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{Week 3} WIWW Link-Up Party…..And then everything changed…

 

I used to live a regimented lifestyle.  Always on time.  Franklin-Covey planner marked up and checked off to a T.  Neat freak and paper filer.  I even remember a day when my clothes closet was  methodically organized by color, beginning with the lightest shade, and gradually darkening in color as the shirt line grew deeper.  Aahhhh.

 

And then I had kids.

 

Amazing, isn’t it, how one tiny little person can change everything?  Forget the color-coded closet nonsense (wow, did I need a hobby!).  Some days I’m just lucky to get the wet laundry switched into the dryer before it sits too long and I’m forced to re-run the load all over again.

But I like this new me much better than the old one.  I like approaching train tracks with a minivan full of kids and silently thinking, “Man, I hope we get stopped by one today.”  The old me would have grumbled at the delay.  The new me wants the first spot next to the crossing, so my kids have the best view (okay, and so the engineer can see us all giddily pumping our arms up and down in hopes that he’ll sound the whistle – for just a little longer than necessary – at our hyper request).  I used to complain about things like a blanket of fresh snow on the ground, and would immediately think of compromised commutes and of how winter drags on for what seems like forever here in the Midwest.  Now I join my kids and with pure excitement, we sprint to the nearest window and cheer loudly at the sight of the first snowflake.  And then I shallowly ask God to make it that perfectly packing kind, just right for boy-sized snowballs and snowmen.

 

Sure, the little inconveniences that surround things like busy train tracks and snow storms still exist.  But my identity as a mom has given me a new perspective on life.  A much sweeter, freeing perspective. 

 

Ephesians brings us good news.  There was a baby who changed everything over two thousand years ago.  His name was Jesus. 

His coming was less than glamorous and certainly not convenient according to human terms, but He would prove to change the path of humanity in an instant.  The world would still remain incredibly imperfect, but suddenly He gave us reason to see life in a whole new way.  A different perspective.

 

A future and a hope…

 

Jesus.

 

Are you living with the perspective as one who is forgiven today, or are you still stuck in the “old” you?  Focused on the inconvenient, or living joyously free?  Confident in your identity in Christ, or looking to the world for value and fulfillment?

 

He came, and everything changed…

 

BUT GOD, who is rich in mercy,

because of His great love with which He loved us,

even when we were dead in trespasses,

  MADE US ALIVE together with Christ – it is by grace you have been saved.”

Ephesians 2:4-5

 

Today, you can LIVE like you KNOW it.

At His Feet,

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Women around the world are IN THE WORD!

Every Wednesday we will have a link-up. If you are a blogger we invite you to link-up any blog posts that you have written about your quiet time that week. We ask that you put our button in the post or on your sidebar so we can find each other.  We do not have code for this link up button. Just right click and save as. Then link it to http://www.goodmorninggirls.org

Love God Greatly!- Angela

For our friends who live in the Irvine, Ca area …….Angela be speaking at the upcoming Sally Clarkson, Mom Heart Conferences this coming Friday, February 3rd. She’d LOVE to see you there!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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  1. Great post! Yes when my son was born, everything changed! My whole perspective changed! I like how you highlighted that with the little details! Indeed when Jesus came everything, big and small, changed!

  2. I linked twice by mistake, it said that there was an error the first time, but apparently it still linked. Feel free to delete one if need be, I couldn’t figure out how to do it! Sorry!

  3. Wow Whitney – so true – I LOVE this! Having children has changed my perspective on everything – and knowing my sweet Jesus has changed my perspective on everthing! Thanks for this reminder this morning!
    Courtney :)

  4. Elizabeth says:

    Oh yes how having a child changes who you were before and who you are after! I am grateful that because of what Christ did for me on the cross and the riches of His GRACE it changes our before and after status as well!

  5. Thanks Whitney! I have to say~ I knew this post was written by you before I even got to your name at the bottom! I too love the changes children have brought into my life! Well said!
    Erika

  6. God has laid the theme of “Change!” on my heart so much lately. He changed everything for all mankind when He came to earth in human flesh; He makes every believer a new creation; and He will change each believer into a glorified body at the Rapture. In the meantime, there is progressive change as we become more conformed to His image. You have expressed this theme of change so beautifully Thanks for the wonderful post!
    Laurie

  7. Jen Thorn says:

    Thanks for your post, I loved it. I started out a bit more laid back before I had kids, but now I find myself a little more uptight about things. Probably because I feel like I have a million things I need to accomplish in a day. It is time to change my perspective again. :)

  8. Thanks for such a great post today Whitney!!! You are such a fun mom and your children are so blessed to have you! I love how you too the passage we read and explained it through our “mom” view! :)

    Love God Greatly!
    -Angela

  9. Thanks Whitney, I needed to hear that, there are days when I am outside in the world that I allow myself to get swept away but the inconveniences that I make in my mind, honoring the world values instead of what God values. I am here in California for the Mom conference, hope to see Angela. Blessings to eveyone’s weekend.
    Duise

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