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.


May 8, 2014

The Struggle is REAL...

Some of the most beautiful things in life come out of struggling...
My teenage daughter has come up with a teen saying that makes me shake my head in amusement; one of the things I have always loved about my daughter is her creativity.  She is talented and expressive and her latest passionate saying that I hear at least once every two days is:

  “The struggle is REAL...”

She is all of almost 15 years old.  It’s hard for me to think back to 15 and think about how “real” the “struggle” was and exactly what was the struggle at that age?  I must be getting old… 15 was 32 years ago for me…  But I can totally relate to the saying.  Although I’m quite sure my struggles at 47, being a divorced single mother and 4 year breast cancer survivor differ from hers, not making her struggles (whatever they may be at 15) any less significant. 

As we journey through life on our own unique individual journeys, our struggles to us are REAL.  I’m learning not to be led by my struggles.  Not to give them more space than they deserve to have.  The truth is that as long as we have breath in our body, we will experience different struggles.  Quite often those “struggles” are growing pains and yes, they even happen to someone like me – in their forties.  They are simply life’s lessons.  How you respond to them is up to you.  Like a multiple choice question you have the ability to choose how you will respond to those “struggles” that come up in your life. You can choose to become “bitter” or “better.”  When I find myself becoming bitter about something, I have to stop and cut off that bitterness much as one would cut the ends of a bouquet of freshly cut flowers to keep them from wilting and holding on to their beauty in the vase just a little bit longer. Sometimes it is a matter of re-evaluating and determining what is important and what is simply something I should shrug off.  Sometimes it’s the realization that I have made a tiny little struggle magnified just by my feelings or my frame of mind at the moment.  During those times I have needed to “step back” and see if this is a tiny little struggle or one that is big enough to consume me.  We have all heard the saying “making a mountain out of a mole hill.”

Sometimes the only one standing in my way is ME. Have you ever felt that way?  We think too much, we analyze too much, we critique ourselves too much.  Sometimes the struggle is REALLY – us! Step aside! Get out of your own way! Stop beating yourself up! Stop over thinking! Stop over doing! Stop comparing yourself to someone else! Stop coveting!    Stop! Stop! Stop!

Life can be a struggle.  But when you really think about it - nothing worth anything was ever easy. Maybe there is a certain satisfaction in looking back at certain struggles and knowing that you made it through (with the Grace of God).  Maybe we go through some of those struggles to be able to stretch out our hand behind us later on and help someone else who is “struggling.”  How can we affectively and compassionately understand people if we can’t identify with them?

If a caterpillar doesn’t struggle to get out of his cocoon, he dies.  If a chick doesn’t struggle to peck through its shell it won’t be born. Maybe some of the most beautiful parts of life come because of the struggle?  Maybe even though we don’t feel it at the time – there is a purpose that we can’t see because of the struggles we go through. Perhaps it gives us a finer appreciation and maybe in some instances a sense of accomplishment and pride. Maybe the struggle isn’t for US but for those we love that come AFTER us.

Yes, the struggle IS real, but it is only part of the journey - maybe we should think about concentrating on the outcome of the struggle instead of the struggle itself? And to remember that we have a God who has already won the biggest struggle of all for us. Perhaps we should concentrate on the rainbow that is sure to follow the storm - instead of the storm itself... Makes you think, doesn't it?  The struggle is real, but the outcome is worth it.

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