Thursday, April 13, 2006

Well, as I'm sure you have all read Eric and I had a wonderful time in VA. Going home is something that I always love. Seeing how much my two brothers and sisters have grown and changed is always a little hard. It reminds me that life is so short and we are never promised tomorrow. The change that I see in all four of them is so hard to grasp. When I moved to SC I left a 15 year old, a 14 year old, a 10 year old and a 8 year old, but now they are all five years older. My youngest sister now wears make-up and shaves her legs and my older sister is an amazing hair stylist and a awesome waitress at Olive Garden, my oldest brother is in love, and my youngest brother is an actor, an aspiring Architect, so handsome, and a genius(OK, not quite). Realizing and seeing where and how God has directed each of their lives is somewhat beyond understanding. I sit in amazement at how God is so big, majestic, almighty, powerful, all knowing and yet in all his glory he takes the small moments in each day to reveal Himself to his children.
Seeing how much my family has changed and realizing again just how precious life is was not all I was reminded of this past week. I was reminded again that doing what God has called us to do is not always easy. This past week there was an incident were I kept noticing this particular sin in one of my family members life. I confronted the person and instead of confessing this person began to get upset at me and make excuses. That wasn't the end of it. For the rest of the week this person scrutinzed everything I said as though trying to point out my sin, but not for the upbuilding of me but just to tear me down. The fact is I wish more people would be willing to point out sin in my life, I pray that through them pointing out sin that I can confess it to God, ask forgiveness and begin living even more right for God. But I see that we as Christians are always so scared of what our brothers and sisters in Christ might say about us. I pray that we would all put down our sin of pride and pick-up the gift humblesness and I pray that may we be willing to share our burdens with one another. I also pray that we all may be bold enough to point out sin in our brothers and sisters life so that the body of Christ may continue to grow.

7 comments:

Cecil said...

some people can't understand that when their sin is called out, it's a chance to remove it and experience a deeper intimacy with Christ, and the body. They usually cause themselves more pain by acting defensive. I'm sorry about that.

Rebecca said...

I had a similar incident with someone very close to me. I confronted them and they said they didnt relize they were doing it, and would try to change. Even though a week later they were all ready at it again. This time when they were told what they were doing they were blind and denied it. But what makes it so bad is that they said that they wanted me to point it out if they started to do it again. Plus they are so close to me that it seems to be tearing us apart. Its something im really struggling with.Please pray for me as I try to handle this issue. Luv you!

BETHANY said...

Yea, I understand what thats like. It's never easy to confront some, especially someone we love alot, with their sin. But always know God will help you talk and deal with that person. I'll be praying for you and that family member.LUV YOU SOO MUCH!!

REbecca said...

Happy Birthday Amy!Hope you have a great day. I hope we can see you guys some time soon. love you!

Bethany said...

HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!The big 23...just kidding, your still young:-) Hope you have a great day! LUV YA

abigail anna said...

hey babe! i miss you guys so much! i just found out that you have one of these blogs. how are you? what's going on? happy birthday (two days late)! i just emailed eric, so maybe we can all connect sometime soon. I love you and miss you! the Lord be with you and bless you.

jon said...

Hey Amy happpy belated birthday aswell God Bless you!