Wednesday, August 17, 2016

Quote - Reputation

"Reputation is what other people know about you.  Honor is what you know about yourself."

~ Lois McMaster Bujold

Such a great quote.  We mess up, we are only human.  Yet some are so quick to judge especially when it is something that they wouldn't do.  We tend to sympathize when someone is going through the same thing that we have been through.  I have seen a person show kindness to someone that has been in their shoes then rip apart another person who did something different.  While watching the Olympics in Rio that seems to happen a lot.  These are the top athletes in the world and they are subject to everyone criticizing their every move when most of us could never get to that level.

So let us aim to show compassion to everyone.  Those who have fallen let us help them up.  That might be a seed planted that will grow into a relationship with Jesus.

Saturday, July 30, 2016

Quote - Kindness

"Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly and most underrated agent of human change.  Kindness that catches us by surprise brings out the best in our nature."

~ Bob Kerrey

Kindness gets overlooked in this world for things that seem more important.  I can't think of a more powerful way to show God's love than being kind to the people that the world thinks are a waste of time.  When someone is kind to a person who does not feel valued it could be the seed planted that will someday produce an amazing woman or man of God.  Proverbs 15:1 "A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger."  I can be kind until my kids push my buttons then it is a struggle that I lose often.  I'm a WIP (work in progress).

If everyone who calls themselves a Christian would be kind it could transform our communities then spread.  It would be much better than the fear and anger that seems to be everywhere around us.

Are you kind as you go about your day?

Tuesday, July 5, 2016

Quote - Altering Patterns

"Your pattern is your prison."

~ T. D. Jakes

This applies to negative patterns, but positive patterns could be your freedom.  Do you know anyone who has been stuck in the same negative pattern for decades?  Many spend so much time and effort on the negative that there is no room for the positive, even if everyone around them can see what they can't.  Patterns are difficult to break and it takes a lot of work, but the reward for being on the other side is amazing.  Difficult yet not impossible.  I think the first step is believing that change is within our grasp, this step will stop numerous people.

This is a problem area for me and I'm working on changing one thing at a time.  I have to write down daily what I want to start doing.  It has been going very slow and I have yet to make a permanent change since starting a couple of months ago.  I will keep writing the same thing on my To Do List until it is a part of my life then I will write down another one to work on.  I am more focused on starting a positive pattern then fixing a negative one.  It seems like a more reachable goal and less frustrating.  My pattern is laziness and procrastination among many other things so I'm working on changing this.  What about you?  If you are perfect then disregard this post, otherwise why don't you join me in altering patterns.

God knows what we are capable of and it is more then we could ever imagine.  I do know that I can change because I am nothing like the person I was before I had Jesus.  There was such a massive shift that when I think of the old me I am amazed at what God has done.

We are all capable of change if we will give ourselves to God.

Matthew 7:7 "Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find"

Thursday, June 23, 2016

On Twitter Now

Finally on Twitter, not sure why:)  I might have something to say once I get the hang of limited characters.  That seems strange since I'm a writer and seem to write a lot!  If interested then click on the link on the right.  I'm slow to update tech, but working on it.

Blog update June 2016 - WOW!

A few months ago I was happy to see that my page views were up to 25,000, it's not a vain thing because I know this is ALL from God.  I have prayed that He would bring people here so when I see the stats I pray for you.  Who doesn't want prayer?  I don't get much feedback so I felt like if I got a few people stopping by then that would be a great thing.  Seriously, 10 to 40 page views in a week and I thought that was amazing.

I had no illusions that I would have a blog that went viral, this came from a place of love.  I was perfectly happy to have the fewest numbers possible for a blog and still feel like I was doing good for God.  Even if I helped one person besides myself then that would be success.  I just want others to see what I see in our amazing God.  Since starting in December 2012 it has started off slowly and it has been fun to see the numbers and the countries that stop by.  I started this blog for a place to share my thoughts on the Bible, poems, quotes, songs, to organize my notes and since I will not show you a pic of my insane note paper pile, you will just have to trust me that this is a much better way to work!  Since my concussion at the end of 2013 I haven't been posting as much so it was a great surprise to see the number shoot up to 60,000 page views a couple of weeks ago and today it's over 102,000.  I'm not sure what is going on, if there is one person who is telling everyone they know or if this is just starting to spreading all over.  No matter the reason I am thankful to God that He sees a bigger picture than I ever can.

I hope that you enjoy your time here.  There are millions of places you can go during your day and endless things to look up so thank you for stopping by.  This blog has helped me countless times and I'm amazed by what God shows me while typing a post.  This is all Him and I am thankful that He uses a way less than perfect vessel to share.

Most of the time I hope to be inspiring, but there will be times when something I say will make you mad or defensive, that goes for me too.  I write stuff sometimes that is convicting to me so don't feel like you are alone or that I'm just talking to you.  We can not only look at the good parts of the Bible, we must look at all the parts even if it confronts things we don't want to see or hear.  If we only pull out the things we like then we will be forever incomplete, never gaining wisdom.

Beth Moore says there are rib issues and spine issues.  Rib issues are different denominations, when to baptize, belief of the timeline in the book of Revelation, etc.  Spine issues are the defining beliefs: virgin birth of God's son, salvation, Jesus died and was risen from the dead and that God will wrap all this up someday with a Jesus victory.  So THE truth.  Maybe we will not agree on the rib issues and that is OK, discussion is good for understanding and growth.  I am wrong on this journey sometimes, but choose to continue to learn.  I often do not agree with mainstream Christianity on certain rib or spine issues and that is fine, I want to be on the narrow path anyway.  I am not a scholar and my only qualification to have a Christian blog is that I'm learning to live through the weakness because of His strength.

Spine issues are another story.  Some religions present themselves as Christian yet have their own "bibles" or beliefs that they follow which depart from God's word, PLEASE WATCH OUT FOR THOSE WOLVES!  The devil knows the Bible and has created many false religions to try to replace God's word.  If it aligns with God's word then it's Christian, if not then I'm not sure what to call that, but it ain't Christian.  (Not looking to start a fight, just clarifying my position.  I am a redhead so also naturally stubborn).

I won't budge on spine issues, but I think that sometimes we lump rib issues into this category.  Baptism for example, some believe only at birth while others believe it only counts when you make the decision yourself when you are older.  If you got baptized as a baby and also when you were older then maybe your covered twice, this is not an issue to spend time on or fight about.  This issue among others has broken up churches and groups of people and the devil has had a field day when this happens so let's not make him happy OK?

I am now stepping down from the soapbox:)

Thank you for your time and have a blessed day and above all else know that God loves you, yes I am talking to YOU.  He takes you just the way you are so that when He works a masterpiece inside of you everyone sees His work, you are beautiful in His eyes.  

Sunday, June 19, 2016

Quote - C.S. Lewis

"Getting over a painful experience is much like crossing monkey bars.  You have to let go at some point in order to move forward."

~ C.S. Lewis

We often want to keep the pain and move forward, but we will not be able to heal and grow until we let go.  It can be scary to venture into the unknown.  This is where trust comes in, believing in something you can't see just yet.

Wednesday, June 1, 2016

Quote - Foundation

"Hem your blessings with thankfulness so they don't unravel."

~ Unknown

This is a good picture of why it's good to have a strong foundation.  A hem keeps each thread in place otherwise a shirt would start to fall apart and be a useless pile of fabric.  Having a solid foundation is key to living a life as a Christian.  Matthew 7:24-25 Jesus speaks about having a foundation based on solid rock instead of one built on sand.  If you have a weak foundation then everything else you put on top or find value in will not hold up when the storms of life come.  There will not be strength to stand and the result will always be dismal.

If you have your foundation set on The Rock then everything you build above it will be solid.  We worry, stress and cope in harmful ways = foundation built on sand.  When something bad happens and we focus on Jesus and set our life up in a way that will glorify Him no matter what = foundation built on rock.  This foundation will be tested in times of sorrow, trouble, anger, jealously, etc.  Only then will we see what we put our faith in.  

Monday, May 16, 2016

Nahum 3:1-6

v. 1-6 "Woe to the city of blood,
full of lies,
full of plunder,
never without victims!
The crack of whips,
the clatter of wheels,
galloping horses
and jolting chariots!
Charging cavalry,
flashing swords
and glittering spears!
Many casualties,
piles of dead,
bodies without number,
people stumbling over the corpses-
all because of the wanton lust of a harlot,
alluring, the mistress of sorceries,
who enslaved nations by her prostitution
and peoples by her witchcraft.

'I am against you,' declares the Lord Almighty.
'I will lift your skirts over your face.
I will show the nations your nakedness
and the kingdoms your shame.
I will pelt you with filth,
I will treat you with contempt
and make you a spectacle.'"

OK, I have been away from this for awhile.  I guess doing Jonah and Nahum back to back made me burned out on the evil of it all.  

The city of blood seems to be a fitting name.  This is a war bulletin from the Assyrians which was during this time frame.

"I destroyed, I demolished, I burned.  I took their warriors prisoner and impaled them on stakes before their cities. ...flayed the nobles, as many as had rebelled, and spread their skins out on the piles [of dead corpses] ... many of the captives I burned in a fire.  Many I took alive; from some I cut off their hands to the write, from other I cut off their noses, ears and fingers; I put out the eyes of many of the soldiers."

"I slew two hundred and sixty fighting men; I cut off their heads and made pyramids thereof.  I slew one of every two.  I built a wall before the great gates of the city; I flayed the chief men of the rebels, and I covered the wall with their skins.  Some of them were enclosed alive in the bricks of the wall, some of them were crucified on stakes along the wall; I caused a great multitude of them to be flayed in my presence, and I covered the wall with their skins.  I gathered together the heads in the form of  crowns, and their pierced bodies in the form of garlands."  (TimeFrame 1500-600 BC by Time Life Books) Assyrian War Bulletin

The "bodies without number" is hard to imagine.  The closest that I can think of would be all the people killed in World War II.  The National WW II Museum in New Orleans, LA estimates that 50 million people died during the war from 40 different countries.  It is extremely difficult to grasp the enormity of what happened.

OK, right now I would like to be working on one of those cute DIY, cooking or crafting blogs.  Although this is what I do, so back to the solemn task at hand.

Several times sin is represented as female in the Bible, this does not mean that God hates women.  Wisdom is represented as a woman (Proverbs 1:20-21).  I can't imagine how many times in history that women have been labeled as wicked sinners and held to a different standard than men and suffered greatly because of it.  I think that the lure of Nineveh was great to other countries, they were very powerful and wealthy.  Seduction is usually referenced as female, this shows that there must have been a strong pull towards Nineveh.  Strong's Concordance says that "your skirts" is a masculine noun.  Remember everyone wore robes back then.  This would have targeted their honor and pride.

"Beautiful and impressive on the outside, Nineveh was vicious and deceitful on the inside.  Beneath attractive facades sometimes lie seduction and death."  NIV notes