6.24.13

Yet I am always with you; you hold me by my right hand. You guide me with your counsel, and afterward you will take me into glory. Whom have I in heaven but you? And earth has nothing I desire besides you. My flesh and my heart may fail, but God is the strength of my heart and my portion forever.

6.8.13

I will seek the lost, and I will bring back the strayed, and I will bind up the injured, and I will strengthen the weak…
Ezekiel 34:16a

 

This is my prayer…for the lost to seek Christ, for them to KNOW Him, for them to live with Him in eternity some day.  This is my prayer first for my children and family and then for the rest of the world.  

3.30.13

“He himself bore our sins” in his body on the cross, so that we might die to sins and live for righteousness; “by his wounds you have been healed.”

1 Peter 2:24

Selfishness

I am angry.  I don’t often get angry, but I am angry.

I am disappointed.

And I am a bit disgusted to tell you the truth.

The mindset of the majority of people is “look out for number one,”  “all about me,”  “I can do it because I want to and who cares who I hurt along the way,” “it feels right right now, lets not worry how it will feel in a day/week/month/year”

I know that God is sovereign and reigns over all, no matter what the government decides, but as I have said previously, I am sickened by what my children will be “taught” is acceptable behavior, what their friends will try to convince them is good when it is evil, and that they will be persecuted for believing in Our Savior.

After Tuesday I didn’t mourn, because I know God is in charge, but I did get angry.  Part of me was even ashamed to be a woman, because I think many women were fooled by smooth words during the campaigning.  I was not fooled, I did the research, separated the lies from the truth as best as anyone.  Not everyone did…male or female.  Some didn’t want to be bothered.  Some like being selfish and setting our future up for failure because they won’t be here to see it.  Some are just clueless.  Some did research and still voted the opposite of what I did, but at least they knew what they were voting for.

Too many people are saying “I want,” which are the very words my children are scolded for saying.  We “wanted” ourselves into a multi-trillion dollar debt.  Why is no one concerned about this?  We “wanted” ourselves into killing millions of unborn children and having others take care of the medical bill.  We “wanted” ourselves into losing the traditional family as a standard.  I use the term we loosely, because I don’t want any of that.

Even if you don’t believe the words of the Bible, lets look at these issues without using the Bible.  How is debt good for anyone?  The majority of abortions are not for medical reasons or rape, so why should my tax dollars go toward killing your baby?  The statistics are extremely clear that children do better with 2 parents in the household…and they do better with a female and a male role model (aka: mom and dad).  This is not always possible, sometimes parents leave or pass away, but in the instances where it is possible, shouldn’t we do our best for our children?  We should not be killing them or showing them by example that sleeping around is okay or leaving them in debt or making them feel persecuted for standing up for their beliefs.

I know I offended people in this post.  I am sorry if you feel bad, but I am not sorry for speaking up.  We cannot be sorry that people are offended because we believe the Word of God.  I would rather you be offended today and maybe look into what I am saying and maybe escape hell, then live for eternity in hell.  Being offended is much better than going to hell.  You can think I am a horrible person, and you know what?  I am.   I am a sinner just like everyone else in the world.  But, I love people.  I love you no matter what choices you make, because I am no better than you.  I will be your friend, because why wouldn’t I be?  Can you be mine?  If I don’t agree with you, can you really be my friend?  I can love you if you are gay, or if you have had an abortion, or if you voted for Obama…can you say the same thing back to me?  Or is it only okay for non-Christians to stand up for what they believe?

I have some friends right now who are making HORRIBLE choices in their lives…this would be agreed upon in the eyes of Christians and non-Christians alike.  Did you note that I said I “have friends”…even with these choices, I am not abandoning my friends.  Christians are able to be angry at the sin and still love the sinner.

Our country is divided right now.  It is obvious by the election.  It is obvious by the aftermath of the election.  Our pastor is awesome and not afraid to speak the truth and his words this weekend were right on.  The future doesn’t look bright.  I pray that we may not give up the fight.  We still have to make our government know what “we the people” stand for.  And above everything else we have to trust in Our Lord and Savior, because He will lead us Home.

9.16.12

When you hear of wars and uprisings, do not be frightened. These things must happen first, but the end will not come right away.”

10 Then he said to them: “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom.11 There will be great earthquakes, famines and pestilences in various places, and fearful events and great signs from heaven.

12 “But before all this, they will seize you and persecute you. They will hand you over to synagogues and put you in prison, and you will be brought before kings and governors, and all on account of my name. 13 And so you will bear testimony to me. 14 But make up your mind not to worry beforehand how you will defend yourselves. 15 For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict. 16 You will be betrayed even by parents, brothers and sisters, relatives and friends, and they will put some of you to death. 17 Everyone will hate you because of me. 18 But not a hair of your head will perish. 19 Stand firm, and you will win life.

Luke 21:9-19

Life is hard

Life is hard.

It is hard for my 3 year old who says “everyone runs faster than me,” when he plays sports at the Y.  It is hard for parents to raise their children with respectable values.  It is hard for the people who lose their home, job, spouse, health.  It is hard for those who don’t have a roof over their heads.  It is hard for the hungry, the abused, the scared.

There are plenty of levels of hard, but we are all touched by it.

I tell friends, loved ones and strangers, that if they follow God’s plan they will be blessed.  They will be.  However, that does not mean they will get the guy (or girl), have 2.5 children, live lives free of disease, be sheltered from the storms of life whether real or theoretical.  They may not see their blessings here on earth.  They will see them in eternity if they truly stay on the Lord’s path.

That is hard, too.  It is hard to know that your heart’s desire may not be God’s plan for you.  It is hard to live facing death, illness or heartache of any kind.

Jesus never told us it would be easy.  He never promised happiness.  He did tell us He would walk through life with us…through the good and the bad.  Can you even imagine?  We get so wrapped up in our own woes of life, can you imagine living through them AND living through every other person’s journey who ever lived or will ever live?  I don’t know about you, but I think it is harder at times to watch others go through life’s hardships than to go through them on my own.  Jesus left perfection, came to earth, experienced life as a full human…suffered physically, emotionally and spiritually.  He did it all FOR US and now He continues to walk through it all WITH US.  What an amazing gift!

I know I am spoiled, abundantly blessed and cannot even comprehend the pains of others.  But I also know that we need to choose joy.  In the midst of sorrow we need joy, in the pits of life we need joy, in the trenches of pain we need joy.  It brings me back to what my pastor preached on a few weeks ago.  Joy is a choice and we need to choose it.  We are blessed and need to spread our blessings to others.

My three year old was sad today at the Y.  He needed a pep talk from mommy…he needed some tough love from mommy.  Afterwards, he chose to run in the opposite direction of everyone else, in his own little world with a huge smile on his face.  He didn’t play flag football at all the way he was “supposed to” but he did choose to play and he did choose joy.  My friends and family have faced and continue to face terrible burdens in their lives.  They choose to follow God’s path.  They choose joy.  That doesn’t make their lives perfect, but they live their life for the Lord.  People halfway around the world that have nothing in terms of “stuff,” gather together to worship and experience perhaps the most authentic joy this life has to offer.  According to our standards they are poor, in terms of eternity, they are rich beyond compare.

Life is hard, God is strong.  Follow Him, choose joy, you will be blessed.