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What Ragan Riddle And I Have In Common With Habakkuk?

What Ragan Riddle And I Have In Common With Habakkuk

I have been reading posts on Facebook by Ragan Riddle. I admire her faith, her courage and her strength. Ragan has accomplished what many people would have thought to have been impossible. Recently, she graduated from Elon University Law School at the top of her class. What makes Ragan’s accomplishment even more spectacular was that she was battling cancer. Ragan studied, wrote papers and did whatever was required of her to complete her degree while receiving chemotherapy and other forms of cancer treatments. Soon Miss Riddle will begin work as a full time clerk with Justice Newby on the North Carolina Supreme Court. We all can shake our heads in amazement and wonder how did Ragan accomplish what she did?
I believe that I have some insight on this subject because I have, and continue to, battle similar adversity in my life. Eight years ago, I experienced a massive stroke which left me partially blind and partiGod In my life, in my chur…
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Never Alone

Hebrews 13:5He Himself has said, "I will never leave you nor forsake you."   Throughout the Bible there are 35 references to God not leaving or forsaking man.  You may have heard it said when God Says something more than once pay attention to it.  We  can rest assured  that this is something that God really wants us  to Have written on our hearts. God wants us to know and understand that no matter what we are going through we will never be alone.  That is God's promise to us.

A  large part of my life I did not  know God.  I knew of Him but my family very rarely went to church together. So  it was, that every Sunday I was put into a taxi cab By my mother and shipped off to Sunday school.   While at Sunday School I was  told all of the stories About  Jesus.    They were nice stories but designed by parents  or someone to keep me and the other children on our best behavior.  Later on for catechism I was required to recite the names of the 12 disciples in front of the whol…

thoughts on confession, forgiveness and God

I belong to an online Bible Study.  The reading this morning  prompted me to write the following.  These are useful thoughts about sin, forgiveness, confession, and God's love for all of us To consider.      The study focused on Psalm 32:1-5. “ the psalmist wrote, “ day and night your hand of discipline is heavy on me.  my strength evaporated like water in the summer heat.   finally, I confessed my sins to you and stopped trying to hide my guilt.  I said to myself I will confess my Rebellion to the Lord.’ and you forgave me.  All my guilt is gone!”    (message)     I want to say several things this morning in response to the reading. the first thing is that I will confess every morning I read the post and the comments.   I spend time contemplating the word.   I often have thoughts About the readings that I would like to contribute to the discussion.  It is often because of laziness, lack of time,  fear, or just a general feeling of I can't do this that I fail to contribute.  W…

Breakfast with God

sometimes when I read My Bible in the morning I like to take what I read and transform it or think of it In a way that seems to fit in my everyday life.  This morning I was reading from Psalm 66 verses 8 through 12 “He trained us first, passed us like silver through refining fires, he brought us into Hardscrabble country, he pushed us to our very limit, Road tested as inside it out, he took us to hell and back and finally brought us to this well-watered place. I have never refined any metal so I'm not very sure what that experience is like. I can only imagine it. I was making my breakfast as I do every morning.  Scrambled eggs  and tea.  as I Aimlessly stirred the eggs my mind started to wander.  I begin to think about this morning's reading. What if God is the Cook and we are the eggs?   We, the eggs are all nice and cozy in a hard but delicate  shells. We, the eggs living a life Always separated from others in our Shell.  As I thought about eggs,   I realized that they spe…

Dealing with Depression Part 2

In part one of my post on dealing with depression I wrote about some of the things that one can/ should  do when you feel that you may have depression. By depression I don't mean that occasional sadness that comes with some life events such as the loss of a pet , breaking up with a boy or girl friend. These events may indeed be extremely sad but most people will bounce back from these events with support from friends and family.Recovery takes place over the course of a few days, or weeks and then People resume their normal daily activities. What I am referring to is depression that interferes with one's daily life. You may have trouble getting to sleep at night. Your sleep patterns are disrupted by bad dreams or nightmares. You May find that you wake several times during the night or you may find yourself sleeping to much.  or you may be oversleeping and missing time at work or school. Like I wrote in part one that depression can take many forms.  To review I wrote that some o…

Dealing with depression part 1.

Maybe you are not sure that you are depressed. Yet, you feel that things are not quite right. You might be feeling anxious, tired, restless, or overwhelmed by your life situation.Maybe you are crying to much, sleeping to much or not sleeping enough. At times you feel like you don't have the energy to move through your day? This might be signs that you are suffering from depression.
Here are a few things  that you can do to help minimize the effects of depression in your life,  First and foremost on the list is,

get help!  If you believe that you are experiencing depression  Do not try to deal with depression alone. Enlist the help of a qualified professional. A Pastoral counselor,psychiatrist,  Therapist or Pastor trained in counseling  can all help you deal with your symptoms. I have made this first on the list because depression has many faces and it is important that you be diagnosed correctly. For example are you having symptoms of Bipolar Disorder? Is your depression caused by…

Understanding depression and chronic illness

A question was posted by a woman to the diabetic support group that I belong to.  This woman asked the group if her diabetes could be causing or contributing to her depression. Yes, yes and yes! There is a relationship between depression and illness, especially long term or chronic illness.  Illness can be an underlying cause of depression and other and psychological or emotional issues.  Chronic states of disease can contribute to stress, anxiety, anger, depression, and more.  These conditions may be short term or may become chronic just like the illness.  Another way to think if this is, whenever our bodies are unhealthy our minds may suffer.  Short term illnesses will normally have short term mental responses for instance, if you suffer from a cold or the flu that lasts two weeks or even more, we might find that we feel sad because we cannot function in our normal manner.  We have to stay home from work or school and we may miss the daily activities that we enjoy.  In essence we can…