Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Unforgiveness

I have often struggled with Matthew 6:15:  "But if you do not forgive men their sins, your Father will not forgive your sins", but I recently had an "Aha" moment and I think I've found a way of looking at it that makes a bit more since to me.  I don't know if it is doctrinally correct, but I thought I'd shoot it out as an idea anyway.  

Could it be, perhaps, that if we do not truly accept Christ's forgiveness in our own lives that we will be unable to offer forgiveness to those around us?  In the often quoted John 3:16, we are reminded that "whosoever believes in Him will not perish but have everlasting life".  Believing, truly believing, means accepting the fullness of His sacrifice for our sins - knowing that we in no way deserve His grace and yet He gives it.  Once we have grasped the wonderful reality of the forgiveness that God offers us, it seems like it should be impossible not to extend it to others.  So, maybe the core issue of unforgiveness isn't as much about forcing ourselves to offer it to others as it is about recognizing our unbelief in the area of our own forgiveness.

So, the next time I am struggling with forgiving someone...I think I'm going to stop and remember the extent of my own sinfulness and ask God to let the truth of His forgiveness for my sins sink in to my heart and soul.  I think as I reflect on the amazing truth of His forgiveness in my life, the forgiveness of others will be a natural progression.

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Blessings, 1806 - 1833

1806. The fact that there have been so many blessings poured upon my life in the last 2 months that I could never possibly remember, let alone record them all.
1807. The birth of our precious son, Teal Gregory Lecher!
1808. He was almost two weeks early (and totally healthy), praise God!
1809. God softened my heart the night he was born...I wasn't in a good place - but I couldn't sleep so I stayed up and read and prayed...and God worked miraculously within me.
1810. Praying the baby would come early, then standing up  - and the process starting immediately
My mom being right around the corner, and coming at the drop of a hat
1811. A smooth and peaceful birth and recovery
1812. Our new little man is a great eater, and very content
1813. Our three older children gathered around the new baby - with big smiles and lots of enthusiasm.
1814. Starting out our new year with a fun filled visit with my sister in law and the kids' cousins
1815. Avonlea's gleeful expression while her cousins turned her around in the parashute
1816. Christmas morning with Grammy, Grampy, Grandma and our family
1817. Legos, legos, legos (perhaps they should be an ugly beautiful) :)
1818. Picking out our tree together & Blake helping cut it down.
1819. The boys dragging the tree from one end of the field to the other.
1820. Blake, Cole & Avonlea watching the incredible train set together at the Christmas Tree farm
1821. Teal's soft hair & long fingers and toes
1822. Treasuring every second with my newborn (I've finally realized how fast it all passes...and I'm not going to miss a second of it)!
1823. The sparkle in the boys eyes as they held their Christmas Eve candles at Morrill's Christmas Eve service
1824. Exchanging Christmas cards with momys (mothers of multiple young children) and enjoying counting each families MANY blessings :)
1825. The second half of the serenity prayer
1826.  New Years Eve with a very dear friend
1827. The celebrate recovery class I thought I was attending for someone else - and it turns out I need it (and enjoy it) myself.
1828. A full minivan - every seat is taken
1829. Remembering God's provision in the past and learning/trying to learn how to trust Him with my future
1830. My mom's wonderful landlords
1831. An incredibly social Saturday - lunch with the Stephensons and dinner with the Stapps - all planned by Matt
1832. My kindle fire...think this one may have made the list before - but I absolutely love it!
1833. The 4 precious reasons I don't have time to continue this list this morning :)







The second half of the serenity prayer

I think I've heard the serenity prayer a million and one times, but I just recently found out that it is never quoted in full.  The second half is wonderfully encouraging!

"God grant me the serenity
To accept the things I cannot change;
Courage to change the things I can;
And wisdom to know the difference.
Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
As it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
If I surrender to His Will;
So that I may be reasonably happy in this life
And supremely happy with Him
Forever and ever in the next"