To You Who is Close to My Heart and Who Suffers from a Mental Illness…

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I want you to know that I don’t regret walking alongside you.

I want you to know that though I’ve never cried as much over someone, I will continue to cry with you for as long as you need.

I want you to know that I am on my hands and knees praying for you.

I want you to know that I will never give up on you.

I want you to know that I don’t get it. I may never will.

I want you to know that sometimes, I don’t say the right things or the things you need to hear.

I want you to know that I dream of you living the abundant life you never thought possible.

I want you to know that I get mad at you sometimes because of this. I hope you’ll accept this as a human reaction.

I want you to know that I’m proud of you. Keep going.

I want you to know that this evil thing that plagues you has never once made me love you less.

I want you to know that Jesus is with you, even on the days you feel absolutely nothing.

And finally, I want you to know that I’m not going anywhere.

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Trading my Hiking Poles for Crutches (Again)

Such a strong spirit and faith to have in times of pain and uncertainty. My prayers are with you, girl!

The Heart of Hiking

“I’m having surgery! I’m just so excited. I can’t even believe it. Not just one, but two! What an answer to prayer. Isn’t that great?” I exclaim with a childish grin.

“I’ve never seen anyone excited about surgery before,” Shannon, the physical therapy assistant, says with just a hint of surprise. She’s known me for several months by now, so she’s notably unaffected by my emotional extremes.

“You’re probably going to be in more pain than you think and need more help than you expect. They are going in there stitching up your labrum and shaving down your bone after all. That’s going to hurt some,” Shannon explained in an attempt to awaken me to the harsher realities of being cut open.

As soon as the surgeon recommended I have operations on both my hips (spaced at least six weeks apart), an unfamiliar peace flooded me. I’d spent the last…

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Trendy Christianity

Beautifully expressed! When we try to make Christianity “cool” we are sacrificing a part of what it really means to follow Jesus. Give it a read!

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The Bible has no disclaimer saying “this might offend you, read with caution.” Similarly, this post will have no disclaimer at the end telling you that what you read is “to each his own.”

Let me tell you something, Christian to Christian, believer to believer. Maybe you are not a believer, but you have noticed this trend with your Christian friends. Here it is: WE (Christians) ARE MIRRORING THE WORLD.

What? Let me explain.

In trying to be inclusive and loving to everyone, which in itself is a good thing, we are becoming no different than the world around us, except for the big fat Christian label we place on ourselves. This is dangerous.

With that being said…listen. The church is not for us. It is not a sanctuary for ourselves. The church’s purpose is to glorify the Most High, the Father of the Universe, the…

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America Black and Blue

Police shooting. Black lives matter. Protests. Mourning. 

These words flood my Facebook feed, and you may be like me and think, “If I see one more post about this stuff…”

All I have to say is now is the perfect time to practice what Jesus preached. And that is not to get angry, get on our soapboxes, and teach the bad guys a lesson. It is to love and pray and love and pray and well you get the picture.

It goes without saying that recent events have been nothing but heart breaking. The tragedies we’ve witnessed within the last couple weeks have no reason for happening except for the Devil to show his face.

But we should not react like the world. Jesus is just as heart broken as you and I, but His response should be ours. Life and all its turmoil, evil and all its assailants have given us Christians an opportunity to do the unthinkable.

Pray for the officers. Not just any officers, but the ones who felt the need to fire their gun at the wrong person at the wrong time.

Pray for the shooters who decide to target and murder a specific people group.

Pray for the victims and their families.

All of the above need God equally.

“But to those of you who will listen, I say: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, bless those who curse you, and pray for those who mistreat you.” 

– Luke 6:27-28

After all, God loves them as much as He loves us. God sent Jesus to die for the man that pulled the trigger. We aren’t the judge, He is.

Besides, the unstable gunmen, lost officers, and even terrorists like ISIS themselves are not the enemy. Satan, the Devil, the Adversary, whatever you want to call him is the mastermind of it all, and he is simply giving us a taste of what he is capable of.

Praying is not simply giving our condolences to God for the souls who have brutally lost their lives. By praying, we are combating Satan’s demons with God’s warrior angels. We are putting God in control of the problems at hand. Most importantly, we are allowing God to not only impact the lives of others, but our lives as well.

Fortunately, in the midst of all this devastation, we can rest in the hope that Jesus has already overcome the world and that He will win in the end.

God bless!

-LJM

John 16:33, Romans 12:14, Matthew 5:44

 

Brotherly Blessings

This weekend my glimpse of God came from an unexpected source: my brother.

I was tasked with the responsibility of house/pet sitting for my family while they were away for a few days. This weekend also happened to be one where an ice storm was to hit the area, forcing us southerners to run for the bread and milk and batten down the hatches.

My brother, anticipating that I would not want to be alone, had his bags packed. He helped me take care of our four cats and he turned out to be the best company when it comes to simply chilling out. He could have been having fun in the snow with his college buddies, but instead, he chose to be cooped up in the house with his little sister.

As I observed his selflessness, I also noticed just how much God has worked in and through his life. I can see just how much he has changed over the years and how God has made him into a spiritual leader.

Spending quality time with him this weekend showed me that he has become not only a blessing, but an inspiration to me, and I can only pray that the girl who has the privilege of marrying him will look at him the same way.

God Bless!

-LJM

Stop Reading My Blog

I completely agree. No amount of devotions, journals, blogs, and articles will ever replace the significance of reading God’s word. The Bible is God’s blog to the world; therefore, we should read it and share it to the world like a viral video.

Maci Shingleton

photo (10)Ebola, homosexuality, Isis, singleness, suicide, what do you guys want me to write about? Give me the controversial topics and I’ll tackle it. With the help of my strong Christian beliefs, my mediocre writing skills, and my golden opinions, I am prepared to give you a Christian worldview to adopt. It is obvious that a lot is going on in the world. Lucky for you, there is a team full of Matt Walshes and Christian college student bloggers, such as myself, ready to get you through it.

BULL.

Facebook has become an endless feed of blogs being shared. Nothing is wrong with that, but the opposing and loud and never ending opinions stress me out.

I am burdened by how often I hear believers say to one another, “I read this blog about such and such that was so powerful” or “There’s this blog you should read, I’ll send it…

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