Posts Tagged ‘hope’
As we approach the end of March 2016, I am reminded that there is ALWAYS hope. We live in uncertain times. Many people are still under-employed or unemployed. Some people are overcome with fear from terrorism abroad and locally. Others are facing health and relationship challenges due to fear, stress, and financial strain.
Despite the circumstances that you are currently facing, remember that you are NOT alone. There is a God, whom I call Jesus, who is always available to help us if we turn to Him and ask for his help. The great thing about Jesus is that He will not interfere with your life unless he is invited to enter (such a gentleman).
In closing, please do not allow your circumstances to deceive you into thinking that you are void of hope, that you will never recover, or that your life is so bad that you should end it. Those negative voices and internal impressions are lies! You still have a future, a destiny, and a hope (Jeremiah 29:11). Simply believe that your life will get better and become better than it ever was before.
Remember, that I am always praying for you and if you ever need someone to talk to feel free to leave a message on the site.
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!
If you answered yes to these question, please develop a relationship with God. Contrary to popular belief God did not cause these tragedies and He is concerned about us and he loves us. God wants the best for us.
We have to learn that we cannot put our faith and hope in people, our jobs, or anything. We have to reserve our hope spot for God. He is the only one who never disappoints and always comes through when you need Him.
Please do not allow life to steal the hope out of your heart. You do have a purpose and God can help you to discover it.
Leave a comment or send me a private email if you are feeling hopeless. I will send you an encouraging message and pray for you.
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!
This week my letter to you all is simple. No matter what life brings your way, NEVER stop dreaming. Dreaming can increase your sense of hope and hope can give you the strength to work toward your goal(s).
Feel free to leave a comment and share one thing that you dream about.
As always, remember that I love you and that I am always praying for you.
I was driving home one day and I had a lot on my mind. I was feeling the pressure of needing to make a very important decision, but I did not have peace about the decision that I was about to make. Life experience has taught me never to continue forward with a decision that I am still confused about. As I was driving on the freeway, I glanced over and saw this marvelous sight. I grabbed my cell phone and took this picture (in a safe manner). This scene gave me my answer, which was, “Don’t make the decision right now.” Relax. This photo gave me “hope” and I pray that it does the same for you.
Leave a comment and let me know how the scene of the sky makes you feel or if you feel anything at all.
Dear Young Ladies and Young Gentleman,
Today, I would like to share a quote that came to me today. Here it is:
“When you know who you are, you will never allow anyone to tell you who you are not.”
Simply put, this quote means, when you understand that God has a unique purpose and design for your life in this world, you will NEVER allow anyone else to minimize who you are as a person and the contributions that you can and will make in the world.
Think about this quote for a minute. Now repeat it a few times out loud. By repeating it aloud, you are making a declaration over yourself and this will help you to embrace the idea over time, if you do not understand or believe the quote right now.
I want you to take out time this week to write down 3 things about you that YOU think make you special. If you would like to share those 3 things here on the blog, then simply leave a comment under this posting.
Remember that I love you and that I am ALWAYS praying for you!
I wrote this blog about eight(8) months ago when my Dad passed away. At that time I started a blog called Footprints of Death (www.footprintsofdeath.blogspot.com) to chronicle my feelings toward death and the effects of grief in my life. Since then, I am marveling at my progress, but I thought it was important to take a look back and share this very personal story on my Journey With Judith Blog.
Footprints of Death……………
Today was interesting. It felt like I had my head in the clouds today. It’s a struggle to keep up this blog because I am fighting the “intense” feeling to go numb and just go through the day doing the usual mundane tasks that need to be done.
I remember this exact feeling after I lost my Mommy in October 1999. When she passed I worked, I tried to immediately enrolled in school, I went to church (joined a new church), and did all the tasks that were expected of me, but I did them all in AUTOMATIC. I was numb, I was emotionless but no one, not even my closest friends, seemed to notice. That experience taught me that we all have our “stuff” that we face and we are so busy dealing with our own stuff that we sometimes do not take the time to notice or care for someone else. I really don’t ever want to be that kind of person! My mission in life is to help as many people as I possible can by being transparent about the events of my life, in hopes that others can avoid some of the pitfalls that I faced. Sorry, I went off on a tangent, back to 1999. After my Mom passed in 1999 I did everything and I do mean everything in automatic for about 4 or 5 years. I had no idea that time had passed me by in that way. The only reason I started to realize how fast time had passed, was when I noticed my little cousins growing at what seemed to be an alarmingly fast rate. Lol! That’s how out of it I really was, and again, no one knew.
My turning point came when I went to the “new church” that I had joined called “Faithful Central Bible Church (FCBC) in Los Angeles. I had never gone to a church that large in my life and I found it very intimidating. Over time, I came to enjoy seeing thousands of people together in one place giving thanks and praise to God. It was quite an experience.
Anyway, in a service, Bishop Ulmer, the Senior Pastor, preached a sermon about Ruth and Naomi from the book of Ruth in the Bible. In fact, I think it was a series on the Book of Ruth but don’t quote me. Anyway, in the story, Naomi was the matriarch of the story and her daughter-in-law was Ruth. Naomi lost her husband and her two sons in death. Both Ruth and Naomi were now widowers. Naomi had no immediate living family, but she had a daughter-in-law named Ruth who refused to leave her alone. Bishop Ulmer stopped and interpreted the following scriptures:
Ruth 1:20 when Naomi said this about God, “Do not call me Naomi (pleasant), call me Mara (sorrow), for the almighty has dealt very bitterly with me.”
Ruth 1:21 what Naomi told the people in the new city she moved to, “I went out full, and the Lord has brought me home again empty. Why do you call me Naomi ( pleasant), since the Lord has testified against me, and the Almighty has afflicted me?”
Bishop Ulmer proceeded to teach the meaning of Naomi’s given name, which meant pleasant. Then, he also explained the meaning of the name that Naomi gave herself, Mara, which meant sorrow. He said that Naomi was in grief, depressed, and in fact “angry with God” for taking away all of the people that she loved. He said, even in Naomi’s anger, she still loved and respected God and saw him as sovereign, even though she was mad at God.
At that moment, a light bulb filled my soul and I knew why I was numb to family, friends, work, and everything else. I too was mad at God for taking away my Mommy. I was raised in the “church” environment my whole entire life. My Dad was a minister and my Mommy was a church missionary. To say or even allude to the fact that you were or could ever be mad at God was an absolute abomination!!!! But here it was in the Bible, a real person, who felt exactly the way that I felt. I was mad at God!!! Yes, I was mad at God, but yet I still loved and respected him with my entire being. I always know that He has my best interest at hand in all things……but I was so happy to hear someone speak to the “condition of my soul” at that moment. After that service, I asked God to help me forgive Him (God) for taking away my Mommy and I asked God to forgive me for harboring bad feelings against Him (God). Instantly, the sun in my soul was shining again.
Although, I have never had the chance to tell you to your face, thanks Bishop Ulmer!!!! God used you to save my life!!!! Even as I recant this story again, I truly think that God is using you again to help me see my way clear from the recent death of my Daddy. Bishop Ulmer, now I think I owe you twice (smiling)!!!