Maybe sometimes I feel defeated by not being able to serve at the magnitude that I desire, but one thing both knowledge and love has taught me is that God is more powerful and merciful than I could ever imagine and by His will, He will use me in ways I never thought possible.
For eight Thanksgivings I have not been able to enjoy the food. But not this year. My progress in overcoming some big issues with eating has led to this special day. A day I have been waiting for for nine years. To be free from eating the same food every day just to survive is … Continue reading A Special Thanksgiving
Why would I, a long-time faithful Christian, NOT want to thank God for such success?
Grief has many sources; mostly of which involve sorrow from the loss of something precious. Life - Health - Trust - Security - Love - Friends - Hope - Dreams “Oh, that my grief were fully weighed, and my calamity laid with it on the scales!" Job 6:2 Prayer: Holy God, the pain experienced in … Continue reading Grief’s Sources
If I only put my stock in the good days in my life, then I miss the joy that my trials can produce. It's inevitable that I am going to suffer in this life. We all will suffer something. Are my sufferings greater than others? Yes. Are my sufferings less than others? Yes. Whether they … Continue reading Joy in Trials
Sudden pain all over, The gift of hard work, Upsets my determined love. It was freeing to be, Someone who could labor, For the ministry of the saints. To be able to toil, Harder than usual, Without physical hindrance. But it wouldn't last, Defect would catch up, To activate my aches. Yet, it's worth every … Continue reading Poem: The Gift of Hard Work
The problem is not that we experience anger, grief, or stress. These are all reflective of our need for justice, love, and peace. It's when we allow it to consume us at the expense of not trusting in God, Who is the ultimate source of justice, love, and peace. Prayer (from Psalms 25:1-2, 9-10, 20-21): … Continue reading The Problem is not Anger, Grief, or Stress
Where are your thoughts today? Are they producing feelings of love, joy, peace, or thanksgiving? Whatever we dwell on in our minds will generate our feelings and who we ultimately are. Pay attention to what you are thinking and consciously replace any negative thoughts with ones that are worthy of a merry life. Finally, brethren, … Continue reading Thoughts
Depression feels like one big contradiction. You want to be happy and motivated yet everything inside you is telling you not to do what you need to succeed. So what do you do? Find what makes it worth it and go against everything you're feeling for this purpose. It's exhausting to push through, but the … Continue reading One Big Contradiction
Just because someone is exhibiting abundant joy doesn't mean they have less problems in their life. They've just learned how to turn their grief into gratitude; a skill which takes deliberate, daily cultivation as it doesn't come naturally. “Rejoice always; pray without ceasing; in everything give thanks; for this is God's will for you in … Continue reading Grief Into Gratitude