Life is Hard!

I am a strong believer that God uses everything that happens in life to teach us something about Himself if we will just listen to His Spirit and allow Him to instruct us. Then I search God’s Word to see what God has specifically said regarding what the Spirit has impressed upon my mind.

I am a pen turner and I love to work at my lathe. I have learned many things about life as I work at my lathe. Each step of the process in turning a piece of wood or antler into a pen is painful to the material with which I am working. The process includes cutting, drilling, shaping, sanding, polishing, friction, and pressure. But when the process is complete the material has been transformed; it has new beauty, value, and purpose. Something of little value now has greater value, all because it endured a painful process! Life is full of difficulties and it easy to become overwhelmed. But there is a purpose behind each hardship; they are all part of a process to shape and mold us into some of greater value and purpose. My desire in writing this blog is to encourage and maybe stir up some conversation with the lessons that God has been teaching me through the painful process of life. Life is hard, but God is good. May He continue working His process in my life.

If you are going to read any of my posts be sure to ready "Introduction to Lessons from the Lathe". In that post I lay out the basis for all the other blogs.

Tuesday, April 5, 2011

The Gospel

My intent in writing this blog is to share the message of God's love, His grace, and His purpose for our lives. In Christian terms it is called sharing the "Gospel'.
     If you click on this G.O.S.P.E.L. it will take you to a video link that my son-in-law posted on FaceBook. It is another way of telling the basic stroy behind this blog. It is told in languae that is fresh and appeals to a younger generation, yet the truth resonates with my soul.
     Apart from the gospel, my story is worthless; it offers no hope to anyone. But because I know that God's Word is true; because I have experienced the reality of the gospel's power to transform a life; because I, through God's grace, have had my relationship with Him restored; I can assure you that there is hope for the most hopeless situation. God is good.

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