Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

 

Dear Merciful God,

I desire to burn

You are a consuming fire

It’s for You I yearn

 

An earthly world full of chaos

Without You I know I’m doomed

Shield me with Your love

I desire to not be consumed

 

I come to You in Jesus’s name

As I come holding His hand

If I can but burn forever

In your presence I could stand

 

Nothing on earth matters

If my soul I throw away

So make me fireproof this day

So with You, I can always stay

 

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For the word of the Lord is right and true;

He is faithful in all He does.

What He promises, He honours

Continually providing for us

Because His words speak truth

So brethren… let them speak

 

For the Lord gives wisdom;

From His mouth come knowledge and understanding.

We are not to lean on our own thoughts and ideas

But in His promises and plans be more trusting

Because His words speak wisdom

So brethren… let them speak

 

Jesus came and died to show the way

Salvation, that we all can have

Thy word is a lamp unto my feet,

And a light unto my path.

Because His words speak love

So brethren… let them speak

 

For the word of God is quick, and powerful,

And sharper than any two-edged sword

What a source of strength and power

We need just to look to Him, heavenward

Because His words speak power

So brethren… let them speak

 

We worry about food and earthy things

The things we can get not what we can give

But it’s by every word that proceedeth

Out of the mouth of the Lord doth man live

Because His words speak life

So brethren… let them speak

 

Finally, brethren

 

His word became flesh

Manifested in Christ Jesus

His love, power, wisdom and life

Can be seen in every one of us

So as we live our lives

Throughout each and every week

Remember our words and actions reflect him

So brethren… let them speak

Back in July 2013, I hiked to the top of the volcano, La Soufrière, in St. Vincent standing at just 1,234 m.

Then in October 2015 & again in the same month in 2016, I hiked 2,256 m to the peak of the Blue Mountains in Jamaica.

These heights are both still quite small compared to that of Mount Everest, 8,848 m, which is the highest peak on earth. So here are a few questions. What does this have to do with anything? Who cares how high I’ve hiked? What difference does it make if I’ve hiked to the top of a 500 m hill or a mountain standing a whopping 7,000 m?

Well the answers to those questions are quite simple. This has everything to do with my life. I am the one who should care. It does not make a difference if the peak was 500 m or 7,000 m, as long as I made it through to the top.

La Soufrière and Blue Mountain were both physical feats for me. Small for some and mammoth for others. Regardless of what they mean for others I’ll share with you what it was for me.

In life we will face many obstacles and our own forms of mountains and they will all seem to come in our way preventing us from reaching our destination. But does a mountain really stop us from reaching or does it challenge us to do more than we had planned/expected? Mountains force us to go forward and to go up while maneuvering a rough terrain.

I believe our mountains are there to teach us lessons we need to learn for the journey ahead. I heard a really interesting twist on mountains the other day when watching a video on Youtube (can’t remember the video). The person in the video said that mountains will never be smooth because no one can climb a smooth mountain. I thought about it and it is true. If mountains were not rough, where would I place my foot to step up? Nowhere. I thought back to the times I hiked and there were parts of the trail that were smooth and sloping and I had to depend on the rough areas to get a grip to pass those parts.

The irony. While climbing my mountain and I come to smooth parts on my way up, I had to look for and depend on the rough parts to pass safely through. That made it clear for me to see that the rough parts are indeed important and needed to make it through. If we aren’t challenged to grow or to trust the process, will we make it through to the end?

Each time I hiked it was a new lesson for me. The first time in St. Vincent; it got colder as I went up and some parts seemed scary but I knew it would have been worth it to make it to the top and through it all I prayed and trusted the Lord to take me to the top safely, and He did. Blue Mountain took a lot more out of me to make it. The first time was the worse of the two, as I didn’t know how far till I reached the cabins, and then I didn’t know how far till I reached the peak. Not knowing, reminded me that in life as we get in a situation, we may not know how we’ll get through, how long it will take to make it, or what it would be like at the end. Trust that the hike up Blue Mountain was indeed a physical challenge; but one in which I made it through by the grace of God and trust in Him.

The real eye opener for me was the second time I hiked Blue Mountain in 2016. It was by far easier; it still ached my body after, but it was less stressful mentally. Why was it easier the 2nd time around? Was it that I had to walk a shorter distance or that the mountain somehow got shorter? Nope. None of those. It was because after making it through the first time, I kind of knew what to expect. I knew some of the answers to the questions I wondered about while hiking the first time. Now I had knowledge I didn’t have the first time. The first trip shaped me up for the 2nd.

So in life, when you are faced of a mountain of your own, trust God and depend on Him. Remember that it would be rough but He allows that for our safety, and for us to make it through how He wants us to. He never promised the road would be easy, but He has promised to never leave us or forsake us. Once you make it through, when you have to face a similar mountain, just recall that He was willing and able to take you through it before. And trust and believe He is still there to do the same again.

As we start any journey and we come to an obstacle, in this case a mountain, and we see the peak all the way up there, remember that the road will be rough but once you hold onto God you will make it to that peak. It is only at that point that you can look and see the beauty all around and where you have come from. You get a small taste seeing the beginning and the end. And that is just one obstacle. God can see the beginning and the end for us all. The 2nd time up Blue Mountain, I trusted in God to take me there safely. I was also able to trust the little knowledge I had of the journey from the first trip.

So here’s a couple questions for you… How much more can you trust the one who has all knowledge of every journey for all time? Will you trust the process and trust the one with the plan and the road map?

My mountains led me to a better understanding of my journey and life.

My mountains led me to trust in God a little more.

My God knows what’s best for me.

My mountains led me closer to Him.

I am thankful for my mountains.

 

BRB as I go hiking again. What will this mountain teach me?

Today, I say thanks for the freedom of choice. We have that freedom. That freedom extends to freedom of religion. I am privileged to be able to choose my religion, but many people over the world are restricted to the religion they may be part of. That said, Christianity is illegal still in different parts of the world.

My friend (the one who inspired me to start this post series) did a post on this 2 days ago and she summed it up quite nicely too. Here’s a link to that post: Today I Am Thankful For #3

If you think about it, everyone should be free to do as such. Making any religion illegal is just wrong.This should never be the case, but unfortunately it is.

For my freedom, I am truly thankful.

God has always given us the right to choose. Why then should people find it upon themselves to take away our freedom of choice?

Furthermore, the Declaration of Human Rights, Article 18, states that we all as humans have that right to freedom of religion.

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Be sure to thank the Lord for blessing you with this freedom.