Reckless Love of God

R.E.C.K.L.E.S.S. Defined in the dictionary as an adjective, meaning (of a person or their actions) without thinking or caring about the consequences of an action. L.O.V.E. Defined in the dictionary as a noun or a verb, meaning to have an intense feeling of deep affection or to feel a deep romantic or sexual attachment to someone. Both words in my eyes are very powerful. Some of us use them sparingly while others use them abundantly. In my older post, I have discussed how the word and love of God have molded my family and myself by making The Lord the very center of our life. However, several years ago the core of my life was not directed towards God. I had pushed him away and was living a life I planned for myself. I fought him, and questioned him but throughout my darkest days and unforsaken nights, he was there walking right beside me. No matter what I said, no matter what sin I committed The Lord’s love for me was never taken away. Fast forward some time to earlier this year when my small group leader shared this song…

Since that Thursday evening I have listened to it over a million times, ask my husband. I play it when I need help, when I am confused or when I am affirming what I already know about Gods love for me. What gets me the most in this song is when I hear the chorus:

oh the overwhelming, never-ending

reckless love of God

oh, it chases me down

fights till I’m found

leaves the ninety-nine

I couldn’t earn it and I don’t deserve it

still you give yourself away

the overwhelming, never-ending

reckless love of God

{There is a reason behind this song and lyrics so bare with me}

We are currently reading the book of Romans at HCBC. I knew from the very first sermon I wanted to share the insights of the lessons with yall. Romans is a message by Apostle Paul that shares the gospel of possible salvation through Jesus Christ. Stating that forgiveness is available to all when we put our trust and devotion to God. Through faith, the broken are made whole once more. I was quickly reminded of my very own story during the first few Sundays. Like I mentioned at the beginning of this post I was lost, living the life I chose with God being the outsider. Although I felt broken, my heart was actaully becoming whole. God has a willingness to pardon a sinner, He showed that truth with me. Not once did he forget about me. Not once did he lose faith in me. NOT once did he stop loving me. He continued to show me grace and unconditional love through all my highs and lows. Not only did he do that for me but he continues to do that for all of his children. Apostle Paul invites us all to have a relationship with God, to believe in Jesus Christ. The biggest thing I have discovered so far reading Romans is GOD’S LOVE IS ETERNAL. I can’t tell you how may times I have highlighted a verse expressing his love for each one of us. His love never fails, it never gives up, it run out on us. “I am convinced that nothing can ever separate us from God’s love. Neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither our fears for today nor our worries about tomorrow-not even the powers of hell can separate us from God’s love. No power in the sky above or in the earth below-indeed, nothing in all creation will ever be able to separate us from the love of God that is revealed in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8: 38-39) Which leads me to this powerful song. Our worship ministry has sung this very song every Sunday since we started the Romans Series. That is no coincidence… In my opinion, Reckless Love reminds me of the book of Romans and when you re-read the scriptures I hope you find the life-changing connections. Whenever you are feeling lost, hurt or needing an affirmation remember God’s reckless love for you is never-ending, he will climb the highest mountains and light up the darkeness for you.

Garden Exploration + Ivy Kids Box

Every month the smithboys receive a box full of learning activities to do each week from Ivy Kids. I can not express it enough how much the family enjoys participating in the lessons. The Ivy Kits have been created by certified early childhood teachers with children of their own to help you be successful in teaching and learning with your children. With school ending in a couple of weeks and summer being around the corner, this is the perfect kit to keep the learning going during the summer break. If you want more information about the Ivy Kids click here. In this months box, we are learning about gardens. We decided to pick the very first project which led us to a garden and bug hunt. The box had all the required materials to seek out what is used/needed in a garden and to help us capture a bug. Daddysmith, the smithboys, our pup Simba, and I headed out to Milburn park to start our garden hunt adventure. After a mile walk around the park we found the Cedar Park Community Garden. Daddysmith and I knew the smithboys loved to be outside but we didn’t know how much they enjoyed being in a garden. We assume they admire it because Granny Holland and their Nana Fulgham both have gardens at their homes and both let the smithboys help water and plant seeds. Walking around the community garden and looking for the items listed on our sheet was very interesting. We found so many different herbs, veggies, fruits, and flowers!

Once we checked off our list we moved on to the next activity, the Bug Hunt! Let me tell you this was no easy task. We looked for 15 minutes straight around the garden, outside the garden, the smithboys even started digging holes to look for worms and nothing. The one time you want to find a bug there is none in sight but when you’re trying to eat your food at a picnic they all come out to play. LOL. After a while, {ME} mamasmith came to the rescue and found a tiny bug. The Bug Hunt came with a sheet to fill out to describe the bug. Smithboy#1 was really interested and answered all of the questions, which lead us to discover it was a baby ladybug. An hour and a half went by and it was time to leave the park for lunch. While walking back to the car daddysmith and smithboy#1 kept saying how much fun they had on the garden scavenger hunt and digging for worms. Daddysmith also mentioned he wanted to find out more information on the Cedar Park Community Garden because he wants to start a Smith Garden inside of it. These Ivy Kids Kits aren’t just for learning math, science, social studies, and reading. It is honestly so much more. Daddysmith and I discover more about each other, and more about what our sons might be interested in. Trying new things and taking adventures with our smithboys is something that daddysmith and I cherish very much. I can’t wait to see what the next activity daddysmith, the smithboys and myself will do next!

Avengers Infinity​ War + One Smithboy

When my husband and I first got together our dates consisted of Mexican food and a movie. Sounds a little cliche I know,  but the movies were our thing separately, then when we started dating it became our thing together. When he first came over to my apartment he noticed all the movies I had. He politely told me nice collection. It wasn’t until I went over to his apartment for the first time and saw his giant stack of movies, I figured his comment was really a sarcastic one. Since we’ve moved in together, got married and like the vow we took states, what his is now mine and mine is now his our collection has grown tremendously.  In addition to our DVDs, we have doubled our Amazon Prime collection as well. Now with that being said, we have a couple of trilogies and series that we treasure. Pirates of the Caribbean, Harry Potter, Underworld, and Fast and Furious to name a few. But the one we cherish the most is our DC and Marvel Collection. I wouldn’t be exaggerating if I told you we have every DC and Marvel movie on DVD. My husband, the smithboys and I have watched every single Marvel movie to prepare us for what is about to go down in Avengers Infinity War. Over the years daddysmith and I have purchased the smithboys all the different action figures that go along with the Marvel or DC movies. I know what you’re thinking… that’s a lot of action figures and yeah your absolutely right! When daddysmith and I go to the movies our boys are playing at Granny’s with their new toys. Its what my husband and I like to call a Smith win-win scenario. HA see what I did there! However, this year we changed it up a bit. We both decided we would spoil our oldest since he is about to be SIX and have him tag along with us to the movies. It has always been important to my husband and myself, to do something just us three. For a while it was just us so, we like to show our love and appreciation to him with one on one time. He really enjoys the time we share together and in return that makes daddysmith and myself very happy. We also bought him the Thanos and Black Panther action figures so they too could join in the Smith fun. Sunday after Church, we loaded smithboy#1 into the car and headed to the movie theater. While daddysmith was driving I pulled out Thanos and Black Panther. Smithboy#1 WENT WILD! His eyes went big, and his mouth dropped wide open. Yall, he was in complete shock. After giving him the action figures, we informed him what we were about to go do. He was so flippin’ excited. Mostly because daddysmith said smithboy#1 could get whatever he wanted at the concession stand. {thats what mamasmith liked to hear}

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We all were extremely thankful to be there together and experience that moment with one another.  I remember looking at both of them while the movie was playing and seeing complete happiness. So how was the movie? Nope, sorry no spoilers here! I will mention, that the movie wasn’t anything I expected it to be. It was defiantly a game changer and yall will have to check it out and maybe see it twice like my hubs and I did. Avengers date with my husband and plus one was the best way to see our favorite series. So here is to many and many more with them and soon to be with smithboy#2. Like I discussed before, movies are my families thing and I am so blessed to share and pass on this tradition with my husband and smithboys.

 

Motherhood Isn’t A Job + It’s A Calling

Happy Mother’s day! My hubby asked me if I had a blog post ready for today. I was kinda dumbfounded. I didn’t have anything prepared and I didn’t know he was looking forward to reading something from me. I decided to finish my notes from church and if anything were to come to me I would make a decision. While completing my notes and listening to Reckless Love something came over me and 730 words later here I am. I want to first start off by saying I was a little unsure about writing about Mother’s Day. It is a time where mothers all over the world are put in the spotlight. Whether you lost a child, adopted a child, gave birth to a child or simply loving a child like your own, Mother’s day can be taken differently. I didn’t quite understand this until I heard today’s Mother’s message at HCBC. The discussion was “Good-Enough Mom”. Now let’s be honest, how many times have we sat back and questioned our motives, intentions and asked ourselfs, “man am I doing good enough?” The Pastor went onto tell us that we need mothers who display an unshakable faith, mothers who display a stubborn hope, and lastly mothers who display selfless love. This sounds a bit overwhelming so I will break it down the best way I understood it.

  • Mothers who display an unshakeable faith: In other words, grace-based parenting. We have sinned a number of times but Jesus paid for our salvation. By God’s amazing grace we are saved through faith. Yes, we are flawed mothers. We tend to have short fumes and overreact when our children misbehave. We snap or we emotionally shut down. We are flawed but also loved unconditionally by The Lord. 1 Thessalonians 1:2-3 reads “We always thank God for all of you and pray for you constantly. As we pray to our God and Father about you, we think of your faithful work, your loving deeds, and the enduring hope you have because of our Lord Jesus Christ.” Salvation is a gift. We couldn’t earn, we don’t deserve but we still have it.
  • Mothers who display a stubborn hope: We as mothers are not going to be here on this planet forever. We are raising the next generation 2 Timothy 2:2 confirms this by saying we have all heard the teachings and now have to be God’s faithful servants and teach the truths to other trustworthy people who will be able to pass them on to others. We as mothers need to work for the long haul. Plant trees that we will not be able to sit on. Entrust to others to carry out our hope.
  • Mothers who display a selfless love: This one was easy. I feel in my heart that I partake in this every day with my smithboys. I put everything (sometimes my husband) before myself. The Pastor actually said it best. A mother with selfless love sees four slices of pizza for her family of five and tells them she doesn’t care that much for pizza. In the Bible, we are told time and time again that God’s love is greater than all. My favorite scripture is from 1 Corinthians 13: 4-8. It says “Love is patient and kind. Love is not jealous or boastful or proud or rude. It does not demand its own way. It is not irritable and it keeps no record of being wronged. It does not rejoice about injustice but rejoices whenever the truth wins out. Love never gives up, never loses faith, is always hopeful and endures through every circumstance. Love never fails.”

I firmly believe in this message. God gave us a part to play in our children’s life. We were created in his image to carry out his legacy. To share The Good News with our children, their children and their children’s children. It’s okay to be a “good enough mom”. Today I was reminded The Lord uses ordinary people to do extraordinary things. We as mothers, daughters of the one true king were hand-picked by God to guide our children through life with faith, hope, and love. To me, there is no better gift! Again, rejoice for today is for you sweet mama’s. Remeber, “three things will last forever-faith, hope, and love- and the greatest of these is love.” {1 Corinthians 13:13}

Happy Mothers Day.