Monday, March 12, 2018

Twelve Years Ago...

...These words made a profound, life-changing impact upon my husband:

"Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you, and learn of me; for I am meek and lowly in heart: and ye shall find rest unto your souls.  For my yoke is easy, and my burden is light."
Matthew 11:28-30

     Those words moved my husband to go unto Jesus Christ, to receive that rest of which He spake.   That very night he was born again!  I love this particular "birthday," as it carries so much more significance than his first one.  Immediately, there was such a transformation!  I could see the peace and joy filling him.  There was absolutely no denying that a life-altering event had just occurred; and, life as we knew it would never be the same.

     My blessed husband:  what a gift he is to me!  As the years progress, our relationship deepens and strengthens--all to God's praise!  Knowing that for the gift of salvation our lives are what they are, I am eternally grateful.

     I am not ignorant of the fact that I am in a special position.  I married a lost man, whilst I was behaving myself poorly as a saved woman.  Our marriage could look much different, but for the power of the Holy Ghost. 

     I have known women who went to their graves, praying for the lost souls of their husbands.  I know wives today, who are at constant odds with their husbands, because they are in a divided home.  These scenarios could have been my lot...

     ...But, for the grace of Christ that redeemed my darling!  Oh, that night will ever be vivid in my mind; just as vivid as the night I was born again!  To be present for such a glorious event; to be the blessed wife of a redeemed man:  oh, say, but I'm glad, I'm glad!

     These past twelve years have been a privilege to walk with my husband, as we grow in Christ together.  To be led by him in the word of God, by the word of God, with a heart that loves the God of that word...What a sweet, sweet gift it is to me!  I cannot help but to glory in the gift God has given me in my man!

     I could share so many stories from the years of learning and growing.  The journeys and experiences I have had, with a man zealous for Christ...A visionary, kingly, with a servant's-heart man...Yes, many interesting stories can be told.

     I would not trade any of them, though...Even the difficult, challenging ones.   All have taught us a greater reliance upon our Lord, and a deeper appreciation for Him.  All of them have drawn us closer together.

     As we now journey into parenthood, I am looking forward to watching him lead our children.  I know that he loves Christ, and that will be evident to our children.   That love makes him the amazing father he already is.   What a gift they have in him, too!

     Twelve years ago, a new man was created.  Though there are traces of the old man he once was, that new man shines forth.  A man who once only cared for earthly things, became a man who desires to keep his eyes on heavenly matters.  A man who once mocked a preacher's son, now is the one mocked for preaching God's word.  A man who once struggled with finding meaning for his life, now has peace and joy knowing his God and his purpose.

      Praise God for this very special day!  Praise God for the fact that my husband's name is written down in glory, and that we shall be blessed to spend eternity together!  God is worthy to be praised!

Sunday, December 31, 2017

2017: A Year In Review

     Chalk it up to all the hormonal influences in my life these days, but, I cannot help but constantly muse upon the blessings of motherhood.  As I observe our son, I am in awe that God gave him to us.  He is a constant reminder of a long-awaited answer to prayer.
     Now, here we are, with another blessing on the way!  Again, I am awed that God would see fit to bless us with her.  I know my shortcomings, my failures, my sins.  I know that there is so much room for improvement.  However, we are still the recipients of some of life's greatest treasures:  children.

     I know I have probably mentioned it previously, yet, it bears repeating:  having had to wait for so many years for our children, has given us a much greater appreciation for them.  We see value in them that we, most likely, would have neglected to see, had they come much earlier in our lives.  We have, gratefully, matured in areas of our lives that desperately needed it.

     However, I know that I would be foolish if I were to rest my confidence in ourselves, rather than our Lord who strengthens and enables us for the tasks at hand!  I am so grateful that He is ever-present in our lives.   I cannot think of any moment wherein I would not need Him!

     That recognition has been a constant in our lives this year.   As we continue seeking His specific will for our lives, we find ourselves holding ever closer to Him.  Just as a child holds onto their mother's skirt for reassurance, I find myself doing the same with my Lord.  Continuing our "wilderness experience," as we have come to title our nearly half a decade worth of experiences, can do that to a person.

     If anything that would be considered my "take away" for 2017, it would be my utter dependency on the Lord.  It seems that that notion is a rather frequent one, too!  I am grateful that He is dependable, and wants me to rely upon Him.  

     I pray that any who read this post, will find the upcoming year one full of a closer walk with Christ.  May it also be full of many reasons to praise God!  Here is to happily anticipating a new year, full of new mercies, with our Lord and Saviour!

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Five Months, Already?!

     It has been a long time since I last wrote in my blog!  Five months have passed, rather quickly!  I do have good reason.

     I know that I mentioned, after the birth of our son, that I would probably be writing less.  I knew the business of motherhood would quickly demand my attention...And, boy, has it ever!

     I know I am still learning the ropes of being a mother, (hey, I am still learning how to be a good wife!).  There are days that feel like a total wash:  Where "no" seems to be the word of the day...or week; where you stay in jammies all day, because it is just one of those days

     On top of trying to guide, and corral, a very inquisitive boy, God decided to throw a surprise our way:  another baby!  So, I am learning how to not only care for a rapidly-growing toddler boy, but I am also experiencing growing a little girl at the same time!  Whoa!

     So, though I am completely grateful for our newest blessing, I am not quite as apt to write as I would desire.  Many times, the idea just tires me.  Keeping our son alive, as well as all that my body is experiencing with our little girl's rapid growth, takes quite a bit of energy.  Oh, and then there's that being-a-wife-thingy.

     I must say, my husband is a very gracious man towards me!  This pregnancy has proven to be much different than the previous one; on top of the fact that I am keeping care of a little boy in the process.  So, when dinner is whatever I can throw together at the last minute, he does not complain.  There have been many times, after a hard day at work, he will jump in and conquer dinner for us.  I could list many more ways he has helped me, but suffice it to say I know I am one very blessed woman! 

     Just like last time, I am in awe that God would see fit to bless us with a little soul.  I honestly believed, after the birth of our boy, that our prayers had been answered; and, they had.  Once he starting growing out of certain things, I would donate them; for, I saw no need in keeping them--after all, I was not expecting another child.  Though my husband's prudence in this matter wisely kept me from departing from every item our son no longer used/needed, I still did not expect another child...Especially so soon!

     Well, God had other plans!  To say I was dumbfounded, flabbergasted, shocked--yes, to it all!  Grateful, thankful, blessed--yes!  To have another blessing from the Lord, and then to learn it would be our first daughter, oh, our hearts were overflowing with praise!  Again, just as before, I know that it is all to the praise and glory of my Heavenly Father! 

     So, if you would, kindly keep us in prayer, as we prepare in the ensuing months for this newest addition to our family!

Saturday, June 17, 2017

Are You Giving Them A Reason To Mock?

     Years ago, when I was still a young Christian, I made many mistakes.  I said things I ought not have said.  I believed things that were not biblically-accurate. I spent time with the wrong people.  I entertained wrong activities.  I naively thought I could handle sin in my own strength, since I was now a Christian.

     It did not take long, before I learned the tight grasp sin has.  Even as Christians, we are not capable of its release, on our own!

     Being immature and ignorant, I yielded often to sin.  However, I  did have some basic knowledge of how God desired me to live, as well as a desire to do so.  Sadly, I ignored them both, in favor of the seducing temptations.

     As such, I gave many people a reason to mock and blaspheme my God.  I do not know if that pain will ever go away; nor, do I believe I want it to depart.  For me, it is probably the worst pain I could ever inflict upon a person:  the God who gave His own life for my soul!   If I ever grew non-chalant of how I rebelled against my Heavenly Father, I would be in a world of hurt.

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"The aged women likewise, that they be in behaviour as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given to much wine, teachers of good things; That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, To be discreet, chaste, keepers at home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."  Titus 2:3-5

     Thankfully, He chastened me as any good parent would.  As a grateful daughter, who still is under refinement, I never want to go down that path again.  I also do not want that to be a part of your life's story.

"As many as I love, I rebuke and chasten: be zealous therefore, and repent."  Revelation 3:19

     Yet, it seems, all too often, I see people forgetting what God has done for them (including myself here!).  Once our love for our Saviour is diminished, out of view, who do we see?  Ourselves.  What do we want to fulfill?  Our will.

"For they that are after the flesh do mind the things of the flesh; but they that are after the Spirit the things of the Spirit. For to be carnally minded is death; but to be spiritually minded is life and peace. Because the carnal mind is enmity against God: for it is not subject to the law of God, neither indeed can be."  Romans 8:5-7

     I know that I am in trouble, when I start telling myself, "I know the Bible says, but..."  Any time I start justifying my actions, knowing that I am going against God's will, I am in trouble.  Regardless of my reasoning, it is never right
     One "small" sin always leads to a larger one.  We think we can get away with it, especially if it seems God is being silent about the matter.  He may currently be quiet, but, if you are His child, He will start the correction process.  It is our choice how difficult it will be.

     Yes, we all struggle with sins.  Continuing in them, never repenting, never seeking God for His overcoming power, grace, and mercy, is dangerous; and, blasphemous.  What starts secretly, with out repentance, leads to open, sinful behavior.  Why?  No more shame at what we are God.

     My hope and prayers for us all is that we would not grow dull of hearing the truth; that we would not grow insensitive to God; that we would be willing, and desirous, to examine ourselves by the light of the Bible; that we would, unashamedly, live for our Saviour, even though for the vast majority, it is unpopular, (to say the least); that we would have a heart willing to forgo what we know is sinful, even if it is bringing us temporary pleasure; that we would be honest with God about our sins:  admitting our weaknesses, predispositions, lusts, (even admitting when we do not want to stop our sins, but know we should)--He already knows these things...Why not open up with He who loves us more than we could ever fathom?

"But he that doeth truth cometh to the light, that his deeds may be made manifest, that they are wrought in God."  John 3:21

" From whence come wars and fightings among you? come they not hence, even of your lusts that war in your members? Ye lust, and have not: ye kill, and desire to have, and cannot obtain: ye fight and war, yet ye have not, because ye ask not. Ye ask, and receive not, because ye ask amiss, that ye may consume it upon your lusts. Ye adulterers and adulteresses, know ye not that the friendship of the world is enmity with God? whosoever therefore will be a friend of the world is the enemy of God. Do ye think that the scripture saith in vain, The spirit that dwelleth in us lusteth to envy? But he giveth more grace. Wherefore he saith, God resisteth the proud, but giveth grace unto the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you. Draw nigh to God, and he will draw nigh to you. Cleanse your hands, ye sinners; and purify your hearts, ye double minded. Be afflicted, and mourn, and weep: let your laughter be turned to mourning, and your joy to heaviness. Humble yourselves in the sight of the Lord, and he shall lift you up."  James 4:1-10

     Yes, sometimes we have gotten ourselves into quite the situation, due to our sinful indulgences.  The consequences of stopping that sin, are more difficult due to the longevity, the relationships, the ramifications, and the like.  I knowI faced many obstacles, too, because of my sinful ways.  

     Yet, sweet fellowship with our loving Lord is more than worth the cost!  Trust me when I say, He will help us through it all!  Remember the picture of the father of the prodigal son?  Our Father wants us to see that He has that kind of love for us!  If we go to Him with a repentant heart, ready to walk in step with Him, He will help us!

" The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and a contrite heart, O God, thou wilt not despise."  Psalm 51:17

     We who have been washed in the blood of the Lamb, are most precious daughters of our Heavenly Father.  We have no idea just how much He loves His own.  Of all fathers, we have the best.

     Since we have such a Father, may we get our hearts back on track.  It will not be easy, on our own:  we have not only ourselves with whom to contend, but also the world, and the devil.  Yet, He is ever ready to aide us!  We simply cannot grasp His goodness, nor His abilities, on behalf of His children!

"Behold, what manner of love the Father hath bestowed upon us, that we should be called the sons of God: therefore the world knoweth us not, because it knew him not. Beloved, now are we the sons of God, and it doth not yet appear what we shall be: but we know that, when he shall appear, we shall be like him; for we shall see him as he is."  1 John 3:1-2

     Are you giving others a reason to mock God?  I know I have, shamefully.  If I am not circumspect,  I will, again.  Yet, if we hearken to Him at His corrections in our lives, we will be most blessed!  May we, as daughters of the King of kings, love our Heavenly Father:  in word, and deed.
"But the hour cometh, and now is, when the true worshippers shall worship the Father in spirit and in truth: for the Father seeketh such to worship him. God is a Spirit: and they that worship him must worship him in spirit and in truth."  John 4:23-24

"My little children, let us not love in word, neither in tongue; but in deed and in truth."  1 John 3:18

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