Steve (not his real name) was a young man with a wife who loved him and two sons who he spent all his spare time with. He had it all...
family, a job he loved, a beautiful home, and friends and family he spent the weekends with...
Then God found Steve, drew Steve to Himself and set Steve apart to be his disciple. Steve wanted to love God with all his heart. He was so excited about his newfound faith and love for his Savior and wanted to share it with his wife...
Nothing doing was her reply, sending him on his way to be a 'Jesus freak'. After much pleading with his wife praying she would change her mind, Steve consented to the divorce she wanted.
When I met Steve his son had just been diagnosed with cancer, who only had days to live, he went to be with Jesus as a boy. Steve stayed with Jesus.
Steve went on to marry a wonderful Christian woman who loved Jesus as much as he did.
Shortly after he was married, he had problems with his sight, going blind in one eye.
I wonder if he ever asked,
how much more Lord?
If he ever wanted to say
Jesus, this is too much?
Divorce, death of his son and eye problems visited him over the course of a year.
It has been a long time since I talked to Steve. As far as I know he never said 'why me'? But stayed with Jesus knowing that God knew what he was doing even in the tragedies of life.
He trusted God's heart when he couldn't trace his hand, knowing that God does work in mysterious ways.
I want to stage a boycott and protest Mother's Day. I think we should re-name the second Sunday in May to Women's Day.
Oooooohhhh, did I just say that out loud? Well, I didn't say it, I wrote it.
Don't get me wrong, I'm a mother, I love my mom and the moms I know, are some of the hardest working women I am pleased to call friends. In reading from Wikipedia about Mother's Day, it was never meant to be as commercialized as it has become. Expectations are usually high...and not always met. This week I've thought about the upcoming celebration more than I usual. I"m not sure why, but for some it's the hardest day of the year.
So in addition to saluting my mom, my sisters and the four humans who call me Mom...you are tattooed on my heart.
I want to love on women
- Who want to be moms, but for reasons I am not privy to, they are not.
- Who are single and raising their kids by themselves, again many reasons, but it still makes it hard.
- Who are not married yet and so desperately want to be and their hearts yearn for babies.
- Whose children today are breaking their hearts..they call you mom...but they don't call.
- Who have had abortions, and this day reminds them of a child that is not...there is forgiveness and healing at the foot of the cross...Jesus heals the broken-hearted.
- Whose moms don't remember their children because of disease
For many, Mother's Day is glorious, a day of not cooking, laying on the couch and controlling the remote for the day. But for many, it is a hard day, and I for one want to remember all the women this Sunday, the second Sunday of May as Mother's Day and.....
Happy Women's Day!!!!
"Then Jehoshaphat was afraid and set his face to seek the Lord, and proclaimed a fast through all of Judah. And Judah assembled to seek help from the Lord...and Jehoshaphat...said, "O Lord, God of our fathers, are you not God in heaven? You rule over all the kingdoms of the nations. In your hand are power and might...We do not know what to do, but our eyes are on you."...And when they began to sing and praise, the Lord set an ambush against the enemy, so that they were routed."
2 Chronicles 20:3-22
This passage is not written out in it's entirety, but is a great one to read thoroughly.
There always seems to be something that takes our eyes off of the Lord.
There are days when, I confess, I live like someone who doesn't have a Savior, someone who intercedes for me, someone who I simply must keep my eyes on Jesus rather than myself. It is so easy to become self-focused rather than looking to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith.
- unexpected death
- difficult marriages that seem to be facing their own death
- those in political power we don't agree with
- lost income due to lost jobs and a bad economy or losing a home
- worry over losing a home
- divorce proceedings that try every fruit of the spirit mentioned
- loss of rights
- difficult relationships
- children becoming independent
- going to a job we would rather stay home from
...not my circumstances or the worries and cares of the world.
Keeping my heart, mind and soul focused.
"I do not know what to do, but my eyes are on you( the Lord)..."
Keep thine eyes simply on him; let his death, his sufferings, his merits, his glories, his intercession, be fresh upon thy mind; when thou wakest up in the morning look to him; when thou liest down at night look to him. Oh! let not thy hopes or fears come between thee and Jesus; follow hard after him, and he will never fail thee. --C. H. Spurgeon
"Jesus, may we love you with abandon, serve you without question, and order our lives after your eternal passions." –ScottyWardSmith