Posted in About Me, Bible, Church

Let’s Talk Comfort Zone!

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When we hear the word Comfort Zone some of us have already started running. Millions are comfortable with stepping out of it. Where for me I’m the other millions who are uncomfortable about stepping out. I have friends that have strong personalities. When I’m with them, it’s easy for me to step out of my comfort zone. They are being looked at and listened to. I slide into a spot and stay there. So I guess no I’m not stepping out of the comfort zone, am I? I prefer to staying to myself, doing very little outside the home, and I have few friends. I’m don’t feel this is a “Cry Wolf” post. I’m sharing my thoughts and feelings. I hope that this may help someone else in their Comfort Zone.

I do not take credit for this picture. Resource is posted. This would be something good to read.

I’ve been trying to work on myself. To cleanse myself before I try to bring anyone else into the Uncomforted zone. Working on comfort zones can be tricky. It’s one of those either you are or your not situations. I long to have friends. I long to have the best friend of my age. I have to love the friend inside myself first. Who is that friend? Is she fun, funny, loving, sharing, a word keeper, a go-getter? I would hope I’m all of these. Where do you fit in your inner self?

Comforted in the Bible says:

Genesis 21:17-18
Then God heard the boy’s cries, and the angel of God called to Hager from the sky, “Hager, what’s wrong? Do not be afraid! God has heard the boy’s cries from the place where you laid him. Go to him and comfort him, for I will make a great nation from his descendants.

Psalms 94:19
When doubts filled my mind, your comfort gave me renewed hope and cheer.

When we hear someone cry either from hurt, grief, loneliness, or feel they are “Crying Wolf” take a step back and ask yourself, what would you like for someone to do for you? When doubts fill our minds its time to ask for hope and to have cheerleaders on your sideline. Our Cheerleader has always been GOD, but it’s us that have lost our way. We need to listen to God. We need to read the word of God, praise our Lord for our blessings and our struggles. For he is our Comfort Zone.

Cleanse in the Bible says:

Proverbs 20:9
Who can say, “I have cleansed my heart; I am pure and free from sin.”

I know my heart needs to be cleansed. I know I’ve sinned, I’m not afraid to say that. We all sin in one way or another. But we view it differently. So that comfort zone comes into play here. We have to step out of the comfort zone to ask God to forgive us, to admit our sins, to do as God wants us to, to be like God.

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Are you ready to step out of the Comfort Zone and become friends with God? Let him be the best friend inside of you, to the cheerleader on your sideline, to be the one who knows all our faults, and who holds our words close, he will be you through the cleansing process and thereafter. Do you need prayers? Step out of the comfort zone and let me know and I’ll pray for you. Remember God loves us all.

Resources:

https://www.tyndale.com/p/niv-life-application-study-bible-second-edition/9781414359755

http://www.inspirationalquotesimg.com/586879/step-out-of-your-comfort-zone-and-witness-immaculate-things-happen-in-your-life

~ Cleanse my Mind, Body, and soul. Part 1~

https://www.dominioncc.org/sermons/2018/7/2/uncomfortable

Posted in About Me, Church

Family

What does family mean?
Using Google, Dictionary, Family
https://www.google.com/search?q=Dictionary#dobs=family

There are several different definitions for the word Family.
Here is my favorite definition for the word Family from the Google Dictionary site:
*”a group of people related to one another by blood or marriage.”

Easter 2019 Family

Why this one? I have family members who are blood-related to me. But I also have family members who are not blood-related to me. They are the ones who I’ve gained through my relationship with my husband of more than thirty years. They’ve taught me that life can be rough. When rough times interrupt in life, the family will be there to help you through.

My Husband’s Anniversary = Family

When the family has a set of parents who have been raised to help push through those hard times, it makes those times seem easy. My husband’s parents marriage is one that I will always cherish. His parents have kept this family together. They believe in us because we believe in them. And when you have people believing in you, you begin to believe in yourself.

1989 Our Wedding Day, with both set’s of my husband’s grandparents = Family

When using the website: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/family/
The first line says for Foundation:
“The Bible is the world’s great teacher of monogamy–the union for life of one man and one woman in marriage as the basis of the family.”
This definition sum’s up my husband’s parent’s and grandparents.

As his parents are beginning to get up in age, and needing more help, it’s us the family they have built who will be the ones to help them. Just as our family will be going over a few bumping patches in the next few months, the family will be standing on a strong foundation. The foundation, that my husband parents, grandparents, siblings, children, in-laws, nieces, and nephews that have all helped build. We each are a part of the foundation in one way or another.

When using the website: https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/family/
The first line says for Foundation:
“The Bible is the world’s great teacher of monogamy–the union for life of one man and one woman in marriage as the basis of the family.”
This definition sum’s up my husband’s parent’s and grandparents.

When using the website: https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/family.html
States the follwing: (Which I do not take credit for)
KJV Dictionary Definition: family
family
FAM’ILY, n. L. familia

1. The collective body of persons who live in one house and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children and servants, and as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.

2. Those who descend from one common progenitor; a tribe or race; kindred; lineage. Thus the Israelites were a branch of the family of Abraham; and the descendants of Reuben, of Manasseh, &c., were called their families. The whole human race are the family of Adam, the human family.

3. Course of descent; genealogy; line of ancestors.

Go and complain thy family is young.

4. Honorable descent; noble or respectable stock. He is a man of family.

5. A collection or union of nations or states.

The states of Europe were, by the prevailing maxims of its policy, closely united in one family.

6. In popular language, an order, class or genus of animals or of other natural productions, having something in common, by which they are distinguished from others; as, quadrupeds constitute a family of animals, and we speak of the family or families of plants.


Definitions from Webster’s American Dictionary of the English Language, 1828.

As you can see from my picture’s I’ve shared, each person holds a piece in our relationship and foundation. WE thank each and everyone of you.

Websites:

https://www.google.com/search?q=Dictionary#dobs=family

https://www.biblestudytools.com/dictionary/family/

https://av1611.com/kjbp/kjv-dictionary/family.html



Posted in Church

Pondering

I’ve been pondering rediscovering Catholicism. My parents are both
Catholic. But neither practice. My father doesn’t attend any a church of any kind. My mother attends a Baptist church. My parents had me baptized at just a few weeks old Catholic. My parents had my other two older siblings baptized Catholic also. My parents did not attend church either. My mother had always told me that she didn’t feel welcomed into the Catholic Church after she dropped out of school. She was a student at an all-girl school in Cincinnati, Ohio, Mother Mercy School. My mother met my father at a young age of seventeen years old. She fell in love dropped out of school and married my father shortly after. The rumor was she had gotten pregnant dropped out of school and married my father. It was just that a rumor. My oldest sibling was born a year later.
I never attended church while growing up. While visiting my Grandparents, I would attend church with them. The only problem, I had no clue what was going on, I became bored. When I met my husband in high school, his family did attend a Methodist Church. He had gone to church his whole life. Sunday School, Summer Vacation Bible School, prayed and thanked God for everything. So of course when I met him and his family, I thought what are they doing? But I learned from watching them that God and church are important in your life. I began attending church with him and his family.
As my husband and I grew more in love and together, we married in a Methodist Church and had two children. We decided we would have our children baptized Methodist. I had decided I wanted to be baptized Methodist also. In my early twenties, I was baptized, Methodist. We practiced going to church and getting involved for a few years, then fell off the tracks of going to church.
Years later my husband and I were invited to a Legacy Christain Church in Harrison, Ohio a Contemporary Christain Church. We had found our way into the church and loved it. Meeting new people, people our age, other parents, children the same age as ours. We were involved in Bible Studies, Walk to Emmaus, Alpha, Upward, Purpose Driven Life, and many more. We loved the music, with the upbeat kept us in tone. We were excited about going every Sunday. A few years later, our children wanted to be baptized, Christians. They were old enough to decide. We continued to attend church but fell off the Church tracks, again.
I had found different bible studies online and became devoted to doing the studies, praying daily, asking for forgiveness, finding others online like myself, lost. But once again I fell off that track too.
Since then we haven’t attended regularly to a church. Sure we would go for Christmas, Easter, and other special holidays. We went back to the Methodist Church we were married. We couldn’t content, there weren’t many people our age, there weren’t many children attending there. So yet again we fell off the Church Track.
Our daughter met a wonderful young man while in high school, they began dating. She learned that his family was Catholic. She would attend church with him and his family on special occasions. They graduated from high school and attended the same college. While in college they would attend a church there close to campus. It wasn’t every Sunday, but she was going to Church. We are so proud of her. She was confused and unsure if she wanted to convert to Catholicism. She continued to attend weddings, special holidays with her boyfriends family.
They have now graduated from college and living the adult life. Working full time, paying bills, learning to be grown, adults. They are now engaged and planning a wedding for December two thousand nineteen, in a Catholic Church. She has chosen to become Catholic. We as her parents are happy with her making this decision herself. She has been taking the classes and taking them seriously. She has taught me a few things, which has drawn myself to Catholic religon.
As I had been thinking, wondering if this is where I’m to be I came across the book, “Rediscovering Catholicism” by Matthew Kelly at the Goodwill. I’m the type of person, that if God puts in front of you, that’s where you’re to be. So, of course, I bought the book, and plan to read it from front to back. My daughter will be more than happy to help me understand, and I know that my sister in law and brother in law will help me also.

Mother Mercy High School: Located in Cincinnati, Ohio 45224 https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mother_of_Mercy_High_School_(Cincinnati,_Ohio)

Book: Rediscovering Catholicism by Matthew Kelly https://books.google.com/books/about/Rediscovering_Catholism.html?id=x45oswEACAAJ&source=kp_book_description

Book: Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren: https://books.google.com/books/about/What_on_Earth_Am_I_Here_For_Purpose_Driv.html?id=ZnKKepETDkgC&printsec=frontcover&source=kp_read_button#v=onepage&q&f=false

Legacy Christian Church: Located in Harrison, Ohio 45030 https://harrisonlegacy.com

Rockdale Methodist Church: Located in West Harrison, Indiana 47060 http://www.umc.org/find-a-church/church/55188

Alpha: https: //alphausa.org/about

Upward Sports: https://www.upward.org/sports/basketball

Upward Sports: https://www.upward.org/sports/cheerleading

Methodist: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are?umnow_popover&gclid=EAIaIQobChMIr9-Eyu7E4QIVxlcNCh2OVQOrEAAYASAAEgLH3vD_BwE

Catholic: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Catholic_Church

Baptists: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptists

Walk to Emmaus: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Walk_to_Emmaus

Contemporary worship: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Contemporary_worship

Baptism: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Baptism

Bible Studies: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bible_study_(Christianity)