Confidence

You hear and read about how to be more confident in yourself and your abilities. Exactly what does that mean? I understand that many of us lack the confidence to step out in faith at times. Some of us are not confident in our own ability to do this or that, specifically if it has to do with speaking or something that involves public anything.

There are many books out there telling you how to be more confident in your ability or in your calling. But, how do we do these things confidently and boldly..particularly in our ministry? You didn’t know that you had one of those, did you? Well, every believer has a ministry of some kind because when you were saved it was planted in your new life. You may not be fully aware of it yet or you might have felt God drawing you toward it, but it is there.

We are given a portion of talents and abilities by God when we are born yet some of them don’t manifest themselves until we are born into God’s family. So, what are these abilities? Only God knows what He has given you, but He will reveal them to you when you need them.

God uses each of us in ways that we can’t understand just as He did in the Bible with His disciples and His prophets in the Old Testament. Some of us feel weak and unworthy to be His servants yet He can use each of us in ways which we cannot see prior to His intervention in our lives. Sometimes, He will even break you in a way that He has to heal you or put you back together and He will do it so that you will be more useful to Him in the end.

When God does this, it may hurt for a while but as long as you stay the course and follow His lead, giving Him the glory for healing you and making you a better person, then you will come out on top every time. He used sorrow and pain to bring many people to their knees and seek Him in order for them to be even more useful in His Kingdom. Life drags all of us down at times and occasionally it is God allowing this in order for us to look to Him for strength and guidance through it.

I know it sounds as if I am blaming God for all of our troubles but I am not. Yes, He does use those troubles in our lives for His purposes, but it is not His hand which is dealing each of us the hurts and the ailments which we live with daily. Is life and living hard today? At times it is. Consider that there are numerous diseases which are around which didn’t exist thirty years ago. Many of them have been caused by genetically modified organisms like the sugar beets, corn, soy, wheat and canola which produce much of our food products today or they are fed to the animals which become our food.

Why did I mention these products? Because, forty years ago most of them didn’t exist and many of the “new” diseases that you see on the TV didn’t exist either, including many of the cancers that are killing so many today. How do I know that this is happening? I have suspected it for a long time and during my research, I found a study which speaks of some doctors which put many of their patients on organic food as a prescription for health. Many of those patients had problems which are consistent with cancers, arthritis of differing kinds, bowel disorders and even dementia. With the organic food and diet, many of these were lessened or even reversed entirely.

So truthfully we have caused our own health crisis. Not individually, but the pesticide and seed companies which have modified strains of certain vegetables to be resistant to their pesticides and herbicides. Then the animals eat these and are given hormones and antibiotics to protect them, but what are the effects of us eating these? The so-called “research” is paid for by these companies and makes it seem legitimately harmless.

So, we have caused much of our own suffering, yet God can use this to bring us closer to Him. Follow God and trust Him in all your ways.

In His service.

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Rest I need, yes sleep….

YodaThose words come from an old Jedi teacher in “Return of the Jedi”. But we all need sleep and rest. Not the sleep of death or oblivion or becoming one with the Force, but restful sleep each day. It is given to us by our Heavenly Father just as it was given to Jesus when He walked on this Earth so many years ago.

Restful sleep is sometimes a fleeting think in our world today because of the sedentary lives that many of us have. Sometimes our brain just doesn’t seem to crave a shut-down period and we keep the neurons firing so much that we can’t get to sleep without medication of some kind. Yes, God intended for us to rest at night to begin the day refreshed and ready for what may come in it. So…why is it so hard at times to get our brains to hibernate for a few hours?

We have too much technology around us could be part of it. The blue light from screens on phones and Kindle’s and computers interrupts our brain’s perception of night. Most of the research that has been done on this says that our screen time should be shut off at least four hours before bedtime, the problem is that our flat screen TV’s emit just as much blue light and many of us have those in our bedroom. We are deliberately sabotaging our own sleep by watching TV until bedtime or even in our beds.

Can we wean ourselves from this technology which interferes with our rest? Not willingly I fear. Consider this if you are having problems with sleep and try to limit late night viewing of screens. I will be doing this myself and hopefully we can find a way to limit our use of medication to sleep while possibly getting better sleep. Amen.

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Amen!

When the storms of life get too rough, trust in God and in Him alone. Because Who would be better to calm the seas and storms of life than your Creator? He went through storms and trials and pain in order to bring each of us into His House in Heaven. So…don’t turn away from Him when you need Him, because He has never been very far from you at any point in your life. Prayer is the lifeline which will save you from any and all problems, heartaches and trials, if you will just trust in Jesus for your Salvation from sins and drugs of all kinds, He will give you the strength to get past all of them.