Last night, my husband and I whispered in bed above our sleeping little one. We had turned off the television, and were just about ready to fall asleep ourselves.
We spoke about God’s goodness. I’ve had a rough year. Possibly the roughest year of my life. While I don’t mind speaking about my own struggles in this space, it might not be the best idea to bring someone else into it. Therefore I am largely quiet about personal relationships here. But you can rest assured that my life is far from perfect and I sometimes focus on the pain rather than the beauty.
Ladies, this should not be so! The goodness of God is greater than all of the bad things and my negative emotions. Which is exactly what my husband and I were talking about.
Unfortunately, I’ve not stopped making mistakes once I became His child. The mistakes have become farther and fewer between thanks to the sanctification of His Spirit. Sanctification is so wonderful, isn’t it? I can look back and see the fingerprints of God all over my life. His goodness is overwhelming at times.
I sought Adonai, and He answered me, and delivered me from all my fears. They who looked to Him were radiant, and their faces will never be ashamed. This poor man cried, and Adonai heard, and saved him out of all his troubles. The angel of Adonai encamps around those who fear Him, and delivers them. Taste and see how good Adonai is. Blessed is the one who takes refuge in Him.
Psalms 34:5-9 TLV
Sometimes I marvel over why He decided to choose me. My childhood was marred with selfishness and sin. Worldliness was all I knew. I encountered false doctrine and my parents divorce. The churches I did attend preached a prosperity gospel which is no gospel at all.
As a young adult, the Father began to pull me out of that pit and truly renew my mind. Oh, how my life changed! Slowly, slowly. But before I knew it, my life looked vastly different than it did before.
There are so many decisions we made out of ignorance still. But the Lord cared for us through it all, even when we didn’t make the best choices. For example, we knew nothing about money management and didn’t always spend the resources He gave us wisely. All of our needs were still met. We had housing, clothing, and food. And through gentle whispers, He began to teach us a better way.
If you are His child, He cares for you, too. It would serve us well to always seek counsel from His Word, which shows us how to live our lives.
It can be easy to stray and to question convictions. When our joy is found in other things instead of the Lord, this is especially true. Focusing on Him is the only answer.
He cares for us, and we should care for Him, too. For me, this looks like keeping my mind firmly focused on the eternal, while being grateful for the temporary. I need to hold tight to my calling, which is to be a godly wife and mama. The other facets of my life hardly matter at all compared to this.
May your Sabbath be blessed, ladies. I hope to meet with you back here soon.