My hobbies include, poultry of many kinds, chickens, ducks, geese and turkeys. Hatching my own critters has been fun and rewarding. I love gardening, painting, poetry, belly dancing and writing. I just wish I had more time to do them.
Life is never dull, it can be fun and crazy so that's where the title comes from, plus I have lots of different interests.
I recently posted a sermon from Tony Evans that I found very enlightening. My family and I experienced some serious changes about 10 years ago. I sometimes wonder if any of them learned anything from it at all. It would seem to me that after going through everything we did they would change the way they live a little, but things seem to have gone back to the way they were.
In the sermon “Reversing the Demonic Curses, Part 2”, the title sounds real severe but actually he is talking about Faith and Blessings. He is talking about the 10 lepers in the Bible who cried out to Jesus to have “Mercy” on them (Luke 17:10-19). He gave them the healing they asked for that was external, but only 1 man came back to thank Jesus for his healing. It reminded me of my family although there is only 4 of us. We went through tremendous loss and changes that could have destroyed our family, but because of God’s Mercy and Grace, we are still in tact.
I held on to God for all I had. My family got closer to God too, every one of my immediate family was in church with me, but it took just about losing everything to bring us there. I learned that absolutely nothing in this life belongs to me. Everything that I am and I everything that I seem to have is because God has blessed me with it. I learned this so fast and furiously when the events of 2002 took place. It was like having leprosy because it affected every area of our lives. Public Humiliation and being drug through the mud just because of association.
I had lost stuff that I thought was important, but I had to lose my pride. I had to learn how to ask for help and accept help. We cut out everything that was not absolutely essential in our lives. No cable, no sodas, no extras of any kind and we could barely make ends meet. As a matter of fact, we didn’t make ends meet, I had to borrow money from a close friend and get help from my parents. I worked 2 jobs and still couldn’t do it.
Fast forward to 2008, a couple years after we were reunited and forgiven, an opportunity presented itself that I never thought I would see happen. Believe me, I prayed about it and God brought about all the necessary things that I had prayed about in the matter of a week and that was my answer to go ahead and move to a different house. We had to sell a car, get a renter and come up with a down payment for the rent. Short of a miracle it all happened. We are now living in a new house, buying things and enjoying the blessing of what God had given us. Now I feel like we are part of that sermon, did we forget who provided all this to us?
My, how soon we forget how fast life can come cashing down around us.
Now none of them go to church on Sunday, but me. I feel like I’m back where I started. I haven’t forgotten the source of my blessings but I have been reminded who is in charge and who gave me all that I have. I’m so thankful for my family, but even more I’m thankful for the blessings that God has given me every single day. I’m thankful that my grandma was faithful every Sunday to come by and pick me up for Sunday school so I could learn about Jesus. I’m thankful that God never let go of me and has been far more faithful to me than I have been to Him. I’m thankful that He will never leave me nor forsake me even when everyone else does.
This sermon reminded me who my blessings are coming from and where my priorities need to be. Maybe my family will read this and be reminded of the same. I’m certainly no saint, not perfect by any stretch of the imagination but I am forgiven over and over and over again. Believe what you will, but I believe in one True God the maker of heaven and earth and I thank God for the freedom our country still possesses to write what I have written. I thank God for all the men and women in our military forces and their families for the sacrifices they make every day so that I can have the freedom to attend church openly and to write freely. I thank God for all the many blessings in my life every day and I know where my blessings come from and the God that blesses me, Do you?