Moments Tuesday, Mar 1 2011 

Life is filled with moments….

the moment you are conceived….

the moment you are born….

the moment you first smile….

the moment you say your first word….

the moment you begin to crawl….

the moment you take your very first step….

the moment you hug your mom and dad….

the moment you tie your own shoestrings….

the moment you write your own name….

the moment you meet your first friend….

the moment when you begin your first day of school…

the moment you are saved…

the moment you reach “the change”….

the moment you have your first crush….

the moment you first hold someone’s hand….

the moment you have your first kiss….

the moment you have your first dance….

the moment you go to prom….

the moment you graduate….

the moment you watch your best friend move away…

the moment you decide what college to attend…

the moment you say “I do”…

the moment you become a parent….

the moment you hug your baby for the first time…

the moment you see your child’s first smile….

the moment you hear their first word….

the moment you watch them take their first step…

the moment you show your child how to tie their own shoestrings…

the moment your child writes their own name…

the moment you take your baby to their first birthday party….

the moment when you take your child to their first day of school…

the moment you witness your child’s salvation…

the moment when you have “the talk”…

the moment you hear your child speak of their first crush…

the moment you see them hold someone’s hand….

the moment you hear they shared their first kiss…

the moment you help them find the perfect prom dress…

the moment you see your young adult in their cap and gown….

the moment you comfort them when their friends move away…

the moment when they read you their college acceptance letter…

the moment you give them away to their love…

the moment you see them holding their baby for the first time…

the moment you still wrap them in your arms….just as your parents did….

Moments may be cherished…

Moments may be forgotten…

Moments may last forever…

Moments may last only an instant…

Moments of regret….

Moments of satisfaction…

Moments of what could have been…

Moments of accomplishment…

Moments of risk…

Moments of certainty…

Moments of beginnings….

Moments of endings….

Moments of faith…

Moments of doubt…

Moments of truth…

Moments of deception…

Moments of love….

Moments of heartache….

Moments of life….

Moments of death….

Moments….constant moments….of God’s unconditional….agape love….

Life is filled with many chances, choices, and changes….

Yet in the end…life consists of one simple thing…

MOMENTS



 

~Bek~

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walk by FAITH….not by FEAR Wednesday, Jan 19 2011 

In life, we all face many uncertainties – those that require choices, chances, and changes.  At times, we become completely afraid….afraid of how our choices, chances, and changes we make will affect our future….and possibly the future of others.  In these moments, we struggle with doubt, with worry, with fear.  In these moments, we lose our faith.  We pray….we seek answers….but yet, we are walking by fear and not by faith.  Fear causes us to close the doors that have been opened for us, because we are too afraid to walk through them.  In order for us to move forward with our lives….in order for us to allow God to lead us….we must listen….we must follow….we must walk by FAITH.

“Faith isn’t the ability to believe long and far into the misty future, it’s simply taking God at His Word and taking the next step.” ~ Joni Erickson Tada

We live in the season of uncertainty…. the season of questions….the season of doubt.  The Bible tells us to “fear not.”  In fact, Jesus told us to “FEAR NOT” 365 times throughout the Bible.  Three-hundred and sixty-five times!!  Because of that, His Words cover 365 days of each year.  That means that each day we wake up….we know that before we even begin our day….come what may…. God said “FEAR NOT!!”

The Bible specifically tells us that God is not the author of fear.  When God opens the door….when he gives you direction….hold on to your faith…it will get you through.  Doubt, worry, confusion, fear….these are not of Him.

For God is not the author of confusion, but of peace…  1 Corinthians 14:33

For God has not given us the spirit of fear; but of power, and of love, and of a sound mind.  2 Timothy 1:7

When we pray….when we seek God’s face….when we cry out to Him for answers…. when we ask for direction……. He will give us strength…. He will give us peace.  At times of peace, we still question…we still worry….we still doubt….though we shouldn’t…   BECAUSE as HE said…FEAR NOT!!!!!

Now faith is the substance of things hoped for, the evidence of things not seen.  Hebrews 11:1

For we walk by Faith, not by sight.  2 Corinthians 5:7

Faith means that we have to step out into the unknown…..holding fast and holding strong to the hand of GOD…..HE will lead and guide us….HE WILL catch us if we fall…

Feels like I’ve been here forever,

why can’t you just intervene?

Do you see the tears keep falling?

And I’m falling apart at the seams.

But you never said the road would be easy,

But you said that you would never leave.

And you never promised that this life wasn’t hard,

But you promised you’d take care of me…..

I’ll trust you God….

and believe you will have your way…

It’s time to take the step of FAITH………and FEAR NOT!!

 

~Bek~