Monday, September 21, 2009

Reply to a comment

I didn't want to publish this in the comments because of some bad language but I wanted people to see it, so I just edited out the bad language and I'm publishing it here. It's pertaining to the video/song below.

"No offense but this post and song made me feel realllly sorry for you if you actually believe this stuff. omg, so basically before your husband and god made you "pure" and worthy again you were basically just garbage? Nice...that is so sad....and brutal. I guess that's why you've been guilted into pumping out as many babies as hubby and god decide you should, nice christian prison you're living in there... "

Romans 3:23-24 says "for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, and are justified freely by his grace through the redemption that came by Christ Jesus."

I am so thankful for the gift of salvation that Jesus gave me. Until the day I received this gift my life was worthless. I spent every day looking for love and never finding it. I would find a moment of love and it would quickly be over. I depended on people to give me a "feeling".

But people fail,
always have and always will.

No one could love me enough to fill the void that I felt. Was it because the people I was with weren't good enough?


There is no one good enough. Not me, or you, or my husband. There is nothing that any of us could do to save another soul from their sin. Only Jesus was able to because he knew NO sin.


He was perfect.

He was God.

Come to earth.

Born of a virgin.

Man and God together.

So Jesus did take me from someone who was worthless and filthy and made a spotless bride in his sight. He made me new, gave me his robe of righteousness in exchange for my filthy rags, took all of the things that I had done to find love before him, and wiped them from his record.

So please don't feel sorry for me! I have joy! I know that no matter what it is that I have done, I am forgiven!

I know that no matter what comes my way there is hope!

I know that no matter what comes my way God's mercy is new every morning!

I know that no matter what comes my way, there is love!

I don't have to look for love, I don't have to try and find meaning in my life anymore. I can be content where I am, I don't need to fulfill myself.

God is my meaning, he is my love and he fulfills me. No matter what.

As for pumping out babies? God called our family to give him control of our womb. When we read the verse Psalm 127:3-5 we believed it!

"Sons are a heritage from the LORD, children a reward from him.
Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are sons born in one's youth.
Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their enemies in the gate."

I have a calling that is far beyond anything I could have ever imagined for myself. I am raising children for my King, Jesus Christ! God has blessed us with these children and given us the task of training them up in love to serve our great God. If he feels I can raise 10 or even 20 then I will take the job! I am greatful for every child that we are given.

Yes there have deffinately been times that it's been hard, times that I've struggled. It is hard to surrender your own will and your own dreams for what God wants for you. You get tired, very tired. You feel cut off from other people and you are judged. But God is my rest, he is my friend and he is my defender!

I traded my life for his. That also means I traded my plan for his.

This is not a prison. This is freedom. Before Jesus saved me I was a slave to my sin. There was no hope. Sin was my master and I lived a life with no meaning, no vision and no hope. I was bound to my wants and needs and wasted my energy trying to please myself and others.

Now I have traded masters and I am a slave to Christ! There is meaning and vision and hope. There are no chains or shackles.You will always serve a master. Satan or God. It doesn't matter if you agree with it or not. Truth is truth.

If I hold a loaded gun to your head, believing it isn't there will not save your life if I pull the trigger.

I am so thankful to God for giving his son to save me. I love him for it and because I love him I choose to obey him. Regardless of what others may say or do to me. I do not do it perfectly, but I do it. And where I am weak He makes up for it. I pray that you know this love as well and if not please don't wait.

I will pray for you.

My children will pray for you.


starla said...

well said and I agree. thanks for sharing Sarena!!

Ruth said...

I just wanted to tell you that I think you are absolutely incredible!

joni said...

wow .. leave for a while and then ... posts and awkward comments..
smile. own relationship/walk with Christ is mine...i often tred on a path with other believers and we agree or agree to disagree.. but i love my Lord and i am saved because He offered His gift of salvation and i believed. (Ephesians 2:8 For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God)
Being saved does not mean there aren't many harsh realities to life.. and even knowing i have salvation does not erase those hurtful/painful times.. i just know He is with me. .. holding me through it... (Psalm 142)
The comment about 'just garbage'...,, i still feel like garbage at times.. but what i feel and what i am, are two different things. Since Christ called my name i became a daughter of a King. .. But i was never garbage.. i was always precious. But now i am preciously owned by Him. Romans 8:14-17 vs16 The Spirit Himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God..

Gwen said...

Yo, yo, cutie patootie. Just want to say HELLO! and sorry you're getting rude flak. You might want to take the "anonymous" option off the comments. People are less likely to be offensive when they have to identify themselves.

Keep posting... there are lots of us who appreciate your posts, and admire you. :)

Jenny said...

Amen Sirena!
First off I can't stand people that hide behind anonymous comments. If you have something to say, sign your name to it.
Believe in what you want, and don't judge those of us that do believe in Jesus.
Sarena, you handled this with grace.

Lauralee said...

Didn't Paul talk about how he had the most out of everyone to boast about, but it was all nothing, meaningless. We are nothing without Christ. I think the person who wrote that post has not come to the understanding that our lives were, are meaningless without Him.
You are such a compassionate and kind, Beautiful Lady Sarena. And an amazing Mom. Your Husband and Children are Blessed to have you:) All because of Jesus! And all for Jesus! :) Love you!

dawnisaprincess said...

Sirena you are such an inspiration to myself.

i'm still growing in my faith, but you are so encouraging to me.

I want to grow!

I agree with the previous comments! your family is so blessed to have you! And i feel blessed to be your friend!

Anita said...

One thing I'll never understand is why people continually feel the need to judge what everyone else feels or believes.
I may not believe everything you believe, or even agree with you on everything, but that's the beauty of being adults living in a democracy. We get to live how we want to live, and believe what we choose, so there is really no excuse for people to attack someone else's choices just because they don't understand. Its really too bad that people can't be mature enough to accept that its ok to think differently.
I agree with Jenny, you handled the comment really well. High five homeslice ;)

Aggie said...

Amen! Amen! Amen!

I do not feel sorry for you at all (like the commentor that you mentioned). I praise God that He lifted you out of the pit and I celebrate with you.

I do feel sad for people who have not yet recognized their need for Him alone and reached up out of the pit to find His loving, gracious, merciful hand waiting their to rescue them!

Thanks for standing up for the faith!

Tereza Crump aka MyTreasuredCreations said...

hi, I have no clue how I got to your blog. I was reading someone else's blog and must have clicked on your link there without knowing it. so I began reading your blog and found this post. WOW... I was so encouraged by your writing. We too are doing what God has called us to do: surrender, believe and obey. And I find sometimes that the world, even our Christian friends do not understand or agree with it. thank you for your words. They were profound, true and very encouraging. I hope more people will have the courage to speak truth no matter the circumstances. Be blessed, :) Tereza