My Journey to Joy

October 17, 2012

Kim on Pain & Perfectionism

Filed under: Shared Findings — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
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April 18, 2012

Crisis Point Decisions

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To me there is a great similarity between physical growth and spiritual growth. At least there has been in my case. Physically we arrive as little babies and have to be nurtured and taught, but then comes adolescence where we can accept and trust what we’ve been taught, test it out and see if it’s true, accept it into our heart and live by it; or we can reject advice and the way of truth and go our own way, do our own thing. If we choose the path of trust during adolescence and correct and change any faulty behavior and thinking that we may have had, then comes developing maturity where we build on our choices and upon what we’ve learned.

Spiritual maturity seems a lot the same. After conversion, we are babes in Christ and have to be taught. At some point though, we go through adolescence–some sort of crisis where we can choose God’s way or we choose to trust and follow our own emotions and feelings! During that time, if we choose God’s ways, we realize that He IS trustworthy. He does always speak truth!! After that crisis, we turn the corner toward being a genuine mature trusting Christian.

Are we satisfied being a superficial Christian or do we really want to know God–beyond our feelings!!  ~Cathy Parker

October 13, 2011


Filed under: Dear Baby — aunthoddy @ 5:00 AM
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Dear, Sweet Child of Mine,

I’ve been praying for you this morning.  Daddy & I were talking last night about how you will have special challenges in life.  Every person faces problems, but we’re praying that you will take them as opportunities for growth, and become the woman or man that God has intended you to be.  We pray that you will learn to depend on God, and not yourself.  We pray that you will learn compassion and kindness toward others.  We pray that you will be determined in your efforts to do what is right, regardless of those around you.  We pray that you will find God’s plan for your life, and follow it.  We pray that each difficulty you face will make you stronger, and a better servant of God.  We know that God has great things in store for you, and we are privileged to be a part of who you will become.  We love you so much, Mommy & Daddy

August 27, 2011

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God so carefully handpicks our trials, just enough to open our eyes to our sin, just enough to grow us spiritually, just enough to fulfill His Kingdom work- and not one tear more.  We can trust the Omniscient Creator of the Universe to know exactly what it will take.  Celeste Li, M.D.

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