Tempted to Surrender

“Real courage is when you know you’re licked before you begin, but you begin anyway and see it through no matter what.” -Harper Lee

Here are a few quotes to encourage you and help you persevere through the difficult times. Remember that great and admirable accomplishments were always achieved by taking one step at a time. Trust in God’s plan and He will see you through.

“A bend in the road is not the end of the road…Unless you fail to make the turn.” -Helen Keller

“Perseverance is a great element of success. If you only knock long enough and loud enough at the gate, you are sure to wake up somebody.” -Henry Wadsworth Longfellow

“Everyone has noticed how hard it is to turn our thoughts to God when everything is going well with us… While what we call ‘our own life’ remains agreeable, we will not surrender it to Him. What, then, can God do in our interests but make ‘our own life’ less agreeable to us, and take away the plausible sources of false happiness?” -C. S. Lewis

“Disappointment is inevitable. But to become discouraged, there’s a choice I make. God would never discourage me. He would always point me to himself to trust him. Therefore, my discouragement is from Satan. As you go through the emotions that we have, hostility is not from God, bitterness, unforgiveness, all of these are attacks from Satan.” -Charles Stanley

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Still Waiting

Still Waiting

Waiting on God’s timing can sometimes feel like an eternity; as if time itself has been stretched to an unbearable length, turning days into years. No one likes to wait, but some things are harder to wait for than others. One of the hardest things to wait on is God’s timing. So many times we pray for people, or events, or needs and yet God seems to remain silent. The only solace you can find when waiting is to learn to trust in God and His plan. 
The Bible says, in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (NASB) It is a constant internal struggle to wait on God. Our human nature tells us that we should do things our way; that our timing is best and the God is constantly late. 


The truth is that if we patiently wait for God’s timing, we will find strength and joy in Him; sometimes the wait is long and sometimes it just feels long. We just have to keep reminding ourselves that God is all knowing and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” 

As hard as it is to wait, I’d rather walk with the Lord, than try to get out ahead of Him. I’m not trying to be preachy, but rather to encourage all who read this of God’s grace and His love for you. Even when it seems He’s ignoring you or forgotten you, just remember His promises and His love. “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” God’s moments are perfectly planned, and worth the wait.

A Kind Word…

When life seems unfair, when we feel misused, when every day becomes a burden, our focus tends to shift from others to ourselves. We are beset on all sides by evil, whether we see it or not. I’m not talking about people, but evil spirits tempting us and telling us there is no hope.

Don’t listen.

There is hope. There is life. There is a future in Christ. But this does not make those who have placed our trust in Him immune to these evil influences. Christians falter and fail too. The only difference is we accept Jesus’s hand and allow Him to help us get back up on our feet.


If we have hope in Him, we should tell others about it and we should keep our focus on Him. Yes life is difficult and brings heartache and pain, but live for Christ and let His joy sustain you.


Bring joy to others’ lives. The tendency for us when we face difficult times is to lash out and spread that frustration on others.  Don’t let your frustration with your current circumstances lead you to cause others pain and keep your eyes upon Jesus.

Yes I’m preaching at myself, but I hope you are encouraged by this post.

A Quick Thought

I actually wrote about this a while back, but somehow life’s lessons continue to revisit me. 

I’m currently waiting to hear back from my publisher’s editing team, which means my efforts toward publishing my new novel have stalled as I wait to hear from them. Although I want them to do a thorough job, waiting is not something I am particularly good at. 

I find that when I am forced to wait, I turn to my faith in Jesus Christ for solace and peace. The Bible says, in Psalms 27:14, “Wait for the Lord; Be strong and let your heart take courage; Yes, wait for the Lord.” (NASB) It is a constant struggle to wait on God, as our human nature tells us that we should do things our way; that our timing is best and that  God is constantly late. I just have to keep reminding myself that God is all knowing and as Jeremiah 29:11 states, “For I know the plans that I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.” As hard as it is to wait, I’d rather walk with the Lord, than try to get out in front of Him. God’s plan for each of us is perfect and, though we may become anxious and frustrated, remember that it is always worth the wait.

A Final Word (2015)

Saying farewell to a year well spent. I’ve given up trying to summarize so much time into a typical blog post. Instead, I’m going to give you a bit of a preview to what’s waiting in 2016.

At the beginning of December, I signed a contract to publish my novel; more to come on that in January. My entire site will be undergoing a conversion to better promote the novel. Stay tuned for more exciting news surrounding

I have also received multiple rejections on “Rad the Pawn,” so I’ve decided to finally reward my readers by publishing the whole story here over the next five weeks.

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(I promise to publish the whole thing this time).

I just want to thank all of my faithful readers. January 1, 2016 marks this blog’s six month anniversary, with visitors spanning ten countries on five continents. Your comments and readership have been an encouragement and are greatly appreciated. See you in 2016!

 

 

What Am I Talking About?!

I’ve been blogging for exactly three months today. As I look back on my literary contributions to the World Wide Web, I would liken it to a mouse squealing with all his might in an empty warehouse. The echoes may help, but who really hears his cry. I would also liken it to a blind bull set loose in an empty pasture. He stumbles around, but has no idea where he is going.

So whether a mouse or a bull, this blogger has some thinking to do. I’ve written about blogging, faith, physical injuries, more faith, writing, physical illness, and so on…   I am forced to come back to the real question: why am I blogging? As a writer, what do I have to say that people need to hear? Hmmm…

Stressed

You’re on your way to a meeting and your boss stops you to ask if you would explain the latest project to everyone; or you get to work and realize that report was due yesterday, or your boss decides to saddle you with another project on top of all you have already, or you’re sitting in a doctor’s office waiting for the bad news.

Stress visits each of us on a daily basis, sometimes plaguing our every step. Sometimes it is caused by others and sometimes we bring it on ourselves. Even the most patient and placid can be overwhelmed by stress and succumb to its influence.

So if stress is an inevitable occurrence in our lives, it is not about avoiding stress but how we decide to respond to it. A common response is frustration, yet this often solves nothing. We need to identify the causes of stress and prepare defenses for when it attacks. The best defense that I have found is a saving faith in the Lord Jesus Christ.

Is your stress from work or other demands placed upon you? In Matthew 11:28 it says, “Come to Me, all who are weary and heavy-laden, and I will give you rest.” Is your stressed caused from worry? Also in Matthew 6:34 it says, “Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble.” Is your stress caused by fear or anxiety? In Psalms 118:5-6 it says, “From my distress I called upon the LORD; The LORD answered me and set me in a large place.” It also says in Philippians 4:6-7, “Be anxious for nothing, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all comprehension, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”

The Bible contains many more versus about dealing with stress and most of them deal with giving it to God and letting Him take care of you. The world teaches us that we are supposed to try and handle everything ourselves, but that is not what the Bible teaches us. The question is: do you want to keep trying on your own and stressing yourself out, or do you want to take Jesus by the hand and let Him help you and guide you down the paths of life?