From the time I was twelve until I graduated from high school, I lived in an environment of verbal and emotional abuse. During that time, I learned to stay within the safety of the four walls inside my bedroom. As long as my music could not be heard or my one friend who could come to my house was quiet, I was shielded from the abuse.
As the nails of adversity were continually being pounded into my heart, I taught myself how to escape through my dreams and I developed an increasing desire for chocolate. God had been pushed to the back for a season because Mother and I no longer went to church nor did she and I read God’s Word together anymore.
Psalm 48:14 – For this God is our God for ever and ever; he will be our guide even to the end.
As Bobby and I continue to search and ask why God has brought the unrelenting pain of isolation and separation into ours lives, we turn again and again to the only guidance and guide we can rely on for complete truthfulness. God’s Holy Word is our map for our guidance, and the Holy Spirit is our constant companion and guide.
With the guidance of the Holy Spirit, God has brought us to the Book of Job before, but recently, God has directed us back again to this surprising book of suffering, Satan’s attacks, God’s goodness, and our own pride or others and trusting in God.
As I am preparing this post for my Blog, Hurricane Irma is creating a strong destructive path through our country, and she will leave her mark in history that cannot and will not be forgotten. The number of lives, property and possessions that are destroyed cannot be measured with money, words, or emotions.
Just as Irma will and has caused devastation beyond our human ability to fully understand, the Hurricane Irma’s in our personal lives can and do have lasting scars as well.
Our pilgrimage on this earth can resemble many different forms. We can relate to our journey as being in a boat on the calm waters but suddenly dark hovering clouds producing lighting, thunder, and hurricane winds come out of nowhere seeking to capsize our boat with us in it.
Another form of our traveling this pilgrimage of life may mirror taking a road trip. When finances were and are limited, Bobby and I enjoy just hitting the open road to see where the bends, twists, and turns will take us. Our natural GPS system usually takes us to the North Georgia Mountains or the Great Smokey Mountains.
Battles, 1 Samuel 17, to the visible eye, David, the lowly shepherd boy was no match for Goliath, the mighty giant.
1 Samuel 17: 43-45 – He, Goliath, said to David, “Am I a dog, that you come at me with sticks?” And the Philistine cursed David by his gods. “Come here,” he said, “and I’ll give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field!” David said to the Philistine, “You come against me with sword and spear and javelin, but I come against you in the name of the Lord Almighty, the God of the armies of Israel, whom you have defied.
There are times of great anguish and sorrow in our hearts because of the affliction of an adversary. In these times of emotional distress, God’s voice can be heard in His Word to guide us in these heartbreaking times.
1 Samuel 1:1-20 – v-6-7 – And because the Lord had closed her womb, her rival kept provoking her in order to irritate her. This went on year after year. Whenever Hannah went up to the house of the Lord, her rival provoked her till she wept and would not eat.
Today is a loved ones birthday. This loved one has not had the opportunity to know Bobby and me but we love this one deep in the center of our hearts.
When the raging storms started January 2013, God provided us with several Scriptures to stand firmly on. As time has marched on and the intensity of the storms has at times threatened to drown us, God has provided the shelter of His loving arms to shield us.
Were Judas or Peter flawless men? Am I a flawless person? The Christian life is a process of becoming more and more like Christ. In the process of becoming, we must overcome.
Sometimes what we are tempted to do is not wrong in itself. Eve wanted to be like God. This is humanity’s highest goal. However, Satan misled Eve concerning the right way to accomplish this goal. He told her that she could become more like God by defying God’s authority, by taking God’s place and deciding for herself what was best for her life. Satan told her to become her own god.
As the hands of time moved from my childhood into my young teen years, the road my mother was traveling opened wide and dark into the sea of a massive hidden volcano deep in the sea of guilt, despair, anger, loneliness, and desperation. She had followed God for five years after the death of my father. She and I were going to church and she would read God’s Word to me. The Lord’s Heartbeat was clear during those years.
Proverbs 26: 24-26 – A malicious man disguises himself with his lips, but in his heart he harbors deceit. Though his speech is charming, do not believe him, for seven abominations fill his heart. His malice may be concealed by deception, but his wickedness will be exposed in the assembly.