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Religion -Views of a 12 Year Old

 

My youngest son and I and his older brother were having a discussion dealing with the movie Noah.  My son then starting going on about how things should be and how they actually are.  He had such strong feeling on the subject matter that I insisted that he write it down. So for your days viewing pleasure, here is what he wrote.  I do hope that you enjoy it and please keep in mind that he just turned 12.

Today the Government is so backwards- The Constitution isn`t being treated like it should, our basic Rights are being infringed, and worst of all- and what I`m here to talk about- is that Freedom of Religion isn`t recognized as a Right. Christians are being discriminated because of our belief in The Trinity. The World doesn`t care that the Chinese dude down the street chooses to believe in Buddhism. They don`t care that that Atheist guy who lives on the street corner decides to believe that there is no afterlife, no God and no savior. And yet when someone decides to believe in Christianity the World treats it like it`s a crime. Every day if someone finds you carrying a Cross on your necklace you get these weird and angry looks. People treat you like you`re a common criminal. Some people even resort to violence.

If you tell your friends in your belief in Christ you can almost bet that one of them will stop being your friend. Others will still stay by your side even though they don`t believe in Christ themselves. Others will embrace you because they are fellow Christians. But most-not all- but most will drop out of your sight, never to be seen again. Some people don`t believe because they think the music is boring. Really, not believing in the only thing that can save your life because of MUSIC? A lot of people think that Christian music is just boring old hymns- but that`s not the case! Not only do we have Christian Pop but we also have Rap, Country, and Hip-hop and believe it or not, there is actually some Christian Classical music! But music isn`t the only reason that people don`t believe. Some don`t because they`d rather embrace Satan by believing in False Gods and Idols, or just by not believing in a God at all!  Others just don`t care, but they should because they are just throwing their lives away with both hands all because they`d rather believe in some guy named Zeus or Buddha neither of which exist because if they did then there would be more truth behind those hollow letter written in that religion`s sacred textbook. And even though Atheists say that they don`t believe in a Religion they really are- You can`t not believe in some form of what happens after death or whether or not there is a god and what his name is. I personally believe in ‘I AM WHO I AM’ aka God. But Atheists say ‘I don`t believe in a Religion because there is no afterlife and there is no god and The Big Bang Theory and The Theory of Evolution is true! We evolved from monkeys and monkeys evolved from birds and birds evolved from dinosaurs and dinosaurs came from the matter that formed from the remnants of the Singularity that formed everything in the known and unknown universe!’ But that is SO NOT TRUE! Believe what you wish but if you know that there is a God in Heaven who made the Earth and the beasts on it in 6 days and rested on the 7th: God bless you.

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

Woman…What Have You Given Today

Have you praised the Lord today?  Did you say an encouraging word to your husband by the nights end?  Have you set the priorities of your life on the other people in your life rather than yourself?  Jesus said, God first then others, Mark 12:28-31

Women tend to feel as if they sacrifice a great deal each and every day.  And I would not ever say that women don’t.  But women also tend to complain about each and every sacrifice.  Not realizing that when they do, they have just lost their blessing that God wanted to give them.  They also do not realize that eventually that complaint will get back to the person that you have complained about.  Whether it comes by your attitude, or a loose tongue by anger or another person. When we (both men and women) keep God first in everything that we say or do, it will never feel like you’re being taken advantage of or as if you are the only one making sacrifices.  We see this when we look at the life of Jesus.  He always placed God first and then made the ultimate sacrifice.  No one can make more of a sacrifice than he did.  So you making sure that you got all the laundry done by staying up all night so that your kids have the right clothes to wear for the next day is nothing in the big scheme of things.  Going to the store to pick up milk so that the kids have it for their morning breakfast after you have already put in a hard day should be a joy not a chore.  

Ok, so my hubby might be a little embarrassed by this but I shave his socks.  He tends to get these fabric pellets on his socks from the way he walks making the socks rub against his shoes.  Now he could really care less if they are there, but I care how he looks and I don’t want him to get a sore on his foot because of them.  So I shave them.  This is just one of the little things I do to let him know that not only do I love him, but that I am willing to help in taking care of him.  As a wife and mom, I might not be able to get to everything that I think needs to get done during the day.  However, most of the stuff that I do my family feels is extra stuff anyway.  I try my best to keep in mind that I am making my house that God has given to us to live in, is truly His house and not ours.  As I have written before, my family loves music.  Usually you will find us listening as we clean, do homework, or writing posts.  If you try, you just might find that when you worship God as you do anything, it never feels trying, or stressful, or even dreadful.  I have been trying for at least 18 years to teach my kids that no matter what you do, if you do your best that is all that anyone could ask for.  That if you don’t know how to do something then find someone or something that can tell or show you how.  I’m going to tell you to do the same.  If you go through and try to make more of an effort in being a helpmate or mom and you feel as though you don’t know how.  Then pick up your Bible.  For God is the one who will tell and show you how.

Party Over Here, Party Over There

I talked about being hungry the other day.  Since then, there has been a thought that has entered my mind.  And although it may sound a little farfetched, I’m  going to tell you anyway.  Just how would it look if we “Christians”  met in one area just to praise God.  Now, I know that we meet in church on our respective days of the week.  But, what would it look like if we, of all denominations, got together and met just to fellowship and praise God.

Kind of like a Woodstock but without all the sex, drugs, and drinking.  I think that would be such a sight.  However, I also don’t see anything like that happening.  Because there is so little love being spread across the world.  There would be some who wouldn’t come because a certain so and so was or wasn’t speaking.  There would be others who would make an excuse that it would be too far to drive or fly there.  And I can hear others saying that they couldn’t make it due to their schedule.  Plus there is always an issue of music.  Even if we divided an area into sections some would asking “Who would we allow to play; or what kind of genre of Christian songs would be playing.”  “Would dancing be allowed and so forth.”  All the excuses would stop everyone from coming instead of people realizing that God meets anyone who calls on Him no matter how they call Him.  What a glorious party it could be!   There would always be some who could not be motivated enough to worship God with other Christians.  As if they all had some kind of “Christian disease.”  We can read in Acts where all the Christians, at that time, were gathered together and praying and worshiping God and the Holy Spirit came on all of them.  Could you imagine if all the Christians of today’s age got together.  What a beautiful image that could be.

How much more could we learn about God!?!  How much more could we learn about each other!?!  How much more could we help each other!?!  To my knowledge, what happened in the book of Acts has never been attempted again.  The reason as to why not, I do not know.  Except to say, that we allow fleshly differences to get in our way.  We can get behind a prayer for someone who has cancer, or a church who is in danger of being torn or burned down, some executive who speaks his own beliefs.  But to gather the body, the actual church together, no I don’t think the parts can be placed together for a time just to praise, and get nothing else out of it than praising their God.  No, I truly can’t see it.  I would love it if someone or a group of someone’s could pull it off and prove me wrong.  We have had revivals and conventions, even crusades but nothing on the scale that I am talking about.  Where we all over the world could gather, praise, and love the One who first loved us.  How hungry would we have to be to actually get something like this done?  Well, how hungry are you? Where is the church?

Today’s Music Ain’t Got The Same Soul

Wasn’t Sierra’s post just wonderful!?!  She wanted me to thank all the encouraging comments that were given.  http://disciplegideon.wordpress.com/ said that music is huge.  He is so right.  And in this house it always has been.  Well actually, as far as I can remember music has always been a part of my life.  When I was young, my mom use to play the radio and her 45’s that she had collected as a girl, all the time while doing her housework.  I would play around the house listening, dancing and singing all the time.  As a teen, I became a fan of heavy metal with my Walkman on my side.  When I was in my 20’s and 30’s (Yes I know, I am started to age myself) I listened to the then oldie’s that I heard as a young girl.

When I was pregnant with each of my kids, I played classical music to them with the help of headphones.  And not the kind headphones of today.  These were massive. All black leather, thick with foam that stretched around to fit the size of your head, with a curly-q cord that would always seem too short. They stretched perfectly around my growing belly.  I played classical music for them until they were around 6mths. old.  I use to love watching their faces as they heard the music.  You could see so many different expressions as their little minds were trying to put all the notes together.  As they were growing, I was still in my oldies stage and would have the radio on almost all the time, whether in the house or in the car.  (In the car is usually where the kids would ask me to turn it down.  I like it loud.  Ha-ha.)  We also developed a tradition of having our own praise and worship every Christmas with the karaoke machine.

As our family grew, so did our love of Christian music.  We have been blessed enough to attend a few concerts even.  With groups like Skillet, Toby Mac, Third Day, Todd Agnew.  For me, Todd’s was the most special.  We were at a World Pulse Festive and my husband saw an advertisement that he was going to be at a local church.  Hubby made it all happen getting the tickets, getting time off work, getting someone to watch the kids.  Because he knew how much I enjoyed listening to Todd.  At the concert we were able to sit in the front row.  There were problems with the equipment and instead of stopping the concert, he ending up singing a lot of it acoustic. Which was wonderful!

Looking back at my “life in music”, I can see that my parents played different music all the time.  My dad liked the rock and heavy metal while my mom liked country.  And I don’t recall them ever telling any of us kids that we weren’t allowed to listen to a particular song or group of any genre.  If they did, it was never enforced. Now a days I listen to strictly Christian music.  I enjoy the hard rock and contemporary. While my hubby likes just about every kind of Christian music out there.  He is the ultimate music nut.  (And that is a complement)  Our oldest son follows hubby’s direction in that area.

Unlike my parents, we have told our children that we don’t want them listening to certain songs, individual singers, or groups that are in the secular world.  We take the time to explain that not all music is appropriate   Whether others around us (their family and friends) agree with us or not.  This has not been especially easy for them to do however.  Their friends talk about or sing the music, the bus drivers have played the music, the stores and shopping malls have played that music, and even their music teachers have had them sing that kind garbage at school concerts.  Recently, at my daughter’s choir concert some of the kids sang “Lady gag me with a spoon” song of paparazzi.That’s right garbage.  With that said, we also don’t force our children to listen to only Christian.  As Sierra said she likes country and pop also.  Our youngest son also enjoys jazz.

What we do is guide them to understand that music is to be enjoyed throughout your soul.  That not only should the notes played make you want to move but the words as well.  The direction of your movement is where you make the choice of, is this song or the person singing it,  representing me in a good light to not only my morals but to God.  We want our kids to understand that what they put into themselves is what they give out to others.  So when garbage goes into to you, you give out garbage to everyone else.

We are given a huge responsibility in the raising of our children.  In every area of their lives we are to direct them in the morally correct way to live.  This should also include the music they listen to.  Throughout history music has been a “hot topic” with the youth. Now the way we listen to music in our house may not change the world to doing the same.  But it has opened the minds of some of the friends that my kids have.  Which is a step.  Remember all walks begin with a step.  And so, I pray that as my children have their own children the steps will multiply.  That spiritual minds wake up and get out of the covering of garbage that is laid on them from the secular world.   That they find that music can be enjoyed, uplifting, spirit filled, and worshipful to God and not to themselves.   If you haven’t yet listened to any Christian music, I encourage you to at least try different varieties of it and see if you can handle it.  Because through out His music, He is speaking to you.  You will either push it away or soak it all in.  Again showing us the gift of choice.  I am blessed that my children truly enjoy listening to Christian music. I am even more blessed when I get to see them sing it to God.  Not because they are told to and not because they feel pressured. But because they choose to.  So what do you choose?

Today’s Music?

This is a guess post from my daughter, Sierra.  I had asked her if she thought it would be fun and she agreed. So give her your full attention. Because you might be surprised to hear what a teen of today has to say.  But I must also put it out there that in no way did I tell her what to write.  I only gave her the subject matter.  She did the rest.  Which was kind of fun watching her write.  She kept asking me if this or that was ok.  I gave her full reign.  This is what she has to say.

Today’s music is loud, annoying, and disrespectful. Teens who hear this sentence think,”Oh that’s just some old biddy who likes stupid violins and opera.” Truth is, not all of the music is like that; so ‘black and white’; one-way or another. However, the Lil’ Wayne, Katy Perry, Lady Gaga, the heavy metal, all the hip-hop and rap that is the popular music of today, is definitely loud, annoying at times, and very disrespectful. Oh, and guess what. I’m not “some old biddy”. I am 14; definitely a teenager, but one who sees how the majority of teenagers disrespect their elders. And I see that it comes from the music they listen to.

        Some of the pop music I do listen to. Not all of it is rude and disrespectful, so I do listen to it. I also listen to country and Christian music. Christian music is a music I enjoy, respect, and it inspires me. Third Day, Newsboys, Thousand Foot Krutch, Kutless, Jeremy camp, Toby Mac, KJ52, and Sanctus Real are the bands and people who inspire me most. They show me that you can have music that is fun to sing and fun to dance to without being disrespectful or rude to anyone. People have told me that you can’t dance to music that isn’t “popular”. These weren’t their exact words, but it’s the message they conveyed. But I can honestly say I was astounded. The majority of what I listen to is Christian, (which is less than popular for kids my age) and I am all the time dancing to it. My friends see this and yet, they still say this. It is truly amazing music, and if everyone would actually listen and hear it, I believe, people would be respected more by the current generation.

        As I said before, I also listen to country music. Taylor Swift, Jason Aldean, Tim McGraw, and Brad Paisley are some artists I listen to and enjoy very much. I feel as though this music does not disrespect anyone because country singers are singing about problems faced every day, and the joys that come along in life. In the music I’ve listened to, neither Christian nor country music uses curse words, especially not in the way that pop music does. There are no derogatory terms toward any race, religion, or gender in my choices of country either (unlike in the popular music of today). It is simply people singing the truth of their lives.

        So today’s music is not all bad. The pop music needs checked so it stays appropriate for the youth of today. The “unpopular” music needs to be put out there more so people can see how music can be appropriate and fun. People need to be steered in the right direction, which is in the opposite direction of where music is leading them today.

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