Through words and pictures, we walk the winding trails of the untamed west. As a Wyoming Christian author, I breathe the beauty around me, transferring it to paper. I dare all to take the leap into God's country. Learn of its untold stories and reveal for yourself . . . where the wild meets the Forgiven.
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God's Sweet Fire
Fire and Flame
Mark 9:49"For everyone will be seasoned with
fire, and every sacrifice will be seasoned with salt.
An all-consuming, exhilarating, and cleansing experience. Every
Christian yearns for it, but at the searing heat, draws away in tears, crying
out at the Father in agony. Or worse…anger. Familiar?
That’s the only explanation for the misery in an otherwise wonderful
Christian life, right? What else could be responsible for thirty-six surgeries
or excruciating pain? Or sleepless nights? The list goes on and on. I’m sure
others can add much worse items to it. After all, I don’t believe His Fire is
reserved for any one person.
But why? Isn’t God supposed to be love? I distinctly remember learning
about that. Love, joy, peace, and hope. When was pain part of the Christian
Quite the question. What would Jesus say to that one?
I asked it over and over, of many people and received different
answers. Some comforting, but others shook the very foundation of my faith. Well-intentioned,
all offered in the belief of right. I can hear it now. What on earth did you hear? The curiosity is
mounting. Don’t worry, it’s not that bad.
Anyway… after much suffering, both physical and mental, I sought
answers from friends (albeit Christian). In their spiritual wisdom, they
responded. Such advice included “Put your needs on the prayer chain, everything
will be fine,” “The Lord says your faith will heal you, Renee. You need to have
more faith,” and “Sin…it must be sin, Renee.”
The above comments weren’t vindictive or mean. They were spoken in love
by godly women who firmly believed what they said. I left their counsel more
confused, and shattered than I entered. In many ways, I have no one to blame
for that but myself.
Instead of seeking the counsel of the Lord, I sought Man. A hard lesson
to learn, especially when over the heat of the Fire.
My life isn’t easy but then God never said it would be, did He? God
said He would never leave me nor forsake me. I would never be alone. But He
also promised I would be seasoned with fire and salt so this life, in the end
would be worthy…to be called Christian.
When is pain part of the Christian walk? When stepping through God’s Sweet
Falling Rock: A Short Story Once upon a time, in a small Indian
village, a brave warrior called Falling Rock fell in love with the chief’s daughter. She returned
his love and they went before the chief to ask for permission to wed. “You
say you love my daughter. Is this true?” The old chief looked to his youngest
daughter, the most beautiful of his children. “Yes,
Father. He loves me and I love him. Please let us marry.” Her small hands
grasped his gnarly ones and he narrowed his beady eyes at the warrior. “What
do you have to offer for this union, young warrior?” He
watched as the bravery seemed to seep out of the man at his question. “I
have nothing, my chief. I do not own any animals or fancy cloth. I can offer my
service and my loyal protection.” His black eyes met the daughter’s. “To you
and yours for the rest of my days.” “I
have that already, my man. I wish you to complete me a task. If you are
successful, you will have permission to marry my daughter. Do you agree?” The
stage… Raving Lunacy I search
every hidden realm in the computer for my lost words.I dig into the recycle bin, the hard drives,
the documents and picture files looking for the elusive data.No bits or bytes are to be found.Strands of hair fall by my chair and unkind
words caress the ceiling.My husband
listens to the moans and groans for a little while then asks the one question
I do not want to hear.
"Did you save
DID I SAVE THEM?Of course, I saved them!I always
save them!What kind of an airheaded
writer does NOT save their work?Do I
look like an airheaded writer?NO!Of course not, that is because I SAVE MY
WORK!(I did say raving lu…