The power of a relationship with God
I believe in God
This will certainly not be a hub that preaches about God or the Bible, etc. I know almost nothing about the Bible, God, or Jesus. I grew up in a household that never even mentioned religion except in instances such as, G*d dammit!
I remember pretty vividly that a friend of my mothers offered to take us to their church on Sundays, since we obviously had no religious background, and not much for parental supervision either, I think the friend just wanted to help in any way she could. Well, she didn't help, sadly. She actually made things much more confusing for me.
First let me say that I don't want to completely chop my mother off at the knees here. She was the one person to teach me the lesson that I would remember, and follow, for the rest of my life. I'm not sure where she learned it, because she hadn't necessarily lived by it. As my mom and I drove to town in the car one day, I even remember the moment she said it, we were zipping by the local bar that she had hung out in so frequently. Here were mothers words, "Do Unto Others As You'd Have Done To You." In total wonderment I asked her "What does that mean, exactly?"
She went on to explain to me that a good person will be nice to others, help others, and promote others to live by the same rule. If you would want someone to tell you the truth, you must tell the truth, always. If you would expect someone to help you if you needed help with something, then you better be a helpful person, always.
I was wrapped in happiness after having this conversation with my mother. Especially after being in her friends church for a few Sundays. I don't know what kind of church Nancy brought us to, but I knew that it wasn't a "normal" church. I won't go into detail because I will in no way insult anyone's religion here. That's not why I write this hub today. But this Golden Rule that my mother taught me, overrode any silliness that I may have witnessed in that church. I only visited this church for a couple of months before I explained it to mother and asked her if my little sister and I could stop going. All I needed was the Golden Rule. Nothing else. Everything else would fall into place, no matter what or who I believed in.
So I went through my teens and twenties, without ever attending another church. I'd never necessarily believed in God, in fact I was probably on the other side of the fence altogether for all of those years. I never loved myself and continued to make bad choices throughout this decade or so of time in my life. I must've felt that I wasn't worthy of what I really wanted in life because my choices proved just that. I always took the easy way out because the hard way would yield nothing, and end up to be a big waste of time. Well, I didn't want to waste my precious time. As a young person it's all about you. You think the world revolves around you and of course you think you know everything! And why waste that time doing something that's hard when you could just take the easy way out and do whatever you want with the rest of your time. Youth logic, isn't it refreshing?
After years of undiagnosed illnesses and extremely poor decisions, one day I decided to allow God into my life. I had two children at the time (ages 9 and 10), pregnant with my third. I was in the middle of an abusive marriage that had lasted much too long. I knew my older children had already seen too much, and I wanted to protect my third child from the same fate.
I'd been to Sunday school one summer and heard the typical religious discussions going on in the world. That was the limit of my Godly education. But at this age (31), having two children and a failing marriage, I knew something had to change. As pessimistic as I could've been at that very moment due to 31 years of misery, I drew out the little bit that I knew about God, and asked him for his help. I sat there in a small circle with my two older children, and the baby in my stomach. We all closed our eyes and prayed.
I actually, for the first time, felt that God was above me, as I sat there with my children that day. I asked him to forgive me for not believing in him, and for making the decisions in life, that I'd made thus far. I told him that I needed his help to get myself and my children out of an abusive relationship. I was too scared to do this without support, and I had been isolated so long that I didn't have human support. That day changed my life.
After this prayer, within that week, I had been sitting in my chair in the living room and it had been a little cool in that room all day. As I sat there thinking about God and how my entire body and felt different since the day we prayed. Just then I felt large, warm hands on my shoulders. And it felt like the sun had just shone on the top of my head. Nobody else was there at that moment. I knew that it was God.
Ever since that time when my kids and I enfolded ourself in God's hands, my life has been getting better and better. Not only is my quality of life fresher, but good things have happened, and continue to happen to this day. I was finally given the strengh to leave my abusive marriage. Although we were recently together again, it wasn't the relationship that was together, it was my compassion for people. Now that is done for good. I feel that in my soul. I will suddenly find things that I've been searching for. That never used to happen. I would frustrate myself by losing things constantly, and I'd never find them! Now, when it's convenient, I will locate the actual item I'm looking for, at that moment. Some religions say you must tithe (give 10%) of your total income to the church, in order to gain financial freedom yourself. Honestly, I haven't gone to church since I was a teenager and I haven't donated a dime to one either. But I've gotten checks in the mail, or over-paid rent checks (so I pay less for rent that month), and found money in my clothes, at the most opportune times. Just when I need the money, it shows up. And from where? Never in my life before this, had I ever ran into money when I needed it. I suffered many financial losses by being irresponsible with money, and I certainly had never received money, to help myself out of that money-pit, at the moment I needed it.
There are a million examples I could give you. But I not only wanted to address my own experiences, but those of the world around us today. It seems that there are more personal crimes and natural disasters happening. Hurricanes, global warming, child abductions and murders, guns, and so many more horrible events.
Does nobody wonder why things seem to be so much worse on earth today, than it was at any other time in history? Granted, the world is over-populated in my opinion, therefore there are that many more chances for things to go wrong. But, it's not just the external disasters I'm speaking of, but the internal ones as well.
People are more depressed than ever. Anti-depressants are the number one prescribed drug in the world! Why? In my opinion it's because people do not take time out for God in their lives anymore. I'm not talking about the fact that nobody goes to church anymore, compared to the ratio of church-goers in the 1800's, but even having God in their hearts. It's just not as important anymore. Everyone's too busy to show God that they care. In the past, Sunday was a day to worship the Lord. Now Sunday is the only day of the week that some people get, to rest or catch up on other work that they couldn't finish during their work-week. It's incredibly sad. There God sits, being ignored. And that doesn't mean that God is vengeful. In fact it's quite the opposite. God knows we need him, therefore I believe that he shows us that he's here, with the natural disasters and human crime, possibly thinking that we'll come to HIM with help to heal the world. We're not taking the time to do that.
If we want the world to be strong and prosperous for our children and grandchildren, we need to allow God to help us do that. But we cannot do that by sitting back and ignoring him. We cannot expect the world to out-live us, unless we get help now. It's crumbling all around us. And not only is the world crumbling all around us, but so are its inhabitants. Ask God for help. I promise, if you truly believe, he won't let you down or the earth down.
Whatever religion you are, whatever you decide that YOU want to believe in, is all you'll need. It doesn't matter what kind of God you idolize, believing in the creator of the world and its tremendous healing power, will free you.
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