We are a society always on the go, looking to the future instead of appreciating the present. We work ourselves to the bone emotionally and physically, trying to get ahead, to some day attain rest. For most of us rest is an enigma. Even while we are “resting” our mind wanders onto what has to be accomplished the next day, the next week, the next year.
I know God gives gifts to certain people, evangelism being one of them. Some people open their mouth and the power of God speaks flawlessly through them. I on the other hand open my mouth and am socially awkward to the T. However, although I don’t feel it is my natural gifting to evangelize, I feel it is all our responsibility, not only as an act of obedience, but also out of love for others.
With God all things are possible”. That is the verse I found myself clinging to when days at the NICU soon became weeks. My daughter, Isabella Grace Houle, was born 6 weeks early with Respiratory Distress Syndrome, and battled Pneumonia the first week of her life. I was beaten emotionally, physically, and mentally as we carted our 1 1/2 year old around to different babysitters because he wasn’t allowed in NICU with Isabella.
Christians are supposed to be known by their love: love for God, and love for their neighbor. So why is there so much controversy over the issue of homosexuality? Why is the Church against Homosexuality?
In a world where we desire tangible or scientific proof to validate what we believe, why would we believe anything by Faith? Many things require faith whether we like it or not. Everyday things, like stepping into a car, flying in a plane, or even going to sleep.
Who is the man who walked the earth many years ago? Some claim he was a prophet, a good teacher, a moral man. Others claim He was indeed the Son of God, but not actually God. What is the truth?
We have to admit life is hard sometimes. We struggle to find time for the basic essentials of life, like eating and drinking. So why would we even fathom the idea of adding something else to our busy schedule? I was reading about Peter today; the all too familiar passage where Peter denies Christ three times (Mark 14:66-72).
It is tempting to focus on everyone else’s strengths, puffing them up in admiration of what you are not. Unfortunately, this tends to leave an empty place in your own heart, wondering what is your purpose in this vast world? Becoming a parent has pulled on this concept of purpose. I know God has blessed me with two beautiful kids that are my heart, and my sunshine.
Why fear? Every day we are faced with our fears. Phobias consume the pages of the medical books, as we grapple with the enemy of our mind. It is debilitating and restrictive.My hope was that the one realm that fear would not venture would be my testimony of Jesus Christ. It seemed like a reasonable desire, considering I have been saved for so many years.
I felt led to write about forgiveness. Not because I am an expert on the matter, but because I think it is so vital in living a joyful Christian life. Forgiveness is hard, nobody claims it is not. When somebody hurts us, it is hard to rebuild trust and move on from the wrongs that they committed. What reasons are we to give that would force us to forgive, instead of just abandoning the friendship, or avoiding the person all together?