1 Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ:
To the temporary residents dispersed[a] in Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia, chosen 2 according to the foreknowledge of God the Father and set apart by the Spirit for obedience and for sprinkling with the blood of Jesus Christ.
May grace and peace be multiplied to you.
3 Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. According to His great mercy, He has given us a new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead 4 and into an inheritance that is imperishable, uncorrupted, and unfading, kept in heaven for you. 5 You are being protected by God’s power through faith for a salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time. 6 You rejoice in this,[b] though now for a short time you have had to struggle in various trials 7 so that the genuineness of your faith—more valuable than gold, which perishes though refined by fire—may result in[c] praise, glory, and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 8 You love Him, though you have not seen Him. And though not seeing Him now, you believe in Him and rejoice with inexpressible and glorious joy, 9 because you are receiving the goal of your[d] faith, the salvation of your souls.[e]
10 Concerning this salvation, the prophets who prophesied about the grace that would come to you searched and carefully investigated. 11 They inquired into what time or what circumstances[f] the Spirit of Christ within them was indicating when He testified in advance to the messianic sufferings[g] and the glories that would follow.[h] 12 It was revealed to them that they were not serving themselves but you. These things have now been announced to you through those who preached the gospel to you by the Holy Spirit sent from heaven. Angels desire to look into these things.
13 Therefore, with your minds ready for action,[i] be serious and set your hope completely on the grace to be brought to you at the revelation of Jesus Christ. 14 As obedient children, do not be conformed to the desires of your former ignorance. 15 But as the One who called you is holy, you also are to be holy in all your conduct; 16 for it is written, Be holy, because I am holy.[j]
17 And if you address as Father the One who judges impartially based on each one’s work, you are to conduct yourselves in fear during the time of your temporary residence. 18 For you know that you were redeemed from your empty way of life inherited from the fathers, not with perishable things like silver or gold, 19 but with the precious blood of Christ, like that of a lamb without defect or blemish. 20 He was chosen[k] before the foundation of the world but was revealed at the end of the times for you 21 who through Him are believers in God, who raised Him from the dead and gave Him glory, so that your faith and hope are in God.
22 By obedience to the truth,[l] having purified yourselves[m] for sincere love of the brothers, love one another earnestly[n] from a pure[o] heart, 23 since you have been born again—not of perishable seed but of imperishable—through the living and enduring word of God. 24 For
All flesh is like grass, and all its glory like a flower of the grass. The grass withers, and the flower falls, 25 but the word of the Lord endures forever.[p]
And this is the word that was preached as the gospel to you.
A precious woman of God prayed for me the following Sunday. I didn’t want to go to church because I felt let down and discouraged, but I went anyway. She quoted Deuteronomy 28:4 “The Lord your God will make you abound in all the work of your hand and in the fruit of your body.” She told me to repeat that scripture during my prayer time and to stand on the Word of God. I did just that.
It was exactly 3 weeks later when this same precious lady came up to me at church, looked at me, and while pointing at my husband, said, “You have received his seed.” I didn’t know what to say to her. My first thought was, “What? Don’t you dare say that I am pregnant! Don’t get my hopes up! Have you lost your mind?” My husband was as dumbfounded as I was at that moment.
(SIDE NOTE: When you believe you HEAR from the Lord, and you are telling someone, be sure it is the LORD! And for those of you receiving a message from the Lord, put it on the back burner, if it is God, it will whistle!)
Lo and behold, It was exactly 2 weeks later that I discovered I was pregnant. We were at a marriage conference called, “A Weekend to Remember,” in Las Vegas, and HONEY, let me tell you, it was a weekend to REMEMBER! My doctor was incredulous. You could hear my parents scream all the way from Texas. I nearly fainted. My husband thought I was joking.
Yes, that’s right. A woman with no follicles, nonexistent progesterone, and endometriosis, was pregnant. It is only by the power of Almighty God that I was able to conceive a child, NATURALLY.
Sydney Abigail was born on February 19, 2009 after an arduous pregnancy in which I experienced every strange, debilitating illness you can possibly have during pregnancy. Not only was getting her here a journey, carrying her, and delivering her was even more challenging. When she was born, she was blue and not breathing well. I did not get to see her until later that morning after she was stable. What joy I had in welcoming sweet Sydney into my arms for the first time. Tears flowed, but this time, with joy!
But, after Sydney’s birth, we experienced secondary infertility.
It took a mighty touch from God to bring Christa Kay into the world. Today, she is a thriving 10 week old that has the most gentle spirit you could ever imagine in a baby. You can feel the spirit of God all over this child. God has great things in store for these beauties.
Am I sad that I went through my infertility battle? No. Would I want to go through it again? Probably not. Did God use my tears, fears, doubts, and longings for a greater purpose? A thousand times, YES!
He will allow circumstances to shape us. He will bring about sandpaper to scratch off rough edges. He will try us, as gold, in the fire. It is for HIS glory every time.
I remind myself what I fantastic testimony I would have deprived myself of if my kids just happened along without a thought in the world. I know all babies are miracles…every single one of them, but SOME babies take a lot more PRAYER than others!
Without a test, there is no testimony.
Without a trial, there is no victory.
Without tears at night, there is no joy that comes in the morning.
He looked past my sorrow and saw an opportunity to bring Him glory. It is because of His great mercy, unending love, and incomprehensible glory that we are sharing our home with two children, who are truly…
SWEETEREVERYDAY/Renesha Chambers is “Momma” to two beautiful miracle girls, Sydney and Christa. When not changing a diaper, loading the dishwasher, leading worship for her church, or riding a Harley, she is busy blogging or watching old movies with her husband, Chris, the love of her life.
And behold, I am with you always, to the end of the age.” Matthew 28:20
People may give up on you, disappoint you, set you aside, call you worthless, but God will NEVER give up on you or see you in ANY of those ways! His word says He will never leave us or forsake us.
Paul said he left his past behind and looked forward! We should do the same. No one is perfect. You are forgiven, no matter what you have done if you have asked Jesus to forgive you. Not only are you forgiven, it is never even remembered again, and certainly never brought back up to you by God. Don’t give up! None of us have done it all perfectly! Your future is bright. It won’t always be the way it is now. Tomorrow is a new day and you don’t know what God holds in store for you, but it is wonderful!!
Blessings to you, my precious reader! I will see you soon!
Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the
Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning. James 1:17 KJV