Posts Tagged ‘faith’

One-Way? Re-Discovering My Path

As I sat quietly at the park, I decided that I just needed to shut out all of the noise and seek God. In my pursuit of God (whom I call Jesus), I was able to find peace. It was only in the “encounter of peace” that I found solutions to the problems that I face.

When life seems most confusing and murky, I search for, and demand an encounter with peace, then suddenly the darkness and confusion suddenly disappears.  In my current life, I am praying and seeking peace (or God’s face) because I want to know which direction (s) I should take in my life.

Like most people, I have conferred with people whom I believe to be wise, to ask for their help in deciding which options or which direction I should pursue in my life. Many of my friends have offered great ideas, they have encouraged me and they have nudged me to pursue my passions.  Other friends have prompted me to pursue my natural gifts and talents.  I have appreciated these deep conversations with Friends, Elders, and Sages alike, but I still feel as if I am not in the right position. For me, I just need to hear from God. I need to know that God has heard me. I need to know that I did not miss the boat. I need to know that I did not miss my stop.  I often wonder if other people feel this way. …or if I am alone in navigating this journey called life.

Anyway, throughout my journey for Godly guidance, I have discovered that God has plans for my life as He said in Jeremiah 29:11. God’s Word says that his thoughts toward me are to give me a future and a hope.  I have hope!  I have a future!  I feel like the only way to discover my future is to follow Jesus. What does that mean?  To me it means that I cannot be afraid to go into another direction. It means that I should not fear the times when it feels like I am not moving at all. Sometimes I have to stop, sometimes I have to move in another direction, and most often I have to know that this journey may not always be in one direction or may not be on a one-way street, but my faith in God will always lead me in the right direction.

So, the term “one-way” will not scare me because I know that God is leading me and I will follow his direction.

Please feel free to leave a comment so that can reflect together.

One-Way Sign Photo Credit: J.Owens

One-Way Sign
Photo Credit: J.Owens

Getting Through Life’s Losses

About Minister Roslyn Johnson

Minister Roslyn Johnson was born & raised in South Central Los Angeles during the tumultuous 1960s (Assassinations of President JFKennedy & Martin Luther King Jr., Watts Riots, etc) .  Not just raised in church, she & her family were “the church” in their community, and she dutifully performed all “responsibilities” of religious service. Through a comedy of errors, she realized that she was missing something–A PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP W/JESUS CHRIST.  Saturated in the Holy Bible and it’s teachings since childhood, she was called to preach at age 19. Her assignment–to preach/teach RELATIONSHIP W/JESUS to the church (people who assume that going/performing in church equals salvation).  Her education & accomplishments are too numerous to list.

Join host Judith Owens and her guest Minister Roslyn Johnson as they discuss the topic, “How To Get Through Life’s Losses: The 4 Dummies Series.”  Click the link below on March 9, 2014 @ 3:30 p.m. Pacific Standard Time or 6:30 p.m. Eastern Standard Time. You may also listen to the show anytime of day after March 9, 2014 and it will be listed under Archived Show on the Blog Talk Radio The Virgin’s Island site.

Eat Your Words Campaign – 2014

Are you wondering why your life seems to be going around in circles?  Are you working harder than ever and seem to be getting no where?  Maybe it is because of the words that you confess over yourself and your family.  Have you said any of these words in the past 30 days?

1. I just know that I am going to catch that flu that is going around.

2. I am working harder, but getting further behind in my bills.

3. I am broke.

4. My kids may not be the smartest, but I love them.

5. I wish my husband was a better provider and lover.

6. I feel like I am not living, so why do I even try.

7. Everything I get I lose.

Are you ready to change?  Words have power and the words that you speak over your life and the lives of your family can contribute to the outcomes that manifest in your life and the lives of your family.  If you have uttered any of these kinds of negative words, then PLEASE join the “Eat Your Words Campaign 2014” on this site.

You can stay accountable by sending us a message everyday telling us how you have changed your words……over time we hope that you will be writing to tell us how your life has improved.  Try it for 30 days!

Here’s how to join the challenge:

1 . Log onto www.journeywithjudith.com and click on the “Eat Your Words Blog” on the right column of the blog.  Also, you can obtain examples of positive confessions that you can say on a weekly basis.

2. Post a comment about how your positive confession conversion is going. Be honest because your honesty will help others.

3. Stay committed! These kinds of changes are a process so be patient with yourself.  Feel free to ask a friend to join the campaign with you.

4. Do this for at least 30 days.

 

 

 

 

 

Check Out Judith On Air on Sunday, September 8, 2013 @ 3:30 p.m. (PST)

Check out Judith on the “The Virgin’s Island Radio Show” which is an internet based radio show.

The show will discuss how Judith made it from personal tragedies to personal triumphs.  Tune in to hear how she did it.  If you know of anyone who is having a hard time right now, ask them to tune in too. Click the purple link below to listen to this show.

http://www.blogtalkradio.com/thevirginsisland/2013/09/08/the-virgins-diary-from-tragedies-to-triumphs

Log onto www.blogtalkradio.com/thevirginsisland to listen to archived shows too.  Many people enjoy the encouragement and inspiration that Judith provides.

Draw A Line In the Sand

Dear Young Ladies and Young Men,

I know that we are living in ugly and difficult times, but in every generation before this one, ugly and vile things happened.  Our ancestors did not give up and did not give in.  Our ancestors fought the good fight of faith.

Despite what you hear, see, or feel please draw a line in the sand and determine that you will not go backward, but FORWARD.

Stay positive and keep fighting the good fight of faith!

Happy Resurrection and Happy Easter 2013!

For millions of Christians around the world, this a wonderful time of year to remember the sacrifice that Jesus Christ made when he died on what we now call Good Friday and rose again on the third day to redeem mankind’s sins. Christ took the sins of mankind onto himself, and in doing so, he gave us eternal life.

This season is the time where Spring is in the air and the temperature is perfect, so if you have little ones, enjoy the Easter egg hunts and gift baskets.

Have a happy and loving day with family and friends!

 

When Trusting God Gets Difficult

As a child, my parents taught me to trust God with my life because he cares for me and loves me immensely.  In my own experience and discovery of God, I have learned that God rarely performs miracles the same way each time I have needed one.  Even with my knowledge of his sovereignty, I often find myself wishing that God would create a miracle for me like he did a day, a month, or a year ago.

Lately, I have been going through a very difficult season in my life.  This particular issue has been bothering me my entire life.  I have been praying, believing God, confessing scriptures, and worshiping.  Usually, by now, doing all these things would have brought resolve.  This time, the issue persists but I hear God’s still voice telling me to keep going and that he has already delivered me.  So, I have a choice to make.  Will I believe the situation that seems to persist or will I simply trust.  In my heart, I trust God, but I daily find myself fighting against negative thoughts and effects of this situation.

My choice is to wait for God………..or continue to allow him to wait on me which,  I am sure is a more accurate depiction in this case.  Will God deliver me?  I know he will.  Can I trust his timing?  I must!

Trust in general is difficult; especially when I have to trust human beings.  To me, trust in God should be simple, seeing that he has a flawless track record of being trustworthy.  I guess there are times when you have to make the decision to trust in spite of how you feel, and for me, this is one of those times.

BE ENCOURAGED!

Hey TVI:JWJ Readers,

I know that the current political climate in our country is intense. I know that America is facing an economic meltdown, and our way of life is being threatened on every hand, but please be encouraged. Problems will always come, but they will always be remedied. Your life is worth living, you are valuable, and you have purpose, so do NOT let anyone or any of your situations tell you anything different. I just felt that someone needed to hear this today, so I followed my inner voice and composed this blog. Stay strong!

Faith Identity

In 2008, the Auto Insurance Industry, began laying people off and I was one of those people. I had a few contracted jobs here and there but in August 2010, I finished my last assignment. Little did I know that there would be no other jobs for a-year-in-a-half. Can you imagine that?

Needless to say, my faith has been tried. At times, I questioned my faith, but I NEVER lost my faith. As financial times got leaner for me, I began to quote scriptures from the Bible that fit my need(s) for the day. During this season, I got a clearer understanding of the portion of the Lord’s prayer that says, “Give us this day our daily bread and forgive us our debts as we forgive our debtors.” I learned that this scripture means to take only what you need for the day. I learned to focus on paying the bills for that day, eating my portion of food for that day, getting the amount of gas that I needed for that day, taking the amount of encouragement and love that I needed for that day. I now know that I am supposed to take only what I need for the day and give the rest away. I know it sounds crazy but it’s true. I have given away more as an unemployed person than I ever gave as an employed person.

I learned that the power of life and death is truly in the words that I speak. There have been times during this season when I really needed help, but instead of getting on the phone to complain or to beg for help I would say, “God you know what I need and you said that I am a lender and NOT a borrow.” A few minutes later, worry would try to set in, but I denounced worry and his cousin doubt and decided to trust God. I went to sleep. On one particular day, I followed the above recipe and at the exact hour that the bill was due someone called to give me help.

This week, I needed major repairs on my car. At first, my sarcasm kicked in and I thought, “Of course I need major car repairs when I’m not working, lucky me!” Then I quickly repented to God. Next, I prayed and asked God for direction. I heard God tell me to take my car to the dealership (no it was NOT a loud audible voice from the outside of me….perhaps I’ll explain this part in another post) to get a diagnostic check on the vehicle. I called the dealership and asked how much the diagnostic test would cost. I was told that it would be $60.00. I know that the service advisor said that the cost would be $60.00 but to me, he might as well have said $600.00. I fenagled a few bills and set aside $60.00 for the diagnostic test. I arrived at the dealership and reiterated to my service advisor that I just want the diagnostic test and if he found any problems that I would not be able to pay for them, so do not fix them. My service advisor said, “Judith, let me check your account, I think you have an extended warranty.” I was so focused on the fact that I did not have the money to make the repair, I seriously could not remember if I had an extended warranty. A few moments later my service advisor said, “You have the extended warranty so your $3000.00 repair is free!” OMG!!!!

I am writing this blog to remind myself of the goodness of the God (Jesus Christ) that I serve and to encourage others. I am learning that faith cannot be something that I use only when I have a need, but faith has to be a part of my identity.

Doctors are good but…….

During my entire life I have spent years listening to doctors bring me bad news about family or friends. I joke about the fact that I spent most of my life in one hospital or another as my parents were very ill for a very long time. When I was born, my Dad said that the doctors gave me a terrible diagnosis and prognosis. When I was born doctors told my Dad that I would be a vegetable at best. I would never laugh, understand (or learn in school), or do any of the things that normal kids do. Back then and even today my family strongly believes in the “power of prayer.” My entire family prayed for me and trusted that God had a better plan for me than what the doctors could see. Now, please do NOT misunderstand this posting. I am very grateful to doctors for their abilities to help and to practice medicine. I am simply saying that I do not believe that science should be the final authority as science can be defied when we as humans, learn how to activate our faith.

True story: About ten years ago, a family member of mine fell gravely ill with advanced gangrene (local death of body tissue) due to uncontrolled diabetes. My family member’s toe was so badly infected that you could not be in this person’s presence without feeling physically ill (the stinch was really that bad). I arrived at the hospital and I spoke with the doctor. Here was our conversation:

(Doctor) As you can see, your family member has a terrible infection that has destroyed the structure of the toe. The bone, the nerves, and everything in that toe has been destroyed. Your family member’s leg will need to be amputated.

(Me) Wait a minute, if the toe is the problem and I can see that it is clearly infected, why are you trying to take the entire leg?

(Doctor) Well, I am the doctor and we believe that the infection may have traveled up the leg. We are giving your family member heavy antibiotics to kill the infection but just to be on the safe-side we need to take the leg. Also, your family member has asked that I speak with you and you are to authorize me to take the leg or not. Your family member trusts your decision.

(Me) (At first I just felt numb all over as this was a decision that I should not have to make…this is way to much pressure, I thought….just then, I felt my faith rise, I squared my back and shoulders). I told the doctor that my family member is 6 feet tall so I cannot imagine authorizing him(the doctor) to take the entire leg when the only threat that I can see is the toe (this toe looked like it had been blown off by a hand grenade). I authorize the toe to be amputated, but not the leg.

(Doctor) You are making a huge mistake! Who do you think you are? I have been a podiatric surgeon for many years and you are making a big mistake. I feel like you are wasting my time because I will probably have to do another surgery to remove the leg, which is a waste of time and money.

(Me) Doctor, my family and I appreciate your help, but on behalf of the family please remove the toe and nothing more or we will have to litigate.

After this nerve wrecking consultation with my family member’s doctor, I went home. I was terrified. My mind was overwhelmed and I began to vehemently doubt my decision. How did I know that everything was going to be alright? Who did I think I was? I’m not a doctor. Oh, Lord help me!!! I fell to the floor of my room and began to pray. I heard God say that everything was going to be fine and that I made the right decision. I was scared but I decided to trust God anyway.

To make a long story short, the doctor came out after the surgery and said, “I don’t know how you knew it, but the toe was the only thing that needed to be removed, your family member will be fine.”

For the past year, I have been receiving calls that people are ill with life-threatening mental and physical illnesses. I am writing this blog to encourage you that God is still the final authority. Sickness does not have to conquer us, if we believe in the power of God.

Continue to enjoy your life’s journey in health and prosperity. Feel free to leave a comment if the Spirit moves you.

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