Tag: God’s plan

Love Like Jesus Does

winter_sunsetI’ve heard all my life how much Jesus loves me. From the beginning, into eternity. The first Bible school song I ever learned was, “Jesus Loves Me.” I used to sing it all day long. To schoool and home. To church and home. i would belt out that song as a child and it would fill my heart with happiness.

What I’m just learning is HOW Jesus loves me. He loves me when I follow Him. He loves me when I stray. He loves me when I love others. He loves me when I do not. His love for me and others is eternal. Meaning, not just as I walk this earth, but into forever.

I’m also learning as an adult, for the first time, that I did absolutely NOTHING to gain his love. Although I’ve never been worthy of His love, He loves me just the same. I have spent years and years hating myself. Feeling that I wasn’t worthy of any type of love, yet here He is with his mercy & forgiveness.

As a person, I’ve been a decent one. I’m not a murderer. I’m not a thief. We as a society have become so tolerant of misbehavior that we make excuses for sin. But the Bible explains that there is no greater sin than another sin. A sin, is a sin, is a sin. I thought I was a good person because I hadn’t killed anyone, but my daily sins keep my soul as black as a murderers. Pride, jealousy, hatred, unforgiveness. These are all things that I’ve been guilty of throughout my whole life, like most other people.

Though I fail my Father everyday, I know that through Jesus Christ I am forgiven. If Jesus can forgive me the things I’ve done and love me through it all, who am I to be unforgiving? Who am to judge? Who am I to hold hatred in my heart?

Lord, Help me to cling to You each day! Put my hand in Your hand. Help me to walk with You everyday of my life. Help me know the TRUE meaning of loving like Jesus loves! Help me to let go of these earthly feelings and only look to YOU for answers and acceptance. I know Jesus died for me. I know that he was resurrected! I know the battle that He fought for me. I know the pain He felt for me. Lord, help me to LOVE like Jesus does. In Jesus name, AMEN!

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Everyday Happy: Family Time

I learned long ago that family doesn’t always share the same DNA. I’ve instilled this in my kids because they have many “family” members, aunts and uncle and ME, that became like family.

Last Sunday we went to church with our “family.” I think that is why we had such a powerful experience, because we were all there together, praying together for the restoration of our hearts. That service was truly amazing!

Last night my “brother” came to visit and stay the weekend with us. He and hubby went out hunting with my brother-in-law and my nephew. Then my “sister” showed up to spend the night also. We all got to sit around after their unsuccessful hunting , laugh and goof off. It was fun and times like those really warm my heart.

Family is important. God made families from the very beginning.

“Be fruitful and increase in number; fill the earth and subdue it.”

Sometimes God has a different “family” for you than the one that was given to you at birth. No doubt we are to love our birth family, but God also gives us an “inherited” family. Friends that know you inside and out and love you through and through!

Getting through life on our own is a lonely existence. I’m thankful for my “family.” We may not share DNA, but we share what I think is more special, we share a true love and connection of hearts. Thank you Jesus for my friends that became family!

Everyday Happy: Being A Mom

My kids were “inherited” or at least that’s how I explain it to people that don’t know us.

My husband and I met and dated when we were teenagers. That was nearly 20 years ago. Then life happened and we both met, married, and then divorced. During this time my husband was blessed with 3 kids. Currently they are: 8, 12, & 14

Being a fulltime step mom to 3 VERY different kids is a tough job. Step moms don’t always get the best kind of reputation, but I’ve hung in there. Refused to give up on them although there were moments when I thought of running for the door. We’ve weathered the worst of storms together. Now, we are a family. A very close family I might add, even though the devil hasn’t given up completely with his shenanigans.

No matter what I’m their mom and they ARE mine! You probably won’t ever hear me utter the word step mom again. It’s nothing personally against their birth mom, I don’t mind sharing one bit, but I am their mom too…not a step.

I guess I always wanted to be a mom, have children of my own, but I am glad that God had a better plan for my life. These kids needed a woman in their lives to love them as a mother does. As I said before, it hasn’t always been easy, but we’ve become stronger through it all.

My favorite times are when we are all being silly together. Listening to them laugh. Watching them smile. Playing a game of Monopoly for the millionth time because it’s Turtles favorite board game. Listening to Zane talk about getting older, girls, and sports. Tucking Emma in each night and saying prayers. To me, these are the most important parts of being a mom. These things are the things that make me a happy mama!