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Friday, December 31, 2010

Lessons to be Learned

I've been thinking a lot about my life. Haha. I know, that sounds like this is going to be a long one.

But, I'll just get to the point.

I've been doing a lot of reading, thinking, and praying about the mismatch, and I'm realizing I've been focused on the circumstances more than on what God is trying to do in me.

I shared a quote with my bloggy friend, Heidi this morning in an email that I wanted to share with all of you.

I've been reading Surviving a Spitual Mismatch in Marriage by Lee and Leslie Strobel. Great read! In the book they quote another author who has written on this topic, Nancy Kennedy. She states in reference to her own unequally yoked marriage, "He custom designed this situation expressly for me and my husband: that he might be glorified and I might be made more like him." I love that!

The thought that God is bringing me to something to be glorified and change me to his likeness makes the journey so much sweeter. There are lessons to be learned here. I don't want to miss them. If I don't want to miss what God is trying to teach me, then I don't want to miss any part of the journey. The heartache, the stress, the ugly parts of it.

So much of the time I wish I could fast forward and get to the end. The part where I can look back at hard times and smile knowing it's all part of the past. But, if I did that I would have missed everything God wanted to do in my life. Everything He wanted to speak to me, everything He wanted to show me. I will never be changed into who He had planned for me to be.

This is not just true of the mismatch, but also true to everything we're going through. Financial hardship, change, change, and more change. Marital struggles, parenting struggles, and so on and so on. God is trying to teach me through all of it.  So that he might be glorified, and I might be changed.

I recently journeyed through the Bible study, Breaking Free by Beth Moore. I just recently completed it, and it's one to slowly go back though and review, which is what I'm doing from time to time. But she had a profound quote in there that helped me understand God's glory. What that is. You hear the expression all the time, but what is it, really?

She says, "God's glory is the way He makes Himself known or shows himself mighty. God wants to reveal himself to humans. Each way He accomplishes this divine task is His glory. God's glory is how He shows who he is."

She goes on to break it down by saying something I will never forget.

"God wants to make himself recognizable to us. God wants to make Himself recognizable through us."

That's the glory of God!

If any one of my life experiences can be lessons learned for His glory, then I'm ok with the journey.


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At December 31, 2010 at 8:11 AM , Blogger kelly said...

Oh, you are so right! The most important thing I learned this year is 'God is good'. KNOWING this is not the key, but BELIEVING it is. God doesn't want us to hurt. He only wants what is best for us. He is the only one who can see ahead and prepare us for what is to come. If it means going through hard times to get us there, then we have to have the faith to trust Him to lead.

Wishing you a blessed New Year!


At December 31, 2010 at 8:03 PM , Blogger Mama Hen said...

Adrienne I think you learned the greatest lesson you can learn - we are here to learn and grow through our experiences! How we handle them are the test. I truly that God brings us all together for a reason and what you may think is a mismatch, really is the greatest match of all. It is a way of seeing that we may not always think alike, but through living a good life under God's eyes, and being kind and giving always, we are doing well. My family has many different religions and ethnic backgrounds, and we were raised to be good under God's loving and warm embrace. It did not matter what the "name" of the religion was. What mattered was that we were living a kind life and being good to others. I wish you all the best my friend! I hope you have a wonderful New Year filled with love, great health and plenty of laughter! Happy New Year!

Mama Hen

At December 31, 2010 at 9:13 PM , Blogger Jessica said...

He does everything He can to get to each of us. Isn't it wonderful that He loves us that much! Thanks for sharing your encouraging thoughts out loud.

At December 31, 2010 at 9:23 PM , Blogger Craig said...

Adrienne, that post was just filled to the brim with wisdom.

I have been praying about the changes, and for your marriage. Will continue.

God bless and keep you and yours.

At January 1, 2011 at 11:07 PM , Blogger Mandy said...

I've been reading your posts on being spiritually mismatched, and I just wanted to tell you thank you for being so honest. I'm married to a non-believer and I knew it when we said "I do" 15 years ago. While it's not always a smooth road, I have learned that while I believe God would've had something different had I been obedient, He loves us both so much that He's molded us to be each other's perfect match. I'm looking forward to the day when we both stand side by side worshipping together.

At January 3, 2011 at 10:51 AM , Blogger Impulsive Addict said...

You are truly amazing. Seriously. You are so insightful and positive. Hang in there!

Happy New Year to you too~

At January 5, 2011 at 12:35 AM , Blogger madijokc said...

I believe this with all my heart!! Sometimes it is hard to remember that God has everything in our best interest, but once you can stop and take a moment you can reflect and understand. Thank you so much for sharing this with everyone.

At January 17, 2011 at 10:12 PM , Blogger YayaOrchid said...

Wow! I've often used the term, but in all honesty not really understanding it. This did help me to see and understand what bringing glory to God is. And now I really do see how our struggles and tribulations can make that possible. Thank you for sharing such a beautiful jewel!

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