What In The World Is Happening To Us?

Isaiah 5:20–23 (NIV) “Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter. 21 Woe to those who are wise in their own eyes and clever in their own sight. Woe to those who are heroes at drinking wine and champions at mixing drinks, who acquit the guilty for a bribe, but deny justice to the innocent.
These individuals believe the lie and will say good is evil — evil is good — they will fight for it and criticize those who have the proper definitions.  Recognize and remember that God is the one who created the world, and He is the only one who may set the terms, definitions, and categories.
Look at what is taking place right now — there is no person or group is innocent in the political and cultural sphere however there are obvious distinctions. Which party is pro-abortion (murder of children) which party is against Gods version of sexuality and marriage? Which party is against any form of truth that comes against their own and will become vicious and even violent to shut you up? I am against this no matter what side does it. Right now in our country, we need clear minds, who support the right fights in the right manner. To accomplish that,  we must have something that supplies us with wisdom and peace of heart, believing that even if events don’t go God’s way,  we are ok.  When we allow fear and anger to overpower us,  we overreact and we even challenge the right fights the sinful way and give Jesus a black eye. I pray for wisdom for believers. Not just politically but personally everywhere they work, live, and play. We get this as we worship and study and pray.  We are aware of the predictions (prophecies) in the bible. This all should never come as a surprise to the Christian that is schooled in God’s word and the holy bible.   John 14:1 (NKJV) “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.” 

Is The Word Of God “Hate Speech?”

                      What Is Hate Speech?

 the media repeatedly uses The expression, hate speech, but what is hate speech?  One explanation states; Speech that attacks, threatens, or insults a person or group based on national origin, ethnicity, color, religion, gender identity, sexual orientation, or disability. However, I would go one step further. When political leaders, news commentators or celebrities, get into name-calling, criticizing someone’s character, the way they look, dress, or their mannerisms, this is also hateful speech.
 Are you aware our biblical worldview is hate speech according to unbelievers? Scripture defines marriage between a man and a woman. It was God who created marriage. However, by supporting what God established, we are homophobic.
 Society demands tolerance. However, these same individuals do not listen to the alternative position of the argument. They identify those of us that have differing views from non-believers as hate mongers, bigots, homophobes, and many other unattractive labels. They expect us to put our theological beliefs aside in businesses such as bakeries and wedding chapels. “Then they called them in again and commanded them not to speak or teach at all in the name of Jesus. But Peter and John replied, “Which is right in God’s eyes: to listen to you or to Him?” (Acts 4:18-19). So ask yourself, do you want the approval of society (friends, peers, etc.) or do you seek approval from God?   2 Timothy 2:23-26 reminds us, “Have nothing to do with foolish arguments because you know they produce quarrels.”  Don’t fight like the devil for the word of God. “But in your hearts revere Christ as Lord. Always prepare to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope you have. But do this with gentleness and respect.” (1Peter 3:15) Our God can change us. Remember to always portray the heart of God and the fruit of the spirit.

It’s Over. I survived another Christmas

I won’t lie, December 24th and 25th are difficult days for me.  As a Christian, I know it’s about the birth of our Lord and Savior, but it hurts every year when Christmas Eve and Christmas Day come and my husband and I have no family to spend the holidays.  His grown children disowned him when he married me.  My nephews have moved across the country with families of their own. This year, I lost my ex-brother-in-law to cancer back in May. I lost my God-parents three years ago and Three years ago next week, one of my close friends committed suicide.  Those were the few people we shared Christmas.

Don’t get me wrong,  I love the season.  Working in a private school, the children are still allowed to sing Christmas carols, make gifts for their parents, and decorate the huge  Christmas tree that stands in the hallway.  The staff does “Secret Santa” and every year we have a staff Christmas party hosted by our boss. I love to entertain, so I decorate the house and host our bible study group one night in December. But those two days are reminders that it’s just the two of us with no fellowship with others. However, there is a silver lining in all of this.

Back in August, my husband and I began following the Ketosis diet.  We splurged tonight and had shared a baked potato with our ham and green beans. What a treat that was. No candy, cookies, pies or specialty desserts this year.  We are grateful we won’t fight the five or more pounds we gain between Thanksgiving and New Years Day. We also didn’t max out our credit cards on gifts.

Yesterday,  I kept my mind on the birth of Jesus and gave thanks to God for giving us the best gift ever. I also lit a candle and said a prayer for those who are no longer with us, and for all others who have no homes due to the Campfire in California.

Today, the tree came down and the decorations have been put away for another year. December 26th is a regular day.  I don’t return to work until the 7th of January, so I will continue to listen and follow Jesus on this new adventure He has started with me.  Jesus comforts our soul and eases our pain. I am grateful for the wonderful husband I have, our home, our community and our church.  Happy New Year!