Brokenhearted

“The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.” – Psalm 34:18.
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broken%20heartI recently encountered something that threw me for such a loop, I wasn’t sure how to react or recover from the situation. A relationship that was near and dear to me came to an abrupt end. I was left feeling broken, betrayed and alone, so I did what any normal female adult would do. I planted myself in my bed and wallowed in my own self-pity for a couple days. I reminisced of all the good times, the uncontrollable laughter and the teamwork we shared. I grieved for a future that was now lost and I tried to wrap my mind around all the changes that were rapidly (and unwillingly) occurring. Whenever the heart-clenching fog would momentarily clear, I would hear Plumb singing in the background over and over, “God, I need you now.”

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So many things were flying through my mind that it was impossible for me to grasp hold of any answers to my pain that might have been available. The wound was so raw, I couldn’t imagine healing.  I just wanted to shut my eyes and stay under the covers until things returned to normal and the world made sense once again. I felt as though there was no way I could let go and move on. Now I didn’t lose my wits to the point where I forgot about the one who could help me. I knew that things were moving and shaking because God’s plan was in action. So as Plumb so melodically belts out, I cried out to God several times begging him to ease the pain so I could see more clearly what was in store.  I prayed. I looked up scriptures that dealt with what I was feeling. I prayed some more. I messaged Christian friends who comforted and encouraged me. I prayed some more.

“God blesses those who mourn, for they will be comforted.” – Matthew 5:4

I must admit, God reacted to my prayers more quickly than usual. After a few short days, the smoke began to clear. I started to see some positive things hidden within all this unplanned change and even made peace about the lost relationship.  New ideas of things to come started occurring to me and I actually began to grow excited about this transition. I started having so many new ideas about things to come, that I felt like God and I sat down for tea and he plainly told me everything he wanted me to do as I took dictation in awe.

“For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” – Jeremiah 29:11

After the shock of it all began to wear off, I wondered why God had to be so dramatic and rock my world to the point of near destruction if he wanted me to do something different. Why couldn’t he just send a brightly-colored butterfly messenger that would soar in on a rainbow and sweetly sing his tidings? Of course, then I began to think of Gideon and how God sent him to conquer the Midianites with only 300 men; and of Elijah who God hid from King Ahab and fed by ravens; and of Moses and how he led the Israelites out of Egypt with no idea of where they were going; and of David fighting the monstrous Goliath. They all had to face hardships far greater than anything I have experienced and all triumphed because of their trust in God. So I shall do the same and look ahead.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight.” – Proverbs 3:5-6

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**This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **
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Recharge Daily

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“For the word of God is alive and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart.” – Hebrews 4:12
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My family and I recently attended the Winter Jam concert that was held at the Schottenstein Center in Columbus, OH.  Winter Jam is a collection of Christian musicians and speakers who travel the country sharing Jesus through great music, inspirational speaking and fellowship with thousands of other Christians. 107Over 18,000 people showed up to enjoy Winter Jam 2013 that included popular Christian artists such as Matthew West, Toby Mac, Sidewalk Prophets, Jamie Grace, Jason Castro, Royal Tailor, Newsong, Captial Kings, Red and speaker Nick Hall.  The show was amazing. Great music, awesome effects and lyrics that uplift, encourage and motivate you. I highly encourage you to attend a Winter Jam show near you.

If the above names do not ring a bell with you, then I encourage you to check out positive, encouraging KLove, which is a syndicated radio station that plays Christian Rock, Pop and other modern styles of music.

In between acts, speaker, Nick Hall, would take the stage and share Jesus with the crowd. One thing he said really stuck with me as I was planning on a blog entry on this topic anyway. The below is a paraphrase from Nick Hall:379213_587479331268494_515946911_n

The iPhone was created to do great things. However, if you do not plug it in to recharge, it won’t work the way it was intended. To recharge it, all you have to do is plug it in for a little while each day. Once it is recharged, it will do all the great things it was designed to do. You were also created to do great things. God created each and every one of you.

“For we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do.” – Ephesians 2:10.

Without recharging, we also will not work as intended. How do we recharge? We recharge by spending time each day in God’s word. We recharge by turning off the iPhone, iPad, Facebook, TV, video games, etc and opening our bibles and reading what God has given to us.

“All Scripture is God-breathed and is useful for teaching, rebuking, correcting and training in righteousness,” – 2 Timothy 3:16

BibleI know we often think to recharge or gain a new outlook on life, a big change is needed or we need to rest more or eat better but “Jesus answered, “It is written: ‘Man shall not live on bread alone, but on every word that comes from the mouth of God.”- Matthew 4:4. It is crucial that we spend time daily in God’s word and it is much easier than you think. Pick a time that works best for you and start with dedicating five minutes. I am sure that once you get started you will soon find that five minutes is not enough and will begin to crave more.

If you have trouble finding time to read God’s word, then getting your priorities straight should be a goal but I will save that for another time. Instead, here are some options to squeezing in that daily bible reading:

  • Turn off the TV a little early before bed and open your bible.
  • Download a bible app on your iPod, iPhone or Smartphone and read while standing in line at the pharmacy, bank, etc or while waiting in the doctor’s office…..you get the idea.
  • Read during your lunch break at work.
  • Consider purchasing the bible on CD and listen during your drive time to and from work.
  • Download an audio version and listen on your iPod or other MP3 device while cleaning, working out, making dinner, etc.
  • Make it family time. Have everyone pick out a different passage daily to share.

Don’t stress over the number of pages or feel you have to read the bible cover to cover. Feel free to skip around, read your favorite scriptures over and over, and start anywhere you like. Find what works best for you but be sure to read God’s word daily.

“Keep this Book of the Law always on your lips; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful.” –Joshua 1:8

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**This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **
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*For more on Nick Hall, check out www.pulsemovement.com.

My Story – Discovering Faith

Hebrews 11:1

Now faith is confidence in what we hope for and assurance about what we do not see.

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486287_471714099532921_708343599_nToday, I am happy to say that I love Jesus and feel he and I have grown very close over the last few years. As with any relationship, there have been ups and downs and all arounds but our foundation is strong and the desire to grow is ever-present.

However, it hasn’t always been this way. I wasn’t raised in church nor did I grow up hearing God’s word or learning God’s ways. I have a few snapshots of memory that take me to a church or two with my late grandfather but nothing vivid enough to give me that ‘AHA’ moment where I was first introduced to God. No, I have nothing concrete or exciting to share on how it all began other than this one innocent childhood moment that sealed the deal.

I mentioned that my earliest memories of church involved my late grandfather, and I only held onto a small glimpse of what must have really been since I was so very young when those moments occurred. My grandfather passed away a few short days after my 9th birthday. From what I remember, I handled it fairly well for a third grade child who was grandpa’s girl. What I didn’t realize was the very small seeds he had helped plant on those few occasions when I tagged along with him to this church or another.

IMAG0324Up until late in my third grade year, I had very long, super thick, wavy strawberry-blonde hair that was often difficult to manage. Personal appearance was not high on my list of priorities back then so I generally just kept the mane at bay with a simple plastic headband. On a good day, the headband might even match what I was wearing. As with hats, jeans, etc., I had a favorite headband that fit just right and held my hair the way I liked it. Imagine my distress when I was rushing to get ready for school and could not find that headband. I was distraught. I had no idea what to do. I searched and searched and could not find the headband anywhere. I simply could not leave the house without it.

As cliché as it sounds, I had the sudden realization that all I had to do was pray and ask God to help me find it because I couldn’t find it on my own. So for the first time in my memory, I knelt at my bedside, stressed and alone, and closed my eyes. I don’t remember praying about anything other than asking God to help me find that headband. I didn’t thank him for everything I had. I didn’t pray for others. I am not even sure I closed with an ‘Amen.’ I only selfishly asked him to help me find that headband. Sure enough when I opened my eyes and started to look around, there was that headband sitting on my nightstand in plain sight. Now sure I realize that it was probably there the entire time and in my frantic state I simply over looked it, but that moment was enough to seal the deal. It was that moment that I realized God heard my prayers. It was that moment when my faith spouted and began to grow. It was that moment I met God and decided to walk by faith.

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**This blog is based on my own personal research, thoughts and opinions. If your opinions differ than mine then we can agree to disagree, no negative comments needed. If you appreciate the message in anyway, then please feel free to comment, like, and share with others. **