This beauty is called Crown of Thorns. I love it. It’s a native to Madagascar and Thai growers believe that more blooms means more luck. This succulent doesn’t like to be overwatered yet lately has been thriving with all these summer storms. It felt like my day the on a past Sunday and I had to make a decision.
Not that my life has been as heavy as the weather lately but that day, I was undone. Let me explain:
My son just discovered markers last week. It was cute. He played with them for a few hours then realized that the caps can come off and had even more fun. I’m so THANKFUL for washable markers! My table, face and his clothes came back to their full glory before long.
But this day, as I walked out into my living room, one of my greatest fears came true. I physically felt my heart break like the first time I was hurt by a boy when I was 15.
A sharpie marker… my white couch…
Damage was done. Nothing I can do. I went to find my son who was on to the next thing, in the closet- discovered what glitter and craft paint can do to a carpet. It’s officially time to burn the house down.
Knowing that a toddler can’t associate punishment long after the action, I calmly brought my son out to the couch and said, “Que es esto? what is this?” To which he very proudly responded,” a ‘A!'” Yes, if you look closely, my son had permanently inscribed the first alphabet letter in my couch. He’s a genius…
I know it’s just “stuff”. But those craigslist couches cost more than that Sharpie.
So what am I gonna do? Crown of Thorns. Focus on the beauty OR the sharp, needle-like spindles that hurt to touch (or look at for that matter)
I had a choice that day, as do we all most days. I choose which way my heart will go, which appetite to feed, the negative or positive.
I started blasting worship music as it it poured down rain, had a good cry (overwhelmed that there will be TWO boys soon) and moved on. I love my life, my family, my son(s), my couch and most importantly, Jesus has pulled my life out of darkness and now I’m basking in His marvelous light. I have nothing to complain about. EVER. Here’s a few songs I’ll pass on to encourage you for future reference:
01. Be Still My Soul- Out of Eden
02. Moving Forward- Israel Houghton
03. You Revive Me- Christy Nockels
04. Our King Has Come- Elevation
05. Awakening- Chris Tomlin
06. I Will Exalt- Bethel Live featuring Amanda Faulk
07. Beautiful Exchange- Hillsong
08. Gloria- Brooklyn Tabernacle Choir (One of my faves, reminds me of Arlene)
09. Deeper-Hillsong United
10. Jesus’ Blood- Delirious
Jonathan came home and saw the damage. He just flipped cushions and switched things around. Problem solved. What a guy.
“Finally, brethren, whatever things are true, whatever things are noble, whatever things are just, whatever things are pure, whatever things are lovely, whatever things are of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy—meditate on these things. The things which you learned and received and heard and saw in me, these do, and the God of peace will be with you.” Phil 4:8-9
Peace and Sharpies,