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


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Read Me A Story

What are your favorite children books? (PLEASE SHARE BELOW) One of my new favorite authors is Max Lucado and let me tell you why.

I was visiting my parents last year, and my son asked me to read him a book. We read a book called THE WAY HOME, PRINCESS STORY. It was a beautiful parallel of how we strayed into the world and how our Father came to rescue us. While a few of the pictures are a bit scary for a young child, the story is right on. It became a favorite of my three year old.

My mom also has a quite a few other children’s books written by Lucado. I noticed in every story that he tied the gospel or an essential Bible lesson to each of them.

Take, for instance, the Wemmicks in his YOU ARE SPECIAL series. These stories teach about a Creator who made us for a reason, Who gave us gifts and Who loves us. These too are favorites of mine.

This same author is famous for his book JUST IN CASE YOU EVER WONDER. This is a great book for new
moms and their babies.

Here are others:0915161455d
THE BOY AND THE OCEAN
THE OAK INSIDE THE ACORN
YOU ARE SPECIAL
JUST IN CASE YOU EVER WONDER
THE SONG OF THE KING
THE CHILDREN OF THE KING
THE CRIPPLED LAMB
I WISH I HAD A GREEN NOSE
THE TALLEST OF SMALLS
A HAT FOR IVAN

Try them out, you won’t regret it. What about you? What do you read to your children?

Rejoicing,

Joy


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When God’s Answer Breaks Your Heart

20140206-183613.jpgLast November, after we found out we were expecting, we began to pray for the child that was growing inside my womb. We prayed that our child would be born healthy and at the right time. My due date was August 9, 2016.

But God chose for our baby, a boy, to be born into Heaven sometime in March 2016. Our son, whom we named Nathaniel Michael, was born into Heaven perfectly healthy and at the right time -God’s time!

God’s answer to our prayer broke our hearts, but we know that God makes no mistakes!

It’s easy to read or hear of other people’s answers to prayer that are positive and feel as if God was unfair to us. Maybe you’ve been in one of the following scenarios:

Your test results came back and you have cancer.

Your doctor told you that you will never be able to bear children.

You prayed for safety for your spouse and they were killed in a terrible car accident.

You went to your 20 week ultrasound, only to find out that your baby had no heartbeat.

When we pray, we believe God will answer, but we rarely believe it will be a negative response, even if we are praying for God’s will.

It’s easy to wallow in self-pity when you are grieving, but even in the darkest valley, God’s presence gives you joy, peace and hope. Those things help you to go on.

Here are three things God’s heartbreaking answer to our prayer have taught me:

  • God did this for His glory! This reason alone blows me away when I think about it. The fact that Almighty God would give me a child to carry for 20 weeks that He made to glorify Himself – such an amazing gift!
    • John 9:3: “Jesus answered, Neither hath this man sinned, nor his parents: but that the works of God should be made manifest in him.”
  • God did this to bring others to Himself. My husband and I have been brought closer  to Him though this, but even more importantly than that is the fact we had opportunities to witness to others – doctors, nurses, funeral home staff and florists. Once again, I’m blown away by the fact that God created this little life and gave him to me, though for a short time, to be used for Himself!
    • II Corinthians 4:17-18: ” For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, worketh for us a  far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory; While we look not at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen: for the things which are seen are temporal; but the things which are not seen are eternal.”
  • God did this to remind me to count my blessings – daily! In grief it’s easy to focus on  what is lost and not what you already have. I have one ultrasound with a devastating outcome, but I have three others which are such sweet memories! When I focus on God’s daily blessings to me, I realize how truly rich I am in Christ!
    • Ephesians 3:20: “Now  unto Him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us,”
    • Psalm 68:19: “Blessed be the Lord, who daily loadeth us with benefits, even the God of our salvation. Selah.”

Although, I can’t spend life here on earth with Nathaniel, I get to spend eternity with him! God’s answer to my prayer, breaking my heart, was truly a gift, for it has drawn me closer to my Savior and Lord, Jesus Christ!

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Reunion

DSCF0368My thoughts have turned to Heaven a lot more since Nathaniel’s Heaven-going. When I was going through a particularly sad time leading up to his due date on August 9, God blessed me with a special thought about him and the reunion I’ll have with him some future day in Heaven.

I’ve always enjoyed thinking about what it will be like when I meet Jesus “face to face”, but now I have another aspect to that meeting!

When I meet Jesus for the first time, I can only imagine that I will fall on my face at His feet with tears streaming down my face; and even though Jesus has every reason to treat me like an indentured slave, He will instead treat me like an adopted child of His family! I will be embraced and welcomed Home forever! I can only imagine what it will feel like to realize that all my cares, fears and battles with sin are gone – FOREVER!

Just when things seem to not get any better, Jesus will say to me, “My child, I have someone for you to meet”, and behind him will be my two precious Heaven-born children! I will run to them and embrace them and weep with them, and together we will begin praising and serving our Lord and Savior for all eternity!

What a reunion that will be!

Philippians 3:20-21:
“For our conversation is in heaven; from whence also we look for the Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ:
Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto His glorious body, according to the working whereby He is able even to subdue all things unto Himself.”

Ephesians 2:4-7:
“But God, who is rich in mercy, for His great love wherewith He loved us,
Even when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together with Christ, (by grace ye are saved;)
And hath raised us up together , and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:
That in the ages to come He might shew the exceeding riches of His grace in His kindness toward us through Christ Jesus.”