I remember when I was a teen I used to love listening to Adventures in Odyssey (AIO) so naturally, as soon as my kids were old enough (about 5 yrs old) I introduced them to the AIO club. Over the … Continue reading
Reflections: An egg isn’t a pancake nor is it a muffin. Nope, an egg is just an egg. It can be used to make many things and can be eaten separately.
However, there is a certain beauty that occurs when we crack an egg open and mix it with other ingredients to create a delectable dish. The dishes final outcome depends on each ingredient used.
On its own, an egg is OK but get some sauteed veggies and a beef or veggie patty next to it and man are we talking. Couple that with a yummy salad and bam, you’ve got yourself a meal.
But, as fallen human beings we love being eggs, staying eggs and rotting as eggs.
We live in isolation.
Afraid to be cracked open so that God can reveal what we have inside and heal us physically and spiritually.
We act as if we were meant to be islands. Each one consumed by his or her own world.
And in doing so we never reach the full potential penned for us from the beginning of our inception.
We say we love others so lightly, so easily yet when people share a need with us we ignore it and act like we didn’t hear it. We are at times #uncomfortable with the truth that we live in a fallen world and bad things happen.
Marriages face hardships, people get cancer, children fall astray, depression creeps in. This is the reality of the world we live in.
If we were to ask our neighbors, our teachers, our co-workers, and fellow churchgoers if they are hurting from something the answer would be a resounding YES.
You see every single person is facing something, some of us more intense than others but we are all battling some darkness. And you know what?
We were not meant to stay in the egg crate, unused and untouched.
We were created by God and for his purpose and glory to be revealed through us.
And if we say to follow the teachings of the bible then we must understand that we were created to be part of our community of faith, to suffer with each other, to encourage and inspire.
To pray with a mom who is dealing with depression.
To encourage and help the couple who is struggling in their marriage.
To bring food to those who have nothing
To share Gods love with one another.
We are meant to use our talents, strengths, and attributes to benefit the body of believers starting with those in our OWN home.
Parents, get off your cell phones and pray with your kids. talk with your teenager; he or she needs to know they are not alone.
Husbands, sit back and listen to your wife if she is nagging you about something it must be hurting her deeply so pay attention.
Wives, support your husbands, be their co-pilot, get their back when everyone else fails them.
Let’s stop being solitary eggs!
Let’s let God break us open so that we can be used in a greater purpose.
Let’s make a cake with our lives, not a rotten egg.
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In a dialogue with a friend who is going through a rather tough time I said the following and thought it was a great thing to share as God gave me His words to speak to my friend. Sometimes we don’t know just how powerful our words are to others, be they words of peace and love or words of destruction and anger. Be mindful each day of your words and of what things you allow into your heart. Because as Jesus stated in Matthew, what you have inside abundantly is what will come out of your flapper (your mouth)!
Here is what I said to my friend:
“Trust God blindly and without question. Let prayer become your new best friend and the bible your tutor. Any and everything you go through, always bring it back to Christ in prayer and in the reading of the scriptures.”
Hoping you will have a greater revelation of the love and purpose of Christ in your life!
Signing off – Mariana