Photography by Madi Flournoy Henderson
In Genesis 1 you can read the scripture of God creating the earth. How God took 6 days to make this amazing world for all of us. On the 7th day, He rested. And on the 8th day, He started making plans to bring all the women of the world a place of pure happiness called Target. Well ok, probably not. But I do consider Target to be a blessing from the Lord above.
Isn’t it so exciting to walk into Target to pick up something so simple, only to know you will actually walk out with probably a new outfit, a pair of shoes, maybe even a new comforter for your bed. Whatever it is, you will likely get inspired at Target. And this dress is one of those things that I did NOT walk into Target to buy – but left with anyways. I mean it is so hard to turn down an adorable summer dress that cost a total of $20. Am I right?? Something I love and hate about Target all at the same time.
What I have learned over the years of shopping at Target is as long as you walk in with a budget in mind, you will walk out happy. I can’t tell you how many times I have gotten to the register and suddenly spent $100. Which then follows with a frantic check and recheck of the receipt trying to figure out how the heck that even happened. So nowadays I try to keep a plan, a target in mind, for when I enter this store. That means I actually walk into the store telling myself “you will not go to the shoe section today.” Oh the struggles of first world problems.
But shopping isn’t the only place where we might miss our mark. We can run into trouble in hitting our target when it comes to following our dreams. I struggle greatly with following through with goals and plans I have for my book and for this blog. One week the ideas will be flowing like crazy and the next week it is all I can do to pick up my computer and get to work.
Same is true for our faith. One day the Lord is present in every situation. You are talking with Him throughout each step of the day. The next morning you wake up in a rush to handle the daily tasks and forget He is even there to greet you with the blessing of a new day. We lose our target. We get off track.
Similar to every good shopping trip to Target, our faith requires discipline and focus. It is a gift to be given peace and love from Jesus Christ. But it isn’t a gift we can just accept, write the thank you note for and move on. It is one we accept and work at everyday. And with each amount of work on our end, in building our foundation in Jesus, the gift becomes even greater. The targets sometimes become clearer. And our walk with God can turn into a beautiful adventure.
So whether you are making a trip to Target today or just going through your daily to-do list, I pray that you will remember where to keep your true focus. Remember the target you should be aiming towards. And that is growing, with Him, and His love for you.
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as your trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
PS: Below I have linked some of my current summer to fall favorites from Target. Just scroll over each picture to shop the item.