Left Lane Ends

Left Lane Ends

 

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I was driving to work and saw the ever-known orange road construction signs. *sigh* One sign signified that the lane to the left would end, so I stayed on the right. Suddenly, almost all the cars in front of me started going to the LEFT LANE. I began to doubt that I read the sign correctly. After steering my car to the left, I soon came to a halt. You want to guess why? The left lane ended. The sign was right. The people in front of me were wrong…AND I FOLLOWED THEM.

While waiting for a kind driver to let me squeeze back into the CORRECT lane, God decided to bring in a “spiritual lesson” to beat some time.

Spiritual Lesson:

God: “Have I not given you directions on where to go? Have you not doubted my Word and decided to go the way of the crowd?”

Me: “This is some ‘pep-talk’ before work today. Thanks, God.” *sigh* “But, yes. I know You, yet I have gotten swayed by taking my eyes off your guidance and by going by the way of the majority.”

God: “It is easy to sway in the way of the world, but I have overcome the world. You need not look to where the group is going, for their way is a large path where many will enter…go by the narrow path where few are called.”

Me: “Technically, everyone who was in the wrong lane began scrambling to get back towards the correct lane (especially when they realized the end of the road was near).”

God: “Exactly. When the end is near, and they see their errors, they will try to come back…but for some, it will be too late. Keep your eyes upon Me and listen to My direction.”

Me: “What about the cars to the right that stop to let the wrong lane back in?”

God: “They are willing to help those be free of their wrong path. Will you be one of them?”

Me: “What if the person who wants back in was the one that cut me off earlier?”

God: “What about grace? You should be excited that they want to go on the right path and turn from their error.”

Me: “I see your point…but we’re still talking metaphorically, right? Not in handling real traffic, right?”

God: “….”

Me: “Hello?”

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End Note:

Don’t you just love when God uses those simple day experiences to teach you a life lesson? Whether driving to work, being at work or even being at home, God will meet you where you’re at. He will use those “interesting moments” to speak to your heart. Let’s just say, there are many lessons that God has been revealing to me when I drive through traffic (and I might just share a few more of the stories with you).

What and where has God been speaking to your heart recently? Please share in the comment section below.

P.S. (A nice driver let me squeeze back into the correct lane. Thank you kind sir! 😉)

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Be More…

Be More…

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Be More.

This is not what you expected me to say, is it? In a world that pushes the “be yourself” and “you are great just the way you are” movement, this may sound like a shocker to you. Well, stay with me here…there is a deep meaning behind these two words…

For Instance:

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When someone you know stumbles in their walk of life.

Be More.

Encourage them to overcome that obstacle in their path.

Don’t push them down in an accusing tone. Help them. Encourage to be more, as you, yourself become more than the normal responses of everyday people in everyday life.

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When someone has great accomplishments in life, be more than the everyday human/fleshly/jealous response.

Be More.

Don’t search for their flaws and try to bring them down by bringing attention to their imperfections. Be more. Be happy for them. Congratulate them.

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When someone has a different personality than you. Love them, quirks and all, for we as the body of Christ, have been uniquely made.

Body of Christ.

A body is composed of different parts that have their own purpose. A hand cannot expect the foot to do exactly as it does, but it has a purpose in the body. Same way, everyone in the body of Christ has a different purpose but the same goal. This goal is to follow God and serve him in the unique way that He made them…that He made you.

Be More.

Ask God what part of the body your brother or sister in Christ is and how you can encourage them to be who God intended them to be…NOT how God intended YOU to be (*remember the hand and the foot*).

Be More.

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Here are some verses to remember in your “be more” movement (the mission, should you choose to accept it):

  • “Therefore encourage one another and build up one another, just as you also are doing.” 1 Thessalonians 5:11 NASB
  • “Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building others up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.” Ephesians 4:29 NIV
  • “Do nothing from selfishness or empty conceit, but with humility of mind regard one another as more important than yourselves; do not merely look out for your own personal interests, but also for the interests of others.” Philippians 2:3-4
  • “A generous person will prosper; whoever refreshes others will be refreshed.” Proverbs 11:25 NIV
  • “The soothing tongue is a tree of life…” Proverbs 15:4 NIV
  • “Death and life are in the power of the tongue, and those who love it will eat its fruit.” Proverbs 18:21 NASB
  • “Pleasant words are a honeycomb, sweet to the soul and healing to the bones.” Proverbs 16:24 NASB

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*This message will NOT self-destruct in 10 seconds* 😉

Bitter or Better?

Bitter or Better?

There once were two girls who walked down a tree-laden path. One day, a couple bullies were hiding in some fruit trees, waiting for the girls to come near.

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The mean kids threw the freshly-picked oranges at the girls’ heads. Sadly, their aim was true, causing the girls to fall backwards at the fruit-flavored impact. Bruised and battered with a few scrapes here and there, Girl #1 bent down to help up Girl #2. They then grabbed the fruity weapons, but alas the bullies had already come and gone.

 Talk about a “hit and run.”

Girl #1 brushed off the fruit and began peeling it. “At least we got something positive out of the dastardly thing that happened to us.”

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Girl #2 did not respond but the scowl on her face was evidence of her anger. She too brushed off her orange, but instead of eating the fruit, she partook of the peel. Bitterness filled her mouth…her whole being. All she could see was the peel, causing the sweet/positive fruit to become discarded.

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Girl #1 was ready to move on due to not holding onto the bitterness; however, Girl #2 began to see the world in the most pessimistic way…just waiting for someone to throw something at her again. Because of her suspiciousness, she drove the possibility of more friendships away. She even turned against Girl #1, taking out her past frustrations on her…

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Girl #2 couldn’t fathom how her friend could be so happy after being so hurt. One day she asked her, “Why do you continuously seem to be happy after each bully threatens to steal your joy away?”

Girl #1 smiled, and responded with, “Remember when you and I were hit with oranges?” seeing her friend nod she continued, “Well, if you recall, I ate of the fruit. It was sweet and reminded me that there will always be a positive found within a negative circumstance. Sometimes you have to look deep for it (like past the peel of the orange) and it will be there.”

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Girl #2 wanted the happiness so much, that she gave up her eating of the bitter peel and dove deeper into what could fill her true hunger in life. She began to partake of the sweetness in life. It took some time, but the bitterness went away as she became full on the fruit’s happiness.

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In conclusion, we all have the choice to be Girl #1 or Girl #2…which part of the fruit will you eat?

Play Your Own Tune

Play Your Own Tune

Like playing an instrument, conversing with people takes practice. Once you learn the basics, you can spout off your own “tune.” Although, you will soon find out that some will perceive it with enjoyment; whilst others will detest it. Don’t chase after the ones that walk away and don’t try to copy their tune just to get them to stay. No, for there are others who will like your own unique sound…and you know what? Get out of your head. Stop thinking about each “note” and how it could be received. Hey, if the Conductor directed you, play your tune the way He uniquely made you to play. You might just be surprised how lovely your sound is without overthinking every “note.” Harmonies may clash, but the Conductor brings people together to make beautiful music.

So remember…

Be real.

Be honest.

Be you.

Play your unique tune.

P.s. The Conductor loves your uniqueness.

The Girl in the Meadow

The Girl in the Meadow

The soft tendrils of the meadow flowers glided through her fingers as she made her way through thought-provoking valleys.
Which way to turn?
Which way to go?
She had lost her way in such beauty. The breeze caressed her hair with care…a voice on the wind’s tongue called her. She could not stop; could not wait for those calling behind her…for they did not see what she saw…for where her vision grasped the beauty…others only saw weeds…where she saw hope…others envisioned a desert of darkness.

Not to fear (for the unseeing ones) for she once did not see what she grasps in her vision now…not too long ago she saw darkness and despair. It wasn’t until she called out for help…that a wind with a whisper came a response and a call to take action. As a pounding tremor in her chest grew, she made her way through thick forests of doubt. Trees grasped at her; trying to plant their seeds of fear and death in her mind.
The path grew more precarious and the dread covered her like an old, ratty cloak.
“Help, I cannot do this alone!”
“I am here dear one, listen to My voice. Shed your doubtful cloak and do not water the seeds anymore. Let us destroy the lies with truth. Get up and follow me.”

As she followed the wind, the voice became clearer and began to permeate a shield throughout her. She continues walking and following the voice to this day.

God gave me an image of the girl in the meadow. This girl resembled me but was much stronger on leaning on the “whispering wind” that guided her, than I was with following God.
After I saw this picture, God told me these simple but powerful words: “Keep Running.” I did not name this girl because “she” can be any of us.

“Let us run the race set before us…”

This Girl is Back!

This Girl is Back!

Hi all! I’ve been quiet about my life recently, because there has been a big turn in my health journey…

Deep down I knew that God could be my Healer, but there was something in the way…an area in my life where I didn’t let God in…I read and reread every verse of the Bible on healing; feeling that good health was always out of my reach. I was focused on the struggle instead of the miracle…instead of God. I read every book I could find of people who have experienced God’s miracles (Heaven is for RealWaking up in HeavenIf God Wants Me Well…A More Excellent Way to Be in HealthMysterious Ways Magazine). The thirst for these stories was unquenchable…but what I really wanted was what these stories contained…the God that they spoke of…the Jesus that visited me in my dream (see here for post of my dream).

One day, I had enough of the struggle and was ready for the walk of faith. I was home alone, I fasted and prayed as God revealed areas that I had closed off to Him in my life. I confessed, asked His forgiveness, and then He led me to take the Lord’s supper. With simple unleavened bread and a small glass of wine, I consumed it. Later on, symptoms of past food reactions began to show as the fear of reaction tempted me…but I took this thought captive and told the enemy that he had no more hold on me. The evil one came at me with fear a few times but I used my sword (the Bible).

Enemy: You will have a reaction…look at how sick you’ve gotten just from eating a carrot not too long ago.
Me: I used to have no reactions until fear came into my life. Until my body was physically weak after dental surgery, you came at me with fear and stress. You had me under the bondage of fear…but I am in bondage no longer. You wish to steal, kill, and destroy; God hopes for me to live life and live it abundantly (see John 10:10). He hopes for me to be in health (see 3 John 1:2).

After the enemy failed at that persuasiveness, he went berserk and tried all my different doors. He tried the doors of past weaknesses/struggles/temptations…and as I continued to stand with the Word of God under my hand, I felt him weakening. Soon, he left completely and I had peace and great amounts of joy.

“Neither give place to the devil.” Ephesians 4:27
“Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you.” James 4:7
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copy-cropped-image2-e13948193316851.jpgJust like my original picture (above) on “On the Cliff of Life,” I was trying to hold onto all that I imagined life was supposed to be like with everything being under my control. I was torn in two…wanting the life I thought was the yearning of my heart but also craving the greatness of God (which I found out was my true heart’s desire). I knew but didn’t fully grasp the meaning the darkness held of the unknown and the faith or why I drew it (near the bottom of the cliff)…but as I let go and fell into the faith-filled darkness (faith is blind…see Heb. 11:1)…I began to truly grasp God’s meaning for my life (truly amazing!)…and also Satan’s wish for my life (everything that is opposing Christ and all His blessings). Now, instead of hanging off the edge of the cliff…I let go, fell into God’s capable/loving hands and am now climbing the cliff of life. Below is a pic of the drawing of my new journey I am on…

  

As the cloud disguises the top of the cliff, I am the same in not knowing every detail of my future here on earth…but I know who holds my future and walks before me in every tomorrow. As I climb, I hope in Him. There will be battles with the enemy ahead but I know the war is already one.

“A man’s heart deviseth his way: but the Lord directeth his steps.” Proverbs 16:9
“Take therefore no thought for the morrow: for the morrow shall take thought for the things of itself. Sufficient unto the day is the evil thereof.” Matt. 6:34   See also Hebrews 2:14,15

I no longer have reactions to any foods, no more chronic fatigue (have SO much energy), no more brain fog, no more symptoms of MCS and am continuing to walk out of fear…learning to walk in-step with my Daddy in heaven (God).

What do I eat now? I still prefer grass-fed/pasture-raised meats (just tastes SO good), I eat a mostly organic diet (not because of fear of pesticides but due to my own preference), I eat carrots and nuts (things that used to give me horrible reactions!!! Not anymore! Whoop whoop 😃), and am eating everything with chocolate (okay, maybe not the chocolate-covered crickets or scorpions…I’m not THAT in love with chocolate to eat critters in it).

Stay tuned for an update of what I am doing with this new freedom…some exciting things! 😊


Disclaimer: I am not a doctor nor do I hold a medical license. I am just a person who is seeking God and continuing to find Him. If you are ill and are curious about God and His miracles, I reccomend spending time with God, His Word, and a notebook. “Ask, and it shall be given you, seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it will be opened unto you.” Matt. 7:7  If you want encouragement and more help along your health journey, I recommend Beinhealth.com and one of their great books, “A New Song for Marcia.”