Treasures

“Do not store up for yourselves treasures on earth, where moth and rust destroy, and where thieves break in and steal. But store up for yourselves treasures in heaven, where neither moth nor rust destroys, and where thieves do not break in or steal; for where your treasure is, there your heart will be also” (Matthew 6:19-21).

With all the recent devastation in Iowa due to tornadoes and flooding, I have been reflecting a lot on this verse. And after discovering water damage in our own basement just over a week ago, I realized how truly unimportant are the things we “treasure” on this earth–and how truly quickly those “treasures” can be destroyed.

Interestingly enough, it was upon returning home from my grandfather’s funeral, where the preacher had exhorted those in attendance to hang on loosely to earthly possessions, that we found ourselves having to let go of some of our own things. God, in His mercy, had used both the preacher’s words and my grandfather’s life and death to remind us that the “things” of this life do not matter and should not be treasured in our hearts. My grandfather had been a successful and well-respected businessman in his day; but trialsome times came, money got tight, and his fifth-generation family-owned and operated cattle business became nothing but debt. His earthly inheritance had perished, but he had an imperishable inheritance–salvation through faith–waiting for him in heaven.

“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who according to His great mercy has caused us to be born again to a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, to obtain an inheritance which is imperishable and undefiled and will not fade away, reserved in heaven for you, who are protected by the power of God through faith for a salvation ready to be revealed in the last time. In this you greatly rejoice, even though now for a little while, if necessary, you have been distressed by various trials, so that the proof of your faith, being more precious than gold which is perishable, even though tested by fire, may be found to result in praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ; and though you have not seen Him, you love Him, and though you do not see Him now, but believe in Him, you greatly rejoice with joy inexpressible and fully of glory, obtaining as the outcome of your faith the salvation of your souls.” (1 Peter 1:3-9)

About Me

I’ve been tagged by my friend Amber to complete the following list about myself. Here goes….

I am…thankful for godly friendships.

I want…to know God more.

I wish…I could remember everything I read.

I hate…alarm clocks.

I miss…college life.

I fear…that I won’t know what to say when witnessing to unbelievers.

I feel…tired most of the time.

I hear…Abel and Amariah playing together.

I smell…fresh cut grass.

I crave…chocolate ice cream.

I search…for Abel’s sippy cup at least twice a day.

I wonder…what it will feel like to be in heaven.

I regret…missing opportunities to witness.

I love…to feel the sun’s warmth on my skin.

I ache…after a long day on my feet.

I care…about how my children behave.

I always…brush my teeth before leaving the house.

I am not…very patient when Abel plays with his food.

I believe…that Jesus is God’s only Son, sent to die for my sins that I might be saved.

I dance…when I sing silly songs to my kids.

I sing…without realizing it.

I cry…when a conflict is resolved.

I don’t always…remember who told me what.

I fight…the habit of running late.

I write…with proper grammar.

I never…order seafood.

I listen…to my husband’s heartbeat when I lay on his chest.

I need…a Savior.

I am happy…when my children are obedient.

Now I’m tagging Rebekah.

Two Pink Lines

It has happened again! Last Friday morning, with heart beating rapidly, I leaned over the bathroom sink and watched as two little pink lines slowly appeared on my pregnancy test…. “I’m pregnant!” I said to my husband as he anxiously peeked around the shower curtain. Wow! I am still in awe at the thought of God giving us a third child. What a blessing! Even now as I think about this child who we won’t know for another nine months, my heart leaps in my chest, and my overwhelming tiredness momentarily fades into the background of my mind.

When Travis and I got married, we agreed that instead of using birth control we would let God be in control, believing that it is He who opens and closes the womb and believing His word that children are a gift of the Lord and that the fruit of the womb is a reward (Psalm 127:3). And what a true blessing and reward our children are to us! The thought that had we not fully trusted in the Lord by obeying our convictions and had consequently missed out on these gifts–Abel, Amariah, and baby #3–is devastating. In a society where pregnancies are often viewed as an “oops” and children as an expensive inconvenience, Travis and I are so thankful that we are able to rejoice when those two pink lines appear, knowing that each child is a gift from God.

“For You formed my inward parts;
You wove me in my mother’s womb.
I will give thanks to You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
Wonderful are Your works,
And my soul knows it very well.
My frame was not hidden from You,
When I was made in secret,
And skillfully wrought in the depths of the earth;
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.” (Psalm 139:13-16)

Husbands, Love Your Wives

Tonight my husband came home not feeling well after a long day of work to a wife who didn’t have supper prepared or even planned. While working outside in the garden, I asked him what sounded good for supper, and instead of telling me what to fix, he offered to go inside and start the preparations. By the time I finished the yard work, Travis had found a new recipe, adapted it to his liking, and was in the process of cooking his experimental dish. I walked in the house to the wonderful aroma of his creation and through tears told him how much I appreciated his willingness to help me out in the kitchen even though he didn’t feel good. And let me say, I appreciated it even more when I tasted it! And by the way, he (and Abel) even baked brownies afterwards! I am so blessed to have a husband who serves me and loves me and who views our marriage as a partnership. I am greatly encouraged by his obedience to God’s command for husbands to love their wives sacrificially as Christ loves the Church and gave Himself up for her. Thank You, Lord, for giving me a husband who loves and serves both You and me.

Because He Is…

Because He is faithful, I can witness to unbelievers with confidence.
Because He is true, I can cling to all His promises.
Because He is sovereign, I can look to Him for help and peace.
Because He is powerful, I can be weak.
Because He is holy, I can sin less.
Because He is consistent, I can trust in Him.
Because He is loving, I can love.
Because He is personal, I can have a relationship with Him.
Because He is omniscient, I can be truthful.
Because He is redeeming, I can spend eternity with Him.
Because He is caring, I can be comforted.
Because He is blameless, I can be justified.
Because He is God….