This Friday in March finds me a bit excited. Here's a few reasons why:
Excitement Reason 1: I'll give you a clue: Zoo-wee Mama.
That's right Greg Heffley, Diary of a Wimpy Kid Movie 2 starts today!! That can only mean one thing. Yep, a Burton family date night SOON!!! I can already smell the movie theater popcorn. Mmmmm. The first movie cracked me up and of course made me think back to those dreadful middle school years.
When I was in Middle School "E.T" and "On Golden Pond" were on the big screen. Olivia Newton John and Dolly Parton had chart topping songs and some of the fashion styles from the day have actually resurfaced in stores again, such as skinny jeans. (As a side note I don't wear skinny jeans. I wore them plenty back in the day. Been there. Done that. Had babies. Enough said. )
Here's a little glimpse of my awkward middle school years:
It was obvious I had no clue what hairstyle (or color) I was going for back then.
Excitement Reason 2: I'm getting stronger!!! I bet you are too! Recently, I've been talking to many who are going through challenging times and trials. My heart breaks for some of you all and your current situations. I have been hit with some trials recently as well but I am to thankful that my morning devotional time reminded that we should not be surprised when trials happen but to actually embrace them.
Dear friends, don’t be surprised at the fiery trials you are going through, as if something strange were happening to you. 13 Instead, be very glad—for these trials make you partners with Christ in his suffering, so that you will have the wonderful joy of seeing his glory when it is revealed to all the world. (1 Peter 4:12-13)I love the Message Bible's paraphrase of 2 Corinthians 4:16-18
So we're not giving up. How could we! Even though on the outside it often looks like things are falling apart on us, on the inside, where God is making new life, not a day goes by without his unfolding grace. These hard times are small potatoes compared to the coming good times, the lavish celebration prepared for us. There's far more here than meets the eye. The things we see now are here today, gone tomorrow. But the things we can't see now will last forever.May we be reminded that these trials are being used to make us stronger (and more like Christ). Speaking of stronger....
Excitement Reason 3: Have you heard Mandisa's new song? I LOVE it! LOVE it!
Excitement Reason 4: Coffee time! It's Friday so that means it is time to link up with my Coffee Girls over at Rachael Anne's Home Sanctuary. I love these ladies and have missed the past few weeks. (**Hey coffee gals, I'm curious--are any of you going to be at the Going Beyond conference in April at Lynchburg, VA??? Would LOVE to meet you in person.**)
Hope you have a blessed weekend. You are loved and prayed for!