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Going Green

Today, we hear all over the media about “going green.”   Recycle, reuse, replenish.  Take care of what we’ve got.  I’m all for being a good steward of what God has given us but just bear with me here for a minute.

One commercial caught my attention the other day and was talking about protecting electricity, our “precious resource.”  Being a believer in the God of creation, I firmly believe that what He created will remain until He decides it is time for it to stop.  Nothing that man does can “extend” our water supply or electricity, for that matter.

I guess what I’m trying to say is that we cannot pretend to even try to keep this world going.  It’s not in my job description to keep the universe going.  God is in control and I can’t worry about what I can’t control. I guess what tweaked my brain on this one was that somehow humanity actually thinks they are in control.

Again, I don’t have any issues with going green.  We are to be good stewards of what God has graciously given us.

You know what amazes me?  That the world hasn’t gone dry, spring happens every year, Oh and get this one…the sun “rises” every morning…without our help.  God’s got this.  🙂

Believing God to continue doing the impossible keeps me at peace.

 

Zombie Apocalypse

Everybody has this idea of a zombie apocalypse, whether they believe it is actually going to happen or not.  Did you know that LA Swat is actually training for the possibility of it happening?  I was told this by a trusted member of law enforcement.  I was floored.

Well, I hate to break it to you, but it is happening now.  Yes, NOW.  America is in a state of zombie-ness, thanks to psychiatric drugs, psychotic drugs and alcohol.  Nobody wants to face reality, they would rather just glaze through it and pretend/drink/numb it all away.

Our country is going to self-implode because Americans refuse to wake up and face the truth of what is going on around them.  The government is taking our freedoms and nobody cares. As long as they have their mind-numbing drugs, it’s alright.

The only way to bravely face the tyranny and life’s harsh reality is with God.  Life on this side of heaven was never promised to be easy.  Living in denial doesn’t change anything. I can say that because I used to be one of those “queens of denial.”  It was a great little fantasy, but wasn’t real.

Without Christ, we are powerless.  With Christ, we have HIS power.  He gives us the boldness we need to face whatever comes our way.

My heart breaks for this country. I pray for her daily. If she doesn’t snap out of this zombie mode, we are going to implode.

The Hunger Games: Why Werewolves Won’t Like It But Ron Paul Will

The Hunger Games: Why Werewolves Won’t Like It But Ron Paul Will.

Fear of Pain?

I was watching Beth Moore today on Life Today.  I usually catch up on her Wednesday show via iTunes.  It’s about a 20 minute segment and I really enjoy it.

She brought up a subject that made a light bulb go off in my head.  How many times has the Lord compelled you to be healed but you won’t take the step of faith because you are afraid of the pain of the process?  That is the biggest lie of the devil.   If we are already in pain, what is there to be afraid of?  God only has our best interest at heart.

I remember for about a year, I wanted to lose weight so badly. I talked to God about it constantly. And I do mean constantly.  Every time I went to get a shower and looked in the mirror, I started dialoguing about how much I would love to be smaller.  Every time I moved, I wanted to be smaller. Everybody I watched on TV made me want to be smaller.  Shopping for clothes was non-existent because it reminded me of how much I wanted to be smaller.  Stuffing my face with junk food just caused more pain because the whole time I ate, I hated myself.

Oh sure, I was 286 lbs and I needed to be smaller.  I begged God for help. I whined about all of the things I could not physically do nor could I afford to do them. This went on for a year.  I can’t tell you the last time I was under 200 lbs, come to think of it.  But I’m sure God was getting His fill of my excuses and whining and fears.

He got my attention to nudge me in the direction of doing what I needed to be doing all along.  In August of last year, I had an acutely inflamed sciatic nerve that just about did me in. I was in pain, a lot of pain.  Every movement was excruciating.  YET, in my mind, I was SCARED of going through the healing process. Sounds ridiculous now that it is in black and white. Well, truthfully, it was ridiculous.

Once the healing began, I have never felt better in my life.  I have my full brain function back. Seriously.  I was having swiss-cheese brain farts and I just figured it was because I was getting older (I’m only 46) but, hey, any excuse’ll do…right?   I am not constantly thinking about my weight.  I can focus where I truly should be focusing…on Christ.

Yesterday marked the first week of being totally free of anti-depressants since 2000.  I prayed about that, too.  Fear of the process?  Yes, I was scared. I admitted that outright to the Lord and asked for His help daily.  Totally different from when I was running from the pain of getting healthy. This was something I truly wanted to be free from.

God can do amazing things if we let Him.  He’s not the kind of God to force His will upon us. He has given us free will.  He lovingly and patiently waits until we take the first step of faith. He will then move mountains to help us.

Blogging

I started blogging somewhere around 2007-2008.  I was in real estate and just got into the trend to help get my name out there.  Funny thing was that most of my blogs weren’t about real estate.  They were about spiritual matters.

My pastor read some of my posts at the time told me that I needed to be teaching.  Uh no, not one of my spiritual gifts…but thanks…I think…

I started this blog after putting my journey on paper about the things that God has done in my life in the past few years.  My Mom read it and said that I needed to publish it.  I always feel like she says stuff like that because she’s my Mom.  Ya know?

But I just had it in a Word document and I thought that if I could help someone else who may have gone through some of the same things, why not put them online.  That is one of the reasons why God allows us to go through things so that we can be of comfort to others.

I’m just me and I hope that some of my experiences can help you through yours or keep you from making the same mistakes.

I have a deep hunger for the Word of God and I can’t get enough of Him.  I spend most of my time with the Lord first thing in the morning before I begin my day.

My dog loves this time of day because she lays on the bed and snores while I read and study.  I have a basset hound and any chance she can get to lay down and snore, it’s her favorite time. 🙂

I started off with Our Daily Bread just to get in the habit of reading or spending time with the Lord first thing years ago.  It wasn’ long before that was not enough.  I was taking part in Bible studies at church but it frustrated me when we would take a week off or it would be weeks before another would begin again so I started doing them at home. I thank God for Beth Moore and her willingness to share her experiences and making her studies available online. I have learned a tremendous amount through her studies.  I love Kay Arthur but you have to actually take a class in a group setting conducted by a Precepts authorized teacher.  There are many studies out there.  Priscilla Shirer is a good one, too.  I really enjoyed her series on Jonah.  Lifeway has been my lifeline to Bible studies and helping me to dig deeper.

Start something. Take that first step. You make the effort, God will meet you there. The first thing in the morning for me is best because I am less distracted and it helps to set my tone for the day.  It also keeps me in constant dialogue with Him throughout the day.

I may or may not blog every day but I try to put down things that inspire me or move me and I hope you enjoy them.

Thanks for reading.

 

Beauty from Ashes

Don’t you wish that we could go through life and have it all together?  No mistakes, everything perfect?  Oh, yes…then we could walk around proud of ourselves and our accomplishments. We could hold our head high and in judgment of others who couldn’t do the same.

There’s a problem with that scenario.  It fills us with pride. God hates pride (Prov 8:13) We can do nothing without Christ. (John 15:5)  Nothing.

But what about our mistakes? Our blatant fall into sin?  Do you realize that Satan, our mortal enemy, has come to “kill, steal and destroy” (John 10:10) our lives?  So he’s tempted you into sinning over and over and over. You find yourself in the same pit.

Is God shocked? No. The wonderful thing about God is that He can take the most messed up life, redeem it and transform it into something beautiful.

He has redeemed my life. Oh, I have some epic failures that I am not proud of at all. I could walk around in shame.  That is exactly what Satan wants us to do.  He wants to cripple us.  If you are wounded and disabled, you are no threat to him. But, if you allow God to take that failure and make you a walking testimony of forgiveness and love beyond measure, you are then a threat to Satan. He will try to discredit you. He will try to knock you down. He won’t quit.

BUT…

My strength comes from the Lord. (Ps. 121:2). 

…My strength is made perfect in weakness…. (II Cor 12:9)

…for when I am weak, then I am strong… (II Cor 2:10)

Because I am weak, I am made strong in Christ. I don’t avoid things in my life because I am strong, it is because I know my weaknesses.

From man’s perspective, “on paper”…my life is an epic “fail.”  But, the wonderful part of being a child of God is that I don’t have to life my life from man’s flawed perspective.

Jesus Christ has restored my dignity. He has given me beauty from ashes.  (Is. 61:3)

He can do the same for you.

 

 

Focus

I just love the way God put so many scenarios in Scripture for us to be able to go by.

Do you have issues with fear?  So did many of the patriarchs and the disciples.

Do you have sin in your life that is unforgiveable?  Hardly. Did you check out King David’s life? (2 Samuel 11) He is called “a man after God’s own heart” yet he committed adultery with a married woman, got the woman pregnant and then had her husband moved to the front of the battle and killed. So he takes Bathsheba to be his wife.  The Lord is very displeased and the baby died 7 days after birth.

Do you have “open mouth, insert foot” syndrome?  So did the apostle Peter…until the Lord changed him.

Peter is a great example to me. He was brash but Jesus made him bold in the Spirit. He did great things for God.

Matthew 14:22-32 (NIV), tells the story of Jesus walking on water.  The part of the story I want us to notice is Peter.

22 Immediately Jesus made the disciples get into the boat and go on ahead of Him to the other side, while He dismissed the crowd. 23 After He had dismissed them, He went up on a mountainside by Himself to pray. (don’t you think that if Jesus felt it necessary to go pray alone to the Father, that we should, too?)   Later that night, He was there alone, 24and the boat was already a considerable distance from land, buffeted by the waves because the wind was against it.

25 Shortly before dawn Jesus went out to them, walking on the lake. (can’t you just see it???  Jesus strolling on the water like it’s no big deal…well, because to the Creator of the universe, it’s not a big deal) 26When the disciples saw him walking on the lake, they were terrified. “It’s a ghost,” they said, and cried out in fear.

27But Jesus immediately said to them: “Take courage! It is I. Don’t be afraid.”

28“Lord, if it’s you,” Peter replied, “tell me to come to you on the water.”

   29“Come,” he said.

   Then Peter got down out of the boat, walked on the water and came toward Jesus. 30But when he saw the wind, he was afraid and, beginning to sink, cried out, “Lord, save me!”

31 Immediately Jesus reached out his hand and caught him. “You of little faith,” He said, “why did you doubt?”

When he saw the wind…

He took his eyes off the Lord Jesus and began to sink.

I found myself doing that yesterday.  I kept focusing on being off anti-depressants for the 2nd day and I kept focusing on me. I have been dependent on anti-depressants for 12 years. I was scared. I took my focus off Jesus and began to focus inside. You do realize what happens when we do that, right?  We implode.

Our pain, fears, problems and itty bitty quirks are no match for a mighty God.  He is big enough to handle it. Give Him all of your issues, let Him deal with them. Focus on Jesus, the Author and Finisher of our Faith (Hebrews 12:2).  Stay focused.  It is the only way to survive.

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