The Choice to Remember

To a significantly great extent, we are given the ability to choose to remember or forget. Now I realize that traumatic events take a great deal of time and forgiveness more than time to get to that place, but it is possible. I am proof of that. I remember what went down, but no longer remember smells or details or pain or sounds and yells. I chose to forgive long ago and more recently asked to forget and God granted me that to the extent a human mind can. We have to remember some or it may be repeated or help someone else somehow. Also, it becomes a beautifully remade scar filled with God’s diamond dust healing to give Him glory for healing us from it and making us prettier and humble.

But I really went down a rabbit hole there because I want us to all start practicing the remembrance of good things. In fact, I suggest we get a notebook or memo app and write down who and what kindness was done to us in our day. Thr smallest thing, the biggest thing. We can choose to remember. And then we can, at the end of the day, week, month, whatever, look at them and smile and thank God for those blessings. It may encourage you. You may see patterns. You may appreciate more. You may whine less. You may share the idea with someone else who seems down a lot. It may help them. Old fashioned people call that counting our blessings, but make that fresh and call it “choosing good” or “good things to remember” or something. Maybe post some good thing to lift someone’s face to God for a minute. Maybe change the world one good thing at a time.😄❤

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When Bad Things Happen

Some people want bad things to happen. I used to think this was ridiculous but I see it. Always focused on the bad or in a constant hunt for it and focus on anything remotely unpleasant and blowing that into significance are all ways they prove this. Some people do not want n peace and prove it these ways. They want war and ugly and bad things because that is matches what is going on inside of them or they are used to it.

Instead of that, in direct opporition to it, if we embrace Christ, He gives peace and joy inside to all you to desire and work for good things. We have control of this and we do much greater even than that by yielding control to Jesus who is bivgerhan any bad habit or bad thing.

Focusing on God and accepting His love allows us to make good choices, which put any resulting bad thing into proper perspective, which is, eternally – speaking, insignificance. Choose today. You are stronger than you think (with God) and have the power to choose. 😄❤

Proper Focus

When I focus on myself, I see the problems, feel the pain, see my flaws, limit my view, want more, etc. It is ugly.

However, when I focus on Jesus–read His Word and pray all the time–, I have pece and joy, see other’s needs, want to help people, minimize my pain, see solutions, see glory and beauty in myself and others, increase my view and vision etc. It is beautiful.

Thus, I am very foolish indeed if I focus on myself rather than Jesus Christ. I choose to be wise and focus on Christ. I choose this right now and will choose it again in a minute or hour or as often as needs be to create the habit. 😄❤

PE Begins

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.😄❤

Not Even Jesus Can Save Someone Unwilling to be Saved

Jesus Christ, our only way to eternal salvation will not save someone who doesn’t want to be saved. He will not do it because it is against His original design that gives us free will. Everyone at least the age of reasoning makes the choice for themselves. Every person decides whether to pridefully refuse His free gift of salvation or humbly accept that salvation and worship and love God back for eternal salvation. Of course Jesus wants everyone saved, He proved that on the cross and leading up to it and sealed it with His resurrection. And we can tell everyone how easy it is to be saved by our loving God but we can not change their mind if they want to suffer apart from God forever. They choose that themselves. So please do all you can to love people and that may soften a person’s heart. Love is the key and prayer. Both can soften the heart. But when you do both consistently and faithfully, know that you have done everything you can because it is up to them to be saved for eternity or not. ❤

My Take on Modern vs Pre-Modern Feminism

Being a middle-aged (what an ugly word!) woman, who is a Christian, a doctor, a mother, a wife, a pianist, a singer/songwriter, band leader/manager, an artist and a teacher, among other things, I am qualified to speak of “feminism”. In addition, my mom is a pre-modern feminist. She, like most Pre-Modern feminists, believed a woman had rights, like the right to vote, work, hold office, go to school for any profession, manage money, etc. I think most people who support the dignity of human life believe these rights are intrinsically valuable for all people no matter what gender or heritage. Jesus Christ held every person as equal and our country in law has done so since its infancy, despite the upholding of those rights as more recent an event. But I digress.

This new modern feminism, however, is much different. It has mutated from God-given equality to a prideful sort of superiority that rather disgusts rather than insights respect. It has become a right to kill your own baby in your protected womb, the right to put good men down, the right to get a job before a man does just because of gender and not merit, a rage at anything resembling housewives, even if it is theirchoice, etc. It is unnatural and divisive, a tool of the enemy.

We need to get back to swing the pendulum back to a normalcy, a picture of the value of women in the home to manage and nurture, to carry and raise children as designed, to encourage and support our husbands and parents, to foster love and peace in the home, to work at what we do with care and emphasis on improvement.

We are all responsible for the roles God gave us in His wisdom and love. And we will answer to Him how well we performed them. 😄❤

Judging is a Sin of Pride, Just Like Every Other Sin

When you judge, you sin, just like every other sin. There is a huge component of pride and comparison. One sin is not better than another because it is more obvious or noticable. Any over reach of pride is sin for it is in stark contrast to the humbleness we are supposed to have being created beings and not creators. We need to humbly work on our own decisions and walk with loving God and everyone else. Let them work out their own walk with loving God and everyone else. Judging in never to help the person but to pump yourself up. Don’t. Love. Master that well and you will inspire others.😄❤