“As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts."
When my son started to crawl, he loved putting every little thing in his mouth. I remember one particular instance, when he was 10 months old; he was trying to put a piece of plastic in his mouth. I took it out of his hand, and he was so mad at me! I was thinking to myself, “You have no idea that I’m keeping you from harm.” In his baby mind, he couldn’t understand why I was taking something away from him, something that he thought was a special treat. But from my motherly perspective, I knew that I was potentially saving him from harming himself.
When we get older, we understand why we shouldn’t put things like pieces of plastic in our mouths, because they can bring us harm. There are, however, still many things that we don’t understand. We don’t understand why certain things happen to us, or why things or people are taken away from us. We don’t understand why something was not given to us that we desperately wanted. In our finite minds, it may make no sense to us why He would allow these things to happen, but from His Fatherly (and infinite) perspective, He knows the exact reason. In Isaiah 55:9, God tells us, “As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways and My thoughts than your thoughts.”
In 2018, my husband and I suffered a miscarriage. A couple of months later, we decided we wanted to try to have another baby. Little did we know how long we would be waiting. As each month went by, and each pregnancy test came back negative, our hearts would hurt. However, throughout these months, God pressed on my heart that, although I did not understand why He allowed me to miscarry our last baby, and now we were not getting pregnant again, I could rest in the fact that His plans were higher than my plans and desires. His Word also tells us in Jeremiah 29:11, “’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 a hope and a future.”’ When I was finally able to surrender to this truth, it actually brought peace, because I knew if God did decide to bless us with another baby, it would be His perfect plan and timing. I also knew, although difficult to grasp, that if His plan was for me to never carry a baby in my womb again, it would be for my good and His glory. I’m so thankful that we serve a God who is sovereign over all, even when we don’t understand. As we walk through trials or are showered with blessings, we can always trust in our Father, knowing His ways are far greater than our own.
(I am so thankful to be able to tell you that after 13 months of trying, God blessed us with a positive pregnancy test and that sweet baby is due at the end of September.)
My precious husband, Bill, and I have been planted in Fort Myers, Florida for almost 35 years. As a newly married couple, God most graciously had placed people in both of our jobs to share Christ with us. Its hard to believe it has been almost 34 years since we asked Jesus into our hearts! Bill and I have been blessed with four children, 3 daughters, then a son. These blessings came quickly, all within 6 years!! During these years I'm so thankful I was able to be part of women's ministry classes at our church, helping me to grow in my walk with Him. Then came the day when I was asked that question that stretched me way outside of my comfort zone...will you teach a class? Its hard to believe that I have now been teaching more than 20 years. Bill and I love to travel, most of the time going to visit our 9 grandchildren, oh ya, and their parents! I also love reading, walking and hanging out with some very special young moms in Beloved that bless my socks off!
Julie is a Kansas girl who resides in sunny Southwest Florida. She's been married to her husband Sean for 23 years and they share two boys ages 21 & 17. She enjoys baking and biking, but her absolute favorite thing is snow skiing which is a little difficult to do in a sandy 80 degree land.
She became a follower of Christ at age 10. She loves studying and teaching God's Word. She has a passion for encouraging moms to love and follow Jesus.
Beth grew up in a loving home; however, in her early 20s she faced a very lonely time. During that time, she cried out to God and asked “If You are real, please show yourself to me!” God met her where she was and she trusted in the Lord Jesus at that time. Her life verse and desire is “no matter what happens, to conduct herself in a manner worthy of the gospel.” Philippians 1:27
Beth now resides in Tampa, Florida with her husband Larry. The Lord has blessed them by blending their family of five children. They currently have eight grandchildren and are hoping that there will be more grandchildren in the future.
Donna accepted Jesus as her Savior at the age of nine and has been amazed at God’s goodness and faithfulness throughout her life. She has been blessed to have had many mentors through each season of life, who have shown her what trusting God looks like. Donna and her husband, Bryan, make their home in central Arkansas. They have five grown children and are grandparents to wonderful grandchildren. Donna enjoys spending time with her family, laughing with friends (usually over coffee), going for long walks with her husband, and reading a good book (which may also be accompanied by a cup of coffee).
Sarah is a true Florida Cracker. She was born and raised in Southwest Florida. At the age of 6, Sarah accepted Jesus as her Lord and Savior, and she hasn't looked back since. Hebrews 13:8 is one of her favorite verses, "Jesus Christ is the same yesterday, today, and forever." Eating delicious desserts, spending time with her family and friends, and teaching people about Jesus are a few of the things she enjoys to do in her spare time.
Sarah has been married to her best friend and husband, Brandon, for 7 years. They have been blessed with one beautiful, determined son, Asher, who keeps them on their toes. Sarah and her family live in the Tampa area. They love exploring their community together, family hugs, and eating pizza whenever possible.
Katie Flint just recently moved back home to Fort Myers, Florida with her husband, Ryan and two children, Collins and Madden. At the age of 5, Katie accepted Jesus Christ to be the Lord and Savior of her life, after attending Vacation Bible School. Through each phase of her life, God has shown her that He alone is trustworthy. The verse that has been her life source is Psalm 46:10- “Be still and know that I am God.”
She is a stay-at-home mom and enjoys exercising and baking. She has been married to her husband Ryan for almost 9 years, who is her high school sweetheart. They enjoy trying new restaurants, family trips to the beach, and relaxing at home.
Marsha grew up in a small rural town in upstate New York. In 2006, after finishing college, she moved to sunny SW Florida where she met her, now husband, Shawn. Together they enjoy spending family time with their two fun-loving toddler boys Zachariah and Kairos.
Marsha enjoys living an active lifestyle, which is helpful, considering that her favorite hobby is baking.
Though she attended church as a child, Marsha was not saved until adulthood when her eyes were finally opened to the love and mercy of Jesus Christ.
Since being saved, God has placed a loving burden on her heart to share the truth about God’s healing grace with those who may feel like forgiveness is not possible for them.