Atheists cannot diminish God’s greatness or especially existence by denying it. They have no power to do this. Saying something or even believing something that is not true will never make it true. God the Son, Jesus Christ, will always be our only Source of salvation and God the Holy Spirit our only Source of guidance and comfort and God the Father our only Source for eternal peace and joy and existence with Him. No amount of ignoring Him or those truths will diminish that truth. No amount of saying a lie or distracting yourself to the point of moronic nauseum will change the validity of that truth. Just as no amount of denying hell,s existence will prevent those who deny God from going there. And why on earth would anyone separate themselves from the eternal lasting love of God Who matters most? This is why God says in Psalms “A fool says in his heart there is no God.” Only a fool could deny Him Who made us all. And only a fool chooses death to life.❤
So, while I was sick and sleeping a lot, I lost most all communication with the outside world, all blog reading, all updates, all face time with a screen. And it was necessary and essential to my rest and focus on healing. And now that I am nearly recovered, I would love to keep much of that time I had saved and serve more in my church and community and our garden. I hope to start small for our family at first and see what grows well here and abundantly so that we may help other families/widows around here needing veggies that are often quite pricey in the stores. I will freeze or can and minister to others as we can. That is a goal. I speak of revival and service and this is one more step for us toward that end and making this life count for the kingdom of God. So there it is. I will blog as God leads. God is so good!! Love you!❤
Being 40+, much of what I have focused on through life getting here did not really signify. Much would have no lasting value, no eternal component, just distraction and noise. Much I walked over or through very quickly should have been explored, deepened, much more time spent because of its eternal component. There is here and now which is survival for the moment and there is here and now which affects your eternity. As you mature, you realize this and plan the next steps more thoughtfully. Really getting this would have changed so much of my behavior and choices from then, which is theory and bears no relevance to the now. However, knowing this makes the now much more meaningful as an opportunity to put this valuable wisdom into practice. Think of the eternal before attempting to act or speak. ❤
So perhaps I am a little old, but I realize each year that there is nothing significant in a day unless you believe it is so and make it significant. Nothing happens unless you make it happen… one of Newton’s Laws. New Year’s day is just another day unless you want a change to happen in some way and need some excuse for that to happen. That is why resolutions generally don’t work for longer than your attention span. I believe that is not cynical so much as realistic. I believe you can’t make a wish things will change but refuse to commit to backing it up. I need to lose a few pounds, but vowing to stop eating or worse, taking a pill to make it magically evaporate, is pathetic and ineffective if in place of committing myself to improved health because I want to be a better, healthier, more energetic child of God. So, the resolution should be a deeper change, something which promotes lasting change and betterment. Something like praying every day, reading one chapter of the Bible every day, forgiving someone, wanting to please God, helping people every day, using gifts or talents to do good, etc. And we can make that change any single day of our lives and we must every day of our lives. I like how the singer Carolyn Arends sang it, “This will be my resolution, every day is New Year’s Day”. Every day, every hour, every minute is an opportunity to start again and be intentional. In fact, to be effective, it must be so.❤
My daughter is raised to be truthful. Not that we always get it right, but she knows full well what is truth and what is lie. Her friend does not, she mixes truth and lies up together in a big bowl and dishes it up according to what she wants at the moment- attention, things, pleasures, etc. Sounds like half of society these days and me a while back, I confess it. So how is it I believe I am instructing my child in knowing truth versus lie? How can I tell? What is truth? Is it all relative, which is the latest fad of knowledge? Do we guess or reason and come up with our own truth? Who decides what truth is? How do we know what is truth internally? Why is there a truth? Aren’t absolutes square and rigid and boring and limiting and antique/archaic?
I know and we all know what truth is because we are all created with live by the Creator of truth/One which can not ever lie. Our Creator can not lie, there is no lie in Him. And He planted a moral code in our brain. We can choose to attend to it or not for we were also given free will. But the moral truth code is embedded on our brain harddrive. Think about it. Why do we gasp in horror when someone hits a pregnant woman or leaves their dog in the car on a hot summer day or kill someone or rise in anger at a bully? Why? Did someone tell everyone this is bad and wrong, lying is bad and wrong. When we lie, do we feel good or bad? Think about it. Someone had to have done so. God pre-wired us to know it. He wanted our happiness because of His love for us so gave us the moral code of truth to follow to be happy. And He was generous enough to write it down in the Bible for we who are too distracted and self-involved to hear our internal moral truth programming code gift from God. We need to get back to it for our happiness and connection to God. 😄❤
Upon firing from our world three people from our old band and their related toxic drama and constant negativity, we have detoxed our social circle and cleaned up the band. Those that remain and the new ones are uplifting and drama-free, just looking to make beautiful music together without the negativity. It is so relieving! First, we tried to communicate with them, reached out, prayed for them, prayed about the decision. And some people just do not want to let pride and selfishness go at any cost, so we released them. It was detrimental to remain in such a negative state all the time with constant harmful negativity and drama all the time. So we detoxed our social circle in this way and God blessed our decision with new, positive musicians and more instant energy and excitement about the band and gigging together! The house is lighter, the studio welcoming, creativity flowing. Change is rough but rewards are fantastic. What a relief!❤
I have been an employee (probably never a great one) and an employer, an entrepreneur really. I started a successful audiology practice from scratch and ran it for 4 years well and only closed due to my divorce (or I would have had to give him half it’s value). And I and my husband have run this band we have. I have hired and fired people and both are necessary sometimes.
I want to address firing someone who you have formed a friendship with. This is difficult because emotions and feelings cause you to retain them for far longer than you’ve any right to do and often the company/band suffers. And often the person is really ready to leave but for prideful blinders or other reasons they stay and force you to take that drastic step. Then you have a decision. Do I retain the friendship and destroy the company/band or let them go and hopefully stay friends but possibly offend them beyond reconciliation and keep the company/band a viable entity. Sometimes, because again of pride, it ends us being kill the friendship or kill the band/company. It is a horrible bind to be in. And of course you must pray over this decision.
We recently had this dilemma with two band members who needed to go because they were bringing us down in a slow death. We decided to retain our band because my husband and I met in a band and have been together in one since and we can continue this mutual hobby. We love it. We breathe music. It is where God gifted us and we can play together and lift others up and nd the same time. So, you have togethwr decide which. Maybe the friendship is more important to some. Maybe the company/band is more important. It is a personal decision. But know that you are making that decision and you must understand it and weigh both sides with pros and cons. Then commit. Make a decision and just do it. It gets harder postponing it. Decide and go. And I am relieved to be finished with it. Now we can move forward and focus on it better.❤