Golden Apples

[My wonderful husband of 24 years, was born weighing only 2 pounds, with Cerebral Palsy, his testimony daily inspires myself and our children, below is one example.]

“A word fitly spoken is like apples of gold in a setting of silver” Proverbs 25:11

Today my husband asked me, “Why is Allie sad?”  Our ten year old has been struggling for a month with bouts of sadness and, though we’ve talked with her at length, prayed over her, and listened to her, she still was battling the sadness this morning.

“I think it’s because she watches her friends online and she wishes she could do what they are doing.”

Though she never said those words outright, I’ve watched her disposition change after she spends time online checking out different fun things her friends participate in.

So we sat down at the kitchen table this morning, and I was blessed to be able to witness a father’s gentle instruction and love poured out to his daughter.  He asked Her, If your heart was the weather, what would the forecast be, Allie?

“Raining all the time, daddy…”

He told her a little story.

Allie, when I was your age, do you want to know what all the kids were doing this time of year?

They were all signing up for the local baseball teams.

I loved baseball more than anything and I would have given anything to be able to play with them.  But do you want to know why I couldn’t play with them?  Why I couldn’t play little league baseball?

Because I couldn’t run.

Allie, I was ALWAYS the last one picked at every game on the school yard. No one wanted to pick me, I could not run.

My mom was sensitive to my love for playing outside and she bought me a basketball goal where I shot baskets on the driveway.  I also was able to throw a ball against the side of my house pretending to be a pitcher and going down the batting line up in my mind.

Each day I would still long to be a part of a team…to belong.

In God’s wisdom and sovereignty, there was a reason for my loneliness.  He was trying to drive me to something that I didn’t even realize at the time. Sometimes, Allie,  God says no in one area, so He can push us towards our calling. So He can say yes to another area. God uses the struggle to push us towards His will.

At age 12 my father bought me a guitar.   It sat in a closet for two years before I ever played it.

 “For I consider that this present suffering shall not be worthy to be compared with the glory that is to be revealed in us.” Romans 8:18

Instead of looking at your life through the eyes of scarcity, what you are lacking, you need to ask God to show you how he sees you, Fearfully and wonderfully made in the image of his son Jesus.

Last month, Allie, I was walking to my car, and my feet gave out on me.  My ankle bent and I fell to the ground.  There was nothing nearby for me to grab on to, so I was going to have to crab walk over to my van so I could grab something to pull myself up.  All of the sudden, out of nowhere, a complete stranger comes over to me, sees me on the ground, and gets on her knees and says, “What do we need to do here to help you?”  I was humbled, vulnerable, and extremely thankful that she had the courage and compassion to come help me up.  Allie, I wasn’t unhappy that I fell that day, I was thankful God sent a stranger to help me up.  We need to pay attention to our thought life and stop longing for what we don’t have, but rather praise God for who we are in him

Ask yourself, ‘what is my calling?’  How was I created to serve God Best

After sitting in a closet for 2 years, I picked up that guitar.  It soon became my constant companion.  Playing the guitar filled a void in my life.  If filled an emptiness.  God used my loneliness and longing to play baseball like other kids, to drive me to the instrument, which would soon become my calling

I then learned to play the bass guitar on a 25 dollar guitar from K-Mart. While practicing for hours on the guitar alone in my room, I learned to play the Red Raven Polka. My father was so excited he went out and bought me my first bass guitar. Then he took a tape recorder out, got on the piano and recorded us playing the song together

For my 15th birthday, he had the radio station play that recording.

Allie, you are going to have to stop watching those videos and staring at those pictures,   longing for something you think you don’t have.

Allie, I have never roller skated, ice skated, ridden a bike, run a race, hang glided, jumped from an airplane, taken my family on a camping trip all by myself….there are hundreds of things I can’t do.  If I focus on those things, it will only discourage me.  I have to look to Jesus, the author and finisher of my faith, and focus on what I CAN do.  What He created me to do.

I understand my limitations, in my mind I don’t focus on what I can’t do and what I don’t have. This is why we need Jesus.

“As a man thinks in his heart, so is he” Proverbs 23:7

“God wants us to focus on whatsoever things are pure, lovely, true, just, of good report…” Phil. 4:8

Allie, you are a champion.  God created YOU for a unique and special purpose.  Something only you can do.  Ask the Lord to show you what He created you for.

Let this sadness you are feeling, drive you into the Savior’s arms of comfort.

Allie was blessed by the words of wisdom today, as evident when she told him the weather had changed for her and the sun was now shining.  Myself and our 19 year old daughter were also encourage, inspired, and humbled because we were able to witness this sweet exchange.  God reminded me today, that our lives are not our own, we’ve all been bought with a price, and so we must glorify God in our mortal bodies today. I am continually reminded of all that God has given us in this life.

“His divine power has given us everything we need for life and godliness.” 1 Peter 1:3   #integritymatters.

golden apples

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Sowing with Vision


It was late 2002.  My family size, though big in society’s eyes, was still manageable enough to all fit in one minivan.  Pregnant with number five, raising two boys and two girls, ages 2 to 9, life was a challenge, and I was exhausted.  My husband worked sales six days a week, and Sunday was devoted to multiple services at our large Baptist church where he faithfully played the guitar during worship services.  It was that year, during an intense prayer time with me wrestling with the demands of motherhood, on my face before the Lord, that I discovered what would become my own personal life verse.

“Sow with a vision to righteousness, Reap in accordance with kindness; Break up your fallow ground, For it is time to seek the LORD Until He comes to rain righteousness on you.” ~Ho

sea 10:12

I wanted the Lord to deliver me from my exhaustion…to rain down more time and finances so my husband could be home more with us.  I wanted a break from the demands of raising kids, a good night’s sleep, a vacation, pedicure, anything!  Instead of raining down those things on me, He showed me His heart…

was to rain down righteousness…as I sought Him.

While I felt the infant child kicking inside me, He showed me to KEEP SOWING into the lives of these children.  He showed me to SOW with VISION on a daily basis.  That I would reap in accordance with kindness.  MY kindness, not theirs.  I needed to raise them….with VISION.  Vision for the future where they would love God with all their hearts, minds, souls, and strength.  Vision for a future where they would meet and marry Godly spouses, and raise the next generation to be difference makers in this world.

That was 14 years ago, and four more beautiful children later. Now with eight kids in all (plus one beautiful granddaughter).  We are still sowing with vision, and thankfully we see great fruit in our adult children’s lives.  They are each walking with the Lord, and pursuing their own individual calling from God on their lives.

They don’t walk with the Lord because of good parenting, they walk with the Lord because of good Promises.  His promises.

Hear me moms and dads.  When you are in the trenches of raising kids, look up to Jesus.

Sow with a vision of righteousness.  Breaking up the fallow ground daily may be breaking up the latest dispute, the passive aggression, the in-your-face defiance, or just breaking up your own bitterness and laying it on the cross.

I want this blog to encourage you and inspire you to keep sowing with vision.

He wants to rain down His righteousness on you.

Blessings,

Erin Lichnovsky

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