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Happy New Year!

Over the New Years weekend I drove 7 hours from my sister’s house back to my apartment in another state.  My brother-in-law was in the car with me for half that trip; I was dropping him off at his mother’s so he could drive her to her winter spot in Arizona.

I had asked my church for prayer about the trip, because my brother-in-law is an atheist and I have heard him say some hostile things about Christians.  We were going to be sitting next to each other for 5 hours or so and I asked for prayer about what to say or not say.

To be honest, I had forgotten about the drive with him or the chance to witness to him or talk to him about his beliefs…. until the morning we had to leave.  I had prayed about it ahead of time, but I was having so much fun relaxing and enjoying myself that I forgot all about it until we were on the road.

Once I remembered, I started thinking about what I could say.  How do I bring up the subject of faith, and his own beliefs? In my head, I starting singing that chorus:

Come Holy Spirit, I need thee
Come sweet spirit I pray
Come in thy strength and thy power
Come in thy own special way

And as it turned out… we talked about various things, but faith wasn’t one of them.   And I’ve been wondering ever since if I failed, if I missed an opportunity. Or, if it all happened the way God wanted?  I still don’t know.

One of the reasons I doubt is because I know in myself that I always try to get along with people.  I always try to find some middle ground, some common ground, with them.  I listen to them and I am respectful.  And I think that characteristic in myself means I miss opportunities.

I am the way God created me.  I have always been this way, so I do believe it is the way God wants me to be.  But, I think it is not ALL He wants me to be. I think I can be more.


Posted January 9, 2018 by Maureen in Christian, Randomness

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I was raised in a large Catholic-Irish family.  We went to church on a regular basis.  Being raised in the Catholic church instilled in me a deep reverence and respect for God and His church.  I don’t remember a time in my life when I did not believe in God – the creator of the heavens and earth.  Our heavenly father and his son Jesus and the Holy Spirit.

When I became an adult I married a Catholic man.  We went to church together and had the same faith, but our marriage ended after a few short years.  I was invited to a Christian Singles group by a friend.  Wanting to adult fun things without doing a bar scene, I started attending the group.  I noticed most of the people there had something I didn’t.  I didn’t know what it was, but I knew I wanted it.  I enjoyed the group a lot and met some really terrific people.

One of the people I met was a man named Ed.  I stopped by the house Ed shared with others one evening at his invitation.  It was not a date – we had been talking about books at a meeting and Ed had said he had a lot of Christian books.  Having been an avid reader since I was in the 3rd grade I was fascinated that there were Christian books out there.  I was eager to read them.  Ed let me look through his whole book collection, and I eagerly pulled books that caught my eye until I had a pile on the floor.  He eyed the pile and remarked that some of those books were kind of heavy reading, and was I sure I wanted to do this?  I assured him I did.

One of the first books I read (probably because it was also one of the shortest) was “How to Live Like a Kings Kid” by Harold Hill.  In that book was a “sinners prayer”.  A simple prayer of confession and belief, asking God to forgive me and asking Jesus to be my personal Lord and Savior.  THAT was it!  This was the something that others in the group had that I didn’t.  I knew this was what I was looking for.  I said the prayer to myself, sitting at the kitchen table in my apartment by myself.

Immediately I felt a peace come over me, and love flow through me.  The knot of anxiety and fear and doubt that had been a part of me and a lump in my gut as long as I remember was gone.  Smiling, I continued reading. 

Since that time I have sought God, and found him.  I have discovered the names of the gifts God gave to me before I was born, and I have tried to use them to bring glory to His name and spread His love.  I have continued to grow in my faith and knowledge of God and his Word.  I have not always walked closely with God, but my faith is a strong rock, my bedrock on which my life stands, and even if I should forsake all else I cannot ever forsake my faith and belief in God, the creator almighty, maker of heaven and earth and everything in them. 

I thank God that He forgave me my sins and that I have accepted Jesus God’s only son personally for myself as my Lord and Savior.  Do you want the same thing?  Do you also want to be free and forgiven, to have joy and love?  Say this prayer, or use your own words to say these words:

“I confess that I am sinner and that nothing I can do or say can take away those sins.  I believe in the one God, the creator of everything seen and unseen.  I believe that God sent his only son Jesus into the world as a man, who lived and then died on the cross and was ressurrected.  God please forgive me of my sins.  I accept Jesus into my heart and life as my Savior. Reveal your Word to me and help me to use the gifts you have given me to bring glory to you.”

Posted December 6, 2010 by Maureen in Christian

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