Monthly Archives: September 2011

Coping With Unjust Realities

My mother has a million sayings and I hated all of them when I was growing up. Today I want to look at one of them that bothered me then and still does today, “Life’s not fair, get over it!” To be fair to my mother, I have to admit that this was her standard rebuttal to my incessant ranting, “NO FAIR!”

We all have the ability to recognize unfair treatment, but few of us have the ability to react to it in a godly manner. Even as adults we still yell, “No fair”, when we experience unjust realities. Maybe not outwardly… but inwardly our spirit screams it and whether we realize it or not it seeps out of us.

Reacting in a godly manner to situations that we deem ungodly is perhaps the hardest thing for a Christian to do. The Bible tells us to forgive our trespassers and to turn the other cheek, but how do we do that when everything inside us demands restitution for the wrongs we’ve been dealt.

This is where my mother’s saying stings. Life isn’t fair and we have to get over it. Otherwise we’re in danger of spiraling into a vortex that can suck us into bitterness and hopelessness. Once we’re in the vortex… it’s hard to pull ourselves out.

Recently I found myself in such a place. The unjust reality I faced had sucked me in and left me bitter, hopeless and depressed. While I’m normally very optimistic and upbeat, I found myself just wanting to crawl in bed and cry. I yelled, “No fair” to God and yet He didn’t seem to hear me.

My mother’s words, “Get over it” rang in my ears. I knew I couldn’t do it on my own so I picked myself up by the bootstraps and parked myself in the Word searching for answers. I want to share 5 coping skills God showed me to help me get over it:

By |September 30th, 2011|15 Comments|

Don’t Put God in a Box

Have you ever noticed that when things are going well in our life we think God is in control, but when things aren’t going well we think He has abandoned us?

I admit I have the tendency to feel sorry myself when things aren’t going my way. In fact if I’m totally honest… there is something inside me that thinks, “I’ve been a good girl; surely God will bless me”. Problem is my idea of blessing and His are two different things.

While I would prefer an easy problem free life, God often takes me to places of pain or discomfort. But get this…

When times are good, be happy; when times are bad, consider this: God has made the one as well as the other. Ecclesiastes 7: 14

When I consider that God is the author of my life and that He ordains both the good and bad times I face, I am forced to take another look at my thoughts of who God is and how He blesses.

I recently read in Andy Andrews’s book, The Final Summit, “A beautiful flower cannot be created without fertilizer.” This quote, along with what Solomon said in Ecclesiastes, gives me a whole new perspective on the manure in my life. It’s meant to grow me so that when I come into full bloom I’ll bring glory to God.

When our perspective of God’s activity in our life is forced into a box labeled “good times”, we fail to see the blessing of our trials. If Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego wouldn’t have been thrown into the fiery furnace they wouldn’t have come out to know that there was a fourth man, Jesus, in the fire with them. Likewise, if you and I don’t experience trials, we’ll never know the joy of having Jesus by our side when we need Him most.

By |September 23rd, 2011|5 Comments|

Real Issues for Real Women

The MakeoverSeries – Being Transformed by the Word of God

Have you ever noticed how much we love to see a good makeover?

Television has captivated our attention for years with extreme makeover shows. But,

what would it look like if we were to explore a different kind of makeover… a makeover

of our personal devotion time with God. What if we discovered an intimacy with Jesus

t hat forever changed us?

Join Sheree for this 10 week Bible study and “Makeover” your personal devotion time with God

Tuesday Mornings 9:30 – 11:30 at Fellowship Bible Church begining 1/17/12

Register at www.fbconline.org

{ Fellowship Bible Church | 480 West Crossville Road | Roswell |  30075 }

By |September 23rd, 2011|0 Comments|

What If…

I’ve wanted it for years, dreamed about what it would look like, and laid in bed countless nights planning how to make it a reality. So why am I so nervous about writing this first blog post? The answer is simple…

  • What if you don’t like it?
  • What if I spend countless hours getting real and pouring my heart out and no one ever reads it?
  • What if people do read it and find out that I don’t have it all together?

The truth is… those things could happen, but I’m willing to take the risk. I’m willing to finally follow through on what I feel God calling me to do; get real and blog about it.

As I embark on my new journey I can’t help but wonder about those who’ve stepped out in faith before me. For instance, I wonder what was going through Abraham’s mind when he left Ur or Peter’s mind when he took that first step onto the water. I wonder if Joshua had second thoughts before he led his men to march silently around Jericho or if Esther’s stomach was in knots when she went before the king.

Surely these giants of the faith experienced fear as they stepped out to do what God called them to do, but they didn’t allow it to stop them. They were willing to be obedient to God despite the risks that lay ahead of them.  Their steps of faith encourage me to follow their lead, and the outcome of each of their stories help me re-think my “what ifs”.

  • What if people do like what I write?
  • What if people’s lives are changed by the things I share?
  • What if my willingness to be transparent leads someone to Christ?

What if those effects start right now? What if after reading this post you took a step of faith toward what you feel God calling you to do? What if you changed your “what ifs”? What if this single blog post started a movement of God’s people that changed the world?

By |September 22nd, 2011|1 Comment|