GOD HEAL OUR LAND

My heart is heavy just as David prayed,

But I trust you, Lord, and I claim you as my God.
My life is in your hands.
Save me from enemies who hunt me down.
Smile on me, your servant.
Have pity and rescue me.  Psalm 31: 14-16 (CEV)

Our world has been in an upheaval since the beginning of time.  Evil has continued to knock at our world, at our nations, at our cities, and even our own homes. It brings tears to my eyes.

As I wake up each day and live out who I am, I seek God’s Word like those before me who have lived it out for thousands of years.

My heart’s desire:

  • Let’s STAND together in unity
  • Let’s SEEK righteousness

And

  • Let’s ask God to SAVE us
  • Let’s ask God to SMILE on us.

My heart’s desire is that we STAND together.  As in the past and now the present, we have differences, many opinions, and so many voices.  People are attacking each other, splitting up relationships, making false news, and enjoying the deviousness in our world.  We don’t have to agree with everything but we don’t have to be mean either. It takes a conscious effort on my part to understand I have a right to my opinion but also to respect and be kind to those that differ.

My heart’s desire is to SEEK righteousness.  The one who is ALL-RIGHTEOUS is God. It is there that I go to my guide book and search the Scriptures. With that, I can then make wise life actions. 

Over the years, I have tried to manipulate my decisions saying they are God’s and it was the farthest from the truth.  I watch people justify their personal decisions and actions claiming it is God’s and it sadly it is not even close to what Scriptures says.  That is super scary.  Each decision I need is to have a posture of what is Truth. If not, then it is a slippery slope.

My hearts desire is to ask God to SAVE us.  We need to be:

  1. Saved from ourselves. We are human and I have personally made some stupid and unwise decisions without God.  That is why I have to keep going back to God’s Word and letting Him help me with words and actions. I can’t do on my own even though I think many times I can.  Save us God from our own human frailty.
  2. Save us from outside forces.  I need to be in a mindset every day as I listen and watch what is going on in our world. I need to be in a posture of seeking God’s words and how I react.  What part can I play for justice and peace?  What does my life say as a representative as a Christ-follower?

My heart’s desire is to ask God to SMILE on us.

More than ever right now we need God to SMILE on us, have pity and rescue us.  (vs 16) Actions of Hate and My Rights are fighting forces every day.  I pray we will sit back, ask God to work in our own hearts, minds, and actions to do His Righteousness and smile on us.

We may stand alone for a while but God is always beside us helping us as we claim Him as our God and seek His righteousness. 

God Heal our Land!

Be blessed as you listen to this song and may your heart be encouraged. We certainly need it.

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Life to the Fullest #2

Someone commented that what they are living right now is all there is and to just make the best of it. I was saddened by their comment. This person was a loving and caring person and even went to a church.

Jesus said this, A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy. I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in its fullest. John 10:10

As humans we search for status, security, love, and happiness.  When we achieve something we usually need to get more to feel better.  We struggle with contentment.  If we believe that this is all there is, then we are a people without hope.

Many think that being a Christ-follower is a crutch and we can do things on our own and we don’t need rules.  I have to say, we live in a society of rules and we need help.  We can deny it but we really do.

The answer for living a life with purpose and contentment is Jesus.  God orchestrated that 1000’s of years ago to provide an answer for a fulfilled life here and to live in eternity with Him.  Jesus was our sacrificial lamb.  He desperately loved us (and still does) to help us every time we get up to start the day, and when we tuck ourselves in for the night hours.

People recommend to us the BEST tasting food, the BEST movie to watch, or the BEST holiday place to visit.  We hear them but until we trust their judgement and experience it, we will never know. The same is when Christ-followers says they are living a fulfilled life because of their faith in Jesus.

Are you feeling overwhelmed, lost, or just can’t seem to feel any sense of joy in life?  Taking even a mustard seed size of faith and beginning this Journey to search for meaning and a fulfilled life  can begin a peace you never knew because of Jesus.

I’m not talking about doing ‘religious’ things.  I am talking about a personal relationship with Jesus who gives us REAL life.  He lived this life, had many people mock him, call him names, and said He was an imposter.  Yet, He never gave up on us.  He reached out to the blind, lame, socially rejected, and those that just needed a kind word and encouragement.  Then He gave His life for all mankind.

Jesus said life will bring trouble and we will experience pain.  Who better to understand this then the One who lived it and then gave us the gift of peace here on earth and a promise of life after death.

I have told you this, so that you might have peace in your hearts because of me. While you are in the world, you will have to suffer. But cheer up! I have defeated the world. John 16:33

Isn’t it great to be cheered up!

I hope you search for it. I also hope if you are a Christ-follower that you use the resources that Jesus promises. His life is a life of peace filled with promises of hope.  It’s a life not because of rules, or to-do lists for acceptance.  He would love to help you.

I am not sure how I would have handled the painful experiences of my life, or the months of this pandemic, or the situations where people have disappointed me. Some days I am weary from hearing and seeing the messes of our world.  But Jesus is constant, He is true, and He is offering a fulfilled life despite all the messes.

It’s something you have heard from me but it is something you have to reach for on your own.  I know it, I live it, and I am thrilled that life here is NOT as good as it gets.  Eternity will be ready for me. 

Check out the link on this blog as you search:  https://singlemomsurvivalsuccess.com/relationship-with-god/

Life to the Fullest:  By Your Side #3

Hello 2022…All Aboard!

2021 has been a tough year, to say the least. Sometimes it feels like life will never be ‘normal’ again. It isn’t just Covid-19 but there is so much unrest in our world, with the people we know and even within ourselves.

During our first weeks into 2022, I want to hand you a ticket to climb aboard and join me in looking at some amazing promises that can bring a sense of hope and encouragement.  At each stop on our life travels and events, we have constants that we can lean into.

#1 We can have a full life.

A thief comes only to rob, kill, and destroy.  I came so that everyone would have life, and have it in the fullest. John 10:10 (CEV)

Jesus knows all about the world’s past, present and future. His offer to give us a full life hasn’t changed since the beginning of time.

People are still trying to prove to be better than anyone else.  Some climb the corporate ladder leaving those around them and their family behind in the dust. Lonely people are grabbing on to anyone and anything to make their life feel more fulfilled.  Some try to justify to themselves and everyone around them that the actions they are doing are okay. Many are living in despair.

As a Christ-follower, the good news is we have the resources from Jesus to live a full life.  I didn’t say perfect or without stress but a life knowing the King of King loves us, and wants to help us as we enter 2022 and beyond.

Jesus lavishes His love on us and believes in us. With that assurance, we can climb on board for another year of direction. I have had to ask questions such as:  

  • what is in my heart that needs to be thrown away?
  • what life purposes will bring Glory to Jesus and how do I need to obey?
  • what steps do I need to open my heart to see God’s Truth and make a difference in the way He wants me to do it?

As I stand at the beginning of 2022, my heart’s desire to be responsible for my own life. I can’t change other people’s choices.  Many are out to rob, kill and destroy.  I need to focus on the full life Jesus has for me.

Those can be tough and challenging but in doing so, I know without a doubt I can have life and have it in the fullest. With that, then I know how to engage in others lives, and be a voice for Jesus.

Jesus absolutely loves helping us to live a full life.   Do you want to climb aboard and say, Hello 2022!

Next time:  #2 Hello 2022…All Aboard

IT”S THE MOST WONDERFUL TIME OF THE YEAR!

I smile when I hear this Christmas song, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of the Year.  It is usually while I am racing to pick up groceries, making Christmas lists, running to appointments, and doing a bit of gift shopping.  Sometimes, it is NOT the most wonderful time of year.

While a single parent, it was a tough season.  This ‘wonderful’ time had couple get-togethers, little family traditions, and shopping with the spouse anticipating when the kids opened their presents.  But then came the not-invited parties, shopping myself, fighting with the wrapping paper, and paying the Christmas bills in January. 

Years later, I still make lists, cross things off, re-make new lists, and frown when I forget the Christmas baking in the oven too long.

I believe this is the time of year to be overly sensitive to those who are really struggling and sad.  Life is rarely a hallmark movie, or a beautiful Christmas card picture.  This time of year, there are lonely singles, widowed, strained extended family relationships, a struggling marriage, the homeless, those financially over-strapped, and most of all; those that don’t understand the true, wonderful meaning of Christmas. This makes it NOT so wonderful.

Too often, Christmas is about doing and doing and doing (yes, I over emphasized that) and not enough about reflection.  Our world is in such an upside-down mess especially right now.  Families are fighting over decisions about vaccinations for Covid-19, people have lost loved ones from the disease, many unemployed,  and a mountain of fear. Many are homeless, others are marginalized, some are struggling with mental health or a life-threatening disease.  The list goes on and on. There seems to be no peace despite being the most wonderful time of the year.

Jesus was born to rescue us from all this.  Born, himself, in a less than clean and comfy place, He knows our daily struggles. He understood those religious leaders who only wanted their own financial gain. He understood and helped those that had physical and mental ailments.  He loved the little children when others only believed they needed to be silent.  His whole purpose on earth was to give His life as a sacrifice so we could reach Heaven.  He still understands today so we can rest in His arms. We can trust His love and respect when others won’t give us that.

For me, that is what it means when it says, It’s the Most Wonderful Time of Year.  It gives me hope and peace.  

We can sing holly jolly carols, open our doors to family, and reach out to those that no one loves. During this wonderful time of year, we can love ourselves, not judge others, fight with Christmas lights (oh man, did I struggle this year!), and even in pain, rejoice because of Jesus Christ. He gets us.

Merry Christmas and may you find His true Peace and ultimate Love this Most Wonderful Time of the Year!

 Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. Luke 2:11

We can believe this!

November Truths

The colourful splashes of October have fallen to the grown in my yard and the warm breezy days are now cooler.  My trees are looking bare letting me know that a new season will soon be here. (My laptop had a hard drive problem, so I am sorry this is a bit late.)

November reminds me sometimes of my spiritual state. Just as the leaves have fallen off the trees, so has my sense of faith and trust in the living God.  Maybe you don’t struggle like this, but I believe alot of us do.

Some feel guilty because ‘religious’ people have told them they should never doubt or question God.  That leaves a lot of Christ-followers feeling pretty defeated. I would like to introduce them to King David, Elijah, Job, or one of the 12 disciples nicknamed Doubting Thomas.

  1. We are Human

God never expects us to be perfect here on planet earth.  He just asks us to live out what Scripture says and live by faith however small that may be right now.

What God does want from us is to be perfectly honest with Him.  For me, I talk with Him throughout the day and even in the night hours.  I cry, blow my nose, sometimes ask Him why, but always ask for help. 

2. We will have times of dryness

Just as there are seasons, we will have seasons of dryness in our own spiritual life. Let’s call it my made-up words, ‘dead-leaf syndrome’. It is a part of our life just as drab as the month of November can be. 

Sometimes, I look at other people who seem to get ahead, have prayers answered, and look like they live life without struggle (or so it seems). Some look like the tree in this picture that still have the leaves on yet others are just as I feel like the empty trees. 

I have been given a path and it is my choice how I will handle it.  Nothing is gained from comparison.  This is between God and me.

If I had a mathematical solution or a button to push to get rid of the dead-leaf syndrome and  the many struggles in life, I would use it and send you the link.

There will be people who will judge and say things that aren’t even Biblical. That is why I choose to have trusted, close friends who will encourage me and help me journey through life.  The words of Scripture are like a balm to my soul. 

What can we do?  Don’t give up.  We are human and we question most things in life.  So we have to deal with this season in our life. I have found over the years, that some have turned and walked away from God and blame Him for life’s problems. I feel so sad.  I would encourage everyone (that includes me) to recognize it and keep moving forward to God.  Ask God to show you what is going on, what you can do about it, and then begin with a mustard seed of faith.

November can also be a positive month to work through some life lessons and truths.  Life still hurts, we still have questions, but the God of King David, Elijah, Job, and Doubting Thomas is still here waiting to hear us with His loving heart.

Today is a new day.  Some may have some pretty heavy stuff going on.  I get it, I really do.  Don’t give up, keep reaching out to God and let Him hear your heart.

Sheila Walsh wrote a book called, It’s Okay not to be Okay. She has walked this journey. You can find it in my “Linda’s Library”  tab on this blog if you are interested in reading a review.

or

http://www.bakerpublishinggroup.com/books/it-s-okay-not-to-be-okay/389852

Don’t be afraid. I am with you. Don’t tremble with fear. I am your God.
I will make you strong, as I protect you with my arm and give you victories.
Isaiah 41:10

Let’s do this!