Obedience

Hello,

This is a guest post from a friend of mine. Someone needs to read this today. I hope this encourages you. 

From the womb we are taught how to latch on to our mother, how to crawl and walk, to know right from wrong, and how to grow up into responsible adults. All these lessons are for our benefit, so that we may succeed in life, be productive members of society. Our relationship with Christ is the same. He starts us out on milk
and we grow to be able to handle the meat. As we digest His Word, walk on the path that He has laid before us, and do His will, we become citizens of heaven. None of these things happen without obedience in studying His Word, in how we live our lives, and in our surrender to Him. Remember Moses and the Promised Land? No further instructions, just a destination. I remember because there  was a time I heard God’s calling with a similar message. I left my family and friends, my business, my home, and everything I owned. I packed my three children and only what would fit in the trunk of my car and drove 3,000 miles to where God told me.  I was to reconcile with my husband. Did my family think I was crazy? Yes! Did they try and convince me to rethink things? Absolutely! But, thankfully, I could only obey God’s voice.

Infidelity had found a place in my marriage. It was an unwelcome guest in my home. Lies, deceit, and rejection replaced love, honor, and trust. As the enemy ripped my marriage apart, separating what God joined together, I heard God telling me to come to Him. When The Lord showed me Hosea 6:1-2 and I understood:

Come, and let us return unto the Lord: for he hath torn, and he will heal us; he hath smitten, and he will bind us up. After two days will he revive us: in the third day he will raise us up, and we shall live in his sight. (‭Hosea‬ ‭6‬:‭1-2‬ KJV)

He would make me brand new, heal all my wounds, and prepare me for His use, but first I had to surrender. My instructions weren’t easy. Surrender meant I wasn’t “dressing like the enemy” even when arguing was the only communication. I was not to justify my pain by reciprocating and having my own affair. I could not give up when the love of my life walked out the door. Through this I have learned that God definitely goes before us and is our rear guard. His provision was abundant, blessing me every step of the way. Not only did He prepare us a place to stay and provide financially, He had a job for me on my third day in town. As I continued to be obedient and sensitive to His voice, my faith was strengthened. Not only was He transforming me, God was transforming my husband as well. Arguing, pride, and selfishness were replaced with wisdom, humility, and love. What the enemy tried to use to destroy us, God used to bring us back together. He did say “no weapon formed against us shall prosper.” 

Today, our love is better than before. We have allowed God to be the center of our marriage, directing our paths and our hearts. We are no longer keeping record of wrongdoings (1Corinthians13), but serving one another as we serve God. God’s Word said that we must forgive one another of our sins, making allowances for each other’s mistakes (Colossians 3:13). I cringe to think of what my life would be like if I had not listened to God: my children would not be saved, my marriage may not have survived, and my walk with the Lord would be lukewarm at best. Because of my obedience my entire family has been set free. The bible says a wife can save her family (1 Corinthians7:16), and the only way that can happen is being obedient and sensitive to the Word of God.

The day I said ‘yes’ to God changed my life for the better. God is a gentleman; He will not tear down walls without our permission. I allowed to Him to destroy the barriers that kept me from hearing Him, and He was able to transform me more and more into His image. Because I was obedient He has opened up the flood gates of heaven and is continuously pouring out more blessings that I could even imagine. Prayers are no longer hindered and the power of the Holy Spirit is steadily rising within me. God wants our obedience. When we surrender to Him there is nothing He won’t do for us.

Be encouraged,

T.B.

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No matter where you are, God’s love is there. If you are able to read this post one thing is true – you are alive and tomorrow is another day for God’s promises to fulfill. Be encouraged, T.

Vocational School

Webster’s Dictionary defines vocation as:

a strong impulse or inclination to follow a particular activity or career or
a function or station in life to which one is called by God:

I think of marriage as a vocation. It is something that should be entered into with an attitude of commitment. I believe that we are driven to marriage by God and by our need to fulfill the roles first given to Adam and Eve. This doesn’t mean that I expect everyone to be married, neither do I expect everyone to want to get married. That being said, I do believe that most people are meant to be married. American society places emphasis on “achievement”…college degrees, climbing the corporate ladder, entrepreneurship, financial freedom, etc. Young women are encouraged to explore and see what they con do on their own.

I don’t believe that this thinking is inherently flawed. It is important that each of us, male or female, learn who we are and what we are capable of. I know women who have chosen to continue their careers or their education after marriage. I appreciate and applaud their achievements. But, I am disturbed by the way women who have decided to jump the broom instead of breaking the glass ceiling are viewed. Marriage is a calling from God to serve our husbands, families, and each other. Before I was married I had many opportunities to do things that weren’t directing me toward the path I ended up on. Yet, I don’t regret getting off the corporate ladder to focus on my family. Over the years I’ve heard so many negative comments about women who choose to stay home (including those directed at me) and each time it grieves me.

As I’m writing, I’m confident there is someone reading this who needs to be encouraged. If God has called you to the vocation of full-time wife and/or mother I applaud you. Embrace your life and examine your perception. Instead of corporate meetings it may be the PTA. Company retreats may become a picnic at the park. Frequent business trips may be replaced by trips to the grocery story. Whatever your situation, know that God has called you to do a great work. He’s driven your heart in the direction that He would have you to go. Though it may be hard at times to find validation in the messages you receive from society please know that God is proud of you. You are doing a great thing!

Be encouraged,

T.

Don’t Worry, Be Happy

I know a lot of women whose husband’s beliefs and commitment to living according to God’s Word differ from theirs.  I once was one of them.  Along the way, I often struggled with the things that I promised God but couldn’t deliver.  I was grieved about the amount of time I wanted to spend at church, in prayer, in ministry, etc.  Things usually didn’t work out the way I wanted them to because my husband was against it.  I felt so guilty like I’d lied to God.  I felt unworthy, like my works were what God really needed.  Then I found this scripture:

If a woman also vow a vow unto the Lord, and bind herself by a bond, being in her father’s house in her youth;  And her father hear her vow, and her bond wherewith she hath bound her soul, and her father shall hold his peace at her; then all her vows shall stand, and every bond wherewith she hath bound her soul shall stand.  But if her father disallow her in the day that he heareth; not any of her vows, or of her bonds wherewith she hath bound her soul, shall stand: and the Lord shall forgive her, because her father disallowed her.  And if she had at all an husband, when she vowed, or uttered ought out of her lips, wherewith she bound her soul;  And her husband heard it, and held his peace at her in the day that he heard it: then her vows shall stand, and her bonds wherewith she bound her soul shall stand.  But if her husband disallowed her on the day that he heard it; then he shall make her vow which she vowed, and that which she uttered with her lips, wherewith she bound her soul, of none effect: and the Lord shall forgive her. – Nu 30:3-8 (KJV)

I don’t think there are any married women who haven’t heard that we are to submit to our husbands.  There are very few who have always managed to get the instruction right without some challenges.  But for me, this scripture allowed me to release the guilt, frustration, and shame that came when I couldn’t do everything I planned.  God desires us to submit and honor the requests of our husband.  This means that we will have to sacrifice some things.  It also means that we must keep in our minds that we have the ability to sanctify them with our actions and attitudes.  Know that in every circumstance God is most concerned with the condition of your heart.  If your desire is to serve Him then He will be well pleased.  Don’t assume responsibility for circumstances that you cannot control.  Honor your vows to your Husband and let God take care of the rest.

Be encouraged,

T.

Wonderful insight…

ROYAL SISTERHOOD

1Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;

2While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.

3Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;

4But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.

I Peter 3:1-4

This scripture speaks first and foremost to wives. Lord help us! JI also want to point out that the 4th verse is applicable to all women of God. It says that a meek and quiet spirit is in the sight of God a great price.

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A wife..

10 [a]A wife of noble character who can find?
    She is worth far more than rubies.
11 Her husband has full confidence in her
    and lacks nothing of value.
12 She brings him good, not harm,
    all the days of her life. – Pro 31:10-12(NIV)

Together, let’s aspire to be this,

Tanisha