Basically, it's been said of me that if you sit still too long, you'll get canned (especially beginning in mid-August)! Actually, I enjoy putting food away, and it always tastes so wonderful in the middle of the winter. There is such a satisfaction in serving my family good food, and they appreciate it, too.
I work a few days each week teaching various math and science classes for a local home schooler’s group. The remainder of the time I'm a homemaker / domestic engineer / taxi cabdriver / maid / cook / chief bottle washer / and whatever other hat(s) I'm called on to wear depending upon the need. My basic concept is that through serving my family, I am also serving my Lord. I claim that it is such an honor to raise four children and have a Christian home with a loving Christian husband. We are so very richly blessed, and I am quick to recognize it!
I have found that throughout life, the Lord places people, situations, events, and holocausts to challenge and transform us. This has been very true for me, as I am sure that it has been for you, if you just take a moment to think about it. How many times have you walked through a difficult situation, had a confrontation with a family member or coworker, spouse or boss? How many things have happened in your own life that have impacted you in such a way that you were never quite the same again? Have you ever looked back over your life and seen the hand of God's grace upon you? Are you aware of Who is in control of your life? Do you know where you are going once your time on this earth is expired?
The Lord made me very aware of my own mortality during the last months of my first husband's life. In February of 1994, my first husband became very ill, and a trip to the local emergency room ensued. What emerged from that trip changed my life FOREVER. My husband of 12 years was diagnosed with AIDS, and I was devastated and scared beyond belief. I was scared not only for myself, but for my four children (then ages 10, 8, 6, and 2) as well. Would God take the lives of innocent children? Would He take me? I had done nothing wrong--I was caught in a situation, trapped with no escape. My marriage vows--"for richer or poorer, in sickness and in health, till death us do part"-- raced around in my head. I knew that I was in this until the end, that I was destined to walk whatever God had for me to walk, and that He would honor my faithfulness. I never felt that leaving was an option.
THE GOOD NEWS IS THIS: GOD IS IN CONTROL!! After multiple testings, the children and I are and will remain clean and clear of AIDS. God Himself with His awesome keeping power snatched us out of the pit of hell!!
My husband did pass away in December of 1994, leaving me as a widow with four children to raise. However, God was still watching over me, and was preparing to bless the children and I beyond our wildest dreams. In March of 1996, the Lord brought a wonderful Christian man into our lives--one who was willing to be a loving husband to me and a devoted father to the kids. We were married on December 31st of 1996. I have learned through life's challenges to TRULY TRUST God and depend upon Him for everything. He is faithful until the end, even when we don't deserve it. He will give you His strength when you are weak and distraught, just as the Scriptures promise. He will restore unto you whatever the canker worm has destroyed. You can take God at His Word, put your life in His hands, and know for certain that you will be able to trust in His promises.
There is so much more that I could elaborate upon with my story, but there just isn't time and space here!! It's so easy to say that we're trusting God, but are we doing so with our fingers crossed behind our backs? God alone is sure of the future. Sometimes we need to get out of the way and let Him act, to wholly trust the process to Him--however the events may unfold. Proverbs 3:5-6 tells us to "trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight". God demands that we rely totally on Him, because anything less is disobedience. No concern is too small nor any issue too complex to bring to Him. You know, God's peace is available to every one of us who trusts in Him wholly. Won't you make the decision to give Him your heart, your life, your situations today? He is waiting with open arms to take your burdens from you and place them on His precious Son's (Jesus') back. He paid a hefty price to save you and give you peace. Allow that peace which passes all understanding to come into your life today--trust God and He will give you that peace.