I wanted to take a moment to express my sincere appreciation for all of the well wishes and prayers sent in celebration of Marc & I’s wedding on June 25th! 6.25.2016 aka #marcishwedding was indeed the greatest day of my life as I saw God’s promise to me fulfilled and was given the gift of my husband , the man who has won my heart. The outpour of love and generous support made it a day Marc & I will treasure forever. Thank you!
To my fellow Ladies On Life teammates, thank you for standing with me not only on that day but every day in this journey we call life. You’ve been by my side through every season and not once have you left me to face anything alone. I’m grateful for this community of Godly women supporting one another in ALL seasons of life and for the honor we have to encourage and breathe life into all women world-wide through this amazing resource “Ladies On Life”.
With great Love & Appreciation,
This summer has put things into perspective for me as I have watched a family almost lose their daughter to ecoli. This family is some of our dear friends and it was hard to see their little girl go through this sickness and be at the hospital all summer long. Praying for her healing put life in perspective for me as I realized how life is so precious and we need to live in the moment. Living with purpose and understanding God gives and takes away. We may not have tomorrow so what am I going to do for today?
Living with purpose can be hard. I think it is a mindset of living either here on earth or looking towards heaven. Is our mind focused on things of this earth or eternity? One Sunday the pastor showed an illustration of a rope that was several yards long and the first few inches were colored in red. The red part of the rope meant our time on earth and the rest of that long robe meant eternity. It made you realize that our time of earth is so short and where am I spending my time? Am I sowing the right seeds? Galatians 6:8 says it well, “For the one who sows to his own flesh will from flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life.”
So we need to think about where we are sowing and if we are sowing the right seeds into those around us. Life is so precious and concentrating on what is important and having a heavenly focus is key. As we have watched that family grow in faith and love in God and who He is, it has gotten us excited to think about all that God is. Our friend’s little girl is healing from her sickness and is home now from the hospital. In the midst of their suffering they have chosen joy and to follow in His great love for us. Think how precious life is and how each moment is a gift from Him. Don’t let the days slip away but set your eyes on heaven and watch God open the doors!
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On Sunday, June 12th, 2016, 49 people were killed and 53 were wounded less than 25 miles from my home. It was a day I’ll never forget. Images and updates flooded the news worldwide and social media for weeks on end. There have been times where I’ve watched movies about mass killings and thought, “Thank God this is just a movie.” This time, it wasn’t a movie. This time I went to work the next morning and learned that one of the wounded was a brother of my co-worker. This time these were real people, if only it were just a movie.
My mother in law had mentioned that she would like to visit one of the memorials set up in downtown Orlando. I wasn’t sure we’d go, but before we knew it we all jumped into the car and a half hour later there we stood. There were flowers, pictures of the victims, balloons, and signs about love and memories. You could cut the pain in the air with a knife. I didn’t know what to tell my children at that moment, so I didn’t say anything. I’m not a very weepy person, but the pain felt drew me to tears as I prayed silently for the families of the victims. I stood among strangers as we looked at the memorial displays and together, we wept.
After a while we all jumped in the car and took the silent road home. We put the kids to bed and I stood there wondering if we had taught them anything from what we just experienced. What was the takeaway? And then I realized as a family, we’ve spent time in celebration with others. We ate the cake, brought the gifts, and raised our cups in cheers and sang “Happy Birthday” at each party. But this time, we mourned. We hurt with those that were hurting, even though we didn’t know any of them. I hope my kids look back on that day and always remember how important it is to value life and share hurt with their fellow neighbor. I hope they always remember that people matter.
Rejoice with those who rejoice; mourn with those who mourn.
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It was a typical Sunday morning and during our worship service I saw that a couple of the members from our church came to the front of the stage in our sanctuary. With voices raised and hands lifted, these two worshipped God without shame and had a personal encounter with Him at their own “altar”.
As I glanced in their direction, the memory files in my mind played back to the church I grew up in where there were actual altars at the front of the sanctuary. No one had to plead or beg people to visit the altar as it was always open for those who were seeking salvation, forgiveness or just a renewal of their faith.
This next statement is not to criticize our churches in any way, so don’t take it personal. My mind can’t help but wonder how our services would be different if we had actual altars back inside the churches, with an open invitation, for a good one on one meeting with Jesus?
But then I ponder this even further and consider how our personal lives would be transformed if we built an altar in our heart and mind where we were mindful of His presence at all times?
What if we chose to live an ALTERED life? Now, an altar is a place that represents sacrifice. Living a life of sacrifice means I surrender my will for God’s. I replace the cares of this world for His purpose to be accomplished in my life.
Let’s look at the same word but with a different meaning, alter. To alter means to make changes or to adapt. Ladies, as we mature in our lives and in our faith there will be necessary alterations to be made. It won’t be easy and it may even hurt. To alter fabric you cut away and readjust what doesn’t belong. There may be things in your life that will need to be cut out and readjusted.
Let’s challenge one another to visit the altar of our hearts daily keeping Jesus the only thing there to be worshipped and allowing Him to make any alterations needed. Let’s be intentional about creating a sacred place for Him in our hearts and in our lives.
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