Unexpected Provision…

UnexpectedProvisions...

On Saturday, I made my weekly grocery run with the kids. Unfortunately, my grocery run typically includes at least 3 different stores which takes its toll on an adult, let alone a 3 year old and a 10 month old. That being said, they really are troopers and we made it to our final store, Ingles, without too many incidents.

My oldest had been walking with me around the store instead of riding in a cart. And, like any other 3 year old, he isn’t very aware of his surroundings, so he was constantly walking in front of buggies and other shoppers. He walked in front of a woman I recognized, but I didn’t know if she remembered me, so we kept moving. When I finally had all the items I needed, we headed for the checkout lines.

I usually would do self-checkout because waiting in a line is difficult with kids, but I was redeeming a WIC voucher. These are vouchers for specific foods offered to Woman, Infants, and Children below a certain income line. If you are pregnant, nursing, (up to a year), have an infant or child under 5, you could qualify (check here for more information). So, I needed to use a regular line.

The same lady I recognized from earlier comes and stands behind us in line. She does recognize me now and we chit-chat about my kids and her new flower business as the cashier takes care of my items. (We follow one another on Instagram.) She tells me that she has just picked up her flower bouquets that didn’t sell from a local produce stand. She says, “If it would be worth your time, if you wait for me to check-out, I’ll give you some flowers to take home.”

I, personally, feel that flowers are ALWAYS worth it. As in, I would have flowers on my dining table 365 days a year. I tell her, “Absolutely! That would be great!” We share where we parked. She told me I could go ahead and start loading my kiddos up, and that she would bring the flowers to my van. She did. They were beautiful…not because they were perfect, but because they were a blessing.

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You see, earlier in our grocery shopping trip, we had been at Trader Joe’s. There is a wonderful assortment of blooms there for a decent price. I stood in front of the flowers and looked at the prices. I just wasn’t sure if there was space in the budget for them. I moved on without any. Then, at Ingles, I ran into this sweet woman.

What I didn’t think I could afford, God chose to provide. Not because I needed it, but because my heart desired it. God doesn’t have to give us the desires of our heart, but sometimes He chooses to! That is the amazing, gracious, benevolent side of the God of the Universe. The Provider. We see it in Scripture as well.

22 And he said to his disciples, “Therefore I tell you, do not be anxious about your life, what you will eat, nor about your body, what you will put on. 23 For life is more than food, and the body more than clothing.24 Consider the ravens: they neither sow nor reap, they have neither storehouse nor barn, and yet God feeds them. Of how much more value are you than the birds! 25 And which of you by being anxious can add a single hour to his span of life? 26 If then you are not able to do as small a thing as that, why are you anxious about the rest? 27 Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin, yet I tell you, even Solomon in all his glory was not arrayed like one of these. 28 But if God so clothes the grass, which is alive in the field today, and tomorrow is thrown into the oven, how much more will he clothe you, O you of little faith! 29 And do not seek what you are to eat and what you are to drink, nor be worried. 30 For all the nations of the world seek after these things, and your Father knows that you need them. 31 Instead, seek his kingdom, and these things will be added to you.

Luke 12:22-31

Here we see Jesus telling his followers that just as God cares for and provides for the birds in the air and the flowers in the field, how much more does He care for His beloved children! I actually have a ring with the phrase ‘consider the lilies’ on it to help me remember this truth. (I ordered this ring here from cinnamonsticks on Etsy.)

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So if God cares enough to provide me flowers, just when my heart wanted them, how much more will He provide me with food to feed my family, clothes to cover them, and supplies to care for them.

Let this bring joy and hope to you today!

XOXO,

Elise

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Baby Blueberry – The Countdown is On

Well…we are almost there! My due date is in approximately a week and a half.

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Soon, Phillip and I will be parents of a living, breathing, hold-able, snugly newborn.

I know that we are parents already, but it still seems surreal somehow…like maybe I’m imagining it all.

I have dreamed of being a mom for so long, ever since I was a child. I long for the hard work of raising children in this broken world. The unending sacrifice of valuing someone else’s life as more than your own. The most important work of bringing up tomorrow’s workers, leaders, parents, spouses, and teachers. I have no expectations that this work is simply or easy. That it is cut and dry. That it will not cause stress, worry, strain, or frustration. That it limits me and my freedom. But I am sure that despite these things, it will be the most important work and an unbelievably satisfying adventure to walk.C.S. Lewis quote - children are the most important work

So, as I look forward to holding my little man, I wanted to share our maternity pictures Phillip and I had taken a week and a half ago by a friend of mine. Her name is Rebecca Finley. You can find her on Facebook. She has always taken fabulous pictures and captured some wonderful moments for us. Thanks Rebecca! (She’ll be doing newborn photos as well after Joseph is born.)

I started with my absolute favorite.

It captures the joy and excitement we have for each other and for meeting this new little one!

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I hope you have enjoyed these pictures and seeing a bit into my thoughts regarding motherhood and why it is so important!

Love,

Elise

Through a Child’s Eyes

On Wednesday, I took on the third word in Philippians 4:8 that Paul encourages us to think about, just.

Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

I decided to think about how all people are created in God’s likeness and how no one I come into contact with on a regular basis is ‘out to get me.’ I struggle with feeling things a bit too much and tend to take statements and complaints personally, so I decided that I would reverse my thinking for a day (to hopefully begin a full reverse to my usual line of thinking).

Today, it is time to mediate on something pure. The first thing I thought about regarding this word was the innocence you see in children. For the most part, the way they view the world is pure, unjaded, and uninfluenced. That’s why they say the craziest things, sometimes embarrass their parents because they blurt out who knows what, and why Jesus encourages us to have a faith like that.

I remember my days as a child playing outside for long hours, imagining hidden worlds and alter egos. I remember the pure joy of riding a bike with no hands, dancing with abandon, and giggling with friends.  As I’ve grown up, I’ve lost a little bit of that, but I don’t want to.

15 Now they were bringing even infants to him that he might touch them. And when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them. 16 But Jesus called them to him, saying, “Let the children come to me, and do not hinder them, for to such belongs the kingdom of God. 17 Truly, I say to you, whoever does not receive the kingdom of God like a child shall not enter it. (Luke 18:15-17)

So, today I will be thinking about the pure joy of baby laughter, little girl twirling, and the excitement of seeing things for the first time.

picture found at sherrisreadingjubilee.blogspot.com

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Much Love,

Elise

Thankful Tuesdays

There has been so much to be thankful for these past few days.
Snapshots of beauty and blessings and grace have surrounded me, as always. I know I didn’t catch them all, maybe someday I’ll have better eyes, but for now, here are the God-gifts I spotted over the past week.

148) china plates ringed with silver and gold
149) singing with the radio in my car
150) maxi dresses
151) joy in the morning
152) friends setting out on a Colorado adventure
153) cows grazing in a pasture
154) birds flitting in the air
155) tests being passed
156) making progress towards relationships healing
157) poster beds
158) spring weather – finally!
159) red-breasted robins offering the hope of spring
160) a big salad with warm chicken
161) the roll of thunder
162) sleeping with the window open
163) my sister getting the summer job she wanted… (I love her excited voice on the phone)
164) orange burning the sky as the sun sets

This is what I saw, making me write down #164.
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such beauty! (I had to share it with a friend immediately when I saw it. She’s counting gifts too.)

What are you thankful for today?

Thankful Tuesdays

It has been so amazing to count gifts, God-grace, that are in my life.
Here are some spanning the time between my last Thankful post and now:

109) geese soaring across the sky
112) child hugs
114) clouds hovering low
116) dancing free
119) surprise snow, falling thick
122) fenced in pastures
123) potatoes whistling in the oven
127) flocks of birds dancing in the sky
134) sitting close on the couch
136) delicate, intricate lace
140) the hurricane glasses I glued seeming to stay that way (finally)
145) dinner with friends
147) the husband cooking dinner

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What are you thankful for today?