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  1. Hello Lily, I just returned to the site today and saw your post and wanted to respond to you. Well..... I have been where you are. I am pretty active about sharing my faith, and as a result have encountered the same arguements you have about Jesus and God. They can raise real questions in our mind, if we hear them enough. Doubt can cause us to grow closer to God, if we let it. However, it can also draw us away and like you shared become a battle with satan. So we must be careful not to let it create a strong hold, by entertaining it for too long. Do you know who Billy Graham is? He is known as one of the World's Greatest Preachers. He too came to a crossroads with these questions that confronted him. What did he do? Well.... He took them to God. He realized there comes a point in our walk where we simply 'choose faith'. Remember God said, " without faith it is impossible to please Him?" Why would He say that? Because faith means that we have to make a choice- To not have all the answers and simply .... rely on God..... trusting that what He says is truth. Jesus stated in the Bible that he came to "testify to the truth". In order for him to do that, there must have been counteracting lies to the truth, or there would not be the need. Your questions have guided you to seek out more of God. When we say" God- out of faith, I choose to believe that ALL you say is true.I choose to believe that You are who You say You are, Your Son is who he says He is, and I am who You say I am" , then we move into a whole new level of faith. At that point God can move in and begin to do great things in our lives. Billy Graham is a perfect example. Millions and millions of people are affected every day by his faith and obedience to God's Word. He would not have been blessed as he was if it was something in his own strength, but God doing the work and drawing the people through His Spirit. So to GOD BE THE GLORY! The Spirit will guide us toward all truth. We have to be sensitive to that. Satan wants to get us distracted with contradictions or things that may not seem logical. The world will have its debates. They have for generations and generations. Most of them are mis-guided and not correctly searched out. One example is that Jonah could not have been swallowed by a fish because he would not have survived. Well actually if they researched it, they would find that it is a possibility. He could have been swollowed by a cat fish which is known to grow up to 450 lbs and and is known as a "spitting fish". Also it is a mamal and can carry babies just like we humans do. Well as a woman -you know that we can hold another human being in our body for up to 9 months, so why cant a fish carry one for 3 days? People will try to negate Christianity and the Bible and it's valitiy, simply because satan is a very strong and clever force that wants to come against God any way that he can. But the good news is that though those attempts to try and discount God's Word have happended again and again and again, God has kept his word alive and protected. How do we know this? Because it is still here! Still today it is the most recognized book. People may say because they were not eye witnesses to the events in the Bible they must not be true. Yet they believe the events stated in history books( which are also written by man) and dont question them? Did they actually see the Halacaust happen? Where they there? Be the one to ask the questions and search for yourself the answers. That is awesome! You can share with the world what you find. And if they choose not to listen .... let them. Hope that helps! Keep your mind fixed on Jesus, the author and perfector of your faith- who for the joy that was set before him endured the cross' scorning it's shame'... he did not let outward influences detour him from his mission to save you!
  2. Hello Fellow Christian Moms, I am secondchance. I have been on this site before, but it has been a while. Just wanted to re-introduce myself. I look forward to chatting with you as we learn and grow together with God.
  3. Happy Easter, I felt compelled as I do every year to ask the question, why? Why Jesus, did you do this for me? Many of you know the biblical answer to that question. But when I really think about it, for some reason it has always provoked a time of deep sorrow. Every year the story of the crucifiction brings me to tears. Not of Joy. At least not at first. Which I am sure is true for many of you. Or maybe I am just weird and am the only one that feels this way. But as I remember the turmoil and shame Christ endured, somehow my self- awareness train starts - a - traveling. Even now, as I am writing this, I'm beginning to cry with deep humility. Perhaps, many of us ask these same questions..." What did I have that He felt was worthy enough to give His life for? Who am I? Certainly not a king or queen, nor any person of great importance or influential need to society. Why would He suffer such prosecution for my sake? I don't think I will ever completely understand the depth and width of God's love for me. Nor will any of us. Unless some of you already have a firm grasp on it, then maybe you can shed some light our way. =) I think of, 39 lashes Flesh torn from his skin Blood and a lot of it. A crown of thorns puncturing his skull, Beatings so bad, he was unrecognizable. As he stared through streams of blood down his face He gazed into the eyes of his accusers, And as the echoed phrases of ridicule rang through his ears And spit hurled hatefully at him He listened....... “King of the Jews..... HAH!" "Save yourself!" .......mocking in disbelief and disgust on their lips. Yet, QUIET he remained QUIET he CHOSE. Again. “Father forgive them, they know not what they do." Such a sacrificial response. How many of us would ever utter those words, pinned under deaths grasp? Oh dear sweet Jesus, I knew not what my sin would cost you.My failure nailed those hands to a cross. The wickedness that is in me, caused you to give your life for mine, so that I may live again, in righteousness. I ask..... Why, What I see is confusion, pain, death. But what did you see..... You’re amazing and incomprehensible, gripping love grabbed me when I was dangerously headed down a road to eternal damnation.... You said... “I accept you just the way you are, STAINED. BROKEN. "YES" ... with compassion written all over your face and mercy motivating your heart, you go on “I still want you. I love you. And NO, you will never fully know how much, but simply know that you are. I did feel that you were worth it. And I would do it all over again if I needed to. I came to give YOU ... Life. My question, like always is answered. I am sure I will ask the question every year. And my response, like always will be" I am sure glad that you did. Because I believe that you said it would save ME and I believe that YOU WANTED ME SAVED... Tishri Dobson copyright 2011
  4. ATTENTION... THE FOLLOWING MESSAGE IS NOT A SUGAR COATED MESSAGE THAT WILL GIVE YOU THE WARM FUZZIES......IT IS FULL OF TRUTH THAT WILL SET YOU FREE..... We all have a conscience. It is the voice inside our head that tells us right from wrong. It is described as the impartial judge in the court room of our mind. If you asked yourself how often you listen to your conscience what would your answer be? The word conscience means "with knowledge". So whenever we lie, steal, blaspheme or commit any other sin, we do so with the knowledge that it is wrong. Consider it this way...... You are sitting in a comfortable chair and beside you the telephone rings. You can either pick it up and hear the voice on the other line, then do as the voice says, or you can take the phone and place it behind the overstuffed pillow cushion in order to muffle the sound. Then go on with life in your comfortable chair. God is calling you from his heavenly hotline.... We must pay attention to the warning signal of our conscience The Bible has given us the 10 commandments. If we judge ourselves according to them, we will be guilty. If we lie, that makes us a liar, if we steal that makes us a thief. Those are only 2 of the 10 commandments. At one point or another, we have done those things. So then by our own admition, we are guilty. One day we will make an account before God. The bible says that "if we keep the whole law and yet stumble at just one point, we are guilty of breaking all of it." James 2:10. It is like this...... If we hold on to a chain and one link breaks, than guess what, ALL of it breaks! No amount of works or good behavior can make up for the ways we have offended our conscience and sinned against God. If we stood before a judge in a court room and tried to convince him to overlook our crime because of all the other good stuff we did......He would feel insulted.Yet, we do the very same thing to our Heavenly judge....GOD. I fall short of Gods' perfection. You fall short of God's perfection. Each and every one of us, were (are) in trouble in our sin.The wages of our sin is death.(Romans 6:23) Because we are guilty, we cannot expect God to simply over look our sin. If someone murdered our mom, we would want justice. We would not want God to simply overlook their crime. This is what makes Jesus so critical to the problem of sin in our lives. He came and paid our fine. We commited the crime, but he took the punishment upon himself. GOD became a man. ....Jesus.... put himself on the cross to pay for our sins. When we acknowledge the cross, repent of our sins, and trust our lives to Him; then we escape the wrath of God on judgment day. Are you certain that YOU are going to heaven? When you face Him on that day, is YOUR fine paid? Do you and GOD need to have a conversation?
  5. A friend of mine sent this request to me. Would you please lift in up in prayer and stand in agreement that she be healed! Jordyn is 6 weeks old and has struggled with health issues from birth. Most recently, she has been unable to gain weight, which was originally thought to be due to some type of acid reflux. The problem persisted, and she was admitted to Miller Children's Hospital Long Beach on Tuesday for further testing. She received a spinal tap, which has led to some concern she may have spinal meningitis. Additionally, it appears she may have a chromosome issue, which could result in long term impairment. We are still trying to get all the details, but wanted to reach at to you as quickly as possible to pray.
  6. Have you all been told lately just how much JESUS LOVES you! YIkEs its ALOT.... just thought you needed to hear it again! Girls....The man is crazy in-love with You!
  7. First.. Praise the Lord that you came back to the Lord and are walking with Him again! He sought you out and brought you home~ The lord is Good! Second. .... Win him over. You'd would be surprised at how attractive Christ can be in a woman who is gentle and quite in nature.One of my favorite sayings and what I try to live by is this..." A woman should be so hidden in Christ that a man should have to seek Him, to find her!" So dive in my sweet sister.... jump so far into your relationship with God that it can't help but overflow to your unsaved husband! Get totally Radical for Jesus.. wahoo!!! Your husband will fall in-love with you all over again as he witnesses the new creation you are becoming before his very eyes. The change in you will be contagious and infectious...But, don't feel discouraged if it takes him awhile. Remember, it is the Lord who draws people to Himself. He is on his own path to salvation. So don't try to be his Holy Spirit and convict him of his sin.You will only push him away... Just love him and serve him. It is the Lord's kindness that leads us to repentance. If you need creative ideas for every day, I encourage you to get the book The " Love Dare".Remember the Lord found you in your own way and in the Lord's time, and will do the same for him. Don't forget, "the effectual and fervant(consistant) prayer of a righteous woman availes much".... So pray, pray, pray! As you pray for him your love for him will grow deeper and deeper and it will become easier and easier for you to serve him as you serve the Lord. This is quite a journey that will have it's ups and downs. But trust the Lord every step of the way....HE alone has everything you need........so Run to Him in times of trouble, for He is your support! I'll be praying for you....and your husband! And welcome to the family, sister!!! secondchance
  8. oops got your pm... i'll friend you...
  9. hmmm, that is odd. I will friend you on facebook, then add you. OR I can post the daily posts here on christianmom, if enough people are interested. I haven't had the greatest luck with replies to any of my threads... BUT if you ladies will benifit from them and you want me to, I'll start up a thread here... let me know? That is an invitation to you all to reply... heheeee!=) DO you want me to post the " Commited to a Godly Marriage" Posts and will you all interact with it? secondchance
  10. YEAH!!! just friend me if you can't find the group and I'll add you... Tishri Dobson
  11. Hey ladies, I created a group on Facebook called " I'm commited to a Godly Marriage" This is one of my most recent posts. I'm sharing it with you all because I know that it has a powerful truth that may help you in your marriages. If your on facebook, please come join the group.. We'd love to have you! Forgiveness after an argument.... Let's face it, in the heat of a moment, we almost always say or do something we regret. Our Emotions are high and flarring every which way with "you dont", and "you always". "Here's a feeling for you", "there's another feeling for you". When we finally get to the root of the issue, a place of understanding one another, one thing needs to happen. Forgiveness. Forgiving our spouse after an argument can be hard. We feel justified by the wrong done to us. Our ego's are bruised by hurtful words, or unjust actions. If we are mature in our faith, then we know we are responsible to forgive, regardless of how we feel. It is based on grace, not on the merit of our spouse to be forgiven. How can we tell if we really have forgiven them? In how we TREAT THEM AFTER THE OFFENSE. We may need to lock ourselves in a room determined to NOT COME OUT until we CAN... behave the way we are supposed to. The way God expects us to. This is where we run. With all the tears and frustration we feel, we lay it all on the line. Not to our spouse. But only to Jesus. Only in the cleansing presence of the Holy Spirit, behind a closed door.It's Personal. It's Private. It is in the closeness with the Father, that we are reminded of our own forgiveness for our own mistakes. It is here that we sort through the emotional side, so we can go to our spouse and be rational.( 2 Samuel 12:13-14......then.. David confessed to Nathan, "I have sinned against the Lord." Nathan replied, "Yes, but the Lord has forgiven you........." ) We also need to recognize that it may be costly to us to grant forgiveness. This cost is in relinquishing the offense so it is never brought up again.We bury it and never again ALLOW it to resurrect. (the only reason to remind someone of their sin, is for restoration / teaching purposes, and even then it must be done with a spirit of gentleness.) God's forgiveness for us is an outpouring of abundant grace and mercy that provides pardon for our guilt. We are to, out of gratitude, RELEASE our spouse from their crime against us.(Luke 23: 39-43........One of the criminals hanging beside him scoffed," So you're the Messiah, are you? Prove it by saving yourself -and us too while you're at it. But the other criminal protested,"Don't you fear God even when you are sentenced to die? We deserve to die for our crimes, but this man has done nothing wrong."Then he said "Jesus, remember me when you come into your Kingdom." And Jesus replied" I assure you this day you will be with me in paradise..")Jesus RELEASED him from his crime and the punishment he deserved. We need to do the same! If we are serious about being commited to a godly marriage, we must get active and good at forgiveness! Tishri Dobson copyright 2011
  12. Hey, welcome. I look forward to getting to know you! I am a stay at home mom of two toddler boys ages 6 and 7... you ahve come to a place where hopefully you will feel encouraged and strengthened as you walk with God!!!!!
  13. That is a tough question. I cannot give you a for sure answer because only God knows your path and His calling over your life. The best person to ask is Him. What I can offer, is when you do pray .. which direction do you feel peace? That is the major factor. If you feel anxious and worried most likely that is not the path God wants you on. He may just be stretching your faith, and a job for hubby may be right around the corner? I will pray for you to have discernment between your feelings and the truth of God's plan for your life.... On a side note... My brother and sister in- law pulled five kids out of their school to homeschool. She stepped down to part time working. And they help the kids together... Their kids did so much better after they did. My kids, .... I stay at home. I have not felt the calling to homeschool. But I was very weary about putting them into the public school. I did sence that God wanted them there. Since I followed that, they have been such a light. I have had many teachers and students tell me what an example of God they are. My other brothers' kids all go to public school. One of their teachers actually exepted Christ as a result of the light their family was to her. I know the public school is such a controversal subject. My brothers' and I were raised in the public school and are all walking with the Lord today (and have a very passionate walk with God.)One brother is a pastor and the other actively homeshcools and is a Doctor. My husband and his sisters all went to a private school. My husband is the only one still walking with God, the others turned away and went to completely worldly lifestyles. I tell you this because... we cannot limit God. He can be with our kids WHEREVER THEY ARE. I look back over my years in the public school and know that the prayers my mother prayed over me were answered because I had the strength I needed to resist peer pressure and I grew up without any addicitions to drugs, or rebelling against my mother or my faith.The key was... WHAT was taught at home and at church. I do devotions with my kids and talk about some of the ways the world views God and how we need to be careful to stand up for what is true and right. I have to be active about those truths because they are getting it( but not just from their school...everywhere...) but... God is always with them! There was a time I read a special book to my son's classmates that had a message about God. When I was done, I asked them, how many of you here know Jesus? Guess what almost EVERY one of them raised their hands.... so God is bringing the light into this dark place. He is hearing our prayers... His teacher was also a believer too and she told me that many of the staff held devotions before classes... In a public school! I hope that does'nt bring confusion to you, but simply to let you know that God is always bigger than our circumstance! Whatever he tells you.. obey! Much love! In Christ.....seconchance
  14. This has always helped me in those times ..... hope it encourages you too! Continue On.... A woman once fretted over the usefulness of her life. She feared she was wasting her potential being a devoted wife and mother. She wondered if the time and energy she invested into her husband and children made a difference.At times she got discouraged because so much of what she did seemed to go unnoticed and unappreciated. "Is it worth it ?" she often wondered." Is there something better I could be doing with my time?" It was during these moments of questioning that she heard the still small voice of her Heavenly Father speak to her heart. "You are a wife and mother because that is what I have called you to be. Much of what you do is hidden from the public eye. But I notice. Most of what you give is done without remuneration. But I am your reward." " Your husband cannot be the man I have called him to be without your support. Your influence on him is greater than you think and more powerful then you will ever know. I bless him through your service and honor him through your love. Your children are precious to Me. Even more precious then they are to you. I have entrusted them to your care to raise for Me. What you invest in them is an offering to Me." " You may never be in the public spotlight. But your obedience shines as a bright light before Me. Continue on. Remember you are my servant. Do all to please Me." " Whatever you do, work at it with all your heart, as working for the Lord, not for men, since you know that you will receive an inheritance from the Lord as your reward.

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