My thoughts

by adustyframe ~ August 21st, 2009

bday-1First of all, I have no shame. I’m not above begging for birthday wishes! I learned it from my mom– I’ll blame her anyway–poor mom!

It’ s been a blessing and encouragement to me this week to read the kind words sent to me by faithful readers.

It’s also been a challenge to keep me on task, to keep me sharing from the heart, and to rely on God remembering this blog belongs to him.

If this blog depended on me, it wouldn’t be much. God took the first post I published and turned it into a place where people the world over read about his work in our lives.

I couldn’t have done that. I couldn’t have dreamed that. I would have never wished that either for that’s such an audacious goal. Only God could have created this special place on the web.

Everytime someone says they see my faithfulness or love for my husband, I pray and ask God to keep me where he wants me and to remind me that this is not about me.

When I sat at my desk debating on whether or not to publish this blog, I remember shaking inside and breathing deeply. Posting, “My husband is in prison” just didn’t seem like something I would do. I’m a very private person and I’d prefer to keep this all to myself and never talk about it.

But God had other plans. He took my desire to minister to women and my desire to be used by him and he blew me out of the water with a place to minister that I could not create myself.

These past 3 years have been above and beyond what I would have asked for or imagined. God brought me encouragers, prayer supporters, friends, and partners and I can only praise him for his marvelous works.

I so wish that I could say it’s happily ever after. I wish we were sharing different stories. I wish that all these dangling ends could be wrapped up neatly in a pretty bow, but real life isn’t like a novel. The end doesn’t always tie up pretty or neatly. Sometimes true life stories leave us hanging much longer than we prefer.

No matter how our story turns out, or what happens in the future, I know that God is in control. He knows the end from the beginning and he has a plan for Lee, James, and I–just like he has a plan for you.

Thank you for being my encouragers and supporters. Thank you for checking on me and praying for me. Thank you for your thoughtfulness and kindness.

Thank you for making me think and admonishing me when it’s been necessary.

3 years ago, I didn’t think anyone would read this blog, but I’m thankful that the sweetest people on the web found me and made me a part of their lives.

Each of you is a wonderful encouragement to me and I’m thankful for you.

Here’s hoping that the next 3 years bring a more pleasant form of excitement.



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  1. Alesha

    Hi Lizzie,

    I’ve had a busy week, and just didn’t get by to do comments or the giveaways, BUT I didn’t want the week to end without letting you know that you are an encouragement to me. I don’t even remember how I found you, and it hasn’t been that long ago; but I enjoy coming here. You always have something fresh and real. Thank you for your transparency, and yet your circumspection. You say “enough” but never “too much”. And you always point us to the Saviour. Thank you so much for that.

    In Him,

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