Tuesday, May 24, 2011
It’s funny how even though we know what God’s word teaches; we still mess up every day. I am thankful that the Lord forgives me, because I need it daily. The fruit of the Spirit is the work of the Holy Spirit in us. God’s Spirit speaks to us through his word. The Bible is his love letter to us: Basic Instruction Before Leaving Earth. How can we expect to walk in the Spirit when we go about our day neglecting to commune with God? It is days like one I had recently that remind me of how weak I am on my own. I am human, I mess up, and I do things that I wish I could take back. God would not have me to live in regret, but to learn from my mistakes.
If I keep my focus on the cross, I am less likely to sweat the small stuff, the worldly stuff, the stuff that normally brings out the worst in me. Why? 1 Peter 5:6-8 states, “Humble yourself therefore under the mighty hand of God, that he may exalt you in due time: casting all your care upon him; for he cares for you. Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walks about seeking whom he may devour.” If we would humble ourselves before the mighty hand of God, be sober, and vigilant; he promises to exalt us in due time. That due time could be when someone does something that threatens to yank our emotions into a bad place. That due time could be when Satan is on the prowl, seeking to destroy our witness but God shelters us from falling prey. That due time could be anything that would keep us from bringing honor and glory to God. I don’t know about you, but I want the Lord to exalt me in due time. I am weak and imperfect on my own. I say and do things that I am not proud of. On my own, I have no self-control. But I am an heir to the King of Kings and Lord of Lords! He alone will help me to have more self-control in all areas of my life.
Monday, March 21, 2011
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
Friday, October 29, 2010
Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, [even] unto the end of the world. Amen. ~Matthew 28:20
This song speaks so clearly to what is going on in the lives of many. Everytime I hear it, I just want to shout AMEN! The moment that the alarm clock sounds in the morning to wake me up to a brand new day, a flood of thoughts concerning that day's agenda tries to consume me. I am pretty certain that I am not alone in this. Almost everyone I speak to lately expresses some sort of stressor in their life.
"Let The Waters Rise" What is the "water" in your life? Is your "water" more than one thing? Personally, there are things that try to smother me, but none like the loss of Rylee. November 11 will mark one year since her passing. I can vividly remember what I was doing each day this time last year. Grief is a funny thing. Some days I am great. Some days I miss her all day long. Guilt tries to find its way in every now and then; guilt about living life, moving on. I know better and I am able to recognize it when it happens. God has shown me over the past 9 years that He wants to use me and my family in a way that is unique to us. Everything that we experience in life can be used to learn and grow. Through Facebook, the world can become very small. The ML II support group has opened the doors for me to connect with some amazing families. I get to help other families who are dealing with the many questions that come along with this disease. There are families from right here in the U.S. and other countries. My prayer is that when I speak, my words will serve as an encouragement to them. Not to sound weird, but it brings me great comfort to use what Rylee taught me to help others. Her legacy never dies. What a legacy she left us! I believe in my heart this is what the Lord would want. So "Let The Waters Rise" whatever they may be, I WILL FOLLOW THE LORD! God is with me! I hope whoever reads this draws comfort. Thank you Jesus for carrying me.
Tuesday, September 28, 2010
Kara’s middle name is Grace. There was a one in four chance that this beautiful little girl could have been born with the genetic problem that Rylee had. Brad and I believe that it is only by God’s grace that she is healthy! Saturday night, He took that little girl and showed even more grace to me.
My life is not always sad and depressing, I promise. There are many days that are filled with laughter and excitement; but we as a family are still walking through this season of grief. It was about this time last year that Rylee’s health began to go downhill, so I expect that there may be more days like Saturday night to come. I praise God that He is my rock! I know that He will continually pick me and my family up and comfort us each and every day.
Father God I thank you for sending your son to die on the cross so that I and many others can have ever-lasting life. I thank you for using Kara to speak truth into my hurting heart. God continue to use me and my family to point others to you. In Jesus’ Name, Amen.