The world we live is a beautiful, marvelous place to call home, isn't it? Natural wonders declare the glory of God, and the seasons are a never-ending declaration that His intent is for us to enjoy the mercies He bestows upon us...fresh, and new every morning. Season, after season, after season.
Like most of us, my life has been a blend of splendid times, tumultuous times, happy times; as well as dark seasons that have felt like anything but the comfort zone we anticipate when we trust our hearts to the care of Almighty God.
After all, if God is love, why does He ask so many of us to walk through grief, unthinkable tragedies, and life circumstances that leave us feeling empty, alone, and anything but loved by a supposedly benevolent Creator?
There are answers for those questions, not answers we like; in many cases, but... there are answers.
My purpose in creating Kataluma is to share with you the answers I found during the life struggles that shattered my hope, and nearly took my life.
My faith in God took a beating, but even in the darkest days, I somehow knew that He still loved me. He always has, and has convinced me that He always will.
I have cried to, shouted at, pounded the floor in raging pools of tears, and dropped a hefty dose of F-bombs on Him, but He has never ceased to cultivate my trust and faith in the fact that He truly loves me. Just as I am, He LOVES me!
He is the Father of lights, and He has proven the truth of His love for me through the inner workings of His Holy Spirit. The development of faith truly is an inside job, and my life challenges have introduced me to the felt presence of Jesus Christ, Emmanuel... God WITH us!!
It has taken time, and many life experiences for me to understand that "I" am a spirit, living in a body of flesh. I was a fatherless child who also suffered sexual assault, so abandon and rejection have been some of the greatest strongholds that needed to be extracted from my thinking lines and my mountain of toxic emotions.
In the psych world, that process is known as therapy, but Paul the apostle defines the process as "working out our own salvation with fear and trembling."
Renewing the mind of a person who has been chronically traumatized is no small task, but I want to assure you that there is a solution available to help end your suffering, and restore the life to your life!
Many people have faced more than their fair share of trauma, drama, and the repeated scenario of a "bad hand" in this game we call life. The results of that dark truth are broadcast in a never-ending deluge of news broadcasts and social media posts, and I for one, and tired of the chaos and "the end is near" attitude that continually assails us.
I think it's high-time that someone steps up to the windows of the world with a broadcast of hope, encouragement, good news, and strategic plans to help SOLVE the problems associated with trauma, drama, and the never-ending "bad hands" that people are contending with.
Have you realized? That someone is going to be ME!
I've seen a lot of good, bad, and ugly in this world, and I choose to maintain my faith in the good that is continually challenged by the bad and the ugly!!
I have a lot of information to share with you about some pretty tough issues, so this blog is my Virtual Communications Center. There is a menu at the top of this page that leads to my sites that are collectively known as Connie's House.
We will be discussing some tough topics, so I invite you to buckle up your belt of truth, and keep the helmet of your salvation securely fastened!
My train of thought is running at full-speed, so please keep your hands and feet inside when our Kataluma Adventure Train is in motion.
Homeless recovery training is a family affair, so be sure to include your kids in our quest to craft a National Protocol for addressing the needs of those who are homeless.
Safety for everyone is our main concern, so our training begins as an armchair adventure. Your next step is to meet my Adventure Team, then decide if you are willing to create an Armchair Adventure Team at YOUR house.
We're on a mission to help end homelessness, and we need all the help we can get. Our next post will have the details you need, so I invite you to subscribe to my blog and stay closely connected to our "Command Posts!"
Thanks for taking the time to visit today... we hope to see you again soon.
Connie, Clara, and the rest of our Armchair Adventure Team.