I am a Pastor. I want to change my world by teaching people about how much God loves them, why the Gospel is called the Good News.
I have experienced the love of God. I have also come to realize that we interpret God through a filter of how we have experienced people. That is why we sometimes don't see Him as He really is; we are judging God by our experience with mankind.
God is a good God. He has longed to walk in relationship with man from the beginning. He placed Adam and Eve in paradise because He is good and loves to bless us with only good things. But He gave us a free will. He did not want to create us to be robots. In their free will they decided that what they had been given by God was not enough. When they were tempted by the evil one, they believed him, instead of trusting that God would never want to keep anything that is good from them. In that moment when they chose to listen to the enemy rather than believe in God's love, distrust, shame, and blame entered the world.
Adam and Eve had been given dominion and authority over all the earth but they relinquished it to the one they chose to believe when they trusted him – he was the enemy.
That is why evil, pain, and death entered the world. It was never God's intention for man to live like this. So God sent Jesus, His only Son. He gave us another chance to see His love through this action, another chance to believe in His goodness, another chance to know His love.
The whole Bible is a story of God pursuing our heart. His desire is to reveal His good nature and His love to mankind.
Disease, death and trials are a part of life only because humankind stepped out of their trusting God in the Garden. Disease, death, and trials are not His judgements on man. Many times they are just a result of how people choose to live. For example, if you tell a child not to run out in the street and they disobey, they can get very hurt. God gives us guidelines on how to live in the Bible for our own good and so that we will have a life of blessings.
Jesus loves you so much.
I'm not sure how much you know about Jesus. But there is an incredible story in the Bible that explains who He is and how much He loves you.
I will say to you, that if you ask Jesus to reveal Himself to you- He will.
I’ve always said, “The challenges of relationships are the greatest tool for personal growth.” Working out the challenges will mature us.
There are many kinds of relationships. Some are superficial, some are deep. Each carries its own value. Each carries a form of comfort. To know that you are loved is a beautiful thing.
Every relationship is unique in that there are two people carrying their own baggage of positive and negative experiences. The positive experiences cause us to believe in love and to pursue it. The negative experiences damage our ability to receive and give love causing us to run from it.
Heart stones are the bad experiences. Love cannot grow where there are heart stones. The soil is hard – unable to receive the water and nurture that your heart needs to grow.
Every time we made a vow to protect ourselves from the pain that love brings, our hearts produced stones. These stones make our hearts heavier than they were meant to be. Our hearts become heavier because our heart was created by God to love freely and heart stones keep us from doing what is natural for us to do.
Heart stones carry messages. Engraved upon the stone are what we have chosen to believe to protect us from the conflicting reality that although we were created to love, as humans we are unable to love well.
There are times that we can feel the stones. We pick up the stones to comfort us when we are in distress. We can even hurl them at those we love when love becomes too painful to bear and we want to push someone away.
But we were not meant to have stones in our heart. Heart stones have cracks. They are imperfect. They even look defective. They are lifeless. They have no beauty – or so we believe.
Yet something happens when you give a heart stone away. Heart stones are meant to be gently carried and placed into the nail scarred hands that know and understand your pain. Heart stones are meant to be carried to God. They are our offering to the one who never stopped loving us despite what was hurled at Him.
Giving Him our heart stones, make room in our hearts for a place where love can rest and heal our wounded places.
Phone calls, Email, texting, Facebook and now … Blogs? What else is there? I know blogs have been around for a while but I've been dragging my feet like I do with all the other new ways of communicating. I asked myself – "Why?" The answer – I just really prefer face to face communication!
I value sharing my life with others and having them share theirs with me. But, come on now! How feasible is it really to have face to face communication with all of the people I want to be connected with? Not very feasible these days! Even phone calls challenge me, but here I am, entering into the blog world.
I live a full life. Every day is different. I have somewhat of a routine that brings me stability, yet everyday my experiences are different. That's just the nature of living connected to a God that is never-changing yet always moving!
My life is changing every day because I experience movement, change, spiritual and emotional growth – (hopefully not physical anymore) because that is how I have chosen to live my life; an evolving life.
So what do I blog about? I will write about insights into life that I feel He gives me. Revelations that I get that make my life journey doable. My blogs will be about embracing changes that have made it possible to grow, about facing challenges that are not always what I prefer to do, and about maturing emotionally and spiritually to become a better person. They are about where I see God in my life, and what He is whispering to me in the midst of all the noise around me. They are about the little ways and the big ways that He is constantly communicating to me about what His nature is like, or how attentive He is to my life. I want to express the things He does to let me know He is there and the things He does to show me that He really does love me. Then there will be days that it will be about the somber realities of life, because I would be lying to say that those days don't exist.
This is what I will write about because this is my life. It is what I love and it is what I enjoy; sharing with people that are looking for change.
Blogging? What is it? To me, it will be about sharing my life with you. I hope you can share your thoughts, your insights and your life with me here, since I can't have the ideal – face to face interaction.
Blogging? I'm actually looking forward to it.