Friday, November 30, 2012

A Tragedy and Tips for Coping with Holiday Stress and Depression

Yesterday afternoon I found out about a tragedy that affected our local high school and students both past and present. My heart was so heavy for this young girls parents and family. I so badly wanted to help in some today I am posting some tips from the Mayo clinic for dealing with holiday stress and depression. If this applies to you today, do not hesitate to reach out to someone and talk with them about what you are feeling. If you are the one that someone chooses to reach out to, please take the time to listen with an open mind, and do not judge, let them know they are not alone. Here is the National Suicide Prevention Lifeline number if anyone needs it....1-800-273-8255

Stress, depression and the holidays: Tips for coping


  1. Acknowledge your feelings. If someone close to you has recently died or you can't be with loved ones, realize that it's normal to feel sadness and grief. It's OK to take time to cry or express your feelings. You can't force yourself to be happy just because it's the holiday season.
  2. Reach out. If you feel lonely or isolated, seek out community, religious or other social events. They can offer support and companionship. Volunteering your time to help others also is a good way to lift your spirits and broaden your friendships.
  3. Be realistic. The holidays don't have to be perfect or just like last year. As families change and grow, traditions and rituals often change as well. Choose a few to hold on to, and be open to creating new ones. For example, if your adult children can't come to your house, find new ways to celebrate together, such as sharing pictures, emails or videos.
  4. Set aside differences. Try to accept family members and friends as they are, even if they don't live up to all of your expectations. Set aside grievances until a more appropriate time for discussion. And be understanding if others get upset or distressed when something goes awry. Chances are they're feeling the effects of holiday stress and depression, too.
  5. Stick to a budget. Before you go gift and food shopping, decide how much money you can afford to spend. Then stick to your budget. Don't try to buy happiness with an avalanche of gifts. Try these alternatives: Donate to a charity in someone's name, give homemade gifts or start a family gift exchange.
  6. Plan ahead. Set aside specific days for shopping, baking, visiting friends and other activities. Plan your menus and then make your shopping list. That'll help prevent last-minute scrambling to buy forgotten ingredients. And make sure to line up help for party prep and cleanup.
  7. Learn to say no. Saying yes when you should say no can leave you feeling resentful and overwhelmed. Friends and colleagues will understand if you can't participate in every project or activity. If it's not possible to say no when your boss asks you to work overtime, try to remove something else from your agenda to make up for the lost time.
  8. Don't abandon healthy habits. Don't let the holidays become a free-for-all. Overindulgence only adds to your stress and guilt. Have a healthy snack before holiday parties so that you don't go overboard on sweets, cheese or drinks. Continue to get plenty of sleep and physical activity.
  9. Take a breather. Make some time for yourself. Spending just 15 minutes alone, without distractions, may refresh you enough to handle everything you need to do. Take a walk at night and stargaze. Listen to soothing music. Find something that reduces stress by clearing your mind, slowing your breathing and restoring inner calm.
  10. Seek professional help if you need it. Despite your best efforts, you may find yourself feeling persistently sad or anxious, plagued by physical complaints, unable to sleep, irritable and hopeless, and unable to face routine chores. If these feelings last for a while, talk to your doctor or a mental health professional.

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Thursday, November 29, 2012

Why I Hate Religion, But Love Jesus

I read this on my facebook profile.....I didn't write it, but I do agree with it. This poem sums up for me my feelings on why we need to have a personal, intimate relationship with Jesus. This was posted on The Soul Doctor facebook page.


What if I told you Jesus came to abolish religion?
What if I told you voting Republican really wasn't His mission
What if I told you republican doesn't automatically mean Christian
And just because you call some people blind doesn't automatically give you vision

I mean if religion is so great, why has it started so many wars

Why does it build huge churches, but fails to feed the poor
Tells single moms God doesn't love them if they've ever had a divorce
But in the Old Testament, God actually calls religious people whores

Religion might preach grace, but another thing they practice

Tend to ridicule God's people, they did it to John The Baptist
They can't fix their problems, and so they just mask it
Not realizing religion's like spraying perfume on a casket
See the problem with religion, is it never gets to the core
It's just behavior modification, like a long list of chores
Like let's dress up the outside make it look nice and neat
But it's funny that's what they use to do to mummies while the corpse rots underneath

Now I ain't judging, I'm just saying quit putting on a fake look

Cause there's a problem if people only know you're a Christian by your Facebook
I mean in every other aspect of life, you know that logic's unworthy
It's like saying you play for the Lakers just because you bought a jersey
You see this was me too, but no one seemed to be on to me
Acting like a church kid, while addicted to pornography
See on Sunday I'd go to church, but Saturday getting faded
Acting if I was simply created just to have sex and get wasted
See I spent my whole life building this facade of neatness
But now that I know Jesus, I boast in my weakness

Because if grace is water, then the church should be an ocean

It's not a museum for good people, it's a hospital for the broken
Which means I don't have to hide my failure, I don't have to hide my sin
Because it doesn't depend on me it depends on him
See because when I was God's enemy and certainly not a fan
He looked down and said I want, that, man
Which is why Jesus hated religion, and for it he called them fools
Don't you see so much better than just following some rules
Now let me clarify, I love the church, I love the Bible, and yes I believe in sin
But if Jesus came to your church would they actually let him in
See remember he was called a glutton, and a drunkard by religious men
But the Son of God never supports self righteousness not now, not then

Now back to the point, one thing is vital to mention

How Jesus and religion are on opposite spectrum
See one's the work of God, but one's a man made invention
See one is the cure, but the other's the infection
See because religion says do, Jesus says done
Religion says slave, Jesus says son
Religion puts you in bondage, while Jesus sets you free
Religion makes you blind, but Jesus makes you see
And that's why religion and Jesus are two different clans

Religion is man searching for God, Christianity is God searching for man

Which is why salvation is freely mine, and forgiveness is my own
Not based on my merits but Jesus's obedience alone
Because He took the crown of thorns, and the blood dripped down His face
He took what we all deserved, I guess that's why you call it grace
And while being murdered He yelled
"Father forgive them they know not what they do."
Because when He was dangling on that cross, He was thinking of you
And He absorbed all of your sin, and buried it in the tomb
Which is why I'm kneeling at the cross, saying come on there's room
So for religion, no I hate it, in fact I literally resent it
Because when Jesus said it is finished, I believe He meant it.

- Jefferson Bethke

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Keeping First Things First

This week, a fellow blogger that I read daily, put out a post stating that she needed a break from blogging and that she would be back in 2013. She said she needed to look after the needs of her family, pray about the direction of her blog, etc...In other words, she needed to reassess her priorities.

It's easy to do, isn't it? Lose sight of what is really important in life. We have probably all been guilty of this. Life gets busy, demands on our time never cease, children need constant the end of the day we are spent! After this cycle of demands go on for a time, we start to feel out of sorts....with ourselves, with others, with our spouse, our seems we have no time for our prayer time with God. I can tell you from my own experience that when I get so busy with life and neglect my devotional time with God, that I begin to feel overwhelmed....I begin to look for peace for my spirit, for my emotions, for my home. There is a song that says, "the only real peace I have dear Lord is in You!"  I have to remember that, I have to re-align my priorities to match His. I have found that when my life is in order as described in Scripture, that everything else falls into place

During the holiday season, life seems to get very hectic for people....Christmas parties, programs, special services, visits, cooking, shopping, baking, planning....the list goes on! As you go about your tasks this month leading up to Christmas, remember to check your heart.....are you putting Christ first in all that you do? Are you following His voice, taking on the tasks that He gives you, and passing on the ones that you feel He is directing you to not do? It may seem odd to you at first, but I can tell you that placing God first, listening to His voice, following His lead, will bring you real peace.....  

Be Blessed!


Sunday, November 25, 2012

Never Give Up

Reflecting this afternoon on the sermon from this morning. It was so cool that the topic he preached on was something that had been rolling over and over in my mind for a week or so... to never give up on people, to lift them up in prayer always, that there is always hope. Sometimes our flesh wants to rise up and sit in judgement of another's actions, we want to (and if honest, probably have) ask God to make the person miserable until they repent. I am so glad that is not what God did to me when I was unsaved! God gave me mercy and grace when I deserved much worse..... when we invite the unsaved into our church, into our homes, relate to them on the job....they should feel that hope is alive, they should see life flowing from us. Too many times we want to throw in the towel so to speak on a situation in our lives or in the lives of our friends or family. We see the person or situation as impossible, the odds stacked against us/them, we give up too fast sometimes. We say we pray, but oftentimes it seems we think if we pray over it once, then that is good is not, we need to continue to pray until we see something happen. 

I want you to be encouraged today to keep praying for that situation you are facing, or that your friends or family are facing. God is able..........


Friday, November 23, 2012

All I Want for Christmas.....

If you read the last post you already know that I want a much needed simpler holiday without all the stress. This post continues on that same theme.. While I am writing this at Christmastime, it really can apply to any season of our lives.

 It seems we have a serious case of discontentment in our nation...and dare I say, even in our own homes. This time of year, people are planning what gifts to buy as the list of "What I Want for Christmas" gets longer and longer. And it's not just the little guys that want new things, it's us, adults, as well....we think we need the latest, the fastest gadgets on the market. What ever happened to this verse in scripture, Phil. 4:11, that tells us to be content in whatever state we are in? I think sometimes we put a lot of stress on ourselves, listening to that voice in our head that the kids' lives will be more complete with a new toy, that our lives will be better if we just had fill in the blank.

The following quote is by Craig R. Smith and published on on Thanksgiving 2006....
“Newsweek poll alleges that 67 percent of Americans are unhappy with the direction the country is headed and 69 percent of the country is unhappy with the performance of the president. In essence 2/3s of the country just isn’t happy and want a change. I started thinking, ”What are we so unhappy about?” Is it that we have electricity and running water 24 hours a day, 7 days a week? Is our unhappiness the result of having air conditioning in the summer and heating in the winter? Could it be that 95.4 percent of these unhappy folks have a job?
Maybe it is the ability to walk into a grocery store at any time and see more food in moments than Darfur has seen in the last year? Maybe it is the ability to drive from the Pacific Ocean to the Atlantic Ocean without having to present identification papers as we move through each state? Or possibly the hundreds of clean and safe motels we would find along the way that can provide temporary shelter? I guess having thousands of restaurants with varying cuisine from around the world is just not good enough.
Or could it be that when we wreck our car, emergency workers show up and provide services to help all and even send a helicopter to take you to the hospital. Perhaps you are one of the 70 percent of Americans who own a home. You maybe upset with knowing that in the unfortunate case of a fire, a group of trained firefighters will appear in moments and use top notch equipment to extinguish the flames thus saving you, your family and your belongings.
Or if, while at home watching one of your many flat screen TVs, a burglar or prowler intrudes , an officer equipped with a gun and a bullet-proof vest will come to defend you and your family against attack or loss. This all in the backdrop of a neighborhood free of bombs or militias raping and pillaging the residents. Neighborhoods where 90 percent of teenagers own cell phones and computers. How about the complete religious, social and political freedoms we enjoy that are the envy of everyone in the world? Maybe that is what has 67percent of you folks unhappy.”
 Sometimes we are discontent because we have believed the lie that says, if we have more "stuff" we have more happiness. Stop believing that and buying into it. True happiness does not come from things,  it comes from a personal, intimate relationship with God. There is nothing wrong with buying new things, or acquiring possessions, but when you do it because you feel under pressure to buy it to fill a void in your life, then you are buying for the wrong reasons. 

I want you have the best Christmas ever, but I don't want you to feel that the things that you buy and receive bring you true happiness....I want you to leave this Christmas season stronger than when you entered in to it...My wish for you is that your walk with the King become stronger, deeper, and more intimate with Him because only then will you find true peace and contentment. Then, you will be ready to go another step on the journey....

Be Blessed,

Tuesday, November 20, 2012


 "It's the Most Wonderful Time of the Year..." well, it's supposed to be right? Ahhh the dreams of the perfect beautifully decorated with only handcrafted ornaments that you found all the instructions to on Pinterest, fireplace glowing in the background because it causes no allergies in your family, Tree placed just right with decorations perfect all the way round it, presents wrapped in matching paper with those extra special bows right off the cover of Better Homes and Gardens or Southern Living holiday edition....just typing it all out was enough to make the old familiar knot come back up in the pit of my stomach....

Let's face it, we do want those things, but in our very normal existance there is just not enough hours in the day to make it all happen and happen least not at my house.

For some reason, in the last few years at least, the holidays make me feel so overwhelmed and just stressed out of my mind...and the truth is that starting around Thanksgiving I would rather hide in my bed until New Years' before you throw me under the bus for the worst Mom out there award....I don't hide in my bed and the kids and sweetie all have wonderful gifts galore, a fabulous meal and (at least in my opionion) a house decorated so fine it should be on the front of everyone's Christmas cards for the next year. But, what price do I pay and my family pay for that? I have realized....a lot.

I don't think I am alone in these feelings. From what I have read and what I have heard from some of my friends many of you feel the same "want to hide til New Years has come and gone" feeling.....I am determined that this year will be different. I want a holiday that is less stressful, more relaxing, that makes memories that will last my kids when I am gone. Who's with me?

Well how are we going to accomplish this? One thing I have determined already is that I am going to know what, nobody is putting my tree decorations on the front of Hallmark next year, so why am I agonizing over if everything is perfectly balanced and matching? Does that make Christmas more Holy? Uh, I am letting it go this year. I have all matching Victorian themed ornaments for my tree, and while they are lovely and were oh so expensive, when we decorate all you hear is, "not there" "no" "don't"...and then I hear a lot of long sighs from myself and from my husband....leading to a tense this year, I am taking my kids shopping for the ornaments of their choice and letting them decorate how they chose....this is not easy for me, but just the thought of it brings sighs of relief....

What about gifts you ask? There too the answer is many hoodies does one kid need anyway? and Barbies, how many of those can you play with at one time....usually they all end up naked and in the tub at bathtime, and I am paying what for each doll? No more of that....she is getting some Barbie items, but seriously, what of last years gifts has your child actually played with in the last 6 months? I have found that my little one is just as excited over 3-5 gifts as she is over 25 gifts....she is also excited to see others receive maybe I am doing something right after all....

The dreaded Christmas I love all the food at the holidays, but they are not doing a taping from my kitchen for my own Food Network show....I am not the next great again, why stress over it? I do cook really good food, or so I hear.....but I don't have to cook every single thing. Here though I am blessed, my sweetie and my kids love to be in the kitchen so they are a huge help for the meal....

My challenge to my readers this week....Where can you simplify your holiday crazies?

Do you have any tips for those of us who get so overwelmed with the whole process....if so leave it in the comments so we can all benefit....

Thanks for reading...more to come on how I am handling the holidays in later posts,


Friday, November 16, 2012

After All

It saddens me today to hear the news about Hostess closing its doors....Hostess has been a part of my life since I can remember. My heart goes out to the workers and their families and all the other companies that will be affected, such as husband called me today from our store (we own a Sonic), and informed me how this would affect our business and the people that work for us. My mind tried to start to worry and I felt that familiar knot of anxiety start balling up in the pit of my stomach. I mean after all we are about to open a brand new Sonic that is one of the biggest stores in our state and we can't do that without a bread supplier. I know that adjustments are being made and a new supplier is already scheduled to start producing for next week....but I still have that little bit of nervousness, that little bit of panic. And if I feel this way, I can't imagine the feeling of the Hostess company employees...I have to stand by what I believe though, that God is in control. He is able to provide not just for me but for all the people affected. He is faithful. The words of a song that my Daddy use to sing has been running through my let me share the words with you today. Maybe you are facing something similar in life and I want to encourage you as I encourage myself....

Trials here are sometimes many
oftentimes my feet grow weary till it seems
that I would stumble and fall.
But the gentle hand that leads me, is the 
hand that keeps me steady, and I know
that I will make it
After All

After all the strife if over and our burdens have been lifted
and I stand upon the mountain top so tall
Looking over in that city 
that the Savior is preparing
it gives me faith that I will make it
After All

By myself I cannot make it
But I know He's there to help me
He will hear my prayers if on Him
I would call.
Keep on trusting and believing 
are the words I hear Him whisper
just a few more days to labor
After All

After all the strife if over and our burdens have been lifted
and I stand upon the mountain top so tall
Looking over in that city 
that the Savior is preparing
it gives me faith that I will make it
After All

I wish you all could have heard his sweet voice ring out when he sang this was amazing.

Be blessed today and take heart that we can make it another day on this journey.....Regina

Thursday, November 15, 2012

Who Can Help Us Now?

Do you always look to be rescued by God in times of trouble? Do we always expect Him to clear up the messy situations in our lives, or to make the difficulties somehow disappear? My Mom and I were talking about the issues facing our nation at this time. I brought up the fact that people always believe that these things are signs that God is going to return and rapture out the church. While I agree, that God is returning one day for His church, I am also reminded that all down through history, there were awful situations throughout the world. I am sure that when the early Christians were awaiting their turn to be thrown to the lions in the public arena, or were being burned, or put on stakes, that they too believed this must the signs of the end times  I think what we have to realize is that God is not some magic fairy that just waves a wand and all hardships disappear. Sometimes we do walk through the most difficult circumstances of life. Sometimes we do see horrible conditions that people across the world are living in. I am not volunteering any of us to go through such things, but it does all people at times. 
James 1:12
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.

Romans 5:3-5
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God's love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

The reality of life is that there are people who suffer, sometimes it is in our own families that we see it. I believe God wants us to be compassionate to others, to help others and to do good for them when it is in our power to do good. Every situation that we go through, is a potential lesson for us to learn. If you are the person in the middle of the trial, then ask God what it is He is trying to show you. Sometimes through our trials we see our biggest growth. If you are the person looking on at the hardship of another, then ask God what it is He wants you to it compassion, is it grace, is it generosity, is it to learn how to minister to another soul? 

It is true that we don't always understand, but we have to trust in the One that wrote the Book. I see children throughout the world that are hungry, going without, orphaned, abandoned, sold into labor camps, and worse. I wish with all that is within me that I could step in and rescue all of them. I do not understand the things I see is hard to have faith at those moments that everything will work out. Then I am reminded that His word says to cast all my cares, all my worries, all my anxieties on Him...I have to trust that He knows what He is doing. After all, He gave His only Son to save the entire world. That is a God of compassion and great mercy. The truth is, He cares for us, He has not forgotten nor forsaken us. Whether He rescues His people out of here today or sometime in the future, I am not going to give up hope. I am not going to grow jaded at this world. My Momma always says that as long as there is breath in the body there is hope for the soul.....

I'm going to keep on walking this journey with renewed hope in the only one that is able to do exceedingly and abundantly above all that we think or ask...who's with me?


Tuesday, November 13, 2012

Freedom from Anger

One of the reasons I blog is to help other women that are perhaps going through or have been through some of the same struggles that I have gone through. Tonight is no different....I want to be transparent with you. I want you to know that I struggle too with the pressures of life, stressors, all of those things that you walk through on day to day basis, that I am right there with you making this journey. I do have great faith in God and in what He can do, but sometimes it seems we become distracted, and that is when our enemy can use the things of life to hold us captive......I had quiet an experience in God tonight and I want to share it with all of you. I hope you are encouraged and inspired.....

Lots of times when I pray with a person or minister to people, more often than not, I am made aware of my own shortcomings and weaknesses. The last few weeks are no different. I have been praying with a dear friend and as usual I was made aware of some things in my own life. Most of you are aware by now that my Dad passed away earlier this year (It still feels so unreal to even write those words).....I am not grieving as I was at the beginning, but I do still have my moments. Lately those moments seem to come out in the strangest ways for me. I felt out of balance, out of sorts, like I was on edge all the time. Now if you follow my face book, you also know that I believe that the wife is the peacemaker, peacekeeper in the home. But, lately I don't feel like I have been doing a very good job of that. Today there was something that I guess felt like the last straw for me....and I am ashamed to say, I lost it for a minute emotionally. When I recomposed myself, I was struggling to figure where this emotion came from. I like to think that I am always very even-keeled, laid back even...but not today. The day continued par for the course....then tonight, I decided I should pray about that. I asked God to show me why I was like that, why I responded in this way. I heard God say to me that I was my Dad. I was shocked. I asked God where that anger came from and this is what He reminded me of....that ever since I was a little girl, that my Dad has always assured me that he would take care of me, that he would look after me so to speak, that I had no worries. Then when he died, I  walked around in a daze, wondering what I was going to do now, who was going to care for me, who was I going to lean on. Now, I am not taking anything from my husband, he has been amazing and he does care for me....but it's not like a Daddy caring for his little girl. Even when I was divorced, my Dad would tell me that he would be there for me. And then he was gone...I just couldn't figure it out. I felt lost on the open water, I felt anxiety, seemed like the entire world changed for me in one second. And God told me I was angry, that I felt let down somehow. Then He told me I was angry at Him for taking my Dad at that time. I was stunned....but it all made sense to me at the same time. God showed me myself and how I had responded to different situations this year out of that anger. I had to let it go....So I did the only thing I knew to do....I repented. I asked God to forgive me for that anger, to allow me to release that, then I just simply renounced those feelings. I know that He did  something for me, because at that moment I felt a light come on in my spirit. I saw where I had placed my hope in man and not ultimately in God Himself.....I realized that while I had been telling my friend that God has to be first place and that our priorities have to line up, that God was not in first place in my life, otherwise I would not have been looking to my Dad at 41 years old to fall back on, I would have seen that God is the only one that can meet every single need in my life and never let me down. Then I told God that I knew He had done a work in my heart, I felt no more anger, I felt at peace with my Dad's passing. I asked God to show me what He had done for me....He gave me this picture of a huge lion with a royal robe on, a scepter in hand, a crown on His head, taking the throne. I know that it was the throne in my heart......then I just went ahead and soaked up the presence of God. I am filled with peace now that can only come from God.

 I felt compelled to write this to you tonight. If you are struggling in your life, things are not how they should be, you don't feel peace inwardly....God can set you free. Women are so good at hiding behind the mask that they think they are supposed to wear. And the things in our life that start out as small, or even as a normal response can sometimes become such a hindrance to us. In God there is freedom.....and it doesn't matter what it is you need freedom from, God already knows...He is waiting for you to ask Him to lead you to that place in Him that you can experience true personal freedom in your heart. If thats you and you need someone to talk with, let me know I will be more than glad to listen and to pray with you. You can just leave me a way to contact you in the comment section or you can email me at 

I want to leave you with this video. I have been humming this song all day. This is my 17 year old nephew at church Sunday night singing "Rock of Ages, Hide Thou Me" it really ministered to me today when I needed it most...

Be Blessed,

Monday, November 12, 2012

Veterans Day

Taking a pause from blogging today....but just wanted to say Thanks to all veterans past and present. We will never forget what you have done for this country. You are all amazing


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Can We Go Home Again?

I've been thinking a lot about Thanksgiving and the holidays that are coming up...I have lots of thoughts about the holidays....I love them. I love being with my family, making cookies, crafting, making memories....

This year I am going to go home for Thanksgiving. This will be the first time I've been home for Thanksgiving in a few years, I am really looking forward to it. It's always nice to go home, to be around the people that accept you unconditionally, love you for who you are, no expectations, just people that are so glad to see you and hear your stories. It's a good feeling. Actually it's a great feeling to know that wherever I am, I have a place and a people that I belong to, a place where I fit.

It seems nowdays, we all are looking for that special place....I think many of us sometimes feel that we have done so much, gotten so far away from our beliefs, from our roots so to speak that we feel we can't ever go home again. Today, I want you to know that  there is a God that loves you unconditionally, that will accept you, and has a place for you. You are important to Him. Unfortunately, it does happen in families where people turn their backs on each other....and it seems we don't have anywhere to turn. You can always turn to Jesus....He will take you back, He will comfort you like no one else can. He cares for you......and when you reach Him, you will finally feel that you have made it home.....


Wednesday, November 7, 2012

Moving on From Here

Election day has come and gone....some of you are very happy with the outcome and some of you are not. I want to address the ones that are not.....

Many of you may feel worried, stressed, unsure about your future and the future of the United States. So I ask you today, who is your trust in? Are you looking to God as the author and finisher of your faith, or are you looking to Barack Obama to supply every need you have in life? The Bible is clear, that man will fail us, but God never fails. The United States may go through changes as a nation, but God never changes. We may face hardships, and uncertainties, but God's word says He will never leave us nor forsake us. I am confident in those things. 

Having faith in God, does not mean that your life and the life of this country will always be the smoothest sailing. We may go through some rough waters, we may face storms that will feel like we are gong to be overtaken and our ship is going to sink. The night may look dark for you, the hours may seems like they will never pass.....but stand strong. Don't be dismayed, don't be overcome, your God is still in control of your life. And in the end that is what matters right? It matters who is controlling your it God or is it man? Who are you going to put your trust in today? 

The Bible is also clear that we are to pray for our leaders. The President, regardless of who he/she is, has a difficult job, and I am sure feels insurmountable responsibility. The Bible does not say only pray for him if you agree with just says to pray for your leaders. So let's do that. Let's pray for him and his family. I was troubled last night, when I heard and saw some different tweets and messages from people who were unhappy with the outcome....I saw people say that this man would be better off out of the picture. Before we began to make those statements, let's stop and think....Barack Obama, is a husband and a Daddy first, he is someone's horrible that would be to see a family lose their husband and father, to see a mother lose her son. Let's not promote those kinds of thoughts. It is wrong. My prayer is that his family is always protected, that he is kept in good health, that he will turn His heart to the one true God and rely on Him for wisdom and clarity of mind for decisions that he must make that will affect so many people. 

Prayer is our only hope now....we call ourselves believers...then let the believers step forth and call on their God at this time. Quit hiding your heads in the sand and just complaining all the time....step up to the plate that has been set before you.....maybe God is waiting on you to bend your knee to Him, to acknowledge your devotion to Him and see Him as your only hope. Let's act like it now...let's surround this man with prayer and allow our faith to be made stronger through this. 

Another thought is this, we look to the President to make things better....let's make things better in our own homes first. Let change begin in you and your family that happens it is like a rock being thrown into a pond...the ripples just keep spreading further and further out. Eventually that will spread to our nation. As Christians we are always criticizing what we think Barack Obama believes in his heart about God, but what do we believe in our heart about God? Is He really first in your life, or are you holding others up to a higher standard than what you can reach yourself?  It's a tough question...but one worth answering truthfully. 

Our nation will only suffer if we do not pull together now, heal this divide, and move forward. Your candidate may have lost the race last night, but our God is not defeated. He is still on the throne, He is not shocked nor dismayed...put your faith in Him, make Him first place in your life. Then, cast your cares and worries on Him....His shoulders are big enough to carry your burden, and His arms are wide enough to wrap around all of us and shelter us from any storm. He is the peace giver....not anyone else. God alone can comfort you, give you peace, give you rest.....don't get it confused and think that man can do those things because he can't.....

We worry about struggles and trials that we may face now.....why are you worried about that? Again the Bible is clear, that we as believers will have trials to overcome here on earth. Through those difficulties our faith is made strong. We can identify with Christ through our struggles, as He too had to endure the crucifixion and cross....that was a struggle too, wouldn't you agree? 

Don't lose your hope today....your hope is in God alone......this is just another part of the journey we are on, we have to just keep walking....


Friday, November 2, 2012

Sharing Christ Even in the Hard Places

I have been reading some excerpts from this book by Kate McCord and listening to an interview with her on

This is a remarkable young woman that had such a burden for the women of Afghanistan. After 9/11 she was able to go there in a humanitarian role. She shares Christ and His love for all people through everyday circumstances with women who feel they have been forgotten by God. The women she meets have difficult lives, many are in abusive situations, all are in arranged marriages, life is very hard for them, but, the stories are beautiful. The way she brings God to the situations she faces and the women behind the blue burqas  is extraordinary  I am inspired by her faith. After listening to her story I am encouraged to continue to share Christ with my friends, neighbors, and family, even in what I feel are hard places ......Give this book a read and let me know your thoughts