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Love is a Battlefield

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In thinking about Sunday’s post, I am reminded of the freedom of praying a prayer of blessing upon our enemies. It’s so tempting to want the worst for them. You want them to feel just as much pain as they have given you, but all that does is begin a never ending cycle. It reminds me of that movie about the missionary who died in the Amazon rain forest.

They showed the tribes seeking bloody revenge on another tribe, nearly wiping out whole family lines in a kind of genocide. It reminded me of why revenge is for the Lord. Only He knows what can CHANGE the person. Anger changes us if we hold on to it too long.

Our enemies don’t care if we hurt. When we withhold emotion or something else from them, we are only punishing ourselves. I recalled this when I finally got to the end of myself and really, genuinely prayed a prayer of blessing upon people who had hurt me badly.  It’s not uncommon to begin the process of forgiving all over again when a new situation arises.

They aren’t going to change.

So why not use this situation as an opportunity to grow?

That is why I am resting at the feet of Jesus, asking Him to take this situation, and help me grow from it; help me see any spiritual blindness on my part; and help me be a better person. Love is a choice. It’s a battlefield.

222 Sundays: To Enemy and Friend Alike

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 212 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

The best way to push away anger and embrace love? Pray a prayer a blessing, not just on your friends, but on your enemy, too. Eventually, you’ll mean it.

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222 Sundays: Repent

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 214 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

You can’t have your cake and eat it, too.

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Book Tour: Martyr’s Fire

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I am not quite done with the novel, but the review will post by Tuesday. Meanwhile, take a look at these other participants to read their reviews of Martyr’s Fire:

*Martyr’s Fire –   http://www.amazon.com/Martyrs-Fire-Book-Merlins-Immortals/dp/1400071569/
Author Website- http://www.coolreading.com/
*Participants’ links:
Red Bissell
Beckie Burnham
Theresa Dunlap
Emma or Audrey Engel
April Erwin
Victor Gentile
Nikole Hahn
Becky Jesse
Jason Joyner
Carol Keen
Krystine Kercher
Rebekah Loper
Jennette Mbewe
Amber McCallister
Shannon McDermott
Meagan @ Blooming with Books
Rebecca LuElla Miller
Writer Rani
Nathan Reimer
Jojo Sutis
Steve Trower
Phyllis Wheeler
Deborah Wilson
Rachel Wyant

 

222 Sundays: Holding to His Promises

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 215 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

Even in the desert, Lord, You will keep your promises!

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So You Want Transformation…

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Most people who put down blogging are people who don’t blog. Blogging is part-journaling and part-networking. It has purpose, and not just selling points.

I invite you to take the time to read my blog from when I began three years ago. If you want a picture of Jesus transforming a life, take your proverbial magnifying glass on my life. I invite you.

Jesus changed my life both physically and spiritually.

But I am not perfect.

Sometimes, I annoy people.

Sometimes, I care too much.

Sometimes, I am way too OCD about things.

But God is my Daddy. He is my Savior, my friend. Jesus is the reason I breathe, laugh, cry, and live. He is the reason for my change, but remember my humanity. I am not Jesus. Therefore, I cannot be Him. So if you are looking for perfection, it is not here. If you are looking for love, He loves perfectly. I may judge you or get annoyed at you, but I still love you.

Because Jesus loves you.

And you can learn a lot from re-reading your own blogs as well as see the transformation Jesus has done in a person’s life by reading someone else’s blog or journal.

A Culture of Indecision

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A guest on Fox and Friends said, in order to keep a good job, you must take responsibility for your actions. Their target audience were millennials, but all ages are guilty, especially in this culture of indecision.

Examples often observed are the lack of commitments to anything from church membership to weekend plans, even to marriage. The culture waits until the eleventh hour to make plans or to decide not to attend. This serious lack of commitment in our society has bothered me.

The cure for the culture of indecision could be in creating better habits:

1: Keep a day planner or Google calendar. When you are asked about weekend plans, you can answer yes or no right away.

2: Make plans and keep them, even if on that day you get a better invitation someplace else or don’t mentally feel like showing up. I have often awoken in the morning before a full day and wished I could call in sick from my commitment. Short of family emergencies or illness, I am going to be there when I have committed to something.

3: Commit long or short term to a project or ministry. Practice makes for better habits. Start with a small project and commit fully to its vision. When obstacles come, find a way over or through them. Don’t let discouragement keep you from using your gifts.

4: Find a church and commit to its vision through the long haul, even when trials come. Church is often like the weather; bad weather comes, people fall away, and return again. Bad weather is a great time to stick it out and shine. Allow yourself to emotionally connect with others who attend that church and love them as good as family. Contribute to that church and help it become successful.

5: Find a job and hold on to it even when it’s no longer fun. Jobs are not fun. Even the fun jobs have moments where you absolutely hate it. They pay the bills and grow character. So stick with a good job and give them 110% no matter what they pay. You’ll earn more than a paycheck; you’ll earn people’s respect, and that in itself, is a very powerful testimony of your belief in Christ.

6: RSVP to an event yes or no; or follow up on your maybe. Be respectful to the host or hostess. They have to buy supplies for the party and need a head count. Don’t make them chase after you with follow-up phone calls and emails. Don’t be afraid to say no. Don’t forget to follow-up in short order on a maybe. I’ve forgotten to do that once and I felt bad, but haven’t done it since.

Matthew 5:37 struck me some months ago. It read:

“All you need to say is simply ‘Yes’ or ‘No'; anything beyond this comes from the evil one.”

Like Fox and Friends said, take responsibility for your actions. A non-answer or not showing up allows the other to make sometimes wrong assumptions about you. The Bible implores us to be firm in our answers. Maybe that’s why I beat myself black and blue when I let someone down? I don’t want to hurt those I care about the most.

222 Sundays: Deliverance

According to the Dake Annotated Reference Bible, there are 176 prayers in the Old Testament and 46 prayers in the New Testament. I first heard about this reference (found here) during a prayer meeting. For the next 216 Sundays I will post a prayer in regards to each section of scripture mentioned.

I thank you, Lord, for deliverance from what I deserved and for rescue from situations not my doing. In Jesus Name, Amen.

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Knee-Jerk Reactions

A situation recently caused me to think about how we, as Christians, justify posting our grievances online.

Someone chose to create a very public firestorm against shut-mouth-face-smileyanother business and it had many negative consequences. I was thinking how inappropriate it was to post that grievance online when that person had access to the head of the business and could have called the person. In doing so, the situation would have been resolved rather quickly without creating negative and inflammatory feedback.

We need to think about the influences we have and the consequences of our reactions to a situation. How would a secular person view your status? What kind of consequences would your status have in the long term? When you post your grievance online people who love you will often take your side without first checking the other person’s story, and in some cases forsaking common sense, blinded by their love for you. A firestorm can mask the good the other is doing, and we must think about that, too.

So the teachable moment for me was to curb how I would react to a bad situation; to forgive the person who hurt me so I can move on; and to remember Christians are not perfect. Like in Biblical days, we, too, have our pharisees. It doesn’t mean the whole lot of Christians think or act the same way as those pharisees. It would be like blaming an entire church congregation for the unfriendly actions of two people. If I read a grievance online, I restrain myself from overreacting, or at least try. It’s easy to want to take our friends and family’s side, to believe there is no second side of the story, but we must not have a knee jerk reaction as the consequences could be worse than the wound caused by the original hurt.

Describe the consequences of your knee-jerk reaction.