Wednesday, June 5, 2013

Small Steps to Faith

Author's Note: This piece is my DWA. I wrote this relation to the book Heaven is for Real. When it seems like there is no faith, well there is. Throughout my piece you will see that God does care for his kids here on Earth.

You’re in the hospital, your boy laying on the bed. Doctors surrounding your little kid. You’re outside in the waiting room, trying to get a glance at him, but it’s just nearly impossible. At this point so many things are running through your head. That night you come out of the hospital and your son goes “Jesus really, really loves children.”Colton Burpo said while playing with his cars. That moment when he closed his eyes you could tell something was different about him. Having faith during a time like this may sound impractical, but we all should know that when faith is running thin you still should believe; know that God will take you through it.

Even though God doesn't sound or look like he’s there, well he will always be by your side no matter how hard the situation is. In the book Heaven is for Real, to get through a life like Colton Burpo you will need to have a lot of faith in God. In the 21st century, we haven’t quite understood the fact that you need faith to get through almost anything. With that being said, I was watching a YouTube video and it was talking about a rare cancer called osteosarcoma, that had taken a 17 year olds life. Being in a situation like this you would need to trust God, which is a hard thing to do because you don’t understand why this is happening to your child

Children are gifts of God, but when something bad happens to them; the frustration gets to the parents. Which causes stress and slowly losing that feeling of faith. Todd Burpo, Colton’s dad was extremely frustrated this happened to Colton. Todd wasn't sure how to express his feelings, he yelled and screamed at God “Why is this happening to my son?!” God has his ways of answering prayers, even though it may not be the prettiest, he is here for his kids. If God bring you to it, he will bring you out of it. Anonymous.

Having faith and still remaining to be calm is the greatest thing answered prayer God could give you, and even getting to see your child after any life threatening situation that is a bigger gift from God. God can show his love for kids in many different ways: like the way God answered Todd Burpo prayer.  God loves his children so much he sent his son to die on the cross. I don’t think anyone of your parents would be able to give you up just for you to die on the cross.

God does everything for a reason, even though it may not seem like it. With the Burpo family they didn't know why this was happening to Colton, but they realized that anything that God does happens for a reason. The older you get the more that you begin to understand that. Faith is a hard part of your life but you know what, we all have to go through it. God is there for everyone no matter how much you sin or bad is in your life. He also loves each and everyone of you no matter what; he loves his children here on earth. 

Even if it Breaks Your Heart

Author's Note: This is my Text Analysis piece. I did it on a county song because that genre of music has really gotten me through a lot. I hope this song impacts you as much as it did to me.

Way back on the radio dial,
The fire got lit inside a bright-eyed child.
Every note just wrapped around his soul,
From steel guitars to Memphis, all the way to rock and roll.

Ohhh, I can hear 'em playin'.
I can hear the ringin' of a beat up ol' guitar.
Ohhh, I can hear 'em singin',
"Keep on dreamin', even if it breaks your heart."

Downtown is where I used to wander.
Old enough to get there but too young to get inside.
So I would stand out on the sidewalk,
Listen to the music playin' every Friday night.

Ohhh, I can hear 'em playin'.
I can hear the ringin' of a beat up ol' guitar.m
Ohhh, I can hear 'em singin',
"Keep on dreamin', even if it breaks your heart."

Some dreams stay with you forever,
Drag you around but bring you back to where you were.
Some dreams keep on gettin' better,
Gotta keep believin' if you wanna know for sure.

Ohhh, I can hear 'em playin'.
I can hear the ringin' of a beat up ol' guitar.
Ohhh, I can hear 'em singin',
"Keep on dreamin', even if it breaks your heart."

Keep on dreamin', even if it breaks your heart.

Keep on dreamin'

Don't let it break your heart.

For the longest time this song has always kept me going even through the more difficult times. Whenever I feel down this is the song to turn too. The first time I saw Eli Young Band, they performed this song and immediately fell in love with this song and the band. When things get rough you can always rely on this song to make you feel better. It has personally helped me with friends, family and my dreams.