Monthly Archives: August 2014

Working from rest (part one)

Abide in Christ and find true rest!

In My Father's House

working_restWe, as the people of God, are called to work from rest. As the writer of Hebrews told us, this rest is where our faith intersects the promises of God (Heb.4:1-10). Simply put, we do this by abiding in Christ.

But when we don’t do this, we’re left with burdensome religion where there is no rest.

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Choosing Optimism

Today I choose to be optimistic. I accept life at life’s terms and am grateful for another day of being alive. Through optimism I find gratitude and through gratitude I find love – a love of life, myself and those around me. Through love I find God, for God is love. Life is a journey, not a destination. Happiness is found as we embrace every step as a new experience and opportunity to grow.

Doubt: The Pesky Mosquito

A great post on repelling our doubts with God’s faithful word!

Waiting for Baby Bird

mosquitoMosquitoes are pesky and bothersome.  They know how to ruin a good party by landing on your food or in your drink during a summer backyard BBQ.  They make a conversation difficult as you spend most of your time focused on swatting, dodging, or spraying away the small annoyances.  Not to mention, if you are the unlucky one that it scopes out and lands on, you can expect to see a tiny red bump that will leave you scratching for days, or worse, a longer lasting disease from their nasty bacteria.

Doubts are much like mosquitoes.  If you let them swarm around, they will pester you.  If you let them land, they will eventually bite, leaving you wounded.  They will invade your thoughts, words, and actions leaving lasting effects that can cause anger, bitterness, fear, anxiety, and hopelessness. Between the two, I would rather fight off a mosquito.

No matter…

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Back on the Wagon

Hello everyone,

I haven’t written in a while so I wanted to give you a quick update and ask for your prayers.

If you’ve followed my blog for a while you may know that I’ve struggled with alcohol abuse for many years of my life. I’ve had a couple periods of sobriety, both times lasting almost up to a year but then I relapse and fall back into the trap.

For the last 9 months or so I have been falling farther and farther into the pit of alcoholism. I’ve lied to myself thinking I can control it in moderation but the truth is I can’t.

Late last month I came to the conclusion that I needed help so I signed up for an inpatient rehabilitation center and have been here for the past 18 days.

It has been an emotional roller coaster of ups and downs but I am doing good. Our schedule here is quite busy, so not only has it been emotionally draining but physically as well. I’ll be here for about 25 more days and then it’s back to the real world.

Gods love and deliverance has definitely been doing a mighty work in my heart and I’ve been journaling all that He’s showing me as I’m here. I plan to do a blog series following my return home but for now I humbly ask for your prayers and blessings.

Thanks for reading and God bless.

-Justin

Not that I have already attained, or am already perfected; but I press on, that I may lay hold of that for which Christ Jesus has also laid hold of me. Brethren, I do not count myself to have apprehended; but one thing I do, forgetting those things which are behind and reaching forward to those things which are ahead, I press toward the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus.

-Philippians 3:12-14