07 February 2013

Thankful for letters

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Most of my readers know how challenging this year has been for us. Last summer we moved away from the place that felt like 'home' to this military family. That transition was just rough for us all. Being the 'wife/mom' during this time frame was even harder because I had to be the solid foundation for all the people who were so unhappy emotionally. We slogged through the adjustment, we pushed through the muck in our homeschool, but the troops weren't happy.

By the time December rolled around, I was ready to send the kids to whatever Christian Schooling option was available to us. I had even looked up the tuition rates ;-) It takes a lot for this hyperactive, goal driven woman to toss in the while flag ;-)

Did you know that God is good and He works for the good of His children, even in times of trials and struggles? This past weekend I had the true pleasure of a women's retreat. I was whisked away to a Bed and Breakfast in Willow, Alaska (there is nothing in Willow!!!!) Our speaker, Mary, was a God-send to me. She had us open a letter from God and spend time in quiet meditation on the letter sent to God's children in Ephesus.

I am extremely thankful for this letter and for the message of encouragement it gave me. I came home feeling like a new woman ready to manage all that God has put on my plate. It's a really good feeling after the last six months!!!

I am thankful for...
  • A rich inheritance from the Lord. I have generations of devoted Christians who have gone before me. Many of these Godly women moved many times over their married lives and left me an example of how to raise large families well. They also showed me how to do this gracefully. 

  • I am thankful for the weekend away to  be refreshed and renewed in my spirit.

  • I am thankful for Mary who was inspired to let us spend time in Ephesians instead of lecturing us on Ephesians.

  • I am thankful for the letter written to Ephesus and the possessions that Christ has secured for me. In Christ I am:
    •  blessed
    • redeemed
    • chosen
    • adopted
    • accepted
    • forgiven
    • an heir
    • rooted and grounded in love
  • I am thankful for Christ's provision and for His renewing a right Spirit within me

  • I am thankful for a heavenly Father who draws His children into His lap when they are hurting and feel broken

  • I am thankful for the promise that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.


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Have you been run into the ground lately by life? Do you desire to be refreshed? If you can find some quiet time, open a Bible and read through Ephesians. On a piece of paper list the things that you once were and on the other side of the paper, write down what you have in Christ. You will find a long list of possessions that have been purchased for you by Christ.
"Possess your possessions" John Stott

10 comments:

  1. Oh man this could not have come at a better time. I will be doing this over the next few days. Thank you for sharing.

    Yay for time away to heal and recharge.

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    1. Oh I needed it desperately, Sherri!! I pray you will find comfort in it too :-)

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  2. I Praise God that you have moments to get away and be filled. Keep Leaning on the Everlasting Arms and know we are always proud of your cheerful tenacity. mom

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    1. Thanks, mom! See, there was a reason for all that 'bounce' as a child ;-)

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  3. What a blessing to get to go on that retreat. I will have to re-read Ephesians with new eyes; thanks for sharing.

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    1. It was a wonderful weekend!! So refreshing in so many ways :-)

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  4. Thank you so much for sharing this. As the mom who's headed into the moving and being the solid foundation for unhappy kids--well, truthfully just one kid--I needed to read this!

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  5. always good to be refreshed and recharged
    all the best

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Thank you for your kind thoughts!!

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