I can look back at my life and see how God was there all the time. In my frustration over things, I've grown into a better person. I can see how my attitude makes a huge difference inside my house and outside my house. As the door opens for me to leave, I must remember to put on the full armor of God and allow him to use my life. I hope you do too.
Psalm 107:1-3 (NIV)
1 Give thanks to the Lord, for he is good;
his love endures forever.
2 Let the redeemed of the Lord tell their story--
those he redeemed from the hand of the foe,
3 those he gathered from the lands,
from east and west, from north and south
TELL YOUR STORY ~
Someone needs to hear your story.
Matthew 19:14 New International Version (NIV)
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”
We have the best children's pastor at Hillside Christian Church. Stacy has the perfect last name Marks. She speaks of the love of Jesus and it marks children's hearts forever in a great way. Her voice is soft and she has the gift to look inside hearts of children. Not only children, but adults. The Bible speaks of little children coming to Jesus, but it also for adults. Sometimes we don't get the childhood we wish we had, but we look back to see the missing parts. In those missing parts, I have filled my heart in helping in kids ministry at church.
My story goes as one who didn't have a playful childhood. I spent most of my time at home in my bedroom. My mom would always say go to the room and do your homework. I'll call you for dinner, but my homework never took that long. So I talked with my stuff animals and it was there I made a promise to them. A promise to grow up and have a real friend. To be a kind person and teach others to be kind. One day I will .........
Little did I know that I spoke words of hope and life into my soul. Jesus saw me right where I was and had a plan for my life. Jeremiah 29:11 A plan, A promise and A future. It all became real to me when I grew up. The way we speak to kids is important. They keep words inside their hearts forever. I remember a Sunday School teacher saying "JESUS LOVES YOU". I remember a school teacher in 4th grade speaks words that made the kids in class laugh. I couldn't spell a word and she thought that was funny too. It hurt my heart and over 50 years later, I still remember. Casting away some words but they come back once in a while.
TIMES MOVES FAST ~
My kids grew up way too fast and now are kid/adults. I am so bless to have grandchildren. I can stop to enjoy moments with them and count blessings daily. Life hasn't turned out quite like I thought, but it's so much better in others way. I choose to see the good in each day of life. So many opportunities to make a difference in lives around me.
As I sit here and write you, I'm not that little kid anymore but I do still remember. I have become a strong woman of God and I've learned how to battle my own thoughts. Going to prayer, seeking God and allowing myself time to process things. In that process of time, I see how God remains the same. I don't know what you have gone through in life, but let God heal those broken spots of words. Words can kill or they can lift up. Hear the words that God says about you and the situation you face. It will open you thoughts to faith, trust and hope.
My prayers continue for you, your family and friends.