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      My son is two years old. Because he was born 2 months early at 22 weeks he is delayed in certain areas. I must quickly add in a praise because the areas that he is actually delayed in we were told we would NEVER even be able to do at all.   One of the areas is eating. It was reported by doctors that there was no way he would live, let alone ever be able to eat by mouth.   Today I stood patiently over him feeding him some mashed up lasagna. Now, at two years old he should be eating solid lasagna and be able to feed himself. It can sometimes take 1-2 hours for me to feed him 1 small potion of food. I was smiling watching him oh so slowly  ( I MEAN SLOWLY) eat his food.   Suddenly God spoke to me and said, “ I delight in guiding you through your delays”. I asked what He meant. He said to me, “There are people out there who’ve had things happen to them beyond their control. With Seth early birth. Others abuse, bad parenting, devastating relationship choices, overlooked, misused, used, forgotten, ect. They are frustrated in their delays and even assume that I am put off, upset or moved by their delays. Just as you stand over Seth pleased that he is moving forward. I stand over you, giving you just what you need patiently delighting in your strides”.  Suddenly, I realized how much we beat ourselves up. Friends, for some of you, there is trauma there. Things…bad things…tough things have happened to you. God isn’t angry at you. He just wants you to get up and try again.  You see, Seth wasn’t given any chance to live. Now he’s eating. But eating VERY slowly. As his mom I’m not upset at him for eating slow! I’m simply overjoyed and pleased that he fought so  hard to live! Some of you had hits put out on your life that could have literally killed you spiritually. But, you STILL believe. Those things didn’t destroy you, but they delayed you. Please do not get caught up in the delay.   Maybe every time you try to read the word you drift off or fall asleep. Maybe when you tried and swore you would control your anger this time, you went off again. Maybe you gave up premarital sex for good this time and messed up after a year of holding out. I don’t know what it is, but today I want you to understand God is pleased with your hunger to accept and follow His plan for your life.    1 Timothy 1:15-16    Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life.   Be encouraged.   XO, XO,  J- Love 

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My son is two years old. Because he was born 2 months early at 22 weeks he is delayed in certain areas. I must quickly add in a praise because the areas that he is actually delayed in we were told we would NEVER even be able to do at all. 

One of the areas is eating. It was reported by doctors that there was no way he would live, let alone ever be able to eat by mouth. 

Today I stood patiently over him feeding him some mashed up lasagna. Now, at two years old he should be eating solid lasagna and be able to feed himself. It can sometimes take 1-2 hours for me to feed him 1 small potion of food. I was smiling watching him oh so slowly ( I MEAN SLOWLY) eat his food. 

Suddenly God spoke to me and said, “ I delight in guiding you through your delays”. I asked what He meant. He said to me, “There are people out there who’ve had things happen to them beyond their control. With Seth early birth. Others abuse, bad parenting, devastating relationship choices, overlooked, misused, used, forgotten, ect. They are frustrated in their delays and even assume that I am put off, upset or moved by their delays. Just as you stand over Seth pleased that he is moving forward. I stand over you, giving you just what you need patiently delighting in your strides”.

Suddenly, I realized how much we beat ourselves up. Friends, for some of you, there is trauma there. Things…bad things…tough things have happened to you. God isn’t angry at you. He just wants you to get up and try again.

You see, Seth wasn’t given any chance to live. Now he’s eating. But eating VERY slowly. As his mom I’m not upset at him for eating slow! I’m simply overjoyed and pleased that he fought so  hard to live! Some of you had hits put out on your life that could have literally killed you spiritually. But, you STILL believe. Those things didn’t destroy you, but they delayed you. Please do not get caught up in the delay. 

Maybe every time you try to read the word you drift off or fall asleep. Maybe when you tried and swore you would control your anger this time, you went off again. Maybe you gave up premarital sex for good this time and messed up after a year of holding out. I don’t know what it is, but today I want you to understand God is pleased with your hunger to accept and follow His plan for your life. 

1 Timothy 1:15-16 

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners—of whom I am the worst. But for that very reason I was shown mercy so that in me, the worst of sinners, Christ Jesus might display His immense patience as an example for those who would believe in Him and receive eternal life. 

Be encouraged. 

XO, XO, 
J- Love 

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Seek First Your Kingdom?

"Seek first the kingdom of God and ALL of its righteousness" ( Mathew 6:33). We love to quote it. We also love to convince ourselves that we are walking in it. Because I love you and well... I love me, I would like to take a trip down "Examine Our Hearts Land". The word says in Corinthians, " Test yourselves to see if you are in the faith; examine yourselves!" 

I think we genuinely would like that scripture to be true for our lives. But, many times I  think we are sorely missing the mark. It's more like " We seek first our Kingdom and 'some' of His righteousness and want all things given unto us." In true fashion we like to create grand ideas, businesses, churches, plans and lives...sprinkle some Jesus on it and call it a God thing. We obsess over our purpose when in reality we are here for God's purpose (that's an entire other post). 

I get it. I get you. You want to do great things for God. You love Him. You like Him. You also really can't stand pain, enjoy comfort and really really want to succeed. Yes, oh darn it. You are human. How dare you!?! :-) 

But listen here friend. As you examine your motives, your moves and your plans ask yourself is the SOLE purpose of your existence to seek after God, spread His word and hunger and thirst for righteousness?  Are your prayers to further His kingdom and see lost souls saved? Or are your prayers to see the "thing" he gave you succeed? We get so caught up in our talents, gifts and ways to be great that we forget what makes us GREAT. That is knowing Him. 

I find many times when talking to Christians it's more like, " I believe in God and so I want to use my gifts for Him". That's cute. But what's even better is LAYING your life down for Him. (Mathew 16:24). Laying down your life (eek you mean my cool life?), picking up your cross (woa that sounds heavy and I'd rather just piggy back off your cross Jesus) and follow Him (follow you? But before you rose you were beaten, persecuted and in TOTAL self denial). That sounds like a lot. Can we just meet Jesus at the resurrection? 

In the midst of your 10 steps to success please do not forget about the Gospel. Jesus is not a self help guru. He is Lord. He's not here to just, "make your life better". He is all that is your life. A sprinkle of Jesus may be convenient. But don't you just hate it when you get to the middle of a delicious ice cream cone and the sprinkles are gone? You can't take in a sprinkle of something that is meant  to sustain you. Jesus isn't a cool T-shirt, blog, business, hobby or after thought. He's not an addition. The scripture  says, "all of these things will be added onto you". This means that things are the addition. Not Jesus.