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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September 3, 2013

Pure Madness I Tell You!

Does this picture from the Mad Tea Party from Alice in Wonderland make you think of your own life?
Okay, I get it now… I’ve reached an age and a point in my life where I fully understand the mad tea party conversation that took place in “Alice in Wonderland.” I suppose that statement is one I should not admit to or at the very least be “scared” to write.  Perhaps I should hit my back button and delete that admission. I won’t because at the moment, life feels very similar to that “mad tea party.”  Although, instead of being surrounded by the March Hare, the Mad Hatter and The Dormouse; they are instead random thoughts within my own head. Am I coming or going? Who am I? What do I want? Do I really want that? Am I right or am I wrong?  Am I up or down?
Have you ever questioned your own actions? Did they make sense to you once, but all of a sudden like someone who has lost their own line of thought midsentence; do you wonder what you were thinking in the first place?  Do you feel as though you’ve gone round and round the mulberry bush only to end up where you started off?  What happened to that confident feeling that you had it all together? That you knew what you wanted in life and you had it figured out – and why didn’t others get it? What was wrong with “them” because it was ooooh soooo simple. 
Perhaps it would be better if I started out this blog entry with “Once upon a time, there was a girl who was sure of life.  Sure of what she wanted. Sure of what she knew.  She was just plain ‘all around sure.’ Then unfamiliar, unexpected, unplanned, un un un things happened in her life.  And the ‘Uns’ took over, blind sighted her, spun her around and around until she got that same “Pin-the- Tail-on-the-Donkey” sensation and had no idea just what direction she was headed.  In fact, she felt as though ‘the Uns’ had won.”

Have the “Uns” won in your life?  Are you taking off that “unexpected” blindfold and wondering how on earth you got from a solid point of certainty to an unrecognizable "where-the-heck-am-I" and "how-the-heck-did-I get-here?" point.  Your internal GPS goofed big time and now you don’t even know how to get back to where you need to be.

Unfortunately we don’t have an “undo” or a “rewind” in life.  But we do have a God who is merciful and graceful and who allows us the chance to admit we got it wrong.  We have a God who is forgiving and patient and who is willing to whisper in our errant ear, “Come child, take my hand. Let me lead you to where you need to be.”  We only need to admit to this. To take His hand and realize that there are certain things we cannot do ourselves. Sometimes we make our own set of circumstances worse by our pride. Maybe our first step in unraveling the knot of confusion and frustration we’ve made of our lives is admittance and realizing that its okay to pray for help.
“Lord, somewhere along the way I’ve lost my sense of direction. I’ve not only lost my way, I’ve lost who I am. This is something I can’t fix myself.  I need you. You are my Creator. You are the Way, the Truth and the Life (John 14:6). You knew me when I was created within my mother’s womb (Psalms 139:13). You made me.  You know me even better than I know myself.  You created me for a reason and even if I don’t know what that reason is, I know you do. I know confusion is not of you (1 Corinthians 14:33), so I ask you please to take my hand and direct my steps. While I may not be able to be certain of myself – I can be certain of You. Help me Father, here is my hand. I am placing it in Yours. Thank You for Your mercy, Your Grace, Your patience, Your forgiveness and most of all Your love.  In Jesus precious name I pray.” Amen

Hmmmm… Is it just me or did the tea in this cup suddenly become steeped with more flavor?  Are those “Uns” making a mad dash right out of your mind? The sea of confusion will slowly dissipate and calm and in its place will be peace and love and understanding.  All in due time, or better yet - all in His time.

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