“Don’t let the wise brag of their wisdom.
Don’t let heroes brag of their exploits.
Don’t let the rich brag of their riches.
If you brag, brag of this and this only:
That you understand and know me.
I’m God, and I act in loyal love.
I do what’s right and set things right and fair,
and delight in those who do the same things.
These are my trademarks.”
First off – Happy Mother’s Day (yesterday) to all the moms who read my blog. The only reason you read is because I’m relatable. I’m a mom too and you get me. That an I’ve got an irresistibly cute little girl 🙂 And secondly – I didn’t blog at all on Friday. Totally slipped my mind. Really sorry about that. It was hubs’ birthday and we went to breakfast and spent the day together, so it got forgotten with all of the birthday festivities.
Wesley used this verse in his sermon yesterday, and I thought, it was too good to not use too.
We are a nation that is quick to brag. About.. anything and everything. And even if we don’t brag verbally, we do with our actions. We always have to have the nicest car, or nicest clothes, or newest gadget. And I know I’m quick to wear a new shirt when I get one. In a sense, I think that’s bragging. Look at me! Look at my clothes and how great.
Am I saying we don’t deserve nice things? No way. God loves to bless us. But if we let these everyday blessings go to our head and only live by them, then yeah, its a whole lotta bragging.
And not even stuff – knowledge, like God says here – If you are smart, great! But don’t make others feel dumb because you are. This is an issue I have. And, shoot, I’m not really even that smart.
Growing up I’d always offend friends because of my facial expressions when they would say something wrong. 90% of the time I had no idea I was even doing it. Doesn’t matter. I was offending people that God loves and that he calls me to love.
If you go around constantly offending people – they will not listen to you!
No way around it.
So what can we brag about?
Knowing Christ and knowing about the generous gift he has so freely given to us. He is so holy and just and we should brag just because we know of him. Much less share an actual relationship with him!
He is worthy of brags. We can never brag too much about him. He deserves it all.
Lets attempt this – instead of drawing attention to ourselves, lets draw attention to the one who has set us free.
So, I still have poison ivy. Not sure if I told you I had it last week. It’s still here. Today marks 1 week.
My go-to remedy isn’t doing a thing (scrub with soap then use alcohol on it to dry it up). Just… still there. Actually spread a little.
And because of my other condition (bun in the oven) there isn’t much I can take besides benadryl and putting calamine lotion on myself.
Needless to say, I don’t want to have poison ivy anymore.
Saturday I went to Hattiesburg and ended up spending the entire day there. (boo) But I did get a couple of things for my poison ivy. I went and talked to a pharmacist at Walgreens to see if they could point me in the direction of some miracle drug.
They couldn’t. Same thing I already knew.
Then I went to All Health. All Health is a little store in Hattiesburg that sells Toms Shoes and lots of great (ALL NATURAL) goodies. It’s where I buy my essential oils. Yeah, I have essential oils.
I believe in nature.
I know it can be harmful yes (look at my arms and legs and there’s ya proof!).
But I also believe it can remedy just about anything.
So, I stopped in. They pointed me in the direction of some Pine Tar Soap.
But this stuff is like MAGIC.
I wash with it, and literally, no itching. Now after a few hours, the itching returns, but then I wash again, and the itching goes into hiding.
So I thought to myself… I know that Tea Tree Oil is used in lots of household cleaners as a natural disinfectant. Can’t hurt…
When I put it on, I swear it helps too.
So last night I made some ‘sleevie’ things. Basically fingerless arm covers for my arms – because I wake in the night scratching like a fool, and I made a mixture of oils to put on my ivy rash. I mixed up some tea tree oil, coconut oil and I squeezed some foam from my pine soap in it and mixed it up. I put it on all of my rashes and I SWEAR it helped more than the benadryl creams and sprays.
Cause trust me, I’ve been using everything.
I’m headed to the doctor today for my sugar test (SUPER BOO) and I’m going to just see if there is anything else I can do beside tame the itch.
So much fun.
Onto funner things. Wesley got me pajamas for mothers day – really nice ones from Target. He said it was more for him than me. My sleep shirts are.. a little ratty… to say the very least.
How Adorable right?
It was pretty easy – sorta messy, but fairly simple. I took lots of pics and I’m going to do a how-to-blog on that this week – so if you are wondering how to.. then stay posted. It’ll be an extra blog, not part of my devotions.
Well.. 9 weeks til I’m 36 weeks. Kinda frightening, kinda exciting.
I’ll keep ya posted on all of that stuff.
I hope your Monday is GRAND!