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A few random things from our home to yours… {And a sweet reminder through storms}

We of course rang in the new month with April Fool’s Day on Friday. Richard has recovered from the phone call he got from me asking why the painters were painting our house green–there were no painters of course…but he had just gotten an estimate to have the shutters, trim and back of the house painted–and green over the brick wasn’t part of the plan NOR was doing it on Friday. SO..that is how we rang in our new month.

My girl and I had a special day together today…our Sunday’s are always special for us girls…and L and I always take our Sunday day of rest quite seriously with our special Sunday nap together…me and my girl before church today…

We had all kinds of excitement here last week too…we got a little lesson on what snakes are poisonous and which are not which daddy-o found this guy in the yard…

No worries–just a little brown snake–completely harmless to humans…and the boys sure thought it was cool…

Laney and I just squeal…snakes are not our thing no matter how small or harmless they are.

My kids asked last week about the donuts I made them–and they wanted to know if they were African donuts…I told them they were actually called Danish pancakes (tis true). And Rich quickly informed the children they were “from Dane of course”. Oh the confusion my kids will have with this crazy daddy!

A sweet reminder…

A few weeks ago, I got the most precious email from a blog reader about how God had used a post in her life that I posted last March. I really do not think that post is from me–but just a sweet, loving and beautiful reminder from our Creator. It was on my heart to share this again–so maybe it’s a reminder for someone who just happens to read it that also needs this reminder of God’s purpose that some times must first travel through pain…

Some times things happen in a way I would never have planned, and I’ll be the first to admit that often instead of raising my hands to trust my Savior, that instead–I am completely distracted by the “snow”.snow globeYou know…when it seems like everything is planted just right—your cup is full…and then something comes by and shakes it up…and everything doesn’t seem so clear or easy any more.

You see, when you are inside the globe—some times you just see the snow…the mess…

…and you have to step back and ask the Lord for the miracle of seeing it from His perspective.

After all…He who is holding your globe has a purpose.

He who is holding your globe created it.

He who is holding your globe has overcome the world.

AND…to Him…it looks like what a child sees at Christmas when he shakes a snow globe. To Him, it’s beautiful…because He knows the rest of your story.

While you shake your head and wonder…

He is smiling—and amazed at His own creation and His perfect plan.

Will you trust Him with me?

I am praying that whoever that is for…that visual and those words encourage you. The sweet mom who emailed me how this story ministered to her–bought a snowglobe to keep by her bed as a reminder of God’s perfect plan for her life…through the storm and snow…that eventually their will be clarity. While to us in the middle of the snow being shook up, it doesn’t feel beautiful–but it is beautiful to He who holds it as He knows the snows purpose and the end of the beautiful story He wrote just for you.

We are at a place right now in our lives where the snow has hit the ground–and things seem beautiful as we are starting “to get” some of the past snows purposes. I’m so thankful He wrote our stories THIS way…a way I wouldn’t have planned or written myself…for this is far better than I could have imagined or dreamed myself.

Wishing you each a wonderful week ahead…


Christy - April 4, 2011 - 6:07 am

Oh girl, I cannot tell you how badly I needed to read this this morning. Thank you thank you thank you! Love how God uses people in my life so often like you, who I’ve never even met personally, just through sharing what God puts on their hearts!

Cheryl - April 4, 2011 - 7:51 am

The snow globe illustration was PERFECT for me today. We are in the adoption process, and I just really needed to read this today. Thank you so much.

Audrey @ The Brown Brigade - April 4, 2011 - 8:59 am

What a great visual reminder of God holding us in His hands. We are in the midst of one of those storms and not quite knowing which way is up. Thank you for posting.

Alison - April 4, 2011 - 2:18 pm

What a beautiful picture of God’s plan and purpose! Thanks for sharing! I needed to read that today!

Debb - April 5, 2011 - 11:56 pm

Oh, Andrea, THANK YOU for re-posting this! For following God’s lead to post it again! Looks like many of us needed this perspective today! We, too, are in the middle of the blessing of adoption (from ET!), and it seems as though every time it looks like the storm might clear, another storm moves in, keeping our view quite blurry. I admit that I haven’t been focusing on the beauty of the storm, but when I stop and think about it, beauty abounds………..bless you. And that sweet precious heart of yours!

Dennis - April 6, 2011 - 7:20 am

That is a great illustration and I am so thankful of Christ holding my life in his hands.