Romans 8:1

Whose rule are we living under, man or God? I think a lot of what ails us as humans is trying to please man, which in whole is impossible. We’ve been given a secure place eternally in Christ yet we shirk it to please people who can’t guarantee us the same.  

What is it about our spirits that is so inclined to do so? Even further, why do we take it a step beyond and ignore those around us who see our gifts and contributions, who even encourage our journey and following of the Lord and focus in on the one screamer in the room who is displeased with us?  

It’s a habit we must break. 

It’s a distraction to stall our spiritual growth, to trip us up and keep us small. The enemy loves to find a shortcoming and amplify it, convince us that it’s all people see in us and that everyone is talking about it. 

We have to combat that with truth for the sake of our own sanity, not to mention our witness to others. What do we want to show the world: that we are obsessed with the opinion of man or that we live securely in the palm of His hand lacking any condemnation? 

We will always have people “out to get us”, that is just life. What we must realize is that their mission has nothing to do with us. Pointing out the failures we see in others is just a tactic for control and self soothing. If we are better than someone else, we’re not that bad, right? 

But that’s no way to live and such a fickle source of security when we have access to something so much better: Christ. Let us rest in knowing that everyone has access to this blessing of hope and act like it in how we treat them. 

Whether someone is our champion or the thorn in our side, it doesn’t change our base response which should be prayer. 

Give thanks for both the polishing rag and the sandpaper, both serve us well if we choose to utilize them from our steady place with Christ.

How to make a simple mask! (five minutes or less!)

Let's call this post "name a tutorial you never thought you'd create". 

No surprise here, everyone needs one now, lots of folks have sewing machines in their closets and I promise you that all you need know how to do (outside of threading your machine) is sew a straight line.  You can do this!  Ready?

Here's what you need:
  • two pieces of pretty (might as well) fabric that are 6 by 9in each
  • two pieces of thin elastic that are 7 in each
  • a 3in piece of ribbon with the ends singed to prevent fraying
  • a 2.5in piece of pipe cleaner

 I don't tend to pin things but you can if you'd like.  Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Pin the ends of elastic into each corner, the shorter 6in sides will be for your ears so each elastic should go from the top to the bottom of each of these sides.
 Sew along the edges using 1/4in seam, leave a small opening along the bottom. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
 As you sew the opening closed, go around the entire mask, making three pleats on each side as shown in the photo above.  Again, you can pin these or eyeball them as I have done.
 Grab your ribbon...
 Sew three sides down into the interior at the top of the mask. Leave one side open.
 Slip your pipe cleaner into the opening. Remember to remove it when you wash your mask, this is why we only sew down three sides.
 If you'd like, you can sew a small pleat along the chin as well for a better fit. You can also leave this step off as well.
That's it.  Sorry we need these but hopefully you see how easy it is to make your own!
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