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Have I written about standards in the past?  Well if I had, get ready again and if I haven’t then get ready anyway. Ha!  I am having a hard time going through my days listening to people around me with the things that they are going through where there is a huge lack of standards or any at all.  The standards of the world are trying their best to leak into every aspect of everyone’s life.  You can’t turn on the television, the radio, social media without hearing the lack of standards that  are being shoved down your throats.  I don’t care what your political views are, nor do I care what denomination you attend.  However I do care that our government is trying to control everything we do and I do care that most churches are not standing up for God and his children.

 

I do care when I turn on the television and I get to hear Burger King use the word freaking.  I grew up thinking that Burger King was a family fast food place.  If they think it fine to use that word because “the times have changed” they have really lost touch with family.  Although families these days are just letting everything go.  I know I talked about moms going to work and not being there for the husband or kids.  We now have  a lot of dads who are taking the role of the housewife.  They say that they could work if they wanted to however women have been taking over all those jobs.  We even have commercials that use to be dealing with moms and the kids, but no longer.  The dads are replacing the moms.  They have new t.v. series about dads who take care of the kids.  The only good thing that I can say about is that at least someone is looking after the kids.

 

I don’t understand the attitudes of people these days either.  People are looking for someone else to do the work that is needed. Instead of doing the work themselves.  Everyone is looking at the trends that have invaded our world.  Trends like vampires, zombies, witches, even the food we eat like the pretzel buns and pumpkin spice whatever.  Slowly throughout a few years people that I had considered good, solid, faithful Christians have been letting things slip into their lives.  They don’t feel as if it is hurting anyone if they are 1. ” I know those things aren’t real.” 2. I’m not damaged by it.  3. I’m not promoting it.    Yes, they are not real but the more you are around something, the more you become accustomed to it all the way to where you just don’t care anymore.  And the more money and popularity they get. the longer the line gets for all the other companies to follow suit.   So you are promoting it.  You consume it into your soul.  There was a time in my life when our boys were staying with my in-laws when I was told by one of my sons that my father in-law was talking to his mail man and had told him that we were fanatics in our Pentecostal beliefs.  My son had to ask me about it because he though he was being described as something bad.  I personally don’t mind being called a fanatic.  Although it did upset me that my son thought he was seen by his grandpa as doing something wrong.  I don’t see fanatics anymore.  When we do or say or see something that isn’t bringing glory to God we are mocking God and falsely believing that it doesn’t matter to God or it’s not big enough to be against God.  Proverbs 14:9,14  Fools mock at sin.  But among the upright there is favor.    The backslider in heart will be filled with his own ways.  But a good man will be satisfied from above.  What we need is to pray and repent.  What we need is to stop walking with the trends and start walking with God.

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The Quest For The Holy Grail

Have you drunk from the Holy Grail?  “Just what is the Holy Grail?” you might be asking.  According to Dictionary.com=   This is what a grail is:  Also called Holy Grail. a cup or chalice that in medieval legend was associated with unusual powers, especially the regeneration of life and, later, Christian Purity, and was much sought after by medieval knights:identified with the cup used at the Last Supper and given to Joseph of Arimathea.  Well, some believe that it is an actual cup that Jesus drank from at the “Last Supper”.  Matthew 26:27-29  Then He took the cup, and gave thanks and gave it to them, saying, “Drink from it, all of you.  For this is My blood of the new covenant, which is shed for many for the remission of sins.  But I say to you, I will not drink of this fruit of the vine from now on until that day when I drink it new with you in My Father’s kingdom.”  Then there are those who believe that the Holy Grail is supposed to be referring to Jesus’s bloodline.  For which they say that Jesus married Mary Magdalene in secret and then had a child.  This has no scripture to back it up whatsoever. So I don’t believe this.  I am a child of God.  I believe that we Christians are the bloodline. Throughout centuries, fables have been told, written and movies have been done about the Holy Grail.  None of them actually giving any proof to having finding it or even coming close.  All of them leading to this or that country in this or that town.  There have been many people killed in the search for it.

People are (so it seems to me) always looking for something that they can touch.  Something that they can see.  Something that they can control in order to do (as they see it) good either for themselves or for a huge population.  All the while not remembering Isaiah 55:8,9  “For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the Lord. For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts.” I think that the Holy Grail just might be both (and probably a lot more).  Not in the same sense as the others see it.  However, in this way.  If you read the Bible you will hear Jesus talk about drinking and it is not so much as to what to drink with, but as to what is in the cup.  Him.  Look at when Jesus was talking to the Samaritan woman.  John 4:10  Jesus answered and said to her, “ If you knew the gift of God, and who it is who says to you, “Give Me a drink,” you would have asked Him, and He would have given you living water.”  John 4:13,14   Jesus answered and said to her, “Whoever drinks of this water will thirst again, but whoever drinks of the water that I shall give him will never thirst.  But the water that I shall give him will become in him a fountain of water springing up into everlasting life.” This is just one example, there are several more references to “Living Water.” throughout the Bible.  The quest should not be on anything but the life of Jesus.  For He is the Holy Grail, He holds the living water.  So stop looking into the world’s view on the Grail.  Look upon the Lord.

The Attack is ON

Ok, so lately (like the last 15 years or so), we have been under attack.  We Americans, We Christians, We married, We stay at home moms.  Now I’m not a person who likes to go looking for a fight, but enough is enough.  Recently, we (Americans) were under attack in Boston.  The hubby and I just happened to have the t.v. on the Fox channel and watched in shock and not so shocked amazement.  We are shocked over the fact that people still have so little care over killing people that they don’t even know.  Killing people of all ages, nationalities, and beliefs.  People, who have put everything aside, who have been training for who knows how long,  to compete in a physical race that most of us wouldn’t even know how to begin except for placing our feet on the starting line.  And after the first line of bloodshed and mayhem, we then pray.  We pray for everyone.  All of those who were running, all who were waiting on the side for their loved ones, all those who were volunteering  all those who went running towards the destruction instead of running away, all those who couldn’t contact each other, all of the doctors and nurses who would have to deal with the trauma coming  through the hospital doors.

We were not so shocked that there are still terrorists running around in our country.  We were not so shocked that the government messed up (again) in allowing them to be here.  We were not so shocked that they were able to get the supplies that they needed to pull of this mass destruction.  And sadly we were not so shocked to see that they, (the ones who pulled it off)  were so young.

When I am asked to pray for someone, I do it with my full heart and soul.  Because I believe in the power of prayer.  But if I express my belief in the Bible or of Jesus, I get criticized for doing it.  I get labeled a hater. All over twitter and Facebook people were sending out words of encouragement and prayers.  I did not see one person telling another to stop.  I did however see a lot of people asking for more and more prayer though.  Funny, how when they don’t see what else can be done by them, they turn to the Christian and ask them to pray.  Without a moment of hesitation or guilt for the words they had just used to try to cut you down with.

If you are married to the opposite sex, lookout!  You are going to (if you haven’t already) get hit with mean and ugly looks from those who are trying to get away with marrying the same-sex.  I’ll be quite honest with you, when I was a teen, I rarely saw or heard about homosexuals.  When I did, I thought that it was a “phase or trendy” thing that would go away with some time (or when common sense kicked in).  But now, I supposed to believe that my marriage is in the minority of what people think is acceptable!  I think that these are the people who need the most prayer.  I do believe that they are lost in what is the difference between right and wrong.

And now I’ve got this Melissa Harris-Perry lady telling the world that their children, my children don’t “belong” to me.  That they belong to the community! What a load of bull!!!  After I raise them they become a part of the community that they choose to live in.  In the manner that they choose to live. Not the community telling me how to raise my child that God gave to me.  I don’t go at this alone.  I have God, my husband, my friends and family on both sides, and Church.  And I would love to see if (which I am really thinking that this is the case) she is trying to get God and the Church out of my children’s lives.  And then at the end of her little video she has “lead forward”, which is an attempt to show that she supports Obama. Here is the link to the video if you would like to see it.   http://www.nbcnews.com/id/51498490/t/caring-children-share-your-story/#.UXi7OaJJ7DM      As if that is in her favor.  Not where I am concerned it isn’t.

So now I sit here typing as all of my rights are being taken away from me and I’m not supposed to do anything about it.  I am no longer allowed to be me, myself in a land that I was born in, which is supposed to be free.  Which is supposed to have given me rights and has had those rights upheld for hundred of years from men, and now women, who have died for you and me.  Yes, my friend, the attack in on.  I’ll just leave you with these few scriptures to think about before you leave.  John 7:7  The world cannot hate you; but me it hateth, because I testify of it, that the works thereof are evil.    2 Peter 2:12-15    But these, as natural brute beasts, made to be taken and destroyed, speak evil of the things that they understand not; and shall utterly perish in their own corruption; And shall receive the reward of unrighteousness, as they that count it pleasure to riot in the day time.  Spots they are and blemishes, sporting themselves with their own deceivings while they feast with you; Having eyes full of adultery, and that cannot cease from sin; beguiling unstable souls: an heart they have exercised with covetous practices; cursed children: Which have forsaken the right way , and are gone astray, following the way of Balaam the son of Bo-sor, who loved the wages of unrighteousness;

Is The Church United Around The Truth?.

When we (The Church), let people just run their lives as they see fit, then we are not abiding by the word of God.  They are and want only self-will instead of the will of God.  And we (the Church) have let them.  They call us haters and say that we are not showing love as they quote the Bible themselves.  That part they seem to always know.  But they don’t want to hear, either with their ears or hearts (spirit) that the way they are living is against God’s word.  What happened to the elders of the Church?  The ones who are to give the guidelines to those whose lives are not showing the truth of the word through the way they live.  2 Timothy 2:14-15    Of these things put them in remembrance, charging them before the Lord they strive not about words to no profit, but to the subverting of the hearers.  Study to shew thyself approved unto God, a workman that needeth not to be ashamed, rightly dividing the word of truth.  Did you see that even in Biblical times people tried to divide the word of God so that the word applied to the way they live instead of applying their life to the word.  Instead of doing what God Himself has said to do, we have looked the other way and allowed them to walk right into sin.  2 Timothy 16,17 But shun profane and vain babblings  for they will increase unto more ungodliness.  And their word will eat as doth a canker: of whom is Hymenaeus and Philetus;

The word of God has told us to shun them and to do this until they find the word of God as truth.  We cannot just pick and choose what scriptures we will follow and which we won’t.  We either follow them all, or none of them.  We are not told to be mean as we shun.  If you read further, you will see that this isn’t done until after they are spoken to multiple times and then with meekness and love they are to be shunned if there is no change in their lives.  I cannot begin to tell you how many Christians feel as though if they are acting ungodly if they follow God instead of following the person that is offensive to God.  Jesus told us that we will be hated, because they first hated Him.  Stand up people of Christ!  Stand up Church!  Where is the consequence to their behavior?  Not in the style as if a person was a mass murderer but in a way for them to understand that if they would like to live that way then they must do it without you.  Because you don’t want to betray the One.  Who should be more important to you than anyone else.  If one listens to someone over and over give excuses to the way that they live, then the next so called little thing won’t be so hard to believe.  Chip, chip, chip,  little by little they will whittle away to all your moral beliefs until you believe the exact same way that they do. And once you do, your children will follow you.  Which is completely the opposite of the Gospel.

Words And Charity Part 2

Let us all give.  We all want that wonderful feeling that comes over us when we give a gift to someone and you can see that it is just what he or she needed/wanted.  Most of us, who give, don’t always get that vision to get us to give again or give more.  We hear about all that the “country” gives to other countries and then (at least I) hear about how upsetting it is when there are so many problems right here in the United States.  We do have problems.  These problems are not going to go away all on their own.  Not until we give.  Most people feel as if they already give enough because of all the taxes that are taken out of every ones checks before they even get to see how much they have made.  Then of course, we have our own monthly bills that have to get paid.  So the end of the paycheck is just that, the end.  For a lot of people there is no money “left over” after all of that.  But of course, Christians know that we are to first give our tenth to God.  Then the bills come last.  We want to “charity” the home first.  We look on money as if it is ours.  “We worked for it, of course it’s mine,……right?”  WRONG.  The money is God’s.  However, when we give to the church, what are you really looking at?  Are you looking at an extra pair of jeans for the kids, or are you seeing people being fed.  Are you keeping everyone in a cellphone or are you covering a young child with a blanket.  Are you feeling entitled to get a new pair of shoes or are you feeling entitled to medicate those who are without?  Charity begins at home, and we have to ask ourselves if our homes give to charity.  Not the other way around.

Now I am not saying that you can’t get the jeans, cellphones, or shoes. But what I am saying is, are you or I, giving charity first before the so called needs of our own?  I know that my kids can go for a long time before we have to get all the extras.  Having three boys, the younger two have had a lot of hand-me-downs.  My daughter and I love to go shopping.  We always have a good time.  But when we go, we go to the shops that aren’t on the norm.  You know, like the second hand stores or in the clearance section.  Then when we are home, we get to see just how much we saved on buying them there compared to the department stores.  We are never out of style.  At least, not unless we are in the mood to be.  The boys however get to (at least in their eyes) get new clothes every fall and spring.  We put all of the clothes that the older one has outgrown into a tote.  Then when the season has changed, so does their wardrobes.  They think it is great to be able to wear something that their “big” brother has worn.  Then with the clothes that no one can wear we donate.  Depending on how little or great the growth spurts have been dictates on how much we donate.  And the kids are excited about it all.  Because they have enjoyed their clothes so much and the thought of someone else wearing them is “cool” to them.

We try to get to know our neighbors, and if we hear that someone is in need of something we have, we give it freely.  Believe me, we have gotten some strange looks when we tell people to keep it (whatever it was).  We have taken the giving to others out of our church and put it into the hands of the government.  This should stop.  So now, if people want to give, they have to jump thru hoops to get it done.  People, I have found, distrust churches.  For reasons of their own, they think that the churches keep every single cent that comes to them.  Yes, churches do need money.  They have bills of their own to pay just as we do.  But we tend to turn our ears off when they talk about all the missionary work that they are pledging to.  Or the family whose house caught fire and now have nothing.  The beginning of charity should (I believe) begin in the home.  The home is where it is taught when and how to do it.  But that isn’t the only place of need.  Luke 6:38 Give, and it shall be given unto you; good measure, pressed down, and shaken together, and running over, shall men give into your bosom.  For with the same measure that ye mete withal it shall be measured to you again.

Words and Charity part 1

There are sayings that we (people in general) say all the time.  I have been known to say them myself.  “Well, times were different then.”  Or  “charity begins at home.”

In the process of raising our children, when they have asked us what does (Insert any word) mean, our stock answer is look it up.  Then with eyes rolling and a little huffing and puffing, they go to the Merriam-Webster Dictionary.  I personally grew up with a Funk and Wagnall, which I had with me when Joe and I first got married.  Joey and Sierra finally wore it out after about 5 more years.  Then we got a Webster’s.  By then, we had all four kids and we weren’t lacking on our answer.  The kids would have to read out loud to us the definition of said word.  Then we would have a discussion about said word, so that we knew that they truly understood said word.  In my study of the dictionary, I found out that Samuel Johnson’s dictionary was the first.  However, people thought that Merriam’s far surpassed Johnson’s.  You can find out more on this topic here. http://www.merriam-webster.com/info/noah.htm

What struck me the most is the vast difference in the dictionary then and the one we have today.  The words of yesterday do not have the same meaning they do today.  Words like

wife

 noun \ˈwīf\

1

a dialect : woman

b : a woman acting in a specified capacity —used in combination <fishwife>

2

: a female partner in a marriage

WIFE, n. plu. Wives. [G., a woman.]

1. The lawful consort of man; a woman who is united to man in the lawful bonds of wedlock; the correlative of husband.

The husband of one wife. 1 Timothy 3.

Let every one of you in particular, so love his wife even as himself, and let the wife see that she reverence her husband. Ephesians 5.

2. A woman of low employment; as strawberry wives. [Not in use.]

Which one do you believe is the one we use now.  If you said the first definition then you would be correct.  Did you notice the scripture that was in the second definition?  That’s right, in the original dictionary there was scripture to back up the meaning of the word.  The second definition came from Webster’s first in 1828.  It has been changed because the world has changed.  I have told my children since they were little don’t believe everything that you read, and that there is only one book that they can always rely on to have the whole truth.  That’s the Bible.   I never thought that I couldn’t rely on the dictionary.  But, I guess that is to be expected with all the words that I have heard other children and young adults say over the years and then for that reason only they are added to the dictionary.  Their “popular”, the “newest trend” and so on.  I am so glad that we had discussions about the words they were looking up.  Because now we can be assured that by what we have taught them won’t change just because the world doesn’t like it anymore.  I’ll talk more on Charity tomorrow.

Priorities

Have you chosen the priorities of your life?  On the other hand, have you allowed God to choose them for you?

Whether you are aware of it or not, He already has and just waits on you to see what He has laid out for you.  Throughout the Bible we are shown that, we are to love the Lord first and above all others.  And it is only then that we move on to family and home.  Once we can do those (and don’t worry, no one does it completely the way they think they should) Then we are to move on to our ministry.  These are commandments from God Himself.  When God commands something from us, he also gives us the gift of choice.  You get to choose whether to do as commanded.  The problem I see is that when people are given a choice they look at what they think is best for them rather than what God has already said is best for them.  When people try to figure what is best for them, they have placed themselves above everyone else.

 

Things come and go in life.  Trouble and blessings come and go.  People come and go.  God is forever!  No matter what may be happening in your life right now or in the future.  One’s life should not be controlled by the comings and goings.  I have made a lot (understatement) of sacrifices in my life so that I can show who I am as a child of God and as a wife and mom.  I do not allow the troubles or problems to change the direction I am taking.  And because of that, there are a lot of people who stay away from me.  Not because I’m mean, but because they feel that if they stay with me that they too will have to allow God to change their life so that they are in line with Him and not be allowed to keep living the way they want.  I have been told that I am a strong woman, a very strict mom, that I am out of touch with the “real world”, and that I don’t know how things “really” work.

 

If they only knew.  I am the happiest woman when I talk to God and allow Him to take care of any problem for me, no matter how big or small it may be.  It is such a privilege to get to have God on my side and worship him rather than breathing life to trouble that comes around.  I would have to say that the hardest part of all of that is trying to get my own children to see the world the same way.  They are out in it more than I am.  Their friends are huge influences and their parents for the most part do not see the world as such a bad place.  I disagree with women being in certain careers.  My daughter does not.  I disagree with women having higher power than men do.  My children do not.  I have to learn how to make the life I already have look more appealing to them than the world does.  On my own, this would be impossible.  But I know that nothing is impossible for God.  Therefore, I will leave the opening of their eyes and hearts to Him.  And keep doing what I am doing alongside of God.  Because I know that troubles and problems won’t stop coming at me.  I know that the closer I get to God the stronger and faster they will come and attack.  My oldest children are just starting to understand when we say to them that the older you get the harder life gets.  There is more expected of you.  And I get to laugh when they tell me that they want to be a kid again.  Because they are kids, who are learning that life is serious business.  Playtime is almost over for them.  The world however is still playing.  They have no priorities above themselves.  And if they don’t like the way the game is played, they simply change the rules to fit their so-called needs. 

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