This summer and fall brought a lot of changes in our household. God led us down a new path and blessed us along the way. We are already so blessed…daily…to breathe, to walk, to see, to love…but God spoils us. When we follow His plan, He seems to add even more blessings along the way. I’m not at all saying if you are going through a difficult time you aren’t following God’s plan…by no means…but there are times when you feel extra blessed for following His ways.
However…after such blessings we seemed to be attacked a little: The month of September brought us some of the following:
Bees infested our daughter’s room…we are still battling the last (hopefully!) few!
A leaky bathroom pipe caused trouble for our living room.
My husband had foot surgery…
Among other normal life drama… 😉
God got us through every step of the way. He holds this world, He holds each moment of our lives, He is BIGGER than any attacks that come our way.
God is good all the time and all the time God is good! Praise God in the good and hard times. 🙂
I love Christmas! Obviously first and foremost I love Christmas because of what it is. Christmas is nothing less than the birth of my Lord and Savior. Without His perfect and precious birth, we would be nothing. Without His life begun, He could not have laid down His life for my sins and there would be no hope in this world. We are nothing, there is nothing, there would be nothing to have faith in or hope for…without Him we would all be sentenced to eternal death. Not only did He do all of that for me and you, but He has showered me with blessings of life, love, family, food, shelter…and on and on. I also love Christmas because, as you all know by now, I adore being with family and friends. I enjoy gathering around sharing food and fun memories while making new memories. It is a special time filled with traditions.
The enemy does not love Christmas. In fact, He knows that we are saved because of the birth of Jesus Christ. I think that is why there is so much pain at Christmas sometimes. He attacks people at their weakest at a time when they are praising the One who saved them. He attacks and tries to turn their vulnerability into a reason to distrust God. This is when we need God the most! He will not let us falter, He will not let us down, He does walk through every joy and every sorrow with us.
Hanging the ornaments on our Christmas tree each year is bittersweet. There are ornaments that were meant for Joshua. There are ornaments from people that are no longer here…that died too young. There are bitter memories along with sweet ones. My parents just attended a funeral of a great man who was attacked by cancer. His family knows beyond a shadow of a doubt that he is celebrating Christmas with his Savior this year, but each Christmas will have a scar as they remember the husband, father, brother and friend that they lost. My friend just was served divorce papers this week, a friend who has done nothing but try to save her marriage as her spouse has thrown it away. Another friend is facing her third Christmas without her husband at home. Life is tough and it seems to get harder at the times when we think we should be untouchable. Satan may attack, he may even win a few battles, but we know that the Lord is the ultimate victor. We know the end and He has already won. Don’t lose hope, don’t lose faith, put your trust in the One who is with you each step of the way. Celebrate Christmas and have joy in the Lord!
When people use their religion to defend repulsive behavior, killing or hurting others, I would hope it would make others quickly question that religion.
Kirstie Alley and other outspoken scientologists may not be as ruthless as terrorists who bomb families in the “name of religion,” but they certainly are not doing their religion any favors.
I saw on my MSN homepage that Kirstie Alley is attacking Leah Remini for actually having an opinion about a religion in which she was once associated. I do not know either person, but in terms of faith will very briefly discuss them. Leah Remini belonged to the Church of Scientology and has recently left. She does not have anything good to say about it. Neither do I, but she has actually been part of the group. I would say it is fair for her to express her opinions. Kirstie Alley who remains a scientologist cannot be friends with anyone who disagrees with her religion as she was quoted saying, “she’s a bigot. If someone was really out there [saying negative things about your religion], would they be your friend? They wouldn’t be mine. It’s not selective, I just won’t have people in my life that are that.”
It confuses me. As a Christian, my faith is attacked continuously. Not always directly and certainly not directly in a way that my life is at stake, but the Christian faith is definitely attacked by a large group of people. Do I like it? Of course not. Was it predicted in the Bible? Yes. Am I supposed to shun people who do not share my faith? NO NO NO! If you truly believe in your religion, you want others to be part of that religion. As a Christian, I truly believe the Bible. I believe that people need to have a personal relationship with their Lord and Savior to spend eternity in Heaven. I believe that so strongly that I do not want ANYONE to go to hell. NOT ONE. So whether or not you attack my religion, I will still pray for you. I will still be friends with you. I will not drop you because you leave my church. I would think every religion would feel this way. What good is anyone doing by being cruel “in the name of religion”? It baffles my mind!