Be Strong and Courageous-The New Year Has Much to Offer You

As we progress through this first month of the New Year it is so easy to quickly get discouraged with all the things that we want to accomplish.  We have goals and dreams for our family, our future, our relationships; and yet we know that we need to continually rely on God to lead and direct us.  The problem is so often that we want a nice road map to follow, a well defined strategy that will get us to our destination. But I was reminded this week that even though goals, planning and strategies are good and very effective, life does have a way of throwing us curve balls from time to time and can make our progress seem meaningless.  This is where we need to gain courage.  We need to take a step back from what might try and overwhelm us or hinder our progress forward and draw strength from God and others.  This is what Joshua was facing when he was about to take the place of Moses.  Moses was getting old, and was told by God that he wasn’t the one to lead the Israelites into the promise land, but it would be Joshua instead.  Now Joshua had a big task before Him but was reminded by Moses in Deuteronomy and by God in the book of Joshua to “be strong and courageous” and not to fear because God will go with him and be his constant help.  Later on in chapter 23 of Joshua we see Joshua now encouraging his leaders who are about to carry the torch with the same  words, reminding them of God’s constant present and faithfulness in victory.  The bottom line is that we are all called to do great things, we are called to not only live for God but make his power, might and goodness known by being a testimony of His faithfulness in our lives.  This is what Moses spoke to Joshua from his own experiences.  Then Joshua spoke it to his future leaders who would take his place because he had seen the faithfulness of God for himself also.  As Christians our greatest gift that we can give is to strengthen one another by speaking encouraging words that build up and launch another forward in what God would have them do.  You may think that there is no one to encourage you, but there are voices all around us; some in books, some on social media.  We are surrounded by constant noise, so find what brings you up higher, strengthens you and then find a way to strengthen others.  It’s why I write.  To encourage others in their walk with Jesus and one another.   It’s rather simple, but effective.  And I think that is the way it is suppose to be. Jesus said his yolk is easy and his burden is light.  He was never stressed out trying to do what heard from the father, he just did it. So be strong and courageous in whatever the Lord is calling you to do.  If you don’t know what he might be asking, a great book by one of my favorite authors might help. It’s called “The Art of Work” by Jeff Goins, and it talks all about our calling and how to have courage to live it out. We are all on a journey, and we all have choices everyday to live our life’s purpose.  I guess Joshua could have said no, but he was strengthened and encouraged that when God goes with him, things will always work out. So I charge you and myself today “Be strong and Courageous, do not be terrified of them, for the Lord your God goes with you”  He will protect you and keep you safe, but you must choose to believe that you have something worthy of giving away.  God has given us all gifts, talents and abilities, but it’s up to us and our free will to decide to use them.  We need God at our side at all times, and he promises to never leave us our forsake us.  So take his hand and live the adventure that he has called you to live.  It won’t always be easy, and it will be the difficulties that will build ones resolve, but he will always see us through. He has begun a good work in each of us, and he is faithful to complete it.  Be blessed and encouraged today as you seek and follow His voice in your life.  It’s going to be a great year as we move forward into all that God has called to do and become for His glory.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When We Are Unfairly Treated

Today, God chose to teach me the very important lesson of how I need to
act when I am treated unfairly by others, especially other Christians.  This Past winter, my neighbor, while trying
to help me get my car out of my parent’s driveway that  I got stuck in, hit my car with his tractor.  Knowing He was unemployed at the time, I had
asked how we should handle the situation.
Since I rent from his parents, he told me to contact them, who were on
vacation at the time, till this spring, in Florida.  Long story short, I had gotten estimates and
come  up with some “middle way” solutions
to help pay for the damages to my car; all the time waitig paitently and praying for the right time to address the situaion.  Well, they came back and decided not to
take any responsibility for the incident, and their son, who hit my car, also has no money
to offer to remedy the situation either. To make matters worse, when she came and
handed me a lengthy letter with a not so neighborly tone to it on her position, and some incorrect things the son had said  happened during the incidnet to make it sound like it was all my fault; she had also mentioned some other
non-related issue which I think was to place some type of guilt on me.  I was very calm during this whole
conversation, but then after she left, became very upset about it and really
sought God, giving him my hurt, frustration and disappointment.  I told him it wasn’t fair, and that I couldn’t
understand that my supposed “Christian” neighbors who I grew up next to all my
life and now renting from would act in such a way.  After all, I’ve always paid my rent on time,
never gave them a bad check, only called on help when there was a major problem
at the house I didn’t know how to fix, ect.. But now here I was; me and God,
knowing that He wanted a Christ-like response from me, and not knowing what to
do.   Of course I started googling things
to bring about a clearer understanding. Below is a sermon that has really
helped me to understand how I am to act, as well as how I am to put this whole
matter in God’s hands and remember that he is the one who carries out
justice.  I know I have to pray for my
neighbors, and their son, who doesn’t know the Lord, I know that I have to walk
in love and forgiveness and that is what I am going to be praying that I will
do.  I am reminded of Jesus and all the
injustice that he went through and how this really pales in comparison, yet He
is here, he understands and he is growing me closer to him through this whole experience.  I pray that I will learn many of these
reminders below and be able to help others when they need answers in the times
of their lives when they are treated unfairly.
Thank you Jesus for helping me to see how I need to be. You are faithful
to the end, and I know that you are good, even when life throws us curve balls;
it’s just another example of how you are teaching me.  Now to go play some worshsip music and relish in who you are.

SIX
THINGS TO REMEMBER
WHEN WE ARE UNFAIRLY TREATED

taken from : http://www.biblecenter.com/sermons.php

INTRODUCTION:

1.       How do you react when someone treats you
unfairly? Let’s say someone double crosses you or cheats you. Maybe someone lies
about you and your reputation is damaged. Perhaps your boss chews you out for
something you know you didn’t do or singles you out because he doesn’t like what
you stand for. What is your typical response? Do you…

a.       Retreat into a
depression?

b.      Withdraw from human
interaction?

c.       Look for a way to get
even?

d.      Vow that you’ll never do anything nice
for anyone again?

e.       Cheat the next guy down the line
because you conclude that it’s a dog-eat-dog world?

f.         Become so cynical about the world that
you no longer enjoy life?

2.       These responses are all too
common.

3.       As Christians, we are called by God to
be different from the world and this is one area where that difference can
really show.

IN TODAY’S MESSAGE, I WILL SHARE SIX
THINGS TO REMEMBER WHEN YOU ARE UNFAIRLY TREATED.

I.
THE FIRST THING TO
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT THIS LIFE ISN’T FAIR.

1.       I suppose some of you might think it is
redundant for me to say that, but it never ceases to amaze me that so many
Christians get so upset when things don’t come out even.

2.       Whoever said that this life was fair,
anyway? I’m not aware of any Bible verse that teaches such a thing. Of course,
God will ultimately even things out at the judgement – a point the Bible makes
often – but in the here-and-now there are no guarantees. In fact, in a fallen
world like ours, with mankind corrupted by a sinful nature and God allowing
freedom of choice, it only follows that things are not going to be fair all the
time.

3.       Yet, it bugs us, doesn’t it? It bugs me!
The bad guy sometimes wins. The criminal gets off Scot-free. The ladder climber
who steps on everyone in his path gets the penthouse. The politician lies and
gets away with it because the economy is good.

4.       I’m not suggesting here that we
shouldn’t do whatever we can when we can to make things right. I’m simply saying
that sometimes making things even is beyond what we can do. At that point, so
that we don’t go insane at the unbalanced nature of it all, we need to remember
that we live in a fallen world and until God redeems this place from the curse
and removes sin, it’s not always going to be fair.

5.       I’m not recommending defeatism or
fatalism here. I’m simply trying to be realistic. Don’t set your expectations
too high. In this life, no matter how you live or what you do, life isn’t always
going to be fair.

II.
THE SECOND THING TO
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT WHAT HAPPENS IN YOU IS MORE
IMPORTANT THAN WHAT HAPPENS TO YOU.

1.      Things are going to happen in this life
that we are powerless to change. We usually cannot rearrange someone else’s
behavior toward us, nor can we undo the moments in which someone has hurt us.
Maybe it can be prevented next time, but once it has happened, it has happened.
There is no backing up.

2.      If we keep reliving the unhappy moment
and devote endless hours to appealing the verdict of a wrongdoing in our minds,
we will be left spent and miserable. Though it is sometimes hard to see, time
passed in the courtroom of our mind trying the case over and over is really time
wasted. Even though we’re sure the verdict is guilty, there is usually no way to
bring about justice in this life without becoming guilty ourselves. Our best
(and sometimes only) recourse is to ask the Lord to change our inner life – to
use this evil to bring about good in us.

3.      We’ve seen that Joseph knew this truth.
For all that was done to him by his brothers, he could have died a bitter and
unhappy man. He didn’t do that though. At some point along the way he decided he
would concentrate his energies on being the best person that he could be for God
in whatever circumstance he found himself. Over the process of a lifetime,
because of this attitude, God could take him from a pit to a palace. One has to
wonder how different it might have been had Joseph chosen to spend endless hours
licking his wounds and rehearsing his hurts. After 23 years of living with this
choice of betterness rather than bitterness, as his brothers stood before him in
a position where revenge could have been a snap-of-the-fingers away, his verdict
was this: “…you meant evil
against me, but God meant it for good…”

4.      Suppose you hold a glass of water as you
walk towards me. I carelessly (or deliberately) bump into you. Whatever you have
in the glass will probably spill out.

5.      That is the way our lives are. When we
are bumped, whatever is inside comes out. For most of us, an injustice done to
us personally is a very jarring bump. Sadly, it is disgraceful sometimes the
things that spill out.

6.      God wants the things inside the glass
cleaned up. From time to time He will allow us to be bumped, sometimes quite
forcefully and unjustly, to reveal what is there. A life where the work of the
Holy Spirit has been neglected will reveal a cup full of hatred, discord,
jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissention, faction, and envy. God
wants all of that to change. What happens in you is far more important than what
happens to you.

III.
THE THIRD THING TO
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT GOD IS WATCHING TO SEE WHAT
YOU WILL DO.

1.       My dear brothers and sisters, there is
more happening when an injustice is done to us than just the unpleasantness of
the moment. God is watching to see what we will do and He sees it all, from
beginning to end. As the Scripture clearly reveals, He is testing us. There are
so many verses on this subject that I hesitate to pick just one, however, there
is a passage that I have found quite helpful at such times. Maybe it can help
you.

§         (1 Pet. 2:19-20) says, “For it is
commendable if a man bears up under the pain of unjust suffering because he is
conscious of God.  But how is it to your
credit if you receive a beating for doing wrong and endure it? But if you suffer
for doing good and you endure it, this is commendable before
God.”

2.       God is watching to see how we handle
unjust suffering.  So what does God want
us to do when we suffer unjustly? These verses tell us that it finds favor with
God if we “bear up under the pain of
unjust suffering.”
When we suffer, lets make God proud by enduring the pain
and handling it properly.

IV.
THE FOURTH THING TO
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT YOU MUST NOT BOW TO
BITTERNESS.

1.       All of us need to set some standards for
ourselves. We need to draw the line in the sand and say, “Beyond this point I
will not go – not for comfort – not for security – not for revenge – not for
anything!

§         Paul wrote to the Ephesians “Get rid of
all bitterness, rage and anger, brawling and slander, along with every form of
malice” (Eph. 4:31).

a.       You see there is no part of “all” that
allows for an exception. God wants all the bitterness out of you and
me.

ILLUSTRATION:

A doctor told a man that he had
rabies. Upon hearing the diagnosis, he took out a piece of paper and started
writing on it. The doctor thought, “Oh, he must be making up his will,” so he
asked, “What are you doing, making up your will?” The man said, “No, I’m just
writing down every person I’m going to bite.”

2.       Sadly, that is how some folks handle
injustice. They are so bitter that they bite everyone else around
them.

3.       We must never bow to
bitterness.

V.
THE FIFTH THING TO
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT WHAT YOU DO IS MORE
IMPORTANT THAN HOW YOU FEEL.

1.       God has spelled out what our behavior is
to be in the kind of situation we’re discussing in many places in Scripture.
I’ll mention just a few:

§         Matthew 5:44 says, “But I say to you,
love your enemies, and pray for those who persecute you…”

§         Luke 6:27-28 says, “But I say to you who
hear, love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse
you, pray for those who mistreat you…”

§         Romans 12:20 says, “But if your enemy is
hungry, feed him, and if he is thirsty, give him a
drink..”

2.       It isn’t particularly difficult to
figure out what these verses say we must do. The difficult part is our feelings,
isn’t it? Why is it so hard…

  • To get on our knees and pray for that person whose
    carelessness or neglect caused us so much pain?
  • To go down to the store and buy a gift and send it to
    that person whom we know must hate us?
  • To say something that blesses them rather than
    cursing them under our breath?

3.       The answer is simple. Every feeling in
our bodies is screaming that it isn’t right!

4.       Ah! We’ve come to an important crossroad
in this matter. We’ve come to the place where we learn whether we’re serious
about our faith or not. The true Christian will strive to do what is right even
if his/her feelings aren’t in favor of it.

5.       Many of us have yet to learn this very
important part of our faith. Doing the right thing isn’t always the thing that
makes us feel good at the moment.

6.       Many of the things God has called us to
do require us to go against our feelings for the moment. “Love your enemies?” Who feels like doing
that?

7.       But, you see the Christian knows that actions lead, feelings follow. Want to
see an example?

§         John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the
world that He gave his only begotten Son….”

8.       God loved us so much that He gave His
Son. How do you suppose that made God feel? Was He jumping for joy when His Son
hung suffering on the cross? What do you think would have happened had God acted
on His feelings that day rather than His loving commitment to offer a way for
the world to be saved?

9.       The right thing isn’t always the thing
that feels good at the moment. Actions lead, feelings follow. Where did the good
feelings come in then, when Jesus died on the cross? They came later, after the
sacrifice had been made and people were coming to God because of what Jesus
did!

§         Hebrews 12:2 says exactly that: “fixing
our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before
Him endured the cross…”

10.  The joy followed the cross. It didn’t
come prior or during. Likewise, the good feelings that result from our doing
right usually come after the act, not before. If we wait around in the
beginning, hoping to get our feelings to go along with our actions, we’ll seldom
do what is right.

11.  How about it?

§         Are you returning good for
evil?

§         Are you turning the other cheek when it
is appropriate? Are you walking the second mile?

§         Are you praying for that person who has
hurt you so?

§         Are you, like God, allowing whatever
blessings you have in your life to fall on the just and the unjust, or are you
selective, based on the records you’ve kept of wrongs done against
you?

§         Are you blessing rather than cursing?
(The word “bless” in this case means literally, “to speak well
of.”)

12.  “But I don’t feel like it!” Welcome to
the world of discipleship. It’s that way for all of us.

VI.
THE SIXTH THING TO
REMEMBER WHEN YOU HAVE BEEN TREATED UNFAIRLY IS THAT YOU ARE STILL THE BIGGER
DEBTOR.

1.       In (Matthew 18), Jesus tells the story of a man who
owed a king ten million dollars. There was no way he could pay his debt and in
that day, there was no bankruptcy – only debtor’s prison or slavery. As he was
about to be thrown into prison, he begged the King to give him another chance
and more time to pay. The King listened to his pleading and felt mercy for him.
He didn’t just give him more time to pay. He completely forgave the debt. The
man walked away free.

2.       You probably know the rest of the story.
As soon as he got home he found someone who owed him a few hundred dollars. The
man didn’t have the money, so this man who had just been forgiven a debt of
millions of dollars had his own debtor thrown into prison. After all, it’s only
just. “It’s what the man had coming for what he did to me. He should learn to
pay his debts on time! It’s his fault. Fair is fair,
right?”

3.       Then the King got word of the whole
thing. He was angry and resummoned the man he had forgiven just a short time
before. To make the long story short, he called the unforgiving man “wicked” and
reinstated his millions of dollars of debt. The man went to prison until he
could pay it off – which, of course, was never. He went to prison for the rest
of his life.

§         Then Jesus said, “So shall My heavenly
Father also do to you, if each of you does not forgive his brother from your
heart.”

4.       My friends, no matter whom might wrong
us, we are still the bigger debtor. We always will be. God has forgiven a huge
debt that we could never pay on our own. Because of that, is it really that much
for God to ask us to overlook some of these hurts we experience here? I think
not.

5.       Are you one who feels you must even the
score here? Then expect God to even the score on you when you get to
judgement.

CONCLUSION:

1.       I doubt that the following story is
true, but it does illustrate the truth I’ve been talking
about.

ILLUSTRATION:

A certain tenant farmer had worked
hard for many years to improve the production of the land he leased. Then
something happened that caused him to become very bitter. When it was time to
renew his lease, the owner told him he was going to sell the farm to his son who
was getting married. The tenant made several generous offers to buy it himself,
hoping the man’s decision would be reversed, but his pleading got nowhere. As
the day drew near for the farmer to vacate his home, his weeks of angry brooding
finally got the best of him. He gathered seeds from some of the most pesky and
noxious weeds he could find. Then he spent many hours scattering them on the
clean, fertile soil of the farm, along with a lot of trash and rocks he had
collected. To his dismay, the very next morning the owner informed him that
plans for his son’s wedding had fallen through, and therefore he would be happy
to renew the lease. He couldn’t understand why the farmer exclaimed in agonizing
tones, “Oh, Lord, what a fool I’ve been!”

2.       Try as we might to even up the score
when we’re treated unfairly, the result for us will be the same as it was for
that tenant farmer. At the end, we’ll exclaim, “Oh, Lord, what a fool I’ve
been!”

Encouragement When We Are Faced With The Life Questions of WHY??‏

God has a way of bringing me back down to reality as soon as I get a little cocky; and today was one of those days. In my walk, and now in Seminary my eyes are constantly being re-focused. There are many days, even in the midst’s of my own struggles and trials, I can find that I am flying high with my Spiritual gifts of faith and encouragement, and don’t get shaken by too much. But today my heart was broken when I got an update from a friends daughter who is 2, has recently been diagnosed with leukemia and now is undergoing long-term treatment in the hospital. Things like this make you always ask “why” and “why them”. This is a good Christian family, ect… Then you start thinking stuff like, ‘what’s gonna happen to me, am I next?”, “why am I being blessed?” “why is my daughter fine?”… I bring this up b/c I know it all hits us at different times, and in different ways; The Big Questions of WHY???? In the midst’s of our circumstances. So I found somewhat of an answer on the website: Got Questions. I thought I’d share it with you and maybe it will help you or someone else that you can encourage when life throws you a curve ball and leaves you asking WHY? Be Encouraged, Robin  

Why does God allow bad things to happen to good people?” This is one of the most difficult questions in all of theology. God is eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, and omnipotent. Why should human beings (not eternal, infinite, omniscient, omnipresent, or omnipotent) expect to be able to fully understand God’s ways? The book of Job deals with this issue. God had allowed Satan to do everything he wanted to Job except kill him. What was Job’s reaction? “Though he slay me, yet will I hope in him” (Job 13:15). “The LORD gave and the LORD has taken away; may the name of the LORD be praised” (Job 1:21). Job did not understand why God had allowed the things He did, but he knew God was good and therefore continued to trust in Him. Ultimately, that should be our reaction as well. Why do bad things happen to good people? The biblical answer is there are no “good” people. The Bible makes it abundantly clear that all of us are tainted by and infected with sin (Ecclesiastes 7:20; Romans 6:23; 1 John 1:8). Romans 3:10-18 could not be clearer about the non-existence of “good” people: “There is no one righteous, not even one; there is no one who understands, no one who seeks God. All have turned away, they have together become worthless; there is no one who does good, not even one. Their throats are open graves; their tongues practice deceit. The poison of vipers is on their lips. Their mouths are full of cursing and bitterness. Their feet are swift to shed blood; ruin and misery mark their ways, and the way of peace they do not know. There is no fear of God before their eyes.” Every human being on this planet deserves to be thrown into hell at this very moment. Every second we spend alive is only by the grace and mercy of God. Even the most terrible misery we could experience on this planet is merciful compared to what we deserve, eternal hell in the lake of fire. A better question would be “Why does God allow good things to happen to bad people?” Romans 5:8 declares, “But God demonstrates his own love for us in this: While we were still sinners, Christ died for us.” Despite the evil, wicked, sinful nature of the people of this world, God still loves us. He loved us enough to die to take the penalty for our sins (Romans 6:23). If we receive Jesus Christ as Savior (John 3:16; Romans 10:9), we will be forgiven and promised an eternal home in heaven (Romans 8:1). What we deserve is hell. What we are given is eternal life in heaven if we come to Christ in faith. Yes, sometimes bad things happen to people who seem undeserving of them. But God allows things to happen for His reasons, whether or not we understand them. Above all, however, we must remember that God is good, just, loving, and merciful. Often things happen to us that we simply cannot understand. However, instead of doubting God’s goodness, our reaction should be to trust Him. ”Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight” (Proverbs 3:5-6).

Put on the ring of commitmeant

As I grow closer to Jesus in my walk, one thing that is ever pressing on my heart is my sold-out commitmeant to him.  I will be the first one to admit my mistakes;  I’ve fallen away, I’ve put God on the back burner of life, and there were days when I just didn’t care about it all, but I got to a point where I was sick and tired of being lukewarm in my walk.  I knew what it meant to be hot and I was trying to get that passion back, but man did God have to refine me allot and get my attention.  I say this because I want you to know that I don’t discount where you are as a Christian.  I know all too well that it is a challenge, but everything that is worth while is, isn’t it? I struggled for years doing devotionals and being in prayer, but that all changed when I began to see my relationship with God as a cherished relationship that is a 2-way street; it’s a give and take.  If I want to get close to God, I’m going to have to make the time and commitmeant to spend time with Him in The Word and prayer.  As I have struggled with this in the past, my desire seemed to grow.  My prayers became more and more of asking for God to draw me closer to Him and to give me the passion and fire inside to naturally want to be with Him.  Over time, (allot of time), this starting re-birthing itself in my heart and my life.  It is now so much a part of who I am, I strive to live each momeant to the will of God.  It’s hard, and I don’t always do what He wants me to, but I strive to with a new level of commitmeant that has become a bigger part of who I am.  G.  So today I am reminded myself too, as I get ready for my class, to look closer at the things that we commit ourselves and our time to, and the value that we place on those things as well.  One of my favorite quotes from “God Chasers” by Tommy Tenny is ” Don’t date God-put on the ring of commitmeant.  God is looking for a bride, not a girlfriend, one who will stick with Him”.  So today ask yourself:  “What is my level of commitmeant to God?  and how can I make it better?  How can I put on the ring of commitmeant and truly honor Him with my time and with my life?  How can I learn to pray for my relationship with Him to grow, that I would not be satisfied with the status quo, but truly desiring to fellowship with Him in the deepest and closest of ways?  What’s filling up my time that I need to replace with me filling up with more of God?”.   These are just some really basic questions to help all of us to be reminded of where our priorities need to be when it comes to our relationship with God.  He deserves the first fruits of every part of our life, and this includes our time with Him.  The Bible says in James 4:8 Draw near to God and He will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners; and purify your hearts, you double-minded.  Jesus, thank you for loving us so much that you gave your life for us!  Let us always remember the sacrifice that you gave so that we could be not only saved, but be in relationship with You, the Father, and your Holy Spirit.  Let us take seriously our relationship with you; desiring to spend time with you and desireing to grow closer to you so that we may become more like you, and that your light of love would shine through us to this broken world.  Jesus draw us close to you, even when we forget to draw near to you.  We love you and we want to be used by you for your glory and for your honor.  Amen. 

God In A Hamburger

Well, kudos to David Crowder again, for making me “see the light” so to speak. I remember reading how He wrote in “Praise Habit” about finding God in a Chic-Fillet sandwich. Well, I think I may of just found Him in a McDonald’s cheeseburger. It’s pretty ironic to say the least; God always is. My church was having a “burger bash” today; selling hamburgers for the youth after the services. As much as I wanted to stay and participate in this annual event, I knew Olivia was due for a nap, and we’d have a long, stressful wait ahead of us, just for a hamburger. I wanted to introduce my daughter to my pastor, but the timing was off. I left church a bit sad, even though I had gone to a singles class at the church this morning and attended the 11:00 service. As I drove home, I noticed my toddler falling asleep in the back seat, and decided to pull off one exit early to hit the McDonald’s drive through. As I ordered my food and went to find a place to park, I was sitting smack dab in front of the hotel that let me go over 6 months ago. All sort of emotions start running through my head; anger, sadness, bitterness, hurt, and above all, loneliness. I sat there eating a cheeseburger, crying in the parking lot to God, who I have given everything to. The one who I dumped my whole life into, and all I could feel was a lousy sense of sadness and not belonging; and yet, I knew God was there in the midsts of it all, drying my tears. I took out a pen and I wrote on the back of my daughters Sunday School paper; and knew I had to share my heart with you. Even as close as we grow and as much as we praise, God will always remind us that no other person in this world can ever do for us, what God does. So here is my heart, as God poured out His love on me and reminded me that He is Always with me.
“Feeling bad, sad. Wanting to reach, teach; but instead eating a burger in a parking lot off the highway, when my church is packed with people I don’t know. Can’t reach the Pastor, for he is ministering to another soul. Why do I have to always feel like the only strong one lately? All my efforts seem useless, but I know God has a plan through it all; for He is the Pilot of my life. As tears run down from my eyes, God reminds me that I haven’t come this far for nothing. So, I will hold fast to the Truths in His Love Letter to me. “Be Still and Know that I am God” “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you, plans to give you hope and a future”. As I drove back home I felt the warm embrace of my savior and remembered the words that I had just wrote. I couldn’t help but to praise Him, for He is good in all things!

Right Where I left Him, It’s Gonna Be A Good Day

Well, after crashing early this morning to my pillow, my daughter lovingly woke me up sometime during the 7 am hour. I threw on the TV on and got her a drink and tried to bury myself back under the covers, but there was no letting up with her, so I had no choice but to wake my lazy butt up, and good thing I did. I’ve been preaching to myself to get out of my little rut that I have dug myself into and start being more true to myself, my daughter and to God. We all know that talk is cheap and taking action is so much harder than one could ever imagine at time, especially when our earthly crummy bodies fight us all the way. As I made my morning coffee and a waffle for Olivia, I heard God pressing close to me; “Robin, your up now, let’s spend some time together this morning, remember your promise”. Well, yes Lord, I do, I’ve made those broken promises to you for years haven’t I? But today is gonna be different, I vow. So, I grabbed my coffee, found the cartoons for Olivia, and dusted off my bible that has been sitting in my bedside drawer. As I looked at one of my neglected devotionals, I quickly turned to the book of Corinthians. Funny, God’s sense of humor; when I opened up to chapter 4 as instructed, I found my half torn notecard/bookmark from my last attempt. It’s like God was saying to me “Robin, I’m here, I’ve always been here, right where you left me”. It’s sad to think of how many times I’ve left God on the sidelines, to go about whatever I though was more important. It reminds me of when I use to date, and the many times I’d get stood up from a guy for something more important to him. How many times do we do that to God? Wow, that really must make him, our creator feel sad. It reminds me of how many times I choose not to spend quality time even with my own daughter, to fulfill some other unimportant task. Well,I I didn’t get through everything that I wanted to as I read, but I began to feel renewed, awake and alive. Yes, this is why God wants me to start my day with Him. The energy that He gives off is better than any cup of coffee that I could ever try to gulp down. Thank You Jesus for loving me and never giving up when I’ve broken so many promises to you, and please help me to keep my daily promise to you and start my days with you and your Holy Word that is here to guide my life and my days. So next time you feel discouraged and wonder how God can deal with all your broken promises and whatever else you fail to give Him, don’t beat yourself up about it. It’s Ok, the most important thing to remember is that God already knows how we are; he built us, remember. Just take baby steps, keep talking to him throughout the day, and remember God Loves You and will always be waiting for us, no matter how many times we break our promises. Thank God! He’s so wonderful!! He’ll be waiting for us, right where we left him.