What’s right and what’s wrong? How do we know how we are supposed to act and what we are supposed to believe? The Bible warns us that as the years pass, good will be called evil and evil will be called good. Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. Isaiah 5:20
For those who don’t believe in the Bible, things get even more confusing, because you are already following the laws of the Bible. Do not murder, do not steal, do not commit adultery, etc…originate in the Bible. If you have even the slightest feeling that these are wrong things then how can you pick and choose what laws from the Bible to follow and what laws from the Bible not to follow? If there is any part of the holy book that is true, why wouldn’t the whole book be true? And why could every person be able to pick and choose which parts he/she would choose to believe? If every person is able to choose whichever parts he/she wants to obey, what prevents someone from choosing that they don’t have to follow the 10 commandments; that it is okay to kill, steal and cheat…?
Our country was founded by God fearing men and women (yes, I am aware of the controversy trying to prove this not to be, but the documents speak for themselves). Our country’s roots are based on the Bible. While some would like to say that the Bible would change with the times, I would have to refer them to the paragraph above. How do we pick and choose what should last through the years and what should fall to the wayside. Are we all really willing to risk allowing people to choose evil and tell them they are making good choices? I do emphasize choices, because just as we guide a child down the right path, we still love that child, even when they do wrong. We still love children even if we disagree with them. People haven’t changed so much over time that they aren’t still people. We should love everyone and help them to have light and be light in the world. I think that some people equate love with agreement and it is far from the same. My heart breaks most for some people I disagree with the most!
I am not always eloquent in my writing, especially when I am trying to get points across..haha! But the following videos are amazing and I urge you to watch them. Whether or not you agree with them, or me, just give them a chance. I think they will at least stretch your mind regardless of what you believe. It is not hard for you to know that I believe in the Bible, that I believe our country needs to return to its roots, that I believe in Jesus as Savior! But watch these videos and make your own decisions. 🙂
Francis Chan “The Second Coming” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WS7aJ33fMx0
I am sure many, if not most, of you who read this will not be voting the same way I am. Surprisingly to you, I’m okay with that. 🙂
I do have two small little requests for you:
- VOTE: So many people complain about who gets into office and they don’t get out and vote. Please vote.
- PRAY: and listen to the response. If everyone actually took a little time to pray (myself included) before voting, I have a feeling no matter what the outcome, we’d all feel a lot better about it.
There are so many issues to consider when voting, so many important issues. When I look at the issues, my values need to line up with them. God will let rise and fall who He will. He is the author of this life. If I try to go against His will where will I be? (Not that I am anywhere perfect in that area…I am human too…and very thankful He has patience with me!)
One of the issues that is closest to my heart is that of abortion. A lot of people write me off as having a biased opinion since we lost a child before birth. They think it helps me legitimize Joshua’s life as a real life. I call that a pretty bogus thought for two reasons. One is that I have been prolife passionate since I was in middle school…not brainwashed by anyone, just a passion God put in my heart. Two, Joshua’s life is legitimate and I don’t need anyone who doesn’t want to believe that to change their mind for me. I pray that their hearts may someday change, but it doesn’t make or break my life.
Children, sadly, have never been seen as holding great value. In the time when Jesus was on earth He made a point to tell people that they need to care for children, to accept them and that they are to be valued.
35 Sitting down, Jesus called the Twelve and said, “Anyone who wants to be first must be the very last, and the servant of all.”
36 He took a little child whom he placed among them. Taking the child in his arms, he said to them, 37 “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.”
If it is important enough to be in the Bible, important enough for Jesus to speak of, then it probably is pretty important as a voting issue. Just something to consider on the way to the polls…
So, its about time that I blog about JJ Heller. We discovered her music on our trip out west this past August. Listening to her music combined with Adventures in Odyssey comprised most of the time we spent in the car. When putting a couple thousand miles on a vehicle, finding something of quality to fill the non conversational times is quite key. 🙂
We had, of course, heard a couple of JJ’s songs before, but I didn’t make the connection until our trip. JJ sings what I would call folk music. Most of her songs are family oriented or Christ centered…or both. They are just beautiful pictures of life…whether joy or pain. My ultimate favorite of hers is “The Boat Song,” but so many are just to listen to without tiring of them. Often her songs will be found playing in the background of our daily activities whether at home or in the car.
Speaking of music not growing tiring…my children play their favorite song 24/7 on their IPods lately. Whether the volume is quiet or loud, the song inevitably ingrains itself into our heads. My daughter’s current song is Shakira’s “Try Everything” from the movie Zootopia. It is a fun song with a good message, so of all the ones that have played non-stop in our home, this is one of the family favorites.
My heart, O God, is steadfast;
I will sing and make music with all my soul. PSALM 108:1
I absolutely love this piece of a sermon by Jonathan Edwards, called “A Divine and Supernatural Light”
There is a difference between believing that God is holy and gracious, and having a new sense on the heart of the loveliness and
beauty of that holiness and grace. The difference between believing that God is gracious and tasting that God is gracious is as different as having a rational belief that honey is sweet and having the actual sense of its sweetness.
Listen to advice and accept discipline, and at the end you will be counted among the wise. Many are the plans in a person’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.
I am glad I am not perfect. I am glad I am so far from being perfect that I have no place to judge others. Of course we all do at times, wrongfully. But…I am glad that is not my authority. (note: Christian accountability and malicious/flippant judging are very different things) I am thankful that God can see past even the ugliest of sins and see how He can use that for His glory, in many cases taking the sin away and creating a whole new person from the trials.
Right now there are some people in my life that are choosing very different paths than the ones in which they started. I have Christian and non-Christian friends trying to take control of situations that need to be given to God. Someone asked me yesterday why I want them to be in Heaven. My heart breaks over each situation. I pray that God changes their hearts quickly. I am a sinner, too. Perhaps their sins are more noticeable than mine because they are on display right now. That makes them no worse than mine. So while I pray dramatic changes in their lives, I also pray dramatic ones in mine. Though I will never be perfect on this side of Heaven, I pray that I (and everyone) will grow closer to Jesus, and His will, everyday.
Praise God who gave His only Son. Praise Jesus that His perfection reigns and that He took our place on the cross, so that when God looks on our lives He only sees the perfection of His Son.
Whom have I in heaven but you?
And there is nothing on earth that I desire besides you.
My flesh and my heart may fail,
but God is the strength of my heart and my portion for ever.
The moment is now. Don’t let it pass you. Everywhere around me I see family, friends, loved ones and strangers…all people getting hit hard by “life.” These may just be the birthing pains that are the mere beginning of the end of the world to come. Or they could be more. Why take the chance? No matter what, we know this life is not forever. Now is the time to have that conversation you have been putting off, ask for forgiveness, give forgiveness, pass on memories, pass on legacies and most importantly have a one on one conversation with your Lord and Savior. Ask Him to guide you, lead you, forgive you. Ask Him to live in your heart. Give yourself to Him for eternity.
Yesterday night I couldn’t sleep…it is funny how our bodies react to things. I think about Joshua every single day, but whether I want to or not, the emotions come flowing out this time of year. My mind spins, my memories overwhelm me. I don’t think this is a bad thing…I want to remember, even if it is painful. Anyway, since I was awake with a racing mind, I finally got out of bed and I blogged at 4:30 yesterday morning about Satan attacking people around Christmas. Wouldn’t you know, about 12 hours later, he struck again.
My heart and prayers are with my aunt, my cousins and my whole family as we mourn the loss of my uncle who passed away yesterday with a great suddenness. My aunt has a confident peace and hope that her husband is now with his Lord and Savior. That is the only comfort for someone who suffers a great loss. It doesn’t make the pain go away, it doesn’t mean there are no hard times, but there is a huge relief knowing that the one you lost is eternally at rest and made new.
My sweet cousin after just hearing the news late last night was the first one this morning who remembered Joshua with us. It is an honor that people still take the time to remember him.
There are lots of trials and struggles in our world each day…here and across the world. God is still and always BIGGER and he will overcome!