Thursday, October 29, 2009

“New Life”

2 Cor. 5:17
“This means that anyone who belongs to Christ has become a new person. The old life is gone; a new life has begun!”

My Mom came for a visit during the month of June. We had a good time just simply hanging out and playing with the kids. One thing I’ve always noticed about her is that she likes to leave things behind before she leaves. She’ll either bring some trinkets she’s picked up for the kids, or start a project with me, etc. She’s very persuasive, and seems to convince me every time that I need to have or do what she is suggesting! For example, during one of her last visits she decided I needed to re-pot a plant I had neglected, and decided that this plant needed a friend. She surprised me with a bigger pot for the poor little guy and a new friend for him. How sweet! She loves plants, and has her very own...
Tropical Rain Forest!

Back to the June visit…

She rescued an avocado seed I was throwing out, and showed me how to plant it. Well, you don’t actually plant it right away….let me show you….

This is a little “project” we did when she came. I told you she’s always leaving something behind. I guess she plants seeds in a way! Thanks, Momma!!! This picture was taken a good while after she left. The kids and I decided to “plant” another one. I was excited and had almost given up and thrown the seeds out when I noticed a little sprout coming out of the bottom. Roots had started to grow! Yay!!! It took forever. From June until September to sprout roots…whew!!! They grew and grew….and….here they are now…

I moved them into something bigger so the roots could have more room to grow. They’re nice and comfy now! I recently gave their old homes away. Now they have two new friends….

Wow…this is fun! The kids have enjoyed watching them grow, though it’s been a long process.

Our avocados have received a new life through these seeds. Kind of neat, huh?!! As I pondered all of this, and I’ve watched these little seeds sprout and grow, I thought about all the changes that are taking place in our lives. In Christ, we shed our old lives, and we begin a new life. 2 Cor. 5:17 Just like my little avocado friends, we’re able to put away our old nature/old self, and become like Christ…we have a NEW LIFE!!! I also like the Amplified’s version:

“Therefore if any person is [ingrafted] in Christ (the Messiah) he is a new creation (a new creature altogether); the old [previous moral and spiritual condition] has passed away. Behold, the fresh and new has come!”

We’ve been on a wonderful journey recently. My husband separated from the military and had to depend on God to provide a job for him. There are so many details that I’m skipping over, (maybe I’ll do a separate entry sometime about this!) but it was much harder…and longer than we had originally anticipated. However, God is faithful and we felt His leading even through some difficult and doubtful times. I am so thankful for this time, because it produced much fruit in our lives. I am jumping up and down for joy on the inside, but it’s so hard to put into words what God has done…and is doing! (I really need a whole separate post about this job thing!)  :)

I have seen some major changes in my husband in particular. Throughout the whole ordeal of waiting for a job and depending on God to come through, he was so very, very patient and full of faith. I was so proud!!! Don’t get me wrong we both had a couple of days that were disappointing, and we were down and doubting, but for the most part…yes, I said “most”….he was trusting in and believing for God to provide and work everything out! Amen!!! This waiting on God and patience has actually produced more of the fruit of patience in his life. I have seen and am seeing a more patient man in all areas of his life. Again, I am jumping for joy on the inside, rejoicing at what God has done! There is something different about him. He’s always been a great man, great husband, great father, etc…but something’s different. God has been at work! It reminds me again of my little avocado seeds. There was something going on inside those seeds though I didn’t yet see anything. It took awhile, but eventually I saw the promise of an avocado tree through the roots, then the little shoot at the top. Had I given up too soon when I didn’t see anything happening and thrown it out, I would’ve missed out. So be patient!!! Even though we can’t always see what God is doing, He’s always at work! This is one of my favorite verses and a dear promise I’ve kept in my heart for my loved ones.

Philippians 2:13 “For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases him.”

And a-working God has been!!! Sunday during church, my husband whispered in my ear that he felt we needed to increase our monthly giving. Wow!!! Again, I am so proud of his faith. My pastor always talks of giving as being “an indicator of your heart’s openness to God.” God has definitely been giving him a heart that is more open! My heart leapt for joy when he told me this!!! And…last night (well, it’s after midnight…so Wednesday night), he came in and read Garrison’s devotion. There are so many other changes in him and in our lives that I could praise God for, but it’s these subtle small changes that my heart is really taking delight in. I praise God for His faithfulness in my life each and every day for the things I see…and the things I don’t see and fail to appreciate. I have a body, with breath, and a family who loves me, a husband and children to delight in, a home, vehicles to get us around, a wonderful church home, the privilege of being a stay-at-home mom (whom her husband would not have it any other way and fully supports her to continue), did I mention a roof over my head?...healthy children, and the list goes on……Praise God!!!

Ephesians 3:20
“Now all glory to God, who is able, through his mighty power at work within us, to accomplish infinitely more than we might ask or think."

You know, we actually have to remember that the seed alone is a promise. These little avocado seeds are the promise of a tree. Does that make sense? The seed not only holds the promise within…it is the promise! Another dear promise:

Philippians 1:6
“And I am certain that God, who began the good work within you, will continue his work until it is finally finished on the day when Christ Jesus returns.”

Speaking of promises….


I saw this wonderful promise above my little home recently and was taken aback at such a beautiful sight!!! My camera does not do it justice. (Sorry, I'm not the best photograher either!) I saw a perfectly formed rainbow over my house. Not kidding…we walked up the street and down it a bit just to see, and it was directly over our house! What an amazing sight! Here’s what happened:

The kids and I got all ready with shoes and such, and we were going to take a little walk to collect some leaves for a project Abri had for school. We were headed to the cul-de-sac at the end of our street. There aren’t any houses built there yet, but behind it there are lots of big trees. Right as we walked out the door it started to sprinkle. It was one of those rare days where it is was raining, but the sun was out. Pretty neat! Kind of strange though because I don’t think I’ve ever seen this, but the rain looked like mist coming down. Very odd, but very beautiful. The kids were amazed at this…as was I! We waited it out for a few minutes and made a couple more attempts, each time ending up in the garage to wait it out again. We finally got to take the walk and upon our return to the house, we were greeted by this lovely rainbow! This was one of those times where I felt like this wasn’t just something to ignore. God really got my attention. It was like he was smiling on down on us! We were actually going through one of the toughest times in my husband’s job search as it was really getting down to the wire. He NEEDED a job! A rainbow represents a promise. Remember the story of Noah and the Ark? Well, God promised to never destroy the earth with a flood again and set the rainbow in the sky as a promise to all generations. During this “stormy” time in our life, it was almost as if God was reminding me that just as He has been faithful for all these generations, that He remembers His promises. He has not forgotten about us! My heart smiled and I savored this precious moment. In that moment I pondered all that God has done for us and in our lives. I knew everything was coming together and that all was well! It was a beautiful moment. I felt such a wonderful peace in my heart. The kids were amazed as it seemed to grow brighter and more visible by the second. This was the most visible rainbow I’ve ever seen in my life! God is faithful and He is very present in our lives!

Psalm 20:1a &4

“In times of trouble, may the LORD answer your cry. May he grant your heart’s desires and make all your plans succeed.”

Here’s a little video footage I got with my camera…Enjoy!!!
Nevermind that! I couldn’t quite figure it out. I wish I could share…perhaps another time!

Lots of Love,

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