As I think back over the years of my relationship with the Lord,
Some of the most encouraging times,
The most impacting moments,
Were not when I heard about women who had it all together,
Or whose children walked blamelessly beside her.
Rather, I have been most encouraged by those
Who humbly admitted that they too fail.
That their children are not perfect.
That their marriage has had bumps in the road.
That they need Jesus as much as I do.
Really?! Really?! You mean, I'm not the only one?!
(Big sigh of relief!!)
And so my friends, my message today is simple.
We all struggle.
We all fall short.
We do. Our husbands do. Our children do.
You are not alone.
I have spoken harshly to my children (ashamedly).
My children have told me 'no,' hit, been mean,
thrown fits (I had one who even threw himself on the ground and did a
textbook toddler tantrum - lovely, but true).
I have wept tears of frustration for my marriage.
Yup, we're a bunch of sinners here. =)
BUT... Thank God (truly!) for His grace!
He picks us up.
He dusts us off.
He loves us.
And then, He enables us with His strength.
We have a second chance.
Or third... or fourth...or...
Are you tired of the sin you see in your life?
In the lives you see in those around you?
Don't be discouraged.
Don't throw in the towel.
He lives! And wants to live in and through you.
Talk to Him today!
Cry out to the One who loves you deeply
And can help you practically.
Grab onto the hand that heals
And cling to the One who will lead you through this life.
Because of Jesus,