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"You are the light of the world. A city on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house." Matthew 5:14-15

"Again, the kingdom of heaven is like a merchant looking for fine pearls. When he found one of great value, he went away and sold everything he had and bought it." Matthew 13:45-46

Wednesday, April 22, 2009

Christlike Around My Family

"You are only as Christlike as you are Christlike around your family. If you start there, where it is most difficult to love, then it will be easy to display Christ everywhere else!" This quote by Eric Ludy has been hanging in my home for about a month and a half. I have it posted in several places throughout our home. There are many times that I see it, but don't realize that I do. Yesterday it caught my attention and I reread the quote I remembered the day that I hung it. My prayer then was that as a family we would learn this truth, deep within our hearts. Little did I realize that just two weeks later that my husband would be in a serious accident.

As I look back I realize how much God has been instilling this in our hearts. My husband needs a lot of help and care right now, which provides my sons and I the opportunity to be a servant to him. My husband would be the first to tell you that I have never been great in our twenty one years of marriage when it came to being overly sympathetic when it came to times that he was sick or hurting. My excuse was that I never had a desire to be a nurse or something like that. Well God has used this time of my husband's accident to refine many rough edges in my heart. Only through the Lord's strength have I been able to do better in this area.

I feel that God is using this very difficult stage in our life right now as a training ground for bigger things that He has for us in the future. I desire to exemplify Him in all that I say do. I pray that His sweet Spirit rests on me so much that it is very evident in my life to those I meet that I am different because of Him. I pray that in all I say and do, here at home, and wherever I go that I will be Christlike.

2 comments:

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

Sounds like ya'll are doing a wonderful job taking care of Dad while he's recovering. I know that he feels so blessed to have such a loving, caring wife and sons!

I pray he heals well and soon.

May God bless you!
Marilyn

Anne said...

I loved the line, "I am different because of Him." As Christians, we are ALL suppose to live that way. May Our Lord continue to guide each step on this journey that He has set you on!

Blessings,
Anne