Everyday our lives are so busy with so many obligations. For example, those of us that are married, need time with our spouses to cultivate a relationship that will last. Then there are the needs of our children, the pets, the household chores, other relationships (family and friends), work, church activities, social functions, and school work, etc. How do we manage all these demands and still find the time to pray and read God's word so that our spiritual man can be fed and grow stronger. This is one of the questions that I always ask myself. I hope this blog will help make it easier to balance our busy lives so that we can make the time needed to be the person that God desires us to be. May I be a blessing to you.

The Sand Dollar Legend

The Sand Dollar Legend
Upon this odd-shaped seashell a legend grand is told, about the life of Jesus, that wondrous tale of old. At its center you will see, there seems to be a star, like the one that led the shepherds and wise men from afar. Around its surface are the marks of nails and thorns and spear, suffered by Christ upon the cross; the wounds show plainly here. But there is also an Easter lily, clear for us to see, the symbol of Christ's resurrection for all eternity.

Sunday, August 1, 2010

One Step Towards Maturity

Many of us do not know how to deal with the negative past experiences that fester like a bee sting on the surface of our lives. We blame everything negative that has ever occurred to us on others or the enemy. We take no responsibility for the roles that we have played in making a mess of our lives.

Lately, I have been examining my life and my walk with the Lord and I concluded that in order for me to continue maturing in my Christian walk, I must take responsibility for my actions and quit blaming others for the mistakes that I have created.

One way to do this is to be honest with myself and God. In 1 John 1:9 it states "If we confess our sins, He is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness." Confession is the first step to maturity because you make yourself accountable to God and then He can step in and help you out of the mess that you created.

The prophet Daniel states, "To the Lord our God belong mercies and forgiveness, though we have rebelled against Him" (Daniel 9:9). If we confess our past mistakes, and our rebellious ways, God will be merciful and then He will begin to heal our past hurts.

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