What comes to mind when asked to finish the following: “I am …”? As I gave thought to this question, I came up with: I am a Christian. I am a wife. I am a mother. I am a grandmother. I am a friend. And the list grew. I was surprised by the number of roles I play—the “I ams”—and I would guess you will be as well. We are busy women, filling the many roles we are called upon to play day in and day out. (And I often say, “I am … tired.” Can I get a witness?)
As Christians, we live blessed lives. When is the last time you actually listed your blessings, whether aloud, typing while on your tablet or computer, or using pen to paper? Try it using “I am ….” Here are just a few of mine:
I am healthy. God has blessed me with health and strength to carry out daily activities. And if that changes, I know I can trust Him to help me through times of illness and to work His will in my life as He sees fit.
I am warm during this winter season. I don’t like to be cold, so I make it a practice to thank God for a warm home when I step inside from the cold outdoors.
I am employed, which provides for food, shelter, and transportation.
I am a citizen of a country where I am free to read the Bible and live according to its teachings. I can read my Bible or bow my head to pray—in public—without worry of being arrested due to government oppression.
I am a child of God. I know He is my protector and provider.
I am dependent on the great I AM! He works all things for my good, and I am grateful beyond measure.
Melody Reever, Editor
Thursday @ 10:25 AM
Four hundred years of slavery changes your perspective. A nation known as God’s people, whose common ancestor (Abraham) had a special friendship with God that was designed to be passed down, were now incapable of seeing themselves as anything but slaves.
So ingrained was this slave mentality that most parents didn’t bother to pass down stories of Abraham and his covenant with God. What was the point? Rather, …Read More +
January 18th 2019 @ 9:10 AM
Motherhood can come to us in a variety of ways. Ours came through adoption and fostering. The decision to adopt from New Beginnings came after navigating the emotions of infertility. After years of waiting, and transitioning from Mexico to the States, we finally received what is known in the adoption community as “The Call.” Debbie Velie’s smiling voice came through the phone: “We have a baby boy for you!” …Read More +
January 3rd 2019 @ 1:35 PM
It was finally here. I was sitting enjoying a wonderful worship set at General Conference in Louisville, Kentucky, this past fall. The Spirit of God was moving in a powerful, yet sweet way. But there amid eight to nine thousand people, I had an overwhelming feeling that I was alone and that no one really saw me—until I felt God in a very specific way. He let me know …Read More +
December 12th 2018 @ 10:35 AM
It was finally time for the annual Christmas program at West Point United Pentecostal Church. All the arduous brainstorming and the countless months spent practicing had at last come to fruition. “Once Upon a Christmas” was our simple way of telling the birth of our Savior though the eyes of timeless characters—Mary, Joseph, the wise men, and more. It was simple, it was beautiful, it was, in my opinion, …Read More +
November 26th 2018 @ 12:25 PM
Will Rogers is quoted as saying, “I know worrying works, because none of the stuff I worried about ever happened.” I am not a worrier by nature. I am more of the glass is half-full, keep the faith, optimistic Pollyanna person. But, oh, how I have learned to worry!
Raising a child with autism and a seizure disorder will teach you very quickly how little control you have …Read More +