Friday, May 4, 2018
Dear Heavenly Father, thank You for Your love and Your nurturing. Thank You so much that when we looked hopeless, You still poured into us. Thank you for the foundation that I have in You. Thank You God that You never leave me nor forsake me. Thank You for showing me that while there are others around me that look beautiful on the outside, they still need You. Outward appearance is beautiful but it only lasts a short time. God I seek to be more like You inside and out. Continue to form me into being more like You, loving, nurturing, caring, constant, and persistent. I know this means many more times of trials, and I welcome them if it means being more like, and closer to You. In Jesus Name, Amen.
Thursday, May 3, 2018
May 2, 1992
26 years ago today I walked down the aisle to commit and join my forever with another. Our invitation was a verse from the book of Ecclesiastes. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken. It was not quickly broken, but it was in fact broken. 10 years ago, my now ex posted on a social media page a picture of the two of us with the caption "16 years and I still get that feeling". Only months later he was expressing that he didn't know if he was still in love with me. This made zero sense to me. It could be only one thing. That in fact was the thing. He had allowed the devil a foothold and the devil did his finest work and destroyed a sacred union. It has been nearly 10 years and I still get that sucker punched in the gut feeling of overwhelming pain and sadness...
I will never celebrate 17 years of marriage with someone again. I will never celebrate milestone anniversaries with someone at my age now. This saddens my heart. Thankfully, I have the love of the Lord. I still have the pain, but know my future is in His hands and do my best to trust and rest in that.
"Though one may be overpowered, two can defend themselves. A cord of three strands is not quickly broken" (Ecclesiastes 4:12).
Thursday, September 14, 2017
"The waters surrounded me, even to my soul; The deep closed around me; Weeds were wrapped around my head. I went down to the moorings of the mountains; The earth with its bars closed behind me forever; Yet You have brought up my life from the pit, O Lord , my God" (Jonah 2:5-6).
Friday, September 8, 2017
Friday, January 6, 2017
If you are married, go tell your spouse you love them! Things may be difficult right now, but it is a moment. Take a moment to remember why you are married in the first place. Remember those butterflies in your stomach at the very thought of them; those feelings that you couldn't possibly spend enough time together. You made a commitment, keep it. This world is full of things that will try to destroy your union. Don’t give in to the temptations tossed out there by the devil himself. Whatever is going on right now is temporary… good or bad. Embrace the difficulties, for in them there are opportunities for growth and strength to the marriage. If things are good, continue to pour into each other, for certain there will come challenges. Do not ever think it is ok to get chummy with a member of the opposite sex at work or anywhere else. It may begin innocently, but can be a great tool for the STUPID devil. You may think: They are so easy to talk to… They understand my struggles… They “get me”… If you are single, and they are single, GO FOR IT! If you have committed yourself in marriage: FORGET ABOUT IT!! Believe it or not your spouse “Gets you”~ You simply have to keep investing! If you have a bank account and don’t put any money into it, you are going to have NOTHING there to withdrawal.
“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour” (1 Peter 5:8).
Enjoy the now- Don’t worry about the future. Something will always be there to challenge the relationship, but if you dwell on that, it steals your joy today. Don’t let anything rob you of the beauty that can be enjoyed today, by worrying about tomorrow.
“Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about its own things. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble” (Matthew 6:34).
"You will show me the path of life; In Your presence is fullness of joy; At Your right hand are pleasures forevermore” (Psalm 16:11).
Friday, August 12, 2016
"Anxiety in the heart of man causes depression, But a good word makes it glad" (Proverbs 12:25). Having dealt with (battled!) depression myself for a number of years (it still rears it's UGLY head sometimes), I understand how consuming it can be. There are days when you think that you just can't handle it anymore; want to curl up in a dark corner and have it all stop (and I mean ALL!). After being on it for three years, I am happy to say that I have been completely off medicine for the last six years. (I am not ashamed to admit that I needed help.) It is not without some bad days, but they are bearable days, and some days in need of talking to my best friend(s) to help pull me out so that I don't sink farther into it. I am so thankful that Christ is in my life, and that He provides me the strength that I need, and lifts my head. There are so many people that are afraid to address it, afraid to talk about it, think that it is shameful, or disgraceful. It is real; just as real as if your eyesight was failing and you needed glasses, or if you had a heart condition and needed to take medicine. If you know someone, or are someone who suffers from this, please don't be afraid to talk about it! It is NOT shameful, it is NOT disgraceful... I don't think God would have used the word depression in His Word if it was not something that we would have to face.