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Sadness

Today, children of elementary school age experienced a tragedy. Some lived, some died. I’m not going to say much because there isn’t much to say beyond, pray.

Pray for the children whose school no longer feels safe to them.

Pray for the children who have lost fellow students.

Pray for the teachers who have lost colleagues.

Pray for teachers who lost a principal, leader, encouraged, and who was a positive light for the school.

Pray for a community which has been devastated by death, horror, confusion, anger, and sadness.

Pray for a country who needs to support each other.

Pray for our President who has the power to make decisions which can change the future of this nation. May he not use the sorrow, pain, and furry of this outrage to pass laws.

Pray for peace.

Most of all, pray for the families who have lost children, and may all of those souls be gather around their eternal Father. The One who has given us life and The One who can take it away.

Finally, pray for the family of Adam Lanza. While I know that he is not a popular person and one that I absolutely despise. One who I do not respect, do not care for, and do not understand. Pray for his family, as I’m sure that they are just as confused, stunned, and heartbroken as the rest of the families who have lost a loved one.

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“He Said”

by Group 1 Crew, featuring Chris August

So your life feels like it don’t make sense
And you think to yourself, ‘I’m a good person’
So why do these things keep happening?
Why you gotta deal with them?

You may be knocked down now
but don’t forget what He said, He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
and No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

Who you are ain’t what your going through
So don’t let it get the best of you
Cause God knows everything you need,
so you ain’t gotta worry

You may be knocked down now
but just believe what He said, He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
and No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

Don’t fear when you go through the fire
Hang on when it’s down to the wire
Stand tall and remember what He said

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break…

I won’t give you more, more then you can take
and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break
and No-o-o-o-o, I’ll never ever let you go-o-o-o-o
Don’t you forget what He said

One of my favorite Christian songs, please go, listen to it. It is a beautiful song and it reminds me that I’m not alone. Though I may be sitting in my apartment alone or if my true thoughts are floating inside of my head or I feel like I’m fighting odds that are most certainly against me, it reminds me that God is by my side.

My favorite line of this song is, “…I won’t give you more, no more than you can take, and I might let you bend, but I won’t let you break.”

God will not give anything to you without being there to carry the burden right alongside you. You are not alone. I am not alone. God has a plan. He has a path carved out for each one of us, even if the path cuts through the thickest of forests or beside the treacherous of  cliffs. He will carry us along the path of our lives and will never leave our side, it is us who wanders from the side of God.

When we feel like we are going to fall off of the cliff, it is because we have wandered from the side of God. He is trying to save us and He will, if only we let him.

Never forget that.

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Whispering

Do you ever feel like time is just passing you by? Like your life is on the big screen at a movie theater and you are sitting in the audience watching your daily interactions. Do you ever think, “Wow, that was a good move!,” or maybe, “Eww, that was not cool. Better try harder next time.” Sometimes I stop and take a look back at my life and say, “Man, I got really pissed over nothing. I wish that I hadn’t said that.”

Some days, I feel like I have more control than others.

Control over my emotions. Control over my tongue. Control over my destiny.

Or do I?

After much encouragement by my father, I have begun to try to do a daily devotional. Well, ultimately it is supposed to be a daily devotional, but at this point, it is really more of an every two to three day devotional. I have gotten so out of the practice of sitting down and spending time with God.

I’m trying to get better Dad, really.

Maybe once I get better at doing a regular devotional (preferably daily), I will have more clarity on what comes “next.”

Anyway, back to the topic at hand.

I was reading a daily devotional today. I usually just go online and search “daily devotional” and whatever pops up and looks interesting, I click on it, read it, think about it, compare the scripture to my Bible, and then write something. Anything, really.

Ironically, today’s devotional hit the nail on the proverbial head. The passage comes from James 1:19-21 and it reads, “19 My dear brothers and sisters, take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speak and slow to become angry, 20 because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires. 21 Therefore, get rid of all moral filth and the evil that is so prevalent and humbly accept the word planted in you, which can save you.”

Yep. So, this takes me back to my previous statement of wanting to be able to rewind the day, tap myself on the shoulder and say, “uh, uh, uh…Do you really want to say that?” and if I still choose not to listen, a punch might suffice.

I need daily reminding of biting my tongue and being a listener first. I think this an excellent reminder for me because it I can quiet all of the noise, chatter, and distractions going on in my brain and shut up to listen sometimes, I might be able to hear God’s whispers. You know, sometimes He whispers, and sometimes He roars. This passage was a ROAR to me. I needed to shut up and listen to the whispers He is breathing into my ears and the hopes, dreams, and sacrifices he is laying on my heart.

When was the last time you let go of the control and listened to the whispers from God?

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After living in Charlotte for several months. I have finally gathered the courage to begin my search for a church to attend while I live here. Finding a church is always such a difficult process for me because I have grown up in the same church, and though there is so much drama and annoying things about the church I grew up in, it is my own. I grew up there. I know everyone, and everyone knows me. It is a home for me.

I mean really, tell me how you can top the beauty of my home church. This picture was actually taken after the Christmas Eve service. Its amazing to see how peaceful a church is after everyone has gone home.

However, I don’t live in Shelby anymore. This changes things because driving home every Sunday simply isn’t an option.

So, the search ensues.

Today, I visited a Dilworth  Church. It is United Methodist Congregation which is the denomination in which I grew up. The sanctuary is GORGEOUS. There is lots of stained glass and details along the ceiling and windows that I find incredibly beautiful. The people were friendly and I was personally welcomed by several of the church members.

You know, the members can make for break the church and the experience.

I plan on going back and soon.

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