It has now been seven years since I started this blog. How quickly time goes by! We are many members but we are one in the body of Christ. Therefore you do not journey alone! Hopefully through this site you will be encouraged by the fact that many things you are going through in your own walk, others are going through (or have gone through) as well. Sometimes we think we are "going through things alone." But we are not. God said that "He would Never Leave Nor Forsake Us." (Hebrews 13:5) and that "There is Nothing New Under The Sun." (Ecclesiastes 1:9). No man is an island. It's easy to forget that. May the words in this blog help you to think, encourage you in whatever spiritual state you are in and may the Lord use them to help us to grow in Him! He is the Author and Finisher of our faith!

I don’t want any readers to think that I am “promoting” being a prodigal. I definitely am not. But what I am hoping to do – is to encourage those of us who either have had or are currently experiencing a hard time in our walk to be honest about it. Personal conviction is a powerful thing, especially if you truly love the Lord. I think that sometimes the Body of Christ critiques and judges to the point where the person who is at the other end of that pointing finger feels ostracized, alienated and alone. I don't think that that is what Jesus intended. When I read through my Bible - I see a firm yet gentle restoration that Jesus ministered to those around Him. Look at John 21:15-19. When Peter who was at an all time low point in his walk - he was firmly, yet lovingly restored by Jesus. He didn't tear him down, or yell or make him feel any worse then he already did. He spoke to him lovingly and gently - and in doing so, Peter was able to repent and minister in a much more powerful, humble and confident way and it became one of the largest ministries ever.

Please note that I am only a vessel, my calling - to write. I dedicate this blog to the Lord and ask that He use it to reach out and touch whoever needs a special, loving, personal touch from Him. My hope is that the Holy Spirit allows you to see Him through the words (and not me). We go through things so that we can extend our right hand of fellowship behind us to assist and help someone else. Our Bible is the same today, as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (I am far from perfect and do not profess to have all the answers...) but the good news is - Our Heavenly Father does! His love, forgiveness, grace and mercy is real!Nothing you are experiencing in your walk comes as a surprise to Him! May He be glorified through this blog and may God bless you at whatever stage in your walk you are in!~

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I am a Breast Cancer Survivor
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June 14, 2011

Bread She Said...I think I'm The Braided Kind - What Kind are You?

Is He Molding You?

I woke up this morning thinking how its okay to say "You don't have all the answers." I think that's being honest. I think its the people who think they DO have all the answers that are the ones who really need to take a good hard look at themselves.  I look at those people with disbelief in my eyes and I say, "really?"

Maybe when we admit to being imperfect, not knowing, questioning, wondering - that God says, "Okay, this is when you are mold able. I can work with you now..."

As I'm typing this, I get this picture of my head of someone making bread. Actually "throwing" the dough down hard on the table, taking the palm of their hands and pushing down on it.  Have you ever seen someone make bread?  Maybe that is what God does with us.  But we have to be pliable. Maybe He allows us to go through the things we do in life so that we can get to a point where He can make "our dough" the consistency that it can be made into something.... better. A workable consistency...

Maybe the pain we feel is us "being slammed" down on the counter with different things that are happening in our lives.  Growth can be painful.  For those of you reading who are females, do you remember the feeling of growing into womanhood during your pre-teen age? I do.  When our bodies were changing?  There were growing pains....(Sorry guys I'm not male so I can only add my own experience to the mix... no pun intended - hehehe) I can remember my kids saying they were having pains in there legs, in their knees. I would tell them it was growing pains (and it was).

The thing I think we sometimes forget - is that spiritually we are constantly growing. For as long as we have breath in our bodies - it doesn't stop. He Who is the Author and Finisher of our faith gives us the grace, the guidance and the strength to get through the "next" portion of our lives.  And only He knows what it is.  I don't know about you - but I'm quite glad He doesn't show us everything at once. I honestly don't think we can handle "everything." I think it would be too overwhelming. Maybe even mind shattering to see every portion of our lives.  God is a God of grace.

I know this may sound weird to some - but have you ever stopped to think about this?  If we are in a physical situation where we are in too much pain, God gives us the grace to be able to "pass out" "lose consciousness" so that we don't have to endure more than we can bear.  I can't say I say that from personal experience - because I never have passed out. But its a physical mechanism that God put in place so that we don't have to endure more pain then we can bear.  At least that is how I see it...

I think its okay to admit we don't always have the answers.  That we need His help. His guidance.  That we feel lost - and uncertain and sometimes, like we learned when we are kids - that if we get lost, to sit still and wait for help.  Are you waiting for help?  He says "He will NEVER leave nor forsake You." (Hebrews 13:5) He also says "He has engraved you in the palms of His hand." (Isaiah 49:16)

I know the plans I have for you...
"...For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord,
"Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future..."

Jeremiah 29:11
Even through the most difficult moments of our lives - when we are just trying to get from one moment to the next - He is there.  I sometimes forget that, its good to know that even when we are not consistent - He is.  No matter what.

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