Walking the widow road at times I admit is often lonely and filled with potholes of opportunities to feel very lonely. I do know that widows and widowers are not the only lonely people in the world. In fact it is a true fact that no matter your state in life we all can experience loneliness.
Loneliness, while difficult, can cause some very positive changes in our life if we will embrace it with faith–neither fear nor self-pity. Last week I talked about the critical inner voice–or the hostile judgmental adviser that we all carry in our heads that seeks to confront our faith and keep us smaller than God intends. This voice shouts–“you are alone and lonely because you are unlovable”. I have had to fight against this voice many times. The Voice likes to talk in generalities–“everyone else…; or No one else…and of course we are never included in either!
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My bathroom project continues. Everything old is out, except for the toilet. The old vanity is sitting in my bedroom. The new tub is set in its new position, but of course not quite lining up as we thought. I now have to do new flooring, because the old floor doesn’t match the new tub’s position. I walked in there yesterday and prayed, “Lord, I thank you for having solutions for the known and unknown problems.” Part of me just wants it done. I don’t want to have to make more decisions. However, most of the decisions are having to be made by my friend who is doing the work. Some of the problems I see as major, he sees as minor. We are obviously too far to quit. I know and have faith that we will finish it. It is going to be different already than I imagined, but I trust it will be a wonderful blessed room. We need to keep going, not quit in the middle! Continue reading “Faith and the Middle”
I’ve been discovering lately, that although I enjoy many “new” things, others come with a bit of apprehension. I wonder if the Israelite’s felt the same joyful anticipation but also a bit of dread when they entered the Promised Land? For forty years they lived in the wilderness as nomads. Following a pillar of cloud by day, and the pillar of fire by night; they experienced a type of security in their routine. But then things began to change. Joshua replaced Moses as their leader. They were finished with the wandering season and about ready to do the “new” thing God had promised so many years before. Continue reading “Faith is needed in and for the “new””
How do we grapple with the questions that arise in our life? The difficult circumstances of life often provoke some of the most difficult questions that can disrupt, disturb or disconnect our relationship with God or amazingly they can cause us to draw closer to Him.
Last week I received news that an old friends young grandson (he graduated from high school in 2015) passed away in his sleep. As of now, I don’t know if they even have a medical reason. He just went to sleep and did not wake to another day on this earth. Reading his obituary it sounds like he touched many lives on his abbreviated life for which I am sure his family are so thankful. However, I am sure as they navigate life with a hole they are struggling with the ”why” question. Continue reading “Faith and the Why Question”
Last week I talked about faith through surrender–not always an easy task. As we surrender, by faith, to His will we can do it grudgingly or joyfully. Our choice is to dutifully go about our tasks because we know it’s the ”right thing to do”, or serving with joy? I would love to say I always serve with joy, but alas it is not true. We are often surrounded by “joy stealers”, and if we aren’t careful we can find ourselves as depressed, depleted and discouraged believers. Not really the abundant life our Lord has planned for us.
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