I am……..Christian, lover of Jesus, divorced, 29 and holding! (31), single, mom, single-mom:), daughter, sister, friend, broken, healing, saved, redeemed, restored, believing, trusting, and depending on God. Just a few words to describe me.
After mulling over the idea of writing for some time, I’ve felt compelled recently to start a blog….to begin to share some thoughts…mainly as a part of My OWN healing process, but hopefully to someday be able to help others who have struggled or who are struggling.
Mine is a scandalous story. One that could easily be the content for a movie or dramatic TV series. One of brokenness, sin, pain, and failure; but also one of forgiveness, healing, redemption, restoration, and hope. Never in a million years would I have dreamed that this would be my story or my life (stay tuned).
I am not proud of some of the choices I have made. But I also know the end of my story is not yet written. In fact, in many ways, I believe my story is just beginning! I have hope….not in myself but in my God.
I am praying and believing for complete healing, redemption and restoration for all of the lives involved. I am praying Isaiah 45:2 –
“I will go before you and level the mountains to make the crooked places straight.”
Friends – there are some crooked places in my life that need to be made straight and there are some mountains that need to be leveled! How about you??
One thing I have learned – apart from Jesus Christ, I am nothing and I have nothing. I feel qualified ONLY because of what He has done in my life, how He has changed me, and the lessons I have learned as a result of doing things CONTRARY to His ways! Going forward, I claim the words of Paul for my own life, “I will boast in NOTHING but Jesus Christ and Him crucified.”
In this blog, I hope you will find encouragement. I hope you will LAUGH and CRY. I hope you can relate to the joys, sorrows, and frustrations of parenthood!! I hope you will be drawn closer to God, and I pray your understanding of Him and your personal relationship with Him will deepen.
In addition to my love for Jesus, out of which everything else flows, you will find stories and lessons I’ve learned from being a mommy of 2 tiny but spirited sidekicks; you will find posts about my passion for health and fitness, maybe some recipes, and who knows what else!! The journey is just beginning!!!
As we begin this journey together, I want to share the words found in Isaiah 61 – beautiful promises….ALL of which I am claiming for my life and YOURS!
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me, because the Lord has anointed and qualified me to preach the Gospel of good tidings to the meek, the poor,and afflicted; He has sent me to bind up and heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the [physical and spiritual] captives and the opening of the prison and of the eyes to those who are bound,
2To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord [the year of His favor][a]and the day of vengeance of our God, to comfort all who mourn,
3To grant [consolation and joy] to those who mourn in Zion—to give them an ornament (a garland or diadem) of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, the garment [expressive] of praise instead of a heavy, burdened, and failing spirit—that they may be called oaks of righteousness [lofty, strong, and magnificent, distinguished for uprightness, justice, and right standing with God], the planting of the Lord, that He may be glorified.
4And they shall rebuild the ancient ruins; they shall raise up the former desolations and renew the ruined cities, the devastations of many generations.
5Aliens shall stand [ready] and feed your flocks, and foreigners shall be your plowmen and your vinedressers.
6But you shall be called the priests of the Lord; people will speak of you as the ministers of our God. You shall eat the wealth of the nations, and the glory [once that of your captors] shall be yours.
7Instead of your [former] shame you shall have a twofold recompense; instead of dishonor and reproach [your people] shall rejoice in their portion. Therefore in their land they shall possess double [what they had forfeited]; everlasting joy shall be theirs.
8For I the Lord love justice; I hate robbery and wrong with violence or a burnt offering. And I will faithfully give them their recompense in truth, and I will make an everlasting covenantor league with them.
9And their offspring shall be known among the nations and their descendants among the peoples. All who see them [in their prosperity] will recognize and acknowledge that they are the people whom the Lord has blessed.
10I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul will exult in my God; for He has clothed me with the garments of salvation, He has covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decks himself with a garland, and as a bride adorns herself with her jewels.
11For as [surely as] the earth brings forth its shoots, and as a garden causes what is sown in it to spring forth, so [surely] the Lord God will cause rightness and justice and praise to spring forth before all the nations [through the self-fulfilling power of His word].