When Jesus of Nazareth was here some 2000 years ago, he often encouraged his followers and listeners to “Fear not” but to trust their heavenly Father with all of their needs. He described how even the hairs on our heads are all numbered, and how our Father both knows and cares even when a little bird dies. “Do not fear, you are more valuable than many sparrows.” he said in Luke 12:7. He also said that we cannot add a single hour to our lives by worrying. In spite of all his wonderful encouragement to “fear not” and that we have no need to worry, why is it so many of us, myself included still struggle so with this issue? How can we come to grips with our worries and fears, and trust our Father in Heaven more?
Jesus also said how he often longs to gather us under his wings like a mother hen gathers her chicks and protect us, but we won’t let him. As I consider these things I have to ask myself “why on earth am I so stubborn and difficult? What makes me try to do everything myself, and not let him help me more? Am I being too busy to even take time for him? Am I to proud, and think I can do things better with my puny vision and strength, than the King of the Universe? Seriously, do I really think that I will unravel if I don’t have full control at all times? What is my problem? Why do I worry so much!?
I am at a place in my life where I am learning the art of letting go. It has not been easy for me, as I have been very attached to the results of my decisions in life and now as my children are grown I was very attached to the results of their actions. I thought that if they made a non beneficial decision and suffered due to the consequences of their choices that is was somehow my fault. I am now learning that this is not true.
Life has a funny way of providing opportunities to learn. I was on my way to the store early one morning, when I came across a road blockade due to line repairs being done along the roadway. My sweetheart got out the GPS to check for an alternate route to the store. The GPS unfortunately would not load properly due to cloud cover. Rather than waiting for him to find an alternate route, I headed for one that I knew of a few miles away. While we did eventually reach our destination it took allot more time. On the way home my sweetheart was able to find a much shorter and better route for us as he got the GPS to work.
Overcoming an addiction whether chemical or behavioral in nature can be one of the most challenging undertakings you may undertake. I have personally seen and experienced the long-term effects of serious addictions and how that affected my family, beginning with one of my grandfathers addictions to alcohol. His addiction caused a ripple effect of harmful consequences throughout the family for multiple generations of suffering. I was once addicted to tobacco for a time, and prescription pain pills later on myself. I know the struggle of addiction, as I found it very difficult to break free of using those substances. Thankfully I am now free of both addictions, and have stayed free for many years now.
Whether you have an addiction, or are seeking to help a loved one or friend who does how you go about it can make a very big difference. Addiction is a huge problem for many as the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2014 estimated that 21.5 million Americans over the age of 12, have a significant problem with alcohol or drugs. In addition to chemical addictions there are many behavioral types of addictions as well, which can negatively impact our lives. Let’s look at some resources, and ways that have been time-tested to help in overcoming both chemical and behavioral addictions. Continue reading “Overcoming Addiction”
The Spirit of the Valley never dies
She is called the Hidden Creator
Although She becomes the whole universe
Her immaculate purity is never lost
Although She assumes countless forms
Her true identity remains intact
Whatever we see or don’t see
Whatever exists or doesn’t exist
Is nothing but the creation of this Supreme Power
Tao is limitless, unborn, eternal –
It can only be reached through the Hidden Creator
She is the very face of the Absolute
The gate to the source of all things eternal
Listen to Her voice
Hear it echo through creation
Without fail, She reveals her presence
Without fail, She brings us to our own perfection.”
Lao Tzu, Tao Te Ching
Have you ever wondered how we came to be here? How has all the life around us evolved into such complex forms that are so delicately balanced within their ecosystems?
I absolutely love to spend time out in nature observing both plants and wild life in their natural environments. I believe that we can learn a great deal from observing nature.
|“Josiah was eight years old when he became king, and he reigned in Jerusalem thirty-one years. He did what was pleasing in the Lord’s sight and followed the example of his ancestor David. He did not turn away from doing what was right. During the eighth year of his reign, while he was still young, Josiah began to seek the God of his ancestor David” (2 Chronicles 34:1-3a).
Young Josiah led one of the greatest revivals in the history of Israel.
But he was a very unlikely candidate because he lived during a time of great spiritual darkness and for over half a century false religion had reigned in Judah.
Both his father and grandfather were evil, wicked men. He saw firsthand the results of living a wicked life.
When Josiah was 16 he began to seek the Lord and he established his own personal walk with God. Think about it, the greatest revival in Israel’s history was led by a sixteen year old! Wow!
But you know what? Throughout history, it’s been the prayers of young people that have brought revival—time and time again. When you study the great revivals in church history you’d be surprised to see how many of them began with people in their late teens and early twenties. God used them to start the church on fire.
Josiah faced some big obstacles, but His passion for God and his dedication to Him resulted in an amazing revival of an entire nation. It had been over 100 years since the Lord had last revived His people.
God had founded the country, but now it was corrupted. Religion and faith in God had been neglected to the point that the temple was dilapidated and had been closed for 75 years.
The priests were scattered and many were corrupted by idolatry even they no longer knew the sacred Scriptures.
But Josiah is a wonderful example of what happens when revival begins in one person’s heart. In spiritually dry conditions, one heart on fire is all it takes to ignite revival.
Israel’s greatest revival started in the heart of a sixteen-year-old young man who dedicated his life to the Lord. How encouraging it is to know the Lord doesn’t look at the age of your heart; He looks at how willing your heart is.
You may be a young man or woman following the Lord. Know for certain that the Lord can use you and your generation to change the world!
Trapped negative emotions are one of the big hidden reasons why so many people are unwittingly manifesting needless adversity in their lives.