Monday, June 13, 2011

Repost~Epiphanies and Lies (God is Reconstructive, satan is Destructive)

I needed to remember this post today...to remind myself. I thought there may be others that needed the reminder today too.

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Oh, it's not that bad. Today was one of those days. I didn't sleep well last night. One child chose a small measure of defiance to test limits. It was the first day back of home school. It was a day where I was tired and struggling with many instances of others "not thinking it through" and little hurts. In other words, a day like we all have occasionally.

Yet the difference in today is that when satan started working on me, I knew he was lying.

"Your a failure"
"Your not good enough"
"They're pretending to like you, but they really don't"
"See, no one listens to you. You're a lousy parent."
"Your not pretty enough or skinny enough"
The lies rest in the lap of satan. Oh, we are all far from perfect and we all have times in our lives where we can't get a grip, but God doesn't tell us stuff that just breaks us down to the point of giving up. That's satan's job.

God is reconstructive (even when it hurts). satan is destructive.God is honest in His instruction, telling painful truths to reconstruct us to His tool.satan is the master of lies, telling us lies in a way that will only cause us harm.

God causes life.satan causes death.
God numbers our days until we can be with Him.satan tries to cut short our days with depression or suicide.
There's a pattern.

God says things such as, "You are turning from me and letting others opinions be your master."satan says, "You are a failure, AGAIN, no one likes you."
God says things such as, "Your children are not listening, just as you have not listened to me, in their rebellious spirit."satan says, "You're no good as a parent. You've made a mess of your kids."
God says things such as, "Your body is mine. You need to grow and treat it with the respect I want you to. Do not let food be your master."satan says, "Your too fat/too skinny, your shaped like a kangaroo on steroids. Man! You are so ugly."
God says things like, "I'm proud of you my child."satan says things like, "You don't need God. You are amazing on your own."
God says things like, "I gave you my promise."Satan says, "You will fail."
God is reconstructive.
satan is destructive.
I've been recognizing satan's lies for what they are lately. It only took me 39 years. When the ugliness and shattering lies rack through my brain, trying to ruin me...I have to ask myself, is this destructive or reconstructive? When you have your answer, you know exactly where it came from.

I realized this recently in another area of my life, as you can see in the post
"The Lies satan Tells Us About Adoption".

Now I am realizing this in the rest of my life. My life is not my own, why would my Savior want to destroy it? Now then, satan has a good reason. We are not his children. He has been disinherited. We are now claiming exactly what he wants.

I ask you to join me in remembering (again) that God loves us. He claims us as His own. He is a jealous God. He wants our untarnished devotion. He cherishes our spirits. He knows our flaws. He will not bend easily to the shedding of His children through the lies of the great deceiver.

God is our shield where satan's lies cannot penetrate...that is when we rest in Him.

"...so that your faith might not rest on human wisdom, but on God’s power." I Corinthians 2:5

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If you have a prayer request, I will be trying to list them at the end of just about EVERY blog. Just comment or email me and I will list them. If you have a private one, just let me know and I will hold it up to God in prayer, but not place it on our blog.

Please let me know any updates or how God answers. God is just so AMAZINGLY cool and a privilege to watch answer!!!

June's Immanent Adoption Prayer Requests:*Please pray for my husband's employment form for China, the notarization was not exactly as needed and needs to be redone (possibly tomorrow?)
*Please pray our dossier authentications continue to come together flawlessly and quickly.
*Please pray that our immigration approval comes quickly and that everything proceeds to China correctly done and with speed we can't imagine.


Our Personal Prayer Requests

*For the waves at my husband's place of business to smooth and calm. For GOD to show him where he can bring GOD the most glory.

*That all paperwork may be quick and without flaw (in only a way the God can do) and both U.S. immigration approves us quickly and the Chinese government.

*For all "hiccups" to be banished and a hedge of protection be surrounding this journey.

*For our tax return and finances to fly that we may get started on our journey at a greater speed and that all finances come together with smoothness and speed. Even with the above blessing, we still need the tax return to come through. We have received partial, but are still waiting for the remainder.

*Please pray for our daughter across the world who faces each night alone, not knowing a family awaits her. Please pray that she feels GOD's presence, GOD's hedge of protection around her, that her heart is prepared and ready for family, and that Jesus fills her heart and helps her to be ready to attach to her family. Also for her biological family and their peace and knowledge of a God that loves them so very much.

*Please pray that GOD protects us from satan's attacks. When you follow GOD, satan always attacks. We have had constant life "storms", thus the verse above.

*Please pray for the drama surrounding a situation not directly effecting us or in our immediate family, but none the less...drama. Please pray for peace surrounding this situation.

*Most importantly, that GOD be brought glory and His will be done in all of this.

Prayers for Our Brothers and Sisters
If you have a prayer request, I will be trying to place them at the end of EVERY blog. Just comment or email me and I will list them. If you have a private one, just let me know and I will hold it up to GOD in prayer, but not place it on our blog.

*Please pray for Eden, a little blessing from Ethiopia, who has a life threatening disorder.

*Please pray for Carrington who just arrived in March from Eastern Europe. She came home at 11lbs and three years old. Update: She is home from the hospital now and doing SO much better, but could still use prayers!

*Please pray for little Selah, Lorraine's daughter, who has hydrocephalus and issues cropping up regarding this.

*Please pray for Judah, a little one from Ethiopia that is on a medical visa here in the United States. He has hydrocephalus and the doctors are evaluating him for treatment that is not available there. GOD is working miracles, can we pray for some more?

*Please pray for my friends Michelle and Amber who both have parents struggling with cancer. Michelle also has an Uncle fighting cancer as well.

*Please pray for Donna and her family as they are starting the adoption process at the same exact time we are and have their preliminary approval as well and are waiting for the preliminary approval on a second beautiful blessing!

*Rolando and Julia (Guatemala-It has been over five years.), AND Junior and Diamoh (Liberia) to be able to finally come home to their families and that these countries open to legitimate adoptions.

*Renae-For the continued transition of their sweet family. Their daughter joined their family this year and they are starting the process of another amazing journey to Ethiopia! They need their tax return as well to start this journey!

*Daniel (Liberia) and Jeremiah (Taiwan)- for their continued health issues. GOD's blessings and Hand on them and their families.

*My friend (unnamed, GOD knows)... foster son, his family, and all who will make or influence decisions on his behalf that GOD's will be done in every aspect of his life. Also, currently, for his serious health issues.

*For Eliz and their family as they bring home five beautiful blessings with Down Syndrome.


*Please pray for a friend Paula and their family as they face many storms.
*Please pray for Gena's teen son to come to know CHRIST.

*Please pray for our friend whose daughter Kennedy is having seizures. Please pray that they cease and whatever is causing them never returns.

*Please pray for the Young family~That God would grow them to be the parents their son needs, that the remaining funds would be provided, that their adoption would proceed unhindered, and that their fears would be relieved.

Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:7-8


1 comment:

  1. SO needed this today....it's an "I'm a failure" kind of day around here too...thanks for the reminder:)!

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Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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