It has been a few weeks since I last posted here and a lot has happened. Most of you who have been reading my posts know that I have not been able to work since last September because of an injury that happened at work. So I had decided to try and use my down time to do something productive. I began writing ‘Prayers Of A Nobody’. Over the past month I have faced many obstacles due to what I was told a computer error that had terminated both my employment and workers comp claim. Which also interfered with my writing time since my pain level limits my computer and writing time. I am happy to say that with God’s help I endured and not only was reinstated and my medical care has begun again, I was also able to finish writing this short book on prayer.
Now it is not your conventional prayer book and will probably not be accepted by those in the religious field. It is a book for those who feel that they cannot pray. Some feel that they are not good enough and that God wants nothing to do with them. Others may look at the what happens in this world and think if there was a God why is He letting all these terrible things happen. Others are too angry or depressed to pray. The list goes on. This book is for them and for those of us who want to reach out and let them know that God does love them, and He is listening.
This book is raw and filled with emotions that most do understand. The prayers included are not religious but they are real, and from the point of view of people who struggle with pain and suffering. People who feel rejected, unloved, and unwanted. You can find it on Amazon kindle books. Until this Friday June 18th you can get it for free. I hope that many of you will take some time and read it. I am sure there is someone you know who this book may help. Please feel free to share. Thank you and God bless.
In 1664 John Bunyan was in prison for holding services outside of the Church of England. while in prison he began writing, ‘The Pilgrim’s Progress’. This book is one of my favorite christian books that I have read. I have also enjoyed the movies made based on this book. A book written over 400 years ago is still speaking to us today. It has withstood the test of time. In short it is the story of a man named Christian, who goes on a journey. This journey is one we are all on, whether we realize it or not. I can relate to the trials he faces on this journey. I don’t want to go into too much detail because if you have not read it or seen any movie based on it, I do not want to spoil it for you.
Revelation Media has produced the most recent version of the movie and it is also animated so your children will enjoy watching it with you, as I have watched it many times with my grandson and highly recommend it. I have enjoyed every production I have had an opportunity to see.
Gary Roe, an author and grief counselor has a web page to help those who are battling with suicidal thoughts, and for their loved ones. His goal is to reach as many people as he can to help prevent this tragedy. For someone who has battled with depression and suicide attempts, I am grateful for the support I have received through his counsel and his books.
His latest book ‘Living on the Edge’ Teen addition is one I recommend to anyone. We all have teenagers in our lives and this is a useful tool to help you recognize and hopefully prevent a loss of life. You can find it on Amazon. There are 3 more books that will be released over the summer which I am looking forward to reading myself. With so many dealing with depression, anxiety, and grief, we are losing loved ones to suicide. We have to do everything that we can to fight this. We need to not only be there but we need to be informed in how we can best help.
I survived my suicide attempts, which I have shared in my testimony, “I gave up on life and survived’, but many who are on this path don’t make it because they are fighting a battle they can’t win on their own. Be the one who can make a difference, because you may be the only one to reach that person who is at the end of their rope.
Check out Gary’s website and get a copy of his book.
Who among us is not offended by one thing or another. This morning I watched a good message on being offended by Gregory Dickow.
I have been studying on how to handle offenses with a better attitude for a while but I realized this morning as I watched this message that I have slacked off ob this study. I can make many excuses, such as having to move has taken up so much of my time especially since there have been multiple plumbing issues and having a plumber come to make repairs 4 times in an 8 day period. Then being blamed for the plumbing issues even though they began before I was moved in. I then took offense. This however is just an excuse. So I am going back to my studies and listening to messages on how God wants me to deal being offended. When I remember 1 Corinthian 13 the chapter on love I am reminded of what God say love is and what it is not. The fact that I am still offended but what others do is a red flag to me that says that I am not operating in His love at that moment. I do not react to offenses in a loving way the way I know He tells me to do.
1 Corinthians 13:5 (AMP) It is not rude; it is not self-seeking, it is not provoked [nor overly sensitive and easily angered]; it does not take into account a wrong endured.
I also would like to share a great book on this subject titled Satan’s Bait by John Bevere, you can find it on Amazon if you are interested.
I am reading a wonderful novel by Randy Alcorn titled Edge of Eternity. I am truly enjoying reading this book. The author definitely has a way of painting a picture in your mind with his words. One thing he wrote that caught my attention was when his main character was addressed as child of clay. The characters response was to say his dad’s name was Will. Yet the other character went on to say, ‘You were born of dust mixed with the water of life. Like all of us you are clay in the Potter’s hands.’
After reading this my thoughts went to God and how wonderful He is. He is our Creator, our Heavenly Father, and He is the Potter. Without Him we are nothing. He creates each of us individually and gives us life and purpose. If we submit ourselves to Him he molds us into the vessels He can use to carry His love to others who are broken and hurting, who are lost and need Him. How wonderful it is to know that He desires to be with us, and to teach us as we grow in Him. To know He wants to be in our lives and that He loves us.
He is the Potter and I am His clay.
I hope if you get the opportunity you will check out this book and enjoy the author tell a very intresting story which I think you will enjoy as much as I have.