Saturday, May 26, 2012

Mom, Your Work Shall Be Rewarded

This morning as I watching the news I saw John Edwards arriving to the court for his trial.  It caught my attention especially when the newscaster stated that “Edwards was arriving accompanied by his parents who have been with him every day of the trial.”  I started thinking about his parents and all they have been through because of John’s poor decisions.  To think that at one time these parents thought their son might be the president of the United States – and now they are hoping that he won’t have to go jail!  I thought of how proud they must have been of their son as he graduated from law school and became a very successful lawyer.  I imagined how hopeful they were at one time when he was so close to being elected as the vice-president with John Kerry in 2004; and how they must have felt when their son was doing well in is bid as a presidential candidate in 2006 for the 2008 election – and then everything changed.  Suddenly their son was in the news for being unfaithful to his wife – who was dying of cancer. He was in the public eye as the man that lied about fathering a child with a woman that was not his wife – he was becoming famous for being a liar and now he is on trial for basically lying and stealing…what a disgrace.  Yet – there they are – his parents with him at his side
What a picture of undying love – and of course I could not help but think of how we so often disappoint our heavenly Father and yet He is always ready to forgive and loves us unconditionally – He has promised to never leave us or forsake us – what a wonderful promise! 

A few weeks ago I was reading in Jeremiah and I saw something that I had never noticed before that to me was an answer of hope for parents whose children disappoint them – for moms whose kids go astray.  I read in Jeremiah 31: 15-17,  “Thus saith the LORD; A voice was heard in Ramah, lamentation, and bitter weeping; Rahel weeping for her children refused to be comforted for her children, because they were not.   Thus saith the LORD; Refrain thy voice from weeping, and thine eyes from tears: for thy work shall be rewarded, saith the LORD; and they shall come again from the land of the enemy. And there is hope in thine end, saith the LORD, that thy children shall come again to their own border.”  In the past I had always thought Rachel was weeping because her children died – but this time I realized that they were not dead –they just were not…I began to think of all the “nots” that could be applied to this truth.  I could see moms weeping because her children were not…saved, not living for God, not in church, not happy, not healthy, not fulfilling their dreams, were not going in the same direction any longer.  And for every “not” I found that God made this promise, “thy work shall be rewarded and they shall come again from the land of the enemy (worldly, away from God, etc.).  I especially love that the Lord tells moms specifically that there is hope that her children will return.  What a tremendous promise!

I don’t know John Edward’s mom, but I know that she would want to hear there is hope for her son.  I don’t know what a lot of moms face – but I know there is hope.  And to you young moms that are working so hard to raise your kids – there is a promise from the Lord that your work will be rewarded!

Have a wonderful day!

Wednesday, May 9, 2012

Praising the Lord for Essie!

Today, I was on FaceBook reading an article and I noticed on the sidebar an advertisement for Essie Nail Polish.  The first thing that came to my mind was a memory of a prayer that God answered for me.  

My husband and I were on a little get-away and while we were there I wished that I had painted my nails since we were going to be going out to a nicer restaurant.  Now, while I love to shop there are some things I do not like to have to spend my money on, and one of them is nail polish.  Oh, I like to have my nails polished, I just don’t want to spend too much money on it – especially since it chips off, and once that happens it’s over with – I can’t rest until it is all peeled off!  So, I prayed and asked the Lord if I could find a good nail polish for a good price.  You see, just because I don’t want to pay a high price for nail polish doesn't mean that I don’t want one of good quality and with a higher gloss.  I was so pleasantly surprised when I went in to the beauty store and found Essie Nail Polish on sale for $2.99!  I am sure the gal at the counter thought I was a little nuts when I told her how happy I was to find the sale and that I had prayed I could find a good nail polish for under $5. I guess she wasn't used to having people praising the Lord for inexpensive nail polishJ

As I reminisced over my answered prayer I thought about how nice it is to have special memories like that –ones that remind me of how the Lord will even supply my silly little requests.  I don’t think God really cares if my nails are painted or not – but He showed me that He cares about me and the things that I take the time to ask Him for.  I know this is true because Jesus told us so in many instances, but especially in John  14:13, 14 which says, “And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it.”

I am certain that the Lord loves to hear us pray to Him. He told us He wants us to abide in Him, after all He created us for Himself – “all things were created by him, and for him:” Colossians 1:16.   So today ladies I encourage you to ask what you will… “If ye abide in me, and my words abide in you, ye shall ask what ye will, and it shall be done unto you.”   Abide in the Lord, let His Words abide in you, and then ask what ye will and He promises that it shall be done unto you! 

I love having sweet little reminders of God’s answered prayer for even the littlest things – because to me they show me all the more that He cares for me, little ole me and my silly little quirks...and He does for you too!

Have a wonderful day!  

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

The Little Blue Care Bear

I have a collection of knick knacks (I know I sound like an old lady) that I can’t seem to discard because each one holds a special memory to me. I don’t especially like the idea of knick-knacks, they are dust collectors, they are small, they can be easily broken, etc.  but, each one that I have was given to me by someone special for a specific reason…and they hold a special place In my heart.

In my parent’s home there is a very special little memento.  For the last 25 years when I have visited my parents I have always found a very precious little Care Bear that proudly sits on my dad’s nightstand.  It was given to him on the occasion of his 50th birthday by my daughter Kellie.  She was four years old at the time and that was her very precious and sacrificial gift to her grandpa.

I remember the evening so clearly.  We were celebrating my dad’s birthday at my house.  We had everyone over for dinner, and traditionally I made cioppino.  For my dad’s 50th birthday gift we all went in together and purchased him a tiger eye ring.  After we sang “Happy Birthday” and had our cake, Dad opened his one gift from all of us.  I will never forget the disappointed look on Kellie’s face when she asked, “Grandpa, is that all you got, just one present?”  I remember my dad smiling and saying, “Yes, it is a very nice gift.” 

I don’t think anyone noticed when Kellie slipped away until a few moments later when she returned with a little gift that she managed to wrap with all the love, paper, and tape that a 4-year old could muster.  We all watched as she presented her favorite Care Bear to her grandpa so he could have more than just one gift.
As I was remembering this event I couldn’t help but think that the Lord must treasure the gifts that we lovingly offer, even if the gift itself is not the biggest, most expensive, or most useful to Him.  I thought of the widow and her two mites and how the Lord said she gave more than the others that had given out of their abundance while she gave all she had.  Certainly God didn't NEED her 2 mites, but He appreciated them all the more because of the love, dedication, and sacrifice with which she gave them.

 “And he looked up, and saw the rich men casting their gifts into the treasury. And he saw also a certain poor widow casting in thither two mites.  And he said, Of a truth I say unto you, that this poor widow hath cast in more than they all: For all these have of their abundance cast in unto the offerings of God: but she of her penury hath cast in all the living that she had.”  Luke 21:1-4

While I know these verses deal with monetary giving,  I thought also of the other things we give to God…our time, our service, our dedication, and I pondered these questions… are we giving God our all, or our spare time?  Are we serving Him when it is convenient, or because serving Him means more than perhaps other things that may be for our own pleasure?  Are we dedicated to going to church, having daily devotions and prayer time – or do those things only fit in after our dedication to job, hobbies, and activities with friends?

I would love to be the child that realizes that there should be more to give …and the one that is willing to give all, however little that may be, to please my Heavenly Father…wouldn’t you?  

Have a wonderful day!