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Ordinary moms living on Prayer, the Bible, and Jesus!


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Why, not me?

Why did I have to go through four major spinal surgeries in high school?

Why was my daughter born with certain health issues that led her into ICU twice and surgery once before the age of one?

Why do people go through strokes and sickness?

Why do I ______(fill in the blank) ?

As moms, wives and woman of the Word, we can feel that our load is too heavy.

“We gave our lives to you, Lord, why are you allowing this? Why isn’t my husband responding Biblically? Why aren’t my kids __________ (fill in the blank)

There are many great answers to these questions of illness and trials, but after reading Luke today, I felt that one of the best answers to this, is Mary’s response “Why, NOT me?”

In Luke 1, we meet a godly YOUNG woman who was engaged to be married. She was a virgin and had her whole life ahead of her. An angel came to her and told her of news that would turn everything upside down. She would become pregnant with the Messiah, the repercussions from which she would forever have to contend.

Mary’s response was two-fold.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” – Luke 1:38

First she replied that she was the handmaid of the Lord. In the Greek, the word is “doulē,” meaning a female slave.

She was saying that her life was not her own. She was voluntarily serving her Master, no matter the cost.

Then secondly, she said “Be it unto me.”  This response was not just a “I have to because I serve Him” but a “Give me all you have willed for me.”

She embraced the plan God gave her.

The commentary of Matthew Henry says it best “She objects not the danger of spoiling her marriage, and blemishing her reputation, but leaves the issue with God, and submits entirely to his will.”

Mary was not put on a pedestal like she is in our day and age. She was most likely looked down on, talked about and shunned as the “unwed mom.”

But her response to what God had handed to her was a response that we all can learn.

“And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word” – Luke 1:38

Rejoicing in the Present,

Joy T.


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It’s a good day, to have a good day!

Happy Monday Friends!!!

I woke up feeling refreshed after a beautiful Sunday in Church yesterday. The messages seemed like God was speaking directly to me and I was encouraged. 😊

My Pastor spoke on claiming Gods promises from His Word.

So sometime today, I want to encourage you to grab your Bible, open it up and let the Lord speak to your hearts!! Claim those promises God has for you!!

We speak to the Lord through prayer, but He speaks to us through the Bible. And let me tell you, there is ALWAYS something in there for you… And me!  It is a book full of truths and treasures!! So grab yours today and let the Lord bless your heart.

And have a really good day!! Because…

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Much Love,

Natalie Ross


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The Rising Sun or the Risen Son

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Have you ever been to Philadelphia and visited Independence Hall?  It’s a surreal feeling to walk the halls where many of the heroes of this nation walked and to stand in the room where America was born.  In the Assembly Room sits George Washington’s chair, which is engraved with half of a sun.  During the Continental Convention, Benjamin Franklin used to look at that sun and wonder, “Is it a rising sun or a setting sun?”  In other words, will this enormous endeavor, this war, be the start of something new or the end of a hopeful dream?  When the Revolutionary War ended and America had won, Franklin resolved that it was indeed a rising sun, representing the birth of this great nation.

About one week before this article was written, the Supreme Court made a decision for this country that is simply did not have the authority to make according to our constitution.  They are a group of non-elected, non-law-making officials, who made a law that should be left to the individual states.  The colonists went to WAR for less tyranny than this.  When I found out that the decision had been made, i felt stunned and filled with a heavy despair much akin to what I felt in the wake of 9-11.  Except this time it was not foreign terrorists threatening our freedom but our own leaders. Proverbs 13:12 says, “Hope deferred maketh the heart sick,” and when I think about the future of our nation, my heart feels SICK.  Does yours?

But I am reminded of a beautiful truth about freedom from John 8.  Verses 32 & 36 say, “And ye shall know the truth, and the TRUTH shall make you free…If the Son therefore shall make you free, ye shall be free indeed.”  This verse makes me want to shout for joy!!  It is CHRIST who makes us free, not the government, not the constitution, not this beautiful nation with “spacious skies and amber waves of grain.”

In verse 34, Jesus tells the crowd of believers, “Whosoever committeth sin is the servant of sin.”  If we are living in the truth, dealing with our sin, and enjoying the grace and forgiveness of God, then we are not the ones who are enslaved.  The precious souls that are blinded by the angel of light, the ones who feel they have won a great victory of freedom, THEY are the ones who are slaves.  Let us seek God passionately to learn how to love the sinner without condoning the sin.

“And now these three remain: faith,hope, and love…”  May our faith be in our sovereign and eternal God.  May our hope be, not in the “rising sun” of the greatness that this country was built upon, but in the risen Son, our unchanging Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.  And may our love be for the truth of God’s Word and for the lost souls of this nation.  And friends, let us rejoice for eternity awaits us.  Let us REJOICE!!

“The prospects are as bright as the promises of God.”  -Adoniram Judson

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