I am so excited that God has used me to share His Word this past year. I appreciate each of you that has journeyed through Heaven’s Gardens with me. I am taking a two week break to finish packing and get settled into my new home! Please explore the archives and find a post that maybe you have missed. I am sharing my very first posts on social media. Be blessed and I promise to be back refreshed and at peace from my new season!
I don’t feel like it. I’m tired. Although there are so many good things happening right now, I’m exhausted….. Have you ever felt like this? It’s a lot of work to take care of a home, kids, and a husband. I’m sure whatever you need to do is hard work too. The point is, no matter how we “feel”, we can’t give up. We have an assignment that we have accepted from the Lord.
The moment we said yes to God and accepted Him as our Savior, we exchanged our will for His. The moment we said I do to our spouse, we gave up our flesh and combined it with theirs. The moment we had a baby, we gave up our “right” to be selfish. Parenting is selfless and unconditional. When we start getting caught up in our “feelings”, it is time to remember Jesus. Do you think Jesus felt like praying for hours in the garden before He was to be betrayed? His disciples didn’t, they fell asleep. Do you think He felt like being falsely accused and tortured for sins that He never committed? Do you think He felt like giving up His own life for people who were yet in sin and didn’t believe? I can’t imagine Him “feeling” like doing any of these things, yet He did them because He chose to be obedient to the assignment that the Father gave Him. He chose to love even when He didn’t feel loved. His obedience brought salvation, everlasting life to those who believe.
The Race of Faith
12 Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, 2 looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith, who for the joy that was set before Him endured the cross, despising the shame, and has sat down at the right hand of the throne of God.
The Discipline of God
3 For consider Him who endured such hostility from sinners against Himself, lest you become weary and discouraged in your souls.
While we fall short of the perfection of Jesus, our behavior should be Christ-like. Every assignment holds purpose. Our marriage comes with an attached assignment. The devil is after the family structure. He wants to come into our homes and destroy our marriage and steal our children’s identity. He wants to kill our desire to fulfill our assignment by getting us caught up in our feelings. He wants us to “feel” like we can’t do it anymore because he is afraid of what will happen when we stay committed. His job is to keep us “feeling” dissatisfied in every situation. This will bring on bitterness and a pessimistic attitude that nobody will want to be around. We can’t become discouraged in our souls!
I was told by a prophet that I was about to enter into a season of fulfillment! What an awesome word. Many things are coming together and I am receiving the desires of my heart. But even our own desires won’t satisfy us if we have a wrong perspective. The Lord told me that fulfillment is being content in every situation while pursuing what God is doing next. We never arrive to a place of idleness. The Lord constantly graduates us in faith, glory, and strength. If we don’t find contentment where we are at, our journey will be miserable and we will want to give up. We are to expect the next great thing, but can’t despise where we start. We can have peace knowing that God is with us when we surrender ourselves to Him.
11 Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: 12 I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. 13 I can do all things through Christ[b] who strengthens me.
When we learn to be content, we learn how to do all things through God’s strength. It has nothing to do with what we feel. It doesn’t have anything to do with our own ability, but has everything to do with our surrender to Him.
Don’t give up! Remember what God has done for you. Remember why you do what you do. Remember what God has promised you. He hasn’t changed His mind and wants to give you peace. Give your feelings to God and let His peace satisfy your soul.
6 Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication, with thanksgiving, let your requests be made known to God; 7 and the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus
Father, we thank You that You are the One that satisfies us with Your goodness. Father forgive us for getting caught up in our feelings and falling into a place of discontentment. Show us how to be content in all situations and complete each assignment by Your strength. We choose not to give up on our marriage, our children, and those that You have connected us to. Make us finishers in our race of faith. Keep our hearts and minds in peace as we continue to seek You for every situation that we face. We speak life to our homes and come against every attack that the enemy brings to cause destruction. Give us strategy, wisdom, and endurance to stay on course and finish our assignment. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
It’s spring cleaning time! What better way to spend April Fool’s Day than to clean our marriage of foolish build up? It is easy to get caught up in pettiness and folly when each person is working hard and desiring to be recognized. Sometimes we forget that we are both working towards the same goal. We need to sweep out pride and remember our success is for God’s glory.
The fear of the Lord is the beginning of knowledge, But fools despise wisdom and instruction.
Once we remember that the Lord is our focus, we have to evaluate if we have been willing to receive wisdom and instruction from our spouse. If not, we have been fools.
The way of a fool is right in his own eyes, But he who heeds counsel is wise.
Only a fool thinks that they are always right. It takes wisdom to realize there is truth in the counsel of others. In marriage our best counselor is our spouse. They know us intimately and should have our best interests in mind because our success is ultimately their success as well.
The wise shall inherit glory, but shame shall be the legacy of fools.
When we keep up foolishness in our homes, we are leaving a legacy of shame for our children. Only wisdom can inherit God’s glory. We need to be seeking wisdom in every area of our lives and building a legacy of glory for our children.
The wise woman builds her house, But the foolish pulls it down with her hands.
Our words hold power. When we see something in our homes that is not in alignment with the will of God, we must pray and speak life to that situation. The more we pray, encourage, and affirm, the stronger our house will be. Nagging and complaining will work as a wrecking ball to destroy it.
A fool has no delight in understanding, But in expressing his own heart.
We have to also remember to listen. We can’t hoard our own thinking and only give room for what we feel in our own hearts. We need to throw away selfishness and make room for understanding to come in. Our hearts should be knitted together with love. If we don’t desire to understand our spouse’s perspective, then the stitching that holds us together will likely unravel.
It is honorable for a man to stop striving, Since any fool can start a quarrel.
We have to organize our thoughts and strategically place our words. There is no honor in starting arguments with our spouse, it only leads to dishonor. When we get rid of the clutter in our brains that come from insecurities and double mindedness, we can better communicate our disagreements. We can issue our concerns in love and be received instead of immediately rejected out of defense.
There is desirable treasure, And oil in the dwelling of the wise, But a foolish man squanders it.
When we get rid of all foolishness, we receive a treasure! The oil of provision and anointing will dwell with us. Only a fool would waste what the Lord promises. Let’s choose wisdom for our marriage. Let’s open up the windows of our hearts and air out the staleness that has set in. Let the fresh wind of God blow in our homes and over our marriages. Let the blood of Jesus cleanse us from infectious and contagious germs and bacteria that have settled in places that we have neglected to wash with Your Word.
Father we thank You that You give us access to Your wisdom. Forgive us for being fools and letting foolishness to enter into our marriage. Expose every place of folly and replace it with Your Wisdom. We refuse to be fools. We put our trust in You and desire the fear of the Lord that leads us to understanding. We choose to build our spouse with counsel, encouragement and prayer. In Jesus’ name we pray. Amen!
Bonnie Kay Rimpson
God has truly restored me after having a torn soul from broken relationships and even a divorce. After receiving Jesus as my Savior, God took me through a process of knowing my identity and loving myself so that I may love others. Now I am happily married to a man after God's own heart, who loves me with the love of God.