Friday, October 17, 2008

My Beliefs

I unashamedly believe that I am a sinner, saved by the blood of Jesus Christ.  I believe He died on the cross and was resurrected on my behalf.  I understand that I needed to repent of my sins and put my trust and belief in Jesus.  It is all by the grace of God.  Because I have taken that step of faith I will live for all eternity in Heaven.  I am a member of the family of God and I am His child.  These are not merely my "intellectual" thoughts, but they are also my heart's certainty.  No matter what happens in this world I will always cling to these truths as reality.  No body can take this away from me. I also believe that the Bible is God's inspired Word which is inerrant and infallible. He cannot and will not lead me astray.
 I am writing this because there are so many in today's society questioning Christianity and the Bible.  They are questioning  the claims of Christ and whether Jesus is the only way. For the rest of my life my goal is to pursue Biblical truth.  But along with gaining more knowledge and insight I desire to live the Christian life with love and integrity.  I want to serve the Lord by worshipping Him and serving others. I know what I believe and  I want to live out those beliefs for God's glory.

Learning to Trust God . . . Living Out My Beliefs . . . One Day at a Time

Carla

Monday, October 13, 2008

Life's Moments

This morning I awoke and went into the living room and as I was sitting on the couch I glanced outside. "When did this happen?" I glanced at the tree across the street from our house.  This morning the leaves are all red, and the last time I looked they were still green.  After spending a few days in bed being sick, the sight of the red leaves was a real surprise!  I looked at the other trees from my window and sure enough there were a variety of colors that I had not previously noticed.  The beauty of the world around me seems to be almost exploding!  Today even the sky looks bluer. What a beautiful time of year to enjoy the outdoors.  In my case it is from a window and from my back deck.  I can't help but to think deeply and carefully how God is our Creator. I've reflected on His goodness and His love.  This morning I noticed that even the squirrels seemed to have an added energy as they were busy rustling in the leaves. I sat outside on the deck and allowed the warmth of the sun to shine down on my face.  For just a few moments I felt as if I were taken far away from my problems and discomfort and I felt totally content and good and happy! 
It's amazing what  even a momentary "mini- vacation" can do for the spirit! 

Learning to Trust God . . . In the Moments of  Life . . . One Day at a Time

Friday, October 10, 2008

Only 25 More Days

For the last couple of days I have been a little under the weather!  I was able to get an appointment to see my doctor who diagnosed me with shingles.  Oh, that's why  I've been having stabbing pain, burning, skin aches and the list goes on. NO fun at all! I don't know how long this will last, but I hope it won't be too much longer.  So, what does one do when lying in bed most of the day?  Beside sleeping, drinking a lot of liquids, taking anti- viral pills, and counting the hours until I can take my pain meds again, I have been pretty inactive.  Bored may be a better word!!  I want to follow doctor's orders and get better as soon as possible. 
In all of my "free" time I've watched a lot of daytime television which I normally don't do. I've seen lots and lots of news programs. I've become familiar with the news anchors, and can almost tell from what political perspective they are coming from by their comments.  Many are extremely biased, and report certain news stories with a negative and untruthful slant. I am becoming somewhat of a "political junkie" trying to follow the campaigns and all that is leading up to the election on November 4.  Only a couple  more weeks (25 days) to go and we will know who our new President and Vice-President will be. The politicians are vehemently trying to move their own agendas forward. They are intense and passionate about their views.  These are the policies that need to be brought to the forefront of the campaigns and be nationally debated.  Americans need to know the politicians stance on the war and foreign policies, abortion, morality and energy related topics.  It is crucial that we have an understanding of the candidate's views.  It is also vital that we ask ourselves how these views line up with the Bible and God's mind and heart.
 Then there is all the latest with the economy. I know I will never understand all that is going on with it. Our financial system and resources  are very confusing to me, despite the fact the media is giving us all a crash course on economics.  It is extremely important  in the minds of all Americans right now. I am so thankful my life and future is in the Lord's hands.  Politics can be fun and exciting and invigorating on one hand, yet I find myself questioning so much of what I am hearing on the news. What is true?  Who is being honest?  After awhile I just have to turn it off and allow my mind to go elsewhere.  I have also been using my time to do a little more in- depth praying about these issues. I've never prayed for politicians and our country like I am right now. They need it and we need it. We all need God's wisdom and His perspective on the issues that face the world today. 
 My prayer this morning is Maranatha! Lord, come quickly!

Learning to Trust God . . . With "life". . . One Day at a Time

Carla