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!~

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor

I am a Breast Cancer Survivor
I was diagnosed with early stage triple negative breast cancer on June 24th, 2010 - I have been cancer free for 7 years now. It was only a chapter in my life - NOT my life, but the impact is one that has changed my life forever. Its important for women to know that 80% of the breast cancer diagnosis come from women who don't have a history of it in their family (My family didn't). Early detection is the key. For more information please click on the pink ribbon above. It could save your life.


April 14, 2014

Touch and Be Touched - It's Called Restoration

"And Jesus asked, 'Who touched me?" Luke 8:45
I’ve been thinking lately about the woman described in Mark who just wanted to touch the hem of Jesus’ garment.  How focused she was! How deep her faith!  The story is as follows:

“And a large crowd followed him and pressed in on him. Now there was a woman who had been suffering from hemorrhages for twelve years. She had endured much under many physicians, and had spent all that she had; and she was no better, but rather grew worse. She had heard about Jesus, and came up behind him in the crowd and touched his cloak, for she said, “If I but touch his clothes, I will be made well.” Immediately her hemorrhage stopped; and she felt in her body that she was healed of her disease. Immediately aware that power had gone forth from him, Jesus turned about in the crowd and said, “Who touched my clothes?” And his disciples said to him, “You see the crowd pressing in on you; how can you say, ‘Who touched me?’” He looked all round to see who had done it. But the woman, knowing what had happened to her, came in fear and trembling, fell down before him, and told him the whole truth. He said to her, “Daughter, your faith has made you well; go in peace, and be healed of your disease.” (Mark 5:24 – 5:34)

As a cancer survivor, I understand her desperation.  Her sole focus was getting to Jesus and touching Him. I think this pertains not only to those of us who have gone through a life threatening illness, but can also extend to someone going through a difficult period in their walk.  Does your heart cry out to the Lord for relief? For understanding? For direction?  He’s right there, touch Him.  He’s not playing “blind man’s bluff” Jesus came for such as these.  He’s not toying with you.  He’s there.  He wants you to touch Him.  Jesus said the following:

"It is not the healthy who need a doctor, but the sick. I have not come to call the righteous, but sinners." (Mark 2:17)

There is a need, deep inside each one of us that is the core of why we were made; to worship and be close to God.  The devil has made many people blind to that and instead we try to fill it up with sex or addiction or food or even a hobby – something that distracts us from what our real need is.  You are hungry for God.  It is a soul hunger that cannot be satisfied with anything BUT a relationship with God, try as you may to fill that hunger with substitutes.  You CANNOT substitute your need for your Creator.  I think that is why there are so many people that have what they consider “everything” yet still they are unhappy.  The Bible says:

 “Taste and see that the Lord is good.”  (Psalms 34:8)

You cannot adequately explain to someone what it feels like to have a personal relationship with the Lord.  I think the reason for this is because – it’s personal.  The needs I have, the hurts I have, the person I am is different than the person you are.  The Lord knows where to meet me.  He knows me.  He has called me by name.  No matter where I am with my walk – I am HIS.  He knows every hair on my head!  And He is no respecter of persons – He knows every hair on YOURS as well!  To drink deep of Him is to feel what the Bible describes:

“And the peace of God that passes all understanding shall keep your hearts and minds through Christ Jesus.”(Philippians 4:7)

The Bible is the living Word.  It is the same today as it was yesterday as it will be tomorrow. (Hebrews 13:8).  You can still touch the hem of Jesus’ garment. Whatever your situation, He came so that you would reach out and touch Him.  He loves you in a way that no other ever will.  The one thing I noticed when I read that story about the woman in Mark is that she acted on her faith.  She was convinced that if she were to touch Jesus, she would be healed.  In order to do that she needed to step out on faith and follow Him and get beyond the crowds to touch Him.  She was focused on what she needed to do.  When I read that chapter, I visualize her focus.  She’s got a goal and she’s going to achieve it.  To touch Jesus.  And when she did, she felt it. She felt the change in her body, just as Jesus felt the power going out from Him.  I picture Jesus stopping, knowing who it was who touched Him, but questioning it to see if they will acknowledge there relationship with Him and what He had done.  I picture her coming forward, humble and thankful and perhaps a little nervous.  I picture Jesus turning around, seeing her, smiling at her with such love, taking her face in between His two hands as if she was precious to Him – because she is.  His sole focus at that moment was her.  He called her “daughter.”  Are you focused?  Are your eyes focused on Him?  When you believe something, you act on that belief. She did just that.

What was her life like before that? I can only imagine.  I know that as a breast cancer survivor, I often felt alone.  Some of the people in my life backed away from me.  As if I had leprosy and they would “catch it.” Although I think the truth of the matter is that perhaps my having a life threatening sickness may have made them think about their own mortality…  Some people don’t know how to act around someone who is sick, so they stay away.  What was that woman’s life like? I’m quite sure it affected all of her relationships.  I’m quite sure there were some who looked down upon her as if she had brought this on herself, as if she was “dirty.”  As if she had done something to deserve this.  I know that when you have a life threatening sickness that is one of the things that goes through your head.  You look over your life and see your sins and begin to think that this came upon you because of something you did (or didn’t do).  But the truth of the matter is God does not work like that.  When Adam and Eve sinned in the Garden of Eden it brought death, sin and destruction into the world.   Sickness is part of this fallen world.  It is the reason God brought Jesus; For life, for healing and for restoration.

There is no greater purpose than to know that God cares.  That He longs for you to “reach out and touch Him.”  The thing is, when you reach out and touch someone, they are touching you back, it is a two way street.  When you reach out and touch Jesus your heart will overflow with peace and love and the knowledge of truth – that once you taste and see that the Lord is good, you will understand how very much He loves you, because He truly does.

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