Sunday, February 17, 2013

My Story: In A Nutshell


Don’t think I write blogs on Grace Grows Wings (formerly The Mommy Haven) because I have it all together. More like far from it. But, I do have some interesting life stories to share and I hope that through blogging some people will be blessed.   

My firstborn, "Bright Girl," is entering the tweens now, but when she was embarking on toddlerhood, she threw one temper tantrum.




 
One!
 
And, she never threw one again. My husband and I were baffled and sometimes a little smug when we saw a child screaming, thrashing, and flailing in the check-out line at Target just because he didn’t get the bag of M & M’s that he wanted.
 
For us, life was a breeze—we had parenting under control and our marriage was happy and fulfilling.     

Then, we had our next child, a son, who lived a short life and died due to serious complications stemming from Potter’s Syndrome. 




Everything seemed broken after that—especially our hearts.   

Our marriage practically fell apart, but by trusting in the powerful message of the gospel, our marriage was saved and our hearts were healed.

In case you’ve never heard about the gospel or good news here it is...  

The Lord, Jesus, the Son of God, died on the cross for the world sins (2 Corinthians 5:21). 

It's as simple as that.

Now, here's where things get complicated. 

There is Jesus, God the Son, and that means that God is also the Father and don’t forget God is the Holy Spirit, too, making three persons, yet one true God. 

Some call this the Holy Trinity.  If that doesn’t make any sense to you, I totally get you.  It's a tough concept, but at the same time, it makes total sense.

Before I knew Christ, I was both fascinated and terrified of God.  Then, when I was thirteen, my eyes were opened to the Truth that I was a sinful person and that is when I first started to seek Him.




Or was it that He was seeking me all along, wooing me, and drawing me to Himself?

In any case, God in His three persons, showed me that He indeed is real, and now I believe in Him with all my heart.

Trusting in Christ was the first step toward wholeness, which is truly a lifetime process. 

It’s called sanctification, and it’s a work of the Holy Spirit, which, by the way is explained in much better detail in the Bible. 

I highly recommend searching the Holy Scriptures from cover to cover, again and again, though the deep things of God are so deep, you’ll never be done with the searching.

And, in the searching, you’ll find true Life, a close, intimate relationship with God, and a compassionate love for people.


The closer you grow to God, the more the awareness grows of your utter sinfulness and brokenness until you grow so sick of yourself, you cry out, “Who will save me from this body of sin and death?”  (Romans 7:24)

A prerequisite to restoration is admitting we are broken beyond repair, and asking Jesus to save us.

And, He will. He will save us from our sins,
From death (ultimately because He is the Resurrection and the Life),
From Satan (yes, there is always a villain, and this one is out for your soul), and
From getting caught up in the world's schemes for finding life (which always winds up empty).
 
When my husband and I submitted to Jesus in humble repentance for our failings, He healed our hearts and our marriage.

We ended up having another son, "Little Man."  He is our sensory-sensitive little boy.



And then, "Sunshine Girl", came along...our "wild child.".


 
Last, but not least, our “Little Bit,” who is just now starting to show her own disposition.



But that’s just it.  

These children all have their own set of fingerprints as individual and distinct as their personalities. 

I am learning that every person is unique, and special, created by God and by faith in Christ destined for a specific purpose.

And, that's what I try to write about--in telling stories about my own life and others who I know and love.

And, in the telling,

To shed a little light on the fact that we are all at least a little bit

((broken))

 And, that's okay.


It is broken people who Jesus said are most blessed or happy,

because we know how much we need Him.



And, when we come to the end of ourselves that's where Life in Christ truly begins. 
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“Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.”(Matthew 5:4)