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Today, we celebrate Mother’s Day and honor our Mothers, Grandmothers, and the many great women in our lives.  I’m thinking about those hurting, the ones who are celebrating (or trying to) without their Mothers, the ones who long to be Mothers but cannot for whatever reason and for  the Mothers that lost their children way too soon.  One thing I am thankful for is that I have learned it takes much more to Mother than giving birth, one of my children came from the blessing of adoption.  I remember a couple of times in my life when I questioned if I would ever get to be a Mommy and how it hurt not knowing or having your dreams shattered.  Some scriptures  that brought comfort to me during these times are Psalm 34:18 and Psalm 147:3– they tell us that God heals the brokenhearted and is near to those crushed in spirit.

I pray for the ones that have lost their Mother’s that today is filled with wonderful memories and that you know how loved you were and still are.  Perhaps you are now a Mother or Grandmother and could share some of what you learned from her as a way to honor her and let your family know about her.  For those longing to be Mothers I pray that you realize areas in your life where you have the opportunity to Mother children, maybe it’s in your local church, in the school you teach at or perhaps it’s the neighbor kid that is having a hard time.  I thank God for my Mama and also for the many women who mentored me over the years.  I think of the scripture Isaiah 54:1, it says that the desolate woman will have more children that the married one.  Last night, we were in Dollar Tree and I must admit I was ready to leave and tired of hearing “Can I have?” It was one of those trips where the kids want any and everything and I had already said don’t ask for anything else.  I had this lady ask me, if I minded if she bought each one of them something, at first it bothered me a little because I thought maybe she had overheard me tell them no.  I told her that she could and she seemed so happy and so did the kids.  As we were checking out, she said “I hope you have a Happy Mother’s Day,” and I said “I hope you do too.”  This precious lady went on to tell me that she has fur babies because she miscarried and lost a child many years ago but that she had been a teacher for over 30 years.  I told her then you are a Mother to lots of babies 🙂 She shared a little about her own Mother, that she’s in a rehab/nursing home and she was trying to find something for her roommate for Mother’s Day.  When she left, I felt like maybe I had just entertained an angel unaware.

For the Mother that has lost her child or children too soon, whether it was years after they were born or if you never met them.  I pray that you are blessed with peace and hope today.  I remember before my son’s adoption, I questioned whether he would ever legally be ours even tho he had been ours in our heart for several months because of circumstances.  Four years after his adoption was final, we found out that we were going to have a baby by birth.  We were excited and looking forward to adding this new little one to our family, however I miscarried that baby at 9 weeks.  I didn’t understand and it hurt so bad but I am so thankful for my loving family and church family that prayed for us, lifted us up and encouraged us.  God let me find out I was pregnant again before that baby’s due date and I am happy to tell you, we birthed her and since then God has blessed us with 2 more.  I look forward to meeting the baby I never knew when I get to Heaven.

I can’t pretend to know why things happen except that we have an enemy of our souls that hates us and seeks to still, kill, and destroy everything.  I do know that if we let Him, God will show us how to use our hurts and experiences to help others and bring glory to Him.  I would encourage any of us as we go through our day today (and everyday) to be aware of those hurting around us, maybe we could offer a kind word, hug or maybe just a smile.

Remember, we are blessed to be a blessing

 

Felina

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Peace

It is now Spring, my favorite time of the year!  As I sit here in the still quietness of the house with the older children gone to school and Olivia still sleeping, I can hear the birds outside chirping.  I love that sound for different reasons, I believe God uses everything to teach us and draw us closer to Him.  The thing that is on my mind this morning is peace– no, I’m not talking about world peace (while that would be amazing).  I’m talking about the peace that we can have when chaos is all around.  The peace that comes from Jesus.  Jesus tells in John 14:27 “Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid.” and in John 16:33 he tells us this “I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”   To me those are amazing promises that even while we may be having troubles that are truly unbearable on our own, we can turn them over to Him and have that peace that passes all understanding (Philippians 4:7).

We have all faced things that truly are unbearable whether it be the loss of a loved one, loss of a job, strained relationships, sickness, financial hardships, whatever they may be.  It gives me great comfort knowing that God is looking out for me and has my best interest at heart.  My hope for today is that if you do not know the peace that I am speaking of that you will find it.  Ask God, to help you have peace with whatever is going on and to help you trust Him.  He is a good Father and loves to hear from us, His children.  If you haven’t asked Jesus into your heart and to be the Lord of your life, I encourage you to do that because really without Him there is no peace.

Do you want to ask Him into your heart but don’t know how?  You can say this simple prayer and He will meet you there.

Prayer:

Dear Jesus, I need you.  I know I am a sinner and I need a savior, I believe that you were born of the virgin Mary, crucified for my sins and rose again 3 days later defeating death, hell, and the grave.  I ask you to come into my heart and cleanse me of my sins.  I want peace and to spend eternity in Heaven with you, please order my steps and lead me in your ways.  Thank you for saving me.  In your name I pray, Amen.

 

Give Thanks

This morning as I sit here in the quietness my mind going several different directions, I can’t help but think of Thanksgiving which is coming up in a short couple of days.  Even tho, there is much going through my mind of what I need to do and want to do I can’t help but know that I am incredibly blessed.  Are things perfect?  No, definitely not but one thing is sure and that is that I am perfectly loved by God and so are you.  He has blessed me with a God loving, hard working, compassionate husband and for that I am so thankful.  Trust me, it’s not easy being married to me :).  I am so blessed with my precious kids, Dustin, Amelia and Pierce are truly blessings to our family and so is Miss Olivia who will b making her debut in the next couple of months.  I am thankful for family, church family and friends that love me, even in my weakness and imperfections.  I am thankful for the house that we live in, it keeps us out of the elements and provides shelter.  I am thankful for the food that we have, it nourishes our bodies and gives us strength.  I am thankful for modern day conveniences like electricity, running water, wi-fi, washing machines, dryers, and microwaves– all of these things do make our days and lives easier.

I could go on and on about what I am thankful for but I think one thing we can do is just stop and reflect on all that we have to be thankful for and give thanks to our God for His wonderful gifts.

Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good; his love endures forever.- Psalm 107:1

 

Blessings,

Felina

 

 

As I sit here and think of the tragedy that has happened in the past couple of days, I cannot help but know that the enemy of our souls is at work. We see it where the 49 people lost their lives at a club while many, many others were injured because of hate.  We know this is not love, our God tells us to love one another.  Then we see it with this precious family on vacation, to Walt Disney World, one of the happiest, most magical places in the world and they lose their 2 year old son who was snatched by an alligator.  None of these people expected their days to go the way they did.  We have compassion for these that lost precious loved ones and perhaps hold and love on ours a little more.

While fear and anxiety are very real, we cannot let it rule our lives.  We cannot make ourselves stay in our homes afraid of what “may” happen.  I know with this pregnancy, the enemy is trying to cause fear more than with the others and I have learned some things I just need to not read or listen to.  I want to love more, serve more and share the love of Jesus more.  We are told in 2 Timothy 1:7, “For God hath not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.” and in 1 John 4:18 we read that perfect love drives out fear.

While we need to be cautious of  what is around us, we can know that we are not alone and we do not have to be afraid.  We can live happy, victorious lives because of the hope we have in Jesus!

 

It’s been a great day, I feel so blessed. I thank God for my Mama, Reba Clark Allen, who is one of the strongest and hardworking women that I have ever known. She is stronger and braver than she knows. She has taught me so much and I am so blessed that God handpicked her for me. I also thank God for my second mother, Anita Lawrence Feathers, she is such a blessing to me and treats me like her daughter. She gave birth and raised the most amazing man, Joe Feathers Jr that loves me and chose me to be his wife. I am so blessed that I get to be Mama to my 3 precious kids, Dustin, Amelia and Pierce. I also look forward to seeing my precious Grandmothers that have went on to Heaven but left lasting impressions on my life forever and seeing the baby that I never really met but still hold in my heart. I am also thankful for Marcia Davison Lawrence, who is such a treasured jewel and precious Maw Maw to all of us. I am so thankful for all of my precious sisters, Mary, Becky, Bess, Selena, and Shannon and all of my many aunts and other women that have impacted my life. God has truly been good to me and I hope that I can bless others the way that these women have impacted me.

You matter…..

Have you ever felt like you just didn’t belong or like you couldn’t find your place?   I have felt this way at times recently.  I know I am not alone because I know we fight the same enemy.  Satan is the enemy of our souls and he wants us sad, depressed, and miserable.  However, Jesus tells us in John 10:10 that He came to give us life more abundantly.  I love that verse, it has always meant a lot to me since I learned it when I was in ninth grade.  I love in 1 Peter 5:7, where we are told to cast our cares on him because he cares for us. Who cares?  God cares!!

My friend, if you are finding yourself in a place that you feel unwanted, unneeded or unloved may you find the peace that you are where you are supposed to be.  I know our flesh calls out to us to run, give up or quit but I don’t feel like that is always the best answer.  Many times in our lives we have to wait and trust that God is leading us and He has us in the palm of his hand.  As your going through whatever you may be going through may you feel the peace and grace that comes from knowing and trusting Him.

 

I pray that you will find comfort in these scriptures and know that you truly do matter 🙂

So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand. Isaiah 41:10 

Peace I leave with you; my peace I give you. I do not give to you as the world gives. Do not let your hearts be troubled and do not be afraid. John 14:27

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11

Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you. 1 Peter 5:7

I call on the LORD in my distress, and he answers me. Psalm 120:1

The Lord hath appeared of old unto me, saying, Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love: therefore with lovingkindness have I drawn thee. Jeremiah 31:3

………..the joy of the Lord is your strength. Nehemiah 8:10

 

 

Don’t worry!

How often have we heard that phrase “Don’t Worry?”  We’ve heard it in the popular song from the late 1980’s and we are quick to give it as advice but why is it so hard to heed to?  Is it because we’re really not sure that everything will really be okay?

I love in Matthew 6 when Jesus tells us not to worry. He goes on to tell us to consider the birds and lily’s of the field, how God loves us much more than them and He takes care of them so surely He will take care of us.  I love that! Have you ever watched a bird, yes it looks for food but also knows that it will be taken care of.  I don’t imagine the flowers or birds are stressing over where the money for the bills are going to come from or the next meal.  They know they will be taken care of.  We are told in scripture that God meets all of our needs according to His riches in glory, He wants to provide for us and take care of us– just like we want to bless our children.

Imagine for a moment how much sweeter our days would be, if we focused on the promise that God will take care of us and meet our needs.  I’m praying that as we go to sleep tonight, we can have sweet sleep and rest in the promise that even tho we may not know how or when we know that God is taking care of it all.

Be blessed!!!

Scripture Reference

Matthew 6:25-34