Five years since the loss of our precious son, Clayton.
In this video I give hope, encouragement, and helpful resources for those walking a difficult journey in life. And I share about my latest book, Holding on to Hope.
For much of the resources mentioned in this video visit my website and blog.
And for the book on my website as well.
For the video series I mentioned, Hope From the Cemetery series summer 2020, look here on my YouTube channel.
A study on Truth. God is God of truth
. If we don't have Truth we don't have God. I absolutely love all the verses that are about truth.
And I wonder if we realize what truth really is and the importance of it. God is the God of truth!
And I love this verse. Jesus saith unto him, I am the way, the truth, and the life: no man cometh unto the Father, but by me.
John 14:6 KJV We can't reject the truth and think we still have God.
We can't substitute the truth or compromise the truth. If we love God we must love the truth and walk in the way of truth. There's no other way!!
No other way to the Father but by the way of Truth only!!
This week the children and I took a much needed spring break.
But I didn't want it to be just a wasted week.
I wanted them to continue their learning and also find creative or productive things to do.
So one of the things we are doing in the mornings is thinking together of things they would like to see how they are made.
Then we look them up on YouTube and watch them on our big screen.
It's very interesting and educational to see how things are made on a huge scale and in massive quantities in the factories.
YouTube can really add to your education plan for your children's school and make it work for you in a good and positive way. But be careful of the junk there as well.
Is there something you've been praying for, hoping for, and excitedly waiting for but it's just not coming about when you wanted, how you wanted, or not looking at all they way you thought it would?
Don't lose hope, hang in there, God's working it out in His timing and His way for His glory and your good!
His way doesn't always look the way we imagine it would.
And when we have to wait on things it builds character, strength, patience, perseverance and endurance.
So it's all good!!
Here is the video I referred to this video called How The Megachurch Destroyed Christianity. https://youtu.be/5BuiwgGqNx4
Wow Mom host, Ellen Mongan, , interviews Mae Renfroe about her book, "Holding on to Hope".
When tragedy hits a persons life all you can do is hold on to the hope you have in Christ Jesus, our Savior and our Lord.
With wisdom and encouragement Mae tell her story .
She brings the light of Christ to guide those who grieve and are broken hearted.
This is a story of hope and will touch the hearts of many. Listen and pass it on.
I've been a homeschooling mom for 16 years now.
Here are my 5 reasons why I do what I do, and I keep going even though it's the hardest job I'll probably ever do in life.
Yes, it's hard, but it's worth it for some reasons and so many ways!!
Five reasons/benefits of reading the Bible together daily by Mae Renfroe.
I share the importance and benefits of reading the Bible together daily in our home. don't underestimate the power of the Word in your home.
The more you have it pouring in , the more you have it pouring out!
Hey you all!
Here are my five reasons I do nighttime devotions with my children.
I encourage to do this in your home as well.
It will be worth your time and effort! I promise you! :)
Here is a list of 20 songs that were a real life saver to me after the loss of our 14 year old son.
There's nothing like the power of praise and worship.
And these songs speak about going through hard things, but yet God is good, He's in charge, and always with us.
To connect with me or for more great resources please visit my website and blog.
I have a page just for grief support.
And you can find my book there about our family's story of loss and the hope that keeps us going.
Five reasons to listen to Christian music & list of 20 songs that helped me cope with grief and loss
Five reasons to listen to Christian music.
I give you my 5 reasons why I listen, and highly encourage or recommend others too as well.
Plus my list of 20 songs that helped me cope with grief and loss.
May you be blessed and encouraged!
Music used in the video:
Musician:Koichi Morita URL: http://maoudamashii.jokersounds.com
Musician:ASHUTOSH URL: https://soundcloud.com/grandakt
I'm excited about the Canadian freedom convoy, and I'm hoping it brings about all changes they are wanting. I pray it all goes well!!
But can I talk about where true freedom comes from.
That's what we all need. so I hope you all enjoy this video. You can all visit my website and blog at www.maerenfroe.com thanks for watching!
Welcome to this week's video. I talk about the importance of looking for God in the little things in life.
Too often we can be looking for the big things and waiting on those answers for the big prayers we have been diligently praying, that we miss seeing God at work in the everyday.
I share two very amazing God divine appointments in my life recently and encourage you all to not overlook or downplay those little things. The little things often have just as much importance or impact as the big things and in some cases even more.
In Him, Mae Renfroe
It's a new year! May we look forward to all the new things this year will hold!
Look for new opportunities and new ideas for evangelism and outreach. Be open to new things God has for you to do or new places He wants you to go.
He just needs eager servants, obedient believers, and devoted followers!
Here is a link to the video I mentioned to David Platts message at Passion Conference 2022. It's very convicting and powerful message for our time.
May each one of us be found faithfully living out the purpose of God in our lives!
We must work the work of God while we still have time. And remember just as Jesus is we too are the light of the world.
Hey you all!!
I'm so happy to announce that my latest book is in the works! And in fact is nearing completion. Praise the Lord!
This is a very time consuming project for me being a busy homeschooling mom, but I'm very excited about it just the same. And can't wait for it to be finished and ready for you.
There is some really great and powerful content in this book to encourage you in your journey regardless of what you may be going through in life.
Watch this video for more details about my book!
Look for Holding On To Hope coming later this fall!
Hey, I just did this short video to introduce my YouTube channel to anyone new here, and for those of you that have been following along and enjoying my channel. An introduction of who I am and what I do here ony channel.
This is something you can share with others.
Back in our Alberta home!!
in this video I give more details of our trip up from Texas, about how the spit tests we did didn't go as expected, and our 14 day quarantine.
Traveling is not what it use to be pre-covid for sure, I guess it's easier for those that have the vaccine, but getting much tougher on the rest of us.
if you haven't already go watch part of Our ROAD trip from Texas to Alberta.
Closed doors are so hard when it's things you've been really hoping and waiting for and you thought it was the right thing.
But we have to realize who is in control especially when we've been diligently praying for Him to guide and direct our lives, and when we consider it we certainly don't want that thing that doesn't have God's favor and blessing over it.
Closed doors means He's got something better in mind.
And when one door closes another one usually opens.
God is our guide and our protector.
And as we pray diligently for Him to guide, guard, and direct our lives, and then closed doors happen, that's Him doing just that.
Keeping us from situations that are not the best for us.
But closed doors don't always feel good at the time. I'm going through something right now.
But I just have to keep trusting, keep resting in Him, and praising Him for His guiding hand over my life. And be alert for the doors he does open.
I'll share a canva design I just made the other night from saying I just seen about closed doors.
Probably why I find it so hard is my lack of patience. I want to see things happen soon, and when it doesn't I think I've did something wrong.
Either not working hard enough in that direction, or not praying hard enough, not fasting.
Or a number of things.
It's hard for me to just realize and except that either it's just not God's timing yet, or maybe just not the door he wants me to walk through and he closed the door that I thought was open for me.
So that's hard. Hebrews 6:12 That ye be not slothful, but followers of them who through faith and patience inherit the promises.
Hebrews 6:12 KJV Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding.
In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths. Proverbs 3:5-6 KJV Mae Renfroe
Have you ever been around someone that is always full of joy? No matter what’s going on in their life, they're upbeat & positive. Well they must know the secrets to living a joy filled life.
It’s not that I have this all figured out and am always living this joy filled life, but I know it's possible and it's spiritual.
It’s not that we will always be walking on sunshine, but when we live out the 6 secrets of living a joy filled life then we can stay above the waters when the clouds do come, which they will. And when we have learned to be content in whatever state we are in.
How can you live a joy-filled life when things are not always going smoothly? If you're faced with great disappointments in life, or have gone through tragedies and your life has been changed forever? Or when things are not going your way, when things don't happen the way you wanted, when you wanted and how you wanted? When life isn't going the way you thought it would.
This is especially vital for us mothers since we are the heart or center of the home. As the saying goes, “If momma ain't happy, ain't no one happy.”
Or my spin on it, “If you have a stinking attitude the whole house will smell.”
How we are feeling, and the attitudes we express, and how we go about our days really affect the whole household. And more often than not our children will pick up on it and portray the same thing.
Just as there is always things to be thankful for if we would just look, we also will always have things we could complain about too, but we all know regardless of how much we grip, wine, complain, fret, or worry over something it won’t change anything, so this is an area we really have to be purposeful about.
In part one I cover the first 3 steps that I put together on living a joy-filled life. Learning to give thanks in all things, rejoicing constantly, and continuously forgiving.
A full and abundant life is possible in Christ, and is the life He intended for us, when we heed his words, and the things He instructed us to do. He gave us these commands, instructions, and guidelines for our good. There is a reason. It wasn’t withhold any good thing from us, but that we would have a more abundant and fuller and richer life in him. And I don't mean the riches the world can give, that is so temporary and fleeting.
Jesus said, “A thief comes only to steal, kill and destroy. I have come that they might have life and have it abundantly” (John 10:10). People often talk about God doing “exceeding abundantly, beyond all we can ask or think” (Ephesians 3:20).
In part 2 I cover the last 3 of the six steps to living a joy filled life: Dying to self, Seeking first the Kingdom of God, and Trusting God.
This veres doesn’t just say to be thankful when things are going smoothly, it says to be thankful in everything. No matter what happens in life.Thankful in difficulties, in disappointments, in tragedies, on good days, on bad bad days. Sick days, well days.
We can always find things to be thankful for. As the saying goes there is a silver lining to every cloud. There is always a bright side to every negative thing. But we have to be more diligent and very purposeful about finding it. We can always find something to be thankful for even in a major tragedy, and when we do it lifts the spirits, allows you to smile even with tears in your eyes, and heals the heart bit by bit.
Like when we lost our son we found things to be thankful for, lifting our spirits. We were thankful that he died very quickly, with no suffering, that he didn’t have any of the other little ones with him, thankful for our new baby who was really healing to my heart, thankful for my other children.
And be thankful for the very simple everyday things in life, the ones we often take for granted, like the gift of a new day or life it’s self. Since we lost our son I see life in a new light, each new day as a gift from God, and life nothing short of a miracle.
When I wake each morning I thank him for the new day. And I thank Him for life. I’m awake, I’m alive, thank you God!! We are still here, we are alive and breathing! There is still time and hope for our plans and our dreams, and what God wants to do in us, and through us for others, and for us. There is so much to be thankful for all the time.
In the same way though there are always things we could complain about too, but we all know regardless of how much we grip, wine, or fret over something it won’t change, so this is an area we really have to be purposeful about. And when we are always grateful and thankful our countenance is joyful and others can see that joy in you and they can wonder, “Wow, why is she happy ? She has gone through all this and she is still smiling.” Only God. And staying grateful and thankful and always looking for things to be thankful for. Everyday I look for something new. Yes, you will have to be purposeful about it. And you're doing it with a purpose in mind. I encourage you to do that everyday and you will see what it will do for your heart and spirit.
2.Rejoicing - rejoice evermore
Rejoicing and finding things to praise the Lord for.
Rejoice in the Lord always; and again I say, rejoice. Philippians 4:4
Praise the Lord.
Rejoicing is similar to being thankful. Rejoicing in every situation. Focus on the blessings. Focus on what we do have and not what we don’t. Rejoicing in the Lord for who he is. That He is our great and mighty Lord, our refuge, our strength,our protector, our redeemer.
OUr strong tower. Our help in times of trouble. Our hope, peace, comfort.
He is always there with us and for us. And when negative thoughts come, speak life over them and truth over them in Jesus. Shoot all negative thoughts down with praise and rejoicing to the Lord.
Yes, I may be worried about this, but my God is good, He is on the throne and in control.
Yes, but I'm serving a great God, and He has said he would never leave me nor forsake me.
Yes, this may have happened, but I’m in God and He has me, yes this is bothering me, but God loves me, I am forgiven, I’m chosen, I’m His daughter.
Just thank them, and rejoice in his goodness and greatness, and what He has done for us, and through us. There are so many things to rejoice and thank him for, and just do it throughout the day.
And Rejoice in the things we usually take for granted, Like rejoicing in HIm for your marriage, your children, your good health, a roof over our heads, a dependable vehicle, a warm house, etc…
Be mindful throughout the day to do that. The more we do that the more we will find to rejoice about. And that lifts us up and puts joy in our steps.
Rejoicing that He loves us, cares for us, calls us by name. Psalm 146:5
Happy is the man who has God as his help and his hope is in the Lord.
That is what keeps us joyful!
Not that I speak in respect of want: for I have learned, in whatsoever state I am, therewith to be content.KJV Philippians 4:11 I am not saying this because I am in need, for I have learned to be content whatever the circumstances. NIV
1 Peter 4:13-17 Rejoice in tribulation and in sufferings for Christ sake.
Finally, brethren, whatsoever things are true, whatsoever things are honest, whatsoever things are just, whatsoever things are pure, whatsoever things are lovely, whatsoever things are of good report; if there be any virtue, and if there be any praise, think on these things. Philpiallans 4:8
3. Forgiving -Matthew 6 14-15 - love and charity
Forgiving is so powerful and healing. Having a forgiving spirit and forgiving attitude.
Matthew 6:14-15New King James Version 14 “For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you. 15 But if you do not forgive men their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses. Always forgiving. We will be hurt, and not like in tragedies, but by our spouses, by other family, or just things in life.
Sure this may be easier said than done, but we can do that in Christ, He gives us the ability to forgive. and we just have to keep forgiving, and keep forgiving, it’s an ongoing thing as long as we are living. We have to seek to do that and be very purposeful about it, and we can.
And dying to self, because it’s really not us living anymore, but Christ living in us. And if we can truly live like that, die to ourselves and not be so consumed on ourselves and our little feelings, and be more concerned about and looking out for others, and not have these little pity parties and wow me attitude, then we can be forgiving, because we want to be joyful.
Not forgiving is just being down in spirit and low. But when we can forgive we can just get on with our lives and these things won’t keep bothering us anymore.
Like sometimes my husband says something or does something that hurts me or disappointed me and I've let that get me down. And I know he needs to tell me he is sorry and until he tells me sorry I will be upset at him. So finally I'm tired of being upset at him and I go to him and say I'm tired of being upset. Let's get this over with I don’t want to be mad at you anymore. So when i mention that to him, he is usually a little quicker to tell me he is sorry that he would have, and then i'm like great, now we are good again. Let's be happy, let's not be upset and that helps us joyfull each day.
Forgiving is so powerful and healing and life giving, but we have to be intentional about it, and as the other things we have to continually be forging throughout our days everyday.
Not worrying about the future. Philippians 4:5-7
So today we covered being thankful, rejoicing, and forgiving. And just got to keep doing things everyday, it's a choice we have to make. The choice we have to make is to be thankful, rejoice in the Lord to praise the Lord no matter what happens, be grateful, in whatever situation we are in, and forgiving. And we know that when we forgive others, God forgives us because we know we do plenty _ everyday, we are not perfect, we keep making mistakes. If we want to be forgoing, we have to be forgiven. And that keeps us joyful and keeps us going.
In this blog post I wanted to share something I wrote about a year ago of things I've learned or God is teaching me or putting on my heart since loosing our son Clayton in 2017. It has been just over for years now since our loss. God is still working in us and through us!!
Six things I've learned since losing our son.
Have you just added God to your life? And is He just a part of your life? God doesn't want just a part of you, He wants all of you.
And he doesn't just want to be a part of your life. We are not to just add Jesus to our lives, and go on as normal.
Or make Him just a part of our lives, He needs to be our life, at the center of everything. The breath that we breath.
We got to move from co-pilot to pilot, or backseat driver to the driver of our lives.
We got to take our hands of the controls and give it over to the one who uatilmately is in control in the first place and do better at than us.
Every thing we do needs to with wheather it's pleasing to God or not, kingdom focused, and not self or money focused or driven.
But all our descions and things we do should be driven by God. A man makes his plans, but God directs His path.
A man's heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps. Proverbs 16:9 KJV My son, forget not my law; but let thine heart keep my commandments: For length of days, and long life, and peace, shall they add to thee.
Let not mercy and truth forsake thee: bind them about thy neck; write them upon the table of thine heart: So shalt thou find favour and good understanding in the sight of God and man.
Trust in the Lord with all thine heart; and lean not unto thine own understanding. In all thy ways acknowledge him, and he shall direct thy paths.
Be not wise in thine own eyes: fear the Lord , and depart from evil. Proverbs 3:1-7 KJV We got to be very prayerful when making descions and rather it's for the right reasons. And live He is the one in control and not us.
But how do we really practice that and live that out in our lives. Like the verses say, It's no longer I that liveth, but He that liveth in me.
But how do we do that daily? I am crucified with Christ: nevertheless I live; yet not I, but Christ liveth in me: and the life which I now live in the flesh I live by the faith of the Son of God, who loved me, and gave himself for me.
Galatians 2:20 KJV I guess as Paul said, "I die daily.". 1 corinthians 15:31 It's a daily thing.
To choose to lay down our selves, our will and and desires for His. Choosing His way.
We are all commissioned to share the gospel with others in some way, shape, or form.
But how do we that, and why does some find it easier than others?
In this video I answer those questions, and give encouragement to you to step out with courage and compassion to share your faith with others in various places and situations in your everyday living, doing, and going.
First it takes a heart for God, and a heart for our fellow man, caring about thier eternity later and thier lives right now.
Living without God is not a fun thing.
Could we emagine going through life as a wife and mother with the hope, peace, and wisdom of God in our lives?
Well those around us probably don't like it either and are not fairing too well. We got to care enough for them to share God with them and the hope we have.
We know we have something they need whether they know it or not and we need to care enough to share it with them. we never know who would be interested in God if they all knew.
If we only took the time to tell them. To connect with me please visit my website and blog.
Mae Renfroe Here is the link to the podcast episode I mentioned in this video.
The Mission Suitcase podcast by Lisa Batchelor, June 1st, 2021 episode. https://podcasts.google.com/?feed=aHR0cHM6Ly90aGVtaXNzaW9uc3VpdGNhc2UubGlic3luLmNvbS9yc3M&ep=14&episode=OWZmNjUyMmYtNmI2NC00ZGUyLWE1NmItZDllMjU1ZjdkNzM3
Here is another great resource for individuals and families to be more mission minded and to get started in that direction on the Mission Pulse podcast. https://youtu.be/HQPHNp1G7MY
Growing in our relationship with Jesus is an on going process. It's something we do daily.
And we have to want God in our lives. And desire and seek after Him with all our being.
Our relationship with God does not grow without us doing our part. Seeking Him first. Making Him Lord of our life. Setting aside time to get in His word to read and study, memorize scripture, etc...
And establishing a consistent and daily prayer life. Making prayer a top priority in our lives. We have to be purposeful about guarding our hearts and minds making time and space for God in our lives to be fits place.
To connect with me and for more great resources and articles for Christian living please check out all that I offer here on my website.
And remember I do speaking, so check out my speaking page on my blog while you are at it!!
Welcome to part two of remaining faithful till the end.
I In this one I continue reading in Mathew 24. From verses 21 - 31. I encourage you to read the full chapter. In this chapter Jesus speaks up the tribulation, turmoil, and persecution that will take place before His coming.
A common teaching out there says we will be raptured before the time of great tribulation.
But here in Matthew 24 it tells bus we will go through much tribulation in the end times before He comes in a great cloud and with the sound of a very loud trumpet in which everyone will see Him.
I did this video to help us be aware of what Jesus said will take place and what we can expect in the end which is getting closer and closer by the day.
When we are aware of what is to take place we will not be taken off guard when these things start coming to past and we can be built up and we'll established in the faith and ready to stand strong.
I want to encourage you to remain faithful, do the work the Lord has for us in these last times, and to trust and rest in the one who gives us peace.
We have nothing to fear when we are secure in Christ.
True love cast out fear.
And it says, He didn't give us a spirit of fear, but of power, love, and a sound mind.
Take heart, and be of courage God is with you until the end.
He will never leave you nor forsake you.
Hey there and welcome to this week's video.
In this one I talk about stuff about the end times that's been on my mind and heart and what Jesus said about it in Mathew 24.
I read some of Mathew 24 in this video, but I encourage you to read it all.
this is not a deep study or end times prophecy at all.
But just covering some things that are suppose to happen in the end before Jesus returns to take His people Home.
What we are to expect, and what to look for.
I encourage us to remain faithful amd strong.
To be an encouragement and support to others, and get encouragement and support from fellow Christians. And to do the work God has for us until He does come.
And keeping in mind our end and the end of many may be sooner than the end when He comes.
So we need to be making the most of our days and times and reach out to others with the Hope and Love of Christ as we still can.
This is not a time to sit idle.
not a time to worry or fret at the news, but to get in Jesus Word and see what He says about His coming and what we are to be doing until the end.
Stand Strong. Memorize scripture.
Spread the Hope!
I am a wife to my wonderful husband, Paul, of 21 years. Mommy to 9 blessings, ages 21 to 2 years. Our 2nd oldest son, at age 14, has gone on to be with the Lord on April 19th, 2017. I share about that new road we are on here on my blog.
My first 7 years of blogging.
Great inspirational reading!
"I believe a greater intimacy with God leads us to an inner peace, unquenchable joy, & an ever-lasting hope regardless of what we go through in life." Mae