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Which road are you on?

Are you living in the past

or are you living in the present?

As Christians we are given paths to choose in many different situations. We have to face decisions on many different aspects of life from the employment opportunities we have, to whom to marry all the way to where to live and how many children to have.

But we have other decisions to make as well.

Personally, a big choice we need to face head on is whether we are going to go down the road of dwelling on the past or are we going to face today, head on and live in the present?

It is easy to go back and live in the past, but what does that accomplish?

Often it only brings pain and heartache, but it can offer us hope and healing as well, yet we are not to sit down in the ashes of the past…

and stay and stay..

Why would we want to give up our present for pieces of the past?  Click to Tweet

The Lord wants our lives to be full of promise and certainly full of love, hope and healing.
Sometimes we have to sit for a bit..

But then it is time to face the present, all the while learning the lessons from the past.

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Today

Be strong

Live free

and

Face the past

But now we must move..

What dream do you have for your life?

Take time to write your goals down

Stretch your mind and write.. write.. write

nothing is too crazy or off limits.

God can perform above anything we can ask or imagine.

God can do anything, you know – far more than you could ever imagine or guess or request in your wildest dreams! He does it not by pushing us around but by working within us, his Spirit deeply and gently within us. Ephesians 3:26 MSG

I believe we can learn from the past, but oh my, what the present holds for us as well as the future…

Wow. The possibilities

God has huge plans for us as His children, but often we get in our own way. We want to stay stuck and connected to the past, all the while the present is passing us by.

I lived this way for many years while I struggled with fear, anxiety and agoraphobia.

Yet, God had a bigger plan for me than I had for myself.

Freedom was mine after more than 20 years of living with fear.

In August 2012..

The present became mine while the past faded away.

Doors were opened and I began to walk through them, all the while listening to the still, small voice of the LORD.

He has led me and held my hand each and every step.

Often it has been a day to day process, but other times the freedom has been easily found. The enemy continued to try to pull me back into the past but I knew the

Present and Future

are mine.

I want to offer you hope.

Nothing is lost with the LORD. Yes, you may need to look at the past to learn some lessons and find healing, but please do not stay there. Don’t sit in the ashes.

Step out today and LIVE.

and LIVE BIG

Take a long, hard look. See how great he is – infinite, greater than anything you could ever imagine or figure out! Job 36:26 MSG

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Encouragement

Five Minute Friday

with

Lisa Jo Baker

Today, the word prompt is Encouragment

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Lord, the word encouragement conjures up so many emotions inside of me.

Encouragement is so important and often we forget that it is a vital necessity to the human soul.

We need encouragement to reach for the stars, hope for the best and believe the Lord of the universe has it all under control.

We must have a hand to hold and a shoulder to lean on, cry on, share our deepest hurts but also the same hand to pick us up and encourage us to go again. To move. To believe. To trust.

Encouragement is found in a small card you receive in the mail or a small gift from a sweet friend.

My sweet friend just sent me a handmade necklace she made with her hands. Such a sweet encouragement to know someone loves me…

How about you?

How can you reach out to someone today to offer some sweet encouragement to them?

A card. A phone call. A small gift and note to cheer them on..

A wave and a cheer through the web.

Today, take the time to minister to another with a small or big bit of encouragement. God connects us for a reason.

He loves us and we should love each other.

Colossians 2:2

My goal is that they may be encouraged in heart and united in love, so that they may have the full riches of complete understanding, in order that they may know the mystery of Gd, namely Christ.

Comfort

Comfort

As a Christian, I have faced times where I often wondered if anyone cared. Where I felt so alone and wish that someone would reach out to ask me how I am doing.

I have always had to be the “strong” one even in times where I was falling apart or my life seemed to be falling apart.

Time of loss and heartache where I never felt I would see the sun ever shine in my life again. When I lost my grandparents to murder/suicide, I really never felt I would ever be the same. Loss so indescribable, yet it was my life.

Comfort was no where to be found because each family member was facing the same pain and loss. Then, I had others within our small town that just had no idea of how to help or what to say to COMFORT.

Comfort

So, I was all alone or felt that way at least.

Trying to be strong, but often falling apart at the seams.

Wishing my life would end as well. So much pain, yet I had no clue as how to overcome the deep loss and emotional pain I was facing, and all of my family was facing. We were all barely hanging on.

Why is it that in such desperate times, the church community is often some that causes the deepest wounds?

I would love to have had someone reach out their hand and offer to listen or even to give me a hug. Offer a hot meal. Offer to pay for counseling for my children or myself. Offer to spend the evening with me while my husband worked overnight at the police department. Offer to not speak words that would hurt, but that was often the norm.

I had one really “well-known” Christian man from my church tell me the day my grandparents died, that I needed to “quit crying and screaming because I wasn’t acting like a very good Christian.” Then another said that ” maybe this is a conclusion to an already bad relationship”.

How do we tell ourselves that as a Christian that somehow gives us the right to hurt another person struggling or needing a friend?

I can think of many instances where I have seen the ugliness from the church, when I initially went to the church for comfort.

Certainly not what I found.

I have found

condemnation

comparison

gossip

jealousy

favoritism

on and on

We as Christians need to remember that we are representing the ONE TRUE COMFORTER

and when we act as such, we fail in our efforts to portray HIM in a positive light as well. Our lives are to be a witness to the power of the LORD in our lives, yet when we act unbecoming we demean all HE has done for us and our lives.

I have faced ridicule for having anxiety, fear and agoraphobia as well. My son has been gossiped about supposedly being gay. (doesn’t matter either way because he is my son) but is it the right place for this to happen. This same son no longer goes to church because of the pain inflicted. As a Christian, when we lash out, we hurt. When we speak evil about someone, we hurt. When we choose to ignore, we hurt.

(Are you reading this????)

We hurt others but we also hurt our Lord.

We hurt ourselves as well.

Why do we want to act so foolishly in the Lord’s eyes and the eyes of others?

Today, I really want to offer a word about being so petty and malicious. God expects better from us but we should expect more from ourselves as well.

Comfort comes from the LORD and for that I am thankful.

He loves me and wants the best for me.

Lord, I come to you to ask you to soften our hearts to the pain we often inflict on others; whether intentional or unintentional. You want us to love others and offer a helping hand to others.

LOVE doesn’t hurt

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