Friday Letters + GIVEAWAY

Dear Ben, you let me sleep in yesterday morning while you got yourself ready for work. Thanks for loving me selflessly, and being willing to make your own lunch every now and then. Also, thanks for never missing a morning of letting me know when you make it to work. You graciously pay attention to my tender heart when it comes to things like that, and just a simple text knowing you are safe always puts me at ease. Thanks for paying attention to the details of my heart. 

Dear weekend, you are looking so promising. I am beyond excited to celebrate the wedding of a dear friend, and make sweet memories as she becomes a wife. So excited for all you hold starting today. 

To our puppy, we are working hard on our "puppy fund" to bring you home soon and very soon little one. Ben has been making a million wood burned cutting boards to pad our fund a little more so we can buy you all kinds of things when we bring you home. Cannot wait to meet you and bring in a new little life to our family of two. 

Dear wife day, this week you were like gold to me. I am grateful for one day a week to rest, stay in my pj's guilt free, clean, bake and watch food network. Managing our home is a joy for me so thanks for giving me one day a week to focus wholeheartedly on our humble abode. 

Dear self, remember to strive to be like Jesus, not Southern Living magazine. Your life is not your own, so stop trying to make much of YOURself, YOUR home, YOUR marriage, and strive after making life about the one who created you, sustains you, and calls you his child. Accept messes, incomplete to do lists, curve balls, weariness, and inadequacy...embrace it all, and rest in the strength and sovereignty of Jesus. Do this EVERY DAY. 

Much Love, 

Rachel

I really enjoy stopping and reflecting on my gratitude in the form of letters. It is always so refreshing to my soul. Do you write notes to your loved ones, and even to yourself from time to time? 

I read this prayer yesterday on She Reads Truth, and knew I had to share it with you all. So powerful, raw, and beautifully written. I am even considering printing it and framing it somewhere in our bedroom, and buying the book of prayers. 

“Eternal Father,
Thou art good beyond all thought,
But I am vile, wretched, miserable, blind;
My lips are ready to confess, but my heart is slow to feel,
    and my ways reluctant to amen.
I bring my soul to thee;
    break it, wound it, bend it, mould it.
Unmask to me sin’s deformity,
    that I may hate it, abhor it, flee from it.
My faculties have been a weapon of revolt against thee;
    as a rebel I have misused my strength,
    and served the foul adversary of thy kingdom.
Give me grace to bewail my insensate folly
Grant me to know that the way of transgressors is hard,
             that evil paths are wretched paths,
            that to depart from thee is to lose all good.
I have seen the purity and beauty of thy perfect law,
        the happiness of those in whose heart it reigns,
        the calm dignity of the walk to which it calls,
 yet I daily violate and condemn its precepts.
Thy loving Spirit strives within me,
brings me Scripture warnings,
speaks in startling providences,
allures by secret whispers,
 yet I choose devices and desires to my own hurt,
    impiously resent, grieve,
       and provoke him to abandon me.

All these sins I mourn, lament, and for them cry pardon.
Work in me more profound and abiding repentance;
Give me the fullness of a godly grief that trembles and fears,
    yet ever trusts and loves,
    which is ever powerful, and ever confident;
Grant that through the tears of repentance I may see more clearly
    the brightness and glories of the saving cross.”

Wow. So in love with this. I think words are such a beautiful thing. I love to write, and that is a huge part of why I blog. I also think that story telling is powerful and can bring the Lord so much glory. Storytelling is not complete without words. Words, stir up our affections for Jesus. Don't you agree?

So I am so excited to introduce to you all one special Etsy shop and some fantastic prints that use words to stir my heart for the Lord. 

Meet The Rustic Orange! I found Annette through Instagram and have been obsessed with her work for quite sometime! I was so excited when I reached out to Annette and asked to share her work with my readers and she agreed! So she sent me some of her gorgeous Atlas prints and now I am giving one away to one of you!!

I will be giving away one print that says, "Spirit lead me where my trust is without borders"!! Enter the giveaway below!


The winner will be announced next Monday! Happy Weekend y'all!

Much Love, 

Rachel
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