Rebel With a Cause and a New Haircut

I cut my hair last Friday. Well, let me rephrase, the nice lady who puts up with my lackadaisical hair cutting schedule, cut my hair last Friday. (When you haven’t had a haircut in a year and a month, oh my word, it’s time…)

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{image via The Graphics Fairy}

And now I feel like a new woman! In total opposition to Sampson who lost his power when his locks were sheared, I have somehow magically found motivation and follow-through with this new shorter do. I can say this with confidence because since Friday I have procured groceries, cooked several meals, sewed up 9 (yes nine!!) beautiful red cushion covers for a client, been to church, been to town for a couple of errands and gotten my house 1/4 of the way clean (let’s not dwell on the remaining 3/4 ok… choices …)

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{Three of the nine….thank goodness they were all pretty much the same so I didn’t have to find a place to stage all nine cushions…}

Why, just in the span of yesterday evening I was able to go on a walk, hem up 2 pair of pants, bake a cake for this kid’s? youth? young man’s birthday (Today!!) and shower. It’s like I’m living in an alternate universe.

For the past little while, I’ve been living in a slightly less than productive state… there’s been some lack of motivation and frankly a little fear running rampant but I think I’m figuring out what gives. The first being that I have been all sorts of double minded… and now, quite convicted…anyone care to review those verses in James with me…?

Only it must be in faith that he asks with no wavering (no hesitating, no doubting). For the one who wavers (hesitates, doubts) is like the billowing surge out at sea that is blown hither and thither and tossed by the wind. For truly, let not such a person imagine that he will receive anything [he asks for] from the Lord,[For being as he is] a man of two minds (hesitating, dubious, irresolute), [he is] unstable and unreliable and uncertain about everything [he thinks, feels, decides]. ~ James 1:6-8

Ouch.

For all the things I’ve got going on lately, having two minds to keep up with is not going to work for me any longer… Spring has brought a serious backlog of all.the.things all of a sudden and I keep saying I’m trusting God for the outcomes but I keep circling back around to a me me me, mine mine mine, now now now sort of attitude… My efforts, my time…What if I commit to this craft show in June but continue to get more clients in the mean time? What if I don’t have the time to make stuff to sell because of all the other opportunities that keep popping up? What if I should be really concentrating on building my sewing clientele instead of this show? It looks like the “I‘s” have it…

If I’m trying to step out on my own, I will fail. But if I’m trying to step out with God, well the first thing is the actual step… it won’t work without me moving my feet (and various other parts) And if it’s the wrong step, well I’m pretty sure God is dedicated to course correcting. Besides failure is never really a failure unless you fail to learn anything from it.

Still, instead of sewing up all the many projects in front of me, I was sowing some serious discontent. And we all know that discontent leads to rebellion and rebellion leads to poor choices and poor choices lead to, well I think you get the picture… I never really had rebellious teenage years so to speak (mom, care to confirm?? or maybe not!) but I’m pretty sure I’ve been in some rebellious teen years of faith lately…rolling my eyes at stuff God wants me to do, making a fuss when I don’t get what I want when I want it, not understanding that his discipline is for my own good, getting a little overly dramatic when others are doing what I want to be doing and locking myself in my routine and refusing to come out.

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{image via The Graphics Fairy……..sometimes I wish there really was a sewing fairy…}

When I’m too focused on all the things I’m not getting done, I miss all the things He has done for me and well, that’s just a recipe for disaster. We can’t take our eyes off God for a second, or we’ll be off in the surf alone… Un-tethered and un-anchored.

I found this even more true when everywhere I was looking online for help-Etsy, Instagram, Facebook, other blogs- for tips, tricks, supply sourcing, and inspiration – was doing nothing but keeping me going round and round in a nice little rut and slowly I was bogging down…. I couldn’t get past everyone’s highlight reel- even though I know that’s exactly what it is- and I was getting discouraged. You know it’s so easy to visit some sites and drool over everyone’s much cuter couch/bag/business/flowers/menu plan/and whatever else our envious eye finds to emulate….but it’s in no way very productive. I’ve always tried to come at social media from an encouraging place both in what I post and who I follow because there are some truly fine folks out there using it to the glory of God being a light to others. But when I felt something shifting in my reactions to all the pretty posts and scrolling around aimlessly became an escape from my real work at hand, I knew it was time to go off the grid for a bit.

Social media: use sparingly for best results.

So maybe the hair wasn’t the only catalyst in my sudden turn of get ‘er done attitudes. I’m not saying you’ll never see me on Instagram or wherever again, I’m just saying maybe a little absence makes the heart grow fonder…

And since I made that choice, I found a little peace again. Apparently I was missing the point on where my true help comes from. As if I needed more proof this song pretty much sums it up.

Hope and confidence are so fleeting unless they are based in the Lord.

But blessed are those who trust in the Lord and have made the Lord their hope and confidence. ~Jeremiah 17:7

I can know all about Suzie’s business or how Darla decorated her house or where Whitney went on vacation and I can yearn for what they have – for what they choose to show me – and rebel when I don’t get it- or I can strive to know God.

Let us strive to KNOW the Lord. His appearance is as sure as the dawn. He will come to us like the rain like the spring showers that will water this land. ~ Hosea 6:3

He will show up sure as the sun when we cut off all the dead weight, cut out all the distractions and set our hearts on seeking him for all the answers.

P.S… a parting shot of the hair… in case anyone was wondering… : )

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19 thoughts on “Rebel With a Cause and a New Haircut

  1. It seems like maybe you have sprung a little since Spring has arrived. It’s time. Now step out of that boat and keep your eyes on God. No Fear!!! Lol. I’m happy you’re in a better spirit! 😊😊. Your hair looks cute!

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  2. Heather,
    I LOVE the new hair style! And the graphics in this post are too cute! I can so relate with your words because although I enjoy seeing what other bloggers are doing and checking my Instagram feed, it seems that they have time for everything and are so amazing! They clearly are talented but that’s no reason for us to feel less than {and I’m preaching to myself here too!} There’s room for all of us — and besides — I haven’t seen anyone with your stellar sewing talents! Go with what your heart tells you. God wants our work and our art to bring us closer to him and that’s all that matters. Love this post!

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    1. Valerie! My heart was leaping at your comment, “God wants our work and our art to bring us closer to him and that’s all that matters”! YES!! It was your email last week where you mentioned struggling with IG that really made me say, Me Too!! But you my friend have hit the nail on the head! Thanks for the ♥ and encouragement you always share with me!

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  3. Hey Sweet Daughter! I love your hair! No, you did not have a rebellious stage growing up….not that I remember anyway! You were the perfect child!!! You are sooooo talented so don’t you ever think you are not. (Not sure where you got it though!) I can’t play guitar or sing or sew a straight line….but you do all of these things wonderfully. Plus you are so creative in many other ways. Glad you finally have energy to get things done…..must be the warmer weather. Love the post & love you!

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  4. It’s easy to get distracted and misguided in where we put our attention and our hope. Love this reminder, and that verse from Jeremiah. Happy to be your neighbor today for Coffee for Your Heart!

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  5. I love your haircut! I got mine cut yesterday, but it’s not near as cute as yours. Sigh. One day I’ll find the perfect style for me, but it’s still undiscovered.

    Staying focused on the main thing is so difficult in this age of distractions. My dryer is beeping at me now even as I type, text messages are coming in, and I need to go pack for a trip. Lord, have mercy on our dwindling attentions spans; help us not to be double-minded. (or triple or more…)

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    1. Thanks Miss Lisa! : ) YES focus is such a hard thing nowadays..! Sounds like you’ve got a whirlwind happening over there! Thanks for your sweet comment and for coming over to read my little blog! ♥

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