Not Just For Him

Genesis 22:2 (NLT): “Take your son, your only son—yes, Isaac, whom you love so much—and go to the land of Moriah. Go and sacrifice him as a burnt offering on one of the mountains, which I will show you.”

Genesis 22:8 (NLT): God will provide a sheep for the burnt offering, my son,” Abraham answered. And they both walked on together.

Genesis 22:9–12 (NLT): When they arrived at the place where God had told him to go, Abraham built an altar and arranged the wood on it. Then he tied his son, Isaac, and laid him on the altar on top of the wood. And Abraham picked up the knife to kill his son as a sacrifice. At that moment the angel of the Lord called to him from heaven, “Abraham! Abraham!”
“Yes,” Abraham replied. “Here I am!”
“Don’t lay a hand on the boy!” the angel said. “Do not hurt him in any way, for now I know that you truly fear God. You have not withheld from me even your son, your only son.”


Mostly people look at Abraham and his faith to God… Proving he was 100% faithful to God…

I’ve always been amazed at Isaac… He’s the one on top of the altar with his father about to stab him to death…

And we know how it ends… And Abe is the star…

Nothing more is said about Isaac but I’m pretty sure he was thinking… He asked God where the lamb was on the way up… He totally trusted his father…

And he walked away KNOWING that his father was 109% right… God had provided… The ram wasn’t not seen prior to the knife being in mid air…

As much as it was a test for Abe… It was a life altering event in Isaac’s life… How could he NOT know there was a God? He’d been in a pivotal position to watch…

With mental health there are many times of life altering moments… Positive or negative…

And it’s these events we can note for future reference… I journal these good events, regardless of how small… over time they do add up and it makes it easier to see the positive aspects of life…

And it’s these events which we can share… I learn from the path others share…

And sharing is Biblical

Romans 1:12 (NIV): … that you and I may be mutually encouraged by each other’s faith

So do you have a network of support? People who you can text or go for coffee with… Both with and without mental health issues…

Not sure where to look?

Celebrate Recovery is where most of my support network has been built outside of family… And sometimes I want to share with someone who completely understands mental health from my side…

Celebrate Recovery

On Facebook there is a specific group

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Why I Blog

Matthew 13:23 (NLT): The seed that fell on good soil represents those who truly hear and understand God’s word and produce a harvest of thirty, sixty, or even a hundred times as much as had been planted

Being a Christian shining God’s light in the world is hard…

Being a person who deals with mental health issues is hard and often seems insurmountable…

Being, hopefully representing Christ as, a Christian shining a light for all to see while battling mental health issues and especially crisis is only possible with God’s intervention…

I need His intervention to get my thoughts under control… To stop the STOOOPID thinking that can persist without it…

I need His wisdom in knowing when it’s only spiritual battle or when it’s also a physical one and it’s time to see my doctor…

I need His love to surround me…

I need His unexplainable peace to still my heart and mind and soul which is my ultimate goal…

By my sharing, I try to show that God’s interventions can provide hope… Hope is the #1 desire which people dealing with mental health issues seek…

Hope means that dot of light so needed at the “end of the dark tunnel”… Hope means a chance to be accepted… Accepted means a chance to feel loved… Seeking a chance to be loved can lead them to the greatest love of all – God!

Luke 11:9–10 (NIV): “So I say to you: Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened

My relationship with God is why I am where I am… I needed to see hope… Just a pin prick of light in my, then, dark existence…

1 These 5:5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night

I choose to blog not for fame or fortune but to show there is hope and love available to those dealing with mental health issues…

So everyone who glances at a posting will carry away a seed… There are different places the seed can fall… Hopefully, the seed I sow will be on good and ready soil…

Want to learn about the varied soils? Read Matthew 13 there are a few parables Jesus teaches about…

Rely on God vs Rely on Me

If you were thinking this was going to be a battle of wills between God and me… NOPE… that ship sailed long ago…

1 John 4:16 (NIV): And so we know and rely on the love God has for us.
God is love. Whoever lives in love lives in God, and God in them

A simple enough verse…

  1. Know God
  2. Know one can rely on God
  3. Know one can rely on the love God has for each person
  4. God is love… (HEY!!!) GOD IS LOVE!!!
  5. Live in love
  6. Live in love to live in God
  7. Know that living in love to live in God means God also lives in each person

Got that?

So where is the battle?

It certainly isn’t with God… He’s perfect of course!

So that leaves only one other person… Me…

I don’t know about you but for me starts around #5… Where my job starts…

Praise God… I don’t actually HATE myself anymore! This I know for fact… {God revealed that to me one day, at a Celebrate Recovery worship time… Just a still small voice whispered it to my soul}…

But there are days I don’t like myself and then again days I don’t feel worthy of love…

I’m often have been (and still can be) the “I’ll mess it up as usual” person so “why even bother”… Or “nothing ever works out for me”

I don’t trust myself that I can carry it through…

You see, I read verses like 1 John 4:16 and my negative thinking kicks in by habit… the STOOOPID thinking can start running full tilt…

With my mental health – depression & borderline – (wow!) Satan loves STOOOPID thinking… He’s busy firing his full arsenal at me… Thoughts, negative memories, past failures… Fireworks going off in my head!

If you’ve dealt with negative thoughts you know what I’m talking about…

And one statement Satan enjoys rubbing in our faces and is absolutely true!

WE DON’T DESERVE GOD’S LOVE!!

So I have to remind myself

GET OVER IT!

There is NOTHING I can do to earn it… The entire bill has been paid in full by Jesus on the cross…

There is one other reality… I am going to mess up… But here’s the secret… GOD ALREADY KNOWS AND HE STILL LOVES ME!!

So I have been learning to be more forgiving to myself… Not so hard… If I were to see someone else make the same error would I kick them out of God’s kingdom?

No

I have tools I have gleaned… Bible verses or passages… Armour of God (Eph 6), Spiritual battle weapons (2 Cor 10:3-5), Unexplainable peace (Phil 4:4-7), Good things to think about (Phil 4:8)

I have my own testimony… People can argue semantics but they cannot argue my testimony…

I have my journalling to look back on…

Prayer… Reading my Bible… Devotions… I never fails to amaze me how often I find the answer or direction with just doing my everyday devotions…

I just need to rely on God…

Blessed with Mental Health

Matthew 5 records Jesus Sermon on the Mount… The Blessed are…

On the face of it mental health issues don’t appear to be blessed at all…

We think of blessings of being 100% healthy, having $1,000,000 in the bank, a great paid for house, a fabulous high paying job… The whole 2.3 kids and the white picket fence and house…

But are these really being blessed?

Having everything possible in the world isn’t a guarantee of a great life…

What’s really important isn’t tangible but spiritual…

A relationship with God is the only way to peace…

Matthew 5:3–10 (NIV):
Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Poor in spirit… Not $ but realizing that without God we can’t hope…

Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.

When we look back, we realize we have blown it and sinned… We don’t deserve what we already do have… Our personal and our corporate sins are too great… But being humble and truly contrite, God forgives us and shows us how to move forward… God also allows us to mourn over our hurt and pain inflicted on us and provides healing…

Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.

Meek… It’s not weak… It’s us saying to God, take my talents, my strengths, my heart’s desire and guide me… It’s like being a stallion all ready to charge but God is in the saddle guiding us… Jesus said go into all the world… We may not feel like it at deep levels of a mental health crisis, but know that if you are using God to find your way out… others are watching… And down the line… People can see your path and follow beside it…

Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.

Righteousness = Doing what is right…

Seeking God… Asking God… He will help us deal with our mental health issues… How to get to a positive life level and how to watch and maintain… But don’t kick yourself if can’t maintain… mental health isn’t 100% physical… By seeking God though, it can be easier to notice a spiral downwards… You can pray for healing, for wisdom of your doctor…

Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.

Merciful… This can be simple and hard… Forgive others and have compassion… Actually, compassion should be relatively easy… We know how the dark is… I know I don’t wish my mental health struggles on anyone… And if I’m tempted to… I always wonder how/why/ that person is that way… Likely they too are hurting…

Oh, and don’t forget… Be merciful to yourself…

Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.

Heart… When we are saved we invite God to rule our lives… To live in our hearts… Keeping close to God keeps us pure… The greatest commandment, according to Jesus is:

Matthew 22:37–38 (NIV): Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.

We’re to keep focused on God… Looking at God can help stop the spiral… We know that distractions work…

Phil 4:8 (NIV): Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things

So much better things to think about!

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.

Peace… A break from chaos… I see it 2 ways… Peace with others in our physical world but also peace spiritually… The “Be still and know that I am God”…

We can show others dealing with mental health that peace IS possible… That there is hope…

Without hope what is there?

I believe that people who try to, or sadly do, commit suicide do so because they feel there is no hope for them…

I know that was the case for me… I was at the bottom of a dark hole and couldn’t see a way out… I was looking face down… Someone tapped my shoulder and only spoke a few words… “You should come to CR” and I started to see hope… I went to my first CR* meeting and saw the words “restore my sanity” and I found hope… I wasn’t instantly cured… But I started looking up at God…

Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven

I debated if I should keep this last beatitude in or not… Obviously I did… Basically… Life is like a rosebush… There are incredible times of blessings when life has an incredible fragrance, but there are plenty of thorns life throws our way… the thorns are not from God… Repeat they are NOT from God… They are a result of the sins of all mankind… From the freewill we all have…

Eccl 3:9–11 (NLT): I have seen the burden God has placed on us all. Yet God has made everything beautiful for its own time. He has planted eternity in the human heart, but even so, people cannot see the whole scope of God’s work from beginning to end.

People are always so quick to wonder why God would allow such horrible events to happen to themselves or others, but they never stop to look to the sins that lead up to the event…

So, yes, during hard times of mental health we can still seek to be blessed with Mental Health…

*CR Celebrate Recovery

Jello in a Cannon

At times it seems that having mental health issues consumes me… And I need to step back…

Mental health definitely plays a major part in my life… When at its peak it does effect all areas…

Physically I’m exhausted and ache all over… Getting out of bed to get a drink of water or an effort of being Wonder Woman… Don’t even ask about showers or eating properly…

Mentally it seems like fireworks are bouncing around and finding the strength to find Bible verses is incredibly hard {see previous paragraph}

Spirituality it’s a battle ground… The thoughts… It’s easy to say “control your thoughts” but unless you’ve been there to get control is like using Jello in a cannon to stop the fireworks…

Isaiah 64:8 NIV Yet you, Lord, are our Father. We are the clay, you are the potter; we are all the work of your hand.

My hope, my only way out is through God… Until I turned to God, Jello was all I had and it wasn’t doing squat…

Turning to God meant that I gave control to Him… I let Him start to mold me…

It wasn’t instant… And He’s still working on me but I have battle plans and an army of scripture to use… Sometimes I don’t even realize a battle has begun for a while… Spy’s have been poking and messing around..

Even when I realized the fireworks were happening I would still allow sparklers to fizzle away…

But slowly overtime I’ve been able to recognize this more and use proper tools for battle…

These are some I have gathered and use:

  • Phil 4:4-8
  • 1 Tim 1:12
  • 2 Cor 4:16-17
  • 1 Col 2:19
  • Isa 41:10
  • John 14:27–28
  • Psalms 9:9
  • 1 Thes 5:5
  • 2 Cor 4:6
  • Isaiah 59:21–60:1

K.I.S.S. It

K.I.S.S. Keep It Spiritually Simple

Overwhelmed… I find I can get overwhelmed and just want to shut down…

Isolation comes into play… just turtling…

The balancing point between Spiritual battle &/or physiological mental health is so hard to find… And there is a point…

It would be so nice if I could just get up every day, stretch, look outside at a perfect sunny day and start my perfect day! Yah… we all know that isn’t going to happen too often…

An insulin dependant diabetic monitors their blood sugar level and adjust the amount they require… Last time I checked there is no dipstick for measuring my mental health chemistry…

But, that is not an excuse for every situation… Job, after finding himself with poor health, still praised God and maintained his relationship with God…

If anyone in the Bible had a “right” to a pity party it was Job… He lost all his children and assets in one day… Then, as if that wasn’t enough, he lost his health…

Job’s famous quote is…

Job 1:21 (NIV): “Naked I came from my mother’s womb, and naked I will depart.
The Lord gave and the Lord has taken away; may the name of the Lord be praised.”

Some people have a personal understanding about depression and anxiety… 1 in 4 or 5 actually will experience it personally… The majority for just a short while… For some it’s a long battle… If your one of the four or five, I hope it’s the short version…

If yours is the longer type, know that God hasn’t forgotten you…

Integrity is a goal… A race we run and the finish line is heaven… Job kept his integrity… He stayed true to God and realized that God is greater…

I know that God hasn’t ever abandoned me… Instead, I can turn to scriptures and personal events from my past…

1 Cor 1:13 For You have rescued me from the DOMINION of DARKNESS and brought me into the kingdom of Your Son whom You love, and in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.

I seek out God’s word and He has never let me down… But I also need to realize that I have a responsibility as God’s child…

James 1:22.”Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

No pity party!

Phil 4:4-7 A command to rejoice ALWAYS! even on the sucky, want to stay in bed, hibernate from the world days…

So… We have the Spiritual aspect talked about… Now for the physical aspect…

Yes, there is a physical issue… Brain chemistry… I Require… MUST have… NEED… Depend upon a balance of medications…

There is no other option at present…

Believe me… I’ve lived with what it’s like when the balance is off…

Yes, I’m a God fearing, believe and know that God can perform physical miracles, I trust Him fully, totally acknowledge that Christ died on the cross for my sins, that upon the confessions of my sins I have forgiveness and I will be in heaven because of my beliefs and His blood and dying on the cross…

However, being a Christian doesn’t mean I’m guaranteed a life free of illness… Not cancer, not having had to take my appendix out, not arthritis and not mental health…

In the past, it took time for my brain chemistry to balance… I still went to church and Celebrate Recovery… Even on day passes from the hospital…

Yet it took TIME!

1 Th 5:5 For you are all children of the light and of the day; we don’t belong to darkness and night

It’s hard to remember the light somedays…

Seeking God helps…

When I’m overwhelmed I K.I.S.S it: Keep It Spiritually Simple

I use my fall back verses… The list of verses that have “jumped” out at me during my devotions or I heard and touched me inside…

Sometimes God nudges me about a verse and I work on memorizing it and sure enough… Somewhere down the path, that particular scripture comes to good use…

I have a “great memory” – just short… So in my daily prayers I have some verses I use to start my day (hopefully before I get out of bed)… I have them stored in a file on my cellphone… Sometimes for me and sometimes I share them with others…

A recently added one is:

2 Cor 4:6 (ESV): For God, who said, “Let light shine out of darkness,” has shone in our hearts to give the light of the knowledge of the glory of God in the face of Jesus Christ.

I like how it says let the light shine OUT of darkness…

When we become born again Christian’s, we say we have Jesus in our heart… The light shining out of darkness…this verse is a perfect K.I.S.S. example…

It’s comforting, it’s easy to understand…

God says to have the faith of a child… Children have an unwavering faith towards people in authority… We may not understand it all… But we MUST K.I.S.S. it

January 1st and God

If you’re like me… There are the new year resolutions… Mine are a bit more unique in that my birthday is December 31st so the time to make changes has a bit more emphasis…

Today as I’m doing my morning prayers (yahoo Jan 1 box tick), I re-read a verse I added just a couple days ago…

James 1:22 (NLT):“Do not merely listen to the word, and so deceive yourselves. Do what it says.”

and it smacks of resolution accountability with God! Oh man! Doh! Ugh! Are you kidding me?!? I can’t do this… I blow it way to often… There is no way I can fulfill this… I may as well just give up now…

Then a couple of morning prayers later I also have this fairly new addition:

1 Cor 10:31 (NLT): So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God

(I’m a food addict… And while I added this verse I “held off” until January 1st)

These are some of my instant thoughts… darn it, now I have to live like this commands to all the self doubt thoughts that my mental health defaults to…

My spirit desires it… Of course I want to do this and please God! When I’m in close contact with Him my mental health issues are diminished…

My mental health is screaming around inside my head… Unrealistic! Impossible! Don’t even try, you know you will fail…

It’s times like these when I can use scripture to battle my thoughts – just like Jesus did…

Matthew 4:10 (ESV) Then Jesus said to him, “Be gone, Satan! For it is written, “‘You shall worship the Lord your God and Him only shall you serve…

My battle verses:

I seek God’s presence:

  • Psalms 46:10 (NIV) He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.”

I proclaim my freedom from Satan:

  • 1 Cor 1:13 (NLT): For You have rescued me from the DOMINION of DARKNESS and brought me into the kingdom of Your Son whom You love, and in whom I have redemption, the forgiveness of sins.
  • 1 Th 5:5 (NLT): For you are all children of the light and of the day; WE DON’T BELONG to darkness and night.

I don’t fight alone:

  • 2 Cor 12:9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness. ” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that CHRIST’S POWER may rest on me.

I am equipped for battle:

  • Ephesians 6:13–17 (NLT): Therefore, put on every piece of GOD’S ARMOR so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil. Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Stand your ground, putting on the belt of truth and the body armor of God’s righteousness. For shoes, put on the peace that comes from the Good News so that you will be fully prepared. In addition to all of these, hold up the shield of faith to stop the fiery arrows of the devil. Put on salvation as your helmet, and take the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.

I armed for battle:

  • 2 Corinthians 10:3–5 (NLT): We are human, but we don’t wage war as humans do. We USE GOD’S MIGHTY WEAPONS, not worldly weapons, to knock down the strongholds of human reasoning and to destroy false arguments. We destroy every proud obstacle that keeps people from knowing God. We capture their rebellious thoughts and teach them to obey Christ.

I don’t have to be afraid:

  • John 14:27 (NLT): “I am leaving you with a gift—peace of mind and heart. And the peace I give is a gift the world cannot give. So don’t be troubled or afraid.

I can have indescribable peace:

  • Phil 4:4–7 (NIV): Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.

I have better things to think about:

  • Phil 4:8 (NIV): Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.

I know life is not a Hallmark movie… And I wish I could say that I’m batting a 1000 with what I have written above, but I’m not…

However, I do use it more and more… I know it works…

I do have DOH! times where I go… “Why didn’t I go to God with this (earlier)?”

There are frequent times of choosing to ignore that still small voice when it comes to food choices…

When I realize I’m turned the wrong way I ground myself then and there… I go for the Be still, remember back on “that peace”, His top 2 commandments* and

Micah 6:8 (NIV): He has shown you, O mortal, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God


*Matthew 22:37–39 (NIV): Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’

Forget and Un-Forget

Jeremiah 50:4–5 (NLT): Hope for Israel and Judah
“In those coming days,” says the Lord, “the people of Israel will return home together with the people of Judah. They will come weeping and seeking the Lord their God. They will ask the way to Jerusalem and will start back home again. They will bind themselves to the Lord with an eternal covenant that will never be forgotten.

Forget… God is so easily forgotten… especially during the holidays… Busy with family and friends… Shopping before Christmas, Boxing Day sales… Travel for some people… Devotions are skimmed or put aside…

For others, Christmas can be a really difficult time of year… An empty chair where a loved one used to sit… Family too far away or simply unable to get there…

Or we ourselves, we can feel forgotten… Have there been parties you heard about that you wish you had been invited to? Do you hear about the great family time others have and are jealous? (Can we say borderline!?!?!?)

Satan, though, always remembers us during the holidays… Suicide Hotlines are extra busy… Our brains can revive all those thoughts that can come back as simple as a light switch… all the hard work can seem to be gone at the snap of fingers…

Then THE cycle starts… the spiral of mental health… The longer the spiral, the harder it is to stop…

The GOOD news is, with God’s help we can stop the spiral… God ALWAYS provides a way out…

We CAN regain what we thought we have lost… We’ve already been there so it’s logical that we can get back! We can “un-forget”…

Mental health illness is a combination of physical aspects (chemistry and physical changes in our brains) and environment…

The way to recovery is mental thought medication to deal with the chemistry and changing our thinking… Our thoughts and our views of us and our world…

As Christians, we have a huge advantage… GOD! God will help us to see ourselves as He sees us… God will help us to change our thought patterns…

Is it easy? No…

We have a sign in our house that reads “Faith doesn’t fix things but it makes it possible

Our poor self value we have wasn’t created in a day… It’s going to take time to retrain it…

I took classes offered by my local mental health support which helped challenge my thinking…

My “Ace in the pocket” is Celebrate Recovery a Christian 12 step for far more than just drugs and alcohol… It’s for hurting people… So basically everyone… (abuse recovery, divorce, mental health, porn recovery, gambling, money spending, food addiction, codependency +)… We all have hurts or habits or hang-ups that need to change…

Honestly, totally truthfully… 5 years ago I was so messed up… I look back on my journalling back then and I don’t recognize myself… It was the love and changes… The challenges and encounters with God that have me where I am today…

Trust me… I’m not like Mr. Rogers… I don’t have my house and my life all together… Far from it!!! What I write about I have usually personally experienced or had friends experience… I too fight in the daily battle of mental illness… Sometimes it’s easier than others… For some I know this is a difficult Christmas…

Despondent or Feasting

Depression… Well it sucks… It bites… It’s lousy… It’s horrible… It’s (________)… I’m sure you have a word or two…

From my recent devotions: Proverbs 15:15 (NLT): For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
for the happy heart, life is a continual feast

This verse speaks truth… When battling depression… It seems like the whole world is against me… Everything seems to be at odds with me… We’re talking about the days where getting out of bed is a major accomplishment… But then getting to the kitchen and all the glasses are dirty… The toast gets burnt… I’m out of jam…

In the bathroom there is no toilet paper on the roll…

If I actually plan to get dressed (likely because I need to go grocery shopping) I realize that all my pretty undergarments need to be washed except for that last day, scraggly old underwear that you keep for days just like these and at my age and a baggie sweater I might be able to get by without a bra (gravity bites)… Then it’s a battle to choose which pair of jeans look the cleanest… (don’t even think laundry!)

Of course I can’t find my car keys and my wallet is no where nearby either…

So the first half of Proverbs 15:15 For the despondent, every day brings trouble;
I pretty much have nailed…

However, that’s not an excuse…

During the darkest days of my mental health meltdown I lost sight of God… You would think that I, raised in church, would have instantly turned to God…

In the years previous I hadn’t “needed” God and I ran my life on my own power and steam… Then that system collapsed…

Satan had me looking anywhere except right behind me where God was patiently waiting…

Now, I’ve learned I’m not strong enough to do it myself… I have struggles to deal with… Sometimes it can be more up in my face and also though, times of feeling settled where God and I talk regularly…

If you’ve read any of my other postings, you know that Phil 4:4-8 are verses I use… Rejoice in the Lord always and ago I say rejoice! It’s a command… you can find the rest on another blog posting…

Rejoicing… This goes perfect with the second part of Prov 15:15b for the happy heart, life is a continual feast

The happy heart… I’m no Pollyanna (really great Disney movie)… The world doesn’t always seem to be full of soft puppies and kittens… Beautiful sunshine perfect days…

But rejoicing, being joyful… I can choose to rejoice… Note CHOOSE!

Habakkuk 3:17-19
Even though the fig trees have no blossoms, and there are no grapes on the vines;

even though the olive crop fails,
and the fields lie empty and barren;

even though the flocks die in the fields, and the cattle barns are empty,

yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation

What even though can we put there for us?

EVEN THOUGH

I struggle with invasive or suicidal thoughts…

My meds aren’t balanced…

My bank account is depleted…

My friends(?) don’t seem to understand me and my mental health battle…

Every cell and fiber in my body are screaming to give in…

The entire world seems to be against me…

yet I will rejoice in the Lord! I will be joyful in the God of my salvation

Prov 15:15b for the happy heart, life is a continual feast

I’m hungry…

Matthew 5:6 (NIV): Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they will be filled.

And Your 5 Second Answer Would Be?

Lauren Daigle, writer of many songs sung in churches finds herself caught in an uproar for her answers on The Ellen Show & on a live radio show…

People are saying she is no longer a Christian!

That her music should be banned!

Seriously?! Ban the music? Did your worship at church 3 weeks ago suddenly seem that you are now less close to God?!?!?

And her answers… She’s not Jesus… She’s out in public… She’s up for a Grammy!

Now what would your answer be… Right now? In the next 5 seconds! Well!?!?!?

I’ve taken a few minutes and really thought about it…

Do I think homosexuality is a sin?

It’s loaded question shot in a round room and I’m looking for a corner!

When Jesus was on earth, he didn’t focus on labelling people, he focused on loving them.

I think the best question is – does it matter?

Sin is sin… I do have beliefs and yes, one is that marriage was designed as one man and one woman.
However, that doesn’t make me judge and jury. Only God knows the heart…

A lie is a sin, an affair outside of marriage is a sin, stealing a candy bar is a sin, murder is a sin…

Sin is sin. It’s black or white. There are no shades of grey with God.
As humans we put “values” to sin… A “little” white lie to sentenced to death for henneous crimes… God doesn’t.

To get rid of sin is simple, we ask God to forgive and He does.

My role here on earth is explain by two verses:

Micah 6:8 (NIV): He has shown you, O man, what is good.
And what does the Lord require of you?
To act justly and to love mercy
and to walk humbly with your God

Matthew 22:37–40 (NIV): Jesus replied: “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind.’ This is the first and greatest commandment.
And the second is like it: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ All the Law and the Prophets hang on these two commandments.”

Our job is to love… Not judge… To act with discernment, yes… But love…

Jesus never labelled anyone while on earth… The gospel writers did so we would understand the context of the story… Jesus only saw people whom he wanted to love…

Shouldn’t we simply do the same?

A lot people will use verses in Romans chapter 1… Which is the word of God…

But look at Romans 2:1–4 (NLT): You may think you can condemn such people, but you are just as bad, and you have no excuse! When you say they are wicked and should be punished, you are condemning yourself, for you who judge others do these very same things. And we know that God, in his justice, will punish anyone who does such things. Since you judge others for doing these things, why do you think you can avoid God’s judgment when you do the same things? Don’t you see how wonderfully kind, tolerant, and patient God is with you? Does this mean nothing to you? Can’t you see that his kindness is intended to turn you from your sin?

Bottom line… Don’t judge, just love… God can take care of the rest…

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