Friday, January 27, 2012

InstaFriday#19

It is Friday and I am linking up with Life Rearranged for InstaFriday! It is a glimpse into your week with grainy phone pictures!!!

That is my sweet son (on the right) in the Third Grade Spelling Bee!!! He came in fifth! He was so nervous! And so was I!!!!

I have been dreaming of this house...we ALL love it and THAT never happens. Trying to convince Mark that we should jump on it!!!!!!
Mark has an old iphone and it was acting up so I told him I would update it for him. At the end of the update it told me it was restoring it...which made me SO scared because restoring it means he loses all his data. I was SWEATING it!!!!! It all came back --thank goodness--but I was a nervous wreck!
We have been spending all of our free time at the basketball courts! Both Caroline and Will are playing and we run from one game/practice to another and sometimes back again! Will's tournament starts this weekend and I am a nervous wreck (I am the assistant coach).


And then, the other night at Panera Bread, God reminded me that my words need to be kind and encouraging...

Happy Friday!!!

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Wednesday, January 25, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow readers...it is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!


White shirt: Target (love)
Black shirt: LOFT
Pants: LOFT
Shoes: Rack Room
Scarf: The Pleated Poppy

Fave outfit and it's blurry--sorry!
Shirt: LOFT
Scarf: Charming Charlies
Jeans: Buckle
Boots:Ariat
Purse: Coach Outlet

Shirt: Ruche
Leggings: Belk
Boots: Steve Madden

Dress: Belk
Shoes: DSW

Do you watch Castle? I love Castle! I really love Kate. And I really wish I could get my hair to curl like hers. I know it is not that long yet, but my curls make my hair so short!!!! I just thought I would share. If you don't watch the show, you should!

Have a super Wednesday!

I am linking up with:

pleated poppy

Momma Go Round

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Thursday, January 19, 2012

If There Was Any Doubt

Just in case you wondered if God really is in the details of your life, let me give you some concrete proof that He is.

I wrote THIS post on Tuesday. And in it, I talked about how much He is in the smallest details of our lives.

He showed me again today, this morning, that it was no fluke on Tuesday (I wasn't doubting that it was true, but He knew I would the encouragement this morning).

See, on Tuesday, God showed me two areas I needed some work on in my life. The first is my speech and the second my attitude. Whew. I don't know about you but those two areas can kill me. I am a talker---always have been---and I think because I am so comfortable with the sound of my own voice and the words that I know (and these are NOT good things), I use them whenever I feel the need to share how I feel. Not always great.

Even yesterday, in my What I Wore Wednesday posting, He reminded me of what I need to do. How you ask? Well, I clicked on a link on Lindsey's site that I had never clicked on before and there, at the top of this girl's WIWW post was this verse: "Proverbs 31:26 She opens her mouth with wisdom, and the teaching of kindness is on her tongue." Details, people, details!

The second problem is that I cannot hide how I feel about anything. I may try but my friends tell me often that it is "written all over my face" how I REALLY feel about something. Which means, when my attitude is sour, everyone can tell. That is good when you are talking about trying to change a rotten attitude...can't hide it from those who would keep you accountable. But it is bad because, well, I can't hide it! :)

God wanting me to change both at once has felt like a cruel joke at times in the last few days. You know...I CAN keep my mouth shut, bite my tongue, etc. and therefore fulfill my duties in reforming my speech (sort of ;) ). But, keeping my mouth shut AND having a good attitude about/towards whom I am choosing not to lash out at has proven nearly impossible. I say nearly impossible because "Nothing is impossible with God." (Luke 1:37)

Anyway, I actually haven't done great keeping my mouth shut on one particular topic. No need to go into detail...I know it is a problem for me, and I was feeling kinda bad about how quickly I had failed at the task God had given me.

Then I opened up my Jesus Calling book this morning and the first three words were "SEEK MY FACE" (and yes, they were in all caps in the book). I smiled...I think I may have even laughed out loud. Those were the very words our guest speaker had used when he talked about changing how we pray from seeking His hand to seeking His face. The same scripture reference was there too...Jeremiah 29:13, Psalm 27:8. Details, y'all!

If you are still a doubter about the details, think of it this way---God knew what Sarah Young would write in Jesus Calling (published in 2004) and He knew exactly what would be placed on January 19th in the book. He knew where I would be on Sunday night, the 15th of January, 2012 and He knew who would be speaking (and let me say, my sweet pastor does not give up his pulpit to just anyone, so the fact that there was a guest speaker is, in and of itself, almost a miracle). He knew what that speaker would say and what scripture references he would use. He knew also what He would place on my heart the next day to work on in my life. (Unfortunately) He also knew I would not have a stellar first two days of my reforming my speech/attitude.

So, what did He do? He allowed me to read that devotion and see those same verses and remind me that while I may have failed in some areas of my life, today is a new day and with it comes His mercy and grace. He doesn't expect me to be perfect, but he also doesn't want me to give up. And He showed me just how much He loves me with that sweet reminder!

Don't even try to convince me He is not in the details!!!

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Wednesday, January 18, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow readers...it is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!

Y'ALL!!!!! You are going to be so proud of me...I took more than three pictures!!!! Yeah! I know you are so excited. :)
Work in the pouring rain and a haircut!
L/S shirt: GAP
Teal Shirt: Kohls
Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Steve Madden


Work with a daring outfit...
L/S Tissue Tee: Target (LOVE this shirt)
Dress: Belk
Leggings: GAP
Boots: UGGS
Jean Jacket: LOFT
Jewelry: Silpada

Here is the surprise!
The dress is really not a dress...it is a skirt that I wore as a dress. LOL It was a gamble for me but it was fun...thinking outside the box. :)

Church
L/S black shirt: Target
Sweater Dress: Old Navy
Boots: Steve Madden

Back to church
Same L/S shirt from Target
Sweater: Target
Jeans: Buckle
Shoes: Lindsay Phillips
Jewelry: Silpada

MLK Day--Shopping with Caroline
L/S Grey shirt: Gap
Striped sweater: LOFT
Leggings: Belk
Boots: Steve Madden


Work
Blue Striped Shirt: LOFT
Scarf: The Pleated Poppy
Jacket: Kohls
Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Steve Madden

Linking up with:
pleated poppy

Momma Go Round


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Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Hand or Face?

I believe in prayer. I believe in its ability to move mountains.

I do not, however, believe I draw on its power and might like I should. I have no reason for this except ignorance, perhaps.

But this weekend we had a guest speaker at church who spoke about getting right with God and praying...REALLY praying for the things that God lays on our hearts.

But he made a huge distinction between seeking God's hand (asking Him for things) and seeking God's face (desiring an intimate relationship with Him). I do not know if this is an issue for you...seeking more His hand than His face, but I dare say for me that it has been.

I don't ONLY seek His hand--I felt like I needed to say that probably just so you don't think I am shallow follower of God--but I do believe, more often than not, that I don't seek HARD after His face. Oftentimes it is because I don't know how or I don't have a "tool" to use that plans it out for me.

Our speaker talked about praying to really root out the sins we have that we have confessed but not repented of...habitual sins. I never like that deep scrutiny but I knew it was time. So Monday morning I picked up that cheat sheet card he gave us and started reading through the questions...a long time later I was done. Man, I do a lot that does not please God!!!! In seeking Godly advice, someone told me to pray that God would lead me to take that first step toward Him and He would reveal where and when that step is to take place. He would show me the areas of my life I needed to work on. You know, when you pray specifically, He answers that way!

The next morning I did not want to be a shallow seeker of His Word, but I knew just reading my small daily devotion wouldn't cut it either. I prayed. Seriously asking the Lord to tell me what to do. I had to wait...but not long. He clearly and distinctly laid on my heart this: "You are getting ready to be involved in leading a study on James...read that book, the whole book, this morning." I thought that was a great idea so I did.

Umph! I got it right in the gut. Talk about a list of sins to choose from. As I read through the book of James, He told me--my speech and my attitude need lots of work. I see those of you who know me well are smiling. I am not proud of these two areas, but He is right. I don't know when I began thinking that saying exactly how I felt would be OK (probably since birth) but I am on restriction from that now. :)
I truly feel as though I may have to become a mute in order to make this right before God but by golly I am going to do it.

After revealing to me those two distinct areas, I was thanking God for being so real and for truly showing up for me. He didn't leave me wondering what I should I read and He didn't leave me wondering what I should focus on...and then when my specific time with Him was done and and I had to go to work, He showed just how into the details of my life He is.

I got into my car and turned on my iPod to play whatever song was next. The title of the song starting was..."May the Words of my Mouth". Seriously. Here are the words:

May the words of my mouth and the thoughts of my heart
Bless Your name, bless Your name, Jesus
And the deeds of the day and the truth in my ways
Speak of You, speak of You, Jesus

For this is what I'm glad to do
It's time to live a life of love that pleases You
And I will give my all to You
Surrender everything I have and follow You
I'll follow You

Lord, will You be my vision, Lord, will You be my guide
Be my hope, be my light and the way
And I'll look not for riches, nor praises on earth
Only You'll be the first of my heart

I will follow
I will follow
I will follow You


With such amazing grace and mercy, my God met me this morning right where He already knew I would be and He told me, in no uncertain terms, I love you Paige and I am going to help you become all I want you and need you to be.

I am definitely a Face-Seeker now...He showed me just how amazing it can be and I desperately want to see more!

What about you? Still going to seek His hand or are you ready to seek His face?


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Wednesday, January 11, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow readers...it is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!

It was back to school and back to the grindstone for us....and it has been hard to get up. I say that only because I am going to use it as my excuse for not taking pictures... :)

L/S tee: Target
T-shirt: LOFT
Sweater: LOFT
Jeans: Buckle
Not sure what shoes I wore...

Dress: Old Navy
Scarf: gift from a student
Leggings: Belk
Shoes: Rack Room
Purse: Coach Outlet
Jewelry: Silpada

L/S shirt: Old Navy
Long sweater: TJ Maxx
Jeans: Ann Taylor
Boots: Uggs
it was FREEZING and I had outside car duty...brrrr!

pleated poppy

Momma Go Round


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Monday, January 9, 2012

I am for You

"If God is for us, who can be against us?" Romans 8:31

I needed this reminder. Not that I did not know this truth already. I did. I have heard it many, many times.

But in the midst of what seems like many, many battles, I needed to hear this again. My God loves me enough to remind me that nothing can come against me that will take me down because the all-powerful, all-knowing, all-loving God is for me. He is for ME! And you too. :) He is so big that He can be for me and you at the same time.

Did I mention that I needed to hear this again?

There is nothing major going on...just lots of "stuff" and lots of opportunities for me to be distracted from what really matters.

That begs the question then, what really matters?

The intellectually spiritual answer is God. He is all that matters. And that is true. He is all that matters.

But what does that look like? What does it mean to make HIM all that matters?

I think it means many things. For me, right now, it means:
  • don't get distracted by the struggles in church right now...make my time at church and in prayer for my church all about being who He wants me to be at this moment.
  • don't dwell on the negative at work...focus on the kids and doing my job to the glory of God (can I just say that that is SO hard for me...)
  • don't get frustrated that my time line does not seem to be panning out...God is sovereign and He has the timing ALL under control.
  • do spend time in prayer and in His Word, seeking His face, listening for His voice, looking for His direction.
  • do surround myself with people who will encourage me spiritually.
That was an easy list to write...but not such an easy list to live by...

I know what I am supposed to do, but the actual doing it proves to be harder for me.

That is usually when God bops me on the back of the head (like Gibbs does to Tony in NCIS) and He says, "I've got this, Paige." Just today, as I began to fret over something that I cannot even remember now what it was, I was scrolling through Twitter and Priscilla Shirer had written, "This battle- the 1 u r facing right now - is the Lord's - 1 Sam. 17:47"

Hello! See, His timing IS perfect. :)

In the middle of all of the turmoil, He has been loving enough to give me these nuggets of truths that shout to me--I see you, Paige. You are not alone. I am here and I know what is coming. Trust me.

Trust. It always comes back to that. Funny how that is, since I have major trust issues...but that is a whole 'nother post! :)

Be encouraged today...He loves you. He sees you. He knows every aspect of your life. And He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Grab onto Him and don't let go...and get ready for the ride of your life!!!


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Wednesday, January 4, 2012

What I Wore Wednesday

Ok fellow readers...it is Wednesday. That means it is time to link up with Lindsey for some What I Wore Wednesday fun!

I was terrible at taking pictures...my last little bit of time off and so I snapped nada!

We spent New Year's Eve with some great friends and since we were staying til midnight, we all dressed in our comfy clothes...while I did not take a picture of myself that night, this is the outfit I wore.
L/S tee-Gap
Sweatshirt: LOFT
Leggings: Belk
Boots: Steve Madden

Now Caroline, she was determined to make a statement that night. She wanted to dress up since she was going to be up til midnight. She took a shower without being asked (huge!) and did her own makeup (haha!).

Dress: Gymboree
Leggings: Hanna Anderson
Boots: Rack Room

Church on Sunday...I was TIRED!

L/S Tee: Target
Sweater: The Limited
Pants: Ann Taylor
Boots: Madden Girl

Then I got a whopper of a headache and so I took no pictures til yesterday when I went back to work for a teacher workday. It was FREEZING so I dressed warmly, not stylishly!

I won't even give the details here!

Link up...or at least check out the other links!!

pleated poppy


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