A little background... In 2013, my husband sobered up after nearly 20 years of alcoholism, rage, and addiction related issues. Until that point, our marriage had been severely damaged by his violent outbursts and abuse. Through a gut-wrenching, potentially devastating incident, God reached into my husband’s heart and mind on the evening of May 5, 2013 and Glen fully confessed, repented, and truly surrendered his heart back to his Savior. I had married a godly, Christ-centered man in 1988 - on May 5, 2013, I got him back. Actually, I got a more mature and humble man back.
Since that night, we have been on a steady path of healing and restoration. We have joy again, peace again, trust and hope again. It's been hard - don't get me wrong - but it has been blessed nonetheless.
There are many difficult bumps along a road to true healing. One of the most difficult of mine has been dealing with the scars of trauma that Glen’s past violent behavior left on my hea…
"Did I do something wrong?" Shauna asked me from over her cup of coffee, tears brimming making her sad eyes look so tired. "I mean, I just don't see how things could be going this badly in my life unless I had done something wrong - really missed the mark - and God is teaching me a lesson."
Honestly, this question is one where I could put any woman's name ...Mary's name, Cindy's, Karla's, and at one point in my life - my own. I hear it all the time when I meet with women sharing their hurt and asking the hard questions. Why are things going so wrong? How did I mess up to deserve this?
It's no wonder we think along these lines. From our earliest lessons in life, we see that things come together with consistent cause and effect whether good or bad or even neutral: We cry for mom...mom comes to pick us up. We reach out to a hot stove...ouch! In school, one plus one equals two whether we're playing with blocks, racing through a math worksh…
When the offering plate was passed in church a little boy reached quickly into his dad’s pocket, grabbed his wallet, and tossed it in just as the plate passed on by.
“Why did you do that?!” the stunned and panicked dad asked,
“The preacher said that everything belongs to the Lord and I just figured you forgot!”
Everything does belong to the Lord. In 1st Corinthians 10, Paul quoted Psalm 24 to remind us that: “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it;”
I have come to know and experience that as a completely freeing truth.
Christmas is around the corner and with all the beauty, joy-filled songs, and fun traditions we love, comes also the tug to over-extend ourselves. With that comes the anxiety of not being able to meet up to expectations – our own or of those around us.
What's the call of this world? ...Experience the Dream! Have it all! You deserve it! We are told to taste and see that the world is good but when we go beyond a few licks we, li…