A week after our devastation I had many friends give us Scripture and tell me what the Lord had given them for Josh and for our family. I honestly was starting to get mad. I told the Lord, "You have given everyone else something for me, but you haven't spoken to me. I want a Word from YOU. I want to know you see my tears. I don't want anymore silence. I'm scared and I don't know what to do".
I opened my Believing God Bible study by Beth Moore. She started to go over the miracles of Jesus. I thought "Great, I know all of these". I even skipped over the wedding of Cana because it was so familiar and just filled in the blanks. When we got to the Widow of Nain in Luke 7:11-15, I started to do the same thing, but felt the Lord say, "Read this, Stacie". O.K., already! I'm so glad I did, because it about knocked the wind out of me.
This is what I wrote in my journal,
"When the Lord saw the widow, his heart went out to her and He said, 'Don't cry'. Then he went up and touched the coffin and those carrying it stood still. He said, 'Young man, I say to you get up!' The dead man sat up and began to talk and Jesus gave him back to his mother." Jesus, you had compassion on the woman who lost her son, You are letting me know that you have compassion on me. That you understand my sorrow, my grief. You are the God who sees. Oh, thank you! I needed that. Help me to cling to this. To remember this promise that you have given me. My son will be given back to me. His life will experience the power of your resurrection. He was once dead in sin, but you will raise Him to life, a new creation! He will become the man of God I have always prayed for. This is my hope. Give me enough faith to BELIEVE this. Remind me of this story over and over and over until it is so imprinted in my head." My biggest fear, the thing that I had been grieving and struggling with is that I thought I had lost him. You have shown me that I haven't. He WILL be given back to me. Thank you, thank you for that comfort.
Well, the Lord didn't give him back immediately like I thought he would. . You see so many times we think we have it all figured out. He had a much greater healing in mind. He wants to completely change Josh. To not just put a bandage on a gaping wound that started with pornography. No, he wants to make Josh into a NEW person. A person who will love, serve, and follow Him for the rest of His days. This will take time. God's time.
One time I went to visit Josh, and the first words that came out of his mouth was, "Mom, I love God. I want to follow Him." Oh, could a mother hear anything sweeter come from the lips of her child who had sinned greatly against God? To watch my son with his arms raised up to the sky singing, "Christ has risen from the dead, come awake, come awake, come and rise up from the dead," over and over, was a triumphant moment.
Do you believe in power of the resurrection? Will you continue to praise Him, trusting in His timing and His ways? Do you have the patience to wait for Him to do a mighty work in Your life, or do you want it now? These are questions we must ask ourselves. His ways are not our ways, they are so much higher than ours.
"Show me your way , oh Lord, teach me Your paths; guide me in Your truth and teach me for you are God my Savior, and my hope is in You all day long." -Psalm 25:4-5 My Mission for this BLOG is to bring glory to God as I share what He is teaching me as I raise my children for Him. I want to encourage mothers all around the world to hang in there! Motherhood is tough, challenging and gritty. But through Christ's strength and the support of other moms who are in the trenches, I will keep pressing towards the goal to raise Godly children. Please feel free to leave comments. It blesses me so much! You can also email me at firstname.lastname@example.org
I am a Stay-At-Home mother of six children. We LOVE having a large family. My first love, is Christ and the Words of the Bible. My passion is to teach my children about the Lord. I love to watch my children discover their own faith in God. My husband has been a firefighter for over 20 years and is now an officer. I am very proud of him. I long to be a Titus 2 woman who encourages other women to love their husbands and children and to thrive in their homes, not just survive.
The noblest calling in the world is that of a mother. True motherhood is the most beautiful of all arts, the greatest of all professions. She who can paint a masterpiece or who can write a book that will influence millions deserves the plaudits and admiration of mankind; but she who rears successfully a family of healthy, beautiful sons and daughters whose immortal souls will be exerting an influence throughout the ages long after paintings shall have faded, and books and statues shall have been destroyed, deserves the highest honor that man can give. -David O. McKay Motherhood is the one thing in all the world which most truly exemplifies the God-given virtues of creating and sacrficing. Though it carries the woman close to the brink of death, motherhood also leads her into the very realm of the fountians of life and makes her co-partner with the Creator in bestowing upon eternal spirits mortal life. -David O McKay We can't form our children on our own concepts; we must take them and love them as God gives them to us. -Johann Wolfgang von Goethe Lo, children are a heritage of the Lord; and the fruit of the womb is his reward. -Psalm 127:3 The mother's heart is the child's schoolroom -Henry Ward Beecher The art of mothering is to teach the art of living to children. -Elaine Heffner People who say they sleep like babies usually don't have them. -Leo J. Burke
To be a mother is a woman's greatest vocation in life. She is a partner with God. No being has a position of such power and influence. She holds in her hands the destiny of nations, for to her comes the responsibility and opportunity of molding the nation's citizens. -Spencer W. Kimball