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A Word From A Joyful Heart

A Word From A Joyful Heart

It is with much difficulty that I find myself writing this morning. Difficult because I am at a loss for words.
Since my post last night, I have been overwhelmed by the response that I have gotten from friends and acquaintances whom I never would have guessed would have even read my blog, but not only did they read it, but I have been flooded with messages and responses from these people showing their support and sharing their prayers for my family. I am so grateful to have such people in my life, whether they be people that I see daily, only on occasion, or those who I worship with. Once again, I am overwhelmed by the love of God and the reminder that there are still many good people in the world who will take the time out of their own busy days and lives to pray for others.
Thank you all for your kindness. It means more than you will know. 20140612-102248-37368700.jpg

 
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Posted by on June 12, 2014 in Life in General

 

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Blossoming Spiritual Fruit: A Reminder

 

 

 

 

I write this blog with no profound lesson to be shared and no new insight. No, today as I sit to write this, my only intention is to share a bit of encouragement. I’m hoping that this may serve as a reminder when things get tough and Gods presence isn’t at the forefront of your mind.

God is always working.

Sometimes, the things of this world can get in the way, and we forget to focus on what is truly important. If we take the time to convene with the Father, and intentionally become aware of His being and His works, it is not difficult to see the many ways that He is working in everything around us.

Personally, one large area where I have been repeatedly reminded of Gods power lately is in His work in developing one of the Spiritual Fruits that I have had a long life-long trial with.

Yes, even motherhood has not helped me to develop a more godly patience. In fact, it has been just one more thing that I have “added to the list” of excuses for being intolerant of many−even standard−affairs. This has been a long recognized battle that I’ve just not known how to fight. I gave up. I gave it to God. I broke down, and I told Him that I didn’t know what else to do so I was just giving it to Him to do what He saw fit with it. Not surprisingly, that was exactly what I had needed to do for all of this time.

“…For when I am weak, then I am strong.”
2 Corinthians 12:10

I’ve been taking daily notice (unintentionally) of the numerous moments where my anger or annoyance is overcome with Gods love and vanished before it even has a chance to make itself known to others. Each time I realize what is happening, I take the time to acknowledge and thank Him for this great work that I was and am unable to accomplish within my own strength.

Along with this, it is also helping to strengthen my humility by making me more aware when the feelings of the flesh jump the gun and slip out before my brain and heart process that it is not the way I should be acting, and enabling me to come forward immediately when necessary and ask for the forgiveness that it sometimes called for.

My husband has seen a large difference as of late in the way that I have been handling things and he too knows that God is the only One who can be given the credit.

As long as I have struggled with my own impatience and the negative results that it has produced, I am truly in awe of the God that would love me enough with all of my many flaws, to free me from this burden to bring me closer to Him.

 
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Posted by on October 26, 2012 in Life in General

 

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Needs Met (…and then some)

My husband and I have been through a lot financially in the three (nearly four) short years that we have been together. While I’d like to say that I think about it daily, and am always consciously grateful…to say that, would just be a lie. However this is not the first time, and will not be the last time that I have shared this, or examples like this one. Today my family got a new washer and dryer. Now, it’s not as simple as we had them but wanted new ones; this is actually the first washer and dryer that we have owned as a couple because up until now, there was no way that we could afford one. I will not be shy in saying that even now, things are tight, but I simply can’t ignore the fact that things have been so much worse for us.

When my husband and I married, he had a full-time job and was a disabled veteran. I started working two days after our wedding, until my pregnancy forced me to stop. We lived in a 1 room apartment, (not 1 bedroom, but 1 room) with a bed that folded into the closet to give us a living room. By the time our daughter was born, we had upgraded to a 1 bedroom apartment, and shared a room with a crib and hardly had enough room to walk through it. By our two-year anniversary, my husbands medical problems had forced him to quit his job to focus on his conditions and get multiple surgeries that were required to be able to function well enough to hold a job. We were both unemployed for two years–simultaneously.

During the period of time when neither of us were working, we were raising a child and just trying to get by. To say that things were rough would be an understatement, but looking back I (along with many others who were aware of the situation) am proud that we were living as well as we were. We weren’t able to afford the luxuries that so many people can’t live without like tv, or internet. We weren’t able to buy new clothes or shoes to replace ones that were worn through. We were relying on family to fix our cars when they had problems, to pay phone bills in case of emergencies, and to allow us to visit their homes weekly to do about seven loads of laundry at a time.

Throughout those two years, we had very little. Our main priority was to make sure that our daughter always had what she needed (clothes, food, diapers) and if there was extra money, we would buy her toys more often than not. While we didn’t have much, we had all that we needed: We had God.

We had an auto-insurance policy only weeks from expiring with NO probability of us being able to renew it. God provided. We were out of food and I found out one day at work that a friend had told the church that we were attending about our living/financial situation, and through the church, God provided. We had to replace our car, yet had no money for even a trade, God provided. The car that we got had high licensing fee, God provided. It needed all new tires, through friends (who insist they were not involved), God provided.

That is just a few examples of the material blessings that we received in that two years. The timing and “coincidence” of that, can not be explained in any other way than Gods love. You could not convince me that everything just happened to work out the way it did in ANY other way than through God. I have shared those details (more specifically) with family and friends when they were feeling down, not bragging (because I have nothing to brag about), but to share the power of God.

God has blessed my family in so many ways (not only materially)  over the years. Anybody who has had financial problems-and hasn’t everybody?-knows how down and depressed that situation can make you. I can’t imagine how we would have gotten through it all without God, without knowing God, and without knowing that God was and is with us all the time. Through those hard times, my faith was strengthened. Trusting in God, and knowing that He would provide for my family was all that I needed to do, and I wasn’t disappointed. There is a verse that I had to repeatedly remind myself of during those times:

31 So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ 32For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.” -Matthew 6:31-32

Those verses proved to be so true.

Things have changed so much for my family since then. My husbands health is much better, and he was finally able to be released to go back to work. He began his new job as a cook on March 2, 2o12 and is already being trained to be an assistant manager. He loves his job, and is so happy to be able to provide for his family. We have been able to move into a two bedroom home, and to get some of the afore-mentioned luxuries. The one thing that hasn’t changed is God. He is still with us each and every day, and we know that. We are careful to never forget all that He has done for us, and all that He has brought us through. I am hoping to come up with some ways that I will be able to help others and give back and share the love that God has for me. We are excited to see what else God has in store for us and for our family and future.

“For the LORD loves the just and will not forsake his faithful ones. . .”  -Psalm 37:28

 

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