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A dear friend told me I should share, so here it goes.
Corbin and I read about the crucifixion the other day as part of our reading lesson and reminded of how good and gracious God is to die as he did…to take our sins. He could have saved himself, but he wanted to save US. Reading aloud how judgmental, crude, stubborn and so vicious the high priests, guards and crowds were made me choke up as I read aloud. I can see why at Mount Olives Jesus prayed so hard and cried like blood. He needed the support of God and the strength given by the angels to help him finish what was started. It reminds me of when I was in labor with Benjamin (in a way) and how I was envisioning in my head how wonderful it would be to hold him in my arms very soon. All the pain and agony of birth would all be worth it. In my own way I had a glance at the future knowing it was all for good. With Corbin, my first born, I was inexperienced, scared and clumsy. I didn’t know what to look forward to and that made me anxious and scared which made labor harder to endure. Jesus knew that all the events to his death were all for a greater purpose and was able to continue his good works so that we could live.
God is good! I’m so thankful for his renewed grace each day because I am a selfish sinner in need of a savior.
1 In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. 2 He was in the beginning with God. 3 All things were made through him, and without him was not any thing made that was made. 4 In him was life,[a]and the life was the light of men. 5 The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
6 There was a man sent from God, whose name was John. 7 He came as a witness, to bear witness about the light, that all might believe through him. 8 He was not the light, but came to bear witness about the light.
9 The true light, which gives light to everyone, was coming into the world. 10 He was in the world, and the world was made through him, yet the world did not know him. 11 He came to his own,[b] and his own people[c] did not receive him.12 But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, 13 who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.
14 And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen his glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth. 15 (John bore witness about him, and cried out, “This was he of whom I said, ‘He who comes after me ranks before me, because he was before me.’”) 16 For from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.[d] 17 For the law was given through Moses; grace and truth came through Jesus Christ. 18 No one has ever seen God; the only God,[e] who is at the Father’s side,[f] he has made him known.
Just finished “When Sinners Say “I Do”” by Dave Harvey and I’m so glad I did. I highly recommend it to All, not just married couples. There is much to be done in my heart and that is why I am so thankful for the spirit that humbles, convicts and restores. God’s pursuit of his children is relentless and his sanctifying grace is always at work.
When I first started reading the book or even before I ordered it my heart was becoming hardened toward my spouse and I was starving myself of what was most important, the gospel. I was frustrated, felt alone and my marriage was suffering due to lack of communication. A dear friend of mine recommended reading this book and at that point I was broken and asking God for help. This book was a good starting place. I have taken a few months to read this book and I think that was for the best. If I read it in a week I would not have savored as much as I have. As my journey with God is a process, so is my marriage. It’s interesting to look back and see that I was ready to give up at one point and now I am praising God for my trials because I know they are for my benefit. God gives us relationships, a spouse and maybe even kids to bring our sin to light so that we can be sanctified and made holy. We see how imperfect and selfish we are.
“Hide your face from my sins, and blot out all my iniquities. Create in me a clean heart, O God, and renew a right spirit within me. Cast me not away from your presence , and take not your Holy Spirit from me. Restore to me the joy of your salvation, and uphold me with a willing spirit.” Psalm 51:9-12
I found a great article on The Gospel Coalition website called How to Move from Forgiveness to Reconciliation as well as one on Grumbling and asked my husband to read it. I used to see forgiveness and reconciliation as one in the same, but after reading this article I saw how they can be separate and need to be dealt with differently. Luke and I had forgiven some sins committed against one another, but we were far from reconciling with one another because the trust was broken and additional efforts needed to happen to rebuild trust. Reconciliation between us needed God, trust, effort, time, prayer and communication or we would not be strong enough to weather the storm(s).
Matthew 7:24-25 says “Therefore everyone who hears these words of mine and puts them into practice is like a wise man who built his house on the rock. The rain came down, the streams rose, and the winds blew and beat against that house; yet it did not fall, because it had its foundation on the rock.”
The Spirit who dwells with us continues to sanctify us and God has heard the desires of our hearts. Love can mend all wounds. I am so thankful to have friends who pray for us and give us truth. Truth and conviction hurts, but is so necessary for our growth and maturity as Christians.
“And so, from the day we heard, we have not ceased to pray for you, asking that you may be filled with the knowledge of his will in all spiritual wisdom and understanding, so as to walk in a manner worthy of the Lord, fully pleasing to him, bearing fruit in every good work and increasing in the knowledge of God. May you be strengthened with all power, according to his glorious might, for all endurance and patience with joy, giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in light.” Colossians 1:9-12
Happy Resurrection Sunday! We ended up spending half the day sharing the gospel with our children because of discipline issues. As hard as it can be at times, it is so important to share the gospel with our kids and walk them through repentance. Makes me so thankful for Gods everlasting love and sacrifice because I know that even as an adult I can throw silly tantrums, forget to spend time in his word and will constantly struggle with sin.
“…Jesus came and stood in the midst, and said to them, “Peace be with you.” 20 When He had said this, He showed them His hands and His side. Then the disciples were glad when they saw the Lord.
21 So Jesus said to them again, “Peace to you! As the Father has sent Me, I also send you.” 22 And when He had said this, He breathed on them, and said to them, “Receive the Holy Spirit. 23 If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven them; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” John 20:19-23
I have been having discipline issues with my oldest son. He’s 3 1/2 years old. Through the power of prayer, I knew I needed to go to the Word (the Bible) because the Word is the living a breathing word of God and has answers to all our concerns. Galatians 5:16-25 spoke to me and I knew educating my son and myself about the fruit of the Spirit would give us a better understanding of God and our need for the Spirit if we wanted to conquer sin issues living in our hearts. The fruit of the Spirit isn’t foreign to me, but God always has a way of revealing new truths when we go back and study his Word.
The Fruit of the Spirit
“If we live by the Spirit, let us also walk by the Spirit.” Galatians 5:25
Everyday since starting this study, we’ve gone back to Galatians 5:16-25. When I’m dealing with disobedience, praise, anger, etc…this scripture has been a huge help with my son. Even though my son isn’t that excited to learn these lesson now, he will one day. That’s what teaching our children is all about-right? They might not always want to learn, but it’s our duty to do so (Dueteronomy 6:7, Psalm 34:11).
A friend of mine introduced me to Above Rubies and have found the devotionals to be extremely encouraging and I also subscribed to the free magazine and found the stories to be so touching and motivating. If you are looking to find a site that can uplift and encourage you, you should take a look at their website.
“A Women’s Ministry that Encourages and Supports…
Above Rubies is a ministry to encourage women in their high calling as wives, mothers, and homemakers. Its purpose is to uphold and strengthen family life and to raise the standard of God’s truth in the nation.
The name has been chosen from Proverbs 31.10 AMP, “A capable, intelligent and virtuous woman, who is he who can find her? She is far more precious than jewels and her value is far Above Rubies or pearls.”
Katie Andrews will be missed, but is where she belongs, with our God in heaven. Her service was lovely and was a true testament to who she was as a person. One after another came up to read a scripture, share a story, express their love and gratitude toward this woman they called daughter, sister, aunt, friend and mentor. She was a servant to the Lord and to all around her. She gave much of herself without expecting in return. She was an example to all and she will be greatly missed. Our loss is her greatest gain and after 45 years here on earth, she now lives on with her Father in heaven, whom she will continue to praise and worship wholeheartedly.
In Christ Alone
In Christ alone my hope is found
He is my light, my strength, my song
This Cornerstone, this solid ground
Firm through the fiercest drought and storm
What heights of love, what depths of peace
When fears are stilled, when strivings cease
My Comforter, my All in All
Here in the love of Christ I stand
In Christ alone, who took on flesh
Fullness of God in helpless babe
This gift of love and righteousness
Scorned by the ones He came to save
â€˜Til on that cross as Jesus died
The wrath of God was satisfied
For every sin on Him was laid
Here in the death of Christ I live
There in the ground His body lay
Light of the world by darkness slain
Then bursting forth in glorious Day
Up from the grave He rose again
And as He stands in victory
Sinâ€™s curse has lost its grip on me
For I am His and He is mine
Bought with the precious blood of Christ
No guilt in life, no fear in death
This is the power of Christ in me
From lifeâ€™s first cry to final breath
Jesus commands my destiny
No power of hell, no scheme of man
Can ever pluck me from His hand
â€˜til He returns or calls me home
Here in the power of Christ Iâ€™ll stand
John 16:27: Jesus said, “The Father Himself loves you because you have loved me and have believed that I came from God.”
Romans 8:32: God, who did not spare his own Son, but gave Him up for us all—how will [the Father] not also, along with Christ, graciously give us all things?
Romans 8:15 For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba (or “Daddy”), Father.”
John 14:18: “I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you.”
Romans 8:38-39 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.
Matthew 11:28-30: “Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy and my burden is light.”
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