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Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Loving your spouse through...

I am at a place right now where my marriage is really good. 
No great. Not fantastic. 
But really good.
We love each other so much. 
We are starting to listen to each other more.
We are starting to actually care about the other persons feelings. 

We have been married now for 6 years and counting. 
In those years we have learned so much about each other and ourselves.
We have had our UPS and we have had our DOWNS. 
And when I say down, I mean down.

Every marriage is completely different.
Each person is attracted to the other for a different set of qualities.
I can't picture myself with anyone else, but I know that most people couldn't picture themselves with my husband either. 
Despite his AMAZINGLY good looks {no joke, he is hot} and awesome sense of humor,
He is a tough cookie. 
Brutally honest and rarely sympathetic.

I love these qualities in him. I am EXTREMELY the opposite. 
But... he grounds me. 
I would be crying all the time if he didn't harden up my exterior.
I owe him a whole lot. 
He is my person.
What has your spouse done for you?

I know that these things can sometimes be hard to see.
I have a friend right now going through a time of turmoil.
They just can't seem to stop wanting what they want.
They can't stop being a little "selfish."
Now I won't say this to her straight up, that is just not me.
But I will pray for her. A lot.

Sometimes we get so caught up in what WE WANT, that we forget to leave room for what God wants.
I cloud my head with so much stuff, I can't hear Him most of the time.
Luckily, I am at a place where I can hear Him. Even when I don't like what He says.

Be selfless.
Be forgiving.
Be loving.
Be patient.
Be kind.
Strive to be like Me.

Now this is not easy for me. I love my husband, but I love myself sometimes WAY more. 
Sad really.
But so true.
Fortunately, I have a God who lives within me and can help with when I am super lost.
Like in a time of fighting with my spouse.

We all think that the grass can and will be greener on the other side.
Well it isn't. 
The grass is plenty green where you live.
If you water it.
Nurture it.
Love it.
Tend to it daily.

None of this is easy, or perfect. Tomorrow your life is not going to be changed because you decided to stick it out with your spouse and "tend to your marriage." 

These things take time. 
Lots of time.
Lots of prayer.
When I am in deep deep prayer, God prepares and changes my heart to be in sync with His.
I am no longer anxious or fearful.
I am calm and content. 
It is beautiful.

Please please please pray for God to come into your marriage. Make room for God to speak to you. Read His word. Pray. Tend to your marriage. Your grass will be green, beautiful and will fill you both up!

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

You ARE Chosen!

"The Lord said to Samuel, 'Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him, for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart." 1Samuel 16:7

I am 100% guilty of judging people by their outer appearance.

I try very very hard not to.
I even pray when I start to notice myself doing it.
I want more than anything a heart like God's.
Eyes like God's.

In 1Samuel 16:7 God is speaking to Samuel about the next king of Israel.

Samuel was sent to anoint the one that God chose.

So Samuel looked at Jesse's 7 "manly" sons. Samuel chose the best looking, toughest, manliest and thought for sure, this is our next king. Nope.

Then on to the next. Not as good as the first but still better than the rest. Nope.

Then he moved on again, and again and again and continued.. Nope, nope, nope, nope.

There were no sons left.

Well, no sons left that Jesse wanted to admit to.

There was David. Tending to sheep. Humble. Meek. Mild. Small. Gentle. Not like the other 7 brothers.

Yes, this was he. David would be king. The littlest of the bunch.

But God saw so much more that what Samuel and the rest saw.

God didn't want the toughest, strongest, most handsome running the nation of Israel.

He wanted someone who loved people. Who loved God. Who would say "Yes."

I am nothing but a simple person. I am nothing special (except maybe to my husband and children.) I am not famous. I am not rich. I do not hold power. But I do love God.

God has chosen me to do His work. He chose this simple girl, to do good for His kingdom. I am nothing special on this Earth but I am His daughter.

You are chosen also. If you love God, then own it. Know that He has chosen you. Seek after Him to constantly be renewing your heart to grow closer to Him, so that He may be in love with your heart! I want that so badly for myself. Let's do this together.

One Nation under God.

Friday, July 11, 2014

Our story.

This last week has been quite the week.
I can definitely FEEL the potter molding me.
Not the greatest feeling.

My son has been diagnosed with something that will effect the rest of his life.
It will change all of our lives.
It is scary.
We are not sure what the future holds.
Lot's more doctors appointments.
Lot's more hospital visits.
Lot's more tests.
My poor boy.
My poor daughter who has to sit and watch.

I am at my wits end.
I am blessed.
Blessed to have friends who know how to reach out to me.
To know what to say.
To encourage me with Godly advice.
To actually help "give me strength."
I am blessed.

A friend told me "this is part of Jack's story."
That struck a cord in me.
This is a part of my son's testimony.
This is who he is.
This is going to make up who he is.

This is our "family's story."
People are watching.
Can we handle it with grace?
We want to be a walking testimony of God's love.

I love when one simple conversation can change your perspective.
I now have hope.
I now have joy.
I now have patience.
Mine is not perfect.
My God's is.

Make sure that you are giving God's advice.
Love people.
Like Jesus did and does.
You never know when you can help change their perspective.
God is always working.
My God is always working.
Always molding.
Always loving.
Always holding.
My God never fails.

Sunday, July 6, 2014

I am weak.

2 Corinthians 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.

I am a weak being.
I will admit that.
I have no super powers.
Every once in a while, I can make someone smile.
I can give a compliment.
I can do something for someone else.
But I cannot save them.
I can't do anything super.

Thankfully, I am not called to do that.
Although, my friends may want that.
My family too.
That is not what my God expects.
He created me.
He knows of my capabilities.
And saving people is just not one of them.
I wish. 

I wish I could save my friends from their pain.
My family too.
I wish I could save my children from any heartache that they may face.
I wish I could take away stress from my husband. 
I wish I could save everyone I love.
Anyone who hurts.
But I can't.

I am so thankful I can't.
I don't want to be relied on.
I am not 100% reliable.
I fail daily.
Who wants that pressure?
God does. 
God doesn't mind it.
He welcomes it. 

I have been put in situations where I am expected to save.
I am put there to work.
God's power working in my weakness.
Lots and lots of weakness.
Not sure why He chose to use me.
But He did.
So I will say Yes.
Why not?
Why not me?

I want to see God work.
I want His power in me.
His power is great.
His love is amazing.
His peace surpasses all understanding.
All I need to do is to say Yes.
I will say Yes.
I hope.
Will you?

Saturday, July 5, 2014

My prayer is to pray.

My God is good.
He has never abandoned me.
Or failed me.
I wish I could say the same about me towards Him.

I am like the people of Israel in the wilderness.
He provides. I praise Him.
Then the next day comes.
I whine.
I put something else before Him.
I beg for forgiveness. Sometimes.
He forgives me.
He loves me.
His Son died for me.

I wish that I could be like Him.
The funny thing is, is that I can.
We become who we spend the most time with.
I want to be like Him.
I do read the Bible. But only for about 20 minutes a day.
That may seem like a lot.
Not when I spend the other 23 hours and 40 minutes consumed with worldly things.
Just things.

I pray that we can change.
All of us.
The world.
I am a God fearing girl.
So I know how this ends.
But prayer helps our hearts and His become aligned.
I want that.
I want to not fear today and tomorrow.
My prayer is to pray more.
To love more.
To spend more time with Him.
In His presence.
Becoming like Him.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

God's provision.

Do you ever have those days where you are waiting and waiting for God's provision? See the thing is that I know My God. He has ALWAYS provided for me. It ALWAYS looks different. I can NEVER figure it out ahead of time. That is frustrating. Trusting has never come easy to me.

My testimony is FULL of God's faithfulness. He has financially provided for us more than you can count. In ways that make me laugh because I think "seriously?!" Why do I even question a God who is reigning over my life daily? But I do... 

Today we are in the midst of LOTS of financial burdens being tossed our way. Money has been pouring out of our accounts and now they are EMPTY. {Now, I know I can say that without feeling like a failure because I know so many people are there also. It's okay.} 

We are just waiting for God's provision. This is easier because we do tithe. {not that he doesn't provide if you don't tithe, but he does promise to bless you with so much that it will overflow if you do. [Malachi]} We tithe EVERY paycheck no matter what our financial circumstances are. It is the first thing out, before we even look at our bills. Sometimes it seems impossible to send that money to our church, but God is ALWAYS faithful and we get to see HIM work. 

I am just itching to see Him work. How is He going to provide? All of His provisions can look so different and He likes to wait to strengthen my faith {it seems.} 

What keeps me going is my testimony of His faithfulness throughout the years and other peoples testimonies. Has He provided for you when you thought that it was a lost cause? Tell us your testimony! Share it! Give someone else some strength to endure.

Wednesday, July 2, 2014

Loving through...

Lately, I have been annoyed at the world. Anyone and everyone. For any reason. I know that we can all get here. This is not the first time that this has happened to me. Luckily, I keep an arsenal of weaponry to defeat these feelings.

The majority of my arsenal comes from the book of Romans.

"Let love be without hypocrisy.
Abhor what is evil, cling to what is good.
Be devoted to one another in brotherly love;
give preference to one another in honor;
not lagging behind in diligence, fervent in spirit, serving the Lord;
rejoicing in hope, persevering in tribulation,
devoted to prayer, contributing to the needs of the saints, practicing hospitality.

Bless those who persecute you;
bless and do not curse.
Rejoice with those who rejoice, and weep with those who weep.
Be of the same mind toward one another;
do not be haughty in mind, but associate with the lowly.
Do not be wise in your own estimation.

Never pay back evil for evil to anyone.
Respect what is right in the sight of all men.
If possible, so far as it depends on you, be at peace with all men.
Never take your own revenge, beloved, but leave room for the wrath of God
for it is written, "Vengeance is Mind, I will repay," says the Lord,
"But if your enemy is hungry, feed him,
and if he is thrisy, give him a drink,
for in so doing you will heap burning coals on his head."
Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good."

Romans 12:9-21

These words were written by Paul to the believers in Rome. These words abound. They are full and easy to understand. Yet, not so easy to do.

I have the Lord as my Savior, and if you do too, we should just want to please Him. These are the things that please Him.

When I am annoyed at the world and everyone in it, I am either avoiding them or being rude to them. I am called to do some much more. I do not want to be overcome by evil.

I want to overcome evil with good.