The very first Guided Life Ezine I wrote was about wishing for a burning bush to show us the way. That’s because we all want guidance. We all want certainty.
We all have doubts, fears, worry, and anxiety from time to time. It’s part of being human. When you have a crisis in health, when you suffer a loss of any kind, unemployment, a relationship, a home, it’s a vulnerable and uncertain place to be.
But it… Continue reading
Why trust? You trust without thinking. You trust that any form of transportation will get you where you need to go. You trust the lights will come on when you flip the switch.
But trust is broken, even shattered when something happens that rocks your world: a senseless act of violence, a natural disaster, an unexpected diagnosis, a betrayal.
When you lose trust, you can lose faith and hope.
May this prayer renew your trust, to trust yourself, trust… Continue reading
God loves us especially in our messes. This whole mess business was inspired by a huge renovation project that is going on at my church and a lovely email I received from a Guided Life Ezine reader who shared her story of transformation to trust God in the midst of her messes. (You’ll love her dialogue back and forth with God.)
Our church project involves getting a new pipe organ to be installed over the period of almost a year. The first step is renovating the front of the sanctuary.
The choir had a rare Sunday off from singing, so instead of sitting in the choir stalls, Robert and I sat in the congregation in our usual spot, pew two (I’ve heard the self-assigned pew is a Presbyterian thing).
Reaching up to the three or four story ceiling was scaffolding surrounding the area where the chambers hold the organ pipes. In our direct line of sight was a sign which read:
I was immediately struck with the thought; God loves us in our messes. After the sermon I took a picture of the sign and told my pastor that I was going to do a post on this subject. He added the word, especially. He said, “God loves us especially in our messes.”
As I mentioned, this mess subject made me think of a lovely email I received from Loretta. I asked her if I could share her story with you and she gave me an enthusiastic yes.
We usually think of July 4th as Independence Day. But as Christians, every day is Independence Day because, as Paul says in 2 Corinthians 3:17 “Now the Lord is that Spirit: and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom.”
When we learn to trust God and the Spirit dwells within us, we are free. Free from fear, anxiety, addictions, doubt and limitations. We are released from anything that will restrain us. Because of this freedom, we can… Continue reading