Welcome to the October Christian Writer's Blog Chain. This month's topic is Discovery. I would like to invite you to follow along with the other gifted writers listed on the right sidebar. As always, I appreciate comments and pray that you are blessed.
It is no secret that these are troubling times, not only in America, but throughout the world. At times it seems like we're spinning out of control, heading for disaster. Lately everywhere I turn families are being tested extremely hard and some fold under the pressure of financial burdens, health crisis, infidelity and social bullying. It seems more prevalent lately than in the recent past and Christians are not immune.
As a Christian, my hope is in the Lord, first and foremost. I know it sounds almost cliche, but I will not candy coat scriptures or what the Lord speaks to my heart. I have discovered many people who say they know the Lord or scripture, but don't apply the Word to their lives. Application of the Word of God is the whole purpose.
I want to share a bit of my adventure. I don't mean that sarcastically, but truly I see life as an adventure. The Bible reminds us that we are sojourners as believers, so I try to take everyday in stride. I look for the possibilities and the blessings of God. I find them daily, not in big Broadway productions, but I find them in the wonder of creation, people who cross my path, the love from family and friends, the people I am blessed to bless. The Lord has a special way of sharing His love with us everyday.
As with any adventure the hero and heroine start on a path the appears simple, then tragedy strikes. Faced with the challenge to either give up and go home or stay the course they continue on being tested in their ability to endure. Somewhere along the way they discover the truth, finding the strength to finish their quest, and everyone lives happily ever after.
I know I paint a rosy picture, that’s my job as a writer, but things have been rough for my family as well. We have felt the awful sting of the current economic problems facing America and the World for that matter. We have moved several times, leaving friends and things behind. We have cut out many luxuries that we once enjoyed and tightened our belts. We have discovered how live happy on little – which is a blessing in itself.
I have discovered in the most difficult decisions we have faced in the last few years, the Word of God has proven true. He promised never to leave us or forsake us as believers in Christ. In the hardest moments He has been there to guide our decisions. Sometimes its a Word spoken to my heart. Sometimes its changes in circumstances. Sometimes its the “peace that surpasses all understanding” to quote the Apostle Paul.
God has moved us forward along the path of this adventure, giving us the strength to continue our quest until we arrive safely home.
Peace and Blessings!!