So, many of you have apologized for laughing at my previous post… and I just want to say,
DON'T YOU DARE!
It was supposed to make you giggle. I wanted someone else to see the humor and shed some light…and many of you did! I loved reading about your own experiences and your "welcome" induction into motherhood and your much needed advice!
I just want to thank you for laughing and sharing and bonding with me.
I was able to get a few hours to myself on Saturday, and I know it did wonders for me. I have a long way to go… but the Saviour continues to find wonderful ways of showing me His grace and love and showing me that I can be sane in the middle of chaos. Foreign concept for me, but one that I am seeing is essential in a busy (moms) life.
And speaking of amazing insight and jaw dropping revelations… I was listening to James MacDonald this morning (you should check him out if you never have. He is so Scripturally sound, it gives me such confidence in his insights!) and he was talking about God's love.
He made this incredible statement;
"God's love is not a pampering love,
It is a perfecting love."
Whoa. (Sorry. For those of you that watched Blossom, you know you just said it in your head just like Joey did.)
God is growing us and changing us constantly. In Hebrews 12 it says:
"For whom the Lord loves He chastens,
And scourges every son whom He receives."
So I had to look up chastens and scourges: (I've been doing Believing God by Beth Moore and its ALL about words and definitions)
- To correct by punishment or reproof; take to task.
- To restrain; subdue: chasten a proud spirit.
- To rid of excess; refine or purify: chasten a careless writing style.
- A source of widespread dreadful affliction and devastation such as that caused by pestilence or war.
- A means of inflicting severe suffering, vengeance, or punishment.
- A whip used to inflict punishment.
So God pretty clearly tells us, "I love you sovereignly, and accordingly you will be disciplined and you will suffer." (please forgive my poor paraphrase)
It even says in Isaiah 45:7
"I form the light and create the darkness,
I make peace and create calamity;
I, the Lord, do all these things"
That really hit me hard. Every single thing that happens to me happens because a loving God has sovereignly chosen to allow it. There is purpose in everything, no matter how difficult it is. I have heard this message before, but never quite like this.
So I would like to end this 'lesson' with a list of things I am thankful for. Ms. B (Raindrops and Rainbows) has done this for many moons now, and I have always loved her thoughtful and considerate words, so here is my little attempt.
I am thankful for my time in the Word this morning and this weekend.
I am thankful for a warm house, a working vehicle, plenty of clothes, varieties of food, and the changing of seasons.
I am thankful that my two kids, who seem to often be fearless, have never had a serious cut or laceration that involved stitches.
I am thankful for the interent as I have found friends, resources, and entertainment.
I am thankful for neighbors who don't give up, even when it might be easier to do so.
I am thankful for broken relationships; for I might never have gotten to know my God the way I do now if they had remained in tact.
I encourage you to do a thankful list… even if you only name one or two things and even if its just in your head. Its worth it.
Many blessings to you and yours-