Welcome to my eclectic journey of my life and delights. This year my theme is surrendering my writing pen to the true author, Jesus Christ, while looking forward to the future, reflecting on the past and dancing through my journey.

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

He Owes Me Nothing

Back when I first started blogging, I posted what I called the Bravo, Bravo God post.  To me, these were the moments when you just want to stop and look heavenward with applauds to the only One who deserves it.  These are the moments when you realize that you deserve nothing and yet, He continues to bless you with the Bravo moments of life.

Today was a Bravo God day... one in which the tears so gratefully flowed down my face in awe of the One who made me.  I am nothing and yet, He never fails to show me how much He loves me.

The home school loop that I am a member of sent out an email about a trip to see a Lego exhibit.  Legos are Benjamin's all-time favorite toy in the world.  Anytime he has ANY money, it goes to buy Legos.  In fact his recent loss of his front tooth gave him money for Legos.  When the email crossed my site, I froze as I looked down to see that my calendar was full with a work day for me.  Each dime I make at this point is going toward our surviving our ending unemployment...there isn't time to take off.  My heart sank.  I went to the Lord with my mommy guilt.  Surely, there was some way for me to be obedient in making income and Benjamin not suffering loss.

After a business meeting at my house, where my brain is being stretched on information about essential oils, I stepped out of my "can do it all myself" mentality and asked for assistance.  I asked another mother if she would mind if Benjamin went with her and her family to the exhibit.

As I told Benjamin that he would be going to the Lego exhibit, he looked up with a smile, "this is the best week ever!"  I nodded thinking, "yes, Lord it is...thank you so much for hearing my heart."  Another wonderful Christian mother stood in for me and let my child attend with his friends.

I went off to work so grateful for a Lord who cares about the little things.

I finished my job to come home to another Bravo moment.  Another son crucified his flesh...stepped out in obedience to God and gave his mom the best gift ever....a wise, obedient son. God had told him to do something..something that, the day before wouldn't have been a sacrifice and yet, on this day, while going to deliver his sacrificial offering of obedience, an event blindsided him that would push his flesh to fight back with a "no, keep the offering"!  He didn't say "no" to God, even when he flesh was hurting.  He was obedient.

This mother has and continues to pray that all my children, their spouses and grandchildren will walk with the Lord Jesus Christ all the days of their life.  I pray they all will bow their knees to the King of Kings.  My oldest gave me a gift that can't be bought or sold....................He obeyed  His Savior and Lord and gained a great victory over his flesh.

As I go through my photo albums, grabbing pictures for my second son's wedding in two weeks, I replay all the years of parenting...all 29 years.  I soak in the fact that God has never left us or forsaken us... His word is true.  I had even sent a picture to our oldest this week of his younger brother on his back, with the comment..."you have always been and still are... the BEST BIG BROTHER."

So today............. having searched and struggled for words, I close with this..............

Bravo, Bravo God!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
3 John 1:4 "I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth."

14 Joining in with more words:

Sharon said...

I know what you're talking about. I call it *spiritual jazz hands* - when God is just SOOO good that I have to give Him a standing ovation.

My boys were (and still are) fans of LEGO, too - so I can understand the treat it was for Benjamin to be able to go see this exhibit. And I do applaud you for being humble enough to ask for help.

Kudos to your oldest -

And I join you in praying that all of our children follow closely in Jesus' footprints.


GratefulPrayerThankfulHeart said...

Such a blessing to read about the Lords gracious hand in both of these situations. Very cute brothers photo :)

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

I'm shouting BRAVO with you, Janette!! blessings ~ tanna

Susan Marlene Kinney said...

Oh Janette! What an inspiring blog you have. Thank you for sharing, believing and teaching your children about the Lord! I smiled the whole way through your blog post! I will be back! :)

Debbie said...

Oh I love to start my day with these kind of wonderful posts! Yes, praise God for His faithfulness and those moments when we get those little touches from Him that just squeal GOD LOVES ME!! Rejoicing with you over here!

darling pic btw!

Farm Girl said...

How wonderful and I am so happy that you shared this. You are so blessed to wee how God is so good to you all of the time. Blessings to you!

Christine said...

I know how you get down on your knees.
I know that you pray for each and everyone of the members of your family.
I know you will be rewarded, over and over.

Thank you for letting us share your joy. (It means a lot!)

Vee said...

It's Psalm 37:25 all over again! He blesses us and He doesn't want us begging...asking maybe...but never begging. Love the story of Lego Day. Did Benjamin have fun or has he been yet?

Sandy said...

I am rejoicing and praising with you, Janette. Just wonderful! And my 24 year old Seth still has most of his Legos and likes to "play" with them!
Blessings & Love~

Debbie Petras said...

Your heart's desire is the same one I have. That our families would have Jesus in their heart and walk in His ways. If I could only have one answer to prayer, that would be it!

I am so glad you reached out and shared your need. There are many who would be willing to help out if only we voice our need. I love that Benjamin got to go and was happy to go even if you couldn't go with him. And your other son's obedience is awesome. Nothing like getting to see them grow in their faith. Obedience is the key!

So glad I was able to read this one Janette.

Love you,

Angel said...

You're so right, Janette. He owes me nothing, and yet...the blessings flow. I am applauding God with you today. Bravo and Amen!

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Singing his praises with you!

Rebecca said...

Bravo, God!

Cecilia Marie Pulliam said...

As your post proves, there is only one way to handle our struggles, through God. He will indeed guide us and give us all that is needed, not necessarily what we want, but what is truly needed, as He did with you and your son's. Through your faith, your family will continue to be blessed with gifts that money could never buy.

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