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Weird, Chapter Three: The Rest is Up To You

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The biggest reason why many people surrender to the normal overwhelmed, overly driven, unsustainable pace is because we don’t have faith. We don’t honestly believe that God is on His throne, that he can and will handle the details of our lives, that he wants what’s truly best for us, and that his way of doing  life is better.

What a weird way of looking at things…but could this be true?

We’re afraid that if we don’t just run non stop and try everything this world has to offer, we’re going to miss out on something.

See the source imageWe live in an addicted world. It doesn’t matter what it is, there are tons of things in life that people get addicted to. Whether its drugs or alcohol or it’s just an addiction to technology (guilty as charged!), there is always something out there that become addictions for people.  And there’s no such thing as a healthy addiction, despite what some people think. Even when you think you’re doing something good and important, if it takes the place of God, it’s idolatry.  “Idolatry is not just a failure to obey God, it is a setting of the whole heart on something besides God.” (Tim Keller, Counterfeit Gods)

See the source imageBasically, what Groeschel is saying in this chapter is that we always have to be doing something to feel happy, to feel complete. And we “distract ourselves with being productive which makes us look just like everyone else in the world. Our self-worth gets sucked into a riptide of bigger-better-best until we don’t know how to break the cycle.”

This type of behavior is not healthy. It’s sick. It’s destructive. It’s harmful……but it’s normal.

You’re trying to substitute something for God, when He’s the only one who can fulfill you.

We need rest. Simple as that. We need to take the time and just rest. In Matthew 11:28-30 Jesus tell us we can come to Him. He will give us rest if we just come to Him. When is the last time you were completely at rest? Experiencing real rest doesn’t mean we become lazy and unproductive. “Jesus was busy but never hurried. He was productive but never overwhelmed. He accomplished everything God wanted Him to and still spent long, refreshing days in fellowship alone with His father.”See the source image

Too many times, we have the tendency to become overwhelmed with all we have going in  our lives. The pressure is on to get things done, to make sure everything is perfect. But why must this be? Why must we go through life so hurried and feel ragged every step of the way?

Take the time to really spend time quality time with God. Let Him speak to you and give you the rest you need. Then you’ll come out with a renewed sense of mind and a sense of peace you’ve never had before. You become fully aware of God’s goodness. The rest will make you more productive! And more importantly, more spiritually healthy!

If you want a normal life, do what normal people do. If you want to know God intimately, walk with Him daily and please him in every way, you’re going to have to do what few do……..absolutely NOTHING.

And that’s weird!

Groeschel tells us to not settle for a normal life. “Not when we can enjoy the wonderful weirdness of being who God created you to be.”

 

 

Posted in christianity, Faith, forgiveness, grace, Jesus, love, redemption, rest, thanksgiving

100

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My last blog post was blog entry #100! WordPress notified me of that today. So I went and checked my stats and since I started this blog I have received over 1300 views and have had over 600 visitors! Pretty cool.

BUT!!!!…

My hope is that my blog is bringing glory to God. I don’t want to be blogging for the wrong reasons…..such as getting recognition for achieving blogging milestones.

Image result for jesus loves youI want people to know that there is a God that LOVES them! There is a God that has great plans for His people! If only we would turn to Him.

I’ve met some pretty cool people on WordPress who genuinely love the Lord and strive to live for Him every day! One of my favorite blogs to visit is: A Fractured Faith. Stephen is a really nice guy with a wonderful family. His blogs are so encouraging and lift me up. I encourage you to check out his blog. 🙂

I’m so glad I decided to start blogging again. I’ve actually had this site for many years but never really posted much. It wasn’t until I got serious about my faith that I got back into blogging and then I realized it was a great platform to share my faith. AND to meet new people who share my love of God. It’s pretty cool!

See the source imageIn the end, I want this blog to reach as many people as possible who may not know the Lord. And I want people to know that I am NOT ashamed of the Lord and I am PROUD to be a Christian. 🙂

Verse of the day: Romans 1:16

“For I am not ashamed of the gospel because it is the power of God for salvation to everyone who believes….”

 

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Time

See the source imageOn Sunday nights at my church we have been going through Ephesians. This particular translation is in the English Standard Version. I don’t know what version you are more comfortable with but this particular version helps me understand it better.

We need to be careful with how we live our lives, especially in this day and age. We must make good use of our time. Time is running out! Jesus is coming back soon and we must be sure we are living godly lives!

How have you been spending your time? What version of the Bible do you prefer?





See the source imageI’ve been struggling these past couple of days. I’ve been having issues with my fibromyalgia and my bipolar disorder. I’m having a major flare up with the fibro and been having racing thoughts to the point where I can’t really focus on anything for more than a few minutes.  It’s quite frustrating. So if it seems like I’m not acting like myself, this is why.  I’d appreciate any prayers y’all might lift up for me.

 

 

 

 

 

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25 Secrets of People Who Can’t Work due to Fibromyalgia — Fibromyalgia Resources


Interesting read! I also am one of these people who cannot work at the moment. And it hurts so bad when people call me lazy. I don’t know how to get through to them that I’m NOT faking….that I’m NOT being lazy. The pain (and struggle) is very real!

Nobody feel awesome for being not able to work for the family. Due to nature of illness we have, continuing job will be the utmost desire that everyone have. Doctors appointments, tests, treatment, dealing emotional and physical symptoms as on its own a full time job that every fibromyalgia patient is doing. We have asked…

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Does The Devil Make You Sin?

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A little boy called his little sister a bad name. Then he hit her with a broomstick and spit on her. The mother said to the naughty child, “You shouldn’t have done that.” And the little boy said, “The devil made me call her a bad name. The devil made me hit her with a broomstick. But spitting on her was my idea.”

I think we would be surprised how much of our sin is our idea. It comes from that old Adamic nature that has a predisposition to sin. Galatians 5:17 says, “For the flesh lusteth against the Spirit, and the Spirit against the flesh: and these are contrary the one to the other: so that ye cannot do the things that ye would.”

Paul is saying that you and I have an inclination to do evil. So many times, we want to say the devil made us sin…

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Posted in bipolar, christianity, Faith, fear, forgiveness, grace, Jesus, love, mental disorders

Being Bipolar

I have suffered from a mental illness since I was 17. I was diagnosed with severe depression/anxiety in my senior year of high school. However, 8 years later I was diagnosed with bipolar disorder and after learning about the disorder suddenly I realized I had been bipolar since I was 17. All my erratic behaviors and mood swings totally made sense after the bipolar diagnosis.

It wasn’t long after my initial diagnosis of depression that I became a cutter. I cut because it made the mental pain go away. I cut because in a sick, twisted way it made me feel better. I wasn’t a Christian at this point despite having grown up in church. I was so lost, so out of it. I just didn’t want to live anymore. So I began cutting more and more. But I never got as far as cutting to end my life. But I had the tendencies. So my family placed me in the hospital. I spent a week there and was placed on medication.

I came home. The medication made me numb. I didn’t feel depressed anymore but I didn’t feel happy either. I was a zombie. So they changed my medication. It made things a little better, I guess.

Fast forward to March of 2003. I was home on break from college. I was at church listening to an evangelist speak. And that was the day I gave my life to the Lord. He made a statement that has stayed with me to this very day:

You can be 99% sure (about being saved) but you’re still 100% lost.

I knew immediately that despite my years of church going…despite me attending a Bible college….despite all the head knowledge….I didn’t have the heart knowledge. I was lost. I was a sinner. I needed God’s grace. And so I gave my life to the Lord. Now don’t get me wrong….just because I was now a Christian didn’t mean all my troubles went away…..it doesn’t work like that. But I now had Someone who would always be there and always help me through the problems.

Fast forward to January 2008. I had fallen back into a deep depression. It was miserable. I hated life. I wasn’t where I needed to be with my walk with God. I had backslidden. My feelings were starting to scare me so I decided to check myself into a hospital to get help. It wasn’t easy and I had second thoughts once I got there. I tried to leave but I wasn’t able to.  And I’m glad I didn’t. I got the help I needed and I got the correct diagnosis: I was bipolar. Suddenly it just all made sense.

I was put on a medication specifically for bipolar and then other medications for the depression and anxiety.

What is like to be bipolar? Well for me I get agitated super easily, when I’m having an episode I’ll tend to go on mini shopping sprees with what little money I have. I have a hard time sitting still (I’m ADD as well). My moods will be everywhere. I can be super happy about something and then be triggered and get down very very quickly. Being around me during an episode is not really easy for people. And I don’t blame them. I tend to try to keep to myself when I’m having an episode so I don’t make others miserable.

But I found God again. I got back on track with Him. But then I fell again. And again. Until finally in July of 2017….5 months ago….I fell in love with Jesus. I got on my knees and I prayed to Him and confessed all my problems, all my sins and just laid it down before Him and I finally got serious about God. For the first time since my initial salvation in 2003.

Is it hard being a bipolar Christian? Yes. Yes, it’s extremely hard and I struggle with it every single day. Some days are harder than others. But I know that God is with me. God has my back. God’s got great plans for me.

I just can’t wait to find out what they are!

 

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Patience

I’m at mom’s physical therapy appointment waiting for her to finish and I’m so bored. I brought my Nook to read but I’m just not in the reading mood at the moment. So why not write a blog post from my phone? 😊

Waiting has never been my favorite thing. My patience is very low and I get annoyed with the whole waiting game. It’s not something I’m proud of and I’m trying to learn how to have more patience but I WILL NOT pray for patience. That’s the one thing I will not do. Because I honestly believe patience is extremely tested when it’s prayed for. And I’m already tested enough, lol.

How about you? Do you or have you ever prayed for patience?

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Merry Christmas!

See the source imageMerry Christmas everyone! I pray that your day is great! May we always remember the true meaning of Christmas! So many times we tend to get caught up in the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season. But the greatest gift of them all arrived in a manger 2,000 years ago. Without this gift we would be doomed to a horrible life in sin. But God loved us SO much that He sent His only Son to the earth so that we can have life everlasting.

But Mary kept all these things, and pondered them in her heart

Luke 2:19

May we ponder these things in our heart as well.

 

 

 

 

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Weird

Weird is the next book on my list. I seriously love Craig Groeschel’s books! He has a way of grabbing your attention just like Kyle Idleman does in his books. I know, I know. I’ve compared Groeschel to Idleman already but I can’t help it. lol. Anyway, here is a synopsis of the book:

“Normal people are stressed, overwhelmed, and exhausted. Many of their relationships are, at best, strained and, in most cases, just surviving. Even though we live in one of the most prosperous places on earth, normal is still living paycheck to paycheck and never getting ahead. In our oversexed world, lust, premarital sex, guilt, and shame are far more common than purity, virginity, and a healthy married sex life. And when it comes to God, the majority believe in him, but the teachings of scripture rarely make it into their everyday lives.Simply put, normal isn’t working. Groeschel’s WEIRD views will help you break free from the norm to lead a radically abnormal (and endlessly more fulfilling) life.”

I want to be “weird!” (alright, I already AM weird in a lot of ways, haha but I definitely want to have these “weird views!”)


On another note: Tomorrow is Christmas Eve! How crazy fast has this year gone by? 2017 is almost gone.  I turn 35 in 2018. 35! What is even happening? Time is flying by!

I need to start thinking of goals I want to accomplish in this next year. Maybe I’ll make that a blog post for another time. 🙂

 

Verse of the day:

“Therefore the Lord Himself shall give you a sign; Behold, a virgin shall conceive, and bear a son, and shall call his name Immanuel.” Isaiah 7:14

Merry Christmas you guys! And Happy New Year!

 

Posted in Faith, fear, Jesus, love, rest, worry

Our Battles…..

 

I know it can be frustrating when life seems to hand us trial after trial. Just when we come through one trial, another one seems to be on its tail.  But if we remain faithful to God, if we give all our cares to Him, He WILL take care of us! We only need to “be still.” Being still can be hard, I know. But just give it to God. Nothing is impossible for Him. 🙂