What God showed me in 22 Days

Hey!!!! Did y'all like our vacation slideshow?
I wanted to share this morning, how God intervened on our vacation....
If you recall, in my post before we left, I asked for prayers, so we could use that time to get closer to Him!
Boy did we.
He opened up my eyes to so much!
First, was when we stayed with our friends Stephanie and James. They have 4 little ones under 5, and they are spectacular parents. We watched in awe as they handled their brood, speaking in soft voices, praying with them when they acted up, and reading the bible to them before they went to bed, and first thing in the morning, before they did anything else.
It was amazing you guys. Brendan and I have always read with the boys, since Brayden was a baby. As our quiver has grown, it became more and more sporadic. Some nights we'd be tired, or some nights we were just frustrated at them and wanted them in the bed, and some nights we just forgot.
This gave us a slap on the behind and made us realize, no matter what goes on in the day, we need to get over it and sit down and spend that quality time together and read with them. When we got to Indiana, I knew it was God, because Brendans grandmom gave us a kids devotional! We were like oh my goodness! Perfect!!
And, also, Steph showed me that I need to have more patience with my boys. I have been working on it! It's going to be a process, but I am working on it!!
Next, he showed us, through Brendans grandparents, both sets, who have been married for 50 years, that love conquers all. It may sound cheesy, but it's true. Both of his grandmothers told me, "at the end of the day, its you and your husband."
Brendan and I established, before Brayden was born, that we would always put each other before our children. Yes, we love them,and they are our world, but if we aren't keeping each other happy, they can't have the life they should have, because we will not be raising them to the best of our ability.
We always make sure we are okay, before anything else.
I learned to never ever talk down to my husband, which is something his grandmom reiterated about their marriage more than once.
She shared with me, that no matter what, your husband is the leader of your household, and it is your job to submit to him. Whether he's right or wrong, you either agree, or agree to disagree. But, still while showing him the respect he deserves.
Yes, I already knew this, but there is NOTHING like hearing it from someone who has been through FIFTY YEARS of marriage! I cannot even begin to imagine what they have been through!
Lastly, I realized that there were even more distractions that I could eliminate, in order to get closer to Him.
Before we left, we had our cable suspended for a month, and when we got back we still had a couple of days until it was due to resume service. Knowing that it was football season, I was a little apprehensive about asking Brendan if we could extend the suspension. Without hesitation, he said yes.
I was amazed. Yesterday, I realized that I do NOT know my bible like I should, and the time that I used to spend watching TV, will now be my time to get to know the word better. I was going to quote a scripture to someone yesterday, and I realized, I had no room to. Anyone can quote scripture by looking it up, but it makes all the more difference, if you know your word. If you are quoting from the heart.
I was just telling Brendan yesterday, that one of my daily prayers is that God would see my heart. That He would see that even if I don't wake up and thank Him first, even if/when I screw up, that He would see, that each day, I am trying, to live a life that is pleasing to Him. I know that this will get me one step closer!
So, what all did He show me?...
God showed me that I can be a better version of myself. A better wife, a better mother, a better person.
Won't you join me?
Since Brayden and I have been studying Romans this week, I will end with these verses, that we are currently memorizing.
Romans 8:5-17, 37-39
5 Those who live according to the flesh have their minds set on what the flesh desires; but those who live in accordance with the Spirit have their minds set on what the Spirit desires. 6 The mind governed by the flesh is death, but the mind governed by the Spirit is life and peace. 7 The mind governed by the flesh is hostile to God; it does not submit to God’s law, nor can it do so. 8 Those who are in the realm of the flesh cannot please God.

9 You, however, are not in the realm of the flesh but are in the realm of the Spirit, if indeed the Spirit of God lives in you. And if anyone does not have the Spirit of Christ, they do not belong to Christ. 10 But if Christ is in you, then even though your body is subject to death because of sin, the Spirit gives life because of righteousness. 11 And if the Spirit of him who raised Jesus from the dead is living in you, he who raised Christ from the dead will also give life to your mortal bodies because of his Spirit who lives in you.
12 Therefore, brothers and sisters, we have an obligation—but it is not to the flesh, to live according to it. 13 For if you live according to the flesh, you will die; but if by the Spirit you put to death the misdeeds of the body, you will live.
14 For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. 15 The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” 16 The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. 17 Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.

37 No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.



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