Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Love Story

“Everyone of us is just one step away from ‘stupid’” Brother Jerry

This morning as I was taking Lyd to school there was a little orange cat on the side of the road, I saw it start toward the road as I sped along in our Toyota Sequoia and said aloud, “No!” Lyd was like “What?” and it turned around, away from the road and I breathed a sigh of relief “Thank-You Lord”- That would surely have ruined my whole day! Because I love cats….and our Sequoia. It made me think of how many times my life has gone like that; I’m poised (yeah-OK I’m the cat) at the edge of the road unaware that there’s a crazy driver speeding around the bend….but something stops me….Oh, I remember a verse (or story) I read in the Bible that said I shouldn’t go this way! Better turn around--- Wow- God I almost got squashed- Thank You for saving me from making that “stupid” choice!

Sometimes when God speaks to me- it’s kinda surreal- now really I guess I am “weird” but I think God wants to speak to everyone. It’s just that everyone’s not listening. They think God’s gona say, “You have to live a life of celibacy and go preach to the poor people of Africa” And those two things are the total opposite of what they desire. They may want to marry a beautiful person (hey who doesn’t?), settle down, start a business, raise some kids….Psalms 37, verse 4 says, “Delight yourself also in the LORD, and He shall give you the desires of your heart.” So, try listening; by reading your Bible, going to church, reading, going to the movies- wait- Did I just say, “Going to the movies”? Yes, I did. God speaks to me through movies, songs (even secular ones), books (even secular fiction ones!), situations (like a cat crossing the street!?) and always through people! (Like maybe through the blog of a mad housewife!) Even people who I may think are not “wise”. Kinda like when I was 15 and preached to my sister about living with and sleeping with her boyfriend (they weren’t married). Yeah, I’ve been “preaching” a long time! She said, “Wait until you meet someone you really love, Susan” Well, that was a wrong choice I later made which made me into a “Hypocrite” I wrote about that on my website: My Story  but let me tell you about some good choices I've made.

In the last part of my senior year of high school (1984) I had been “going steady” with Bob. But by Spring Break I had broken up with Bob for what I think was the third time. I was mad at him and feeling guilty because of us going too far physically. Breaking up with him was as much my punishment as his. I still loved him and God still wanted us together. (But I should also say here that I was, at the time, confused about BOTH of those things!) Later I found this verse: “Does the LORD delight in burnt offerings and sacrifices as much as in obeying the voice of the LORD? To obey is better than sacrifice, and to heed is better than the fat of rams.” I Sam. 15:22 God wanted us to be together, but He didn’t want us have sex outside of marriage. Why couldn’t we do things together without rushing into the physical stuff? Things like; eating, going to the movies, bike riding, lots of swimming (I like to swim and we lived in South Fla.) Bob had gone out with someone else but they were “just friends”, yes they were, that is until I broke up with Bob. It was Spring break -there is something about Spring, isn’t there? Love is in the air….or maybe that’s just lust!? Bob (we were ‘still friends’) and Rudy had invited me to go to the beach. It was back to me and my two boyfriends! Looking back at that whole situation I don’t know why I didn’t milk it for all it was worth! It started in the Fall of 1983- I liked Rudy-no Bob-no Rudy-no Bob- what the heh, I’ll just date both of them! We did all go out together sometimes, the three of us. If I weren’t so insecure and wanting my Dad’s and every other guy's attention I could have just left things that way. But I had to have a “boyfriend” so I had to choose and I chose Bob. Me having a boyfriend always made Dad nervous and it was at least getting his attention, which I got very little of, so why not kill two birds with one stone? So I had my boyfriend and Dad’s attention for the first time ever!

Anyway, back to Spring Break (’84) and the beach: I saw the under classman whose locker was above mine there; he harassed me everyday- one time he stood up on a bench as I walked by and proposed- he was cute but, “Does he even know my name?” I wondered. That was about the only “nice” thing he ever said to me. “Eat your heart out, bud!” I thought, “See, I date college guys…two of them!” I was about to have my bubble burst, however. “Pride goeth before a fall” Prov.16:18. Bob went to make a phone call (his so called “friend”), so Rudy took this opportunity to tell me that Bob and his “friend” weren’t just “friends” anymore “What!?” Rudy replied “You guys are broken up, aren’t you?”. I was devastated… Song of Solomon says, “Set me as a seal upon thine heart, as a seal upon thine arm: for love is as strong as death: jealousy is cruel as the grave: the coals thereof are coals of fire, which hath a most vehement flame.” Ch.8:6. My plan had back-fired-big time! I was in such mental anguish (like a knife in my heart!) I realized it wouldn’t hurt so bad if I didn’t love Bob. So now I had to choose again. Could I forgive him and take him back? Did he want me back? Gee, what happened? By June 1984 we were back together. It took me longer to forgive HER- I dreamed I was driving a Mack truck once…right over HER. LOL

It was at this same time that I was praying and reading my Bible alot because of my friend's cult I had got involved in. Years later when I asked God when was I "born again" He told me it was in May 1984 when I was in my bedroom crying and convicted about Bob and I.

THAT was the very best choice I've made in my whole life! Bob was the second one!

My 18th Birthday (October 1984) Bob bought me a beautiful jewelry box that plays, "Love Story" :-) See my brother in law, Jay? He was about 10, I think- he bought me a bell for my birthday and I still have it! He asked us once, “Are you guys gona get married?” I don’t think I said anything– Bob said, “She’s the kinda girl I’d like to marry.” Here’s another secret…….THAT comment scared the begebbers outa me!

Claire's comment on this photo of Bob and I: "Your so...not old!" lol

Recently God spoke to me through a very secular (not appropriate for young viewers!) movie called, “Crazy Stupid Love” which I blogged about already. Here is the link to that:
Crazy Love: Stupid Lust

This movie really made me thankful. Here was a redheaded 44 year old married 25 years….OK God always “hits His nail right on the head” Ok if you don’t “get it” yet, hold on: I am a 44 year old redhead that’s been married 25 years! My life could be this bad movie! Actually my life almost WAS very similar, but I made a choice to turn around away from the direction I was going; I made the choice to listen to and OBEY what God was telling me to do! And I am so Thankful! Oh, did I already say that? There were two times I almost “gave up” on Bob and our marriage; In 1992 we had only Sarah and Teddy and I met a young man at church. I came dangerously close to having an affair but didn’t- instead we had Ian :-) Boy was that a good choice! Psalm 127:3 says, "Behold, children are a heritage from the LORD, The fruit of the womb is a reward."

Me and Ian

If I had made the wrong choice would Ian, Claire and Lydia even be here? I don’t know and I’m so so glad I didn’t find out….Then 2000, in the middle of building this house I said I never wanted, I was lonely and one of the young men who coached Sarah’s soccer team started flirting with me, so I flirted back which was a bad decision- Well he started it- I can be somewhat emotional and was I perhaps overreacting or imagining things? I mean this was surreal! Was this adorable 19 year old really flirting with a thirty something, overweight, mother of four (with low self-esteem)?! Bob was busy building the house and I was like a single mom, at this point. This is what I wrote about in another article on my website: Exploring Catholicism

I call him “Michael”. I realized right away that I was in deep trouble, so I enlisted some friend’s help, three of them and I said, “Help me, ‘cause I’m sinking!” They offered advice, support and best of all; PRAYER. Elizabeth said, “I’ll just pray you won’t see him anymore” which worked because soccer ended and he didn’t coach on Sarah’s team anymore. I did still have a kinda long battle to get that guy out of my head! I still had more lonely and stormy days left with Bob building the house and I prayed I’d never see “Michael” again and I haven’t. Absence makes the heart grow stronger-- not fonder- thank God! Another helpful thing is what Bob told me- yeah I told him- that’s just me; straight forward and honest and Bob IS my BEST FRIEND (besides Jesus). He said, “If that ever happens again and you really care about him, you won’t- 'cause I will kill him.” (I jokingly call Bob "Spock" sometimes because he acts like he doesn't have any feelings but that is not true!) Proverbs says, “For jealousy is a husband’s fury; Therefore he will not spare in the day of vengeance.” 6:34

So instead of an affair and divorce that time we had Lydia and I really love my Lydia! And you know what? I really really love my husband and I’m glad I didn’t give up on him and he didn’t give up on me! I even found a verse in Song of Solomon about my hubby: “His locks are wavy, and black as a raven.” S of S. 5:11 But what helps you make the right choice, even more than your love for your family? It’s your love for God. Joseph said when he was propositioned by Potiphar’s wife; “How then can I do this great wickedness, and sin against God?” Genesis 39:9

I want to share the note one of my three friends wrote me after I talked to her about Michael (she lived out of town). I mentioned her in April: Another True Story: Oh The Irony!  Later she left her family, what was the difference? I mean between her and me? She never called me! Oh how I wished she had! I could have helped her the way she had helped me! But she never called and her family was torn apart- four kids the oldest in high school I think, left to be raised by their father….horrible scars that still need healing…

Dear Susan,
Thank you for your note and the letter of your testimony.
I am praying for you and I do believe you will do the right things as you face each situation because you are motivated simply by your love for God. That alone is to be our sole reason behind anything we do, isn’t it?
I encourage you to trust the Holy Spirit within you to show you the paths each day that He has ordained for you to walk in, and then walk in His peace. Commit all that you are into His care- and all that you are not but would like to become. Trust Him to change what He wants changed- He may surprise you and change things you wouldn’t have imagined.
Be blessed my dear friend. Know the love God has for you.- Become certain of it. Love, Melissa

I love it that tonight my posse (My posse means; Lydia, Brooke and Kamari) made turtles at (Brooke’s) church because they were talking about: PERSEVERANCE (The Tortoise and the Hare Story).

Let me explain. When Bob and I were going out, after all that mess I just wrote about, we went to the beach one night and we saw a sea turtle laying her eggs!

So, ever since we, especially me have a turtle thing- there’s one in my garden and I just got one from my aunt, that’s a beautiful piece of jewelry….Once I squashed a turtle on my street! I felt awful! But later on I realized something (God was speaking to me again) when I get into these “almost” situations- I am “squashing the turtle”! The “turtle” represents Bob and I. PERSEVERE in your marriage! Don’t squash your “turtle” or the “cat”! Never give up! Don’t let your life become like a bad movie! It’s your choice….Don’t cross the road!!!!

I'm so thankful for my FAMILY!!!!!

A good book I read on the subject: The Walk Out Woman: When Your Heart is Empty and Your Dreams Are Lost  by Dr. Steve Stephens and Alice Gray

And I continue to blog along the same lines: Seven Steps to Victory But What if I Stumble?

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Crazy Love- Stupid Lust

Love is patient. I Corinthians 13:4

Having lost all sensitivity, they have given themselves over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more. Ephesians 4:19

I just recently finished reading “Crazy Love” by Francis Chan. Perhaps I’ll blog more about that at a later date. I saw a movie a couple weeks ago, same two words, with the word “stupid” appropriately put in the middle. July 31st was Claire’s 15th birthday and we all were going to see “Captain America” with her on the 30th, but Sarah had already seen it- So Bob and Ian, who refused to see what Bob called “The Crazy Stupid movie” ( My boys are SMART), took Lyd to see “Captain America” and Me, Sarah and Claire saw “Crazy Stupid Movie” uh I mean “Love”. In hindsight, I should have said, “Sorry Sarah but we’re going together to see, ‘Captain America’- just come again”

People have really given that word, “love” a bad rap, I mean it stinks? It’s a battlefield? Now it’s crazy and stupid too! Well, I guess Francis Chan agrees with the crazy part and so do I; God must be CRAZY to love all us STUPID people! The Bible says, “God is Love” (I John4:8) I wrote about the dead poet Charles Bukoski who wrote, “Love is a Mad Dog From Hell” which also isn’t true! They really should have called this movie, “Crazy Stupid Lust” That’s what always makes what they call “love” stink. What’s “love” got to do with it anyways? Right? Cal (Played by Steve Carell) is a great father and has only “been” with his wife, he’s so sweet the babysitter has a crush on him! But enter the stupid wife (really, does she have to be a 44 year old redhead whose been married 25 years?) who wants a divorce because she’s slept with someone at work and she’s having a mid-life crisis. Really?! I wish someone in the movies could have their mid-life crisis without the affair and divorce! Believe me, it can be done….but only with God. He gives us the “fruit of the spirit” and one of those fruits is “Self-control”! Then there’s Jacob (played by Ryan Gosling- yeah, OK he’s very cute), the 30 something womanizer who has to come in to “fix” Cal! Hello!? There was nothing wrong with Cal! OK I know, "nobody's perfect" lets just say his faults are less than his wife's- too bad it doesn't stay that way! So, then Jacob “fixes” him by getting him to sleep with various women. It would have been great if he just dressed him up, got him to start working out, even got him going on a date, but, as usual Hollywood goes too far! I’ve always had trouble with the steamy car scene in “Titanic”! Come on! In 1912? I don’t think so, it would have been more romantic (and realistic) with out that and the nude painting-IMHO, why not paint a picture of Kate Winslet’s beautiful face? There was something that I found amusing and made this crazy movie not totally purpose or moral less (it does have a “moral” as in “the moral of the story” but not “morals” as in “standards”): It was how Hannah (Emma Stone) kept calling Jacob, “the hot guy from the bar” and he says “My name is Jacob” - the tables are turned! How does he like being “objectified” like he does to women? So, Jacob realizes by the end of the movie that all along he wanted what Cal had! And Cal also realizes that what Jacob taught him wasn’t that great, after all. This is really tragic! But, as always, Hollywood really downplays all the bad consequences of wrong choices, in fact they call what God calls “evil” “good” and the “good” is “evil”. In the book of Isaiah God pronounces “woe” to people like that. (Isaiah 5:20) Into everything in this movie that could really be called “love” they insert Satan’s counterfeit: lust. I’ve heard it called “Loves Opposite” which is so true!

Into Cal and Emily’s marriage; infidelity, Cal’s 13 year old son, Robbie is “in love” with the babysitter, Jessica- could be a sweet innocent crush, until she opens his bedroom door unannounced. The babysitter’s “in love” with Cal- at least they tastefully have Cal oblivious to it (even if he was aware of it, it’d probably be best to ignore it), but untastefully she takes nude photos of herself intending to give them to him. This is only because she hears what a “ladies man” stupid Jacob’s turned him into! This is why women succumb to being the pornography- they think that’s what they have to do to get a man’s attention, which is very sad. Neither women nor men should just “settle” for Satan’s counterfeit! Hold out for God’s best for you! Why doesn’t Jessica realize that if he responds to her pornography, that it’s not love and he’ll no longer even be the one she loved. She tells Emily that their kids are the only ones she baby-sits who “want to stay up to see their Dad when he gets home” If he has an affair with the babysitter they’re not going to want to see him at all! Why can’t Jessica just think, “Someday, I want to marry a nice handsome man like Cal”? But, no, Jacob has to step in and ruin him! At least Cal realizes he “messed up” before the movie ends and says to Emily, “I should have fought for you.” But there are no signs of Emily (played by Julianne Moore) ever repenting at all.

Plugged In  says,

“(Cal) realizes his fault in the crumbling marriage and sees that he should have fought like everything for their relationship. He's loved Emily every minute of every day since they were 15, even when he's "hated" her. And through his overly familiar inattention, we see the importance of nurturing a relationship at all stages, with both small gestures and large displays of affection.”

Jessica, the babysitter, does by the end of the movie “give up” on Cal but Robbie doesn’t give up on her and says, “You like my Dad and in a few years I’ll look like him….I’ll wait.” Awwww….wait but….Hollywood HAS TO ruin it: Jessica gives him her nude pictures to “get him through high school” Oh please!!!! Pornography does NOT “get you through” it weakens you! It lures you in deeper and deeper until “having lost all sensitivity, you give yourself over to sensuality so as to indulge in every kind of impurity, with a continual lust for more.” (Ephesians 4:19) I met a woman named Melody, a while ago whose husband was like that, he ended up having numerous affairs and giving her a venereal disease! What struck me about Melody was: she was one of the most beautiful women I’ve ever seen! She looked like a super model, seriously! So, if you're one of the many women whose husband is addicted to that stuff- don’t think it’s because you’re inferior to the women he’s looking at!

You may ask, “What should Robbie do? While he waits for Jessica?” Well, hopefully she’ll “give up” her “PlayBoy” aspirations! Robbie should play sports, make music, do art, go out in groups, learn about girls by being “friends” with them- protect them by not telling dirty jokes about them and not looking at pornography. Did you know you’re objectifying women when you do that? Did you know that’s what the infamous rapists/serial killers looked at? Men are supposed to honor women as “the weaker vessel” not just use them for their own pleasure. True love does WAIT. Trust God and He will fulfill the desires of your heart. (Psalm 37)

I’ll end this with an appropriate quote from Joni Eareckson Tada’s devotional, “Diamonds in the Dust”- it’s title is “LOVE”S OPPOSITE”

“Many would agree that hate is the antonym of love, but consider this: Lust is love’s opposite….Love can always wait to give, but lust can hardly wait to get. Love is never self–seeking, but lust always places it’s selfish desires first. Love is patient and kind, but lust burns with impatience. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. On the other hand, lust twists the truth and delights in whitewashing evil to make it look acceptable…In fact, if your looking for a definition of lust, flip to I Corinthians 13 and replace the words “lust is not” for “love is”….Is there someone whose time, attention, and affection you crave? Perhaps it’s not a person that you grasp for, but position or power. Desire for someone or something (like a substance?) becomes inordinate when it becomes consuming. So ask yourself this honest question, “How much time in a day do I spend thinking about this person? Or this thing? Or this position?” Also, “Where or to whom do my thoughts drift when my mind is relaxed?”….If an extraordinary amount of time is spent seeking this person or thing in your thoughts, then take the advice of Colossians 3:5, ‘Put to death therefore, whatever belongs to your earthly nature….impurity, lust, evil desires.’…Lord, I purpose to set my mind on things above, not on earthly things. Reveal those things in my life after which I lust, and then help me to mortify them in my flesh. May my life reflect love, pure and truthful”

Oh, so what's the "Moral of the story"? Lust stinks! True love is patient and never gives up! Just like it says in the Bible!

Oh hey here's some good reading on the subject:
Sex is Not the Problem (Lust Is) by Joshua Harris
(This used to be called "Not Even a Hint")
Every Man's Battle by Steven Arterburn (They also have "Every Young Man's Battle")
Every Woman's Battle by Shannon Ethridge (They also have "Every Young Woman's Battle")
For teens: I Kissed Dating Goodbye- by Joshua Harris
Blazing Grace is an excellent website!

The story always goes on. For more on this topic (SEX) we all love to hear about:
Sexual Healing  One Thing: Why I Hate/Love Men Who Holds Your Heart?

Friday, August 5, 2011


Therefore we also, since we are surrounded by so great a cloud of witnesses, let us lay aside every weight, and the sin which so easily ensnares us, and let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, looking unto Jesus, the author and finisher of our faith….Hebrews 12:1-2

Summer break’s over…..:-(

I took a break in July and considered stopping this (Blogging that is). I’ve done it for a year now and I want to work on my book or perhaps I should say books? I have written a lot, I am a prolific writer! I have a ton of stuff in my journals, on my computer and out in cyberspace, it’s about time I lay aside my fear of failure and try to find a publisher. Did I hear God say I was going to be a writer or not? 

However, one reason I thought about discontinuing the blog was realizing I have often had the wrong motivation for my writing/blogging, even facebooking. Am I trying to draw attention to me? No, He must increase I must decrease. I should draw attention to Jesus-not me. I’ve even considered taking the whole blog down---- sacrificing it to show God I am serious. But He doesn’t require this of me. He requires obedience not sacrifice. (1 Samuel 15:22) He wants to cleanse my motives, not “give up” what He has called me to do! And it does not matter what anyone else thinks- even my family- God has called me to write; About Him, how awesome He is, How much He loves us all, How He’s working in my life and my family, How much joy, peace and hope He gives us! Oh wow, I could write and write and write………

I woke up this morning tired and discouraged, I wasn’t even going to go to the park and jog today (I thought the same thing yesterday- but went anyways), but I dressed to work out, took Lyd to school and went to the park, I started thinking of scriptures, like Philippians 4:13, and my favorite one to go over in my head while running is 1 Corinthians 9:24-27, also Hebrews 12:1-2 (which is above), I also prayed for a bunch of people as I jogged…and you know what I jogged the whole way around twice! Which is 1.4 miles :- )

I started jogging back in April. A number of different things inspired me to do this. 1) I was in a panic; not only was I still struggling with those last 10 lbs- I wasn’t even able to lose them the previous summer (2010) Since 2008, when I lost 30lbs- I’d gained back 10lbs. over the holidays/winter and lost it again in the summer of 2009. Now, I thought, “I better not gain 10lbs this winter!” Well, I did, that meant just 10 more to gain and I’d almost be back where I started from! All totaled I had lost 40 lbs. since giving birth to Lydia in 2001- it just took me 7 yrs to lose the first 10lbs! It took my doctor getting on my case at Christmas-time 2007 for me to lose the 30lbs in 2008! He also told me how to do it- Low carb (he actually told me to just eat vegetables and meat, but I also ate fruit) The #2 reason I started “trying” to jog; I was reading Lysa TerKeurst’s book “Made to Crave” in it she describes how she got back into jogging by walking/jogging she called it “walogging”. I’ve been hearing Lysa for awhile on K-Love doing a short parenting piece for her ministry, “Proverbs 31” but somehow I ‘clicked” with her more in print- And Claire “acts” as if she also despises Lysa (as she does me), “Turn it off! I can’t stand the sound of that ladies voice!” lol So much “deep” thoughts on why we overeat (incompleteness? Fulfilling the longing for a father? Hmmmm sounds familiar?) Why should we pursue this? Just to get into those skinny jeans? No, to get closer to God! She’s a “Jesus Girl” just like me, striving, pressing on towards His higher calling. You know I highly recommend her book, I might even read some more of her stuff when I’m done with Kathy’s “Crazy Love” book! She says you don't have to use her eating plan- but it is the same as mine! (low carb) And oh the #3 reason I started running in April is because I was hypo-manic -I have already wrote about this: Oh The Irony!
I had extra energy so I wanted to “burn it off” in a constructive way!

Back in March something made me think about “running” also but it was the negative side of it (i.e. running away from God). I may write more about this at a later date. In March I was still struggling to forgive my Dad, long story, some of which I’ve already shared. Matt, our associate Pastor (actually the pastor at our Southside Kathleen campus) preached a sermon on Jonah, it’s title was; “Everybody Runs”. It made me realize that I wasn’t really forgiving my Dad, if I wouldn’t go see him. I had planned on going on a cruise (getting on the boat to Tarshish) with Bob for our 25th wedding anniversary instead! We will still do this, just not this year! So that’s when I decided we needed to go to California to visit my Dad, my new step mom and other family. We did this last month and it was fun!

I found a couple quotes about “running” in my “Letting God” devotional book by A. Philip Parham about “Running from God” Parham says, “Yet to run from God is futile. There is nowhere to run. We’ve tried that escape route before, but it doesn’t work, because He still knows. We might as well give up- we’re caught. Then what happens? If God knows, what then? Punishment? Prison? Put-down? Never! God wants us to be free! He wants us to be well! He loves us! We may want to run, but we don’t need to. It’s unnecessary….” (May 24th)

Here is some info I found online: The Benefits of Running

"According to Running USA’s State of the Sport 2010 report, an estimated 43 million total runners nationwide enjoyed the sport in 2009. That’s up 6.7 percent from 2008. Actually in the last nine years, total running/jogging participation is up 40 percent, running/walking on the treadmill is up 38 percent, walking for fitness is up 21 percent, and trail running is up 16 percent."

"It may seem surprising to learn all of the different ways that running can improve your health, but the truth of the matter is that these are only a few of the many benefits that it can offer to your body. Running really is incredibly beneficial to the body, mind, and spirit, and you will find that even short runs can leave you feeling more energized, more focused, and better able to enjoy all that life has to offer."

I say these verses in my head when I run and it pushes me on:
Do you not know that those who run in a race all run, but one receives the prize? Run in such a way that you may obtain it. And everyone who competes for the prize is temperate in all things. Now they do it to obtain a perishable crown, but we for an imperishable crown. Therefore I run thus: not with uncertainty. Thus I fight: not as one who beats the air. But I discipline my body and bring it into subjection, lest, when I have preached to others, I myself should become disqualified. 1 Corinthians 9:24-27

Sometimes we’re running along and stumble and I find that I can often get in an paralysis analysis, “What happened?” or in condemnation, “Really, Susan, how could you? You know better!” God says, “Get up! Press on! Keep going!” “For a righteous man may fall seven times And rise again, But the wicked shall fall by calamity.” Proverbs 24:16 In another devotional I like, “God Calling” I found this: “You must not feel the burden of your failure. Go on in faith, the clouds will clear, and the way will lighten - the path becomes less stony with every step you take. So run that you may obtain. A rigid doing of the simple duties, and success will crown your efforts.” (June 27th )

For the Lord takes pleasure in His people; He will beautify the humble with salvation and adorn the wretched with victory. Psalm 149:4 (Amplified)

Someone shared a quote by this French guy, so I looked him up and found I really liked many of his quotes. Here’s one that mentions things I think we all need to learn! : “You learn to speak by speaking, to study by studying, to run by running, to work by working; in just the same way, you learn to love by loving.” Anatole France

Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:13-14

“A wise person maintained that we can only do four things with our life; (1) Run away from it, (2) Run along with it, (3) take hold of it, or (4) Surrender to it……Finally, with the grace of God, we stop running away, stop running along, and stop trying to run everything, and just stop and surrender to our Lord and to our program. Then we let Christ, our Higher Power, run us. To be run by Christ is to run with power and purpose because He impels us and propels us with His love.” Philip Parham, “Letting God” (June 24th)