Why Do Bad Things Happen?

I couldn’t sleep so I decided to write.  With five children ages 7 and under, finding the time to write proves very difficult!  I was just dwelling on why bad things happen.  Though some of you reading this might not agree with my assessment please read until the end and hear me out!  Bad things happen because there really is a spiritual battle taking place.  There really is a Satan who hates God and wants to do everything he can to hurt Him.  Does this mean it’s hopeless and we should just give up and give in?  No.  God has won the victory and we will win the battle in the end (I’ve read the back of the book!).  But, you say, I’ve seen good Jesus loving people suffer in horrible ways.  Let’s think about why that might be for a minute.  If you have children, while you may not agree with everything they do or say, or they may drive you nuts sometime, you would never want to watch them suffer right?  Would it be more painful for you to suffer or to watch your children suffer?  I know when my children are sick, I wish so bad that I could take it for them so they wouldn’t have to go through the pain and sickness.  Well, Satan can’t get to God so he focuses his attention on God’s children.  God loves us so much that He gave His Son Jesus to die for us!  I have to say, I can’t think of anyone that I love enough that I’m willing to let one of my children be beaten and murdered for.  Satan knows how much God loves us so He does whatever he can to hurt us in order to hurt God.  So… it does seem like a lost cause, right?

No, just like you try to protect your child by making them fasten their seatbelts or wear a helmet when they ride their bike, or set boundaries in order to protect them, God has done the same for us!  He has boundaries laid out for us in His Word, the Bible, which is one of the ways He communicates with us.  He has also given us guardian angels to protect us, we just have to ask.  Will wearing a seat belt or a helmet prevent an accident?  No of course not, but it will minimize the damage the accident could have caused.  Satan is going to attack first those who haven’t asked Jesus to be their Savior and take as many of God’s precious people to Hell with him.  Hell was never intended for humans.  It was meant for Satan and his followers (demons).  If you follow Satan by denying Jesus, your eternal spirit will go where he goes.  This is serious!  Don’t let him take you!

For those of us who have accepted Jesus and our destination is Heaven when we die, Satan just tries to steer us off course.  Keeping us distracted, making us worry about things that God has promised us He would take care of.  If you make a promise to your child do you intend to keep it?  Of course.  If we didn’t keep our promises why would our children trust anything we said!  God does keep His promises and we can trust what He says.  Just as you would prepare your home when a hurricane was going to strike or you would put protective armor on if you were going through a battle, God has given you what you need to weather the storm of life!  We have to take action though!  First, if you have not asked Jesus to be your Savior, just call out to Him and He will answer, I promise!  Just believing in the existence of God is not enough.  Satan believes that God exists.  Grace is so simple.  No matter what you’ve done in your past, Jesus wipes the slate clean if you just believe in and accept the sacrifice He made for you!  Second, you have to read the Word!  What good is a sword, if you have no idea how to wield it?  Third, you have to pray.  The Bible says, you have not because you ask not.  I pray for a hedge of protection around my family every day and for guardian angels to protect us (see Psalm 91).

God loves us so much, and it does hurt Him to see us hurting, but because He loves us so much, He did not enslave us, but gave us a free will to make our own choices.  If we will listen to His instruction and make the choices that He guides us to make, life will be so much more fulfilling!  I know this from personal experience!  Bad things are going to happen as long as we are on Earth, but judgment day is coming and Satan will be cast into the lake of fire for eternity and those who have asked Jesus to be their Savior will be with Him in the paradise that God prepared for His children that He dearly loves.  While I can’t explain everything and have most definitely questioned God a time or two as to why we were having to go through certain trials, I can always see His hand guiding us through looking back at the situation from the other side.  And just like any good, loving daddy, we can crawl into His arms when we are hurting and He will hold us.  Don’t let any flawed human be your comparison for God.  Even if every human on Earth abandoned you, He will not.  He wants to take care of you, all you have to do is ask.

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My Soul Wells Up With Hallelujahs

This song has been on my heart for some time so I thought I would share it. How anyone can deny the presence of God with the beauty and majesty of His creation all around is beyond me.

Hallelujahs

by Chris Rice

A purple sky to close the day
I wade the surf where dolphins play
The taste of salt, the dance of waves
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

A lightning flash, my pounding heart
A breaching whale, a shooting star
Give testimony that you are
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O cratered moon and sparrow’s wings
O thunder’s boom and Saturn’s rings
Unveil our Father as you sing
And my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

The pulse of life within my wrist
A fallen snow, a rising mist
There is no higher praise than this
And my soul wells up
O my soul wells up
Yes my soul wells up with hallelujahs

Oh praise Him all His mighty works
There is no language where you can’t be heard
Your song goes out to all the Earth
Hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

O hallelujah, hallelujah, hallelujah!

(This person did an excellent job with this video!)

From Prison To Palace

Today I’m going to preach a mini sermon.  I was reading my Bible and I thought this was totally cool.  Joseph went straight from prison to the palace!  He didn’t work his way up, God promoted him.  Think about it.  He was stuck in prison with no hope of ever getting out.  Being falsely accused of trying to rape the governor’s wife was a sentence with no hope, but despite his hopeless situation he stayed faithful.  He probably would have been ecstatic just to get out of jail and live a normal life, but God had much bigger plans.  God promoted him straight from prison to being second in command!!!

The passage I read this morning was Psalm 105.  It tells the story of God promising the land of Canaan to Israel and the journey to get there.  God promised the land to Jacob (Israel) when he had a small family that could never overtake a land so that might have seemed like a silly or impossible promise, but God had a plan.  He sent Joseph to Egypt and there through Joseph the Israelites found a home where they could stop wandering and there they flourished and began to multiply.  But, you know what?  They got comfortable and were not really interested in God’s promise because they were happy where they were at.

Sometimes we need a little push don’t we to move away from our comfort zone.  The push for the Israelites was the Egyptians making them slaves.  This made them uncomfortable and ready to move on to God’s promised land.  The Egyptians didn’t get off the hook though for oppressing God’s people.  When the Israelites left Egypt they were a few million people.  Losing that many workers!  Talk about crashing the economy!  Not only that, the Egyptians were left devastated by plagues, crops and livestock destroyed, and even every firstborn child dead.  They were ruined.  God did not let them go unpunished for their crimes against His people.

It may have taken a long time by our human standards, but God did not forget His promise and despite the Israelites stubbornness that forced them on a few detours, they eventually made it to Canaan, the land flowing with milk and honey, that God had promised them.

If you feel discouraged that things are not taking the route you had planned, or if you are feeling like you are under attack, rest assured that God will keep His promise.  Even if you have made some bad decisions that have landed you off track, God can use that detour to bring you back around to the place where He wants you to be.  We just have to put absolute trust in Him that He sees the big picture and will make a way where there seems to be no way.  He can bring you straight out of prison and up to the palace where a child of the King belongs.  Take heart, God really, really cares about you and loves you and will help you no matter what and just like any loving parent only wants what’s best for you!  Now that’s exciting!

 

PS – The month of May was crazy, hopefully I will be able to post more soon, including all our adventures over Memorial Day weekend!

So Blessed

I know it’s been a long time since my last post.  I’ve just been crazy busy and will be the rest of this month so my posts may be sporadic.

Today due in part to my busyness and truthfully partially due to my laziness I am out of groceries and won’t be able to get more until tomorrow (unless I want to go at 10pm tonight which I don’t!).  I actually had to wash a dish by hand!  I joke that this is against my religion.  I do not like to wash dishes by hand at all, but I’m out of dishwasher detergent.  I’m out of several other things as well that are not necessary, but make life so convenient and it really makes me quite grateful.  My fridge is bare but not empty.  My kids are having Ramen noodles and fruit cups today but they are not hungry.  I’m out of juice, but I have tea bags and sugar to make tea for us to drink and have plenty of running water at my disposal that I can drink any time I’m even a little bit thirsty.  Wow.

We live in such a blessed land.  I am so blessed to have all the modern conveniences like washers and dryers and dishwashers and microwaves and grocery stores and cars and as you know the list goes on.  I may be out of fresh groceries but I have stores of canned and frozen food in my cabinets and freezer.  We may be juggling one vehicle, but we still have a car to drive.  How many times have I looked in my cabinet and said ‘I have nothing to eat’ when that is simply not true.  How many times have I looked in my closet and said ‘I have nothing to wear’ with a whole closet full of clothes staring me back in the face.  It may not be anything that I am interested in eating or anything that I’m wanting to wear, but I have them nonetheless and for that I am grateful.

There are so many people around the world that would love to eat that can of peas or chicken noodle soup in the cabinet (or the leftovers you’ve been eating on for 2 days) or wear that shirt that you’ve worn hundreds of times in the past 10 years.  There are people who would say I am so blessed just because I have water to drink not to mention to wash my hands with when they get the tiniest bit dirty or flush and indoor toilet with or even enough to spare to turn on the sprinkler and let the kids play away.  Wow again.

I know times get hard and sometimes bills start to pile up and there seems to be no end, or sickness goes on and on.  Truthfully when I am in times like that I struggle with being grateful!  We have so so so much to be thankful for though.  Instead of looking behind at everything that we don’t have, let’s try to look forward focusing on the things that we do have.  If it is something that we have no control over then we need to let it go and let God take control and just praise Him for the blessings He’s already given us and for the glory that He will bring out of your current situation.  This is not easy.  It’s easier for some reason to focus on the negative than the positive.  That’s flesh I guess.

Be blessed today and I leave you a couple of my favorite promises from the Word.

Psalm 37:25 – Once I was young, and now I am old.  Yet I have never seen the godly abandoned or their children begging for bread.

Luke 6:31-33 – “So don’t worry about these things, saying, ‘What will we eat? What will we drink? What will we wear?’ These things dominate the thoughts of unbelievers, but your heavenly Father already knows all your needs. Seek the Kingdom of God above all else, and live righteously, and he will give you everything you need.

Happily Home – Fasting

First I wanted to say a thank you to everyone for all the love and support you’ve given me the past few days over the loss of my beagle baby.  Your prayers and love are helping me heal.

Now, Happily Home is a blog written by a very good friend of mine and she wrote a post today that I really enjoyed.  It was on fasting.  The Bible says in Matthew 6 – when you pray, when you give, and when you fast.  Now most people don’t have a problem with the first one, the second is a little harder for some people, but the last one I think is typically ignored.  I have to admit that fasting is hard for me too.  Instead of talking about it I would like for you to read Angie’s blog on how she recently completed a 40 day fast!

I Just Completed a 40 Day Fast!

And I feel AMAZING!
Fist of all, before I get into telling you about this amazing journey, I want to preface a couple of things.

#1. I am not telling you this story for any sort of glory for myself. If you only knew (and if you read this blog, you probably already do) what a lazy, undisciplined slacker I can be, you’d know I could NEVER do anything like this on my own…NEVER! I give God ALL the glory! I believe Satan has twisted the scriptures when Jesus talks about what hypocrites the Pharisees were for fasting and then bragging about it. We’re so afraid of “losing our reward,” that it is not even discussed among Christian circles, let alone actually practiced. As a matter of fact, if you do talk to your Christian brothers and sisters about fasting, a terror filled concern for you comes over them and they think you’re crazy and they try to talk you out of it! So, we should look at Matthew 6:16 with some wisdom and not condemnation for the person who is earnestly humbling him/herself before the Lord in fasting and prayer and support them, not condemn them, judge them or for heaven’s sake, not try to talk them out of it! If we never talk about it, or ever see anyone who did it and came out perfectly fine on the other side, then how will we ever encourage the Church to practice this most powerful and humbling discipline?
#2. DO NOT attempt a long fast, like a 40 day or 21 day, etc. without prayer and without lots of research on how to go about it and how to come off of it. The pastor of my church in Knoxville (Knoxville Christian Center) for 12 years, Dr. Barry Culberson, did his doctoral thesis study on prayer and fasting and taught on it often. He personally fasts anywhere from 90 to 100 days a year, so I learned A LOT of truth on the subject and saw the power of God work in so many people through fasting and prayer. So, I used great wisdom when attempting to do a long fast and am using great wisdom in coming off of it. It can be dangerous going right back to burgers and pizza right after a fast. Your digestive system has essentially been asleep for 6 weeks and needs to be awakened gradually with light soups and fruits, etc. In rare cases, people have even died breaking their fast with a heavy piece of meat like a steak! So, be VERY careful!
There are lots of good articles online that are very educational and scriptural. This is a good one. And this one. There’s also a great book by the expert on fasting and prayer, Dr. Bob Rodgers of Louisville, KY, called, The 21 Day Fast (read more here). If you have medical problems, talk to your doctor about fasting.
Now, here’s my story…..
I have been feeling a call from God…a little nudge or a sort of “tug” at my spirit to specifically fast for 40 days for so long I can’t remember when I first felt it…it’s been over a year for sure. But I was never really sure it was Him. I would say, “Ok, I’ll do it.” Then I would start one day and quit the next. My last attempt at the beginning of this year, I lasted 3 days and quit again. I just knew He was saying 40 days, but I just knew I could never do that. Not eat for 40 days? Nearly 6 weeks? An overweight, lazy, quitter, food addict like me? Not eat for 40 whole days? How could God call me to do that? I think I would have been more willing to do missions in the tropical rain forest than to do a 40 day fast! But my willingness, my intense and burning desire to obey God was taking over me. All through the month of January and into February, I just didn’t want to eat. Food didn’t appeal to me, nor did it even taste good. But even in the midst of that, there was still a 2 week period where I binged day and night on sweets and junk food. I was trying to fill that longing to please the Lord with food…and I wasn’t even enjoying it.
By the middle of February, I couldn’t take it anymore. I knew I had to have an answer. Was this just in my head or was it really God, calling me to something uncommon and extraordinary? So one night, while out in my (wonderful) hot tub alone, I cried out to Him and asked just that! I said, “God, I CANNOT do this if I don’t know it’s you. You HAVE to give me a sign and show me that it’s not just something in my head. Because if this is just me Lord, I won’t have the strength to do it and I’ll just quit!” So I asked God for a sign. It was a beautiful, clear, starry night. The heavens were amazing that night! I decided to ask God to show me a shooting star. I said, “Lord, if you want me to do a 40 day fast, please show me a shooting star. And not just one of those streaky ones that you think, ‘maybe it is, maybe it isn’t.’ No, Lord. Show me one right in my line of vision that I know is just for me! Make it unmistakable.” I searched the sky looking for that star and didn’t see one. I stayed out there for a while longer, a song with the words, “Lord, I need You today” playing over and over in my mind. I looked up at the sky and right there, in my line of vision, right next to Orion’s belt, a beautiful, yellow and orange star, slowly streamed across the night sky. God made sure I saw it, and I KNEW it was for me! I gasped and raised my hands to praise Him as I began to cry. He heard me! HE saw me! And He answered my prayer. Then a quick wave of dread washed over me. “Well, here we go.” I thought. “I’ve gotta do it now.” Which was replaced by joy again, just as quickly. I mean, when God gives you a sign like that, it gives your spirit a mighty powerful boost! I mean, the God of all creation is backing me…how can I fail?
I told my husband about the sign and what my plans were. He smiled and said, “That’s good honey.” But he had heard this from me a million times and I never followed through, or quit just days (or hours) in. But a few days later, with a willing and humble heart, on February 8th, I began a 40 day, juice and water only fast. I was and still am unaware of why God called me to a fast. But one thing I’m trying to practice more is not always asking God, “Why?” That’s not the important question. The important question is, “How can I serve You Lord?” It doesn’t matter why. You just obey. So, I began with no clue as to why He was calling me. Even now that it’s done, while I have a few ideas, I still don’t know why He called me. And I don’t even care.
Day one was great! I wasn’t hungry, I drank my juice and my water and felt great….energized and on fire! Day two and day three were the most miserable of the whole 40 days! My body was craving the constant sugar and caffeine I was dumping into it everyday and I suffered with the worst headache of my life for two days straight. It was so bad that I stayed in bed for those two days! But the good news is, I expected that. One thing you can ALWAYS expect with a fast are headaches within the first 3 days. And just as I knew they would come, I knew they would pass. And they did. By day 3, the headaches were gone and now I was hungry. But I knew that would pass as well. In fact, I was only ever truly hungry 3 or 4 times during the entire 40 days. And I just remembered something I read a long time ago, that when you’re hungry and you skip a meal, just imagine your body taking a meal from your gut or your hips. That’s how our genius God created us! When we don’t eat, we use our stored up fat deposits for energy. And I have plenty of that, so I wasn’t worried about energy (I lost 36 pounds overall). I had enough to do the things I needed to do each day. I would feel a little light headed bending over, or standing too quickly from being seated, or from standing too long, but I never once felt faint or weak.
By and large friends, I can say with all sincerity that this fast was pretty easy. Well, as easy as fasting can be, I guess. Now don’t get me wrong, fasting, in and of itself is difficult, or it wouldn’t be such a humbling discipline. You have to completely rely on God almost every minute of the day. If for anything, to calm down your mind, because the greatest battle is there! Your mind and your flesh tell you that you should be eating. Your habits remind you that it’s breakfast time, snack time, lunch time, dinner time and that you should be eating. Your favorite late night show…the one you always eat a big bowl of ice cream in front of tempts you to got to the fridge! Food is everywhere and it’s wonderful! You remember the taste or the texture. You smell the smells and see it all around. And I’m a wife and mother. I still had to prepare food for my family! I was even invited to dinner several times and actually sat there, perfectly content, sipping my water while the others enjoyed their delicious looking and smelling entrees. It looked and smelled great, but I didn’t want it, nor did I resent them for being able to eat when I couldn’t! But friends, that’s just God. I was so content and happy being so close to Him that I wouldn’t have broken my fast for even the most delicious Paula Deen dessert! God gave me such strength and such grace. I remember one day, around day 16 or so, sitting in my bathroom and I was struggling inside. I was so hungry and my mind was all over the place. I was desiring to just eat. I had my head down in my hands asking God if this was really what I should be doing. And in my mind’s eye, I saw that shooting star again. He was reminding me that He was with me and that He saw me, even in my struggle and that He would get me through it. And He did. I immediately thanked Him and again felt invigorated and pressed on with renewed strength!
During my prayer times and Bible study times God showed me so many wonderful revelations! I even saw a miracle or two during my fast. My husband, who was, for all intents and purposes supposed to lose his job, did not! And God assured me (with another sign no doubt) that He was going to take care of us and that I did not have to worry about a thing! He spoke to me daily through His word and through TV preachers (my two favorites are Joyce Meyer and Creflo Dollar…meaty stuff!), who encouraged me daily. That’s one of the great blessings of fasting, the closeness you feel with God. There is nothing like it in the world. I almost didn’t want to come off the fast for fear I’d lose that closeness. I have begged God to help me continue to obey Him and to stay with me. And I know He will!
One other amazing blessing is the coming off of your fast. Your first swallow of food is so glorious! You’re aware in a way you may have never been before (if you’ve never been hungry…and let’s face it, most of us haven’t) what a gift from God food really is! What a pleasure He gave to us! And how we abuse it so. It’s not to be abused, but to be savored and enjoyed. I thank God for food. Not because it was once my friend and comforted me when I was sad, kept me company when I was lonely, entertained me when I was bored or because it was a mindless way to pass the time. I thank God for showing me that food can NEVER be a replacement for Him. And friends, He tastes so much better! I now KNOW that I KNOW what He means when He says, “…taste and see that the Lord is good!”
I broke my fast (as my pastor always preached) with chicken noodle soup. It was warm, a bit salty and just yummy! After weeks and weeks of water, juice and watered down juice, that soup was every bit as good as a big slice of prime rib! But even better were the two or three white cheddar flavored Cheez-Its! Oh my gosh! What a taste explosion! I savored every single one! And since, I’ve eaten some soft, canned pears, some macaroni tossed with salad dressing, more crackers and more soup. I feel so full even though I’ve eaten very little! And this is the plan I’m going to follow from now on (God also told me to do this years ago, but I never listened!). To only eat when I’m hungry and stop when I’m full. Now that I know how very little food my body actually needs, I KNOW I can continue to eat this way. The good news is, NOTHING, even the most fattening foods and sweets are not off limits, only allowed if you’re hungry. And with the new level of self-control I’ve gained, I know I won’t binge on those things again. I can eat a candy bar and actually stop half-way through and put the rest away! What freedom! And one thing I’m determined to do is NOT pick up my old soda habit. I was a Coke addict of the worst kind, sometimes finishing off a two liter by myself in one day! I haven’t had a soda since February 8th and like a smoker who can’t pick up another cig, or an alcoholic who can’t ever take another drink, I know I can’t have even one again, or I’ll be right back on it! In fact, I took a sip of my daughter’s Sprite and it nearly burned my mouth up! So, no more soda for me!
God has shown me that I’m NOT a loser and a quitter and that if I line up with His will and obey Him and lean into Him, He will give me the strength to do ANYTHING! I can’t do anything on my own ya’ll. It’s all Him!
Me and G on St. Patrick’s Day (day 39 of my fast)
getting ready to go to the parade downtown.
I even found a four-leaf clover….ON FLIPPIN ST. PATRICK’S DAY! WOW!

So, I just wanted to write this to thank God first and foremost for helping me in an area where I never thought I’d have victory. He has been so good to me and I love Him more now than ever!
And I wanted to encourage you, that whatever you may be hearing from the Lord that you may be hesitant or down right resistant to doing, to just trust Him and talk to Him about it. He knew how you’d react before he ever even called you, so He’s not surprised!He has something glorious for you on the other side, if not just the deeper more intimate relationship with Him. If no other miracles happen because of this fast, I’m satisfied with Him and Him alone. His presence in my life is EVERYTHING to me.
I love you Lord!

Just Keep Praising?!

Sorry that it has been a while since my last post.  We have had revival at our church and we have been sick for a few weeks too.  I just wanted to share something that has been on my heart for a few weeks.  Actually longer than that, but confirmed a few times through different speakers at our services.

Have you ever been through something really hard?  Something that really tries your faith in God?  Of course you have.  I think most of us have.  I loved the way that Bro. J.R. Gould said it.  He said when your theology (what you know to be true about the Bible) doesn’t match your experience (what is happening to you right now), you have a conflict of faith.  Ever been there!  I know I have.  We know that the Bible says that God is Jehovah Rapha, our Healer, but when we get sick and we pray and we don’t see anything change it is sometimes hard to keep believing that it’s true.  Or maybe you have prayed for a loved one to be healed, but they died anyway even though you were believing that God would spare them.  Where do you go from there?  You praise God?!

We know that God is Jehovah Jireh, our Provider, and we read verses like Philippians 4:19 that says He will supply all of our needs, yet we are so broke that we are not even sure how we will keep the lights on.  You praise God?!  We read verses like I Thessalonians 5:18 that say to thank God in everything, but how do you do that when you are hurting so bad!

You know what.  When God created us He did not do it so He could be our magic genie granting our every wish.  He created us because He was lonely!  Because He wanted someone who would fellowship with Him.  We are made in the image of the Almighty God of the Universe!!!  Kind of puts things into perspective some huh.  When we do what we were created to do and fellowship with and worship our Creator things happen in the spirit realm that we are completely unaware of.  Whether we feel like it or not if we will just let go and give God full control and tell Him that we trust Him, and though we lose everything, we will not stop trusting Him and worshipping Him, there is power there that will be unleashed.

We have to remember that time is in God’s hands too.  We may feel crunched for time, but often God is putting the other pieces of the puzzle together that we are totally unaware of.  Just look through the Bible.  Look at Joseph.  He was wrongfully imprisoned for 13 years!  Do you think he had a conflict of faith?  Do you think that he ever wondered what God was doing and whether He had forgotten about him?  Look at Abraham.  God promised him that he would have a son when he was already an old man and Sarah was barren and already past menopause.  To have a son at that point in time would have been a miracle, but then God made him wait another 25 years after that!  He obviously got impatient by the fact that he had a son with Sarah’s handmaid Hagar trying to take matters into his own hands.  What about Job?  He had everything then lost everything including all his children and his health.  Talk about despair and a conflict of faith!  If ever anyone had reason to question God I think Job did!

I don’t think that it is necessarily wrong to question God, but we shouldn’t blame God for our circumstances.  We live in a cursed world and there is a Devil that absolutely despises God and will do anything to hurt Him and does so by attacking His children.  Think about it.  What would hurt you the most?  For someone to hurt your children right?!  Do you realize that even Jesus questioned God?!  Remember on the cross when He asked God why He had forsaken Him?  Do you ever feel like crying out, God why have you forsaken me?  Well, we know from the Word that He will never leave us or forsake us (Hebrews 13:5).

So when we feel like we are at the end of our rope.  When it looks like there is nothing else to do, we should praise Him!  I challenge you to give it a try.  Though you may not feel like it, try putting on some worship music.  Just tune everything out and thank God for the things that you do have.  Give Him the praise and glory for the good things in life.  Flowers, fresh air, whatever you can think of.  I’m preaching to me too!  Especially in the department of health, it is hard for me to keep faith.

God loves us so much.  He set things in motion and he gave us a guideline in His Word to go by.  He gave us a free will to choose whether to use it or not though, because as a loving God, He does not treat us as slaves forcing us to do what He says, but as children, lovingly guiding us and urging us to choose the right path.  Though the right path may not be the easy path, it is always the best path.  I encourage you to keep the faith no matter what your circumstances.  Don’t feel guilty for questioning God.  Do give God the praise and glory.  The greatest people in the Bible went through the hardest challenges, yet did not give up on God and kept praising Him in the midst.  Are you destined for greatness?!  Yes, you are!