I published the post below exactly 4 months ago. As I am writing this I can not begin to tell you all the things God has done to bring me to where I am today. BUT, I can tell you that God is faithful in fulfilling His biblical truths in my life.
As my husband and I were getting ready to entertain a couple for lunch and dinner, a friend of Troy’s, with his wife and kids, from his college years, it became apparent that we weren’t communicating very well. I started to feel the tension in the room as we exchanged some not so nice comments between one another; as couples do from time to time.
In the details of creating an inviting atmosphere for everyone to enjoy and in preparing for the feast we were sharing with them, I was impressed by God’s Spirit that my “Home”, where I give my all to meet the needs of my family, is where my “Hard” place is. It’s hard to try to please everyone or always do the right thing, but it’s also not possible. Many times we hurt the people we love the most because we are so comfortable with them, and we figure they will forgive us no matter what. But, it’s those same people we actually need to love even more, even if they spoke hurtful words to us first! Loving them means discerning that they might’ve said something mean out of spite because they actually have an unmet need. Love means asking the other person, “Is something bothering you?”, instead of your’re being mean! Love means saying “sorry” first even if you don’t believe you did anything wrong, so the lines of communication stay open. Marriage counselors have said that it’s better to argue about something than to stop talking and avoiding the problem because it won’t get resolved that way.
In the coming weeks and months I will be sharing more about what God is doing through me and as a result, in our family, to encourage other families to “live the life” that He has for them. I am more certain now, than I have ever been, that it’s His will for me to remain faithful to Him in EVERY aspect of my home life, as a wife, mother, and Christian.
As a result, God’s light is going to shine brighter through our family because I am staying “Between a Rock (Jesus) and a hard place (Home)!” I’m choosing, daily, to stay and love my family because there is no other place I could be where I am accepted for who I am. God is using my home life to sanctify me for His Kingdom purposes. There’s truly no place like home!
Please be praying for us specifically; that His ways would be our ways, and His thoughts would be our thoughts; to seek His Kingdom first, so all that we need for this earth will be provided.
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
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