About faithfulnibbles

I was baptized at age 9 in my home church in Rogers, Texas. This was an exciting time for me and church activities became my primary social outlet. I soon became religious but I did not build a relationship with Jesus. My childhood was filled with insecurities that resulted in trying to please others to gain their acceptance. As an adult, I continued to struggle with poor self-esteem issues, loneliness, frustration, insecurity, pleasing others, and hiding in my work. The more I struggled, the more I needed to control everything around me and the more I hid the “real me” from others. The emotional baggage of growing up in an alcoholic home, the loneliness, and the insecurity gained as a child, were only compounded within me as I struggled with these adult issues. After my divorce, the negative emotions of my past were compounded with the unexpected death of my grandmother and Mom’s terminal illness. Once again, I “hardened my heart” and pretended to be “strong” as I began to live from one emotional catastrophe to another, pretending to be happy. In early, 1998, as my secretary began to pray with me each day in my office, I began to feel God’s peace, and it was through those prayers, as well as her friendship, that I gained the strength to endure Mom’s illness and her death. In the fall of 1999, at a Christian women’s conference, I learned that a relationship with Christ is so much more than just accepting Jesus as Lord and receiving the Holy Spirit. That October day in 1999, I asked God to take total control of my life and to teach me His ways through the Holy Spirit. Since that day, I have found all the things that I had spent my life seeking – unfailing love, unconditional acceptance, security, a sense of freedom and my purpose in this life. As I have learned to walk in faith with the Holy Spirit each day, God has given me confidence to face life trials. He has freed me from the need to seek approval from others, and the need to control all the details of my life. He has assured me that His love is complete, secure and unconditional. He has filled my loneliness with His presence and shown me that I can trust Him to care for me in all things and at all times. He has shown me the power of prayer in my life and in the lives of those I love. Although, I sometimes fall, He is always there to comfort me when I turn to Him. “For I am persuaded that neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us (ME) from the love of God which is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” Romans 8:38-39 And what did the new way of life cost? It is God’s free gift to me. It cost me nothing but it cost Jesus His life. “For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.” Ephesians 2:8-9 I am excited about what God has done, and is doing, in my life. He is my very best friend and I have found true happiness and the “peace that passeth all understanding” for the first time in my life. Jesus wants to be your best friend. If I can help you come to know Him better, please call on me. Written in Summer 2003 Today I am happily married and the mother of 6 wonderful children (daugher, son-in-love, son, 2 step-sons and a daughter-in-love) and 4 beautiful grandchldren. God has restored and blessed my life. God is good all the time. All the time God is good.

Jesus – The Life-Light

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The Life-Light was the real thing: Every person entering Life he brings into Light. He was in the world, the world was there through him, and yet the world didn’t even notice. He came to his own people, but they didn’t want him. But whoever did want him, who believed he was who he claimed and would do what he said, He made to be their true selves, their child-of-God selves. These are the God-begotten, not blood-begotten, not flesh-begotten, not sex-begotten. (John 1:9-13 MSG)

Do You Stumble? Do You?


Though Christians be not kept altogether from falling, yet thay are kept from falling altogether. William Secker

The Lord directs the steps of the godly. though they stumble, they will never fail, for The Lord holds them by the hand. Psalms 37:23-24

The Only Question That Truly Matters in Life


There is only one question that truly matters in our lives. Do you know Jesus? The answer to all other questions may impact your earthly life. But the answer to this one simple question, “Do you know Jesus?” will impact you for eternity.

If you do not know Jesus, I challenge you to find a Bible and to read the book of John.

Accurate Understanding of Self


…Living then, as every one of you does, in pure grace, it’s important that you not misinterpret yourselves as people who are bringing this goodness to God. No, God brings it all to you. The only accurate way to understand ourselves is by what God is and by what he does for us, not by what we are and what we do for him. Romans 12:3 The Message

The Goodness of God


The goodness of God is that which disposes Him to be kind, cordial, benevolent, and full of good will toward men. He is tenderhearted and of quick sympathy, and His unfailing attitude toward all moral beings is open, frank, and friendly. By this nature He is inclined to bestow blessedness and he takes holy pleasure in the happiness of His people. . . .

The whole outlook of mankind might be changed if we could all believe that we dwell under a friendly sky and that the God of Heaven, though exalted in power and majesty, is eager to be friends with us. A W Tozer

For The Lord God is a sun and shield,
The Lord gives grace and glory,
No good thing does He withhold from those who walk uprightly.
Psalms 84:11 NASB

Credits:
GOD As He Longs for You to See Him
Chip Ingram, Author
Page 74

Stop accepting yourself as you and others see you, and see yourself as God sees you.


faithfulnibbles:

Great blog post from Pastor Mike

Originally posted on Pastor Mike Says:

Wouldn’t you like the freedom just to be accepted as you are, without having to put on airs and without pressure to be someone you aren’t?

God accepts you as you are.  The devil wants to steal self-confidence from you.  He tries to make you “feel” that you don’t “measure up” in one way or another.  Thank God that we are “measured” by His standards, and not the worlds!

The opinion you have of yourself affects all your relationships—with God and other people.  Many times people can’t keep good friendships because they don’t even like themselves—so why should anyone else!

You can keep striving to make things better in your life by your “good works”.  Many people depend on their “good works” to outweigh their “bad works”, and thereby make it into heaven when the time comes.

But God says our “works” will not earn us anything.  It is by…

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