We are equipped to go through anything. It’s how we get through it that’s the result of what we tell ourselves about going through it. It’s when change is about to happen that we seem to remember others, the many others that have been where you are about to go. You start to remember their pain, their tears and the hard time they had. You also remember being there for them and being afraid for what they were about to face. Now, here you are, on the verge of a break-up or some type of breakdown. Maybe it’s some form of growth experience you are about to embark upon, but all you can remember is the pain. Stop imagining the worse because it doesn’t have to be that way, if you don’t allow it to be.
The only thing that makes an experience more painful and more difficult than it…
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We live in an era that is saturated with skepticism. Some non-Christians are asking Christians tough questions. This makes it an exciting time to have the opportunity to give an answer to everyone who asks us the reason for the hope that is within us. But Scripture cautions us to do it with meekness … (1 Peter 3:15). This means that we can engage in conversations with people who challenge or want to know more about what we believe with respect. Using evidence of fulfilled prophecy as well as the personal claims of the Lord Jesus; who He said He was, and the reliable accounts of the Gospels, we can show that Christianity is true. Similarly, by being familiar with elementary scientific theories and worldviews, and by observing nature we can engage in a productive discussion with scientists, and show them that natural and physical laws actually lead to God. But we must also remember that the Holy Spirit is the ultimate teacher, the Source of wisdom in these conversations.
What is ironic is that, it is becoming more and more apparent that God has used scientific laws to reveal and describe what He has already done in our universe. Science focuses on patterns and laws in the universe that demonstrate God’s careful design and creative genius and His desire to communicate with us through it. Religion deals with the spiritual needs and realities of mankind, and the Bible is the Christian’s guide in seeking redemptive truth. Science and religion, therefore, seem to be two sides of the same coin-pointing us to our Creator. Science has facilitated God’s communication with us, somewhat, by tapping into the laws which our God made to govern and sustain life in our universe, and making them known to mankind. Galileo Galilei once remarked in 1623 that “The laws of nature are written by the hand of God in the language of mathematics.” Of course, there are some outlandish and bizarre scientific theories such as Darwin’s theory of natural selection, which Christians reject out rightly as fallacious, to say the least. But, surprisingly enough scientists, like Christians, are also questioning the plausibility of Darwin’s theory because of the failure of science to comprehensively provide tenable explanations for the origin of the incredible complexity of life as we know it. Another theory of contention between Christians and scientists has been the Big Bang theory. But the tables have turned on this theory in favor of Christians. What is even more astonishing is what physicist Steven Ball says about the theory of the Big Bang in his article, A Christian Physicist Examines the Big Bang Theory. Ball asserts that this theory has “become one of the strongest testimonies to the validity of the biblical account of creation, since it clearly confirms that our universe had a beginning, as described in Genesis 1, in which the cause of it is outside of the physical realm we observe. It is remarkable that the observations have allowed us to trace the record of our universe back to this beginning point.” Further, it is argued that all matter, space and time were all created during this single spectacular event. As such, creation, God’s divine work, continues to be a mystery that eludes scientists. Here is an interesting observation by a scientist, Robert Jastrow, in his book, God and the Astronomers, “For the scientist who has lived by his faith in the power of reason, the story [of creation] ends like a bad dream. He has scaled the mountains of ignorance; he is about to conquer the highest peak; as he pulls himself over the final rock, he is greeted by a band of theologians who have been sitting there for centuries.” Additionally, the discovery of the fact that our universe is bathed with a background of microwave radiation much similar to the kind of radiation in our domestic microwaves has further demonstrated that our universe had a beginning as stated in Scripture and the scientific community has no alternative but to accept what this evidence says about the beginning of our universe. It is true what they say, that truth has a way of defending itself.
I love the fall and winter months. I love the way the cool crisp air feels across my face while I am walking. I enjoy apple picking and combing various flea markets. I love wearing warm flannel pajamas or feeling like a big baby in a cute hooded adult onesie. I get pleasure from how a nice cozy sweater feels against my skin, all warm and protective from the cold temperature.
However, we all know that the cold air can also cause some havoc to our skin. Making it feel less appealing and in some cases like itchy sand paper.
Below is a sugar and a salt mixture I ran across that you can try out right in the privacy of your own home and you may have all the ingredients you need already in your cupboards. There is no need for you to spend money at a fancy spa…
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It’s true we don’t always love everything about our lives, but if we are honest with ourselves deep down we do love and appreciate the magic of life itself. Some part of us believes that everything and anything is possible.
Yet, what’s sad is we don’t always believe these possibilities are within our reach, even when they are. The problem is we choose to believe otherwise. We choose to believe we are incapable of living our lives the way we want to live them, at our full potential. We choose to accept our reality as others have told us it has to be.
We don’t have to do this to ourselves – none of us do. We have a choice. We don’t have to fall…
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Over the years as they have continued to examine and study Einstein’s theory of gravity further, physicists and mathematicians have been astonished to discover that the universe is expanding. This means that the galaxies outside our own galaxy are moving away from us. What is amazing is that the farther the galaxies are from us the faster they are moving away. Even if we happened to be in another galaxy, the neighboring galaxies would still be moving away from us. The concept of the expanding galaxies has been confirmed by the redshift in the light emanating from distant galaxies. Of all the galaxies ours, the Milky Way, is the only one where life is found and sustained. The Milky Way has multiple arms and tucked between two of its arms is a single-star solar system (our solar system), which contains planet earth and its tiny inhabitants. Compared to the other objects in the universe, the inhabitants of earth are of negligible stature, puny specs of animated dust. For example, the volume of our sun is so huge that about 1.3 million planet Earths could fit inside it, but our sun is just of medium size compared to other billions of stars in the galaxy. Yet a single human being is of greater value than any of these objects in the universe. They are inorganic. The Bible tells us that “The heavens declare the glory of God; And the firmament shows his handiwork” (Psalm 19:1, NKJV). Yet, daunting and gigantic as these objects are, none of them bear the Imago Dei, none of them are made in the image of God. Human beings have both extrinsic and intrinsic value. God has made unprecedented investment in them. “For You have made him [mankind] a little lower than the angels, And You have crowned him with glory and honor. You have made him to have dominion over the works of Your hands…” (Psalm 8: 5,6).
Biologically, we are just as amazing: our hearts beat an average of 7O times per minute. That is 100,000 a day. and this adds to about 36 million times each year. In one life time of about 70 years the heart beats a total of approximately 2½ billion times. Each single day the heart pumps about 3,000 gallons of blood. Our skeletal system consists of 200 bones created to support the body and assist it in movement. In order to regulate the temperatures of our bodies the skin has 2 million sweat glands. This means that, on average, there are 3,000 sweat glands per square inch of the skin.
Spiritually, we are the only ones in our universe created with an innate desire to worship. As living souls, we have an inherent, insatiable desire to know our Maker. We have a spiritual instinct that has been endowed to us from the beginning of time. Blaise Pascal aptly observed that “There is a God shaped vacuum in the heart of every man (generic term) which cannot be filled by any created thing, but only by God, the Creator, made known through Jesus.” Human life is magnificently sacred at all times. Learn more about the glory of mankind from: http://www.wmturls.com/pp
You are my strength when I am weak
You are the treasure that I seek
You are my all in all
I’m seeking You like a precious jewel
Lord, to give up I’d be a fool
You are my all in all
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Jesus, Lamb of God
Worthy is Your name
Taking my sin, my cross, my shame
Raising again I bless Your name
You are my all in all
When I fall down You pick me up
When I am dry You fill my cup
You are my all in all
Christ is my author. He wrote my life. God makes no mistakes. I was first diagnosed with cancer the summer of 1996. My cancer story does not begin here. I graduated from High School. I received my degree in Elementary Education. I married the man of my dreams. I had a baby. Not just any baby. A miracle baby. The most amazing little human being that I have ever laid my eyes on.
The nurse laid her on my stomach and immediately all the pains of childbirth disappeared. She was everything. Michael Phelps on the starting block. Chocolate Chip Cookies in the oven. The sun rising. Christmas Eve. The was the possibility of everything. I would give it to her. I was raised in a family with eight children, I babysat, I nannied, I had a degree in Elementary Education and teaching experience behind me. I thought I had this…
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When Jesus came to Simon Peter, Peter said to him, “Lord, are you going to wash my feet?” Jesus replied, “You don’t understand now what I am doing, but someday you will.” “No,” Peter protested, “you will never ever wash my feet!” Jesus replied, “Unless I wash you, you won’t belong to me.” Simon Peter exclaimed, “Then wash my hands and head as well, Lord, not just my feet!” (John 13:6-9)
Relate: It seems like every time you turn around in the gospels Peter is blurting out something that almost wants you to shake your head and say, “Peter, what are you thinking?” It isn’t so much that Peter doesn’t think first before speaking. It is more that the two seem to happen simultaneously. Whatever he is thinking at the moment… that is what is coming right out of his mouth…
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