VOTD – 7/2/2020

“Study this Book of Instruction continually. Meditate on it day and night so you will be sure to obey everything written in it. Only then will you prosper and succeed in all you do (Joshua 1:8 NLT).”

From Gill Commentary:

“This book of the law shall not depart out of thy mouth.”

He was often to read it, frequently repeat it, and speak of it, to refresh his own memory with it, and the memory of those about him. . .

“But thou shalt meditate therein day and night.”

Whenever he had any leisure from the important business of his office, whether by day or night, see Psalm 1:2 (below).

“But they delight in the law of the Lord , meditating on it day and night.”


Intentionality over Likes

Numbers aren’t important. It is about the lives changed as a result of the Gospel of our Savior Jesus Christ and my story I share here and over at the Facebook Page.

But, our Facebook Page is 10 folks away from reaching 4,000 “likes”.

My goal for our page is to see more interact with the content shared. More intentionality. More Christ exalted community. More depth in our relationship with our Father through His Son Jesus Christ!

Let us keep running to our Savior and Lord Jesus Christ, allowing Him to be the One leading our every move.

– G.O


Vulnerability (Eph. 4:5-10)

This week, I want our weekly Scripture to include last week’s as well (Ephesians 4:5-10). I don’t know about you, but for myself life feels… overwhelming. When life gets like this, my brain fog and inability to concentrate can grow. So, I invite you to join me in sitting with this week’s Scripture. We aren’t going to focus on profound examination like we are in a court room preparing to give a ruling. Let us just run to our Savior and Lord Jesus, and enjoy Him!

My goal: To simply spend time at our Savior and Lord Jesus’ feet! I may be praying, reading my Bible, or writing out the Scripture, or just being. But, I will be focusing on strengthening my relationship with my heavenly Father through His Son Jesus Christ!

For Ephesians 4:5-6, I didn’t know what to say. Well other than the reminder of John 14:6. Jesus IS the only way to Heaven or God.

“[Jesus said,] I am the way, the truth, and the life. No man comes to the Father, except through Me!”

This definitely sets us on the right track. Our Jesus is the way, for everything. So why do we face our trials in our own strength, rather than His?

As we sit with this passage, I am reminded that Jesus is the One who came to give us unity with God the Father and each other. We can experience a beautiful new life, in Christ! I am just not sure what all these Scriptures mean, for me – just yet. Like I said, the brain fog is thick these days.

Honestly, chronic and mental illness flare ups do change how I interact with God’s biblical truths. It is not bad, just different. I have to welcome to the set backs and times of brain fog, so I can see where the Holy Spirit may take me – in the midst of the afflictions and vulnerability.

In New Living Translation:

4 For there is one body and one Spirit, just as you have been called to one glorious hope for the future.

5 There is one Lord, one faith, one baptism, 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all, in all, and living through all. 7 However, he has given each one of us a special gift through the generosity of Christ. 8 That is why the Scriptures say, “When he ascended to the heights, he led a crowd of captives and gave gifts to his people.” 9 Notice that it says “he ascended.” This clearly means that Christ also descended to our lowly world. 10 And the same one who descended is the one who ascended higher than all the heavens, so that he might fill the entire universe with himself.”

While it is easier for me to talk about the contents of the first two to three verses in this Ephesians chapter, I am reminded of how much work I have to do this week – so that I may truly understand these Scriptures in early part of Ephesians 4. There are many good spiritual treasures in this chapter. I don’t want to miss any of it.


Living with PTSD

Living with PTSD is like trying to wake up from a nightmare. Every day, I find myself experiencing unbearable symptoms and trying to wake up myself.

And, I don’t know how to put it into words when I am faced with those same unbearable symptoms.

So, why try putting it into words tonight? I face two extremes: Wanting to sleep for a bit of a break and avoiding sleep to avoid vivid nightmares.

All I can do is take it minute by minute and keep looking to our Savior Jesus Christ. [and keep my appointments with my psychiatrist. . . ]

I am not entirely sure what my life should look like, given the severity of my symptoms from POTS to Fibromyalgia to Interstitial Cystitis or other pain conditions or the mental health exhaustion.

But, I am here.

I may not show up to life as much as I’d like to do so. I don’t get to write as much as I need to. But, I am choosing to be present tonight and write out some thoughts and feelings.

All I know tonight, is I need to offer myself a whole lot more grace than I have been. Living with PTSD alone is a serious struggle. But, I am still here and showing up to my life.

With that said, I am going to keep deeply sighing and reminding myself to keep praying to the One who rescues me – Jesus Christ!

Happy PTSD Awareness Day, to all. Let’s stay informed and try our best to reach out to those who need our emotional support and compassion.


Hope is Not Cancelled!

No matter what we are going through, may this truth solidify in our hearts. Our Mighty, who is our eternal hope, has not stopped working.

Our Mighty God’s hope is not cancelled. Hope in Christ is never cancelled. Hope in Him is never over.

Covid19 and social injustices cannot cancel the hope of our Saviour and Lord Jesus Christ, my friends!!

So, we can breathe.

We can take another step.

We can hang on, knowing He will get us through another super painful night.

Our God is so good! And He is working!

The hope we have found in Christ is never cancelled.

So, we can really rest in Him!