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.


October 30, 2014

Along Came a Spider...

Along Came a Spider...

I have a tendency to compare people either to famous people or characters from books.   I don’t know why, it automatically happens in my head.  My children and I often giggle about how accurate these comparisons are.  (And generally I do not tell people that I do this – for I certainly would not mean to offend or insult anyone…)  However, this week (ironically on my birthday), I had the honor and the privilege of meeting a woman who reminded me of Charlotte from Charlotte’s Web.  Now I don’t mean that she was “spider-ish” for she certainly is not (although like Charlotte, she does have the most exquisite sky blue eyes that radiate intelligence, humor, wit and a love for people as well as for the Lord).  Personality-wise, she reminds me of Charlotte (classy in a Debbie Reynolds or Grace Kelly kind of way - which is totally appropriate because in the movie, the voice of Charlotte is done by Debbie Reynolds).   

Just like Wilbur the pig (in Charlotte’s Web), I was feeling at the lowest I could possibly feel. I had been forsaken and unexpectedly and completely betrayed by the very last person I had ever expected and I was feeling as low as a person could possibly feel.  Along came a spider…
As was in the case with Wilbur, Wilbur had been abandoned by his human family and was feeling the lowest he could feel, alone, forsaken and upset.  Along came a spider…
Charlotte A. Cavatica… full of love, intelligence, warmth, humor and compassion.  Who would have thought a tiny little spider would befriend a pig?  Yet befriend him she did, and she saved his life (If you haven’t heard of or read the story, it is a must read – Charlotte’s Web written by E.B. White).  I can honestly say that God brought “Charlotte” into my life.  She was my birthday gift from God at a time when he knew  I most needed a friend.  I walked into her office a woman who felt shattered into millions of little pieces, feeling like Humpty Dumpty, I did not think I would be able to be put back together and honestly, I didn't know if I wanted to be.  I was crushed.  But "Charlotte" helped me to see that my God is in the "restoration business" it's what He does.  I was reminded that:
"He heals up the broken hearted and binds up their wounds." (Psalm 147:3)
"Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High, will rest in the shadow of the Almighty.  I will say of the Lord He is my refuge and my fortress, my God in whom I trust." (Psalm 91)
"The Lord is near the broken hearted and saves the crushed in spirit." (Psalm 34:18)
"For I know the plans I have for you," says the Lord, "They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." (Jeremiah 29:11)
God is always on time and He knows what we need.   And when I walked through Charlotte's doors - I needed healing, I needed restoration, I needed to understand the "why" of things and to know that while people disappoint you all the time (myself included) and that God never will.  I walked out her doors knowing what I already knew - that I have a higher calling.  That regardless of what or how people around me do (or don't do) I know what God wants ME to do.
"Weeping may last through the night, but joy comes with the morning." (Psalms 30:5)
"And we know that God causes everything to work together for the good of those who love the Lord and are called according to His purpose." (Romans 8:28)
Anyone who knows me, knows I am *not* a fan of spiders.  But the beauty of Charlotte is that she knew the true meaning of friendship.  She saw someone who was hurting, and she listened and encouraged, she prayed with me and let me cry.  She went the extra mile not because she had to, but because that is what a real friend does.  A true friend loves genuinely with their whole heart.  A true friend encourages, admonishes, builds up, listens, laughs, loves and cares. God works through people, and on my birthday, a day when I should have been filled with joy and happiness (especially being a 4 year cancer survivor) - God used her to restore my faith and my hope.
“And as you wish that others would do to you, do so to them.” (Luke 6:31)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-15)
“This is my commandment, that you love one another as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this, that someone lay down his life for his friends.” (John 15:12-15)

We should all be blessed to have a “Charlotte” in our lives…

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