West Coast, East Coast Siblings…. Meet for the First Time

My life has changed forever. My son met his half-sister and I met my step daughter for the first time Saturday. There were many tears of joy and plenty of smiles in between those tears. I didn’t know she existed until after my ex-husband has passed away, my son 5 years old at the time. An email was sent to my ex-husband’s nephew then forwarded to me right after his funeral. I had so many questions but the answers were in the grave. I will not lie; my first thought was she better be older than our son. Because a double blow of cheating and a child born from the act would have been too much for me to handle. But what could I have done, he was gone. In our entire marriage he never mentioned his daughter – 10 years older than our son, 36 and 26 respectively. I believed all that time that our son was his only child.

My son and his new-found sister communicated for a while – she on the West Coast and him on the East Coast, but it didn’t seem to bring them closer. Oh boy was I wrong – they have been communicating on and off on social media for years and I didn’t know it. Was I kept out of this entire situation from the beginning so God could work it out without my interference? Probably so. God knows I’m a fixer and I guess God didn’t need my help. This has turned out better than I could have ever imagine. And I know this because God was in control of it all, from 21 years ago until the super duper sibling introduction this weekend. I have to ask the question though, how can you not acknowledge your child? I still can’t come up with a good enough answer because I don’t believe there is one. No more secrets, no more wondering, she is family and I thank God for her. God does everything well and his timing is always perfect. Yessss, February 15, 2019 is a day that the Lord did make and I did rejoice and was glad in it!! And it will not be the last day that I will rejoice. Family is what we are and we will cherish it and embrace it for a lifetime. A sister and brother getting to know each and already making future plans to do things together. And as for me…. Ecstatic!!!

ALL FOR LOVE

Actions speak louder than words, so don’t just say I love you show them that you do love them. Jacob loved Rachel so much he worked a total of 14 years in order to marry her. It was initially supposed to be seven years. Genesis 29:15,18 KJV And Laban said unto Jacob, Because thou art my brother, shouldest thou therefore serve me for nought? tell me, what shall thy wages be? And Jacob loved Rachel; and said, I will serve thee seven years for Rachel thy younger daughter. But her father Laban didn’t keep his word and manipulated the situation and Jacob ends up with her sister Leah, because it was custom in those days that the eldest be married off before the younger sister. Now did I say Jacob loved Rachel? And to prove it, he worked another seven years. Genesis 29:30 KJV And he went in also unto Rachel, and he loved also Rachel more than Leah, and served with him yet another seven years. WOW!!

If you think 14 years was something great, then let’s meditate on this one, the greatest act of love is what God did for all of us …

John 3:16 -17 KJV For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God sent not his Son into the world to condemn the world; but that the world through him might be saved.

We say we love God. However, are you willing to do whatever it takes to show God that you love him? Do you love him enough to give him more of your time? Do you love him enough to spend more time in the word? Do you love him enough to adjust your schedule to get up earlier to spend time with him before the chaotic day gets into full swing? Do you love him enough to live by faith? Do you love him enough be obedient, not for a couple of months or a few years, but as long as you have breath? Let your actions show God how much you love him.

Be Blessed

 

It’s a Spiritual Battle

The job interview is on the calendar. The wedding is this summer. Your date is picking you up Saturday at 7pm. You have tickets to the concert of all concerts and not to mention front row seats. Each of these events have at least one thing in common, you have to get dressed – the clothing, jewelry, shoes, tie, etc. We know how to prepare for the glitz and glamour. It’s all good. Even when dealing with the outdoor elements you put on the proper jacket or coat. You plan and prepare every detail. Good for you.

Let me ask this, how prepared are you for the unexpected? The things that are out of your control, but you have the perfect plans to get them back under control. What do you do when your perfect world seems to be crumbling right before your eyes and those rose-colored glasses are not so rosey? What do you do when you feel as if you are being attacked on every side, from your boss to your spouse to burning the dinner? Even the pizza delivery guy is late and now you’re asking yourself are they part of the conspiracy too? The car broke down or you get laid off from your job, just how much can you take? How do you handle the controversary of the adversary coming for you to the point you start to doubt that God is for you and he is not your fortress or refuge in times of trouble? Now your thoughts get real deep… nobody is going through what I’m going through. And you are right, they may not be going through the exact same issues or crisis but believe me some days are better than others and that applies to everybody.

God’s word says in Ephesians 6:11 KJV Put on the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to stand against the wiles of the devil. The evils of this world will try to throw you off balance and then you start rehearsing scenarios in your head on how you can turn it all around. God wants us stay girded up.

Black and white - full armour of God

You have your so call important to do list and itineraries and you know you have it all together and are ready to go!!

Let something go wrong and then Christ is the furthest thing from your mind and it should be just the opposite. It’s too bad that you think you can lay down your religion and deal with the mess and then when you’re done pick your religion right back up. It doesn’t work like that. You can’t decide you will be a disciple of Christ when things are going great and then do your flesh thing when it is not going so great for you. Do it the right way, put on the full armour of God.

We are fighting spiritual battles. Ephesians 6:12KJV For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Having on the full armour of God, you will not be shaken or distraught, but strong in the Lord and the power of his might. Are you fussing and cussing? Or are you praying and praising? Are you believing in the protection God provides or are you showing the fullness of your flesh? Put your attitude away, this is not about your flesh. Put on the full armour of God.

Ephesians 6:13-17 KJV Wherefore take unto you the whole armour of God, that ye may be able to withstand in the evil day, and having done all, to stand. Stand therefore, having your loins girt about with truth, and having on the breastplate of righteousness; And your feet shod with the preparation of the gospel of peace; Above all, taking the shield of faith, wherewith ye shall be able to quench all the fiery darts of the wicked. And take the helmet of salvation, and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. 

Armor of God

No attire whether it be for an interview, wedding or date can compare to the full armour of God. This type of attire is temporary, at the end of the day it’s coming off. When the enemy attacks we tend to take it personal, but don’t forget we are in a spiritual battle. Put on the full armour of God because life without it, will make it hard to stand against the enemy. The full armour of God, have it on at all times. Be ready at all times.

No heart mightier than the hand of God — The Jesus Life

Have you noticed that it is easier to trust God for things like; a fair weather(especially if you have an outdoor event), a safe trip to and from your destination and basically things that have to do with nature, but somewhat more difficult to trust Him with the heart of man. For example, trusting God […]

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