“You show and make obvious that you are a letter from Christ…” 2 Corinthians 3:3
What a compliment! Paul’s makes this glowing statement about the believers in Corinth from both his personal observation and the testimony of others. This particular group of believers had indeed gone through their share of problems, the kind of problems that could destroy a church and ruin its reputation within a community (see 1 Corinthians 5-6). Yet because Paul was willing to speak and act on the truth of God’s Word, with love and conviction, and pray through the challenge (2 Corinthians 2:4) until victory was secured the “mess” became a message! A powerful testimony in the name of Christ! The kind of love Paul displayed takes courage and conviction.
It is tempting to tolerate evil in the name of love or shield someone we love from the consequences of sinful choices. Our fear of rejection or the pain of watching our loved one suffer can lead us to compromise if we are not discerning. As a mom, my temptation over the years has been to intercede with myself instead of interceding with the Lord on behalf of my children. My rescue efforts usually lead to prolonged or repeated damage. His (Jesus’) rescue plan leads to a transformation of the heart. Ending cycles of defeat and destruction. (2 Corinthians 3:18) My personal faith is demonstrated through my response in the temptation to rescue. Am I seeking something temporary or eternal? Am I trusting in my own efforts or the way of the Lord?
The love of Christ to sanctify and bring an individual into the blessed life that God intends should be our primary motivation!
Father, give me the courage and conviction to respond with Your sanctifying love when I am tempted to take a shortcut or a manmade solution. In the name of Jesus, our great Redeemer! Amen!
Please enjoy the following opening excerpt...
I have the wonderful opportunity of introducing you to several of these families, in my new book; Blossom's of my Life.
Most of the families I have had the honor of working with to ensure their children with special needs were receiving the best education, I could possibly deliver.
Families of whom I have been able to watch their children learn and develop academically, socially and emotionally over periods of 1-10 years.
What an honor to be trusted with their children!
Each child is introduced in their very own chapter in this book.
Each chapter is written by a mother.
It is my hope that each of their stories will open hearts and bring forth their dauntless, loving, unselfish and remarkable journeys.
The meaning of my title:
The definition of Blossom is: 1. a flower or cluster
of flowers; 2. the condition or time of flowering.
This amazed me as I realized the significance of the
story I was about to write. You see, each of us will have a
time of flowering. Some take a little longer than others,
but, we each long to flower into a purposeful life.
Regenerated came up a lot in my search. This word
means rebirth. As a Christian, our rebirth is distinguished
from our first birth when we were born physically. The new
birth is a spiritual, holy birth that results in our being made
alive spiritually. It simply means a new birth, a new
beginning, a new order.
Who am I? I am a teacher, one with a new heart, a true heart to care
and love and nurture my special needs students.. I am the person who God is trusting
to care for their angels.
There are some who approach me and ask, “How do you do
it? I don’t think I could have the patience.”
My reply: “How can I not?”
Had the delightful opportunity to read Wheels of Wisdom: Life Lessons for the Restless Spirit in which Tim and Debby Bishop share rich nuggets from one of their adventurous cross-country bicycle journeys. 10,000 miles of tread to the pavement is a lionhearted feat by any standard and worthy of pondering! Even though I have no personal interest in trekking across the country on a bicycle, it was thoroughly enjoyable to catch glimpses of their arduous journey vicariously. They take you along for the ride highlighting the ups and downs of they're Spirit-led expedition with valuable and inspiring lessons. I absolutely love that they took their journey together as a husband and wife “team” and as believers they kept their ears and eyes open to the treasures the Lord revealed along their path.
52 lessons make this unique, adventurous read perfect for some extra weekly devotional material. Every lesson is based on a distinct aspect of their experience highlighting a truth to be learned or some inspiration to be gleaned. One example found in lesson 8 “Fork in the Road” they share about a tough decision they had to navigate with limited information. But once they made a decision …
“Making a decision always delivers comfort, because then we can rely on our faith, which we bring with us into every endeavor. It comes from deep within us. We don’t even need to pack it separately.”
I think that little nugget is worth the price of admission. Most of us struggle at some level with making the “right” decision. But remembering making a decision is half the battle, and once it is made your faith can be relied upon to take you the rest of the way. This is a truth that will take you far.
You can expect the investment you make into reading this book to bring you some rich dividends!
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