Forgive

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“Pay attention to yourselves! If your brother sins, rebuke him, and if he repents, forgive
him, and if he sins against you seven times in the day, and turns to you seven times, saying, ‘I repent,’ you must forgive him.””
‭‭Luke‬ ‭17:3-4‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Forgive

Recently a retired minister told me how his family still blames him for the death of one of their relatives. All he had done was wired money to her at her request. His action came from his love for her. But her boyfriend who was drug addicted murdered her for that money. Clearly the minister had not done anything wrong, but years later he struggles with guilt, which has been reinforced, if not caused, by his family members blaming him. Now I feel certain that he has counseled people during his pastoral career about such undeserved guilt, but he has suffered for many years. Hopefully my discussion with him eased his conscience and reminded him that God forgives us when we repent and turn from our sin. In his case, he didn’t need forgiveness, except from himself.

 

December

5ACC3B75-2D82-442C-918E-9E90ED587991“For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.”
‭‭Jeremiah‬ ‭29:11‬ ‭ESV‬‬

December

December is always an exciting month. It brings winter and Christmas, as well as a break from school and work for some. This year it is the last month before the start of the twenties. I am so hopeful that this new decade will bring positive changes in our world. Obviously we cannot predict the future, but we can trust that God will keep His Promises.

Rejoice

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What a beautiful word that describes the fruits of a joyful heart! In the middle of the night, someone described me as a “badass” in the good sense—someone who energetically plows forward. Though my feelings might not always be so pleasant, I rejoice in the hope of Our Savior. I realize that helping others is my calling and healing is my gift. Even when our healthcare system is anything but caring, I still have to care with deeds, not logos and advertisements and scores. I recall a song’s words from my childhood, “though I felt confused and lonely, God felt my anxious tears; now my heart adores my Savior and my soul is filled with praise.” Let us rejoice in His goodness and mercy!

Hope

26FC1776-92C5-42EF-B59B-C12B9B617692“I wait for the Lord, my soul waits, and in his word I hope;”
‭‭Psalms‬ ‭130:5‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Hope

Some people have reminded me to be more positive in my BLOG posts, even though I see them as mostly positive. Living in today’s world, there is a spiritual warfare surrounding us that has escalated beyond my wildest dreams. The level of suffering and pain has reached new heights. Often, I feel helpless because one person can only do so much to correct the many problems of society. I struggle to maintain some sense of self worth, in an environment that seeks to criticize and blame and harass. What can we do? I always come back to God and rest assured that He is our only Hope. Praise be to God!

RomCom

22DA6294-53D9-40C8-BCBE-1F979EFE6B95“But, as it is written, “What no eye has seen, nor ear heard, nor the heart of man imagined, what God has prepared for those who love him”—”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭2:9‬ ‭ESV‬‬

RomCom

Last night I watched a romantic comedy, a romcom. Yes, I actually tend to like them because they leave you feeling pleasantly satisfied that all worked out well. As I quietly pondered why romcoms evoke such emotions, it occurred to me that life is meant to be similar. If we put our faith in God, He will make everything work out—that is the promise and the ultimate delight. What joy we can have through Him as we live with this hope. And just like the romcom, we will live happily ever after.

Path of Righteousness

CEF38A05-C71E-4B44-B9B7-C165159CABE8“So you will walk in the way of the good and keep to the paths of the righteous. For the upright will inhabit the land, and those with integrity will remain in it,”
‭‭Proverbs‬ ‭2:20-21‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Path of Righteousness

Everyday I try to walk in the path of righteousness, but there are so many temptations from our world. We now live in a society that has strayed far from the path and tries to condone sinful behavior as okay. We have to remember to love the sinner and hate the sin. All of us fall short of righteous so we should try not to be self righteous. Thankfully we live in hope by faith and that is all we need.

Phototropism

D147AADE-0600-4D4F-B2F6-F330FF543404“Your sun shall no more go down, nor your moon withdraw itself; for the Lord will be your everlasting light, and your days of mourning shall be ended.”
‭‭Isaiah‬ ‭60:20‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Phototropism

Plants sometimes express phototropism, meaning they grow toward the light. I was struggling today along my journey and thought about what I really need to do is be still and grow toward His light. I definitely want to get back into His Word and let His Truth set me free. Deep inside I know that my only Hope is my Faith, and yet sometimes I resist what is good and yield to temptation—always a negative result. Life is indeed a journey and we need that guiding Light.