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Job 12:22- “He reveals mysteries from the darkness
And brings the deep darkness into light. “

“Abby’s Flower Clothes”

Big Sister, Little Girl

"Big Sister, Little Girl"

Named for a favorite character in a favorite movie

Named for her mommy (her doing)

From God We Learn How to Live

Job 13 -25 “True wisdom and real power belong to God; from him we learn how to live, and also what to live for. If he tears something down, it’s down for good; if he locks people up, they’re locked up for good. If he holds back the rain, there’s a drought; if he lets it loose, there’s a flood. Strength and success belong to God; both deceived and deceiver must answer to him. He strips experts of their vaunted credentials, exposes judges as witless fools. He divests kings of their royal garments, then ties a rag around their waists. He strips priests of their robes, and fires high officials from their jobs. He forces trusted sages to keep silence, deprives elders of their good sense and wisdom. He dumps contempt on famous people, disarms the strong and mighty. He shines a spotlight into caves of darkness, hauls deepest darkness into the noonday sun. He makes nations rise and then fall, builds up some and abandons others. He robs world leaders of their reason, and sends them off into no-man’s-land. They grope in the dark without a clue, lurching and staggering like drunks.”

I really like this passage. I believe the end times are upon us. There are many things that are happening in the world that lead me to believe that. (But all of that is another post.) One thing that gives me comfort is that God is in charge of it all. He IS sovereign, and he IS the one who allows things to happen- all for His glory. The leaders of nations, the falling of nations- He is in control. And I can trust Him. And I’m so glad for that. 🙂

This series is a new series. I’m calling it “Emory’s Mysteries” because Emory is the one dyeing these. As she has watched her mama run a business dyeing yarn, she often wants to help. Sometimes I let her. Each of these colorways will be one of a kind, as there is no way to really replicate her work. lol
Emory at 18 months, with Abby

Emory at 18 months, with Abby

This first one is called “Abby’s Flower Clothes.” She named it after her beloved doll, Abby. As a small child, she took the doll everywhere. She slept with her, and loved her. One day, she realized that the clothes could come off. After that, Emory rarely slept with Abby, but only wanted her flower clothes. And that is all she still sleeps with. Do you know how hard it is to find a nine-inch doll’s clothes when a toddler misplaces them? But somehow, we have managed to keep up with them, over the course of 4.5 years. They are tattered and have holes in them. But, they are well loved!!

Emory (at 3 years old) sleeping with her beloved “Abby’s flower clothes”

And she and her sister taken at 6 years and 4 years old.

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Galatians 5:22-25 “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law. Those who belong to Christ Jesus have crucified the sinful nature with its passions and desires. Since we live by the Spirit, let us keep in step with the Spirit.”

Kindness

1 Peter 3:3-4 Let your beauty not be external – the braiding of hair and wearing of gold jewelry or fine clothes – but the inner person of the heart, the lasting beauty of a gentle and tranquil spirit, which is precious in God’s sight.”
Tranquil Spirit

I’ve always been a outgoing and energetic person. Maybe to the point of being loud and overbearing at times.  It’s funny because I see these traits coming out in my 3 year old daughter.  She’s just always been loud.  I can tell that these things are just genetic and how God made us.

I grew up in a house where the way we looked to the outside mattered a lot.  It was always important that I represent my family well.  I was dressed nice.  I had my hair fixed and make-up just so.  That my outward appearance reflected well on my family.  As I got older, it also included my behavior.  It was important that what I did reflected well  on the family.

But as I got older, I learned the fallacy in this type of thinking.  I grew up thinking that if I looked one way to the world, then I was okay.  But my heart was never addressed.  I wasn’t taught that it’s what my heart’s motives were that were of utmost importance.  I think it wasn’t really even until I was married that it started to become clear to me what God really wanted of me.

He didn’t desire a thin body with a nicely adorned face.  Rather, he’d prefer a beautiful and tranquil spirit.  I had to learn that these were choices I had to make.  And I could not change myself.  Much like a piece of clay, I had to allow God to shape me and make me into a new vessel.  Now does that  mean that I’m no longer loud and boisterous?    Well, my overall nature hasn’t changed.  I am still outgoing and fun.  But my heart has changed.  No longer do I clamor to be the center of attention.  I’d prefer to take a back seat more often than I used to.  I long to be filled with a sense of calm that would have bored me years ago.  But what pleases me has changed as the Lord has changed my heart. And I hope these are the characteristics that I am training my daughters to aspire to have.  Praise be to God for transformations!!!