Creating Altars

It’s been a while since I have been moved to post anything here. I have a feeling that has been because God has wanted me to focus on my personal issues that were preventing me from opening my heart fully to Him.

I feel as though I have made a breakthrough today (although it is up to me to capitalise on it). The sermon at church this week was about building altars. One of the verses that were quoted was this:

Genesis 8: 20-22

Then Noah built an altar to the Lord, and took of every clean animal and of every clean bird, and offered burnt offerings on the altar. And the Lord smelled a soothing aroma. Then the Lord said in His heart, “I will never again curse the ground for man’s sake, although the imagination of man’s heart is evil from his youth; nor will I again destroy every living thing as I have done. “While the earth remains, Seedtime and harvest, Cold and heat, Winter and summer, And day and night Shall not cease.”

God took the offerings and they pleased him so much that he promised never to destroy life as he had done with the great flood. God also feels the same way when we praise him, whether at church or at home. Our bodies are the altar and our praise is the sacrifice that we offer up to God.

I got on my knees and I prayed and I felt uplifted. It felt wonderful. I felt reconnected to God again. It is now up to me to take that feeling out of Church and spread it throughout my daily routine.

Have a blessed day.

Creating Altars

God is right

Psalm 33: 4-5

For the word of the Lord is right, And all His work is done in truth. He loves righteousness and justice; The earth is full of the goodness of the Lord.

This is going to be a short one, as I have had an exhausting day, and I need to catch up on some sleep, but I wanted to share this with you, as it is just what I needed to hear.

Sometimes it can be easy to focus far too much on the negative and ignore the positive in any situation. It is through this incorrect focus, in my experience, that doubts start to creep in and the devil gets his claws into you.

And yet, if we just remember the good things, and remember that God is righteous and truthful and that he loves to see those qualities in us, we can beat the devil and show him, and other doubters, the strength, the love and the wisdom of God and the fact that he will forgive anyone who lets Him into their hearts, no matter how grim their past life has been.

After all, He welcomed me back with open arms and forgiveness 🙂

Have a blessed day folks, and remember, the word of the Lord is right!

 

 

God is right

My beginnings

I guess the beginning would be a good place to start this story, and as most stories I have read contain beginnings, it would seem odd not to.

I was “baptized”1 at the age of 10 at an Anglican church in the little village of Tingewick. I cannot remember why I wanted to be christened, but I do remember that I did it of my own free will and that, at the time, I had wanted to explore religion more thoroughly and this seemed like the best way of doing things.

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The church (St Mary Magdelines, Tingewick) where I was first baptised.

The two main problems (and I wish I could have seen them sooner) was a lack of understanding of certain key concepts (prayer for example) and a lack of guidance (which I admit was probably due to a crippling sense of shyness). My 10 year old self grew resentful that my prayers (which were self centered to the core) weren’t answered immediately and I got disillusioned with the whole thing fairly quickly.

I then went through the darkest stage of my life to date which turned me from a skeptic into a full blown Atheist. My sojourn into far left wing politics turned me into something much worse and I remember how my anti-theism turned me into quite a hate filled person, blinded by my own sense of self importance. Luckily that didn’t last all that long and I reverted to a state of Atheist belief where I was quite happy to keep my thoughts to myself.

It was my meeting with my wife-to-be that awakened the agnosticism in me, and I started to explore various belief systems (Shinto and various Pure Land Buddhist beliefs being among them) before attending her baptism and feeling blessed by His presence in a way I have never felt before (I believe I described it as “powerful”).

I feel like a new person, and I am doubly blessed in that I have some truly wonderful people to guide me along. In ending, I would like to share this verse with you

 

Psalm 86:5 (NKJV)

For You, Lord, are good, and ready to forgive, And abundant in mercy to all those who call upon You.

God has certainly called me back into the fold and forgiven me for my past transgressions. I don’t think I have ever felt as blessed as I do now.

1 – I put  in quotation marks because it was not a full body immersion and not what I would consider a proper baptism.

My beginnings