March 2011 Newsletter

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Well spring is finally here and it’s March already.  It’s been a very busy month last month and I’m looking forward to the busy month ahead.  I’ve been working and preparing my garden for spring planting.  It’s about that time.  I built a new cold frame and have started a few vegetable seeds in it to get some transplants ready to go in the garden on March 15th. I’ve got hot caps on some of the plants already in the garden, so that has helped tremendously.  My bluberry bushes that I planted last fall are budding now and I hope to see some new life on the fig trees and pecan tree before too long.  I’ve been working on the walking trail a good bit and have cleared back some of what Katrina destroyed.  I’ve planted new flowers all along it and have some plans to add some more water features in the future.  It’s still needs trees felled and a few other things and is lots of work, but I love it.


Speaking of love, I hope everyone had as wonderful a Valentine’s Day as I had.  To my surprise, Rocky came over unexpectedly and brought me a beautiful yellow rose trimmed with red, a box of candy, and a beautiful cross wind spinner.  I hung it on the front porch.  I’ve wanted one for a long time and it’s beautiful!  Rocky hasn’t always remembered Valentine’s Day, so this was very special to me.  I do believe you can teach an old dog some new tricks! Rocky is learning in his old age and I love him for it!  Maybe there’s hope for us yet!  God willing.  This August, we’ll have been married 30 years! Not all of them were good, but many of them had good moments, along with the hard times.  I treasure those good moments and pray God restores to me as many years as the locust has eaten!  We’d never had made it this far, had we not learned to forgive a long time ago.  We’ve learned to love anyway not just if you do what I want.  We have our differences and I pray that we can get passed them at some point and I ask you all to pray with me on that!  God is faithful and I know he will answer that prayer in good time.  I just hope I can remember that God’s not on our calendar.


I did find one tutoring job this month, but I need several more to make ends meet.  If you know of anyone who needs an English tutor please let me know.  If any one knows of any other part time work I might could do, let me know that, too.  I’m looking into several opportunities myself, right now that may lead to some work experience, so pray that these leads would be to my benefit.  One is some possible volunteer work that could give me some experience to go with my education, which would be good for my resume.  Also my writings online have now exceeded 50,000 views, which is to God’s glory, as I could never have done that without God’s help.  It doesn’t pay much yet, but maybe it will someday.  I pray that God will use my writings for His glory and trust He will bless my efforts for social justice against sexual and domestic violence.  I pray that God will use me to bless His kingdom and that I don’t steer anyone wrong with my opinions and convictions.


I also have several other praises this month.  Tommy got a good job in Texas that should provide very well for his new family.  They’ll be moving to Texas soon and I’ll miss them but I know it’s for the best.  Rock also has a potential full time job in the works, along with his college schedule.  Pray that his interview goes well and that he gets the job.  Rose had her baby very early in Jan.  and baby Evie is now at home and doing well.  She’s 6 lbs. now!  Jonnie is continuing to heal and his foot will soon be out of the boot we hope.  I praise God for all these blessings on my family and trust that God will continue to bless us all.  I pray for those who have lost their faith for the time being and for those who struggle with obedience to God’s word. I pray for strength and courage to be their example and when I fail to be everything they expect me to be, that they will look to God and not myself as their ultimate example.  After all, mothers are mere humans, with all the faults and sins that go with it.  I trust that someday be able to forgive my own failures and see some of their own in light of God’s grace.  My heart wants to spare them the heartaches of life, but my head knows that we learn by our mistakes.  And God helps us all.

About mamaheartfilled

I am a mother of eight wonderfully challenging children and fourteen grandkids, of whom I am very proud. I am also a bi-vocational ordained evangelical minister, and a Christian Counselor. I received my B.S. degree in 2004, studying primarily in the areas of Psychology, with minors in Religion and English. I received my Masters Degree in 2009 in Psychological Counseling with an emphasis in Christian Counseling. I have endeavored to paraphrase the Bible, both Old and New Testaments. It is my hope that it will be of some use in the great commission of Christ. My ministry is primarily geared toward victims of sexual and domestic violence, including victims of childhood sexual abuse, whether currently or in the past. Since I have personally experienced the healing hand of God in overcoming many of the life issues that Christians may face, I feel qualified and compelled to discuss them in a truthful and open manner, as God’s word tells us that “We shall know the truth and the truth shall set us free.” God has brought me through such diverse tribulations as sexual, physical, and mental abuse, being a victim of a drunk driving accident, spousal pornography addiction, adultery, divorce, remarriage, a very brief, though unjust, incarceration, and having experienced multiple miscarriages and various other trials. I have been asked to leave two Southern Baptist Churches, due to my being a female, ordained as a minister, and fired from a SBC sponsored Christian School (mostly white) for speaking out against racial prejudice in the Family of God. Through God’s merciful forgiveness of my own sins and inadequacies and God’s grace given to me to forgive those who have been a stumbling block to me, I have overcome many of these adversities. God’s word tells us that “All things work together for good to those who love the Lord and are called according to the purposes of God." Since I have this hope, I believe that God has blessed me with the ability to confront and relate these issues to the Christian community around the world. I hope to be able to use my personal experiences as a ministry of God’s grace and in the comforting of the people of God with the truth of God's mercy. I claim II Corinthians 1: 3 & 4 as my calling, which states: “Blessed be God, the Origin of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Origin of mercies, and the God of comfort; who comforts us in all our troubles, that we may be able to comfort those who are in trouble, by the comfort we ourselves have been given by God.” As I have received the gift of God’s healing, I hope to be able to bring the peace beyond understanding to others with the message of God’s mercy and grace. My love for the Sovereign Lord of my life, Jesus Christ, along with my passion for writing has drawn me to explore these commonly experienced crisis issues from the perspective of my own experience in the hope that I may bring an empathetic and compassionate insight to God’s people. I am now a published author and have several books in publication, including my autobiography, "A Little Redneck Theology." The views expressed in my writings are strictly my own insights, acquired from personal experience and diligent study of the related topics and God’s word concerning them. Though I am an ordained minister, my views should not be considered authoritative. I believe that the Christian community’s ultimate authority is the guidance of the human heart by the Holy Spirit and the Word of God.
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