{Jessica 31} Trials

Proverbs 31:25-26 {NKJV}
“Strength and honor are her clothing; She shall rejoice in time to come. She opens her mouth with wisdom, and on her tongue is the law of kindness.”

Ok… I have mentioned Instagram before as a positive way of witnessing to people about Jesus. Well, these past few days it has been the opposite for me. It seemed like I was getting criticized about some mommy choices {front facing baby wearing & chest clips on carseat being too low}. I realize that Rome was not built in a day and I am a first time momma. I welcome all advice, just not in the way I was receiving most of it–>Public posts with others jumping on the bandwagon. I did stand up for myself, but was told I needed to sacrifice my pride and keep my child safe. It was not a pride issue for me…. I was unaware that front facing baby wearing was harmful and I’m currently researching this. My problem with the comments was not the words being said… It was that I was getting them publically instead of privately… That’s the backstory.

My point to this post is that it was just another trial for my Proverbs 31 journey. It hurts when people criticize your choices, especially as a mother… even if it is in a non judgmental way… When it is public and from people you have never met, the hurt/anger/embarrassment is magnified. I am an outspoken person…Always have been, always will be. It is both a strength and a weakness. It was a weakness in this situation bc I emphasized the issues at hand and probably caused more critiquing on myself. This is the lesson I am taking away from today’s events… I need to open my mouth with wisdom & only when I have kind words to say. Even though I did receive a lot of support and strength from my fellow IG mommas, I need to try my best to take things in stride and keep my trap shut if I can’t be positive. As hard as that can, is, and will be.

After the IG debacle this morning, Rypken and I went shopping around town. In the car on the way home one of my fave songs at the moment by Casting Crowns came on JoyFm. It totally spoke to me. The words are beautiful and oh so true. If you take anything away from this post…let it be these lyrics… Not any issue with a baby carrier right or wrong, not a car seat clip being too low… Just read these lyrics below and let your heart hear them.

Thank you Lord for molding me into the person you want me to be. Please give me the strength i need to have my heart be led by mercy and my mouth open with wisdom and kindness.

This cartoon hits “the nail right on the head.” haha!

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Jesus Friend of Sinners -Casting Crowns
Jesus, friend of sinners, we have strayed so far away
We cut down people in your name but the sword was never ours to swing
Jesus, friend of sinners, the truth’s become so hard to see
The world is on their way to You but they’re tripping over me
Always looking around but never looking up I’m so double minded
A plank eyed saint with dirty hands and a heart divided
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to the world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours
Jesus, friend of sinners, the one who’s writing in the sand
Made the righteous turn away and the stones fall from their hands
Help us to remember we are all the least of these
Let the memory of Your mercy bring Your people to their knees
Nobody knows what we’re for only what we’re against when we judge the wounded
What if we put down our signs crossed over the lines and loved like You did
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks yours
You love every lost cause; you reach for the outcast
For the leper and the lame; they’re the reason that You came
Lord I was that lost cause and I was the outcast
But you died for sinners just like me, a grateful leper at Your feet
‘Cause You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
You are good, You are good and Your love endures forever
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners
Open our eyes to world at the end of our pointing fingers
Let our hearts be led by mercy
Help us reach with open hearts and open doors
Oh Jesus, friend of sinners, break our hearts for what breaks Yours
And I was the lost cause and I was the outcast

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