Sunday Devotional

Hello, my lovely followers! It has been a while since I have been on my blog and I apologize for that. It has been a very busy and crazy time at our house. Can't wait for it to slow down a little! I have some great new posts that I need to do for all of you. I have more recipes, reviews and even my first giveaway! Very excited! As I have said in previous posts, I am taking a break from posting photos of my family for a little while. We have some personal things going on and I feel that it's the best thing to do for right now.

Today was a great day at church. It always is, actually. We have a great little community. It's a small church, but I love the teaching and the people are beyond awesome and supportive. With everything that I have going on, our church has really helped me in so many ways. We have been going every Sunday {some days I work in the classroom and have to listen to the podcast of the message later}, and we just started attending a community group every other Thursday. Punkin loves it because she gets to play with a bunch of kids her age, however, she is at that separation-anxiety stage so some Sunday mornings can be a bit rough. Today we talked a lot about the church. How building it from the inside out is very important and it starts with a good foundation. Our church definitely has that. I have never been to a church where I have so much in common with everyone and feel so connected. I love it! With the personal trials I have going on at the moment, I have plunged myself deeper into the church and God's word and it feels amazing. I have always been a Christian and tried to live my life according to God's will...but now is different. After each Sunday morning, I feel a transformation taking place. Usually I go to church, feel really good after, then it all gets ruined during the week by someone who doesn't want me to be happy. I spend so many sleepless nights worrying about everyone and everything...but mostly about Punkin. Now I can feel the Lord's presence. I know He can and will get me through anything.

With that said, there are some things that I still find quite shocking. Which, let's be honest...in today's world, nothing should really shock anyone anymore, right? Well...I am still shocked when I come across so many people who feel like they have to lie their way through life to get anywhere. I'm not talking about a little fib here and there. We are all only human. We all make mistakes. I'm talking about those people who lie continuously...to everyone. They lie so much, that they actually convince themselves that it's the truth. How scary is that? I have met a few people that I can easily categorize as compulsive liars. I didn't even know what that meant until I met people like this, and I don't even really know how to explain their logic or way of thinking. Really, it's all just about lying to make themselves look better, I think. But, why? Why go to such great lengths to do this? Is your life that sad and incomplete? I actually really feel sorry for these kinds of people. I feel sorry for them because while they might think they are quite clever, it doesn't take long for people to discover the truth. Then they will never be taken seriously again.

Having people like this in my life, by choice or not, make me grateful. Grateful that the Lord has blessed me with honesty and integrity. Even though it may not get me very far right now...someday it will matter. One day, my daughter is going to be old enough to know and understand everything.  When that day comes, I want her to look at me and be proud. Proud that her Mom didn't turn into one of those people who lie and deceive, even under the harshest of circumstances.  I also want her to know that she doesn't have to sacrifice her morals and values to try to fit in, because the reality of this life is that people are going to lie to her. People who are close to her, people that she knows and trusts, will tell her things that are not true. Because they don't want her to know the truth. The reason people tell certain lies in the first place, is because they don't want people to know the truth. Because the truth, more often than not, is that they are not good people. They are spiritually broken, morally bankrupt people.  They are people who have no regard for others. Because it's all about them. Period. What they want. What they think they deserve...or who they are pretending to be. People like this also make me grateful that the Lord has blessed me with such a big family. Are they all perfect? Nowhere near it. Have any of them never told a lie in their whole life? Of course not. But many of them have good, honest hearts. The difference between being a compulsive liar and someone who has lied, are greatly different. Compulsive liars don't think about what they are saying or how it affects anyone around them. Again, it's only about them. They will tell lie after lie and not think about the consequences. They will lie to anyone...family, friends, loved ones, God, and even themselves and not think anything of it. That is what is scary. I'm grateful that I was blessed with a family who would guide me back the right way if I ever went off track. They are loving and supportive, however, they are honest. They will tell me when I am messing up or doing something wrong. Even though I am an adult and they can't control me, they would never support bad behavior or sit back and watch me hurt myself and/or others. Because they are my family...and that's their job.  That's the kind of parent I want to be. The love that I have for my daughter is beyond anything. It can never be changed or taken away. I want her to know this. I want her to know this as she grows up and gets in trouble or gets grounded for doing something that's wrong. I want her to know this when she is an adult and I am lecturing her and telling her that she is making bad decisions, if that is what she is doing. Because my role as her parent never stops. Even when she turns 18 years old...I will still guide her, I will still lecture her how every choice has a consequence...and I will love her unconditionally through it all.

Right now, I pray that God gives Punkin my intelligence {which it looks like He already has} to see right through all of those people who will try to deceive her throughout her life. I pray that He gives her the power and strength to speak up and to stand up for what she believes in.  I pray that He always watch over her and protect her.

Also...for all of the liars, deceivers, abandoners, murderers, and all of the other people who have hurt others with their actions...may God touch your hearts so that you may see just how much you have hurt and affected those around you. I will continue to pray for you. God is good.


1 comment:

  1. Ugh! I know what you mean about that type of person. All you can do is pray for those people. I've recently ran into someone that has no faith & doesn't believe in God. I just can't fathom that. I just pray for her too.


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