Sunday, January 27, 2008
I usually do not write posts in my blog on Sunday's because it is The Lords Day, & a day for my family, church, the Lord, & rest. But today how-ever is quite another story. This mornings service as for me & my husband was a day that we have been fervently praying for, and desperately waiting to see happen. We all as Christians have those times in our lives when we feel that we will never see an answer to our prayers, right.? Well today was the fulfilment and answer from Our Precious Lord and Savior. As parents we often know at some point in our children's lives when it is obvious that our children are lost, & need Christ's gift of eternal salvation, right.? Well Bob and I have been at that point, since Possum left college and came home after only 2 years. We saw for ourselves just how much our sweet little girl had grown & changed (some of it was not for the best let me assure you), yet just how much she had pulled away, not just from us, but more importantly, away from God. As the past few years have come & gone, Bob & I have had many difficult times as parents,& as Christians with our daughter, but we had not given up on what we had termed as "Possum coming back home to us". This is sort of a figurative statement, do you know what I mean.? Kinda like the child/young lady that was raised in a Christian home (although not a perfect Christian home, just one in which we tried with all the knowledge we had at those times, to do the best we could), like she had left us and we couldn't really find Her. We have been praying and searching for that girl for such a long, long time. Everynow and then when we could see small traces of her here and there. Bob & I came to refer to this as "she's starting to come back to us" or "she's starting to come home to us agian". In the past year or so, little by little, as we have continued to pray everyday for Christina. We were able to see little things change, or little signs fo God's loving hand working slowly in her heart and life. Even more recently, about the same time that our son Bobby announced, (after 6 months of him praying and seeking God's will for his own life), that he was called to Preach, we all noticed more changes in Christina. Bobby, feeling more confident & bolder than ever, told her that he was praying for her.
I have at times had the hardest time, as a mother, letting go & trying to shut my mouth, especially at those times when we really wanted to drag her or beg her to come to church. I have tried sooooo hard to not pick on, or point out all the things that I saw needed to change. I am having such a hard time trying to type all this, because I keep crying, and my eyes are so full of tears, and my heart is more full than words can even tell. As her mother it's like watching a part of you be torn away, then miraculously, God restores it again. When my baby pulled away from me and her father it has, at times nearly torn me apart. I am a very strong woman, but not when it comes to my babies and letting go, and letting someone else take care of them (even God). They were given to ME, and they have been and always will be MINE!!!. Or so I thought.? I have tho, learned how to truly put them into God's hands.
In my learning during the last year or so, I have tried hard not to find fault with the things that I did not raise her to believe in or do. But to try and waite, give it completly to God, and try so very hard to close my maternal mouth, give advise when she would listen, and to "just, be there when she wanted me to be there", and just love her as much as possible when she would let us, do you know what I mean? Does this make sense to anyone but me.? Oh well.
My hubby has had such a hard time aswell. His "little girl" put him thru much heartache & pain also, but he, like me has learned to shut his mouth when he needed to, be firm and authoritative when he had to, give advise when she would listen, and just love her as much as she would let us. He has tried to be an example for her, yet also trying to let her know that we are now and always will, be here for her.
Bob & I know that Possum has been under the Lords conviction for a while now, but we have kept our mouths closed, and waited for her heart to soften to God's will. During the pase 2 weeks it has seemed to us that she was just almost a breath away from giving her self to the Lord. She has been "trying to make changes in her life" herself, but as we know that is usually just the begining for someone coming to the Lord.
Yesturday we asked her if she would come to church early (8am- keep in mind what I told you a few days ago-she's not a morning person LOL)and help in the kitchen. Her mamaw had asked us to ask her if she would help, because her mamaw is needing more help cooking for the homeless. Well Bob & I figured she would consider it, but we weren't sure what she would say. Well, blow my socks off, she never hesitated when she said yes. So that also gave hubby & I more of a glimmer of hope that God was still working in & on her heart.
Today in the morning service, God's precious Holy Spirit was there in that service so stong, yet so tender at the same time. The preacher had asked some of the ladies to sing a song called "Well of Living Water" ? I think that's the name? I could tell it touched her heart, but I didn't dare hope that today she would give in to the Holy Spirit. You see, I have been doing that nearly every time she would come to church, you know, hope that TODAY would be the day she would get saved. But just as Mrs Shiela started singing the second verse. God was all over that service in such a sweet, heart drawing, & loving way. I have seen her moved to tears a lot lately, yet she has always been a loving young lady, so I never knew what might happen next. Then people started coming to the alter, others came to pray with them. then the preacher spoke for a few moments, & that's when I could see on her face, something was very different. I tried so very hard NOT to be obviously staring at her, but I knew something was very different. Then Preacher had the ladies sing the song again. Bob was clutching my hand very tightly because he knew also something was different. Well, no sooner did the begin to sing, then Christina wanted to get past me, she was crying, I sat down so she could go past me, and I wanted to scream 'cause she went straight to the alter and knelt down on her knee's (on the front left side in the alter, just thought I would note exactly where it happened, YIPPEE). She was crying so hard. I got up and followed her. Mrs Kim came right away to help pray with her (she and everyone else at Georgetown Baptist Church have been helping us pray for her and her salvation). Well I lost it, I am not often brought to joyous screams in church except in those times when God has really touched me, But today was that day. She prayed the prayer of salvation & recieved Christ as her Savior.
What a wonderful, joyous, prayer answering, blessed & thankful day it is.!!!!!
MY BABY GIRL, MY BEAUTIFUL DAUGHTER, GAVE HER HEART & SOUL TO CHRIST TODAY. SHE ACCEPTED CHRIST AS HER SAVIOR. She did this at God's leading, & no one else's. Not mama, or daddy, or mamaw, or papaw, or anyone else. Jesus Christ alone get's my praise, and heartfelt thanks. Now Bob & I will be with ALL of our children in heaven together. Christina, Bobby, and our 6 little one's that we haven't got to see yet with our own eyes(yet). The Lord took them to be with Him before they were born. When I get to heaven then I will be able to tell Christ face to face, THANK YOU for Saving ALL my children.
I Love you Lord.!!! Thank you.!!
Love & Prayers,
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