How small are we? 


How small are we? At times we feel big, as if nothing could harm us. It’s for this reason drugs and alcohol exist. It hides the pain and blurs our vision to make us feel as if we are fine. “Fine.”, we use that word probably more than any other…. Are we really “fine?”. Are we fighting battles that no one knows of? Maybe you feel on top of the world, maybe like you have everything in perfect order, or like you don’t have to worry…. 

I started thinking about this Sunday evening & this morning. I got a new puppy Saturday and as petty as that sounds I was like a child in a candy store. – How could something so small make you feel so happy? 3.4 pounds of pure puppy. Some people would give their lives for this little girl, but when it came to a real child they would throw it away. How is that? 

I started thinking about how we don’t have anything under control. We can’t stop storms, we can just prepare for them. We can’t stop the grass from growing to high, we can only mow it. We can’t be in control of everything at once, but we can pray to the one who can. Why is it that we allow the thought that we are so big, that we can rule everything? As I look down at this puppy, it hit me. I maybe bigger than this dog, but to God I am the size of this 3.4 pound puppy…. Crazy? Maybe. But we find ourselves when we allow ourselves to truly see ourselves as God sees us…. Maybe I’m wrong, but I see it like that. 

Like the verse states above: he must become greater & I must become less. In other words- he must be greater and I have to look up as him as a small child would to their parent…. Being small doesn’t mean your giving up all control, it means your finally allowing the one who knows what happens tomorrow lead you where you need to go. Their is no shame in that. 

The world doesn’t understand that though…. They think it means we are weak, but the meek will inherit the earth. Not the boastful, not the proud, not the strong; but the meek, the humble, the small ones. Trust is what God wants from us. The trust as a puppy gives it owner . The trust a child gives to their parents. The trust we give to our spouse. He wants to be loved, respected, & trusted. But sometimes we only give him a hello. A “Oh hi God I’m stopping in to say Hi. Now I’m going to live my own life..” . That’s not how it works . 

He knows our greatest fears, our biggest dreams, our smallest details. He formed us. Literally each hair he placed on our heads. He made me and you. The grass and the trees. The storms and the sky. He made the birds and the animals. He made my puppy. He made my husband. He made everything. But we over look it all the time. Day by day. We take each hour, minute, and breath for granted. I once heard someone say, “If you woke up tomorrow to just the things you prayed to God and thanked him for what would you wake up to?”. Some wouldn’t wake up to anything…. Because they didn’t stop to give thanks to him. God wants you to talk about even the smallest things. Will you give him a moment? Remember he must become greater, we must become less. 
-Marli 

When is enough; really enough? 

  

Have you ever noticed that anywhere you look people are always dissatisfied. They can’t ever find the “perfect” prom dress. They are never the “perfect” weight. They never can say the “correct” answer. What is the “correct” answer? What is the “perfect” weight? Where is this “perfect” world? When do we say enough is enough? 

I was thinking about this when I noticed that on any social media site we as Christians, Non Christians, Jews, Non Jews, etc; are always getting mad over the small details.  For example: someone gives their opinion. Are they entitled to that opinion? Yes. Do you have to agree with them? No. Can you post your opinion? Yes. Will they agree with it? Probably not… So when do we draw the line? When do we say “Let’s agree to disagree?”. Why do we always feel like we have to win an agurument? 

For one, when Beliviers are fighting over the smallest details- Satan is winning. He’s winning because we can’t focus on the biggest detail- saving souls. Like in math, (which is not my strong suit.), 1+1=2. So if we (1) are working together with God (1) , we can then can win a soul or (2). But if are fighting,(1), and Gods not in it(-1), we will still be without any new souls, Because 1-1=0 . So we really want 0? So we really need to be focusing on the smallest of details? 

Who cares if the carpet is pink? Who cares is the pews are blue? Why does it matter that one friend thinks you should have mentioned this and you didn’t, will it resolve anything? No. What non believers see is a huge family fighting among themselves. When we should be a huge family loving on each other, lifting them up, and praying for them. 

Will we fight? Yes; families do. Should we keep it stirred up? No, that’s when we finally say enough is enough. Maybe you’ve noticed this, maybe on your own post. A Friend is going at another friend just saying and nitpicking away at each other. Why? Because they didn’t like their comment. And others log on to read and watch this fight unravel…. Then you are forced to do something… Take down the post that you thought had a point; but caused a war. Don’t jump into a fight to keep it stirred up. You can say things like; maybe we should agree to disagree. Or everyone is entitled to their own opinions, let’s respect one another. Or simply take it down. 

Should we always stand down? No. There will be times in life where we have to defend what we believe; but God doesn’t need defending. Remember he is our coach. He guides us to say and do things that we need to be doing. So don’t act unless you know that’s what your suppose to do. God gives everyone their own free will to pick and choose. He made each of us this way. It’s not our right to tell someone how they should or shouldn’t live their lives if they don’t ask our opinion. Should we still care for them yes. Pray for them. Trust me they will ask because they will feel a need to. 

If you remember Jesus ate with sinners. Cheaters, liers, & he also used a “lady of the night” to help his plan be carried forward. You see we all have a past, an addiction, a sin we deal with . He loves us still. Do you want someone forcing you to live a certain way? No. We chose God. We knew we needed him. They too, will realize they have to make a choice. We can make them choose the choice that is right. It tells us that in the bible. The path of sin is wide and filled with many. The path of righteousness is small and not travled. 

In today’s world this is a hard topic to talk about. It’s hard to love someone and not hate them for their sin. But I don’t think giving them everything they ask for because “they demand that right”.? No. That’s when we have to say enough is enough . 

Soon church’s will be  prosecuted because of bathrooms. We will have to make everything “unisexed”, so we don’t “offend” anyone. We won’t be able to label anything. Colors will be “offensive” because pink means girl- why can’t blue mean that to? Colors! You see in the bible God never says this life is easy. He warns us that it will only get more tough. 

What are we going to do when we have to finally say- “enough is enough?”. Just like a child we have to “pick our battles” as they say. Don’t allow a post or a photo defile you. Act responsible. Act with kindness, and be humble. Some people are search for someone who pick a fight with. Don’t let satan temp you to fight back. Before you type, speak, or even post, remember pray. Why? Because God doesn’t need to have a social media account to see what you’ve posted or how you’ve acted. He bypasses it all. He knows what you’ve posted on your heart. That maybe locked away from the world, but he knows that password. He’s seen what you keep under lock and key. Choose your words wisely. It takes five seconds be a decent person. In that five seconds you will make or break someone. 

So remember becareful how you speak. You could turn someone away from God in a key stroke…. Enough is enough…. 

Thanks 

-Marli 

Doubts 

I watched a short video today. It made me have chills. Not because this young man was so talented, no it was because of his words. His words that he spoke were words I asked myself. His words that he spoke of made me remember a time where I stood where he stood. His doubts where my doubts and his fears were mine. 
You are as Christians, we may not be the same color, size, gender, or minds; but if we have Christ in us we are equal. We are the same. The devil tries to tear us apart all the same. You see we are on the same team. The same army. We fight for the same God, and we have the same mission… 

No … We may not fight every battle alike; but we know the doubts because each on e of us has cried out to him the same way…. We have each cried on our knees for answers we think are relevant, but God knows there not. So he doesn’t answer. We feel betrayed- He knows he’s protecting.  
I encourage you to listen to the link I posted below. Truly listen to each word that is spoken. We all have doubted. We all have envyed the small child’s faith. Or the wiser more confident woman who knows she is dying . We all asked “Why can’t I have that faith?”. But God can use us, broken or put together. Do not fret, for we are not alone. And in the end we will win and stand before his throne! Do not be discouraged today, but understand the one whom you fight for! We will overcome- we have overcome- and we have already won! What are we waiting for? Why do we allow doubt to weigh us down? Because we are humans….
Don’t give up. Keep pressing forward.

-Marli 

Be still? I don’t have time! 

  

Have you ever been so busy that you literally forgot what the word “relax” felt like? If your like me, the end of the school year has got you booked up . Everyday there’s somewhere to go, someone to see, and making sure everyone is happy is your main goal. Aren’t we leaving someone out though? 

As I was editing, my eyes begin to hurt from staring at my computer screen for to long. It looked like a pretty day, from what I could see through out my window. I needed to take a small break and then back to work would be the goal. So I decided a nice walk would be convenient. 

As I was listening to my play list and enjoying walking; a slow song came on. I was just about to change it (because I can’t walk with slow music) when I began to listen to the words. “Be Still.” 

How many times have we forgotten to “be still.”. God told us to set asides a time  for him, and we Often times forget that.- “Be still and know that he is  God and he is enough. Because he is in control.” 

No matter how busy we get, no matter how many events we have on the calendar, no matter how many hours we have left of the day- he is loyal to us. We should be loyal to him. News flash- we will fail people. We will not make everyone happy, but their is one man who we won’t let down because he loves us so much and that’s Jesus. Make time for him. 

I have to walk and talk to him, maybe you just need to sit down and talk with him over lunch or breakfast. Driving down the road? He will be your shot gun rider. Don’t forget he is with us where we go. 

So how will you “Be still” in the busy world? When you make time for him, he makes your day better. 
I have to get back to work now, my walk is coming up soon! 😊

God Bless! 

-Marli