Good morning all-
I woke this morning with the anticipation of the wedding shower I'm about to give. In six weeks my son will be married and his life will change forever. But before I could even get out of bed, sadness overwhelmed me and I wished so much that my parents could be here celebrating this day with me. They loved him so.
In life, we don't get to choose what happens to us. We don't get to miss any of the steps as my mom used to say. There is life and there is death and that's a fact. We will fail and we will succeed. We will be sad and we will be happy. We will worry and we will hope. These are the truths in life. So how does this woman get through all those things, she prays and lives by two very important Scriptures. I think I must speak this at least once a month or so much so that my sister-in-law is giving my son a plaque that has Jeremiah 29:11 on it. I wrote him a letter for high school graduation in 2008 and she remembed it and is giving it to him today.
The other Scripture is 1 Corinthians 13 which I received in a plaque form as a wedding gift from my bestfriend in college. It has been on my wall for over 25 years. I love this verse because love is all those things and in marriage it is hard to remember to love like that. Let's be real, it's hard anytime. I am called to love, so when I'm not loving correctly; it's above my sink to remind me that Christ loves me that way.
These two Scriptures along with Psalm 91 have carried me through my trials. They have reminded me that I should not fear, God has a purpose for my life and I must love with patience and kindness. Often, I miss the mark. I'm sure you do too. But it's in these moments that I realize how awesome God truly is. These Scriptures are given to all of us, it just so happens they have taken me through half my life and molded me into the woman I am today.
I was reminded today of the legacy my parents left behind. They loved one another, were devoted to one another and when one went, the other wanted to follow. It's hard to believe they have been gone so long. Spring is a constant reminder to me of their love and here I am in April preparing my son to cleave to his wife. Time has come and gone but one thing remains true, Jesus has a purpose for us all!
I pray that today finds you well and that the two Scriptures that have guided me through rough waters will minister to your hearts today. Oh and I'm going to throw in the third because it has brought me through some horrible things and made me stronger every time I have prayed it out loud. If you have a Scripture that has moved you and that you have lived by, please share it on this blog. I would love to hear from you and I know it would encourage others. So with that being said, I am off to make a fruit butterfly!
This is what the Lord says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. I will be found by you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the Lord, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.” (Jeremiah 29:10-14 NIV)
Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails. But where there are prophecies, they will cease; where there are tongues, they will be stilled; where there is knowledge, it will pass away. (1 Corinthians 13:4-8 NIV)
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.” Surely he will save you from the fowler’s snare and from the deadly pestilence. He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day, nor the pestilence that stalks in the darkness, nor the plague that destroys at midday. A thousand may fall at your side, ten thousand at your right hand, but it will not come near you. You will only observe with your eyes and see the punishment of the wicked. If you say, “The Lord is my refuge,” and you make the Most High your dwelling, no harm will overtake you, no disaster will come near your tent. For he will command his angels concerning you to guard you in all your ways; they will lift you up in their hands, so that you will not strike your foot against a stone. You will tread on the lion and the cobra; you will trample the great lion and the serpent. “Because he loves me,” says the Lord, “I will rescue him; I will protect him, for he acknowledges my name. He will call on me, and I will answer him; I will be with him in trouble, I will deliver him and honor him. With long life I will satisfy him and show him my salvation.” (Psalm 91:1-16 NIV)