Jesus meets us where we are as we are. All He needs from us is a humble heart that allows Him in. That is it. The rest does not matter, He happily does the rest of the work out of His enormous love and grace.
For example, when He met and changed me recently, I had been a hot mess. Seriously, I was lost and depressed, having lost my daddy and two close friends I absolutely loved. I was depressed, trying to survive while raising two kids full time and caring for a home and husband who was very mean to me. And I broke before God, realizing I had nothing left I could muster. I humbly said, “Ok, help me.” Huge prayer right there. Then it began. The good work.
He put it in my heart if I had to sleep alone that I would be covered by Jesus and reassured He never left me or forsook me. He put the notion of a quilt and I hand-stiched every block and applique and border and everything to include 5 blocks in the center that depict the life of Jesus. I put crosses and hearts on the corners and our family in there and have been covered by Jesus every night since. As I stiched, Jesus was healing me. I was changing.
Then He kept me wanting to read the Bible. I could not get enough. And I prayed and prayed. I walked with Him alone and had great conversations. I cried a lot. Then I fasted and prayed and deepened my relationship with Jesus. And here we are today, and I am ready to go to heaven anytime He is ready to snatch us up out of here.
And it is all from Jesus meeting me where I was in a broken mess with my tiny humble prayer and acceptance of Him. Jesus comes to us and is big and wise and loving enough to take care of us and meet us where we are. There is no holy pill to swallow, no formalities we need to do, no sacrifice we first must make except that ego. We must humbly pray and accept Him. Then He meets us in whatever else we got into and fixes everything. Yes, we may have work to do but it is easy with His help. ❤
When things are going well, look out. All was quiet for about a minute and internally peaceful with God’s love and grace and help. Still is really but seeing someone from my past pop up, someone I used to know every secret, someone who I obviously loved incredibly more than he loved me, who I haven’t seen in a long time, and now I am married to my husband and all is in the past. But seeing the face and hearing the name from a friend just reminded me of the weirdness and struggle with keeping focused on the now. It is easy for me to get distracted, my mind is always racing and God is the only one now who can focus me. And I had to refocus because it is strange to see someone you loved in the past out of nowhere when the loving someone now and being committed in marriage is happening. And I thought hard and really truly would not change a thing. If I had not gone through heartbreak, I would not realize fully God’s strength in restoring me and raising me from the dead. He saved me from myself, no question in my mind. I accept that everything happens for a reason, a blessing or a test, and that God gives grace when we fail the test if we ask Him and smiles if we pass the test. Tests must be. How else does anyone really know how they will respond in a specific situation if they are never in one. It is easy to say the right words without a struggle. When the struggle comes, you and God see what you are made of and infinitely more important what God is made of. How erasylse can we know with our tiny human minds? God has to show us. And I am so very thankful He chose grace for me and gave me a wonderful husband who takes such good care of us. I am content no knowing or contemplating the what ifs. What matters is the now. I choose God’s way and path for me. I am thankful for the blessings and thankful even more for the struggle. Pain is an impressive teacher sometimes if we are open to and decide to learn the leason. ❤
So, I have lost 30 pounds since I started this inspired quest to be healthy. God was my motivation as I was blatantly living recklessly and with gluttony, as big a sin as any sin. I wanted to obey my dear Lord God in every area of my life. Not only that, but on top of it, I was unable to do everything He asked me too, not having enough energy or stamina and in pain when I forced it.
Thr numbers matter because to me, they motivate. When I see them go down, I know progress is being made. I know I am obeying God and that success is echoed by looser fitting clothing and greater energy and no pain. And today I was asked to play the piano for chapel services in assisted living facilities and that is something I can do bow and take my kids. How beautiful.
People say the numbers don’t matter. To me they do. I have to have that encouragement that I am doing the right thing. I get it very few other places. Most people I see regularly have not said one word- I am not sure if they are convicted and avoid the topic or they think if they compliment they would be misconstrued as flirting or perhaps 30 pounds is no big deal of a difference, but it doesn’t matter. I am not losing for them and just find it a curiosity, but the numbers encourage me. When I started in June and had 50 pounds to lose, that number was a bit daunting, even to me who rises to a challenge, but having 30 pounds gone in just 2 1/2 months the healthy way, I am more than half way there and it feels good that I am obeying. And I am healthy and strong doing it.
So, there is why the numbers matter to me. Other people have different stories and numbers are bad guys for good reasons and I get that completely and respect you for where you are on your journey. This is just my opinion and reasoning, in case anyone wanted to know. God bless you!❤
I van be right or I can be wrong. I try to be right but sometimes I blow it. Sometimes I am wrong without realizing it and there are consequences anyway. I have the right to believe anything I wish but if I believe I can fly and jump off a cliff, I will still fall. So anyone can be right or wrong about Jesus, but being wrong will have eternal negative consequences.
Consider: If I am wrong about Jesus and nothing happens, I have only used this life to do good to others, no harm done. However if I am right about Jesus and the Bible is truth, my living for Him will be eternal closeness to God and reward. However, if I would use my right to be apethetic or wrong about Jesus, then you will still live eternally separated from all goodness and love. It would cost dearly and never stop costing. So just because you have the right to reject Jesus as your Savior does not mean it is wise to do so and in fact will cost you exceedingly more than obeying Him now. God always gives back much more than we give Him and He always loves and wants us close to Him.❤
I used to think this was a real thing: “ties that can never be broken”. Bonded for life. It is a romantic concept, pushed by corrupt Hollywood. Turns out those don’t exist. All ties can be broken. Nothing is fool proof. Every one can be broken. Every single one. This is not a doom and gloom thing but an awareness thing. If you want a bond to stay strong, you have to take care of it. It requires effort on both parties involved. Bonds need to be nurtured, cared for, attended to. You must invest time and maintenance on their upkeep. The tie to everyone or everything requires care to keep them strong. Even our tie to God. Yes, it is innate but we can still break it with our bad choices or refusal to accept Jesus as our Savior. But what sets God apart is His love and generous forgiveness to heal that broken tie the moment we humbly pray to Him for help with it. How beautiful is that! Nurture your bonds and take none for granted for they are valuable and worth every perceived inconvenience. Take care of what God has given you before it is lost. ❤
Why do we revisit the past in our minds we thought we long let go of?
Why do we want to do one thing and then fight ourselves about it?
I believe the answer is not simple and is simple. The simple part is a lack of focus on God. The less than simple part is it is easier for us to be in the physical than the spiritual. We wrestle the physical world while wrestling the spiritual one. We are constantly doing this and it is not always easy if we are tired or run down or not spiritually fit or praying. Our selfish peaks through. We see grass as greener elsewhere and find out it is a swamp in reality and damage is done. We give in to the enemy constantly bombarding us with attacks. We battle, battle, battle all the past and the present while trying to focus on the future with God. It is complex and ambitious. In fact, for me it is overwhelming sometimes, but I am learning to keep in the Word and pray and humble myself before the Lord and tell Him about it and ask for help. And when I do that, He gives me what I need for that moment. He loves me, you see, and is big enough to help. So, I guess all the complexity is me trying to do it all on my own and the simplicity is that God really can do it all and will help when I humbly ask Him to. Praise God!❤
Atheists cannot diminish God’s greatness or especially existence by denying it. They have no power to do this. Saying something or even believing something that is not true will never make it true. God the Son, Jesus Christ, will always be our only Source of salvation and God the Holy Spirit our only Source of guidance and comfort and God the Father our only Source for eternal peace and joy and existence with Him. No amount of ignoring Him or those truths will diminish that truth. No amount of saying a lie or distracting yourself to the point of moronic nauseum will change the validity of that truth. Just as no amount of denying hell,s existence will prevent those who deny God from going there. And why on earth would anyone separate themselves from the eternal lasting love of God Who matters most? This is why God says in Psalms “A fool says in his heart there is no God.” Only a fool could deny Him Who made us all. And only a fool chooses death to life.❤