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We Just Need To Practice

Hey there everyone,

I hope that everyone had a safe and happy Christmas and New Year.  I most certainly did.  My oldest came home from college for Christmas, my daughter turned 17 (She is making me and the hubby old very fast.)  She also got a job right before her birthday (Which is one week before Christmas).  We all celebrated my three holidays together at home with no big hoop la.  Which was just fine with all of us.

At the beginning of each year you might be finding yourself looking back.  People like to see what if anything they got accomplished and what they didn’t.  They make new goals for the upcoming months.  They try to adopt new, better habits.  One thing I have found is that they don’t set these out on a day-to-day basis.  No they spread them out over an entire year.  Yes, I realize that there are some that may take that long.  But ask yourself when you wake up in the morning, what is the first thing that comes to your mind? Is it the tasks that need to be done? Or perhaps a soreness/pain you may have for sleeping different then you needed.  I could list a whole number of things that ; not only have I said to myself, but have heard others as well.  We are to begin each day a new. With the joy of the Lord.   Not with bitterness or need.  In order to do this all it takes is …… practice.  Practice means that you are trying each and every day with all you mind, body, and soul.  Practice means you won’t get it perfected or even do it some days.  It means you are trying.  That you are actually doing it with a good heart.  Practice mean you have taken you out of it and are doing it for the Lord.

I don’t understand why people are putting so much disgust on themselves at the beginning of each year.  They haven’t lost enough weight, gotten any healthier, saved enough money, given enough money and so on. So what?!? Do the best you can with what you have daily and let God handle the rest.  Before you know it; it will be a new healthier, happier, habit and a wonderful start to your day.  Now for those who might be keeping score, I know that I didn’t write a whole lot last year, but within that time that I did these are the words I used most.

 

Angels, Bible, Child, Children, Christ, Christian, Church, Churches, Control, Faith, Family, Glory, God, Good, Gospel, Grace, Hear, Hearts, Jesus, Kids, Learn, Lessons, Life, Listen, Lord, Love, Luke, Man, Marriage, Matthew, Mercy, Mistakes, MS, Music, ORU, Parents, Pastor, People, Religion, Speak, Spirit, Trouble, Women, Word, Work.

 

I like to leave you with a song that I heard on a CD that my sister had a long time ago.  The song might be an old one but it still holds.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wslEJVlnjRI

The Vs.

This week marks the 40th. Year of Roe vs. Wade.  This law has aggravated me (to say the very least) for the longest time.  No more so than when I had my first miscarriage.  Losing my first son almost did me in.  I was angry at the world and I didn’t care that I was losing myself in the process.  I was young, had just left my first husband and living with my parents.  Not the ideal situation.  And then to lose the one good thing I had going for me….. I felt like my life was going nowhere very fast.

I had my second miscarriage after I was married to Joe.  We lost a girl.  Again, my life went into shambles.  The one and only thing that got me through both miscarriages is knowing that Jesus carried both of them to heaven and were with God All Mighty.   Without knowing that I would have never made it.  There were so many people who wanted me to have an abortion when I was pregnant the first time.  I still don’t understand why people believe that a child is something to be killed and then thrown away as if it was like week old trash and was stinking up the house.  I have spent some time listening to the tapes dealing with the court hearings on Roe vs. Wade and the one thing that sent me reeling was when the lawyer said the baby got in her way!!! So that she couldn’t work!!!   They also tried to say that since a baby couldn’t vote, then the baby had no rights!  They used the word fetus instead of baby also.  I will not ever call a true tangible gift from God with such a nasty, medical, word.  They stated that abortion was illegal because it protected the mother.  Whether that was the true reason was never really found out.  But I would say it would be just another good reason.

Maybe I feel a little more strong on this issue than some.  Solely for the reason that had it became law two years early, I wouldn’t be here right now, nor any of my kids.  You see, I grew up being told that my mom (who was 16 when she had me) she didn’t want me and my dad(who was 19) he did.  I was the reason that they even got married.  This knowledge only set me with emotional boundaries with the people who I had to rely on to guide me through life.  This is probably the reason I am so over protective with my children.  I want no harm to come to them.  And although I couldn’t protect them as well as my emotions want to, I think I have done a pretty good job so far.  Although I still have times when I look back and tell myself that I maybe could have handled a situation or two a bit better.  This is where my prayers come in so much better than just letting come what may.

I absolutely loathe that law.  I can understand that there may come a time when a woman might (and that is a big might) have to choose between her life and the life of her baby.  Easy choice for me, the baby comes first.  I made that choice when Joey was born.  I told myself that no matter what was happening to me, there was no reason for them to save me and not him.  I even had Joe promise me before they put me under for an emergency C-section.  I had preeclampsia.  I’m told when he came out, he was blue.  He had to have been the most beautiful baby I had ever seen.  Yes, I know every mother says that about their child.  But after losing two, and having this one, my life was so complete.

I do not care how long or short you have been pregnant, that baby has a right to live.  So many in the world want children and yet can’t.  So many precious lives have been lost to this law.  The world is so lost in this knowledge.  When one hears of someone losing a child, whether it be due to a high-risk pregnancy, an auto accident, or illness, people act and say as if they feel bad for them.  So then why don’t people feel bad or act sad if a woman has an abortion?  Women don’t want to have to go through any inconvenience for nine months and then allow someone else to get the prize at the end of it.  No they want to be allowed to have sex with anyone, kill the baby so they can live the life that they want at that moment.  Selfishness!  Just plain Selfishness.  These women want to be taken care of instead of trying to understand what a privilege it is to take care of a baby who will grow into a productive adult.  The truly sad part is that babies have been killed even longer than most people know.  In Biblical times people who worshiped pagan gods would sacrifice their first born to them.  In other countries, babies are just tossed aside if they are not the desired sex.  Throughout thousands of years babies, who can’t  talk, or crawl, or walk to these parents to get them to understand that they are people just like them, are killed.  Pray for all of the unborn babies.  Those who have been gone in the past and for those who will be gone in the future.

Special People

Hey gang.  This is just a something that was sent to me by my mommy-in-law.  I hope it brightens your day, if even just a little.
JUST TO LET YOU KNOW THAT IT’S CHRISTIAN PERSON WEEK AND YOU SHOULD SEND THIS TO ALL BEAUTIFUL CHRISTIAN PEOPLE.

When I say that ‘I am a Christian’, I am not shouting that ‘I am clean living. I’m whispering ‘I was lost, but now I’m found and forgiven.’

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I don’t speak of this with pride. I’m confessing that I stumble and need Christ to be my guide.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not trying to be strong.
 I’m professing that I’m weak and need His strength to carry on.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not bragging of success.
 I’m admitting I have failed and need God to clean my mess.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not claiming to be perfect.
 My flaws are far too visible, but God believes I am worth it.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I still feel the sting of pain.
 I have my share of heartaches, so I call upon His name.

When I say ‘I am a Christian’, I’m not holier than thou, I’m just a simple sinner who received God’s good grace, somehow!

Today is Beautiful Christian Person’s Day.
Pretty is as Pretty does but, Beautiful is just plain Beautiful..

A Viewing Of Yourself

With New Year’s only days away, this is usually the time when people reflect back at their life and make resolutions to break bad habits or start good ones.  Let’s go into thought about ourselves and let’s say you drop dead right here, right now, dead.  What would be the first thing to enter your mind?  Would it be what others would say about you?  Do you think you know what would be the first or most common thing said about you?  Would your bad habit be brought up?  What about a good one?  Who do you think would miss you the most and why?  Just what or who would be your first concern?  Was it that load of laundry sitting in the middle of your bedroom floor or that the house is  a mess?  The Scouts have a motto, “be prepared.”  There is a message that a lot of mothers tell their children when they leave for somewhere.  “Make sure you have on clean underwear.  In case you’re in an accident.  Here are some things that I have heard people say about others who have died.  “Oh, her house was always soooo clean.  You could eat right off the floors.”  “He was always such a hard worker.”  “He was a family man.”  “She was always so sweet, she had a smile for everyone she met.”  “He would give a stranger the shirt off his back to help them.”  “He/She was such a Godly person.”  When you first thought about you being dead, was God the first thing you thought about?  Was it how you would look to Him?  Are you actually being the person you know you should be or are you doing what others expect you to be.  Are you (even after death) putting great importance on what others think about you.  If so, Why?!?  You’re dead, there’s not one thing you can do to change their minds now.  Nor can you change God’s once you are dead from this world.  Matthew 3:17  And suddenly a voice came from heaven saying, This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.  Remember this was said about Jesus before He died.  What is important is the here and now.  To accomplish what He desires from you, for you, about you.  So have a viewing of yourself and resolve to break bad habits and to start good ones.  Just make sure you are doing them for the right reasons.

What Color Are Your Glasses?

The other day I saw a survey asking if God is good.  People from everywhere were shouting….. yes, Amen, of course He is, and on and on.  I do agree that God is good.  Mark 10:18 So Jesus said to him, “Why do you call Me good?  No one is good but One, that is, God.  But I have found that people have the view that He is just good.  Which isn’t God at all.   All we have to do is look around to see the good that is within God.  All that He has made and the gifts that he graces us with every day are in fact good.  His love for us is good.  But if that is all He is to you, then don’t you think you might be minimizing Him?

There is a song out there called, “God is good all the time”.  All through the song it states all the good God has done for people.  And yes, He has done all that is written in the song.  But to only have the view that God is good so that you can sing to Him or believe in Him or for all that He will do for you, is in fact selfish.  Because your true focus is you.

God is just.

The wonderful blessings that He bestows on us, are good only because you have placed Him first in every aspect of your life.  Good things don’t just happen.  For nothing happens without God willing it to happen.  Psalm 35: 27 Let them shout for joy and be glad, Who favor my righteous cause; And let them say continually, “Let the Lord be magnified, Who has pleasure in the prosperity of His servant.”  Those things that are good are, because you have found favor with the Lord.  For when you do His righteous, He is pleased.  With that said, God also judges all.  For if you do not do what is right in the eyes of God, He will correct you.  This is not to say that He brings hard time and trouble to people but that he allows you to experience them.  For these things are evil in themselves and evil is not within God. James 1:13 Let no one say when he is tempted, “I am tempted by God”; for God cannot be tempted by evil, nor does He Himself tempt anyone.  

If we were to only look at God with rose color glasses will be missing the real God.  When people go through hard times they have choices.  They can either grow closer to God or find themselves lost.  God does find favor with His people and in doing so it should be His glory that is praised and not what He has done for you.

When we raise up our children, do you make sure that everything is peaches and cream for every aspect of their lives?  If so, then what shall they learn?  Who will they go to when they grow up and reality comes forth?  We are to learn from mistakes and hard times that transpire in our lives.  We actually learn more about God during those times as well.  The feel good preaching that is out there may be fine for a time, but sooner or later people have to grow in their spirit.  Hebrews 5:13-14 For everyone who partakes only of milk is unskilled in the word of righteousness, for he is a babe.  But solid food belongs to those who are of full age, that is those who by reason of use have their senses exercised to discern both good and evil.   Throughout the Bible you will find that God taught His people many lessons when they did not obey or receive Him.  Lessons that we are still learning today.

So then, how do you view God?  Do you have clear vision, or are things rosy?

I Brag On You, He Brags On Me

Mr. and Mrs. So and so were able to get the house, My kid made the honor roll, Mary volunteers at the community center, Paul helped someone whose car broke down on the side of the road, My neighbor comes and cuts my grass, That couple is engaged, They’re expecting their first baby.

Throughout the Bible we can hear God brag on His children.  Genesis 6:8 But Noah found grace in the eyes of the Lord.  1 Kings 3:10 The speech pleased the Lord, that Solomon had asked this thing.  Job 2:3 Then the Lord said to Satan, “Have you considered My servant Job, that there is none like him on the earth, a blameless and upright man, one who fears God and shuns evil? And still he holds fast to his integrity, although you incited Me against him, to destroy him without cause.”  Daniel 6: 22 My God sent His angel and shut the lions mouths, so that they have not hurt me, because I was found innocent before Him; and also, O king, I have done no wrong before you.”  Matthew 3:17 And suddenly a voice came from heaven, saying, “This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.”  

How many times a day do you brag on someone?  I know that there can be days where it is hard to see the good in people.  Their attitude is bad for some reason, or maybe it is yours that is bad.  But generally, on any given day, with everyone you see, you can find something that they say all the time, or do all the time, that is helpful or good to others.  Helpful  and good enough to brag to others.  The thing is, it doesn’t have to be something grand or super special, although those are nice to hear.  No, it can be a small thing like someone saving a seat for someone, or opening a door.

 Here is a question for you.  When you brag on a person, don’t you feel happy?  You’re not the one doing the good deed, but you do get to reap a reward when you spread the word around about it.  Yes, we must be careful and not allow false pride to slip in when we are speaking about loved ones like our children.  But when you see a person do anything because it’s the right thing to do or because they feel called to do it, there is a genuine reason to brag about them.  And you do get to be blessed within your spirit when doing so.  

Here is another question for you.  Do you think God brags about you? When He looks at you, are you giving Him reasons to say , “Look at my child, I am pleased with them.”  Or maybe you think that God only did that in Biblical days.  Really!?!  Lets look at that a little.  When a child does something good in the eyes around him, we tell all who will listen.  Then what do we do?  We reward them for doing the right thing.  Well then, are you not receiving rewards of blessings when you do something good in the eyes of God?  When we give good sacrifices it brings a sweet aroma to God.  It pleases Him.  The angels watch us with amazement.  For God has told them of us and about us.  He does not group you .  For He listens to every prayer individually, and answers them accordingly.  Why then would He not brag on you and reward you the same?  Listen, when God is pleased with you, your name goes throughout all the heavens for all to hear.  And those whose hear His voice get pleased and blessed by it as well.  

I have a habit that I want to keep forever.  As much as I love to brag on my kids, what I love even more is the chances I get to brag on God.  Whenever I can.  I get filled when I get to tell others what he has done in my life.  How he has changed me for the better.  The wonderful gifts that He has felt gracious enough to give me.  Bragging can be a wonderful thing, when you brag on the right people, for the right reasons.  So test yourself and see just how many rewards you gather when you brag.

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