Wednesday, October 29, 2014

Set Free


Over the course of our marriage, we have had some relationships that were consistently hard. Sometimes we were in the thick of them and sometimes we wanted to just close our eyes, turn our back and pretend they weren't there. One hurt after another piled up and at some point we just felt done.

Thankfully, God isn't that way with us. Recently. I had my own personal experience that stirred in my heart the need to not give up on others around me. I'm sure it's no coincidence that just a few weeks later an opportunity to restore some of those difficult relationships from our life presented itself. The parallel was obvious. 

Last week in the midst of my thoughts I realized that I had been set free. I had spent an entire day back and forth on the phone with someone and never once felt an opposition to them. A miracle! We're dealing with a full plate of difficult things. We're at a place where we all need to be on the same team, supporting one another for the good of one, and of all. I'm bringing to the table grace, love, compassion and forgiveness instead of the heap of hurt and anger I had been carrying around. Only God could have made that change in me. I can already see how God has used that change to make this walk easier for everyone involved. We spent many years praying for a shift in hearts in these relationships. It would have seemed easier to throw in the towel and walk away, but in light of the hope we see glimmering in the distance, we're so glad we didn't.

The Christ in me is pouring out. At one point I didn't even recognize myself,  because it wasn't me after all. The freedom of letting go of my load and just allowing him to dwell  has been so marvelous. It has made all the difference. We don't know what these relationships will look like tomorrow. We're working on a day to day basis. We're prayerful, hopeful, thankful.

God is the God of restoration. Praise Jesus.

God is good, all the time!





Monday, October 27, 2014

Growing Up



This girl turns a whopping four years old next month, so we thought we would try to sneak in a few birthday pictures a little early since the Fall weather has been so nice. She was all about the shoes, the balloons and the attention. She was not all about the smiling. As soon as the camera was put away she turned on the giggles and charm like nobody's business. Isn't that always the way? 

Our days have been so extra busy lately with life and I feel like I blink and another week has passed again. We're so thankful for these days with our family of five all at home. It won't last long!

God is good, all the time!

Thursday, October 16, 2014

One Story, One Purpose



A few months ago, God began to stir in my heart the need for us to tell others our life stories that we may point people to Christ. God has done amazing things. Skip on over to onestoryonepurpose.net and see for yourself what God has planned. I hope I'll see you there!

God is good, all the time!

Wednesday, January 1, 2014

Shine with Purpose {Matthew 5:16}


              

My word for last year was shine. I liked it. Shine is a happy word with lighthearted feeling. A few weeks ago, I began to think about a new word for this new year, but I was so in love with shine that I didn't want to part with it. After a good bit of back and forth with the Lord I decided that purpose was my new word. I bet you guessed it already. The funny thing is, I still wanted to keep my shine. I mean, I have a cuff that says shine for Pete's sake.

As I drove home from work a few days ago I mentioned to the Lord about my silly tug on this shiny word. He spoke. I love it when He speaks! He didn't ask me to let go of  shine; He asked me to shine with purpose.

"Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven." Matthew 5:16

I've had a whole year to practice my shine, now it's time to narrow my focus that they may see.

Join me.

God is good, all the time!