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The complexities of healing and forgiveness in the emotional aftermath of traumatic events often result in feelings of isolation in one's faith community. Survivor, Wendy Redroad, offers an innovative program where divine purpose is discovered in the passions. Professional recommendations & inspiration.

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nlighten faith communities to the unspoken needs of the traumatized.
Defend human dignity.
Initiate an affirming forgiveness program.
Foster sustainable transformation.
Yield to mercy--with justice.
 

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What are the passions?

"The passions are the feelings, the emotions or the movement of the sensible appetite--natural components of human psychology--which incline a person to act or not act in view of what is perceived as good or evil. The principle passions are love and hatred, desire and fear, joy, sadness, and anger."

(Compendium CCC, 370. Libreria Editrice Vaticana, 2006) The Compendioum's source on this topic is the teaching of St. Thomas Aquinas.

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:56 PM

The Grand Illusion

Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:56 PM
Tuesday, August 18, 2015 12:56 PM

Deep down, I know. I control nothing. Like the sun, I rose this morning because God said, "Wake up sleepy head."

I work and earn a living wage. Tithe. Pay the bills. Fund the savings account when I can. Shop a little when I can. And then I forget. I control nothing. Visible provision fosters the feeling that it's me who directs my fate. Awe . . . control. The grand illusion. I confess. I like the illusion.

When provision shines high in the sky I "cast my care upon the Lord" with ease. But what about seasons of financial overcast when my trust in God is tested in the midst of what I can't see. In the absence of sun-shiny-provision the doubt in my heart is exposed.

When fear and uncertainty arise. I confess. I confess because the tender mercies of Eternal Father Almighty God compel me to lean in and tell the truth. I tell the truth. He listens. I cry. He comforts. I wait (longer than I'd prefer). And then God commands provision to shine brightly once again.

I feel badly about the times I can't offer Him 100% trust. He is, after all, 100% trustworthy. I thank Him for loving me regardless. I thank Him for loving me enough to cloud the traditional ways my needs are met just long enough to remind me that He is my Source. When the channels change, the Source remains the same.

Faithful God is in control.

"Believe more deeply. Hold your face up to the light even though for the moment you do not see."  --Bill Wilson

What are you weathering in life today? Does provision shine brightly, or are you in a season of overcast and uncertainty? 

 

You are not alone,

Wendy

 

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