Who I Am
To me, Abiding means that you walk with and talk with God daily Who is the Creator of all we see and some things we don’t see. Who I am In Christ is a single woman that loves the Lord. I have been married and divorced and can appreciate both married women and those that have been divorced. I always wanted that “perfect marriage” with the “perfect husband” and a white picket fence and flowers growing in the beds and a nice green lawn with a puppy dog or two running around. As I grew older I realized that really didn’t exist out there! Well, bits and pieces of that fantasy did exist but not all in one package deal. At least I have never found it.
I believe relationships are like my favorite flower bed… You mean I have to plant the flowers and water them!? And weed the beds and fertilize and … wow… there is a lot more to “it” than I ever thought! So that requires abiding with God to strengthen the relationship that you have. So, yes, I have learned a thing or three over the years. The best and most rewarding thing that I am learning is how to walk with God daily. My life has been quite the journey and as you read my devotionals you will see that I use stories of my past and present to relate to “God Things” and also every-day things. After all, God is in our daily walk, whether we want to acknowledge Him or not. He is always there! It is a much sweeter journey when you realize His presence and grow from it.
I have a legacy of Christians in my family. My mom and dad almost made it 69 years. You see, mom passed January 19, 2017. A little more than a month shy of their 69th anniversary. This was a HUGE blow to our family. Mom (Millie as she was known) was the “Rock” of the family. She was one that was known to be abiding in the Vine. She was so loved by everyone that ever met her. She had over 200 people at her memorial service. Needless to say, she was one-of-a-kind. We miss her desperately. However, we all know that we will see her again someday soon, though!
I personally have been a Christian much of my life. Although I have come from a long line of “Christians” and have been one most of my life, I have not been known to be abiding …“walking with God”…most of my life. At least not like I am walking with Him now. I have found Him in the most wonderful way. I believe God has given me a ministry to women because I personally have been through so much in my life from abuse, neglect, and just plain disrespect. However, I also believe that I have other things to share with the world that will help them along their journey called life (men and women alike). Some of the problems I have faced and come through was brought on by my own bad decisions and some from other sources. Though all of that has left scars, God, in His loving kindness, has healed many of those hurts by His grace and mercy. Believe me, I am one grateful lady! I try to abide with God daily so He can show me what to share, And I want to share as much of Him as I can to as many folks as I can!
Shady Oaks Baptist Church in Hurst, Texas has been my church since 2014. I sing in the Praise Team and Choir there and I love worship music and the good old hymns that I was raised with. I tell folks that I have sung since before I was born because my mom was always in the church choir (even when she was pregnant) and my dad was the Music Minister or Pastor wherever we were. I believe when you are singing worship music you are abiding. So I have been drenched with music my entire life and it is in my blood! Music cuts to the absolute core of my soul! It can move me to tears of sadness or tears of elation quicker than anything I know. The music that worships my Lord Jesus is my absolute favorite!
I am also a student of Christian Apologetics now. I began this journey a couple of years ago (2016) and I can’t seem to get enough of it. I am learning how to share the hope that is within me with grace and respect. That’s what Apologetics is. Learning to share your faith with grace and respect. I am learning why I believe what I believe. It is yet another exciting path on this journey of life with my God, more abiding.
I have traveled a little bit in my life, whether it was a vacation when I was a child or traveling with my job or just driving around the country roads, I love this great country of ours! I have been out of the country one time to Cancun, Mexico. It was a wonderful trip but I was thrilled to return to our homeland – the good ole United States of America! There is none like her and I love her!
My 4-Legged Babies
I have one Black and Tan standard dachshund and he is one of my children. The other is a little red head mini dachshund. I consider them my 4-legged babies and I love them like they are. They are both rescue babies and I also help with rescue organizations with placement of other dogs and kitties that are in shelters across this great nation of ours. As I said they are rescue babies … although I am not sure who rescued who. They have both enriched my life so much! My parents actually consider them their grand dogs … lol.
One thing about me you will find out is that I strive every day to “Abide In The Vine” because apart from the Vine I can do nothing! As you read my blog and become acquainted with me and my stories, I would love to hear from you any time. Whether it is a comment on the current devotional or something else. I would love to listen to how you are abiding. I just want to share my God and how wonderful He is! You may already know, but sometimes folks need to be reminded…
Thanks for visiting me and my blog! I pray God speaks to your heart through the stories and posts I have to share. God is such a Good and Loving God! And after all… you are His Beloved!
In His Joy,
Leah L. Adams
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in Him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” Romans 15:12-14
This song by Nichole Nordeman is my prayer for every day – River God. This is the audio… and the Beautiful Video is below.
The Song – River God – Nichole Nordeman
The Video – River God – Nichole Nordeman