Jesus Christ, Prince of Peace

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For a child has been born for us,

   a son given to us;

Government rests upon his shoulders;

   and he is named

Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God,

   Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.

His government shall grow continually,

   and there shall be endless peace

for the throne of David and his kingdom

He will establish and uphold it with justice and with righteousness

   from this time onwards and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this. Isaiah 9:6-7

This week at work seems to be crazier than the week before Thanksgiving, so I slacked on yesterday’s Advent post. However, the readings in my study are absolutely wonderful. Yesterday’s reading was Micah 5:2-5, and today’s is Isaiah 9:6-7. Both scriptures bring forth the idea of peace through the reign of our everlasting king, Jesus Christ.

I love how the authors prophesy about the coming of Christ in, both, their time, as well as the future. With the rising tensions of political power today, the world, desperately, needs something to hold onto and hope for. Both of the above scriptures are a reminder that we are, still, in waiting for our Beloved King.

I can’t remember a time where I was allowed the luxury of feeling peaceful. I sought for it, but, never, had I truly understood what it would feel like to just be in the moment without some kind of anxiety for the future.

As I studied these two scriptures, I realized that, even if life on earth felt “easy” and peaceful, it would be a false sense of security. We are not given the right to eternity on earth. We gave that away in the very beginning. We do not own these homes, cars, and families like we think we do. These are earthly gifts that do not follow us at the end of our journey. So what, exactly, is the point?

The point is to learn how to love unconditionally in the meantime. The point is to learn how to rest in faith while we wait for our Father.. or as Isaiah says it, “Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace,” to come rescue us from the mess we have gotten ourselves into through sin.

I am struggling with the idea of patience and unconditional love right now. As a mother of boys, adolescence can be somewhat brutal. My household has been in the midst of middle school madness for 2 years now and, boy, is this momma tired.

When it seems that life has finally settled down and I can finally enjoy that unfamiliar peace, my 12 year old decides to wreak havoc on our 7th grade year, as if 6th grade wasn’t difficult enough! He has gotten his self in quite the messes here lately and I can’t seem to catch a break from the phone calls from his teachers or emails from other parents.

After 9 days straight of working, and a heartbreaking phone call from my son’s teacher, all I could do was sink myself into bed, last night, and cry myself to sleep. I am a mom who exhausts the idea of teaching life lessons around every corner. I believe in consequences and discipline. I raise my son in church. I teach him about respect and manners… and, yet, he leaves my hands each day, goes out into his world, and turns into something so out of character in the way he is brought up. The dude is practically on house arrest with no contact to the outside world, at the moment, so I am running out of discipline options, here.

Then, I sit down and read the words of Isaiah this morning. I am reminded that I don’t have to live in fear for Grayson’s future. For whatever reason, his journey through middle school needs to be a hard one. I am not the author of his life. I am only fortunate enough to play a supporting role. I have got to stop battling with my own insecurities over the situation. You see, just because it feels like other’s cannot see how wonderful our children are, doesn’t mean they aren’t destined for a promising future. I mean, some people even thought Jesus was a troublemaker… right??

I don’t want to justify Grayson’s actions. I just want to learn how to love him through his bad decisions, even when they effect my own inner peace. Just as God does for me.

Through my advent study this morning, I was reminded that Jesus Christ is the only Prince of Peace and I need to rest in Him during these trying times with my son. It is only in His name that we find security and stability. Before He was ever born, His name was mighty. I have got to learn to trust God’s plan for my son and remain steadfast in the way I raise him, regardless how painful.

If only they came with instructions.

Lord, bless our future generations and all that they are exposed to. Let the evil in the world fall off of their shoulders and bring them closer to your protection. In your name, I pray. Amen.

Sweet child, live free.

Love, D

Advent: A Lesson in the Importance of Bible Study

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14 So the LORD God said to the serpent, “Because you have done this, “Cursed are you above all livestock and all wild animals! You will crawl on your belly and you will eat dust all the days of your life. 15 And I will put enmity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers; he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel.”
Genesis 3:14-15 NIV

 

Lately, I have been trying my hand at Bible interpretation. I read a verse from my Bible, then, compare my interpretation to multiple commentaries to examine its theological context in all its glory. Since the beginning of this practice, I have become more and more astounded at how I misinterpret the text, which inspires me to dig deeper with every verse of scripture I study. It’s a wonder why it takes so long to read..I say this with a happy spirit! It’s a plethora of knowledge. From the very first sip, my thirst has tripled!

I am beginning an Advent Bible study this week. I wanted to document the experience and share what I have learned on each day. It is intended to be my way of living the anticipation of Jesus’ birth just like the apostles did in The Old Testament. My biggest desire right now is to learn how to love with compassion, forgiveness, and humility, just like Jesus. So, I decided to take a walk with Him this Christmas season.

I started today off with the above scripture. I used a different study method this morning. Since I am using Love God Greatly’s 2016 Advent study, God With Us, I tried my hand at their acclaimed SOAP study method. The idea of this method is to write the scripture out, make your observation, discuss life application of that scripture, and, then, pray over that lesson. I must say, I really enjoyed it!

I got super excited, though, after comparing my observation to the commentary of my Women’s Evangelical Commentary of The Old Testament. So much so, that I ran into the kitchen to begin writing this blog post and found myself in a discussion about this scripture with my, bright, 12 year old son, Grayson, over breakfast. I read it to him and asked him to tell me his interpretation of the verse. Much to my surprise, he interpreted it similar to its commentary.

We had, recently, watched an incredible  interpretation of the Book of Genesis by Tim Mackie with The Bible Project. (If you have not experienced this caricature inspired commentary, I suggest running to your Bible app and doing so immediately!) It connects the dots in ways that I have never seen, and Grayson subconsciously matched this verse to the video interpretation, without the video stating the exact verse. I was so impressed!

My “aha!” moment came in verse 15, “I will put emnity between you and the woman, and between your offspring and hers.” I know this sounds so amateur, but I was, first, visualizing the hatching of a snakes egg. Then, it settled on my heart when I realized a modern distinction to this verse. Think of all the Biblical referencing that is being stripped from our society in this day and age. I thought, what if satan’s offspring could very well be a prophecy of the animosity between believers and nonbelievers?

I don’t know about you guys, but I notice the eye rolls and snickers when I passionately speak of my faith. Matter of fact, I have a friend who is nipping at the bit to sit down with me to discredit the Bible. Doesn’t that sound similar to what God predicted? I love him dearly and I would never put him down for his lack of faith, because I don’t have to. I can love him as is, just where he is. The reason is because I am so happily solid in my faith and in what I have found in the arms of God. I don’t want anyone taking that away from me, because, frankly, I choose to live in hope that the life I am working towards is so much greater than anything I have experienced here on earth. I live in hope and I genuinely want to be a living testimony to His grace and mercy.

The second lesson for me was when God issued Satan’s punishment, I couldn’t distinguish who He was talking about with the use of the pronouns, she, then he. My observation was simply that when a believer’s faith is weak, Satan will be “nipping at their heel.” When, in all actuality, God was speaking of Jesus’ coming.When He says, “he will crush your head, and you will strike his heel,”  He is actually pronouncing, as Tim Mackie puts it in his commentary, the prophecy of the wounded victor, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Guys.. this is why I am so on fire with studying the Bible! It is so much more than what we see when we sit down to read it for the first time! The Lord blessed my life the day I started attending women’s conferences and, then, again when I started seminary two months ago. The Word is not a topical book. It is a beautiful study of multiple genre’s of literature all wrapped up in one amazing book about the ultimate Creator of our lives. It is not to be read. It is to be lived.

I hope this study rests on your hearts and I encourage you all to share with me what you are reading during this season! You can go to my Facebook page (link at the bottom of the page) and start a discussion. I would be delighted to participate!!

Facebook Link: Advent: A Lesson in the Importance of Bible Study

Sweet child, live free

Love, D

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Aquilla and Priscilla: Everything is Better When Working Together

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Don’t you ladies hate when you get home from work to see that your husband didnt go to the grocery store like you asked? When asked why, his response, “I thought I would wait for you.” I immediately kick back with, “REALLY?!?!? I have been working all day! You couldn’t do this one thing??? SERIOUSLY??”  Now, let me say this, I don’t want to sound like I am complaining about my husband nor do I want to sound boastful, but I am very fortunate to have a husband who cooks, cleans, and keeps me organized. I have actually admired him from around the corner while he sets my sons clothes out for school the next day. I, like most women, get caught up in those selfish moments when I forget that maybe my husband just wants to run a household errand with me. Why is it so easy to jump to a negative assumption about their intentions when we have no idea what they are thinking? I don’t know about you ladies, but it’s hard enough trying to examine what my own emotional female brain is thinking, much less his male brain.

Over Thanksgiving break, while my husband was at work and my son was visiting family, I hosted a “home retreat” for myself. I wanted to start doing an in depth study of the book of Romans and get some writing done without distractions. So, I brought all of my electronics, especially my phone, to my friend across town, and left them with her for 3 days. During my study, I learned about a couple, Aquilla and Priscilla, who worked with Paul. The more I learned about them in their character profiles through my study bible, I had so many “Aha!” moments regarding my own relationship and how appreciative I need be!

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Isn’t it horrible how quick we can stop appreciating the things that we once begged for?? 

My Life Application Study Bible (you can find the information below) mentions how Aquilla and Priscilla were never mentioned seperately from each otherThis couple apparently did everything together, especially in reference to the pursuit of spiritual education. To me, they sounded like the biblical example of the perfect couple! My flawed envious spirit momentarily wanted exactly what they had. Then, all of a sudden, I couldn’t help but snicker, because I had forgotten to appreciate the gift in something as simple as a grocery run with my husband. The sad part….as I thought about how selfish I can be sometimes, I was reminded of a lonely time in my life where I cried myself to sleep and prayed that God would send someone to me to do things, like grocery shop, with. Isn’t it horrible how quick we can stop appreciating the things that we once begged for?? 

There have been times where I have gotten caught up in complaining because my husband and I are SO different. I am a free spirited social butterfly and he is a calculated and logical introvert. I love to hike and camp in the wilderness, and he likes the idea of resorts and fine dining. His ideas of a perfect vacation include walking and shopping while mine include making mango salsa in a jungalow without makeup and clothes. I remember how boring life felt when we were a year into our relationship. It hit me that we, seriously, had nothing in common. At the time, it was easy to forget what had attracted me to him in the first place, which was his level of responsibility, not his likeness to go tent camping for a week. Granted, if I were to ask God which of these qualities are more important in a significant other, I would bet He’d say, “Girl, my standards for you is a man of responsibility and character.” 

The part about Aquilla and Priscilla that I loved the most is that they used their own home for evangelism. They didn’t set out to eagerly build an empire like modern day couples do. They made their income as tentmakers but built their lives around ministry together. They didn’t need lavish lifestyles to prove the competency of their ministry. How amazing and peaceful does this sound? 

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I lost track of my family, my self and God along the way….all in the name of “success.” 

When the idea of their simple, Christ led life sat on my heart, I sighed. 3 years ago, I opened a hair salon with the hopes that business would explode and I would, finally, be successful in my industry. I named it, L’eau De Vie Salone, which means “Water of life.” Not long after I came up with its name, I attended a women’s conference, where I was, first, saved. It was there that I read John 4:14, “but whoever drinks of the water that I will give him shall never thirst; but the water that I will give him will become in him a well of water springing up to eternal life.”  From that moment on, I said that my busines will be a place where we will work with a servant’s heart. My water, I thought, would be serving others in His name.

My business grew faster than I could keep up with as a one person business owner. I got so overwhelmed that it bacame impossible to stay grounded. I stopped going to church. I lost the meaning of the word, “no.” I put my family, especially my son, on the backburner to slave over the approval of the public so that people would want to return. It didn’t feel like success. It felt selfish and vain. And with the rise of the term, “selfie,” I began to feel less like a person who enjoyed serving others and more like a disposable means to shallow. The more people demanded perfection from me, the more resentful I became, and the less energy and love I had available to work with a servants heart. I lost my family, my self and God along the way.. all in the name of “success.” Have you ever met a person like that? They aren’t fun to be around. The interesting thing about being saved, is that now I can look back on my life and pinpoint every single time God has brought me back to His reach. Just like a shephard does when one sheep out of the 100  strays…. He leaves the 99 to retrieve it!

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I was completely unaware that I would find myself and God in that dirt.

As I sit here thinking about the ministry work done through Aquilla and Priscilla’s home, I look out the bay window of my dining room into my back yard where I see the garden that saved my soul. It is the place where I spent months, barefooted, tilling and preparing soil for seeds that would eventually blossom into the most beautiful variety of flowers and colors. I was completely unaware that I would find myself and God in that dirt. Yet, here we are, almost 2 years later, and every plant planted, with the exception of one stubborn spot, has bloomed. Today, sitting a few yards away from that garden, is a canary yellow shed with white trim and a soft blue door, and windows on every wall that will soon be the Secret Garden Bungalow where I can finally lay my worries to rest and devote my life to a more Christ centered work with an unwavering servant’s heart.

The moral of this story is that we can learn a lot from Aquilla and Priscilla. As my bible reminded me, “God does not want us to focus on what is happening between a husband and wife, but what is being achieved through them.” He does not want us to put focus on the material contents of our homes together, as much as how we use our home to glorify Him. He does not expect every couple to become church leaders, but to grow in their spiritual education together, which will result in a deeper level of intimacy. So, ladies, maybe it begins with late night grocery store runs after work. Let’s use that time to build a very important part of God’s kingdom, instead of beating our husband’s up over it. Let’s invest in our lives, at home first, with our husband’s to become living testimonies of God’s power in us! 

Dear Heavenly Father,

I thank you for trusting Jacques as the leader of our home. I am forever grateful for his kind heart and willingness to follow in Your example. I thank you for our home, which I will now use to serve Your name. I ask that you remove all my selfish tendencies so that I have ample opportunity to grow in my faith with my husband by serving on Your behalf.

In your name I pray. Amen.

***P.S. The study bible that I use regularly is the New Living Translation Life Application Sudy Bible by Tyndale House Publishers. It is absolutely amazing!

Sweet child, live free.

Love, D

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New Direction

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Hey guys! I know you’re probably all wondering why the name has changed. I have recently decided to re-brand “Get Real with D” to make it less about me and more about God’s work! Thank you all for the patience while in this transition and things begin to look a little different on this site! We will now be operating under Women of the Wilderness Ministries. We hope you all enjoy the new brand!

Always In Him

-DeLayne

Intentional Love: Measuring Intention Through My Responses

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“Take the time to discover your real intention before you act. If it is to change someone or the world so that you will feel safe or better about yourself, don’t act on it, because it is an intention of fear and can create only painful consequences”  Gary Zukav

It was 5 o’clock on a brisk morning. I woke early to gather my thoughts for a meeting I was soon to have. I said a prayer to ask God for the right, firm words.  These words needed to set boundaries and rules. These words needed to remind others that I was the boss and communicate how I would not be made to feel like I was a guest in my own business. A dear friend texted me the above quote 15 minutes before my 11 o’clock meeting. My prayers were answered, alright. Just not in the way I was demanding. Just as my ego was about to take the front seat, God swooped in and gave me the right words to say that morning. His right words. You see, He knew I was about to respond from fear driven intentions when my heart was longing to respond in love to create harmony.

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…my deeds had not been done with the right intentions, because if they had, I would not be using them for ransom to protect myself 

I crumbled up the laundry list of “I did this and that for you’s!” and the “How can you treat me this way after all I have done’s?” The minute I read the above words, I threw the papers out of my hand like I had just realized they were a sack of burning coals. That quote revealed that my deeds had not been done with the right intentions, because if they had, I would not be using them for ransom to protect myself from getting any more uncomfortable with the situation we were all in.

My heart was saddened for a minute because my desire was not to push anyone away with a “you owe me” attitude, but reconnect and restore what seemed to be lost in translation over the last few weeks. Had that text come 15 minutes later, I would have said some things that I would’ve regretted for a very long time. Isn’t God amazing??? When we have given ourselves over to Him completely, He swoops in to save us at the perfect time. 

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Our God is a God who saves; from the Sovereign LORD comes escape from death. Psalm 68:20

This situation made me wonder how many times I have acted out of fear and suffered consequences for having intentions that I didn’t truly have. The flawed human heart in me began to get a little embarrassed of the possible scenarios where I acted under fearful intentions. That’s were God’s unwavering love rescues again to remind me that I am not a slave to my old ways anymore. He gave me the gift of growth that day by providing me a real, live example of what fear based intentions look like. 

As cliché as it may sound, lately, I have been trying something a little different with my husband. When I get the urge to get sassy with him (and ladies we all know what sassy looks like) I have began to ask myself “What would Jesus do?” I not only think of that particular phrase, but I literally try to vision myself as a bystander watching him humbly walk through crowds bowing low as if He was a mere peasant and not the Son of God. When I do this, I instantly feel a peace come over me and my demeanor changes. Once I realized my responses were not matching my intentions, I remembered that I can use this question to measure my intentions in future situations like this one. 

I have learned not to expect perfection in my season of healing, but to keep my heart open to accept the lessons God gives me to grow closer to Him in my ways.

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I want to learn how to forgive every situation as Jesus forgives

I recently told my husband that I want to learn how to love like Jesus. When I am angry and upset, I want to learn how to forgive every situation as Jesus forgives. So we made a deal. Every time I seem to get upset, I asked that he say to me, “I need you to love me like Jesus would right now.” We haven’t had the opportunity to use this yet (which must mean we are still in honeymoon phase♥), but I am curious to see how well it works!

If any of you get the opportunity to use it, please let me know! I would love to hear back from you!!

Dear Heavenly Father,

We ask that you guide our intentions, Lord, so they may come from a place of love. We ask that you forgive past transgressions made out of fearful intention. We ask that you guide our future endeavors, Lord, so that we may always know and live in the image of Your Son, Jesus Christ.

In your name we pray. Amen.

Sweet child, live free.

Love, D

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From Pain to Purpose: A Lesson in God’s Healing Sovereignty

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I stood there, silent, as our pastor asked us to repeat our vows. Staring at him, I had flashbacks of what our love used to look like. It wasn’t this. It wasn’t happy. It was so hurtful.

In the beginning, he felt so empty. He wouldn’t let me in. We would enjoy small moments of closeness. Then, when it was time to take another step, he would push me away and I would fight harder to stay. For 3 years, I let his love wound me with his distance and lies. As if I needed more wounding in my life. That’s just it, though. His empty love felt like home. In a world where I had known nothing but retractable love, his emptiness validated the very thing that had been spoken over my life for the previous 35 years. It was quite obvious that broken had attracted broken.

I knew that there was this incredible, responsible guy with so much more potential than he was giving and I couldn’t find the right words to help him see what I did. I wanted to get him to church. I knew I couldn’t teach him how to be the man I was needing, but I knew the Bible could. But he wouldn’t go and all I knew to do was the very same thing I had done my whole life…. fight. It was the only thing I was good at in relationships. My words had been formed as weapons at a very early age and I was very talented at aiming them below the belt.

 Better to live on a corner of the roof than share a house with a quarrelsome wife. Proverbs 21:9, NIV

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Life was gloomy. We fought constantly. As time passed, our fights became more intense and violent. Our life together was a war zone. We would break up and get back together as often as most people changed clothes. 

His demons were those that most women wouldn’t accept, which I did for 3 years. My demons were the reason most people had walked out of my life, and he hadn’t. So, we held on to fighting for a love that neither of us knew how to give.

I remember coming to the realization things would never change. My spirit was so broken and he had surrendered to a whole new level of deceit. I knew, at this point,  the best thing I could do for myself was cut my losses, evaluate my part in our madness, and begin fixing the woman within.

Next thing I knew, I was standing in front of him with teary eyes telling him, “I have given you everything that I have. I have tried to prove to you that I was worth investing your life in. From ripping my heart open to opening a business to prove my worth to you, I have tried it all. My heart is so exhausted. I am hurting and I need to heal. I can’t be here while I do that. Loving you hurts me and if I am going to do this life alone, I am going to be alone while I do it.”

Drive out the mocker, and out goes strife;
    quarrels and insults are ended. Proverbs 22:10, NIV

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In the blink of an eye my life flipped upside down. As I have mentioned multiple times in previous posts, this is when I fell homeless, sleeping in my office for Thanksgiving, working day in and out in my salon and remodeling my fixer upper camper. During this madness, I agreed to see him here and there, but my heart wasn’t completely focused on him, anymore. It was focused on therapy and God’s plan. Although, I must admit that I was utterly exhausted at the time, so my heart barely knew it was beating all. I still loved him, but the busyness of healing made it easier to shut him out when I couldn’t see the changes in him that God was making inside of me.  

This was equally the most beautiful and brutal time of my life. 

I am not sure what his days were like during that season, but I could imagine pretty quiet. For 3 years he had lived with the constant noise of my son and I. Then, all of a sudden he had nothing but the sound of his own silence. I couldn’t imagine that would be an easy transition. Relaxing, at times, I am sure, but not necessarily the family environment that he had gotten so used to. Every now and again I’ll ask him and all he says is, “I just missed you.”

By wisdom a house is built,
    and through understanding it is established;
through knowledge its rooms are filled
    with rare and beautiful treasures. Proverbs 24:3-4

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The day came when I, finally, finished the building process. A season of content and finding out who DeLayne really was, was upon me. It was a season where I wrote… a lot. This writing began with speeches, then quickly transpired into a blog… this blog to be exact. 

While all these newfound aspirations and hobbies began to take hold, I felt a sense of ending when I thought of him. I wasn’t wondering what he was doing anymore. I wasn’t missing him. Matter of fact, when I thought of us, I couldn’t understand why I fought so hard to stay.

Just as I was getting over him, I met someone who would, ultimately, change my life forever… but for reasons I could never expect. This was the moment that God changed my husband’s heart.

In the same way husbands should love their wives as their own bodies. He who loves his wife loves himself.”

Ephesians 5:28, ESV

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This is the day he finally finally showed up. Just as life was moving on, he called me with the words I had been waiting so long to hear. “I didn’t know that’s how it was supposed to be.  I treated you so wrong for 3 years and you never left me for dead. If you need to date him, date him, but you didn’t leave me for dead, so I will not leave you. I will still be here.” That’s the day I first noticed God’s work in his heart.

A week later, after the heartbreaking reality of my situation had settled, my soon to be husband was there with a message from the Bible to pick up the pieces. That moment changed the dynamics of our lives together forever. This message brought him closer to God and brought us together in ways that only God could achieve. 

Since then, peace and forgiveness has spread through my life like a wildfire. I have watched the miracle of God’s mercy bless our relationship in ways I could have never expected. I see the unfolding of our story with a whole new understanding. 

He will wipe every tear from their eyes. There will be no more death
or mourning or crying or pain, for the old order of things has passed away.

Revelation 21:4, NIV

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You see, we were brought together with empty toolbox’s. We, both, come from broken families. We didn’t know how to love one another as God wants a husband and wife to love one another. We were irresponsible with each others love and didn’t know how to work things out together. So, as parents do when their children cannot stop fighting, He separated us. God had to take us out of the situation so that He could work on us individually. He had to bring both of us to our knees, begging for mercy, so that we no longer leaned on each other for guidance, but on Him, our creator. We were unarmed until the day God took His place in our relationship. 

I imagine more storms will come. Frankly, I look forward to them, because the way that my husband looked at me the day we were married told me that I have nothing left to fight for, except my love for God. I can rest assured that we will handle whatever is to come with grace and endurance through faith, and faith alone. I would do it a hundred times over if I knew we would land right where we are today. 

The work that we put in means nothing without the love of our Lord, Jesus Christ. He is the true hero in our story. This healing would be completely meaningless without God’s ever flowing mercy. 

The critics can say all they want to say… but I am 100% certain that God blessed our journey on that incredible day. His presence in this world is so evident and our love is a living testimony to it!

“Haven’t you read,” he replied, “that at the beginning the Creator ‘made them male and female,’ 
and said, ‘For this reason a man will leave his father and mother and be united to his wife, and the two will become one flesh’? 
So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate.” Mathew 19:4-6

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Thank you, Lord, for blessing our lives with the trials of the last 4 years. It is because of these hardships that I was able to heal the most broken parts of my being. It is because of these obstacles that my husband is such an incredible man today. I am forever thankful for Your mercy and the journey we get to walk with You tomorrow and always. Please let the words of our story touch someone’s life today, Lord. So that they may find peace in their battle. Your name will forever be alive in our home.

Sweet child, live free.

Love, D

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Seasonal Bloom

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For every season there is a reason. How often do we hear these words? How often do we evaluate the season we are in rather than the weight of opportunity?

I’m a pro at forgetting to look at the big picture. I walked through this life holding on to anger for the things I had no control. I often wondered, “Why me?” The question I should’ve been asking… “Why NOT me?!?”

As I journeyed through truth and healing this year, I watched my life bloom in unexpected ways. This gave me perspective on a much larger scale.

“Why NOT me?!?”

I realized that we all go through the same evolution in life. We just experience each stage at different times and with different degrees of severity. Each transformation builds self awareness specifically for our unique purpose on this earth.

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What a blessing it is to have the privilege to bloom in the most unexpected places!

When life seems to be throwing curveballs left and right with no end in sight, try shifting  your view. Ask the universe to provide the bigger picture to see the season for what it is… The chance to bloom for your grand purpose.

Sweet child be free.

Love, D

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via Daily Prompt: Blossom