Saturday, January 29, 2011

The power of the Word of God

Here are two examples of the power of God's Word, working itself out in the lives of my children.
The first is Hannah's blog, which I am posting in it's entirety to save you a click and the other, is a letter my Teresa wrote to a young girl whose mom just had surgery.
God knew I needed this confirmation in my life--to see my children purposely choose God is one of the most thrilling aspects of being a parent because I know it's REAL for them. I know that when their faith in a living, loving God is genuine, they will be a success in life. Jobs do not make them a success. Making 5,6 figures do not make them a success. "Success" comes from living a life of faith in God, provided by the sacrifice of His Son Jesus Christ. Honestly, if I know my children are purposely living for Jesus Christ, I know they will be guided by Him, empowered by Him and literally, given all they need to know how to live, through the power of His Word. II Tim 3:16,17



So Mom asked me today when I was going to write my next blog post. My response?

"When I have no more homework."

Yeah...... That'll be a while.

But honestly, I was thinking about what I would write if I wrote one, and I simply can't choose.

I could tell you about my new job (which I LOVE).
I could tell you about school (which I also love, just find overwhelming at times).
I could tell you about how I have impacted wisdom teeth and can't eat anything hard or chewy without intense pain (this bites, I like Skittles, Snickers, and Steak too much for this diet :P).
I could tell you about how we started another Bible Study, on Crazy Love by Francis Chan.
I could tell you about how I never seem to sleep anymore (this also bites, but I think until I am free of my wisdom teeth, it will be normal).
I could tell you that I am uber excited the Packers made the Super Bowl! (and knowing that my Uncle will have Heavenly front-row seats to see his favorite team play in the Super Bowl!!! <3)

See? Too many options. When I have something that excites me lately, I find someone to tell. Because if I don't tell someone right away, I forget. And then fall asleep. And then it's gone... Zzzz...

But seriously? I think my devotion and prayer time have become so personal and so sweet, that for the most part, I'm writing it away. Holding it close to my heart. There are aspects of it that I want to share, and I do share them. But the majority of what God has been showing me lately has been just between He and I. And frankly, I'm loving it.

He is showing me what it means to Love, to be patient, to trust, to grow in Him so that I can grow to the role(s) He has for me in the future, whatever they may be. He is giving me trials, however large or small they may be, and helping me learn how to react to them by leaning and depending on Him. He is giving me opportunities to bless and serve, even if it is hard and I have to grit my teeth in the beginning, or sacrifice something else that would bless me, so that I can bless someone else. His Word has really become my Love Letter, and as I wake up each morning, I'm excited to see what it has to hold for me. As I go to bed each night, I have to crack it open one more time to see what else He has to say for me. And sure, there are days where I'm like "huh. Ok..." and there are also days where I fall asleep before I get it all the way open ;-). But mostly, I come away from my time with Him feeling so Loved and cherished.

And that, is why I haven't been writing lately. I do have things here and there I will write about, a couple have come to mind. But for now, I will stick with reading my Love Letter and learning all that I can about Him =).

My favorite verses of late...

Whom have I in heaven but Thee?
And besides Thee, I desire nothing on earth.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
But God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.
For, behold, those who are far from Thee will perish;
Thou hast destroyed all those who are unfaithful to Thee.
But as for me, the nearness of God is my good;
I have made the Lord God my refuge.
That I may tell of all Thy works.
(Psalms 73:25-28)

Here is Teresa's letter :
Dear (blank)
My name is Teresa Zowada. I'm 11 years old, you might remember me from New Hope. I heard what your mom,you and your family are going through right now. I know how you feel. Four years ago, my mom got breast cancer. She was sick for quite a while. I 'll be praying for you, here's a verse I read today.
"The name of the LORD is a strong tower, the righteous run into it are safe." Proverbs 18:10 Try to say in God's tower, and trust in Him, I know we all have times when we worry and find our selves out side of God's tower,but remember, that God holds you and your family in the palm of His hand and will NEVER let you go.
I'll be praying for you!!

Can you say with me AMEN??

God you are faithful,
P.S. I know I have two more children--they are next!!

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