When Life Doesn’t Make Sense

Ever feel like you don’t understand life sometimes? Why good people die? Why tragedies occur?  When you don’t know which direction to go in life? Why prayers go unanswered?

prgrsvimghttp://ts1.mm.bing.net/th?id=H.4921127425345689&w=207&h=207&c=8&pid=3.1&qlt=90&rm=2I’m sure many felt that way twelve years ago, when their lives were suddenly turned upside down by the impact of the terrorist bombings in New York, Pennsylvania, & Washington, DC. Loved ones said goodbye to their spouses never to kiss them again. Husbands were killed in the line of duty saving others. The stories are too many to list here, but I’m sure many asked these tough questions.

Perhaps some of you may be like me – I want to know why.  I want to find meaning. Friends tell me I’m a deep thinker and maybe that’s true, but it can be frustrating trying to find answers.

Sometimes the Lord takes us through times we don’t understand. I went through a season this past winter when everything in my life hit the fan. When we cry out “Abba, Father, help me”, in desperation and in sorrow and our voice echoes in the stillness, there is still hope. There is always hope.

Jesus tells us to keep asking, keep knocking, and “keep seeking and you will find” (Luke 11:9). We may not agree with the timeframe, but we will find if we are faithful. We have not been abandoned. The Lord is always working, although we may not always see how. God is working on BIG things in your life and BIG THINGS take time, yes? Now that is something to get excited about!

So, dear one, are you feeling a bit lost? Prayers gone unanswered for far too long? Not sure about which direction to head in? The answer is to keep on trusting God. He will make a way where there seems to be no way. He will make your path straight. If we are faithful and obedient, we will arrive at the Promised Land of our dreams although it may not look like what we have anticipated. God has a funny way of doing that, doesn’t he?

Until next time, keep the faith. Keep looking up and do write and let me know your thoughts. I get lonely out here all by myself 🙂

When God Ignores Us – Part 3

Ever feel like you’re being ignored? Like someone is not listening? Frustrating isn’t it? Very!
Sometimes I feel like nobody is listening to me: not my kids, not my friends, not my boss. Can you relate?

What about when I feel like God is ignoring me? Now that is the pits, for sure! I pray and seek and ask and knock, and it’s like my prayers are falling on deaf ears. What could be the problem?

Well, I hate to say this and this may be a strong pill to swallow, but usually, it’s not the other person and it’s definitely not God. It is usually us.

Ok, let me explain. When I feel like I am being ignored by someone down here on earth, it is usually because I am not communicating enough. There is some sort of blockage, disconnect if you will.

The same is true with our communication with our heavenly Father. What could be blocking our hearing from God? Let me give it to you in one word – unforgiveness.

Am I harboring unforgiveness towards someone? Now if we are honest and really dig deep, we can usually come up with at least one person we are angry at or have hostility towards, right? We are not to let the sun go down on our anger, and there is a good reason for that. Because harboring negative feelings and thoughts towards someone hinders our relationship with God.

Matthew 5 says “Blessed are the pure in heart for they shall see God.” Who might you be angry with today, dear one? Is there anyone past or present that you might be holding a grudge toward? If you are having trouble hearing from God, I would encourage you to seek within and let go of any unforgiveness.Until next time, keep looking up!

When God Answers "Yes"

Most of us like the word “yes”, don’t we? I know I do. When someone asks me to do something I really want to do or I find something I really love, my immediate response is an emphatic “YES”! I am passionate about it. There is no hesitation, no doubt, no waffling.

A friend of mine was recently considering buying a certain car. As she relayed the pertinent facts, figures, and safety features, I noticed there was no enthusiasm in her voice. “You really don’t sound too excited about this car,” I verbalized. “Do you really want to buy it?” “No, I don’t think so,” she admitted. A few days later, she called me up all excited about another car she found and bought that one instead. She has been a happy camper ever since.

Here’s another example. Let’s take the shoe shopping experience. Shoe shopping is difficult at times. Either I can’t find my size, the right color, they cost too much or they don’t fit right. Bummer! And so frustrating. But when I finally find just the right pair of shoes, and they are comfy and even on sale, YES!!!!! I get so excited. It borders on euphoria at times.

That’s how it is when God tells us yes. God wants to bless His children. He is our heavenly Father and He wants to give us good gifts. If we are excited, enthusiastic, and filled with joy, that is a good sign.

Now hold on a minute. Sometimes we are excited at first because of the idea of something, so don’t go off rushing to buy that new Lexus without giving it some serious thought. What I am saying is that if we don’t have an enthusiasm and excitement about some issue, decision or person, the answer is probably not yes.

Let me know your thoughts on this or any other issue. I am listening. Listening to God is not hard once we get the knack of it and although I don’t have it down perfectly myself, I do think I am getting better at interpreting 🙂 Until next time, keep looking up!