The Saviour you need, not the Saviour you want

Christ has risen giving us victory over death today. Because of Christ sacrifice, we are given eternal life and a million second chances. While many of us know these basic facts, how many of us are readily available to admit God’s way is right in face of temptations we face and when our plans are frustrated? I know I need a lot of help in admitting Gods right only because I get what I need from God confused with what I want from God.

What we want and what we need are vastly different. This contrast is heavily seen when it comes to our prayer life.  Praying without ceasing can become ineffective if we treat our prayer time as rubbing a genie’s lamp. God is not granting wishes, He’s transforming us into His holy likeness which means we are denied the easy way every time. Praying for strength in our spiritual character means we will face situations to practice a skill we don’t possess.  

Think of it this way, we don’t grow when life is easy or when we get everything we want. Influences of the world around us make it harder because easy has become the goal for daily life. Easy commutes, easy ways to pay, easy ways to search… the list continues. As followers of Christ, we are called to a higher standard of living. We walk a narrow path that cleaves the unnecessary dead weight we don’t need to make room for the great blessings God has promised His people if they will abandon their way of life to following His footsteps.

Daily Challenge: Read the passages you do read normally, but read them as they are with no devotional tone. Allow the scripture to reveal who Christ really, not who you’ve been told He is or think He is. Or how you wish He were. Meditate and pray for God to reveal Himself to you.

Blessings and Peace :)- Randa!

 

 

 

 

 

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In Defense of Being Single.

“You’ll change your mind when you meet the One.”, “You don’t want kids? That will change when you get married.”, “You don’t want to be alone do you?”,  and many other varieties of these phrases have been hurled at me since I’ve decided to stay single. And NO, I’m not choosing to stay single until my “prince” comes because God has prepared us both for the great journey of marriage. I choose to stay single because I want to.  If there is anyone out there like me I’m writing this to encourage the single to stay strong when well-meaning people offer their “advice”.

Family, friends, co-workers, etc. can’t help themselves because they don’t understand that singleness  isn’t a curse. They see single as a temporary disease, a defect caused by bad examples and go so far as to suggest you join the singles group at church to meet people. Prayers go up imploring God to guide you since no man is an island. Here’s a newsflash: Being single is a gift (1 cor.7:7)! God’s path for us who are single is to remain this way and for others God wants them to be married: different is good.

Not getting married doesn’t mean missing out nor does it mean we who follow Christ can share our what God gave us with whoever we please. The purpose we strive for will differ from single to single. Having a freedom to pursue this divinely given goal is reason enough to fight for being single.  It can be lonely and make even the stoutest single doubts, but I am here to encourage you to not allow loneliness to taint the life you live. You should never be with someone just to avoid emotions instead pursue ways to enjoy your hobbies with other people and make some new friends. Invite someone from work to hang out or take that class you’ve been eyeing.

I’ve seen marriages where loneliness wasn’t avoided but amplified. I’ve also seen how marriage has brought out the best in both people. Still I don’t want marry as I know myself  and what I want out of life, what God wants out of my life.  Being single  is a special gift given to strong believers because knowing who you are in Christ and as a person makes a target out the believer from the church and the world.  Think salmon swimming upstream.Singles have figured aspects of their lives out because they take the time to minimize distractions. Most people I’ve met looking for a mate are distracted by past relationship let downs, crazy exes, and trying to impress the next guy/girl.

That’s my take. Let me know in the comments what you think!

Blessings and Peace,  Randa 🙂

Meditation Myths and 1 Truth

 

Your mind has to be quiet

I read somewhere that for your mind to be completely quiet you’d have to have a lobotomy. Or be dead. Our minds shouldn’t be set to quiet, instead, we should observe each thought without engaging each one. We can even learn from this flow of thoughts drifting in and out of the gray matter. To better guide wayward thoughts we can use mantras or chants’ in our meditation practice. As an example, chakras have corresponding sounds you can chant to engage each chakra if your focus is on, say, the root chakra.

There is only one way to meditate

This myth is half correct: your breath has to be a focal point for meditation to be done right. We can feel pressured to sit a certain way or that we have to chant, but you don’t. Meditate how you feel comfortable in a way you get the healing benefits of meditation. Create your own mantra, use music and images. Do whatever meets your meditation needs. I love to use yin yoga as a place of meditation since a sequence helps lessen distractions.

Mediation is easy

For those of us who have meditated, we know it is not easy. Today I sat still, breathing in and out looking at a pile of clothes I needed to hang up, cat hair on my yoga mat, and thinking about the dishes in the sink. A long to-do list filled to the brim is just one distraction mediators face. Family members interrupt just as we are settling into a peaceful state with a request or our phones ring.Mediation becomes easier as we learn to see how important self-care is to our overall health. Putting yourself first isn’t selfish when it comes to your health.

Meditation is about escape

No myth to bust here! Meditation is an escape from the general chaos of life, a place of our own making to run to or to use as preparation for the day. When we pray this is essentially what we are doing. We are pulling away from the world to seek guidance, to praise God for the blessing we have, or praying for God to help someone in our lives. Escape away my meditation friends, you’ll be better off than those knee-deep in reality with no way to reduce stress

Share with a friend who may be resisting the powerful pull of meditation and let me know in the comments how you would banish meditation myths.

Blessing and Peace-Randa:)