Emotional pain looks different for each of us and we all react equally differently to the situation in which we find ourselves. The pain can feel physical. It might be short-lived or it seems never ending. It can be buried deep within us or it can be right on the surface. Sometimes, it is all of that at once. Continue reading “Walking Out Emotional Pain”
We have begun a study on racial reconciliation and repentance. Before you click to close this post, I ask that you stick with me a little longer. You see, I have had to take a closer look at myself and a family legacy of prejudice that I thought had nothing to do with me. I have pulled back the curtain and seen that I do indeed have elements of unintentional and inappropriate thoughts about non-white people because of the era and family in which I was raised. And it saddens me to realize this about myself. Continue reading “Pulling Back the Curtain on Generational Racism”
We have all done dumb things that can easily be forgiven and forgotten. There are times though when we do that thing that no matter how sorry we are, the injured party can’t get over. They hold the grudge, they stir up negative reminders, and for whatever reason they can’t get past the injustice to forgive. It is heartbreaking for all parties involved. Continue reading “Forgiveness Withheld”
The past six months have been another season of change for me. I started down a path about a year ago that took me to a place unexpected. I made a decision to make some changes, never dreaming where God would take me. And I have never been more content.
For the better part of my life I felt as if I walked under a cloud. And yet, I also felt I was walking with an incredible protective force and in my spirit, I never felt I was walking alone. Even as a young girl, I had a special affinity for the outdoors and found laughter and joy there. Despite what was happening behind the walls of my home, school, or in my neighbor’s homes, I still felt a supernatural degree of security. I could never quite explain it to anyone and therefore, I kept it to myself.
From an early age my mother instilled in me a trust and faith in a God I could not see or fully understand. I learned to pray at an early age and to walk and talk with God. I have vivid memories of walking to and from school and praying as I walked. I always loved our rides to the country or to the beach because I found such enormous calm and peace there in the great outdoors.
It was in the outdoors that I discovered the lighter walk, surrounded by God’s creation, I discovered freedom from a world that terrified me. For as long as I can remember I heard that God was everywhere. It was part of my religious training and the simple truth my mother spoke into my life. As I grew in my faith and sought to “find God,” I began to see him everywhere I went. More and more he spoke to me as I walked and breathed in his spirit. More and more he became my constant companion, pointing out the incredible world he created. And as I have continued down his pathway, he has lightened the burdens of my past with forgiveness and grace. Today I walk the Lighter Walk because I walk with him.
Look around you today. Can you see God in the creation of our world? That magnificent blade of grass popping out in the midst of dry soil? The blooming flowers that bring forth a wondrous odor? The sky above that warms your face just as the night moon cools the night? These are the gifts of peace I find when I look beyond myself and desire to be closer to the Creator. In the great outdoors, I find he lightens my daily walk and reminds me that I am never alone. I hope you will find that too.
We have had some strong rain and wind storms come through the area. Nothing too crippling. Just enough to make it messy and to leave us wanting a good rain to wash it all away.
Life gets like that sometimes. Continue reading “Muddied Paths”
Have you asked yourself how you can live a more spiritual life? How can you create space in your heart to draw closer to God in all aspects of your life? Have you wondered how to let the life of Jesus Christ shape your life and change you from within? Do you want more out of your life?