SNAP IT: A BIG God

ImageThis photo is of my husband and myself in FL last year.

One of my challenges was to “Share on your blog a photo or word art that you have created that testifies of God’s greatness.” –

I use this photo of my husband and I because we have been through so much in our marriage that it was only God who brought us from where we were. Through out the first 9 years of our marriage I cheated on him yet he stayed with me. He prayed to God to save our marriage day after day even though we were not “Christians”. Neither of us were born again believers but because of his background with Christian school and church he knew that only God could save our marriage.

On 09-09-09 my husband and I walked hand in hand down the isle and asked Jesus into our hearts and lives to save us and make us new again. He did and now almost 5 years later we are more in love then we were when we married almost 13 years ago.

God has given me a new since of love for my husband, a new respect for who he is, and a new image of myself with my husband.

I share this because of how Great our God is.

 

 

 

 

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Temple

 

“13 When it was almost time for the Jewish Passover, Jesus went up to Jerusalem. 14 In the temple courts he found people selling cattle, sheep and doves, and others sitting at tables exchanging money. 15 So he made a whip out of cords, and drove all from the temple courts, both sheep and cattle; he scattered the coins of the money changers and overturned their tables. 16 To those who sold doves he said, “Get these out of here! Stop turning my Father’s house into a market!” 17 His disciples remembered that it is written: “Zeal for your house will consume me.”[a]

18 The Jews then responded to him, “What sign can you show us to prove your authority to do all this?”

19 Jesus answered them, “Destroy this temple, and I will raise it again in three days.”

20 They replied, “It has taken forty-six years to build this temple, and you are going to raise it in three days?” 21 But the temple he had spoken of was his body. 22 After he was raised from the dead, his disciples recalled what he had said. Then they believed the scripture and the words that Jesus had spoken.”

In the above passage we see that Jesus was foretelling the future of His own fate but to me that is not the biggest part of this passage. In verses 14 and 15 we see where many people were found selling all kinds of different things in the “temple” for money and for some reason this stands out to me.

When I take a step back and read everything again I see in verse 19 Jesus is explaining that if this temple is destroyed then He will raises it again in 3 days and then we see in 21 it is told that the temple Jesus was talking about in 19 was His body not the physical building that was spoke about in 14.

Then why does verse 14 and 15 stand out to me, well it’s because as I look back at my old life and what it took for Jesus to get my attention, I can see that in order for Jesus to get my attention He had to come and make a whip out of cords, and drive all I ever knew out of God’s “temple” or in other words my mind, body and soul.

He had to take my focuses from me only seeing what I wanted and what I thought I deserved to what God had planned for my Life. He had to come and flip all my plans upside down for me to see who He is.

That Sunday that Joey and I walked into CWC we knew something was going to be different. And guess what…3 days later boy we were right. Three days after Jesus made His way into my life I died to my old self and rose in Christ.  I was no longer the same as I was before. It changed everything in my life from the way I would dress and talk to the things I would watch on t.v and the music I would listen to.

After I asked Jesus into my heart I had many fears that it was not real or I was just faking it but now I understand that through the blood and the cross “It is Finished” and I don’t have to be afraid. Although I died to my old self, Jesus is the one who paid the cost when he was hung on the cross for me. I now have no fear of ever turning back to who I use to be.

Dear Father, please give the one reading this peace of mind about where they stand with you. Allow them to feel your arms wrapping around them. Show them that you have done all the hard work and its our time to believe in you, trust your abilities and spread your word.  Its in Jesus name I pray Amen. 

Expectation

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As a wife I have some expectation of my husband as any women would. Also, I’m sure my husband has some expectations of my as well. But what I have found out is that I have very high expectations of my husband. Let me show you why.

Here are the top 5 expectations I have:

1-      I expect that he can read my mind.

2-      I expect that he can just hear my voice and know when I’m in pain.

3-      I expect that he should put me first above all else.

4-      I expect him to be able to say just one word and take all my hurt away.

5-      I expect him to put his “needs” aside because I don’t feel good.

 

When all the while I am expecting him to hold me when I need that touch, carry me when life is just too much, love me when I don’t even love myself and save me when I screw everything up. 

In other words expect him to be my Jesus.

I look to my husband as some god that I have placed on a pedal stool. I have made him to be someone he cannot be. I ask way too much of him and when he cannot deliver I become disappointed in him as if he could ever live up to my expectations anyway.

Deep down I know he cannot be nor do what I need from Jesus yet I still place him in Jesus spot as if he could. I get mad at him when his “needs” come up because I am in pain and he “should know this” because you know… I never said a word.

I find myself seeking my husband over Jesus.

I find myself looking to him for all the answers.

I find myself seeking his approval

I have found myself so lost because he cannot give me what I need….without Jesus.

My favorite verse is Matthew 6:33

“But seek first his kingdom and his righteousness, and all these things will be given to you as well.”

I find myself taking the word his out and replacing it with Joey.  I become so discombobulated with life because I have not put Jesus first. I have done what Matthew has instructed up to do.

Ladies, I’m talking to me as well, we must find ourselves in Jesus before we find ourselves in our husbands arms because if we don’t than we may find that we no longer have a marriage that is honoring to God our heavenly father.

 

Dear Father above, I pray special for everyone reading this today. I pray that they are filled with some much joy from your words you have given me. I pray that they not only find this of great help but also that they apply it to their own marriage. Father help give us the power to turn our lives over to you, the strength to give up the control and the wisdom to know when we are looking to our husbands for that affirmation that only you are able to provide. Father I asked all this in Jesus name. Amen.

 

My Little Sock Story

My feet were freezing this morning, so I searched in the dryer for a pair of socks that actually match. I truly cant believe that this time my dryer did not eat one of them.

Anyway, as I started to slip the warm socks on my ice cold toes I said to myself

“Man, no one could know how good this feels right now.”

Right then I hear a still small voice say “I know exactly how you feel right now in this moment.”

I’m thinking “what Lord? I mean I know you know my pain, and my anger, and all the things you died for on the cross for me but I don’t understand how you know how I feel right now.”

The whisper said “DO I not live inside of you?”

On that day you will realize that I am in my Father, and you are in me, and I am in you.” John 14:20

“Well yes Lord you do but..”

“So than how can I not feel what you feel? How can I not see what you see? How can I not know what you need? If I live in you than I know…see…feel what you do.”

At that moment even though it was only the warm feeling of comfy socks covering my ice cold toes, I was comforted. I know He lives in me and when I am lonely, happy, sad, joyful, angry, loved, overwhelmed, when I feel anything I know that Jesus feels it as well and I know I am not alone.

Dear Jesus, I pray that whoever is reading this please comfort them in whatever is happening in their lives. Help them see that you will never leave them nor forsake them. Please fill them and me with your love. In Jesus name I pray Amen.

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