Saturday, January 12, 2013

Blessings in the midst of pain

I received a letter in the mail this week that caused me to hit my knees and cry out to my Father.  The letter left me feeling as though the breath had been knocked out of me. 

This letter came from my biological father.  I don't even really know this man.  My parents divorced when I was two.  Sadly, the divorce seperated me and my brother.  My father rarely to never saw me.  The same went for my mother and brother. 

The letter related things said to me by people who are supposed to love me and care for me.  The letter accused me of being a coward because I did not pursue a relationship with him. 

The man had the audacity to quote Scripture to try and intimidate me, manipulate me, and condemn me.  Apparently he has no idea that I intimately know my true Father.  His word is not to be used for harm or intimidation.

Sadly, parental words, actions, and behaviors have such an effect on their children.  They can leave children feeling rejected and worthless. 

Those whose parents don't follow God's Word and love their children as He intends, can take many bags of difficulty into adulthood.

God can empty these bags and throw them away.  He can fill in hearts with His love and adoration. 

Human actions hurt and even scar, but only GOD gets to define who we really are.  We are loved.  He offers grace to His children.  He stretched out His arms and died for us so that we could one day live in the presence of our true Father.  While we are on this earth, He stretches out His arms and invites us to enter into a relationship with Him.  This relationship will free us from the pain caused by others.  Yes, the pain stings, but it doesn't have to define us.

I praise my Father for loving me through the pain this week.  He has allowed me to cry tears of pain.  I am confident that He caught every tear that fell.  He has surrounded me with His love and reminded me often that HE loves me. 

Psalm 68:5
God in His Holy dwelling is a Father to the fatherless

I am blessed beyond measure by my Father.  He has given me a wonderful family who shower each other with love.  We are each others cheerleaders and encouragers.  He has filled my heart with an uncontainable love for my family and, most importantly, for Him. 

Yes, this life brings blows to our hearts, but God takes our pain and replaces it with His unstoppable love.  His love conquers all pain.

Genesis 50:2
You planned evil against me; God planned it for good to bring about the present result-the survival of many people.

I will honor God with my life.  I get to choose how I will a victim or a victor.  I choose victory in Christ!

Here are my beautiful blessings.  My heart overflows with love for these people.  Thank you Jesus for these blessings.  Thank you for trusting me enough to be my children's mother and my husband's wife.  May my life honor You and bring You glory. 

Jesus heals all broken hearts.  If your heart is aching today, know that Jesus is standing right beside you ready to fill in the holes of pain with His perfect love.  He is the ultimate Father, Protector, Healer, and Redeemer.  May we all share HIS love with others today.  My love to all of you.