BY DORENE LOVE
LORD, HOW DO I FIND
The Scriptures tell us that the Lord sets a father in
honor over his children, and that a child who honors his father
will be heard when he prays. But what happens when the father leaves
the family? There are statistics that prove that almost 50% of all
marriages will end in a divorce, so, many of us either have been, or
will be in this situation. I read recently in a magazine article
that society's view of a perfect family was a man, woman and two
children (preferably one of each sex). A perfect family style
included a satisfying job for the man and woman, a comfortable home,
two cars, a color TV, a boat, steak at least once=a=week, and
numerous other material things. Incidental matters included
intelligent children, a wide circle of friends, and freedom for the
man and woman to do their own thing on occasion.
A few years ago, I had all
that; then divorce entered in and changed my life! Did you notice
what was missing in that article's viewpoint of family life, and
consequently mine? It was the WORD OF GOD! The article
fit me! I had what the world considered a pretty neat life; but I
was missing the most important ingredient; - - - a personal
relationship with our Lord Jesus Christ! Oh, I went to church on
Sundays, but I found out that wasn't near enough.
LORD, WHERE DO I TURN?
With the divorce, my world suddenly caved in. Where do I
turn? Family, friends, neighbors, co-workers were all there, but
they couldn't heal the hurts, the horrible pain; nor could they calm
the fear of a raising a college age daughter and a 13 year old son
alone. YOU LORD, HOW DO I FIND YOU IN THE WAY I NEED? He took care
of that by leading me, through a friend, to a prayer group meeting.
There were people from all walks of life, singing and praising
Jesus with their hands uplifted. I found out that some of them had
worse problems then I did; but they had found a secret. They had
I learned that those people had simply turned their
lives over to Jesus, by an act of their own free will by faith. They
had stepped out of their cocoon of human disaster and trusted Him
for everything. WOW GOD! Can I do that too? Slowly and
gently, He led me to forgiveness, to healing of my inner hurts, to a
new kind of love that encompassed my fellow man. He has truly been
faithful, always ready with His strength, His peace, His love.
Because I'm human, I falter, stumble, and sometimes fall flat on my
face, but He's always there to pick me up.
sends fantastic answers to prayers, usually through extra special
people. With them, He showed me a new way of life; to be more
caring, more sharing, more grateful and most important, - - - more
loving! He was with me through my daughter's wedding, and my son's
teen years, who now walks a closer walk with Him! PRAISE GOD!
God can take the broken pieces of our lives and give us an unbroken
peace. Scripture tells us we are God's chosen ones; so I am in
submission to the will of the Father. In this way, we are acceptable
to our Lord Jesus, who we lean on to lead us, teach us, and guide
us. We are admonished by God's word to cloth ourselves with the
virtues of mercy, kindness, meekness, patience and forgiveness. We
all know how hard this can be, especially within a family unit, but
we are to bind these with love, which makes them - - - not easy, but
GOD LOVES YOU
I believe to keep any kind of family unit intact, God
must be there in first place. Remember, He put us first when He gave
us His only Son Jesus to die on the cross, so we might have eternal
life. I beg you, as you read this article, DON'T leave
God in church this Sunday when you leave. TAKE HIM WITH YOU.
Take Him with you and together pray as a family, and then watch Him
weld you together. God's presence makes all the difference.
I praise and thank God for accepting me and my
family just as we are; for continually adding to our family by
sending other people into our lives. I thank Him also for always
being with me. I pray for you too, for a renewal in your lives and
family; - - - GOD LOVES YOU!