Hi everyone! Thanks for being patient. Life threw us a curve ball this last 6 months, so I’ve not been able to post here. Thankfully, things are settling down a bit, and I’ll be posting more podcasts and blogs here shortly. Here’s a mini-podcast to share a quick update with everyone.
Here’s the conclusion of Finding Freedom series… As it turned out, I also found a great Friend in the process.
Here’s the podcast transcript:
What I learned is that God wants to talk with me. He loves the world, but He wants to connect with me, personally… And He wants me to get to know Him too.
Because at the end of the day, the real purpose in developing this connection with God is learning how to do life with God. It’s like having God as your… travel buddy. It’s learning to relate to God and developing a friendship with God rather than just being a coworker with God… like I think a lot of us grew up with.
I realized that in order for me to go deeper, I have to transition my relationship with God into a friendship. Into understanding how that works because Jesus says “I no longer call you servants, I call you friends.” So in your walk with God, there will probably come a point where it will transition. There will come a point where Jesus will want to take you to that next level. To relate also with you as friends. And that’s a whole different world, right there. And so that’s what I love about my time with God. It’s learning that there’s a freedom… an inner freedom. An internal freedom that does not depend on your circumstances. That does not depend on whether I get to go to church or not because now the focus has shifted. It’s shifted from what I do outside to learning how to be friends with Jesus.
Honestly, the time we spend at church and with our Christian community is only a fraction of our lives. If we only know how to relate to God when we’re focused on church life, then we’re missing out on the chance to experience God in all the other area of our lives…
It’s learning to experience God in the day to day things. It’s learning to see how God helps us to find solutions in the problems we face at work. And how God shares His perspectives about the latest news headlines. Even how He comforts and encourages us when we go through illness and difficulties.
I think most of all, that’s what I love most about bringing God into my personal life. In a sense, God stepped off the pages of the Bible, and became real. Even though I still can’t see Him or touch Him, but He’s become a closer friend than a real person can be for me. He’s someone I can depend on, and someone I can confide in. And someone who knows me so intimately, and yet is always on my side.
And that’s why even though many of us are unable to gather with our church community during this season, I actually didn’t see that as a challenge. In fact, it has been a wonderful opportunity for me to press even deeper into the things of God.
Now when I do get together with my friends, when I do get together in my community, that’s great. But my growth, and my relationship with God… and the depth, and my maturity with God… does not depend on any of this external things anymore. And actually, it’s quite fun… me being able to just explore and go as fast as I can, and explore anything I’m curious about… so that’s been very exciting too. I don’t really have to worry about what people think I should or shouldn’t do anymore. That really doesn’t matter.
I have the freedom to ask God any question that comes to mind. And God is not going to be offended or shocked… because He already knows anyways. It’s a relief to know that He accepts me as I am… always.
So no matter where you’re at in your life, it’s the perfect place and time to talk with God. He is always ready to meet you and I with a hug and some fun insights about your situation if you’re interested.
I’m excited just thinking about the adventure God has in store for you.
And that’s all we have for this week’s podcast. Again, thank you so much for listening, and have a wonderful week. See you next time.
In this last part of our Covid Reflections minicasts, let’s think about what we’ve learned and see what wisdom or advice you’d like to share with yourself during quarantine.
This finishes up the Covid Reflection series. I will be starting a new series in the next episode. Stay tuned!
Like the rest of the world, we’ve been sheltering in place for over a week now. I felt tossed about in the storm, and overrun with fear. Where do I go from here?
I started a simple 10 day program last year on learning to rest in God. A year later, I’m still working through the lessons. 😀 Decided to share some of my experiences here in podcast 6. And you can download the free scripture worksheet here: Peace meditation worksheet.
The title sounds really serious… but this podcast is really just about my latest silly, *facepalm* / “Homer Simpson” moment… I promise, it’ll make you feel much better about your day. 😉
What I find challenging about the feeling of regret is that I can’t change the past. What is done is done. I don’t know about you, but I have a bad habit of repeating these memories in my mind. Every time I remembered the situation, it stirred up the feelings of shame and disappointment. Recently, I’ve been learning a new way to respond to these feelings of regret. And it’s very simple – let go of the past and move forward. 🙂 Yep. It’s that simple… but simple doesn’t mean it’s easy. When a friend first said that to me, it was really hard for me to receive. The feeling of regret is usually accompanied by guilt, and I could not let go of the guilt for some reason.
This year will be my fifteenth wedding anniversary. Yep. That’s right. Fifteen years. It is hard for me to fathom the fact that I’ve been in a relationship or even a friendship with someone for this long. Unlike most couples, I was the one who had an issue with commitment when we got engaged. It’s not that I didn’t love my husband, but the sheer enormity of a lifetime commitment simply blew my mind. My husband, Mr. J, had no such concerns. Even though we’ve only known each other for a short time, as an intuitive visionary, he can already see us together for the long haul. Our differences were quite obvious even back then.
I didn’t discover my gift of painting until my early 40’s. As a child, I didn’t enjoy drawing. Reading was my choice of pass time. Art classes at school always stressed me out because I was pretty bad at it compared to my classmates. I didn’t have an aesthetic sense about color either. Let’s just say that my high school friends often commented on my interesting choice of wardrobe. Yet, in spite of these negative experiences, I’ve developed into a painter in the last few years. This past Christmas season, I finally felt confident enough to give away a few paintings as Christmas gifts. My families were pleasantly surprised when they received these presents. However, no one was more surprised than me about my hidden artistic gift.
I don’t have a green thumb. When I first met my husband, he gave me a cute potted miniature rose. One morning, I put it on the patio for some sun, and promptly forgot about it… until a week later. Alas, the tiny rose was no match for the fierce California sun. Needless to say, my husband never gave me plants again. My dad, however, grew up on a farm, and plants thrive under his care. Recently, I wanted to plant a rose in the backyard of our new home. With my dad’s help, we planted a healthy and robust rose bush. The first bloom was glorious! The beautiful blossoms were as big as a grapefruit, and bloomed for days. After the flowers wilted, I continued to water and care for the plant. However, when some of the leaves started to shrivel and yellow. I knew something was wrong.