Tuesday, February 22, 2011

With Spring Comes Changes


"So okay, I know it's not Spring yet but, why not?"
My Husband and I are thinking about doing some gardening today in our front yard! the weather is looking really nice and all so we just thought why not! It needs some SERIOUS maintenance! But, that's taken care of, my Husband Jon pictured above :) Is the man for the job! He's gonna' do great! I just wanted to openly appreciate my Husband in this post.
Jon is an outstanding man of God. He is an inspiration. ever since we came back from the conference it has been like a night and day difference in our marriage! When problems arise, he better understands how to solve them. He has just been doing a wonderful job at applying all that we learned at the conference. Thank you Jonathan for being such a sweetheart...even when it's not Valentines Day! And thanks for making me feel special by calling me your, "Bride and Joy" ;) I love you! Many many changes have been going on in our marriage, good changes. More and more I can see these changes unfolding and more and more I can see how we are benefiting from them in a positive way! When I speak of changes, I mean mostly, Spiritual. God has been doing a marvelous work in our marriage all along, I guess it's just now that I am finally beginning to realize that! I can't quite explain how I feel, but I feel good! For those of you out there who know me or just like to keep up with my blogs -news news...Well...news is usually NEW lol...BUT, this is something that many of you know...Jon and I are still trying to conceive and we are continuing to feel the prayers of His' people being sent our way! We just wanted to thank all of those who are, we can't thank you enough! Well, we aren't expecting as of right now. But we have just adopted a very valuable little something called FAITH! Lol...by the grace of God, through these ups and downs of TTC, our faith has grown. Not only has it grown but it's here, with us and in us...Jesus has given us and placed inside of our hearts -what feels like the first time- this unshakable, unwavering faith! We are both so grateful for. I know some of you may be thinking...that's it? Just faith? Have you not had that all along? Well, the answer to that is yes...BUT, we just didn't know what it really meant to truly believe. We didn't...(well, I didn't)...REALLY know how to have faith, and how to put feet to my faith...and God spoke to me about how faith without works is DEAD! And so, that really helped me more fully understand how to have faith, what faith means, and how having faith and a Spirit of total surrender to God can drastically turn things around in life, for the better. I don't really know how to explain it but, all of these new and positive changes, and now the refreshing feeling I have when I choose to surrender and hand my plans over to God it's just, it's very freeing. Just, knowing that God is in total control of my life, and that He has plans to not harm me but to give me hope and a future...I find security in knowing that and in knowing He knows! :) So have faith today! Jesus hears your cry! And He understands your tears! The moment you feel like giving up on God DON'T -because if you keep going strong even if you feel like there is just no hope...that is when God will pick you up, dust you off, and will set you on a path to freedom. You will never want to go back to your old life again. God wants to KNOW you, He wants to heal you and set you free! Will you let Him do that today? Christ is always speaking to us in someway....it's not Him that is slowing us down...it is US that is slowing us down. Christ is ALWAYS there...He is not out of reach! If we just call out to Him and choose to listen to Him...He will give us what it is we are searching for. It may not always be what we want but, it is what is best for us. What we want isn't always what we need. Trust God and have faith! Dive into His holy Word, fill your self with Scriptures so that when you need them, they will be right there, written upon your heart's memory. God Bless You!

"Come near to God and he will come near to you. Wash your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you double-minded." James 4:8

"These commandments that I give you today are to be upon your hearts." Deuteronomy 6:6

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For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

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In the same way, faith by itself, if it is not accompanied by action, is dead." James 2:17

Because of Jesus,

-Tina

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