Sometimes doing wrong isn’t deliberate. Sometimes it is simply the lack of focus on doing right. At least that is usually the case for me. I don’t know about you, but I don’t often set out to make a slew of bad choices, but occasionally (or often, depending on the week) I find myself in a place where I am standing, dumbstruck, wondering how I ended up in the situation that I am in. Does this just happen to me? I think it is safe to say that it probably doesn’t. I found the explanation for it this morning in my Bible reading in 2 Chronicles and it hit me like a ton of bricks. 2 Chronicles 12:14 ESV says, “And he did evil, for he did not set his heart to seek the Lord.” This verse is talking about Rehoboam, King of Judah, but it might as well have
Have you ever been in a funk that you just couldn’t seem to get out of? I’ve spent the last several weeks in a fog that just hasn’t seemed to want to lift. I’ve had some little health stuff going on and had to have a couple of little medical procedures done. There are a few more little procedures on the horizon as well. This has all left me feeling just plain worn out physically, but it has all left me feeling emotionally spent as well. Have you been there? Maybe it wasn’t a health related issue. Maybe it was a relationship issue, a work issue, or just circumstances in your life that had you in that funk. Whatever it is that put you there, Funkytown is really not a great place to visit and it’s even worse to settle in and dwell there a while. And that’s what I was doing. I was dwelling.
Alright. I’m warning you all in advance. This post makes it sound a little bit like I’ve gone off the deep end. That’s my early disclaimer. You’ve been warned. I didn’t grow up in church. Matter of fact, I didn’t come to have a relationship with Christ until I was an adult. I can vividly remember going to church every once in a while with my aunt when I was a kid and being more that a little intimidated by those people who were obviously sold out Christians. They quoted God’s word. They prayed loud and proud. They praised unashamedly. Their lives were obviously different. I can’t even put my finger on it, but something about them was obviously different. It was totally weird to me and a little scary. Even after I had come to know Christ in my 20’s, that fully sold out approach to believing was a
Yesterday was a hard day. There is just so much sin and hurt in this fallen world. There is so much pain. There is so much loss and grief and discouragement. My heart aches for the brokenness that is so evident everywhere I look. This whole earth is groaning and crying out for it’s Savior. Do you see that too? Do you see loved ones dealing with loss and grief? Do you see sickness, pain, and suffering? Do you see discouragement and hopelessness? Do you see relationships falling apart and the scars left from that? Maybe you are the one in the midst of all of the trials? I’ve been there too. I was confronted head on with all of this hurt in so many situations yesterday with several friends and loved ones dealing with very difficult tribulations. My heart breaks a little with each situation. And honestly, it’s easy
Life is complicated, isn’t it? There is always so much going on. There is so much to be and so much to do. My to do list is long and my days seems short. I want to live life purposefully. I want to follow God’s perfect plan for my life, but sometimes I get so caught up in the little mundane details of life, that I forget exactly what that purpose is. And I don’t know if I ever got the plan. Because surely there is a big purpose. I know He has a plan. Surely following God is more than these little steps I’ve been taking. It is suppose to be filled with lots of really big leaps, isn’t it? For weeks and even months, I’ve been praying for direction and a clear path in some things. I’ve been diligently seeking God because I NEED to know what His
My favorite book of the Bible is Esther. I love the drama. I love the story. At the risk of sounding trite, Esther is a fantastic script with a twisting and turning plot, rich characters, deceit, love, betrayal, an underdog overcoming great odds, and a beautiful story of grace and mercy. It’s a script that could only be written and directed by our mighty God, and produced in real life through his awesome power. I love this biography of a young orphan girl, raised by her cousin, suddenly thrust into the palace with the chance to be a queen. She must hide her identity because her people are looked down on. She finds favor with everyone, including the king, and is made queen. In the mean time, her uncle saves the king’s life by uncovering a conspiracy to murder him. Simultaneously, the King’s main advisor is planning genocide for the
I often find such encouragement when I read my Bible. Honestly, this is a new thing for me. I use to look at Bible reading more as a chore. It was just another thing to check off of my Christian to do list. Read a chapter or two from my Bible today. Check. Next? But a while back, I felt convicted to really get back into God’s word in a more serious way. I love to read. You can almost always find me with a great Christian book. I’ve got a crate of them beside my bed. They are stacked in piles on my desks. My easily distracted self prefers to have a few of them going at a time so that if I hit a dry spot in one, I can stick in a book mark, and pick up where I’ve left off in another. I study these books.
Man, lately my life just seems to be hovering in the unknown. Have you been there, in that phase of life when things just don’t seem to make a lot of sense? I seem to be there a lot lately. It’s not even a bad thing. It’s just different for me. I’m pretty good at just rolling with things. Although I love order and a control, I’m not to shabby at just flying by the seat of my pants sometimes too. This is different though. This is not flying by the seat of my pants. There is still a bit of control in that. Most of the time, I still get the choice of where, when, and how to fly and when not to. This is a little more out of my control than that. This phase of life almost seems like a roller coaster ride. There is a track
Sometimes my faith wavers a bit. It’s not something that I’m proud of, but I have the tendency to look at hard situations and say “why me?”, “why now?”, “what in the world is the purpose of this?”. My first response to something is usually emotional and full of questions. This morning as I sat and read my Bible, I was floored by the faith Rebekah showed in Genesis 25. She was just going about her day, drawing water from the well like she always did, when God rocked her whole world. Everything changed for her in a mater of minutes when she was told that the Lord had a plan for her. She didn’t question even once? I would have grilled that poor servant to no end! I would have needed him to go though and tell me again, step by step. I would have had lots of questions.
Do you ever feel like the more you learn, the more you realize that you don’t know? Man, I feel that way that a lot. The more I study something or try to understand a situation that I thought I mostly understood, the more I see its complexities. I realize I didn’t know as much as I thought I did. So, I keep trying to get a better understanding and as I study, some things become clear and some times I realize there is still so much I don’t know. Can I be honest? Sometimes I feel that way as I look at life and it’s situations. I KNOW God. I KNOW Jesus. I KNOW what He did for me. I KNOW His love. I KNOW these things because I’ve experienced them. I have felt His presence and I’ve experienced His hand on my life. I believe and have faith
Do you have a friend that you just feel connected deeply to, like a soul sister? There is just a really strong bond that binds you two together. You love them so much that you would do anything for them. You have even risked your own happiness to be sure that they were happy. Those soul sister relationships are amazing! This morning I was reading through the 1 Samuel account of the friendship of Johnathan and David. I’ve always been drawn to this friendship. It just seems like such a beautiful picture of the kind of relationship that we all want. This friendship was built on love, trust, and care and concern for the other. 1 Sam 18:2 says that the soul of Jonathan was knit with the soul of David. Man! Who doesn’t want a friendship like that, one where your very souls are knit together! How does that even
Today I was reminded of two little words that instantly create a bond. These two little words can quickly turn strangers in to friends. me too I spoke at our local MOPS meeting on repurposing. More accurately, I spoke about the work of repurposing furniture and drew some parallels to the way that Jesus has repurposed my life. I was a little nervous. Speaking doesn’t really bother me. What made me nervous was that I really felt led to drop any pretenses and just be vulnerable and transparent. Just putting myself out there has always been a little difficult for me. I have a lot of baggage and a lot of junk. It’s not always easy to just leave all of that exposed. It’s scary. but It’s also beautiful in the hands of God. And sometimes necessary. You see, by sharing our story- even the ugly parts- we can