"...A Christian woman does not put her hope in her husband, or in getting a husband. She does not put her hope in her looks. She puts her hope in the promises of God...She looks away from the troubles and miseries and obstacles of life that seem to make the future bleak, and she focuses her attention on the sovereign power and love of God who rules in heaven and does on earth whatever He pleases. She knows her Bible, and she knows her theology of the sovereignty of God, and she knows His promise that He will be with her and help her strengthen her no matter what. This is the deep, unshakeable root of Christian womanhood."
(Zoo Camp this week at Riverbanks)Seems as though we, as a couple, and a family, are in a new chapter of life. Although, we're probably always in a new chapter - new challenges, new things that God is teaching us about HIM in a big, real, lump in your throat kind of way. Every marriage, if it is going to be used of the Lord and glorify Him, will go through the fire. If it is going to be more than shallow, deeper than surface, Christ-centered... then all of me will have to GO. And all of him. And be replaced with Christ. God is filling us up with HIM. Without question HE wants us to go to the ends of the earth. Which really isn't the end of the earth, this time, Haiti. But when you are full-time 100% nursing an infant, Haiti is a pretty long way. 'She opens her arms to the poor and extends her hands to the needy.' Proverbs 31:20
'If you spend yourselves in behalf of the hungry and satisfy the needs of the oppressed, then your light will rise in the darkness, and your night will become like the noonday.' Isaiah 58:10
The problem is that sometimes we are so focused on the reasons or special circumstances that prevent us from serving God in the way He asks...we can't see the vast oceans and continents God would have us explore. Sooner or later, God meets every trusting child who is following Him and says, "Prove that you believe Me, as you say you do, and that you have taught others to believe."
Then is your opportunity.
God knows, and you know, that there was always a hope in your heart that a certain way would not be yours.
"Anything but THAT Lord," had been your earnest prayer.
And then, you found your feet set on that way, that way and no other.
Have you ever noticed the faces of those who try to find life apart from God? The strain of life shows. In our hearts, we know there must be something more, but few have the courage to question prejudices/teachings they get from culture, friends, family and false religion.
Jesus said, "I have come that they may have life, and that they may have it more abundantly" (John 10:10).
Jesus came to set us free and to give us life!
"Therefore, if the Son makes you free, you shall be free indeed" (John 8:36).
AM I living free in Christ or enslaved by MY own fears, traditions, passions, man made laws, what others think of me?
(Can you believe I took this one with my phone. Not bad.)