On Monday as I was riding with Josh across the long, and I’ll admit sometimes boring, but wide-open beautiful plains of Kansas, I began pondering these thoughts. Why do we face these battles? I thought of a few possible reasons: to share God’s grace - God’s gift of salvation with others, for God to share His mercy - His peace with us, for us to ‘shine our light’ on others, and because we are sinful people…these are only a few thoughts I had, as there are most definitely many, many other reasons I will probably never know or understand - not that I even understand the possible reasons I listed! Reasons only He knows. Maybe we will someday know, but not on this side of heaven…
And what about the blessings??? We visited my parents and sister’s families’ church in Goodland this weekend, and even though I have heard the definition of ‘Grace’ - probably many times before, it was good to hear it again. ‘Grace’ is “getting something you don’t deserve.” We probably all forget to look at life this way all too often. We take so many things for granted!! So many things we do not deserve, but that we have anyway. Like, well pretty much everything. We need to acknowledge Him. Thank you God, for lavishing your grace, your blessings on us!
God sent His one and only Son to die for me, and for you. This is something NONE of us deserve. Talk about grace!!! Jesus, the only man never to sin, took ALL sin upon Him and died on the cross for all of us sinners. He rose out of His tomb on the 3rd day, so that all of us - that know Him AND put all our faith in Him, could be forgiven and be given eternal life immediately upon accepting Him.—Not just when we die, but immediately we have eternal life. Those who have accepted Him, have eternal life. Already! Is this you? If not, please join us! For those too young or who do not have the mental capacity to make this decision to join Him, they are given God’s exceptional mercy and have eternal life; this is how I know I will see our precious Avelyn in heaven when my time on this earth is over. If you are capable of making decisions, make this decision to believe in Jesus and have immediate eternal life. And follow through with it. Take steps to help your faith grow. It has definitely been a process for me…and it’s ongoing, no doubt.
THIS is God’s grace - to the fullest extent.
One of the reasons I believe we lost our sweet daughter is so that I could share this message with you; this message of God's grace, giving us salvation - eternal life. SO PLEASE HEAR HIS MESSAGE, PRAY TO GOD, & ACCEPT HIM!! Then share your news with others, with me; I would LOVE to hear it; come talk to me…this would bless me more than you could ever imagine!!
You sharing this with me would honestly bless me similarly to how the news I am about to share has blessed us; I seriously don’t know which would be a bigger blessing!! Both HUGE blessings. We have begun to share with others our news. We are expecting baby #4 - due Valentine’s Day 2016. :) Josh, the girls, and I are so excited…thrilled beyond belief. This is a huge blessing for us. I really don’t understand God’s plan or God’s timing with our lives since our lives dramatically changed over a year ago. Some things I look at as battles, some things blessings. I likely will never understand any of it, but I will do the best I can - with much assistance from God - with all the battles, and I will receive the blessings - always trying to remember they are extremely precious gifts from God - that I don’t deserve. And either way, I will always be able to lavish in God’s peace, which has helped me tremendously these past several months.
So I have shared with you. If you are feeling prompted to accept Him, this is His Holy Spirit. Don’t ignore it! Pray to God. Tell Him your ABC’s; I know I have mentioned this before, but I am doing it again; this is how important it is to me. Admit you are a sinner. Tell God you Believe in His Son Jesus. Confess your need for Him as your Savior. The ABC’s. And then share. You don’t have to. This is not a requirement for your salvation. I would just LOVE to hear. It would make my heart beyond full. Like I said before, a huge blessing. I love you, & God does too! :)