2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Thursday, July 12, 2012

He Never Said It Would Be Easy

To say that the past few weeks have been trying would be an understatement.  Wondering how I am still standing can only be explained by the power of God.

My grandmother passed away a few weeks ago.  She was the last of my grandparents and the one that I was closest to.  I remember spending summers there with her.  Even funnier remembering her fussing at me for something silly.  I can't tell you how much I miss that.  She led a full life, an amazing life at that and she passed at the age of 91.  I will miss her dearly but will rest in the fact that she had such an amazing life.

About a week after that my mom had to bring my dad to the hospital he was shaking and running fever.  She was only back a day after returning from Honduras (that is where she is from) and now exhausted was up for another task.  My dad had pnemonia in both lungs.  What was even worse was he was unable to swallow because of damage done to his tongue.  

A few years ago my dad had a really bad infection in his inner ear due to getting water in his ear (he had holes in his ears from tubes).  The doctors refused to diagnose his infection for over six months insisting that his cancer had returned.  Finally he found a doctor that would treat the infection with antibiotics but by then the infection had already done its damage.  It finished off what the radiation didn't get.  Now his swallowing doesn't work properly and food and water get into his lungs which caused the pneumonia.

So now in order for my dad to get nutrition, in order for him to eat and avoid a relapse, they had to put in a feeding tube.  If felt like such a moment of defeat, like we had lost.  He stayed a week in the hospital and then another week in a rehabilitation facility.

The Monday after he was released, he was back at work, taking it all in stride.  What faith and what a will to live.   He now carries around a bag with his name on it with his food.  While my mother has become a pro at making him meals just for his tube.  Bed ridden, as if, this is my dad we are talking about.  I really don't know how he does it.  As for my mother she has adapted just as well as my dad. "It is what it is,"  is what I seem to hear a lot.

We were never promised an easy life.  In fact this life is hard most of the time.   But I feel like if it is this hard then I must be doing something right.  This life is simply a test of character and how you handle situations and circumstances will only strengthen who you are and your faith.

God never promised easy, but He did promise that it would be worth it.

James 5:11

11 As you know, we count as blessed those who have persevered. You have heard of Job’s perseverance and have seen what the Lord finally brought about. The Lord is full of compassion and mercy.

Monday, June 25, 2012

Machine Gun Preacher- FINALLY!!!!!!

I have been waiting for over two years for this movie.  I was excited before it even started filming and now finally I got to watch it.  Anyone who lives in Louisiana knows that we don't get the good movies down here, well usually not anything in limited release anyway.  So Friday while I was shopping I bought the movie as an early birthday present to myself, and over the weekend the hubby and I watched it.

Machine Gun Preacher is based on the life of Sam Childers. If you don't know who Sam Childers is, then you have probably not been reading my blog.  So for those of you who are new, I will give you a little background.  Childers was one a self destructive drug addict, he found God or should I say God found him and helped him find  his purpose.  His purpose fighting the LRA in Sudan and rescuing children.  God definitely knew the man for this job.  He is also a pastor at The Shekinah Fellowship in Central City, PA.

With a star studded cast this movie was amazing.  Gerard Butler and Michelle Monaghan were  amazing. I cried and cried and cried some more.  There are some scenes that are hard to watch, so prepare yourself.  But I always believe that sometimes it has to have violence to get the point across, and this movie was no exception.  I won't tell you anymore but I will tell you that I loved it and it was worth the wait.

If you are a new christian, if you are a seasoned christian,  watch this movie.  If you are struggling with you faith, struggling with your purpose, watch this movie.  Everyone else, watch this movie.

Thank you Pastor Childers,  it is people like you who restore my faith in humanity and strengthen my faith in God.

For more information on the real machine gun preacher click the link to his website: http://www.machinegunpreacher.org

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After you read this post and visit the websites, go out and get this movie and then watch it, you won't regret it.

Monday, January 9, 2012

Does God Have A Limit?

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The other day at church I had gotten into a discussion about forgiveness and whether or not God has a limit to just how much He can forgive.  Of course, my opinion seemed to be a little different from some of the people in the group.

I have done a lot in my lifetime.  A lot of things that I am not proud of.  But through it all I have found comfort in the fact that I have been forgiven.  Even when I seemed to do the same thing over and over.  God's compassion and mercy could see through my sins and get to the root of my problem.  And through my faith my trespasses were wiped clean.

As humans we cannot comprehend Divine forgiveness.  Man may have a limit but God, He does not.  I don't believe that God has a limit and if He does, then is way more then I could ever imagine.  In our humanly imperfect  view of things, we forget the magnitude of who God is and His ability to do the impossible. We see things on a human level not a Divine level.   We are impatient beings, full of judgment and self righteousness. But God is slow to anger and  full of  compassion. His ways are not our ways.

Jesus' plea on that cross "Forgive them Father for they know not what they do" (Luke 23:34) wasn't just for those at that time.  That plea was for every sinner that ever walked the face of this earth, past present and future.  With that plea Jesus interceded for the sins of all mankind.  In the moment He rose from death all sinners were covered by grace through faith. Through a faith that I am not my sin even though I am a sinner.  Through a faith that God sees my heart and can see through my sin.  That He can forgive me over and over a thousands times a thousand.  That if I ask Him, He will toss my sins into the sea, never to remember them again.

So, Does God have a limit?  If He does then there is not hope for me, because I am but a sinner. My faith lies in a Divine forgiveness that my human form just cannot see.

Isaiah 43:25(NIV)25 “I, even I, am he who blots out your transgressions, for my own sake, and remembers your sins no more.

John 3:17 (NKJV)17 For God did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world through Him might be saved

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