A Distorted Story

A distorted version of one’s story is dependent upon their choice.

Sometimes we do not like the way of the story.
Sometimes we want control over the story.

Either way, there seems to be a disruption occurring to the story. There are three different versions of the story; yours, God’s, and the enemies.

We have the choice to unite our hearts, minds, and actions into God’s story, or we can listen to the lies of the enemy. But let me remind you that the enemy intends to disrupt and distort God’s story, just like he did to Eve at the beginning of the story (Gen 3).

We are no different than Eve, as she took the opportunity to rebel against God’s commands, and as a result, suffered the consequences for her sins. Sometimes as we read the Word of God, we tend to skip over the sinful ways of humanity. Their sinfulness is there to remind us that we are participants in distorting God’s story as well. BUT, God never left them, nor will He leave you or me.

There is good news for you and me, Jesus changed the story and inviting us back into a relationship with God (2 Corinthians 5:18).

Let the Holy Spirit illuminate the evil in your heart.

When you allow God in your life, he renewals your heart, soul, and mind, making way for a beaming light of hope for the world.

God is your strength and sustainment. He is your source for carrying on in the His restoration Story. God loves His creation and has given you His Spirit for empowerment, encouragement, redirecting, and comforting in His mission.

Do not be silent when the water is high.
Do not be silent when the room is empty.
Do not be silent when it appears dark.

The enemy can give a different version of the story. He came to retell his version to twist and distort to make you doubt God’s goodness. But, I say hold tight to God’s Word, His revelation, His Truth. Take refuge in Him alone, and let the Spirit comfort you.

Never let the enemy have the last word of Your story.

Your story is an illuminating light of Jesus Christ.

All of humanity has a part in God’s story, and our choices distort the story. So we must continuously seek God.

What choices will you make that will allow God to speak and reveal himself to you?

What places in God’s story do you not agree with?

If so, why does that part of your story NOT align into God’s story?

Losing Myself, to find Myself

We laugh now, but 20 years ago not so much. It was our first time canoeing πŸ›Ά together, which ended in a big fight.

First, neither one of us knew how to communicate in a loving manner that comes from trust.

Second, both of us naturally wanted to lead. Additionally neither one of us knew anything about leading in a healthy and respectful way that would compliment each other’s abilities. Basically, we fought against each other in hopes to dominant and have position that we thought would give us respect from the other.

Third, at the time, neither one ☝️ of us knew that it would be a long and rough journey before we could truly understand the sacrifices it would take in a marriage.

Now, we laugh πŸ˜† together in the car about how the both us just turned in circles for hours, before giving up. Also, note πŸ“ we were both 😑 at this point, which caused division. And, it even gave false perception about who we truly are as individuals and leaders, which effected our parental roles and kept us at odds for years.

Joe asked β€œ how have we grown from that day?” I said.

Looking back, and now knowing myself better, I would probably just grab a separate canoe πŸ›Ά.

Joe laughed 🀭 and replied , β€œ so what if there is just one canoe πŸ›Ά and just the two of us, without the kids?”

I said. β€œWell, I think πŸ€” we both have grown in trusting one another, which allows us to give one another freedom in letting the other lead when needed or wanted.”

There is so much to know about one ☝️ another, and it is definitely a priority that both parties in a relationship must grow in understanding their spouses, just as much as themselves.

Looking back now, I recognize that it was during these moments that we began to see what each of one us is capable of. We had to access and be honest in our understanding our own strengths and weaknesses, and realize it is a growth process.

Knights-N-Sword

The ultimate thing women are drawn to, whether we admit it or not, is a man who is: strong, protects and guards what he values. He knows who he is and does nothing but speak life into existence. He takes pride in his work, his family, and his wife. He places not only wise people around him, but also other men who look similar to the example to which he lives by.

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