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What Happens When the Door Closes and you are in the Storm?

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The brainchild of two Registered Nurses, ages 50 plus, who asked the question, “What happens when the door closes and you are in the storm?” After a lengthy discussion, we identified that maturing through the lifespan can be a difficult process for many women. Historically, we have overcome many obstacles; however, for reasons which are not easily identified, we are feeling quite overwhelmed with the present-unexpected life event.

When we perceive that we are overwhelmed; fear, worry, and anxiety escalate at disproportionate levels. As a result, we become spiritually disoriented, and gradually we become fixated on the closed-door. When we begin to communicate with God through prayer, we will realize that God has allowed the door or chapter in our lives to close. He is protecting us as only a Heavenly Father can do. As we draw closer to God, He will allow us to see his wonderful plan for our lives-many open doors.

“Living the Dream”

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

I was recently at an estate sale and overheard a conversation which began with “How are you?” In response, the person stated in an upbeat manner, “Living the dream.” It was as if time had stopped. We waited for further clarification of the dream. Was it an abundance of money, a great job, good health…? However, he never said another word as all eyes watched this stranger walking away.

Living the dream is a subjective state of mind. No two individuals will replicate the meaning of this statement. My interpretation of living the dream may be tied to great interaction with my family, enough money to pay the bills, current retired status or experiencing a pain-free day.

From a spiritual perspective, Eternal Life may be seen as a dream. Even though, we are told in John 14 and Revelation 21 that Christ is preparing a new home for us, many have lost hope in this promise. We begin to focus on secular dreams or cease to do our part in changing ungodly character traits. I reflected on my understanding of “a new heaven and a new earth.” Am I really striving for this attainable dream-only available through the process of sanctification-committing myself daily to God?

The thought provoking statement of “living the dream” has me seriously thinking about the changes I need to make in my spiritual journey. Unlike working to obtain “the dream” from a worldly perspective, I am unable to do good works to obtain Eternal Life. It was not a coincidence that I heard the strangers response. There are changes that I am required to make in my life in order to hear “Well done.”

Thank you God for getting my attention-my commitment to you needs improvement.

Sonya Johnson Ruiz

Romans 12

Practical Messages for Impractical Times

We often think of ourselves as embracing diversity based on obvious characteristics; ethnicity, religious beliefs, culture, etc. However, are you really able to love those who express different opinions or subscribe to alternate morals or value systems? What about the individuals whose life experience surpasses your own? All of these scenarios invite the opportunity for conflict due to opposition of our own beliefs.

Romans 12: 9-21 presents God’s instructions for embracing diversity. “Don’t just pretend to love others…”

Dear God, I am guilty of pretense. I have not embraced diversity according to your standards. I confess my sins and ask forgiveness. In Jesus’ name I pray. Amen

Sonya Johnson Ruiz