Life with Meaning

We go through life wondering if our life has meaning. We may even feel as the Israelites did when they wandered through the desert waiting for what was next. It had to be on their minds; when was it going to end, just wandering through spiritual dryness and not having a life with purpose. At times, they focused on the past and how things were really good even though they had many hardships and it wasn’t all that great.

Everyone wants to have a life with purpose. We want to know “is this it.” I get up, go to work or get kids ready and off to school, busy with home chores, cook, not much down time or T.V., computer and then go to bed. You may think, “Is this all there is to my life?” Even with tasks that you think are meaningless, they can be looked upon and turned into something with purpose. Life does not have to be filled with meaningless wandering. With just one small step of faith in the right direction that God wants us to take, a flood gate can be opened. Being faithful in what God wants us to do we are given more responsibility.

The master was full of praise. “Well done, my good and faithful servant. You have been faithful in handling this small amount, so now I will give you many more responsibilities. Let’s celebrate together!” Matthew 25:21

There are some fantastic examples in the Bible we can follow. One being Paul whom thought he was leading a great life with purpose by persecuting Christians until he was blinded that one day by Christ to stop him in the direction he was going. Paul took a huge step of faith and did what Christ was asking him to do; stop persecuting Christians and instead spread the Good News and follow Him. Because he was a good and faithful servant and followed Christ, God gave him more responsibilities. He had a life with purpose and meaning. Scripture is sprinkled with many more individuals that had lives with meaning and purpose. Take time this week to find someone you can relate to and take responsibility for the life you have. Live a life with purpose.

“I believe that I am not responsible for the meaningfulness or meaninglessness of life, but that I am responsible for what I do with the life I’ve got.”  Hermann Hesse

Blessings!

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Hold My Hand!

Will you hold my hand?
I need a little help here
I don’t think I can walk alone
It looks dark and scary ahead
All my fears are coming to the surface
Seeping into the air that surrounds me
Wanting to suffocate me
Until there is no breath left
Why do I feel so alone?
Why do I feel so overwhelmed?
“Hush little baby don’t say a word”
But I would rather say
“Hush my little child don’t you cry
You are the twinkle in Papa’s eye”
Papa cares for each of his children
He will never leave us on this dark path
Yes, I may feel overwhelmed at the moment
Yes, all my fears are taking my breath away
But I am forgetting one thing
I am trying to walk this path alone
Papa’s hand has always been there
He is there to walk with me
He will never leave me
I forget to grab his hand
He wants to take my fears away
But I seem to want to hold on to them
Why?
This is a dark and scary place to be
He will give light and fresh air to breathe
Solid path to walk on
Wow, what freedom I have walking with him

In Matthew 1:23, when Christ was born he was called Immanuel, meaning God is with us. By opening our soul to God, Papa, we will see and feel his presence and find his hand.

Now glory be to God! By his mighty power at work within us, he is able to accomplish infinitely more than we would ever dare to ask or hope.
Ephesians 3:20

Thank you Papa for loving me and walking beside me every step of my life.

Blessings!

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Attention! Can I have your Attention Please!

With all the different types of social media out there from Facebook, MySpace, Twitter, and Google+ to the many types of blogs; we are looking for attention or to share our thoughts with anyone who will listen. We may be trying to sell our business products, political views, wanting to reach people for Christ, or want to connect with friends and family. Some may be lonely and this is the only way they can connect with others. We don’t want to feel alone in this world.

Social media and blogs are places where people write how they are feeling, what is on their mind, share their photography, and a way for family to see how the rest of the family is. It is also a great way to encourage each other in this thing we call life.

Over the past few years of observing social media, it can be great to have around but it can also have a negative impact on our lives. I have seen stress, lashing out and others torn apart because of something someone else said. I see drama carried throughout our lives. We should never tear others down but instead build them up. We need to help others push through their pain and struggles. A word of encouragement at the right moment can be the difference between pushing through to the end and collapsing along the way.

Encourage each other and build each other up.
1 Thessalonians 5:11a

Some may not understand why others reach out through social media. We were not created to be alone but we are created for relationships. First and foremost God created us to be with him. He wants our companionship and to be present in our lives for eternity. That is why we crave attention from others. We want a relationship with someone. We should never feel like we are alone in this world. In Genesis 2:18, God said it was not good for man to be alone.

A person standing alone can be attacked and defeated, but two can stand back to back and conquer. Three are even better, for a triple-braided cord is not easily broken. Ecclesiastes 4:12

One thing we should always remember, relationships will affect our faith. Be cautious as to whom we are reaching out to for attention. Be strong in your faith. We can become easily entangled in sin in a blink of an eye or we can help others become strong in their walk with God. Each of us must have a relationship with God. One good thing about having that relationship is we can have 24/7 access to him. Someone that will listen to everything we say; what is in our mind and heart. I know this relationship is different from the ones we have on earth. Here on earth we can feel the affections, have an instant response to what we say.

Everyone needs somebody. Do not be alone and isolate yourself from the world. Do not keep everything in and bottled up. Be mindful of who you are reaching out to for attention. In every relationship, build each other up, never tear down and tap into your 24/7 access to God for direction, guidance, love and peace for your life.

Blessings!

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Lost

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We may have felt lost at some point in our lives. Either having a feeling of walking in the dark or just being completely lost; not being able to find our way. We may take different a direction/path in life, walk a little further away from God each day, or not realize we are lost until we look around and not recognize our surroundings. We can get lost along the way in this thing we call life. Our world can swallow us up, blind us and rob us of any joy we find. We wake up one day to find many things have gone in a blink of an eye. How did life move so quickly? How did I get where I am? I didn’t want to be where I am today.

Your word is a lamp for my feet and a light for my path. Psalm 119:105

Most would never go into the woods at night without a light or the light of the moon when it is pitch black. Every step we take we do not know what is directly in front of us. In order to walk safely we need a light to show the roots, the holes and any cliffs or dangers that lie ahead.  The same is true for our lives. We can wonder aimlessly into the dark world not seeing the path we are headed down or any dangers that are right in front us. We may even get entangled in our sinful world. There are many ways for us to lose our way not just sin.

For troubles surround me— too many to count! My sins pile up so high I can’t see my way out. They outnumber the hairs on my head. I have lost all courage.
Psalm 40:12

I have wandered away like a lost sheep; come and find me, for I have not forgotten your commands.

Psalm 119:176

If you plan to do evil, you will be lost; if you plan to do good, you will receive unfailing love and faithfulness.
Proverbs 14:22

No matter how we lose our way, there is hope of finding the correct path once again. God and his word is our light for our path. He can guide us in the direction we need to go. He helps us to not stumble as we walk and gives us unfailing love and faithfulness.

Remember to spend some time with God so his light will continue to shine upon your path.

Blessings!

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