Posts Tagged ‘faith’

Tune In!

Posted: February 6, 2013 in Uncategorized
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If you want to hear God more often, then make it easy for Him!  Listen to Christian music, subscribe to blogs, devotionals, talk to other Christians, etc.  God uses all these things to speak directly to you.  I was reminded of this last night.

I wasn’t having a very good evening.  I was lonely.  I was missing my son terribly.  And what was I doing?  Sitting on the couch reading a James Patterson novel flipping back and forth on the tv watching nothing worth talking about!  Finally, I decided to take a bath (which is where I like to just soak and pray – TMI, I know – sorry!)  Anyway, I didn’t blast Christian music (which is also what I like to do as I soak and pray) but instead just soaked and prayed and I admit, cried some.  😦

When I got out, I decided to catch up on some of my devotionals and what was the first devotional I read?  “If you want an antidote for loneliness, here it is:  You will never be separated from God’s love….You will never be lonely because you can tune into God’s love.”  (Thank you Daily Hope with Rick Warren!)

I realized that I hadn’t been reading my daily bible readings, listening to Christian music, or spending much time at all with the One who loves me the most.  Duh.  No wonder I was feeling blue!

I grinned up at God, said “got it!”, he said “good” and I immediately felt better.

Superbowl Aftermath.

Posted: February 4, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I don’t know about you, but I am exhausted today!  I’m not used to staying up late.  Heck, I’m normally tucked all cozy in bed by 9 o’clock.  But last night, like most of America, I stayed up to watch the Superbowl.  It was a real nail-biter and since I’m a Ravens fan, I was very pleased with the outcome!

However, today, all I can think about is an interview with Ray Lewis that aired a few hours before the game.  He was asked about what he would tell the families affected by the murder case he was involved in many years ago . (Sorry, I don’t know all the details of those events.)  Anyway, he responded something along the lines of God not using people for good who would be involved in such things.  Forgive me if I don’t get that exactly right.  But that is in essence what he said.  It disturbed me because it’s those EXACT people that God uses.

Moses, Abraham, Jacob, Samson, Joseph, David, Solomon, Peter, Paul – they were all pretty messed up.  But today they are all considered amongst the greatest men of all time! God can do amazing things through any of us.  All of us!  And that is what I wish Ray Lewis would have said.

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.

New Beginnings.

Posted: January 2, 2013 in Uncategorized
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I love new beginnings.  So many people look forward to a new year to “start over”.  Personally, I look forward to every DAY.  Because every day is a chance to begin again.  I’ve said that so many times to my son, to friends, co-workers, etc.  For some reason, when we fail or dissapoint ourselves or others, we tend to get an attitude that we will never change.  And that’s so not true.  We can change, it just takes practice – and will-power!

I actually changed a lot of things in 2012, and one of them is that I listen almost exclusively to christian radio.  Every morning when I wake up, I crank up Klove.  Every day on the way back and forth to work – KLove.  And I’ve noticed a huge difference in the way I feel throughout the day by starting each day with such uplifting music.

For 2013, I plan to continue on my journey and be a better person – the kind of person that God wants me to be.  I’m not sure where my path will lead, but I do know that I control a lot of it by the choices I make.  And if one day, I make a bad choice – I know that every day is a new chance to begin again!

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.

 

We are not alone.

Posted: November 19, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Friday I was having a really bad day.  Was home with the flu and got a message that my son was in trouble at school, again.  Sigh.  I was pretty upset to say the least.  I cried.  Then cried some more. Then prayed, then prayed some more.  Then I got a little…ummm….angry.  Angry because I have been praying and praying for circumstances to change for YEARS.  I’ve been doing “all the right things”, walking as straight of a line as I can and there I was again.  In the same circumstance as I had been years before.  I cried out to God “seriously God, what is up with all this?”  I said “if you are trying to give me a message, clearly I am not hearing it.  Can you help me out?  I mean, really, send me an email or something!”

Two heartbeats later, my phone rang.  It was Klove radio.  Asking me if I needed prayers that day.  KLove Radio.  A national radio station called me out of the thousands of listeners to ask me if I needed prayers seconds after I asked God to send me a message.  Seconds.  Wow.  I can’t make this stuff up!  I cried to the sweet lady who called me.  I told her that I was just in prayer asking God for help, asking him to let me know that He hears me and then this phone call happened.  This lady didn’t seem surprised at all.  She said, “I never know who I’m going to to call each day, but I do know that God wants you to know that you are not alone.”

If I didn’t know that before, I certainly do now! Thanks for the direct message Lord! 🙂