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Faith, Trust, and Walking with God – My Tuesday Three

This life can be extremely challenging. Trials and pain, and even just the business of all that we must accomplish, cause us to worry and fret when what we need to do is trust that God is in control. He has promised that He will never leave us nor forsake us, but still we find it hard to really trust.

I have discovered that I must truly trust in Him for My Tuesday Three post. I get so busy that it comes to Monday and I have no idea what to write — again! I was busy with work, not feeling well, and my sister coming to visit. (That last part was actually really awesome, but still took time away from searching for posts to showcase for My Tuesday Three). But God is faithful and led me to three posts in the span of about 20 minutes that all focused on putting our trust in Him completely.

The first post that I want to showcase is titled “Faith? Just Go to the Store” by Pastor A.C. Baker over at The Recovering Legalist. This post includes an awesome story of real and complete faith. Pr. Baker writes about visiting a family in Romania in the early 1990s and how they would bring out all the food they had to share with their American visitors, even though that meant they had nothing left for the following day. When the Americans protested that the Romanians didn’t understand that they needed to save food for tomorrow, this was the answer they received from a teenage girl:

“No, YOU don’t understand” the young girl said with almost a sad look on her face. “Don’t worry about us, because when this food is gone, there will be more. . . . [God] brought us food for yesterday and today, and He will take care of tomorrow.”

How many of us here in America have such faith? We store away money in our retirement accounts and pay insurance premiums in case of disaster tomorrow or next year, instead of sharing it with others in need. We trust God to a point, but compared to this young Romanian girl and her family, our faith is miniscule indeed. Their story is proof that faith in God does pay off and He is faithful to provide for those who trust.

The second post that I want to showcase is titled “Time to get out of the boat?” by Ann over at Tonirand’s Blog. This post is inspired by Matthew 14:24-33, which is the story of when Jesus walks on water towards the disciples in the boat, and Peter steps out of the boat towards Him. Ann has gleaned five wonderful truths from this passage, the first of which is this:

The boat has a purpose. Make sure you’re using it for the right reasons. Don’t expect the boat to become what it was not intended to be. In a storm, the boat is as vulnerable as you are – it cannot save you.  Place your trust only in Him.

I highly recommend you check out the other points, all of which emphasize the importance of Jesus in relationship to the boats and storms of our lives. As a special bonus, Ann links to three other wonderful posts to encourage you as you step out of the boat and into the grace of Christ. You will also be blessed by Ann’s beautiful closing prayer.

The third post that I want to showcase is titled “Life, Life, Life” by April over at April’s Faith Thoughts. April’s family has been facing some huge challenges lately, including the death of a very close friend. But in the midst of it she encourages us to walk with God through all the ups and downs of life.

Some days it is best to take it all one step at a time and one day at a time. In these moments it is even more important to embrace our hand in the hand of God. It is from Him, where we draw our strength. Living life abundantly means being carved more into His image and into more of His perfection. 

Putting our trust and faith in God alone does not mean that every day will be easy. But our Lord does desire for us to live an abundant spiritual life. He does not desire for us to go hungry or to be alone in the cold storms of life. I’d like to close with two verses of a Psalm that sums up the wonderful messages of faith, trust, and walking with God that these three bloggers have offered.

The LORD is a refuge for the oppressed,
   a stronghold in times of trouble.
Those who know your name will trust in you,
   for you, LORD, have never forsaken those who seek you.
Psalm 9:9-10 (NIV).

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Forgiveness, Community, and Faith – My Tuesday Three

There are some really great Christian bloggers on WordPress, and I’ve decided that each Tuesday I am going to write about my thoughts on three of my favorites over the prior week. I’m calling it My Tuesday Three. (I was going to do just two, since that rhymes with Tuesday, but I wanted to showcase more than just two).

This week I’ve sort of been on a poetry kick, and I do love Christian poetry, so I picked three poems that I read on WordPress this week to share.

The first poem I want to showcase is Chains of Unforgiveness by LeRoy Dean over at Wordsmith’s Poetry. This poem is only three short stanzas, but the language is powerful. It speaks of the chains of unforgiveness that stubbornness and pride hold tight around us. I love this poem because it reminded me of the chains of unforgiveness that once bound me in a world of sorrow and depression. My favorite part of the poem is when LeRoy reminds us of how we can be free:

How do I loose these chains?
Forgiveness is the key.

I’ve long advocated the need to forgive as we have been forgiven (though that message was surely not original with me). Jesus is our example and strength in the realm of forgiveness. LeRoy as captured that message perfectly in this poem.

The second poem I want to showcase is Sometimes I Just Don’t Want to Write by Elizabeth Laryn over at From Mountain Tops. Elizabeth doesn’t usually write poetry, so this was a special treat to find this poem on her blog this past week. It is a free form poem about the blessing of the blogging community. It is a reminder that we write, even when we don’t feel like it, because of the connections we have with our fellow bloggers, especially Christian bloggers. My favorite part of the poem is:

And in the distance, I hear an echo.
“That is my life too.”
I find community. 
I find others with wounds like mine.

Elizabeth goes on to write that in the midst of this community she finds Christ. I have found that to be true with this blogging community, too. I have found others like me, who struggle with life but ultimately rely on Christ for strength. I have found encouragers, teachers, and friends, people who are the hands of Christ typing uplifting comments on my blog and writing blogs of their own that inspire me to be more like our Savior.

The third poem I want to showcase is But with His grace at Starry Night Reflections. This is a relatively new blog, this poem being only the blogger’s second post, but I am looking forward to more great poetry and other posts from this one! The thing I liked about this particular poem was the author’s word choices, which were quite unique. It doesn’t follow a traditional rhyme scheme, and yet there is a rhyme and rhythm to it that I really liked. My favorite lines are:

But with His grace hope abounds
His strength surrounds me

This poem illustrates the strength of faith and grace through Jesus Christ.

So that’s My Tuesday Three. There were many others that I enjoyed, and I could probably write a 3,000 word post about all the great Christian blogs out there. But who would read 3,000 words? Three will have to do. And come to think of it, three is the perfect number. I hope you all will visit these wonderful blogs and check out not only these posts but others as well. And leave a comment or two about what their poems mean to you. I’m sure they would appreciate it.

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Why Do I Care?

If you are a Wordpress blogger, you no doubt know that WordPress has a feature on the homepage called “Freshly Pressed.” On the top of this page it says the blog posts featured there are: ” The best of 382,141 bloggers, 468,361 new posts, 310,678 comments, & 187,062,601 words posted today on WordPress.com.” (Note: These numbers change each day, but this is representative of the Freshly Pressed intro.)

I’ve been blogging on WordPress for over a year now, and have posted 421 posts to date (this one is 422). I’ve received some great comments and I think I’ve done a pretty good job of sharing the love of Christ and being an inspiration on my blog. I’ve also followed the suggestions for being Freshly Pressed, except that I don’t always include a photo or other visual. I’ve had over 19,000 page views, so someone likes my blog. And yet, I’ve never been Freshly Pressed.

I also read quite a few excellent Christian blogs that follow all of the suggestions for being Freshly Pressed, but I’ve never seen a single one of them features on Freshly Pressed either. In fact, I don’t think I’ve ever seen a Christian blog be Freshly Pressed, though I admit I have not checked the Freshly Pressed page every single day.

I have, however, read some really stupid blog posts that have been Freshly Pressed. I’ve read ones that have numerous grammatical and spelling mistakes. I’ve read ones that are not inspiring or uplifting, and though they might entertain someone they didn’t entertain me. I’ve read ones that didn’t have very catchy headlines at all (one even had the headline “342″), and I clicked on them only out of curiosity to see why something with such a boring headline would be Freshly Pressed.

This Easter weekend, as I looked over the Freshly Pressed blog posts on Friday and Saturday, I wondered to myself, “Why do I care?” It seems quite clear that whoever chooses the 10 blog posts per day that are featured is not looking for or interested in Christian blogs. I did find a few that mentioned Easter, but none of them had anything to do with the true meaning of Easter. One titled “Just in Time for Easter” was about hatching chickens. Another was about how to make handmade bunnies and Easter eggs, with the headline “Easter Eggs, Bunny and Bunting!” A third titled “My Easter Decorating Woes . . .” was about various egg and bunny craft project failures. There was also a post titled “Celebrate Earth Day“, which happened to fall on Good Friday this year. Finally, on Monday there was a post-Easter post titled “Peeps: Can They Be Trusted?” in which the words “Easter” and “hell” were three words apart, but there was nothing in the post about how to avoid hell through the power of Jesus’ Easter resurrection.

I guess for some people chicks, eggs, bunnies, Peeps, and the recently created Earth Day are more important than the death and resurrection of the Creator of the Universe. But for me, the Divine Love of Jesus revealed on the cross and the awesome power of God declared by the empty tomb are more important than anything. It’s just too bad the editors of Freshly Pressed don’t believe that a single post about the grace and love of Jesus deserved to be Freshly Pressed on this Easter weekend 2011.

But I guess I still haven’t answered the question, “Why do I care?” It is not so much that I personally haven’t been Freshly Pressed that bothers me. It is that all those who subscribe to the Freshly Pressed feed or who visit the Freshly Pressed page each day are not being told about any of the awesome Christian blogs that are posted on WordPress. It seems I find a new one at least once a week by following the link in a comment on one of the blogs I already read. These Christian blogs are filled with inspiration and encouragement to live a life worthy of our Creator. These Christian bloggers look at life from a Christian perspective and find in it hope and faith worth holding on to.

So I have decided to add another theme to my blog. Starting next Tuesday, I am going to write about posts from other Christian blogs that have inspired me and given me hope during the previous week. I know I don’t get the same exposure as the Freshly Pressed page, and being mentioned here won’t drive nearly the traffic to another blogger’s post as being Freshly Pressed would, but I believe it is high time the work God is doing on WordPress be showcased somewhere.

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Everyday for Christ

A new year is just around the corner. I can’t believe it is going to be 2011! I’ve been thinking this week about blogging in the new year and what my goals will be. First and foremost my goal is to continue to share the love of Jesus and His gift of salvation in the weeks and months ahead. But a comment one of my fellow bloggers made on my last post made me realize the great responsibility I have been given as I choose to blog about faith. She said that what I had posted helped her grow in her Christian faith. She learned something from what I wrote about the Christian walk. I realized that makes me a teacher, and that got me thinking about the responsibility of teachers.

James wrote, “My brethren, let not many of you become teachers, knowing that we shall receive a stricter judgment.” James 3:1. That is a somber thought, indeed. I reminds me that I must be careful about what I write and how I write it. Jesus told His disciples, “Whoever causes one of these little ones who believe in Me to sin, it would be better for him if a millstone were hung around his neck, and he were drowned in the depth of the sea.” Matthew 18:6. This reminds me that I need to make sure what I write about Jesus is accurate. I don’t want to provide false teaching that will cause a fellow Christian, one who comes here to learn, to sin.

Today WordPress posted an entry about a new blog called The Daily Post at WordPress.com. This new blog is designed to encourage bloggers to post every day in 2011. I’m thinking about signing up for this challenge, since I already blog almost every day. If I do, I will probably start making Sunday “Psalm Sunday” instead of actually writing a post that day. As I thought about signing up, I realized that the quantity and frequency of my posts is not what is important. It is the quality of the teaching and encouragement that I provide. I know that sharing Christ daily is definitely something that would please our Lord.

So I pray today that the Holy Spirit will grant me wisdom and perseverance to post each day in 2011 something that helps another Christian on their walk with Jesus, encourages at least one person to hold onto or strive more towards faith in the One True God, and is always consistent with the character and teachings of Christ. I ask all of you who read this to keep my in your prayers as well. I also ask that you test what you read here, and let me know if you think I have ever missed the truth, even by a hair, so that I may correct what I have written.

As many of you know, I love music. There is a song we sing in church that sums up what I want 2011 to be here on my blog and in my daily life. It’s called “Everyday” by Hillsong United:

Everyday, Lord, I’ll
Learn to stand upon Your word
And I pray that I
That I might come to know You more
That You would guide me in every single step I take, that
Everyday I can
Be Your light unto the world

Everyday, it’s You I live for
Everyday, I’ll follow after You
Everyday, I’ll walk with You, my Lord

I have thoroughly enjoyed my blogging journey in 2010, especially the opportunity to meet so many other Christian bloggers and develop wonderful new relationships. I hope and pray that 2011 will be even better and that we will all grow to be more like Christ each day!

Peace and a Blessed New Year, Linda

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