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I have some very exciting news. Exciting for me at least.

I am relaunching Dear Ordinary!

Just to get you curious, here is a sneak peak of the new blog.

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For the past couple of weeks I have been playing around with a different blogging platform called squarespace, and I’ve decided to move Dear Ordinary to this new platform and rework the entire look and feel of it. The content will very much be the same, but I am hoping to plan my content more, for more consistent posts.

On Fridays I will be sharing my favorite things from the week, under the headline “Friday Favorites”. It could be anything from a recipe to a blogpost, a picture to a song, a memory to a coffee shop or anything in between. I am excited to share more of my every day and for you to maybe grab some inspiration on the way.

In an effort to be more consistent and not have 3 posts one week and then nothing for two weeks, a new goal of mine is to post twice a week. I am also thinking about ideas for monthly posts like big events coming up, or sharing my goals for the month (that is if I ever get to the point of actually writing down goals, which I’ve been meaning to do since January, and still haven’t).

So when will this move happen, you ask? Well it is very much up to you. I have been steadily moving content to the new platform, and decided that once I reach 2,000 views (currently 1,930) I will make the switch, hoping to of course have everything moved by then.

What would you like to read about on the (new) blog? Let me know in the comments and I’ll add it to my list of ideas (again not actually a physical list, it’s all in my head – for now).

Day 29: Sprouting

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It’s been over 2 weeks since I put the first seeds in the ground and I’ll admit that at one point I was starting to lose hope that anything would ever sprout. But as it turns out, gardening requires patience, a quality that I possess in a very limited amount. But hey, here is a perfect opportunity to grow in patience, right? (I am currently smiling at my own gardening reference – opportunity to “grow”, get it?)

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And an up close of what I think is iceberg lettuce, not that you can really tell at the moment. The iceberg lettuce and arugula looks identical. the carrots however are still a no show. I am really hoping that their sprouting time is just a little bit longer than the lettuces.

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I also had to take a picture of the apple tree stick – just because it’s so pretty, with all the little pink and white flowers. Who knows, we might actually get some apples this year.

#SheSharesTruth: Psalm 38

As an introduction to this post, I have to share with you a little bit more about SheReadsTruth and what it’s all about. I think that for me this might be the easiest way to explain it: A group of women make the Bible reading plans that a bunch of women, including myself, then read and as we dig into God’s word we are challenged, encouraged and convicted – God is speaking into our lives. (For a more lengthy explanation read this post)

Then we join in the conversation in the comments, to share what we are learning, to ask for prayer, to give words of encouragement etc. In this current reading plan for Lent leading up to Easter, the writers have challenged us, the readers, to study a psalm and write about our reflections and share it on our blog, Instagram, Facebook etc. Last week over 200 women shared their reflections, and this week I am joining them.

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Start by reading Psalm 38.

I read the psalm in my ESV Bible. Then I read it in my Danish bible. Then I read it in the Message Bible, and then the ESV again. There is no way of getting around it, this Psalm is written by an utterly depressed David. And it is actually quite depressing. At first I had no idea what to write in this post, which is why I tried reading so many different translations, I was hoping that somehow with different wording, maybe it wouldn’t be as heavy. But it was, and all of a sudden I realized why. Because sin is heavy. And we are crushed under the weight of it if we carry it alone.

I started looking for help with deciphering this depressing Psalm and ended up finding a Spurgeon commentary called “The Treasury of David” that changed my perspective of the Psalm.

“For your arrows have sunk into me, and your hand has come down on me.” Psalm 38:2

“It seems strange that the Lord should shoot at his own beloved ones, but in truth he shoots at their sins rather than them, and those who feel his sin killing shafts in this life, shall not be slain with his hot thunderbolts in the next world.” C. H. Spurgeon, The Treasury of David

Of course David feels depressed and weighed down, sin does just that.

But, we don’t have to carry the burden alone. Jesus says in Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you, and learn from me, for I am gentle and lowly in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light.”

Let’s fast forward to verse 15:

“But for you, O Lord, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer.” Psalm 38:15

God will answer. God will answer. There is confidence here, David isn’t saying I’ll wait and see if God answers. He is absolutely confident that he will. That he is going to, so David will wait. He will sit through the suffering and wait for the Lord to answer because he knows beyond the shadow of all doubt that God is going to answer.

I pray that same confidence for myself. That I would know beyond the shadow of all doubt that God will answer my prayers. He will hear my cries for help. He will not forsake me, He will not leave me to fend for myself. He will come to me, as I wait for Him.