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Immediately the boy’s father exclaimed, “I do believe; help me overcome my unbelief!” Mark 9:24

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Why This Blog?


The Daily Post Word Prompt – Funnel

I wrote in journals when I was younger.  Regrettably, I disposed of them along the way.  I wish I could go back and read and remember the specifics of my life that I felt so impelled to let out of my mind and onto a blank page.

I was raised in a Christian home; thank you mom and dad for this gift.  Religion has always been the corner-stone of my life.  I have attended many Bible studies throughout the years which helped me to grow my relationship with the Trinity.  The Father created me,  the Son died for me, and the Spirit guides me.

So why this blog?

I am a student of communication and I love to share information in an organized manner.  If I had an opportunity to share the Gospel in a public forum, I would not be shy to do so as I conquered my greatest fear of public speaking while I attended college.  However, I find that my thoughts are even more organized when I write.  Something happens to me as I lose all sense of time rearranging the alphabet into words that are easy to understand and absorb by my followers.

Why this blog?

I’ll blame the Holy Spirit.  When God wants you to do something, He does not let anything stand in the way.  Since my first post on June 5, 2010 I have found a calm presence within by letting the Holy Spirit use me.  Sharing personal stories with my readers shows that I am human, but in the painful stories, as well as the stories of joy, I find a way to praise God, which is what God wants us to do.

I want to be an encouragement to everyone that even though life is hard, it can be dealt with when you let God in your life.  Let Him funnel the Holy Spirit through you and see how your life will be different.  And your life will be different; I can attest to this movement.

For my long time followers, thank you for sticking with me.  If you joined me recently, thank you!  If you just found me today, please take a look at some of my previous posts.

The Holy Spirit is in this place.  And for that, I am thankful that God brought me here to be here for you.

John 14:26 (NIV)

But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.

 

Changed Lives


Change comes in many forms. Read more…

I Am


I am
not in control of my destiny. I am a unique individual created for purposes of planting seeds of love and peace in others.

I am
not threatening. I am as gentle and beautiful as a butterfly. Although the butterfly works hard and long to get out of the cocoon, it is not to be deterred from the work involved as the butterfly never gives up. It is dark in the cocoon and it has no idea what beauty it has become until it sees itself in the reflection of a pond. The butterfly thinks, ‘Surely that is not I’, but all the other insects of the pond affirm that the butterfly is indeed that beautiful.

I am
fueled by the words, “Be still and know that I am God.” God is in control of my destiny and he knows the plans he has for me. God does not make any mistakes. In fact, He takes the most broken, tattered and torn, and covers them with Himself. This is where beauty, wholeness, and life begin.

I am
stepping out in faith.

I am
not going to allow anyone or anything to steal my joy.

Job 33:26 (NIV)
then that person can pray to God and find favor with him, they will see God’s face and shout for joy; he will restore them to full well-being.

GoodBye For Now


Heaven is half empty or Heaven is half full; it is just the way you look at it.

Today was the second funeral for my family just shy of a six month window. I love my immediate family as well as my aunts, uncles and cousins. Thank God we have Heaven to reunite us all someday as it gets harder and harder to say good-bye.

Shift From the Norm


If change is inevitable, why do we have such a hard time when it happens?

From my childhood recollection, the days were longer; my parents worked for the same company from the day I was born to the day they retired, and our family schedule was so consistent you could set your clock by our routine. But as I age, the days seem shorter, working for one company your whole career is unheard of, and nobody needs a routine because cable television has a convenient feature called DVR.

Consistency is comforting. My cats know when it’s feeding time, my spouse always returns home, and my playlists on my iPod are programmed with my favorite songs. But what happens when there is a shift from the norm?

The Pastor of my church made that shift from the norm. He wasn’t even with us for a full year before he left abruptly about two weeks ago. No good-bye party, no parting gifts, no keeping in touch; just gone from our lives due to personal reasons. We were left cold in our pews with a void in leadership. However, God has blessed my congregational family with a stand-in Pastor who led our congregation less than a year ago. He sympathizes with our heavy hearts. I believe his reassuring words today were Spirit-inspired messages from our God and Father, as they were genuine and comforting.

Change is inevitable. From my Christian perspective, our days are a gift from God, He knows us from before conception to the day we will die. Even Pastors change careers, and routines are hard to keep because the world is forever evolving. The abrupt departure may not make sense to my congregation, but we are pulling together once again because we have faith in the God we serve. He will not leave us nor will he forsake us, He will not leave us orphans as He holds us up with his righteous right hand. God is our comforting consistency.

For the Pastor that left us, the stand-in Pastor that is with us, and the Pastor that is to come, I pray these words from 2 Thessalonians 1:11
With this in mind, we constantly pray for you, that our God may make you worthy of his calling, and that by his power he may bring to fruition your every desire for goodness and your every deed prompted by faith.

No Regrets


Daily Post Prompt: Kick It
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He Waits


On the drive to work one morning, I invited God into the passenger seat Read more…

The Family Business


“Will you be my Confirmation Sponsor?” asked my nephew/God-son as he held his breath in anticipation of my answer. With no hesitation, “I would be honored! Thank you for considering me!” I said as he let out his breath to replace it with new. Little did he know how I often felt less than adequate in my own spiritual journey, but he chose me out of everyone he knows. I was humbled at being selected for such an important role in a young man’s life.

The Confirmation service included three schools and was held in our city’s Cathedral which was beautifully decorated. The red flowers on the altar symbolized the Holy Spirit’s presence. Based on the time we arrived at church, we were blessed to sit in the front row. I prefer the front or second row in any church as I am easily distracted by these two types of people: someone taller than me or a whiney, wiggle-worm child. From this vantage point, I was able to enjoy the trombones and trumpets, a pianist on a baby-grand, and a beautiful choir from the high school nearby.

During the Bishop’s homily, he directed his message to the confirmands with this message: (paraphrased) “You will grow up to be in the service industry, lawyers, doctors, business owners, accountants, etc., but remember that you are always in the family business. The family business is directed by God and you bring God with you wherever you go.”

I pray that the confirmands understood what the Bishop was saying to them. If they did not grasp the importance of the message, then I believe the message was directed at me as I was reminded of the silent directed retreat I attended in March this year. I heard the Holy Spirit whisper in my heart that it is time for me to get off the bench and start being God’s first-string player. I know God is all around me, but I keep throwing obstacles in our path, trying to stall what He wants me to do. I don’t understand my reaction, because as it states in Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV) “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.” So what am I doing?

In preparation for this confirmation day, my nephew and I spent time together discussing the Holy Spirit and I was reminded of my own confirmation of faith. I remember feeling as if I had a little pilot light turn on inside of me. It has taken me many years to understand that by being a willing servant of God; this little pilot light can start a raging firestorm.

With the help of the Holy Spirit, I am an example to my nephew, family, friends, co-workers and strangers. I am tired of looking for obstacles to throw in God’s way on our path. Will you join me in meditating on what Jeremiah 29:11 means for our lives? After all, we are all in the family business.

Exclaim – (v) to cry out, speak, or utter sharply or vehemently


One of my favorite exclamations is, “Oh my word!” Read more…

Do You Have a HOME SWEET HOME?


I cannot believe what I saw in my back yard. Surely the heat of the afternoon sun was getting to me as I had never seen anything like it before. Read more…

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