It’s been a busy week and I haven’t had much time at all to work on a blog post. When I sat down today and asked God what he wanted me to write about I didn’t get the answer I expected.
God told me to share my Facebook post from earlier this week. Really God?
First, that post was so short… that’s all you want me to share?
Second, most of the people that read my blog are my Facebook friends… so they’ve already read it?
Third, well I don’t have third… but that’s really what you want me to share, God?
The answer kept coming back as “yes”.
So here goes – my personal Facebook post from 10/3/17: Read More…
Keeping it real today. I have an issue with jealousy. But then again don’t we all? Nobody I know likes a jealous person. Or do they… I’m a jealous person and people like me! So whether we want to admit it or not, we do like jealous people – even though we don’t like it when their jealousy is showing.
But ‘other people’ is not the issue with jealousy I’m talking about today. I’m talking about me and my imperfection.
I recently had yet another reason to confront myself and my own jealous streak. I saw a post that a friend of mine put on Facebook of an article she recently wrote.
I’ve known the author since the early 90’s when she was a young single mom – really just a child herself compared to the woman she is now. And I am super impressed with all that she has accomplished in her life both personally and professionally. Being honest with you, reading this article isn’t the first time I’ve felt jealous of her – it’s not the first time I’ve thought to myself “wow, I wish I could be brave enough to go boldly after my dreams, to start my own business, heck – even brave enough to raise so many kids!” Please know this, I have zero negative feelings at all toward her, she’s never given me any reason to have negative feelings toward her. Instead, I have negative feelings toward myself. I see her wins and I start wanting what she has. I compare my accomplishments to hers. I compare my body to hers. I compare my life to hers. Even as I’m reading an article where she admits she has insecurities all I’m reading is her courage and positivity.
So let’s continue keeping it real today…. Read More…
Here’s another myth about Christians – we are always positive, we never have a negative thought, ever. Guess that means I’m not a Christian then… oh wait, that’s a myth… whew! Still a Christian 🙂
And now you know that I’m no stranger to having negative thoughts. I used to call myself a realist, but in reality I was a pessimist/glass half empty kinda gal. I have often been the one that is quick to see what is wrong in a situation, what bad thing might happen, how the sky might actually fall on all of us. I’ve been called a B… and I’ve called myself a B…
I’m not sure if being positive or negative is a characteristic one is born with, or if it is one that is learned early in life, or if it is a personality choice we make. There are probably studies out there someplace about it, but that’s not relevant to where I’m going with today’s blog.
I am sure that God is helping me to see the positives. I am certain that being a Christian has given me access to dump all my negative thoughts at God’s feet. I can tell that he is sorting them out for me and giving me a chance to choose to consider the positive. Read More…
Yes, apparently there is an alien in me. At least that’s what I read on Facebook today. So it has to be true, right? According to this article people who have RH negative blood came from an alien race. So count my B- self in! I wonder what planet my ancestors are from?
You laugh. At least I hope you laugh. I chuckled a little. But it did get me a bit curious about my blood type. So I did a little web surfing on the topic. Not much. Just until I got bored with it.
The only thing I ever really knew about RH- up until today was that women with RH negative types can have complications in pregnancy if carrying an RH positive baby. When surfing the web this information came up in such a way that it made it sound like all RH- to RH+ pregnancies were doomed, doomed I tell you! Thank the good Lord this isn’t true… I’m proud to report that I’m the mother of a perfectly normal and healthy young adult who happens to be RH+. Furthermore, apart from my feet swelling so much that I could only fit into one pair of shoes for my last trimester, I had a very uncomplicated pregnancy. Thank you Jesus!
I found out that there is a small percentage of the population with RH- blood – about 15%. Of my specific type there is only about 2%. I’ve always been a tad different, a bit off so this may explain a lot. Probably not. Read More…
Genesis 2:15 – Then the Lord God took the man and put him into the garden of Eden to cultivate it and keep it.
Keeping it real, I will usually read a verse like Genesis 2:15 and I don’t really think about it. What’s there to think about? It’s just telling me that God wanted Adam to take care of the garden of Eden. Just lets me know where geographically Adam was and what Adam’s profession was to be. Nothing much there, right?
But once in a while I will read a verse that seems to me to have nothing much to offer other than a bit of descriptive information, then without any warning my thoughts get filled with what God wants me to think about. And I know the thoughts come from God because after more than 1/2 a century I know how I think… and I know when God is giving me different thoughts. Better thoughts. Expanding thoughts. Thoughts that give me perspectives and insights. Thoughts that, if I don’t ignore them, will help me be a Christian in the everyday world.
So what thoughts did I get from Genesis 2:15? Read More…
Have you ever thought how differently the Bible would read if Jesus had been alive during these days of social media and technology? I have – more than once. Very recently I was listening to the radio on the way to work and the deejays were pondering that very thing as well.
Let’s think about the story of the bleeding woman who touched Jesus’ robe. As the story goes, Jesus was on his way to a synagogue leader’s home (to bring his sleeping/dead daughter back to life).
Matthew 9:20-22 (NLT) tells us that as he was walking there – (20) Just then a woman who had suffered for twelve years with constant bleeding came up behind him. She touched the fringe of his robe, (21) for she thought, “If I can just touch his robe, I will be healed.” (22) Jesus turned around, and when he saw her he said, “Daughter, be encouraged! Your faith has made you well.” And the woman was healed at that moment.
If you were that woman, and this was happening today, think about it for a moment and ponder how you would record this moment.
We don’t know how long the woman has had the thought of touching Jesus’ robe. Maybe it just came to her in the split second when she heard he was coming down the road. Maybe she has been trying to get close enough to Jesus for some time stalking him and waiting for the right time to do such a thing without being noticed.
If this was happening today do you think she would be a follower of Jesus’ Facebook, twitter and any other social media he was on? Would she be cyber-stalking his disciples? Read More…
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. – Phil 4:19 NKJV
Not that I speak in regard to need, for I have learned in whatever state I am, to be content: I know how to be abased, and I know how to abound. Everywhere and in all things I have learned both to be full and to be hungry, both to abound and to suffer need. I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. – Phil 4:11-13, 19
Have you ever heard any of these verses?
- Maybe in a sermon – pastor telling you how to be content with what you have, not to be greedy (striving always for more) or covet (worshiping things you want) or ungrateful (for what you have).
- Maybe from a friend – trying to help you understand why you didn’t get a bigger raise or why you had to move to a smaller house.
- Maybe from a co-worker – supporting you when the highly sought after project was assigned to someone other than yourself.
I’ve heard these verses, or variations of them, in all sorts of ways. I’ve said them to myself. And I have pretty much always thought of them in terms of material things and physical needs – shelter, food, clothing, transportation, a job, money, health…. all that sort of “stuff”.
Just the other day I began to think of these verses, and others like them, in a different way. The verses that tell me God will supply what I need. I began thinking of relationships – God will supply the relationships I need! That was a lightbulb moment for me (yes, sometimes I can be a bit slow to figure things out but I prefer to think that I take my time to digest and process all information).
So now I’m seeing the people in my life in a new way. I’m conscious of two things. Read More…
I just reread all of my blog posts again. Admittedly there aren’t that many of them so it didn’t take too long. Sadly I have realized how often I start something and convince myself that I will follow through with it this time and then I stop.
So here I am, starting again. Hopefully this time I don’t stop. My plan is to keep writing, to keep working on my ideas, keep developing my workshops. I want to grow myself, to grow this vision that I have to help others, and most importantly to grow closer in my relationship with God.
As I am pondering all of this, I start to think about how many times I have started and stopped developing my relationship with God. I am also wondering how many times you have done the same?
I wonder if you have been like me – reading your Bible, praying, going to church, etc. on a regular basis, until something caused you to stop. There have been many reasons for me. I like to read my Bible every morning before I get ready for work. Sometimes, when I’m super busy at work I feel the need to go to the office early for stretches of days and reading my Bible gets skipped over. Or I go on vacation and take my Bible having every intention of reading it, then I don’t. Whatever the “reason” that interrupts my normal daily schedule, it seems reading my Bible is the first thing that suffers. Read More…
When you hear the word “Pray” what do you think of? Do you think of bowing your head and closing your eyes? Do you think of getting on your knees? Do you think of finding a quiet place to be alone? Do you think you need to leave prayer to the “professionals”?
I used to think of a lot of those things. I used to think I didn’t have enough “flowery” words to be able to pray aloud with others. I used to think I had to have the perfect list of things to pray for and go through them one by one. I used to wonder if God really was able to listen to all my prayers – let’s face it, I’m only one of millions praying at any given time so how can he possibly hear them all? But he can! That’s one of the many things that makes him God and not human.
A couple of month’s ago our pastor’s sermon was about what to do when our faith in God is shaken. There are a ton of things that can shake our faith in God – failure, getting diagnosed with a terrible illness, being left out of the “cool group”, losing a job, betrayal, financial hardship, an accident that alters our lives, an argument – so many things. Can I get an Amen?!
He made a lot of good points in the sermon. But I won’t plagiarize any of it. Instead I want to tell you my thoughts about one of the points that he made. He told us that when something happens that threatens to shake our faith we need to immediately turn to God.
How many times have we instantly posted on Facebook or phoned a friend or shut ourselves off from everyone or sprang into action to eliminate the “thing” that is threatens to shake our faith in Him? As the saying goes… if I had a nickel for every time I did one of these things instead of turning immediately to God I would be a bazillionaire, or maybe even a gazillionaire, whichever has more money. For real, I would be.
At this point in the sermon I realized that I wanted to share with you what is true for me about prayer… Read More…