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I Am A Child of God

A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls

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My sweet girls,

Today I began thinking, “I wish I knew more about my grandparents.” These are the kind of thoughts most of us don’t consider until they are gone. So, my thinking turned to what I’d most want you to know about my life. The first thing to pop in my head was the day I became a child of God.

First, Let me give you some background on my road toward knowing the God of the Universe and His precious son, Jesus. If I haven’t already told you, the home I grew up in was insecure and unstable. Alcohol and constant conflict affected our parent’s ability to be there for us. My father had an explosive temper and we never knew what would trigger it. It was a very scary world for me and my siblings. I longed for deliverance.

At age fifteen, I had seen enough of life to wish I hadn’t been born. I did not want to grow up and live the life my parent’s were living. I felt no hope, no joy and no purpose for my life.

Does God Exist?

One day, feeling lost in a fog of despair, my thoughts turned to questions about the existence of God. I reasoned that If there was a God who made me, the world and everything in it, then He must hold the answers to life.

I wanted to know if He existed, but I didn’t know how to find Him. My thinking process soon transformed into a heart wrenching cry to know if He was real and if he cared about me. A desperate yearning welled deep within my soul. Next thing I knew I was laying face down on the floor. I cried out, “God, if you are real, I need you! If you created me, you must want to know me like I want to know you. I feel abandoned and alone. My heart longs to know you, but I don’t know how to find you. Will you please reveal yourself to me?”

God Opened My eyes

God took me on a journey after that prayer. He opened my eyes to the emptiness of life lived apart from God. Part of that journey included the fulfillment of one of the deepest desires, in my young life.

At fifteen, I finally got accepted into the ‘popular group.’ I was invited out by popular boys and to all the parties with the cool kids. But I was disgusted by what went on at their parties. I was equally appalled by what guys tried to get from me. I saw the shallowness, the cheapness and the futility of all these relationships. These friends were consumed with their own desires. It felt like they didn’t really see or know me. Although I found the thing I thought would fill the hole in my heart, it was a BIG fail!

After that year and after my prayer to God, He answered through my best friend’s Dad. I had never known if God was real, nor that He had a specific plan for my life. That night I learned that God wanted me in His family.

That day began with my best friend Debbie asking me to spend the night at her house. I was in the midst of a battle at home and I didn’t want to go anywhere! Debbie persisted. She urged me to spend the night at her house. She would not take no for an answer, so eventually I caved and reluctantly accepted her invitation.

That night, I watched with longing as her Dad took the younger kids to bed piggy-back style. Afterwards, he made his way to his favorite chair. He then turned to me, with eyes that held a world of kindness. He said, “We asked you to come over tonight because I have something very important to tell you.” I was taken aback, thinking, “Who me?” At the same time a warm sense of being valued washed over me. “Who am I that he should care for me?”

As I sat quietly, Dad Haworth opened God’s word and spoke words of truth and life. He explained to me that God really did exist and He was the creator of the whole universe. My heart raced as I inwardly declared,“I knew it!”

He told me that God uniquely created each person. He said God had created me on purpose for a purpose (tears welled in my eyes and the deepest longing to know God squeezed at my heart).

He knit me together in my mother’s womb

He went on to explain that the Lord God is a Holy God who cannot tolerate sin in His heaven, “Oh, I knew all about the ugliness of sin – though I didn’t call it sin.” He then leafed through his Bible and read:

John 3:16  “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son (Jesus), that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

That night, I opened my heart with such eagerness. I was blown away that God wanted to me to be his daughter. He wanted it so much that he gave up (through death on the cross) His one and only, precious son to purchase me and save me from a sure eternal death. “The payment for sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life through Jesus Christ our Lord.” Romans 6:23.

I prayed, asking God to forgive me for my sins. He did. I invited Jesus to be the Lord of my life. As I prayed I felt an immediate lifting in my Spirit and I experienced what scripture describes as …. “Old things have passed away, behold, all things have become new.” 2 Corinthians 5:17.

When someone becomes a Christian, he becomes a brand new person inside. He is not the same anymore. A new life has begun! II Cor. 5:17

My whole world and direction in life changed that night. I never looked back. The despair I had lived with was gone and I knew I would never again walk alone. I belonged to God and had been adopted as a daughter into His family.

My desperate prayer to know God was answered; my soul came to rest and I was fully at peace. I finally knew that my creator God loved me, pursued me and had a plan for my life here on earth.

I’s been a journey of up’s and down’s, as it is for all of us humans here on earth. But I have God with me who directs my steps as I seek Him. He filled the hole in my heart and I know I am loved, always and forever. He gives me opportunities to share His love with others and there is no greater joy than seeing God at work in their lives.

There is even a bigger JoY that bursts in my heart, girls. It is when I see God at work in your lives. I pray for you, you know? I know God answers and it’s my greatest blessing to witness His work in your lives. Thank you for allowing me to be part of your journey.

Jesus said, “I am come that you might have life, and that you might have it more abundantly. John 10:10b

because I love you, Nana

Nana’s Lovenotes

Totally updated this post from three years ago. 🙂

Nana's Love Notes

A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls

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My Sweet Grandgirls,

How can I fully express the complete joy I feel when you claim me as your Nana? You each bring a JoY to my heart like no other.

As your Nana, I always will point you to Jesus.  I believe, as the scriptures say, that the older women are to teach the younger women. I take that charge seriously, especially when it comes to family.  I have always had an active role in your lives.  I study you, laugh with you, pray for you and love you with all of my heart.

I choose to be a constant in your lives.  One of the ways I am striving to do this is by writing these love notes.  As I write I endeavor to share inspirational stories and personal experiences. I pray God will use these lovenotes to impart wisdom…

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Do Hard Things

A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls

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Hey Grandgirls, It’s been a while since I’ve updated this blog. Though I have not updated, I hold you each close to my heart. I continually thank God for giving me the best Grandgirl’s ever!  My heart rests in the joy of knowing you girls are reflecting the love of God. I pray for you and I am here for you.

Here’s a little true story of a time I had to face my fears.

Audrey took my children’s book, Lilly’s Colorful Spots, to school. Her teacher asked her if I would be willing to present my book to an advanced reading class of 5th through 8th grade.

How do you say, “No thank you, I’m scared,” to your niece? You don’t! So, I faced my fears, prayed for God to show up and began work on the presentation.

On the day of the presentation, before I left, I sent up a prayer for a meaningful delivery to kids older than the audience for Lilly’s Colorful Spots.

My goal was to capture their interest by engaging conversation. The students were wonderfully attentive and eager to share.

After the presentation, I read the book, which is aimed at age three through 3rd grade, and was amazed to see, even the 8th graders glued to the storyline.

What fun!! I’m so glad I went, in spite of being terrified. If I had caved to fear, I would have missed such a BIG blessing!

The moral of this story is, “Say Yes! Trust God, Face Your Fears and Be Blessed!”

I will treasure these notes, from the students, forever.

Let Your Mess Become Your Ministry

A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls

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Hey Girls,

This is my last article writing for The Glorious Table.  We all come into this world the same.  We all face a multitude of messes during our lifetime.  What do you do with your mess?

What do you do with the messes of your life? Do you hide them? When your past pops up, do you push it down and away from your conscious mind? Do you think it’s easier to pretend certain things never happened?

When we encounter the messes of life, the temptation is to isolate, to go it alone and cover it up. Why do we do this? Some messes are merely embarrassing, but some are deeply painful. The Enemy tells us we’re foolish to think anyone will understand. He whispers, “You are not worthy.” It’s easier to bury our messes than to expose them.

We fool ourselves when we think it’s easier to hide our messes. Hiding is the Enemy’s idea. Satan wants us to isolate. He wants us to be all alone in the thunderstorm of our own thoughts. Keeping secrets in the darkness is his plan.

To read the rest of the article, click on The Glorious Table.

 

 

 

 

Lilly’s Colorful Spots

Lilly’s Colorful Spots is the first book in my new kids series called, Love Lilly Series.

Hey Grandgirls, I posted the book cover and a promo of Lilly’s Colorful Spots on my kid’s blog. Do you like the cover? There are a lot more pictures inside.

To create the illustrations, throughout the book, I did a photo shoot with your little cousin, Brooklyn and then cartooned the pictures.  So, Lilly is actually Brooklyn. 🙂

Aunt Christy is even featured in one of the photos.  Thanks to those, who live nearby, and patiently listened, critiqued and helped me put the story of Lilly’s Colorful Spots into a Book. You’re the BEST encouragers!

Click below to read my process of creating my first Children’s Book.  Thanks in advance to ALL my friends who are willing to help me get the word out!  🙂  Feedback, I need lots of feedback and sharing.

Moral Stories for Kids

Find Lilly as an ebook on Amazon:  Lilly’s Colorful Spots 

What Makes a Woman Beautiful?

A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls entitled, Nana’s Love Notes

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Good Morning my sweet girls,

Today I am sharing an article on a very important topic.  This writing tells my story and struggle with the concept of true beauty.

Whenever it is my turn to write for The Glorious Table I pray God will chose my topic and use my words to touch people’s hearts.  I pray God speaks  to you, deep inside your soul, to give you a new appreciation for the wonder of you! You are wonderfully made!

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What makes a woman beautiful? Is it her flawless skin, dazzling white teeth, or her perfect size-6 figure? Hair is her crowning glory; the Bible even says so. Yet outward appearance distracts from true beauty, a beauty that abides deeper than the eye perceives.

While I was growing up, the pursuit of outward beauty drew me in. As a teen, I sought to make myself beautiful in the eyes of my peers. I was, however, painfully self-conscious in junior high because I had stick-straight blond hair, distinct blobs of freckles across my face, big front teeth, chipmunk cheeks, and a derriere too big in comparison to the rest of me. I held little hope of becoming one of the beautiful women of the world.

In high school, my shape began to evolve. I learned how to manage my hair and apply makeup to cover my freckles. My teeth fit perfectly in my mouth at last, and my booty was lining up proportionately with my frame. I even hung out with beautiful people.

I had noticed that a beautiful woman is looked upon favorably, even before proving who she is inside. When she goes to a job interview, for instance, there’s no doubt she holds an unfair advantage. Her looks can win over someone whose skills and competence surpass hers.

I knew there were many advantages to being outwardly attractive, and I understood the perks. Yet as God’s child, I heard an inner warning alerting me against focusing on outward appearance. I became keenly aware of the world of appearances. God’s Spirit gently warned, Don’t get comfortable.

Click here to read the rest of the story: Why You Should Seek to Have a Beautiful Heart

 

A Dating Story

A series of Christian based letters to my Grandgirls entitled, Nana’s Love Notes

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Hey, my sweet grandgirls, I just read an article by Lindsey Maestas that touched my heart …   Most of you are dating and I believe Lindsey’s story will touch your heart too.

The second most important decision you will make is choosing your husband.  Don’t get sidetracked by looks, feelings, or any other thing that draws you to a guy.

Trust me, if you choose a guy who loves God with all of his heart, he will love you well.

Here is Lindsey’s Story:

When I was 19, I was asked out on a date by a friend of mine who had no reason to be pursuing a girl like me. He was one of the good ones – the kind of man who gives you a glimpse into God’s love and kindness.

In my eyes, I was tarnished. I looked in the mirror and saw damaged goods by every definition of the word. But he still pursued me relentlessly – because he was one of the good ones.

He was honest. He wrote me a letter early on that said, “Lindsey, whatever you want to know, I will tell you. Whatever you want access to, I will show you. I want you to be able to know everything that you want about my life because I care about you.”

I wasn’t used to honest. I was used to working my way around the lies to find a portion of the truth.

This honest, kind & available man was the one who God had in store for me the entire time. And yet, I had forced other guys to fit like broken puzzle pieces because I just desperately wanted to be seen and loved.

Had I continued believing that ‘broken’ was all that God had for me, I never would have found a truly good man. And although he was imperfect and fell short in these areas at times, he would always strive for righteousness and goodness by God’s strength.

Sweet friends, you know that guy that you keep going back to, the one who you can’t seem to let go of no matter how badly he continues to hurt / ignore / damage you? Most of us have been with one. It’s time to let him go.

Read more here … http://www.sparrowsandlily.com/girl-settling-wrong-guy/

50 Things I want my Daughter to Know

Girls, I just read the MOST amazing blog.  I LOVE this and want to pass it on to you.

Here are three of the 50 things Rick Thomas want’s his daughter to know …  Nuggets of pure gold, and sound wisdom!  If she listens to this wisdom … she will be so fulfilled in her life and marriage.  Take a moment and let these thoughts permeate your being.  Pray God opens the eyes of your spiritual understanding:

1. Don’t just marry a Christian. Christians are a dime a dozen. Marry a person who acts like Jesus. When you line up the fruit of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23), there should be little difference between your boyfriend and Jesus. That’s the guy of your dreams. Any other kind of man will be a nightmare.

2. Boys are not as strong and invincible as they would want you to believe. If you don’t learn the “book” before you fall in love with the “cover,” you’ll be disappointed with the content.

3. Don’t spend your teenage years primarily playing sports, or anything else that you will not be doing when you’re fifty. Spend the best part of your days practicing the things you will be doing (and should be doing) for the rest of your life. Your hobbies, whether in your teen or adult years, should not be your primary focus. (Unless you can make a living doing your hobby.)

Click the link below to read more …

https://rickthomas.net/50-things-i-want-my-daughter-to-know/