April 25th

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But in our time something new has been added. What Moses and the prophets witnessed to all those years has happened. The God-setting-things-right that we read about has become Jesus-setting-things-right for us. And not only for us, but for everyone who believes in him. For there is no difference between us and them in this. Since we’ve compiled this long and sorry record as sinners (both us and them) and proved that we are utterly incapable of living the glorious lives God wills for us, God did it for us. Out of sheer generosity he put us in right standing with himself. A pure gift. He got us out of the mess we’re in and restored us to where he always wanted us to be. And he did it by means of Jesus Christ.
Romans 3:23 MSG
https://bible.com/bible/97/rom.3.23.MSG

This verse is so fitting for today. Today is my wedding anniversary. You might think this is a weird verse for a day like today , but not I. When you have come from where I have been, you see things a bit differently. When you have a relationship that started out in such a shameful and sinful manner and have seen Gods grace poured out on you, you view things differently. When you have experienced Gods mercy and have felt his redemptive powers wash over you, you view things differently. When you look back on where you were 4 years ago and know you ( and your spouse) have grown & changed because of the love of Jesus, you view things differently.

So yes, today on my wedding anniversary, i view a verse about God’s grace as fitting for my self, for my husband and for my marriage. I am so greatful for God’s grace, mercy, and love.

And Man-happy anniversary! I’m so thankful God brought us from that place, that he has changed us, and blessed us with this life and this love. Most people in this world dont get the 2nd chance like we did and I will forever be greatful for God’s redemptive powers. I love you honey, thanks for working so hard to provide for our family, thanks for trusting in God thru all the hard times, and thanks for loving me almost as unconditionally as Jesus does. Here’s to us! 😍😙😘😍😙😘

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The Good News

Our children and their children will get in on this As the word is passed along from parent to child. Babies not yet conceived will hear the good news— that God does what he says.
Psalm 22:31 MSG
https://bible.com/bible/97/psa.22.31.MSG

This verse definitly fit with my weekend of making sure my kids know the real reason behind Easter . No magical bunny in our house. We really focused on Jesus dying on the cross and what that meant , we talked about how sad his friends would have been Saturday since he was dead, ( #Babyw didnt get that because he kept saying but he came to life again?!?!?! ) and then again on yesterday being resurrection Sunday. We had a wonderful family filled weekend.

I pray your Easter weekend was as sweet!

Loss brings growth

What a powerful devotion today. How true. But I often forget.

I struggle with my past and my regrets. Things I’ve done and I guess things I’ve lost. This was eye opening for me to read. Perhaps out of my sin, did come something good.

Had I not made mistakes and lost my 1st marriage I truly dont know if i could be the wife I am today.

If I had not experienced the loss of naive-ness ( I dont think that’s a real word but you get my drift 😂) or the hardship of being backed into a corner and feeling like you had no other choice then I don’t know if i would be the mother I am today.

If I had not experience the loss of purity and the hardship that comes from not trusting God. I truly dont know if i would be the believer I am today.

Don’t get me wrong, this won’t solve all my regret and struggel with my past instantly but serves as a good reminder to help me over come.

Oh Lord, i thank you for all my struggles. I thank you that you forgive us of sin even when we made the choice to do it knowingly and willingly. I am thankful you bring growth and change to even the worst of us. Father-help me desire to know you more and to grow even more in you.

Not Ashamed

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It’s news I’m most proud to proclaim, this extraordinary Message of God’s powerful plan to rescue everyone who trusts him, starting with Jews and then right on to everyone else! God’s way of putting people right shows up in the acts of faith, confirming what Scripture has said all along: “The person in right standing before God by trusting him really lives.”
Romans 1:16 MSG
https://bible.com/verse-of-the-day/rom.1.16/308

The Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad Day

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Did y’all ever read this book? It’s one of my FAVORITE and when #BabyLogan joined a book club and was sent this book, i was ecstatic! We love it and he can basically quote the whole thing.

But this Wednesday was my own #THNGVBDay . Work was beyond awful. I cried like…….3 times. I got in a fight with a resident. I couldn’t do my job because of software and technical glitches . I had zero support (okay not zero but minimal and not enough) from my company.

And then Man got in a car wreck. A bad one. He’s ok and the car will either be fixed or we will get insurance money and figure out a replacement, either way it will be fine. But he did have to go to the ER which is scary and annoying. And he is set to have surgery Monday so we had the stress of whether this would effect that.

Some days are just like that.

BUT

God is still good.

All the time.

And All the time

God is still Good.

The Living Water

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For this week’s Lent Devotional we are focusing on Jesus as the living water so we are giving up beverages of some kind.

For me that means coffee and my lunch time baby can of diet coke. The diet coke isn’t a huge deal as for years I have up pop, but the coffee……..thats a big one.

I love coffee. I generally have two-sometimes 3 cups in the morning and then take some iced coffee to work with me. So this will be a sacrafice. I enjoy that though when my lent offerings are actually hard, when they aren’t its like what is the point?

I’ll need to have a cup of tea in the mornings, just to starve off the caffeine headache-anyone got any Flavor recommendations?!?!?!

Knocked Down

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This week has definitly knocked me down. My job has never been harder. Working until 6 or later every night. Exhausted by the time I’m done. Heck, I’ve eaten out 3 nights this week becsuse I’m too tired to make food!

But, God is good and small victories are won each day . A process learned, a questioned answer, a task completed. My main goal this week and beyond is to be the positive light of the Lord during my works dark transition. Praise Jesus for the comfort he gives all, even those of us with silly work problems 🙂

If you only look at us , you might well miss the brightness. We carry this precious Message around in the unadorned clay pots of our ordinary lives. That’s to prevent anyone from confusing God’s incomparable power with us. As it is, there’s not much chance of that. You know for yourselves that we’re not much to look at. We’ve been surrounded and battered by troubles, but we’re not demoralized; we’re not sure what to do, but we know that God knows what to do; we’ve been spiritually terrorized, but God hasn’t left our side; we’ve been thrown down, but we haven’t broken. What they did to Jesus, they do to us—trial and torture, mockery and murder; what Jesus did among them, he does in us—he lives! Our lives are at constant risk for Jesus’ sake, which makes Jesus’ life all the more evident in us. While we’re going through the worst, you’re getting in on the best!
2 Corinthians 4:7‭-‬9 MSG
https://bible.com/bible/97/2co.4.7-9.MSG