Hopelessness. Confusion. Disillusionment.
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An Apology... This weekend was filled with such WONDERFUL, LIFE GIVING words of ENCOURAGEMENT at the Mom Heart Conference...yet I tweeted carelessly and caused pain to a fellow believer and mom as well as misrepresented the most gentle, life speaking woman I know...Sally Clarkson.
The tweet: "The most blessed child has a happy mom."
Not something "bad" to say, but a sweet mom who was following the conference via twitter ...who was feeling desperate and in a dark place of her life was hurt. This quote was OUT OF CONTEXT...and there is NOTHING I can do to take back the sting it caused her.
Motherhood can sometimes be a rough road to hoe when the Deceiver is whispering in our ear that we CAN'T do it...that we are inadequate...that we have already missed the mark, so why continue to try...
HE IS THE FATHER OF LIES!!!! DO NOT LISTEN!
If you are in a dark place...know that the Father of LIGHT is with you. He promises NEVER to leave nor forsake you. He tells us that His strength is made perfect in our weakness and that he cares for us like a mother cares for her child...even more!
The Father LOVES us! He give us hope...through Christ Jesus. He is our Sustainer!
We live in a broken world where we, sometimes, are broken as well. BUT there is HOPE. JESUS CHRIST, His redeeming Love, His sacrificial LOVE that saves us from the grips of darkness and illuminates our way. He gently brushes the tarnish away to reveal in and through us what a beautiful treasure we are to him...just as we are...he loves us.
So, PLEASE, forgive a careless TWEET and know that I am praying for light to invade the darkness in a way that is "exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us," (Eph 3:20)
Humbly striving to write a wrong and bring light to the darkness...
In this day in age, it is hard to WAIT. We don't really have to wait on much. Food is fast, even at home... information can be gained at the speed of your typing...laundry and dishes are even quickly and fairly effortlessly washed.
Not only are we used to our microwaved life...we have a misconception about what it means to WAIT. Webster's 1828 Disctionary defines wait as:
1. To stay or rest in expectation; to stop or remain stationary, till the arrival of some person or event. 2. To stay proceedings, or suspend any business, in expectation of some person, event, or the arrival of some hour. 3. To rest in expectation and patience
WAIT doesn't mean to sleep, fidget or mindless pass time. It is the anticipation of an expectant event or person! It takes effort...focus...to WAIT.
There are so many ideas, directions, situations and people I am praying about at the present time. I know that the Lord is hearing my every word and is attentive to them all...so I have Peace...But I am WAITING.
Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. May integrity and uprightness preserve me, for I wait for you. Wait for the LORD; be strong, and let your heart take courage; wait for the LORD! Be strong, and let your heart take courage, all you who wait for the LORD! Be still before the LORD and wait patiently for him; Wait for the LORD and keep his way But for you, O LORD, do I wait; it is you, O Lord my God, who will answer. And now, O Lord, for what do I wait? My hope is in you. I will thank you forever, because you have done it. I will wait for your name, for it is good, in the presence of the godly. For God alone, O my soul, wait in silence, for my hope is from him. I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I hope; (Psa 25:5) (Psa 25:21) (Psa 27:14) (Psa 31:24) (Psa 37:7a) (Psa 37:34a) (Psa 38:15) (Psa 39:7) (Psa 52:9)(Psa 62:5)(Psa 130:5)
I am blessed beyond measure to KNOW that My Lord is my Salvation...my Peace...my Hope! It is the reason I am anticipating...expecting...WAITING on Him to answer.
What are you WAITING in expectation for?
I love the Biblical accounts of Mary as she was being filled with the Lord...her journey...her obedience...Josephs obedience! What an awesome testimony and heritage she left for the world...being found righteous in the sight of the God Almighty. God had an Awesome plan laid for Mary and Joseph's life. He has a plan for each of us as well...each one just as important as Mary and Joseph's, for it is the same. The call to follow Him...to show His Love and Grace to those around us...to teach our Children about His great Love and Sacrifice...to be Obedient in walking after His ways, with His character and His heart of compassion.
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope. Then you will call upon Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. And you will seek Me and find Me, when you search for Me with all your heart."Jeremiah 29:11-13
I am not always obedient, not even in the little things sometimes, but I know that God is merciful, and if I am seeking Him, He will change this heart of mine into a willing and obedient heart, that He may find pleasure in my actions. Meanwhile, I thank the Lord for the 'hope and future' that He has orchestrated for me, and YOU, as followers of Christ. This year, I am being intentional to enjoy the Christmas Season. I have a wonderful family around me, whether immediate, extended or my family of friends and I am rejoicing before the Lord for the Symphony of people he orchestrates in my life!
Take time to thank the Lord for being Jesus (Saviour), Emmanuel (God With Us), today. Even when Life is difficult and despairing, he IS with us. It's WHO and WHY He IS.