Monday, August 2, 2021

Music Monday: God Believes In You by Jill Phillips

  

 

Music Monday: God Believes In You by Jill Phillips  

by Debbie

 

Wow, it’s hard to believe that summer is almost over; where has all the time gone? I have been enjoying the last week with my aunt visiting from North Carolina. It was extra special considering it was my mom’s birthday, and it was her first time seeing our new house.

This song goes out to all of you who are struggling in your faith. These are rough times we are not five through; our faith is tested in more ways than we could’ve imagined. But take heart; God believes in you.

Life’s not easy. Believe me, I know... I have to rely on other people to get up in the morning, to get dressed to eat, and to go to bed at night. Still, I move on with joy (most of the time) - knowing there’s a purpose in my life. The same goes for my writing; sometimes, I question its purpose. Who am I doing it for - the accolades or for Jesus?? I am sure all my writer friends can relate to this feeling.

But the sad truth is, God never promised this life would be easy. Jesus proclaimed the opposite, saying in John 16:33, “I have told you these things, so that you may have peace. In this world you will have trouble. But take heart! I have overcome the world.”

Jesus wants us to be faithful with our gifts and talents; no, he doesn’t expect perfection from us. In fact, he knows we’ll stumble back into our ways. That’s why God sent His One and Only Son to Earth to save us from our sins-both past and present! Not only that, but he takes things one step further by providing us with the Holy Spirit-sealing us for the courts above. The Holy Spirit is so much more, though; it helps us express our feelings to the Lord- when we cannot articulate them ourselves. Through our grief, the Holy Spirit can discern what we need and communicate that to the Lord. Other times, we may be faced with two choices and asking for God’s wisdom on which path to take. Both may look good to me, but only God knows which way is best

Jill Phillips’ “God Believes In You” can be accessed here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AbPhHWdvCIY

Friday, July 30, 2021

Faithful Friday: In Honor Of the Olympics

 Welcome Back Readers~

Okay, so this past week worked out nothing as I planned. But you know what people say, “Men make plans, God laughs” or something like that. The truth is, I have been dealing with some stomach issues, and we have no idea what may be causing them; I don’t go out much, so it can’t be anything that’s going around. My mom wonders if it could be stress-related, having to post something three times a week. Honestly, I’m beginning to wonder myself. Still, I will keep going in the meantime - until I figure something out. In the end, I may try backing down to two times a week on the blog, so it would be helpful if you started thinking about which two themes you want me to keep. I will say it’s a lot to do keeping everything straight.

You probably have guessed there’s no special interview for today’s “Faithful Friday”-something has come up, and it is postponed again. But I promise you it is coming. In the meantime, I thought I’d do something in honor of the Olympics. For as long as I can remember, I have been fascinated with women’s gymnastics and swimming; their ability to tumble and fly through the air amazes me. If I were able, I have no doubt in my mind that I’d be in gymnastics myself. Still, the commitment it takes to go to the gym five times a week and practice the sport blows my mind. Having two nieces in swimming, I get a little glimpse into the kind of commitment and skill it takes.

I can’t imagine the kind of pressure the Women’s Gymnastics team was under Monday morning, having to cope without their team leader Simone Biles. Even still, the team was able to pull it together and win silver. A very nice performance. But I do feel for Simone and whatever she is feeling. I can’t imagine traveling to Tokyo to showcase your talent and have something happen to doubt yourself. Of course, many would say, “Simone should have gone ahead anyway.” But if you’re not yourself, doing stunts can be dangerous; you need focus and confidence. So I think she did the right thing in eliminating herself from the competition. In doing this, she not only saved herself from potential injury but kept her team’s overall score in mind - falls that would mean the deductions, and she wasn’t willing to risk it.

Still, I hope to see Simone Biles back in action sometime soon. The world of gymnastics won’t be the same without her. At any rate, I came across this article about gymnastics from a biblical perspective, and I thought I would share it with you. The amount of pressure these athletes are under is tremendous, but we must remember they are still just humans prone to the same mistakes as we are. No one is perfect; only God is. Here’s the article if you want to read it:

 

https://thinkchristian.net/the-imperfect-grace-of-olympic-gymnasts?utm_campaign=TC_GeneralCampaign&utm_medium=email&_hsmi=144159953&_hsenc=p2ANqtz-8PN33aFoX9mLBdbi3ZxhTmogjZ0SGII7ofbkLEPL0fmOncsPDtcfG7n70Kf045MosIUDTToSR0X9HKL-YkeZnEaRpYOHp_YfsblPaAARnXz13e17Y&utm_content=144159953&utm_source=hs_email

Wednesday, July 28, 2021

Wisdom Wednesday: Esther's story


 Welcome to the addition of "Wisdom Wednesday".. Today we look at the story of Esther with a new perspective. Hopefully, you will realize there is wisdom in waiting for God's timing

Monday, July 26, 2021

Music Monday: Prize Worth Fighting For by Jimmie Kimmett

   Music Monday: Prize Worth Fighting For by Jimmie Kimmett

by Debbie

 Another weekend has come and gone. It’s that time again time to get back to work. For some of you, that’s easy because you enjoy your job and what you’re doing. For others, not so much.

Today’s song is specifically for those people who are questioning their jobs. They know they must provide for their family, but they’ve grown unhappy and unsatisfied with their position. They are tired of going through the motions and not being recognized for their good work. They want more.

Sadly, a lot of people feel this way. But I believe it’s because people are searching to satisfy a more profound need- a need for Jesus! God knows this; after all, he created us that way.

As Christians, it is easy to forget this and get caught up in the daily grind. However, we must never lose sight of our eternal purpose and ultimate reward awaiting us.

So whatever you are going through today, press on. Press on knowing that:

  1.  God loves you; His love will see you through whatever this place may throw your way.
  2.  God is worth every bit of suffering we experience on this earth; it is nothing like the suffering that Jesus experienced on the cross.
  3. Our faith is based on nothing we did; it’s a free gift from God

 G – God’s

R – Riches

A – At

C – Christ’s

E – Expense

 

Jimmie’s music video “Prize Worth Fighting For” can be accessed here:

 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DGbQ90kYZrI

Friday, July 23, 2021

Faithful Friday: Nick V's story

  Welcome Back Readers~

Over the past couple of weeks, I have tried to post new and inspiring articles/blogs that pertain to the three distinct themes I have introduced over the summer. As you may recall, I mentioned the idea of highlighting real people (close friends) who are determined to make a difference in today’s society no matter what the cost. I still plan to continue the idea next week by interviewing someone you and I both know and love. Maybe if you’re lucky, I will post some hints about who it is and hold a game of some sort for the winner.

In the meantime, I do have something somewhat new planned for you on this “Faithful Friday.” Many of you already know I hold a special place in my heart for people with disabilities who refuse to let their limitations stop them from accomplishing their dreams. One such gentleman is Nick Vujicic; for those not familiar with his story, let me give you a quick summary. Born in Melbourne, Australia, in 1982, doctors had no idea that the birth would be nothing but extraordinary. Despite having three sonograms, nothing prepared them for what was to come. You see, there will boy was born without arms and legs. Doctors cannot come up with any medical reason for his disability; so the family did their best to cope- refusing to treat Nick any less than normal because of his limitations. They were determined to treat him just like any normal kid. School, however, was a different story. Nick was bullied because of his disability. As time went on, he began questioning his reason for living, even to the point of trying to take his own life at one point. But after visualizing his parents at his grave, Nick has second thoughts.

And look what God has done in his life. Today, Nick is a speaker, an avid advocate for anti-bullying campaigns, and writer of several books. He is a husband and father to two boys-having never gave  up the hope of being married someday

That being said, I came across this YouTube talk he did surely after being married that talked about this idea of faith and never giving up hope. I thought I would take a minute to share with you

youtube.com/watch?v=6P2nPI6CTlc 

 

Wednesday, July 21, 2021

Wisdom Wednesday: God's Providence

 In today's wisdom Wednesday, we take a look at the idea of God's providence in our lives.




Monday, July 19, 2021

Music Monday: There's A Place for Us by Carrie Underwood

  Music Monday: There's a Place For Us by Carrie Underwood

by Debbie

Have you ever felt out of place - like you don't belong here? Have you ever felt like it would be easier to give up? I guarantee you're not alone. That's part of the reason I love reading; reading can provide a sense of escape from the difficulties of this world and transport you to another world beyond your imagination. For example, CS Lewis' series  The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, so effortlessly presents this idea of a world beyond the walls of an ordinary wardrobe closet where strange half-man, half-animal characters exist, and a witch dwells, daring to threaten the world's very existence. I won't spoil the rest of the story for those who haven't read this series fully yet (I'll admit I'm one of them, but I have cheated and seen the movies) except to say this leads the children on a spectacular adventure. Not only that, but it stretches readers-both Christian & non-Christian alike to think about their faith in a new way.

When I first heard "There's a Place For Us" as part of the end credits on The Chronicles of Narnia: The Voyage of the Dawn Treader in theaters, I couldn't help but tear up. That song explicitly described what I was feeling. I recently struggled with getting "laid off" of a position I loved helping to make sure technology remained accessible to people with disabilities. Unfortunately, the program was cut, leaving me no longer needed. But still, it left me wondering, "Okay, Lord. Now what??"

To be honest, I still wonder what could have been...

Several years later, I still wonder what God has up his sleeve with my writing. Of course, I want to make enough money to provide for myself in the future, Before I get a ton of emails, I realize writers don't make a lot of money. However, since I am disabled and limited in my abilities, writing is something I can do... actually, it is about the only thing I can do! Not to mention that the idea of making money by doing something I enjoy also appeals to me.

But then again, this place is not my home. If you’re Christian, this same goes for you; but unlike the world of make-believe, Heaven is real. One day, Jesus will return and gather his followers to Himself. On that day, my broken body will be made whole, and I will finally be at peace.

To listen to Carrie Underwood’s song, you can find it here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fwmbcLbiF5I

On a personal note, I would encourage you to see all the Chronicles of Narnia movies if you ever get the chance. For those that already are subscribed to Disney +, the movies are now available. They have been on my watchlist for a while now, and I have watched them more than twice Personally, I relate strongly to the character of Lucy because of her propensity to compare herself with others. At times, she is so sure of herself- others not so much. Still,  the character of Aslan reminds her that if she hadn’t have existed, her siblings would not have discovered Narnia.

I have chosen to include a couple of my favorite quotes from the movie. They are as follows:

"We have nothing if not belief,"-Voyage of the Dawn Treader

"It is my hope that by knowing me in this world, you may know me better in the next,"-Azlan, Voyage of the Dawn Treader

"Stop doubting your value; don't run from who you are."

- Voyage of the Dawn Treader

Now please watch the movies and send me a note letting me know who you relate to the most.

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