I was 22 years old when I got married to Terry. We have a family of our own which includes two kids who are now kid/adults. They have their own children and I have become a Grandmother. Better known as Grammie and it fills my heart with joy. I have close friends who are family to me as well. Family isn't about always agreeing, but to agree to disagree at times of life. True family is really there for each other in all seasons of life. Thanksgiving and Christmas time brings lives together or far apart. It's our own choices that makes the difference.
1 John 4:19 (NIV)
We love because he first loved us.
FAMILY IN GOD ~
God brought my daughter (Tracy) to a wonderful church when she was 18 years old. She began to tell us about things that happen there and wanted her brother to come. He went with her and loved it. Soon after Terry and I would go there to become part of this beautiful family of God. The Church name is Hillside Christian Church in Napa, CA. A place of healing, growing and developing great relationships with others. A wonderful kids ministry lead by Pastor Stacy and older kids by Pastor Tony. A church not just focused on one age, but all ages. I am a part of women's ministry leadership team and also help out in kids ministry. I have seen miracles and feel peace of God not only there, but inside my heart. I have learned who I am in God and how he wants to use my life. My yes makes a a difference and so does yours.
Colossians 3:13 (NIV)
Bear with each other and forgive one another if any of you has a grievance against someone. Forgive as the Lord forgave you.
Forgiving is a major key of life. God forgave us for mistakes of life and he never remembers them. I am glad that God gives second chances in life. It's not only second chances but he has an open door for us. I made mistakes of life that I can not change, but I never heard God reminding me of them. The enemy of our souls wants us to stay stuck in wrong thinking and actions of life. One yes to God can change your life forever. I would have never thought I would be writing on a daily bases to you or leading a class of women to a deeper relationship with God. I never thought I would help in kids ministry and love it all. I have found my purpose of life and I live in that daily. Sharing the good news of Jesus and allowing him to use my mistakes to help others.
How about you? Is there someone you need to forgive and let it go? Maybe it's you and when you look in the mirror you find sorrow instead of joy? God created you for a bigger purpose of life. His divine plan is here today and it's a new day. A day to live in peace of God and begin again. So much happens in one's lifetime and it does hang on. Maybe choices we wish we had not made, but guess what? You can make good choices now. It's not too late, but a new day with a fresh start.
I think about how some people dislike the holidays and family. The gathering of others is just a bit too much. People who speak harsh or have a different way of life than you. Just maybe, God wants to use you to speak into their lives or even a stranger. I have met people in line at Starbucks and felt a connect to pray for them. Pray for open eyes to see and ears to hear when you begin your day. Pray that God takes away all the hurts, pains or disfunction of a family and places a newness within your heart.
Well, I am not expert on family, but I know I love that my family cares about me. I can see it and that's such a blessing to my heart. I go the extra mile for my family too and it's just who I am in life. My thoughts and prayers are with you, your family and friends. Purpose this a good day!