spiritual growth

Childless Mother’s Day

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For the childless wife, Mother’s Day can be excruciating. All the flowers and cards and well wishes for very deserving women in churches and restaurants and homes all across America serve as one more reminder that those of us longing for children are yet again on the outside.
It’s not an easy day for me. It’s a day I try to stay busy and forget until it’s time for me to call my mom and sister and wish them a Happy Mother’s Day.
But I wonder if there is another way to deal with Mother’s Day?

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Becoming an Expert

Recently my husband and I went on vacation for a few days in Prague. I know – Prague. But we live overseas so we can find super cheap flights.

Anyway, while there, my wonderful husband treated me to a beautiful concert at St. Nicholas Church – a church made famous because Mozart played there. Amazing.

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Apologetics or Trusting?

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Recently I visited an ancient mosque.

It’s something I do as often as I can. I like to pray on mosques. Weird, I know, but there’s something about calling out the name of Jesus in the middle of a place that denies his deity that makes my heart sing. Some of my best conversations about Jesus have been in a mosque.

This particular day was a little different.

Because this mosque is part of an ancient section of the city and visited by thousands of tourists each year, they have what I like to call the “Evangelism Section” near the door. It’s manned by two very lovely ladies who were quick to give me and my visiting friends loads of pamphlets in Arabic and English on women in Islam and the five pillars of Islam. We were happy to oblige and give her some of our own materials. Quid pro quo, right?

And then she asked me if we wanted to watch a five minute video about Islam.

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Cleansing

Traveled for a week.  This is what we came home to...

Traveled for a week. This is what we came home to…

I live in a dirty place.  You can’t imagine the dirt I deal with on a daily basis.  When it “rains” it’s really just mud drops falling from the sky.

And I walk most places. (Traffic is horrific in this mega-city, so it’s usually faster just to walk.) Through dirt, dust and weird mud puddles created by someone’s cleaning buckets. And all this in sandals because it’s crazy hot.

Every part of me that is exposed to the air get really gross. My feet are coated in grime. My hands and face are gritty. For this extra clean girl it’s a nightmare.

So I wash. Continually. Went on a quick trip to the grocery store? Immediately after putting the groceries away (or at least the perishables) I wash my hands, feet and face. When I return from visiting a friend I wash my hands, feet and face. Over and over I wash so that I’ll feel clean. (Notice how I said “feel.” After all, I’m still wearing the grimy clothes.)

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Dominion Over Everything, Even Food

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Usually this scripture is used to talk about having lots of children. So it’s one I avoid reading since having biological children will only be possible through a true miracle of God.

But I do believe that scripture holds meaning for us. And God shined a different light on this passage for me. I hope it blesses and challenges you as it does me.

“Let us make man in Our image.” God made me in his image. I was made like God – not God, but like him. He is beautiful. And because I am made in his image, I am beautiful. Even the dorky parts of me.

Creation implies purpose. I have a reason for being. I was made to bring glory to God.

But we all, with unveiled face, beholding as in a mirror the glory of the Lord, are being transformed into the same image from glory to glory, just as from the Lord, the Spirit. (2 Corinthians 3:18 NASB)

I am the glory of God.

Me, who likes to “dance” around the house and watch Anne of Green Gables.

But what does it mean to be the glory of God?

Be fruitful…. Be productive and successful.

For me, this means working hard on my projects for work. It means constantly and continually studying Arabic. It means digging into the scripture and spending extravagant time with Jesus. Put your trust in the Lord your God and you will be established. Put your trust in His prophets and succeed.” (2 Chronicles 20:20 NASB)

…multiply… Grow and increase.

I must continually grow in the Sprit and as a person. I am never done learning. I grow as a Christ follower and as someone who shares Jesus with Muslims. It also means that I grow in my marriage and as a wife. A wise man will hear and increase in learning, And a man of understanding will acquire wise counsel, (Proverbs 1:5 NASB)

…fill the earth… Enlarge my territory and influence.

This speaks to making Arab friends in my life. The more Arab friends I have, the greater my influence for the sake of the glory of God. The more Arab friends I have, the more I can lead on the path of Truth. Be imitators of me, just as I also am of Christ. (1 Corinthians 11:1 NASB)

…subdue… Conquer, overcome

I can conquer my sugar cravings and desire for food that isn’t healthy. I can overcome the idol of pride in my life. I can subdue my fear and share the Truth even when it’s hard. I can remember that even Islam is under Jesus’ feet. I can do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13 NASB)

…and rule…. Complete control under Jesus.

Jesus is all-powerful. I can allow him to rule over every area of my life. Even my food choices. Even my thoughts. but thanks be to God, who gives us the victory through our Lord Jesus Christ. (1 Corinthians 15:57 NASB)

What a beautiful truth. I am God’s glory created to be productive, to grow, to have influence, to overcome because of the the complete dominion of Jesus.

What is God asking you to do?

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