Happy Sunday! I know I shouldn’t say this, but I am so glad this week is over and a new week is about to begin! I feel so behind after having those nagging migraines and I am slowly digging myself out of the chaos and back to order. I think by Tuesday I will be all caught up and back on my schedule, now to edit pictures and make graphics! From some of your comments, I am not alone with work and housework piling up – I feel your pain!!
For the past year or so, Barry and I have been bouncing around the idea of buying a bigger home (since the kids seem to stay…SIGH!), so we have started the “looking” process. I’m not even sure if I would rather move or build on, but one way or another we definitely have to have more room. We were out looking at a few properties Friday afternoon and decided to run by one of Barry’s coworker’s house. He just retired from the magistrate’s office and had been diagnosed with cancer a while back. He had not been doing very well and we knew it was just a matter of time, so we stopped in to see him and his wife.
Barry got to see him and pray with him, but he was sleeping the entire time, but it made Barry feel better. Later that night we got the call that he had passed on. Needless to say, we are very saddened by this. Then on Saturday morning, I was reading on Facebook where a long time friend of mine had passed away with cancer. His was very quick after being diagnosed and he left behind a wife and two boys. I have seen death quite a bit in my lifetime just in my immediate family, but hearing of friends passing and seeing your friends pass like this never gets easier.
John 14:6 – Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
I said all this because, after our visit with Barry’s friend, I asked Barry pointedly if he had spoken to him about salvation. Barry is not as outgoing as I am in talking about faith, so sometimes me asking questions like that makes him uncomfortable. Barry told me that his friend was “good” and he didn’t really want to discuss it anymore. I then mentioned that we as servants of the Lord have a duty, especially to our friends and family members to ensure they are ready to pass from this life to the next in times like this.
Romans 1:16 – For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to every one that believeth; to the Jew first, and also to the Greek.
I know we should share salvation and what Jesus did at the Cross, and it can make for an awkward situation at times. But I would rather “know that I know, that I know” someone is ready to meet Jesus versus not knowing for sure.
We live in a world where many think that being good and believing there is a God will get you into heaven. That is not what the Bible teaches us, we must first be saved and confess that we are saved. We can’t say I believe in God but then live in a worldly manner. We must, in this day and time seek God, read the Bible, pray nonstop and be bold in the Lord. Sometimes this is hard to do, it’s hard to squeeze prayer and alone time in. But it is something we must find time to do and make it a priority, not only for ourselves but for our children, spouses, family members, friends, and acquaintances.
I find that I do better when I work from home, I can focus on my family, the Lord and still spread the joy of the Lord and what salvation has done for me. Not everyone has this opportunity and we have to work outside the home. I think back on my life when I was working outside the home and wonder just what kind of an impact I had on anyone when it comes to my faith. I have never been pushy, but I tried to be an example and failed miserably many times. MANY TIMES! Many times I failed ladies! And I knew I was failing and would start new the next day.
After this weekend, I have decided that I want to be a better example of what a Christian woman really is. Every day we should strive to be better and I know it is SO hard because life keeps kicking us (rather the devil keeps attacking us) and we get focused on the small things in life. Things that may not matter a month from now, so I want to try and focus on the here and now. Worry about the things I can change and not focus on things I can’t change. Lead by example to my family, to my children and my husband especially. I know that I am more spiritually minded than any of them and my focus should be on the life I am living in front of them. The life I live in front of thousands on Facebook and other Social Media Outlets, because I know if I put God first everything will be fine and work out for my good. I know that if God be for me, who can be against me?
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