Archive for the ‘Faith’ Category

I’m alive!

Posted: July 23, 2013 in Faith, Uncategorized

Did you miss me? I have no excuses why it’s taken me so long to write. Things are busy – yes, but I just have not prioritized like I should have.

Anyway, I’m wondering if any of you have ever experienced the “peaks and valleys” of being a Christian? I remember our pastor talking about it one time. And I remember thinking…”valley”? Really? How can there be valleys when you’re a Christian and you put your faith in God? THAT won’t happen to me!

Ha! You know what’s next. God heard me…and graciously allowed me to experience said “valley”. Hmmm… thanks? Was I really supposed to be thankful during this time? Why yes, Angel, you were. You are. Always.

This valley, really doesn’t feel good. I can only compare it to a sort of depression where when things go wrong, it feels amplified. In reality, it’s probably not “that” bad, but when you’ve been on that peak for so long, coming down just a little bit, feels bad. Do you know what I mean?

The good news…things have started to turn around as I’ve been making my way through this. And I’m feeling a lot better these days. And guess what? I’ve learned a lot. It’s true that God uses these trials we face to help shape us and learn to trust him more. The peaks are good, yes. Glorius in fact. But the valleys can be just as good too. Because once we get through them trusting in God, we are much stronger in faith. And I am very thankful for that!

All Things are Possible!

Posted: January 21, 2013 in Faith
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I just finished the book, FEARLESS by Eric Blehm.  It’s the life story of Adam Brown who overcame drug addiction to become a Navy Seal.  It’s an amazing story of faith and family and I was moves so much by it!  I highly recommend it.  In fact, I recommended it to a friend, who read it and said “it’s a good book, but I didn’t get as much out of it as you.  He [Adam Brown] had a lot of strings pulled for him.”

Hmmm…..I felt a little heartbroken.  Surely he grasped the foundation of the story!   I mean, in my opinion, the story really wasn’t about how he got in the military but rather, how by faith all things are possible.  I thought that maybe I missed something and that maybe because my friend was in the military that he had some inside scoop that I did not.   Then, I read day 18 of my Bible reading plan, Matthew 13:1-35.  The disciples asked Jesus why he talked in parables and Jesus’ response was basically another parable!  He said, that God’s messages are like seeds and that unless the seed falls on good soil, they will not understand it- the seed will just fall through the crack or be blown away.  If the seed falls on good soil, it will root, and produce a crop.

How eye opening!  But how do you make your “soil” good?  I believe it has to do with faith.  Faith to believe that God is who He says He is and that He can do anything.  Including “pulling strings” for Adam Brown to become a Navy Seal.  Because, as they say, with God…all things are possible!

 

 

 

Journey Anyone?

Posted: January 7, 2013 in Faith
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Guess what?  You are going to go on a journey with me!  Yup.  I’m committed to reading the bible in a year!  I’m on day 8 of a year-long bible reading plan.  And let me tell you – I love it!  However, I have so many questions.

In Matthew 5:18, Jesus says this: “For truly I tell you, until heaven and earth disappear, not the smallest letter, not the least stroke of a pen, will by any means disappear from the Law until everything is accomplished.”  Ummm, I thought heaven was eternal?  What’s this about heaven disappearing?

And here’s my second question… in Matthew 5:7, God says “Come, let us go down and confuse their language so they will not understand each other.”  Just who is “us” God is referring to?

Nothing will shake my faith, but I am curious about the two passages above.  If you have any insight, please share!  Otherwise, I’ll read on and hope more answers than questions will unfold.

The Thoughts We Think

Posted: December 30, 2012 in Faith
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I woke up with a major headache this morning.  My bf says it’s from thinking too much, which is a realistic possibility.  At any rate, I was not singing along as normal at church this morning – it just hurt too much.  So, I decided to close my eyes and imagine what it would be like in heaven.  I pictured a bright white light all around me… full of warmth, like the sun I love so much in the summer.  Yes!  That would be so awesome!  My next thought of what it would be like in heaven was….”jeans that fit.”  lol.  Seriously. That was my immediate next thought of what it would feel like in heaven.  Ohhh to have jeans that fit – wouldn’t that be heavenly!

After that thought, I couldn’t concentrate on anything else “heavenly”.  I was a bit appalled at of all the things I could have thought about, it would be the comfort of pajama pants or some other “non-buttoning” apparel.  Clearly I was not as focused as I should have been.  So, I decided I’d try that again after I was home, in comfortable clothes, so I would not be distracted again.  🙂

I’ll let you know how it goes.

Begin with the end in mind.

Posted: December 10, 2012 in Faith
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The other day as I was walking in to a building with my son, he said randomly, “would you have ever thought at my age that you’d end up being a christian leading your own women’s ministry?”  He is 16.

Talk about “deer in the headlights”…no doubt that was what I looked like.  A million thoughts (and some  horrors as I remember how I lived at 16!) went throught my mind.  But I knew I only had a few seconds before his curious mind went on to another subject, so I answered him quickly and honestly, “no way!” I said.  “But I’m sure glad I ended up here.”

And sure enough, that was the end of that conversation as he moved on to something else.  I’m not sure where he was going with that question, or what his mind was thinking when he asked it.  I am overjoyed that he is even thinking about “ending up” somewhere and I hope he thinks being a christian is a good place to be.

Beginning with the end in mind is a great strategy for life!  And my job is to keep pointing him in the right direction.

 

I wonder why.

Posted: October 16, 2012 in Faith
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Years ago when I was in a bad place in my personal life, I wrote this poem to try to express the pain I was feeling:

 

I wonder why life’s twists and turns

Never gives you what you really yearn

Someone to love you, to make you complete

To help you over life’s many hard feats.

 

I wonder why people often misunderstand

What you really want out of life’s grand plan

Someone to hold you, to tell you they care

To look in your eyes and really be there.

 

I wonder why things never seem to change

Heartache and pain always part of the game

You do your best always hanging tough

But in the end it’s still not enough.

 

I wonder why these things happen to me

When all I want is to love and be free

Be free to give and receive just the same

But it never seems to be part of the aim.

 

I wonder why I just sit here and stare

With teardrops falling wondering who cares

Hoping that one day all this hurt will end

And maybe my life will begin once again.

 

After having gone through two divorces (yes, two) and another failed relationship, I was at a loss as to why those relationships kept failing.  Knowing what I know now, I realize that the love I was looking for was not the love of a man, but the love of Jesus.  Unfailing love. Perfect love.  No one will love me more than Him.  When I think on that, I am overwhelmed with emotion. I don’t have to wonder about anything.  I know I am loved.

Pray on.

Posted: October 13, 2012 in Faith
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It’s so easy to get caught up in our day to day lives.  We worry about all the little details, trying to make everything perfect.  Trying to please everyone. We sometimes end up upset or even worse mad when things don’t turn out the way we think they should.  Why do we do these things to ourselves?

The bible says “Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:6-7

Have you ever had the peace of God warm over you?  It’s like the sun rising and warming your face.  It’s the feeling of snuggling up to a newborn baby.  Or holding a loved one’s hand.

There have been many times in my life where I could have chosen to break down.  Yet, I chose to ask God for help.  My anxious moments became peaceful moments.  Of course, there have also been times I was so caught up in emotion that I didn’t stop and pray, and I let the situation control me.  I ended up feeling like I’d been beaten up.  It’s hard, I know, when you are deep in a situation to just stop and pray.  But it really, really works.

If you are dealing with any type of frustration today, I encourage you to ask God for His help….ask Him for peace.  He will not dissapoint you!