I have been offering up myself to the Lord all morning, as tonight I will share my story of how and when I came to Christ 27 years ago.
Will you please pray for me? I have had a headache for about a day, and now my left eye feels funny and is twitching! Headache or no headache—eye twitching or no eye twitching—I'm going to tell the story that God gave me to tell tonight. It's actually my favorite story to tell---because it's His Story.
It's the story of a young woman who knew all about God, but didn't know Him.
It's the story of a young, anxious woman who was lost.
It's the story of a young woman who left her husband.
It's the story of a young woman meeting her Savior.
It's the story of a young woman finding life and finding it abundantly.
It's the story of a young woman who was found.
It's the story of a young woman who returned to her husband.
It's the story of a young woman's future household all coming to Christ.
I'm that woman.
When I get up in the mornings, I like to pray and search if there is anything I've forgotten to ask forgiveness for—and there usually is—and I confess it. Why carry extra bags??? Plus, with speaking tonight, I want to be all prayed up! I love the passage in the old testament that said 3 days before the Israelites went into the promised land, they "consecrated" themselves.
That is something we can do! Let's let Christ's forgiveness wash us anew after confession, and let's once again set ourselves apart for Him today.
Let's let go of our plans and purposes.
Let's tell Christ we accept His plans and purposes for our lives—at any cost.
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Last night, I got out a video that was made of my husband and me by DivorceCare. (Now called Church Intiative). It is a wonderful ministry that now includes resources for DivorceCare for kids, and Griefshare and Before You Divorce Resources. They heard our story and asked us 18 years ago if they could interview our reconciliation story.
My eyes filled with tears as I watched it last night thinking of all that God transformed in our lives. I also cried when I saw my little children playing at the end of the video. When we made that testimony film, Blair was only 5, John was 2 and Alex was brand new. Mary wasn't born yet. My Blair is now 23, John is 20, Alex is 18, and Mary is 15!!!! Oh, Lord teach us to number our days. Teach us to make them count for you. Lord, may all of our children serve you wholeheartedly!
We sometimes run into people that tell us they recognize us from the DivorceCare film series. Some tell us that their marriage worked out, but sadly, many tell us that one spouse did not want reconciliation. I know what that feels like. I've been on both sides. When I was 26, I left my husband thinking I had married the wrong person.
After I received Christ, I had a change of heart (eventually, not suddenly) but by that point, my husband no longer wanted to be married to me (he had not forgiven me yet, that woud come much later). It was a roller coaster that lasted 15 months more months, added to the 9 it had already been. In God's providence, we were reconciled in this beautiful October time of year, 26 years ago.
No matter what trial you are facing, know that God sees you in your trial. He is watching to see if you are going to be faithful to Him in the trial. He wants you to trust Him with your life—right in the middle of the storm.
You can have God's perfect peace right in your current circumstances. Your life may be in turmoil, but keep clinging to Jesus. He will never leave you nor forsake you. He wants to be your refuge. He wants you to now that through Him, you are more than a conqueror. This is only possible because He is living in you. Think of that! Nothing can separate you from His love. Not Divorce. Not separation. Not sickness. Not a job loss. Nothing. Not even death!
"For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." ~Romans 8:38-39
When I am alone, Give Me Jesus.
When I come to die, Give Me Jesus.
I love you dear, friend! I covet your prayers for me tonight. I am trusting God with the words, but I still want your prayers. I love you! Click this link and you can pray the prayer "Give Me Jesus" as you sing it to the Lord.
Walk by Faith,