Specially Selected

My phone rang on the counter top. A sweet friend (my mother-in-law) asked if I needed anything from the grocery store.

Off the top of my head I listed milk and bananas. I thanked her as we said goodbye. (I’m so very grateful for her random acts of kindness.)

She stopped by with a box filled with quite more than milk and bananas. She said, “I felt to bring you bread”.

I thanked her as we chatted. I didn’t think much of the loaf of bread and I continued on with my day.

After a fun Saturday with freinds, Rob and I were taking some time writing down some goals we felt were God-inspired. They were many dreams on that list. Our lists were quite similar. As we went over our lists I was feeling overwhelmed and unqualified, and not enough.

I was feeling tired. My husband let me take a cat nap with our youngest son. (20 minutes, I’ll take it.)

When I woke up I was thinking of the simple ways God can communicate with us.

We only need to pay attention.

Sometimes His Voice doesn’t come with a “feeling”.

Sometimes it’s a quite whisper or a gentle nudge. And if we aren’t paying attention we’ll miss it.

As these thoughts filled my mind I remembered the bread that was given to me. I thought it was a nice gesture. It was thoughtful.

Then I felt impressed with the words “Go read the label”.

I carefully climbed out from under my soft downy comforter, as my sleeping toddler was tucked beside me. I made my way down the stairs into my kitchen.

I reached for the loaf of bread turned it around and read Specially Selected on the clear package.

A smile came across my face.

I looked up synonyms for these words: Hand-picked, chosen, invited, preferred, carefully-chosen, favored, appointed, designated.

Whatever the Lord has laid on your heart to do. He chose you and He never makes a mistake.

YOU are “specially selected” for such a time as this.

There is much work to do. The harvest is great. You can be a channel God can flow into and out of as He demonstrates His power of His Spirit.

The time is now. Ask God to give you ears to hear, eyes to see, and a mind to know the things that he has for us.

Each person on this planet is designed with a God-given purpose.

YOU are enough. YOU are “Specially Selected.”

“They will be Mine,” says the Lord of Hosts, “a special possession on the day I am preparing. I will have compassion on them as a man has compassion on his son who serves him.
Malachi 3:17

Beautifully YOU

There are many types of flowers from roses to daisies, from lilies to daffodils, from the iris to the tulips. All have a distinct characteristic. All are beautiful in their own unique way.

Just like God made many kinds of flowers, He made many kinds of people too.

Each person has the potential and opportunity to impact a life.

My three-year-old son Micah loves to pick dandelions and violets growing in the grass from our little backyard.

One day he came to me with his hands behind his back ready to suprise me. He said, (sweetly with his dimples showing) “Mom I got something for you, flowers!” He showed me two handfuls of dandelions as he jumped around excitedly.

I helped Cindee and Micah cut the stems to the proper size. We put them together in a small cup and displayed them in the middle of the patio table that day. He was proud of his yellow bouquet he foraged himself.

He put a smile on my face that day with his thoughtfulness. And he smiled as he gave them to me.

It feels good to give. It feels better to give than to recieve.

Not everyone thinks highly of the dandelion (a common weed) , but in my son’s eyes they are “pretty flowers” in his words. We are all precious in God’s sight.

No matter what kind of flower you are, we all have the same amount of time on earth.

He blossoms like a flower, then withers; he flees like a shadow and does not last.
Job 14:2

Roses may last a week, carnations maybe 2 weeks. Once picked, tulips live only a few days.

Our time is short. Use it wisely.

Flowers are pleasant to the eyes. They are a gift of beauty to whomever walks by.

As we grow in Christ we have the opportunity to touch the hearts around us.

We can brighten someone’s day with a smile. Share a kind word. Give a compliment. Pray a blessing on a loved one.

Be an encourager. They’re fun to be around!

No matter if you have a large circle of effectiveness or have a small growing circle, YOU are important! YOU can make a difference in your world.

Sometimes we may think we’re not qualified. We may feel inadequate. That is a lie from the enemy.

I will praise You because I have been remarkably and wonderfully made. Your works are wonderful, and I know this very well.
Psalms 139:14

God made you wonderfully! You can be a spark of joy in a heart around you.  We have the opportunity to change the atmosphere around us.

I love to go out on my deck and smell the lilacs and hydrangeas close by.

Let’s stop comparing ourselves to others. Just be real. Instagram is full of picture perfect stories and cliches.

It would be a terrible thing for the petunia to compare itself to the sunflower.

Authenticity is powerful in reaching to a hurting heart. The truth is we all have encountered hurts and pains. That’s just life.

Photo by Rob Schuetz

For we don’t dare classify or compare ourselves with some who commend themselves. But in measuring themselves by themselves and comparing themselves to themselves, they lack understanding. 2 Corinthians 10:12

If we are open in sharing our weaknesses where we have been broken, God gives strength so we can be put back together.

Give someone a sweet smelling fragrance today. Share Jesus. Share a smile. Just be kind.

Be a lovely YOU. Be a peaceful YOU.

You are special! You are unique! You have characteristics that make YOU, YOU!

Be the best version of you because there’s only one YOU!

Thanks for reading. Do you have a favorite flower? I’d love to hear from you in the comments.