Showing posts with label #Bible. Show all posts
Showing posts with label #Bible. Show all posts

Wednesday, December 9, 2015

Does Faith Mean Waiting?

So when the traders came by, his brothers pulled Joseph out of the well and sold him to them for twenty pieces of silver, and they took him along to Egypt.
                 Genesis 37:28 Life Recovery Bible

13 years passed between these two verses, 13 years of betrayal, prison, disappointments.

Turning to Joseph, Pharaoh said to him, "Since God has revealed the meaning of the dreams to you, you are the wisest man in the country! I am hereby appointing you to be in charge of this entire project. What you say goes, throughout all the land of Egypt. I alone will outrank you."
             Genesis 41: 39-40 Life Recovery Bible  

What is faith?                                                                               
Clouds forming? I see miracles ahead. I took this picture at an RV Park in Kerrville, TX.

The Bible says that faith is "the substance of things unseen."

God felt by the heart, not by reason -  Blaise Pascal

Faith brings hope when there's no outward appearance of a reason to hope. - me

Roget's Super Thesaurus  gives these synonyms: belief, conviction, trust, confidence, certainty, sureness, credence, reliance, hope, dependence.

Webster's New World Dictionary  broadens the definition to "unquestioning belief."

The substance showing faith, as stated in the Bible, is often the act of waiting and accepting.

In the above verses, Joseph trusted God through all his trials. Though he was a mere slave, he did an excellent job for Potiphar. He exemplified God in all he did. When he was betrayed by Potiphar's wife, he accepted his fate with head held high, and his trust in God intact.

While days bled into years of prison life, Joseph rose to excellence because of his reliance, unquestioning belief, in God. Though the butler forgot his promise, Joseph continued to do his best.

Joseph waited for God's promise for thirteen years.
Joseph accepted whatever fate he was dealt.
The answer came in God's timing, not Joseph's.

I don't know about you, but my faith can be strong at the beginning of a trial. When God first promises deliverance, I believe him, but when the answer delays, I falter. What I forget is that God uses that waiting time to prepare me, to strengthen me, to help me see Him more clearly.

Days of praying for my granddaughter's healing, only to have her die, demonstrated God's supremacy.

Months of financial hardship taught me to look to God for sustenance.

Years of praying for children and grandchildren deepens my assurance that God's working.

Does faith mean waiting?

I think, a lot of times, it does.

Wednesday, October 7, 2015

10 Daily Decisions for Weight Loss

We make decisions or choices in life. To accept the gift of God’s salvation is a decision.
So is deciding to follow Christ in weight loss. As we work on the mental, we also accept how that affects us spiritually and physically.

Here’s Writing with God's Hope blog's top ten daily decisions that we need to make to lose weight God's way.

1.                             Decide to begin your day with prayer, Bible reading, and meditation. If morning isn’t possible, do this as you end the day before.

2.                             Decide to disregard negative thinking and talking.

3.                             Decide to peruse books and online sites about submission to Christ especially in the realm of losing weight.

4.                             Decide to journal your highs and lows, maybe prayer requests and praise reports, or at least how you viewed eating that day.

5.                             Decide to make the attempt to choose healthier options and balanced food choices.

6.                             Decide to get in thirty minutes of activity five days a week.

7.                             Decide to not compare yourself with anyone else.

8.                             Decide to not dwell on “what-ifs,” but to live in gratitude for what God has provided.

9.                             Decide to believe God’s truth, not your circumstances.

10.                        Decide to forgive since resentment and anger will derail anyone's weight loss efforts.

Print out this list and make a commitment to do these things. I think you'll be surprised at the difference.

Any other decisions that you would add?


Saturday, June 13, 2015

How does symbolism affect our lives?

When I was in college, I loved English except for when the professor asked us to look for the symbolism in the stories we read. The stories she choose didn't make sense to me. Though I did well at every part of English except that, I often failed the symbolism tests.

Several years ago I took a fiction mentoring class for three days with award-winning Christian author, DiAnn Mills. One lesson focused on symbols. I explained I hated that. She tirelessly tried to convince me of its importance. The next year I took a class from DiAnn at the Blue Ridge Mountain Christian Writing Conference, and I finally got it. Sorry, I was such a hardhead, DiAnn.

In my latest release, Worth Her Weight, food symbolized freedom to my main character. Of course, she learned that freedom only exists through Christ.

Tomorrow is Flag Day in America which gets me to thinking about how symbolism affects our lives. Men and women have died protecting the flag. Because we love America, we handle the flag with care by keeping it off the ground and folding it a certain way. Tomorrow, as flags unfurl across our cities, our minds will think of the United State of America. The flag doesn't become the land mass from "sea to shining sea," nor the great people that live within its boundaries, but we do fly it as a symbol of those things.
Other than God, the most important thing in my life is my marriage. The love that Charles and I share warms my heart. He's my friend, my lover, and my biggest fan. When we married, he slipped a wedding ring on my finger, and I've kept it there for 53 years. He's offered to buy me a new one, but this one means more to me than anything I might purchase today. The ring on this old, wrinkled hand of mine symbolizes the day I said "I do" commit to Charles.
Think about what symbols we use.
A cross represents our Christian faith because of Jesus' death on a cross.
A red rose stands for romantic love. (Take note of that, guys.)
For a fiftieth wedding anniversary, we give gold to indicate the golden years. (I wish.)
After 9/11, the workers looked at a metal beam that looked like a cross as a symbol that we would overcome.
Like my character, Lacey, in Worth Her WeightI used food as my God, but food, drugs, alcohol, or even sports, shopping, or fishing can't replace God.
I open my Bible. I don't see it in the same way as the decorative cross. The Bible doesn't symbolize God's Word, it IS God's Word.
How does symbolism affect your life?
I'd love to hear your thoughts.