Monday, January 31, 2011

At the Crossroads

Once upon a time, I moved to the big city! Those of you who have kept up with my blog... yes, I am referring to the wonderful college I attend in the heart of Atlanta. I had no idea what I was getting myself into; all I knew was that God wanted me here.

Have you ever been placed in a situation that you wouldn't have chosen for yourself, and had no clue as to why you were there?

Welcome to my life! In high school, God revealed my passion. Around the time of my sophomore year, I felt sure that my career would be in physical and occupational therapy. When thinking of schools to apply to, I had no doubt where I was suppose to attend. I chose the school I am attending for a major in physical therapy, and because I knew in my heart that God wanted me here. Well, after a semester... I hated it. I entered a spiritual war zone! Some nights, I'd cry myself to sleep thinking, "Come on now God, why do you want me here? I want to leave this hell hole!" It bothered me that God wouldn't just tell me His plans. Fear, anxiety, and stress kept building up...

Christmas Break came just in time! I felt God was telling me to just hang in there a little bit longer! So after a lovely Christmas with the family, I headed back to school. On the drive back as I got closer to school, I felt this heavy weight on my shoulders. Yet, God didn't leave me... No, my heavenly Father has been closer than ever! There have been instances where I've felt something bad could have happened to me, whether it be my bag stolen, a homeless man trying to get money from me, or just walking past a creepy person... but every time I've felt uneasy, it's as if I stepped into a bubble. I've started to believe that I have a guardian angel walking with me. Although I can't see my angel, I almost sense he is there, and that maybe... those people who could have brought me harm... saw my angel!

I've learned to trust God to take care of me! I felt that He was calling me to spend time in His word, so I've started Genesis and am almost finished! Most importantly, I've made my prayer time much longer. The more people I meet, the more people I pray for. I love the new friends I have in my life! I know my heavenly Father loves them just as much! So I am praying that these sweet people come to know my Daddy in Heaven! After wondering and pleading God to give me answers as to why He's sent me here... I feel in my heart... I needed to learn to be a soldier, a better witness, and how to give my Daddy my undivided attention! My focus is on Him... and where He takes me next, I know He'll show me the way!


Where is your focus? Are you standing at the crossroads wondering where or what God wants for your life? Do you feel alone? Pray. Pray for wisdom and knowledge.

Visit these websites:

http://apostles.org/live/

http://www.oneplace.com/ministries/leading-the-way/player/biblical-cure-for-depression-part-1-153187.html


Scripture Says:

"Protect those who love you and who are happy because of you. Lord, you bless those who do what is right; you protect them like a soldier's shield." Psalm 5:11-12

"The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?" Psalm 27:1

Monday, January 10, 2011

The Angels Had a Pillow Fight!!

Once upon a time, I looked out my window around 12am to find a light blanket of snow covering the ground, and little clumps of white, sparkling flakes whirling beautifully in the air. The beginning of a new year, a time to start fresh, another year of blessings, and within a little over a week... January 9th to be exact... a gift from heaven... the South has finally experienced a Winter Wonder Land that hasn't been seen here for many years. The snow covered trees, streets, and mailboxes... it covered rooftops, chimneys, street lights, cars, and driveways. All was quiet except for the children laughing as they went sledding down hills, making snowmen, and having snowball fights. It's as if God was saying... here's our gift, a blessing from above, one that can be enjoyed by all.

As a child, I spent a year in New England. Snow is of course, very common there. I can remember my brother and I running to the field in the middle of the neighborhood with our parents. We'd play outside until our face went numb and our cheeks turned pink. Snow can make anyone feel like a child again... my parents would throw just as many snowballs as we did, and make snow angels, and snowmen... It is a season like no other.

When we moved down South, the winters saw very little snow... and if we ever did, it didn't stick, or it melted within a few hours. Therefore, we'd enjoy a few days out west, or drive up to Ohio for a week of sledding and building igloos with cousins. However, as of January 9th, our winter season has changed for the South. There was so much snow, schools have been closed for 2 days, and many have been out in the neighborhoods playing! Growing up, adults used to say, "The angels must be having a pillow fight" at the first signs of snow. Well... now we have a reason to praise God for providing his angels with pillows!

With this winter blessing, I would also like to point out that although it is such a wonderful gift, I would like everyone to remember those who cannot fully enjoy it. I have a dear friend who is homeless. He lives on the streets of Atlanta and he is not in good health. Pray that he comes to know our heavenly Father. Pray that God blesses him with food and warmth. There are many like him who are out there struggling to survive. I must admit, before college... I did not have a heart for the homeless. I was actually very scared of them and thought they were all out to get me for whatever they needed. But, I have found that to be quite untrue. Their are some... I do not have respect for... who I don't think have the right to be on the streets (those who are capable of a job and use others to obtain money for drugs, alcohol, etc...). Yet, there are many like my friend who are not mentally capable and who have many psychological issues... those on the streets I respect because they respect me.

I also ask that you remember the elderly. The snow and ice can be most dangerous for them along with the extremely cold weather. Pray that they keep in good health and that God watches over them... that they do not fall, or catch pneumonia.

And while you pray for these 2 groups of people... enjoy our sweet blessing from above. I'm most sure God was looking down at His children today with a smile on His face as He watched us play, drink hot cocoa, eat snow cream, and sit by a warm cozy fire. Makes me think of the book "If Jesus Came to my House." I'd play with Him, make Him hot cocoa, and give Him the coziest seat next to a toasty fire in the fireplace..... someday :)

Get The Word:

"Let all who take refuge in You be glad; let them ever sing for joy. Spread Your protection over them, that those who love Your name may rejoice in You."
-Psalm 5:11

"God bless you and keep you, God smile on you and gift you, God look you full in the face and make you prosper."
-Numbers 6:24-26