We parents have all had "that kind of day" When we wonder what we were thinking having kids lol. We have all been pushed to that point where we have a fight or flight reaction. How do we manage it? How do we stick it out for 18 plus years? Those smart remarks..rolls of the eyes, the slam of the door....we can only take so much before we break, Right? I was having one of those days..where all that happened..in one day!! I even wondered if posting my kids on Craigs list was legal ..lol ..I decided I needed a timeout...I served dinner then headed to the tub..a nice long soak...Hubby is wonderful and knew I needed to wash the days struggles off...as I lay there head in hands..breathing deep, feeling sorry for myself... I remember how my son came to me and said, "mom Im sorry " and as I looked into his eyes..I saw he was truly sorry...he too was just having a bad day. Then my daughter hugged me .."sorry mom for being disrespectful" her hug was tighter and longer than normal...She meant it...and as I sat in my soothing tub of water, remembering how any time my kids cross the line, they are miserable..and need my forgiveness, my hugs, it was as if God was reminding me that I have great kids..yes they get angry and yes they make mistakes..but they apologize and mean it..they hug, and kiss mom and dad..and they don't care who sees them..they laugh and joke and share stories and scripture and write songs of praise...Yes they can and they will push me to the end of my rope but they always seem to be there to offer a hand up...So parenting can be seen either as good or trying..and this my friend depends on how we see it...through our eyes..or Gods... Isn't this is true in all areas of our life...Blessings
And no one pours new wine into old wine skins. If he does, the new wine will burst the skins and both the wine and the wine skin will be ruined. No he pours new wine into new wine skins. Mark 1:22
We must keep our heart fresh and pliable in our walk with Christ. If we allow it to grow hard and dry we cannot be opened to new Ideas , new growth, new joy in Christ. Like new wine skin..we must be able to stretch and have give for growth....Our world is changing rapidly and God has things to teach us through each change and even though His Word never changes, He never changes..he sees our world and knows and understands the new challenges we face and He does have a new word for you...His Word is forever new wine and we must be forever new wine skin..Worship, Sing, Pray and breath Gods word....that is what will keep you like new wine skin...
We find the best thing of our life...we read his Word, Pray daily, Do Bible studies and attend church every time the doors open, we sing in the chore..we are on Fire! Then something happens...It doesn't happen all at once...but slowly... you say you Love Him...but your joy has faded...your desire to read His word faded...your excitement for Church..faded....Our foot steps toward the one thing that can change our life..our perspective ..faded....Oh how it hurts...feels lonely, sad and so, so far away from that love you felt when you first met him...the good news is He is still there...he is waiting right where you left him...arms open wide...ready to receive you once again and fill the void of those fading foot steps,,,that is what is so amazing about THIS kind of love...It never turns its back on you
So what do you want to do? Continue to allow his place in your life to fade or do you want him to shine again..be number one again...be your joy again....his foot steps are not the ones fading...
Seek ye first the kingdom of God and all these things shall be added unto you..
Many Years ago I felt God asking me to write. I got very excited. I love to write. I began planning what I thought God was leading me to do. A news letter for women, to nurture, grow, affirm and correct..My news letter began to unfold before my eyes..awesome articles..good information, humor, seriousness..it was all there...three months I worked on my tiny little computer....Finally I was satisfied...I couldn't wait to add my final thoughts, mailing information and print it....I turned my computer on..searched for my file...I couldn't find it...I checked other files...nothing..I looked in the trash..empty...I began to shake a little... I asked my Husband to come take a look....He searched...and then looked at me with this "Im so sorry" look..My shoulders dropped..I wanted to cry..my heart began to beat fast and I had to sit down....he said..he remembers emptying the trash...he saw the news letter but thought it was a copy....all my hard work..all my hours...all my research..gone...I tried to recreate the news letter several times...I had lost the heart for it...then about a year later I was reading scripture and Felt God asking.." now are you ready to do the news letter my way?"...I sat there a minute and thought about how God gave me a task...I took that task and ran with it..leaving God in the dust, and He let me...I did do a great job...the three months of work produced a very nice news letter...but it wasn't what God wanted me to do...so I resubmitted myself to what HE wanted and printed my first news letter...I prayed and asked God to lead me to the ones i should mail it to. 12 names...that was it....but I obeyed. about three weeks later I received a post card. A lady I sent the news letter to that I had known many years ago, but had not seen or talked with for several years wrote how that news letter was timely,she needed that in such a desperate way..and thanked me for sending it to her..she new only God could have done such a thing...I sat back in awe. Not in my work..but In Gods amazing-ness...only God could have done that...I wrote Praise Worthy News for several years...my mailing list went from 12 to over 100...the cost was great, but we pushed on...we moved and then slowly the news letter faded... I wrote less and less and less...mailed it less and less often until it was gone. I never felt good about it...I have tried to start again but never could get it going....so here I am...starting again...but in a blog form..smaller...more personable.....I hope as you read my blog you feel Gods presence...hear His voice and take what is written as a gift....from me to you...Blessings