Thursday, August 31, 2017

Moving to Another Blog

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).

Help for Anxiety, Depression, and Suicidal Thoughts

(June 12, 2018)  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.

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.  

URGENT Prayer Request for Young Mother

I am adding this post (it's now March 23, 2018) because I have an urgent prayer request.  I am asking fellow believers to please say a prayer for my brother and sister-in-law, Brad and Jessica.

She is 29 years old and was pregnant with their third child (they have a four-year-old and two-year-old).  On Monday, March 19, she had blood pressure problems due to preeclampsia (she also has type 1 diabetes and they just found out she has cardiomyopathy and an enlarged heart).  They delivered the baby by C-section on Monday, three weeks early.

The baby is doing fine now (was on a feeding tube for awhile because she refused her food).  But Jessica's body was so wrecked that they put her in a medically-induced coma on Tuesday to keep her stable.  She has been under since then.  Everytime they try to wake her a little, her oxygen drops and blood pressure shoots up.  She also picked up double pneumonia and is on a breathing tube right now.  She is not breathing on her own; it's all by machine.  And she has a catheter in her neck to put oxygen right in her blood.  And she was given a blood transfusion to make up for blood loss from the C-section.  

They won't wake her up yet because they don't want her heart and lungs to get too strained.  They are trying to give them time to heal.  

Neither she nor my brother is a believer.  But I did give him some faith books to read while he sits in the hospital, visiting his baby in one room and his unconscious wife in another.

God truly is their only/biggest hope right now.  And she needs all the miracles that she can get.  (When I gave my brother the books, I told him, "I believe in turning to God in times like these.  If God is your biggest and only hope, you really should get to know Him.")

Please say a prayer for them, the new baby and other kids, their salvation, etc.  I know prayer matters.  And they could really use it.  

We worship a big God who can do big things.  With God, there's always the possibility for miracles, even if things look hopeless to everyone else.  And that's what I am clinging to right now.  I am choosing to not look with my eyes but with my heart, my faith.  

Remember that even when all signs look bad, it ain't over till God says it's over.  And if God says "It ain't over" then nothin' gonna make it over.  (And remember that God doesn't operate according to the "signs" we think we see.  He doesn't care about the odds.  He does His own thing.  In His own time.  In His own way.  Far above our understanding.)

I don't know what God will do, but I do know that we are to pray, to trust that He can do the impossible, the incredible, if He so chooses.  That if we pray anything according to His Will, He will hear us and answer.  

It is my prayer that His Will is to let her live, to give her another chance at life - to raise her babies and love her husband and find God.  Would you please pray for her too?

Thank you.  And I will post an update when there's more to know.

Updates:

Sometimes I Wish ...

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.

All Good Things ... (And "When Things Don't Turn Out The Way You Wanted")


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 since I still have more posts from my other blog to break up into smaller pieces for this one, I will be adding new posts in random places throughout the past 8 months.  Just slipping them in anywhere I can.  (And I will be continuing to add posts to one of my other blogs - https://heathersgardenandhome.blogspot.com.)    
 

In general, it doesn’t matter when they are dated or where they are placed.  (But if it does, I will note the date that they were actually written.) 
 

I know this might make it a little inconvenient because it means sifting through the past 8 months for new posts BUT … it doesn’t really matter since no one is reading anyway.  So I am going to do this for me, to have the “ending” that I want yet still being able to add new stuff when I feel like it.



And now ... "When Things Don't Turn Out The Way You Wanted":


Starting Your Own Relationship with Jesus Christ (And Why We Need Him!)


             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, what 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.  And, quite honestly, it's what matters most in this lifetime, too.

Atheism and World Religions (repost)

I am much more willing to believe that there is a God and the 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.



[This is also taken from the Bible study I wrote.  FYI – like the other reposts, it’s very long.]

            In this lesson, I combined parts of several posts from https://myimpressionisticlife.blogspot.com.  This 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 Atheist

            “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)