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"The Real Me" By Natalie Grant
Monday, April 22, 2013
We all point the finger sometimes. As humans we tend to look at the bad in people and never turn to see our own faults. When we throw so many accusations at others, we start to look and feel like Jesus himself? Am I right? But, the truth is, when you really dig to find your own list of accusations, you are no better than your latest and most popular suspect.
"The scribes and the Pharisees brought a woman who had been caught in adultery, and placing her in the midst they said to him, "Teacher, this woman has been caught in the act of adultery. Now in the Law Moses it commanded us to stone such women. So what do you say?"
They said this to test him, so that they might have some charge to bring against him. Jesus bent down and wrote with his finger on the ground. Perhaps, he was writing a list of each of the Pharisees own sins. When they kept on questioning him, he straightened up and said to them, "Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her."
And once again he bent down and wrote on the ground. When they read it, they went away, one by one, beginning with the elders; and Jesus was left alone with the woman standing before him. Jesus straightened up and said to her, "Woman, where are they? Has no one condemned you?" She said, "No one, sir." And Jesus said, "Neither do I condemn you.
I knew a mother whose accusations, were coming from her own children. Her children wanted to scrutinize, destroy, and condemn her for it. They had such a long list of accusations and they blamed her and her alone for the family split. But, any fool could see, that before they found the perfect person to blame… those kids were their own problems. Between the siblings, there was a list of accusations so long, things that they had said about each other, that it out ran that of their mothers list.
Before the split, it was the children who fought amongst each other and accused one another of things as crazy as making another have a miscarriage, stilling a baby name, or simply being a favorite. It was those same children who fought over things such as someone not bringing enough food to a Sunday brunch. It was the child who accused his mom of holding a grandchild more than his own child.
If you’re anything like me, you’re probably saying to yourself, “How petty!!” The children had destroyed themselves long before they found someone to blame it on. People are so busy looking at the splinter in someone else’s eye, that they forget to take the log out of their own eye. What ever happen to honoring your mother and your father that your days might be long on this earth? Well, that went out the door with the holy than holier accusation.
To sum it all up, to single out someone, scrutinize them for being human is wrong. There will come a day when someone will point out your faults. Unless, you’re Jesus Christ, I got news for you… YOU HAVE FAULTS!
And God says,” Let anyone among you who is without sin be the first to throw a stone at her." I’m guessing, that no one here on this earth, will be throwing any stones today.
Wednesday, April 10, 2013
Are you really happy with your life? Do you wake up eager to start your day? Are you enjoying the people who surround your life? These are all questions that we all think about from time to time.
I remember a time in my life that was the most frustrating for me. I was about sixteen at the time, trying to put my own life back together after some unfortunate events. Having had my family split apart and pretending like it didn’t phase me for two years, got to be difficult.
I felt like, the ones I had depended on and looked up to had let me down. That feeling of unworthiness was so heavy that I became severely depressed. Why would God allow this to happen to me? Not only did my family fall apart right before my eyes, but I also didn’t have any close friends.
Now, let’s go back a little further. I wasn’t your typical kid. I mean, yes, I did grow up as a pastors kid and yes, I was homeschooled. But, what people didn’t know, is that I had no grand-parents on both my dad nor moms sides. My aunties and uncles had no relationship with me on both sides, I didn’t even know most of their names until I was about fourteen.
So, when my siblings had started to fight, not just between themselves, but with my parents too, I felt like the most unlucky person in the world. For a long time, I felt that God had abandoned me and my life. To sum it all up, I didn’t feel worthy of love and acceptance. I struggled with the idea that I could ever get married to someone who would a love, accept, and never leave me.
It wasn’t until the day I closed my eyes and gave up, that things started to change for the better. Now, you are probably saying to yourself, “how would anything get better by giving up? Well, I stopped trying to fix my own life and problems. Instead, I put it all in the hands of God.
I got into his word and found out what he had done for me. I listened to my very breathe I was breathing and took a look around me. Worthiness is not measured by people and rather hurtful situation they could bring, but a love that never fails and never stops, god’s love.
God has blessed me with so much and although I couldn’t see it then, that frustrating time, was a blessing too. It has made me a better, stronger, and more understanding faithful person. Now, I sing at Stone Bridge Church, here in the Woodlands and I’m a Writer. Because of my trials, I have so much to sing about and so much to write about. Thank God for using our trials to shape each and every one of us into people who can serve him better.
Monday, April 8, 2013
All around me I saw young girls my age either dating or already married and I couldn’t help but to feel a little envious for how happy they were. The comparisons had only just begun. More than anything I just wanted to be married.
I felt like the odd one out. I mean, let’s just face it, everyone had someone to love them wrapped around their arms. Sometimes I got to feeling like a loser! Not having that significant other made my self-esteem and self-worth fall drastically.
At church, I would look at all the young wives and they all had something in common to me, they were all so beautiful! I didn’t feel like I would ever measure up to that kind of beauty. I had spent the next couple of weeks in a state of anger and lost. My heart felt so heavy, like I had a huge rock sitting on top of me.
I found the solution to all my problems on accident. When I took a second a look at the young women I was admiring, the all had something else in common that I didn’t recognize before. They all had something called character and substance.
Now just like me, you may ask, what do you mean by substance and character? I believe that a woman of substance is a woman who has strong character, who is consistent, she has more than meets the eye. She has many interests. She is interesting and has a great personality. But, above all this, her foundation is built apon Jesus Christ himself.
That was none of which I had at the time. I realized that I didn’t need a new hair-do, a makeup lesson, or a significant other to feel the peace that only God could give. What I needed to do was build myself up from the inside with the concrete foundation of a relationship with Jesus Christ.
Since I decided to make a conscience decision for God, I have so much to say. Not about the latest fashion or gossip, but about life and the meaning of it. I searched hi and low for something that has always been with me … the love of Jesus. Now, when I do meet that significant other, I’ll have something meaningful to say.