I’ve Got You, Babe: Disability & Marriage Nine Years Later

Sign at our church, NABCThis Saturday will be the ninth anniversary of my first date with my husband.  When I remember that night, I still smile.  Even though I have recently been going through some rough times, my memories from that first date just make me happy.  Our plan for that night was to go to a local mall that neither of us had been to before.  Well, you know what they say about the best-laid plans.  Yep, that’s right.  We never did find the mall that night.   We drove around for three hours and shared the best conversation.  I don’t remember what we talked about, but we did decide to meet the next weekend and go to the mall again!  Or, to at least try. :)

My memories made me want to re-run the post I first wrote about meeting Robert.  Our first date; it was a very good night.  Here is a story about when the music first began for us…

“His Perfect Plan: Disability & Marriage”

I used to dream about meeting my “Prince Charming” when I was a little girl. I always thought someday – someday… But life had a way of intervening on my plans and things just did not go as I had planned. For instance, I never planned on my disability. But thankfully, God did have a perfect plan for me. And I have now met my Prince Charming and today, you could say that we are “living happily ever-after.” Love and marriage aren’t the only things that can go together!

I first learned about the Lord and then accepted Him as my personal savior in ’98.  Knowing Jesus brought such joy into my life.

One day, when I was at a public gym that I attend, a friend of mine, who was the director of the gym and also happened to be the then music director at my church, stopped me and asked if I ever intended to remarry.

I remember telling her that I had made my choice with my first husband and that it was such a poor choice.  I had no intention of choosing another partner.

I told her that I would only remarry if it were God’s choice for me.  With that, we said good-bye and I didn’t really think about it again.

Several weeks later, this man from church who was named Robert started emailing me at work.  I was working in an academic institution and it was during Summer break, so I had time to respond.

Our correspondence grew more regular and animated, but I still thought absolutely nothing of it.  Then one day, he emailed me and said, “Oh and by the way, Shirley told me that I should ask you out sometime.”  Ever so romantic, huh?

But I was very excited and I can remember squealing with delight at my desk.  We made plans for our first date.

We had every intention of going to this area mall, but neither of us had ever been there before. On that first date, we drove around looking for the mall for three hours.  We shared a very animated conversation, but never did find the mall.

The next weekend we tried again.  Robert did say that he had studied the directions, but our attempt to find the mall was still merely an effort in futility.  On our third date, we had more great conversation, but still no mall.  I think we finally made it to the mall on our fourth try.

Robert has always said that he fell in love with me on our first date, but since I was determined not to make a repeat mistake, it did take me three dates to make that commitment!

Dr. and Mrs. Robert H. Woodman: A Wedding Picture He proposed to me at our church’s Valentine’s Day dinner in February and we were married that June. Robert and I are an example of opposites attracting.  But, God did have a perfect plan in uniting us.  The most perfect way for me to describe Robert is as the man of my dreams.

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My Master Tells Me to Wait: Waiting On the Lord

Waiting on the LordHave you ever felt like a dog with a treat balanced on your nose and your master is telling you to wait before you chomp on that treat? That is how I feel right now.  My patience has been running thin, but I still have to wait.  Waiting on the Lord often can become frustrating.

Last Sunday, we watched a video series by Dr. David Jeremiah called “Spiritual Warfare.”  In his study, Dr. Jeremiah stresses the importance of personifying Satan.  If we picture him as a real enemy that every believer is constantly battling with, we will be better able to combat his constant harsh realities.  It also helps us to remember that greater is He that is in me, than he that is in the world.

Patience, when stretched thin, seems to be of little help.  At least for me, it seems that way.  How about you?  Well, I have put together a list of verses regarding waiting on the Lord.  Dr. Jeremiah also reminded each believer that Jesus has given us His peace.  When I focus on that fact, it does help.  Following are a list of verses that are excellent reminders during stressful times:

Isaiah 40:31 (NASB) Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

Proverbs 3:5-6 (NASB) 5 Trust in the Lord with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. 6 In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make your paths straight.

Psalm 33:20-21 (NASB) 20 Our soul waits for the Lord; He is our help and our shield. 21 For our heart rejoices in Him, because we trust in His holy name.

2 Peter 3:9  (NASB) 9 The Lord is not slow about His promise, as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing for any to perish but for all to come to repentance.

Lamentations 3:25 (NASB) 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.

Matthew 6:33 (NASB) 33 But seek first His kingdom and His righteousness, and all these things will be added to you.

Isaiah 30:18 (NASB) 18 Therefore the Lord longs to be gracious to you, and therefore He waits on high to have compassion on you. For the Lord is a God of justice; How blessed are all those who long for Him.

Psalm 130:5 (NASB) 5 I wait for the Lord, my soul does wait, and in His word do I hope.
Psalm 27:14 (NASB) 14 Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.

1 John 3:2 (NASB) 2 Beloved, now we are children of God, and it has not appeared as yet what we will be. We know that when He appears, we will be like Him, because we will see Him just as He is.

Psalm 40:1-3 (NASB) I waited patiently for the Lord; and He inclined to me and heard my cry. 2 He brought me up out of the pit of destruction, out of the miry clay, and He set my feet upon a rock making my footsteps firm. 3 He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God; many will see and fear and will trust in the Lord.

Lamentations 3:25 (NASB) 25 The Lord is good to those who wait for Him, to the person who seeks Him.

What do you do when all you can do is wait?  Why don’t you tell us what helps?  Scroll down and leave your comment.  We would appreciate it.

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All Aboard: A 2014 Stop on the Underground Railroad

Sign at Levi Coffin HouseMy husband and I share an interest in Civil War history.  Robert grew up in Mississippi and I can remember that even in one of our first phone conversations I told him I was a lifelong Yankee.  And now, I am a Yankee woman that fell in love with a rebel!  Just kidding.  :-) Robert grew up in the South and knows all about that history, but I have wanted to show him about life in the North.  During the Civil War, that involved abolition in the North.  Last weekend, Robert and I made a 2014 stop on the underground railroad when we visited the home of Levi Coffin, who has been referred to as the president of the Underground Railroad.

Levi and Catherine Coffin were Quakers from North Carolina who came to Indiana with intentions of doing the Lord’s work.  Regardless of man-made federal laws, the Coffins chose to follow God’s law.

In Coffin’s own words, “the slaves fleeing from bondage would find a welcome and shelter at our house.”

For the twenty years that they lived in Newport, IN (now Fountain City), the Coffin family helped more than 2,000 escaping slaves reach freedom.

The Coffins, who had six children, lived in a two-story federal style home.  Interestingly enough, the first floor was completely accessible and required no adaptions for my wheelchair.

The doorways were very wide and spacious and built nearly two hundred years before the passing of the Americans with Disabilities Act.  I will assume that he also wanted to allow wheelchair-users into his home!  I can only say, thank you, Mr. Coffin.

When Robert went up to the second floor, he took some videos for me to see.  I also want to share these videos with you. The one below is from the second floor of the Levi Coffin House.

That beautiful natural woodwork is throughout the house, but I was thinking, nearly two hundred years and no paint?  Well, our knowledgeable tour guide told us that over 100 gallons of stripper were used to remove all of the layers of paint from the woodwork.

When the restoration team finally exposed the tulip poplar wood, which happens to be the state tree, they could not bear to repaint it! See the next video from the second floor below:

In the Coffin house, the kitchen was in the basement.  This video is of their kitchen, plus a surprise to accommodate all of the unexpected “guests.”

For a link to the Coffin House, go to: http://www.waynet.org/levicoffin/

The Levi Coffin House was an excellent learning experience and just two hours from central Ohio.  It made for a great one-day trip.  To leave a comment, scroll down the page.  We would love to hear from you.

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Love, from your bump on a log.

A Photo Of MeSometimes, I think it is only me who is constantly reminded of my disability.  What I mean is, I will always be aware of having a walking life and of having a rolling life.  I will always have memories of things I did when I was able-bodied, just as I will always have my memories as a wheelchair user.  Truth is, I can’t get past it.  In fact, I have not even tried.  It would just be ridiculous for me to try to forget my past.  But, most people in my current life have only known me as disabled.  This includes my husband.  He is not constantly reminded of the things that I can no longer do.  Much to my own disbelief, sometimes he even forgets that I am paralyzed! When I am feeling like a consummate bump on a log, he thinks that I am a whirlwind of activity!

One week past our eighth wedding anniversary, Robert and I went for a drive.  While we were in the car, he was driving and I was sitting in the passenger’s seat, just as it always is.  He tossed something on to my lap and it fell from my lap and crashed to the floor.  And then Robert exclaimed, “Don’t just sit there like a bump on a log.”  To which I proclaimed, “I’m paralyzed!”  It did not seem funny then, but a few days later, the thought that he forgot that my left side is paralyzed strikes me as just too perfect.  I feel as if I am constantly waging a war to be seen as an equal and my own husband needs to be reminded of my disability!

There was another time when I think Robert gave me the best laugh of my life.  I am a hemiplegic.  My left side is paralyzed and I only have use of my right arm and hand.  As would be expected, I am now much slower.  In my own opinion, quite slow.  Several years ago, I was chiding Robert for being a slowpoke.  I can remember him saying, “I’m just not as fast as you.”  Me fast?  That seemed hysterical to me.

The thing is, it is hard to see things as other people see them   Even when you might be very close to someone, you will often have a different perspective. It is typical that we make a decision based on our own perspective.  I cannot control someone else’s choice, but I can control my own choice.  I want my life to be an example for others.   I love Jesus and I want to follow God’s will for my life.  I can share the benefit of that choice for me, in my own life.

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Jesus is the Door: 5 Historic Churches in Mechanicsburg, Ohio

Blue Welcome to Mechanicsburg SignRobert and I celebrated our wedding anniversary this past weekend by driving about an hour west of Columbus and visiting a small town near central Ohio.  In Mechanicsburg, there are five churches that were built in the nineteenth century.  We both thought that it would make for a fun place to visit.  Robert enjoys the photo opportunity and I just enjoy the journey.  So, we headed out this past Saturday.  We have lots of photos and we also had a great time together.  I want to tell you about the 5 historic churches in Mechanicsburg, Ohio that we visited.  But first, a little lore about the town of Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

Mechanicsburg was first named by Captain Culver and John Kain, who were soldiers during the War of 1812.  Culver was the chief mechanic of the expedition that was marching through Ohio on way to the battle in Detroit.   While in southwest Ohio, Culver met Chief Ohito and his lovely young daughter, Wawanita.  Captain Culver and the Indian princess were soon to fall in love.  Culver vowed to return to Wawanita after the war and she agreed to wait for her mechanic.

When Kain and Culver had been discharged from their service following the War of 1812, they did return to Ohio.  The two men planned on settling a new town and they gave Wawanita the honor of naming the new town.  Since “mechanic” was the first English word that she had learned, she suggested that word.  Culver and Kain immediately added “burg” and the town of “Mechanicsburg” was born during the summer of 1814.

2nd Baptist Church, Mechanicsburg, OHToday, Mechanicsburg has five churches that were built during the nineteenth century.  The Second Baptist Church is the oldest one and was built by a group of African-Americans in 1858.  Second Baptist is a two-story Greek Revival style building that was thirty years old when the other four churches were built in a Gothic Revival style.    Its large and imposing frame is typical of a post and beam structure.  The other churches are still in active use while, unfortunately, this building is currently empty.  A white Baptist congregation already existed when this church was founded, hence the name “Second Baptist Church.”

Just down the main street is Mechanicsburg Baptist Church, the other Baptist church – the one built by white Americans.  I thought it had a regal and somewhat imposing appearance.  The building was built in 1890 and is typical of the Gothic Revival style.Mechanicsburg-Baptist_Church, Mechanicsburg, OH

St-Michaels-Catholic-Church, Mechanicsburg, OHWhile I typically think of a massive Catholic cathedral, St. Michael’s Catholic Church was a humble, one-story church nearby.  I was a bit amused that the two Baptist churches were both grand places of worship and the Catholic church seemed to me to be a quiet place to honor the Lord.  It reminded me of my favorite verse: Man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart. 1 Samuel 16:7    St. Michael’s is located at 40 Walnut Street and was built in 1888.

Mechanicsburg-UMC, Mechanicsburg, OHMy husband always likes to mention that Ulysses S. Grant once said that there were three political parties in the 1800’s – Republican, Democratic, and Methodist! Wikipedia mentions that the Methodist church in Mechanicsburg is the oldest congregation in the village.  In the nineteenth century, abolition had a stronghold in the town of Mechanicsburg and a group of abolitionist Methodist families formed a new congregation.   The present-day Mechanicsburg United Methodist Church, located at the corner of N. Main and Race Streets is the fifth building occupied by this fold and was built in 1893.

The last church that we visited in Mechanicsburg was the Church of our Saviour.  Built by an Episcopal parish in 1893, it is the fourth church building in the town that was built in the Gothic Revival style.  I thought the square brick tower with a wooden belfry that sits at one corner of the building was just beautiful. Church-of-our-Saviour, Mechanicsburg, OH

We enjoyed an afternoon picnic together before heading home.  It was a perfect anniversary celebration.  If you live in the central Ohio area, I hope that you can check out these 5 historic churches in Mechanicsburg, Ohio.

We had a great day together.  If you live in the central Ohio area, why not check it out?  It is a perfect one-day trip.  Scroll down and leave a comment.  We would all appreciate it.

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Blessed

A flying eagle

Photo Image taken by Katie West

I have not written for quite a while.  It has been for a lot of little reasons.  My short- term memory, along with my focus, has been failing.  I have been moderately depressed lately.  My vision -well, I cannot even see the printed word on the page anymore.  And there is also one reason that is much bigger.  It is kind of hard for me to acknowledge this, but I have to admit that I have just been mad.  Not rip your head off in anger mad, but a quiet, subtle burning anger deep down inside.  Even though I am struggling daily, I have not lost sight of the fact that I am still blessed.

A friend of mine from high school recently posted several pictures on Facebook and it gave me the inspiration for this post.  Her photos were of soaring eagles.  They reminded me that it is the Lord that I need to trust in during this difficult time.

For twelve years, I was an employee at The Ohio State University.  During that time, I received 312 paychecks.  From each of my bi-weekly paychecks, the Ohio Personal Employees Retirement Service (OPERS) withheld a certain amount for disability retirement, if I ever needed to rely on that.  I have to say that I had trusted in that disability retirement.  I certainly intended to work for as long as I could, but I knew that I had a disability that would inevitably degenerate.

In 2012, I was part of the university’s Reduction in Force, which means I was laid-off.  I assumed that I would go on to future employment.  I enrolled in a computer-training course at the university, but when I realized that I was having trouble hearing the instructor, as well as my fellow classmates, and was also having trouble seeing the overhead slide show, I knew that my plans for future employment were futile.  Truthfully, I had been having problems with my daily job function abilities at my former job, but I was a graduate of that department and was quite familiar with what a student would need.  So, I made do.  But now, I realized that there would be no future employment for me.

I applied for disability retirement through OPERS, assuming that it would be an easy determination.  But that’s where everything went awry.  My application was denied by OPERS and I had to file a civil suit.  The Ohio court system awarded me disability retirement, but OPERS has appealed this decision.  Three years later, the suit is still tied up in the state court system.

It has drug on now for so long that I cannot even get through my day without breaking down and crying just a little.  Every day, I look for a resolution; every day I expect an answer.

Things have been tense between my husband and I lately.  We have been very financially tight – what with me not earning any monetary amount.  Our bills are only increasing and our savings is only decreasing.

In no way, have I lost any of my faith in the Lord, and yet, I still want to say, “How much longer?”  I try to lose myself in His work at my church.

But this I know, we are both still standing on God’s firm foundation.  Although Satan may taunt me daily, my faith will never be diminished.

Because He first loved me, I now love Jesus.  I suspect that is one of the gifts that He has given to me.  Even though I am not getting the answer that I expected, I will still rejoice daily because, ultimately, I know the answer.  And Jesus will always be the answer!

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Called to Love by Dr. Billy C. Reid

This is another one of Pastor Bill’s Bulletin Blurbs.  I am afraid that I have only failed recently at my Lord’s commandment to love my neighbor.  I have overlooked all of the reasons that I have to rejoice.  When we want to make a change, it first has to begin from within our self.  That may be an old maxim, but it still holds true.  Raeanne

The call to love is a call all Christians should take seriously.  That which makes Christianity different from so many other religious faiths is that a Christian is commanded to love.  This love does not discriminate.  This love is unconditional.  This love is the wick that makes our light shine in the darkness of our world.

In the Gospel of John, the Apostle shows us Jesus strongly urging his disciples to show the world the love of God.  On the very night before his death, three times Jesus tells them to love; and each time this love was to be an example of what Jesus wanted them to show to the world.

In John 13:35, Jesus tells the disciples to love one another, as he has loved them.  Jesus says that if they will do this, the world will see that they belong to him.  Nothing is more important in the Christian world than loving one another.  The love God has shown to us is a love that should be given to our fellow believers.  When Christians fight, and unfortunately that seems to happen often, the message it sends to the non-believing world is one of bitterness and selfishness.  Not only is that not what God wants for us, it is not a life the outside world desires.  Who would want to be part of something like that?

In John 15:12, the context of Jesus’ command to love one another is that of bearing fruit from within themselves.  Jesus speaks of his joy, even though he knows that within a few short hours he will be crucified and buried.  His joy comes from knowing that those events are not the end, but that beyond the storm of the moment, he will soon be with the Father.  Jesus would have each of us experience the fruit of his spirit so that in the midst of our storms we can stand strong.  As we love him the fruit of his spirit (see Galatians 5:22-23) grows within us, empowering us to walk with joy in the storm.

In John 15:17, for the third time, Jesus’ command is to love one another.  This love is to be the source of strength that will enable us to carry through with what he commands us in the previous verse.  He has said that we are to go.  Go to those who need to hear the message of God.  Go to those that God loves but who have not chosen him.  Go and proclaim the good news to a lost world.  Our love for one another, our love for a lost world, is the ground work of our going.

I encourage you to grow in your love for one another today.  Love, Pastor Bill

I attend Neil Avenue Baptist Church in Columbus, Ohio.  We are close by to the Ohio State University main campus.  If you are looking for a church that will love you and make you feel included, then you should check us out.  I am also one of the manager’s of NABC’s Facebook page, which you can check out  on Facebook at “NABCANDME.”

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Waiting on the Lord

Faith in God Includes Faith in His Timing

Like David battled Goliath, I have for the past several years been battling with my former employer and with the state.  So far, I have been on the losing side.  What follows is my personal prayer to our heavenly Father. 

Patience and waiting on the Lord.  That is a hard lesson to learn.  Lord, I have put my faith in you and on that, I will not falter.

I have had a team of doctors tell me that my disability is temporary.  I know that this is ridiculous and you know it is also.

But at my job, which I know that you provided for me, out of each paycheck I earned, the state withheld a portion for my future.

And I trusted in this. I trusted in the state.  I now regret that.  I know now that was foolish.

But Lord, you led me to that job.  I thought that I was earning my earthly retirement. I knew that my abilities were worsening, but I kept on working.

I enjoyed working and I wanted to work.  And the state continued to withhold out of each of my paychecks.

I have been given a second chance and I have reapplied.  Lord, I am asking you for your mercy. I know that you have the power to make this turnout in my favor.

Lord, I pray that your presence will be in this boardroom on the day that my case will be decided. But nonetheless, my faith in you will not weaken.

I have tried to do what they have asked for.  I thought it would be an easy determination. But, it has not been.

Lord, we need this retirement.  You know that my career is over.  My vision; my hearing; my memory; it is all gone.

I thought that I was building an earthly retirement security.  I know that your one and only son has blessed me with the gift of eternal salvation.

I know that my real home is in Heaven, with you, Father. I just want to ask that you will be evident on the day that my case is determined.  I can see your evidence all around me.

I pray that you will be evident in that boardroom and make the doctors know my needs.  All these things in Jesus’ name I pray…Amen.

This is my prayer for today.  I live a quiet life.  I just want that my needs will be heard.  Scroll down and leave your own comment.  It would be appreciated by everyone who reads this post. 

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Let it Go: 5 Ideas for When Your Anxiety is Overwhelming

A calm sea after the stormIt’s wintertime for us now and the area of the United States that I live in has recently been hit by a polar vortex.  It has brought us sub-zero temperatures and a blanket of snow.  And along with the bleak and discouraging conditions outside, it seems that the anxiety levels have increased at our home.  Yesterday, as my husband and I were preparing for church, the way that Robert behaved made me think of Simon Peter in that small boat on the stormy sea.  I have always imagined Simon Peter exclaiming, “Lord, we’re dying here!” as Jesus was peacefully asleep in the back of the boat.  Robert was every bit as frantic as we got into the car and drove to church.   He was allowing his personal anxiety and stress levels to overwhelm him.  But being in the Lord’s house and being able to fellowship with others at church, who had just been through the same thing to get there, helped both Robert and I to calm down.  Often, it is simply a matter of refocusing our attention that allows us to let it go and to release our stress and anxiety. 

I have always teased Robert about being like Chicken Little.  He has a tendency to tell me that the sky is falling whenever he is overstressed.  As we were getting into the car yesterday, he was telling me that it was too cold and slippery for me to be outside.   He thought that I should stay home.  (I have always wondered why people tend to relate inclement weather and my ability to sit in my wheelchair.  If you can go out in it, then why can’t I? But, once again, I digress.)   When we got to our church, everything changed.  The time that we had spent in getting ready had seemed to pass away; everything had become new again. 

When life gets overwhelming, here are a few suggestions that can help to reduce your stress level. 

1. Refocus your attention:  Think about something else or go somewhere else.  To start thinking about  a completely different endeavor is often enough to let go of what is currently stressing you.  For us, it was simply being among friends that had just endured the same horrible weather conditions to get to church.  We also knew that we were going to be rewarded with a spiritually uplifting message from our pastor. 

2. Physical activity.  Go to the gym or go for a walk around the block.  I have been going to the gym for nearly fifteen years now.  I keep going back because I know how beneficial regular exercise has been for me.  My hour spent at the gym allows me a cardiac workout; burns some calories; and allows me to think about something else. 

3. Reading the Bible.  You think you’ve got it bad?  Just read the book of Job and you will see someone who always found strength in the Lord.  No matter how bad it got, Job relied on the Lord.  And through it all, he praised the Lord.  I used to read Job when I was most frustrated and I would always be reminded that I did not have it that bad.    This is another one of the gifts that God gives each of us.

4. Laugh out loud!  Humor is such a great medicine for whatever may ail you.  Laughter allows us to release our anxieties.  In the game of life, anxiety may reign, but laughter always trumps it!

5. Journaling.  To be honest, I have not done this in a very long time.  I used to record my own thoughts.  I was writing to myself.  It was a way to release my pent up frustrations.  Today, I see women at church writing down prayer requests.  I have a friend who is active in this procedure.  She always tells me when the prayer requests are answered and then she also records that.  An answer to prayer is a written record of the Lord’s presence in our daily lives. 

Is everybody at your house going nuts?  Has being trapped in your house made everyone a bit stir-crazy?  I hope that these five points will help to lessen the anxiety levels that you are currently facing.  Often, it is simply a matter of refocusing our attention that will allow us to let it go and to give it to God. 

Is the everyday stress of your life making you crazy?  Do you have a suggestion about how we can deal with it?  Scroll down and leave your comment and let us know how you deal with overwhelming stress in your life.  We would all appreciate it.

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Just Like the Heart of Jesus

Thank you God for bessing me much more than I deserveLife is all about change; but with that change, we also need to reflect. Each day, we learn from our past and use it to grow into our future.  I had a friend I met a while ago, named Emory.  I often think about him.  More specifically, I think about the spirit that filled his heart and that he shared with those about him on a daily basis.  That is, after all, just like the heart of Jesus.  Jesus’ gift to each of us is the original gift that keeps on giving.  He gave to me and now I want to give to others.  I do appreciate the opportunity that allows me to work for our heavenly lord.  It will always be my lifetime career. 

I have a new online friend that will soon be moving to my country, the United States.  She will be a stranger in an even stranger land.  I want to look after her in the same way that Emory looked after me.  We often sing a hymn at church called, “Because I Have Been Given Much.”  The next line is, “I, too, must give.” Those words just pierce at my heart and make me want to share with those around me.  I recently read a quote from Rachel Held Evans that I thought was profound.  Rachel said, “But even when there’s nothing left to [her] faith but a little seed of hope, that hope is in the incarnation, in the radical teaching that God loved us enough to become like us, and that when God wanted to show us what he was like, God showed us Jesus.” 

Today, I want to say, “Here I am, Lord.  Use me.”  Today, I pray that the Lord will lead me through my path in this life.  My reality is that it isn’t like that for me every day.  But, today it is.  I think it is all too often just like that for each of us.  But, the promises of the Lord are boundless.  With Jesus by my side, everything will seem easy.

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