Furlough

Hello to all my friends-

It’s been a few weeks since my last post. I’ve missed sharing my thoughts with all of you and honestly I’ve missed sharing God’s Word. I purposely decided to take a break after posting everyday during Lent, I thought the rest would be beneficial. What I have discovered is that I feel disconnected. Disconnected from this platform of fellow writers and bloggers. This space and platform here on WordPress provides fertile ground to share ideas, opinions, beliefs, faith and fantasy to list a few. It’s a community that encourages and promotes one another, a place to express oneself. Speaking only for myself, I have only encountered positivity from others utilizing the site. What a blessing!

The past few weeks I’ve felt like a wanderer, not really going in any specific direction and my thoughts have also been distracted. It’s been tough to concentrate on life in general. During Lent I truly felt purpose and direction, I was on a mission of sorts. The culmination of Easter and the celebration that Jesus conquered death and paid the debt of since, once and for all! Church services on Easter Sunday were spectacular at my church. My best friend from work attended with his beautiful family, what joy it was to see them worshipping with my church family. Another dear friend from work also attended with her entire family that was visiting from another state. An entire row was filled with friends of mine and my heart was full. The other wonderful thing that happened that morning was that my church was full, filled with people praising God and singing songs of resurrection. Memories of my childhood flooded my thoughts, remembering wearing a new easter dress, carrying an easter purse and wearing an easter hat. At one moment while singing a familiar Easter song, I closed my eyes and I was transported back to the church of my youth, standing in front of the old wooden pews and seeing the faces of old friends and mentors, long gone now. It was a gift, indeed every day we have is a gift from God. One might think that I’m promoting the space and building of that Easter morning, but you would be incorrect. While attending church is vital and important to me and my journey, my joy that morning was being with the people gathered at the service. The building provided shelter, but our hearts and minds were connected through our love for God and the incredible gift of salvation because of Jesus.

Churches provide many things to many people for many reasons. Our relationship with God and fellow believers is something far greater than a building. When I think of Heaven, I don’t imagine a building I imagine a collective presence praising God, a connectivity with others who love God. It’s similar to an environment I wish we had now on earth. Even if you don’t believe what I believe, why can’t we live in peace. Why can’t we simply respect one another and the choices we make as long as we are not harming others. As a Christian, I want to share the love of God but you have a choice to decide for yourself. If your an atheist or agnostic, I respect your belief and only ask the same in return. There’s days I wish I had more money, maybe not millions but more comfortable but by no means do I think those who do have millions should have to share it with me. No matter my circumstances, I have choices. I could get another job, I could work multiple jobs, I could sacrifice social and family life, but to what ends… I can’t blame someone with money for me not having any. Some have don’t nothing but being born to be rich, others have worked and sacrificed, while others might just be lucky. Life is more than money, that statement is easy to say when you have money. It can also be easy to say when life is entrusted to God. I am not rich by any sense of the word, do I struggle (?) absolutely and I make sacrifices and plan for things I want and try to make informed decisions about the things I absolutely need. It’s not magic and there’s no pot of gold at the end of a rainbow but I know that since surrendering my financial situations to God and seeking His direction, God has always provided. When I say provided, I mean that my eyes were opened to opportunities; maybe it’s working overtime, maybe it’s prioritizing needs/wants, sometimes it’s giving because someone else’s needs are greater than mine. God’s provision isn’t simply money falling from the sky, often it’s not money at all and the value of the lesson learned is priceless. One of the greatest lessons I’ve learned is that when you’re giving, give with a grateful heart…it makes a world of difference! Trusting that God only wants and desires the very best for you!

“So do not worry about tomorrow, for tomorrow will bring worries of its own. Today’s trouble is enough for today.” ~Matthew 6:34

As I’m sharing my thoughts with you, please know that I am not an expert on any of these topics or subjects. I am human just like everyone else on this planet, wishing and hoping for peace and acceptance. I’m interested in learning and understanding things that are foreign to me. I would not say that I’m worldly and I’m not necessarily naive but I would say there’s a great divide between the two.

Speaking plainly, there’s a lot wrong in the world right now and I think most would agree with that statement. However, there is also a lot of GOOD going on in the world today. For all the things we all disagree with, I’m willing to say that we many things we do agree with and why don’t we celebrate those things. Goodness can grow as quickly has hate, we just have to change the conversation. I don’t care what your political affiliations are or what your religious beliefs might be, can’t we just treat one another like we want to be treated?

Even if you don’t want to do good, how about do no harm?

Here’s some questions we can all ask ourselves before we act/do something:

• “Why am I doing this?”

• “Will my actions hurt anyone?”

• “Is this ethical?”

• “Is this illegal?”

• “Who does this affect?”

“Be strong and courageous; do not be frightened or dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go.” ~Joshua 1:9 – 

~Peace~

References:

https://www.biblegateway.com/

www.purposefairy.com/82808/deep-questions-to-ask-yourself/amp/

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