"...the Lord is merciful and gracious,
slow to anger and abounding in steadfast love."
I am delighted to introduce you to a dear friend of mine, Erika Gill. She is a fun, honest, adventurous, thoughtful, dedicated-to-God-and-family kind of friend. Erika has blessed me and encouraged me in ways that will linger in my heart forever. She is a treasure.
Yesterday, after reading a devotion by another sweet friend of mine, Lysa, Erika emailed me to share how that devotion ministered to her heart. Erika's testimony of God's goodness moved my heart, and I asked if we could share it here at Joy In The Truth. Thank you, Erika, for always refreshing me with your love and with His truth.
The Gill Family ~ Connor, Ken, Erika, Austin
Here is Erika's tender email:
Dear Sharon, I love Lysa!! Her devotions go right to my 'mommy heart'! I just wanted to share this with you.
This devotion "Ruined For Good" reminds me of the time our family went to
I was so angry that I think my blood was boiling. I kept bringing up how angry I was for several hours after the incident happened. I found it hard to let go.
That night I cried about how I handled the situation. What kind of Christian mother acts like that?, I kept thinking to myself. I wish I could have stopped myself and thought before I reacted.
I kept that puzzle hidden for a while, not because I was mad at my son, but because I was mad at myself for the ‘firecracker’ emotions that I displayed in front of my children.
"...your sorrow leads you to repentance. For you became sorrowful as God intended...godly sorrow brings repentance that leads to salvation and leaves no regret..."
Later, I asked
I now proudly display the puzzle in our entertainment center cabinet. That puzzle is definitely a ‘sweet change of perspective’ for me. I really should take a picture and put it in my purse as a daily reminder. A puzzling reminder of God's goodness.
(By Erika Gill)
The puzzle now displayed in the Gills' family room
"...to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair.
They will be called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord for the display of His splendor."
We are giving away a copy of Lysa's newest book "Unglued ~ Making Wise Choices In The Midst of Raw Emotions". Simply leave a comment letting us know this book would be a blessing to you and that you can relate to feeling like Erika did. I sure can! The winner will be announced on Friday! Keep the comments coming!