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Life is a journey

Birth is a beginning and death a destination

And life is a journey

From childhood to maturity

And youth to age,

From innocence to awareness

And ignorance to knowing,

From foolishness to discretion

And then, perhaps to wisdom,

From weakness to strength

Or strength to weakness,

And often back again.

From health to sickness

And back, we pray, to health again

From offense to forgiveness

From loneliness to love

From joy to gratitude

From pain to compassion

And grief to understanding

From fear to faith

From defeat to defeat to defeat

Until, looking backward or ahead

We see that victory lies not at some high place along the way

But in having made the journey, stage by stage, a sacred pilgrimage

Birth is a beginning

Death a destination

But life is a journey

From birth to death to life everlasting

Author unknown, from the prayer book of the Shiva of my friend.

Baruch, my friends, Baruch

(Blessing, my friends, blessings)

SB

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Who are you and what breaks your heart?

The answer to the question is an important one and is different for every person. Within the answer to this question lies the desires of your heart, and where you can begin to find your purpose.

Who are you and what breaks your heart?

Who are you and what breaks your heart? I first heard this question a few years ago as a challenge from our youth pastor. Along with the other adult sponsors of our youth, I searched deep within myself to answer the question.  The answer to the question is an important one and is different for every person.  Within the answer to this question lies the desires of your heart, and where you can begin to find your purpose.   It took me several days to fully craft my response.  Over the next several years, I returned to the question as well as my answer, sometimes tweaking the verbiage, but never the message.

I am a musician, an engineer, a mentor; my desire is to leave things better than I found them; I am a sister, daughter, wife, mother, aunt, friend.

Suicide breaks my heart; cancer breaks my heart; human trafficking breaks my heart; seeing people make bad life decisions breaks my heart.

I am thankful for the One True and Living God who saved me from myself and, through His Son Jesus Christ, has saved me from my sins.

I am confidently persistent, boldly creative and passionately determined that I may inspire others to live a life that ultimately matters.

I am a believer in Jesus Christ and a firm believer that God has a plan for every one of our lives.   In my young life, I struggled to find that purpose.  Once I found it, I developed a passion to help others find their purpose in life as well.

This blog is a collection of life experiences, probably some past and some present, designed to connect with you on your life journey, to help you ultimately live a life that matters.  My sincerest prayer is that through my words, you are drawn into a deeper relationship with the One who can fulfill your purpose in life.

Blessings,

SB

 

Weapons to defeat the devil

My morning devotional time (over coffee) has become a staple for my life. I treasure the time I spend in the morning, meditations on Gods word and talking with Him. I’ve been studying the Bible through an Ap called Mission 119 for the past 70 weeks (yep, over a year). I’ve learned a tremendous amount from Pastor John Stoper!

I recently expanded my morning devotion to learning more about spiritual warfare. I truly believe we are at war, and the closer we get to Christs’ return the more battles we’ll face! My word of the year this year is PREPARE… so I am preparing as best as I know how for those spiritual battles: By learning all I can.

Lately, in addition to my 119 study, I’ve been studying the pub Youversion… different studies that last 3 to 5 days, all on the topic of Spiritual Warfare

This weeks’ study was by Mark Driscoll, and Day 4 was particularly impactful so I thought I’d share.

“The key to catching fish is knowing what kind of bait they like. Once you get the right bait on the hook, the rest is pretty easy. You drop it in front of the fish, they swim up, bite the bait, and overlook the hook.

You would think that at some point the fish would catch on to this ploy. Nope. The fish never learn, and the same old bait-and-hook method works every time.

People are a lot like fish. The devil and his demons figure out what bait we like and dangle it in front of us. Like a fisherman, the devil couldn’t care less what bait we prefer. He will gladly give us sex, money, power, success, comfort, drugs, alcohol—pick a preference. Like fish, we continually swim right on up and take the bait, forget about the hook.”

Don’t forget about the hook, my friends… the devil would like nothing better than to destroy our relationship with Jesus.. prepare for your own battle by learning they voice God and discerning His over the devils. By knowing God and His word well, we can learn to recognize imposters.

I pray today that the Lord would fill you with an insatiable appetite to know Him!

Holy Spirit, I implore you today to fill my friends and draw them to desire to know You more… to learn and study and prepare to battle the devil. Fill us with desire to know the schemes of the devil so we’d recognize the battle for what it is. Give us weapons to prepare and courage to fight. In Your Holy Name I pray, amen

Be blessed today, my friends!

Sketches

For my birthday last summer, my cousin gave me an adult coloring book amd some colored pencils… like the colored pencils that sit in the lobby of out music and art studio to encourage people to “create while they wait” for students having music lessons..

Last month, I picked up the pencils and, for the first time, sketched something

I didn’t really know what to sketch, so I started with music, because that’s what I know… and I just kept experimenting… I’m still experimenting and haven’t found my niche in drawing, but I’ve found it an interesting way to express my thoughts.. like usual, I’m drawn to represent sadness… but want to get the message of hope out to people who feel bound by their chains… whatever they are…

I feel there is a lot of untapped talent out there, chained up in people who are afraid to just try… something new… something out of their comfort zone… something that could take them to a whole other level of understanding.

I challenge you today to find something mew you’ve never done before…. and do it. Let it unleash your creativity.

Be blessed today, my friends,

SB

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Father God, may Your name be praised above all, in the heavens and the earth.. may you reign forever. Give us, today, what we need. Draw us close to you. Reveal to us The steps You need us to take today…

Lord, reveal to us those who are seeking You, those who are ready to truly HEAR your gospel message and ready to turn their lives over to You. Give us courage to speak to them. Give them understanding.

May You have all the glory for all You are doing.

Amen

Life has many roads….

Eternity has only two..

Who you know determines where you spend eternity. If you know Jesus as your Lord and Savior, you will spend eternity with Him, and ALL others who also know as Savior..

But if you don’t know Him as your Lord and Savior, eternity in hell is what you have to look forward to. Hell, the fire and brimstone preachers would say, is a place of eternal torment, a place of everlasting fire.

My friends, God does not want anyone to spend eternity that way… and neither do I

For years, I’ve said that it’a easier to share the gospel of Christ with someone who knows their life is a wreck than the church-going, Bible believing soul who knows of Jesus, but has yet to experience His saving grace in a way that leads to their repentance and salvation. This is a battle to be left to the Holy Spirit.

As I continue to prepare myself for the ensuing battle I believe is before us, I am learning to pray differently for those churched people who don’t yet know the Savior. My battle isn’t one of words.. at least not with them… but my battle is with the spirit world… my weapon is the Holy Spirit.

Father in Heaven, I humbly come to you in the name of Jesus, who is my Savior, and ask with the Power of His name that You would reach those I love with the Holy Spirit… that the Holy Spirit would go before any place I do, and prepare hearts to be convicted, for people to come to the place where they know they need a Savior. I pray that they would seek You and find Salvation through You.

Break the bonds of the chains they are in, give them freedom in You and You alone, and transform their lives in such a way that they have no other choice but to tell others what You’ve done for them.

In Your Holy Name I Plead.

SB

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Father God, I give you my all… all I am for your kingdom… that others may come to know you as Savior and make you Lord if their life… Holy Spirit, fill them and draw them to You. Grab ahold of them in such a way that they will never let go…

Bring Your angels to fight for them the battle they cannot see.

We give you all the honor and glory for all that you have already done.

Amen

Sb

Raising up warriors

As you know, my word of the year this year is PREPARE. I believe in my heart that God is raising up spiritual warriors to fight in the battle of Armageddon.

Warriors must prepare for battle. This battle is. Spiritual one… the devil knows he is going to lose the war… but he wants to try to defeat as many people as possible before he does… so we must be vigilant in our preparation.

12 For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places.

Ephesians 6:12 | KJV

The Armor of God. Ephesians 6:10-17

10 Finally, be strong in the Lord(A) and in his mighty power.(B) 11 Put on the full armor of God,(C) so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. 12 For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,(D) but against the rulers, against the authorities,(E) against the powers(F) of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms.(G) 13 Therefore put on the full armor of God,(H) so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. 14 Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist,(I) with the breastplate of righteousness in place,(J) 15 and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.(K)16 In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith,(L) with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one.(M) 17 Take the helmet of salvation(N) and the sword of the Spirit,(O) which is the word of God.(P)

18 And pray in the Spirit(Q) on all occasions(R) with all kinds of prayers and requests.(S) With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying(T) for all the Lord’s people.

The battle is beginning. It’s time to be serious about preparing. I’ve been preparing by daily studying Gods word and learning how men who have gone before me have prepared… daily study is part of my preparation.

Pray (which was last years word) without ceasing… all day long be mindful of prayer, which, frankly, is our conversation with the Lord. I continue to pray… every single morning I converse with the Father over coffee and ask Him to fill me with His Holy Spirit, to draw others close to Him, to use me, in some small way, to help others come to a saving faith in Christ Jesus.

Lord, today, help me to prepare to be the warrior You called me to be. Strengthen my resolve, Lord, give me stamina when needed. Help me to rely on You. In Your Holy Name I pray.

SB

Preparing..

My word of the year for 2021… prepare… for I believe Gods people need to prepare… for whatever He has planned.

But how do we prepare? For what do we prepare? How will we know when we are prepared enough?

The Bible tells us that our battle is not against flesh and blood, but if spiritual forces. I must, therefore, prepare myself for that battle.

How does a fire fighter prepare to fight fires? By learning about them and by fighting them… In Training, exercising the skills learned in small “controlled” fires, they hone their skills and review their techniques to prepare for the big fires.

So it is with our spiritual lives. Our spirits are made stronger by studying Gods word, praying and honing our skills to recognize spiritual forces in our lives.

I’m not sure exactly how I will know when I’m ready for battle, but daily reading and prayer will continue to build my skills.

My prayer this morning is for those who know Jesus as their savior to be preparing for their battle, lest the devil succeed in diverting their attention away from the preparation.

In Him,

SB

The fly bar

I just finished reading Mark Battersons book Double Blessing.. In one chapter of this book, he talks about the concept of “letting go of the fly bar”. The fly bar is the bar used by trapeze artists, who perform daring acts of gymnastics. In an interview with a trapeze artist, who started performing in the circus at age 7, the artist shared that the hardest part of their work is the mental preparation to “let go of the fly bar”. Until they can overcome their fear of letting go, they can never achieve the stunt. Until they have enough courage to risk the fall, they can never let go to perform.

What is your fly bar? What are you afraid to let go of that is keeping you from being able to perform? What dream are you afraid to chase?

If it’s a God given dream, I challenge you today to let go of the fly bar… He’s got you.

Be blessed today, my friends.