Too Social for Anti-social Media

I love conversations involving looking people in the eye, talking deeply, spiritual discussions, deep talk not small talk, coffee and eye contact, touching. This is me. I love cooking well and always have something ready for anyone who drops by for a visit. Of course that rarely happens anymore because most people can’t put down the tech. They are so busy being anti-social on social media that they have no time or energy for the real world or real people. They are zombies. They are robots, focusing on themselves and this alternate reality where we allow people to see our best and skirt around the less appetizing stuff, our fantasy world of me, exactly what the enemy wants and with the bonus of knowing exact locations and coordinates. God freed me from those tech games and addictions so prevalent now. People say to check out their Facebook whatever and I say gladly that I am not on that or twitter or Instagram or linked in or Google plus or anything. I blog on here (wordpress) because God wants me to and I am a prolific writer/reader. And they always seem horrified or wonder if I am secretly 90 years old and tech-dumb. I am old fashioned, I guess, but I like to give friends my full attention and speak fully to them when we talk. I believe people deserve that respect and I know I do too. So I see less of people than I used to, what with this new anti-social social-numbing craze in full swing, but those I do see have my full attention. And my children appreciate my presence also. I serve God not me, and I really really like it that way. I feel liberated, free. ❤

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God’s List of Preparedness

When God says to “Be ready for my coming draws near”, He is not talking about having a bug out bad or store of rations or millions of gallons of water stockpiled or firearms and weapons. That is for people not wanting or expecting or ready to be raptured/caught up/taken to heaven before the tribulation (see Revelation in the Bible). There is another list of preparedness we are called to. It is a list you know. 1. Be saved. 2. Confess and repent of sin. 3. Pray and read your Bible to grow your relationship with Jesus Christ. 4. Work on the fruits of the Spirit (Galatians 5:22-23 in the Bible): love joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness, self-control. That is God’s idea of preparedness. You follow His plan, and you are ready for anything. He is our Provider and Protection. We want to please Him and not us and we will be with Him forever. Then the details will work themselves out. And rest in His beautiful peace. Don’t get distracted or discouraged, focus on Jesus Christ. Just that. Focus and live for Him and with Him. Pray, pray, pray. Praise God!! ❤❤❤

Not Famous But Effective

I grew up on stage. I knew I belonged there, and I understand how few people that is true of. The thing is, many people want to do big things, important things, things people notice and are glorifying you for. It is nice to have that affirmation, to feel important, to feel known. But the men in my life, with the exception of my daddy, have always made me feel low, humbled me, dishonored me, made me feel important only when they need something, made me feel stupid and unworthy in some way, like a screw up unless I waited on them hand and foot and bowed to their wishes and whims. Yes, there are two sides to every coin and I have been partially responsible in my choices and discontentment and pride or whatever. So I have god to the Lord for guidance and love and here was my lesson from Him… “Please me, be effective, I am pleased and love you. I don’t need you famous, I am the famous One of Israel. I need you to obey and worship and pray with the faith I gave you. I will take care of you always, providing what you need. I love you.” And there it is. My decisions may have screwed up many talents I should be using for God, but the Great Physician heals and restores and as my Heavenly Father also provides and really really loves. He is pleased as I obey, as I am pleased as my kids obey. He is pleased when I do my best for Him like I am pleased when my kids do their best for me or God. Effective is the key and famous is respectfully reserved for God. ❤❤❤

The Pantry is Complete!

We have a butler’s pantry! We have worked on it for months, having planned it and saved up for years and here it is!! The marble backsplash took the most of it all. It was all our design for our needs and to use as a kitchen while we renovate ours soon. Back porch screened in is first. It felt at first like a lot of money to spend but as we used one good handyman/jack of all trades and did the rest ourselves, it was mostly supplies and relatively little labor. We are doing all our projects that way. God gave us the health, strength and ability to to it so we can save and do more for the Lord while we work. God always gets first dibs and I know that is why He blesses us. God is so good!!! 🙂 ❤ ❤ ❤ 

Original Plans vs Now

The decisions we make change our present and our future. Imagine how different our lives would be if we never made that bad decision or stuck to our original plans or said no to that costly detour or any myriad of decision changes or detour options. I wonder about this. I believe I would be a physician and probably run an inter-city free clinic with a huge family full of foster kids and adopted kids. This was my dream before men detoured me (my fault, not theirs- don’t think me deceived now). But I think we all have a God-given plan that we can follow or not follow. So then, when we figure this all out from another place entirely at a later time, is it too late? Have we ruined it? Well, here is the answer I believe to be true. God looks at the heart. Our heart can get off course but it can also humbly obey and thus be beautiful to Him. And wherever we end up, our heart is still His focus. Do you love me now? Do you want to obey now? Are you humble and worshipping now? If so, God will give you a new vision, goal, dream, purpose that will help His people or worship Him. And we must ask forgiveness and move forward in obedience. God is way bigger than you having one chance to get it right or He’s finished with you. There is only one way to be saved eternally through Jesus, but everything else is flexible. God can use what you have gone through for a new, richer, deeper purpose. Don’t beat yourself up. God sure doesn’t. When you and forgiveness, it is now invisible, gone, ancient history. Be His child now. Right now, humbly worship Him, pray, read your Bible, His Word. Obey. Right where you are, be a light for Him and love people. The now matters a million times more than the past, as long as you have humbly asked forgiveness and turned away from bad decisions. That is truth. Hope is now and future.❤

That Worth Forgetting

There are good memories that uplift and nurture the mind, bring true history to mind that encourages. Then there are memories worth forgetting. Easier said than done but here is what worked for me. I forgive. I tell God I freely forgive, even the unworthy, even the unrepentant, even the still doing it, even the crime, and then myself for not forgiving until now and whatever role I did play. And I tell this to God and give the rest of it to Him. Then I ask Him to help me forget the bad and remember only the good, may only be that He was with me through it, may be a lesson learned, may be some good was there too. And then I let God help me forget by not trying to remember any bad. I let go of it. I visualize giving it to God. Visualization is huge for me because I am so visual. But we’re I auditory, I would say it. And there it is. The bad things will weigh down your soul and can be a stumbling block or build to a stronghold and you can stop that from happening with God’s help. He is way bigger than the badness. And He has already won the war! Hold on to Jesus. Lean in. Hold Him tight. ❤

The Goal of Smallness

By smallness, I do not mean the size of physical form. Just to get that right from the start. The one good thing about evil being so dominant in the fake news entertainment (as there are few and far between true journalists anymore but I digress) or anti-social media or entertainment media is that whatever they are saying, the opposite is true. If they say he did, you can bet he didn’t. If they say families are healthy without a mom and dad, you can bet they are unhealthy. If they say follow your heart, follow your head because your heart is the most easily tricked. If they say true, it is a lie. It is so laughably predictable with all the evil/lie prevalence around us. So if the world says your goal should be to get rich and powerful and popular and well known, you can bet my goal is to get smaller, meaning humble. If man is god, mine isn’t, I’ll stick to God being God. So look with these truth eyes and invert every line you are given and you will be closer to the truth than you imagined. ☺