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 we place our offering in the plate, what are we
saying? I’m thankful for this way I can contribute? I’m hopeful for the future and want to support it here? I’m glad for this this tax deduction? I was raised doing this, so I’ll keep on with that tradition? I hope God notices that I’m doing my part? I hope this is used to buy more jelly filled donuts?Maybe on any given Sunday a
bit of each? In God’s Word, when His people gathered and gave, we always see their
actions marked by a single distinctive – joy, gladness, cheer...why? Because of
the overwhelming sense of thankfulness in what God had accomplished and the
sense of hope that being in community brings when we are moving toward
accomplishing God’s will in great ways. Listen to what David wrote and the song that the
people sang when they brought the ark of God’s promise into the tent: Oh, give
thanks to the Lord; call upon his name; make known his deeds among the peoples!9 Sing to him, sing praises to him; tell o…