After All These Years

It is with great honor that I introduce you to my mother, Reba Barlow. For my entire life, as long as I can remember, she has loved to read and has had a great value for the written word. She began following our blog this semester and has been motivating her friends and her Sunday school class to join us each week in memorizing the Breath Day verse. It was only logical to ask her to be a guest writer between semesters.

I know you will fall in love with her modest and honoring manner of writing. Her writing style will make you feel like you know her and you will love her right from the first sentence, a great and wise friend sharing her heart with you.

Thank you Mom for giving your time to Breath on Paper. I love you! ~ Cindy

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RebaBecause of your blog you all have inspired several of us in Godly ways. We have so looked forward to reading each member’s writings. What a refreshing way of sharing our God and yourselves. Thank you ladies!

Your Bible memory verses have caught our attention and we are working on them. Several friends and my Sunday School class are memorizing again —- after all these years.

This week we are on Romans 8:28. What a deep little verse. And we know that all things work together for good to those who love God, to those who are the called according to His purpose. Often individual things happening to us are not good while they are happening. But God weaves them together in our life to produce His purpose for us and the Kingdom. Remember, ‘all things work together’. If we were to taste each ingredient that goes into a cake, we would not enjoy them. But when the cake is done it is delicious! See, ‘All things work together for good’. God is creating good to come out of all situations to develop a more mature child of His. Since we love Him as our Heavenly Father, we realize these things slowly develop us more like Him. My goal is to accept this and desire Him more. God longs for us to desire Him. Remember how He walked with Adam and Eve? How can we reach the place in our lives where we want to walk with God? We all love God, our Father, and are called to holiness.

Remember the story of the shepherd who would sometimes have to take the wayward frisky little lamb and break the little fellow’s leg to gain his control and nurse him back to good health? The lamb would learn of the discipline and loving care the shepherd has for him as he carried him in his arms. How frisky are we? Can we accept God’s Word and let it draw us closer to our Lord? He is waiting. We get to choose.

Our last week’s memory verse (Proverbs 3:5-6) was to love the Lord our God with all our heart and lean not on our own understanding. In all our ways acknowledge Him and He will direct our paths. Romans 8:28 is a continuation of God speaking to us. Jesus has been invited into our hearts and lives and love for Him includes loving others in our individual worlds. As we meditate on these memory verses God is speaking to us and drawing us closer to Him and He is slowly developing all things for good since we are part of the called and accept His purpose for us. We are part of God’s kingdom and He loves us with all His heart!

As the sun sets in north Mississippi on this beautiful 65 degree December day, I am thinking of how grateful I am of you precious Christian ladies. Thank you for sharing yourselves and Christ with us. You have inspired us with your love.  May God bless you all!   ~ Reba

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Your Turn: Just like the separate ingredients to the cake recipe when joined and baked to perfection…yields a delicious experience.  Look at the big picture of what God is doing and rest assured that He will bring you to a most beautiful place.  ~ Breath on Paper

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