Tuesday, April 20, 2010

His Painful Love

Our short life here in Texas has been filled with so many blessings. We sense His love and His presence so much. But, sometimes His great love for us seems painful. The Lord has been calling us higher and to a deeper level of brokeness and that is painful at times. We are being pruned and we want to fully yield to His hands so that in the coming days and years, we can yield abundant, life giving, beautiful fruit. It has continually come to my thoughts about being faithful each day. Do I FAITHFULLY do all of the things He has called me to each day? Or do I flop on the couch with a huff and wonder where a good book and chocolate are? I realize more than ever how much I need Him and how I can do nothing without Him. I am hopeless without Him, but I have everything with Him. With Him I can love unconditionally, I can reach my children's hearts as I train them, I can smile at my husband no matter what is happening in our life, I can sing with a heart of worship, I can serve our home and those in it all day long with joy, I can say no to things I shouldn't eat, I can get up with the birds and exercise, and so much more. But only if I stay broken at His feet. I can do none of this without Him. Our families' heart cry is to be like a city on a hill that shines it's light so that it cannot be hidden. But, more than ever, we are realizing that to be that it takes being faithful in the teeniest details of life. And that is what we want. O Lord, please continue this painful but so needed process. As someone sang to us recently, "He who began a good work in you, He who began a good work in you, will be faithful to complete it, will be faithful to complete it. He who started the work will be faithful to complete it in you." Thank you Father for Your undeserving love.

1 comment:

Miss Grace Elizabeth said...

Oh Andrea, I needed to read this! It is so encouraging. It brought tears to my eyes. The past two years have been very up and down for me. This past winter was very difficult. All that I can say is that if I did not keep my faith and my trust in my Lord Jesus. I would not be here. Everything that I hoped for came crashing down to the ground. All that I loved with an earthly love disappeared and seems to be no more. Even still at this very minute and every day it is a very hard uphill struggle, but by God's grace I am making it. I am finding joy through suffering. Sometimes I get very discouraged and find no sense in life. Sometimes I feel like life will never be the same as it used to be(free and happy girl with nothing to bring me down) But my God speaks to me and says that He has a very good plan for my life and I must trust in Him no matter what happens. I did not choose to have the breath that I breath. I did not choose for me to live this life. God did, so I must rest in Him and the plan He has for me. Even thought I can not see anything at all. I will go forth in faith. Faith in what I do not see, but hope for. Thank you so much for sharing your heart. It builds up my faith to know that my brothers and sisters are growing in faithfulness. And walking in spirit and truth. Oh it brings much joy, great JOY to my heart!
I love you sister!
Please pray for me when you think of me.