I have this really cool friend on Facebook. I have never seen her and of course she has never met me in person either but we are friends. I cherish and respect her opinions about life and she gives me the same courtesy. She’s an Atheist and I’m a Christian. And we have never had disagreements about my choice to worship Christ or her choice not to believe in a deity.
Yet, the rights to worship or not worship seems to make most people go crazy on both sides of the fence. I can’t help but wonder why?
And here is where I’m going to make a few people upset about the subject:
It’s not my job to police the world and set lives on the path of God. And more so, it is wrong to push religion, faith and God on others. People were given free will at birth. Meaning we have the rights to follow God or deny His deity.
I’m a Christian and hardcore evangelism really upsets me! I hate when Christian’s come to my front door and give me their “you’re going to hell for this reason spill.” Honestly, I quickly shut the door in their faces.
No one wants to hear they’re doom to an eternal life of fiery damnation. No one wants to hear they are worthless and unworthy! Christ died for us all because we were worth the sacrifice! And as I see things, had an Atheist been the only person on earth God would have sent Jesus to die for him/her too!
Now there will be those that will gasp at my statement “If you’re happy being an Atheist I’m happy for you!”
Only baby Christians or far left/right-wing Christians feel the need to invoke fear and force feed religion. Spiritual force feeding is not showing a person to Christ and or God.
God clearly say’s in Jeremiah 31:3, “Yea, I have loved thee with an everlasting love; with loving kindness have I drawn thee.” Hum. . . ‘with love and kindness’ has He made Himself known to those that choose to follow Him. No where in that passage does it say club people over the head with the word of God and drag them to the altar to repent!
Truly, the God I worship is a loving God. He is slow to anger and quick to forgive. And he certainly doesn’t want His children to bully people with His word! Therefore, when I meet people who don’t believe in Christ I respect their choice, because I want them to respect mine! So if you are an Atheist and you think I’m going to try to convert you to my faith you are sadly mistaken. And, again, “if you’re happy being an Atheist I’m happy for you!” And! Yes! I’m a Christian!
I have been in church for nearly 53 years. And I have never heard the story of Jonah with so much feeling. Mary Margaret is full of passion for telling this great story. Her passion causes her to be very (and I do mean very) animated. Enjoy this cute little girl telling the story of Jonah.
Therefore all things whatsoever ye would that men should do to you, do ye even so to them: for this is the law and the prophets. Matthew 7:12
All week-long I have done nothing but complain about family members. Sadly in spiritual arrogance I wrote in my journal what this person or that person was doing wrong. Lord, I pray that you continue to show mercy on my misguided soul. For in my arrogance I wanted you to severely punish the family I thought did not deserve your grace. And, Lord, it saddens me to confess: I never stopped to think beyond my shallow needs of feeling vindicated. Surly, Lord, a person’s soul salvation is worth more than a temporary feel good statement.
Honestly, Lord, I would be mortified if I read or heard someone asking you to punish me.
So, Lord, please forgive me of my sins. Help me to walk and speak in the ways of a righteous child of God. Teach me in my moments of spiritual enlightenment to show your love, kindness, forgiveness and courage to those during weak moments. Look upon these people and blessed them with new eyes to see their errors as you have done for me. Give their tormented souls peace so they will do the right things.
Your Loving Daughter,
I wonder how many people have heard the phrase “do not wear out your welcome.” Hum . . . I first heard the expression from my grandmother when I was young.
Back when I was once a kid, and a know-it-all, it seemed my late maternal grandmother would always say those words to my cousins, my siblings and me. I’m not sure how my family members took her wisdom; but back when I was a child I thought my grandmother was old, uncaring, uneducated, mean-spirited, and truly out of touch with the mental and emotional needs of the young. [chuckle]
I can remember as if it was yesterday sassing her for this or that. But nothing stands out more than the time she would not let me go over to my cousin’s house as often as I wanted. And, sadly, it was late into my adult years before I understood the meaning ‘do not wear out your welcome.’
As I’m looking back on things and reflecting upon how I dismissed her words of caution, I now understand why my life was filled with heartaches.
I hate to admit to myself but I deserved all the bumps I got from being hardheaded; and my self enlightenment really makes me feel foolish about things I had blame on others.
Well, any-who-how . . . It was by divine revelation I found the phrase in the Bible one day. I was shocked! It was amazing to read that God gives his children the same warning!
Seldom set foot in your neighbor’s house– too much of you, and they will hate you. Proverbs 25:17
The message I get from this passage is: don’t be so darn clingy! Get a life! Explore parts of your life without others. Enjoy family when can. And remember a bit of you goes a long ways.
I’m coming to terms with my granny’s wisdom. My grandmother has passed but her words live on. And each day that I live I think about her abrasive and unharness wisdom. I’m learning she was indeed the smartest woman I will ever know and most of all she loved me.
Now . . . I realize everyone online is not searching for cyber sex; but the dialog between the two cartoon characters renders the actions of a percentage of lonely people, a percentage of people who are predators, and a percentage of people who enjoy tormenting others to feel better about their life failures. And out of the three those that are lonely will push aside everything instinctively that keeps a person safe for the sake of having companionship. Thus ignoring the red flags, as they give unearned trust to people who could do harm to them and those they love.
Therefore, since a few people have forgotten the meaning for “trust” I have selected it for today’s Vocabulary Mondays word. In hope this blog post find its way to those that need reminders to stay safe when playing online with others. Because in all honesty no one knows who or what they are truly conversing with on the internet . And sadly so many people are forgetting the internet is the number one tool for predators to find their victims. Remember:
“Trust is earned not given”
- reliance on the integrity, strength, ability, surety, etc., of a person or thing; confidence.
Please do not ask me why but I belong to a group where white men and black women search for interracial love. And, yes, I am married, so please don’t add more to my belonging to this group other than: I joined for nostalgic reasons. My husband knows I am associated with the group and he is okay with me being a member. But my blog post today is not about why I joined such a group. Actually the subject is more in line with “A Lady Never Kisses and Tells.”
A couple of weeks ago I noticed the group heating up with activity. So one day I zipped cyberly into the room where I quietly watched the dialogues between the sexes.
After a young woman had blown the cover of a married man he started calling all the women in the group “hoes.” And the unconventional responses from the young women failed to put the disrespectful young man in his proper place; therefore, he became more abusive because he knew he was saying things that upset the women. Sadly the administrator(s) of the group supported this young man’s abrasive behavior. Especially since he/she/they did not temporarily or permanently remove him from the community. So, me, as an old schooler sitting and watching the conversation unfold witness rejection at its worse and low self-esteem at its peak. But what bugged me most was the following question asked by another man within the group:
Lets talk about blowjobs. What are your thoughts, feelings, opinions and knowledge on the subject?
When I told my husband I had a problem with the question my husband said, “You got a problem with that question? With all the other [implicated deleted] going on and you got a problem with that question?” Regrettably, I must confess my husband in private spoke like a true man! Ugh!
Oh! But my hubby didn’t stop with the above [not so funny] statements he then continued his humor by saying, “He was running a primary election trying to find the right candidate. He was being Democratic.”
It’s obvious my husband finds the question humorous while I’m totally offended by it. For the record, I am not a prude but, I am a person that believes ‘A Lady Never Kisses and Tells.’ And I felt any woman who responded to the question would be foolish! Because the question was posed to scout-out desperate naïve women that would be willing to do anything of a sexual nature for a chance at love.
However, there is one thing my husband and I both agree on, and that is “the guy was trying to fill a job position.” And every women that answered his question was possibly considered for the job.
Word to the young:
If an acquaintance is willing to discuss sexual preference before they cultivate a meaningful and lasting relationship with you, then they are looking to satisfy their sexual appetite and any person will do! Don’t you be that any person unless you are looking to be a one-night stand! And even when a woman has a one night-stand she holds true to ‘A Lady Never Kisses and Tells’!
The Man With Leprosy
¹²While Jesus was in one of the town, a man came along who was covered with leprosy. When he saw Jesus, he fell with his face to the ground and begged him, “Lord, if you are willing, you can make me clean.” ¹³Jesus reached out his hand and touched the man. “I am willing.” he said. “Be Clean!” And immediately the leprosy left him. 14Then Jesus ordered him, “Don’t tell anyone, but go, show yourself to the priest and offer the sacrifices that Moses commanded for your cleansing, as a testimony to them.“
Lord, some people talk too much because they want other’s to hear their “know it all” speeches; then again some people talk too much because of nerves chatter; and, then, Lord, some people talk too much because of self-absorption. But this prayer is for those that talk to much because of emotional and mental pain that overflows into their daily conversations.
Lord, help the person that is in emotional or mental pain to see that you enter into their lives everyday. Lord help them to understand you know their spirits are filled with worries. Let them know Lord they are no different from the man with leprosy when it comes to your unyielding love for your creation. Lord, allow them to feel your presence; and gently convey to their spirits that you stand waiting to heal their brokenness. Lord, give them the words to ask in prayer for guidance and healing as they create a dialogue between you and them.
I am asking for you to do these things Lord because: I have found those that unwittingly share life experiences have been greatly wounded. And because of their sorrows I come humbly before your Throne of Grace. So, once again, Lord, I am asking for divine healing for those that talk too much as they try to ease their emotional and mental pains. Lord, I ask that they find a true friend in you. Lord, I pray that you begin to peel the layers of untold anguish from their unconscious minds. Exposing their raw emotions for what they are as you help them to deal with each heartache privately. For in lessening their spiritual suffering they can find hope. And in finding hope they will find wisdom in who to share your blessings among and their tribulations with.
Your Loving Daughter,