No Broken Nose, No Broken Faith

So for most of you who don’t know, which I am pretty sure a lot do, I almost broke my nose today.

I was being extremely reckless with my gymnastics. Being a seasoned gymnast veteran I did a lot of no nos. I was being careless all to showboat for the young gymnasts in my show. Honestly, I have done a back handspring to a backflip multiple times, I felt comfortable. I had no idea that I would end up in the ER by my home.

Today, I realized something in my heart. Satan is trying to get me down on every little thing. Some things have come up in my show. This fall, yes terrible, and something I would never wish upon anyone, but it did not end my faith, nor cause me to falter. The whole time people were asking do you have pain and no, I did not have physical pain. I did have emotional pain, and I did want to cry. I wanted to cry not because of the nose or the finger, which I did hyperextend, I wanted to cry, because I felt like a failure and I felt like I had let everyone down. At that moment I decided to have a better outlook on the whole situation.

My first mission was to make someone happy. I was taken in after having my sister making jokes and taking pictures. I decided if she could have fun with it, so could I. the intake nurse brought me back into Triage, and I found myself trying to make her happy. She was so thankful and I could tell she had a hard day at first, but I guess my comments and jokes lightened the mood and made her have a lot better day. I proceeded to do that multiples through my ER visits and I am happy to say, although now it [nose] is painful, my spirit and heart is alive.

Satan has been trying to get me down, and he has done that in multiple ways, but like my nose, my faith remains unbroken and ready to serve God in any way I can! Satan be gone for I praise God through my pain and my happiness.

Where is Satan trying to bring you down to his level? What can you do to help release that? Share some of your thoughts in the comments for a further discussion.

“The Spirit of the Sovereign Lord is on me, because the Lord has anointed me to proclaim good news to the poor. He has sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim freedom for the captives and release from darkness for the prisoners, to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor and the day of vengeance of our God to comfort all who mourn, and provide for those who grieve in Zion— to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of joy instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of his splendor.” Isaiah 61:1-3

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Are Kids Growing Up too Fast, Part 1

            I have been thinking about this very recently. I am a director for a youth theater group and working with these youngsters gives me a very unique opportunity: I get to talk to these young children and influence them. In these talks I have been fortunate enough to advise these kids and help them out with their problems.  It is seriously one of the greatest things about my job.

            Probably the last thing I ever thought that I would hear out of a student’s mouth was that they were struggling with sexual issues. I had sat down to talk with a 13 year old girl, and she kept looking at her phone. After many frustrating grunts and angry eyes I asked her what was the matter. She then showed me her phone and said, with an air of proudness, “This guy keeps asking me to have sex with him.” What the heck? Seriously, and this YOUNG girl is not the only one I hear about. So I pose the question, are children growing up too fast?

To be continued…