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.)
It’s been awhile. So much to do and life takes over. Know that you never leave my heart and I love you deeply.
My post this month, on The Glorious Table, is up. I thought I’d share it here with you. Your Nana is far from perfect. This writing is a vulnerable peek into some messes I waded through in my younger years.
I pray God uses the messes of my life to be a message to you and all those who desire to live godly.
The Christian mother has boundless opportunities to use her gifts and abilities. But how is she to know what God wants her to do with all the opportunities to serve Jesus and others in our busy and fast-paced world?
It’s enticing to choose admirable opportunities to serve, even though it might mean neglecting our God-given appointments. For example, as I raised my children, I allowed myself to be pulled in every direction imaginable. I was a wife, mom, teacher, counselor, pastor’s wife, friend, employee, leader, and more. I remember feeling confused about how to order my life. My home of origin had lacked order and been dysfunctional, and as a result, I often felt aimless as an adult, like a boat without a rudder.
I look back and think, Girl! What wereyou thinking?You didn’t have a clue.”
In this post, I’m opening a piece of my heart to you. It is a piece that I tucked away in the recesses of my mind. Today, the Lord brought it to a conscious level so I could remember a small yet significant piece of all He has done for me.
I grew up in a family where affection was not given. I never felt loved as a child. My parent’s had so many problems and their problems were the focus in our home. Heated arguments were ‘normal’ and they took place on a daily basis.
At night, as I tried desperately to sleep, I could not. Instead, I was captive to hateful words, accusations, and drunken banter
Many times I would intervene by pulling my little Mother out of the room as my Dad screamed, “Get her out of here!”
I have no memories of feeling special. I did not receive hugs, kisses or words of affirmation. I wondered what was wrong with me.
During our dating years, God used Papa to help me see it wasn’t me, it was my parent’s who failed to care for me.
A huge weight lifted when I realized It wasn’t me it was them
When the Father reached out to save me, I was only 15 years old. I was lost and so alone. My life was changed the moment I received the message of salvation. I was overwhelmed with a sense of gratitude and the deepest joy I had ever known. When I heard about Jesus sacrifice, it blew my mind that He would actually give up His life so I could live eternally. “Greater love has no man than this; that someone lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13
I had never in my life, known such love
In the Church I attended, as a young believer, the people were wonderfully warm and God fearing. They took me in and tried to love me. I was prickly. I did not know how to receive hugs. I bet you find that hard to believe ;). I did not feel worthy of a hug. When someone wrapped their arms around me, my body stiffened, I could not relax to receive their embrace.
I did not feel worthy of a hug
God healed those wounds. It took time but bit by bit, His love was poured into my ‘love cup’ and it overflowed. Do you see how miraculous it is that today I receive and give hugs freely?
Since you all were tiny, I talked to you about your love cup. When you were sad, or angry or out of sorts, I asked you if you needed your love cup filled. You all delighted in those words and eagerly opened your arms to receive a hug from Nana.
Kristin told me that she actually thought she had a coffee cup in her heart that I filled up when she needed love
Do you girls ever think about how BLESSED you are? As I watch you, I revel in the love you have for each other. I have soaked in all of the treasured memories of you, growing up, hugging each other and delighting in time spent together as cousins. To this day, the first thing our family does when we see each other is to exchange enthusiastic hugs.
I share this with you to give you just a peek at what God has done in my life and how much He has blessed me through all of YOU!
Thank God for the love of family, girls. Never take it for granted. Remember there are children everywhere who do not feel loved and have no one to hug them.
Spread the gift of being cherished by your family. Thank God, and know that you are deeply loved.
because I love you,
As for the rest of the story … both of my parents came to know Christ. Our relationship was reconciled. They are in Heaven now, enjoying God’s love like we’ve never experienced it. I can’t wait to see them again.
“May the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be pleasing in your sight, LORD, my Rock, and my Redeemer.” Psalm 19:14
Good morning my precious girls,
As I was getting ready this morning, the Lord dropped His word into my heart and my thoughts. It is the verse you read above.
Allow me a moment to personalize this verse, will you? What if Jesus showed up and said, “Hey Kristin or Hey Jessie, Hey Mya, Hey Kenzie, Hey Maddi, Hey Bri, Hey Bethy or Hey Haylie, let’s have lunch.”
What if your Savior had a heart to heart talk with you. What if He played back all of the words you used last week? What if He flashed all the thoughts you had the previous week up on a big screen?
Ahhhhhhh that would be revealing, wouldn’t it?
The truth is girls, Jesus does hear your words. He knows your every thought. The Psalmist David, talking to His Lord says:
“You know when I sit and when I rise; you perceive my thoughts from afar.” Ps. 139:2
“Before a word is on my tongue you, LORD, know it completely.” Ps. 139:4
The Apostle Paul wrote:
“Let no filthy talk be heard from your mouths, but only what is good for building up people and meeting the need of the moment. This way you will administer grace to those who hear you.” Eph:4:29
“But now you must also rid yourselves of all such things as these: anger, rage, malice, slander, and filthy language from your lips.” Col. 3:8
I pray you will always choose to walk in His steps and obey His will.
He has given us boundaries because He knows what is best for us. When we live within those boundaries we find peace and fulfillment!
You are the light of the world girls, you are set apart by your Father, He has called you to be His kid. God’s children must not act like, talk like or look like the world.
"but I say, walk by the Spirit, and you will not carry out the desire of the flesh. For the flesh sets its desire against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh; for these are in opposition to one another, so that you may not do the things that you please." Galatians 5:16-17. We are to leave the world behind. We are to walk.