Coffee Filter

I never have to worry about preparing my coffee in the morning. My sweet husband always makes sure it is ready for me. Even when he wakes up hours earlier than me (to go hang with deer and fish outdoors), he makes sure the pot is ready again for when I wake up.  He is a nurturer at heart and ensures his wife is going to be happy when she rises

And isn’t that first cup of coffee in the morning so marvelous? It rejuvenates me. Wakes me up. Prepares me for my day.

As wonderful as my precious coffee is, I know there is someone, not something, who is my true wake up call. Making a point to put Jesus first, every morning, is really what rejuvenates me, wakes me up and prepares me for my day.

My coffee maker husband also made a great point in Sunday school this morning. He is starting to think more metaphorically these days (I take blame/credit for that) and commented on how we should think of Jesus as our filter. He was talking about a car filter but I was,of course, thinking about coffee.

When we truly put Jesus first, He automatically starts to filter out all of the grounds (or dirt) in our lives and, instead, lets “the water” flow through. If we stay devoted in His word, if we look up instead of out and if we start to let go of our own selfish ways, our lives will look a whole lot less muddy.

Yes, sometimes our coffee maker jams. Yes, sometimes we get caught up in the coffee grounds. Yes, we will never be perfect. That’s only ever been done once.

Perfection will never be our end goal-but it should at least be our target. We can at least try and get a little closer to the cross, each and every day.

And when we do, watch and be amazed. Things will magically start to become a little bit clearer.

 

John 4:13-14 “Jesus said to her, ‘Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but those who drink of the water that I will give them will never be thirsty. The water that I will give will become in them a spring of water gushing up to eternal life.

 

 

Puzzle Pieces

Tonight I’m reposting a favorite post from July! I hope everyone had a blessed holiday with family and friends!

Dear Paige

I am the type of person who loves to plan things out. To me, the planning part is more fun than the actual event itself.  I am also the type of person who wants all of my plans to go exactly how I envisioned them. Man, I can dream up some ideal scenarios in my head and then, when they don’t go like I had in mind, I can pout for days. As a teacher,  I am constantly planning for my students. It’s amazing though, how often the best lessons don’t come from my plan book. They come from something totally out of left field.

I really do think God laughs at us when we are making plans. Really,  I can picture him just sitting back and smiling.  Oh you think that’s the college you’re going to go to? Nope. Oh you think that’s the man you are going to marry? Not at all. Oh…

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My Star

Tonight we decorated the Christmas tree and I let the boys do all of the tree trimming. They love picking out ornaments to hang and there are always a million questions about who the ornaments are from.   Brady and Eli never seem to grow tired of hearing about each one. Each ornament is special because of the person who gave it to them and I love how the tree goes from empty to beautiful in minutes.

Just like the ornaments on my tree, my family and friends  help transform my own life into something marvelous and magnificent. They are the gold angels, the silver bells, the shining ribbon. All hanging together in unison, helping to brighten my world, while blessing me with their pure goodness.

I am thankful for each and every one of them.

And at the top of my tree, stands my star.  A star placed there to remind me to always look up and not at the world around me. A star that is constant and never dull. A star representing Him and all of His glory.

I am most thankful for this star. I am most thankful for His love.

My tree will not stay up for long. It will come down after Christmas, but my ornaments and my Star will continue to shine their love and their light on me throughout the new year. Transforming it from nothing into something spectacular.

Each and every day.

2 Corinthians 9:15  Thanks be to God for his inexpressible gift!

His Embrace

As a teacher, I probably receive about 30+hugs a day from my students.  Not only do they  brighten my day with their sweet smiles and warm embraces, but they also remind me all day long of how important my job is.Yes,  I am blessed to be able to teach them how to read, but I also know through these precious hugs, I am providing them with a sense of comfort all day long. My students know there is someone in their school building who cares about them.

When we decide to follow Jesus, and accept His own embrace, we can reap the benefits of His comfort all day long too. We just have to be willing to let Him into our hearts. We have to be willing to give up our selfish desires and instead follow His plan for us.

It’s easier said than done I know.

Following His path,and not our own, can be incredibly difficult. We want to do things our way.We want to control things our way.  We want to go our own way.

But wouldn’t you rather go down a path that is lit?

Instead of one that’s always in the dark?

His way is comfort. His way is security. His way is the only way.

It will never dim nor fade.

John 8:12  Again Jesus spoke to them, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

Childlike Faith

My oldest son is a worrier.He worries about being hurt. He worries about being robbed. He worries about being sick. He worries about anything you can imagine. He keeps a lot of his worries inside and doesn’t always share them. Instead, his anxiety comes out as anger because his sweet little brain can’t handle  the worry overload.

I have a hard time understanding his anxiety because Mommy is pretty much the exact opposite. (My husband says if he sees me actually worrying about something then something must really, really, be wrong!)  Unfortunately, my frustration level can rise  when Brady begins fretting because I have an inability to relate.

He is getting better though. His worrying is decreasing and, although I don’t think he can verbalize why yet, I truly believe it’s because he is starting to grow in his relationship with Jesus Christ.  He knows Jesus is there to take his worries and fears away.

Peter  tells us to cast all of our troubles onto God because He cares for us. We are His children. His pride. His creation. He is ready to take away our fears. I think what most children know, (and most adults don’t) is they don’t have to try and fix their own fears.  God is there to take them away. Adults, on the other hand, want to be in control. We want to find the answer ourselves. We want to have the power.

And in the meantime….God is sitting their waiting.

Patiently. While we run around in this world pretending to be in charge of our troubles.

Brady is just now learning to bring his worries to Jesus. I pray his desire to give it all over to Him stays this way. Even as he becomes older, and this world hardens him, I pray his faith remains anchored in Jesus.

Watching  our children’s pure devotion to the Lord is something that can simply take your breath away.  Imagine what we could do in this world if we had that same childlike faith?

We could move mountains.

Leave your fears with Jesus. Have faith in His plans for you.

He’s got it.

1 Peter 5:7 Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you.

 

Check Engine Light

One of the things I love the most about my husband and his walk with Christ is how real he keeps it. He doesn’t sugar coat it as being easy. He doesn’t portray himself as this perfect person because he  has a relationship with Jesus. My husband knows being a Christian in a non-Christian word is tough stuff.

Landon was driving down the road the other day when his check engine light suddenly came on. Instead of worrying about taking into the auto-mechanic, he instead started thinking about his walk with the Lord. How when a check engine light turns on in your life, instead of ignoring it, you need to take it to the ultimate mechanic.

How often do we take our sins directly to the shop? When temptation appears, and that red light is flashing, isn’t it so easy to just ignore it and not bring  it directly to the Cross?

As Christians, we are being tested constantly. Satan is fighting for us too. What’s surprising is, it’s not always that in your face sin you might automatically think about. Instead, many times it’s that sneaky kind of sin. We can  engage in many sins because we want to feel like we belong with the rest of the world.

We have to remember Jesus wants us to be set apart.

So when our check engine light comes on, when we determine what we are doing or thinking is wrong, when the Holy Spirit starts talking to us,  we need to book it as fast as we can to the Ultimate Mechanic.

And just as my husband reminded our class this morning:

He will find us a way out.

We just have to be willing to park our car in His shop.

Proverbs 28:13

13 He who conceals his sins does not prosper, but whoever confesses and renounces them finds mercy.

He Covers Me

I’m cheating and reposting this blog post tonight. It’s been a long week at the Tucker Household and I am ready for bed! It’s from way back in June 😉 I had a friend who had some major anxiety about something today. While praying for her,  I was reminded of HIS love and how He covers us with His feathers. He is our refuge!!!

Dear Paige

I have never been able to sleep without the covers. Even if it was 100 degrees in my room, I would still need the protection of my covers to go to sleep soundly. At 34 years old, the covers provide comfort to me and keep me safe. My boys are the same way. They need their covers and their security animals and blankies on top of them to sleep soundly at night. Eli’s “wuvie wuv” blankie is only as big an 8×10 picture frame but he still puts it over him before bedtime.

I want to teach my boys (and myself) that even without the blankets, and the animal friends and the “wuvie wuvs” we are still covered. We are covered by His love all of the time. Technically we don’t need anything but His love. When He covers you, he covers you completely. Your mind, body and soul are…

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