Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Overcome evil with good

 
A godly woman overcomes evil with good. She is not lagging in diligence, she is fervent in spirit serving the Lord; rejoicing in hope, patient in tribulation, continuing steadfast in prayer...
Romans 12:11-12

O Father God, you know the needs of your children. We lift up our marriages to you, we lift up our husband's to You, Father God. Help us to bless our husband's and not ever curse them or discourage them. Let our words, be wise. Let us know when we need to talk less. Help us to repay evil with good. Help us to joyfully serve and trust that all things are in Your hands because we truly know that they are. Let us be a beautiful light that shines bright. Help us to always be fervent in spirit serving You. You are everything we need, help us to get to know You through Your Word.

Saturday, October 25, 2014

My Ministry, Most Precious to me


                    
                        Motherhood is a full time job and I choose to be a stay-at-home Mom. I take great honor in that and sadly, I have not always thought this way. I understand every woman has a different situation and some Moms have to work and leave the home. Whatever, God has called each of us to do, let us do it with His great strength and honor. I'm pressing on each day asking for God's endless mercy, grace, wisdom, knowledge, and understanding. I have a deep desire to live my life for the glory of God and the truth is, I fail miserably at times and I'm not always the wife or mother I wish and dream to be. I miss the mark, I stumble, and/or I lose patience. I am desperately in need of mercy and grace. Our Heavenly Father is so patient with us, slow to anger and abounding in love {Psalm 103:8}. How much more should I be patient with my dear husband and children? They are my ministry and my sweet blessings in life. The truth is they show me how to love unconditionally, they show me how to give grace, give mercy, and be selfless and mostly, they show me how to truly exemplify Christ. It is the ministry that is giving me life, it truly teaches me to be that godly virtuous woman who is set apart for her Lord {Psalm 4:3}. It's not about me, it's all about God and His marvelous plan unfolding. Lord, change me ...

When she speaks, her words are wise, and she gives instructions with kindness. She carefully watches everything in her household and suffers nothing from laziness. Her children stand and bless her. Her husband praises her: “There are many virtuous and capable women in the world, but you surpass them all!” Charm is deceptive, and beauty does not last; but a woman who fears the LORD will be greatly praised. Reward her for all she has done. Let her deeds publicly declare her praise. (Proverbs 31:26-31 NLT)

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Military Life

               This is the first time I've ever been stationed overseas; in a foreign land. My husband and I came to Italy with many expectations. This is the first time in 8 1/2 years that we choose to move overseas so that he could have shore duty and would not have to be deployed and no more duty days. We took the orders and perceived the tour to be a mini vacation. A getaway, where we could spend time together and the children would have daddy around more often, we wanted a more normal life. We wanted marriage bliss. :)

The truth is, this has been spiritual warfare that I have never expected. A battle ground, an Island where there is no where to run but to the LORD. There has been so much strain on my marriage in every department. This is the first time in my husbands military career, where he has had to work the hardest, with long working hours. His job is so demanding, he has a duty cell phone that constantly needs his attention, his time and focused energy. from calls, to emails, and long vigorous working hours. The enemy is well aware of our weaknesses, he is well aware of the cracks in our hearts. the enemy is out to kill, steal and destroy. The bible tells us about the adulterous woman, a brazen woman, a woman who is out to find a man who does not belong to her. Her lips are filled with lies, her speech is smooth. Basically, she tells a man everything he dreams to hear. {Proverbs 6-7}
 The spirit of darkness does exist, while the devil is on the prowl and look out, seeking, who he can devour. The most wonderful thing is; the Light shines in the darkness, Jesus equips one with all that they need. Because of the cross, it's not over! Because of the cross, I can cover my husband in prayer and anoint him with oil. Because of the cross, I can captivate my husband with my love. Because of the cross, I can stand in expectation that GOD hears and will answer my prayers. It is Faith, not what I see, but what is unseen. I believe God! HE has His best interest for us. We can pray according to God's will. We can pray the scriptures over our husbands, we can put all our expectations in the LORD. For GOD will never fail us. The LORD will saturate us with His Love. He has promised to rescue us in time of need or in time of trouble.

Then I called on the name of the LORD; "O LORD, save me!"
I will lift up the cup of salvation and call on the name of the LORD.
 {Psalm 116:4,13}

  
Let's be women who beautify our selves in the LORD, with gracious speech, loving kindness, gentleness and a heart filled with forgiveness. For that is true beauty, indeed. 



      

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