Dancing in the Light

I John 1:7 "If we walk in the light as He is in the light, we have fellowship one with another, and the blood of Jesus Christ, His Son, cleanses us from all sin."

Location: North Platte, Nebraska, United States

I am a christian wife, mother and grandmother. I am a licensed Social worker and a licensed Christian counselor. I am most proud of the relationships I have with God, my family and friends all over the world. I have been blessed beyond my dreams.

Saturday, June 21, 2008

She's Amazing!

We never get too old to learn from others. Over the past few months, I have been privileged to learn from a very amazing young woman! She is struggling with some things in her life, things that would devastate and have devastated many of us, and yet, she remains faithful, loyal and genuine. Don't get me wrong, she has her ups and downs, but in bad times and good, she behaves like God's woman. She has been abandoned by the one she loves and the past four months have been difficult. Yet, throughout this time, she has not once said bad or negative things about her husband. When most would become "historical", (remembering every single bad thing he'd ever done), she has remained in the present, focusing on the good in him, praying for him to be the man she needs and the father her children need. While others might shirk their responsibilities, she has done the opposite. She has found a job and an apartment. She has made sure her boys know that she loves them and she will not leave them also. She has renewed her commitment to parenting them for the Lord. When others might question God and fall away, she has become even more focused on Him and His promises. She searches the Word for hope and strength and she finds it. When others might become single minded, entrenched in their own pain, believing it to be bigger than that of those around them, she has spoken with compassion and concern about those who are struggling. When told she should not forgive her husband until he comes to her and asks for forgiveness, she forgave him anyway, knowing that forgiveness was between her and God. She is determined to work on becoming a better wife and a better mother, rather than a "bitter" one.
Yes, she cries, and yes she gets angry and confused and tired and frustrated, but when you speak with her she quickly processes those emotions and begins speaking of hope and endurance and forgiveness and grace. Yesterday, she started a new job, 2nd shift so her mother could help with the children. Today, she is moving from a home she loves but can no longer afford to an apartment. She is moving without her big strong husband's help. And tomorrow she will take her boys to worship, all by herself, weary, exhausted and worn out. She will rise to the occasion and will flourish in spite of satan's attempts to crush her spirit and derail her purpose. I have faith in her because she has faith in God.
So tomorrow morning as you worship with God's family, say a little prayer for this family. Tonight as you lie next to the one you love, think about this wife who sleeps alone in her big bed and ask God to giver her restful night.And Monday as you begin your work week, pray again for the single mother, amid moving boxes, loving her young sons and preparing for another week alone. Your prayers will mean so much to her!
I wish you could meet her--she is truly an amazing Christian woman---I am so proud of her. You would be too.


Blogger Kathy said...

Thank you, Neva! Through your loving word pictures she is now known to us and is an active part of our lives. Bless her! How often is this scenario repeated daily - and not just in families in the "world" - heartbreakingly, also in the family of God. It will be an honor to keep her and her boys, and her husband in my heart's prayers. May she stay strong as she leans on God's loving, strong arms, may her boys know that they are not to blame for any of this and that they are dearly loved by both parents, even if one seemingly doesn't at this time....and may he waken from his self-involved stupor, opening his eyes to God's forgiving love and the wonderful, loving forgiveness of this faithful wife. May this family be healed in God's love.
AND bless all of you for being the husband's strong arms in absentia .... for being Jesus to her and the boys during this difficult, painful time.

Love you, G/F and send my love to this family!!

2:24 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

She sounds amazing! What an honor to know someone who epitomizes mercy and grace. You are blessed and now so are we. Thank you, neva.
I like Kathy, will keep her and hers in my prayers.


3:56 PM  
Anonymous georgian peach said...

She sounds like a lovely woman. The kind whose children will rise up and call her blessed. God is not slow keeping his promises and he will reward her faithfulness and mercy.
Thank you for shareing her with us.


4:30 PM  
Anonymous Jarrod said...

Wow! What an example to all of us! Grace under fire, evidently not just a bad sitcom but a characteristic of your young friend.May God bless her and continue to sustain her.


4:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I have someone in my life that fits your description to a tee. And while I am much much older than her, she teaches me everyday as she examples godliness in the face of adversity. I know you are blessed by this one and I am priveleged to pray for her and her children, as well as her huaband.


5:13 PM  
Blogger freddie said...

Thanks Neva,
this friend of yours must be really blessed. I will pray for your friend too, but even more for her husband.
God blee you all

9:42 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Hi Neva, I googled my name tonight and found it on one of your posts....being thankful for our friendship. It has been so long since I have heard from you. Have to admit to being flattered that I have been a blessing to you...and you have not forgotten me.

I still have a clock on my bathroom wall that you gave me when you lived in this little po-dunk town so many many years ago.

I go to Edy's grave often. OUr sweet sweet girl and her baby. We all think of her often. Hard to think about how old they would be now, huh?

Email me and we will talk, okay?
Love to you and yours...DJ Patterson

7:32 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

The world needs more graceful ladies like this. Thanks for sharing her story & I will be praying for her.

7:44 PM  

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