Category Archives: Stories of Faith

Verses of Encouragement

I wanted to give you all a few verses of encouragement today. I needed it, and felt some of you may have as well. Let’s look to the Lord for his words of wisdom.

Proverbs 3:5-6: Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.

2 Timothy 1:7: For God did not give us a spirit of timidity, but a spirit of power, of love and of self-discipline.

James 1:2-4: Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that testing your faith produces perseverance. Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.

Isaiah 8:17: I will wait for the Lord, who is hiding his face from the descendants of Jacob. I will put my trust in him.

1 Corinthians 2:9: However, as it is written: “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”—the things God has prepared for those who love him–

2 Timothy 2:22: Flee the evil desires of youth and pursue righteousness, faith, love, and peace, along with those who call on the Lord out of a pure heart.

James 4:6: But he gives us more grace. That is why Scripture says: “God opposes the proud but shows favor to the humble.”

Psalm 3:1-8: Lord, how many are my foes! How many rise up against me! Many are saying of me, God will not deliver him.” But you, Lord, are a shield around me, my glory, the One who lifts my head high. I call out to the Lord, and he answers me from his holy mountain. I lie down and sleep; I will wake again, because the Lord sustains me. I will not fear though tens of thousands assail me on every side. Arise, Lord! Deliver me, my God! Strike all my enemies on the jaw; break the teeth of the wicked. From the Lord comes deliverance. May your blessing be on your people.

Happy Father’s Day

What does father’s day mean to you? Did you have an excellent earthly father who taught you values you’ve taken with you into adulthood? Or have you had to rely to your heavenly father to take the place of an earthly father you’ve so desperately needed?

Either way, Father’s Day is a time to reflect and say thank you to those who have stepped up and taken charge of their manhood to become something we all required from birth. So many memories are made between fathers and children. It’s not the stuff we were bought or given, it’s the experiences. The most memorable experiences I had growing up with my father were: playing catch in the backyard, fishing trips, and camping trips in the RV. He was a stern, blue collar man who loved his family with all his heart.

Even though he had a stroke three years ago, lost his ability to speak, and was left paralyzed on his right side, he has since gave his life to Christ and been baptized by the Holy Spirit. Though his stroke has taken its toll on my mom, and the family, I would not ask for a day back, because he has been saved. Was the stroke the reason for his salvation? We may never know, but all I know now is when I die I will forever be with him in heaven, and for that I say: thank you God.

Now it’s my time… my time to be the father to my son that my father was to me. I will try to show him how to grow up and be a man. How to treat a lady, how to respect his elders, how to treat others, and most of all, how to love God with all his heart. It may be an arduous task, and at times too difficult to bear, but this man wouldn’t change it for the world.

If you still have your father around, please take time to thank for what he has done in your life.

Why Are We Here?

What makes a person artistic? Is it because they love to paint, sculpt, or write? From my point of view, it is anything that a person creates. Dreams that only live in our mind until they are put to paper or canvas are somewhat unbelievable. But when you have the courage to step out on faith, and realize your work is brilliant enough for someone else to notice; that is where the real beauty lies.

Art can be found in everyday life, you just have to pay attention. It could be a majestic sunrise, or sunset. Perhaps, a white-sand beach with the sensation of powder between your toes. Maybe, it’s the homeless person stretching out their hand for food. Look at the world around you, you might be surprised by what you find.

God created the human: in my opinion, the greatest work of art. We came from a place that He wanted to see, which is why we are made in His own image. He created each one of us completely different, with our own choices, personalities, and abilities. But no matter who we are, or where we come from, God calls us to love each other.

Because of my own selfishness and judgmental state, it’s easy for me to look upon someone and make a rash conclusion as to their past, or present situation. Yes I may not agree with a person’s interests, or way of life, but that doesn’t mean I don’t love them any less. I’ll still give them a glass of water, when their thirsty.

The question is my friends: are you willing to step out in faith to share your beliefs through your actions to spread the Gospel? Not just at church, if you attend, but everywhere: work, school, or on a field of competition? It’s your choice, your decision. No one can make you do the things you do.

I wanted to take a moment to share a piece of advice from our Savior:

Matthew 22:37-39

Jesus replied: “Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment. And the second is like it: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”

Thank You Veterans

Seldom do we recognize those who deserve to be immortalized. I have never served in the military for our great nation, but I’ve had a number of friends and family members who have. I just wanted to take time out today to thank you for serving our country. I can’t imagine what you have gone through on the battlefield, nor do I want to undermine anyone’s personal version of PTSD. But I imagine this is how I would feel if I were put in your position:

Healing hands are needed in the midst of my darkness. I kneel, praying in my room, calling out to God to take the pain away, take the anger way, take the blame away. I think of my fallen comrades, my best friend on the battlefield who risked his life and died for me; all because of what? So I could live another day with doubt, worry, or shame that comes with this wretched life.

I am a tortured soul, one who cries out for help because of what I’ve witnessed and experienced. When I signed up, I thought, this would be cool: a way for me to fight for my country, to show to those people who didn’t believe me. A way to get away from the evil that I’ve brought into my own life. I am doing something for someone, risking my life, so others may live.

My unit is all I live for. They are my lifeline, my purpose, without them I am lost. But now that I am out, I just think to myself, what’s next? What now? How can I go on? My heart longs for that companionship again. I need to feel needed.

I’m stuck in the daily grind of a 9 to 5. I need to get out, but how? How can I get back to where I belong? On the battlefield, with Turf, Gonzo, or Al. I wonder… I wonder if my best friend is in Heaven, if not, maybe I don’t want to go. He personified what it was to love someone as yourself. “Death does not sting the dead. It stings the living, and I pity the living,” he said during his last breath.

But I must go on, carry on for his sake, and for the sake of everyone else’s lives I’ve been touched by. Making sure that their friends and family know just how brave they were in the face of their biggest fear. Evil does not take a day off and if we stand idly by it is likely to attack and show its ugly head when we least expect it.

Please…Please…Please thank a veteran today. Their sacrifice sometimes goes unnoticed. Shame on us for taking advantage of them. Without them we would not have the freedoms we have today.