My grace is sufficient for you

A few weeks ago I was going through a difficult moment. At the time it seemed like that season would never pass. I clung on to this passage from 2 Corinthians, 

"My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weakness, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weakness, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
My Grace is Sufficient for you

I didn't realize how much this passage would have an impact on me over the past few weeks, and even today. Following God's call to leave everything and attend seminary has never been easy. Submitting to God and homeschooling the boys has been extremely difficult. While I see fruit from these obedient steps, there arestill days that are filled with loneliness of missing friends and family. There are days the children are well behaved, and there are days like today where all they do is scream and yell at each other and refuse naps and scream over schoolwork. Just because we have been faithful and obedient to God hasn't changed the difficulty of the situation.

A common thread throughout the entire Bible is that God is faithful. God does exactly what he says He will do. So then, His power will be made perfect in my weakness. Right now I am weak and I am clinging onto God's power being made perfect.

God's Grace

Last fall we were following someone to lunch after church. I spotted these gorgeous yellow wildflowers that followed the path of the power lines. I knew we couldn’t stop or we would be lost, but I begged John to stop at a later point. I just HAD to go back and capture God’s amazing artwork with my camera later.

When I stop to think about the glory of God in everything it takes my breath away. I start to look at every little flower, tree, cloud, everything differently! The fact that God made it just makes it simply amazing!  I can go overboard and focus on the details and miss the big picture, but I believe there is always a time when you need to focus on the details and see the majesty that God created. Looking at the beauty of one of these flowers makes me realize that God cares about the little things, but when you look up and see a whole field of them, you see a much bigger picture that God painted of his majesty.

I do this with my children too. When I start to look at them as gifts from God, when I think about their creation and existence and that it is because of God’s grace, I start to love and cherish them more. Don’t get me wrong there are plenty of grocery store meltdowns and other embarrassing events I’d rather not experience.  But taking time to remember that God created them, they are HIS work, and that means they are full of splendor and majesty as well.

“Full of splendor and majesty is HIS work, and HIS righteousness endures forever” Psalm 111:3

Psalm - Write through the Bible

Writing through the Bible has become very important to me over the past few years. I retain more information when I write things out more than just listening. When John and I first started homeschooling our boys I began giving them passages from the book of John to copy down. I didn't have a theme or direction for them other than writing out God's word. But now I've began planning books and topics that I want us to spend writing down during our personal quiet times. My young children need to hear these words of God just as much as I do.

"For the Lord is good; his steadfast love endures forever, and his faithfulness to all generations" Psalm 100:5

For the next 30 days I'll be writing down entire chapters from Psalms. I chose these chapters because they all speak about God's steadfast love. As I'm heading into fall busy schedule from the lazy summer it's easy to be distracted from why I am doing everything I'm doing. Everything I do is rooted in Christ and his work on the cross. Everything is because God first LOVED. Just like everyone else I need to be reminded of God's steadfast love. I need to know that it endures forever.

I want to encourage you to try this out too. It takes just a few minutes to write down these passages. I want to challenge you to allow them to burn in your heart all day long. Grab a bookmark below and write through these 7 Psalms with me!

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You might be asking yourself "what's raising oranges?"
Well I'm here to answer that.

When I was pregnant with our first child my husband said "if we have a boy, I'm going to dress him in all orange so I don't lose him." Since that time Orange has been a staple color in our house; that is now filled with 4 boys. Another thing my husband has always said is "I'm not raising boys, I'm raising men. You don't have pig farm to raise piglets, no you have a pig farm to raise pigs." The same is true with our children, we don't want bigger sized boys in 18 years, we want to raise Godly men!

Therefore, since we are raising men and our children are dressed in orange I birthed the name Raising Oranges.

 

Around 2010 I launched my first blog under my shop name, PaperFromHeaven. Raising Oranges was born in 2011 because I was wanting a different space that was more of a lifestyle blog and included content beyond PaperFromHeaven. After maybe a year in I felt burdened down by everything around me. I was at a point in life where I couldn’t continue to be on social media and control what was going on in my life. In a thoughtless moment I deleted everything, from my blogs, facebook, instagram - EVERYTHING! I can honestly tell you, being a hermit was wonderful. What started as a retreat for selfish reasons turned into an unexpected two-year time of growing in Christ. It was through careful prayer and talking with my husband and closest friends that I cautiously reentered the world of social media. Since rejoining society I still have moments of dislike towards social media, which has kept me from relaunching Raising Oranges. For over a year I have kept posts that I've written. Stored them away for a future unknown season when I would someday be ready to share.

Since we moved to North Carolina God has pressed upon me to start telling my story. God has used friends to remind me that He's given me a voice and I have something valid to say. Knowing my husband was going into pastoral ministry I always knew I would have some sort of role where I too would be ministering to people. Honestly, it scared me that I would have an impact in others’ lives as well.

While in the process to get this new site set up my husband said that I should have kept the content from my old blog, I replied “why, it’s not like it was any good” he said “it was, people were reading it, you were reaching people.” That’s when I came to the conclusion that what I write might be more integral to the way I serve others. This is why I have decided that my goal is to encourage moms and young women with Biblical truth in all aspects of your life. I want to let you know that you aren’t alone in this struggle to obey the commands of Christ while daily being told that you are doing everything wrong.