Let it Go – Give it to God

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Dear Fellow Strugglers,

My husband and I have disagreed over the same issue for about 4 years. It is hard, because it is an issue that brings up a lot of hurt from my past. The problem is that he just sees the issue one way, and I see it another way. For four years we have fought, yelled, cried, and even nagged each other about it. I have had enough. I do not want to be in a situation that causes me so much pain. I want to run away. Divorce has even crossed my mind, but is not an option.

This past weekend I found myself in tears around 1 o’clock in the morning. I was so hurt with this issue that we were fighting about, again, that I couldn’t sleep. I got up and decided to clean the house. I find that if I do something, besides feel sorry for myself or worry, that I can calm down much quicker. So, I went about emptying the dishwasher and picking up the toys in the living room. I finally became tired, so I laid back down. I started to pray, ” please God help me be the wife that you want me to be. I want to run away. I want to make the hurt stop. I do not want to face this issue anymore.” Then I fell asleep.

The next day I woke up and felt like I was hit by a truck. I was so tired, my head hurt,  and my body just want to go back to sleep, (not an option when you have kids). So I got up and made myself some tea. Then my husband got up. I did not want to talk with him. How could someone who claimed that they loved me so much, also hurt me so much? I was angry. There was no way that I was going to talk to him. I just got my breakfast and sat down on the couch. I turned on the t.v. and ignored him.

Later that day I had to go to town, (we live in the middle of no where). So as I was driving to town, I prayed again, “Dear Lord, please help us figure out this issue. Help me to be the kind of wife that you would want me to be.” I ran some errands in town, then started the trek back home. I didn’t want to go back home. I was still mad. So on the drive home I prayed again, “Please Lord you have to help me. I do not want to hurt anymore. I want to be a better wife. Help me to be the kind of wife that you want me to be.” You see, I have never been around a marriage that has lasted. I have never been part of a relationship where people talked about things and fixed them together. All I had ever seen or been part of were destructive relationships that split up in the end. I did not want to be that kind of wife anymore that yelled, or cried, or even wanted to run away.

Finding My Answer

As I was driving home, God spoke to me. He told me to just give the issue to Him. I need to love my husband and forgive him. To stop worrying. That He would take care of the issue. I’m sure that means in His own time. He also told me to not ask my husband about this issue anymore. That was it. So I did.

I still pray all the time for God to help us with this issue. My husband and I have made sure that we pray about this issue every night together. We pray that God will keep our marriage strong no matter what comes our way. That he will help each of us figure out our problems with the issue that we have. Praying together has helped us with letting go of our own stubbornness and give it to God.

I hope that as you read this, that you may see how amazing God is with His ability to heal. To help us fix things that we can not fix on our own. I pray that if you are struggling with something in your life and it seems like no matter what you do, the issue just does not get any better, that you let go and give it to God.

May God bless you and give you peace,

Miranda Templar

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The Temptation of the Double Line

The Temptation

How many times have we thought, what could this little temptation do to hurt me? Just a small fracture of not following the rules. Knowing that what I am about to do is not good for me, but it isn’t really that bad, right? We have all been there. The feeling of temptation and wanting to fill up our tank with an emotion that feels so good. Not realizing that we are filling our tanks with a gas that leads to engine failure.

Driving Between the Lines

As you drive your car down the road, you have a pretty white line on the right side of you and then there are those double yellow lines. Staring you in the face, telling you not to cross over. For the most part we do a good job at staying on our side of the lines, until those temptations come in that cause us to cross over.

One of the biggest temptations in a car is your cell phone. If people are constantly texting you, calling you, maybe you even receive Facebook or email pop-ups to let you know that you are wanted. The need sometimes to just look at the phone. See who is contacting you. To make sure that it is not an emergency, weighs out over the common sense rule that we are driving. That looking at our phone is not the best idea and that it could hurt you or possibly even kill you, might cross your mind. But, oh, that need to just look at the phone takes over and before you know it, you have your phone in your hand, not paying attention to the road and cross those dreaded double yellow lines.

What about kids arguing in the back. Yelling at each other, or yelling for you to help them. Mom!! Dad!! Talking really loudly. You keep trying to make sure that everyone is okay. Or, the time when they spill something and it keeps leaking as your driving. All those distractions that they don’t mean to cause, but usually do, can lead to disaster on the road.

The need to turn the radio station. The want to have another sip of coffee. The have to’s that make us turn our eyes away from the road, even if just for a second, causing our car to drift into an area on the road where we are not wanted. It can be so complicated to drive safely, yet, we have to drive to get where we need to go.

Temptation in Life

The same thing happens in life. You are going through life and everything seems to being going fine, then one day, a certain small temptation arises and you take it. What could it hurt? It’s only a small problem. How far can it go?

“Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, prowls around

like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” (1 Peter 5:8)

That small temptation, always leads to bigger problems. I have never read a story about someone that gave into a small temptation, that led to them wanting that sinful item less. Usually it leads to wanting that enticement more and more till it takes you over.

It starts with a whisper in your ear, “Take it. It won’t hurt you.” And that voice keeps whispering, till your flesh gives in. How weak is our flesh? Every time that I have ever tried to quite doing something or start a better habit in my life, my own will power fizzles out within a week or two. But, if I let God be in control of my life and I follow where he wants me to go, then life is much easier. I am able to fight off the temptation without too much of a fight. That doesn’t mean that I don’t still have temptation in my life, I do, but at least I have a secret weapon that allows me to turn away and say “no.”

Temptation Arises

I have never suffered with drug or alcohol addiction, thank God, literally. I have never suffered from a sexually addiction. But I have suffered from a heart addiction. During my last marriage, I would find myself attracted to other men quite frequently. This happened when my ex-husband and I would be struggling in our relationship. I was going to college at the time and there were times when other men in my class would take the time to talk to me. Show me that they cared about me. Listened to my problems. This led me to think about leaving my ex-husband for something that seemed better.

This happened at least two times. The second time, I would find myself waking up in the middle of the night, after having a sexual dream with me and the other man. I would be so scared of my own thoughts. I couldn’t leave. We were married and had a daughter together. What kind of person would do that? But the thoughts kept coming. The feelings got stronger. I would long to see that other person when I went to college. And I couldn’t stop myself from wanting that other person. It was horrible. I would talk to my friends about leaving my ex-husband or cry about the guilt that I had from these feelings. No matter what I did though, the feelings never went away.

I never physically did anything with any of these men, but that doesn’t mean that I didn’t want to. I had an emotional affair on my ex-husband and he never knew. I hated myself for these feelings and thoughts. I lived with guilt for so long that it would eat me alive some-days. That is how I lived for the longest time.

How to Stop Temptation 

I am currently remarried, and vowed to never feel the way that I did in my previous marriage about another man. This would take time and effort and I knew that I wouldn’t be able to do it on my own.

I started going to church regularly, right after I left my ex-husband, and before I met my current husband. I even started going to ladies’ Bible study and reading the Bible more. I felt this urge and need to fill my life with God. It was the only way that I felt whole. If I didn’t fill my life with Him, then there was this want to go out and drink away the pain. Instead, I ended up finding myself praying to God quite a bit throughout the day. I didn’t want to fall in love with someone else who would potentially hurt me in more ways than one, again. I wanted to have a life that was filled with God and whatever else came from that, so be it.

Well, I met my first husband and we fell in love pretty quickly. I still remember the first month that we were dating. We talked every night on the phone, after my two girls went to bed, and I would ask him every question under the sun. The ones that I asked the most were about his faith. I wanted someone to stand beside me, not behind me when it came to God.

We went to premarital counseling, because I thought that would fool proof our marriage, allowing us to never get a divorce. He talked a little bit about his pornography addiction, during the counseling sessions. I halfheartedly listened. I just thought that it wasn’t a big deal. He would figure it out on his own. That with prayer it would all go away. And for awhile it did. He threw away all of his old XXX movies, without me asking and I thought that was the end of it all. Boy, was I wrong.

After we got married, the pornography issue came back with a vengeance. I wanted nothing to do with it. For one, I had been cheated on by my ex-husband. Two, I was afraid of the feelings that might arise again. I was afraid that I would start to desire other men around me again, and I didn’t want that. I wanted to stay married this time. So I tried to watch the movies to make him happy, but all it did was make me mad, and start to tear away at our marriage.

When I said, “NO more,” to watching pornography, things got even worse. He pulled away and I became insecure and the thoughts of him cheating on me erupted. As I look back now, I know that God was testing us and the devil was tempting us. It was so hard. I wanted to make my husband happy, more than anything, but not at the cost of my faith. So I dove even more into the Bible. I started praying a lot. I was mad, confused, hurt and didn’t know what else to do.

There were times that divorce crossed my mind. I was so convinced that God had made a mistake. That my husband would be much better off with someone else. But, ever time that I prayed, God would tell me to, “Love your husband, the way that I love you.” Yeah right, I would often think. Then one day, the Holy Spirit convicted me to live that way. To love my husband, even when I don’t want to. Even when I a feel hurt. Even when he doesn’t deserve it. All of this because of listening to God.

You can pray all you want. You can read the Bible everyday. You can go to church and push yourself to help others. You can even force yourself to be selfless, but until you start to listen to God and obey Him, nothing will change. You will still be the person who tries to be Holy, by doing all the right things, yet still falls short and gives into temptation.

How has God helped you with your temptations in life?

 

 

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How the 12 Apostles Died

May the Least be First and the Greatest be Last

“So the last shall be first, and the first last: for many be 

called, but few chosen.” (Matthew 20:16 KJV)

     Being an apostle wasn’t like being a famous athlete or actor in America. They were not looked about with adoration, for the most part they were hated. They taught that the way to Heaven was through a man, named Jesus, that claimed he was from God. This angered the Jewish people. The Jews once had exclusive rights to God, now they had to share their beloved God with others. After all they had suffered and gone through to make their God happy. All the sacrifices, temple building, festivals thrown and worship times. All the times that they had to rely on God solely to remain in Him, was now being thrown aside if only you believed in Jesus. The old ways of works, sacrifices, festivals and trying to prove your righteousness to God was gone. Just believe in Jesus was all that you needed. A way that seemed to slap their ancestors and their ways in the face. It was too much for them to accept this new way, and so the apostles, for the most part, were martyred.

Matthew He was an apostle for quite sometime, because the Gospel of Matthew was written 20 years after Jesus died. Some legends say                             that he did not die as a martyr. Some say that he was stabbed to death by a swordsman sent by King Hertacus, in Ethiopia.

Peter“And I tell you that you are Peter, and on this rock I will build my church, and the gates of Hades will not overcome it.” (Matthew                    16:18 NIV). Peter was the rock that the Christianity movement was built on. His words set people’s hearts on fire for Jesus. “It was                      about this time that King Herod arrested some who belonged to the church, intending to persecute them.” (Acts 12:1 NIV). People                      who belonged to the church, were those that believed that Jesus Christ came from God and that he died for their sins.  Now in the                        gospel of John, Jesus talked about how Peter would die: “Very truly I tell you, when you were younger you dressed yourself and                       went where you wanted; but when you are old you will stretch out your hands, and someone else will dress you and lead you where               you do not want to go.” (John 21:18 NIV). Peter was crucified upside-down on the cross in Rome, because, he felt unworthy to be                       crucified as Jesus was.

Andrew – the brother of Peter, went to Greece to preach the gospel. He was brought before the Roman Proconsul Aegeates. He told him to                           renounce his belief in Christianity. When Andrew refused to do so, that decided to torture him and crucify him, by tying him to an                       x shaped cross. He lived for two days on the cross and kept preaching the gospel to anyone that walked by.

John – the Beloved apostle of Jesus. “I, John, am your brother. All of us share with Christ in suffering, in the kingdom, and in patience to                     continue. I was on the island of Patmos because I had preached the word of God and the message about Jesus.” (Romans 1:9 NCV)                   The Foxe’s Book of Martyrs talks about how John was boiled  alive, by Emperor Domitian then banned to the island of Patmos. While               on the island, he wrote the book of Revelation and his gospel account. John is the only apostle that was not martyred. He was said to                   have died of old age.

James – was John the Beloved’s brother. “During that same time King Herod began to mistreat some who belonged to the church. He                              ordered James, the brother of John, to be killed by the sword. Herod saw that some of the people like this, so he decided to arrest                      Peter, too.” (Acts 12:1-3 NCV). Herod had also had John the Baptist beheaded in earlier times. He was a merciless King.

Philip – According to most historical facts, Philip’s death was very excruciating. In Turkey he converted the wife of a Roman proconsul                             (governor of a province). To have his revenge, he had Philip murdered by the impaling of iron hooks into his ankles, then hung                             upside-down to die. Philip’s tomb was found in Hieropolis Turkey in 2011.

Bartholomew – There is not a lot of information on Bartholomew in the history books. It is believed that he traveled to many distant lands,                                    including Armenia, India, Ethiopia, and Southern Arabia. Some believe that he was beaten and then crucified, while others                                    believe that he was skinned alive and then beheaded.

Thomas – Known as “Doubting Thomas,” he preached the gospel in Greece and East Asia (mostly India). While preaching he angered local                         authorities that killed him with a spear.

James “Son of Alphaeus” – “James the Less,”  called this because he was only mentioned in the Bible a few times. There are a few accounts                                                           for him, as to what he did with his life, after Jesus ascended to Heaven. He is said to have been a leader of a                                                                 church in Jerusalem. He lived to be 94, one of the longest living apostles, besides John the Beloved apostle.                                                                 Others say that he ministered in Syria. All accounts have him dying by being stoned by persecutors and then                                                               hit on the head with a club.

Thaddeus (Jude) – All the historical sources contradict each other as to how Jude died. Some say that he went with Simon to Armenia to                                              preach the gospel, and died with Simon. Some sources say that he was clubbed to death, while others talk about him                                                being crucified at Edessa (Turkey or Greece) in 72 A.D.

Simon the Canaanite –  known as the “Zealot,” (fanatic in their pursuit of religious ideals), also has a lot of conflicting historical accounts as                                                  to how he died. Some say that he preached in Western Africa, then went to England, where he was crucified in 74                                                      A.D. All accounts have him being crucified, just the location and when is different.

Judas Iscariot  “Judas, the one who had given Jesus to his enemies, saw that they had decided to kill Jesus. Then he was very sorry for                                         what he had done. So he took the thirty silver coins back to the priests and the leaders, saying, ‘I have sinned; I handed                                      over to you an innocent man.’ The leaders answered, ‘What is that to us? That’s your problem, not ours.’ So Judas threw                                      the money into the Temple. Then he went off and hanged himself.” (Matthew 27:3-5 NCV). “Judas bought a field with the                                    money he received for his treachery. Falling headfirst there, his body split open, spilling out all of his intestines.” (Acts                                          1:18 NLT).

 

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Stop Acting Like A Fool On Social Media

Foolishness Is Not Considered Wisdom

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     Everywhere we go on the internet today we are able to leave our comments. We feel as though our thoughts and opinions are valuable to the person that reads them. What about those comments that leave people feeling worse, than before they read them? Those comments that judge someone without any love involved? This is the way a foolish person acts to make sure that their ideals are the right ones and that someone is listening to them. Why do we act like such a fool, when God clearly asks us to love others?

“Don’t give fools a foolish answer,

or you will be just like them.” (Proverbs 26:4)

Acting Like A Fool

Social media has blown up the amount of criticism that we can give someone to an enormous amount. So much so, that we all feel like we are experts and that our opinions are the end all be all to a conversation. Everyone in this world has an opinion. Some are better than others. But, in the end God gave us the ability to think for ourselves and discern what information around us is true or not. Social media just happens to be the place where it all comes spewing out.

So why is it that we act like such a fool sometimes on social media sites? One reason is that we are hiding behind a computer screen. We do not have to see the other persons face, when they react to the comment that we just made. Our lives have wielded to the screen before us and have lost a lot of human contact. When you are talking with someone face to face, you are not only having a conversation with your words, but also with your body language. If the person next to you crosses their arms and has a look on their face of annoyance, you know that the conversation is not going that well. We do not get any of these indicators when we are online. This prohibits us from knowing when to stop being a fool and ranting on about our antics online.

Another reason is that we tend to dehumanize the person on the other side of the screen. We do not see them, so our brains do not register them as someone with feelings and this leads to less filters, being used, before we post. Astoundingly, Dr. Turkle says, many people still forget that they’re speaking out loud when they communicate online. Especially when posting from a smartphone, “you are publishing but you don’t feel like you are,” she says. “So what if you say ‘I hate you’ on this tiny little thing? It’s like a toy. It doesn’t feel consequential.”

A third reason is that it is much easier to write a rude comment than it is to speak it. I can sit at my computer or on my smart phone and type away some nasty comment, that I would have never said to someone face to face. I can type as much as I want to respond to someone without them interrupting me. I can tell someone exactly how I feel without their opinions coming into play. In a face to face conversation, that does not usually happen. People are always chiming in and cutting others off, to make sure that their opinion is heard. And, on social media if they decided to make a comment back about my opinion and I do not like it, I can just delete their comment and that is the end of that.

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“A wise saying spoken by a fool

is as useless as the legs of a crippled person.” (Proverbs 26:7)

How To Stop Acting Like A Fool Online

I always try to imagine how the other person is going to feel if I write a certain comment. I know that my opinions matter, but doing it in a loving way, will get my point across in a much safer way. Ranting like a fool and telling someone that their opinion is basically “crap,” will only make someone mad and not want to listen to anything I have to say anyway. So why be the bigger idiot yourself just to make sure that people know that you are right. I would rather be a loving Christian who can help others, than be right all the time.

It is so easy to become enraged and want to tell someone off online. Or, see someone making a mistake and want to change it for them. But, God said that we are to help others in a love. I am watching a friend right now, in my mind, make a huge mistake. She is going from one relationship to the next. The problem is that there is a child involved. I love that friend so much and I want to just scream at them “What are you doing?”, but what good would that do. I could respond to their posts online with disgust and rage, and leave a sour taste in her mouth. What would this really change in her situation? Most of us do not change something in our life because someone was yelling at us for it. We change because someone, who truly loved us, helped us to see the errors of our way. In love, they showed us how we were going down the wrong path. It has to be this way with others when we are online. I am constantly thinking, is this how Jesus would deal with this person. It helps me to gauge whether my words are used in a loving way or not.

“This is my command: Love each other as I have loved you. The greatest 

love a person can show is to die for his friends.” (John 16: 12-13)

How To Turn Foolishness Into Wisdom  

      It is easier said than done to be someone that leaves a comment in love, than to let our tongue run free and rant like a foolish crazy person. We have all had times, where we have wanted to tell someone how we truly feel. To just tell them off. Make them see how dumb they are acting. And with social media, it makes it so much easier to do this. But, God did not call us to act like a fool. He asks us to grow in our wisdom and be wise.

“But if any of you needs wisdom, you should ask God for it. He is generous

and enjoys giving to all people, so he will give you wisdom.” (James 1:5)

     We are all still human and can fall. We will make mistakes, no matter who you are. God has the power to give us the wisdom that we need to hold our tongue and say very little. Without God, your tongue can be a loose cannon. Spewing out fire that consumes others around you and turns them not only away from you, but away from God as well. Why take the chance of being that person who severs the cord of another with God. I certainly do not want to ever destroy someones chance at eternal life. So if you claim to be a Christian, yet you run your mouth online, the damage that you are doing is immeasurable.

“For that reason we should stop judging each other. We must make up our 

minds not to do anything that will make another Christian sin.” (Romans 14:13)

     To gain wisdom in our society, is different than the wisdom that God wants you to have. It is important to learn how to read, write and do mathematical equations, but to learn how to use your tongue in a way that heals this world, is a wisdom that most of us do not have. Growing up I was someone that did not have a filter when I talked. Whatever came to my mind, would just come right out of my mouth. I did not stop to think about what I was saying and how it would affect those around me. I just wanted to be heard. I feel like so many Christians are still stuck in this phase. They do not pay attention to the damage that their words are causing. Leaving others that are not believers, to point and say this is why I do not want to believe in God.

“People who think they are religious but say things they should not say

are fooling themselves. Their ‘religion’ is worth nothing.” (James 1:26)

“And I tell you that on the Judgement Day people will be responsible for every 

careless thing they have said. The words you have said will be used to judge you.” (Matthew 12:36-37)

“Careless words stab like a sword,

but wise words bring healing.” (Proverbs 12:18)

     There are 137 Bible verses about the tongue alone. Getting control over our tongue is the biggest battle for us to stop being a fool in life. Becoming a wise person requires holding your tongue, and speaking at just the right time. Saying words that build others up, in truth and love, and helping them to find God. Is your tongue causing you to act like a fool? Ask God to help you in this area. Be aware of how much your words hurt others, even when they are typed on a computer screen and left for an audience to see on a social media site. Know that words of the wise heal, while words from a fool, come from a loose tongue that spews out venom, hurting everyone in its’ path. Let’s promise to be real Christians that love the way that God wants us to, that help others in good and bad times, and that learn to control their tongue even when it is hard to do so. We can do this, we just have to lean on God and read his word to find out how to become a wise person.

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No Way, I Can’t Do That

Feeling Like You Are Never Good Enough

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I am not good enough. Lets just get that on the table. I am not a good speaker. I suffer from anxiety. I can get angry easily and selfish about my time. I want what I want on certain days. Overall, I am an average mom, wife and believer in God. Or am I?

My Personal Trial

For awhile now God has been asking me to start a Community Gathering in my home. Almost like having a small church meeting at your house. I have been so scared, to even think about starting this gathering, that I have been avoiding the idea altogether. God wants me to let people into my messy home, cook them a meal and then help them to grow in their faith. WOW!! I feel like he asked a 5 foot 4, white, skinny girl, to try out for a professional football team. Not to say that that wouldn’t be hilarious to see. But, this is my home. This is where my family and I have time together. He is asking me to give it all to his cause. I am a little overwhelmed and appalled. What if all I want is a Dunkin Donuts iced coffee and to sit down and watch my favorite cooking show. Right now, I don’t feel like I will ever be good enough to start this mission.

Jesus as an Example

Jesus Christ was an amazing example of sacrifice. He would preach to people for hours. He would heal a lot of people in one day. He would help anyone whenever they needed it, no matter the cost. He was selfless and something to aspire to. But, how could I ever measure up to that. He was God’s son. He was truly filled with the holy Spirit, from head to toe and all of the cracks in between. On a good day I might feel like my feet are filled with the spirit. Other days, I swear that the Holy Spirit took a vacation. Never the less, I must look at what God is asking me, and realize that I am not doing this alone.

“And I will lead the blind in a way that they do not know, in paths that they 

have not known I will guide them. I will turn the darkness before them into

light, the rough places into level ground. These are the things that I do, and

I do not forsake them.” (Isaiah 42:16). 

     I am blind. I do not see the big picture of what is to come. I know that I should just take the first step forward, but I am afraid that I will never be able to turn back if it gets too hard. What if I stop being afraid and started just having faith? God is the almighty one. He knows who you are and what you are capable of. He knows that with his power, we can do anything. Now if I can just get myself to believe that statement.

“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” (Philippians 4:13)

     Oh, if I could just keep repeating this verse all day, maybe, I wouldn’t be such a scaredy cat. Maybe I could stand up on my own two feet and announce that I am starting a Community Gathering? But, today, I feel so weak. Today, I look in the mirror and see a girl who has so many flaws and scars. And again, wonder, why God would want ME, to start something so sacred.

Satan

Satan has his ways of holding us down, so that we can never get up and follow God. His lies embed themselves into our soul and hide away until just the right time, when they come to the surface and knock us back down. His deception is far greater than we can understand. Sometimes naively thinking that we can handle all of his negativity on our own. That with our own will power we will fight and win. But why do this when we have the one who is victorious all the time?

“Therefore submit to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you.” (James 4:7).

     Satan has done a very good job at reminding me that I am a nobody. He wants me to believe that I will never be good enough for my husband, my kids, my family and everyone else around me. If I were to listen to him whisper in my ear all the time, I would probably hide under my bed covers and stay there all day. But, lately, I tell him to shut up. I have started saying scripture and reminding myself that God made me who I am for a reason. That no one could be a better me, than ME!!

For me to be able to take the first step in following God and obeying what he is asking me to do, I have to squash all the what ifs in my head. For, most of them come from Satan, implanting doubts and the thoughts of inability within myself.

“Whenever I am afraid, I will trust in You. In God I will praise His word, in God I have put my trust; I will not fear.” (Psalm 56:3).

To Conquer

No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him 

who loved us. (Romans 8:37)

     To conquer means to, gain control of, through great effort. With God you can do all of this and more. You can gain control and then have joy through all of it. With God, the conquering part is just the beginning. It’s what comes after that, that is the spectacular show of his power. The fireworks, that start slow and kind of quiet. Their brilliant colors and lingering traces. How the sky lights up in the most delightful way. The fluttering and rapid movements that each kind of firework brings. To the building up of the most amazing grand finale that has so many colors and loud bursts of joy that you can hardly contain yourself. And when the fireworks are over, people cheer. The display of glory that they showcased, left you breathless and smiling from ear to ear. The effect it leaves on your brain is compelling. What if our life is suppose to be like this? What if God is waiting, patiently, watching our every move, until we finally take the first step forward, in obeying and following him? To start the first fireworks in our life. To end with such a loud array of colors and sounds that everyone around us knows that God was with us. That God was in us.

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No More Waiting

    What are we waiting for? I know for myself. I am not waiting anymore. Starting August 17, I will be having the first Community Gathering in my home. Please pray for me and my family as we venture out onto God’s path. For we know that God knows better than we do.

    Please join me in taking the first step towards a life that is lined with God’s plan. A life that is unexpected and challenging, yet more rewarding than we could ever imagine.

     If God has been asking you to do something and you have not taken the first step. Please write in the comment section below, detailing your struggle with what is holding you back. If you have decided to take the first step today, please tell me about that too. Let’s encourage one another to rise up and take that first step in following God. NO more thinking that we are not good enough.

“If God is for us, who can be against us?” (Romans 8:31)

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