Tuesday, February 12, 2013
We have been busy getting back to our family routine and just lovin' on each other as we begin our journey to healing. It's definitely not going to be fast or easy, but I know what God wants for us and it's NOT for us to sit around being sad and depressed. Thank you God for promising a plan of hope!
Jeremiah 29:11 says "For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
All of our friends, family, and even some complete strangers have been such an important part of this journey and I want you to know how much you have meant to us! God has filled my heart with more love in the past 6 months than I would have ever thought possible! The love that has been shown to us from all of you has been an amazing support! I don't know if we could have gone through this with such positivity if it wasn't for you, your constant prayers, and messages of encouragement!
One thing (the most important thing!) that I want our friends and family to know for sure is that you KNOW God the way that we do! If you have not excepted Christ as your Savior, it is so important that you do so! God tells us that we are all born sinners (Romans 3:23) and because of that sin, we are destined to an eternity in Hell (Romans 6:23a). But He also tells us that because He loves us, He sent his son to die on the cross to take away our sin (Romans 5:8)! If we confess our sin and accept Him as our Savior, we will live eternally with God in Heaven one day (Romans 9: 9,10)!!! It's easy and free, but we must RECEIVE God's gift of eternal life (Romans 6:23b)! We must put ALL of our faith in Christ dying on the cross and His resurrection, and that my friend, promises us an eternity with God! ETERNITY!!!
I think of how short Kai's little life was and also think of how short our life on this earth really is when we compare it to eternity! In James, we learn that our life is "like a vapor that appears for a short time and then vanishes". I hope that all of our friends and family know where they will spend eternity because we never know when our last day on this earth will be! Please feel free to message me if you ever have any questions about your salvation. I would be more than happy to talk with you!
For those of you that are Christians, I want to encourage you to pursue your personal relationship with God if you are not already. It can make an AMAZING difference in your life! I have been a Christian for almost 30 years and it wasn't until the last few years that I really got my personal relationship with God on track! I've sat through umpteen church services and many bible classes where I learned so much about the bible, but that information rarely prompted BIG changes in my life. Don't get me wrong, it was beneficial and I am sure it kept me on the right path, but it wasn't until I made my personal relationship with God a priority, that He has changed me from the inside out! Now that my personal relationship with God is going where it needs to be, my heart is open to so much more when I am sitting in those church services or listening to gospel messages on the radio! I feel like I am constantly learning and growing! It's so exciting!
The biggest difference for me, was when I started taking time early in the morning (before the kids get up - which was HARD for me because I am NOT a morning person!) and truly listening to God and getting to know Him. Just me, my bible, my coffee and God. I swear I can feel His presence right there in the room with me. I pray first, thanking God for who He is and asking Him to show me exactly what I need for that day. Then I read a chapter of the bible and finish by praying and bringing requests to God.
Believe me, it's not always easy and I have a lot of spiritual growing left to do! Some days I have to practically drag myself to the table to open my bible and other days, I sit for hours reading God's word and praying. But no matter what my attitude is in the beginning, I always walk away feeling totally blessed and ready to take on the day.
I am definitely not wanting to come off like I am perfect or like I've got it all figured out. I am simply encouraging you to take that same step that I did towards improving your relationship with God. I know if I didn't take that first step, I never would've been prepared for what God had in store for us! God is so much wiser than I am and it's His power and grace that enables us to keep on moving forward! I am thankful that He doesn't give up on me, even when I have been stubborn and hard-headed! God is good like that!
Anyways, I have so much on my mind and in my heart that I want to share on this blog! I have started a long list of blog posts that I want to write, everything from details of sweet baby Kai's birthday to lessons that God has taught me through Kai. I technically don't even "like" writing, but it provides such a wonderful outlet of healing for me, so God has pointed me in this direction for right now.
Please continue to praise God with us for all the prayers He has answered in the past weeks. Also, please continue to pray for our family and the healing that is taking place. Some moments are harder than others, but God continues to comfort and surround us with His never-ending love!