The journey continues over at My Crazy Faith (click on it). Come visit me there. It's where I will be adding my new posts (and reposting any relevant posts). [Update 2022: I am now adding new posts only to Heather's Garden and Home.]
And I also started an anti-Calvinism blog after our Evangelical Free church (which we attended for almost 20 years) got taken over by Calvinism. I call it The Anti-Calvinist Rant, and it contains posts like these:
It's so sad to hear about all the celebrities who have recently committed suicide (or about anyone who has committed suicide, for that matter). My heart breaks for them, for the pain they went through, and for the ones who love them, for the pain they are now going through. It is truly a tragedy. (And it could have been me.) To anyone who is hurting really badly, who is struggling with overwhelming anxiety or depression, who is considering taking their own lives ... I dedicate this post. Please, take some time to look through some of the links here. This is a round-up of some on-line resources or posts about dealing with anxiety or depression, particularly as a Christian. But first:
Quick tips for help:
If you are desperate for some immediate help and don't want to look through the links I have below, try some of these:
I strongly believe that there are angels and demons. That prayer matters. That there is a spiritual battle going on around us all the time ... and that we need to get involved in it, actively and consciously. (Something I haven't been doing lately.) Regardless of if we want it or not, we are constantly facing spiritual battles. But if we don't acknowledge them - if we stick our head in the sand and refuse to get involved, to put on our spiritual armor, to use the spiritual weapons that are available to us - we open ourselves up to deceptions, to defeat, to being very vulnerable to the strategies and attacks of the evil one. What I have done here is compile a list of posts on spiritual warfare, on praying Scripture, and on creating a War Room (or War Journal).
Have you ever seen War Room? You should. It's a great movie. And it is so relevant to real life. To the life that is most real - the spiritual life.
Sometimes I wish there was a place I could go where I could scream as long and as loud as I want to - a raw, primal scream, maybe even ranting and raving about everything I've ever wanted to scream out loud but held inside instead ... and no one could hear it but God in heaven (but maybe He could cover His ears for a little while, just in case). Or I wish I could wake up in one of those places you see in the movies sometimes, that all-white, alternate-universe place with no walls, no ceiling, no floor, no people, no noise ... no anything except whiteness as far as the eye can see. And I could just sit there awhile in complete stillness and silence and peace. That would be nice.
You know what they say - that there's a time for every good thing to end. Well, I would like to end this blog on these
posts, some of my favorites (along with the “How I Broke” post and the series
on predestination in April). (But I will be continuing to add posts to one of my other blogs - https://heathersgardenandhome.blogspot.com.)
And so here's the last real post on this blog ... "When Things Don't Turn Out The Way You Wanted":
(Updated 3/12/20, to simplify it, add new stuff, and make it cleaner-looking.I’ve been wanting to do this for a long time.)
John 3: 16: “For God so loved the world that he sent his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.”
God so loved the world. He didn’t just love the world; He so loved the world. He so loved the world that He (Jesus) would die in our place before He would miss out on an eternal relationship with us. He knew that we would disappoint Him and hurt Him and fail Him, but He still so wanted a relationship with us that He made a way. He knew that there would be many, many people that would reject His gift of love and salvation, but an eternity spent with those who would choose Him was worth the price of dying on the cross. That is some amazing love!
Let me ask you something: If you were to die today or if Jesus came back today, would you be ready? Seriously. This life as we know it isn't going to go on forever. And we are not invincible. People die every day, in every kind of way. Are you ready to face eternity, whatever comes the moment after you take your last breath? Have you figured out who Jesus is and why He matters so much?
Because this will be what matters most the moment after you die. Actually, it's what matters most in this lifetime, too, because it greatly affects what happens the moment after you die.
I am much more willing to believe that there is a God and that He is choosing to not answer my prayers the way I want ... than to believe that there is no God just because life isn't going the way I want it to.
It is narrow-minded, self-centered pride to think that God should always answer my prayers the way I want Him to. It is foolishness to decide that there must not be a God just because life isn't going my way. There is far too much evidence of a Creator for me to base my belief in Him simply on what He does or doesn't do in my own little life.
In this lesson, I combined parts of several posts from
lesson in not really an academic “study” of atheism and world religions, but
it’s a very personal account of why I could never give up my faith in Jesus,
why those other options are not for me, and how I would explain salvation and
faith in Jesus to a non-believer.
Christianity isn’t a squeaky clean, “everything goes
smoothly and life is always what I want it to be” kind of faith.It can be messy and painful and difficult.
Due to many trials which have caused me to struggle
deeply with my faith, I’ve become a little less polished and a lot more real
over the years.This is why I included
this lesson and the depression one.Because I really wanted to show the very real, human side of being a
believer in Jesus, how we can struggle enormously with heartache and pain and
doubt and fear . . . and yet still cling to Him.
This will be a long lesson (I tried to cut it down as
much as I could) because I will be looking at several different things which
all relate to what we choose to believe and why: atheism, world religions,
evidence to support the Bible and Jesus, and how I would describe salvation and
faith in Jesus to someone.
Why I Could Never be an
“The fool says in his heart, ‘There is no God.’”(Psalm 14:1)
“For since the creation
of the world God’s invisible qualities - his eternal power and divine nature -
have been clearly seen, being understood from what has been made, so that men
are without excuse.”(Romans 1:20)