Wow!! What a hectic past few weeks. As I sit here typing, my thoughts are all in a jumble at what God has allowed us to go through. From children's doctor's appointments to spiritual warfare on our ministry and family I stand in amazement of it all. How is it that when we are right where we are supposed to be (in the center of God's will) does He allow the firy darts of the evil one to catch us sometimes? After much crying and asking the question "Why?" God responded: "Why not you?" Just because we are children of God doesn't exempt us from being attacked from Satan, AND don't be surprised at who he uses. Sometimes it those that you have poured your heart, love and soul into. One of the things I have learned is that when we are attacked we need to be as close to the Master as possible....HE controls which arrows strike and even when they do strike He is there with us to help us through each circumstance. I am so loved by my Papa....my Daddy God...and I know that when those darts come He is waiting for me to say "Daddy take care of this for me." A lot of times those darts are allowed to see how much we have grown in our spiritual walk. Are we going to turn it over to Him, OR are we going to try to handle it? I have been so tired here lately and I am trying to the hardest of my ability to say and do: "Papa, here it is take it..." Through those difficult circumstances are the opportunities to grow in our walk, to show others WHO God really is, and for God to be glorified. I want God to be glorified so much in my life. I want my kids that when they get older and are attacked by the evil one to look back and say "You know when mom and dad went through a similar situation this is what they did and God did miraculous things through their sacrifice, standing firm and just being obedient to what God wanted them to do." This is what I want....to be a reflection/testimony of my Jesus. I will leave you with a few of my favorite verses. Remember God loves you and is always with us....in the good and the bad times.
"Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything."
"...Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze. For I am the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;..." Isaiah 43:1b - 3a