The “F Word”

Ok, how many were shocked by the title of this blog post and were wondering where the “F” word belongs in the Christian language? Actually, this one of the most powerful words in God’s powerful language.

Nope, it is not the word that we all “in the flesh” think of when we hear someone make reference to the “F Word”. Earlier this week I prayed that God would give me time to get back to my writing and sharing his message for HIS people. The funny thing is that he began to give me time, but I wrestled with what his next message was for each of us (Not just me!!).

Last night, he revealed this message to me. Sharing the importance of HIS “F Word” – Forgiveness.

“Be kind and compassionate to one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.” (Ephesians 4:32)

The first instance of God asking me to share his message of forgiveness was while leaving a Zumba class that I attend each week. Although, I attempted to share the importance of “Forgiveness through HIM” with a friend that is dealing with a very demonic force that is attempting to blow her family apart and leave them in ruins, this message wasn’t quite received the way that I had hoped or thought that it might be. How did I recognize this evil force? This same force tried to take my mother from us when I was 16-years-old (guess this is why I recognized it so easily).

While she finally found healing, which she found by forgiving the family members that she was angry at for many years, there are still those of us who are struggling to forgive those who have made serious scars in our lives.

While this may seem strange, but I even struggle with following this rule of faith. Yes, I get angry when I am hurt. In fact, I tried to bring this message home to my spouse last night. While he is a very good man, he has had a lot of hurt in his life and struggles to forgive much of this pain. In fact, he often forgives the person that hurts him and walks away from them completely. This is often very frustrating to me because I have a hard time letting go of people that I have attached myself to. The funny thing is that I am starting to think that God is helping him let go of the pain by walking away from it.

While I almost went to bed angry and hurt by his willingness to walk away from yet another friend that did something that hurt him instead of just moving forward with them in forgiveness, I thank God that he  helped me to see his MERCIFUL & UNCONDITIONAL LOVE for both myself and my spouse by helping me see his plan for him through HIS eyes.

While I pray that he doesn’t let a poisonous grudge take over any future feelings toward this person, I pray the same for each us. This includes me! So, before you let anger and bitterness ruin your future, let’s try to look at each person through God’s eyes and remember that he ALWAYS forgives us. Maybe it is time that we do the same!

You want to see a prime example of his forgiving and unconditional love for us? Go back to an old television show that I just had an opportunity to finish. Thank you God as even a fictional show like Saving Grace has made a powerful difference in my life.

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Who Am I?

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But Moses asked God, “Who am I that I should go to Pharaoh and that I should bring the Israelites out of Egypt?” (Exodus 3:11)

I know that it has been quite a while since I came back to God’s calling. While I have been more busy than ever this is NO EXCUSE.

Although I enjoyed my simple Easter with my family, which once again reminded just how much God loves each and every one of us, I continue to struggle with knowing that I am worthy of this love. Yes, the girl who reminds each and every one of you that God loves you and I UNCONDITIONALLY has her own insecurities.

In fact, I struggle with these everyday. Along with many in this world, I have made my share of mistakes in the past and even in the present. This includes my not spending enough time with the one who loves me always and NO MATTER WHAT.

Despite this, HE has continued to pursue and remind me that he will never leave me nor forsake me (Hebrews 13:5). He has also sent me every sign lately telling me that although I am not the world’s idea of a “Perfect Christian” that his mission is true for me. Much like Moses (Exodus 3), who never thought that his past sins would allow him to carry out God’s mission, this imperfect child of God is going to step out in faith and continue reaching out with his message for each of you.

Thank you all for your continued support and most importantly THANK YOU GOD for reminding me that I am worthy of your love and your mission.

A Childlike Faith

A friend of mine sent me this over the weekend and I couldn’t wait to share it. Although this is one of those chain letters that you see going across social media, it was one of the best kinds. I say this because it not only reminds us to have a childlike faith, but to pray that God will bless us with this kind of faith  each and every day. As I read the story of God’s miracle child again I am reminded of what we really need to celebrate as the Easter holiday approaches. God’s true love for each and every one of us no matter how the world may view us.
RememberFor God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life. For God did not send His Son into the world that He might condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him. (John 3:16-17)
GOD LIVES UNDER THE BED
I envy Kevin. My brother, Kevin, thinks God lives under his bed. At least that’s what I heard him say one night.
He was praying out loud in his dark bedroom, and I stopped to listen, ‘Are you there, God?’ he said. ‘Where are you? Oh, I see. Under the bed….’
I giggled softly and tiptoed off to my own room. Kevin’s unique perspectives are often a source of amusement. But that night something else lingered long after the humor. I realized for the first time the very different world Kevin lives in. He was born 30 years ago, mentally disabled as a result of difficulties during labor. Apart from his size (he’s 6-foot-2), there are few ways in which he is an adult. He reasons and communicates with the capabilities of a 7-year-old, and he always will. He will probably always believe that God lives under his bed, that Santa Claus is the one who fills the space under our tree every Christmas and that airplanes stay up in the sky because angels carry them. I remember wondering if Kevin realizes he is different. Is he ever dissatisfied with his monotonous life? Up before dawn each day, off to work at a workshop for the disabled, home to walk our cocker spaniel, return to eat his favorite macaroni-and-cheese for dinner, and later to bed. The only variation in the entire scheme is laundry, when he hovers excitedly over the washing machine like a mother with her newborn child.
He does not seem dissatisfied.
He lopes out to the bus every morning at 7:05, eager for a day of simple work.
He wrings his hands excitedly while the water boils on the stove before dinner, and he stays up late twice a week to gather our dirty laundry for his next day’s laundry chores.
And Saturdays – oh, the bliss of Saturdays! That’s the day my Dad takes Kevin to the airport to have a soft drink, watch the planes land, and speculate loudly on the destination of each passenger inside. ‘That one’s goin’ to Chi-car-go! ‘ Kevin shouts as he claps his hands. His anticipation is so great he can hardly sleep on Friday nights. And so goes his world of daily rituals and weekend field trips. He doesn’t know what it means to be discontent. His life is simple. He will never know the entanglements of wealth or power, and he does not care what brand of clothing he wears or what kind of food he eats. His needs have always been met, and he never worries that one day they may not be. His hands are diligent. Kevin is never so happy as when he is working. When he unloads the dishwasher or vacuums the carpet, his heart is completely in it.

He does not shrink from a job when it is begun, and he does not leave a job until it is finished. But when his tasks are done, Kevin knows how to relax. He is not obsessed with his work or the work of others. His heart is pure. He still believes everyone tells the truth, promises must be kept, and when you are wrong, you apologize instead of argue. Free from pride and unconcerned with appearances, Kevin is not afraid to cry when he is hurt, angry or sorry. He is always transparent, always sincere. And he trusts God.

Not confined by intellectual reasoning, when he comes to Christ, he comes as a child. Kevin seems to know God – to really be friends with Him in a way that is difficult for an ‘educated’ person to grasp. God seems like his closest companion. In my moments of doubt and frustrations with my Christianity, I envy the security Kevin has in his simple faith. It is then that I am most willing to admit that he has some divine knowledge that rises above my mortal questions. It is then I realize that perhaps he is not the one with the handicap. I am. My obligations, my fear, my pride, my circumstances – they all become disabilities when I do not trust them to God’s care. Who knows if Kevin comprehends things I can never learn? After all, he has spent his whole life in that kind of innocence, praying after dark and soaking up the goodness and love of God. And one day, when the mysteries of heaven are opened, and we are all amazed at how close God really is to our hearts, I’ll realize that God heard the simple prayers of a boy who believed that God lived under his bed.
I say this solemn prayer for each of you….Lord God turn our hearts to your decrees and not to material gain. Turn our eyes from looking at what is worthless and give us life in Your Ways. (Psalm 119: 36-37)

A New You

Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come. (2 Corinthians 5:17)

Although I started this blog to remind you of God’s Unconditional Love, this doesn’t mean that I don’t spend time reading other inspirational blogs/websites. One of my favorites is Girlfriends in God, which I make a point to visit on a daily basis. While the message doesn’t always speak to me the way that today’s message  did.

I, along with many, haven’t had a perfect past. Fortunately, thanks to the love and grace of God I – and YOU – are washed in the blood of Jesus Christ. What do I also LOVE about HIS perfect grace and love? It means that nothing can stop us from receiving HIS perfect love!

As it says in Romans 8:38-39 For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth, or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord!

What does this mean going forward? It means that he will always love us UNCONDITIONALLY as long as we come to him and trust him in this love. Do I have proof of this love? Very recent proof actually. Though I am trying to become a more forgiving person, this is definitely a work in progress. Case in point, I am witnessing a dear friend of mine go through a pretty, brutal and messy divorce. One where she is being hurt regularly by the man that she gave her heart to many years ago. Because I care about this friend, I have been admittedly angry at this man and have even encouraged this friend to have no contact with him.

As I seek my heart and the Holy Spirit living within me, I know that I am in the wrong (hello fleshly self). So, I am trusting God to lead me towards forgiveness for this man and to pray that he can be healed from what is leading him to hurt my friend. As long as we stay in our flesh, we will continue to make mistakes and sin. Fortunately, God knows about each of these sins and he loves us regardless. Remember, Jesus died for each and every one of our sins pas, present and future.

So, let’s TRUST HIM and try to become the best IN CHRIST people that we can be.

He is Especially Fond of Us

 

 

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I am in them and You are in Me. May they be made completely one, so the world may know You have sent Me and have loved  them as You have loved Me. (John 17:23)

I know that I often share with each of you the experiences that my family and I have, especially during our weekend bible study. Fortunately, this is often where HE provides me with the most inspiration. This weekend wasn’t any exception as my family and I saw an incredibly inspiring film called The Shack

Based on the best selling novel by Canadian author William P. Young, this Christian novel turned movie tells the story of a family man who endures a difficult childhood as well an unspeakable tragedy all which make him question his faith in “Papa”. Despite his becoming angry at his creator, God actually pursues the character and leads him back to HIS Unconditional Love as well as to his faith in the miracles that “Papa” can provide.

I loved this because it both speaks to the message that I am trying to share with each of you, while also reminding me that even though we are sinners (including those who question our Papa’s ways) he still loves us. In fact, he loves us so much that he gave His *One and Only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him will not perish but have eternal life (John 3:16).

If he loves us this much, why would he ever stop loving us? Just come to HIM and remember that he will always love you.

 

 

 

Let’s support one another

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It is of little importance to me that I should be evaluated by you or by any human court. (1 Corinthians 4:3)

Although I am blessed by God to be HIS child I, along with all of his children in this world, we are all still within the world which means that we still have flaws and weaknesses. What is my biggest weakness you ask? Nope, I am not a chocoholic or anything. I am a worry wart.

In fact, this is my biggest challenge. This is actually why I need HIS Unconditional Love as much as I do. Unfortunately, I am often judged by others when I have one of my “worry attacks” and these often occur more often when I am a bit overwhelmed or stressed about something.

Despite my being judged by others as “annoying” or anything else, I know that each time that I reach out to HIM I can not only feel peace about whatever stresses me out, but also be reminded that he loves me despite this fault.

So the next time you feel judged by others for whatever you feel are your weaknesses are remember that God will always love you Unconditionally.

His Mercy Endureth Forever

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O give thanks unto the Lord; for he is good: for his mercy endureth for ever. (Psalm 136:1)

Many, like myself, have continued to hang onto our past mistakes/regrets like a badge of honor. In fact, I have often used these as stepping stones to try and improve myself so that I am not only good enough for others, but good enough for God.

Lately, HE has been reminding me that he has forgiven me of my past and that in order to move forward into the future that he has planned for me I need let go and realize that the love of my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ has nailed these sins to the cross.

After a rather challenging week last week, I took to my knees and prayed that HE would once again rain down his Unconditional Love on me. He quickly responded by both reminding me that he will always love me, but also sending me directly to scriptures within the bible to remind me of this.

While I found the first reminder that “His Mercy Endures FOREVER” in Jeremiah, I also found this in Psalms (above), Ephesians and several other times within the Bible. I quickly found out that this phrase appears an estimated 35 times within the Good Book. I guess this is his way of continuing to remind us that he will always love us, all we need to is commit to the love of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ and remember that HE raised his son from the dead to wash away our sins.

Be at Peace Today and remember that HE WILL ALWAYS LOVE YOU!!

 

Real Intimacy

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For I am persuaded that not even death or life, angels or rulers, things present or things to come, hostile powers, height or depth or any other created thing will have the power to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8: 38-39)

It is that time of the year again – Valentines Day. While there are those of us who enjoy this “so called” holiday, I have never been a fan. Why you ask? I guess the best answer that I can give is that I have never wanted to pressure my spouse into spending his hard earned money on flowers that will wilt and die just to show me that he loves me when he can show me in little ways everyday. I also find it ridiculous for “man” to determine that we should show love on one day of the year when God says that we should show love to our fellow man everyday.

Fortunately, if we follow God’s plans for our lives we can not only find love from one another, but can also realize the ultimate love that he has for us. Despite the pretty trying trial that I have been facing lately, which has had me questioning HIS plan for my life, I still know with all my heart that God loves me.

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So, this Valentines Day I will try to remember HIS Unconditional Love despite the receiving any man made items like cards, candy or flowers. I also feel honored to share this love with each and every one of you. Let’s share this love this holiday season and remember to be kind to one another.

He is Still the God of Miracles

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Thou art the God that doest wonders: thou hast declared thy strength among the people. (Psalm 77:14)

While I am continuing to try to stay patient (isn’t easy for me) for God’s ultimate miracle in my life, I have continued to be reminded that he is the still the God of miracles. I was fortunate to see this first hand last night and I woke up excited to share this example with the followers of those who are looking for examples of just how Unconditional HIS Love really is.

While I have tried to keep reminding myself, despite my circumstances, that God has pulled me out of the “pit” and placed me on the solid rock of Mt. Zion there have been times when I have felt that hard gust of wind trying to knock me back down. As a result, I was once again back on my knees yesterday asking HIM to show me a miracle.

Despite my allowing a weakness in faith to begin making its way into my heart this week, God answered my prayer yesterday and showed me that what looked like an impossibility could become possible if I just believed.

If you are a football fan, you are probably starting to figure out what I am talking about. You would be correct, the AMAZING comeback by the New England Patriots in Superbowl 51 (https://youtu.be/tXMPIbo54Mk). Yes, I am a HUGE FAN of the Patriots and I have been looking forward to our winning this game to be the highlight of a rather difficult week. I was also asking God to make this HIS sign to me that this would be the beginning to a turn around in my life.

After the first half of this game, my faith was once again faltering. Here we were down 28-0 as the clock began to wind down in this game. As the fourth quarter came around, God took this time to show me that no matter the circumstances he could bring about a miracle. That is EXACTLY what happened!! That’s right, the Pats came back to win #SB51 34-28. I realize that this it is just sports, but this was HIS way of showing me that if I just let go and trust him that he can make miracles like this happen.

So, let’s take this and keep our FAITH that HE IS STILL THE GOD OF MIRACLES. That can be any miracle from an amazing SuperBowl comeback to saving your child or even fixing your financial situation. I am so grateful that God loves me enough to forgive me for my weak faith to put me back on Mt. Zion and proving that he will always be there to love me UNCONDITIONALLY.

Remember, he can do the same for you!! Just believe and remember that he raised Jesus Christ from the dead and he is still capable of any and all miracles in the lives of those who believe.

Standing on Mt. Zion

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Fear no more, Daughter Zion. Look, your King is coming. (John 12:15)

Something that I can pretty much look forward to each week is enjoying bible study with my family. Although I love each message that God has to share with us, this week’s message was especially empowering. In fact, it couldn’t have come at a better time.

For those who have been keeping up with my previous posts, you know that I have been looking for full-time work since the end of 2016. While this hasn’t happened yet, God has been sending me some serious signs that he is in the works of making a dream job that I have been hoping for over the last several years become possible.

Along with these signs, our message this Sunday involved standing on the rock of Mt. Zion. I have to admit that I have been on the shakier side of my faith lately, which has made these days of waiting a bit difficult. Fortunately, I have learned that God is just providing pressure in order to make a diamond from the ashes that parts of my life were.

Now, I am dedicated to standing on the firm rock of Mt. Zion vs. that of Mt. Sinai. Do you want to learn the difference? Open up your bible and find out more about what God thinks about you and remember that a broken life can always be made stable and strong thanks to the love and blood of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.