Isaiah 6:8 "Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, 'Whom shall I send? And who will go for us? ' And I said 'Here am I, Send me!' "

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  • God Will Sustain Us

    I’ve always really loved The Serenity Prayer. I’ve posted about it on a few occasions. For many people it is most associated with AA and rehabilitation. I’ve never struggled with addiction but I have struggled with the ups and downs of life as I know we all have. For me The Serenity Prayer has always been a comfort, a reminder of hope, and of courage. In my life I have experienced so many different things. In high school I lost a lot of people. I attended more funerals in four years than most people attend in 10.

    It was difficult but in that time I looked to God for strength. When I was 15 just a few weeks before my 16th birthday my great grandmother suffered a stroke that left the doctors saying that she was going to die and they projected that she would pass away on Sept. 17th. September 17th is my birthday. While other girls plan for months to throw an obnoxiously large sweet 16 party where they are the center of attention, I was sitting there knowing that my great grandmother, the matriarch of my family was going to die. It was one of the tragedies that I experienced in that time.

    It was a very difficult time for me but I always trusted that God would get me through that time and He did. I have found that it is in times of difficulty and uncertainty that our eyes are often opened to the things that matter the most. For my 16th birthday I wasn’t planning a party, I was visiting my great grandmother as much as I could before she passed away. Trials often show us where our priorities lie as opposed to where they should lie. Prayer was something that always meant a lot to me. In that time I sought God and I spent a lot of time in prayer. God has always been a constant for me in a life of variables. I have learned that we can plan all we want but sometimes we can’t control the outside circumstances of our lives.

    I have found that no matter how hard things get God has always sustained me, He has always given me hope, and He has always brought me through to the other side. It may not have always looked like I thought it should or would but He always got me through in the end. In my life the Serenity Prayer has always reminded me that no matter how uncertain life is that I know which rock I stand on and He is my solid ground. It has continued to remind me of the hope I have in Jesus Christ.
    I can not always control the circumstances that surround me but I can trust that God will be with me every step of the way and no matter what happens He will bring me through to the other side. Anyone who knows me knows that I have a Serenity Prayer necklace that I wear most of the time as a reminder that God is with me throughout the day no matter what happens. God will bring me peace in the storm just as He has always done.

    I don’t know what anyone else’s story entails I can only share my own. I do pray that in a time of uncertainty that I can offer the Hope that only comes from Jesus Christ my Lord and Saviour.

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  • My thoughts On Singleness in a Relationship Obsessed World

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    As a single at 25 years of age I’ve spent years hearing people say things like “why are you still single?” “That person would be great for you” “oh, you’ll find the right one someday” and the list of quotes goes on. So these are my thoughts on being single in a relationship obsessed society. While a relationship can be a blessing being single is very much a blessing too. It’s something that would be recognized as such and a whole lot easier if society didn’t teach relationship=happiness and pressure singles to “find somebody”. This causes singles to run out and try to find anybody who is willing to date them in an attempt to attain this happiness and get out from the judgemental “why are you still single” questions. The problem is a relationship doesn’t equal happiness. I would say a relationship=frustration and sorrow. The real equation would be a relationship with the right person = joy, laughter, sorrow, tears and everything in between. The key word is the Right person. The right person will compliment you not complete you and if happiness is what you are seeking and it’s something you don’t already have than you most likely think a significant other will complete you. The only one who can complete you is God and without Him this completion you seek will never be obtained. Another person can’t complete you, only God can do that. If you find you feel an empty place in your heart and you’ve tried to fill it with other things finding no peace or joy than you need to give your life to Jesus. You won’t regret it and He will heal your heart and bring you more joy than you can imagine. Until you allow God to change your heart and mind you will always be searching for fulfillment in the wrong things. Relationships being one of those things most likely. Singleness is a time to be celebrated, there is so much to be thankful for, so much time to grow and learn, to travel and make big decision, to seek God and find out who you are in Him, to serve God and bring the world to cometo know Him. Maybe one day He will bless you with a significant other to share your life with but until then seek God and rejoice in your time of singleness. There’s so much to be thankful for and to rejoice over. Consider my advice it doesn’t come without lesson on my part. After years of waiting for “Mr. right” I’ve come to the conclusion that God is the only one who can complete me and I will no longer put my life on hold for “Mr. Right” to show up (after all there’s so much life to live why waste it) if he comes he comes and if not I’ll have lived a life not missing or on what God has for me. I hope this article has helped some of my fellow single people out there. Live your life, serve God and if He has someone for you they will be in your life when He says it’s time, not before, so don’t try and force it.

    Love and God bless,

    Christine Sawyer

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