A Trash Can Lesson

God is a personal God.  He cares deeply about the smallest of details in your daily walk.  During a retreat this weekend, my girls and I chose crafts as an activity.  I had paint up my arm, and if something was going to happen, it happened to my picture I was creating.  I watched as others created beauty and I created a mess.  When the teacher said I had 10 minutes left, I went into panic!  WHAT?  I quietly got up and went outside and threw my craft in the trash.  I’m embarrassed to say I actually teared up.  I took it wayyyyyyyyyyy to personal.  I attached meaning to that situation that only the enemy can do in our minds.  I got my little self to Zumba– another chosen activity.  Just what I needed.033

As I was walking back to the cabin, I was talking to Jesus about my real, but slightly juvenile behavior, and questioned, “What’s up God?”  I prayed that He would somehow produce an answer.  I had some ideas.  I opened the door to my cabin, and my dear friend, Connie, painted me a picture that said WOW–Woman of Worth ( our ministry).  I started tearing up again.  God answered my prayer.  Right after, my girls wanted to go back to the craft room and work on putting verses on their pictures.  Connie had no idea what I had been through emotionally because she was in another session.  041

Her encouragement and giving gave me the encouragement to go rummage through the trash can and retrieve my picture out of the trash.  My oldest daughter and I created a masterpiece from something I threw away.  I mostly made suggestions and Victoria’s hands created something beautiful from the mess!

God answers the smallest of prayers–He is a personal God.

God uses us to encourage others in their walk with Him.

If you are obedient to the prompting, you can encourage someone at just the right time.

We ALL need help…ask…..it’s not a sign of weakness.

Be the help someone needs.

What ideas, situations, or creations have you “thrown away” out of shame, frustration, or insecurities?  Could you ask God to provide encouragement and direction?

Do you have a loved one or friend who may need some help making beauty from ashes?

When we delight in the Lord, He answers….

Delight yourself in the Lord, and he will give you the desires of your heart.  Psalm 37:4

A side note….

Before I left for the Mother/Daughter Retreat my mother took some ashes and made beauty!  We had a quick time together filled with prayer and encouragement.

.…to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the LORD for the display of his splendor. Isaiah 61:3

Jesus is so real in our lives not only through His amazing love but through the intentional love of others.


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