Give People What They Need The Most

Hi Guys, two blog posts in two days. Wow. After I posted this post, I should get some sort of medal or something for being here. ha. Oh boy.

This one is going to be real quick as it’s almost time for church, but this morning something has been running through my mind and I needed to get it out really quickly….

Relating to people is really hard.

That might sound strange to you…but I’m pretty certain this is true, at least in my life. People hurt each other so easily, without even realizing it. This past week I have thought over and over about someone I hurt…and I had no idea I did. As I look back now, I realize how selfish I was and how stupid I treated that person, but at the time, I really was clueless.

Ignorance…I guess thats what makes relationships hard.

Anyway, a couple days ago I read this devotional and it really affected me. Grace. Whoa. That can be a really scary word. In such a judgmental world {both in the church and outside the church}, grace is often overlooked. Sure we preach it. Sure we talk about it. But it’s much harder to put into practice, isn’t it?

This week I needed to give several people in my life grace. And you know what? I can’t say I was super excited to do it. It’s much easier to be angry and frustrated than to swallow your feelings and extend a little grace, isn’t it?

But it’s crucial.

Here’s the thing guys. I want God to grant me grace. Because when I think back to all those people I unknowingly hurt in the past {or maybe knowingly at times}, my heart hurts. Really, really hurts. And it cries out to my Savior asking Him to cleanse me, forgive me…make me new.

So why can’t we allow those around us the same grace?

I’m praying today and the rest of my days that I can give the grace people need. Not be so quick to judge. Or to tear someone apart. Or to complain about someone. But extend grace instead.

God help me.

Someday…wait, RIGHT NOW…I need grace. So if I need it, I must give it.

“Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.” Luke 6:38

Love you friends. Happy Sunday! xoxo

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Divine Appointments and Favoritism

Hi guys, it’s Sunday, and I’m not at church. I haven’t been feeling great today, so I stayed home and in my PJ’s, snuggled under the covers with my Bible and a pen. Been reading and praying…and you know, I love these moments. I’m always in awe how God can visit you ANYTIME or ANYPLACE. He is as close as the mention of His name. I love, love that!

Yesterday we visited my in law’s for our new baby Levi’s baby shower and baby dedication. It was a beautiful day. So much love and joy surrounding this little guy. Evy adores him! She calls him “her baby”…even though it’s her cousin. She kept telling my sister in law that she will baby sit him one day. ha. Love that girl. She also ADORES Uncle David’s photo booth. Seriously, that girl gets in there, pushes the button and poses continually. I hopped in there with her once.

Since much of the family was at the shower, Bryony and David decided that it would be the perfect time to dedicate Levi to the Lord. Brandon did a quick ceremony and it was very sweet and touching.

I’ve never been at a baby dedication in a home before, but it was wonderful and I think it should be done more often! After Brandon’s words, all the family and Bryony and David’s friends gathered around and prayed for the Sowers family. So precious!

You know, as I watched all the loved ones of Levi gathering around and praying, I started thinking about friendships. And this morning, as I was laying in bed, I randomly opened the Bible to Acts 10. When I got to verse 9 about Peter’s vision of the clean and unclean…verse 19- 22 stuck out at me:

“While Peter was still thinking about the vision, the Spirit said to him, ‘Simon, three men are looking for you. So get up and go downstairs. Do not hesitate to go with them, for I have sent them. Peer went down and said to the men, ‘I’m the one you are looking for. Why have you come?’ The men replied, ‘We have come from Cornelius the centurion. He is a righteous and God-fearing man, who is respected by all the Jewish people. A holy angel told him to have you come to his house so that he could hear what you have to say.'”

Divine Appointments. I couldn’t stop thinking about it as I read this, and I sat in my bed and prayed, it keep coming back to me. While I was praying, I was reminded of all the times God brought specific people in my life for specific reasons. People I had no idea existed. People who God put in my life to have an impact on me.

And you know, God doesn’t just put people in your life for Spiritual reasons only. He cares about every aspect of your every day moments. He cares about your family, your school life, your business. The business part is something that has meant a lot to me lately. God cares about my business. Kinda blows me away. I mean, remember this meeting? Yup, God cares. He knew I needed to have that influence in my life. He made another divine appointment meeting for me last week. God is good. So thankful to Him for these times!

You think God doesn’t care about your life? Wait a second… listen to Acts 10:34,

“Then Peter began to speak; ‘I now realize how true it is that God does not show favoritism but accepts men from every nation who fear him and do what is right.'”

WHOA. Do you fear God and attempt to do what is right in His eyes? Then he loves you. Just as much as He loves everyone else. There is nothing you can do to make God love you more than the rest of His kids. He loves you the same. With all your mess ups, failures, inconsistencies…He loves you. You don’t have to think like everyone else, look like everyone else, act like everyone else…you just have to FEAR HIM and DO WHAT’S RIGHT.

Amazing.

Friends….don’t be so busy with life that you miss the divine appointments that God brings your way. When you see them start to happen in your world it will boost your faith, make you smile and encourage you to share Christ’s love with others. I know it has for me.

Thank you Lord for the divine appointments you have brought into my life over the last couple months. Especially the ones that you have brought my way with Evy’s Tree in mind. THANK YOU. You know I needed them. I love you. Thank you for loving me, NO MATTER WHAT. It’s a wonderful feeling. May I always share your love with those around me. 

xoxo

So Much To Say

Do you ever feel like your world is spinning, and spinning, and spinning out of control? You do? Oh good…then you will understand how I have felt the last year. Whew. What a year. WHAT.A.YEAR.

I say “year” because it’s almost a year to the date that I ended the Save Evy’s Tree Campaign and began my journey into mass production. Ummm…let me just say, this whole manufacturing stuff is NOT EASY. I know I’ve said it before, and you’re probably sick of hearing me say it. Sorry. It is what it is. Hard. Yup.

The past year has been full of some lows…ok, maybe a lot of lows. Not all of them attributed to Evy’s Tree, mind you. In this past year we received a positive diagnosis of ADHD for Jake, which allowed us to finally enter into IEP meetings and the creation of an educational modification plan. This has not been easy. Although our school has been WONDERFUL with the entire process, as a mom you worry. Hope you are doing the right thing for him…am I being too protective? Not protective enough? Is he happy and thriving? Am I doing my best? Living with ADHD is not a walk in the park, that’s for sure. But it’s not impossible either. Thankfully through the lows we’ve felt a lot of hope too. God is good.

And then there are the lows coming with manufacturing. Time constraints. Pattern reworking. Financial surprises {oh boy, LOTS of those!}. Delays {and lots of those too}. It’s enough to want to pull your hair out. And can I be honest? I have no idea what I’m doing. Yes, I said that. Really, no idea. But don’t panic. We’re all good now. Pretty sure I could step into the world of manufacturing and survive, but it hasn’t felt that way during this first run. I definitely have earned my wings in mass production, and I hope I can just grow from here.

But all that to say, it’s been an interesting year. I’ve cried a lot. Yelled a lot too. And stress ate a lot. Yup, I’m guilty of it. Do you stress eat? I do. Not proud of it, but there it is. Thank you manufacturing process for those extra 10 pounds that I am working so hard on losing now. Ugh. So awesome.

And my little blog. I had such high hopes for it. But the reality of it is…I really don’t have time much for it. But when I do have time, I pour my heart out. I promise. There was a time when this blog bled ME. It screamed my name. But now, it screams Evy’s Tree. Maybe that is me. I don’t know…can’t say that’s what I want to be remembered by when I die. When I leave this earth I hope people say I loved. And I was kind. And that you saw Christ in me. That’s what I hope. Not that you saw Evy’s Tree.

And then again, maybe I am Evy’s Tree for now. Maybe, somehow, through this small business, you see my heart? I hope so. I really, really hope so. Because the fact of the matter is I’m no different than you. I am just a mom, trying to make ends meet for her family. Just someone who needs extra income so is trying to create it while being there for her kids on a daily basis. I hope that comes through….I hope.

But you know, there is also another issue. Even though I am working at home to be with the kids, I am still so absorbed in my work. I find my kids tugging at my arms for my attention while I shout, “let me finish this email!”. I hate that. My goal in life is to simply be present for my kids…so why in the world do I struggle so much with it?

I guess the bottom line is it’s a balance. And I’m pretty sure it’s hard to find. And I’m trying. By HIS grace I continue trying. God is so good to me. He loves me just as I am. Did you know that He loves you too? He does. You are ok, just as you are. You don’t have to look a certain way, act a certain way, be a certain way for Him to love you. He loves you just for you.

That’s what I hope I say to those listening. I hope I show you that through all the tears, and the frustration, and the tough times…there are good times too. There really are. I’ve said it before, and I’ll say it again, no matter what God does with Evy’s Tree…I hope that through it all you saw Jesus. And what He’s done in my life. And I hope you want Him in yours. I’m pretty sure that’s not very good business tactics to talk about your faith, but oh well. It’s not my goal to offend, so if I do please forgive me…. I’m not here to talk about convictions, or doctrinal beliefs, or dos and don’ts of Christianity…I just want you to know that Christ died for you, He rose again, and He loves you.

It’s that simple. 

So tonight…as I get ready in the next week or so to launch my first manufactured line, I just want to stand here and say, “It is yours, Lord.” Whatever and wherever this business goes…it’s in HIS hands. This mass produced line will make or break me. It’s the tell tale as whether I will succeed or fail. If I will continue to forge ahead or close up shop. It’s my precipice. And I just want to pick up this entire machine called Evy’s Tree, pack it into a box and hand it back to Him. It’s His. Do what you will Lord.

And to my dear, dear customers who have hung in there with me. I’m so sorry I haven’t shared more of my heartaches. I have tried at times, but I realize that no one wants to hear complaining. So thank you for bearing with me. Thank you for supporting us. I hope that through the years I am there for you when you need a shoulder to cry on. You all are the best. I hope you love this new line. It was all done for you and WITH you. Thank you.

I love you all. Thanks for being here, in this place we call The Adventures of The Miraflor Family…and Evy’s Tree. You guys rock!

Stay tuned this week for a tell all on the new line, hopefully by Friday….. xoxo

Us…after the kids woke me up this past week. Thankful for the time I get to cuddle these two, even if it means I’m awakened early in the morning and very suddenly! Thank you again for making these moments with my kids possible! 

So tell me…do you have a lot to say about something in your life right now? How do you deal with it?