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My First Love

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Recently, God has impressed on my heart my relationship with Him. As life gets busy, my time is limited, and my body is exhausted, I start feeling the distance in my relationship with God growing. At times I notice in time to catch myself and update my priorities, making sure I spend the time I need in God’s Word and talking with Him. Other times I don’t notice, and I find myself feeling defeated and lonely, trying to retrace my steps and backtrack to where I was before. As I’ve mentioned this to others, most people are very understanding and empathetic, as it seems to be a struggle for everyone. On the other hand, some people I’ve mentioned it to don’t seem to understand what I mean by relationship with God and have never experienced that close love relationship, and that scares me!
I tend to have three pillars in my life that I do my best to make priorities: Bible reading, prayer, and church. I guess from an outside perspective, this could make my faith seem works based, meaning si…

Father of the Fatherless

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Psalm 68:5 “Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.”
I remember being six and almost losing my dad. I don’t think I completely understood what was going on, but I still remember the fear. My story has a good ending, because my dad didn’t die. He was paralyzed and pushed into an early retirement that basically meant I got to be closer with him than I ever was before. I’m very thankful that he is still here, and has helped me navigate through life during some very crucial years.
Last week, the father of two of my cousins (almost 5 and 3 years old) died suddenly in a boating accident. My heart hurts for them, and I can’t help but think of how different my life would have been if way back when I was six my story had been, “Her father died suddenly in an accident in the US Air Force.” When we realize how important and vital fathers are for kids, how do you move on?
I also think of my friend Sofia, whose dad died of cancer when she was only 3. I thin…

Created to be Connected

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Ecclesiastes 4:9-12, “Two are better than one, because they have a good reward for their toil. For if they fall, one will lift up his fellow. But woe to him who is alone when he falls and has not another to lift him up!Again, if two lie together, they keep warm, but how can one keep warm alone? And though a man might prevail against one who is alone, two will withstand him—a threefold cord is not quickly broken.
One lesson that I have learned over the years is the importance of staying connected with believers. This past weekend I was able to join my church’s youth group on a camping trip, and I cannot explain how excited and blessed I feel to see how connected we all are! All weekend I had the thought of the verses I listed above, except we were a thirteenfoldchord...which would be nearly IMPOSSIBLE to break.
I naturally have a very strong sense of independence. I tend to approach ministry and life in general with the attitude “I can do this on my own.” Certain aspects of that kind of…