Transition: Believe it or NOT part 2 – Joseph

29 06 2017

Transition

In part one of our series on transition we looked at the Mary the mother of Jesus. Today we will be looking at the transition of Joseph found in Matthew 1:18 – 25 as he heard the news of becoming the father of Jesus.

Setting the scene, Joseph like many men was a black and white thinker. God understands men who are all about action, they want the bottom line and so Joseph’s transition begins with the bottom line, Mary is pregnant.

Joseph being a righteous man and knowing Mary was with child through the Holy Spirit, engaged his black and white thinking and was going to divorce her quietly.

Until he too was visited by an angel, telling him “Joseph son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary home as your wife…” As the angel explained what was going on and the why’s of this miraculous pregnancy Joseph came into agreement with the will of God.

Praise God for the way men think, for it gave Joseph the ability to wake up from the dream and stop reacting, choosing instead to obey God.  Scripture records Joseph woke from the dream and took Mary as his wife, having no union with her until after the birth of their son who he named Jesus as the angel had instructed him.

As you walk through transition, remember even if you are a black and white thinker, God will bring you through, just seek him!

Join me next time for part three of transition, the disciples.

Blessings & Complete Joy!

Millie

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Birthing Transition

20 10 2012

If you have ever expected a child, transition is everywhere. Today we are looking at the elements of a birthing transition through the life of Abram, who became the father of the nation of Israel.

“The LORD said to Abram: Leave your country, your family, and your relatives and go to the land that I will show you.

I will bless you and make your descendants into a great nation. You will become famous and be a blessing to others.

I will bless anyone who blesses you, but I will put a curse on anyone who puts a curse on you. Everyone on earth will be blessed because of you.”

Gen 12:1-3

Abram at the age of 135 was asked by the Lord to leave his country, his family, his relatives and go to the land the Lord was going to show him. Note Abram was not asked to break relationship with his wife, but rather the Lord expected him to take his barren wife with him and the break with his family was gentle for the Lord allowed his nephew Lot to accompany them.

Obedience to the Lord is the first step in a birthing transition. With this type of transition expect a separation for it allows room for the new life to grow.  The promises of the Lord have a purpose as well, for they serve to encourage you as you walk through this time of  transition. Patience is also critical for just as with the gestation of a human baby, a birthing transitions takes time and in the case of the nation of Israel, it took several generations.

Next time we will look at a rare but important transition, a covenant transition.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Millie

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Walking in a New Season

21 06 2011

When thinking of walking in a new season of life, I think of my good friend Sue, who is getting married. She is looking at a new life with both a new husband and a young son, which they will care for and raise. Is she prepared for raising children again? Her three children are grown and now she is taking on the responsibility of both a new marriage and a new son.

 

          I marvel as God weaves this new family together. Sue loves raising boys, so she welcomes this newest challenge of raising her husband’s grandson.

 

          God knows what we need in the new seasons we are entering and we must have more than faith to succeed. We must believe that God will provide all we need. Sue is walking each step believing God will provide all her needs and is doing well.

 

          I rejoice as this couple is committed to spending their lives together. They are not without problems, but they realize that together they can come through life’s challenges to the glory of God. They begin life in their first mission field, their grandson, who needs both a dad in his “Papa” and a mom in my friend Sue. God is giving this young boy something only God knew he needed, a mom to champion his needs and help in equipping him to be the man God intends.

 

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Mildred          

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The Kids are with my Husband

31 08 2010

            Recently I lead a wilderness retreat and during a time of quiet reflection, I decided to take bubbles and go for a walk.

 

            Emotionally, I didn’t have anything left to give and so taking this walk and blowing away my cares was very therapeutic. When we lead, whether it is as a parent or leading a ministry or church it is okay to be emotionally empty. It can be a marvelous time of getting out of God’s way and allowing God to be God in the lives of those charged to our care.

 

          On the side of the road as I stood blowing bubbles, two moms walked by and commented on what I was doing. I shared about taking a bubble therapy break while the kids were back at camp with my husband. After sharing about bubble therapy they walked off, deciding to do some bubble therapy of their own.

 

           I continued blowing bubbles for another 15 minutes before walking back to camp. It was as I walked back that I thought about what I had said about “my husband being back at camp with my kids”. What had I said, I wasn’t there with my husband Steve, but then I thought about being the bride of Christ and how everyone back at camp was in his care. I rejoiced knowing God has been caring for them while He filled my tank!

 

          Most of us don’t think twice leaving our natural children in the care of our spouse but how many leaders are comfortable with leaving those who follow them, in the care of Christ. We need to trust that Christ will caring for them. When we take a moment and think about it, we know this is true but walking this truth out is totally a different thing.

 

            I close with this, as I turned the corner toward camp there stood three of my kids who welcoming me back to camp, they were doing great and so was I! Don’t mix my next blog, bubble therapy.

 

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Mildred          

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Precious Trials

29 06 2010

Today we are looking at Trials, the first of Precious plans of God found in 1 Peter.

 

“So be truly glad. There is wonderful joy ahead, even though you have to endure many trials for a little while. These trials will show that your faith is genuine. It is being tested as fire tests and purifies gold—though your faith is far more precious than mere gold. So when your faith remains strong through many trials, it will bring you much praise and glory and honor on the day when Jesus Christ is revealed to the whole world.”

 

            These words from the New Living Translation both encourage and challenge us to embrace God’s plan for our daily lives. I know I found this true as I applied them in my marriage.

            My husband and I have had some very trying times as I walked out of the pain and trauma of my childhood. In counseling we found both of our coping skills almost broke our marriage. Broken and crushed together we came to that place where neither of us liked the other. In that sacred moment our commitment and our faith was shown genuine.

 

          Our counselor asked the hard question, did we want to stay married. He told me later that many sitting there in his office had chosen to walk away, but we did the hard thing and accepted each other, flaws and all. I had to accept that my husband was human, with flaws, and that he wasn’t my savior, Jesus was and he had to come to that same place of acceptance and love for I no longer functioned out of a dissociative state.

 

            Six years later, people still comment and ask how we made it for watching us during that time, many thought our marriage was over, but our faith, love and commitment to each other won out over the trial. Today, I can say with confidence Steve is the love of my life. I have not forgotten those turbulent times, instead drawing upon what I learned about how to endure and walk in faith, which gives me strength on even the toughest of days I face in life.

 

            Join me next time as we look at the precious blood which is a key part of God Precious plans, found in 1 Peter 1:19. To read this series from the beginning please begin on the blog dated June 26, 2010, called Seven Precious Things.

Blessings and Complete Joy,

Mildred          

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