grey. When I gave her my reasons for coloring it – I like my hair the color it is, it has more body and looks thicker when I color it, my husband likes it and doesn’t care about the money I’m wasting :), I feel younger without the grey – it was as though I hit a nerve as she began giving me a long list of reasons why I SHOULD go grey, topping the list off by telling me I can’t really like the person God created me to be if I can’t accept the way He created me.