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Sometimes…

Sometimes you feel the entire world upon your shoulders.

Sometimes you just need someone to listen.

Sometimes you feel like nobody understands you.

Sometimes you do not understand yourself.

Sometimes you need to go into an empty field and cry.

Sometimes you need to go into that same empty field and scream.

Sometimes you feel the need to just cuddle up under your favorite blanket, sit in your favorite spot, and read your favorite book.

Sometimes you just need a hug.

Sometimes you end up on empty as everyone else continues to need from and of you.

Sometimes you just need a hot cup of coffee with your best friend.

Sometimes you just need to hold your best friend’s hand, or sometimes you just need her to hold yours.

 

 

              

Sometimes…

 

 
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Posted by on August 29, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Broken Path

When I am traveling, or doing my walking, I always love when the surfaces are smooth.  They are more comfortable when smooth.  Driving on an uneven or bumpy street is just uncomfortable on your body and your car.  Walking on rocky terrain or uneven ground takes more concentration and deliberate steps to ensure you will not fall or trip.  Would life not be easier if all of our paths were in one piece, smooth, and even?  It would be, but then what kind of attention would we pay to the path laid down before us?  In our fantasy worlds, everything would be perfect.  There would be no war, no poverty, no prejudices, no illnesses, no problems with money, and no heartache.  There would be no troubles.  Jesus Christ had different plans for that, however.  He even told us so, in His Father’s word:

“I have told you these things, so that in me you may have peace.   In this world you will have trouble.   But take heart! I have overcome   the world.”  John 16:33

That, indeed, tells us that we will have bumpy times and hard roads to travel.  It also tells us that we will not be left alone during those times.  Obstacles are put in place, so that we may place our focus on God.  We always want to talk about how good God is when things in our lives are going our way.  We tend to question God when things are not going our way.  Unfair, to say the least.  As hard as it is, I try to focus on how good God is even when my life is stormy and messed up.

“And I’ll praise You in this storm
And I will lift my hands
For You are who You are
No matter where I am
And every tear I’ve cried
You hold in Your hand
You never left my side
And though my heart is torn
I will praise You in this storm”

— Casting Crowns

It is hard to stay faithful when things seem the hardest.  It is hard to feel the presence of God when we feel so alone.  He is always here for us.  ALWAYS!

Yesterday, as I took my youngest kid to the university she will be going to in the fall to get some things done, we came upon this path that was not smooth nor even.  It still got us to where we needed to be, but I was uncomfortable going across it.  Our discomfort in walking where God has placed us does not mean we will not reach our destination.  It just means we have reached a point where we need to seek God on a deeper level.  Do not be afraid by broken paths.  Be satisfied in knowing that you do not have to travel them alone and helpless.

Cast your cares on the Lord, and he will sustain you; he will never let the righteous fall.

Psalm 55:22

A broken path will still lead you to where you need to be.

 
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Posted by on August 15, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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Beyond The Tip Of Your Finger

Have you ever noticed how many times you have pointed at someone?  What were those reasons?  It seems that when one points to someone, that someone is being talked about harshly.  Finger pointing is often associated with placing blame on someone else or putting someone else down.  Think about when you were a child and playing with a friend.  Now, think about when you did something wrong, and you did not want to get into trouble.  What was your first instinct?  Well, most children point the finger to blame the other person to stay out of trouble.  I did it.  I did it more times than I can even begin to count.  As adults, we tend to do the same thing but with a hatred, a bias, a judging nature.  I know how I feel when I see some people pointing their fingers at me.  I do not like that feeling.  I bet you do not like that feeling, also.  We, as human beings, seem to always pay more attention to what is beyond the tip of our pointing finger than what is behind that pointing finger.  What would the world look like if we stood in front of the mirror and pointed at ourselves as much as we choose to point at others?  I am absolutely sure attitudes would be different.  Most people are afraid to look at themselves and judge harshly.  It is not the easiest of things.  I know, for fact, that when I have done this, it has been the most eye opening experience…a heart opening experience.  Is this to say that I do not still point my finger at others?  No.  I say that “No” regrettably.  However, I look at myself and my lifestyle, my choices, my beliefs, and my behaviors.  I judge them, and they are not always pure or free from wrongdoing.  I wonder what it would look like if we, as humans, took those pointing fingers and and did something differently.  What if we chose to turn our hands with palms up and all fingers opened?  I think it would look something like this:

This gesture is not one of judgment.  This gesture is  one of “Grab on, and I will help you and love you”.  It is a gesture of being loved by the One who created us regardless of our sins, our behaviors, our impure actions and thoughts.  He does not teach us to hate others due to differences.  He teaches us to love one another as we are all sinners, and He loves us despite our sins.

 “A new command   I give you: Love one another.   As I have loved you, so you must love one another.   By this everyone will know that you are my disciples, if you love one another.”  John 13:34-35

Loving another person does not include judging them for how they behave, love, and live.  Loving them means accepting them and loving them anyway.  No sin is greater than any others.  Judging others for their sins makes us look foolish and ugly.

How would you like to be defined?  The next time you want to belittle or judge what is beyond the tip of your finger, stand in front of the mirror to do so.  I dare you.

 
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Posted by on August 3, 2012 in Uncategorized

 

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