“Not Alone” Pt. 2

 

“The calming presence is still with me. “What direction do I take? It is so dark. I cannot see where I am going.”  The presence replies; “Just follow me. I will lead you to where you need to go. I will light the way if you allow it.” I kept walking. I let the Him lead. I had no choice but to trust that I was going the right way. The figure saved me from the monster. He had to be trustworthy right?  The farther we walked, my eyes began to adjust enough to see a small light forming ahead in the distance.”

We come to a point every day where we have to make a choice. Its starts from the very moment we wake up. We choose to get out of bed in the morning, to read a book, to brush our teeth and many little choices throughout the day that are ours to make. These choices , though small have a consequence that will be either good or bad. If we do not brush our teeth, we will have bad breath. If we don’t get out of bed then we will be late for work. Even reading a random book has an affect. Every choice that we make impacts our lives.

What about the things that happen where the only choice we have is to trust someone or something else? For example: A family member has found out that they have cancer and only a certain amount of time left to live. We cannot choose to take it away from them. We can’t say that we want it to go away and it just happen. The only choices at that point that are ours is to have FAITH. We have the choice to be there for them. We have the choice to pray for them. We have to have faith that there is a reason that they are going through this. We have to have faith that God knows what is going on. We have to have faith that our family member will be at peace with the situation at hand.

“Trust God from the bottom of your heart; don’t try to figure out everything on your own. Listen to God’s voice in everything you do, everywhere you go; He’s the one who will keep you on track.” ~Proverbs 3:5-6 

The bible tells us that if we trust in God completely, then we will be okay. It tells us that if we allow ourselves to follow Him, that He will keep us on the right path. Our own understanding is not going to work when it comes to his will. We are not in control. God is! He will not let us fall. We can choose to try our own ways first, but before you do I ask that you think really hard about what choices in major situations that you have made that worked out the way you wanted for it to. Then think about the ways that it really turned out made an even better end result than you had thought. Think about how you felt when you first realized that specific thing that you wanted and actually got was not what you thought it would be either.  

…To be cont… “Not Alone” Pt. 3

 

 

Not Alone

not alone

 

“It is pitch black. I can hear the sound of someone behind me. My heart is racing. It is hard to breathe. I turn around. There is no one there. I still hear the invisible figure. I am trying to get away from it, but I gain no ground. I run faster and faster. The harder I try the harder it is to keep going. My legs are giving out. I am ready to give up. Out of nowhere there is a light whisper in my ear as if it came to me from my own heart. “Slow down, do not be afraid. You are not alone.” I hear the words and begin to slow down. The footsteps starts to fade as if going in the opposite direction. In this darkness now all I feel is peace.” 

You have made the choice to follow the teachings of the Bible. You go to church regularly now. You do this not just because it is what a christian is suppose to do, but because you know that it is a wonderful place to hear God’s word and Praise him and thank him for all of life’s miracles. From the tiny blade of grass to the majestic mountainous landscapes you are able to truly see God’s hand in all of it. You are saved, you have asked God into your heart and He did. You feel amazing inside and excited for this new life you are about to begin. But now comes the difficult part.

Friends come to you and ask you to go out on a Saturday night for a couple drinks or a late movie. Your answer, “I’m sorry, I cant. I have church in the morning. Rain check?” The reply’s are sometimes good. Sometimes your friends are excited for you and totally have your back no matter what you decide to devote your life to. Unfortunately, the ugly truth is that they mostly react negatively or in a way that is meant to be funny but is more just cruel mocking. I have personally gotten a few of these responses:

  • “Really! You are really gonna say no to hanging out with me for someting like that?”
  • “Ugh, its all just a bunch of crap anyways. Come on! Missing one day wont kill ya.”
  • “That is the most ridiculous thing I have ever heard.”

…and my personal favorite…

  • “They let someone like you into a church?”

When I say it is my personal favorite, I MEAN IT! It really is. I know that because of what the Bible tells me. I have had many labels. Many of them are not to pleasant. Meth head, Pot head, Whore, etc… It is a long list. Ya see, in the Bible there was this man named Paul. He was a powerful man who did many very bad things. With dedication and pride he was a part of many executions of the followers of Jesus Christ. Paul was literally KILLING people just for being Jesus’s people and Jesus still saw fit to save him and teach him. Jesus “chose” Paul; an obvious sinner to teach God’s words throughout the lands. Can you imagine the ridicule and opposition that he faced when he accepted and followed Jesus?

“Consider him who endured from sinners such hostility against himself, so that you may not grow weary or fainthearted.” ~Hebrews 12-3

Opposition will be something that you have to face. There is no real around that.The Good news is that you gain so much more in return. Do not let the off color jokes gets to you. Do not let Satan use the people you think are your closest friends to try to pull you away.  You are not alone. When following Jesus we are never alone. Once he is in your heart he stays there.

“So do not fear, for I am with you. Do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you, I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”~Isaiah 41-10

Have a wonderful week yall!

To be cont…

 

 

 

Sin

??Innocent until proven Guilty??

 

Are we innocent until proven guilty? The Answer is both yes and no. When speaking in worldly terms the answer is Yes. The laws of man when broken can only be punishable for someone after a long process of proving that an unlawful act was in fact committed. When speaking in terms of the Law of God the answer is no. Breaking laws and being sinful are two completely different things. The law of God supersedes the laws of man.

The bible says that we are born sinners. Grudem’s book on Systematic Theology agrees with the bible by defining sin as any failure to conform to the moral law of God in act, attitude, or nature. We are born sinners. Sin was present long before man was even created. It was present during the fall of Satan and the demons.  “For I was born a sinner, yes from the moment my mother conceived me.” (Psalm 51:5) This exert from the Psalm of David depicts that point perfectly in my opinion.

Since we are born sinners; what does that mean for us? This means we sin even just with our minds desires. “Among whom we all once lived in he passions of our flesh, carrying out he desires of your body and the mind, and were by nature children of wrath, like the rest of mankind.” (Ephesians 2:3) Examples of life application scenario, If I was to say…

  • I got invited to a party one time that was said to be full of fun and alcohol if I went. I had to call off work to do so, but I went. I got completely intoxicated made a bad decision with a boy. I went to this party with it already in my mind that something may happen with this boy. It did. I went with (Sinful Acts and Sinful Nature)
  • I got invited to this party and could not go unless I called off of work to do it. So I didn’t go to the party but the whole night at work I did as little work as possible because I was angry that wasn’t there with my friends and getting wasted with that boy. (Sinful Attitude and Sinful Nature)

Sin can be that complex, but can also be as simple as telling that lie to your boss so that going to the party could happen. This may seem a bit disheartening at first. The good news is in the verse John 3:16 “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him, should not perish but have everlasting life”. God has shown us his mercy by giving us a way to be free of the eternal punishment. God sent us his Son to be sacrificed so that by his blood to cleanse us and the faith and belief in Him to guide us; we could have a peaceful eternity in His kingdom with Him beyond this life.

It is never to late to turn your heart from Sin and start following the law of God. Go to God. Repent to Him and ask for His forgiveness. The phrase Come as You are is not just something for people to say. It is the way God expects you. He just wants you. Once the love of God is found, so is peace of heart and mind.

Hope All Have A Wonderful Day!!

 

 


					

Anger

“ANGER”

The most common reason that I have found that people say when asked why they do not believe in God is “Anger”. Mostly the anger stems from a very personal level of feeling wronged, cheated, or just plain let down by God. Unfortunately, when this feeling occurs our nature is to lash out and either denounce our current beliefs or to choose that we never believed to begin with. I have felt these feelings myself. I thought that I would be angry forever. I am here to tell you that it is ok to be angry. It is ok to feel the way that you feel. They are our natural response to tragedy. The only thing that I ask of you is to consider the reasons for the events when they happen before screaming out blame or contempt.

One of the first scriptures I was introduced to gave me pause.

“For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord. They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. In those days when you pray, I will listen. If you look for me wholeheartedly you will find me. I will be found by you, says the Lord.”  Jeremiah 29:11-14

To put this into context, that thing that happened to you or that prayer that wasn’t answered does have a purpose. My anger and contempt that I had in my heart was because of the loss of my one and only child and consequently the loss of my own ability to ever have children. This had me to the point of hating the whole world. I especially hated the thought of a deity that would allow it to happen to me. I screamed and cried out for years about why? In my heart I felt that I was a great mother. I felt that it was truly the only thing that I really knew how to do. I could not see what the plan was. When I read these words from the bible for the first time, I still could not see what it really meant. It took studying, reading the bible, and prayer and thought for me to see the possible reason that my anger is not just a guy up there messing with my life for kicks out of boredom.

The answer to those prayers and reading that I did was there right in front of me when I met a woman who had just recently gone through a similar situation as I had. This woman was so lost. She was sad and angry. She felt like she had nowhere to turn and she broke down in front of me. As she cried, I began to tell her my story. Her tears slowly began to lessen as she listened to what I had to say. After we talked and cried together, she told me how good it felt to be able to speak to someone that truly knew how she felt. We have sense become close friends and sisters in Christ.

After our encounter I went home and saw those words from Jeremiah on the dining room table because I had been working on a New Years’ devotional for one of my Facebook groups. It hit me like a ton of bricks. The realization of why I had been in that situation. The answer to why I had to go through that pain became all too clear. That woman and many more since have been able to find someone that they can relate to and trust on an incredibly personal level. In turn they have been able to help me with my sadness and anger as well. Bad situations do not always bear bad long-term results. According to God as long as we actively seek him, we will find peace and happiness even in the face of tragedy.

I know that this is not the only thing that God has planned for me. I know that great things are out there waiting for me because God says that they are and he keeps showing them to me. There is a positive purpose for your pain even if you cannot see it yet. It may show up in the form of another person that no one but you could ever possibly have the right words to help them.

I pray that all of you can find purpose and good through your pain and anger like I did. They purpose may not keep you from getting sad sometimes but that is ok. Just remember that God has the power to heal you in ways that you couldn’t possibly fathom if you let him.

“Ya’ll Have an Amazingly Blessed Week”

WELCOME

Welcome to “Faith Daisies”!

     I am so excited to start this journey into the word of the Lord with all of you! For those of you who do not know me, My name is Dusty. I am a “New Christian” at age 34. It was around this time last year that I realized that the love of Jesus Christ is the most amazing thing that I will ever feel in my entire life. I learned that it is never too late to ask for Jesus to come into your heart. For years I cursed God. I swore that I didn’t believe that he was real. I didn’t believe that even if he was real that he would care about someone like me. I have made many bad choices. I was a drug addict for a number of years. What was the point? Life was one crappy day followed by another. Just staying numb with drugs and alcohol till I died was kinda my plan. I could not fathom how something or someone that was suppose to be so great could allow for so many bad things to happen to me if he did care. To be honest I was angry at the world. There was nothing that anyone could do or say to make me believe that there was any possibility of a pure reason for the horrible life events that  had taken place throughout the years.

The amount of questions in my mind and heart were the same as I am sure many of you have experienced as well.

  • How can God allow babies to not get a chance at life?
  • Why would something or someone that is suppose to be so great let so many people die in stupid senseless ways.
  • How come we are expected put faith in something that we can’t see, or touch?
  • Why are rape and murder such common occurrences in a world that was created by a truly loving God?
  • How can we expect to believe in someone who has never done anything for us to help us when we need it?

There are answers to these questions. There is hope. He has been there for us since before we were even born. God made the ultimate sacrifice to give us the chance to be redeemed for our sins. Where are these answers? Where is this “Hope”? It is not a secret. It is right there in black and white in… The Holy Bible. To find salvation the first step is to read it. It says in John 3:16 “For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, so that whoever believes in him shall have eternal life.” It is not a secret that God was willing to watch His Son suffer and be tortured and killed on that cross to give us the chance to spend eternity in Heaven with Him. He loves us so much that he paid the ultimate price for us all to be able to have everlasting life beyond our flesh. A kingdom of no pain and pure love. 

Which brings me to the reason for this Blog. When I first felt the hunger to learn about the bible and the Promises of God I only knew that there was a book that told me about it. Unfortunately I was unprepared as to how it could be understood. The Bible comes in many different translations. My favorite now is the King James Version. The language is beautiful to me although often difficult to make sense of. I will be picking out some of the most commonly misinterpreted scriptures and putting them into context and mapping them out. It’s is not enough to just read the Bible. Reading without understanding bears no fruit. With extensive research and study sessions with different individuals I hope to bring some new life to scriptures that I and many others have found difficult to grasp.

There is therefore now no condemnation for those who are in Christ Jesus.[a] For the law of the Spirit of life has set you[b] free in Christ Jesus from the law of sin and death. For God has done what the law, weakened by the flesh, could not do. By sending his own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh and for sin,[c] he condemned sin in the flesh, in order that the righteous requirement of the law might be fulfilled in us, who walk not according to the flesh but according to the Spirit.”    Romans 8:1-4

“Have Wonderfully Blessed Day Ya’ll”

 

 

 

The Journey Begins

Thank Ya’ll for joining me!

 

“Make a joyful noise unto the LORD, all ye lands. Serve the Lord with gladness: come before his presence with singing. Know ye that the Lord he is God: it is he that hath made us, and not we ourselves; we are his people, and the sheep of his pasture. Enter into his gates with thanksgiving, and into his courts with the praise: be thankful unto him, and bless his name. For the Lord is good; his mercy is everlasting; and his truth endureth to all generations.”

Psalm 100