Two things...

Two things have been on my heart is this quote from Martin Luther:
And though this world, with devils filled,
should threaten to undo us,
we will not fear, for God hath willed
his truth to triumph through us.

The Prince of Darkness grim,
we tremble not for him,
his rage we can endure;
for lo, his doom is sure;
one little word shall fell him.

Seems kind of random, I know. But for some reason I keep coming back to it again and again.

The other thing that keeps running through my head is a story our pastor told before Christmas. There was a man with a wife and a daughter. The wife and daughter loved the Lord and had a relationship with Him. The husband took no offense to this and let them go on their merry way, believing as they choose to because he could see no harm in it. However, he could see no Earthly reason why a God that is SO great would ever lower himself to the level of man and come to Earth to save us...just didn't make any sense to he did not believe and had no relationship with Jesus.
Just before Christmas the mother and daughter were headed out to the Christmas service and invited the father to go. He said no thanks, I'll be here when you get back. While the mother and daughter were away the father started to hear a thumping against the window...silence...then a thump...silence...then a thump. He eventually got up to check out what was going on. He went out onto his porch and witnessed a family of birds throwing themselves into the window...trying, in vain, to get to the warmth that was inside...repeatedly throwing themselves against the window...knowing no other way. The man knew he had to do something to was bitterly cold he thought for a bit...then ran to the barn, where it was much warmer inside and threw open the doors...turned on the lights and waited for the birds to come to their senses and fly over to take refuge in the warmth. The birds didn't get it...they kept throwing themselves at the window. The man tried over and over to shoo them in the direction of the barn...with no luck. Frustrated beyond belief the man thought to himself...if only I could become a bird...I could show them the way...and in that moment he understood why God had chosen to do the same.

Again, I am not entirely sure why each of these things keep playing in my head...I know that I am constantly struggling with feeling like I "deserve" the blessings in my life. I know I can't and aren't expected to earn them. I need Jesus to show me the way so that I am not constantly thumping myself against a glass that I will never get through on my own.

I am feeling like the Martin Luther quote is to remind me to forgive myself...the "one little word" that shall fell him is forgiveness. The way I know that it should be directed towards me is because I am not one who holds a grudge towards anyone but myself. I forgive and forget the hurts from others and move requires too much energy to do otherwise...forgiving myself on the other hand...requires real work on my part...that I am usually OK with slacking on...

So I know this may be my most random post to date... :) That's OK right...I just needed to get it out there and process it a bit more...just want to get out of it what I am supposed to...maybe you see something there that I don't? Or maybe there is a tidbit for you in there?

I hope that your day is blessed and that your heart is full today!

I have that fun toy organization post, plus TWO brand NEW things to show you for the shop...tomorrow! :)

Until then...xoxo

P.S. In response to the yet unpublished anonymous comment...I think you may have misread my writings...I did not mean to imply that I never forgive just comes more easily to me to forgive others...forgiveness for myself comes, just at a slower pace. I think that comes from having to live with myself every day and not many others. :) I also did not mean to imply that I do not love myself. In actuality, I do love me...mostly because God loves me. Yes, I always want to improve and be the best me I can be and there are days when that is easier than others. And as most everyone who knows me understands...authenticity is my favorite thing...and I strive for it daily. Due to some issues I have had in the past that started similarly to the anonymous comment...I am choosing not to publish it at this time...if you, anonymous, can email me at ricracandpompoms @ and assure me that you are not the person who started trouble before...I would be happy to publish. Hope you can understand. :)


Letti said...

Great post and I love the bird story very sweet and so true.

Karen said...

thank you - i need to take some time to really think on this post and pass it on to some folks I know

Simply Me... said...

Thank You so much for sharing that, it really make me think!


Holly said...

You're amazing. Love this post. Thank you so so much for the gentle reminder. I do so hope you write at least one book in your lifetime. You have such a magical way with words. xoxoxo

Jenn said...

what a lovely post Crystal!
Thanks for sharing this:):)

p.s. yes, I'll have prints of my lil' polka dot dress:):) thanks for asking!!!

Lace said...

I really like that story :) I think I needed it today. I loved your incredibly random post!(& I love the family portrait!)

Anonymous said...

What a wonderful thing to share. Thank you!!

tiffany said...

I have goose bumps! I love that story! So many people want to know WHY he had to come here. That is a perfect illustration to tell people! I came to your blog today to tell you there is a link to Little Bit Funky from my blog post. Thanks for your organizing advice from a few posts back!

Shelly said...

I really enjoyed reading the post today and your story of the bird and the father not going to church. Life is good and I appreciate your fun ideas you posts. Thanks so much and good luck with your new little one coming.
Shelly Carter ps found your blog though my oldest daughters blogs. Love this talent we can be part of thru the computer.

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