We are often guilty of acting like spoiled brats and demanding with our pouty lips and puffed b up pride that God work in our lives the way we demand He work with threats that if He doesn’t, we will do this n or this or stop believing or withdraw love or leave the church b or whatever. In our worship and prayers, let us always keep humble and contrite and ask thr Lord to work in our lives the way He knows is best. Let God be God in your life. He knows best and can do anything and loves you. Trust Him and just be n content and thankful for whatever you get. This is best.❤
Yes, God wants to bless you.
Yes, God loves you so dearly.
The truth is that sometimes we have to go through some stuff.
Why? Has God abandoned you? Are you sinning? Are you being punished?
Maybe, maybe not. Consider Job. His suffering (far worse than a good portion of us have been through) was to test him. That is it. Turns out he needed it because God had to straighten out some flaws in his thinking.
And the truth is “Thr Lord disciplines those He loves” and when you turn humbly to Him for help through it, your faith will grow, you will mature, learns some stuff and be better for it.
Now, what if, instead of humbly asking God to help and be with you, you harden up, pride up and try to solve it yourself or pout or whine or blame everyone, etc. You would have blown a teaching moment for spiritual riches and remained lacking.
So God cuts you a break and gives you another opportunity to humble up and ask Him for help and company. You can either humble up or pride up each and every time. And you then choose to be spiritually rich or poor. No one is to blame but you.
And that is a whole lotta truth I felt led to share. God sometimes allow us to fail because we are lacking and He is trying to train us because He loves us so much. And people learn far more by failing than success. ❤
I have had some people talk to me about pagan holidays and Easter being one of them. And here is my response, to the best truth as I understand it.
A celebration of something good that God has done is never a bad thing, just as it is never wrong to worship, edify and thank God. And I believe it is beautiful to join in unity with other followers of Jesus Christ to celebrate with one voice a beautiful act of love Jesus did for us all.
Pagans can do what they want. They will anyway. But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord and praise God and when possible I will celebrate the same event with fellow brothers and sisters of like faith.
It is beautiful to celebrate Easter, the day we celebrate the most important event and source of hope and show of genuine self-sacrificing love. Jesus Christ resurrecting from the dead is a really big deal. He defeated death forever. This allows every single person who accept this free gift to be forgiven and have a home with God now and in heaven for eternity. So very important. Hope. No matter what, everyone has hope from this sincere love of God for us all. What greater event to celebrate corporately. All of mankind has this same hope and choice so all should celebrate together. How beautiful! Praise God!😄❤
I had an abuser in my home. A couple actually. One abused physically and emotionally/mentally and one abused with neglect. And this would normally be a cause to be upset or sad or angry or disappointed. But as I have drawn up closely to Jesus, I am grateful. I would not be who I am to do what I do without this abuse in my past. I would not appreciate Jesus’ rescuing me nearly as much if I had not needed Him so badly. I would never have been pushed to know the reality and not just the theory that “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.” I would not know my strength with Jesus. I would not know the ecstacy of being loved unconditionally by Jesus without years of bad treatment. I am grateful and thankful to my abusers from the bottom of my heart. I forgave long ago but today I am truly thankful. Jesus made me for the best through it. I know I can be content in nothing and in much, on pain and plenty, in abuse and luxury. I join with Paul in that “I have learned to be content in all circumstances.” Jesus be praised! I am so thankful!😄❤❤❤
What is seriously odd about an addict is that they are the only one around them that realizes/ admits they have an addiction. Everyone around them already knows and either is playing along or gives them hell about it or anything in between. For instance, porn addicts leave trails of debris in their histories or how many visits on the cloud or Internet. Also, PIED is a pretty obvious indicator. And who really plays games that much, yes you are not fooling anyone but you. We are actually intelligent- surprise! Everyone knows. This is just one example.
Addicts think they are so smart because they have made a career or lying about it and covering for so long. It is obvious to those of us who have recovered from delusions and are reading truth/thr Bible every day. Does that make us better? Uh, no. We are not delusional. Just makes us aware. I believe people should realize that they are making a choice. Everyone knows. There is no secret or fantasy world that is successful to hide in. Just know that it is a choice to continue in an addiction and help is available all over the place, first in truth and then a million other places nowadays. Getting help is a choice. Hope is there always, the starting point to freedom is admitting what everyone else close to you already knows. No one is fooled. Time to admit it and stop the lie cycle. Hope is everywhere. Just say what we all know and seek truth and help. Those you love want you to get help and be free from that bondage. We already forgave you or would be gone. Forgiveness is prevalent with us and with God, and forgiving yourself is next to freedom. How amazing freedom is. Hope is there. Hope is everywhere.❤
Sin is uglier than you think. Sin lies. The basis of every sin is a lie. Every single sin is based on a lie. You will get what you want of you do this. You will get more attention if you do this. You will be loved if you do this. You will be more popular, more satisfied, more beautiful, more powerful, more free whatever. Sin uses “more” a lot. And they are all lies. And all lies disappoint and bond you to them, putting you in bondage. So the opposite is true. Not doing that sin actually brings life and freedom and peace and joy and fulfillment. In fact, humbly obeying God is beautifully freeing and wonderful. Sin lies to bind you and harm you, evil’s goal. God loves to free us and uplift us, Love’s goal. We get to decide! Choose right and live free in truth!❤
I wear many hats.
I am Christian, wife, mother, friend, grandmother, teacher, Sunday School teacher, church pianist, caretaker times three, band member/co-leader, neighbor, singer/songwriter doctor, PE coach, cleaner, dog owner, babysitter, driver, blogger, author/writer, encourager, promoter, prayer warrior.
Those are a lot of hats. I was exhausted writing those down.
How do I do it all and stay sane (most of the time)?
One Person gives me strength every single day, every moment of the day, loving me through every step…. God.
God is my Heavenly Father and in our loving relationship as Father and adopted daughter, He cares for me. God is not a construct and terrifying judge (although He will judge people who reject Jesus Christ as Messiah and Lord of their life). God is Father through the redemptive work of Jesus Christ and the work of the Holy Spirit. As Father He can lavish love and power on us. As Father, He gives me new energy and strength every single moment. He is such a good Father.
And that is my big secret. Many hats, one God. ❤❤❤