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k, 6/20/13


inspired by vbs music, “my God is so big”, she said, “i know somethings God cannot do…

1)  be around sin

2)  be imperfect

then after some discussion, she says, “it’s like he’s allergic to sin”

i love this girl.

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Christian Worldliness


Isn’t this an oxymoron?  Why so much doubt in God?  It can only mean distrust, disbelief, discontent and must be denounced.  The heart is deceitful above all.  The world is tugging for our affections.  If we are not careful, I tend to believe that the more we are involved and immersed in the loves of this world, the more we are lured by their lusts.  Understanding the world by learning “about” their ways is one thing.  Immersing in their behaviors and not drawing careful boudaries between the world and a God-centered view can become dangerous.  Why do we compete with the world for their affections?  Why do we dress for gaze?  Goes back to our discontent and dissatisfaction in God.  If we are not satisfied representing His glory, we will seek what does satisfy.  And that will always bring us back to ourselves.

I think back to when all I ever listened to was secular music, especially as a young Christian.  I was a broken (still) girl with emotional needs unmet by a broken family growing up.  As most normal human beings, we all long for love and affection.  I was no different.  But I was not always careful with where and how I got that affection.  Nay, I was very much careless, regrettably.  As I was immersed in much of the world and its ways, I’m sure it was a great barrier to the joy and satisfaction that I could not find in my Lord.  But when all you’re listening to is “i want you” and “girl, you’re so sexy,” “i like it hot,” “don’t stop,” “get what you want,” love, sex and money, the girl kissing boy and all that junk feel good stuff, your mind and heart becomes a bit clouded with…fluff.  It’s very much superficial and leaves you unsatisfied.  Maybe I’m the only one who ever learned this struggle that way.

As we listen to the world’s advice, the world’s music, keeping up with the world’s trends, I am not surprised to find that Christians struggle to see the joy in living without the things the world has, the “feel good” gratifications it appears to offer.  We suffer from the constant need of acceptance and admiration of others in so many ways that we utterly struggle with the contentment of just quietly doing our best and knowing that we are honoring God between the walls of our own homes without having to shout (not literally) that we are either “successful” or so imperfect yet crying (not always literally) about this imperfection and for the world to accept us as we are.  We are accepted by God as we were, sinners.  All the while, we are to seek Him daily and He will be faithful to work out His good purpose for us, to shape and mold us according to His good will.

My point?  Be wise and on guard.  Guard your heart above all else.  What is your goal and desire in mingling with the world.

James 4:4  You adulterous people,don’t you know that friendship with the world means enmity against God? Therefore, anyone who chooses to be a friend of the world becomes an enemy of God.

The Christian Vote

November 7, 2012 1 comment

I know the controversial nature of making such a statement, but here I stand (well, sit).  How can any true Christian support a vote for a candidate that is pro-abortion?  It truly boggles and grieves my heart.  To say at all it’s okay for a woman to have  the right to choose such a violent act yet these are generally the very same people who are against wars.  Do you not know that abortion is essentially war against the woman, the body and a human life that God has created in His own image?  Are you not playing God when you decide such a matter as ending a human life?  Your conveniences are not so more important that you should spare another’s life.  This issue, however you want to categorize it, enrages me as it is essentially the sacrifice of a life.  Let’s not even bring up the “life of the mother” or “extreme handicaps,” people.  Those are cop-outs at their weakest.  Rape and incest, though it be a terrible crime, does not equate justice in executing a life, either.  That reason, statistically, is so rare.  Sorry, but that’s the hard truth nobody likes to hear.  I’m not trying to be callous or insensitive.  I know the complex emotions are real but they can be overcome.  Death once executed successfully, cannot be undone.   All the “reasons” aka excuses given are justifications of our self-desires.  How do we look the other way when we vote for candidates that are not only permissive of such acts, but in active pursuits of encouraging such a crime?  How do we justify our support of them?  Because they want to spend millions of tax dollars to increase government, supposedly “helping” the poor?  You don’t help the poor by encouraging dependence.  You help them by teaching them.  Yes, times are tough.  But times are always going to be tough for somebody, somewhere.  The world is not perfect and there will always be poverty until Jesus returns.  That’s just hard reality.

I proclaim that the first and foremost important issue for the Christian voter should  be the candidate’s stance on abortion.  The one issue- life, pro-life.  How can any other issue trump the very thing that all others build on- life?!  If there is no life, no ultimate, innate respect and value for life where it all begins- in the womb- there is no basis for valuing the good of the poor, the sick or the needy.  Yes, the church is charged to care for the widows and poor in need, first in their own assembly and then the latter.  And we should.

And how can a person, namely here, the president, who proclaims Christ condone such an act as permissible by law?  Sure, he says he doesn’t “personally” agree but that’s just a cop out.  We have many laws that prohibit harm to others.  The unborn human baby should be the “least of these” that is protected as well.  I submit they are the most vulnerable.  It horrifies me that this tragic practice goes on in our country, in plain view no less, and no shame for some.  It should be a crime punishable by law.  Yes, it is that simple.

 

Parenting Tidbit #7; Excuses, Excuses


http://www.doorposts.com/blog/2012/10/04/

Don’t Set a Precedent or Bad Example of Excuses

Parenting Tidbits #6; Building Character in Conflicts


http://www.doorposts.com/blog/2011/05/24/dealing-with-quarrels/

This article is a good snippet in helping your children deal with conflicts.

 

 

Ask, but Beware: You May Get the Truth


So, if I ask my husband if I look fat, I expect that he should tell me the truth.  And if that truth should be that, yes, I look fat, I cannot and should not punish him for answering the question truthfully by getting mad.  Otherwise, he will learn to be inclined not to be honest with me, and as a Christian, is that seriously what we should be encouraging?  If you don’t really want to know the truth, it’s not right that you ask.  The world tells us that husbands should tell their wives what they want to hear so long as it keeps them happy, thus also people in general.  But should that really be the case?  Being encouraging and kind doesn’t always mean tell people just he good they want to hear even if it should be a stretch of the truth or some round about way of denying the truth.  I’m sure you’ve heard the many punch lines of how a husband acquiesces to his wife’s every whim.  That’s not necessarily love.  We should realize that we may not like the answer we get and that has to be okay.  Being insecure isn’t always about others.  I believe it’s more about our own hearts.  I submit it stems from sin foremost and more about our own self-centeredness.  And being told truth shouldn’t throw us into rage or a hole.  You can either “run from it, or learn from it.”  Okay, so that’s a semi-quote from the movie Lion King in which they were talking about the past.  It’s still applicable.  You can either puff up your pride to preserve yourself image based on misconstrued truth b/c you don’t like it but I don’t consider that a healthy image at all.  Be honest with yourself and allow others to be honest without your worlds colliding.  I dare assume, it will not be the end of your world.  Sticks and stones, sometimes, remember?  But even with that, that’s only in the case of intentional cruelty, not friendly truth, especially when prompted or just in conversation.  So, my point here is this:  if you’re going to ask a question, be open to hearing, learning from what you hear and honest about the answer.  Don’t backlash on the messenger.

Critically Dead?


The way I figure, you would have to just stop thinking, reading, learning, basically be dead to not be critical, namely “judgmental”. Critical thinking is another form of judging, a way of learning, a way of growing in knowledge.  We are not called to never judge.  They (should be) teaching it in schools.  We begin to do this in infancy.  It’s natural and normal.  If you have a brain, you have a mind, and you have thoughts and thoughts about those thoughts.  You see things.  You have thoughts about those things you see.  You interact with people.  Then you have thoughts about those interactions sometimes.  Everyone has critical thoughts, judgements and we all need to learn discernment about how we use our critical judgments as they affect others.   We all judge,  ourselves and others.  Scripture doesn’t totally dismiss legitimate judgements.  In John 7:24, we are told to judge properly.  In Matthew 7, we are to judge a tree by its fruit, as in a person by their deeds.  But be warned, you will be judged with the same measure.  We ought to measure ourselves with the same standards.  Don’t play the hypocrite.