the wife of a man of integrity, mother of five children, and a student,
who still has many lessons to learn, from the very best Teacher of all.
Her greatest privilege is to serve others,
sharing the things she has learned from God’s word and from her own walk with Jesus. Dawn is also an inspiring regular contributor (LifeWriter) here at LifeLetter Café
and is today’s featured contributor to “Find It Only Here On Friday.”
Her Café exclusive “Take Your Stand On the Promises of God” can be found below . . BUT FIRST . .
the Café thought you just might want to know how an Encouragement Leader
like Dawn Morris has herself been encouraged in her own faith recently. In her own words…
I’ve been encouraged in my faith recently by our oldest son giving his life to Jesus.
To hear the same voice that mocked me for praying to someone who “wasn’t there,”
express gratitude for his Savior is the greatest joy!
To know that all we invested in pouring in Biblical truth
to our son really was effective, is incredibly encouraging.
Today’s Find It Only Here On Friday
“Take Your Stand On the Promises of God”
by Dawn Morris
Finding A Future Through Forgiveness
I grew up in a home that could make one of Jerry Springer’s top ten shows. Alcoholism, affairs, conflict, drug abuse, and physical abuse, characterized my home life. Shortly after I became a Christian at 18, my parents threw me out of our home with this curse:
“You pray to Jesus, and we’ll see who has the better life!”
The Christian family who took me in wasn’t exactly ideal. They had their issues. But from my perspective, their family was incredible. Solid. Loving. Safe. Different.
At breakfast one day shortly after finding refuge in their home, the mother took me aside, had me open up my Bible and read a story. It’s one you’re probably familiar with, about a slave who owed a great debt to his master. He was in very real danger because of the debt, and he plead with his master for mercy. Mercy was granted.
Astonishingly, the forgiven servant responded to the mercy shown him by roughing up another servant. He demanded to be repaid for a much smaller amount the man owed him. Other servants ran and told the master. It didn’t end well for the forgiven slave.
With tenderness, I was encouraged to forgive my parents. Not only that, also to pray for them and seek to have as much of a relationship with them as they would allow. Gently, I was led through Scripture to see the way Jesus wants His disciples to respond to those who despise us, mistreat us, and even hate us.
I’m so grateful for the early lesson of looking to God’s Word for direction and answers to difficult situations. When I came to the next major trial in my life, I knew that only God could help me. After being married for a couple of years, my husband and I decided that we’d start a family. Nothing happened.
As we struggled through years of infertility, I would go to the Bible and find comfort, strength, encouragement and peace. There’s no desire like the one for a child, which God’s Word acknowledges. I found comfort in that. My friends, with all of their children, couldn’t understand, but God did.
I found God not only understood, but He had a plan for me in my infertility. Indeed, He has a plan for me in every difficulty and trial:
and perseverance, proven character, and proven character, hope;
and hope does not disappoint because the love of God has been poured out in our hearts
through the Holy Spirit who was given to us.”
– Romans 5:3-5 –
I’ve encountered all sorts of hard situations through the years, enough to see the truth of that promise born out in my life.
God is at work,
forming a more Christ-like character in me …
I’ll be honest. Knowing that doesn’t make a painful situation go away, but it does remove the sting of it. I’m not being punished. I’m being trained. I’m being formed into a woman of character, a woman of hope, who is never disappointed because she has the love of God poured into her heart through the Holy Spirit.
In the decades I’ve been a Christian, I’ve learned that the most crucial thing is sticking close to Jesus, and focusing on Him and the promises in His Word, instead of whatever storm may surround me. I’ve learned to praise God for each of those promises. As I do so, my heart is encouraged by the certain hope that He is faithful and abundantly able to do all that He says.
Focusing on truth is crucial …
We live in a fallen world where sin and death still exist, and we have an enemy bent on our destruction. Yet through it all, our all-powerful, sovereign God is at work, using each situation He allows into our lives to change us. We can be shortsighted and only consider the reality we live in, forgetting there’s a longer, eternal reality ahead.
One day each of us who’ve trusted in Jesus will stand before the throne of God, holy and blameless in His sight. That’s certain. Our salvation is secure. We can trust that the God who loved us enough to save us is truly preparing us for the eternal future we’ll enjoy with Him.
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