Friends are great, but…..

I’ve learned over the past 4.5 months, that what God needs from us, when we are down and out, is to draw closer to Him, than our friends.  He wants ALL of us, He wants our focus on Him, so we can learn how beneficial it is, to know our Savior.  To trust that He has our back, that we can lean on him during the incredibly tough times.

I’ve been dealing with ovarian cancer since late August.  I’ve had body parts removed, including a big tumor, I’ve experienced chemotherapy; and it’s AWFUL.  I’m starting to have more good than bad days, but through it all; even a few pity parties, I’ve been in very close contact with Jesus, I’ve never looked forward, only today, believing that He is with me every step of the way, through every decision that was made, to every time I curled up in a ball and wanted to die from pain.  It was then, He was with me the most, I literally felt the spirit of God, wrapping me up in His love and compassion.  And for that, I will always be grateful.

What has been difficult for you lately?  Are you complaining to your friends or expecting them to be your “soft place to land?”  They cannot ever be that, because your Heavenly Father is the only one with those powers.

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Psalm 25:1
In you, Lord my God, I put my trust.
Romans 15:13
May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.
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Pieces of Community

In the past two days I’ve spent a good amount of time with UU’ers (Unitarian Universalists).  I remain a “friend” of this community, as I had been an active participant for four years.

Some Christians would tell you “don’t converse with unsaved folks.” But that NEVER made sense to me.  How are you supposed to share the love of God and the reason for grace if you only ‘hang out’ with like-minded people?

I personally don’t believe the God I believe in put His “Good-Housekeeping” Seal of a Approval on a particular church or religion.

However, I digress, this post is about community, and the importance of belonging; finding your (various types of) people and how the bible encourages it.

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Acts 12:12 …..”gathered together praying…”

Deuteronomy 31:12 “Gather the people together, men, women, children, and your foreigner who is within your towns, so that they may hear and learn…..”

A core belief in the UU church is to “question everything.”  I am not a Lutheran because my parents raised me to be one, in fact – I no longer identify as a Lutheran at all.  I check the box for Christian for medical forms and leave it at that.

But community; is more than a group of people hanging out together, it’s being with people who respect, are concerned about and want you to live your best life (I’m channeling Oprah)!

Is your community healthy?  Are you inspired and encouraged by those in your circle?  Is God at the center?

what does your community look like?  what is it missing?

 

 

Pieces of Refuge

When we are fearful, feeling alone, unsure or a myriad of other emotions that make us want to crawl into a cave or throw a blanket over our heads, what better time than to seek refuge from your heavenly Father?  He is better than a cold, dark cave, and brings light back into our heart so we can cast off the heavy blanket.

Psalm 62:8 Trust in him at all times, you people; pour out your hearts to him, for God is our refuge.

Deuteronomy 33:27 The eternal God is your refuge, and underneath are the everlasting arms.
Ruth 2:12  May the Lord repay you for what you have done. May you be richly rewarded by the Lord, the God of Israel, under whose wings you have come to take refuge.”
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