The Moment of Truth

While I was out shopping, I was thinking about the storm I was in. It was a pretty bad storm and I realized that I had used my resources: prayer, reading the Bible and community. But God spoke to my heart and asked if my family had seen my storm and seen me use my resources? Then, I had an epiphany moment: The Moment of Truth.

As I thought about what He had asked me, I realized that I had involved everyone else except for my immediate family. My girls and grandson were uninvolved. How can I show them Jesus if I hide my storms from them? I thought that’s what parents do. I never knew my parent’s storms. If they had any, they were well hidden.

I realize that to show them how I could make it through a storm or how I stayed calm and at peace during a storm was to show them my resources. With prayer, reading the bible and community, I could show them how to weather a storm; their own storm. I could teach them how to pray to God and trust Him with their circumstances. I could give them hope and strengthen their faith by showing them that even through pain and heartache, Jesus is always with them and for them. They are not alone.

I realized that my friends on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram aren’t the only people who need to know how to use my resources. I realized that I wasn’t encouraging the ones closest to me. I wasn’t using my resources wisely with the people who would need it the most. I wasn’t showing them how to use my resource when I’m not there to help them. I just expected them to know. If I am a Godly parent, then my children need to see me praying, crying out to God, worshipping, singing and reading my Bible. They need to see my faith, trust and obedience to God. They need to see me stand and fall. They need to see my heart. They need to see Jesus’ work in me.

No one learns how to do anything without being taught how to do it. My family does not know how to use my resources unless I teach them how to use them. I want my family to know what to do in a storm. I want them to know how to weather a storm by staying calm and at peace. I want my family to know God and to go to heaven with me. Therefore, I must show them Jesus and teach them how to use my resources because another moment of truth may never come again.

Proverbs 22:6- Start children off on the way they should go, and even when they are old, they will not turn from it. (NIV)

The Poetry Marathon

I’m participating in The Poetry Marathon, 24 poems in 24 hours! I will be post some of the poems later, but here’s a sneak preview!

Mornin’

In the mornin’ I get up to face the day,

I never miss the time to pray.

It gives me time to just be still,

And just to be in his will.

To hear his sweet voice in my ear,

to listen and do and be what I hear.

I know each day he’ll be the same,

He never forgets to call my name.

He loves me and he seeks me out,

He makes sure I know what my life is all about!

It’s Not You, It’s Me!

From years of not liking myself to trying to be like others to wishing I had better parents, better clothes, a better car, a better house to realizing that the better I wanted only existed because I thought what I had was not enough.  I was not enough!

Now I realize it was!  I was unique and different on purpose!  I didn’t have to be like others, I was created to be just me.  There is no one in the world like me.  I’m sure those who know me are grateful (humor inserted).

I couldn’t be like someone and fit into their world because there is no one like them. God only created one of them. That’s why I failed at being like them. I’m not them, I’m only me. You are created to be only like you. You are wonderfully and beautifully made. You are God’s precious child! You are his masterpiece, his one-of-a-kind!

You made all the delicate inner parts of my body and knit me together in my mother’s womb. Thank you for making me so wonderfully complex! You workmanship is marvelous; how well I know it! You watched me as I was being formed in utter seclusion as I was woven together in the dark of the womb. You saw me before I was born. Every day of my life was recorded in your book. Every moment was laid out before a single day had passed. How precious are your thoughts about me, O God. I can’t even count them. They outnumber the grains of sand! And when I wake up you are still with me.   Psalm 139:13-18 NLT

You were created by your Heavenly Father who wanted you more than anything! You were created on purpose, with a purpose and for His purpose! He has a great and wonderful plan for your life! You Matter; just being uniquely wonderful, beautiful, marvelous YOU! You are one-of-a-kind!

Let every created thing give praise to the Lord, for He issued His command and they came into being. Psalm 148:5 NLT He commanded that you be here! He commanded you here for a great work, a great plan and wonderful life!   Celebrate YOU! BE Only You!