but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a SERVANT, being made in human likeness." Phil 2:5-7
"We cannot earn our salvation but we sure can earn rewards!".
She (below) is 100 years old.
One lady (not pictured) told me about her husband who was a pastor. He died and now she is unable to move from her chair because her body is so weak. I said, "That chair can't keep you from praising God!" and she said "I sit in this chair and praise God all day long".
Can't wait to go back and see her next week. If she is still there. :(
There is also a retired biology professor there that I want to teach the boys! Fun.
This is a special place to me. When I first moved to Chattanooga as a single person, I used to go and volunteer there. Reading the Bible, sharing the gospel and just loving on the people. That was before I met Tim. Single girls: SERVE. Find somewhere and serve while you wait on your prince. I know it is so hard but TRUST HIM and serve while you wait. Please don't let the enemy rip you off during your days of singleness. He wants to rob you of the joy God wants to give you and speak lies to you telling you God will give everybody else a husband--- except you. That is not true. If he didn't spare his only Son, won't He along with Him graciously give you all things? And you have a husband anyway. He is your Maker. He knows your name. Knows how many hairs you have on your head and gives GOOD GIFTS.
Serve. Pray. Trust. Wait.
God blew me away- and made my prayers for a husband look silly in comparison to who He was about to give me. TRUST HIM. There are godly guys out there. Just serve Him with all your heart. Ok, sorry. I always go into preacher-girl mode when it comes to waiting on God's best. I can't help it. I have just seen how God honors girls who trust Him in this area OVER and OVER and OVER. He is faithful. Please don't believe the enemy's lies.
When I met Tim and he asked me to marry him, I had a surprise engagement party at the nursing home for him with a cake and balloons. It was cute. He was SURPRISED alright. LOL. They didn't know who we were (even though I had been visiting them for months and told them about the cute boy I was falling in love with) but they all lined up for cake and partied the night away with us. Those sweet people were so precious to me at that time in my life. Dear friends. None of them are there now. :( Hopefully they are all partying with Jesus Christ... sans walkers!
Here we are almost 10 years later back at the very same place. I had no idea how God would bless me with my children and that I would be able to bring them back there to read the Bible with me. What gifts they are!
(Yes, Tim looks 16. He was 28.) We hardly know each other here but we knew God wanted us to get married and serve Him together as a team.
Wow!! I had no idea how great marriage would be in this picture. We were babies (25 and 28)... getting ready to have lots of babies and weather lots of storms together. I don't remember life before Tim. I truly believe God created me to be his wife... his helper... his biggest cheerleader. He is still my biggest crush. I want to kiss him now as much as I did in this picture. :) God's best is worth waiting on girls. DON'T SETTLE. (oops, there I go again. I am telling you I just can't help it! WAIT ON GOD TO WRITE YOUR LOVE STORY!!!)
There is Valerie-- my first friend who introduced me to Tim. Still a best friend to me.
Here is another love story for those of you who maybe didn't wait on God's best or feel like your marriage is headed for trouble.
My new friend Chasity's marriage was crumbling. She and her husband have been married almost 10 years. They have 2 boys. When I first met her, I felt insecure because they looked like they had the perfect family. Everyone was beautiful and happy and had matching socks. People whose kids have matching socks intimidate me. It doesn't take much to make me feel defeated these days. Matching socks are high on the list.
She later shared with me that when I had seen her during basketball season that their marriage was hanging on by a thread. That she was so DESPERATE (there is that word again!) that she got on her face in her bed room and begged God to help her. It was that prayer that turned everything around. She began to hunger for God's Word for the first time in her life and started praying for her marriage. She couldn't get enough of God's Word and would just read and read. Months go by.
She was praying for her husband. He went on a 3-day Christian retreat. When he came back, he got down on one knee and asked her to marry him and to start all over vowing to love her. He is now hungering for God as well and God has resurrected their marriage. I took pictures of them this Sunday renewing their vows. It was a BEAUTIFUL ceremony.
“Behold, I make all things new.” Rev. 21:5
Don't ever think your marriage is unsalvageable.
Jesus loves to bring dead things back to life.
Random pictures of life.... beautiful...busy...blessed... LIFE.
So, those of you who are desperate out there... BE ENCOURAGED. Desperate is good. It is realizing your utter helplessness before the Lord and letting Him take over. Whether that is waiting for a spouse, resurrecting your marriage, giving you a baby, getting your baby to sleep through the night ;), changing the hearts of your children, teaching you how to parent, or breaking free of a besetting sin.. BE DESPERATE. Every person I know who is used greatly by God has been on their face before Him.
"Listen to my cry, for I am in desperate need" Psalm 142:6
"I cry out to God Most High, to God, who fulfills his purpose for me." Psalm 57:2
"Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know.'"Jer 33:3
"If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him!" Matt 7:11
ps I am getting back into teaching Ephesians this week. Email me if you would like to come to our Bible Study on Wednesdays. Child care is provided.