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God Loves Even Me

03/28/2013 - Author: Jennifer

This is Resurrection week and it  has me thinking about Easter and why Jesus died. Jesus died for sinners. Who is that? EVERYONE. There is a lot of finger pointing about certain sin, but not ALL sin. These verses came to my attention recently:

Psalm 5:5-7

Therefore, the proud may not stand in your presence,
for you hate all who do evil.
You will destroy those who tell lies.
The Lord detests murderers and deceivers.

Because of your unfailing love, I can enter your house;
I will worship at your Temple with deepest awe.

You know what I see? God hates those of us who are prideful, liars, murderers, and deceivers. So, if I believe what the Bible says, (and I do,) then God hates me when I am arrogant~~just as much as those who murder, lie, and deceive. Who hasn’t been guilty of lying or arrogance? I know I have, but the difference? These sins don’t seem to be singled out like others. I think we need to remember that sin is sin. There is no minor versus major sin. Yes, there are different consequences for sin here on earth, but all sin sent Jesus to Calvary. Because Jesus died that brutal, horrible death and rose 3 days later, there is hope. There is spiritual healing. I can not express enough gratitude to my Savior who saved me, this sinner who is not worthy of the grace that I receive daily. God Loves Even Me. He sees my thoughts and sees my arrogance, fear, anxiety. He sees when I lose my temper, when I don’t build people up. He sees my rudeness, bad attitude, and when I gossip. He sees me when I am resentful, prideful, fearful, filled with anxiety and when I take people on guilt trips. Despite all of that, God Loves Even ME.  I am grateful for the hope I have in Jesus–that I have a Savior who loves me enough that He died FOR ME.

What do I need to do? I need to tell others about Him. I need to not judge and give guilt trips to people and let the Holy Spirit do the convicting. I want people to see Jesus in me. Yes, I might offend, but I want people to see love, not acceptance of sin, just like you shouldn’t accept my sin. Jesus didn’t die a brutal death for certain sins or certain people. He did it for all. (Romans 3:23-26) So, in my humble opinion we need to stop singling out certain sin. Let’s stop public attacks, including social media and blogs.

I am striving to be more like Jesus~~ that is what I hope you see. Not someone who agrees with the world, but loves the people in it, including my fellow Christians. I need to be more like Jesus than the people who brought the adulteress to Him. (John 8:1-11).  He acted out of love without saying sin was ok. We need to stop being modern day Pharisees.  So what is the next step for me? Apologizing.

I am sorry for pointing fingers and trying to be God. I am sorry for how I said one sin is going to ruin us all. It is all sin. No, I don’t want to tolerate or brush issues under the rug and pretend it isn’t there, but I can’t think myself better than anyone. I am not Jesus and I don’t believe Jesus would do what I have done. I am sorry for hating one sin more than others. I am sorry for being self-righteous. So I don’t do some sin, but I do sin. It is all the same people. Can we remember that~~ and not just at Easter?

Be blessed:)

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Remember~~ Five Minute Friday

03/22/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

REMEMBER

The first thing that came to my mind was remember the good times. I think this is so important as we go through life. Yes, you will have bad times and can learn from them, but those are not the ones that can get you through the daily grind.

When marriage gets hard, remember the good times. I am not saying make excuses for bad behavior or wrong choices, but don’t let small annoyances steal your joy or prevent you from making good memories. Remember why you got married. I need to remember that my marriage is a gift.

As a mom, I need to think about all of the ways my son is a blessing and not dwell on the ways he is a challenge. I need to remember that he is a gift on loan and that being a mom is a privilege. God is definitely using him to teach me to grow in my faith and rely on Him more and more each day.

I am not saying that you will never remember the bad times and that you won’t learn from them, or even be grateful for them because of growing pains, but girl, focus on the good in life!

Let’s try to remember that we should be a gift to others–to try and leave an impression of Jesus –for others to remember us by. That is how I want to be remembered.

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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Let’s not stay HUSH and talk sex

03/18/2013 - Author: Jennifer

I have the privilege of taking part in my friend Mindy’sseries titled HUSH. You know those topics some Christians tend not to discuss for various reasons.  She has guest bloggers over on her blog that I encourage you to check out. We talked politics and now we are talking about sex. I hope you stop by and leave your comments and of course~~ be blessed:)

Happy Wives Club

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Dear Weary Mom

03/15/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Dear Weary Mom

I know that there are days that seem better than others, and that those days seem to be less frequent. I know that there are days when it seems like God is not there. You feel like you are the most horrible mom in the world, and if you are like me, you blame God. I blame God because He can make it all better. I know He is there, but I don’t always feel His presence. I know He knows what to do, how to guide me, but it seems like He doesn’t. I know He knows best when He allowed me the privilege of being a mom to my  strong-willed 2 year old son. Honestly, I don’t understand why, but I am glad He did. Yes, God can “fix” hard situations, but fellow weary mom, He wants us to grow, learn, and lean on Him. He wants not only our kids to mature, but us too. Yes, I wish there was a different way, but it isn’t God’s way. No, I don’t always like it, but that is another lesson I must learn–to delight in the will of God. God has big plans for my son, and I am excited to see what He does through him. Weary mom, this journey has taught me to lay my weaknesses down at the foot of Jesus–EVERYDAY! This is new to me and still learning to make it routine. The days are better when I do this, not perfect because I am human, but better. Thank You Jesus!

Mama, lets please remember that this is a season. Things will get harder and easier as our kids grow, but we will miss certain parts of this season. I am trying to embrace and hold on tight to the good, make good memories, and complain less. I am working on seeing the good in my son who loves to give hugs, hear music, and play with bubbles. I admit that I am embarrassed and feel shame when others see the good in my son right away and I feel like I have to think long and hard about it. It is hard for this pessimist to see the good, when I feel like my day has been one up-hill battle after another, to see how wonderful my son is. All it takes is a little bit of negative to cloud my vision–to see what God sees. I need to pray that God will help me see what He sees. I know that in me, He sees a woman who needed THIS boy, my son, in my life. God saw that I needed to learn sympathy, patience, and grace. My husband and I are learning more and more to be a team. I am sure there are more lessons for me to learn. I hope to embrace them.

Weary mom–you are not alone. I am not saying your struggles are my struggles, but what I can promise is that there is nothing that God doesn’t know, doesn’t see, and isn’t in control of. Yes, I know that there are days where it might be hard to believe, but let us remind each other of this verse: Deuteronomy 31:6 “So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.” (NLT) 

We can, and will do this. We will fail, but God is good!

Be blessed:)

Jennifer

P.S.–Here are some other scriptures that might help us during our weary times. They are in my prayer journal and will admit, I need to read them more before I start my day. Maybe they will help you.

  • Deuteronomy 32:4
  • Psalm 25:4
  • Psalm 38:8-9
  • Psalm 94:18-19
  • Psalm 116:2
  • Psalm 145:17
  • Isaiah 41:13
  • Jeremiah 29:11
  • 1Peter 5:7

Today, I am linking up over at Hope for The Weary Mom  and writing a “Dear Weary Mom” letter. If you can relate, you should join in. You never know who will need to read what you write.

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Home~~ Five Minute Friday

03/08/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

HOME

Have you ever manipulated your husband to get what you want?

Honestly, I don’t know how you describe home. I do know that where ever I go, I can make myself “at home.” I feel I have always adapted well, that is until I fell in love with Florida and the people we met while we lived there. When we re-located back to Ohio, I thought that it would be easy to get settled back close to where we grew up. It has not. I am learning that PEOPLE make home. People you want to get together with and call community is what I think home is.

Now, as a mom, I am learning to make a safe place for my son. A place he wants to go to, learn, and grow. As a wife, a safe place to land is where my husband wants to come home to.

As women, we have titles after our name. Wife, mom, caretaker, friend, etc. and how we wear out titles is how we make a home. How we act makes our home. Guilt trips, resentment, and manipulation does not make a home people want to come to. It seems daunting at times, but God gave me this privilege and these titles. I hope and pray to honor Him with the life He has given me~~ and make a home, while temporary here on earth, one that that people see Jesus in me

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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Politics–I decided not to keep HUSH

03/05/2013 - Author: Jennifer

Politics can turn pleasant conversations into heated debates, uncomfortable moments, and just mean conversations. Why can’t some of us keep calm and talk politely about politics? 

I have a theory. I hope you stop by my friend Mindy’s today and read it. She is bravely going where a lot of Christian bloggers don’t go, and I am excited to join her. Feel free to leave your comments. We would love to hear from you.

Be blessed:)

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Love does not envy

03/01/2013 - Author: Jennifer

There is a lot of what love is and what love isn’t. 1Corinthians 13:4 says that love does not envy. When I have envied other marriages, I have wanted what I don’t have. This is the ugly face of envy.

Today, I am sharing how I struggle with jealousy in my marriage over at Unveiled Wife as part of her What is Love Series. I hope you stop by and share your thoughts.

Be blessed:)

Happy Wives Club

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Ordinary~~Five Minute Friday

- Author: Jennifer

Every Friday, Lisa-Jo Baker over at Tales from a Gypsy Mama gives us a word and a challenge. To write for 5 minutes without abandon. It is fun and I encourage you to try it. Here we go! The word is…

ORDINARY 

I struggle with being ordinary. I struggle with it because it seems boring. It seems like I am not making a difference. Staying at home with my son has made me re-evaluate my ministry. Yes, I want to do more. I have always believed moms do awesome things in the ordinary, but when it was my turn, I didn’t believe it for myself. I have to WORK at finding the amazing in the ordinary. I wish I didn’t, but I guess I am still adjusting to not working full-time outside of the home.

I believe without a doubt that God has made everyone of us for a purpose, but I struggle to see what He wants me to do with my ordinary life. The chores and the time with my son, I hope, help make an ordinary life more of a home that my husband and son want to come home to because there is no other place they want to be.

I write from an ordinary life hoping it will help others, bless others, and that people will see my amazing Savior.

Be blessed:)

Five Minute Friday

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