Category Archives: Reality

Don’t Use God’s Name in Vain

If you ever find yourself using God’s name in a way it was not intended, Stop! You should try using God’s name to ask for help instead of as a swear word. Whatever mess you have made, he can help you straighten it out. If what you have tried hasn’t worked out, then ask Him to work it out. He can do what we cannot. Call on Him. He will listen. He has plans for you. Plans to prosper you, not to harm you. He will always let you choose. His plans will lead you to success. Our plans often can lead to destruction if He is not in them. Be smart. Do it His way, the right way.

Exodus 20

“You shall not misuse the name of the Lord your God, for the Lord will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

Just Cry

When you are hurting and feel like crying, then cry. We have many things come into our lives that can cause us to want to cry. People hurt us, we have broken relationships, we have dreams and goals that fail. It can be any number of things. This goes for boys as well as girls, men as well as women. Boys and men tend to hold in their feelings more because of standards and upbringing that make them think it is not OK to express their feelings. This has been known to be unhealthy so let it out.

Crying will help you heal and God sees your tears and will dry your tears. Ask Him to help you get through whatever you are facing. Many times when you hold the crying in, you get angry and mean. Your feelings have to come out and when you hold them in they come out in inappropriate ways. That anger is taken out on others that have not even caused your pain. You will tend to hurt others because of your pain. You will hurt those that may be trying to help you through your situation.

When you cry, there will be others that understand how you feel. There are others that have experienced the same kind of hurt that you are going through. You will get past these hard times and it may be a while before things look brighter but it will get easier. You may be the one that gets to help the next person through their hard time. So go ahead and cry and you will regain your strength.

Are You Seeing Clearly?

We can’t see clearly without Christ.

Without Christ, we see as the world sees and that is not the whole picture. When we have Christ, we can see what the world cannot see or understand. We may do things differently than what would seem logical from the world’s point of view.

Seeing and living with this clear vision will seem weird to the world but will give us peace and joy that the world will not understand.

“‘Be ever hearing, but never understanding;
be ever seeing, but never perceiving.’
10 Make the heart of this people calloused;
make their ears dull
and close their eyes.[a]
Otherwise they might see with their eyes,
hear with their ears,
understand with their hearts,
and turn and be healed.” Isaiah 6:9&10(NIV)

Do we choose to not want to know the truth and forfeit the chance to be healed?

11 He told them, “The secret of the kingdom of God has been given to you. But to those on the outside everything is said in parables 12 so that,

“‘they may be ever seeing but never perceiving,
and ever hearing but never understanding;
otherwise they might turn and be forgiven!’[a]” Mark 4:11&12(NIV)

The only way to receive the forgiveness is to turn and ask. We don’t get better by ignoring the truth or pretending there is no problem.

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. 6 Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. 7 And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.                Philippians 4:4-7(NIV)

11 I have told you this so that my joy may be in you and that your joy may be complete.          John 15:11(NIV)

Would peace and joy make life better?

Let’s Be “Real”

None of us have it all together. We all make mistakes. We all have faults. We all have something about us that we would like to change whether it is in our appearance or our hearts or our mind. We all have something we struggle with or skeletons in our closet that we wish we didn’t have to deal with or that we don’t want others to know about. When we give those to Christ, he will help us deal with them and show us ways we can use them to help others.

Christ is the only person that had it all together. He died for us so that we can overcome our faults and use our weaknesses to help others. When we allow our weaknesses to be used to reach others, others can look past us and our imperfections and see the Christ, the only one that has ever been perfect.

Through Christ, we can look forward to attaining perfection in heaven. So for now let’s be real and relate to those that may need a friend to get them over their own imperfections. We can all be imperfect together that we might all be perfect in heaven where we will finally “get it all together”.