Good news!

You've been remade

2 Corinthians 5:17 ESV 

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.

What wonderful news we have in the hope of Jesus Christ! The bible tells us that all those who have put their trust in Christ will have been remade and have eternal life. This may seem simplistic, but what do we really have to be stressed about knowing that after we leave this Earth there will be no more pain and no more suffering.

I pray that today that we would be empowered to place all of our fears, failures and doubts in Jesus and that we may be free to live without the chains of this world. May the light of Jesus shine through you today and everyday.

liveHislove,

Missy

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Thankful Thursday: Be a Mary (or at least try)

Today, on Thankful Thursday, I am thankful for those close to me: my family.

I find that I tend to neglect my family as life seems to pull me in multiple directions. Laundry, dishes, homework, bills to pay…..there is always something to do!

If I could only be a little more like Mary (believe me, I do try 🙂 )

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Luke 10:38-42 New International Version (NIV)

At the Home of Martha and Mary
38 As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. 39 She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. 40 But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”

41 “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, 42 but few things are needed—or indeed only one.[a] Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

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So today, I challenge you to be a Mary. Make your God and your family a priority. Call your sister when you normally would just text, hug your brother or take the time away from phones, computers and televisions to have an uninterrupted conversation with your spouse or child. Grab your bible instead of checking Facebook. Pray when you normally would read the paper.  Aren’t those important people and God worth your total attention!?

Go ahead, Mary would be proud.

-Always liveHislove,

Missy

Thankful Thursday-Thankful for roadblocks

In my younger years, I was fearful of what could happen in life, from little things to big things. As I have gotten older, my perspective has changed and spiritual maturity has helped me to shift my worry to God. I am still a worrier to some degree, but I guess we all are! Sometimes it is just hard to “let go and let God”. Am I right?

When I was pregnant with our first child, it was very normal pregnancy. I had gestational diabetes, which I controlled with diet and exercise.  In my eighth month, I developed a stomach virus and simultaneously what I thought was a urinary tract infection and was being treated with antibiotics. Long story short, I ended up going into a labor that could not be stopped, and our son was born at 30 weeks, 6 days. This was no normal delivery either. We were mentally coached ahead of time by Neonatologists (premature baby doctors) regarding the myriad of things that could go wrong with our baby. He could have mental retardation, vision problems, breathing problems, etc. The list seemed to go on and on. In the mist of all of this chaos though,  I felt peace. Our son was born at a hefty 3#, 6oz. Definitely no chubster! He was welcomed into this world by a team of specialists who whisked him off to do quick assessments, place him on oxygen and into his “incubator”. We did not get to hold him for several weeks. We spent 6 weeks and our first Christmas with him in the hospital. I wouldn’t have had it any other way though.  At no time, did we feel sorry for ourselves. To us, he was perfect. He was the little engine that could.

Children born this early frequently have “apnea of prematurity”. This means that they have small episodes where they stop breathing. Most rebreathe on their own and some require medicinal intervention (medicine) to prevent the episodes. He was on medication to prevent such episodes. Before being discharged, he had to pass a “car seat test”. The child has to sit in their car seat for the amount of time it takes the parents to get home, without having an apnea episode. He passed and we went home!

I know that God had a reason for it all. This is one roadblock I was happy to have.  It brought my entire family closer together and it brought me closer to God.  It gave me great appreciation for the men and women who work his these tiny babies daily. I can say today, that my son has no health issues related to being born a preemie. He is smart and strong-willed, no doubt from fighting for his life those few hours on this planet. I have no doubt that he will make a difference in his lifetime. If for no one else, he has made a difference in my life, and for that I am thankful.

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