Thursday, September 29, 2011

Guest Post- Jami

Hello my sweet friends! Today I am honored to introduce you to Jami. She is the lovely lady behind Call Me Blessed. I love what she has to share with you today and know that you will too! Be blessed!

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I have to start by saying Laura is one of my favorite women in the blogosphere. I am continually blessed by the beautiful, truthful words she writes here. Thank you Laura, I am better for knowing you and am honored to be guest posting on Splendor. You are a precious sister in Christ.

Laura asked me write about a decision I have made that changed my life. This was easy for me.

It was the decision to be obedient.

That doesn't sound very exciting or difficult does it?
It's something all followers of Christ know they are supposed to do.
I say it to my kids all the time. God calls us to obey him because He loves us and knows what's best for us.
But have you needed to obey God when it was the last thing you wanted to do?

After 7 years, my marriage was falling apart, and I was completely devastated. I was walking with the Lord, but to be honest, up until that point it had been fairly easy. I felt like I was doing most of the right things and I did love the Lord. The question is did I really trust Him? Looking back now I can say, not completely. I thought I trusted Him because things were going pretty well.
When I realized my marriage was what I considered "over", I started making plans on how I would leave my husband. At this time I had two kids and I literally sat on the couch with a pen and paper and began to write down where we would go and how we would get there.
Let me emphasise here that I was completely serious. This was not a threat or a dramatic gesture. I was terrified but honestly believed  no matter how hard it was going to be it couldn't possibly be worse than how we were living.

As I was making my plan a distinct voice in my heart simply said "no, this is not what I want."

I knew in that instant that I had a decision to make. Was I going to do what in my flesh seemed like the easier thing to do? Or would I listen? Listen and obey. Would I obey God by keeping my marriage vows even though I was smack in the middle of the "worse" part?

There were a lot of prayers and tears, and a decision. A decision to obey. To obey my heavenly Father and trust that He knew what was best for me. That He knew what was best for my Hubby and kids. It was time to actually live out what I had been saying I believed in. That I would live my life for the Lord and trust Him with every aspect of my life.

This decision completely changed my life.
Now after 13 years of marriage and 4 kids I can definitively say that God has blessed my obedience. It has not been perfect. I don't have any illusions that my marriage won't face future trouble. We live in a broken world where we WILL have heartache. But this I know... my God is for me, He loves me. He is my shield and my portion forever.
Obeying Him in this area helped me to truly trust Him in all areas of my life. It is a daily walk, a daily decision and I am grateful every day that God grants me the strength to continue this journey.

Call Me Blessed

9 comments:

  1. What a beautiful post. Thanks for sharing, Jami!

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  2. Wow, what a testimony! Thank you for sharing and being real... Being a wife, I am greatly encouraged! BLESSINGS! Amy

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  3. Love your honesty Jami. It's your story and it's touching lives. Thanks for the inspiration to listen to God's voice. Love ya!

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  4. Jami I love love love this post! You are such a blessing to so many people, myself included! Love you girl!

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  5. Wow, Jami, thank you for that call to obedience and thank you for sharing your testimony. God IS for us!

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  6. So much beauty and honesty Jami!! Thank you for writing this!

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  7. Oh I love this post so much, but that is no surprise to me because I love Miss Jami too!

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  8. Oh Jami, what a beautify story of obedience! It's in the worst of the times that our faith will be tested. So wonderful of you to share <3

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  9. thanks for your openness friend. i needed this reminder, because i do trust Him, it's just that sometimes I forget that obedience is connected to and reflects our trust (or lack thereof).

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