Wednesday, September 5, 2018

Wilderness...

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Wilderness.  A tough place.  It isn't the beginning or end of a journey.  It is the cross point.  The point when you're tested.  What you believe, who you love, what you want.

How do you cope in your wilderness?  Do you hide and quit or do you continue forward?

Choices like this are faced daily.  One minute everything is okay and the next it falls apart.

In a flash of an eye you end up seeing a doctor and hear unpleasant news.  Sometimes a flash is all it takes to rattle your chains.

Other times a shake is what you need to wake up and realize that it will be okay, even if it doesn't feel like it now.

These are the moments when we're being tested.  Especially times when your body is aching and/or you hear loved ones scream in pain.  When hope can feel miles away.  But it isn't.

These are the times when you hang onto Jesus even tighter because without Him you won't have strength to endure and overcome the pain.

Physical pain is difficult.  There is one thing it teaches you though.  How to enjoy moments.

Sometimes a moment in a flash of a day breezes by like lightning across the sky.

Some days hurt so badly, and not going anywhere feels like vacation.

It's amazing how many emotions we can go through in a day.  Let's face it.  When you're struggling with physical pain it takes everything you have to mentally keep yourself calm in those times.

Such as focusing on the rainbow in the middle of the storm.

Have you noticed that even good changes bring pain?  Adjusting from one thing to another.

In the last article we chatted about standing guard in the heat of battle.  This month's post is about staying calm in the midst of the change.

These are the moments that can transform you into who you'll be.  Good or bad, it's up to you!

"Be strong and courageous.  Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you;  He will never leave you nor forsake you."  (Deuteronomy 31:6  NIV)

You aren't supposed to handle this alone!  Let Jesus help you.  He won't let you down.

"...I am the way and the truth and the life.  No one comes to the Father except through Me."
(John 14:6  NIV)

"The Lord is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear?  The Lord is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid."  (Psalm 27:1 NIV)

May this message be a Blessing in your lives and mine.  In Jesus name, Amen!!!

Maria


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Friday, August 3, 2018

Parry???



"Ho! Ha Ha! Guard! Turn! Parry! Dodge! Spin! Ha! Thrust!"  Smack!

Battles.  It's not just the attack that's important.  It's defense too!

I think one of the most difficult challenges is fighting...yourself...so to speak.  I'll explain.

What do you do when it's your body that's giving trouble?  How do you fight that?

Not the way you usually see fighting done, but...doesn't it at times 'feel' like you're in this type of war? 

I love Daffy Duck's attitude when he plays Robin Hood.  The way he charges in.  His tenacity.  And it's hilarious when he smacks his beak on the staff.  Hilarious!

Life though isn't as funny.  Especially when you're watching someone suffer because their body isn't working correctly. 

It's terrible watching a loved one agonize in pain, or seeing them get punctured time and time again getting blood drawn or hearing wails of suffering.

How do we fight this?  By using the armor of God.

"Finally, be strong in the Lord and in His mighty power.  Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil's schemes." (Ephesians 6: 10-11 NIV)

Ephesians 6:12-18 speaks about the helmet of salvation, feet shod with peace, belt of truth, breastplate of righteousness, shield of faith, and the sword of the spirit, which is the Word of God.

These tools are designed to help you understand the core truths of who you are in Christ! 

Isn't it wonderful that our Father gave us a handbook with detailed instructions in it on how to fight the mental and spiritual anguish that we face?

Defense is just as important as offense.

So here are some questions for you.  Would you post in the comments section any areas that are difficult for you?  Especially if it's medical challenges.  What are some areas that you would like help with getting through?

Is it the physical struggle or mental strain?  Do you have trouble organizing documents or communicating with others?  What are your thoughts about receiving a newsletter?  Please share what would help you. 

This will help us help you! 

Tuesday, June 19, 2018

The Little Engine that Couldn't!!!



You have a plan.  Getting everything together.  Check.  About to get started.  Check.  Now it's time to...wait a minute...something has happened.

No, not going to be able to finish today.  Maybe tomorrow.  No, how about the next day???...

Do you ever feel like you're spinning in circles because you can't seem to get anything done?

How does it make you feel?  Do you ever get angry?  Sad?  Frustrated?

Have you ever asked God why?

We all have seasons of feeling stuck don't we?  When it feels like nothing is getting accomplished. 

What about those projects that are on "stand-by"?  Seeing stacks of paper or boxes that aren't getting moved because your body is too exhausted to do it?

How do days like this feel?  Some days I've been lucky enough to be able to finish one basket of laundry or finish a sink of dishes.  Others, get more done.

But here's a thought...What is life about?  Is it only about what we can accomplish or is it more???

Life isn't about projects.  It's about people!

So what if you don't get the dishes done today.  The laundry can wait too if you can't do it.  If you only have a snippet of energy today use it wisely.  Converse with those you love.  Spend time with them.

The dishes can wait! :-)

"And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose"  (Romans 8:28 NIV)



Saturday, May 5, 2018

Guess Who's Back!!!



A few years ago Open Roof Ministries closed its doors..It's time to open them again!

If you have been overcoming any medical challenges or if you are a caretaker for someone I would like to hear your story.

I'm opening up this place for anyone who has a story to share.  Everyone who deals with medical conditions is a warrior who deserves to be applauded!

It is very difficult day by day feeling physical pain.  It's like going in a boxing ring and the challenger is the disease.  The match is how you overcome it and not let it defeat you.

You might not be able to keep the same pace as everyone else, but you keep going.  That's the key!  Don't stop.  Every step you take, no matter how small it seems, is another one forward.  You're that much closer to your goal.

Does this sound like you?  Do you have a story to tell?

Please share them.  Everyone has a story!

Maria


Wilderness...

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