My husband loves the band Yes. He really wants me to like the band. And I really have tried very hard to like the band. I love Bruford on drums, could listen to him all day, appreciate thr bass work, like the guitar and appreciate all the effort n into it. And I find myself enjoying the instrumental parts. But the vocals. I know tons of people love them. I just can’t. The vocals almost turns my stomach. Not just the annoying timbre of his voice but the harmonies are off-putting and they don’t sing one single meaningful word. In fact, every band now that does not have Christian spiritually meaningful lyrics rubs me wrong. I have no time, patience, desire to hear any secular band except instrumentals. It is a new thing for me and I see it as a direct result of my own spiritual maturity in my personal walk and relationship with my loving Heavenly Father. And that is just how it is now. I do not apologize for it. I just have different requirements to warrant my time and listening attention. I just want to hear my God lifted up and worshipped. That is my priority and focus. ❤
Fashion does not matter to me, character matters. People wear horribly uncomfortable things like nonsensical high heels because it is “fashionable” or popular. Foolishness. It does not matter in the least except that I have rarely seen someone in high heels be able to serve the public or work, they can barely walk around and rarely comfortably. We are meant to develop our moral character and deepen our relationship with God and that translates to loving and serving other people. How can you do that when you can barely walk? Is what is deemed fashionable and thus self-serving more important that serving the Lord? High heels is just one example. I could say the same for being glued to your phone in place of serving the Lord. These shallow, selfish things are distractions and hindrances from spiritual growth and relationship with the Lord. Just saw it again and wanted to put my two cents in. God is and always should be more important to us than the world. And if we lived that, revival would happen. ❤
Only God knows what will happen, but I know that changes are on the horizon. I also know that God is ultimately in charge of the final events and everything else.
One change I know is that my mom will be moving into a wheelchair accessible apartment on or before a year and a half, depending on the waiting list. As soon as it is available, we will move her in and out of her manufactured home. This means several things… this will be a lot of extra work for all of us and her included in deciding how to pare down. And she will n have access to their piano but not at all hours as before, life will change. Once wheelchair bound, which is a matter of time, she will need special transportation for everything or me to shop for her. Also, my kids and I will no longer have access to her clubhouse to swim and play pool. In addition, I have to gradually prepare her current home for resale as she will need that money to live there. So, life will be quite different for all of us.
Again, only God knows how it will all play out. And who knows, maybe God will take us all Home first. No one knows but God. And I put it all in His capable hands. I am not worried. I am not concerned. I trust God. ❤
Being a Christian requires purposeful effort. So does being a jerk in many cases. So does running a marathon. So does accomplishing anything praiseworthy. But to hear Father God say “Well done, good and faithful child”, we have to decide to commit purposeful effort into pleasing Him. That includes learning what pleases Him via the Bible, prayer all the time, and meeting together with other Christians for help and encouragement with both of those. It is easy to be lazy, requires very little effort and no purpose. But actually committing is a big deal and a lot of purposeful effort will need to be utilized to get into good habits and stay in close, maturing relationship with our loving God. And eternally- speaking and even right now, that is where we need and want to be.❤
The closer I am in relationship with God, the less I am affected by bad things happening. I am not saying that fewer bad things happen… that would be ridiculous to say. In fact, the enemy comes against Christians far more and with a vengeance. What I am saying is that it affects me less when I am closer to God, reading His Truth in the Bible as much as possible, praying, worshipping, just being with consciously. God gives peace and joy and the more time spent with Him and His goodness, the more the fruits of the Spirit (love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control) take prominence in my character. This provides security and hope and beautiful assurance that no one can separate me from the love of God ever. Fasting makes this more clear but so does time and spiritual maturity doing the right thing in keeping in the Bible and prayer and fellowship with Christians.❤
Walking with Jesus Christ and His Holy Spirit changes your viewpoint, changes your vision. You become more mature spiritually so see the world through the eyes of Jesus through His Holy Spirit. You start seeing the bully as pathetic and in need of spiritual healing. You start seeing the homeless person as needing physical help and maybe mental help but definitely spiritual healing. You start seeing power hungry politicians in their lies as needing punishment to get their attention because they are needing spiritual healing. You start seeing immature Christians as needing spiritual guidance and training. And so on. You start seeing lonely on people, sadness in eyes, joy sometimes thank God, shallowness when deeper is the longing. And the fairest of them all is the humble who want and long for and seek God as much as He has always loved them. That can be poor or rich or in between, but you see that soul humble and crying out for God. That is true beauty, the glory within us built in allowed to shine through. It is the connection to God only possible through the impeccable strength of humility (humbleness, not humiliation). And this I can see now and it is gloriously beautiful.😄❤
Our church is too tiny to have a VBS program. So we were very blessed to receive an invitation rom friends to go to theirs. So happy about that! My kids went and loved it very much. I highly recommend having your kids and/or grandkids go to VBS (Vacation Bible School) this summer. It is great for our kids to get together with other kids and learn more about the Bible together and have fun and fellowship. Matters so much. We are not made in a vacuum but are built to socialize and fellowship together. 😄❤