A Prized Rose or Scraggily Dandelion ?

20130621-133825.jpgSome are yellow.

20130621-133917.jpgSome are pink.

20130621-134001.jpgSome are tall and skinny.

20130621-134106.jpgSome are big and round.

20130621-134158.jpgSome actively climb to the top.

20130621-134241.jpgSome are good just hanging out down low.

20130621-134512.jpgSome like to stand out in a crowd.

20130621-134611.jpgSome are happy to blend in.

20130621-134653.jpgSome struggle to live.

20130621-134806.jpgSome are entered into pageants.

20130621-134910.jpgSome stand up tall with pride.

20130621-134937.jpgSome weep and hang down.

20130621-135422.jpgSome are fake.

20130621-135444.jpgSome are real.

20130621-135538.jpgSome are used.

20130621-135556.jpgSome are givers.

20130621-135622.jpgAll are created by God. All admired by us all.

You think I’m talking about flowers, don’t you? Well, in one sense I am. But I am actually thinking about women. (Sure, men fit this thought too, but I’m thinking about us, women.)

Last week I was with my family on vacation in Idaho. I saw women with tattoos and diamonds, with dreadlocks and manicures, in raggedy clothes and sequined dresses, in bare feet and high heeled shoes. We are all so different!

I don’t know about you, but I compare myself with other women allll the time. How I feel about myself at any given moment depends on who is standing beside me or how tired I am or if the moon and stars are lined up correctly. This is WRONG people!

As I was leading bible study with the women at Miracle Hill Rescue Mission, I thought I was reminding them how special and unique they are because God created them to look different and gave them special gifts to use to Glorify Him. Actually, I was preaching to myself. As much as I wish I had legs like that one, be athletic like her and could be as organized as the girl down the street, God made me….ME!

When I look at a flower in bloom, wherever it may be- a garden, a field or a crack in the sidewalk, I admire it. They are all beautiful to me! I am amazed every time at how creative and majestic God is. Now the same can be said of us. We were created by God. Think about every person that has ever walked this earth from the beginning of time. WOW! Isn’t God creative? Why can’t I look at each woman, yes- even myself, as someone beautiful and filled with gifts? Why can’t I admire His good works in me as much as I do that daffodil on the hill?

If God can put so much energy into creating something that only lasts for a short season, then how much more did He put into creating us? Instead of lamenting how I wish I was more like her, maybe I ought to rejoice in the quirky, silly, loud, unorganized, flexible, helpful, short person He made in me!

What do you think? I’d love to hear your comments!

Three Gifts Smelled, Seen and Touched

Days after the horrifying tornado in Oklahoma, I am still brought to tears. I read in my newspaper today that for this tornado to have happened, so many little things had to have been in place, the temperature, humidity, cold stream. Any of these to be off just a little would have changed things. Why did this have to happen? I don’t know. But what I do know is that my God is still here. He was there saving people. He was performing miracles even in that tragedy.

Continuing in the Joy Dare Challenge name three things smelled, seen and touched.

20130522-085758.jpg This is an area on my street that isn’t owned by any homeowner. I’m sure it is driving the HOA crazy that such weeds are growing. I walk by it every day and it brings me joy.

20130522-090037.jpg274. Honeysuckle The first thing that hits me as I walk down my driveway is the sweet smell of honeysuckle. The scent turns my head around looking for the source. I smile. It brings back childhood memories of pulling the stamen out of the flower and licking the “honey”.

20130522-090417.jpg275. Purple and yellow wild flowers. Standing at a distance, one might describe these as weeds.

20130522-090629.jpgBut as you take a closer look, you see beauty. How many times have we judged someone from a distance in a negative light, but to get to know them we see a person with gifts, humor and love.

20130522-091056.jpg276. Grass. It is really tall and when a breeze blows through, it is so peaceful. I imagine this is what “amber waves of grain” might look like.

20130522-091436.jpgI can’t help but to run my hands over it.

Even in the darkest days, God is there. Faith is believing in things seen and unseen. I have never seen God’s face, but I have seen and experienced his presence.
I pray you will smell, see and touch God today. Tell me about it in the comments below.
Have a great day!