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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May 6, 2015

Do You Have a Thistle?

I’ve been doing a lot of thinking about the Apostle Paul…  

"Therefore, in order to keep me from becoming conceited, I was given a thorn in my flesh, a messenger of Satan, to torment me. (2 Corinthians 12:7-9)

I’ve also been thinking about the story about the lion that had a thistle in his paw…
How about you?  Is there anything in your life that has been a “thistle”?  I have one…  Oh yes…  And as many times that I have desperately prayed that God would remove it, there it remains…  (It is not a health issue, as some might have), but it is an area in my life that is a constant source of aggravation.  One that I have brought before God many times in prayer – yet still it remains…  If God wanted to, He could rectify it and alleviate my aggravation by making it disappear!  I have a hard time picturing life without this one annoying area of my life constantly hindering me and affecting all other areas of my life, yet there it is…

This afternoon I found myself wondering what my life would be like without this “thistle.”  Perhaps it is there to remind me that I am dependent and reliant upon God and God alone.  Perhaps it is there to keep me humble… Perhaps it is there because we are told to “walk by faith and not by sight.” 
It is the one area of my life that I continually trip over, despair of and struggle against.  Is there any thistle in your life that you can think of that affects you the same? Have you ever pictured what your life would be like, if the thistle was alleviated?  Or have you wondered why God has not taken it away?

This doesn’t mean I will stop praying that God will remove it. Perhaps there are still lessons that I need to learn before it can be removed…  Perhaps once I have learned all that God would have me learn from it being there, it will gone or maybe it is something He has chosen I have to live with and combat all the days of my life.  I certainly hope not, but if so I will STILL praise Him.  I will STILL believe that God is good.  I will STILL strive to be all that He wants me to be.  I know that no matter the size that “thistle” sometimes feels in my life, I serve a God who is GREATER.
“Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him…” (Job 13:15)

If you are living with a “thistle” in your life – you should know that it is only there because God allows it to be so.  You should know that He says:
“But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness." Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me.  That is why, for Christ's sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” (2 Corinthians 12:9-10)

Although at times this thistle has made my life difficult and filled it with much aggravation, I have also gained and grown enormously because if it. And can sing out truly the words of the hymn “My Hope is Built on Nothing Less” (Lyrics Written by Edward Mote)

“My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus Christ, my righteousness
I dare not trust the sweetest frame, but wholly lean on Jesus’ name
On Christ the solid Rock, I stand all other ground is sinking sand,
All other ground is sinking sand
When darkness veils his lovely face I rest on his unchanging grace;
In every high and stormy gale, my anchor holds within the veil.
His oath, His covenant, His blood supports me in the whelming flood;
When all around my soul gives way He then is all my hope and stay.
When He shall come with trumpet sound, Oh may I then in Him be found;
In Him, my righteousness, alone, faultless to stand before the throne.”
 And so I sit with my back a little straighter, I raise my chin a little higher, I am more determined that no matter what – I will still praise and rejoice in God who is my all in all.  This does not mean that I have stopped believing that God will remove the “thistle” from my life, but whether or not He chooses to change my circumstances, I will love Him regardless, because of Who He is and because of the price He has paid for me.  My love for Him is not built upon what He does - it is built upon what He did...

“For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whosoever believes in Him, shall not perish, but have everlasting life.”
(John 3:16)

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