The Reward


image.jpegBy:  Betty Predmore

These kiddies had a late night with lots of sparkle and pop. Now they are having a little trouble getting up this morning. They want to stay in bed when they know they have to get up for summer school. They are really not wanting to do what they are supposed to do today.
How many times in life do we have to do something we don’t want to do? How often is doing the right thing harder than you imagined? God never said doing right, living well, and being imitators of Christ would be easy. But He did say it would be worth it.

“Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love him.” (James 1:12)

No, life isn’t always easy. We are expected to do things that we don’t feel like doing. We are expected to act in a way that we often don’t want to act. There are days when we don’t feel as if we can even make a difference. Some days we don’t have the energy to put on that smile. Many days we feel as if taking that next step is just too much for our weary bodies to do. Our body gets tired, our spirit gets tired, our mind gets exhausted. But the reward is the crown of life. Who doesn’t want a crown? The reward is being a light to others. Wouldn’t you like to spread a little light into this world of darkness? The reward is having our Father in Heaven pleased with us. Like any child, we want to please our Father and make him proud. The reward is eternal life. There is nothing better than knowing we get to rest and worship in heaven forever.

Today, God may call you to do something you don’t want to do. You might have to pull those blankets away and get out of the bed you have nestled yourself into. Get up! Do it! The crown of life is waiting for you! That is the greatest reward you could ever receive!


The Beauty of Our Bond


By:  Betty Predmore

I am celebrating my anniversary with my sweet hubby. We have been married 9 years today. When he took me as his bride, he also took on four broken kids who weren’t quite sure what to do with a step-dad. He has persevered through hateful words, high voices, and bad attitudes, and has pretty much won them over. Added to that are the three little ones we adopted just a little over a year into our marriage. We have a true understanding of the word CHAOS. We also have a true understanding of the word FAMILY. In our home, it is not the blood ties that bind. It is the love, compassion, forgiveness, and acceptance that has melded us into this unique batch of crazy that is unmistakably ours, and unmistakably cherished by each of us.

As I read the anniversary wishes from my kids today, I am struck by the beauty of our bond, I am reminded of how God takes that which seems impossible and makes it totally possible. I am touched to the core by the love our children have for us, and by the devotion our family shares. My heart is filled with gratitude, not just for nine wonderful years of marriage, but also for the family God has assembled for us. Sometimes they are a little much. Sometimes I am sure I will not survive the day. Often, I want to pull out a hair or two. But always, I am honored to be their mama, and so very grateful for each special moment the Lord gives us.

I realize that today is not only the anniversary of the day I married my husband. It is also the anniversary of the day we became this beautiful family, brought together through God’s goodness and his trust in us as parents. So I say to my babies….Happy Anniversary!