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UTHE GREATEST POWER IN THE WORLD IS…

God DIDN'T

It’s hard to believe its been nearly nine months since I scribed my last appointment with God, and I can honestly write it was by choice.

Now, I’ve loved God my whole life, but it seemed that I had put myself in a place where those I loved didn’t quite understand the love that I had for God and each day when I would try and “verbally” share one of my appointments with God  it inevitably  brought on new challenges to where those who were non-believers would ask me questions and become very frustrated. Then when they didn’t agree with my answer, there would be another question, and so on and so forth, until frustration would set in on both parties, and the frustration would turn to anger. Then anger turned to resentment until one day I woke up and realized that the greatest power in the world is BELIEVING!

Just as Christopher Columbus believed the world was flat and Rosa Parks believed she too had  the “right” to sit with the “white”… Or Walt Disney who believed in the power of wishing upon stars…

There’s only one thing that a belief can’t do!

A belief in someone or something cannot get another to believe in someone or something UNLESS they believe in it too or are open to the thought of learning something new.

Now, this goes both ways.

It’s just as hard for a non-believer to convince a believer that there’s nothing to believe in. Unless two people are working together to head in the same direction it creates confusion. Just as Christopher Columbus would not put people on his ship who didn’t believe the world was flat, because that would create nothing but chaos. Or it wouldn’t have done Rosa Parks any good if she believed she had the right not to move to another seat, but then moved! And how sad would it have been if Walt Disney hid what he saw within his heart and was never brave enough to say, “A wish is a dream your heart makes… ” and then he never believed he could make his wish come true.

Yes, the power of believing is the most important power in the whole  world, and it wasn’t until I opened my Bible today and read Matthew 4… 

THEN was Jesus let up of the Spirit into the wilderness to be tempted of the devil. And when he had fasted forty days and forty nights, he was afterward and hungered. And when the tempter came to him, he said, “If thou be the Son of God, command that these stones be made bread.”

But he answered and said, “It is written, Man shall not live by bread alone, but by every word that proceedeth out of  the mouth of God.”

Then the devil taketh him up into the holy city, and setteth him on a pinnacle of the temple, And saith unto him, “If thou be the Son of God, cast thyself down: for it is written, He shall give his angels charge concerning thee: and in their hands they shall bear thee up, lest at any time thou dash thy foot against a stone. Jesus said to him, “It is written again, Thou shalt not temp the Lord thy God.” 

Again, the devil taketh him up into an exceeding high mountain, and sheweth him all the kingdoms of the world, and the glory of them; And saith unto him, All these things will I give thee, if thou wilt fall down and worship me. Then saith Jesus unto him, “Get thee hence, Satan: for it is written, Thou shalt worship the Lord thy God, and him only shalt thou serve. 

Then the devil leaveth him, and, hehold, angels came and ministered unto him. 

Now when Jesus had heard that John was cast into prison, he departed into Galilee; And leaving Nazareth, he came dwelt in Capernaum, which is upon the sea coast, in the borders of Zabulon and Nephthalim, by the way of the sea, beyond Jordan, Galilee of the Gentiles; The people which sat in darkness saw great light; and to them which sat in the region and shadow of death light is sprung up. From that time Jesus began to preach and say, “Repent for the Kingdom of heaven is at hand. Matthew 4: 1-17


When I arrived at the place where it shared that Jesus began to preach “after” he was questioned over and over and over again… I closed my Bible and SMiled. It was here where God showed me that no matter whether one believes in the Son of God or doesn’t… at one time or another the two shall meet, and God arranges this appointment not because it’s our job to change the mind of the one who doesn’t believe,  but because He gives us the opportunity to see how strong we really are in what we believe, and when we are able to find our strength that is when we are truly able to serve Him!

L.B.

Onward to the final appointments of my life. May He use the rest of my life to be of service to Him!

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Believe in your nuts!

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Have you ever had one of those days where you’re feeling so bad you just don’t ever want to get up again?

For the past several weeks I’ve been under the “instructions” of a physician on what I can eat and what I need to stay away from,  and it seems that my new frequent favorites are “nuts”.  All I have to do is pick a nut: a walnut, peanut almond, brazilian! As long as it’s a nut. I’m free to eat.

Anyway, last week I was having a really bad day and as I went to reach for a walnut, for some reason my heart really missed my grandfather, so within the simplicity of how my heart works, I looked up to heaven and asked God to simply tell my grandfather I said hello and that I love him.

A few hours later my friend, Gina Aponte, sent me an instant message on Facebook asking  if she could send me some shelled walnuts, and I knew… God was letting me know that my grandfather was saying hello and that he loved me too.

How did I know that?

Because… when I was in high school my grandmother used to paint pictures and then each weekend she would take her paintings down to the park and she would erect them on easels and wait for someone to come along and appreciate them. Now, while she was waiting for customers, my grandfather was waiting for her, and he would take his newspaper and sit in the park and read. Then one day he noticed  a woman had set up a booth and  was selling something unusual:  painted walnuts that looked like strawberries. She wasn’t selling any so my grandfather walked up to her, purchased one, and tried to tell her how to sale them. But, when the woman didn’t care to listen to what he had to say,  my grandfather decided he would go home and make his own. The following weekend he would return with his painted nuts and show the woman how it was done.

Strawberry Nut Ornament

And, “done” he did. Within 10 minutes my grandfather had sold every one of his “red” creations, and when the woman saw that he sold them so quickly she immediately came running to his table and asked, “What’s your secret? How did you do that?”

His reply…

“Lady, you’ve got to believe in your nuts!”

I never in my life thought I would be sharing that “I believe in my nuts”,  but I do! Because if God can go so far out of his way to put it on Gina’s  heart to send me a box of nuts… Can you imagine what He’ll do for YOU!

“Now this is the confidence that we have in Him, that if we ask anything ACCORDING TO HIS WILL, He hears us. And if we know that He hears us, whatever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we have asked of Him.” (1 John 5:14)

Gina Aponte, “And you thought you were just sending me a box of nuts!”

L.B.
Onward with a SMile!

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‘TIL DEATH DO WE PART!

Unbelievable. This is the only photograph I have of the day I got married!                   Note to self… Must find pictures! Love my beautiful daughters!

Five years ago today I woke up knowing that by the end of the day I was going to be Mrs. Kenny Woods.  It’s amazing how fresh that moment is still. The day was beautiful, the weather was perfect, and all I kept thinking was how blessed am I to be able to find “one” person who  loves me that much.

Now, as most weddings go the moment was perfect. My son walked me down the aisle, my two daughters, nieces and my daughter’s friend, who I considered my third daughter, was waiting for me at the end of the aisle. When the woman who was officiating asked who gave this woman away, my son said proudly, “I Do!” and he gently handed me off to Kenny.

The wedding went without a hitch. As we recited our vows to each other I was the serious one, and Kenny made our guests laugh when he was asked “Do you take Gina to be your wife.” He lifted his hands into the air, looked into the sky and shouted with a SMile, “I DO!” He wanted to make sure that I heard him. I did!

Now interesting enough, Kenny and are much different, but our biggest difference is I am a believer in God, Jesus and the Holy Bible, and Kenny is not. He believes that if there is a heaven, than kindness and love will allow him a free ticket. It was interesting because many of my friends who have known me for years wondered why I would marry a man who didn’t think the same things that I thought. Was I marrying him to change him? Would I be able to handle the difference? Even my Pastor called me into his office to share what scripture shared about what the Word said, and to this day my heart has always felt that I was equally yoked. Maybe I’m not “equally” yoked with my husband, but I am equally yoked with God, and I believe with all my heart that while it can be difficult at times for the Christian to live with the Atheist, I know it’s equally hard for the Atheist to live with the Christian.

There are two sides to every story… Reasoning for every thought that each of us have each day,  but I believe at the end of each day all of us want to know that we are loved unconditionally, and that love isn’t based off of what we know or what we don’t know, but what we can learn from each other.

This morning when I awoke I realized the true definition of “not” judging another, or expecting someone to believe what you believe, or to think less of them because they don’t.  I’ve learned that Kenny loves me anyway. Even though he doesn’t understand my reasoning, his love is unconditional, and at the end of each day I can truly count on it. What I’ve learned from my husband is that it’s harder for an Atheist to live with a Christian than it is for a Christian to live with an Atheist.  After five years of marriage I have learned that while we don’t always agree with each other there is one thing that we have in common, and that is we both “chose” to support one another, through the good times and the bad… through the happy and sad… through our sicknesses and in health.

And the most amazing part of what I’ve learned is that because of my faith, Kenny and I have had open conversations  with my asking,  “What if what is written in the Bible is true? What if what is written in the New Testament is actual, factual? What if the only way to arrive in heaven is to believe that Jesus Christ died for our sins? What if?”

And my husband’s answer to me was simple… “‘TIL DEATH DO WE PART!”

He’s right.

Two different people, with two very strong opinions of the “why” we believe what we believe, but yet we “choose” to love each other anyway, unconditionally.

There’s something about two strong people loving each other  and understanding that “death” might separate us … this thought makes me want to spend more time with him. Makes me want to do more things for him. Makes me want to “value” whatever time each of us has together so that in the event death takes him first… I don’t want to look back on our time together knowing that I might have wasted a moment.

And, that is the Appointment God wanted me to see today. That’s exactly what He wants too. He wants each of us to understand that He loves us that much, and that each of us has a choice to accept Him or reject Him, but once we “accept Him” within our heart for who He says that He is… that is the moment where we want to spend our moments with Him… the only difference is… death won’t separate us, His love will join us all together.

And that is why…

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. 1 Corinthians 13: 4-7

 

Onward to always!

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