Someone asked my brother this week what I did for a living, he told them I was a writer. When asked what I wrote about, his answer was this:
“Death. Mostly sad things with a little speck of happy.”
When I heard his response, I got this mental image of me in a glittery grim reaper costume throwing confetti on sick people. Yep, according to lil bro…. I’m the death fairy?!
Don’t I just look intimidating, scary and looming with talk of death?! 😀 😀 😀
Yep. Really depressing lady right there 😀
I found his response comical, especially if you know his personality. He is a very free spirited and uninhibited individual. I suppose my work in my blogs, books and devotionals don’t make sense to him.
Honestly, that’s probably why a lot of people dislike my work.
I’ll be the first to admit it is intense. It touches on subjects that most people don’t want to think about, much less read about. No one wants to read about losing health, hope, independence…..unless you’ve been there….then you just need to know someone walked in the same darkness and found light again.
Some people can’t understand that because they’ve never been in that deep of despair.
Some people haven’t lost it all.
I kinda told God that today…….
I was crying to God earlier about how I feel like this disease has taken everything.
In His still small voice, He answered me with the following passage through His Word.
2 Peter 1:2-10 (KJV)
2 Grace and peace be multiplied unto you through the knowledge of God, and of Jesus our Lord,
3 According as his divine power hath given unto us all things that pertain unto life and godliness, through the knowledge of him that hath called us to glory and virtue:
(You called us to LIVE life and to live it with virtue and honor; despite the circumstances)
4 Whereby are given unto us exceeding great and precious promises: that by these ye might be partakers of the divine nature, having escaped the corruption that is in the world through lust.
(We are free from the bondage of sin! You promised us great things!)
5 And beside this, giving all diligence, add to your faith virtue; and to virtue knowledge; 6 And to knowledge temperance; and to temperance patience; and to patience godliness; 7 And to godliness brotherly kindness; and to brotherly kindness charity.
(We are gaining these things through the hard times in life. In our diligence to fight the good fight- we gain temperance, patience, love, kindess….all the things that glorify you and bring TRUE joy!)
8 For if these things be in you, and abound, they make you that ye shall neither be barren nor unfruitful in the knowledge of our Lord Jesus Christ.
(We are not barren. Sure things have been taken away….but there are still wonderful things to be gained The beauty of a pure heart, character and the blessing of serving others with humility, compassion and strength)
9 But he that lacketh these things is blind, and cannot see afar off, and hath forgotten that he was purged from his old sins.
(Some people can’t see true value. They have gotten their hearts away from what truly matters and have their hearts set on material, worldly or corrupt things. They are BLINDED by the world.)
10 Wherefore the rather, brethren, give diligence to make your calling and election sure: for if ye do these things, ye shall never fall:
(We shall never fall!!) Can I get an AMEN!?
We shall NEVER fall. No matter what, whether death or life or pain or sadness or loss….we are always held tightly in the hand of the Savior!
My soul is not barren. My life is not barren. No one can take the true treasures of my life away from me.
What is true treasure? It’s not my former career, it’s not my financial status, it’s not my looks or my power.
My TRUE treasure is only what I can take with me into the next life….
My loved ones and my character are the only things that I can take with me.
Satan, quit telling me the lies that everything has been taken from me.
I am not barren. I am blessed.
I am not empty. I am empowered.
I am not alone. I am alive.
I will walk the dark roads with the brightest lantern I can find, leading others out of their own darkness and into the light that leads to my Savior.
I am posting my favorite hymn. Couldn’t find a version I actually liked on youtube, so at some point I will replace this link with my own version of this song..but anyways. Listen to the words of this song. I just love the message.
Just as I am Lord, with all my shortcomings, weaknesses, sins, problems, sickness, pain, scars and humanness…..You accept me! Without a second thought, you listen to every tearful word I say to you.
Oh, how blessed I am with your love.
If I have nothing else, I have my heavenly Father’s acceptance- Just as I am.
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