Nov 102016
 

I often feel like an outcast, like I don’t have much in common with the Christian community or the secular community. I am a single mom who has lived through hell -literally. I struggle to see other families married and having kids and being on the same page and all of that when I am co-parenting with my own parents and I was a teen mom.


And yet, I feel like I belong at the same time because Christ didn’t accidentally make me fall in line with the people in my life, He didn’t cause me to check and email, stumble across a blog post or fall into a chapter in my Bible that spoke to me by accident.

No, He invited me in, even when I feel like the world may not want me, and I am learning that rejection is not only okay, but it is often necessary, because when we reject something that isn’t good for us, or are rejected by someone or something we thought was good for us, we are vulnerable and that vulnerability allows us to open up even further to prayer and to God’s love and plans for our lives -that is, if we allow Him in!

I no longer believe in coincidences. I believe that there is a reason for everything and while a LOT of those things have hurt and hurt really badly over the last weeks, I know without a shadow of a doubt that I am walking a path that the Light is guiding me down.


I am amazed by the kindness and care I have received. The things I have in common with people I never met and the quirks I have and that they have that blend us together and make us work.

I have spent a lifetime praying to a God that often doesn’t seem to answer and yet these moments of commonality and acceptance are like a big ole swat upside the head from the Father that loves beyond all, saying to me “Child, if you would just have some patience!”

Practicing patience as a virtue is hard when it’s something you weren’t born naturally doing, and yet because I was created in His image, just like you were, I know that it is something I can strive towards, I also know I will never be perfectly patient, or perfectly anything, other than His and I have learned that I shouldn’t strive for perfection, I should strive to be in the presence of the One who is always perfect!

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  6 Responses to “Common – #FMFParty”

  1. Marisa,
    I can relate to being smacked upside the head with patience. I take comfort in the translation that lists the fruits of the spirit that prior to the list declares that they come from the Holy Spirit. It’s not up to us to be independently patient, but to allow ourselves to intentionally go to God first when we’re tempted to be impatient and breathe Him in. And hold it. And then exhale.
    “Be quick to listen, slow to speak, and slow to become angry.” James 1:19.
    With so many angry and fearful people stirred up right now, this is our best defense. To be still and listen and validate their emotions and embrace them in love that comes from God. 🙂
    Linked at #3 this week.
    -Tammy

  2. I love this… “No, He invited me in, even when I feel like the world may not want me, and I am learning that rejection is not only okay, but it is often necessary, because when we reject something that isn’t good for us, or are rejected by someone or something we thought was good for us, we are vulnerable and that vulnerability allows us to open up even further to prayer and to God’s love and plans for our lives -that is, if we allow Him in!”
    I recently learned just this while writing my 31 days series this year. Shew it is a hard lesson to grasp.
    Also, another line about unanswered prayers made me think of one of my favorite poems, Wait by Russel Kelfer. You should check it out. It has helped me as I wait for answers to prayers.

  3. Beautiful testimony! It is hard to wait for some of our prayers to be answered. Our circumstances are different but we share faith in God, who sent Jesus to be our Savior. May God bless you and your child!

  4. Marisa, thank you for sharing… so inspiring.

  5. I love this friend! I too believe there is a reason God crosses our paths with certain people. I’m over in the 49 spot this week.

  6. I love that emphasis on being created in His image that gives us confidence to strive towards godliness. Good stuff!

    Amber FMF #17

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