"On the day I called, You answered me; You made me BOLD with strength in my soul...For great is the glory of the Lord....Though I walk in the midst of trouble, You will REVIVE me; You will stretch forth Your hand...and Your right hand will SAVE me. The Lord will accomplish what concerns me; Your loving-kindness, O Lord, is everlasting; do not forsake the works of Your hands."-Psalm 138:5-8 NASB (emphasis mine)
I can't recall a time that I have ever needed to be revived more. After a year of loss, grief and unbelievable ups and downs, twists and turns, blessings and heartache, I am needing some spiritual CPR. My prayer as my family enters this new year is that it will be a year of firsts and new beginnings. I have stayed close to God. I have faced many of my worst fears and have lived through them. I am stronger in the Lord than I thought I was.
At this time last year, I was finally in a position to lead our women's Sunday school class in a Bible study called "Believing God". I was so excited, I was three weeks into it and when the the poo hit the fan. I was tested and faced the truth. Did I really believe Him? Was I practicing what I was preaching? Through a year of tests and trials, I believe that I can say with integrity that I do believe in Him.
1. I believe who He says He is.
2. I believe He can do what He says He can do.
3. I am who God says I am.
4. I can do all things through Christ.
5. God's Word is alive and active in Me.
I'm BELIEVING God!
He has taught me to take my anger and disappointments at his feet. I am now aware more than ever that God is sovereign and He cannot be manipulated into doing what I want Him to do. I think I have mentioned this before. I found myself trying to coerce Him into doing what I thought was best because He would get so much praise and honor and glory for me. I was essentially bribing Him with His own glory!
This year has been a year of growing up. When I was squeezed, at first ugliness, bitterness and anger came out. As the year progressed and the refinement process continued, when I was squeezed, love, forgiveness and gratitude would pour out of me (not every time, mind you, but more often than not). I am growing up and maturing in my faith.
I wouldn't trade this last year for anything, because as I pressed in and got into the Word of the Lord, I received divine revelation of God's character. I gained wisdom and I see the fruit of that as I am now at a point where I can start pouring myself out again in other people's lives. I think I can finally say I am gaining in my goal to be a Titus 2 woman. My love is so much deeper for those who are hurting. From exhausted young mothers, to women who are struggling to love their husbands, or just plain life taking an unexpected turn, I feel like I have more to offer them. True empathy. It is good.
Life is hard, but God is good. He has provided in ways that make no sense. I love His ways, for they are unexpected and delightful. He has stripped me bare, pruned me back to a nub, but I am alive, breathing and full of joy. It doesn't make sense!
"Weeping may remain for a night, but rejoicing comes in the morning." -Psalm 30:5
Joy is deeper than happiness. It exists under the surface. It is a gift of God and the fruit of the Holy Spirit. It is reviving me.
The other day, as I held my friend's new baby, I started weeping. I couldn't figure out if it was sadness or joy. I think it was a mixture of both. The innocence of a sweet baby, the anguish of knowing that she will one day have to face heartache, and the joy of knowing that God holds her in His capable hands. I look back at those years that I was having baby after baby. Life was hard, but it was good. I felt a little bit of my soul heal once more as I rocked her and drank her in.
It reminded me of my sweet son as a babe. The rebellion as he grew into a teenager was terrible. The sin he fell into was awful. Our children will make serious mistakes with serious consequences Do we abandon them, no matter how painful and embarrassing those mistakes are? NO! We walk through it with them. We show them the love and forgiveness of Jesus. We become the hands and feet of their Savior. My son knows God is good. My son, knows what forgiveness is. He first had to accept that his parent's could forgive him, before he could accept that God forgives him. We are the earthly example, a foreshadow of what God offers them.
I praise the Lord, for what He has done in our lives! I would love to know what you look forward to this year.
"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 email@example.com
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