This weekend was a crazy busy weekend that included so many different events, and I couldn’t go to them all, but here are a few that I went to.
First of all, I often still become very anxious and self-conscious when attending a party. Often they have buffet of different food, and it’s not so much the food that bothers me, but I worry about fitting in with other people and the amount of sugar I eat, or the food choices I make. There still is a lurking spirit of irrational fear in my mind that screams at me to make peer directed choices instead of setting my heart on Jesus and things above.
When I set my heart on Jesus, all other things start to fade away. He came so that we might have life and that more abundantly. He came to give us hope, meaning, and a calling. He came to give us purpose. He promised to those who would believe on His name, that He ‘goes to prepare a place for us.’ (John 14:3)
When I set my heart on treasures here and now, I’m disappointed. If I think that a chocolate chip cookie or a giant salad will make me happy and settle my anxious heart, I’m wrong. You know what has settled my anxiety every time?
This verse perfectly encapsulates the peace to my anxiety, the calm to my storm, the hope to my hopelessness. Philippians 4:6-7 says, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”
When I take my mind off the food I’m eating, set it on Christ, and go to others, wanting to hear about what Christ is doing in their lives, how Christ is moving and working and teaching them about Himself, I am fulfilled. My heart fills, and I can not describe the joy that comes from that. He truly is the fullness that we need and the Bread of Life.
Well after that, if you’re still here, I’m on to a weekend-ish recap.
On Thursday evening we went to a bridal shower for one of the girls in our church. I just love how brides-to-be GLOW. Their eyes sparkle. They laugh and their joy is sooo contagious!
Here are all the ladies going through the line. It was a salad bar + muffins and these delicious crescent rolls. Yum. Yum.
And today, Saturday, myself and about 130 other people went out on the sidewalks to raise awareness and money for children who are terribly trafficked in other countries and even in the US. The ministry we were raising money for was called J.O.Y. International, and this ministry has certainly been used to give many little boys and girls joy as they’ve rescued nearly 700 over the past few years.
It was fun to see 130 people out on the sidewalk, walking barefoot.
My Daddy and My Bro, both in bare feet. 🙂
Barefoot ladies having good conversation.
Making fun faces..
I love bare feet. I think, if it was feasible, I would go barefoot all year long. Yet, I know that I’ve taken shoes for granted so often, and it does not cross my mind how much of a gift every little thing, including shoes are.
Afterwards we went to a baby shower… And we came home. Oh, I had this delicious red bundt cake at the shower…. I need to make bundt cake SOON!
What are you doing for the weekend?
Do you like going barefoot?