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What’s My Name?

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Your deadline to submit your guest post, “Impaction” is almost due. Just saying.

What’s My Name? Well…..

 

I don’t understand why we tiptoe around certain issues. There is a general sense of befuddlement within me, that makes me want to scream every time I see certain posts, and the thing about posts, is they’re never fully deleted. Why then, do we comment when we’re mad, drunk or high? Maybe it’s because we don’t have someone right at our disposal to smack the hell out of us, when we screw up? For example, at the dinner table a few nights ago, Sweetness had an “accidental” burp (accidental my ass), so I admonished him, that had I EVER burped at the table, my grandmother would not even have warned me…Without putting her soup spoon down, she’d whip out her left hand so fast, I’d have to ask for the plate number of the truck that hit me. I think that’s what’s missing here….A real direct threat, a discipline (if you will) that will whip us back into shape…..Grandma at the table, I don’t burp, but don’t burp at someone elses table either….she had ears….always had ears. What’s My Name? Well Embarrassed….I’m Embarrassed. It’s nice to meet you.

Ms. Alyssa Milano earned her acting bones in Hollywood with such great hits as “Who’s The Boss“, “Melrose Place” and of course the blockbuster “Commando“. Clearly, she’s an expert in all things politics, but seems to have missed the class on decorum. Decorum, whether you posses it or not, simply dictates that when someone is asking for prayer, you do not demean them, nor mock them with their own words. For example, when Trump sent out a Tweet asking for prayers for Texas, and making September 3, a National Day of Prayer, she Tweeted back, that it should indeed be National Asshole Day. Now, she either forgotten that her influence goes no farther than late night 80’s television, or she honestly needs work in Hollywood and thought this would be a good way to get attention, either way, she was the ASS…and she looked bad! That ugly ass chick from Goonies made headlines earlier this week when she came out and admitted that her first abortion, was her best abortion. I had to ask myself, what climate do we live in, where both women, felt safe enough to behave badly? Good question….

Christians, we EFFED up! Long ago, we decided that being friends with the World was more important than telling the world the news we had to share. We were to be the Light unto the World but instead, we became bogged down with important matters like feelings, and how we are perceived by others. When we stand before the throne, and we all will, the one question Christ WILL ask us is, “What did you do for me?”…..Well, Um…I kept the peace, didn’t offend people by bringing you up, I didn’t speak out when people were bragging about abortions, I backed down when your Name was being taken in vain, I didn’t make, nor create any waves….Just like you told me not to do….but the Parable of the Talents is very clear about what happens to us, if we don’t make waves….isn’t it? We have a world where the President is MOCKED for asking for prayers, Abortions are trophies on an ugly woman’s mantel, and honestly, I’ve seen so much smack talk about God, that I’ve begged Him to come down and smite the begotter…..Tell me something….60 million Christians in this amazing country, and abortion is legal? Souls are OD’ing every day? Children are dying at school? Rapes and assaults on a daily basis….60 million Christians…and Alyssa Milano felt safe enough to mock a leader, asking for prayer, and I ask you….What DID you DO about it? No one ever impressed Him, by standing down. No one every won Mercy Points by ignoring the sin. No one every earned His favor by pushing the issue to someone else. If you see evil, and that includes HATE, speak out on it! For only the Light can chase away the dark….yet too many of us have forgotten that we ARE the Light….He who tries to save his life, will lose it….strong words from a man who’d know what we’d go through. So…

What’s My Name? Well it’s daughter….I can make a small difference in the world today, so that hopefully all will understand just how loving, and graceful He really is….60 million Christians in this country, and I had to write a column like this? Don’t you think it’s time to let others know your name too? Be Blessed.

Remember you set The Tone, you ARE The Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Friday.

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Dear Jesus

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If you remind Him of His Word, He will relish in that, and give you according to His Word” A pastor I once heard speaking.

Well, let’s hope so….

Dear Jesus,

How ya doing? I’m well thank you, and thank you for looking out for us lately…it’s been hard. I know you know who this is, so I’ll dispense with the introductions, and begin my prayer with an apology. I haven’t been around much lately, mostly because of the stress of the changes in my life. They say everything works out to your perfection, and I hope that’s true, because I’m really frustrated at some things going on in my life. Moving outside my comfort zone has never been easy for me, and I’m as far outside my comfort zone as I can get. As you know, we moved from the Midwest to here, and while the city is beautiful, and our house is amazing, I find myself “Crazed” for lack of a better word. I don’t know anyone here, my husband works away from home now, and frankly, the heat has been so intense that we haven’t been able to get out with the kids, nor the dogs, but that isn’t really what I’m here. Dear Jesus….I could really use your help right now.

Your Word says a lot about perseverance, and endurance, and no where was that more real in my life, than this last year. I’ll always thank you for Merrill’s life. I’ll always thank you for seeing me through what was a battle between fear and strength. There were times when I didn’t know if I was coming or going, or if I even was going to make it. Then we had the surgeries. Merrill’s and my two, with the latter hysterectomy almost taking away my Will to live, but through it all, you were there….and WE endured together. WE persevered, but YOU saw it all through to the end. WE finished Nursing School, and WE passed the NCLEX in August, but then something happened. After I moved, a crime, from 10yrs ago, I didn’t commit caught up with me, and has held up the license WE worked so hard to earn.

I’ve written the letters, I’ve explained myself, I have humbled myself to the point of tears, and nothing. There is nothing I’d love more, than to be working as a nurse here in California, but I can’t, and I can’t because I’m at the mercy of a system, that has too many to process. I’m no stranger to adversity, you know this, but I am at my breaking point here, and I’m willing to work any job, even though it ticks me off to do so. It’s not that I think I’m better than the other positions, quite the inverse actually, because much of what I’ve done has led me to where I am today. NO….all I’ve ever wanted to do was be a nurse, and now that I am, I have to wait for Illinois, then California to process my paperwork, couple that with the knowledge that I have to work as a nurse for 6 months, before I can even apply to the next level and I’m pretty close to quitting. Yes, for the first time, I’m thinking about just quitting. Remember what you said? All things are possible though YOU? Well, I need you….whether you teach me patience, give me the ability to endure more, or you just smite a bunch of people, I need you….to help me through this. So….Dear Jesus….I KNOW that you love me, I KNOW that you died for ME, I remember that you are my strength, but if you could just make this one small thing go my way, I won’t get mad, or scream potty words at Merrill for a year. Okay, so I can’t do that, but I will be grateful….and I will give you all the glory….cause you are a ROCKSTAR. I gotta go. I have a prayer meeting….what’s that? I don’t? Well, you’re right, but I do have two baths to give and churches to research for tomorrow….oh BTW, if it isn’t too much to ask….I’d love to find a church here too….one like RBC, in which they loved and supported me….that would be a nice….until you smite some people for me 🙂 Some friends would be nice too Jesus and I’m #justsaying Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday/Sunday.

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God Is Not Your Friend

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(Song at Church)

I am His Friend

I am His Friend

I am His Friend

I am His Friend

I am His CHILD“. Ronnie whispering to Merrill

Church “shopping” is a hard business. I mean, even with the Google search, you’re still walking in not knowing a thing about what a church believes, you’re at the mercy of the “greeter” and frankly, you’re never quite sure if you’re dressed appropriately or not. As Baptists, Merrill and I agreed with each other, that we’d keep an open mind, and try to let the Spirit of God tell us if this is where we belonged. They greeted us friendly enough, had several offering for the kids, and the music was pretty cool….but the opening Praise, (WHICH was so eloquently belted out by a band), had me leaning into Merrill and whispering, “That’s not right at all“….God is NOT your friend…..He isn’t….He is your loving Father….I might die for a few friends, but it’s my children, it’s my BABIES…I’d kill….and die for.

Let me just say that I was impressed with the congregation at the Fellowship. It was amazing to see them interacting and honestly interested with each other…… With the Charleston events so current and fresh in my mind, I looked around and saw black, white, latino, young, old, married, biker, single…all worshipping together. I mean, my heart skipped a beat when a biker gang member walked in, and went straight for an older African male, and hugged him…(BTW, an entire biker gang walked in, Bibles and all). A former gang member, with hands raised, walked up to the alter and kneeled in praise…It was endearing to watch the way everyone existed….it was an inclusive Fellowship, but was it God, or something else? Even with the sermon, I got the impression that the hard stuff of the Faith, had not yet been approached, nor discussed….Then it hit me, this was a “milk” church. Many weren’t quite ready for the meat and potato’s of the faith, that would eventually be required to grow.

So, God Is Not Your Friend, but I get why they did that. Many churches today, shy away from the more direct mandates of the faith. If a pastor began his sermon with, “Thou shall go to hell” how many would stay and listen? After all, some would prefer hell, to the judgmental attitudes of those in the brethren, so….I get it, I do. Also, some people, like me, had no real male role model, therefore, a loving Father in heaven, caring about a little pee on means nothing. I mean, where was HE, when I was suffering with my mess? No, it’s much easier to look upon God as a friend. We can walk and talk, we can laugh, but God you keep your opinions to yourself, I’ll ask for them, when I want them. What we want is a drinking buddy, a pal, someone who won’t talk back, unless asked. Yea, many want God to be like a radio station…we’ll jam Him when He’s good….turn Him down, when we don’t like His song. Truth is, the Bible talks over and over and over, about being a Sheppard (That I could have gotten behind), a vengeful wrath maker (still good), and a loving daddy, whose waiting for you, to come and fellowship with HIM….not each other. God isn’t my friend, I got friends….what I want…what I NEED is a Daddy. I suspect that’s what others need too…they just don’t know it yet. God gets that we didn’t have the best parental relationships….He can work with that…what we need NOT do, is shade the truth…to fit a life we came out of…..It’s the little things in Faith, that will trip you up, every time. As a Father, Brother, Sheppard and Deity, HE died…for his children, not for His friends, and I think that was my deal breaker. Friendly church, lots and lots of programs, an inclusive….come-as-you-are Fellowship……but He is not my friend, He is not anyone’s friend….He’s my Daddy….He died for me, because I am His child….and I think I’ll leave it right here. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

 

 

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For This Is Good

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“The mother/daughter relationship, when correct, is one of the most satisfying, blessed, sanctioned relationships in existence.” Ronnie

 

In my younger years, while still trying to figure out the Bible and all its Godly nuances, I was puzzled by the directive regarding children vs spouse. It isn’t that they are against each other. Not at all. It’s that parents (spouses) are at the top of the pyramid, with children, parents, dogs and cats stacked according to priorities toward the bottom….The Bible requires us to, “become ONE” with a spouse, then create the beautiful babies, that are to be loved, adored and cherished….For This Is Good….it’s a sad day for me….you’re gonna have to excuse me….as I try to work through some separation issues….

Princess came down to join us for the weekend in the Ozarks, and today she leaves….something about a job or something…I dunno. She’s grown up here. From the family’s humble beginning in the “cabins” (and I use THAT term loosely) to the spacious condo’s we enjoy today, she’s shared in the memories, the sunburns, the retreats, the meals….She was just a little girl all those years ago…but today, she leaves an adult….I was teasing her yesterday, asking her if there was anything I could do, anything at all, that could convince her to come to California with us…to move with mommy and daddy….”No mom“….she began, “there’s nothing you can do“, and so it stands, the little girl I raised to be independent…is INDEPENDENT…..

I guess it’s just as well. We’re too much alike. I did my job too well. And so, as I put my baby girl back in her car, kiss her cheek while wishing her safe travels, and wish The Greek well, I will walk away KNOWING that it’s not as simple as her driving the 1hr home anymore. For as long as I can remember, mommy has been within ear shot of her…mommy has always been within a car ride to her, and now…. as I work through some #momlife Nefariousness, I am trying hard to remember that our babies….are to grow….and move away…Just as the Bible envisioned…….For This Is Good….When God saw what I carried, He smiled. He chuckled to Himself as He thought of all the battles we’d have….The equality in our personalities is stunning. So she goes today….back to Indy….and unless some sh*t changes, I won’t see her, before I leave for California. I guess when you do your job too well…..you can let the babies go with a prayer…..Yeah well, if it’s all the same to you, I am not going to be good company today…..but at least I’m working out again….and that helps. No it doesn’t….Ima need a minute. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

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When Faith Makes The Connection

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They don’t go gently into that good night.

 

Well you see, when your BM’s turn green, that’s when you know the iron is in your system” Ronnie schooling Merrill on the finer arts of mineral absorption.

 

I am a very, very, VERY stubborn woman. I can’t really tell if it’s just ME…the person God created, or my experiences; which God had not much to do with, that developed the stubborn personality you love today. There is something to the Missoura Motto, “Show Me” because in my state, if you want a pass on something, you must SHOW US, that what you say is true and righteous. We’re not big on Faith per se, we want to see the money. I’ve never been one to take orders (Take it easy- SMH), because I need to see the NEED in direction….Like a method actor, I need to know my motivation for following your direction, even if…..even if….following your orders is good and righteous for me. It’s pretty much why I’ll never work for the man again. I don’t want to take orders, I want to FEEL and know why the orders are there. When Faith Makes The Connection……Faith and I are like oil and water, I try really hard to be a woman of faith….but I’m really more a woman of action…..

So this whole, “Rest, don’t do too much” BS didn’t really sink in until last night, when reading in bed I cam across an article about the stitches inside of me. For anyone just now joining us, I had a laparoscopic hysterectomy, kept my ovaries, three weeks ago. I’ve been pissed off about it, because while the pain was gone in a few days, the emotional/physical recovery has been anything but easy. It’s been brutal, it’s been HELL…it’s made me whine like a wuss. I’ve had plenty of family and friends pray with me, for me, over me…they’ve laughed, cried, got mad with me, but what many had not done was tell me WHY I had to listen to them…I’m a big girl. I mean, I KNOW I lost an organ the size of my fists, but I didn’t know that in that, I also had a new cervix made, stitches to stitch the cervix, internal stitches, and that any jarring…and jarring would tear the stitches out…and make me bleed…my own blood…..I didn’t know all that. I thought you all were trying to control me with your words…..but as frustrated as you feel over me not listening too well…..how frustrated do you think I am over not listening? How do you think God feels about me on a daily basis?

And so, sans a jackass standing in front of me verbally telling me what to do, God asks us to trust Him, and have Faith; which is the evidence of something not seen, but the knowledge it’s there….or something ridiculous like that I didn’t have time to look it up. It means, that God puts that special spark upon our hearts, that song in our Spirit, that message that sometimes says, “You don’t have to know why, please trust ME”. There is GRACE in the Faith message. It’s like, I didn’t know, so I was protected…..but now I know….so I’m not. See, When Faith Makes The Connection, all other messages stand by the wayside and wait…if God simply say’s “No sex before marriage” it isn’t because He doesn’t like us to have a good time (know what I mean?) it’s because He has a good reason….but no….we don’t listen, and like that, we’re either really sick (HIV, STD) or we’re really hurt (HS BF Jerk)….if God says, “Love one another” He isn’t saying it like Merrill says it to the kids in the back seat on long family trips…when he’s just about ready to pull over and kill them…..No God is saying, in our love for each other, there is protection….there is salvation….there is healing…..and so we don’t always have to know why….God or the doctor’s tell us to do something….Sometimes, like we tell our kids, it’s simply because, “I said so“…and so…now I know. Now I know why I can’t have sex (although kudos’ to the writer of this page that gave alternatives WOW), I know why I can’t run, I know why I should only walk a few feet….I KNOW ALL THIS, because I read it. When Faith Makes The Connection there is no turning back….once you know…..you know. You Know? So I gotta go. Taking it slow and easy. Slow and easy. Slow and easy…..but now I know why, and that makes it more important and easier to do. It is okay to just trust and have faith, but if you gotta know, like ME….The Bible (like Google) is always open. 24/7…for you. Read up on what God says about not listening to me…then let me know what He said….He’s not telling me. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

 

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We Don’t Have A Bible

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“But, we don’t have a Bible!“….The boys

Well, I can probably fix that….

She’s quite a single mother, who’s done a great job raising her four children alone. I’m telling you right now, those are the best behaved boys I’ve ever seen…so polite and well mannered….Geesh, better than my own children, but I did digress. Merrill and I met her last year, when we began taking her older son, along with his tag-along kid brother, to basketball practice with Sweetness. The Incident had necessitated that only I drive, and so it began one day, when I saw him walking to the school gym on a cold November eve. He was going to walk home after practice, but I couldn’t let it do that because it was…well…COLD. I met her that night as I dropped him off, and told her I’d be happy to pick him up, and bring him home every night they had practice. Soon, as the boys made their tournament bones, we had them with us almost every day….We Don’t Have A Bible…well, it’s a good thing God doesn’t require one…..but just in case He does….I can help with that.

Not seeing the boys for a while, I invited them over for the weekend. They’ve been over before, and passed the “bad kid” test that we all have of the first-timers, and so I allowed Sweetness to have them over again. I told their mother, that we’d be going to church, and that they didn’t need to worry about “Dressing up”, as our church…my church…doesn’t care about such trivial things, but as I arrived and saw the Harry Potter book that he reads before bed, I asked him (and his kid brother) if they also brought their Bible. “No ma’am” he began, she cut him off, “They don’t have a Bible“. Well, no worries there…they have a mid-service, Sunday School program of sorts for the kids their age, and since it isn’t communion, there’s no need for one…now….but still…can it be…that there are those, sans Bibles? Oh….

Can it be that we’ve forgotten that there still are those whom don’t have, a Bible? I mean, we teach and preach all about the love of Christ, as well as admonish all within ear shot about sin, but we expect them to have a Bible…when we’re preaching.  It’s like teaching reading…without a book to go along. God doesn’t require a Bible to go to Church, nor be saved. Hell, it isn’t even in the top 5 of priorities for Him…but in order to get a true big picture of all the cool stuff about God, you really gotta have a Bible..there are so many cool nuggets of TRUTH in there…and I am being partially obnoxious….We Don’t have a Bible…but these boys wanted to come to Church anyway….Maybe because, someone invited them…, and that’s where God gets serious….feel me? Many are waiting for an invite, not a sermon, not a Bible….Bibles are cool, but to sit next to you as you nod in understanding with the Pastor….to sing, dance, praise and heal….that’s what God wants…His Holy Bible? Well, it’s a good seconds…maybe thirds. I will not expect you to know what I know if you don’t have what you need to understand.  We Don’t Have A Bible. So what? I’m not going to add to what God ignores….besides, I know at least three of you reading this right now…who’ll tell me…they’re bringing a Bible, for the boys, to Church. Remember, when you’re tempted to teach and preach ask yourself if they have what they need to understand, or if maybe just being invited is what someone needs……If you Don’t Have A Bible, but want one, get with me…I got the hook up. Now, if Nursing were as easy…I’d be a BSN by now…..Sigh…Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. Be KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday.

 

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End Times

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Remember the scene at the end of Total Recall, where their faces distort, they eyes bulge, and heads explode? Yep, they looked like that. People get possessed at the mere mention of Christ. It’s weird.” Ronnie explaining the frenzy of the Christ haters.

 

If you’re not a Christ hater, this status isn’t for you, and if you step to me, I’ll end you. I don’t care that that’s hateful, my patience like the Illuminite, is nonexistant. I know that Jesus said we were supposed to go into the world and preach the good news, but I’m finding it harder and harder to love others enough to share His story. Yes, we’re suppose to pursue, but DAMN, some make it hard. I mean, come on, is there really anyone out there that doesn’t know about Jesus, and his dad God? Seems to me, that in the age of Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Snap we’ve saturated the market pretty well with the Trinity, so for anyone to still hate them, is well, up to them. I was caught in a place of great amusement when I read the Jesus haters immediately jump onto my status, about the End Times, as if they were rapid dogs smelling blood….I suppose they did smell blood, but not mine. I learned a long time ago, that trolls get their jolly’s by intimidation…how do you think I sharpen my skills, but it does prove another end times principal, “We will hate each other, like the dogs of Jerricho”…and while it doesn’t say that exactly, it’s close. End Times.…There’s still time to hate Christ, but there’s also time to know him….it’s your coin flip….not mine.

So, Easter is past, we had a great time, but the holiday has lost some of its glitz. I guess that’s offensive, but so what? We feed the hatred every time we engage in a pissing contest with those who don’t believe, and isn’t that the great part about this country anyway…that they don’t have to believe? Look, if you don’t want a relationship with Christ, He will not force Himself upon you, and neither will I. Truth is, if God wanted you to follow Him, you WOULD. Don’t get this sh*t twisted, it’s only because He wanted a loving father/son/daughter relationship that He doesn’t smite the crap outta us every time we utter the “F” word (thank you Jesus), but I’ll be honest, if you’re a friend, you know where I stand on Christ….I don’t hate you, belittle you, begrudge you, nor deny you anything of myself for not being a believer, however, there are some rules here. Whereas I accept you as you are, I am not going to allow you to mock me, for whom I am….that mess ended yesterday….

Reading through the hateful trolls, and media baiters, I remembered the other posts by “friends”, whom mocked my faith. You cannot be a friend, and mock me. I guess I had sorta overlooked that little friendship principal. I stopped accepting friend requests a long time ago, so it’s not like I’m collecting friends…I dunno why I allowed it for so long…My struggle is real…there is a balance between accepting someone for whom they are, and accepting them for what they do…..I’m okay if you don’t want to follow Jesus….really, I won’t force that, but you will not mock me either…dig? When one sits idly by, and allows other to mock their believes…all in the name of appearing hip and tolerant….they in essence allow the slander of their persona….and THAT…is personal humiliation. I do my best according to His perfect Will, and I fail, doesn’t mean Christ is bad, it means I’m human. So I’m not a bible thumper, but I am a believer. If that is too hard for some of you to accept, it’s best we part ways now, before I sin. End Times, LOL, well THAT began 2017 years ago. Maybe there is a God, and maybe there isn’t, but in the end, I’m going err on the side of great caution. I’ve seen prayer work…I’ve experienced the great power of God…and yes, I realize that causes some of you great gnashing of the teeth, but suck it, this is my horse….you don’t like it, leave me, and go start your own thread. I don’t care…anymore. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With you r Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

 

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But I Do Love You

Love Thy Neighbor
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The thing about judgment is you can’t unilaterally not do it, without doing it“…Ronnie being all philosopher(ish)

Unless you’ve taken a complete vow of silence (and I’d like to know HOW), there is no way you will escape this day, without judgment. You won’t mean it, it’ll be innocent, but you WILL do it, and later, as you mull over the events of the day, you’ll realize, (or maybe you won’t) that you participated in the greatest scam known to man…The Biblical Scam….it’s where Satan takes a Bible verse and contorts it to the point that by not to violating the principle, you violate it. Confusing? How do you think we feel? Actually, I really don’t care because it’s a lot easier to not give a damn, than it is to be a hypocrite…But I do love you...I really, really do. Truth is, to be obnoxious and get away with it, is next to Godliness…Selectively Christian was also a good title, but then I’d lose half of you, by the end of the 1st paragraph.

So there’s a Bible verse, something about Jesus admonishing us not to judge (I forget). What I find humorous, is that those who don’t even follow our faith, like to take this verse and use it more than we do. Dontcha think that’s funny? I mean, we’re doing what we’re supposed to do; which is preaching the Word of God into all the nations, but the Bible is a little ambiguous right, and before we know it, KABLAM, we’re judging! We thought all we were doing was having a conversation….then we’re bullied into silence….then all kinds of stuff happens because we’re too Chicken Sh*t to speak out…Oy Vey, it’s all so confusing. Was Peter like this? Did John run tail between his legs? No…no…but they did have their flaws…..I don’t feel bold like them Jesus…can I have some of that SMITING power of yours so I can be bold? Smiting power…that would be great, but we have something better; which is WHY Christ admonished us to know the Word….He said, “Know the Word…Word” (I paraphrase), but what He meant was that there will be those who will try to confuse you, to distract you with shiny objects and if you’re not confident in the Word, you’ll get lost in their intellect…He doesn’t need your defending friends….He needs your obedience…Here’s my point.

I made the realization this morning, that it indeed more fashionable to skewer a Christian, than to politely listen to one, and dismiss him. Shoot, I dismiss people all the time…it’s easy. No doubt about it, we’re back to the day when a family of four could go to an old fashioned Christian Lion show, for only $3…including popcorn. It is becoming quite popular to take a Christian and crucify them to the point that you can’t easily differentiate them from the pictures of Christ, and if that’s offensive, GOOD…because we’re also being assholes. This is why Christ warned us to Love Each Other….He wanted us to Love Him first, then Love Each Other…all the rules and regulations in the Bible are not meant for the World..but for us, yet we now have Biblical “scholars” not of the faith, confusing us, so in our compromises, we lost our values….I’m not saying we shouldn’t stand true to what we hold sacred, I am saying that more often than not, we’re being taken out of context, because we don’t know our Word. But I Do Love You. I do…that’s THE WORD. The word is LOVE….just LOVE…be a light that others feel comfortable following….but also, just love, and get some gonads….you’re gonna need them to do what I do…Whew, there’s some hateful people out there.Gotta go…A day of thrift shopping for me…and I gotta pick a fight with the Trump haters on Trending….it’s like shooting fish in a barrel really. Ya know, Goodwill is a lot like the Bible used to be, and if you need further clarification, you don’t read me….and I’m not gonna tell ya….Have a great day all…Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those who cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Monday.

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Between Life And Death

22-angel-wings-template-free-cliparts-that-you-can-download-to-you-0TZcV3-clipartGoodbye Baby Girl. I love you“. Ronnie saying goodbye

In what my 1st day on the job christening, we had a medic call in which a daughter could not reach her father by phone. Apparently, she had tried to call him for a few days with no results, so worried, she called the police…my ambulance had the honor of accompanying the police to the home for the well-person’s check. Upon approach, an observant purveyor would make note of the newspapers on the porch, the answering machine blinking “12, 12, 12” messages, the mail in the box….Sigh…this wasn’t going to be good…as the locksmith was breaking and entering, the police officer said to me, “Do you have a good sense of smell?”, “It’s my gift” I told him…and sure enough, the minute the door cracked, I knew…I knew it would be a hard call to the daughter….Between Life And Death….you’ll find me, and those like me. We didn’t ask for this, but we’ll perform our duties to the best that God gave us.

It’s been a bad week. The joke is that I can take almost any emergency, except the ones that involve my family, and make it my bitch!  That’s because the stakes are higher…Know what I mean? In this field, we (I) know how the story ends for many, so when we (I) see the story beginning for our own, we do freak out…and why not? It’s OUR most precious possessions. I’ve counseled and been there for many, many, MANY people who are facing crises….make it a crises that involves my own, and I need prayer. In the field, I’ve had the most esteemed honor of walking some very beloved people home. It’s been my gift, it’s been my pleasure…but it doesn’t come without pain. I’ve done this job for 10 yrs…10, and it never gets easy, and that’s because Death has many faces. It will take some when they least expect it, “Now I lay me down to sleep”, and then for others, it will wait at the door. I’ve often wondered why GOD chose me….to walk them out. He still has yet to answer me…but until He does, I keep on…keeping on.

Between Life and Death, you will find me, and those like me. No one should come into this world alone, and no one should leave this world alone. When the end comes, and it will come, we don’t all get to keep death waiting. You can laugh, you can cry, but when it’s your own…you’ll struggle too. There is no promise in the Bible that He will not give you more than you can handle….that’s crap. It’s a story made up by Christians, because they can’t just shut up and listen, in a time of great strife. He WILL give you way more than you can handle, or He’ll stay out of it all together, but the promise is not…that He won’t pile a bunch of crap on you….The promise is that He won’t TEMPT you…big difference my friends. My struggle with Him, is that in all the situations I’ve encountered, the prerogative of life and death is still His…and what IF….He doesn’t want to be gracious toward me and mine? I’m not so naive as to believe that prayer will protect me….it won’t. Babies die, Seniors leave, and husbands have Widow Makers….the only thing keeping me sane, is the fact that I have too much going on, to think about any one threat. Yes, I am in denial, and there’s nothing you can do about it. Between Life and Death….my struggles to be what God chose me to be, but I am only human, and I am only weak…I may be stronger than I think, but I’m also weaker than you believe….Love that irony. I may cry later, I may drink later, but what I will not do is quit…even if I am a tad bit dehydrated. Gotta go…Looks like Merrill sutures are opening…..Of course they are….this is MY life….but I do love it…and I’m so honored that God chose ME to live it. I am going in ER/ICU medicine….pretty sure Death and I will get to know each other well there….he should know I don’t let go easy…Sigh…Pray for me. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Thursday.

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You’re Not My Daddy

prayer_clip_artThe problem with Free Will is that it’s free will. Why can’t He just MAKE us behave?“….Ronnie to Merrill, a hundred years ago.

My relationship with the Lord has been rocky at best. I spent most of my childhood sans a father figure, then God comes along and tells me He’s my daddy, loves me very much, and I’m supposed to just run into His “loving arms” and weep? No…I’ve made it this far, thank you very much. I didn’t get it…but honestly, how was I supposed to…there had not been a man whom stayed in my life for any length of time, and as far as LOVING me, well daddies who love their children, don’t leave their children…Judge me all you want, but unlike God, I judge men based on their actions, not their heart. The greatest flaw I see with the Church today, is that is teaches a Doctrine based on 4 walls, after all, did we go to God, or did God come to us? You’re Not My Daddy…the lifetime of experiences and lessons I had to learn before I understood what a real Daddy was.

The Bible is an amazing book, but if one doesn’t have the pre-reqs, it’s just words, written by old men. Statistics without Math 107, is just numbers, and simply singing Jesus Loves Me as toddlers doesn’t really prepare us for the hardships, then the decision, that we must eventually make to be “Saved by Faith”. Life sucks…people are mean, the devil is real…how does one navigate all that, then still come to the conclusion that God Loves Us? After all, if He really loved us, then all the bad stuff wouldn’t happen to us. Confused, I spent my life making my own rules. I was a good person, and that was going to have to be enough. I answered to NO MAN…I gave NO GROUND…I made no excuses…..after all, don’t open your heart, and you won’t hurt your heart…but is that really a life?

So, here sat Ronnie, trying to understand how a Heavenly Father, could allow bad things to happen to innocent children. Adults, as far as I was concerned, were on their own. Like the horror movies we hate, Children and animals were supposed to be off-limits, and yet it seemed they were the most often destroyed. I didn’t have an Earthly Father, therefore, the Heavenly Father concept meant little to me. In a rare faith-based conversation with Merrill, I asked him, “Why can’t God just tell me what to do? After all, if He wants obedience, then He should make us OBED (not a real word)! “God wanted a willing soul” Merrill began, “If He made us obey, we’d just be robots”…and WHOOMP there it was….I understood Robots…then I understood the concept of Free Will. You don’t want your children to FEAR…God no, I had known true fear, and I’d never wish that upon the ones I loved. Free Will means reaching down into the depth of your soul, regardless of the hurt and pain you’ve been through, to understand that HE hated what happened, as much as (maybe more) you hated what happened…. It took me watching Merrill be a good father, to understand what a good father was! A good father cannot protect us from ourselves, a good father, must sometimes sit back and watch the horrors, knowing that the Valley Of Death (Yea though I walk through), may be a the better teacher than he ever was! You’re Not My Daddy, was an arrogant assumption of a child too hurt to see that Free Will, was the irony of evil, and a blessing of God. It would take a few more years to understand how my stubborn pride could be used for His glory….As a Church in the End Times, we need to understand that there are those whom may not have a daddy, so they can’t understand The Daddy. They are not going to come to us…we must go to them, and frankly, the Biblical principal held that the Disciples went into the nations….Some…have never stepped foot inside the building, and even we confuse the building with The Church.

You’re Not My Daddy….It took Merrill, age, maturity and my own offspring to see that Free Will….means not having robots for children. He wants us to love him, not because He can MAKE us love him, but because we want to love him…I get now, what a daddy is…my prayer for you, is that you see His Daddiness regardless of what, we His Children, do….Trust me, He’ll punish us for your stumbles….know that. I can see it now, God sitting on His Throne, on stage with Maury saying, “God….You ARE The Daddy”….and Him jumping, hi-fiving the audience, and the more, the better. He wants a loving, real child….not a mindless robot…I get it….NOW. Be Blessed.

Remember you set the Tone, you ARE the Example. BE KIND to each other. Show GRACE and MERCY to all those whom cross your path today. With your Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Sunday.

 

 

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