I love my job, but lately I have been struggling with the demanding hours, that have kept me away from my kids, longer than I care for. Because of that, I have cried this past week, and I have prayed for a way through this. My job is such a blessing to me. It has afforded my kids and I so much, yet with all the beauty that it brings, I still want more time with my girls.
Today, as I was reading my bible, and just speaking with God. I felt Him speak peace into my life, and in that, I received a willing heart. It’s simply a miracle from the state of mind I was in prior to this moment. I immediately felt a huge burden released from my heart, and replaced with nothing but peace. A peace that we all know surpasses ALL understanding.
What God has taught me through this experience is – sometimes we have to make sacrifices, for God’s work in someone’s life. Life is not always about us, and our needs. Our work for God’s kingdom, will at times mean a sacrifice. And what God also tells me is that – nothing we do for Him will EVER be in vain. I believe that with me commuting as far as I do, and being away from my children as much as I am, is so that God can work through me for someone else, and as I do that work for God. As I yield to His will for my life, He will in turn honor His promise to me. And He will never leave me nor forsake me.
What is God asking you to do for Him today?
Whatever it is, If He is speaking to you today, as He spoke to me, I challenge you to listen, and do more than listen, I challenge you to yield to His will. Stop fighting, and allow Him to do a work in you, as He does it for someone else through you. For in doing so, you will have brought to your life immeasurable blessings, and more so brought glory to the name of the Lord.
It might seem difficult, and inconveniencing, but trust the Lord for He never tells a lie, and never does anything but for our good. He will bless you for all your sacrifices, and make you so much better than you started out.
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I love you: Christine
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Every now and then my brother (who is actually my cousin) will write to me. I always look forward to hearing from him, because I know I will receive a good dose of heaven. I am traveling back to some of his most inspiring letters to me, and I wanna share these beautiful words with you
He writes -
Hallo my darling sister
“have missed you so much and felt I should share this small thought with you.”
I smile. I can not wait to PARTAKE of his wise thoughts.
He goes on to write -
“Often the Christian list is beset by dangers, and duty seems hard to perform. The IMAGINATION pictures impending RUIN before and bondage or death behind. Yet the voice of God speaks clearly, “GO FORWARD.” We should obey this command, even though out eyes can not PENETRATE the darkness, and feel the COLD WAVES about our FEET. The OBSTACLES that hinder our progress will never disappear before a HALTING DOUBTING SPIRIT
So lets look to the ALMIGHTY God, who can take us through anything we will face in the future. Never to loose our FULL confidence and trust in Him. Always OBEY His command to
Don’t reach out to movements that promise you spiritual success based on FAULTY theology, but look to EVANGELISTIC methods and programs that are based on SOLID biblical principles and the great controversy theme.”
Small thought he says. I tend to disagree. The more I hear from him, them more I hear of BIG thoughts. Words so RICH in LOVE. So PURE and so MEANINGFUL, that I find myself clinging to every last word.
I LOVE you Lord, is all I can say after reading from my brother.
Though I walk in the MIDST of TROUBLE,
You will revive me;
You will STRETCH out Your hand against the wrath of my ENEMIES
And Your right hand will save me.
The Lord will perfect that which CONCERNS me;
Your mercy, O Lord ENDURES forever;
Do not forsake the works of Your hands.
Psalm 138: 7-8
Love you always: Christine
It’s been a while since I really wrote. There has been so much going on, and just so little time to fit it all into one beautiful gift of a day. There were days when I tried to do it all, and failed miserably. Those days I realized that I tried to do it all within my own strength, and when it came time to reflect back, the most important strength of all was forgotten.
So one can say that within such a short period of time, there has been immense growth in my walk with Christ. The challenge to practice His presence with every step I take, was revealed more within these past few weeks, than ever before.
I am trying to ease into writing, and as normal as a life as I can get with my new schedule. My desire is to write as frequently as I did, while still being conscious of His AWESOME presence. When everything else failed. Everything that I tried to do all within my own strength. When they failed or didn’t go as I had intended, I realized that He still remained constant in my life. And beyond His constant presence, He had and still has great plans for me. He blessed me so much these past weeks, and nothing that I had imagined, can compare with what He had planned for me and my girls.
So I am taking my improved self, and embracing this new chapter the Lord has blessed us with. And giving it all to Him and for His glory. I dare NOT go a day knowingly, without giving Him the Praise He deserves. I am loved by Him. We are all loved. That is what I believe, and that is what I will die believing. That He loves us so
I must also add that I have missed you all so very much. The days when I have not blogged, I have wondered when I would be back. I knew it was only a matter of time, but even then I wondered when I would return, and bring with me a gift of a blessing to you. Something to read or entertain your beautiful eyes.
Here is to many more blogging days ahead. And here is to an AMAZING Father who never ceases to AMAZE me
Love you always: Christine
I wonder, do you have days when you feel like the score is: The World – 100; God – 0? Does it sometimes appear that you’re on the losing team?
You go to a job where God is irrelevant to the people around you. Where his name is used only in profanity, and they seemingly give no thought to God as Creator, Ruler, or Sovereign. You’re in a daily environment where a commitment to Jesus Christ is looked upon as foolish, naive, laughable. When you apply biblical principles in your everyday world, people take advantage of you, ignore you, or discount your ideas altogether.
Let’s face it, that’s the way it seems at time. You’re walking the straight and narrow, but what for? Where does it get you? The other team does what they please, and get ahead for it. Do you sometimes feel like joining the other team? Are you tired of being in the minority all the time-seemingly losing all these skirmishes you face every day?
Well, I want to encourage you to remember one thing: The final chapter has been written, and we know what the end will be. I think of the young boy who was reading a thrilling mystery book when his mom insisted he put the book down and do his chores. ‘But, mom, I’m in the fourth chapter and the villain has the hero in his clutches. Looks like he’s going to die! I can’t quit now.’ But mom insisted so hurriedly he flips to the last chapter and reads the final page. He then bounds into the kitchen where his mother is waiting and says, ‘Wow, that old villain is doing real good in Chapter 4, but just wait till he gets to the end of the book. Is he in for a surprise.’ It looked like disaster in Chapter 4, but when you know the end, then Chapter 4 takes on a whole new perspective.
Maybe you’re in Chapter 4 today, and you need to flip to the end and read the last page. It’s already been written, and I can tell you the outcome: Jesus wins and those of us who are his followers will win and reign with him. Read Revelations 20, 21, and 22 today.
Remember, God has not lost control of this world. He is bringing it to its end in his time and for his purposes. He is Sovereign and he still reigns in heaven.
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Love you always: Christine