Questions About My Faith

Q: Why do you trust in God?

A: Because He has proved Himself faithful, trustworthy and truthful to His Word, the Bible.

Q: Why is He worthy of so much praise, worship and focus?

A: Because He made everything we know about, even you and I, and still loves us amazingly.

Q: What makes you so adamant that you are right about God?

A: 1. If you look objectively at the world, those who obey Him are blessed measurably. 2. His nature proves it in its glory and perpetuity. 3. The Bible has never been proven incorrect in any point despite much effort to try. 4. God has fulfilled every prophecy up to the end times prophecies, which will be fulfilled very soon.

Q: Aren’t there many ways to God and therefore heaven?

A: The only way is through the grace and acceptance of Jesus Christ as our sinless sacrifice and baptism of water and Spirit. The only way is Jesus.

Q: How do you know?

A: The Bible said it and Jesus Christ said it and again, it has been proven very reliably to be the truth.

Q: Do you ever doubt?

A: No.

Q: Why not?

A: Because my own life is a testament to the truth of it all. When I obeyed the Bible and stayed close to Jesus through prayer, Bible reading and obedience, God blessed and provided for me and molded me into a humble and therefore useful follower of Christ. And He gives me such a peace and joy and sense of loving family andfulfillment/contentment that I have never experienced apart from Him.😄❤

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Demanding Stillness

I can no longer exist without stillness during the day. This is a refreshing time for my spirit and walk with my precious Lord and Savior. I need time with Him, time alone.

That being said, even minimizing our involvement in many areas of our lives and downsizing, we are busy with homeschooling, dog care and management and exercise, 1-2 miles of walking daily, rollerblading and biking, band practices for church and our working band, my part time per diem consulting work, home maintenance and care, cooking three meals, caring for my mom and cleaning her house, monthly visits out of town to help my Great Aunts, and trying to love on friends and family, we are pretty busy every day. Even in a minimized state, we are extremely busy. So, how does this stillness I said I now have to have work?

The stillness is talking to God and enjoying His masterpieces around me, as well as Bible reading and pauses in the day. I let go of unnecessary wastes of time like tv time, anti-social media (sober over a year now, praise God!), or extraneous thinking. It is amazing n how much time we waste in a normal day. Also, during my morning long walk with the dog, I am praying or just worshipping quietly or with music. Stillness is sometimes a mindset and decisions to reclaim wasted minutes on purpose to grow closer to Jesus. It is about that important relationship. And it is beautiful!😄❤

Humble is the Goal

The world strokes you. They stroke you to sell stuff or to n push their agenda- money and power. They play on your pride that is our natural weakness. People want to be stroked. They want to feel important and valid and respected in this chaotic world. Pride pushes us to fight for what we want. Pride reinforces selfishness. It encourages self-thought and self-service. The opposite of pride out of control is being humble. Humble is the key to peace, joy, happiness, fulfillment because it is the proper way to be. It is putting yourself in the proper scope and frame of reference, knowing who you are in the world and who God is. We are not God, not even close on our best day or even best hour. When we realize God is all powerful and we are only important at all because He says we are and loves us (difficult to fathom) unconditionally, we get it. Then we can do what we can out of love and gratitude for Him and let Him do the rest because He can and will do what is best for everyone. We can rest in that, see? Like a child having faith, we can do that with God and then are under His eternal protection and salvation. It is that simple and beautiful! Praise God! ❤ ❤ ❤

Disappointed

I found out tonight a woman of God I had admired quit her church because someone in leadership had sinned in the past. Really? This was difficult because I had thought she was mature in the faith, being older than my mom. Turns out older and mature in the faith do not necessarily go hand in hand, because judging is a big problem when you are not sinless. And isn’t a sin confessed and repented of nonexistent after the consequences had already been paid? So, I will yet again withdraw sincere and determined admiration for any human being and take them with a grain of salt. I will focus on Jesus, who has never let me down, and quite the contrary always has been there for me and perfectly so. There is a reason and now I again remember why God says to trust in God and not man. God cannot fail, never changes character, always is perfect, always loves us/me, and is worth our worship and attention. Let us focus on Jesus, the Author and Perfecter of our faith.❤❤❤

Fasting Prayers

Posted originally on September 9, 2018. I have been fasting at least 1 day weekly since then. I share this only encourage the church to obey and pray intensely for the church, lost souls, our country and political world (Lord help them all). It is vital that we who are supposed to resemble Jesus Christ our Lord do indeed resemble Him and obey in earnest prayer and fasting (when possible). And in light of this, I will fast longer than usual as ask all Christians to join in prayer for all our sakes.

I am praying and fasting today. I implore any of you friends who really love the Lord to join me. And if you cannot fast for some reason, please pray with me during meal times. So we are on the same page, my prayers will be:

1. Please purify my soul and my family’s soul and wash us clean by the blood of the Lamb Jesus Christ. Please forgive our sins and renew our strength and purity with the Holy Spirit so we may be in your presence and pray and fast today.

2. The Lord’s Prayer (Matthew 6), with emphasis on “Please, dear Lord, may your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

3. Please may God’s prayer warriors be strengthened and focused to pray and fast for your good to triumph over the enemies’ evil.

4. Please protect and strengthen our President Trump and all those officials doing good and please give them wisdom, knowledge, understanding and favor with You and man. May those who have done evil to be caught and prosecuted and be found guilty and punished to the fullest extent of the law. Please allow this to change their hearts to repentance and salvation.

5. Please help our country defund and abolish abortion and injustice so you will forgive and bless our country as a whole. Please provide for and help the orphans and widows. Let us not pass by our brothers and sisters unmoved but help them with Your love and empathy, knowing You adopted us as well and provide for us.

6. Please allow people to be released from their addictions to tech and social media/phones and pleasure addictions which have become their idols. Please release and help them so they are ready when you come soon for your church.

7. Please purify your church and strengthen her to prayer and fasting and worship together. Destroy the evil within her and cast out demons who have infiltrated. Help your church to remember her job of missions, winning souls for your kingdom, worshipping You. Please help and strengthen and bless Your persecuted church around the world.

8. Please save as many as you can from the clutches of Satan and soften their hearts to Jesus Christ as their Lord for their eternal soul’s sake.

9. Please strengthen and heal my friends and family for prayer and prepare their hearts and souls for your coming.

10. Please keep the demons and evil ones who have chosen to worship them from being effective in the evil they want to do. Stop their plans, dear Lord, and protect us. May all the evil plans come to ruin and be hindered and useless and may You, Lord, and Your angels win every battle.

11. We love and pray for Israel. We pray for her peace and that the Jews will realize that Jesus is their Messiah and be saved. Praise be the God of Israel. Please bless her.

12. We worship you, dear Jesus. We give you praise, honor due you and adore your glory. You are worthy of all our love and adoration and worship. You are holy and true.

In the name of Jesus Christ I pray, amen.❤❤❤

Call for Church Reform

Having grown up in the church and having sung as a family in a singing quartet and later leading a travel worship band, I have been in many churches, many denominations, all over America and the world even. And one thing has been bugging me all this time. In fact, I had to take a break from church buildings for a while because of it. It is this…

Churches are notoriously uptight and self-righteous judgmental. Meaning by this the cutting eyes if anyone makes a noise, shunning the not fancy enough, looking down on gum chewers, refusing people to drink coffee in houses of worship, judging outward sins but not addressing obvious inward sins, etc.

The thing is I passionately love the church and so did Jesus… so much so He died for her. Jesus taught so much to get us out of that judgmentalism. He did not allow his disciples to refuse kids being kids. He said bring them here. He taught the church is the people and the heart and going to a building does not make one holy unless one is already holy without walls. Grace is indelibly forgiveness and cannot be removed from Jesus’ loving way. How can we preach grace and yet scold the poorly behaved. How do they know better without instruction? We must meet people where they are and gently teach. You go to a baseball game and everyone accepts you as you are. Why does a church not? What makes you better than Jesus who loved people where they were and then taught a better way? No one is. The church is the people. As such, the church may chew gum, make noise, dress as they are, be welcomed, may drink coffee. And quit putting so much money into a building to meet in. Put thr money into the church and work of the Lord. ❤

Over-Indulging

Tonight, we ate at Olive Garden. What I mean is that we over – dulged at Olive Garden, dessert and all. We rarely (thank the Lord) eat that way and I am not sure what got into us, just that it looked good, tasted good and was good and we kept eating it. It was fantastic. Until now. Ugh! I feel awful and look 3 months pregnant. Sin? Not necessarily unless we make a habit of it (gluttony). But we do feel awful so maybe a bit of a sin against our poor bodies. We feel awful! So we will ride it out, accept the consequences, and learn from it and keep it much simpler.

Sin is like this. It looks good, is tantalizing, you over- indulge and greedily devour every morsel, then afterward in comes bad feelings, guilt, sickness. It is bad. So, you can choose to accept consequences and repent from it, learning and going a different way next time and apologize and you are forgiven. Yes, have to ride out consequences, but being redeemed is a lighter feeling inside. 😄❤