“The history of every temptation, and of every sin, is the same; the outward object of attraction, the inward commotion of mind, the increase and triumph of passionate desires, ending in the degradation, slavery, and ruin of the soul.” Unknown
Waking up from the long sleep to wonder, “how did I get here?! It really wasn’t sleeping but wakeful sleeping. Lolling for hours, days, weeks, months, years into decades of believing lies. Embracing lies to fulfill the fantasy life of my ignorant dreams. Ignorant here used as meaning unlearned not stupid. No by far, the first lie is “you are too smart for that” and “I won’t let people hurt me”.
We all have visions of ourselves and what an ‘ideal’ life will be. We encounter many circumstances beginning – really before birth. It is now proposed that unwanted children can relate to that emotion before ever being born, leaving a trail of wounds to their emotions and souls that only God can heal.
Then our surroundings, our culture, our familial group all play a role while we, being yet helpless as infants, soak up the ambiance, forming ideas based on experience. My life was immersed in belief that married life was a necessity. My father was a converted alcoholic that depended upon another and my mother a thrifty enabler with a firm, “if you see something that needs to be done, just do it”. Patterns develop, even as changes occur in the circumstances. Perceptions are evolved.
Perspective alters the way we view things. Our views are influenced by our experience in the same way our visual images are affected by our location. God’s eternal view of our circumstance is much different from our finite frame of reference. He knows our needs and understands our desires even when we have only a vague perception.…………………………………………
Therefore, among God’s churches we boast about your perseverance and faith in all the persecutions and trials you are enduring. All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering. 2 Thessalonians 1:4-5
I haven’t written in some time; not for lack of urging but because of my focus being askew. I was ignoring this blog as I have my emotions (especially fear) for years, even decades.
I know the Lord was asking me to wait and be patient. This process requires TRUST, which He and I both know I needs strengthened.
I have been in physical therapy to avoid surgery on muscles that have lost strength and understand that it takes exercise to bring them back to a place of stability but I failed to perceive that the same was true of my faith and belief. Years of dormancy and shelved emotions, placed my faith and trust on a dangerously low scale. God KNOWS THIS and He has used challenges in my life to rebuild me!! Praise His everlasting kindness!!
However, back to perception and focus. I AM…fingers on His keyboard because He asks me to be. I AM… His child and blessed beyond measure even when I know that I behave more like the prodigal son.
The Prodigal Son
11Jesus continued: “There was a man who had two sons.
12The younger one said to his father, ‘Father, give me my share of the estate.’ So he divided his property between them.
13“Not long after that, the younger son got together all he had, set off for a distant country and there squandered his wealth in wild living.
14After he had spent everything, there was a severe famine in that whole country, and he began to be in need.
15So he went and hired himself out to a citizen of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed pigs.
16He longed to fill his stomach with the pods that the pigs were eating, but no one gave him anything.
17“When he came to his senses, he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired servants have food to spare, and here I am starving to death!
18I will set out and go back to my father and say to him: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you.
19I am no longer worthy to be called your son; make me like one of your hired servants.’
20So he got up and went to his father. “But while he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion for him; he ran to his son, threw his arms around him and kissed him.
21“The son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’
22“But the father said to his servants, ‘Quick! Bring the best robe and put it on him. Put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet.
23Bring the fattened calf and kill it. Let’s have a feast and celebrate.
24For this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found.’ So they began to celebrate.
Luke 15:11-24 NIV
I follow Living With Confidence on wordpress.com and find God speaks to me especially through it as well as JosephsdailywalkwithJesus. Messages that my fellow bloggers put out reach those in need. Thank you all for writing. It requires giving something of your inner being to share with others; which is why I have been reluctant to follow the practice lately. My focus has been too much centered on my anxious thoughts for deliverance, comfort, peace, direction. The blog that I, inadvertently, found on Bible.blog while searching for reference is below:
For the third Monday in a row, I woke up feeling anxious. While seeking a job that would bring me closer to my family—and ultimately, my future wife—I felt impatient. I had grown tired of waiting for God to provide a solution and, as a result, began to doubt his plan for my life. I wondered if a plan existed at all.
In this moment, I came to a discouraging realization: few experiences bring about more anxiety, grief and uncertainty than waiting. I had prayed, my family had prayed, my fiancé had prayed, and yet I still found myself alone, without direction, searching for some sense of control. Instead of relying on God through this period of waiting, I tried to manage the outcome on my own, spending all hours of the night looking for a job—and an escape from my anxiety. The process felt suffocating.
Can you relate to this experience? You may be waiting for a spouse to share your life with or a loved one to recover from an illness. Maybe you’re waiting for a promotion, which would provide the financial flexibility your family so desperately needs. Regardless of the circumstance, your impatience begins to wear you thin. You question God, wondering if he hears your continual prayers. You don’t know how much longer you can wait before you give in to feelings of exhaustion and fatigue. You begin to doubt.
When you find yourself traveling down this uncertain road, turn to God’s Word for clarity. The Bible promises comfort for those who remain steadfast and patient, even when faced with seemingly insurmountable challenges. Find peace for the present, and hope for the future, by meditating on God’s Word today.
Wait for the Lord;be strong and take heartand wait for the Lord.
Wouldn’t it be WONDERFUL if everyone stopped hating, fighting, struggling to satisfy their own interests and looked to the Father for their care and protection while helping those around them with true respect and love. Paradise, a place of eternal bliss. We now know the difference between this and our reality, thanks to Eve’s choice in the garden, but are you aware that God has provided a means by which to supersede the consequences (DEATH) of this choice? Jesus is the Way just as the Path of Totality was the only way to see the full effects of the solar eclipse.
On Monday, I wanted to get the BUZZ on why traffic was increased 3x in some states because of the solar event. This is what I found:
If you’re wondering why everyone is freaking out about the Aug. 21 solar eclipse, it’s because this one is especially unique. While eclipses tend to happen somewhat frequently, Monday’s event marks the first time in nearly 100 years that people across the country will be able to see the total solar eclipse in its full glory — the path of totality stretches all the way from the west coast over to east. It’s a big deal for many, but can you see the solar eclipse if you’re not in the path of totality? The good news is that everyone will get a chance to experience the eclipse to at least some degree — but certain locations are definitely more ideal than others.
But wait, what does this “totality” nonsense even mean? It sounds somewhat apocalyptic, but it’s really just a word used to describe the phenomenon when the full moon’s shadow completely blocks out the sun, leaving only a fiery ring of the sun’s atmosphere (called the gossamer corona by science folks) visible in the sky. It usually only lasts for a few minutes, but it’s a pretty amazing thing to witness; unfortunately, though, this type of bulls-eye view is only going to be visible to people who happen to live along the eclipse’s direct path on Monday — aka the path of totality.
By KATHRYN KATTALIA
I was impressed that we have the choice each day, that God grants us to stay here, to get IN THE PATH of His provision by turning our hearts away from the selfish ways of the world toward Jesus and following His teaching. Repent…turn away from evil and denounce it. Only then can we hope to feel the full effects of the Path to Eternity (with a loving Father not eternally separated and tortured by our choices).
We are slaves by choice some to media, some to work, some to unhealthy relationships, food, anxiety, drugs, alcohol….the list is endless. We were redeemed in blood by the God of Everlasting Love; however, we MUST CHOOSE to serve Him. He is not looking for (and never has been since our creation some according to the Jewish calendar 5777 years ago or our current birthdays when He breathed our first breath into our lungs) mindless followers. He gave us FREE CHOICE and with it the consequences of those choices. Then in His Infinite Mercy allowed a part of himself to become human and take the consequences eternally so that we could choose to enjoy freedom.
“Therefore, there is now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus, because through Christ Jesus the law of the spirit of life set me free from the law of sin and death.” Romans 8:1-2
We have the choice to return good for evil and love for hatred. We have the choice to return peace for division because He grants us Peace beyond our understanding as we abide in Him.
“Remain in me, and I will remain in you. No branch can bear fruit by itself, it must remain in the vine. Neither can you bear fruit unless you remain in me. “I am the vine; you are the branches. If a man remains in me and I in him, he will bear much fruit, apart from me you can do nothing.”” John 15:4-5
Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness. | Lamentations 3:22-23
My Child, I am the Glory and the One who lifts your head. Even now My heart of compassion is being extended to you. My mercies are new every morning, and they never come to an end. Even in your weakness and in your times of struggle, My strength is being made perfect in you (2 Corinthians 12:9). Receive all that you have need of today, for a bruised wick and contrite spirit I will not deny (Isaiah 42:3).
Do not fret or fear the future, rather receive the grace that I offer you for today. Be assured that there will be new mercies every morning. I am calling you to trust Me and leave the future in My hands, having full confidence that I have…
This is a tremendous article. Many who encounter a narcissist for the first time are slow to recognize behavior. It can be a long struggle while the narcissist continues to isolate whenever possible. I found great truth in these 5 signs which cry out seek help to those who have not yet recognized the truth.
“Narcissistic people are always struggling with the fact that the rest of the world doesn’t revolve around them.” ~Unknown
It is common for individuals who experience narcissistic abuse to suffer in silence or not even know that they are being abused. Because narcissists are master manipulators, they can be very difficult to spot. Narcissist abuse syndrome is a term used by mental health professionals to describe individuals who have been victimized to the extent that long-term negative effects may seem insurmountable to the victim. Before we can heal, we must identify the signs telling us that healing must be a priority. Here are some of those signs.
1. Trusting again seems impossible If you are experiencing the effects of narcissistic abuse, chances are you find it difficult to trust others and maybe even yourself. Let’s not assume that the world is a safe and harmonious place…