Faith, Reflection

Keep Walking

There is a song (sung by a group of animated vegetables) that says, “keep walking, but you won’t knock down my wall…” What a weird, little song! But, if you knew the story behind the silly song, you would understand. I’ll give you a hint: a man named Joshua and a city called Jericho. (Book of Joshua, Chapter 6)

Walking is one of my favorite activities. I love to get up early, wash my face and brush my teeth, and put on my walking shoes! I have found that walking to an upbeat song, blasting loudly from a digital audio player, is even better! I have found that a solid 30 minutes of walking transforms my day!

But, walking isn’t always easy. Babies have a hard time learning how to walk. It takes almost a year’s time for most babies to figure it out. Then, as toddlers, they are still trying to stay upright because their body’s proportions are awkward. As a child grows the walking becomes easier, and then they learn to run.

I have already mentioned how much I dread running. But I love to walk. There are times in my life when I feel like I am walking through the valley of the shadow of death. Then, there are times in my life when I feel like I have walked up the tallest mountain, and I have finally reached the summit! Each new day brings a set of new adventures. No matter what the circumstances may be, I have to keep walking.

I have also learned that I have to walk by faith. There are times when I don’t want to take another step. I am too tired, too lonely, too overwhelmed. I just want to sit down, cross my legs, and rest. In spite of the fatigue, though, I still experience restless legs. My mind wants to keep moving, even if my legs want to quit.

One of my favorite verses in the Bible is Isaiah 40:29-31 where it says, “He gives strength to the weary, and to him who lacks might he increases power. Though youths grow weary and tired, and vigorous men stumble badly, 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.” (NASB)

May you find strength, faith, and endurance as you walk each day in your life. God bless you all.


In the face of Adversity

There are times when life seems to run smoothly, as if a road map has been set in place. Then there are times when life is chaotic, and everything seems to be upside down, backwards, and confusing. A good friend of mine recently told me, “if the Lord can bring you to it, he will bring you through it.” Those are powerful words.

We are not supposed to skate through life without any bumps in the road. Sure, it would be nice to have everything planned and paved, but life would become boring. We would become complacent. We would start looking for trouble, just to have a form of entertainment.

But, take a moment to honestly examine your heart. Examine how you feel when you are going through the high points of your life. Once you reach a mountain peak, it is time to start climbing down again. What about the times when life feels like a dungeon or deep pit? How do you react? How do you respond?

My first initial response to adversity is anger. My second emotion is fear. Then, after I have cried all of my tears and ruined my appetite, I am ready to face my adversity. It is a challenge that I must overcome. I don’t know where to begin. But, I do know that I have friends who will rally beside me and cheer me on to victory. Some of these friends are prayer warriors; some of these friends are silent cornerstones of support.

There are many times when I will face the chaos. I will be stretched, I will be in pain. I will cry, I will shout with anger, I will fall on my face and ask God for help. I am exactly where I need to be so I can grow and mature and help others along the way.

The first half of Jeremiah 6:16 says, “This is what the Lord says: ‘Stand where the roads cross and look. Ask where the old way is. Ask where the good way is, and walk on it. If you do, you will find rest for yourselves.’ I am learning that I need to seek the ancient paths, the roads that have been tested as tried and true. I am also learning to ask for guidance and direction… I am still learning…

Marriage and Family, Miscellaneous

Dirty Laundry

It’s not always easy to share a concern, but it seems awfully easy to complain about my problems. I have made several mistakes over the years by opening my mouth. I don’t mean to expose my dirty laundry for everyone to see, but I am hoping that I can turn to my “true” friends in the midst of trouble.

There seems to be a lot of trouble these days. People everywhere are losing their jobs, their homes, their possessions, and yes, even their families. It’s such a sad demise to the state of our nation. We have been a flourishing country for so long, and during the lean times, we still prospered.

But, now it appears to be that we are a dying nation. There is no more wiggle room to our ever-expanding financial waistlines. We have hit the last notch in our metaphorical belts. We need to go on a diet.

So this is where I stand. I am thankful that I have not acquired as many “toys” as others, so I don’t feel the hit of losing everything in such a harsh way. But, I am beginning to see what it really means to live on the bare essentials of life. Not even coupons can save me right now.

If all of my possessions are gone, I am okay with that. But the one thing I do not want to lose is my family. There is a spiritual enemy out there who wants to make sure my entire life is destroyed. If he can destroy my marriage, he can destroy my family. I refuse to let that happen. I have never been so angry in my life, and it is blamed on the spiritual enemy that seeks to destroy me.

I will stand strong, and I am determined to be courageous. If I cannot win the little battles of life, I am still determined to win the war. My children are my arrows, and my quiver is full of these arrows. My husband is my right hand man, and my hope is that he will honor that role.

As I let my dirty laundry become clean I know it is because of the power of prayer. I believe with all my heart that there a few trustworthy friends who have held us up in prayer. You know who you are. You have also stood beside me during these times. You know that I would do the same for you. I love you, dear friends.