Set your paths straight…Between a “Rock (Jesus) and a Hard Place (Home)

In the last few weeks I have been reminded, in my spirit, that if I want to get the rewards, I need to stand firm in what I believe in and not give up “no matter what”.  I believe that is applicable to anything in life.

Home schooling has never been really easy, but it has been educational, fun and life changing, for the better.

Moving from Colorado to New Jersey hasn’t been easy either, but it holds the promise of being educational, fun (once we can get the schedule and finances in place), and a ministry to women and moms, locally and globally

Nothing ever worth doing is easy.  In the movie “The Mighty Macs”, one of the main characters, the Mother Superior at Immaculata College, tells Cathy Rush, the future coach, “Without the pain, there is no glory” (paraphrase).

The reason I am sharing this with you is because I have felt pain physically and emotionally every time I have attempted to do something worth doing, like home schooling, witnessing to the lost, and especially mothering.  All these callings are worth doing, but they come at a cost, like most things worth investing in for eternity.

Last night I came to a crossing, yet again (this is not the first time, nor the last).  I was emotionally torn because I really didn’t feel like going on any more, I felt like quitting lots of things.  BUT, if I quit, what glory will there be for me or my family, friends…Furthermore, what glory will God get through my pitiful life?  He will get a lot more if I live for Him than if I live for myself.

It isn’t easy sharing this with you.  But I believe it’s worth doing because I have spoken to other moms like me who struggle, and they need to know that they are not alone, so I can’t be the only one who gets down and feels like life is too hard to keep trying to do what is right or best for the present blessings and eternal rewards.

When I first became a Christian, follower of God through Christ, I admitted that I could not do life on my own and live it for a greater, eternal purpose.

I confessed with my mind, heart and mouth that I am a sinner, in need of repentance, believed that Jesus IS God’s one and only son, and confessed my faith in Jesus Christ as Savior by being publicly submersed in water, to signify dying to my old life and gaining new life in Christ.

Sometimes I think we need to be reminded of that. Jesus said (paraphrasing again) that He came to those that know they need to be saved, not for those that don’t even know they need a savior.  We are being saved from God’s wrath.  He is going to take care of all the wrongs that have been committed by man (and the devil and his angels) once and for all.  He’s going to bring all things to justice because He is a just God.

So, when we feel like life isn’t fair, we can look at what Jesus did on the cross and see that it wasn’t fair for Him either and we can keep on living with a bigger purpose in our hearts.

So, in the mean time we must tell others what He has done for us so they too may not perish, but instead have the opportunity to make their own choice to accept Him or reject Him.  So, let’s not forget that and LIVE for Him to be glorified!

We have a God that is bigger than our problems!  I am going to continue to believe that because if I don’t finish the race that I started on that rebirth, then I won’t gain the prize that is waiting for those who finish.  I don’t want to barely finish the race, but finish well!!

How are you feeling today?  Nothing is too big for God. One of my favorite verses is Proverbs 3:5-6, “Trust in the Lord with all your heart, lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him, and he will make your paths straight.”

According to that verse I don’t have to believe my limited thoughts and give in to my fears.  IF I do what He says, I will reap the rewards, just like with anything else in life.

I will leave you with these final words that help me to stay focused when the pressures of life get me down.

“Let your eyes look straight ahead, fix your gaze directly before you.  Make level paths for your feet and take only ways that are firm.  Do not swerve to the right or the left; keep your foot from evil.” Proverbs 4:25-27 

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Sew Happy!

I just wanted to mention that this post title “Sew Happy” won’t make sense unless you look at the picture of two of my girls sewing away, very content. To see more of these pictures go to my website and click on “Daily Living” at http://www.socorrogill.com

confessions of a mother's heart

Well, a month has passed since we moved to NJ and things are starting to feel more settled.
Since I wrote to you last we’ve had the opportunity to visit a couple of places of historical importance.

First, we got to see a sunrise from “Washington Rock” on Easter morning. We couldn’t host an Easter Sunrise Gathering this year in our home, so we went to the closest one we could find and it was gorgeous. We had a view of Manhattan and New York City!
Needles to say, we were up from 4:30am that day, but it was worth it!

To learn more about it go to:

http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/washRock/WashingtonRockPk.html

Just last weekend we visited the Abraham Staats House in Bound Brook where, again, history took place. To see all the pictures and more details of that visit go to my website at http://www.socorrogill.com and click on the tab “Homemade”. I…

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Sew Happy!

Well, a month has passed since we moved to NJ and things are starting to feel more settled.
Since I wrote to you last we’ve had the opportunity to visit a couple of places of historical importance.

First, we got to see a sunrise from “Washington Rock” on Easter morning. We couldn’t host an Easter Sunrise Gathering this year in our home, so we went to the closest one we could find and it was gorgeous. We had a view of Manhattan and New York City!
Needles to say, we were up from 4:30am that day, but it was worth it!

To learn more about it go to:

http://www.somersetcountyparks.org/parksFacilities/washRock/WashingtonRockPk.html

Just last weekend we visited the Abraham Staats House in Bound Brook where, again, history took place. To see all the pictures and more details of that visit go to my website at http://www.socorrogill.com and click on the tab “Homemade”. I have also posted other “Daily Living” pictures of the girls in our rental home.
I will have an update about the happenings of our local home church and the new things I will get to do with them very soon!
Don’t be afraid to comment and let me know how you’re doing or if you have any questions.
Until next time…

Test and See…

For those who don’t know yet, for the last 4 years we lived in the beautiful state of Colorado.  But, for business reasons, my family moved to north east New Jersey for a short time.

I’ve been pondering the ramifications of the recent events in our my family’s lives and it never ceases to amaze me at how God is always at work around us, but we don’t always notice, unless we are paying attention.

Are you paying attention, during this Lenten season, especially to see where God is at work?

He is at work all around us.  In our physical surroundings, maybe in our neighbors, and in our hearts, if we listen closely.

I can see God has been stirring in the hearts of several people in a particular church here in New Jersey and he’s bringing some of them together to start something new and exciting in their community.  I will tell you more about it as the events unfold.  SO, for now I will leave you hanging.  Stay tuned!

On another note though…

It’s been on my heart to share something else with you.

I want to do God’s will!  I have intentionally made it a point to let everyone in my world know that, so there is no doubt about that.  Not everybody in my circle of influence agrees with my way of living or choice of educating my children, but that is not as important to me.  I want to fear God, not man.

It’s a tricky balance to  maintain, if you don’t want to offend anyone.  But, I am not hear to try to please man.  My ultimate goal in life is to glorify the one who gave me physical and emotional stability and eternal life through His son, Jesus Christ!  Stating that alone will offend some people.

In our home schooling science endeavors, recently, we’ve been studying about chemistry and scientists, in general, and what contributions they made.

Galileo Galilei was one who felt the same way about doing things for the right reasons.  He felt strongly about his beliefs even when it wasn’t the most popular thing to do.  Even though he was a Christian at the time, he stood up against the accepted and deep rooted belief that the earth was the center and the sun and planets all revolved around it.

He saw the evidence, with his own eyes, and went as far as to secretly write down all his research, while he was under house arrest, by the inquisition, so that upon his death it could be published elsewhere.  He said, I do not feel obliged to believe that the same God who has endowed us with sense, reason, and intellect has intended us to forgo their use.
Read more at http://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/g/galileogal161381.html#v2vDhjKCVzUQw8He.99

He stood up against what the catholic church, the only one at the time, had accepted, just because another Christian man had said it, without testing the “theory”.  By the way, if it’s a theory, it technically hasn’t been proven, therefore, it isn’t a fact. 

I feel the same way.

C.S. Lewis, one of my favorite Christian converts and authors, wrote in his book, “Vice and Virtue, A Dictionary of the Good Life”;

“Good and evil both increase at compound interest.  That is why the little decisions we make every day are of such infinite importance.  The smallest good act today is the capture of a strategic point from which, a few months later, you may be able to go on to victories you never dreamed of.  An apparently trivial indulgence in lust or anger today is the loss of a ridge or railway line or bridgehead from which the enemy may launch an attack otherwise impossible.”

Wow, that sure says a lot about the little decisions we make every day!  It makes sense.  What we do matters…it makes a difference in our lives as well as others.

With that said…I have made decisions in my life that have affected my immediate and distant family.  In making these decisions, it has been my hope to make God known to others so they too can test and see  that He does exist by simply asking Him, in their hearts, to make Himself known to them, and I believe He will!

This Easter season is one of the best times to reflect on whether or not we truly know God and are or are seeking to be a follower.  Jesus said in His word, “If you love me, you will obey me” (John 14:24).  Have you been obedient to Him?  Do you know what that means?  If you don’t, I challenge you to attend a bible believing church this Easter Sunday and ask one of the pastoral staff more about it.

Get plugged in to a bible study to investigate, like Galileo, and test and see for yourself, that God is real and He loves you more than you could ever know.

“Someone you don’t even know (Jesus) died to get to know you.” T-shirt quote

May God bless you and make this Easter memorable!

“Taste and see that the Lord is good, blessed are those who take refuge in Him” Psalms 34:8

…Test and see…