- Noahkeem finally ate his first spinach salad and had another today (an answer to prayer)
- Dolly ate a cucumber yesterday and managed to use the most band-aids this week
- Rocco is loving his school time. His eyes light up and his face beams with joy-most of the time. (another answer to prayer)
- Cookie is secretly planning all kinds of surprises for my upcoming 9th anniversary of my 27th birthday.
- I managed to clear my front beds of weeds in less than an hour and nearly filled what seemed to be a 33 gallon lawn bag.
- We planted seeds to grow indoors and they are actually thriving in the kitchen window quite nicely. (Zinnias, and 4 clementine seeds-Cookies idea)
- Most importantly, It still blows my mind that as imperfect as I am that the God of the universe keeps declaring His love for me. And this my friends is what He keeps telling me:
For the Lord your God is living among you. He is a mighty savior. He will take delight in you with gladness. With his love, he will calm all your fears. He will rejoice over you with joyful songs.”Zephaniah 3:16-18. Did you ever stop to consider that God Almighty is in heaven, singing love songs over you? So this is what He keeps telling me. He love's us, Oh how he loves us! Imperfect, Loud, obnoxious, bitter, loving, unforgiving, happy, sad, sick, healthy, bound or free- whatever state we are in does not change His love for us and He is the only one that can fill that hollowness, that longing, that hunger -that void that we feel in our hearts. There's no magic formula, there's no secret, there's no special 7 step plan that will lead you to the path of fullfillment or contentment. Everything this world has to offer is so temporary. Salvation, peace of mind, redemption, forgiveness, ressurection, reconcilation and healing are only things that Father God can give. And if it is coming from Him, then you can believe it is everlasting. I used to think going to church and being good and doing good would make me a great person, I found out-that is not the way, (Isaiah 64:6). You can't earn salvation by doing good things. You may gain influence and acceptance from the world but, you can't work your way into a right relationship with the one who created you. You can't live a "good" life in order to fulfill you when Jesus already gave His life for you. God declares that He has loved you with an everlasting love (Jeremiah 31:3). Yet we question Him constantly. If you love me why is this or that happening to me? Why is there so much suffering? Why do people get killed? Why aren't people getting healed? Why is there so much injustice in the world? Why? Why? Why? This is what I know: God has used Many- and I mean many situations in my life to grab my attention so that my heart is turned toward Him so that He can demonstrate His love and ressurection power in my life. His power to heal, forgive, set free, restore, and strengthen. So that is the answer to why in many cases-( I can not answer for all cases). Being a mother, wife, a sister, an aunt, a daughter, and a friend coupled with all of the drama those roles can entail has driven me to my knees so many times to cry out before the Lord and to search Word to get the answers to the questions that life throws at me. And God has remained faithful. He always gives answers, ideas, creativity, strength, discernment and causes me to trust Him so that he can show me and others around me that He is sovereign and He knows what he is doing. He manages to show that He is not some far off angry being in the sky who is mad at me and ready to crush me for my sins. I often tell myself and those I love that GOD IS NOT MAD AT YOU -HE IS MAD ABOUT YOU. So my confession for the evening is found in: Romans 10:9 (New International Version)
'"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved". One simple prayer of acknowledging who you are, and what you are not, and the sin that seperates you from God, and asking for His mercy and asking for His Love and His Power to become real in your life like you have never known before.... that's all it takes. He will lead you and guide you on the narrow road that leads to true fulfillment. He's the Father you have been waiting for.
Kim Walker sings an awesome rendition of "How He Loves Us. Please click the link and give a listen. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JoC1ec-lYps