When your things hit the fan
and there is nobody to call
God is the only help you can get
yet sometimes you feel it’s not enough (never never)
When your heart is buried down below
and there is nobody to prove to
God is the only one who loves you
yet sometimes you feel it’s not enough (never never)
Don’t say anything
Smile onto me
And I’ll know
You are here
to make this whole stuff better
You are here
to make this whole life better
When your hands are empty
and there is nowhere left to go
God is the only shelter open for you
You are more than just a thin air
even if people look through you
Don’t you give up just because it’s hard
There is Sun after the rain
There is love after the pain
There is Sun after the rain
There is love after the pain
One of the greatest contributions of the internet to our lives is that we can get to know the world and its reality more and differently than it is being told to us and we can discover whole new ideas and fantastic people all around the globe.
I’ve been reading a lot of blogs since the start of As I Can See. For quite some time one of them is SueAnn Porter’s and one thing is for sure, her devotion to God appears in her writings and lifestyle as well as her pursue of happiness.
She was kind to make time for this interview, so meet SueAnn Porter, an honest daughter of God on life, faith, challenges and answers and a view on our world today!
1. Dear SueAnn, How are you doing these days? Have you made any New Year’s resolution which hard to keep?
Honestly, I gave up on New Year’s resolutions many years ago.
As you know, I have published an ebook named “Arm Wrestling with Pharaoh” which looks at the Book of Exodus, and the story of Pharaoh and Moses. It compares how we go through situations today, when it looks like all hope is lost, but God has an answer.
Right now, it’s only available as an eBook. I am looking into having it printed in paperback.
I have started working on a Time-Travel novel. I am involved in a new writing group, which has been very helpful.
2. You have faced with various challenges in your life. Have you ever felt there is no way to continue, yet, you went on?
There were many times I felt that there was no way to continue – depression was overwhelming to the point of suffocation. I just kept going.
3. Is there any definite moment when we can clearly feel the presence of God, helping us? When were your most definite moments?
When I really stop, be still, then I can sense God’s presence strongly. The world keeps going faster and faster. God lives in Eternity and it’s a much easier pace. When we connect with Eternity, we find peace in God.
4. Reading your blog it is obvious you are deeply committed and grateful to your spouse. How did you two meet?
We met at work. This is a good place to meet someone because you know he has a job! Also, he was taller than me, which was important.
5. After you realized, you are the on to each other, how did you gain wisdom and strength to stay together? What advice could you offer for young couples to persevere?
We live in a throw-away society. If you don’t like something, you trade it in and get something new. In marriage, unless there is abuse or adultery, I don’t believe God really wants us to give up so easily. God has answers for us, especially when we can’t figure it out for ourselves.
6. The world around us has been tremendously changing. Do you think it will slow down or more radical and fundamental changes will come?
I don’t think the world will slow down, but as individuals, and especially as Christians, we will learn to find peace through God living in us, and slow ourselves down. The pace of the world will keep getting faster.
7. A lot of people feels, old times were golden, despite the facts, we have the best medicine and ways of communication these days. Would you rather live in a different era?
There are good and bad to all eras. I think what people miss from the “old days” are that we did slow down. Everything was closed on Sundays. We visited grandparents and cousins. Now, we compete with cell phones. Also, I think kids had instilled in them a sense of right and wrong, and manners. Also the schools taught History, Mathematics and English grammar. Many kids don’t know this information.
I think we are further ahead with race relations, although there still needs to be improvements. Women have better opportunities. And yes, it is fun to communicate with someone on the other side of the world through the internet!
8. Let’s turn to lighter things. Which is your favourite secret recipe? Care to share it with the readers?
I’m really not much of a cook. I have no secrets here.
9. If there was an imaginary list of the most beautiful and positive things in life what would you add to it and why?
I’m the kind of person who would rather be in the mountains than at the beach. There is something about the babbling of a stream that is the ultimate beautiful sound to me. I would invent a Theme Park where people could rent cabins in the middle of the stream. Okay, I might be the only customer but who knows?
10. Nowadays, almost everyone has a certain kind of understanding about the Afterlife. What is yours? Do we really cease to exist, or it is a one way street, or there is a connection between the earthly and spiritual life?
I believe in the Afterlife. We are spirit beings in flesh bodies. While the body dies, the spirit lives forever. There are only two options for the Afterlife: Heaven or Hell. There is no Purgatory. Jesus paid the price for all of our sins to be taken away, so that we would be able to enter Heaven. But we need to believe on Jesus, and more than that, we need to ask Him to come into our life and take over. When someone sincerely repents of their sins, and asks Jesus to come into their life, something spiritual happens. The pure life of God comes to live in us. The same power that raised Jesus from the dead lives in us. This is called being “Born Again.” Jesus said that He is the way, the truth, and the life, and that no one comes to Father God except through Him.
I know that many people believe that there are many ways to God, but I don’t believe this at all. God is King of the Universe, and if He wants people to enter Heaven by Jesus, then we need to follow His way.
11. Life these days looks pretty dark. Do you feel it was better and brighter in your childhood and we are doomed now? What future do you think our children will have? Do you think equality and mutual understanding, care and support will be manifested? Will people live for the sake of others?
I think each generation is different, and they are created to adapt to their time frame. I think that certain things get better, and other things get worse as time goes on. I don’t think we will ever reach true equality and mutual understanding, but we can keep moving towards it. We shouldn’t give up.
12. At last, let me ask you which areas do you think ought to be helped the most in the world? Who can do it? Are we really “too small” for them?
We need to do much more for our Veterans. They should be our number one priority.
We also need to help school children. The money that is wasted in the education system for administrators is abominable. Many kids need to have breakfast at school because they don’t get it at home. Also, school buses are needed for kids that live ½ mile away, instead of a mile away.
What Jesus maintained all in his life on Earth was special. Of course, we all regard him as the greatest educator of unselfish love, yet, he had a very personal approach to each and every issues: decency.
Have we lost the touch with our inner nature? Have we lost our connection with the area in our brain where the right things are? Because the was this world presents itself nowadays is that the loss of backbones – massively and individually both.
It is a common understanding how the leaders in various fields are compromised, unreliable and basically liars. Just think of politicians, business leaders or even faith-makers. If there is one who is a decent person, just a questions of time, a period and will be gone. Isn’t it so?
However, there is not so much talk about ourselves.
We don’t usually tend to see and admit we are compromised, our days began more of a pretending than manifesting the very ideas we had vowed for. Marriage, parenthood, siblinghood, friendships – are we really always on the top of our game to realize when to confess where to change?
Do we even think of altering the course of our ever-growing ego into active humility?
Despite the very fact how Jesus led his life as and example that amidst each and every, any kind of everyday matter or extraordinary circumstances. He would never give up who he was, that part never changed. He carried out his belief in his true identity from his childhood.
Do we always know who we truly are? Do we ever think who we are not meant to be instead of what others expect us to become?
If we understood our original connection to God, the depth and love how He made sure we would be born into this world of changes and growing, we would never compromise our decency in life and we would always stand up for what we are believing in, independently of the circumstances.
But faith is institutionalized, faith is compromised, faith is demonized, faith is broken these days.
So as our decency in ourselves if we let this soak into our skin. This muddy, fluid, ever-changing, spineless attitude of altering our fates for our own good.
Decency is not like that.
It might be old, it might sound outdated but decency is still on option to be more mature, more reliable, uncompromising and true to our own identity, manifesting the spark of Heavenly Father’s heart in ourselves through the constant actions of giving without expecting anything in return.
That is decency, that is life, that is the chance for a greater tomorrow for all of us.
The feral cat shook its fur on the blanket. It stretched its back a bit, carefully enough not to wake up completely.
If feral cats can yawn, it yawned, too.
“So, this is where I am” – noted with narrowly opened eyes. It was dark in the room.
“It’s okay to be here”, continued its thoughts “though…” and the thoughts became foggier.
“Where was I?” asked itself while falling back asleep again.
“Now, I know” woke up again. Well, this was more of a purr than a real waking up. The one everyone makes especially feral cats.
“I could be loved more”.
“Definitely, I could be patted and loved more.”
“My fur needs to be combed more often. Holy Mice, this silky fur needs combing, at all!”
“And I could have a real name, not just this temporary.”
“Humans are so weird, why couldn’t I have a normal name, like Johnny? Or just simply, John?”
So, John, the feral cat fell asleep again. This time he was dreaming about being patted, loved, cared and always fed more than he could think of.
He wasn’t greedy at all. John was among those who always appreciated each and every little bite – never thinking of how pathetic the situation could look like.
“Come Kitty-kitty, jump here to the window shield!” or “Kitty-kitty, catch the food!” and sometimes “Come let’s play! Where is your food? Can you smell it? Yes, it’s right in that tiny box, can you grab it out, Kitty-kitty?” But he didn’t care. Actually, time to time he even liked these silly games.
Originally, John (or Johnny for friends), had a shelter in the street, next to a crowded road. Life in a shelter is not fun; all humans know this well, so as feral cats. However, this was his home and he liked it. He liked it even in downpour; those times he was just sitting and let the raindrops wash the dust away from his hair. He enjoyed watching the rain and feeling the fresh air as it was cleaned from the pollution.
John took a deep breath in his sleep.
Other times, he was just laying in the grass, watching some buzzing bugs flying around the dandelions. He didn’t know so much about bugs but he respected them. On the contrary to those fellow feral cats who behaved like birds and had a tendency to keep bugs on the daily menu, John was just watching them.
If feral cats can smile, those times he was smiling, too.
And John was a peaceful love seeker.
He was curving in the blanket now.
John’s memories were full of nice moments with children whom (and this was something he was really proud of) never ever bitten or scratched.
He had just a special feel for them.
He enjoyed their laugh and certainly he enjoyed when they pat him.
Once he even jumped into a baby cart. The three young siblings were laughing and patting him and the mother was taking photo of him. That was a nice feeling: belonging to somewhere, belonging to someone. For a moment John forgot he was a stray, an unplanned and unwanted; a useless beggar in the eyes of many. He was just happy and comforted.
John didn’t know then, but that was the very moment when his whole life was about to change completely.
John walked into to the other room and laid down to the feet of the children. He immediately fell asleep again. As he was sleeping, with one of his ears he was constantly checking the young children’s breath to see if everything was okay with them. by Joshua Dragon
(Love Unbounded is a series of short stories from real life.)