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 22, 2015

The Pathway - Stormy Weather

She had made it through the storm.
And oh what a storm it had been!  Although she had naively stepped right into the heart of the storm, it had caught her by surprise.  She hadn’t expected it, hadn’t been prepared for the unforgiving onslaught.  It wasn’t as if it had started as a trickling slow steady rain, it had been a downpour that refused to stop.  The pouring so hard she couldn’t see two steps ahead of where she was going.  She had felt beaten down by it, drenched by it, exhausted by it. There were times when she didn’t think she’d be able to continue forward.   Where she felt as though she was going against the wind and her efforts had felt fruitless.  It had been an unforgiving storm, harsh and abusive.  Still, even staggeringly she had continued forward.  There were times when all she could focus on was lifting her foot to take the next step, and the next, and the next.   It had felt unending, yet still she kept on the path.  She had wanted to give up, yet still she continued on.  This journey wasn’t as she had expected.  Her encounters made her realize how very vulnerable she was.  Yet there was something deep within her that prompted her to continue forward and to not give up.

The storm was over.  She was still on the path.  She allowed herself a moment to stop and look behind her at how far she had journeyed.  How many things she had learned on the way, yet when she turned around and continued forward she could not tell how far a journey she still had to venture or what the future held in store, the one thing she knew as that she had to continue on.  There was no other choice.  She had come too far.
The sun peeked almost shyly out from between the density of the trees that lined the pathway, its rays drying up the dew on the green grass which lined each side of the way.

Her clothes were damp, her hair tousled.  Her heart and been beaten down – yet seven months had gone by.  The storm had not succeeded.  It had beaten her down but she had risen up and survived the beating.  Her back was straight, her chin was raised high.  Her damp curls framed her face as she continued to look ahead – no longer thinking of what was behind.  The storm was over.
The fact that the storm was over was confirmed by the singing of birds which had returned from wherever they seek shelter from a storm.  It was a welcome sound after only hearing the onrushing of rain.  They seemed to have much to say as if to make up for lost time.  It renewed her.  It encouraged her.  It prompted her forward.

As she ventured on she came to a clearing and the splendid sight she saw took her breath away.
There before the expanse of sky arched a brilliant rainbow.  Its colors fused together like a splendid water colored picture.  Bold, bright and glorious, framed against the expanse of a blue cloudless sky.

“I have set my rainbow in the clouds, and it will be the sign of the covenant between me and the earth.” (Genesis 9:13)
God’s promise.  A reminder of His faithfulness.  She had been tossed to and fro and God had allowed the storm to occur.  What had she learned during the storm as she had ventured forward?  She had learned that she was more vulnerable than she had ever imagined.  She had learned that it was only due to the grace and forgiveness of God and through His strength that she could proceed.  She had learned that she needed to learn how to cover all her vulnerable areas in case another storm should arise in the future.  This was something that she was still trying to figure out, guarding one’s heart is not an easy thing to do for one who feels things so deeply.  Yet the journey was about learning, wasn’t it?  It was about growing and changing and sharing what one had learned should one encounter another on the pathway.

As she continued to admire the intricate grandeur before her, she was filled with appreciation and awe for a God who continued to care even when it was her own fault for walking right into a storm.  Surely there had been signs and warnings that she had naively not paid heed to.  Yet still He had brought her through on the other side.
God’s promise.

Her lips moved up in a smile, her heart filled with joy and she knew that with that rainbow and God’s promise the best was yet to come.  Not what she had thought was the best – but what God knew WAS the best.  Perhaps it was just around the next bend?  The only way to find out, was to proceed.
And so, she did...   

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