The Roller Coaster Called LIFE

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Life is often like a ride on a huge roller coaster! Going up a steep hill slowly, allowing for much anticipation. Then, in almost a split second, going down that hill super fast, screeching around a turn and down into a dark tunnel. And the whole time we are screaming and laughing and crying and excited and scared and happy. Almost every emotion comes out in that brief period of time. Yes, life is like a roller coaster ride.

Too bad, like the ride, life couldn’t change as quickly.

Often within some of our hardest moments in life, the fear, the pain, the tears, lie our longest, darkest days. We only want to be out of those times. We want them over and done quickly. Unfortunately they seem to linger almost endlessly.

Then, the times that are our favorite, we wish these moments to last into eternity. Those of course are the happy, joyous and loving parts of our life. We could stay in those times forever and never want anything else.

Here’s the question to ponder… why both? Why does life have to have both elements? Is it because the human body feels both? And as we feel both kinds of emotions, good and bad, we ultimately enable their presence on our roller coaster ride called life?

I believe this is part of it. I also believe that the presence of sin in our world also is a key factor in the presence of bad in our life.

12 Therefore, just as through one man sin entered the world, and death through sin, and thus death spread to all men, because all sinned— Romans 5:12(NKJV)

Once sin entered, a door was opened to the world for the “fruits of the flesh” (as I like to peg them) to be present. What are the “fruits of the flesh”? Anything that is not a “fruit of the Spirit”. Here’ a good list to follow…


Fruits of the Flesh

19 Now the works of the flesh are evident, which are: adultery, fornication, uncleanness, lewdness, 20 idolatry, sorcery, hatred, contentions, jealousies, outbursts of wrath, selfish ambitions, dissensions, heresies, 21 envy, murders, drunkenness, revelries, and the like; of which I tell you beforehand, just as I also told you in time past, that those who practice such things will not inherit the kingdom of God. Galatians 5:19-21(NKJV)


Fruits of the Spirit

22 But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, longsuffering, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, 23 gentleness, self-control. Against such there is no law.                  Galatians 5:22-23(NKJV)

Which fruits are present when? Yeah… The bad ones often bring bad times and the good ones bring good times.

Now, both the good and the bad will be present in this world until the day our Lord and Savior, Jesus comes back, so, our best efforts to stay away from the “fruits of the flesh” and stick with the “fruits of the spirit” will result is more of those blessings in life. You know the best part of it all is? God is right there walking with us & His Spirit will guide us towards the best things. There will still be tears and pain, but the happiness and laughter will be in abundance too! God promises that!!!

20 Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, 21 to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.     Ephesians 3:20-21(NKJV)

Life, like a ride on a roller coaster can be emotional while creating an atmosphere of uncertainty. Allow Father God to ride with you… He will create an atmosphere of Peace and Love!

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Forgiveness is LOVE

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Welcome to my thoughts on FORGIVENESS…

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We have all been hurt by someone in our life, possibly many times and many people. In that hurt, sometimes it is hard to forget. More importantly, it is often hard to forgive.

Often, instead of forgiving, people want to hurt back. They want revenge. And that is the worst thing to do!

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WHY? Hurt them as bad as they hurt me… right?

No, it won’t make you feel any better. It will even make you feel worse. Who you are as a person will also be damaged. Growing as a person is important. Thinking of others and being loving and forgiving no matter how others treat you is how you grow as a person.

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God has forgiven each of us and gives that option daily. The Father offers forgiveness to us often and always. Because of that, He asks us to extend forgiveness to others too. It is integral as a child of God.

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Love is only possible with forgiveness. As we forgive, we understand what LOVE truly is.

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As we understand LOVE, we will understand the nature of GOD. GOD who is LOVE. In that love for us, GOD sent His son JESUS to die for our sins. In that ultimate act of love, JESUS gives us a way to forgiveness and the Father.

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As we forgive, we release the burden the unforgiveness placed on us. We give it to God and He deals with it. I  believe that this release is also a way of breaking away a spiritual block, or wall, if you will. That one thing could have been preventing fullness of life. The wall was blocking the open receiving of all of God’s goodness in our life. Not only that, it is very clear in scripture that if we don’t forgive, God will not forgive us…

14-15 “In prayer there is a connection between what God does and what you do. You can’t get forgiveness from God, for instance, without also forgiving others. If you refuse to do your part, you cut yourself off from God’s part.    Matthew 6:14-14 (MSG)

That, to me, would be the absolute worst! God not forgiving me??? No Way! So, I choose to forgive, even when I don’t feel like it, out of obedience and love for the LORD. Many times, it has actually shown me that what I was so unforgiving about was really a small, unimportant thing.

But, also remember, forgiveness does not represent acceptance, it represents love… the love of JESUS!

Be kind to one another, tender-hearted, forgiving each other, just as God in Christ also has forgiven you.    Ephesians 4:32(NASB)

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Heal My Heart

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What’s in my heart is sometimes hard to share

wondering whether anyone would even care.

Being hurt before in so many different ways

sometimes I barely make it through the days.

The joy seems to have disappeared

it has instead been replaced by fear.

Oh such a bad place to be in

a heaviness that never ends.

There is no easy way out

because everything inside you doubts…

Your feelings are deceiving

the many lies you are believing.

You have to find a way through

a way to what is true.

A love that will heal your heart

allowing a fresh, new start.

 

 

Our Home

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Hide and seek as a child we used to play

as adults, we hide because we have strayed

Far away from where we should be

feeling lost and as if we cannot see

Hopeless to us it seems

so many broken dreams

Nowhere for us to turn

the tears in our eyes burn

Our vision is now blurry

quick, run… hurry

Running away so fast away from it all

but then an outstretched arm and HIS call

I forgive you my child… come home

I have forgotten your sins my child… come home

I have grace for you my child… come home

I love you my child… come home

My dear child come home to ME…

where you belong!

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LIGHT

This week, in my personal time with the Father, HE has been showing me light and what it means for me. The verse that really resonated with me involved light. The Message Bible gave such a cool translation!

What came into existence was LIFE and the LIFE was LIGHT to live by. The LIFE-LIGHT blazed out of the darkness; the darkness couldn’t put it out.   John 1:4-5 (MSG)

As we read scripture, we must do more than just read it. We must meditate on it and allow the Holy Spirit to guide us in it’s meaning and it’s application for our lives.

In meditating on these two verses, I right away see two words that jump out at me… LIFE and LIGHT. Initially they are by themselves in the verse and then they are connected as one word. To me, this means that one cannot have one without the other, at least in this meaning of the two words. LIFE and LIGHT are referenced often throughout God’s Word and often when referring to JESUS.

Then Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. He who follows Me shall not walk in darkness, but have the light of life.”   John 8:12 (NKJV)

I love how GOD uses life and light in conjunction with each other. More importantly, I think it is amazing how when we are truly living we are in the light, which essentially means we are in HIM… so we are living in HIM!

Through the light, JESUS, we have life in the FATHER. Jesus represents the forgiveness, grace and unconditional love of the Father. Light and life, because they represent Jesus, who is GOD, represent GOD too. In this, we know the Father AND He is with us as we walk through our lives…

For with You is the fountain of life; in Your light we see light.   Psalm 36:9 (NKJV)

There is so much comfort in this knowledge. Not only is God showing us the way, He is providing us grace, forgiveness, protection from the darkness and satan… AND HE is showering His love on us too!!! The Lord’s promises are true, as He is a faithful and loving Father. Our God loves HIS creations, you and me… HIS KIDS so much. All HE wants to do is spend time with us… go hang out with GOD today and feel His love and His presence. Walk in the light with HIM and you will have LIFE, TRUE LIFE!!!

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My Forever Love…

 

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Just like the way the eagle flies today

I want to be you lover

I want to be your friend

Just open up to me and you will understand

Don’t be afraid to get close to me

I can be the one to make you complete

Let everything from the past wash away

As the waves rush to the beach each new day

Start every morning fresh and new

Just as pure as the early morning dew

Come to me unconditionally

And you’ll find your dream with me

My arms will hold you and surround you

With a feeling that can only be true

Watch as the flower opens to bloom

And listen to each birds special tune

The beauty of this world is what you have shown to me

And you are a part of that new found beauty

As I have opened my eyes and looked around

I now see one of my blessings in a life that I have found

That was so unsure to me before

Now has become one I look forward to explore.

The FATHER’s Gift

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Forever is all we need

all through eternity

GOD, You are the ONE

who has given Your SON

JESUS cleared the way

for us to be with You today

In this moment, to us YOU call

Oh Father, I give YOU my all.

A life with YOU

too good to be true

But, it is what YOU offer

A LOVE like no other

A gift so amazing

YOU, Father, we are praising!!!

 

My Spring…

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As the season of winter is coming to an end and spring is getting ready to make it’s entrance, I have been observing the changing seasons within myself.

As we go through life, in our relationship with the Lord, we go through seasons. Just like nature’s seasons, we grow at times and at other times, things in us must die.

I believe that spring is a time of new life and growth. Winter, on the other hand, is a time of dormancy and death.

I have been going through a season of winter the last few months. There have been many issues in my heart that needed to die and go away. The Father has taken much care with me during this time as He has been pruning and cleaning out all the yuck in my heart’s garden.  It has been a painful time full of many tears, prayers and much revelation too. At the same time, I am glad for this time with God, because His Presence has been amazing! I feel like I have grown even closer to Him as we have raked and weeded and pruned my heart. Moreover, I have come to understand that this is a much needed process. Why? In order to have new growth, fruit and flowers… we must prune back the dead parts.

Every branch in Me that does not bear fruit, He takes away; and every branch that bears fruit, He prunes it, that it may bear more fruit.  John 15:2 (NASB)

God does that for us so He can show us where we need to grow, the areas we need to work on. It’s so cool how He takes care of us like that… caring enough to take the time to help us work on ourselves so we can be better… and be more like HIM.

As I have come out of this season of pruning, my winter, so to speak, I feel like I am about to embark on my spring, even as nature around me is beginning to do the same. I, as a new woman, am about to begin blooming. My spring is coming, and I am excited about the kinds of flowers and fruit I will produce for the Father. And, who I will share with…

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