Today's text "Mark 10:25 It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than for a rich man to enter the kingdom of God." go me thinking about all the things that get in my way in my desire to follow God.
"Things" have never been a "big thing" to me, but "ego", wanting to be liked, need to feel safe (control) have all messed up a walk with the Lord....

What about you? Got any burdens you want to lay down so that you can follow your God more freely?

blessings,

Wichita Sam
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Well for me, I had to go onto some medication a few years back I'm not quite as "on Fire" or have the passion for God" as I once did... Not that I don't care about God, it's just a different place I am at... At first I thought it was the meds... then me and the wife took a year off from church and just rested. Not comparing myself to standards of other people I found out it's OK to JUST BE.. Other wise we become performance based and compeat with ourselves and other Christians... During this time God gave me this Psalm 23.... "He maketh me to lie down in green pastures" this didn't sit well with me because not to many people can force me to do much of any thing... BUT this is where I was feed, seen where I was going, seen where I have been... Pastures in the Bible where always in the middle between the mountain tops and the Valley of wars....

Next was "he leadeth me beside the still waters" calmness, peacefulness... just walking with God...

Over the last 3 years I have been deprogrammed from the ways of man to the ways and will of God... Everything from the church structure to my soul.... Balance has been a key... Balance in the church, Balance in my life...

Last month the man/evangelist whom I traveled with for 3 years then started a church and even introduced me to my wife and married me, committed adulatory on his wife and 4 kids..We do not attend his church but God is sifting the wheat.. It has taken me over a month to come to terms with this because I haven't had someone this close to me Fall into this kind of open sin.

But we press on in a world that appears to be going to Hell while most of us are stunned by the events and personal tragedies. As like most who read this we do the best we can with the knowledge we have and pray for the understanding of Wisdom...

As I am reading Psalm 23 while writing this I am just now aware of the one section I've been over looking for 3 years... and that is "He restoreth my soul:"

I might not be as excited as I once was on the outside but knowing that I am being restored and I pray that I will be a better father, husband and devoted Christian then I ever have, because I've been through to much to flinch in the face of fear any more!

Hopefully this made some kid of sense

Blessing to you all.......
Brother Sonny , "ego", wanting to be liked, need to feel safe ...

Very true, I myself over the last few years have had a problem with Affirmation, Validation, and just trying to figure out who I am VS trying to become something other then that to get the Affirmation, Validation.

This only comes through Christ.. Which for me to accept daily is a struggle because we live in a performance based world...

Blessing to you all.......
It helps to have a place where we can lay our burdens down....
it helps to know that others share the struggle....

thanks

Sam
My burden comes from going back to school as I felt called to do. Now, three years since completing my schooling, I am not finding jobs in my profession and only barely working in the area of my calling.

The first year I got a position after months of searching, but was cut for budgetary reasons at the end of a year. After another round of job hunting for four months I ended up working as a temp. that turned into a full time-full pay position, but I wasn't completely qualified so I lost my position at the end of the year again. As I said above, I have found a position, but it is barely in my called profession.

My struggle has been this question: "If God called me to this profession, why isn't He providing me with work in this profession?"

After I was cut for budgetary reasons and didn't find a job, I fell into a pseudo-depression - or maybe better said spiritual depression. I never rejected God, but I was pretty angry and ignored Him. Now, after a year or so I am realizing that maybe I haven't been holding up my end of the bargain, but when I pray it feels kind of empty. I want a close relationship with God again, but I don't know how to start again.

Any verses would be welcomed - I just feel a little lost.
Weizel,

If God "delights in satisfying the desires of the hearts" of his children, I would ask you... "What is your dream job?"

I was once praying for a guy who just wanted to work.... when we shifted to a very specific prayer for his "dream job" (which he was only marginally qualified for)), he got it very quickly....

Maybe you are setting your sights too low...?....

the best,

Sam

Weizel said:
My burden comes from going back to school as I felt called to do. Now, three years since completing my schooling, I am not finding jobs in my profession and only barely working in the area of my calling.

The first year I got a position after months of searching, but was cut for budgetary reasons at the end of a year. After another round of job hunting for four months I ended up working as a temp. that turned into a full time-full pay position, but I wasn't completely qualified so I lost my position at the end of the year again. As I said above, I have found a position, but it is barely in my called profession.

My struggle has been this question: "If God called me to this profession, why isn't He providing me with work in this profession?"

After I was cut for budgetary reasons and didn't find a job, I fell into a pseudo-depression - or maybe better said spiritual depression. I never rejected God, but I was pretty angry and ignored Him. Now, after a year or so I am realizing that maybe I haven't been holding up my end of the bargain, but when I pray it feels kind of empty. I want a close relationship with God again, but I don't know how to start again.

Any verses would be welcomed - I just feel a little lost.
lead us in song, Brother Sonny -


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