liveHislove – An Upstate couple share their story of daughter with Potter’s Sy – FOX Carolina 21

As I was scrolling my Facebook feed the other day, this story caught my eye. I was moved by this couple’s complete trust in God and in his ability to bring something positive out of an otherwise dismal situation. Please read below. I am constantly amazed by God’s power, love and grace.

Source: An Upstate couple share their story of daughter with Potter’s Sy – FOX Carolina 21

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

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I am a __________.

I am a human.

I am a woman.

I am a daughter.

I am a sister.

I am a wife.

I am a mother.

I am lost.

I am a sinner.

I am broken.

I need a savior.

I need forgiveness.

I need hope.

I need grace.

I need a redeemer.

I need the cross.

I HAVE a savior.

I am saved.

I am complete.

What is YOUR verse?

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Frogs. Have you ever gotten warts from them? I haven’t and I have held lots of frogs in my lifetime. Some of us grew up believing that same lie though, didn’t we? Our parents and grandparents innocently fed us this lie (probably because they just didn’t want us holding them in the first place). After hearing that same lie over and over again, we begin to believe that it is actually true.

Someone else feeds us lies. His name is Satan and his goal is very much to distance us from God. He speaks nothing BUT lies. Everyday he feeds you the same lies, hoping that after a while, just like the frog and warts lie, you’ll begin to believe it as truth. Satan’s lies are very specific each individual. Your lie may be that your marriage will never improve, that your kids will never turn their lives around or that you just aren’t talented enough to find a new job and leave the one you hate.

My challenge this week to you is to flip the lie that the evil one fills your head with. Begin to fill your spirit with the word of God and your mind will soon follow. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead is available to you through the healing powers of God’s word. God’s word has the power to tear down the walls of Satan’s lies.

…how incredibly great his power is to help those who believe him. It is the same mighty power that raised Christ from the dead…

Ephesians 1:19-20 TLB

The lie that Satan tells me (among others I”m sure) is that I am not a good public speaker. I have held many leadership roles in my life and have certainly had plenty of opportunity to embrace this skill. I have done fine at some points and really struggled with this at other times. I have used a particular bible verse to combat this lie. I know God wants me to succeed and this bible verse reminds me of this:

I can do all things through Christ who gives me strength

Philippians 4:13

This verse may be your verse too as it is one that can be applied, quite honestly, to almost any situation. God doesn’t say ‘you only have Christ’s strength while driving through rush hour traffic or during a job interview’. It says  ‘I can do ALL things’.

I challenge you this week to come up with the bible verse that you will bathe you heart and mind in. His words are alive in you and have the power to reverse the lies you are being fed. Your life will change.

Please comment below what YOUR empowering bible verse is. Your verse may be just what another reader needs to see.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy

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A blessing even in death

Aren’t grandparents just the cutest? I’m not talking about “new age” grandparents. I’m talking about grey-haired, perfume wearing, pie making, go-on-a-long-stroll type of grandparents.  This was mom’s parents and they were married for 72 years. They were the most kind-hearted, God-honoring people I’ve ever met. And oh, did I mention, they died 3 days apart and never knew that the other one had passed away.

My grandparents and their young family in the 1940's

My grandparents and their young family in the 1940’s

In his youth, my grandfather was a preacher and delivered milk for Purity Maid.  He was retired from preaching by the time I was a youngin’. I remember him as a farmer and I LOVED summers at my grandparents. They grew and sold flowers and people from all over their small county would stop and purchase their grown-with-love plants. Everyone loved my grandparents. I think some people just used buying some plants as an excuse to stop by and say hello. They were those kinds of people.

My cute grandmother who wasn't too proud to rock rollers and sell plants!

My cute grandmother who wasn’t too proud to rock hair rollers and sell plants!

The variety of plants for sale at my grandparents house

The variety of plants for sale at my grandparents house

My grandmother was the ultimate grandmother. She could cook Betty Crocker under the table and sing hymns while doing it. She crocheted. She let me “cook” in the kitchen. She could shoot a BB gun. She gave the best back rubs. She was a champion checker player (in my eyes anyway). She loved picking wild blackberries along the road during our long summer walks. She called me “bubbles” and used to mail me dollar bills when I was in college. I could go on and on and on.  Personally, I like to think that I’m her “mini me”.

My grandparents had their share of adversity in life. Their son, who suffered from seizures, fell out of a tree when he was fishing and drowned when he was 19. I can’t imagine losing a child, but my grandparents held no resentment to God for such pain. They loved Him with all of their hearts. When I would have sleepovers with them, we would all 3 kneel at the bedside to pray (my grandfather would do it). I remember it fondly now, but at the time, I probably groaned in my head. You see, my grandfather was a bit long-winded. To this day if someone says a long prayer before a meal, we’ll say “That was a Bob Stark kind of prayer”.

The years passed and my grandmother suffered from a heat stroke while outside one day in the garden. It affected her gait and required physical therapy for years. We would do exercises with her too with green bean cans as her weights. She was so cute.  It was during this time that the decision was made for her to begin wearing pants and I know it broke her heart. Her speech was also greatly affected by her stroke and it never returned to it’s full capacity. Even through this storm, she kept her positive attitude. I know that she is responsible for planting the seeds of Jesus’s love into the hearts of her therapists, doctors and care takers.

My grandfather, who suffered from heart failure and kidney failure in his later years, would tell his nurses (and anyone who entered his room for that matter) about Jesus.

They died 3 days apart unaware that the other one had died. She was in a nursing home with end stage colon cancer and he was in the hospital with kidney failure. They are a big part my testimony. I don’t think it is coincidence that they died 3 days apart. Jesus was crucified and 3 days later was raised to life. God blessed them even in their last moments on this earth.  Wow.

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Matthew 20:18-19

…They will condem him to death (19) and turn him over to the Gentiles to be mocked and flogged and crucified. On the 3rd day he will be raised to life.

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 I can only imagine what a glorious reunion they had in heaven. I can’t wait to see them again. Their lives continue to be a blessing, even in their death. What tremendous lives they lived for Christ.

My grandparents in 2006 (my grandfather always had his pad of paper and pen in his pocket. So cute.)

My grandparents in 2006 (my grandfather always had his pad of paper and pen in his pocket. So cute.)

-Remember to liveHislove

Missy

Monday motivator: Sell it all?

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I registered for everything! It was addicting. I’m talking about the scanning machine that they give you when you complete your wedding registry. We scanned everything from board games to camping gear and it was exhilarating! Starting married life together is exciting in many different ways. Getting presents on top of marrying the love of your life is just icing on the cake!

15 years, 2 kids, 2 dogs and several goldfish later we are still happily married. Some of the items that we registered for back in that blissful period of time have not weathered the journey quite as well as we have :-). One such item is our collection of stainless steel silverware. A few teaspoons have fallen victim to the garbage disposal monster and a few have been accidentally tossed in the garbage by our children. Needless to say, our collection is hobbling along on crutches!

As some of you may know, we have been following Dave Ramsey’s financial principals for a good 6 months now. It has been a blessing in our marriage, both financially and relationally. Dave jokingly says that in an effort to pay off debts with “gazelle-like” intensity, “sell so much stuff that the kids think they’re next”. We have done just that. This brings me to our before mentioned silverware.

I decided to sell off our silverware on eBay as we no longer had a complete set. May sound like a simple task to you, but to me,  there was emotion attached to it. We had gotten it for OUR wedding. How could I part with it?

As I stood in our kitchen pondering the idea, I was reminded of Matthew 6:20 (NLT):

      Store your treasures in heaven, where moths and rust cannot destroy, and thieves do not break in and steal.

It was decided. I have began to sell it off, and like all of the other stuff that we have sold, there are mixed emotions. I know however, that it is getting us one step closer to financial freedom. Working together on this financial project has made our marriage stronger too and that’s something that a collection of silverware in a drawer can’t do.

If you have a desire to learn about Dave Ramsey and his financial principles, I encourage you to visit Dave Ramsey at www.daveramsey.com or feel free to message me ( livehisloveblog@yahoo.com ) with any questions. I’d be happy to help.

-Remember to liveHislove,

Missy