Triumphant Victorious Reminders
Inspired by the Holy Spirit
Written by: Teresa Criswell
(Re-post from October 24, 2011)
"Father to the fatherless, defender of widows-this is God, whose dwelling is holy. God places the lonely in families; he sets the prisoners free and gives them joy..."
~ Psalm 68:5-6a ~
stood before the mirror, staring at her saddened reflection. The
thoughts entering her mind, whirling about at cataclysmic speeds as she
was on the brink of making the biggest decision of her life.
by the news of her pregnancy, her mind led to the unknown experience of
adoption. The thoughts invoked fear, which led to the deceptive 'quick fix' thoughts of abortion. The more she allowed that destructive
thought to burrow into her mind, it dangerously became a 'logical'
option that she could justify. She would not only have to experience seeing her baby at the
appointed birth, but she would not have to feel the aching pry from her
arms as she delivered a beautiful gift into the world. The turmoil
haunted her. The 'quick fix' would have a more tragic outcome as she
might hear haunting whispers of, "What was I suppose to be?"
she warred with the decision of adoption and abortion; she knew that she
could not kill the child growing within her womb. Suddenly, the
nurturer, the warrior and the mother rose up on the inside of her and
said, "I will see to it that my baby lives and does not die, and will be
'chosen' by a family who will see the desires of their heart fulfilled!
Not only will this beautiful life live; but my mandate is to pray
continually for my child. My beautiful gift from God, no matter how the
baby was conceived, will live an abundant life in Jesus, revealing
God's power in this earth."
I interrupt this with the thought of
the many who have experienced abandonment in this life. Whether you were
the one who abandoned someone, or the one who was abandoned. Perhaps
you were adopted, and you have dealt with those real feelings of
abandonment. It is a possibility that you are one who was treated worse
than an animal, even left for dead. It may have been that you have
experienced the life as an orphan, tragically losing your parents or perhaps you were one who was cared for with great love but for some reason could not fully accept such pure love.
circumstances are innumerable; but God's powerful love that king's
cannot speak of; this earth shaking love that causes the 'greats' to weep from such uncommon Power, is before you in
this very moment. Holding out His glorious hand, encouraging you with
His desire that you receive His irrevocable, unconditional love.
must rise up as the woman did who was at a crossroad in her life.
There will be times where the decision on either side will be difficult.
However, in our decision making, we must be a warrior of obedience; a warrior for someone else,
seeing life come forth because of radical obedience, no matter how
incomprehensible the situation.
Will we receive the One Who allows us to dream BIG?
Will we receive Him, moment by moment, the One Who is Love?
we do, how can we not be willing to share His love that is continually
being lavished upon us with others whom He lavishly loves?
lavishly reveal God's love, expressed through Jesus by the power of the
Holy Spirit, upon someone else who is in desperate need of God's love?
we be assistants in the breakthrough over another individual, who is on the familiar path we were once on, will we allow them to see God's love expressed through our lives?
I don't know what God has in store with the following, however, I am led to write:
you have a dream, see to it that it is developed. In the development,
do not be solely focused on the development of the dream, but envision
the people who will be forever changed by the dream. Most importantly,
Don't Give Up! This will ensure that your dream comes to fruition and brings glory to the Father God!