“Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.”
My son woke up one morning in a cranky mood. He was having one of those “I woke up on the wrong side of the bed” kind of days. Nothing was satisfying him. I tried everything to appease my little human. I put on his favorite TV show and provided him with his favorite snack, Cheetos, even though it was nine o’clock in the morning. I was desperate to say the least. When those things did not work, I tried to ignore the behavior. I acted like it was any other “normal” day when he had woken up in a good mood, ready to conquer the day with a smile on his face. Needless to say, that method did not work either. I was nearly at my wits end. Could I really endure an entire day like this?
Finally, I scooped him up in my arms and set him on the counter so that we were eye to eye and said, “Look, I am in this thing with you. I am committed to you. Whatever today holds, I am here. I got this.” I would love to report that this exchange completely changed my little man’s heart and mind, but it did not. He continued to have an off day, but I remained committed to him. Whatever he needed to get through the day, I was going to do it. I love him without conditions. This is my job as his mom.
After tucking my little one into bed that night, I began to think about the day’s events. I realized that I am not much different from my son. I wake up some days in a foul mood. My heart is unsettled, and I would just rather throw myself on the floor and throw a fit than to face the day. That’s when Jesus comes in, scoops me up and looks into my eyes and says, “Sarah, I am committed to you. I love you unconditionally. I’ve got this.”
If you are a child of God, He does the same for you. You may be facing a huge trial right now. You or your husband may have lost your job. Your child might be rebelling. You might be overwhelmed with depression or anxiety. Maybe your parents have gotten sick, and you are now the fulltime caregiver. Whatever the circumstance that is troubling your heart, know that God is committed to you. He is right there with you. Hebrews 13:5 reminds us of this truth, “Never will I leave you. Never will I forsake you.” It does not matter what you are going through. At this very moment, God is with you. He is not going anywhere.
Isaiah 41:10 says, “Do not fear, for I am with you; do not be afraid, for I am your God. I will strengthen you; I will help you; I will hold on to you with My righteous right hand.” During the unsettling times in life, fall back on these incredible words of God. We do not have to be afraid because the Creator of the Universe is our God. He will strengthen us when we want to give up. Not with feeble human strength, but with His strength that does not grow tired or weary. He will hold onto us with His hands when we feel unsteady or uncertain. God loves us with an everlasting love. He is committed to us; He is for us. You can rest in this truth knowing He is committed to you.
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.