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PSALM 68:19

BLESSED BE THE LORD,

WHO DAILY LOADS US WITH BENEFITS,

THE GOD OF OUR SALVATION!

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I thank Jesus whose timing is ALWAYS perfect in meeting me and way best for this below devo.  Jesus, I trust You with my life no matter how painful life may be at times! Je t’aime!!!

  Now when the sixth hour had come, there was darkness over the whole land until the ninth hour. And at the ninth hour Jesus cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Eloi, Eloi, lama sabachthani?” which is translated, “My God, My God, why have You forsaken Me?”
Mark 15:33-34

Have you ever experienced rejection? Many of us have been rejected by the opposite sex (probably many times!). Maybe you’ve been rejected for a job or promotion. Worse, maybe you were rejected by your parents and have had to deal with that pain for years. Or maybe you have experienced deep bouts of loneliness. Something happens to your body and your soul when you feel rejected. Well, Jesus experienced the ultimate pain you could ever imagine: He was rejected not only by the crowds of people, but by God, Himself.

“My God, My God, why have you forsaken Me?” Jesus cried out with a loud voice as He hung on the cross. He was experiencing the absolute worst rejection possible: God had turned His back on Jesus. But Jesus had you in mind. He had to experience God’s rejection in order to take on your sin, defeat it, and give you eternal life.

And Jesus not only defeated sin; He defeated our sins as well. You see, we may be forgiven of our sin, but our sins still cause pain. Living the Christian life day by day isn’t a bed of roses; life is difficult and full of pain. But everything that you have gone through, He went through on the cross for you. He endured not only severe physical pain, but emotional pain and psychological anxiety. Imagine it. He hadn’t been able to drink water. He was getting dehydrated. Depression comes in with that. He hadn’t eaten a fresh meal. He hadn’t been able to laugh. He was experiencing all these seemingly little things because He wanted to take every bit of pain that you have ever felt in your life — pain that is caused by sin. He took on the consequences of our sins so that we can be healed.

Maybe you have been rejected by your family. He understands that. You’ve been lonely. He understands loneliness more than you think you understand loneliness. Maybe everything has started closing down in your mind and the options appear fewer and fewer — your vision has become so myopic that you can’t even think straight or see a way out. It’s what somebody who is suicidal experiences. The devil starts lying to the person and they perceive that they are lonely, rejected, and depressed… and the mind just shuts down. If that ever happens to you, God forbid that you should ever get into a place like that, look to Jesus! You don’t need to run to cocaine, to drinking, or anything else to sooth it. Jesus experienced this dark hour way before you ever did. He knows the failure. He knows the rejection. He understands, and He can heal you.

Don’t lose heart if you’re feeling like giving up. Jesus Christ has paid the price for your sin and for your pain. Give (or re-give) your life to Him and let Him fill you with a renewed sense of purpose and passion for your life. Jesus Christ is the only way, truth, and life. If you’re dealing with depression, or loneliness, or bitterness, or anger, talk to your pastor and get some help. If you desire, simply reply to this email and cry out for help; we’re here to help you, and Jesus wants to help you right now, right this minute. Don’t think you can overcome stuff on your own. You need Jesus to overcome everything. He paid the ultimate sacrifice, being rejected by God. You can trust Him with your life!

Check this out…courtesy of Baby Center:  http://www.babycenter.com/0_forty-two-things-that-change-when-you-have-a-baby_1452535.bc

What changes when you have a baby? A better question may be: What doesn’t change? Here, writer and mom Rebecca Woolf lists her most notable post-baby observations. Then scroll down to read our favorite comments from readers about how their babies changed their lives.

1. You finally stop to smell the roses, because your baby is in your arms.

2. Where you once believed you were fearless, you now find yourself afraid. [See a reader’s perspective in #22, below.]

3. The sacrifices you thought you made to have a child no longer seem like sacrifices.

4. You respect your body … finally.

5. You respect your parents and love them in a new way.

6. You find that your baby’s pain feels much worse than your own.

7. You believe once again in the things you believed in as a child.

8. You lose touch with the people in your life whom you should have banished years ago.

9. Your heart breaks much more easily.

10. You think of someone else 234,836,178,976 times a day.

11. Every day is a surprise.

12. Bodily functions are no longer repulsive. In fact, they please you. (Hooray for poop!)

13. You look at your baby in the mirror instead of yourself.

14. You become a morning person.

15. Your love becomes limitless, a superhuman power.

And from our readers…

1. “You discover how much there is to say about one tooth.” — Ashley’s mom

2. “You finally realize that true joy doesn’t come from material wealth.” — Anonymous

3. “You now know where the sun comes from.” — Charlotte

4. “You’d rather buy a plastic tricycle than those shoes that you’ve been dying to have.” — Sophie’s mom

5. “You realize that although sticky, lollipops have magical powers.” — Roxanne

6. “You don’t mind going to bed at 9 p.m. on Friday night.” — Kellye

7. “Silence? What’s that?” — Anonymous

8. “You realize that the 15 pounds you can’t seem to get rid of are totally worth having.” — Brenda

9. “You discover an inner strength you never thought you had.” — Ronin and Brookie’s mom

10. “You no longer rely on a clock — your baby now sets your schedule.” — Thomas’ mom

11. “You give parents with a screaming child an ‘I-know-the-feeling’ look instead of a ‘Can’t-they-shut-him-up?’ one.” — Jaidyn’s mom

12. “Your dog — who used to be your ‘baby’ — becomes just a dog.” — Kara

[Many readers begged to differ, saying things like, ” I disagree with number 12. My dogs are my additional children,” “Nothing about previous babies, whether two- or four-legged, changes when a new miracle comes along,” “My dog will never be ‘just a dog,” and “This is sad to me. My dog is still my baby too.”]

13. “You take the time for one more hug and kiss even if it means you’ll be late.” — Tracey

14. “You learn that taking a shower is a luxury.” — Jayden’s mom

15. “You realize that you can love a complete stranger.” — Dezarae’s mom

16. You find yourself wanting to make this world a better place. — Arizona

17. If you didn’t believe in love at first sight before, now you do! — Ciara

18. You start to appreciate Sesame Street for its intellectual contribution. — Anon.

19. You have to quit watching the news because you see every story from a mother’s perspective and it breaks your heart. — Brooke&Boys

20. You just plain love life more – everything comes together and becomes better because of one tiny person and your love for them. — Anon.

21. You finally find out the real reason you have those breasts. — Anon.

22. In response to #2 [above], I’d say that where you were once afraid, you’re now fearless. I was always very timid and shy and let myself get walked all over … but now where my kid’s concerned, I’ll speak my mind and really connect with my inner “b”! — gummismom

23. The support you get from other people surprises you, because the people giving it are not always the ones you’d expect. — japanese_macaque

24. Nothing is just yours any longer. You share EVERYTHING! — DylanLsMom

25. No matter what you’ve accomplished in life, you look at your child and think, “I’ve done a GREAT job!” — Anon.

26. You want to take better care of yourself for your child. — Treasor

27. You can have the most wonderful conversation using only vowel sounds like “ahhh” and “oooo.” — littlehulk2008

Another quote from Focus On The Family website! I thank God for His grace because no matter the challenges, there is beauty and He remains faithful!!

Kids Can Be Good for Marriage, Really by Steve Watters, Candice Z. Watters

…Yes, having children will change your marriage, but you can trust that God designed your marriage to grow and deepen through that change.  The marriage ceremony in older versions of the Book of Common Prayer explain that marriage was ordained for “mutual society, help, and comfort,” but it also says that marriage was ordained “for the procreation of children.”  God didn’t design those reasons for marriage to contradict each other.  With His grace and wisdom, you can have both kids and a great marriage.

 

GALATIANS 1


19} For I through the law died to the law that I might live to God.
20} I have been crucified with Christ; it is no longer I who live, but Christ lives in me; and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by faith in the Son of God, who loved me and gave Himself for me.
 21} I do not set aside the grace of God; for if righteousness comes through the law, then Christ died in vain.”

 

Source:  http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/the_early_years/preparing-to-start-a-family/can-we-afford-a-baby.aspx

Can We Afford a Baby? by Steve Watters

Such a timely read especially upon receiving hospital bill in the mail today but still I trust God and I believe our baby is very much worth it and priceless! Below are some worthwhile quotes…

+ …In the midst of our anxiety about affording a child, however, a mentor couple said something we’ll never forget:  “budget for everything except children — children are wealth.”…

+ …Looking at your personal circumstances, you might see challenges that could make the next year a tough time to start a family.  Psalm 139 reminds us, however, that God ordains the days for each person before any of them come to be.  If God has ordained this year as the time for a new child to join your family, you can believe that He is also able to “meet all your needs according to His riches in Christ Jesus” (Philippians 4:19).  Whatever your circumstances, you can trust the Creator of life to help you start a family.

Here is an interesting post from Yahoo’s page on 10 Habits of Happy Moms {http://shine.yahoo.com/event/momentsofmotherhood/10-habits-of-happy-moms-2401511/}.  Based on experience, and I am learning, at least some are true!

.  Find time for yourself

.  Don’t make a happy baby, happier!

.  Embrace the mess

.  Make time for your friends (I would say God then husband first)

.  Stop blowing yourself off

.  Get in the zone

.  Remember your dreams and goals

.  Be lighthearted

.  Bend the Rules

.  Mind your own business

According to Focus On The Family {http://www.focusonthefamily.com/marriage/the_early_years/preparing-to-start-a-family/why-have-kids.aspx}’s article on Why Have Kids? By Steve Watters and Candice Z. Watters, here is the response to the question:

1.  Babies Are Wealth

 – “…Children are truly priceless.”

2.  Babies Add Meaning and Goodness

 – “…It gives us a chance to see the world through fresh eyes – restoring the magic and innocence that tend to fade with age…”

3.  Babies Shape Our Souls

 – “…The demands of children that frighten so many would-be parents are in fact a crucible that can bring out the person God designed them to be.”

4.  Babies Are a Continuous Source of Hope

 – “…Instead of letting the problems around us frighten us away from having children, we should recognize God’s pattern of using new life to fix those problems, to bring renewal and fresh hope.”

I agree because life may come with challenges even if the particular journey is desired but God is very much in control.  I do not take the time with my baby for granted at all.  I thank God for giving him to us while we were both ages 30 and 27.  Certainly, we do not know all and will not claim to know all but thank God for our gift.  We trust Him to continue to have His perfect will with us.