Tuesday, May 11, 2010

The Best Momma's Day!

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Hello sweet ladies,

Through out this post there will be some explanations about my life, as well what it was like this Momma's Day.

Along time ago, about 27 years, my sweetie and I went to a conference at a college near our home. It was one that we would never forget. There was a call to give your life to Christ at any cost. That you would go anywhere, at anytime at any cost. We went forward hand in hand. That was the first time in our married life that we had ever made a commitment like that. In the next twenty minutes our life would change for the rest of our life. The Lord was going to come and rearrange our home. He knew that the foundation that we had had for our first 10 years was not good. We had been praying for Him to help us. I was not the best wife. My up bringing was hard. But I thank the Lord for my upbringing. I read a book one time about our “Palace Training”. Hannah took her precious son Samuel and left him to be trained in a corrupt palace. Eli was the worst father to his sons, God used him anyway. We were going to walk a new journey with our Lord. Hand in Hand! I want to be careful as I write, but the Lord allowed a "Job experience" into our life. We were special to the Lord and He was going to show us He was faithful even in the unknown. Satan was allowed to sift me. If you have the book by Beth Moore called, Praying God’s Word on page 301, that was also my life story. It was the most scary time of my life. I had things in my life that the Lord wanted to clean up. Nothing like having a little pressure to do that. As we look back it was the only way for the Lord to make our Home a Home, because we so badly wanted to serve Him and didn't know how. I had to learn to trust my husband in a whole new way. A good way. Our marriage needed help. I had huge strongholds in my life that needed taken care of....... so did my sweet husband. I remember laying in bed at night as he would put his hand over my head and tuck me close and ask for the Lords mercy. He would pray scripture over me. He had to trust the Lord in a whole new way. He got very close to the Lord during this time which was good, because he had only walked with the Lord for about 8 years. God was teaching us so much. Mostly I had to learn to trust my husband. With my upbringing I could never do that before. God was going to teach me. We look back now and we are so thankful. It was one of the most painful times in our marriage, but the Lord knew what He was doing and built our home on the Rock. The verse, "Unless the Lord builds the House the builders labor in vain" Psalm 127: 1. This verse made such a difference for us. The other verse that would mean a lot was. . . . . 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. We were going to have a new home built on the Lord. Because of our choices in our life before, it was going to have to look a lot different. It wasn’t going to be our way, but His. We do have rooms filled with rare and beautiful treasures......... they are in our heart! All this to say......... this last Sunday was going to be a day that I was going to remember for a long time. We were all going to have a picnic on our “Kansas Mountain”. However, the weather was not going to cooperate with us. The wind was blowing terribly and it was very chilly. Instead of going to the mountain, we were going to go to another piece of land by a creek that our youngest son bought. That was perfect and the kids could still enjoy “their picnic”. All of our children and grandchildren were to meet in the late afternoon. I want to put in here, that we prayed for our children and dedicated them to the Lord the day they were born. WE have so desired that they would serve the Lord with all their heart, soul and mind. Another family verse is Jeremiah 24:7, "I will give them a heart to know me, that I am the LORD. They will be my people, and I will be their God, for they will return to me with all their heart”. Some of you that are older that read my blog know that raising children doesn’t always look the way you want as a parent. When you raise them and they leave, they choose the way they want to live. We have had our share of disappointments in raising our children. Each disappointment taught us lot, though. We depend on Him more now then when they were in the home. smile! As a parent you so want your children to not have to walk the hard way, some choose to do that and you have to go through the same pain as they go through learning. We are so grateful when we see the Lord work to bring them back to Himself. All of our children are Christians and for that we are very thankful. Our prayer has always been that our kids would be open to follow the Lord. All that said, this last Sunday two of our son’s were going to be late to the Momma’s Day picnic. When I found out what they were doing my heart smiled. Marriage was taught in our home to be something very different than what the world teaches about marriage. I always thought if it doesn’t work you just get a divorce. That was when we first got married, I do not believe that now. That was one part of my sifting time lesson. Now, I have lived with divorce and it ripped my heart out. Not myself, but my parents. People say it doesn’t hurt the children very much, that is not truth! Life is not perfect here on earth. Anyway the boys had made a commitment at a friend's wedding that they would be there for each other. This same young man is a Christian and was having problems in his marriage and not living as he should. The boys went to confront him. He would not open the door. So the men stood out the front door and prayed for this precious man and for his family. They asked the Lord for protection from the enemy, that God would bring blessing on his home. I could just see my son’s, who have been seasoned by life, standing there in front of this home praying. My heart was over joyed beyond measure. I have prayed so hard for my children. I have had to go back and apologize for my ignorance as a young momma. They have forgiven me. We want to do a good job and sometimes (I am not making excuses) we just don’t know how to do the mommy thing right. God is my Redeemer. He takes the yuk and with my confession makes it right. I had to learn the Word of God to really find out what is was to be a Godly Mom. This Mother’s Day was a day I saw fruit even in all my blundering when my sons were little. The boys then went over to the parent's home who the boys have been close with. They held the Momma’s and Daddy’s of the wife and husband, in their arms . They gave them hope. They were Jesus to these families. What more could a Momma ask for, for Mother’s Day? Nothing. I give praise to my Father, who allowed me to be raised in a home where we were not taught the truth, but He sought me out.............. he picked me up.......... He made me brand new............. so that I could teach my children about His love.........so that they would go out.............. and love people in Jesus Name. I had............ the best Momma’s Day a Momma could have............ Thank you Jesus, for being so faithful. I still have the hurts that come each day with life here on earth, but I “know” the one that will walk me through and show me the "treasures of darkness stored in the secret places".

I will give you treasure of darkness, riches stored in secret places, so that you may “know that I am the Lord, the God of Israel, who summons you by name. Isaiah 45:3 Oh to know Him! I will strive for that till the day I die.

If you don’t know Him personally, be assured He wants to know you! Just call out His name........ find Him in the words of His Word.

"He will be the sure foundation for your times, a rich store of salvation and wisdom and knowledge; the fear of the LORD is the key to this treasure". Isaiah 33:6 Jesus is the key!

Hope you all enjoyed your special day. I sure did.




  1. Wow! Linda!
    What a powerful message in your post today! I think on your *homecoming* day, the Lord will say to you ~ Well done, good and faithful momma!
    Praising Him with you!

  2. Lady Farmer, how kind of you to say that. I will hold your hand then, He will say the same about you! I love your blogs.

    Yes, we are Praising Him together!
    Blessings, Linda

  3. What a powerful message! Your words are a blessing to me and many others. As I read your post, I truly believe you are a woman after God's own heart. I felt honored to be able to read your words. I so enjoy reading your blog. Thanks for sharing your life with me. God bless.

  4. What a beautiful testimony to God's love and patience in your life! Thank you so much for sharing Linda. May God continue to bless you and your family!

  5. I read this blog entry out loud to my dad. I wanted my dad to "meet" you and know how lovely you are:) :) :) What an encouragement..as I was reading, I started to tear up..
    I love Beth Moore...so does my dad and we've both been through a couple of her Bible studies.

    Thanks for the godly encouragement :) :) :) I am so glad that Jesus loves me :) :)

    Have a lovely Tuesday :) :) :)

    p.s. I"m really digging the Scripture pictures :) :)

  6. For sure you had the sweetest Mother's Day! I am so thankful that you shared these verses today! What a blessing to be reminded that God our Father will show us the "treasures of darkness stored in the secret places."

  7. Our children makes us proud our faith makes us strong.Blessings to you.

  8. Wow that was very powerful sweetie, I so enjoyed this, Hannah and her life is one of my favorite old testament stories, wow what a mom Samuel had, and what a sacrifice she made to our lord, not sure I could do it, I have surrendered my all, but never left one of my children to be raise any where else. I love it, lots of Hugs, Barbara

  9. Just a big hug, Linda. I can relate in so many ways...Praise God for repentance and restoration!
    You are beautiful!

  10. SIGH.....I really REALLY needed this this morning Linda. God KNOWS! ((hugs))


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