I Have Been Blessed

All about how God has blessed me. In my marriage, with my six children, through homeschooling, and our faith with recipes, large family living, and updates on our life.

Too Young

I was four years old and two months when I understood that I was a sinner. When I understood that NOTHING I could do could pay the debt of my sin. That I was on my way to hell. I was not that old, but I understood the importance of believing on Jesus, and asking him into my heart, and asking Him to be my Saviour. November 11, 1984 is the day I sat on the bottom bunk of mine and my sister’s bunk bed and asked my Daddy to pray with me. When I asked him how to make Jesus my Saviour. It was a Sunday night. But, I grew up in church. We even lived on the church property for a very short time, and then moved across the street from the church. Daddy went to college there. Mom taught at the Christian school. Church was our life. Jesus was our friend.

In 26 years (Yes, I am thirty!), I have never once doubted my salvation. I’ve been under some great preachers. (Even heard Jack Hyles once). I have studied my Bible. I have been a Soul-Winner, Door-Knocker, Sunday School Teacher, Jr. Church Worker, Bus Worker, Nursery Worker, Ladies Lesson Giver, Teen Worker. I have taught my kids the Word of God. Two of my children have accepted the Lord as their Saviour. And I have never once doubted my Salvation.

After Austin and I were married, HE was convinced that four was TOO YOUNG. He doubted my salvation. He didn’t think I could truly be saved. I begged and pleaded with the Lord. “If Austin could in any way be right, If my salvation was in any way in jeopardy because of age, I begged God to show me, to convict me, to pull me.” And I never once doubted my Salvation.

Because it’s not age. It’s not knowing all the answers to catechism. It’s not being able to explain it to another living soul. It’s not saying a specific prayer. It’s not a feeling of being bad and wanting to be good. It is belief. Pure and simple. The Bible says, “If thou shalt confess with thy mouth the Lord Jesus, and shalt believe in thine hear that God hath raised him from the dead, thou SHALT BE SAVED. For with the heart man believeth unto righteousness; and with the mouth confession is made unto salvation. For whosoever shall call upon the name of the Lord shall be saved.” (Romans 10:9, 10, 13 – emphasis mine), All we have to do is Believe and then Confess.

My little girl is starting to question. She is starting to feel the pull. She is starting to understand. And I pray with all that I have that when it clicks, she comes to her Mama or her Daddy to pray. It’s the most important decision she will ever make in her life and I am in her corner cheering her (silently) on!

I am so Blessed.

Five special blessings to me today: My Salvation, That Jesus Paid the Price, That Jesus freed me from the bondage of sin, That I am able to share the gospel, That you’re never Too Young


Oh Holy Night

There is so much to be thankful for. This past week I was blessed enough to host our Ladies Auxiliary Christmas Party at our house. My guess is there were about 25 ladies from our church who gathered together for a sweet time of fellowship. At our Ladies Meetings, it is my privilege to get to present the lesson or devotion. I took a break from what we have been studying (Titus 2) to present a Christmas devotion.

I based my Christmas devotion on the song, Oh Holy Night…..there is a line in the song that says, “And the soul felt it’s worth”. At Holiday time, it is easy to say “we are keeping Christ in Christmas”, and “Jesus is the reason for the season”, but at the same time be so busy looking for the perfect present, making our house look just-so, getting together the best meal that those simple statement don’t penetrate. I want to celebrate the greatest gift given to me – Salvation – by making sure that My soul feels the worth of the sacrifice Jesus made for me. I also want to make an effort to not be one of the “weary world”, but rather a “thrill of hope”. I can keep the joy in Christmas so others can know why I celebrate!

Our Christmas party is a special time that I really look forward to. I am blessed to be in such a loving church with a family of sisters!

I am so Blessed.

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Sisters (and brothers) in Christ, My Salvation, A Loving Church, The Thrill of Hope, Love

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The Promise of Salvation

In our Ladies Meeting Tuesday Night, our lesson was on The Promise of Salvation. And I just have to say, it was one of the Sweetest, Heart-Touching Ladies Meetings I have ever been too. We discussed briefly the Romans Road and then all took an opportunity to share our Testimony.

There is not much that can bring you closer to another Christian than by hearing their testimony! There was laughter, tears, nodding of the heads, similar stories, different stories, new connections made. We learned insight about each other. Our hearts were softened towards each other.

It was a special time, and I am so thankful and blessed to be part of such a wonderful group of women!

I am so Blessed!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Ladies Auxiliary, Ladies Book Club, A Family Church, Christian Friends, A Supportive Husband

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Are you going to Say Yes or No

When Brendyn was 4 years old, a friend of his at church got Baptized. Later that evening, it prompted a conversation in our home about Why Hannah got Baptized, what it meant, etc. Brendyn realized then, he should pray and ask Jesus to come into his heart. He knew the stories. He believed in Jesus. He had all the right answers. He prayed. A few months later, he got baptized.

Fast forward to this past Summer. After a week of camp, and retelling us all the stories from camp, Brendyn tells us he went forward to pray about his Salvation. Then a few months ago, Brendyn started having major doubts. He didn’t think he was saved. He knew he had prayed twice, but knew deep in his heart, he hadn’t meant it. He was struggling. He would tell us he knew he wasn’t saved.

We talked and talked and talked. And he wouldn’t make a decision. Everytime I thought he was close, he would tell me he had to think about it some more. I asked him if he would talk to the Preacher, the Assistant Pastor, anyone! ANYONE! He said no, he would only talk to me, and everytime I tried, he’d put it off, or tell me he was still thinking about it. It became a MAJOR issue of prayer. We had asked friends, family, and church family to be in prayer with us. Everytime he got in a car, I prayed for his safety. Everytime he was away from me, I was begging God, he came back home. I was scared, knowing that he knew he was lost, but wouldn’t handle it.

Over the last month, it had become more and more of a discussion. Wednesday night, he told me he thought he was almost ready. Sunday morning, I casually asked him if he was going to walk down the aisle. He still wasn’t sure. Sunday morning, he sat next to me, listening to the preacher. I knew it was bugging him. He kept leaning his head on me. He was restless with his hands. The preacher was talking about Jesus coming back soon. The preacher talked about it could be today. Are you ready? He leaned on me. His head on my shoulder.

Then came the invitation. He stood and stared. He didn’t sing (he ALWAYS sings.) He didn’t move. He just stared.

The preacher said “There are people in this room that need to make a decision. Are you going to say Yes to God. Or no?” I leaned down and whispered in his ear, “Brendyn, are you saying yes or no to God?” He looked at me and said, “Mom, I need to say yes.” I said, “Right now?” He nodded.

We moved Austin out of the way. Crawled over Tyler and started walking down the aisle. At one point, I was two steps behind him and he turned to make sure I was still there (Austin said from where he sat, it looked like Brendyn was ready to RUN back down the aisle, back to his seat.)

We made it to the front, where our preacher, Brother Ed, wrapped his arms around my son, and led him to the Lord. I stood there crying. Brother Ed was crying. Brendyn was trembling.

And my son prayed and accepted Jesus as his personal Saviour, saying, “Jesus, you died for me. I want to live for you.”

Besides their Birth, no other day is as important as this one in the life of your child, and I thank God for his Supreme Blessing on our Family. I pray for Brendyn that the Devil will stay far from him and that he will try to model his life and live for Jesus.

So, today, have you said Yes to Jesus, or No?

Have a Blessed Day!

Five Special Blessings to Me Today: Brendyn’s Salvation, The salvation of other members in my family, My salvation, A praying Church, A loving Pastor