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Abide In Me Lent Day 27

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O Lord Jesus
Please abide with me
Dispel my deep loneliness!
No one can be my companion forever
But you are the Lord who is everywhere
Present at all times
Only you are my dear companion and savior.
In the long dark night
Along the silent shadowy pathways
I beg you to grasp my hand.
When others have forgotten me
Please remember me in eternity!
In the healing and saving name of Jesus I pray.
Amen.

     Sometimes you have moments where God is close and other moments where He seems far away. In those moments where God seems far away, we can call out and ask that He abide with us. I feel so much comfort and joy when I feel closer to God. The times when I don’t feel close, are when I feel like I am just going in a circle and I can’t seem to find my way out of it. 

     In church we sing a song that says “Precious Lord, take my hand”, it is such a moving and soul rendering song. When we sing it, I feel like the heavens are open and we are right there with the angels. Sometimes I just have to stop everything that I am doing and just pray or sing out in worship. I don’t think God cares how long we are in those times of need, just as long as we seek Him. 

     Sometimes I need to seek God just to get me through to my next moment. Like when I am looking at my laundry pile. I need God’s strength to put it away. Or like yesterday, when I knew that I needed to work out and my body just wanted to be lazy. Yep, I had to say a prayer to get my body in motion. I felt so much better after my run. 

     I had to say a few prayers after seeing the news about Fort Hood yesterday. So I prayed for all of our troops and their families. I also reached out to my family and told them that I loved them. For me it is the small things that make big moments. Then I had to pray again when I heard people criticizing our troops. What did I do? I prayed and then deleted those people. I was too tired to blog about it last night but I mentioned that I am a full military supporter and I cannot be friends with people who don’t because our troops put their lives on the line everyday for our freedom(including our freedom of speech). 

     I know you are probably thinking, why would I care about what other people think or do? I just do. I try not to. But at the end of the day, I wonder if it is just a character defect. I am trying to work on it. I just don’t like when people attempt to hurt other people. I know what that feels like. So I do my best not to participate in hate fests, but I still feel hurt when I hear about it. I feel hurt when I hear about criticism/negativity. 

     So now one of my plans of action is to pray more. Pray for people first before I attempt to school someone on how much of a jerk they are being. I know that people say that people can’t make you feel things, but I feel everything. So, even though I don’t really have a good answer for why we feel the things we do, I would rather support someone in their feelings rather than tell them that they are being irrational. Even if I am being irrational in a thought or idea, does that mean that I can just be rid of the irrational thought at the snap of a finger?For instance, if I am in five different situations and all of the situations end up with the same actual events happening, I do not think my belief about the real events is irrational(because they actually happened). 

     In the meantime, I will focus on my laundry and other things that I need to do in order to get through this day. 

Namaste

     

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TheSW30(17) What Are Your Spiritual Beliefs And How Do They Impact Your Relationships?

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     My spiritual beliefs are both complex and simple. I am a dyed in the wool Baptist who has become a tad more liberal in her old age and has respect for all teaching that draw a person closer to God. I am a big believer in the quote “Religion is for people who don’t want to go to Hell and spirituality is for those who have gone through it”. I believe that my faith in God grows when I am in relationship with Him. I believe in personal devotions. I believe in the Word of God. I believe that God has a plan for my life. 

     How does this impact my relationships. Well, I love most people(because I am human). I strive to see the good in others(until they do something bad that makes me cross them off of my list). I have a lot of standards for a partner, but when some cute guy winks at me, my first thought is not “What is his relationship with Christ like?”. That is probably one big reason why I am single now. I think that because I am so open and accepting of others, that guys should just be ready to have a relationship with me at the drop of a hat. Nope, that is not how it works and when it does, it is just a road to disaster. 

     In my last relationship, I thought it was so awesome that my ex went to church with me. Until I figured out that he only went to church with me to keep his eye on me. I didn’t need a guy to go to church with me before and I don’t need one to go with me know. I would hope that my future partner would want to grow together and know that we go to church to grow in our relationship with God. 

     I think that my beliefs have helped me to make better choices in potential partners(for the most part). When I take the time to get focused on what God is calling me to, I don’t have time to give out my number to people who aren’t even the slightest bit interested in me(I have been doing good in that area, still a work in progress). I continue to pray for my future partner. I hope he is praying for me too. 

     Shalom

30 Days Of Truth(19) What Do You Think Of Religion

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Well, religion can be seen by some as a hot topic. We are taught that it is not polite to discuss religion at the dinner table. Please remember these are only my opinions. I think that religion is awesome. I find that religion is a path for many to draw closer to what they believe in. The quote that sticks in my brain is “Religion is for people who don’t want to go to hell, and spirituality is for those who have been through it”. This quote gets attributed to many people. One version is said to come from Frank Warren.

Because I have grown up with religion all of my life(born and raised Baptist, changed membership to Presbyterian, now just go by Christian, even though I am probably a dyed in the wool Baptist for life). My undergrad degree is actually in theology(people outside of Christian circles don’t really tend to care too much about that). I love learning about religion and how people live out their faith. This is one reason why I love to hear how people with no religion live. I always try to hear them out and look at things from their point of view.

I know that Jesus didn’t call me to be a jerk to those who believe differently than I do. So nine times out of ten I truly do try to listen to what someone has to say. I really hate it when some people try to paint all Christians with the same brush. I don’t do that(anymore) and it saddens me when people do it. I try to judge people on their own merits. Also, just because I am a Christian doesn’t mean that I agree with everything that another Christian says.

It saddens me when people kill each other in the name of religion. It also saddens me when people look at only the Old Testament and don’t look at the New(because when you do that, you don’t get to actually meet Jesus). I know that religion is a foundation of the lives of many in the world and I think that we all have more in common than we care to know.

Thanks for reading and pray for me as I pray for you 🙂

Shalom!