Sunday, January 10, 2010

A Surprise Inside 2010




In the early morning of the first day of the first month of a brand new beautiful year, we turned on some of our favorite music and turned it up loud. Really Loud. The children were so excited and were running around the house jumping and yelling and shouting and dancing as loud as the music we had roaring in the background. We then handed the children some little surprises.....
 
  "What is this Mama?" "Yea, what IS this?" "It's a stick!" one said. "YEAH...a stick, a stick!!" said another. And like a chain reaction, one by one they began jumping up and down and waving their shiny, new surprises around like majorettes on game day.







"Be careful baby.  There is a surprise inside."

Confetti and a lot of it was packed inside each silver stick......



And I thought to myself......How symbolic Lord.






One by one they shook their little sticks in every room in the house until there was "no surprise left."

I stopped in my tracks as I watched each one of them immediately scoop up the confetti and run upstairs to throw it over the banister to "recreate" the moment again.

And  I thought to myself ....How symbolic Lord.

Who among us wants the blessings to end? Who among us wants the fun to be over with?







It's called "Flutter Fetti" and it promises to float five times longer than regular confetti.

You didn't have to tell me twice. I bought two boxes. We had some celebrating to do. And no amount of "regular confetti" was going to do for this party. We were saying goodbye and ending a very rough year for our family. And we were saying hello to something brand new and very beautiful.

It did "float" a lot longer than the regular confetti but even Flutter Fetti eventually hits the ground.


As I watched the children I thought to myself.....

how symbolic Lord....








For hours on the morning of January 1, 2010 we danced away the sorrow and disappointment that had nearly broken us in 2009 and we rejoiced in the possibility, opportunity, potential, and possible "surprises" that God has in store for us in 2010.






I sat in the floor and watched my children raise their hands up in the air to "receive" and "catch" the hundreds of pieces of colored paper....



 and I thought to myself...how symbolic Lord.





I watched as they rolled around on the floor the entire morning creating "confetti-angels" with one another. I watched as they ran, jumped, rolled, danced, hugged and literally soaked up every second of the very first day of this new year.



 And I thought to myself....how symbolic Lord.








I laughed and laughed and laughed until I began to weep as my spirit began to bear witness
with what He was showing me.



He has not forgotten. He knows. He knows every single burden. Every single need. Every single worry and fear. He knows every single thing that the enemy has stolen from you and me. He knows every single disappointment and ounce of dispair that may have played a part of your 2009.  He knows about the loneliness that may have been your closest friend last year. He knows that longing inside your heart for a friend, a mate, a spouse, a husband. He knows that ache that cuts you to the core every time you see a new baby in someone else's arms.....and you go to bed one more night with empty arms. He knows. He knows all about the job that you still need and the breakthrough in finances that has yet to come. He knows about that house that needs to sell.......................and what might happen if it doesn't. He knows all about timing and details. He knows.

 
And just when we think it's over and we've shaken our own empty "Flutter Fetti stick " at the Lord. Just when we've done everything we can to make it work on our own, including scooping everything up with our own hands and taking matters into our own hands and trying to make things happen with our own hands ~ And just when we think this is it. It's just not going to happen for me. I guess this is as good as it gets for me Lord. I guess that it's just not meant to be..........



 God has a surprise inside.





Just like when the kids thought it was over and they were too tired to keep scooping up all that confetti with their own hands and running up the staircase to recreate the moment......

Daddy came through.




And I thought to myself...how symbolic Lord.






Meet the surprise.

This sweet readers is a wet/dry vac with an optional "blower" setting.


Did you know that your Heavenly Father has one? He does.

And he is about to use it in your life in the coming year. He has the ability to vacuum up any disappointment or dispair from the previous year and fill your life with every dream and desire in your heart and soul.  He also has the ability to switch the settings on every single thing in your life that looks like it's over, or looks like it is dead or looks like it has ended ~ He has the ability to switch the settings in your life and blow blessings beyond your wildest dreams into your circumstances. He has the ability to resurrect certain situations that seemed almost lifeless. He has the ability to breathe His breath~ the breath of life, into your situation and cause whatever didn't happen for you last year~ to happen for you this year~ plus double. Did you know that His word says that we get double honor for our former shame? It does. That's where the surprise is.

It's in this year. I pray that over you sweet reader. I pray that this year would be full to overflowing with the surprises of the Lord inside every single area of your life. I pray that for every pain from your past you will receive double honor for that former shame and receive it this year. In this beautiful, new year full of opportunity, promise, provision, restoration and recompense.


Instead of your former shame you shall have double honor....Isaiah 61:7



28 comments:

PinkPolkadotAA said...

This post brought tears to my eyes! Happy New Year to you and to new beginnings.

Raining Pearls said...

I pray the 2010 blesses you two fold for every blessing you wish on us. Just when I think I've read your best post to date... You bless us with something like this!

I'm praying that 2010 is the year I get to meet you :)

xoxo
Nancy

Lisa said...

This is a message that every one of us needs to receive as our own. God can redeem anything and He can win with any hand. God bless you and your beautiful family in 2010!!

K said...

Thank you so much for this encouraging post! I really needed this today. May God bless you and your family this year!

Jo said...

Music to my ears! Blessings for a bright and joyous new year!

Jo

Carmen said...

A beautifully written post. Thank you for the reminder. You have beautiful, beautiful children. What fun surprise for them.

bevysblog said...

How beautiful! I'm not sure of what 2009 brought (I'm a relatively new reader and follower), but your grace and strength for the new year is obviously only available through our Heavenly Father. What a blessing this post was!

Take a look at my blog, I have a cute giveaway that may not warm your heart, but will your body!

Love Being a Nonny said...

First, I LOVE that you let your children do this! Next, thank you for the reminder of how much HE loves us.

DC GOP Girl said...

What a fantastic post. Totally made me cry. What beautiful children you have. God bless you.

caycee said...

That was a wonderful post! I hope you guys have a wonderful year ahead! I do have to ask if you are willing to share what was so rough is 2009 for you guys? You always seem so happy and perfect!

Valerie said...

Beautiful post as always! I'm so glad to see you back...I know life gets in the way...and it should...we should be so busy with our husband/children/home that at times we are just too pooped to blog! But OH how I lOvE your posts!

Wishing you lots of blessings and all the best for 2010,

Valerie

The Pink Owl said...

What a beautiful and meaningful post! Thank you for sharing this, as it was just what I needed today! That "flutter-fetti" looks so fun, that I want to try it for no reason at all. God bless you!

Elizabeth said...

What an inspirational post! I felt like it was wrote just for me:) I'm writing that scripture down somewhere to see daily.

I hope that your year overflows with many blessings!

Raining Pearls said...

Me again, would you be able to do a quick post or even send me an email about Grace. How do you manage to stay graceful and gracious in the most difficult situations. I would love some tips from the Master :) (No pressure if you are too busy, etc)

xoxo

Amanda said...

You sre so lovely and so graceful in your words...always lifting US up, I hope you have all that you need right now, right this very minute and that 2010 is full of wonderful surprises...Hugs to you!!!

Grace at Home said...

Lovely post. I think, after the start we had this new year, I need to get some flutter fetti for my own family.

Tracy is ... Loving Pretty Things said...

I am brimming with tears - what an amazingly perfect post for the new year.

I am one of those who has been going to bed with empty arms, and this year, I'm brimmed with hope - my slate has been divinely washed and if He says that our one, precious daughter (6 1/2 years old) is how much He wants to grow our family - than that is His plan.

Just loved this post. I am so truly blessed by it.

GrannySmithGreen said...

You've done it again! I love it!

Wonderful! Precious! Marvelous! Isn't HE the BEST!

Pearls and Grace said...

Happy New Year Sweet Friends!

Thank you so much for your encouraging comments, prayers, friendship and support!!

@Pink Polkadot~ Thank you so much and mine too....He is so good like that isn't he?

@Raining Pearls~ I pray that we FINALLY get to meet this year too! I know He is going to do it and when He does, I have a pearl necklace with your name on it....

@ Lisa~ Thank you so much for your kind words...He CAN win with any hand.....we forget that sometimes don't we? I love when He reminds us...

@ K~ I am so thankful to hear that you were encouraged. Me too. I was in tears the entire time I was writing it. He was speaking to me all over again as I typed it today.

@Jo~ I hope you got my e-mail! Please say yes so I won't feel like a terrible friend! I sent two.....did you happen to get them?

@ Carmen~ Thank you so much for your kind words and it is so nice to "meet" you!

Pearls and Grace said...

@ Bevy~ 2009 brought opportunity for a deeper character shaping through many, and I do mean many hurts and much crushing and pressing. So many hurts that I only wrote 33 blog posts in an entire year.
But guess what comes after all that pressing?
The oil.......and it is flowing. Glory to His name.

@ Nonny~ First, YOU are the best Nonny and I wish you were my babies Nonny. I cannot imagine my children being loved that way by a grandparent. You are amazing!

@ DC Girl~ Thank you so much and I am so glad to hear that the tears flowed......that's when we know it is absolutely Him. Without a doubt. I pray that He continues to speak to you and that this year would be MORE than what you hoped, dreamed or imagined....

@Caycee~ I am willing to share as the Lord has taught me about the blessings of transparency over the years. I am praying about "the how" and "the when." I do want to assure you as I did Mama Henley on the last post, that there isn't anything or anyone perfect over here:) I can promise you that! This is a blog. It is just a very small part of my/our life. It is not our FULL life.:) I can't show you pictures of my life in it's entirety because half of my family only wants to wear pajamas and the rest of the little ones are usually half naked. :) I usually write/share about encouraging things because that's what can help, heal, encourage, lift and edify God's precious pearls. I want this to be a place of love and light. I am not in any way trying to and neither do I want to try and portray an image of perfection or the perfect family. I am just drawn to beauty and love to take pictures of my children. It's a hobby for me. But I cry myself to sleep at night and have heartaches that keep me up all night just like everyone else. I just hang on the Lord's coat tails a lot and if He gives me a nugget~ I share it with all of you! Many Blessings to you!!

@Valerie~ Thank you so much and yes, it has been a little hectic around here. I know you can relate. I love blogging and have missed you all just as much:) Thank you so much for your encouragement Valerie! It means so much to me....

@ Pink Owl~ Please go and treat yourself with a box of Flutter Fetti. It is so much fun and you will go back to the store and buy all that they have just so you can use it for any and every reason under the sun. I promise!

@ Elizabeth~ I am so glad that it ministered to you...stand on that promise. He has DOUBLE in store for you and your precious baby girl!!

Preppy Mama said...

Beautiful. Simply beautiful. Happy New Year!

Jennine said...

My precious,beautiful
wonderful,original,compassionate,
loving,hilarious,wise,stunning,
fabulous,southern friend.I decided to go into your post while babysitting Jennine's baby girl and thank you very much I am sobbing hysterically.This is by far one of the most beautiful,so-sent-by-God message that I have read! On time at that! Love u so much...Claritza

melissa said...

Such a beautiful, inspiring post. Thank you for sharing your wonderful words of wisdom. I can not express how much they touch me, but tears are included! May God bring blessings galore to you and your beautiful family!

gwswenson said...

What a beautifully written testimony of your faith! I've been reading your blog for about a year now...and nearly had the opportunity to meet you in March, but snow and a fussy baby kept me home. I do hope you'll come up this way again! I'm still just beginning on this journey of faith...

Let The Tide Pull Your Dreams Ashore said...

That look like soooo much fun...what a great idea!

lizziefitz said...

Sebi , You are magical! You always have a way of letting God's word sing its way into our ears. Thank you for the symbolic reminders. Just know that I too am praying for you:)Elizabeth

Chesnye said...

I have read this post several times and I believe that it might be one of the most beautifully written posts yet! It stirs such emotions and helps me to realize that He does know every part of us. He knows what our hearts and souls desire, sometimes we just have to trust Him. Thank you Sebi for helping me count all of my blessings.
Chesnye

Susan said...

I just found your blog through another blog. Funny how that works. Where do you get flutter fetti? This looks like great fun to me?