WordPress Prompt: Tell us about the role that faith plays in your life — or doesn’t.
I have a solid faith in Jesus Christ and if not for that I would have had nothing to get me through some of the difficult times in my life. Knowing that God has a plan for me and is there to help me keeps me going.
I don’t always make it to church because of my health and the cold weather here makes it worse but I can still worship at home. I know that God is always with me.
Sometimes when I am in a lot of pain (from fibromyalgia) I wonder why this is happening to me and I pray for relief. It hasn’t gotten better but I do have good days. I have also had the opportunity to help people in worse situations than I am in. It certainly has made me more aware and sensitive to the the difficulties of others and helping others helps to take the focus off of myself and the pain. I figure my suffering is small compared to what Christ did for me. I can at least do what I can.
I don’t think God causes bad things to happen to people but I know he is there to help us through it. I just always repeat my favorite verse like a mantra. “I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me” Phil 4:13
That has always been my favorite verse even before I needed it as much as I do now. It has just always stayed with me. I even ordered stationary with that verse printed on the front. One day my sister sent me a box of stationary that was my grandmother’s (Paternal) and it had that same verse printed on the front the the country blue color she liked so much. I know that she understood how special that verse was and that she also had strong faith. I’m glad I learned about God through my family. Who knows what my life would be like now if I didn’t have that strong faith and family support.
- Daily Prompt: Un/Faithful (sanctifiedbrother.wordpress.com)
I just love this time of year! I’ve been listening to Christmas music for a long time now but I can be caught humming Jingle Bells any time of year. I just love the happy spirit of this time of year. I was just thinking it was too bad it was only during this time of year and then I heard this song called “Every Day is Christmas” by Colbie Caillat on her album Christmas in the Sand. I couldn’t find the song on youtube so I am just going to post some of the lyrics. You can read them all here
January always brought me down
All the magic of December
Is like a circus leaving town
All I wanna do is to follow it around
Cause everybody wishes it was Christmas all year ’round
To wake up every morning
With a present in my bed
That’s how I’ve been feeling
Since the moment we first met
And I don’t need the snow to fall
And I don’t need the light to shine
And I don’t need a mistletoe
Cause I’ll still kiss you all the time
We don’t have to take a sleigh ride
For our hearts to race inside
And I still get as excited
When we go to sleep at night
Every day is Christmas as long as
Every day you are mine
Anyway, when I heard that song I thought, “wow, what great idea”. Anyone can give a “Christmas” gift any time of the year. So I am going to hold on to that thought and when I start to miss the spirit of Christmas I’m going to make a gift for someone and treat it like a random act of kindness. I can give it to someone when they least expect it and brighten their day.
I also thought of something else. I am making a shawl for my step-mother. I bought this really pretty warm pink yarn called Spa by Natually Caron. The color is called Rose Bisque and as it is working up it feels so soft and silky. It is a lighter weight yarn crocheted up loosely so it will be a nice light shawl perfect for those chilly nights in Georgia during the winter. Well, when I bought the yarn it was on sale and I didn’t know how much I would need so I grabbed extra. I will have enough to make another one so I thought it would be nice to take one to a local nursing home to give to someone who doesn’t get many visitors or gifts from loved ones. I know some people who work there so I’ll ask them to recommend someone who needs a little love. I am almost finished with the one for my step mom so as soon as I get it mailed off I’ll get started on the next one.
Happy 1st day of December everyone. Only 24 more days until Christmas.
And in the sixth month the angel Gabriel was sent from God unto a city of Galilee, named Nazareth, To a virgin espoused to a man whose name was Joseph, of the house of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. And the angel came in unto her, and said, Hail, thou that art highly favoured, the Lord is with thee: blessed art thou among women. And when she saw him, she was troubled at his saying, and cast in her mind what manner of salutation this should be. And the angel said unto her, Fear not, Mary: for thou hast found favour with God. And, behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and bring forth a son, and shalt call his name JESUS. He shall be great, and shall be called the Son of the Highest: and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of his father David: And he shall reign over the house of Jacob for ever; and of his kingdom there shall be no end. Then said Mary unto the angel, How shall this be, seeing I know not a man? And the angel answered and said unto her, The Holy Ghost shall come upon thee, and the power of the Highest shall overshadow thee: therefore also that holy thing which shall be born of thee shall be called the Son of God. And, behold, thy cousin Elisabeth, she hath also conceived a son in her old age: and this is the sixth month with her, who was called barren. For with God nothing shall be impossible. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; be it unto me according to thy word. And the angel departed from her.
“The answers are getting harder and harder
And there ain’t no way to bargain or to barter
But if you’ve got the angst or you got the ardor
You might faint from the fight but you’re gonna find it
For every challenge could have paradise behind it”
This is a song I really love and use to get myself back up and going from a long hard fall. Well, not a fall literally but when my fibromyalgia flares up I really feel like I’ve been knocked flat on my back. Yesterday I was having a pretty okay morning but I knew my energy level was low and my joints and bones in between were all aching. I was trying to focus on what I was doing but I just couldn’t. I finally laid down and slept till 7:30 pm. I was so upset when I looked at the clock. We only have so many minutes in our lives and I don’t want to sleep them all away. Well I got up and got something to eat but still felt really tired. After I ate I was really tired again and fell back asleep. I woke up again at 3:30 am. At least that is better than waking up in the evening and sleeping all day.
It is so easy to be angry about having this thing. I often ask God why. I don’t get an answer but I do know that God does hear me. It is also easy to get down and just stay in bed….just let the depression take me instead of fighting it. So when I am feeling low and I need some help getting going I play this song….. if only in my head. It helps me get up and get going.
Stand…. stand wand walk.
Yours to make what will you do
In the end
It comes back to you
I prefer to fight. I do what I can to keep going.
I am so proud of all the people in my family that has served (or currently serving) in the military and wish them a happy Veterans Day. I pray for your safety every day.
My brother in law was in desert storm and now his son has joined.
My nephew is in the Navy.
My dad was also in the military.
In my family there have been many military members but most came home safely (Thank God) except for the ones who fought during the civil war. I am just learning about them and the wives that were left behind.
My great great Uncle died in WWI
I pray for all of those who fight for our country. I pray for their families who worry about them and cry in their absence.