Melissa - posted on 01/17/2010 ( 2 moms have responded )
First things first...I thank our most gracious Father for each and every one of you 169 sisters He has so richly blessed my life with. What an encouragement you are to a wounded spirit on the mend! Your membership in this community demonstrates your desire to become a woman after God's own heart... a Proverbs 31 woman. Makes my heart sing! Thank you for the beautiful gift of your example of Christ's love.
Tomorrow, Monday, January 18th (which also happens to be the hubby's b-day!), will mark one year since I created this community. It absolutely boggles my mind to think about all that can happen in one year. especially when one becomes a parent: it seems to stand still until you have children, then it spreads its wings and soars!
In scrolling through the posts, I was saddened to notice that April of last year was the last time I had been active in the community here. :( Although I have "reasons", I do not indulge in "excuses". In my opinion, "excuses" are nothing but attempts to writhe one's way out of responsibility for one's choices, actions, etc. My honor system will not allow me access there. And I thank God he engineered me that way!!!! Keeps my head clear and heart pure!!!!
Back to the "reasons". 2009 was a tough year. Individually, and as a family, we were blessed beyond belief, but there were times when the rain came that we were gripping the hem of His garment. We weathered two hurricanes together: a dear friend of our family and a beloved pet died from cancer. "Cancer" HAS TO BE one of Satan's deadliest, horrible weapons of destruction. I'll leave that topic right there...the emotion surrounding those deaths are still too raw.
I most humbly ask, as the prodigal son did in Luke 15:21, "The son said to him, 'Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.' While my absence in this group pales in comparison to the situation in Christ's parable, am not going to underscore the impact each of us have on here. I have missed out on encouraging...and being encouraged, sharing...and being shared with, loving...and being loved. As the father tells the members of his household, "For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.' So they began to celebrate." Luke 15:24. I humbly ask we celebrate...for now more then ever, I KNOW I am alive in my Jesus Christ! HALLELUJAH!!!