March 3, 2020

We heard the story of Mark and Gail on Sunday. We heard how their lives had been affected by relationships that grew outside of their marriage. There was a lot of anger and hurt that followed. It would have been so easy to take the marriage to the trash can, and many would have said it was justified; and yet, they didn’t let it happen.
There is something comforting about the stories of redemption and forgiveness. We’ve all tried, failed, and found ourselves short of the glory of God. We all have had those moments where we wish we could have had a different outcome for some tragic event in our lives.
Why did it end up different for them, with success? Why do many of us not find redemption, only bitterness and pain?
I heard several things that seemed to provide answers to these questions. Though they were both hurting, they were each allowing God to work in their lives. Though there was tremendous pain, they did not let their ego’s, or their self-righteousness get in the way of what God alone could do for them. They both were committed to letting God direct and guide them through the process and were willing to humble themselves to His will.
I am convinced the difference is having God as the template in our lives, rather than trying to do it all ourselves. If we direct our attention and our hearts to Him and truly give it all to Him, we will find the way He has for us.
Does that make it easy? No, it just means we have the support of one that has no self-serving motives and is acting in true fairness and empathy to the situation for everyone concerned.
Our first response, and our most meaningful action, is to give ourselves fully to God and let him take the wheel in our lives. Do this and begin the process of living life in the victory that God has for you!

Selena Freeman - March 1, 2020

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Joe Maxwell

Joe and his wife Susan live in Marshfield along with their daughter Caroline who attends Marshfield High
School; they also have two adult children, Brendan (wife Jesica, son Silas), and Kellan (wife Hannah). Joe is a
manager at Jack Henry & Associates, and enjoys baseball, genealogy, and walking in his spare time. His
favorite bible verse is Philippians 4:13, “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.”

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