Wednesday, July 16, 2014
Friday, July 4, 2014
The National Alliance for the Mentally Ill (NAMI) released a disturbing statistic. More soldiers have died from suicide than in battle in Afghanistan. This tells me that the horrors our servicemen and women are experiencing overseas come home with them. Many suffer from PTSD or have a difficult time reintegrating into society. Family problems, economic problems, and access to healthcare are all added stressors for many who have served for our freedom.
While we grill out and enjoy fireworks, a soldier is contemplating whether or not to live. This is not OK. I have asked a friend who works with veterans to write a guest post in the coming weeks, but for now I am calling you to pray for our nation. Pray for our leaders who determine where our troops will go. Pray for our troops at home and abroad. Freedom is costly -- may we be willing to do our part in prayer.
Thursday, June 5, 2014
Anyone who knows me will tell you that I am the queen of overcommitment. The problem is, I have way too many interests, and I try to be involved in all of them to a fault. This past year God has been teaching me to be still and know that he is God. I am learning that just because I don't have something on my schedule, doesn't mean I am available.
A wise man described this to me by talking about margins. When we write on lined paper, we don't write from one end of the paper to the other, but rather from margin to margin. Have you ever wondered why we do this? It is so that our words are readable. Without margins, our eyes cannot focus and reading becomes near impossible. In the same way, we need margins in our lives -- space to remain unfilled and silent.
So, being a "good Christian" I decided to put these lessons into practice and I began saying no so that I could prioritize and focus on what God is calling me to do. I don't know what I was expecting. Applause from heaven. Praise of man...not really, but I didn't expect to be overcome with feelings of guilt.
"If you were any kind of Christian you'd . . . (fill in the blank).
I know that this is not the voice of God, yet it is so loud, there are times when it is difficult to tune it out. I am sharing this with you because I know that I am not the only one who deals with this.
God's love is not conditional of our works; He loves because He is love. Period.
When we realize that guilt is not from God, and that he desires a relationship with us more than our works, we will be content to rest in his presence. Don't own that guilt! Be intentional with your time...each moment is a special time that only happens once.
Sunday, May 25, 2014
Memorials act as a sort of sign post to tell us something. When someone we love dies, we put a tombstone on their graves as a reminder of their lives. What can we do to help us remember God's faithfulness in our lives? The Jewish people clung to the Shema in Deuteronomy 6 (Hear O Israel, the Lord your God is One.) and put it on their door posts as a reminder of Who God is.
I can look back over my life, and see significant moments when God spoke to me. While I didn't set up memorials to remember these times, many are hidden deep in my heart and mind. During times of hardship and trials, I go back to those "sign posts" and remember God's past faithfulness to give me hope for today. I encourage you to take time this Memorial Day to remember. Start a new tradition: As you grill out with family and friends, take time to remember God's faithfulness in the past; share the stories of his goodness with others, and trust him for tomorrow.