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Is Your Pain Blinding You?

For a while now, I've been feeling like I was wandering around in a desert like Hagar. Abraham and Sarah sent her and her son Ismael away after God told them He'll make a great nation from Ishmael. When Hagar ran out of water, she laid her suffering son down and walked about a football field away because she couldn't bear to watch him die. She wept hard because she took her eyes off God's promise and only saw her immediate circumstances. She cried so much, her eyes probably swelled shut and she was unable to see a well nearby. The Lord, in His mercy and grace, pointed out the well to Hagar. He told her to bring the water to Ishmael and to comfort him because they were going to live another day. I was hurt long ago and like Hagar, I took my eyes off God to see the stressors and (what looked like) dire situations around me. In my pain, I forgot the Lord's promises to me and I let that pain blind me to a point where I was unable to see a well nearby. I couldn't see the open doors and blessings the Lord was offering me. If you find yourself in a spiritual desert, don't wander around aimlessly, don't take your eyes off God, don't forget His promises, don't ever forget that He is faithful. Genesis 21:8-21



FAITH: When I Chose Modesty

When I was in my teens and early 20s, I was extremely immodest. While I was getting ready to go out, my goal was to look as hot as possible and collect as much attention as possible. 

I thought that if I could be the hottest woman in the room, I would be able to capture attention and it would be mine for as long as I wanted. It didn't occur to me that the kind of attention I was seeking is a fleeting kind. In other words, it didn't matter if I was the most beautiful woman that guy had ever seen. The kind of guy who appreciated my immodesty had zero standards whatsoever. He'd hang on my every word until someone else's skin flashed by. He'd flirt with me and then turn around and flirt with every other girl as well. This guy didn't care about whose makeup was better, who was witty, who had better legs, who was nicest, etc. The kind of guy who is attracted to immodesty is only interested in one thing and that's not your heart. This dude has no other standards an…

FAITH: Are You Willing to Give God Anything He Wants?

Push Up popsicles are interesting.  In order to eat more ice cream, you need to literally push up the stick that's connected to the platform in which the ice cream sits.

My toddlers both lack the strength and dexterity to push up their Push Ups, so I have to make myself available to help them out.  One of my boys understands this.  As his ice cream dips below the cardboard container, he'll eagerly hand his treat over so I can push the stick upwards and he can continue eating.  My other boy doesn't yet understand why he needs my help.  He'd rather chew at the cardboard than willingly hand over his treat for two seconds.  Whenever it's time to push up his ice cream, he grips it tight and puts up a fight against me even though my motive is completely for his benefit.  I never take the ice cream for myself, I only obtain the Push Up in order to make it possible for my boys to have more ice cream.  So they don't have to resort to gnawing on soggy cardboard.

This remin…