Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. Psalm 127:3-5
It was exactly twenty-four years ago today on my own birthday that God bless me and my husband with a baby girl and we named her Victoria. My doctors had very little hope that I would ever conceive a child and even more surprise that I was able to carry her for the full-term of nine months. I had endometriosis and my doctor gave me very little hope of becoming a mother someday. While sitting across from my doctor in his office and he told me the news my response was, I don’t know how and I don’t know when but God was going to bless me and my husband with children. Within a few short months I found out that I was expecting my first child, and I needed to be on bed rest for the last four months of my pregnancy. It took me quite sometime to really accept that I was finally a mother, something that I long dream of. You see after Victoria was born, and a few miscarriages we found out that I was never be able to have anymore children and my heart sank with the news. Yes I knew I was bless with my daughter however like some parents I never wanted her to be an only child. Over time we did go on to adopted two children out of foster care system. Many people have told me how lucky they are and my response was no, I am the bless one that God choose me to be their mother.
However things for my little Victoria was never normally in any way. Before her teen-age years Victoria became sick and over time her health got worse. By the time she was a senior in high school we learned that she has Lupus (an autoimmune disease) then we learn she has P-O-T-S (postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome) then I heard as well as ulcerative colitis, mass cell disease, HHT (hereditary hemorrhagic telangiectasia disease, something she was born with. I am not sharing this for any who is reading this to feel sorry for us but to come to understand that through all of this I do not walk this journey alone with my child, Jesus Christ walks with us every step of the way. Every doctor appointment, emergency room visit, test, and their have been many, as well as times she was admitted, I drew my strength from God. I always had my Bible to read God’s word ( by looking at my Bible, you can see how worn out it has become) as well as me praying before and after each appointment, for the eyes of her doctors to be open to see what God sees and knows about her health. I have memorized the words from Jeremiah 29:11 For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Victoria is an on line student with Liberty University and is now a senior with a 4.0 GPA, she will graduate this May then onto her Master as a Christian Counselor, she graduated two years ago from a community college with a 3.8 GPA. Even through she lives with chronic illnesses and she is always is in pain, she managers to run women bible study on line and many of these women are also battling their own diseases, she also wrote and published a devotional book and she also has a blog called Victoria, Chronicallyhopeful2014@wordpress.com To see how God’s continues to use her in so many, has been a blessing it is truly amazing. I do pray that someday hopefully soon that she will be able to be on a college campus even it is a little while to be a normal young adult, and that God the “Great I Am” continue to give her the strength to serve him in ministry.
Grace and Peace to You My Friends
Meanwhile Jesus disciples urged him, “Rabbi eat something.” But he said to them.” I have food to eat that you know mothing about.” Then his disciples said to each other, “Could someone have brought him food?” My food, said Jesus, “is to do the will of him who sent me and to finish his word. Don’t you have a saying. ‘It’s still four months until harvest? I tell you, open your e4yes and look at the fields! They are ripe for harvest. Even now the one who reaps draws a wage and harvests a crop for eternal life, so that the sower and the reaper may be glad together. Thus the saying ‘One sows and another reaps’ is true. I sent you to reap what you have not worked for. Others have done the hard work, and you have reaped the benefits of their labor. Matthew 4:31-38
I began to teach Sunday School in my early twenties because I remember many who has touch my own life in my journey of faith. As I became an adult I felt it was really important to plant the seeds of God’s love in children. So between teaching Sunday School and Vacation Bible School for almost twenty years I had the opportunity with God’s help to share his love. No I most likely never see those seeds that I have planted come into harvest time, but to me it doesn’t matter because God does. Especially during that one week in the summer is always a great opportunity to plant seeds, my church most times would have more than one hundred children each day during VBS. As a leader or a teacher or a helper we truly don’t know what a child maybe faces in their own lives, and all they longer to know is this “Does Anyone Love Me” If we as adults in the world today would stop and take a good look of how to sow the seeds of Christ into our children and other children, perhaps maybe then our children in this world would come to have a walk with Jesus Christ each and everyday, they will know that they will always have a best friend that would never let them down, rejected them in anyway. And when we begin to do this perhaps just maybe our children would not look to have sex at an early age, begin to smoke cigarettes, begin to drink, start to use drugs because when they find the missing link, the missing puzzle part in their puzzle of life which is Jesus Christ, “The Great I Am” the will come to love themselves as Christ loves them and then they too can love one another and begin to sow the seeds of Christ into the hearts of the next generation.
Grace And Peace to You My Friends
A few months ago, I attended a class on preaching. The teacher of this class asks all of the students, tell me in a few short words what does the gospel mean to you. Well I answered pretty quickly and said the Gospel is God’s Love Letters to us. It is not just any old book that is filled with stories, but it is a book of God’s instructions of how we should live our lives day by day. It is a book that contains many books inside of it. Their are 39 books in the Old Testament and 27 books in the New Testament, which makes a total of 66 books in all. I read the bible at least once a day, and sometimes more than once a day, just reading along with a devotion, and more important for me to grow a deeper understanding of who God is and why his love for me a sinner is unconditional. When life seems so overwhelming to me, I turn to this book for answers for my own life. When I am tired, when I feel I am not smart enough like others, when I can’t forgive myself for something I have done, I turn to find the answers. When I asked myself in the past can anyone love me just because who I am with no strings attached, when I feel lonely even in a crowd of people, does anyone care. There have been times in my life when I feel I can’t or don’t care to go forward and somewhere in the depth of my soul, my soul cries out Abba Father. Lord are you there, do you even care for me, I know you are so busy with more important things than me. Sometimes the nights seem so long, so very long I wonder when will the morning come, because my soul longs to rest. It is during these times that different scriptures have come to my mind and my heart and I would like to share them with you.
You Say: God says: Bible Verse:
“It’s impossible” “All things are possible” Luke 18:27 “I’m too tired” “I will give you rest” Matthew 11:28-30 “Nobody loves me” ” I love you” John 3:16 “I can’t go on” “My grace is sufficient” 2 Corinthians 12:9 “I can’t figure it out” “I will direct your steps” Proverbs 3:5-6 “I can’t do it” “You can do all things” Philippians 4:13 “I’m not able” ” | am able” 2 Corinthians 9:8 “It’s not worth it” “It will be worth it” Romans 8:28 “I can’t forgive myself” “I forgive you” Romans 8:1 “I’m afraid” “I have not given you fear” 2 Timothy 1:7 “I’m always worried” “Cast all your cares on Me” 1 Peter 5:7 “I’m not smart enough” “I will give you wisdom” 1 Corinthians 1:30 “I feel alone” “I will never leave you” Hebrews 13:5 “I can’t manage” “I will supply all your needs” Philippians 4:19
These scriptures has been my inspiration over the many years of my journey with Christ , and as they have also given me comfort and peace, they will due the same thing for you. Once we as Christians accept who Jesus was and is and forever will be, which is the Messiah, the Great I Am, King of Kings, and Lord of Lords, these words will give you the comfort and peace and encouragement on a daily basis.
Grace and Peace to you my friend