Category: Jesus

Those Feet

Those Feet
She grips my two fingers tightly, squeezing them in her tiny hand, no words are spoken but there is total understanding….don’t let me fall mommy. With each step I can feel her courage grow, leaving the comfort of crawling behind, she is now beginning to walk on her feet. Ahhh those feet, those teeny tiny little bubbly feet, they will grow. Soon she’ll want me to paint her toes, I know that time is coming. She’ll begin to notice SHOES-and oh’ man-once that starts it will never end! She’ll probably want the shoes that light up-she loves lights.
Those feet will carry her through life. When I pray for her, I pray that she “lives to be an old old woman wise in her years.” I have spoken this over her since she was growing inside my womb.
I can’t imagine all that lies ahead for her and her precious feet.
There will be days that those feet are tired and need to be rubbed and soaked in a hot tub. There will be days when those feet leap from the earth with joy. There will days when those feet experience overwhelming happiness and also days of trials and tests.
Those feet will lead her to make choice after choice.
My prayer is that her choices are the ones that God has chosen for her.
My prayer is that her identity is not found in man.
My prayer is that she is a leader and not a follower.
My prayer is that she knows who God says she is.
My prayer is that she is brave.
My prayer is that she knows true love.
My prayer is that she accomplishes all that God has called her to accomplish here on this earth.
And my prayer is that when she is that old-old woman wise in her years and her feet are aged by the years of life….that she has that peace that passes all understanding that can only be found in Jesus.

“Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart” Jeremiah 29:11 

Do not fear

 
 
 
I don’t even know where to begin. My heart is heavy….
 
Our world is in such distress and conflict.
 
We’ve got North Korea saying they are determined to nuke the US.
Russia attacking innocent Ukrainian civilians, and shooting down commercial airliners.  
A major humanitarian crisis on our countries southern borders, with illegal immigrants flooding into our country….
A complete lack and reverence for our Constitution from our leaders. 
Christians in Iraq being murdered because they are refusing to renounce their faith in Jesus.
A terrorist organization known as Hamas, vowing to annihilate the country of Israel (our only ally in the middle-east) and using innocent Palestinians to do it. Telling Palestinians not to leave their location knowing that it will be a target in a most likely deadly attack, and then using propaganda to fuel their cause.
The terrorist group Boko Haram in Africa, killing Christians, and they have yet to return the hundreds of girls that were kidnapped months ago…which started the trendy hash-tag campaign #Bringbackourgirls (and of course the mainstream media has fallen silent on this story…..)
 
I have never witnessed such division in our country as well….political parties causing such divisiveness and a president flaming this fire.
 
I’d love to say that it’s all going to get better….that this is just a bad dream and we’ll wake up and all will be well.
I am a mom, I ask myself everyday what kind of world are my kids going to grow up in? Will they be safe? What does their future look like? It’d be great to have the ability to not think about it all….but I know people like that….people who really don’t show concern….and I can’t relate to them….
 
I am gravely concerned.
 
The only thing that brings me peace is my hope and faith.
 
I know that my children were born for such a time as this. They have a specific calling on their lives, no life is an accident….God says that he knew us before we were formed in our mother’s womb.
 
Even if it does get crazier…more insane…we are equipped because we have Jesus.
 
Years ago when I was living in Los Angeles, I had the words “Hebrews 13:5″ tattooed on my wrist the passage is: “I will never leave you or forsake you” -that is a promise God made to me, to all of us. At the time it meant so much to me but it means even more now.  
 
My husband reads a ton…more than almost anyone I have ever known. He is reading everything he can get his hands on right now about the wars our country has fought. He told me that the Marines primary prayer is Psalm 23. It’s amazing how scripture rings true throughout history. There is no beginning or end to its relevance in our lives.
 
The Lord is my shepherd; I shall not want.
He maketh me to lie down in green pastures: he leadeth me beside the still waters.
He restoreth my soul: he leadeth me in the paths of righteousness for his name’s sake.
Yea, though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil: for thou art with me; thy rod and thy staff they comfort me.
Thou preparest a table before me in the presence of mine enemies: thou anointest my head with oil; my cup runneth over.
Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life: and I will dwell in the house of the Lord for ever.
 
With all the chaos in the world…..there is something that does not change…..something that is the same as it was yesterday, today and forever more….Jesus and his words to us. It’s easy for it all to get cloudy…right vs. wrong, good vs. evil, the world is becoming more and more gray…..
 
It’s easy to get off course….to question direction….
Our anchor in the storm has to be the bible. The bible is the compass we were given in a lost world. If it’s not in the words we were given…..question it. Thank God we have this though! I believe that No words are divine unless they are found in the scriptures. Remember this when the wind starts to blow…. 
No matter what happens, what may come, what lies ahead….do not fear. We are more than conquerors in Christ Jesus. In the end….all will bow all will confess that Jesus Christ is Lord….