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Being A Mother

On my walk over to work this morning I was just reflecting on being a mother. My girls are away on summer vacation for two weeks visiting with their dad. Yes I’m in a blended family, my husband and I both have three children so we have six altogether and this is the first time that my girls have gone and are gonna be away for this amount of time. I was just thinking about how much I miss them. At the same time I was thinking about breakfast. I try to keep things in my office for a quick bite. Then I thought about how I didn’t have anything left in my cabinet because my youngest daughter would come over after school and she’s eaten up all of the snacks in my office. And I was just thinking about how much I missed them.
It caused me to reflect back and think that if I had known that I would have three kids and could love them so much I never would have believed it. I know when I was a young girl I played pretend and I dreamed of a husband and children but it was just my imagination. I don’t think I ever had the actual reality that those things would one day be real and here I am today. I have three kids!
I may not be the best mother in the world but I love my children. I spoil them, I chastised them. I get angry with them and I love them. I come running when they call. My son is a young adult know and so he calls more than the girls. And no matter how old he gets I come running when he calls. But I love them more through ever instance. I do each of these things because of my love for them.
This made me reflect and think about God’s love towards us. Because of his love for us, we have on the inside of us his love and the things we do for our children God does that and so much more for us. He loves us, he chastises us, he gets angry with us. He hurts when he has to chastise us at times, but he loves us with an unconditional love. And when we are away, we’ve gone outside of his will he yet still loves us. When we’re off doing other things he’s still right where he’s always been loving us. Kind of like I’m doing right now with my children. They are away, they’re doing what they want to do right now with their dad.
But I still love them. I’m still making plans for them. I’m still preparing them for their future. I’m still raising them up in holiness. I’m still being their mother. And I thank God that he loves us with an unconditional love. With that love, he nurtures us, he protects us, he cares for us, he provides for us, he keeps us safer then we can keep our own children. How because he is greater than anything we could ever be and he is omnipresent. His hand is mighty and strong. The song says He’s got the whole world in his hands. And what we as mothers cannot do for our children, our prayer request sent up to God can. Today I just want to take the time to say I cherish the relationship, intimacy, and the unconditional love that God has for us.
Prayer: Thank you Lord that you have given me the gift of being a mother and three gifts that call me mom. I do not take it for granted that you have entrusted me as the caretaker of these three little souls. Help me to know them in the spirit. To nurture them and train them up in holiness and righteousness and in the way that they should go. So that when they are older, what has been planted n the inside of them will be watered by you and in you they will never depart.
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Answered Prayer in Unexpected Way

Married couple

The prayer God answered in the most unexpected way

Today I’m going to share a prayer/testimony. God answered my prayer in a way I could never have known He would do. I was taught to pray for my husband, the one that God had for me and to be specific in my prayers. So I began to pray.

Wait let me backtrack just a little bit. I’ve been married before, made tons of mistakes and had been hurt beyond human repair. But God who is rich in His grace and mercy picked me up and, changed my life and taught me in the process of the end of my marriage and my single time, how to be a godly woman and future wife.

During the time when my marriage ended, I had been saved for almost two years and, God told me to be submissive to my then husband even when he hurt me. I was obedient because I just knew he was about to turn it around (see my motive). I thought during that time God was going to save my marriage, just as he had done for every other wife in the church where I attended. But he didn’t. And I was hurt even more. I couldn’t understand why he would have me do those things and yet still allow my marriage to end.

For months I would cry and ask myself why he would not fix it. I tell you the truth, in the end God knows what is best for you. One day I was talking to one of my sisters in Christ and I shared with her how I felt. She responded and said, maybe God was preparing you for the husband HE has for you. See when I married the first time, I knew God but I never sought him for direction, I saw the signs and I ignored them because I was then a young unwed mother, when I had known better. And I thought I should be married to the father of my son. We can make such a mess of our lives when we do things our way right? A light and revelation when off in me after that. Confess my desires to God and then live seeking Him first and all other things He will provide.

So I lifted up my specific prayer to God:

Lord thank you for all that you have done for me. Thank you for where you have brought me out and thank you that you have saved me from myself and sin. I desire to yet still be married for even though I experienced so much hurt, pain and rejection, I still see the beauty in the union of marriage. I desire to be married again someday. I have learned that my husband will not be perfect, nor do I desire for him to be. I just desire for him to live in and for you and to follow your lead. I was a mess when you saved me and if he is somewhere and a mess right now, Lord it is okay with me. He need his time to grow as you have given me time to grow. I will love him as you have loved me and even if I get to watch you build him back up from the bottom, that would be a sight to see. Tall dark and handsome on the side please.

Never did I imagine what God was going to do. He answered my prayer different than I imagined in my head, but just as I had specified in my prayer. See I knew my husband and had been friends with him, not knowing that he would eventually be my husband. He was a police officer at the university I attended and worked at. I had done work for his organization and business. He was going through some changes and fell sick to the point, he almost lost his life. God spared him and what he had to endure his life would never be the same. You can read his story here.

I watched him battle this illness, visiting with him, praying in his hospital room, fellowshiping and having him minister to me from his hospital bed, and go from bottom to what he is in Christ now. A man of courage and honor. And daily I thank God for how he raised him from his death bed and allowed us to join together to serve HIM.

Well I shall cut this one short. I will be back with more of my story soon.

What prayer has God answered for you in an unexpected way?

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5 Declarations of Faith

Declare the works and word of God.

Today I want to offer you 5 declarations of faith to speak over your life. Declaring these powerful words of wisdom from God word will bring about change in your life. God’s word says that there is power in our tongue to speak life and death. But which will we choose to do. I admonish you to speak life into every area of your life, into every situation, and over the lives and situations of love ones, friends, family, strangers and yes, even your enemies. We are to pray for them as well you know. It will do our hearts good to do so.

Here are the 5 declarations:

  1. The communication of my faith will become effectual by the acknowledging every good thing which is in me in Christ Jesus. (Philemon 1:6)
  2. I let no corrupt words come out of my mouth but that which is good to edifying. (Ephesians 4:29)
  3. I walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, pleasing Him in all respects. I bear fruit in every good work and I am increasing in the knowledge of God (Colossians 1:10).
  4. I give and I receive. Good measure, pressed down, shaken together, running over, will it be put into my lap (Luke 6:38).
  5.  I decree that I will operate in trust, fear of the LORD, obedience, love and humility in Jesus name.

Begin to speak these daily for the next week. Meditate on each one. And watch as the manifestation of your words begin to produce good fruits in your life.

My prayer for you:

Psalms 19:7-14

The law of the Lord is perfect (flawless), restoring and refreshing the soul;
The statutes of the Lord are reliable and trustworthy, making wise the simple.
8 The precepts of the Lord are right, bringing joy to the heart;
The commandment of the Lord is pure, enlightening the eyes.
9 The fear of the Lord is clean, enduring forever;
The judgments of the Lord are true, they are righteous altogether.
10 They are more desirable than gold, yes, than much fine gold;
Sweeter also than honey and the drippings of the honeycomb.
11 Moreover, by them Your servant is warned [reminded, illuminated, and instructed];
In keeping them there is great reward.
12 Who can understand his errors or omissions? Acquit me of hidden (unconscious, unintended) faults.
13 Also keep back Your servant from presumptuous (deliberate, willful) sins;
Let them not rule and have control over me.
Then I will be blameless (complete),
And I shall be acquitted of great transgression.
14 Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart
Be acceptable and pleasing in Your sight,
O Lord, my [firm, immovable] rock and my Redeemer.

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A God Like That

2 Corinthians 1:22

2 Corinthians 1:22 AMP

22 it is He who has also put His seal on us [that is, He has appropriated us and certified us as His] and has given us the [Holy] Spirit in our hearts as a pledge [like a security deposit to guarantee the fulfillment of His promise of eternal life].

Who cannot love a God like that. He has taken us and sealed us to Him and made this pledge to us. He has given us promises that He very will intends to keep and make manifest in our lives if we are in Christ.