Monday, May 23, 2011

Every Good and Perfect Gift is From Above

James 1:17
good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.

At a time in my life when my whole world was crashing in around me, the Lord ... in His great, tender mercy ... blessed me with the gift of my first son. It was during that season in my life that God took me from knowing "about" Him .... to KNOWING HIM. I learned that no matter what happened in my life ... no matter what others did to me ... no matter what circumstances I faced ... that I had a Heavenly Father who LOVED me. I had a Father who KNEW me so intimately and CARED for me so deeply. I discovered that I would NEVER walk alone, even if the journey I was on was a difficult one.

Little did I know that the gift of my first born was only the beginning. God had so much to bless me with. I was so undeserving, yet He poured out so much blessing on my life. He brought people into my life to help me grow. He revealed His Word to me and filled my mind with truth.

Has life with Him been perfect? Absolutely NOT! Yet it has been RICH and full of abounding JOY and HEALING. The Christian walk is not to be without trials and tribulations. It's during those times we often come most intimately acquainted with our Father. And I can tell you ... that no matter what you walk through, He promises to walk beside you.

My firstborn turns 18 tomorrow. He has been an absolute JOY to me. I wrote about him HERE at "Seasons Change".

He made it in to that Bible college I wrote about last fall. In two weeks he graduates. He'll be leaving the nest soon. He's ready.

I'll never get over the incredible GIFT he has been to me. I'll never forget the nurse coming in to tell me I wasn't suffering from "nerves", because of my life circumstances. I'll never question God's ability to provide.

What about you? Are you walking through a dark time? Are you consumed with life's circumstances? Do you know the difference between knowing "about" God and KNOWING the Father?

We've all messed up and fallen short of the glory of God. Perfection is not what allows you to have fellowship with the Lord. Following a list of "right and wrongs" is not the way to heaven.

As thankful as I am for my firstborn son and the AMAZING gift he has been to me ..... even more so am I thankful for the GIFT of LIFE the Lord has given to me. Eternal life. When the cares of this world weigh me down I am reminded that this is not my eternal home. There is so much more that I eagerly wait for. But, until that day I want to do all I can to be faithful to Him here.

Romans 6:23
For the wages of sin is death, but the free gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.

1 comment:

  1. That's beautiful! Thank you for sharing your story and highlighting God's kindness. I very much enjoyed visiting with you a bit this weekend.