Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Touched By The Fathers Love!

HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

What a wonderful time of year this is. Most of us are heading out or inviting others in for a time of celebration and friendship. A time when we gather together and share a meal and some laughs.

In the spirit of sharing, I thought we could share with one another our love stories. The story of how, when and where we met Jesus. The story of what your life was like before Him, and what it is like with Him.

I joined in last year to "Giving Thanks on Thanksgiving" hosted by my friend Heather over at Swallowing A Moose, and my heart was so touched, I thought it would be great to share again!

We all have a story, a good story! There are no dull stories, so whether you have known Jesus your whole life or you just met Him yesterday, we would love to hear about it!

Knowing the love and favor of our Father, is most definitely worthy of praise and A thankful heart. I hope you will join us.

Post your testimony on your blog page. Entitle it "Touched By The Fathers Love!; Whatever the title of your post is." Then, add your post (copy and paste the address of that particular post so that the widget links directly to it) to the Mr. Linky widget below. Make sure you start your post explaining what we are all sharing and add a link back here so that others can join in.

I know we are all busy this week, so we will continue sharing our stories through next week. I hope we find this time of sharing to be a way of drawing us closer to each other, through the Fathers love in each of our hearts and lives. There is nothing better than being Touched by the Fathers Love!

Join in below and continue down to read about how I have been Touched By The Fathers Love!




Touched By The Fathers L0ve!; To Good To Be True


Before I knew Jesus:
I was born into dysfunction, as so many of us are. My childhood was not filled with security or an overwhelming sense of love and acceptance. As a matter of fact, I recall feeling quite insecure and unsure of myself the majority of the time. As I grew older all of these feelings grew along with me. I became a mom at the age of sixteen and started out into the "real world" for a taste of bitter sweet reality. Even with child in tow, and a new set of circumstances, I simply wanted to fit in. I wanted to be accepted, but try as I might, I never felt as though I was good enough. I hung out with the wrong crowd for the most part, doing the wrong things at the wrong times. But even the wrong crowd could not make me feel right about myself. I would not have recognized or known real love if it had knocked me upside the head and flat on my behind!

I eventually woke up one morning and realized that once upon a time, when I was a very little girl, I had dreams and I was going to do something great someday! I looked around and realized that "great" did not describe the life that I was living. It also, did not describe the life I was giving my son. So, I made some changes. Then,a few Months after my Ah-Ha moment, I met a great guy, got married,and had another baby. Yet, with all of this greatness in my life, that emptiness still nagged away at the inside of me, taunting me to not trust in love or happiness. My marriage was struggling, and I was feeling as though I could not get anything right. I felt as though it was inevitable, If I could mess up a good thing, I would.

When I met Jesus:
I was pregnant with my third child when a friend invited me to church. I wanted to go, but continued to put it off and put it off for weeks. Finally one cold, March morning, I decided it's now or never. I got my 8yr old ready, bundled up my baby and off we went. My friend met me in the lobby, showed me where to take my children, and ushered me to my seat. I remember thinking "This is church?" It was so unlike the stuffy images I had painted in my head. The worship was energizing and refreshing, and the people were all friendly and seemed to genuinely be glad to make my acquaintance. I decided fairly quick that I loved it. I returned the following Wednesday evening, and the following Sunday, and the Wednesday after that, I gave my life to the Lord.

I remember the moment so very clearly. I was watching a woman worship on stage and thought to myself "How can she be so full of joy? I want whatever it is she has!" you see, I knew this woman had suffered the loss of a child, and yet, she had more joy than I had ever even imagined having. I prayed that night, from the bottom of my heart, and asked God to come into my life. I have been running toward Him, feet going as fast as they can, ever since. Unfortunately, my husband was not as thrilled about my new found faith as I was. But, the story is not yet over.

After I met Jesus:
God began house cleaning in my heart from day one. The first of many areas was my marriage. God has done, and is still doing, an incredible work in both of us. He has blessed us with a wonderful marriage that is filled with the beauty of friendship. My husband has become my very best friend, and we have a relationship built on love, support, honesty and acceptance. My husband and I, even after all these years, are still not completely on the same page spiritually. However, we are getting there, and I have learned that God is faithful, the work that He has done in both of us, is irreversible, and there is no where to go but forward.

God has taken my insecurities and turned them into promises. He has taken my fear of messing up and turned it into an excitement that awaits the next step of our journey together. He has shown me that the love I have always longed for is found in His eyes, and He has turned my "little girl dreams" into realities that are within reach. Through Jesus I have learned who I really am, Who I was meant to be, and what I am capable of accomplishing through Him. I no longer feel unaccepted, I feel as though I am right where I was always meant to be. And, I know for the first time in my life that this is one good, no, great thing, I will never mess up. It is not about me and how well I am able to perform, but about Jesus and what He has already done!

All of my "trying" got me no where, but trusting in the gospel saved my life. "Gospel" is actually associated with a Greek word that means to good to be true. God has an abundant life of, to good to be true, just waiting for each of us. This is something we can all be grateful for this Thanksgiving. As we draw close to Jesus He will show us how to receive everything that has been accomplished for us on the cross.


24 comments:

Heather of S-A-M said...

You bet i'm joining in!

Thanks for being the beautiful person that you are!

Thanks for showing me what 'real grace' looked like!

Thanks for your sweet words and for all the other ways you've blessed me!

Happy Thanksgiving to your home!

Love Ya Lots,
Heather

Tara said...

Thank you for giving us this opportunity through your blog. I will definitely participate but it will have to be next week. Thank you for sharing your testimony!!

Tara said...

and....Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

Warren Baldwin said...

Daveda,
Thanks for inviting me to participate in this. I think next week will work.

Great testimony you shared. You said that "when I was a very little girl, I had dreams and I was going to do something great someday!"

Well, I think you are doing them now. Or, God is doing them through you! Good job, and keep on!

Warren

Irritable Mother said...

Wonderful story.

AWESOME God!!!

Thanks so much for sharing your story, Daveda. Our God is so good, and your testimony paints that picture beautifully!

Deborah Ann said...

What a beautiful story, Daveda! God has sure brought you a long way. I'm sure even better things are in store.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

jhazmyn said...

I've been so busy lately but Lord knows i'm making out time for this...Happy thanksgiving dear...u've sure been a blessing

RCUBEs said...

Beautiful testimony and great idea! That would be interesting to know how the Lord had gotten our attention to know His gift of forgiveness!!! Blessings to you and Happy Thanksgiving!

Eyeglasses & Endzones said...

Daveda,

Thanks so much for stopping by the 5 moms blog today and leaving a comment. I loved reading this post and I think it is a wonderful idea!

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Tarah

Angela said...

Through Jesus I have learned who I really am, Who I was meant to be, and what I am capable of accomplishing through Him. I no longer feel unaccepted, I feel as though I am right where I was always meant to be.

this IS it...this is what has been happening in my own walk with our Lord also...SIGH.....oh my, I could just cry.

What a powerful testimony. Thank you so much for sharing sweet sister. I love you so much..I wish we lived close by..lol. Oh how I would love to just bask in our Father's presence and open His Word together at Bible Study...

Beth E. said...

"All of my "trying" got me no where, but trusting in the gospel saved my life."

Beautifully said, Daveda! This reminds me of the hymn, "'Tis So Sweet to Trust in Jesus"

Have a blessed Thanksgiving!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

This is wonderful and truly what THANKSGIVING is all about! I loved reading about how you were drawn into the love of Jesus and how He restored you! What a testimony!

I hope I can join in next week!!!

Twincerely,Olga said...

what a beautiful testimony!!! love your blog! stop by

Kansas Bob said...

Enjoyed your story Daveda. Happy Thanksgiving. You can catch my story some time at this old post.

Precious Gems said...

Happy Thanksgiving and may God bless you abundantly :)

Debbie said...

"God has an abundant life of, to good to be true, just waiting for each of us" - I know this first hand!! Thanks for sharing your story...isn't it amazing how God draws us to Himself!!

Many Blessings & Happy Thanksgiving,
Debbie

christy rose said...

This sounds like an awesome idea! I will check back later and try to participate. I hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Julie said...

Beautiful story of a beautiful journey. I love seeing how He has pursued you with His relentless heart of love. Loved this, Daveda... You are His true beauty!

Much love,
Julie

Warren Baldwin said...

Hello, just checking in.

Debbie said...

Merry Christmas friend!

Debbie

sanjeet said...

Happy Thanksgiving to you and your family!!

Work from home India

RCUBEs said...

Popping over to wish you a Merry Christmas. God bless you richly!

Julie said...

Have missed you... you are on my mind today. I wanted to pop over and see how you were..

Happy New Year!

EmmieJDriskell said...

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