Another piece to the puzzle that I have been working on for what feels like forever but acutally is only about 8 years. The puzzle is Holy and Pure. I have prayed like crazy for this and although I get some smiles when I mention it, no one seems to want to touch it or they think I am way out of my league. I laugh in the face of out of my league! 🙂 God has a sense of humor and HE said I can do all things through HIM. I believe that most of the time.
Due to being human and having this stupid sin nature ( I hate it), I tend to get weary as I think I should be achieving this Holiness and purity much quicker than I am. The real problem is that my eyes tend to look at others and well actually they just seem to have it so much more together than me. A typical week for me is walk-run-fall down-brush off-get up- walk- run- falldown… I think you get the picture. The last few mornings and through out my day I have been questioning the Lord as to why? I walk through the whole thing that I do love HIM , and I am working at it with all my heart and soul, but my mind, and strength sometimes just give out on me. I begin to get discouraged…
Today as I was studying Wisdom, I came across something that I have stumbled on before that intrigues me, and I began to search … oddly enough I came across something I wasn’t looking for but truly was an answer to my questions I was asking the Lord…”I am asking to be pure and holy, but I am getting stumbling, I am learning and have come so far from where I met Christ, and still it seems to be a never-ending process of strongholds, and breaking free.” Then this verse…Daniel 11:35 Some of the wise will stumble, so that they may be refined, purified and made spotless … I am not saying that I am wise but I am seeking wisdom, and I certainly do stumble…maybe HE is making me pure and holy-spotless for HIM. HE is answering my prayer, LOL I get very excited about little pieces like this to add to the puzzle.
1/31/08-UPDATE- While feeling bad today, I went to visit Boomama at http://boomama.blogspot.com and clicked on Boo Cast…her and Bigmama have a podcast that is hysterical! If you have ever been a mama, know a mama, or just plain had a mama..these girls will so brighten any ones day!
Angela at http://refreshmysoul.blogspot.com gave me the loveable blog award for showing love and encouraging the love of Jesus. Thanks! I am giving this award to Heidi (on blogroll), and Jenny-hope (on blogroll), and Leah (on blogroll), and twinkle (on blogroll)…also to Laurie Lloyd who I am praying is working on getting her blog running!
This is my heart! Tam (on blogroll) left this site on my comments, and I so loved it that I had to post it! This is what its all about,”Because HE first loved me”, and I was alot of those people on the list. The beauty of Jesus is that HE took and wore all our sins, and nailed them to the cross with this message- “PAID IN FULL”. All I can say about that is “thank you Jesus”. What kind of love does that? A perfect love and a perfect savior, I know I need one of each every day.
this is the site where you can down load and use this poster is you would like. Thanks Tam! what a find! http://blog.ministrygrowers.com/2008/01/24/true-love/
What is life without hope? Hopeless! So many people with no hope, no hope that tomorrow will be better than today, no hope that they will overcome addictions, no hope that their children will get an education or will be treated fairly. How about no hope in the nightmare that reoccurs everytime they close their eyes will ever end. A world full of hopelessness, hate, despair. TV comericals/websites that somehow make me feel dumber, and remind me of time that is lost that I will never get back.
I will not let anyone take away my hope! I love the life I have, and even more the life I am going to get. As I talked to the Lord to day, I was angry, and frustrated, and hurt. I talked to HIM about how I pour my life out because I believe in HIM, and its hard sometimes, and then someone comes along and trashes it out of pure hate, and I seem to be back to ground zero. Here is some of the things HE spoke to my heart…
Jesus is coming back, his hope is a sure thing. Nothing is going unnoticed by HIM, and HE is in control. I do believe we need to get ready for HIS return. Don’t posion our minds with hate. Think on things that are eternal, and worthy. If we allow this hatred to take over our minds then we are responsible for undermining the work we have already done. Think out of the box!
I just love HIM, as I finished up Daniel today with my study group, HE reminded me again, I am coming, these things are the signs. Know and believe ME, then speak truth, and love love love love love! Feels much better than hate- HOPE!
I am fed up and sick of sitting by while groups like this totally trash the faith I have. It’s hard work to walk this thing out, and harder to make good choices. I am not perfect and I have no stones to throw at anyone. It’s by the grace of God that I live and breathe. Who is this group and what gives them the right to interpret the Word in such a negative manner, and why do we not speak up? I don’t get it. We disagree with this Phelps message yet we sit silent as the ones around us get the message that God hates them. That is the biggest lie, and the one that will turn anyone off, even me! If you google search the name of this church you will get something you never dreamed would be on a church page…and if you google “God” you will be surprised as to what you find. Westboro baptist church of Topeka KS can be found at..now make sure you are sitting for this…I am not sure you are ready…but here goes.. www.godhatesfags.com I told you that you were not ready for this! Go to www.friendlychristian.com and read the news article and how the media covered their Hate/Christianese example. If nothing else will get us off the couch and doing something in the name of Jesus to reach our friends and neighbors, even our family members…then this should get us moving in the right direction. People need to see a different Christian/Christ follower. This is one community and it is speaking for all believers. For crying out loud!! I am not part of that thinking and I am not one of them!
A friend of mine once commented here and said..if you want someone to see your faith, imagine a camera following you around 24/7, and televising it to all your worst critics. That ought to motivate everyone.
My apologies go out to all that have been hurt by this jerk and his church. God does not hate you, HE loves you so much, and although that is hard to believe that is truth! People of all walks of life are lumped into categories, do you (Christians) really want what this church is saying to reflect on you or your children? Is this the God you serve or is HE different..do we even know?
**Update** here are some more Christian/Christfollowers who are feeling this today too. http://praise365.wordpress.com (my HUBS) http://1godsgal.wordpress.com share the love y’all! visit them and show a little love! thanks
My mama always warned about boys bearing gifts, especially weapons! LOL My lil’buddy Jared (sheep whisperer) made me a bow and arrows. You know just incase I want to shoot a squirrel or black bird or bad people who might want to get on my bus..you know just in case! At 7 years old, the boy used duct tape…it goes deep and starts young. I am just cracking up how he sharpened the arrows. His words..”my dad won’t let me use a pocket knife so I had to sharpen them like the indians on a stone, so they aren’t too sharp, but if your close enough it should work.” He started this in September, and now is taking orders, for $4.00! I did let him know that I can not have weapons on the bus, but he told me if I keep it in my coat, no one will know. LOL Just thought I would share, not to make any of you avid hunters jealous over my new hunting tools.
BTW-the bow is about 12 inches long and the arrows are about 6 inches long…I will grin about this one all day..priceless!