Knock first, then the door will be opened for you.
This is a paraphrase of Jesus’ words to us in the Bible, He said in the Sermon on the Mount. Jesus gave us these principles to live by. And the trick to asking, seeking and knocking is always, always, ALWAYS humbling yourself. None of these things can be done if puffed up on pride, trying to control the situation, thinking you can handle it, making things happen yourself. Laying down the pride is a precursor to getting help of any kind. Pride puffs up and lies through its teeth that you are enough to do it all. Reality check later, we are all weak some kinda how and everyone needs Jesus to be their Savior.
And the beauty of the reward for choosing humbleness over pride is extraordinarily beautiful. He answers, delivers, welcomes with open arms every single time. Every time. He doesn’t respond if you are good or if He’s not busy or when He feels like it. Jesus always is right there with an answer to help as long as that humbleness is there. He is for you, for me. How perfect is that?!❤
There was a time I was seriously considering separation. It was because I was raw with depression from the death of my daddy and two close friends. And my husband was being terribly unkind to my son. I did not have the cognitive wherewithal to deal with this predicament and I almost separated for the sake of what was left of my sanity and my son’s mental and emotional health. And that was years ago but I had enough grace from God to stay and wisdom and energy as a gift from God enough to have some pretty heavy but gentle conversations. And I can tell you today, years later, that I am so very glad God intervened and we stuck it out. Now, my husband is good and even supportive of my son and my depression has subsided and we are a healthy family and team again. And I wanted to share this story with you so you know that prayer works and God heals and works in our lives out of love. And also wanted to remind you that God designed the family and supports His design and hates disunity and loves healing. So do not give up. Never give up. Pray and talk it out and work on it. There is always hope and healing. God is active in healing marriages, and all it takes is prayer and some humility. ❤
In case you have been alive for more than a few years, life can indeed suck sometimes. That is just how it is, fallen sin nature of people, what not. But I just wanted to remind myself and everyone that life is good too. There is good and bad in it because there is God (good) and our enemy (evil). But God knows when we are going through crap and always always gives us blessings and reminders of His love for us if we choose to look around for it. It is His good love that impel Him to bless us. He wants us close to Him. So there is always hope and bad, no matter how bad, never lasts forever, despite what it feels like at the time. The key is to focus on God. Talk to Him. Journal, write it down. Say it out loud to God. He loves you through crappy days and sucks days. His love never changes. He’s got you, baby.❤❤❤
Addictions are being labeled as a disease now. Of course, that is the people who do not have addictions label it a disease. People with the addictions say people without addictions are “holier than thou” (and I swear if I hear that one more time I will lose it), overreacting, judgmental (and other favorite), and making a big deal out of nothing. They justify and validate their repetitive horrible choice every time they pick up the porn pad or phone or Internet or YouTube with that adulterous filth on it or pick up that drug or lift that glass of alcohol or start another game medium or work that extra shift or lift that spoon up with way too much food, sign in to facebook, whatever the addiction of choice is. And you see, they really are not innocent vices. They damage relationships. Addicts prefer to believe the lie that all is well and escape into their addictions rather than ever confront the pain they initially needed an escape from. It is pathetic. But what is worse, it is a disease they do not admit to having so often never get help for. If they wanted to quit, they would at least admit they had something they needed to quit. They are deluded and steeped in denial and lies that they are not hurting anyone else. Another lie. They break trust with those closest to them. They betray everyone. They lie to everyone and not just themselves. They hide and lie when caught. They attack you because of the immense guilt and shame they carry at their weakness and sin, not realizing that those who love them and of course God are easy and ready to forgive and help. It is a lonely life to love an addict and you wonder sometimes how vast the lie web is and that no one but God and His truth can ever set them free. And here is the frustration. Every moment left alon, they are breaking your trust all over again. Then they wonder why you are ever suspicious of them. Only a bad hypocritical person would ever question my honesty is their angry argument. Only a nosy “self-righteous” snoop would care that all my passwords are never shared or their are locks on everything or whatever it is. Only a moron would question my honesty when I repeatedly lie to them. And moment by moment the lies upon lies are mocking God who sees everything and flipping off those who love unconditionally the shackled one they want to see free in Christ. No one wants to see someone they love miss out on the rapture or heaven because they choose some sin over God’s loving healing. It is so easy to be set free, the lies that seem so strong are really so very brittle against God’s love and truth. It is only one step to God, which is the opposite of the lie Satan provides so excessively. God is stronger than any stronghold. He is one step away from any of us at any given time… one humble prayer is that step. They whoosh, watch Him work.❤
We all blow it sometimes… some once in a while and some every other minute. We screw up. We are humans. But we don’t have to live there or stay or be oppressed by it. Never give up. Ever. Never, ever give up. Eternity is on the line but we have the most amazing, transforming hope… Jesus Christ. Jesus is our Savior and hope for eternity with Him in heaven when this very brief life is through. And hope is a beautiful thing and Jesus Christ is our amazing hope. Praise God!❤
Humility is strength. People see through a proud lens that humility is weakness. Quite the opposite, really. In the scheme of things, we people are weak, helpless to natural disasters, crumble under attacks, heart-broken when cheated on, fragile when a loved one dies, breakable when deficient in minerals, and powerless to determine our eternal destination apart from humbly accepting Jesus Christ as our Savior. The flawed world and evil people puff us up to sell us things. We are little, that is the reality. We should be humble. However humility is strength because realizing that and drawing close to God and Jesus for help puts us in their protection, the strongest Beings in the universe who made us and love us. Humility allows God to work in us. And we really need God to have the very best life and hope of everything good and eternal security. ❤