Today, I am very sad. My family needs a lot of prayer. Our daughter is going through huge things at this time in her life and I am sad because she seems to have turn her back on what matters most. I hope I am wrong but, this is how I feel. If you read this....please pray for her and us (parents). I know that God is in control and I know we are learning a lesson, but right now I wonder at what cost and what is the lesson?
What does this mean? in the dictionary Princess means: a daughter/granddaughter or a monarch: a female member of royal family: the wife of a prince. I have a book called "His Princess Love Letters from Your King" by Sheri Rose Shepherd. She says in the book " It's hard to look at our lives and think of ourselves as royalty. But, the truth is, God is our King and we are chosen by him". As I look through the book and read the letters to My Princess, and the scripture that goes with it....(light bulb moment) It makes me realize that I am a Princess and God is my King! I never really thought about it before. In John 15:16 YOU DIDN'T CHOOSE ME, I CHOSE YOU. I APPOINTED YOU TO GO AND PRODUCE FRUIT THAT WILL LAST, SO THAT THE FATHER WILL GIVE YOU WHATEVER YOU ASK FOR, USING MY NAME. Wow, God chose me to be HIS Princess! I am royalty even when I don't feel like it. God has plans for ME! He will show me how to let go of things in this life that are holding me back from the blessings that HE wants to give me. He wants to teach me everyday and I just need to recognize him has King of Kings and Lord of Lords. The Lover of my soul! I don't know if you can tell...but, I am going through some pretty rough times lately. My daughter is a senior in high school and can't wait to fly away ...while Joey and I are trying desperately to clip the wings. I know I am not the only one going through this, but still it is not easy. Joey and I want any guy that comes into Andrea's life to treat her like a Princess. Right now that is not happening and it really makes me sad in a number of ways. 1. Our precious Andrea is so sweet and she has a good caring heart. There is so much potential for her in this life. For some jerk to not see this makes me sad. 2. My Princess should be put first. and if you can't do this ...then don't even come around. 3. My Princess is young in the things of this world.....don't take advantage of her. 4. My Princess is sometimes to willing to help others and while I am proud of her.....I don't want her to get hurt. 5. My Princess should be enjoying her senior year and not having to deal with jerk who is upsetting my family. Maybe, I should not be calling this person a jerk,( I try hard not to call people names) but, right now that is the best name for him. I am trying to be nice. Anyway, because we expect Andrea to be treated like a Princess, well, it made me start thinking about what a Princess really is.....and that led me to the book in the closet .....that let me to realize WOW, I am the King of Kings Princess!!! I can go to my King when I am: strong, weary, rejoicing and when I feel crushed. When I need rest, teaching...there is so much that My King wants to reveal to me. You see My King didn't create me for this fallen world....He created me for Paradise, but, the curse of sin tore us apart and He conquered sin and death for me and through the death of his son...I can go to him and live. "Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle, and you will find rest for your souls." Matthew 11:28-29. I know God has great plans for Andrea ....He told me in Jeremiah. I remind her of this all the time. While parenting is a huge job ( who ever said it gets easier when they get older...must have been on drugs) I wouldn't take nothing for My Princess!! I love her more than I can express ....I don't know if there is a word that can express it. I know I have made plenty of parenting mistakes and will make plenty more. But, God truly has blessed me with a daughter that is the sunshine of my life in good times and bad. As Scarlet would say " tomorrow is another day". I am sure this too will pass. My heart is say today and tears come to easily. I know that My King will give me(His Princess) guidance and peace. Thankyou My King, THANK-YOU!
Women need Women that is a fact. I am so excited we now have a mentoring group at my church. The beginning: Krista and I went to a women's conference at Brook Hills Church, and we heard about the Woman to Woman mentoring program and thought what a great idea and how we could use the program at CBC (Calera Baptist Church). We told our committee about it and started looking into how to set the program up for us.In the mean time.... we had several ladies express to us the need for a christian mentor to give advice in several areas like: husbands, children, christian living, prayer and accountability and how to find someone who would be willing to take on the task. The women's committee decided to pray about the program see where God led us. Over a year later.....Well, can I just say "God is soooo Good!" It took a lot of work and dedication but, we had our 1st Coffee ( that is where the ladies come to meet and decide if the want to participate in the mentor/mentee program). Then step 2 was the committee matching up the mentor/mentee. WOW, you could see in this meeting how God was using each of us ladies in matching these ladies. I must say, I never thought I would be a mentor. I don't feel worthy enough to help someone else and I have made so many mistakes in my life and well, I was just SCARED to be a mentor ......I wanted to be a mentee. God had a different plan. HE is asking me to step out of my box!! So, I told God...I will step out of the box, but I can't do this without you and HE assured me I would not be alone ( how awesome is that?). Step 3. the kick-off was Oct.18th. this is where the mentor meets the mentee and their own prayer warrior. This is the beautiful part... to see all the ladies go to each other and introduce themselves has the mentors and mentees. I wanted to sit back and watch how they came together the surprise on their faces and then the hugs. You see when the mentees came into the room you could see uncertainty on their faces and they were nervous. The mentors the same with nerves and hoping the mentee would be glad to have you has a mentor you know like "what in the world am I doing" looks. But, has the ladies came together it was just beautiful! I wished we had video to watch this moment. To see what God is doing in our Women's ministry and allowing me to see it all come together and be apart is so precious to me. There was a time I got teary eyes, because ME .....Darlene allowed God to use me and the other ladies on the team to help bring all these precious ladies together. When I am old and gray I think this will be one of the moments I will look back on in my life .....I will never forget it. This week my mentee and I will have our 1st meeting.....I am excited and still scared. But, I know that God will be right beside me.
I think I might acutally enjoy doing this. I am very nervous about wording and people understanding what I am trying to say. But, I am sure if they get confused they will ask me about it.
I started hearing about blogging from Dee Dee and I thought "what in the world is blogging?" Then I seem to be addicted to reading blogs everyday. I don't know if anyone is interested in me or what I have to say....but, I decided to try blogging out and see what happens!