Nathanael’s Story is Our Story

Nathanael saith unto him, Whence knowest thou me?  Jesus answered and said unto him, Before that Philip called thee, when thou wast under the fig tree, I saw thee.                                                                                                                                      –St. John 1:48

I’ve read this story many times and didn’t get the depths of this until this morning.  I would read it and think ‘how did Jesus know that Nathaniel had no deceit’ in his heart. Well, of course, Jesus knew all things and as I began to meditate on this more, I realized the depths to which Christ knew men’s hearts.   Continue reading

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5 Signs of Religious Addiction

Here I am,  asking Jesus to fix it again. This blog is about spiritual awareness.  I decided to write this when I was talking to my husband the other day, as I go through this phase of spiritual awareness in my life.  The first phase was many years ago when my religious naiveté wore off and I realized that everyone who called themselves a bible believing, born again,  hymnal-carrying “church of God” Christians was not one.  Back then, I was comforted by the Lord when he encouraged me to focus on Him alone.  I realized that you can’t make other people do right, you’re only responsible for your own life in Christ. Continue reading

Not Letting Failure Destroy You

 

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Forgetting those things that are behind and reaching forward to the things that are before, I press toward the mark  for the prize of the high calling of God in Christ   Jesus (Philippians 3:13-14)

PAUL

Paul, who wrote these words, is  often thought of as one of the greatest apostles, if not THE most accomplished apostle in terms of his works.  Paul had to face his past failures and people’s hatred of who he was.  Continue reading

Changing the Habits of Hopelessness

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Romans 12:2 

… be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind…

Sometimes a person can get in the habit of negative thinking.  They may habitually allow small things to ruin their outlook and hopefulness.  For those with such a problem, the key to emerging from the valley of hopelessness lies in changing their habits of hopelessness.  When one thinks of change, one tends to envision transformation in one area or another. Walking on water in trials requires transformed thinking; and when it comes to feeling depressed or down, the connection between thinking and profound change often centers on breaking the mental habit of hopeless, negative thinking.  The scripture above tells us that the process of change comes from the renewing of the mind. Continue reading

Inappropriate Guilt

depression 3When a person goes through depression, often it is because of inappropriate or excessive guilt feelings.  Guilt or self-blame can stem from a variety of sources. Surroundings and circumstances can overwhelm us, and problems become so internalized that the person often blames themselves for everything that is going wrong in their lives. This self-blame is a behavior that can cause ongoing bouts with depression and must be consciously put to an end.  The awareness of this cycle of guilt can help victims of this emotional sabotage to overcome and lessen the effects of this line of thinking.  In other words, the person should stop punishing themselves internally and realize that these problems are external. Continue reading