by Christina Rose
Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. I will say of the Lord, “He is my refuge and my fortress, my God, in whom I trust.”… He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart. You will not fear the terror of night, nor the arrow that flies by day. Psalm 91:1-2, 4-5 NIV
Living life under the shadow of God’s wings brings peace and security to a believer. But there was a time years ago when I was lost and wandering in the wilderness, searching for that peace.
My husband and I met windsurfing under the Golden Gate bridge in San Francisco. We loved all the outdoor adventures that northern California has to offer. When we started a family, I was able to stay at home as my husband was a partner in a successful law firm. I loved being a mom; however, my husband started coming home later and later. I would come to find out that my life with Prince Charming was not what I had hoped.
While I was busy caring for our children and home, Prince Charming continued his sports activities in the company of single women, who were free to join him. My many efforts to be the perfect wife and mother went unnoticed. It seemed whatever I did was never good enough… and he was never home.
In despair, I turned to my Savior. I returned to work and ironically found myself working in the same law firms with which my husband associated.
It was not easy, but I knew God’s hand was in it, and that He would use me for his purpose. Through the years God provided for us in ways that were truly miraculous. He took care of us because we called on Him. My daughters are now beautiful, successful scientists!
As little girls, many of us were raised on fairy tales of the handsome prince sweeping us up to a magical life of happily ever after. This did not prepare me for the reality of bills, diapers, illness, and adult conflict. I learned the hard way that the foundation of our life needs to be a relationship with the Lord.
Through my struggles, I learned that God does rescue the lost and broken-hearted, because He rescued me. He has been continually at work in me developing humility and compassion. I am grateful. I now stand on a firm foundation and am blessed with a freedom and peace I did not have before.
All He wants us to do is put our trust in Him. And His faithfulness will be our shield and rampart.
About the author: Christina Rose is an author, trainer and speaker certified by the John Maxwell Team of Leadership. She is a DAR (Daughter of the American Revolution) whose ancestors fought in the Revolutionary War. A devoted mom of two daughters and great aunt to over 40 nieces and nephews, Christina loves spending time in nature and hosting gatherings for family and friends.
Christina’s book, My Appeal to Heaven, is her story. Her marriage in shambles, Christina finds herself in a desperate situation with no resources other than herself. After appealing to heaven, the Lord takes her on a journey of awakening and miraculous empowerment. That power that is available to us all, especially those who are in need of hope and freedom.
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