Grateful for “Mars Needs Moms” Disney Movie and the Love of God

In September and October of this year I hosted two Dinner and Movie Nights for moms.  We got together to watch Disney’s “Mars Needs Moms” over dinner and dessert!   We had great discussions about what it means to be a “Mars” kind of mom.  We also talked about what kind of mom God needs to raise the children He has entrusted us with.

This is going to be a little bit of a movie review, but without all the details, just the main points I want to highlight to get my point across.

In the beginning of the movie we see two Martians, in outer space, searching the earth for moms who can keep their children in order and can get them to do what they’ve asked them to.  When the right one is detected, by observing her interaction with her son, she is swept away in the middle of the night and taken to Mars by space travel.

Just before “The Mom” is taken however, we get an inside look at one night in the life of this family and are left with an unresolved issue that becomes the plot of the movie.  Milo needs to apologize to his mom and be reconciled back to her, but it will take an out of this world feat to accomplish.

In an effort to get her son, Milo, to eat his dinner, his mom tells him if he wants to have T.V. time, he must eat all his vegetables.  Milo pretends to eat his broccoli, but instead he gives it to his cat.  But, later the cat vomits the food and his mom finds out.  So, he gets sent off to bed, which leads to a big argument and some not so nice words are exchanged.  After not being able to get to sleep Milo decides to say sorry to his mom, but instead of doing that he gets to see his mom taken away by a mysterious force.

Milo runs after her and tries to stop the Martian ship from taking her, but he gets caught on one of the ship’s feet and is pulled in instead.

Upon arrival to Mars, Milo meets another young man who had a similar experience as him and they go on a dangerous, but successful journey to rescue Milo’s mother from a fatal experience.

In the meantime, the “Supervisor’s” assistant is drawn in by the boy’s rescue attempts.  Her name is “Key”, which is short for her real Martian name.  An interesting twist in the movie is that Key questions why the boys want to rescue Milo’s mom.  She soon finds out.

In an exchange of words and crossing of paths, Milo shares with Key that he needs to rescue his mom, who “gives him hugs, takes care of him, and ‘loves’ him”.  Through some research that Key does, she discovers what this “Crazy Love thing” is from the boys and by uncovering some ancient ruins in her Martian City.

The whole reason that the Supervisor abducted Milo’s mom was to try to take all of her memories and input them all into the “Nanny-bots”, nanny robots that raise the Martian baby hatchlings.  But, when Key discovers a carved image of a mom, dad and baby she comes to realize that the Supervisor was lying to all the Martians.  They had believed a lie that it took Nanny-bots to raise the babies of every generation, which happened every 25 years.

One thing the Supervisor said, when confronted with this truth, was that she needed “order” and the boys only wanted to “play” and basically wasted their time.  So, in an effort to raise babies more efficiently and populate the planet her answer was to only raise the baby girl Martians, by using programmed robots, and dumping the boy hatchlings into the trash, because they were useless to her.

By the end of the movie it is clear that it takes sacrificial love to raise a family.  You must have both the mom and dad’s combined effort to raise a healthy family.  It takes the crazy kind of love that comes from an orderly parent, in the movie’s case, a mom, a playful fatherly figure, as portrayed by the males, and finally the ultimate sacrifice of one’s life This movie also highlights that sometimes our children need to go through hard times to truly appreciate the love of a parent, his mom.

“Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends.”  John 15:3 NIV

As I write this I don’t feel like the kind of mom that God wants, but does need.  As a matter of fact, I feel very inadequate and like a failure more times than I do victorious.  That is the truth of how I “feel”, but not God’s truth.  When my girls hesitate to follow my orderly directions or talk back, it’s tempting to let them have their way.  But, I know that if I don’t put my foot down, so to speak, they will run all over me and also suffer themselves, in the long run.

Whoever spares the rod hates their children,
    but the one who loves their children is careful to discipline them.” Proverbs 13:24

Despite my feelings however, God calls me to love my children with God’s love and to be an example for them to follow.  Despite my weaknesses He has still called me, so I must take courage in that He knows what He is doing in continuing to let me be their mother.

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.” 1 Corinthians 13:4

When Paul the apostle asked God to take away the thorn in his flesh, which God meant to keep him from becoming conceited (2 Cor. 12:7) God answered him this:

But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9

I’m not saying that my children are a thorn in the flesh, but sometimes it feels that way.  During the season of Thanksgiving I am reminded to be grateful that He chose to give my husband and me three beautiful girls who are growing up to be better women than me, in many ways.  But, I pray He helps me even more through the pre-teen and teen years of their lives because they are very difficult for me, especially while I go through premenopausal life changes.

If you want to raise the family that God has given you, you must first accept the love that He has for you.  You have heard this before, I’m sure.  You cannot give your children something that you don’t haveSo, pray and ask God to pour His love into your spirit so that you may be able to love your children like he has shown you, a sacrificial kind of love.

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters. 17 If anyone has material possessions and sees a brother or sister in need but has no pity on them, how can the love of God be in that person? 18 Dear children, let us not love with words or speech but with actions and in truth.” 1 John 3:16-17

Grateful,

Socorro Gill

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“Perfect Love casts out Fear” — Confessions of A Mother’s Heart

I’m thankful for all my family and friends! Thank you to you who follow our lives and know us personally! I hope you know that what I write about is close to my heart. Some things are very easy to say, but others are not. And, I say them anyway. I want everyone who reads […]

via “Perfect Love casts out Fear” — Confessions of A Mother’s Heart

“Perfect Love casts out Fear”

I’m thankful for all my family and friends!  Thank you to you who follow our lives and know us personally!  I hope you know that what I write about is close to my heart.  Some things are very easy to say, but others are not.  And, I say them anyway.  I want everyone who reads these blogs to know that “we will have trials in this life, but Jesus has already overcome the world” and we can find courage in knowing Him, the one true God.

What I am sharing today is not pretty but a reality that many women live with.  FEAR.

Fear is a driving force that can keep us from harm, in the case of a fire in a home or another natural disaster.  Other times fear keeps us from doing God’s will in our lives.

Fear of what other people will think, say or do has kept me from doing certain things sometimes.  Fear has also kept my family and I safe from a fire in our California home.  We ran from it to safety as soon as we knew we were in danger.

Both types of fears are necessary, but not at all times.  Living in constant fear is not healthy at all.  I have personally experienced panic attacks as a result of living in fear of known’s and unknowns.

Many times in my life I have made decisions based on fear instead of love.  Today I realized that I had an irrational fear.  It was not based on love, but fear of rejection.  I know in my heart that it is a trap to fear what people think of me.  So, I am able to make many choices most people would hesitate to make or not even consider.

I love having people over to our house for food and fellowship, as a family.  I enjoy mentoring and encouraging women, especially young moms in their mothering and sharing how to love their husband and children.  I’m not afraid to share my failures especially if it helps others learn from my mistakes and as a result helps deter them from making bad choices.  All of this doesn’t scare me much, just a little.  But, I invite people anyway, even if they do not always accept the invitation.

Most people are afraid of rejection, so they either hesitate or don’t ever invite people over for coffee or a meal, for the above mentioned reasons.

When I am afraid of someone or something my emotions tend to follow in action or inaction, especially during a particular and very vulnerable time of the month.   Regardless of when I feel afraid, I make a mental note and take my fears to God in prayer.  Sometimes I also talk to someone like my husband  or another close friend about it.

Recently though, I was feeling very emotional and vulnerable, but was “afraid” to share with my husband my thoughts because I was afraid of what he would think or how he would react.

When I realized that I was afraid of what my own husband would think or say it surprised even me.  I was pretty sure, in my spirit, up until now, that I feared God more than man.  That’s is how I have learned to live my life, as a wife and mother.  I married my husband for love, not fear!

After struggling with a wave of emotions and thoughts about this situation I came to realize that I was letting my fears keep me from communicating some things with my husband.  Fear was my driving force, not love.  But, I love him very much and respect his opinion.  Sometimes, however, I don’t always agree with him, and vice versa.  My fear of my husband was keeping me from being truthful, which I do not want to happen.

A red flag was raised in my heart today.  I was reverting back to the beginning of our married life and holding things back.  It is partly because we have been so busy settling back in to our old home and partly because my husband has not been present as much either.  He has had to go back to New Jersey quite a bit and hasn’t been available to talk in person.  Not being able to speak to him in person for the last few months, since we’ve been back, and having so many changes come up in our home has lead to me feeling distanced from him.

But, If I start to be afraid to share with my own husband what’s in my heart, because I am scared of what he’ll think, then I need to go to God first.  I need to ask him for the courage to say what I want to say, but not while I am emotional because that will only make me be misunderstood.  Once I am more emotionally stable, and have spoken to God about my “feelings” then, I can be prepared to live in love with my husband, and not live in fear.

In the almost 19 years of marriage with Troy I have noticed a pattern.  If I am “feeling” like I can’t talk to Troy about something, then the lines of communication will be closed, and a big wedge will get between us, leading to a downward spiral of disappointments.  But, if I fess up to God first, to get the courage to speak with him, and then tell Troy, then at least we can work things out.  I know I cannot let that happen if I want to “Fear God, not man” and grow more in love with him while strengthening our family bond.

God is the only one I will have to answer to when I leave this body, not anyone one else.   And, while we are on earth, we need to “love our neighbor as our self”, which includes family.

I am so grateful that God showed me this today.  No matter how I “think” my husband will react or what he will say I need to be truthful with my husband and real with God.  I need to “love” my husband as God loves me!

“There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear, because fear has to do with punishment. The one who fears is not made perfect in love.” 1 John 4:18 NIV

As a parent, If I want to make a positive difference, then I must take “courage” in God and not lose heart, so hopefully my children will follow my example, as we are to follow Christ’s exemplary life.

As a wife, I need to honor and respect my husband enough to let him know what’s on my heart, with God’s love.

Finally, as a sister-in-Christ, I pray with other ladies for their husbands to lead in their families and follow the one true God.

What are you afraid of today that is keeping you from God’s perfect love?

Live in God’s Perfect Love,

Socorro Gill

http://www.socorrogill.com

P.S. Look for upcoming dates to “Pray for our husband and children” Tea Times on my website, starting January 2017 or before!

Refer to my previous blogs on “Building My House” parts 1 through 3 starting here: https://4gillgirl.wordpress.com/2016/01/

 

Settling Back in to Colorado Living

It’s been about a month and a half since my family packed up and left New Jersey to come back to our home in Colorado.  Wow!  It has been a whirlwind since we returned too!

After 5 years of praying and begging my brothers and sisters to come out and visit, they finally took the plunge and decided to come out…9 days after our return date!

That was a wonderful surprise which allowed me to very intentionally unpack, clean and purge some items, before they got here.  There was definitely a sense of excitement because not only were we coming back home to the familiar, but also because two of my six sisters, their family and even a nephew from another of my sisters children was coming to visit, for a total of about one week.

We really enjoyed having all of them come to stay with us for about 4 days each.  We went to places like the Georgetown Loop, which we hadn’t gone to before. I also took them to the familiar places like downtown Denver, via the metro, and the Buffalo Bill Burial place and museum.  This was all a new experience for them.  Just being out of California and driving through all the beautiful countryside and other highways was a new experience in itself.

To clarify, when I say we, I mean the girls and I because even though my whole family came back from New Jersey, Troy had to return to New Jersey for work.  So, he was gone for the whole time that we had my family over.  Thankfully, they were all very grateful to be in Colorado and were understanding of the situation. SO, they were very helpful if I needed anything like buying a replacement car for me because Troy’s had been totaled in an accident just one month before we came back.

Did I mention that before?  Well, one month before moving back, Troy was rear ended on the NJ Turnpike and his car ended up being totaled.  It was by God’s grace that Troy got away practically scoot free and was not visibly injured.  So, while my family was here I had to replace that car and one of my brother’s-in- law graciously came with me and helped me make sure I wasn’t given a hard time.  That was a success and I now have a new used vehicle!

Troy did finally return from NJ for about another 9 days.  He was able to enjoy a family vacation (away from our “New Jersey Vacation”) with us in Estes Park just before he was off again to New Jersey.

SO, needless to say, God is continually showing me how much I need Him through all of this life stuff, especially when I don’t have my husband by my immediate side.

Three weeks ago, I also started home schooling my children again, and that has been the usual battle.  No one really likes to have to start “school” again, but it’s necessary.  They are doing better and liking it more now, thankfully!  Needless to say, I have been struggling to stay afloat, emotionally, while keeping the home together.

A few days ago, in my not so regular, but still present morning prayer time, out of desperation I asked God to speak to me about this whole situation, and give me more peace and less anxiety.  Even though I had been reading my bible, praying and meeting with my church family, I was struggling with “liking” my kids and having a more cheerful attitude, to say the least.

I asked Him, again, “Why is it so hard”?  The next couple of days, in my bible study at church God revealed to me the answer!

We were studying about David in the book of 1 Samuel chapter 30.  The chapter in my study was titled “Victory”.

Even though David had been chosen by God to be the next king of the Israel, he still had to personally fight many battles.  And, when he did finally become King of Israel there were even more significant battles and struggles coming his way.  Some of those battles involved the current king Saul, whom God had also anointed, but the people picked, not God.  David was going to eventually be taking the place of Saul, because he was no longer fit to be king in God’s eyes.  He also had a bigger plan through David that you can read more about in the bible.

Now, David was going to take his place, but he had to wait on God to place him there in due time and after David learned some life lessons.  In the process, David was not only fighting battles for King Saul, to protect their people, but he was also being pursued by King Saul himself, out of jealousy.  And, at one point David’s men were even thinking about killing David by stoning him because their families were raided, taken from their homes and all their possessions taken, while they were fighting enemy armies.  They were blaming David for the consequences of the very things they signed up for.  The bible says that, “David was greatly distressed because the men were talking of stoning him; each one was bitter in spirit because of his sons and daughters. But David found strength in the LORD his God.” (1 Samuel 30:11, NIV, emphasis added)

But, God had chosen him to be the next king.  Why was it so hard?  Why couldn’t he just come in and say, “Hey, God has chosen me to be the next king, quit whining and complaining and quit fighting me!  We’re all in this together.  This bad situation is not my fault!”

That’s how I feel sometimes with the situations in my life, especially with my children.  “Hey, God has chosen me to be your mother and Troy your father, so quit fighting with us about what we have been called to do as your parents, and let us do our job so we can all enjoy the journey better!!”

If God didn’t make it any easier for David and He chose him to be king of a nation, then who am I to think this life and parenting thing is going to be any easier?

That’s when the light bulb went on, as usual, in my heart. In parenting, like many challenges, but rewarding callings in life, the victory is ours in Christ, if we DON’T GIVE UP and keep believing that God has already won the real war against all the sin and injustice in this world.

Life isn’t fair, but we can make it more enjoyable when we are more thankful for what we have than complain about what we don’t have yet.

I can be thankful that we are back home in Colorado even though Troy has to keep going back to New Jersey for work for a little while longer.

I can be grateful that I have a very loving and encouraging church family even though I don’t have any other relatives here.  Do you get my point?  I am still struggling because I am human, but I am getting it.

I just need to be more thankful and keep on living with an “attitude of gratitude” because “A thankful heart is a happy heart.” (Veggitales Movie,  “Madame Blueberry” )

A happy heart makes the face cheerful, but heartache crushes the spirit. (Proverbs 15:13 NIV)

And, even though that is not my nature, I will chose to make it my nature because I would rather be grateful than not.

Finally, if I want my children to do the same, then I’d better do the same myself.  “More is caught than taught!”

We’re back in Colorado and are grateful to be here even though we miss our new friends and church family in New Jersey.  Come visit us soon, but call ahead 😉

Until next time…

“Devote yourselves to prayer with an alert mind and a thankful heart.” (Colossians 4:2 NLT)

Gratefully,

Socorro Gill

http://www.socorrogill.com

Last week in New Jersey

Last week was Vacation Bible School at our New Jersey Church home.  Gwen got to be a Spelunker Sport’s assistant, I was the KidVid Lead Teacher, and Abigail and Bethany participated in the week’s activities.

After taking into consideration Troy’s work project schedule and our home school startup date for the fall, Troy and I figured out that the absolute latest we could stay in New Jersey was mid-July.  While Troy couldn’t help out during VBS week because it was during the day, he did help out at least once in the preparations.  After VBS we would all get to help tear down everything.  It’s amazing how much work and time goes into getting ready for VBS, yet it only takes a few hours to tear it down.

Troy and I intentionally decided to stay this far into the summer so we could participate in and help out during VBS.  I was hoping the girls and I would be able to enjoy one last adventure, but this time it would be with our church family.  It was definitely an adventure as Gwen and I helped out, while Abigail and Bethany had lots of fun and memorable experiences.

It didn’t surprise me that all of the girls, especially Gwen, enjoyed it.  But, as I prepared for my final video and talk for the children, I was pleasantly surprised that God would use this time to also show me His love by reminding me that the desire He gave me to minister to others could only be done in and through the power of the Holy Spirit in my life.

As the KidVid Cinema leader I was entrusted with showing videos to children about other young children, and having a discussion about it with them.  The kids in the videos were as young as three years old and as old as high school-age.  Every day we all got to watch what these extraordinary kids were doing to help others.

After teaching the children that God gives us hope, courage, direction, and His love, by dying on the cross for our sins, on the 5th day I was able to share with them that God gives us His power to accomplish what He calls us to do. After watching the video, I was encouraged to relate to them as Jesus also did in his day, by bringing down the message to a more personal level, so they could really get it.  So, I asked them this, “Do your battery operated toys work if they have no batteries in them?”  They all said, “No!”.  Next, I asked, “If you put a dead battery in your toy, would it then operate their toy?”   Again, they said ,”No!”Then I asked them, “If you had any size live battery, could you insert it into the toy and get it to turn on and work?”  They all agreed that it was impossible to do that because the toy wouldn’t work at all even if a live battery was placed in it.

Finally, I said to them“In the same way that your battery operated toys require the right size of live batteries to run, we must also have the right power, God,  through Jesus, the Sun (Solar Power), to accomplish all that he inspires and calls us to do, as His children.

I could not have understood this final day’s message any better if I had tried to just read and digest it on my own!  God used this year’s VBS at Somerset Hills Baptist Church through the little children to remind me of what He has already shown me in His Word, that His message of the Gospel is simple enough for a child to understand and that He is enough!  Thank you Jesus!

“Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.” (Matthew 19:14, Mark 10:14 &  Luke 18:16, quoted from http://www.Biblegateway.com)

Even though I can’t always see what’s to come, if I put my trust in my heavenly Father, like little children who have to trust in there parents, I can have hope, courage, direction, His love through Jesus, and His “Son” Power, to accomplish all that he inspires me to do. 

In spite of how the world looks at life, through social media and news lens today, I can take comfort in knowing Him, by trusting in His Son and keep moving forward no matter whether I am in New Jersey or Colorado, or wherever he sends me.

As a result of last weeks last New Jersey adventure I have a renewed sense of hope and expectation that He will come through as I follow Him.

Will you “follow” Him?

Socorro Gill

http://www.socorrogill.com

Coincidence?

I wrote this post just over a year ago but I didn’t post it until now .  Presently we are on the other end of this venture that God let us go through, so please read on…

I want to tell you about something that could seem mundane and coincidental, but I know in the depth of my heart that it can not be.  You see, God is intentional about pursuing us. He truly cares about every tiny detail of our life, even when we don’t bother to care for ourselves.

I say this because while my family and I had been packing away some of our things and just getting ready to move to New Jersey, we have seen, talked to, looked at, etc. different people without thinking twice about “how” we are effecting others spiritually.  As an individual with many hats, I have met my husbands, children’s and friends needs.  BUT I had been ignoring mine.

God has a purpose for all of me, not just in the “big” things.

While I thought I was just finally getting help for myself, to target a physical pain or problem that I had, God was working on pursuing another person’s heart.

I got to have about 6 sessions of time to be worked on physically. An ache on my right side for several years was what got me to finally seek help.

My therapist and I didn’t see it coming, at first.  But, by the time my last session came to a close, it was more clear.

While I was getting physical healing by the hands of a person, I believe that my therapist was being touched by God, spiritually speaking.

In conversations we had during the sessions I was able to tell her about my life and where I went to church, how we were moving, etc.  That opened the door for me to see that it was “not about me”, but about a Living God living through me!

I truly believe I had to go to physical therapy to meet this person that God has been pursuing, as he does with all the world, so that she would hear the Gospel message in a more personal and real way.

Let me ask you all something.  Did I really have to go to PT to see her or was it because I was open and willing to share that she was able to hear?  Does it matter why?

…Over a year has passed since this encounter and I haven’t spoken to the therapist since.  As you have probably read, many different things happened in this last year.  We’ve met some wonderful people we wouldn’t have otherwise met.  We’ve also gone through some difficult times that we might’ve not had to go through.  We also got to see some incredible historical sites!

My next question to you is…Are you going from point A to point B without taking the time to know the people around you?

When I return and visit her again, you bet I’m going to invite to dinner to see how she has been doing.  She knows a lot about me, but I don’t know very much about her, yet.  But, I am going to ask her how she has been doing in the last year first and if she asks how we’ve been, then I’ll tell her all about God’s presence in mine and my family’s life.

Who are you encountering in your daily walk that needs a listening ear and God’s grace?

Christ in me,

Socorro Gill

Unlikely Person of Faith

The more I read the bible and the more I interact with different people in the secular and Christian realm, I see that God uses unlikely people to accomplish His purposes and lead His people in victory.

In a recent bible study at my church I read the story of Deborah, a prophetess and judge, who helped the Israelites fight against their enemy, the Canaanites (Judges 4 & 5) and win the battle.  They had done what was evil in the Lords sight, so He sent them into the hand of the King of the Canaanites in order to encourage them to be in a place, in their heart, of repentance.  Never mind that the Israelite’s had gotten themselves in this predicament because of their sin.  Never the less, they finally cried out to Him and He did answer them.  God was going to not only use one of His own people, a judge, but a married woman at that. It’s important to realize that the women of old were not as highly thought of, compared to present day women, in most countries.

For the bible to mention any woman being used to bring God’s people a victory is saying a lot!  It’s only mentioned a few times in the bible.  Deborah was an unlikely candidate because she was a housewife.  But, because of her wisdom and faithfulness God used her!

Reading about Deborah inspired me to reflect on my daily walk of faith, yet again.  It made me wonder if I am listening to God correctly or if I was making up my own desires.  (“Delight yourself in the Lord, and He will give you the desires of your heart.” Psalm 37:4)

I’m trying to figure out if God is using me where I am in my life, as a wife, mother and hopefully, a mentor (Titus 2:3-5).

After talking with my husband and praying  I don’t have to wonder any more.  I know God is using me, but not as I would like to see it, in numbers.  But instead, as He wills it, through transformed lives! 

Last night was the end of my “Mom Time-Out” gatherings in my home, since moving temporarily to New Jersey and starting the gatherings in September of 2015.  After sending out bi-monthly emails to various women in my church; speaking to women from my local home school group and even the secular moms from my community, there didn’t seem to be as much interest in attending the gatherings, in my home, as I thought.

In the beginning there were up to a dozen women or more that sat down and heard my heart for loving our husbands and children and living a life fully surrendered to God.  But, as time went by, I noticed these same ladies stopped coming and even stopped responding to my emails and conversations about it.  There were a hand full of ladies I know for sure that were blessed by this ministry, in person and via the internet, and for that I am very grateful.  But, not a single woman came last night and only one RSVP’d. In her defense, she had something else come up, last minute.

This broke my heart.  I have been trying to figure out why this has happened.  I have my own suspicions, but I may never really know. 

All I do know, now, is that when things don’t appear to be going how I think they should or if I’m not getting the responses I would like, God is still in control.  Through this and other experiences He is teaching me to remain teachable and steadfast in Him, through his Word and what I know from past experiences of His faithfulness in my life.

After pouring my heart out to my husband, at his request, because he saw that I was somewhat depressed, I have a fresh outlook and renewed sense of God’s presence in this trivial circumstance.    It isn’t easy for me to speak to my husband about deep heart issues because he almost always wants to fix my problems, like most men.  I knew that only God could give me a new outlook in this and every situation that “looks” grim to me.  I love that Troy noticed that something was wrong, took the time (before work) to ask and especially that he shared loving and encouraging words so I would not give up reaching out to women, just because not all of them are responsive, so I reluctantly shared.

My husband’s listening ear was used by God to help me out of my “pity pool” sooner, rather than later, and see God’s sovereignty. 

Thanks to my husband and the renewing of my mind, by the power of the Holy Spirit, I can see that regardless of how things look, I know that if I want to be used by God, in His timing, not mine, I need to have and maintain these basic character qualities:

  1. I must continue to trust God for His provision of what I need in ALL situations, especially those involving major decisions.
    1. “Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.  Do not be wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord and shun evil.  This will bring health to your body and nourishment to your bones.” (Proverbs 3:6, emphasis added)
  1. I must set my thoughts on God’s purpose , seek the kingdom of heaven and not worry about tomorrow in order to bring glory to God in my life.
    1. “Set your mind on things above, and not on earthly things.” (Colossians 3:2)
    2. So do not worry, saying, ‘What shall we eat?’ or ‘What shall we drink?’ or ‘What shall we wear?’ For the pagans run after all these things, and your heavenly Father knows that you need them.  But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.  Therefore do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will worry about itself. Each day has enough trouble of its own. (Colossians 6:31-34)

3.  I must develop a healthy fear of God, instead of fearing what people will think when attempting to boldly act in faith towards a goal.

  1. Deuteronomy 10:12 states, “And now, Israel, what does the Lord your God ask of you but to fear the Lord your God, to walk in obedience to him, to love him, to serve the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul, 13 and to observe the Lord’s commands and decrees that I am giving you today for your own good?” (emphasis added)

I am graciously reminded often, by one of my precious daughters, to not give up when things get hard or when life throws us a curve ball.  She really likes this verse and it always helps me stay focused on “things above”.  I pray it also inspires you to do the same by praying, remaining teachable, opening up your bible and reading God’s faithful Word.

“Let us not become weary in doing good, for at the proper time we will reap a harvest if we do not give up.” (Galatians 6:9)

In Christ,

Socorro Gill

http://www.socorrogill.com

(All bible references were taken from www.biblegateway.com  NIV)

HomeFront and the Homestretch

A year ago in April my family and I had the privilege of attending the first annual “Family Homefront Conference”.  It was at this event that I felt God spoke to my heart and cemented in my soul the need to minister to moms, now more than ever.

Dr. Rick Marks of Living the Life Ministries (www.livethelife.org) spoke boldly to the men.  He encouraged them to be the husband that would love their wife like Christ loves the church.  He gave an example from the bible about the Trinity.  He was frank enough to point out that you don’t need to be a married Christian couple to have a healthy marriage.  I completely agree with him.

Dr. Rick Marks went on to explain that the principle of the Trinity is evident in the marriage between a man and a woman; God the Father, God the Son and God the Holy Ghost.  Marriage is a reflection of the Trinity; Husband, wife and the “Us”.  He describes the “Us” as the Holy Spirit.  It is the part that thinks of the other first in order to help maintain a healthy balance in the marriage.  When he counsels couples he shares with them the three parts involved in creating and maintaining a strong and healthy marriage, especially the “Us” factor.  Although he teaches the principle of the Trinity, he does it without mentioning “The Father, Son and Holy Ghost”.  But, through his counseling and his influence in Christ, he is able to win some of the couples to Christ!

If you want to learn more about how Dr. Rick Marks of Living the Life Ministries (www.livethelife.org) is helping families in the Christian and Secular realm I would encourage you to check out the resources on their website.

Along with Dr. Rick Marks the following keynote speakers were also very encouraging:

Rev. Hal Haller (Church Planting Director of the BCNY)

Rev. Kevin Marsico (East Regional Mobilizer of the NAMB)

Rev. Neil Cole (Executive Director/Founder of Church Multiplication Associates)

Because of this conference, my husband and I are even more encouraged and committed to ministering to younger couples and continue to pray for marriages to be strengthened in the Church.  We hope to be more involved as the Lord allows in coming alongside this ministry, and as He leads us wherever the opportunity presents itself, along our daily walk.

As far as our family goes, we are in the homestretch of our stay in New Jersey.  We hope to be back in Colorado in July.  But, before we leave we are hoping to make a couple more trips; One to Plimoth, Massachusetts to see the Plimoth Plantation (www.plimoth.org), another to Mount Vernon (http://www.mountvernon.org/ ) and finally to Washington, D.C. (again!) to go into the museums we missed on the first visit.

I’ll keep you posted as to our remaining time and happenings in New Jersey, as the Lord allows!

Hope to hear from you soon!
Socorro Gill

www.socorrogill.com