Day 319

A few weeks ago, my in-laws went to DisneyLand.  Being the good Nana and Papa that they are, they had to pick out some souveniers for their grandkids.  For my two year old Beau, they found a very sweet music box, with a twirling Cinderella inside.  Every time the box opens, Cinderella pops up and dances to an enchanting music box rendition of “So This Is Love.”  They got to give it to Beau yesterday and she was absolutely fascinated with it.  She sat it on the couch, kneeled down in front of it and watched her favorite princess dressed in blue spin until she stopped, and then we wound it up and she watched her spin some more.  We repeated the process for most of the evening.  When it was bedtime she had a hard time parting with her music box, but after I explained Cinderella needed to rest after all of that dancing and that she could see her as soon as she woke up she let me put her on her dresser and they both went to sleep.  This morning at 6:15, I hear through Beau’s baby monitor, the enchanting music box rendition of “So This Is Love.”  She got out of bed and went straight to the music box.  I think it’s safe to say Nana and Papa picked a winner.

This morning I had my quiet time with “So This Is Love” playing in the back ground and I got interrupted a few times whenever the box needed to be wound.  As I was winding it for the 4th or 5th time I happened to be praying this scripture over our family,

Romans 8:28 We are assured and know that [God being a partner in their labor] all things work together and are [fitting into a plan] for good to and for those who love God and are called according to [His] design and purpose.

I couldn’t help but think about all of the things inside of the music box that were working together for good.  The tiny motor, the rotating cylinder, the perfectly placed pins on the cylinder, the comb that the pins brush against to create music notes, the springs, the speed governor…  all hidden away inside the box, working together to create a sweet sounding song and a twirling princess.  Fascinating, but to hear the song and see the princess dance someone has to wind the box.  The hidden parts can’t work together for good without me doing my part.  It’s a partnership.  I wind the winder and open the box and then the motor, the cylinder, the pins and all of the other little parts do what they are supposed to do.

God has many moving parts that He makes work together for our good, but if we don’t do our part, He can’t do His part.   We have to do the winding if we want to hear the music.  God makes all things (good and bad) work together for the good of those who… love Him!

We get the easy part in this partnership.  If we want all of God’s moving parts to come together in an awesome way for us, all we are required to do is love Him… but not with the same kind of love that you “love” sushi with or that you “love” DisneyLand with, but with a love that radiates from your heart, your soul, your strength and your mind.

The more you get to know God, the more you understand God.  The more you understand God, the more you understand His love for you.  The more you understand His love for you, the more YOU will love HIM, and that is what causes all things to work together for your good.

The winding isn’t a one time thing.  It’s more than praying one prayer where you ask Him into your heart.  It’s more than going to church once a week.  You’ve got to wind things up every day by reminding yourself of God’s goodness, praising Him, and investing time into your relationship with Him.  It will keep your love fresh, He will keep all of the moving parts moving… moving in a way that no matter what happens, it ends up as a good thing for you!

  1. God is always behind the scenes working things out for our good.
  2. God is easy to love!
  3. He loves me!
  4. Beau’s sweet little music box from Nana & Papa.
  5. Nana & Papa got Gus a little Mickey Mouse shirt for his souvenir.  He’s planning on wearing it when we go sometime next year.
  6. Nana & Papa got Blount Baby #4 a Baby’s First Mickey shirt that he or she can wear next year.
  7. Started my 15th week of pregnancy!
  8. Nana & Papa came to visit us and see the kids last night.
  9. Papa treated us to In N Out Burger.
  10. Gus & Papa got to go out for Starbucks and donuts together.
  11. All of the sweet words from family and friends congratulating Josh & I on our 10 year anniversary.
  12. Tried a new restaurant for lunch today… Whiskey Cake.  It was wonderful!  Everyone enjoyed the food, the atmosphere, the decor, the service.
  13. My friend Briana suggested Whiskey Cake to us… I’m so glad she did!  We can get stuck in restaurant ruts sometimes.
  14. Had my first fried green tomatoes.  Unbelievably tasty!
  15. Yummy Bahn Mi and Tomatillo Soup!
  16. Whiskey Cake was Papa’s treat.
  17. Afternoon nap.
  18. Gus got a nice little hair trim this afternoon.  Lookin good!
  19. Great night for Gus’ first baseball game!
  20. He had so much fun at the ballpark… just him and Josh.
  21. Ice cream in the plastic mini baseball helmet.
  22. Gus wanted a foul ball so bad and was determined to get one… Josh caught one for him with his bare hands, everyone cheered and it made Gus a baseball fan forever.
  23. Josh got to talk to Gus about the favor of God and about how God knew he wanted a ball and He made sure he got it!
  24. One of the Rough Riders hit a home run so they got to see some fireworks!  Gus loved that!
  25. Me and Beau had a fun night at the mall!
  26. I forgot the stroller, but Beau had a great time prancing through the mall in her little jean skirt and tank top.  She had to stop and look in all of the windows and loved carrying a little Sephora bag around.
  27. Got a great deal on some PJs for the kiddos.

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