This is what has been so prevalent to me the past few days that I know but it is just speaking like VOLUMES to me the past few weeks. Does the Lord ever just really work on ONE subject with you that it’s shown to you over and over and then it just becomes so passionately what you are about? This is one of those things. I am not a big point the finger and place judgement on someone. I really haven’t been one to create an opinion of someone right off the bat…so I thought. I think the Lord has been doing a little bit of refining in this area for me. I have always said, “thank the Lord I am not the judge that is not my job and I am grateful for that!” I think deep down I have placed judgement and will work much harder to remember, ‘I don’t know what goes on behind closed doors, ‘I don’t REALLY know the whole story of someones situation unless I have spoken to that person’, ‘it’s not my place to judge why a person thinks the way they do or does the things they do.’ I CAN LOVE….I CAN SHOW GRACE…I CAN show understanding…I CAN PRAY…I CAN live my life pleasing to my Father and let the rest of it? Let God be God.
I few examples JUST in the past couple of day:
A friend who was in a divorce getting remarried, hearing rumors, believing, until we spoke, the things she has faced…I apologized for questioning her character when I should know better, she is my friend, she loves Jesus.
Hearing a testimony of a family friend, knowing some of it, not all of it, to find out I really didn’t know anything…I wasn’t one of those who helped ‘pray her thru it’, I was a person on the outside looking in as an observer instead of getting down to business with God on her behalf. Thank God He DID send my sis, who was a huge prayer warrior.
A girl who I thought she HAD IT ALL TOGETHER always thinking there wasn’t even a need in her life, never thinking that she could possibly have marital issues even as a pastors wife, who has endured some HUGE issues, and yet I didn’t have an ear because I saw it ONE WAY!
Looking at a very close loved one and not seeing how Jesus uses this person until recently, had it in my head what I thought this person should be doing for Him. Instead of letting God be God…
An amazing story of a woman from Vietnam.I got to hear her story for the first time today. We have known one another for many years but I never took the time to really ‘get to know her’. She shared with me today her story…when she was raised budhist (as I was holding my breath) I asked what it is she believes now, she said that Jesus is the Savior and God. WHO KNEW? And how that all came about is AMAZING!She thanked ME for hearing her story, I was sooooo privileged to hear it!
SO, we all have a story to tell, Jesus works thru us, in us, and around us, and we have no right to pass on anything but LOVE for that is what we are called to do, LOVE.

August 19, 2010 - 5:27 am

Shauna - Amen!! What a beautiful thing to be a woman full of grace no matter what we may think we know! Thumbs up Sis!

August 19, 2010 - 7:00 am

Donna Sparrow - I have always thought that, and often say to my kids, we are all our own story and we all author our own books (or co-author, thank You Lord). It’s amazing to me, as I look around at people at any given time…they are each their own novel, full of joys and heartbreaks, love and loss. You can certainly never know just what is on the pages of another’s story. I am a prime example of that!

On another note, I haven’t figured out the whole “follower” thing outside of FB. I’ll work on it. If you collect buttons, I have one on my page. I use that instead of a blogroll. I’m happy we connected and I can’t wait to see what else we have in common. You’re up on me by one boy…but I’m up on you by two girls, lol.

August 19, 2010 - 12:53 pm

Jasmine - Hey Sweety. How are you? I’m so thankful for you and your honesty. You are so right on with this post. We can pray, we can love, we can show grace. Thank you for the reminder.

I have an article for you that I think might encourage you. It’s about homeschooling. The comment you left me made me think of this article. I hope you enjoy it and that it spurs you on.

August 19, 2010 - 1:49 pm

Jenay - Right on!!! LOVE!!!! Everyone has a beautiful story and we just don’t know what that story is, I’m so glad God knows our stories inside and out!

August 19, 2010 - 6:05 pm

Anonymous - AMEN!


August 20, 2010 - 3:50 am

Big Fat Mama - Thank you for sharing this! It can be hard not to judge and leave all judgements to the only Judge…your words were a beautiful way of reminding us of this!
Big Fat Mama

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