My youth sponsor used to say, “Even if a million people believe in a dumb idea, it is still a dumb idea.” I believe dumb ideas can be quite dangerous. For instance, abortion is not only dumb but evil in every way. And no, the circumstances of the life’s creation do not change the importance of the innocent life. That is beyond a dumb idea, it is sheer evil, yet millions of people believe murder of babies to be just fine. This does not make it right. This does not remove the guilt and the blood on their hands that cries out to their Maker. It is a death trap for families.
Another dumb idea is pornography. Yes, it is old as the hills but those hills are pretty darn accessible now and there is a problem. A million people think it is natural and ok but that does not make it right. It is dumb. It is evil also. It demoralize and cheapens a sexual union between a husband and his wife (the only kind God designed there to be). People wonder why flippancy and lack of commitment occurs and why it is not as exciting to sleep with their very real, un-airbrushed wife and cheat or can’t get it up. It is a death trap for families, God’s design for a stable nation.
Many people (though not as many as is being portrayed) are disrespecting our President and police. This is a dumb idea, dangerous even, because the people elected them and they are thus God’s designed representatives for order. This is a trap for the nation to seize power away from the citizens.
Not every popular opinion is intelligent and good. Many very popular opinions are destructive and designed by the devil. We must examine our beliefs and hold tightly to them for we are responsible for what we agree with and what we choose. We need not be dumb. It is our responsibility to be wise. God can help.❤
Today was the first day of Homeschool PE at the park for our kids. And I stuck to my guns and did not coach this year. The hardest part was my kids coming up to me, excitedly anticipating me as their coach. I am glad I had made such an impression and they will do great with the new mom who stepped n in to coach. I need to be able to not be there if my mom needs me; she will be moving sometime within the year. So, I did it and let someone else have the reins this year. Hard but done.
And I am happy, got to walk the dog around the field and talk to a friend. That was peaceful. Confirmed my decision and I am content. Sometimes necessary choices are difficult but the best thing. And you pray about it and just make the decision and go. And God is so good to confirm your good decision with peace.😄❤
I would say humbly that I am like a Grizzly bear in many ways. I am smart, strong, resilient, will destroy anyone who messes with my kids, cuddly looking but maintains a distance, so on. This is humble knowing who I am, not bragging.
I watched a documentary on wolves taking down a grizzly. They were no match individually but together ganged up and kept at it little bit by little bit.
This is what I think is going on here in my life and many other Christians I know and know of. Those of us in close loving relationship with Jesus Christ know full well that nothing on this planet is too hard for us with God’s help. So the enemy does not boldly come against us. Oh no, he is a coward as all bullies are, and worse a coward that is already defeated. So instead of straight on, we get ganged up on and nipped at by this distraction or this little attack on a close friend, this attack on a family member, this task to do, this mission to take on, this person to care for, this spousal attack, this extra work at your job, etc. Until you are worn out to the point of ineffectiveness.
And now that I realized the game, with the power of the Holy Spirit, I can start getting out of it. I can say no to this, give that burden to God to carry, pray about then leave this situation, read more of the Word, sing and play worship songs until I am effective for Christ. Yes, we are called to act, but we also must encourage others to pick up their slack too so one person isn’t doing all the work. That was never God’s plan or will for us. God bless us everyone.❤
I have always been an artist. Yes, I play the piano, but I am artist first and pianist second. Yes, I am a writer, but I am an artist first and an author second. What is the difference? There are two differences: 1. I am very passionately creative and
2. I am open-minded.
But whereas I am always open-minded/objective about everything, I am not tolerent about little, absolute about much. How can this be? They are separate things.
Open-minded means leaving all options of how to get there open, pouring resources into every endeavor and bringing it to life. You see the possibilities and any means of accomplishing the passion in creating are available and possibly tools to use to accomplish the task.
Tolerent means you accept anyone else’s version of that expression of creative as equally valid as yours. I accept that they are their version but do not accept them as mine. I allow them the freedom I have to be open-minded and appreciate it but never will accept it as mine. Tolerent says you can change my thing and still make it valid. Maybe, maybe not, depends upon what we are discussing.
As far as my faith, I am open-minded as to how church looks, how to serve, what clothes to wear to services, what songs we sing, where we meet, whatever. However, I will not tolerate a change in the Bible, false doctrines, lies, abuses of power, behavior that harms the Lord’s precious name, etc. And this is healthy, not stiff – necked or judgmental. We must know what is truth and stand for it with a passion but remain flexible in its application for the good of the kingdom.
I welcome discussion. Love you!😄❤
Most nights now, I sleep like a baby.
Tonight I am still awake at 2:30am with my thoughts and songs.
And I made peace with my past yet again.
And I realize that without the devastation, I would not know myself so well. I would not be so strong and realize it fully.
So much more importantly, without the horrible, I never would have known the enor ity of the love of God. I would never have known the vast depth of His comfort. I would have never fully comprehended that if all I ever had in this world was Jesus Christ, I would be perfectly complete.
So, having completed that very precious truth in my brain, I will now go to sleep. Peaceful and full of joy.
God is everything. All is well. No worries. Ever.♥
I had a profound thought. And I am fully prepared to say that probably I am quite late on this particular thought wave, and maybe you would think me simple for just getting it, but I just fully realized it. It has to do with true freedom. Here it is.
God provides true freedom and truth. He provided a plan of salvation but always leaves the choice to follow it or not entirely up to us. He freely gives free will to every person He lovingly created. Freedom. To go to heaven or he’ll is entirely up to us. I can choose to have a relationship with the Almighty God through Jesus. I can choose to be with truth and goodness of God and love for all eternity.
In stark contrast, Satan operates by controlling in fear and lies, lies, lies. He promises freedom to sin as much as you want and promises power in return. He actually does not have the authority to provide this so it is one of his many lies. Control is the name of the game. Guilt and shame ilicit fears when doing the sins you want to do. How he works is opposite of God. He is defeated so him providing you anything good is a lie in of itself.
So, I fully realized this today while doing dishes. And I get fully that I prefer love, truth and freedom to control, fear and lies. I choose God. I want peace and love and joy and eternal life with God. People fall for Satan because they want to sin. I would want to sin now and again and do unfortunately sometimes, but you and I are lying if we do not admit there are negative consequences to all sins that hurt us. Jesus saves. Satan condemns. Jesus clarifies. Satan confuses. Jesus helps. Satan destroys. It is a no brainer. God is best!!❤❤❤
We are steeped in apathy in the world right now. This is a sign that the rapture will happen soon, maybe today maybe years from now, but the sign is present.
I was listening to Dr. David Jeremiah on Moody radio while going to my consult today. He was saying that “it would be as the says of Noah when Jesus comes to get those who are saved truly love Him” means people were busy doing their thing. This means they were apathetic to things of God and eternal things.
Isn’t this what is happening? People don’t seem to care unless it affects them personally. They aren’t going to church, aren’t fasting, aren’t praying, aren’t reading their Bible, are avoiding or scoffing at conversations about Jesus or denying Jesus is the only way to eternal life with God. It is prevalent worldwide. It is even prevalent in many churches and that is abominable.
So missions is becoming increasingly difficult because people don’t see the importance, don’t care. They want to get on social media to focus on themselves, talk about themselves, talk to hear themselves talk, buy things for themselves, improve themselves or look better with the least effort to themselves, pamper themselves, enlighten themselves, worship themselves, etc.
It is evident we are in line with the time and environment of the rapture and that is a big, important word. I really don’t want to be here through the tribulation. No one should want to be here. But far more importantly is the relationship I have with Jesus. He is my Savior, best friend, my everything and my life would still be empty without Him, full of joy and peace with Him. ❤ ❤ ❤