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Christianity, faith

I am a…Christian?

“So now I am giving you a new commandment: Love each other. Just as I have loved you, you should love each other. Your love for one another will prove to the world that you are my disciples.” John 13:34-36

Hi, friends. I’m sorry I haven’t posted since the beginning of the week. Besides being busy at work I’m also not feeling the greatest. So my mind has been moving EXTRA slow. 🙂

Although I’ve been quiet the last few days, I have been trying to pay more attention to God’s work in my life. Listening to His Word through Pastors, praise music and books. Continue reading “I am a…Christian?”

Christianity, faith, Forgiveness & Healing

Joy Comes In The Morning

“I see that the Lord is always with me. I will not be shaken, for He is right beside me.” Psalm 16:8

The last several days have been very busy, exhausting if I’m going to be completely honest. Between work, Bible study, issues with my car…then Saturday, after working the food pantry at my old church, I went down to my mom’s house with my kids to help my niece paint. Continue reading “Joy Comes In The Morning”

Christianity, faith, Healing

A Struggling Wife & Mom

“So when God desired to show more convincingly to the heirs of the promise the unchangeable character of his purpose, he guaranteed it with an oath, so that by two unchangeable things, in which it is impossible for God to lie, we who have fled for refuge might have strong encouragement to hold fast to the hope set before us. We have this as a sure and steadfast anchor of the soul, a hope that enters into the inner place behind the curtain, where Jesus has gone as a forerunner on our behalf…” Hebrew 6:17-20a

Do you ever feel like a failure in different parts of your life?  I have and I do.

I’ve been really struggling for the last several months in a few of my personal relationships. I feel like I’ve gone from a (halfway) decent wife and mom to a complete failure. My house is a constant mess, I really like to order out more than I cook (I hate cooking) and I have to have an internal agrument with myself to get the housework done…and more often than not that tends to fall through.

What happened to me?

When my husband and I first moved into our house nine years ago I kept the house in great condition. I cleaned from floor to ceiling, I cooked regularly and I made an effort to spend time with everyone. Now? None of the above. 😦

I’d like to say that I don’t know what happened but to be honest I do…I’ve become a bit self-centered. I make excuses that I have an hour’s commute each way every day, that I have Bible study during the week and so on. And when I am home I’m on some type of device a good portion of the time…to state it clearly-I’ve been living in my own little world.

God has thankfully come along and has given me a good shake and woke me up to my behavior. Which I’m grateful for-even though it hurt my heart to realize what I’ve been doing… You see, I haven’t even told you the worst of it yet. 😦 I’ve been judging other people for doing the same thing this whole while! ‘She’s all about herself’, I’d state. ‘What about her husband and kids’, would run through my mind. And at the end of the day I’m worse than any of them.

I’m worse because I am a follower of Jesus and I’ve behaved more like a Pharisee. Instead of showing love and offering help, I’ve stood by and criticized. And I’m so sad and sorry for that. I would think that I’d know better.

Why? Because when my kids were little my house was a complete and utter disaster…and I was OK with that. I was a single mom and was more concerned with having quality time with my kids than worrying about cleaning the house. That’s one reason I’m struggling with my recent actions… actions that show that I’ve been far more concerned with doing whatever I want to do and not worry about anyone else and what they may need.

When we find ourselves in a place like this it can be easy to allow those same negative thoughts-like I had about others-to swamp our minds and make us feel ashamed and unworthy. Ashamed of our behavior and unworthy of forgiveness and love. We may not always find that love and forgiveness in the ones we love, we’re human and that can be a struggle at times to give, but we have a Heavenly Father that is forgiving and always loves us. With and through His love for us we find Hope.

While I was re-listening to a book this morning-Lee Strobel’s ‘A Case For Hope’-he used the scripture above, in Hebrews chapter 6. One of the statements he made really stood out to me. He stated that the use of an Anchor as pertaining to Hope is a good comparison. That ‘Hope is only good as what we anchor to it’. And I anchor mine to our God.

That concept right there gives me peace along with all that Hope. Because that Hope reminds me that it is never too late to have a do-over in my life. It is not too late for me to become a good wife and mother, a good worker and co-worker, or a good friend (another aspect I need to work on). It reminds me that as selfish and sinful I may be at times, God isn’t going to change His mind about me. Once I gave my life to Him through His Son (and MY Lord and Savior) Jesus the Christ…I am His forever and always.

So I am going to ask you to share that love that God is giving you to those you love and to those around you. Offer help to the mom and wife that may seem like she’s being selfish when she very well may struggling too. Often, our actions will speak louder than our words.

Have a blessed day my friends.

In Jesus’ precious name.

Tara

“For you, O Lord, are my hope, my trust, O Lord, from my youth.” Psalm 71:5

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Christianity, faith

Living Water

‘Jesus said to her, “Everyone who drinks of this water will be thirsty again, but whoever drinks of the water that I will give hi will never be thirsty again. The water that I will give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.” The woman said to Him, “Sir, give me this water, so that I will not be thirsty or have to come here to draw water.” John 4: 13-14

This scripture is a good reminder for me how completely dense I can be at times. God offering me one thing while I think He’s offering me another. Continue reading “Living Water”

Christianity, faith, Forgiveness & Healing, Healing

True Healing

“Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28

My family and I watched ‘The Shack’ again last night. I never read the book but had seen the movie when it was in the theatres. What a heartbreaking yet beautiful story. It came to mind as I was praying on my drive to work this morning. Continue reading “True Healing”

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Giving Thanks

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.” John 15:13

I am so thankful this Memorial Day for the freedoms that I have. You see, I tend to allow life to distract me from recognizing all the sacrifices that have been made for me to be allowed to have all the freedoms I possess being a United States Citizen. I think that especially in this day and age, where we tend to expect everything in the blink of an eye, we don’t realize what those freedoms have cost. Just as our blessings as a Christian, it’s come by the shedding of blood. Continue reading “Giving Thanks”

Christianity, faith

Memorial Day 2017

“The name of the Lord is a strong tower; the righteous run to it and are safe.” Proverbs 18:10

Hi friends,

I’m going to keep it brief today and ask you to keep in mind what this weekend is all about. Not barbecues or parties but remembering the sacrifice of those who lost their lives (and continue to do so) for our country (USA). It is all too easy to take for granted the freedoms that we do still enjoy here. Continue reading “Memorial Day 2017”