Thank You, Lord!

Thank You, Lord!

I apologize for the length of this post…but I had to share this story…Matthew 77Today for Wonderful Wednesday, I want to just thank the Lord!  Along each step of this self-publishing journey He has opened (and closed) doors and provided just what I needed when I needed it.  I want to share with you one example of this amazing provision from the Lord and hope it encourages you as much as it has encouraged me!

As I have taken each next step for this self-publishing journey, I have asked the Lord to direct my footsteps and to show me what to do.  One part of this journey was having the money to be able to print the books.  After much counsel and prayer, it was decided that we would need $3,600 to print the books.

Last fall when I was looking at needing that amount of money, Dustin and I decided that we would borrow the money,but rather that I would use money I earned from directing weddings to pay for the book expenses.  And the Lord provided four weddings to do in 2016 – two in March and two in the summer.  I assumed that I would begin the printing process after the summer weddings.

But in early March, I was encouraged by several people to get these books here – to get them on their way.  As I looked at the accounts, I realized that we lacked $1,200 from being able to print these books.  I also felt an urgency to get this process started.

One morning as I was reading through the book of Matthew, I came upon these familiar verses:  “Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you.  For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened.”  Matthew 7:7-8

I was convicted big time that I had planned for the book’s printing, but I had not asked the Lord – I had not sought Him like I should have for this provision.  I just assumed His provision was the upcoming wedding work.

So on that Friday morning, I prayed, “Lord, I feel like you want me to get this book process started ASAP…but I also know that we still need $1,200 to start this process.  So I am giving this financial need to you and if you want us to go ahead and print them, then I am asking you to provide $1,200.  And if not, that is fine too…I just want to be in Your will.”

And I left it at that.  I knew I had given it to the Lord and He could do what He wanted to…I honestly expected that to be the end of that.

But two days later on Sunday morning, a young man in our congregation came up to Dustin and said, “I have been praying about your book process and the Lord laid it on my heart to give you some money to support this project.”  And he handed Dustin a white envelope with cash in it.  $505 American dollars to be exact. Read more

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Baking Woes

Baking Woes

I apologize that my Monday Mourning post is coming out on Tuesday…but hey, there are really Tuesday Mornings (did you get the pun?).  Anyway, here it is:

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Confession time:  I am not a good baker.  


There are several causes to my lack of baking ability:

  1. You must measure the ingredients.
  2. You must use the exact ingredients called for – substituting ingredients is dangerous.
  3. You must set a timer.
  4. You must allow some things to rise or cool, all of which require time, which requires patience, and that might just be a character quality that God has been working on in my life.  

This I do know:  When I put the right ingredients in the right proportions into my bowl and I follow the directions, I get the desired baked good!  It is such a novel idea:  Put the right ingredients in + Follow the directions = Desired Result!

For much of my life, I have applied this same concept to my life.  If I put the right stuff into my life, I would get the desired result.  

My equation might look something like this:

Read My Bible + Pray Everyday + Go To Church + Obey My Parents = Good Life

And by good life, I mean an easy, problem-free life.  

You can imagine my soul’s confusion when my son died.  His death was not good.  Where had I gone wrong?  

I was almost afraid to search the scriptures, scared that I would find my sin that had caused this horrible consequence.  

Slowly, I  began to crack open my Bible and I started to realize that God was still God and that He was still good.  Despite the reality that Daniel had died, I saw how much God loved me.  He still loved me.  

As I read my Bible, God showed me that He did not promise me a problem-free, easy life.  Rather, He promised quite the opposite.  There would be troubles and valleys and heartache.  

“He heals the brokenhearted and binds up their wounds.”  Psalm 147:3

“But seek first the kingdom of God and his righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.  Therefore, do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. S efficient for the day is its own trouble.”  Matthew 6:33-34

As I kept reading, God reminded me that He would never leave me.  He was always with me even in the valley of the shadow of death.  What a great God!  

“Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me.”  Psalm 23:4

“I am with you always, to the end of the age.”  Matthew 28:20b

Lastly, God reminded me how much He loved and cared for me.  He loved little silly old me.  The girl who thought she had life figured out.  The girl whose heart was hurting and whose eyes were full of tears.  He loved me.

Not only did he love me, He also wanted to care for me and heal my broken heart.  

He loves you, too.  He loves each of us regardless of where we have been or what we have been through.  He loves us.  He loves you.    

Do you know how I know He is not done with you yet?  I can say that confidently because you are reading this.  And as long as you have breath in your body, He wants to keep walking life with you and teaching you all along the way.  

God loves you!  Believe that today!

 

Rainbow Babies

Rainbow Babies

Tonight I was reminded of the term “Rainbow Babies.”  It refers to a baby born after a baby that was lost.   I was tagged in the following forward on Facebook:

😔😇… A Baby Born after a Miscarriage or Loss of a Baby is Referred to as a Rainbow baby. Today we remember All babies born Sleeping, or we’ve Carried but Never met, those we’ve Held but couldn’t take Home, the ones that came home but didn’t Stay. Make this your Profile Status if You or Someone you know has Suffered the Loss of a Baby. The majority Won’t do it, because unlike Cancer, Miscarriage, Still Birth and SIDS is still a Taboo subject. Break the Silence. In Memory of all Angels too Perfect for Earth 😇 and All the Babies that are Born Sleeping or Don’t make it Home.

It is funny how before we had experienced a loss, people would ask if we wanted a boy or a girl when they found out we were pregnant…but after a loss, when people ask, I would reply, “I just want a healthy baby.  I don’t care if it is boy or girl…I just want a living, breathing, crying baby.”

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I am thankful for all three of my earthly children and thankful for the two waiting for us in heaven.  I thank God that I had Ruthie before Daniel because I needed her after Daniel’s death.  I needed to hold her and hug her and love on her.

God knew that I needed my two rainbow daughters as well – the Lord knew that I needed each of them to hold and to help refine me.

It is interesting to me that the term “rainbow” refers to the rainbow that God placed in the sky as a reminder to Noah that He would never destroy the earth again with a flood.  The rainbow was his sign.

I believe that the rainbow babies are also as sign for grieving parents to remind us to remember that God is with us.  For many of us, having a healthy child after a loss is a big deal.  It heals us to have a living child after we have experienced a loss.

Whether you are remembering your child in heaven tonight or thanking the Lord for a new baby, remember the rainbow.  Remember that God is with you watching over your storm and He will bring you through it.  For His glory.

“And God said, ‘ This is the sign of the covenant that I make between me and you and every living creature that is with you, for all future generations:  I have set my bow in the cloud, and it shall be a sign of the covenant between me and at the earth. ‘”  Genesis 9:13

Giddy Up, Eunice!

Giddy Up, Eunice!

Today for “Wonderful Wednesday” I want to share with you one of my favorite bloggers, BooMama.  I have been reading her blog for years and am so thankful for her gift of words, but also her gift of humor.  One cannot read her blog without being filled with joy!

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Next week, BooMama has her third book coming, Giddy Up, Eunice!  If you have not read her other books, A Little Salty to Cut the Sweet or Home is Where My People Are, they are all totally worth your time.

I saw a link a few weeks ago for an advanced reader copy of her newest book, so I filled out the little form, but then my computer locked up and I figured I had just wasted three minutes of my time by trying to fill out the form on our old (but mostly faithful) computer.

The week before we went to the beach, I was so surprised to get an advanced reader copy in the mail!  Thank you, faithful computer!

Mamaw read it first and she just laughed and smiled the whole time she was reading it.  When I would ask her about the book she would say things like, “This lady is relating the Bible to me!”  and “You need me.”

Mama finished the book in less than three days.  As she handed it back to me, she said again, “You need me.”

So I picked up the book eager to read and I will tell you what…Sophie has done it again!  She has taken her wonderful humor and Biblical truths and has intertwined them into a book that will help you relate to the women in the Bible and to realize how we can walk as Christian women today…encouraging one another.

And yes, Mamaw, was right – I need her.  I need older women in my life who can encourage me and help me as I walk life’s journey.

And I need to be available to younger women in the same capacity…

Although I don’t have to write something on my blog, I thought it was the least I could do since they sent me a free copy of the book.

And because I might have e-mailed Sophie a few days ago to see if I could send her a free copy of my book once they are here…and asked if she thought it could help other mothers, if she might put a little review on her blog…