How To Shatter Proof Your Dreams

One hot, summer day the sun beat down on my 1978 Buick Sky-hawk. This car had a “hatch” with a big curved back window. I worked 3rd shift at the time and my car sat out with its windows rolled up in the afternoon heat. I was shocked to go out and find my back window literally shattered in hundreds of small pieces yet still in one piece.

shatteredHave you ever had a dream that was shattered by others or by circumstances? A marriage or a relationship? A horrible prognosis of an incurable progressive disease or other even worse diseases in which the cure/treatment seems as bad as the disease itself? Some couples have their lose hope in having a child after years of trying-dashing their dreams of a family to bits. Yet, for some people their life is like one who wins the lottery, a real dream come true and it seems everything they touch turns to gold. It seems unfair. Yet, life often seems unfair and for many it seems like the back window shattered in a hundreds of small pieces yet miraculously still holds together. Too often, for many there is nothing to hold the pieces of shattered dream together.

I am not sure what held the shattered pieces of the back window of my car together. I had it replaced. But I learned early on when dreams and plans are shattered there is nothing in the world that can hold life together but faith in God.  Life can be ruthless and brutal. We need the One Who Holds the World and Universe together to hold us together as well. At least, I know I do.

Hebrews 11:1 Now faith is the assurance (title deed, confirmation) of things hoped for (divinely guaranteed), and the evidence of things not seen [the conviction of their reality—faith comprehends as fact what cannot be experienced by the physical senses].

So how do we shatter proof the dreams of our life? We need to know and have faith in the Author and Finisher of Life. He gives us a Hope and a Future that goes far beyond life as we know it now. In fact, it is much more than a dream, it is the reality of knowing One Day we who accept Christ as LORD and Savior will be with our Creator where there is no more pain, no more tears or broken dreams. What is Heaven? It is a Kingdom where Jesus will reign as King of kings and Lord of lords (A JUST and All Powerful King). It is the Kingdom GOD planned from the beginning of time for His Creation but sin entered in this world.

The good news is Jesus came as our Redeemer to be the Way back to our Father and Creator. If we accept the free gift. Not only does God give us a hope and a future; it is much more than a dream that may or may not come true. Heaven is Bigger than our Biggest and Best dream come true. It will endure forever. Jesus came to give us Everlasting Life and a life that goes way beyond any dream. The Kingdom of Heaven it is beyond words. We can only be a part of the Kingdom of Heaven by accepting the free gift of Salvation through Jesus Christ.

“In the time of those kings, the God of heaven will set up a kingdom that will never be destroyed, nor will it be left to another people. It will crush all those kingdoms and bring them to an end, but it will itself endure forever.

 

How To: Reject Rejection

Do you remember singing “sticks and stones may break my bones, but names will never hurt me?” That is half truth. Stick and stones may break our bones but names can and they do hurt us. No matter how we cut it, rejection hurts and even when we get over it seemingly, a flash back of a bad memories will flood our hearts with the intense pain of rejection and hurt.abuse

I was “married” once long ago for a short time. I won’t go into many details as they are not important. The only reason I am sharing this is to help those who think you can not overcome the rejection of one who is suppose to love you. The physical abuse/beating  actually hurt the core of my being more the bruises and injuries that healed eventually. The names I was called still echo in my heart at times and can bring the deep hurt back to my soul.  I forgave him before I left him the final time. Learning how to allow God’s love to wash away the hurt of rejection was a process.

I heard the words “you are no good,” “no one will ever love you,” and “you are just a worthless cripple,” then  moments after getting punished for being no good I’d hear “I love you.”  This made me feel like I was living in a night mare or the feature star of the “Twilight Zone.” The GOOD NEWS is my soul had an anchor in Christ and it held through those years and the few years it took to learn to reject – rejection through knowing the truth. This truth will set YOU free as well. The Truth is His Word. God loves YOU!  I am so thankful He loves us with His amazing love.

You will find in the pages of the living Word of God that God sent His Son to die for our sins. We all have sinned. No one is without sin, especially me- I know me and God knows me better. In the “marriage” I just sin differently than the X did. I wished he’d run off with someone and leave me alone. I started dreaming that someone would love me. During this whole time Jesus never left me or forsook me. He Who is the example of LOVE Himself, was loving me through this whole time. I was just too messed up to focus on the Greatest Love of my life. But I experience His protection.  The day came when I knew I needed to use common sense and leave. Praying for protection is wise but when things continued to get worse, it was time to run for my life literally. I needed to refocus my life to Living to love instead of living in fear.

So I left him. He stalked, balked, cried and pleaded. I finally got wise and all his antics went unheeded. Now, the hard part was to get pass the past.  I started walking and listening to music. I walked for miles.  The one song I listened to over again and again was Don Henley’s “GET OVER IT.” (Beware! it is not a Christian hymn but still the LORD used it in a powerful way in my life.)

I knew I had to “get over it” and asked the LORD to help me, show me how…and He did. This was key and is key to rejecting rejection in my life.

Step One: Remember Who was beaten beyond being recognized, betrayed by the world He came to save, and rejected by His Father.  God had to turn His away from His Son when our sins were laid upon Jesus as He died on the Cross. The death, burial and resurrection is the key to freedom for all mankind. All we have to do is  accept the free gift of salvation and we become a new creation in Christ. Being a Christian doesn’t mean victory over the challenges of life are dropped into your lap and you never struggle with the hurt and rejection. It does mean we have the power in Christ to reject rejection because Christ made the way. Sin was defeated. To experience this life one must pursue knowing Him through His Word and prayer. As long as we are in the world we will have trouble but Jesus came so we can overcome. It is a fight of faith and takes diligence on our part. In other words, living a truly victorious life isn’t like going through a drive thru for a quick fix lunch. It is a life style make possible by the One Who loves us most- our Father Who is in Heaven through the Power of the Blood of Jesus Christ imputing to us His righteousness. It is a free gift.

Step 2. Focus ahead and don’t look back.We all have things in our lives we rather not remember. God remembers our sin no more so why should we dwell on it? I should have not of married the man I did. It took me longer to forgive myself than to forgive him for what he did to me. Forgiving him was easy. Forgiving myself took time. It did not need too.  God forgave me the first time I repented. That was the day of the wedding. But I had to live in the consequence of my choice. Sometimes we pay dearly for bad choices in this life BUT by His grace I not only got through it; I got over it! So can you!

Isaiah 43:18-19 English Standard Version (ESV)

18 “Remember not the former things,
    nor consider the things of old.
19 Behold, I am doing a new thing;
    now it springs forth, do you not perceive it?
I will make a way in the wilderness
    and rivers in the desert.

Philippians 3:14 English Standard Version (ESV)

14 I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

The root cause of rejection is selfishness. No matter who has rejected you or hurt you there is the hope of breaking the chains of rejection off your life. The pain of rejection is like a prison we put ourselves in if we don’t learn to reject rejection. Those who hurt us don’t care that we are hurting. As long as we are in this world rejection from others, even those who love us may happen. But God sees every hurt and He cares. He has given us the key  and His power to reject rejection. As a believer we always have the power to reject rejection and dwell on the Love of God who gives true value and self worth.

If you don’t know Christ yet, will you accept the ONE Who will accept you just as you are? He loves you unconditionally and will bind up your broken heart. Words of rejection that come back to haunt me at times have lost their power. I remind myself of the One Who accepts and values me. I know I am loved by the Best. So are you.

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His Prevailing Love for YOU

True confession: When I was a kid and people told me “God loves you,” it didn’t make me feel special because I knew God loved everybody. I would almost get angry at these well meaning people telling me that God loved me. People said it so much just like “I’m praying for you” that something got lost in the meaning – for ME.  Don’t get me wrong, I was glad He loved me and I knew some people actually did pray for me.

God loves everybody. He really does. The truth is even though there are billions of people, He loves each of us as individuals,  personal and as intimate as we desire our relationship with Him to be. The choice is ours to draw near to Him. When we seek Him He draws near to us. He is waiting for us to make that step towards Him.

Being a child of God is a pure love and greater privilege than any relationship on earth. I used to always proclaim my love for Him but truly it is all about Him loving me. After all He is Almighty God and I am just one of the billions of people He created. He knows me and still loves me! He gave His Son Jesus to die so me and you can choose everlasting life that holds promise to a life beyond our imaginations filled with peace, love and joy unspeakable.

I am not belittling our relationships on earth at all as they too can be beautiful and fulfilling but none like our relationship with the LORD. The more I study the life of Jesus and His relationships recorded in the Bible combined with my own personal experience with the LORD, the more His love for me amazes me.

One of my favorite stories is when Mary Magdalene was at the empty tomb of Jesus on the morning of His Resurrection. According to John, Mary Magdalene was at the tomb while it was still dark and saw the stone rolled away. The disciples came but went back home. The following is what happens next:

John 20:11 But Mary was standing outside the tomb weeping; and so, as she wept, she stooped and looked into the tomb; 12 and she *saw two angels in white sitting, one at the head and one at the feet, where the body of Jesus had been lying. 13 And they *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping?” She *said to them, “Because they have taken away my Lord, and I do not know where they have laid Him.” 14 When she had said this, she turned around and *saw Jesus standing there, and did not know that it was Jesus. 15 Jesus *said to her, “Woman, why are you weeping? Whom are you seeking?” Supposing Him to be the gardener, she *said to Him, “Sir, if you have carried Him away, tell me where you have laid Him, and I will take Him away.” 16 Jesus *said to her, “Mary!” She turned and *said to Him in [a]Hebrew, “Rabboni!” (which means, Teacher).17 Jesus *said to her, “Stop clinging to Me, for I have not yet ascended to the Father; but go to My brethren and say to them, ‘I ascend to My Father and your Father, and My God and your God.’” 18 Mary Magdalene *came, announcing to the disciples, “I have seen the Lord,” and that He had said these things to her.

Yes, He loves everyone but not everyone IS the same.  It is beautiful when Jesus spoke Mary’s name she recognized Him. Mary Magdalene followed Jesus even to the cross.  Of all the things Jesus could of said He chose to say her name in the loving way she would recognize. He didn’t say I just came from defeating death, hell and the grave or where is everyone else? He said, “Mary!” Can you imagine the Joy and the love that was in the garden during those moments when Mary Magdalene recognizes her Lord Jesus!! I can only imagine.

Millions of women and men are searching for love in all the wrong places. Would it be good to be married to one who seeks after God.  Absolutely, I think it would -but no relationship on earth will ever fulfill the longing we have, the void in our hearts for a relationship with our Creator God through Jesus Christ.  Jesus’s life purpose was driven by God’s unconditional  passionate love and plan to make a way for us to have a relationship with Him…forever. If you do not know Jesus as your personal LORD and Savior now is the time. Please email me or visit http://www.searchforjesus.net

May we grasp the Truth that we are or can belong to The LORD GOD ALMIGHTY whose loves us without ceasing…

Romans 8:37-39 (NASB)

37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers,39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.

Almighty God loves YOU with a Prevailing LOVE. He proved it over 2000 years ago.

 

 

 

How Do You Walk?

Most people never think about it. Walking is a function that doesn’t take focus or purpose for most people.  It is something I used to take for grant it.  Then Multiple Sclerosis introduced me to the truth.  Walking,  as is every function of the human body is an awesome miracle.

Tartarughe al soleThese days, I walk carefully and focused. Besides compromised vision, my right foot sometimes drops just enough to trip me and my legs just don’t move well. I walk deliberately, cautiously and as slow as a “herd of turtles” (that is my fastest mode:).  But thanks be to God and His grace, I  still walk.

You may think this doesn’t apply to able-bodied persons but it does. For me it  became an AHA moment in my spiritual walk. In a world that is growing darker we must consider our steps and walk as Paul says:

Eph. 5;15 Look carefully then how you walk, not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the best use of the time, because the days are evil.

There are way to many distractions in the world that can draw us away from God’s purpose. We are busy. We are tired. We many things that can and will trip us up. Before we realize it we fall for the deceitfulness of evil dressed up as doing good deeds, believing everything we hear and not thinking for ourselves; rather than staying in the Word of God. How do I know this? Because it is easy to do. I’ve done it.

Just as I HAVE to watch how I physically walk, I must focused on my spiritual walk. Am I pursuing after what I want to do to please others and myself or what I know I should be doing. Do I believe everyone who calls themselves a preacher or do I check what they say out with the Word of God.

Proverbs 14:15 The simple believes everything,
    but the prudent gives thought to his steps

We must not become lazy and believe everything we hear or see. God’s Word is the final authority. We must think and watch where we are walking.  When we pursue Christ with all of our heart, soul and mind He will keep us from stumbling.

Proverbs  4:26 Ponder the path of your feet;
    then all your ways will be sure.
27 Do not swerve to the right or to the left;
    turn your foot away from evil.

Our Prevailing Hope is in Christ Jesus!

Jude 24 Now to him who is able to keep you from stumbling and to present you blameless before the presence of his glory with great joy, 25 to the only God, our Savior, through Jesus Christ our Lord, be glory, majesty, dominion, and authority, before all time and now and forever. Amen.

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This Is The Real Deal!

Sometimes I think I know what is best for my life. I think if I were totally healed I could serve the LORD better and help more people. I think if I were successful in a business and made a lot of money I could help a LOT more people than sitting here writing a blog about my challenges.

Closeup of hands shuffling cards casino

In other words I don’t like the cards I got dealt. I want a new deal and start with a new deck please! Make sure they are shuffled well too!

But this is the deal.  No new cards, no new hand.  I  finally made the choice to play it to the best of my ability by His grace. My prevailing hope is to be successful in God’s eyes and impact this world for His Glory.

The Word of GOD is full of real men and women who face great challenges with the “cards they were dealt” and their lives gave Glory to God forever. I think of Joseph especially; sold into slavery by his brothers, imprison unjustly yet in the end was a great success in God’s eyes and in the worlds!

What about you? How are you going to play your cards?  Or are you still hoping for a new deal? Will you play your cards with great faith that GOD has a plan for your life (He does)- as He did for Joseph  and everyone else. His plan will ultimately will bring you great success defined by Almighty God! True success is not measured by the world’s standards.

Romans 8:28 And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose.

 

Hope That Overcomes Every Regret

Our lives can be consumed with regrets IF we allow regret to flourish. I could write a book on my personal regrets. What might I regret one can ask? It is when I should’ve; could’ve done things differently. I could’ve been more loving without judging.  I should’ve been a friend to one who has none, to smile at those I meet rather than being focused on my agenda any given day or time. I regret my failures in life, which are many, and could easily continue this regret carrying the baggage into some if not all other parts of my life.

Do you have regrets?  How about the times in life when you should’ve, would’ve, could have done things differently and now regret that you didn’t? If you are living in regret, I challenge you to give it up to the LORD. It is not His will to live with regrets as all it does is hold us back from His best.

Challenge - business sign in letters and panorama for coaching, mentoring and success

Paul says in Phil. 3:13-15Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, I press on toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Let those of us who are mature think this way.”

A regret can and will tear our hearts up if we let it. There is nothing we can do about the things we regret except to give them up. Beating ourselves up does no good except, and in a real way, showing others that God’s grace isn’t enough to wipe out our regrets. God’s grace is the only thing that can and does make the gnawing feeling of regret stop. God gave us The Gift of Prevailing Hope through Jesus Christ. He forgives us of every sin, every regret, and time we ask Him. Then we can live effectively with joy. His forgiveness as we forgive ourselves will make it a new moment; a new today; a new second chance.

To live in regret boils down to a choice we make. I’ve done many things that I regret. Sometimes the toughest part was to forgive myself. But by God’s grace I’ve learned to accept His anointing and forgiveness. It set me free to pursue the LORD with no regrets; pressing on to live my life to the fullness of my ability by His grace.

A different type of the regret is when I did something and latter wish I had not done it but…did. This list includes eating that lonely donut that I didn’t need. It also includes my stubbornness, losing my temper and words that fly out of my mouth before my brain kicks in.

Do you have any “wish I wouldn’t haves” in your life? Every type of regret is a waste of our time and energies. It is a waste of time as we cannot go back in time and do it over. Wishing we could will not change anything. It will consume us and keep us from being at one’s best. Sure we can learn from our regrets but after we ask the LORD’s forgiveness; it is unwise to dwell in these vast wastelands of self-imposed guilt.  I challenge myself and you – to move on. May we repent of our regrets and accept the LORD’s forgiveness and as Paul said, “press on.” 2 Cor. 12:9 But Jesus said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”

by the grace of God!

by the grace of God!

 

Hope for the Starving

Most of us have seen pictures of children starving in third world countries. The truth is we are surrounded by starving people in all walks of life. It isn’t just the kids who shout, “Mom, I am starving” as we drive by a Burger King. Neither is  my dog who thinks she is starving every time I go by the kitchen. There are many types of starvation going on in this world.

There are those who are starved for “love” and seek to fill this void with many relationships that never work for long. Some people are starved for acceptance and will go to extremes to be accepted by others by getting tattoos, piercings,  or whatever the latest trend is.   Sadly, many hurt themselves by cutting or other means of self inflicted harm in a bizarre way of the hurt is better than the pain of life.  We have become a people who are professional at avoiding  or covering up the real issue of the root cause of our problem. Millions turn to the use of drugs and alcohol to dull the pain of a starving life. Some become abusers and use power and control of others to make them feel secure in their starvation of security and acceptance.

Heart icon with a crossEvery human heart has a void that only a relationship with GOD our Creator can fill. The root cause of most starvation in this world is we attempt to fill that void with other things that can not ever fill it. The Good News of the Gospel is Jesus came into this world to make THE WAY for us not to starve or unsuccessfully continue to fill the emptiness inside with things that will only temporary satisfy.  God not only loves us but accepts us as we are for who we are.  Once I accepted Christ as my Saviour and LORD my quest to fill the void ended, I no longer needed everyone’s acceptance because I am accepted by Almighty God. Jesus is the Answer to every problem in the world today, but you will never know the reality of His plan for this world or your life until you know Him personally. He loves you just as you are.

God loves you and this my friend is why He gave us the Greatest Gift of  Salvation through His Son Jesus Christ. If you do not know Him personally PLEASE go to

http://peacewithgod.net or email me for more information. Do  it now.

Matthew 5:6 “Blessed [joyful, nourished by God’s goodness] are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness [those who actively seek right standing with God], for they will be [completely] satisfied.

James 4:8 Draw near to God, and he will draw near to you.

All around us the world is starving for answers  desperate for Hope.  Many feel starved or  an emptiness that hurts relentlessly.  But no one has to. We have a choice. You  can choose to  Know Jesus. He is the ONLY Answer and He is our Prevailing Hope.

The Value of YOU

Many people think Christmas is about Santa and pretty lighted trees and getting gifts.  Most people think Christmas is about giving to others. One Person gave His All as Christmas is really about  the value of YOU.

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We live in a world that no longer values human life. It grieves my heart. How many precious souls with potentials as great doctors, leaders, researchers for medical cures and valued human lives are murdered?  – http://www.worldometers.info/abortions/ 

Many countries and even in some states in America now allow people the right to die. Canada recently joined up giving those who are sick and even those who don’t want to go on living the right to end their life.  Canadians have right to doctor-assisted suicide

Back in the 1980’s a guy by the name of Jack Kevorkian -aka Dr. Death or Jack the Dripper, “helped” 130 people die. Yes, these people were suffering and many had Multiple Sclerosis. I am not belittling suffering. I experience it on a daily basis.  So what is missing in the world today where we causally allow the killing of humans beings without regard to the Great Creator and His plans for these precious lives? If we simply acknowledge the LORD and His purposes for our lives rather than dwell on life from the secular view point perhaps we wouldn’t be hasty to take the gift of life God has given us and take it without regard or fear/respect for our Creator or His plans for us. Regardless, how we think our lives should be; ultimately God has a good plan for our life, one with a future and a hope. We have lost the fear of Almighty God when we don’t value life He has given us or the lives of others.

Multiple Sclerosis along with many other physical challenges remind me every day that I must choose life. Choosing life means purposely living the best day possible. Yes, I am in chronic pain that limits me. I have been paralyzed and blind and didn’t think I would see the age of 30 as the disease progressed quickly early on.  It was when M.S. hit me in my early 20’s I knew I had to find Hope. I found my Prevailing Hope in Jesus Christ.  I came to the point that I knew even IF things got real bad and I was bedridden and could only open my eyes and smile; I would do that for the glory of God. The Word of God gives us a choice and it is this verse in Deut. 30:19  that became real to me:

I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life

Besides the many examples in the Bible of those who went through difficult struggles, some to the point of death; I have been inspired by many who live today who face insurmountable odds yet choose life and live for the glory of God purposely with passion.  No life is not easy for them but they recognize life as being the gift it is from our Great Creator. He is the Potter and we are the clay. The following are just a few who have inspired and touched my life by their lives.

Choosing life is no matter how hard life gets is the choice I will make. It is always easy? NO. But God gives us the grace we need as we seek Him. He has put great value on not just my life, but yours. YOU (we) are ultimately the reason Christ came to this earth. He came to redeem us from our sin (for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God) as we needed a Savior.  God made The Way, gave us The Answer and gave us The Life all bundled up in a manger. His Name is Jesus.

For God So Loved the World (YOU)

John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life. 17 For God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but in order that the world might be saved through him.

The bottom line is no matter what you face, no matter the trials, no matter the deep hurts or daily chronic pain you may experience your life has great worth and value. So much that God gives YOU the choice of choosing life  everlasting or refusing it. The Word of God even tells us it is His will that we choose life…but He will allow us to choose death.  Dear One, keep in mind the wages of sin is death and it is not simply not existing anymore, it is a place of torment.  I urge you to make the choice for ( Christ) – Life during this Christmas season when God gave His Son as evidence of His great love and value for YOU.

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And Merry Christmas to YOU and those you love!

Christ is The Way. He is The Prevailing Hope we have. Jesus

Christ Jesus is The Only Way.
He is The Prevailing Hope we have.

 

 

When the Worse is the Best and the Best is Worse

It was a gloomy fall day back in the early 1980’s. At 22 the symptoms of Multiple Sclerosis  raged in my body as I laid in the hospital bed, blind, fatigue, weak, partially paralyzed with difficulty breathing. The high dose ACTH  dripped continuously in my vein to fight the MS Attack.

My doctor came in and stood by my bedside. The great part about having a Christian doctor is the Prevailing Hope in Christ we share. Especially when things in the natural don’t look good. It was not exciting to face my prognosis. It was scary. My doctor picked up on my fear and reminded me that as a true born from above daughter of God; the worse thing that can happen to us in this life (death) is the best thing in life-everlasting life with our LORD (at our God appointed time). She look at me and said “Brenda, this life is not all there is.”  The truth is I am not afraid of dying. Living is sometimes the scary part. I can not trust my body and the daily relentless pain challenges continually wears on me. This is when His Grace is sufficient as I choose to remain focused on His promises.

I Cor. 5:9  For we know that if the earthly tent which is our house is torn down, we have a building from God, a house not made with hands, eternal in the heavens. For indeed in this house we groan, longing to be clothed with our dwelling from heaven, inasmuch as we, having put it on, will not be found naked. For indeed while we are in this tent, we groan, being burdened, because we do not want to be unclothed but to be clothed, so that what is mortal will be swallowed up by life. Now He who prepared us for this very purpose is God, who gave to us the Spirit as a pledge.Therefore, being always of good courage, and knowing that while we are at home in the body we are absent from the Lord— for we walk by faith, not by sight— we are of good courage, I say, and prefer rather to be absent from the body and to be at home with the Lord. Therefore we also have as our ambition, whether at home or absent, to be pleasing to Him.

Things which eye has not seen and ear has not heard,
And which have not entered the heart of man,
All that God has prepared for those who love Him.” 1 Cor. 2: 9

So the good news is as a born again child of God; the Worse thing that can happen (dying) is the Best – everlasting life in His Presence.

When does the Best thing in the big picture of life become the Worse thing? If we dwell on things “under the sun” as Solomon puts it.  When someone we love dearly dies and leaves that hole in your heart. When all we see is the fact they are no longer with us and the lost consumes us and an emptiness sets in. All  the missed opportunities to spend time with and tell that person we love him/her.

My brother, Tom

My brother, Tom

My brother recently died. Even looking at the words as I type brings a lump to my heart. I don’t like the cliche’ “he is in a better place.” Though it be true and it brings a measure of comfort and hope; it is like trying to tape up a gaping hole in my heart with scotch tape. It doesn’t stick very long. God’s Word is living and strong. His Word is the Only Word that has power to comfort and is everlasting.

2 Thess. 2:16  Now may our Lord Jesus Christ Himself and God our Father, who has loved us and given us eternal comfort and good hope by grace,

1 Thess. 4:13 But we do not want you to be uninformed, brethren, about those who are asleep, so that you will not grieve as do the rest who have no hope.

The Only true help and comfort when the best for them seems like the worse for us left in this world that I know of is to spend time in the WORD of GOD and pour my heart out to Him.  Our Prevailing Hope is not in this world. Our Prevailing Hope is in Christ alone and He is the only One Who is able to comfort our human hearts.

Psalm 34:18 The Lord is near to the brokenhearted
And saves those who are crushed in spirit.

Draw near to God and He will draw near to you.

Losing the Battle, Winning the War

Truth is powerful. But truth also hurts. Have you ever felt like you were spinning your wheels? Or like life is pushing you backwards while with all your might you are pushing forward only to be slowly dragged backwards?  Or buried in your circumstances?SnowstormThese are valid feelings. I feel them even as I type. I feel exhausted. I feel weak and my body is in pain. I feel like I am losing the battle in life. Yet, in Christ the war has already been won.

How can I reconcile my feelings to the truth of God’s Word? It goes back to perception. The pain and weakness are feelings that are real and hinder my life in the physical world; from my perspective. The truth is the Word says the weak are strong-through weakness. There is nothing in the Word I can find that says our life here is a failure or we can’t be all we should be because we don’t obtain the promise of healing on this earth. Read the scripture below. The truth is compared to many of my fellow believers– my life is easy.

Hebrews 11:32-38 And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel and the prophets— 33 who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, 34 quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong out of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight. 35 Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. 36 Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. 37 They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated— 38 of whom the world was not worthy—wandering about in deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth.

So do I just accept the condition my condition is in? By no means, I expect to feel better and do all I can to be well- that I may continue to fulfill the calling and purpose of God in my life. I do believe in miracles and that we were healed by His stripes. And I will not be dismayed. Yes, sometimes I want to quit- but ultimately I cannot. All I have to do is dwell on the Love of God and the sacrifice of Christ. Keeping a mind renewed in His Word is utmost importance for us. Hebrews 11 gives the truth and perspective most Christians don’t want to think about. We want an easy life. I want an easy life. But we are to be more than conquerors –that means something has to be conquered. You can’t win a war unless there is a battle. We don’t even have to fight our own battles as Deut. 3:22 says You shall not fear them, for it is the Lord your God who fights for you. It is only when I attempt to fight MS or other challenges (them includes every enemy) in life on my own that I am losing the battle.

I wrote the following poem shortly after I was diagnosed with progressive Multiple Sclerosis back in the early 1980’s. Some would look at me and see someone who is not healed.  I know too well where I came from so I am thankful for the abilities I do have. One of my neurologist’s said, “It is a miracle you are still walking.” I was supposed to be bedridden in the 80s according to the doctors. The progression of the M.S. was constant back then. I don’t want to be healed just to not suffer. My heart is to serve God and others with my abilities He has given me.

 

The Best of  Me

Multiple Sclerosis is the disease that’s getting the best of me
It’s very difficult to walk and even more difficult to see
My arms are hard to move, doctor, tell me why
Someone please hold me while I cry and cry and cry
Please, doctor, give me something for the pain
But that’s like asking the weatherman to stop the rain
I can’t move my legs, doc, what’s going on
This can’t be happening, I’m still young
I don’t need any help- get that wheelchair out of here
But before you leave, will you please wipe away my tears
My legs are paralyzed and that wheelchair serves as a friend
M.S. I hate you, when my body dies I’ll live but you’ll end
My faith in God grows stronger daily and will carry me through
To an everlasting life, one without pain, one without you
One day this body of pain will be set totally free

M.S. I decided you cannot have the best of me,

I am giving that to Jesus, the One Who died on Calvary
My life is secured in Jesus, no one can take it away
One day M.S. will be cast to hell forever—where it belongs
As for now, I’ll give my Best to Jesus and sing a joyful song.

My friends, no matter how you feel, do not give up HOPE. Do not Give UP. Not Ever. We are just journeying through this world and we have much work to do. We are to be Light in world in the midst of the darkness and whatever challenges we go through. God uses us for His purposes even when we can’t see it.Blackboard with the text Never give up