Wednesday, February 27, 2008

The Leap

You must understand that at 39 my husband and I had no desire for any more children. We already had four kids and after our last daughter was born eight years earlier my husband, like most of our Christian friends, had a vasectomy. But when God truly speaks you must listen and when you come to realize that you have sinned it must be made right or you are not a follower of Jesus Christ. He demands total obedience, not just when it feels good or works for you. So within four months of our initial conviction and after much soul searching and repentance my husband quietly but obediently had his very painful reversal.

On The Limb

The next day I questioned the convictions God had placed on my heart about birth control and abortion. Surely I was mistaken. I looked forward to my husband correcting my vision and telling me that God had a plan for us and it included us being in charge of how many children we were to have. Later that day he read the chapters and his response..." We have sinned!!" We just sat there looking at each other. I cried for a second time. Well, when someone robs a bank and wants to make it right they must pay back what they owe. I knew where God wanted us to go...out on what seemed to be a very narrow limb and take a big leap of faith...

Tuesday, February 26, 2008

About Face!!!

...So that night, once everyone was in bed, I began to read. And as the world was quiet God began to whisper...speak...SHOUT to me insights He needed a servant to hear... not about home schooling, but about, His children...not just the disciples He had in my house, but the ones that He had waiting to come and learn of Him. By chapter 2 or 3 God revealed what he meant when Paul said in Romans 12:1..."Therefore, I urge you, brothers, in view of God's mercy, to offer your bodies as living sacrifices, holy and pleasing to God-this is your spiritual act of worship."He told me directly to stop cutting off the flow of Christians coming to His kingdom! I have always been anti-abortion, but that night I learned that it took an entire generation of women to be fine with birth control before an entire generation of women were fine with abortion. So although I might have protested the final death of millions of babies, I myself helped create a world where this was all acceptable....I was horrified... and that night I cried.

Monday, February 25, 2008

Once Upon A Time

When God asks you to move for Him you should never ask where or how far, just agree to move and He will propel you to places you never knew existed all for His glory!!

The story of our family's obedience to God and his exceeding faithfulness began in 2001. My husband and our four children were looking forward to our summer vacation at the beach. Our expectation was a week of sun and fun and some much needed rest. Upon arrival I unpacked our clothes and layed a paperback I brought on the nightstand next to the bed. I had started home schooling several years before and looked forward to gleening some much needed wisdom from this little book. Although I was simply seeking advice on how to streamline a little efficiancy into my life, little did I know that God planned to use a few paragraphs in this book to radically change the direction of our family.....