Reaching out the right hand of fellowship to my sisters and brothers in Christ. It's so easy "to feel alone in a room crowded with people." The truth is you are not alone, whatever point you are in your walk with Christ, we're on a journey, one that will have us transforming every day of our lives - until we are with Him. We're many members but one in the body of Christ - it helps to share our experiences along the way.
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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Maybe the best
thing is to not hide the pain behind anything that would numb it. Not to soothe
it with any previous methods you once used, but to allow yourself to feel the
full force of the anguish.
To cry To scream To
Maybe in order
for a wound to heal we have to wash all the dirt out of it and allow it to air
dry before we can suture or bandage it up.
methods we’ve used in the past have not healed the hurt only hidden it.
Maybe it’s okay
to be disappointed or angry and plain ol’ upset.
Maybe in order
to move forward, we need to step back… Even
if it is uncomfortable to do so… Let the hurt out. Allow yourself. Have you
Maybe God is
trying to show you something about yourself that you haven’t wanted to see. Is He peeling your fingers off your own eyes?
life hurts so badly that we don’t want to face the pain.What do you do in those moments? Deny
it?How many layers of denial is that
wound festering under?
“He came to set
the captives free.” (Luke 4:18)
has set in and it’s time for us to allow God to operate. To take out the
Maybe it will
feel better if we endure the pain of God cleaning it out instead of the
continued familiar pain of carrying it ourselves. Not sacrificing long term pain for short term
gain by ignoring the fact that we’re hurting.
“A bruised reed
He will not break and a dimly burning wick He will not extinguish.” (Isaiah
“The Lord is
near the broken hearted and those crushed in spirit.” (Psalms 34:18)
Maybe it’s time
to change the song. To get rid of the refrain that has been engraved in your
mind and replace it with a new one.
Maybe it’s time
to make it better so that we can have it better.
Maybe we should
be careful for what we pray for because if we received it, we would really
realize that it wasn’t what it presented itself to be…Not God’s best AT ALL. The red flags should
not have been ignored.
Maybe our vision
was wrong and God has to correct our spiritual discernment, like an eye doctor
would correct our physical vision.
Maybe one day we
will rejoice that God allowed the door to close instead of feeling the pain of
"The steps of the
righteous are ordained by God."(Psalms
The only way we
are made “righteous” is by the precious blood of Jesus Christ who gave up His
life that YOU may have life.
we just need to get out of our own way.Stop blocking God’s best by what YOU think you want.For the truth of the matter is if it doesn’t
contain the fruit of the Spirit it’s not God’s best.
the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness,
faithfulness,gentleness and self-control. "(Galatians 5:22-23)
if we do all of the above we shall be like:
“He makes my
feet like the feet of a deer; he causes me to stand on the heights.” (Psalms
Maybe one day
(even if it is not today) we will realize the why of it and be able to rejoice
and praise God that He knows so much better than we do, and as we look around
and count our blessings (those that only came into being once we let go of what
we held so tightly, even to the point where God had to pry it out of our hands),
we can thank God that He knew what was best for us all along. Like a grown
child thanking a parent for their insight, wisdom and discipline; something at
the time they were not able to do.
Maybe, if your
hands are holding tight to something that you refuse to let go of, your fingers
are not open wide to receive.You
deserve the “more” that God has for you –let go and open your hands to receive a blessing so wide you will not be
able to hold it with both hands!
faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.”
(Hebrews 11:1) Just