Then Came the Dawn

The darkest hours in history always preceded the dawn. That is still true. It will be true tomorrow. In many ways, light is gaining ground and yet darkness digs in, refusing to be extinguished without a valiant effort. However, darkness knows full well that it’s time is short. Those benefitting from the darkness will do so for only a short time and then will be imprisoned by it forever. Now is the time to choose light, the winner and champion. For the dawn comes. It always does. It always will. And one day soon it will do so forever. Do not doubt the light of dawn or its power. For darkness runs from it with its tail between its legs. Never doubt it. God is the light and Jesus ushers in the dawn.❤

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Hope Beyond Lazy for the Addict

I read a post by a fellow blogger. He wrote that exercise can help people coming out of addictions. And I agree with him. And I am thankful for his insight because it did not occur to me that addictions in some way or another only arise in the lazy. It is lazy to choose to create a temporary high to handle pain or avoid life rather than have the courage and energy to face and handle it. And in reality, it is much more pain and effort and guilt in the “quick fix” than thr short-lived painful process of healing and the peace and joy returns after the pain so there is hope. There is no long term hope in the “quick fix” and in fact it compounds the original problem that took you there. Life is in the healing. God blesses the humble prayer and effort into healing. He breathes into it. He gives love and energy to it. He promotes it. It is always a choice and at any time anyone can choose to face and deal and not withdraw and cover it up. And anyone who needs help, God will provide that help. Because He longs for and loving, sober relationship with any addict and me and you. We are so very special and important to Him and oh so loved.❤  

Why Thankful?

I watched news broadcasts on a horrible epidemic in my beautiful country, I believe induced by spiritual forces of despair, escapism and death. Why? Because Satan wants us (because we are God’s creation) all dead and his time is very short to accomplish this. He is pushing this heavy agenda with great fervor and greater ugliness. And it is seen in murders, bullying (verbal and physical abuse), drug addictions, fantasy addictions like video games, also drug use and lie acceptance (and porn as a sexual fantasy addiction), rapes, wars, hate, divorces and suicides. These things are happening worldwide but really prevalently. It is horrifying. And I watch these things with a breaking heart and wonder what we have to be thankful for. We live in a deeply troubled time, greatly burdened with sin and disasters- made by man and/or nature. And I searched and wondered what so many affected by horror have to be thankful for. And this is it. Hope. We all must be thankful that this awful-with-beautiful-moments world is not all there is. In fact, it is extremely temporary. And while here, we are required to determine where we will spend our future eternity. So it is not that this life is easily rushed through to get on with the next but that each day is an opportunity to be saved by the amazing grace of God through the person of Jesus Christ and purposefully decide to accept His gift of salvation and therefore a glorious and peaceful and joyful forever eternal without this sin crap. We have hope. This hope lives and no one can take it away from us ever without our permission. And I am thankful that all of us may choose life and hope and love over the evils of this world and that evil will not be around much longer. We will soon be free and glorified with God, every single person who chooses to be and humbly prays toward that end. Ah, sweet hope. It is here. I am so very thankful! ❤

Control Freaks

I gotta admit that in my previous life B.C. (before Christ) I was all about control, and not necessarily myself. I had about certain way I thought my life and those I loved and society at large should be and worked agressively to get there and live up to that expectation. I always tried to be good and moral as I was raised and wanted good for everyone, which is lovely, but tried to force everyone into how I thought it should be good. Strange, I know, but nonetheless, people will always do what they want or decide to do no matter how much you want them to do something else. Porn addicts will remain so until they decide not to be controlled by those evil urges anymore. Alcoholics will continue to drink until they decide not to be controlled by that evil (for them) substance anymore. Same with drug addicts or workaholics or food addicts, etc. No one can control another person. At least not for long. Nor is it healthy. Unless it is their decision, they will keep doing it. Real/God’s love and gentleness may pull them out or at least get them to listen but they still have to make the choice. They may respect you enough to not do it in front of you or become or attempt to become sneaker about it but they will keep doing it. It is their own attempt at control, which is ironic and the lie because they are actually giving up control to the thing addicted to. They want control and have accepted the lie as truth that the addiction gets them there. It never ever ever ever will. In fact, it keeps them from a deep bond with God who loves them no matter what and is actually strong enough and willing to help. So stop trying to control or change anyone but yourself and just accept them as they are and heap love on them or decide to reject their behavior and leave. Quit whining and make a decision and do it. I control very little except myself internally and even that I defer to God most of the time. And I am content, at peace, full of joy. Yes, I am very tired often for being second to a disgusting addiction, going with unmet needs often, and if I think fleshly and emotionally, I can become despondent and forlorn. But in my Spirit, as I read my Bible and pray and keep giving everything to God, He continues to comfort me and love me and provide. God is that big and loving. What a great comfort that is!!!! ❤ 

The State of Things

The state of things is that of moving fast, keeping up, doing this and that, busyness, technology, expectations, societal norms and subsequent societal abnormal demands expected to be adhered to. I do not like the state of things. They feel wrong. They make my skin crawl. Darkness pervades. All before noon. So here I am a ball of misery? Nope. I am the light. I have what these people need. So do we all, all of us lights, those who are saved by Jesus Christ and know His truth, the only truth. We have the truth, the secret to being light in darkness and one day being out of here altogether and in heaven, away from dark forever. Imagine, one day soon we will not have darkness or evil anymore. It will be obliterated. So I can stand it a while longer to share my light. Maybe we can spread the light to more people so we have more company in heaven. Maybe we can share and spread it everywhere to everyone. That would be pretty cool. ❤

Choice for Truth

Truth is enormous. It is the biggest and most endangered species in the world. Not because it isn’t everywhere, for God is truth and He is everywhere and His Word, the Bible is truth and most people have one in their homes. However, we have allowed the comforts and distractions, desires of this world to water it down. Hollywood has done this. Politicians have done this. Pastors and preachers have done this. You and I have done this. It is no coincidence that Satan is named by God as the “Father of Lies”. But we can rectify this potentially fatal flaw by raising Truth/God to its rightful prominence and allow the power if Truth/God to flow and work supported by us and not encumbered. Truth has always had the greatest power we know, power to free all men, power to destroy evil and forces of evil, power to preserve and promote life and free life, power to right wrongs, power to forgive, power to restore. We must all, each and everyone one of us, choose truth over comfort or greed or selfishness or gluttony or laziness or evil. Choose truth and promote it. Embrace it. Truth is hope. ❤

Isaiah 40:6-8, 28-31

Isaiah 40:6. ‘A voice says, “Cry out.” And I said, “What shall I cry?” “All people are like grass, and all their faithfulness is like the flowers of the field. 7. The grass withers and the flowers fall, because the breath of the Lord blows on them. Surely the people are grass. 8. The grass withers and the flowers fall, but the word of our God endures forever.” 28. Do you not know? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom. 29. He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak. 30. Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall; 31. but those who hope in the Lord will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.’