Tuesday, February 28, 2012
She explained that she was doing pretty good after her husbands arrest, with her grandmother in her home helping with the boys while she went out looking for a job until her grandmother was diagnosed with lung cancer and had to go back to Charlotte. She has been searching for a job for a very long time and there have been no openings. She lives on the bare minimum as she cares for her little ones and hopes and prays that she will be able to obtain a job in the near future. She has some medical experience and has applied at all the area hospitals without results.
I would be totally discouraged and down in the mouth but she was very pleasant, well dressed and mannerly. Her children were very obedient and responded well to her direction. She is out in the world caring for two small children and trying to make ends meet.
Got me to thinking about how bad we all think we have it. We have to clean, to cook for our husbands, to get to one appointment after another in our fine cars, and then we fuss when we have to go to work. We don't have near the odds against us, yet we groan and complain. Shame on us. What is that verse that goes something like this...."Do all things as unto the Lord without grumbling or complaining.
As you say your prayers to night, pray for Renee and her kids. She will have to find another place to live in two weeks cause her time will be up at this facilitiy. Pray we will be able to supply her with some resources that can help her living situation. Pray for her to have the strength she needs to raise those precious boys. Pray that God will provide her every need.
I am reminded of the passage in Matt. 10:42, "Whoever gives to one of these little ones [in rank or influence] even a cup of cold water because he is My disciple surely, I declare to you, he shall not lose his reward."
Oh Lord, help us to always be willing to give a cup of cold water to those who enter our doors who are in need. I know you brought this young lady our way today. Help us to know how to help her in your name. She acknowledged that she is a child of yours and we thank You for that. Help us know now how to help our sister in Christ in the coming days. We don't want to lose our reward in You Lord. Oh please don't let us lose this opportunity.
Saturday, February 18, 2012
Tuesday, February 14, 2012
Thursday, February 9, 2012
“No power on earth or heaven can separate us from God’s love. Not our sin, not any authority” Romans 8:38-39
A dear friend recently invited me to her son and daughter-in-law’s baby shower. There was a table set up with materials to make up a scrapbook and a note card to write down advice for the ‘parents to be’ which would be put in a booklet for them to refer to in the years to come.
I ended up taking my card home to think about before I attempted to write my advice down. The card laid on my bathroom counter in the hopes that it would prompt me to write down my words of advice, but I kept delaying the process.
There have been moments in my walk with our prodigal that I felt I was the last one anyone would want to ask for childrearing ideas. How about you, know what I mean?
One day, out of the blue, I decided to pick up that card and I wrote the following:
“As much as you love that precious baby right now, there may come a time you may not feel like loving her. Choose to love her anyway, unconditionally, just as our Lord loves us.”
If you are receiving this newsletter then it is conceivable that you understand what I said and why. There have been moments we didn’t feel like loving our child, our husband, our grandchild, or our wife. We may grieve over the choices our loved ones have made, but we have the choice of continuing to show them the same unconditional love God demonstrates toward us day after day. Nothing, not even our sin and rebellion, can separate us from His love.
Each time I attend a wedding and hear the vows taken, I think how most brides and grooms haven’t a clue what they are committing to. You never dreamed those vows you took to love, honor, and cherish whether in sickness or in good health, rich or poor might just be tested one day.
When we bring that child into the world we are taking the same vow to love, cherish, and take care of that one entrusted to us before releasing them into the Heavenly Father’s care. Some of you are at the point that you have had to release them due to continued bad choices, but continue to love and pray them home to their Father. It might have to be tough love but love them never the less.