Thirsty For Christ Thursday

Christ: The Ultimate Bridegroom

ThursdayGreetings Y’all!

Yesterday, a friend and I were discussing weddings – believe it or not, right? Two women discussing WEDDINGS?!?! Never! ūüėȬ†And, in true wedding talk fashion, everything (flowers, venue, cake, dress, etc) was mentioned¬†but the groom. Why is that the norm?

Today, I want to share with you a song I found by searching for “wedding” online – just because that conversation yesterday had me all reminiscent about a certain September 15, 2012… and God intervened. He led me to this:

Wow.

Talk about a conversation involving a wedding day that is centered on the most amazing groom, Jesus. Isaiah 54:4-8 (ESV) says:

4 Fear not, for you will not be ashamed;
be not confounded, for you will not be disgraced;
for you will forget the shame of your youth,
and the reproach of your widowhood you will remember no more.
5 For your Maker is your husband,
the Lord of hosts is his name;
and the Holy One of Israel is your Redeemer,
the God of the whole earth he is called.
6 For the Lord has called you
like a wife deserted and grieved in spirit,
like a wife of youth when she is cast off,
says your God.
7 For a brief moment I deserted you,
but with great compassion I will gather you.
8 In overflowing anger for a moment
I hid my face from you,
but with everlasting love I will have compassion on you,‚ÄĚ
says the Lord, your Redeemer.

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“The icon of Christ the Bridegroom portrays the selfless love of Christ for His Bride, the Church (Isaiah 54). He is dressed in royal colors as the betrothed King, corresponding with Sacred Scripture‚Äôs account of His mockery by the Roman guards before His crucifixion. The crown is a symbol of His marriage to the Church; the rope, a symbol of the bondage to sin, death and corruption which Jesus untied by His death on the Cross; the reed, a symbol of His humility.”¬†(Borrowed from the Christ The Bridegroom Monastery)

What an amazing God we have who takes us just as we are, cleanses us from our sin, and pledges Himself to us Рall the while, not just forgiving but forgetting our past and our wrongs. Christ: The Ultimate Bridegroom.

Until tomorrow….

Blessings To You All,
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Food For Thought Friday

Food For Thought Friday

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Happy Friday To All Of You!

Hopefully, your week has been wonderful and you are looking forward to a relaxing weekend – I know¬†all of you are completely finished with your Christmas shopping and decorating…right? ūüôā

Well, if perhaps, I might be incorrect in my assumption, take a few minutes to relax now in preparation for a crazy weekend! Fridays around here are going to be casual. Today, for instance, I have included links below to two relatively fresh stories Рboth good for discussion.

First, as I’m¬†sure you’ve heard/read by now:¬†Pope Named Time’s Person of the Year

Personally, I think this is wonderful news – Time Magazine’s cover for Person of the Year hasn’t seen a Christian religious leader’s face since Pope John Paul II in 1994 and prior to that,¬†Pope John XXIII in 1962. As we discussed yesterday, as¬†true followers of Christ, shouldn’t we be revolutionizing the world on a daily basis? Not so that Time Magazine notices, but so the Lord does.

Now there’s an over-dinner-conversation starter for your weekend! And here’s one more, on the lighter side…

The Toughest Tongue Twister?

Can you say that 10 times fast? Maybe this conversation starter is for after dinner, when your mouth isn’t full! ūüėČ

Have a great weekend!

All Our Love,
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What Would YOUR Book In The Bible Look Like?

Good Evening Everyone (Or Early Morning, Depending On How You Look At It),

So during our Bible Study a week or so ago, the chapter we are studying in “Experiencing God” mentioned that the Bible, as a whole, isn’t an account of the people in the Bible – like John, Peter, Ruth, Noah or Abraham, but rather is a story of God working through the lives of these people. The Bible is then an autobiography of the Lord, and the other characters throughout were vehicles through whom He worked.

This got me to thinking. Suppose Noah hadn’t built the ark, as God instructed. Suppose Noah heard God’s instruction and thought, “Ugh. It’s too hot to build an ark. I don’t even know HOW anyway! I’m not a boat builder! Plus, I have plans! I don’t have time to do this.” Or what if Mary had not said YES to God’s invitation to carry His Son?

The Bible would be a very different book if those who accepted God’s instruction had lived according to THEIR will, rather than HIS will. So, what would a Bible story of YOUR life look like? Would the book be full of detail as you followed Christ and carried out His plans, or would it be a short account in which Jesus asked you to do something, and you told Him you were too busy and let YOUR plans get in the way?

In considering this, Craig and my ‘Mission Statement’ for our marriage had to be re-examined. And so, even though he was off work all last week, and I usually enjoy the luxury of not having to be at work until 11AM, we followed God’s call and rose early each morning to lead the music together for our church’s summer program for middle and high school students – who were less than thrilled to be at church at 8AM when on summer vacation. This week, even though I am working a 9-5 schedule with the sweet children I nanny, I am rushing off to help lead the music for VBS each evening after work from 6-8:30PM.

We certainly aren’t asking for medals or accolades here. Not in the least. BUT the whole idea of considering what your story in the Bible would resemble certainly made us realize that following God’s Will and putting Him first in our life was absolutely the MOST important thing. Even though 12-13 hour days are NOT fun, and getting up early on your day off is NOT typically anyone’s cup of tea, living life for Christ is our mission, and as we have learned, His ways are not always OUR ways.

I thank God He brought me my soulmate, who stands right by my side as we endeavor to lead our lives for Him. The Lord doesn’t always guide us down the newly paved road, but more often than not, the bumpy, gravelly, dirt path most people try to avoid.

We pray He will continue to guide us, and we ask for your prayers for our journey, as well. We would love to pray for you, too, and many of you we already do! If you have a special request you would like us to pray for you or with you, please e-mail Craig and I at newlywedlefebvres@gmail.com

Well, it’s now time for bed, as there is another full day of nannying and VBS and puppies…Yes, we have multiple doggies in the Lefebvre household now! Don’t worry, our next post will include more on recent events and if we are diligent, even some pictures!

Take Care and God Bless,

Pier & Craig

 

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God’s Will For Our Lives

Good Morning Everyone!

I hope this post finds all of our readers happy, healthy and enjoying life! I am writing at the urging of a very important person in my life (you know who you are) who, when I shared this story with her – because I just COULDN’T keep it bottled up inside – told me I really MUST write it down. So here I go:

As all of you know, Craig and I began at the beginning of 2013 looking for a new church home. We visited several parishes – all of which were wonderful, but it wasn’t until we walked into St. Francis of Assisi in Cartersville that we knew we were “home”. We had been to Mass at St. Francis several times before, but when we walked in this particular time, Father Stack reached over, touched Craig on the arm and said, “Are y’all mine or just passing through?”

Now, keep in mind, this occurred as we were walking into Sunday morning mass. It was crowded and Craig and I were amid that crowd, but yet, in speaking about the situation with him later, C and I both agreed it was like that moment was paused in time. It was like we were the only ones in the hallway… We had been very prayerfully considering our decision to find a new church, and the moment we reached out to various points of contact within the parish to become involved, we were welcomed with arms wide open – quite the opposite from our former church home. We even received an e-mail from Father Stack welcoming us, before we had even formally joined.

Do you get the same goosebumps I do when you consider that perhaps Jesus was speaking through Father Stack, and asking us, “Are you MINE or just passing through?”

Nothing like that has happened on any Sunday since. Not since Craig and I took off the burdens holding us back and moved to a church where we could grow in our faith, and really become involved in service to God.

Now, as we have made one of our ‘goals’ for Lent to really seek God’s Will for our little family, and as we study His Word each weeknight with our “Experiencing God” Bible study, Craig and I are recognizing God’s work in our lives with ever so much more clarity:

  • The beginning of Summer 2008, when I felt God calling me to become a Catholic. I didn’t know why. I had grown up in the Baptist Church and was raised in the Christian faith. I just felt God leading me to become a Catholic. So I said yes.
  • The beginning of 2011, when Craig and I both felt led to join Catholic Match. I speak for myself when I say I resisted as long as possible, and then finally gave in to God’s tugging on my heartstrings and said yes.
  • The beginning of 2013, when we both felt that God was leading us to find a new church home, and then His guiding us to the place we needed to be.

Then, the other day Craig and I both threw in the towel and decided I simply HAD to leave my current job. The environment was just too ‘toxic’. We prayed about the decision for months on end, and never felt like it was the ‘right time’. There were other job offers and opportunities, but still, it just didn’t feel right. And then Tuesday, February 19th came about, and we both knew it was right. I gave my notice, and arbitrarily chose March 5th as my final day.

The very next day, there was more than one opportunity on the table, one of them beginning 2 days after my current job is ending and paying almost the exact amount we need to stick to our budget, and on my way home from the office, I was on the phone with my husband, exclaiming how we took this leap of faith and it really appeared that if we just put our trust in the Lord, we would be okay. Craig noted how it reminded him of the story of Abraham taking Issac up the mountain to make a sacrifice to God. Genesis 22:1-18 Taking that blind faith, and following the Lord because you know that He will provide for you.

Later that evening, I was reading my ‘assignment’ for the discussion Craig and I would have later on the phone for our Bible study, and I came across the story of Abraham and Issac…And I thought to myself…Hmmm….Craig must have already read his part for tonight’s discussion when we were on the phone earlier…And then I read further and the next story was of a man and a wife. The man had a good-paying position, and yet, he and his wife felt God’s calling to them to leave that job for one that was completely unsure but definitely where they were being led. It was a story where the people put their total trust in God and followed Him, and they were provided for in the exact amount they needed.

After I read that, I thought, “Oh, wow.” and then, “God, Craig hadn’t read this Bible study when I talked with him earlier, had he?”

I texted my husband:

The TextGod is just amazing. He led me to convert to Catholicism, and I had no idea why, but I listened and I followed Him. That was in 2008, and in 2011, I found out WHY. I didn’t want to join Catholic Match. I thought it was just going to be a dead end, but I felt led to join, and so I said yes, on the off-chance that just maybe God knew what He was doing…and lo’ and behold… ūüôā

Craig and I talked that very night on the phone, and thought back…Two years ago, we didn’t even KNOW each other, and here we are, happier than EVER before in our lives, and married to our soul-mate… All because we said YES to God.

He has a plan for each of us, and He CERTAINLY knows what He is doing, and WHY. We just have to be go by our blind faith, and He will lead us on an amazing journey.

xoxo,

Pier & Craig

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James 1:2-4

“Consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds,¬†¬†because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.¬†¬†Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.”¬†James 1:2-4

I love the Book of James, and I really felt led to share this passage with all of you today.

Love To All Of You,

Pier & Craig