Significance…

I am standing on my cold slate 4×4 space in my laundry room, folding Husband’s shorts out of the dryer. In the background I hear the television he is watching with our toddler, who has gotten her second wind for the night, playing in the background. It is a news special about Mark Zuckerberg. Maybe his name is not as well know as his creation. A few have heard of it…


Facebook.

I tune in to the awe-inspiring list of his accomplishments. I listen intently to them throw the word billion, meaning dollars, around like commonplace. Suddenly, I feel very small. A wave of discouragement hits me. What have I accomplished in my life? What do I have to show for it? I did not even finish college. I do not even get out of my pajamas most homeschool days. What have I become? 

Immediately, I recognize these thoughts as falsehoods from the enemy of my soul. As swiftly as the flood of negative badgering flows, the Spirit of the Lord that leads me into all the truth, lifts up a standard against him. My mind is quickly brought to meditate on the vastness of God, and how microscopic I was at conception.


Yet, He knew me.


In secret, He intricately and curiously knitted me while in the dark of my mothers womb.


He formed me.


I reflect on the poor widow who gave her last 2 small copper coins worth only a few cents.


God noticed.


I ponder about the innumerable number of hairs on my head.


He counts them.


The truth blows in like a breath of fresh air.



Size does NOT equal SIGNIFICANCE.


significance |sigˈnifikəns|


1. the quality of being worthy of attention; importance

2. the meaning to be found


The size of my bank account, the size of my house, the size of my body does not determine my worth, my importance, my meaning. My Creator, my Designer, my life’s Author, my Heavenly Father, my Lord, my Savior does, and He decided I was worth dying for. As for the measure of success to the world, they may not make a measuring tool small enough, but it’s God’s measuring tool I am concerned with. What does it profit a man to gain the whole world, yet lose His soul? My life is surrendered to Him, and He says if I lose it, I will find it. In Him is where I want my life to be found. To Him, I am significant. To Him, YOU are significant.


Let my prayer be “that I mean every act for His glory…

Let me believe that God is in all of my small simple deeds

and learn to find Him there.”

A.W. Tozer


Let every detail in your lives…

words, actions, whatever…

be done in the name of the Master, Jesus,

THANKING God the Father every step of the way.

Colossians 3:17


I thank the God Who holds the whole world in His hands, yet still says I am the apple of His eye. I thank Him for all the simple yet abundantly significant graces and blessings He has poured out on me.



I am still counting… I am THANKFUL for…


111. truth that frees

112. eldest daughter and teenage girlfriend, comfortably chatting and giggling on my bed

113. toddler baby girl playing peek-a-boo with herself in the oven glass giggling contagiously

114. Little Tikes reminding me to ENJOY every moment… my tikes won’t be little for very long
115. having everything we need for school at our finger tips… God provides

116. toddler baby girl following big sis around calling her mama

117. big sis being patient with all of her inquisitiveness
118. mercy from God and family for mistakes I make over and over

119. the diligence of my determined one

120. sitting with my only boy in his tree house
121. listening to him share his dreams, on a perfectly beautiful Florida winter day
122. great anticipation of the future I behold with inner eyes that see… by FAITH

123. in His presence, finding there really is FULLNESS OF JOY


Other lists counting…

Michele-Lyn Ault
Michele-Lyn is still more of a mess than she cares to admit, but she will so you will know you we are all in the process. You'll find her writing about motherhood, missions, and embracing beautiful messes, while learning to live a life surrendered to God She's an advocate for World Help, and you can find her on Twitter, Facebook, Google+, and Pinterest. But, Instagram is her favorite.
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  • http://kathrynjfletcher.blogspot.com/ Katie @ simply[his]

    I needed to read this today. You’re so right. He formed us for HIS purposes, and why would we want anything other than that? b

    So glad I found you, Michele! I will be reading from now on!

    Blessings,
    Katie

    • Michele

      Kathy,

      I wish my words can do justice to convey how your comment blessed me today. I am not sure why it seems the arrows of the enemy relentlessly fly Sunday mornings, but it has been a battle today.

      So thank you for finding me and sending me this gift of grace…

      Blessings to you,

      Michele

  • Janet

    Thanks so much for your timely words..Thanks be to God our Father! I am striving daily for a closer walk with Him and so comes the attacks from the enemy…but our God is FAITHFUL!! Be Blessed!
    Janet

    • Michele

      Janet,

      Thank you for taking the time to share your heart… You are so right! The enemy will do whatever he can to detour us from walking closer with our God. Even truer…is God’s faithfulness to us to draw near, even when we don’t… You also, be blessed :)

      Only by His grace, can we do anything… thanking Him for that…

      Michele

  • http://withthankfulhearts.blogspot.com Heidi…

    Michele,
    You have a beautiful blog! So glad to stop in and be reminded that my significance is in Jesus Christ alone!

    Thanks, again, for stopping by yesterday!

    Counting gifts,
    Heidi

    • Michele

      Heidi,

      Thank you, thank you :) Isn’t it life-changing? Our counting of His love gifts to us…

      Only by His grace…
      with love,

      Michele

  • http://onlyhere-onlynow.blogspot.com HopeUnbroken

    ah, rich words to ponder this day. it is so easy to fall into that world of discouragement. you are right to change the conversation in your head, to dwell on the words of truth.
    you have encouraged me this day, as well!
    blessings,
    steph

    • Michele

      Steph,

      Yes…it is all too easy to believe the enemy of our souls… Thanking God for grace, each step of the way. Thank you for stopping by and taking the time to encourage me with your words…

      Blessings to you,

      With love,

      Michele