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The Doctrine of Christ

I love Jesus, but I cuss

 

 

Well, I don’t know, I heard you guys were a bunch of snake kissing, inbred that like to probe our minds when we’re out“….Smart ass

No, not on your 1st time“…Ronnie

Hi, I’m Ronnie…..I’m new here“…..

So, Sunday Saga 2, Church Search 2017, was a bust. Merrill felt more at ease as the numbers were smaller, no one was being all charismatic, and the music wasn’t a stage presentation of Pink Floyd…..but to me….on a 5 star scale….I gave them 3; which represents a church I’d attend if all other churches were closed due to a solar eclipse gone wrong. The Doctrine of Christ….LOL, its not that serious folks.

For me, the bigger churches kinda, sorta get a greeting pass….I mean, sure they have thousands that can greet, after all, not EVERYTHING is the Pastor’s job, but this little, smaller church, had the people, if NOT the pastor to greet, for some reason, they chose not too. No one, and I mean no one, likes walking up a church sidewalk and feeling like the new kid in Footloose, in which everyone is gawking, staring, judging….I mean, you may NOT be doing that….but it feels like that, and I’m a Christian….how do you think a 1st timer feels? One person….the gate keeper….recognized us as new, saw the heathens, and led us straight to a place we could stash them in a safe place, until the end of service. I mean they said, “Oh you can keep them with you”, but under their breath they thought, “I’d rather you didn’t“. We saw the Pastor in the Sunday School hallway…he has children too….he said, “Hi” to us, but Pastors being like the Mayor of Danville, it wasn’t long before he was pulled away for some other nefarious business….Oh, and Jr. High Sunday School? Non-existent in the 1st service. Apparently, it’s child abuse to get them up bright and early to PTL…..Ya’ll Can’t Hear Me….

We are Christian….we speak the language, we can read the text. We know the answer to the question, “Who loves you?” So, if we feel uncomfortable walking into your building, how do you think The World feels? This church had it all text-book straight. The small groups; which come on….you don’t greet me at the door, and you EXPECT me to come to your house as a stranger? REALLY? The fancy shiny folders that tells us what you believe in (Christ, Crucifixion, Resurrection, Easter, Christmas), the amazingly well-kept coffee bar complete with staff and STARBUCKS (RBC take note), the music was upbeat, the pastor was easily understood, and with the exception of the Doctrine of Tithing, I had no exception to what he taught….you can have the most amazing Sunday School, dresses, air-conditioned building, hell you can give out a Chanel bag to each new customer, but until you learn to step out and treat visitors like they’re welcome, NONE OF IT WILL MATTER….it will be for NOTHING. Dig? Feel me? I gave that church 100 opportunities to greet me…..This is why I want Sunday School on campus….You may be Christian, but you could be a freak too….we do not want to go to your home…meet us on Christ’s turf….The Doctrine of Christ states that you make all feel welcome…..I don’t care about your tattoo’s, jeans, tee shirts….I don’t care how normal and down-to-earth you present yourself, I care about feeling like a part of your family…and if you can’t do that….I can’t be with you. So, gotta go. Happy Solar Eclipse Day. I just ran 2.0 miles, at Dawn, and OMG I love it…..I wrote this while running…..Christ wants you to: Love each other….comfort each other….encourage each other…..and support each other…..then have your coffee bars and shiny folders….Don’t get that sh*t twisted yo. 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, please don’t look into the sun….you will see the black hole of its heart….and go blind.

 

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Unto Every Season

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I’m like a dog on a chain“…Ronnie…in 2000

 

In Bible College, (yes I have a degree in Theology) I had to write a paper about which Disciple I felt I aligned with my values the most. My husband is more like the Paulian type of personality, while I am Peter….Impulsive, impetuous, loving, passionate, and very much like a dog…on a chain. Christ had to pull Peter back many times, because He knew Peter wasn’t ready, and so I understand…even if it frustrates me a great deal…..why some things don’t work out for me….as much as I’d like. If there’s any ONE personality flaw, it’s that I don’t like CHANGE. I do not seek change, I do not address change, and 9 times out of 10, I will go out of my way to avoid Change at a party…it’s because I like my stuff in its place, and I like all the places for my stuff…..I was going to title this, “Change” but have now adopted, “Unto Every Season“….you’ll understand why….in a moment.

I haven’t been a new Christian in hundreds of years, but I could tell you a little about their qualities. They are EAGER…which just about sums it up. See, once someone experiences the Grace that only Christ can offer, they become a big bundle, of baby joy, and all they want to do is go around telling people about Christ. They’re on their little chubby baby legs, smiling, because they’ve found new life, and so they become pets…on leashes….and they start running…to anyone…to share the news…..Eventually, that passion wears down a bit, they become older, like Paul said, Milk isn’t good anymore…these Christians need Meat and Potatoes, and so if they have a mentor, they begin the real study of Christ…..but serving God….requires not only a change of heart, but a change in attitude as well. It is at this point in your Discipleship that you’re going to be judged, ignored, pushed out…things are going to happen so fast, your head will spin, and to boot it up, you may find that God, changed the seasons on you…without asking your permission first…..

And so, Unto Every Season, a time is appointed. There is a time to live, a time to die, a time to weep, a time to laugh, a time for joy, a time for pain, and in our daily lives….there are times with the babies, times to clean, times to call friends, times to work….times to move….Ya know, it’s a great big world out there. God has given us some beautiful property….He created the heavens, the stars, the moons, the skies, the oceans, the mountains….and created us…for each other. I dunno, sometimes when you sit back and just take in the vast amount of what He has given us, how then…do you say no…when He’s called you for another purpose? Sometimes, it’s in that OTHER purpose, that you will find, that break you were so desperately seeking….kinda like the diamond in the candy bar…(I don’t know who would do that). To serve God, means to KNOW…that Change will come….Unto Every Season...and so, I often find myself at great odds between what He wants for me, and what I want for myself; which is usually to be left alone and to have things done My Way….There is indeed a time for everything….if you trust Him, you’ll trust Him to figure out the time for you…but yeah, I kinda like being in control Lord….it’s the Peter in me, and don’t judge me father….You put there….not me. Take stock in what’s going in your life, then try to see if it’s really Him…changing the seasons on you…..It’s not a bad thing, because we trust, He only wants good and pure for us, and besides, the seasons change…whether we like it or not….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 Friday.

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First You Get The Power

Fear Be Gone
Fear Be Gone

Remember my “Chicken Story”? I was so saddened at the death of my baby chick, I wrote a poem about him, then had it win 1st place in the school wide writing contest. I write when I’m trying to work through the process. Today, I find myself grieved again, only this time, I am struggling with a situation not of my own creation. It’s been on my heart and mind long enough….it’s time to ROLL….”First You Get The Power” except we know that only works in Pacino movies…

Peter was an impetuous individual, whom was known for his Passion and his ability to sway the masses for Christ. He HAD POWER, but he also was not an easy man to approach. Had Peter not been such a Role Model, I truly Paul would have let him go but….Peter was doing harm to the new believers. We have to be like Paul in confronting issues of right vs wrong. To Paul, a man full of God, it was not about Power, but about banishing FEAR, because FEAR is not from the Lord. Now, I am not perfect, but I would hope I could be like Paul…and do…what’s right. I guess we’ll see….

In the early church writings, Paul admonished us to confront a brother “in” Love and after all has been tried to save the brother for fellowship, ask the brother to leave….It’s the way the universe was set up. We to confront those things; which are not right. This isn’t about liberalism vs conservatives…I do believe we cannot legislate morality, but come on….we all can agree that some “rights” are universal….Would you stand by and watch a child beat in public? Would you watch an elderly man walk out into traffic? Would you stand and watch a man abuse an animal? Would you watch a stranger take a child, if that child was screaming, “Stranger”? To confront these situations requires that you first banish Fear….I told my son, “Doing what’s right, is not always what’s easiest”. It is easier to look away from the aforementioned situations until you think to yourself, “What if that was my child, dad, dog?” then the tone changes. What’s right isn’t always popular, fun, nor appreciated, but it IS always right…and if it’s always right, then it IS always good. First You Get The Power? No…first you banish the Fear….then You Get The Power…..Ask any World Changer, and they’ll tell you…they were scared….but FEAR cannot be in control…if it were..how would be able to know the Grace of God? Be Blessed.

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Forgiveness and Time

hopeWe keep trying to make sense out of senseless acts…CAT does sometimes win. This is the part where Paul talked about frustrating our intelligence, because we need logic, reasoning, responsivness to an action that may be completely random…it’s funny right? Bad things happen to good people, babies die, horrible acts are perpetuated upon each other…and over in the corner sits the tag team of Forgiveness and Time, the only two solutions to a world full of pain, waiting . I’ve been the offender, and the offendee….Forgiveness really is a true sign of maturity, but it can’t be applied without Time, “the healer of all wounds”….I feel sorry for our soon to be Customer Service Graduates, because we’ve lured them into thinking that Life is Fair…it isn’t, it’s The Great Equalizer….it’s a bitch…how do you think I know that?

I had a friend ask me the other night, if I had ever considered forgiving my mom…..yes, I have, and I have.  Only Time….helped me see that in many cases, with 4 children, she was doing the best she could. I get that NOW. I am aware of what the Bible states, but I’m also aware that we, our spirit, needs TIME to heal, grow, and renew. When I’ve been hurt, my 1st impulse is to beat the living crap out of the offender, but then I realize I don’t want to be on U-tube again, so I take some Time, and walk away. Little Sisters, don’t be so arrogant, you have some amazing experiences ahead of you, but you also have some colossal failures….Time..will facilitate and Discern both. Forgiveness without Time, is Peanut Butter, without Jelly…it just doesn’t work. Time does heal all wounds….Forgiveness is the salve…they work together to heal your broken heart and soul. Forgiveness and Time….there’s a song in there somewhere. Okay, gotta go. Princess is here, Duchess has a fever, and Merrill is still in bed. Must be nice….oh wait…I’m not supposed to care…guess I forgive him for sleeping in, after all, I’m the mommy….right? 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 Daily Affirmations complete, enjoy your Saturday.

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Love Is

12974463_1009593459077040_4783002658561816507_nI was talking with the most powerful man in Danville yesterday, and to my great chagrin he not only agreed with Merrill, but he admitted he doesn’t read me…..when he does, it’s usually from a place I’d rather not admit. I’ve known this man for “like” over 20 years. To me, he isn’t the King of Danville, but just another guy that I used to like hanging with. It’s hubris, that I have to leave a voice message for him, after all, does he KNOW who I am? For two decades I ignored the fact he was catholic…I ignored the fact he was a Cubbies fan…I ignored the fact that his political ideology didn’t match up to mine (I am a very free spirit) but apparently, he feels so strongly connected to me, that he can admit that Merrill may be right in some assessments of my personality. I’m going to miss him…..anyone who’d agree with Merrill over me just doesn’t have the loyalty I, as a famous Countess deserves. Would anyone ELSE…like to agree with Merrill?

And it’s just that easy. I don’t know why we hold on to bad (The King isn’t bad) relationships, like a bad habit. I’ve been with Merrill for 23 years, I’d starve without him, so me being needy and clinging to him, is not the behavior one should look up to, but I’ve read some ridiculous things lately, and I have to wonder, “Huh?”. Our Oikos, our most personal inner circle, is one of the few decisions in life we actually still get to make. The government tells us what to eat, where to eat, throw our trash, drive our car…hell, there’s a law saying Merrill can only beat me on the 2nd Saturday of the month, but whom you let into your life, and to whom you MATE…is completely up to you…it’s an honor…you should not mistreat. Simply put, little sisters, if someone is making you mentally of physically miserable….Bu Bye….Some of you have LOVE twisted…allow me….

1 Corinthians Chapter 13…..Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud.  It does not dishonor others, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth.  It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres…..LOVE IS….everything HE IS….NOT.. I stay with Merrill, because even though he is a great, huge….troublemaker for me, I LOVE him….he is KIND to me…sorta. If Love is hurting you little bros and sisters, it isn’t love…get out. Humans get to choose with whom they mate. Good Lord, could you imagine walking down the street, minding your own business, when some males comes up and  humps your leg like a dog…..(shiver). If Love hurts, he’s got to go…it really is just that simple…okay…gotta go. Someone told me they thought Merrill knew what was best for me….that’s about 20lbs gone right there. You don’t know me…stop taking his side. 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…WHOOO HOOO…

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Pain Is Relative

Pain Is Relative
Pain Is Relativ

Pain is relative. Grossly relative, and while I have a fairly high tolerance for it, when the RN informs me that, “It’s going to be a very painful procedure”, I get the hebby jeeby’s…not because I’m sceered, but because I’m getting ready to walk into the valley of the shadow of death……..I suppose I could take two verses and call God in the am, but that won’t work and it won’t work because God is not medicine, He’s Bread. Can he mend my broken heart? Sure, but He’s meant to sustain me for whatever The World may bring, not treat an acute infection. I’m not judging you…I’m bad about reading the Bible too….but still….when my heart is troubled, I simply need to remember that like workouts, God is meant to be enjoyed everyday…not just when I’m feeling guilty about feeling fat.

Every time I play Spades against hubby, he’ll psych me out by taking one card at random, placing it face side down and say, “You’re going right here…..I got you…right here”. Nothing makes me happier than to play a card he didn’t have the trump too……Bible is like that too, only it’s not a slight of hand. Truth is, the Bible has the Trump card to any issue you may be experiencing, but the Bible is not Tylenol. You cannot expect to read it when you have a life Crises, and understand that it’s answer is to Trust in God! Trust in God? Really? I was looking for some curse to rain down upon the heads of my enemy….where’s that thing Paul said about heaping hot coals upon someone’s head? That’s a good one, except he was advising us to compliment our enemies….well darn…that doesn’t work either. Trust is a long sustained process in which we must believe He would never hurt us, but I’m with you, I want some ACTION…Lord…and yet, the Bible is the complete opposite of a Book of Spells.

Injustice is a condition that grieves our Spirit. As a people, we were designed to fight the Unfairness of the World, but because of sin, we can’t keep up with the fires. From Genesis through Revelation, the one story….the ONE THEME that keeps recurring, is the ideal that God gets Life Isn’t Fair. He does! Look at Job….Job was all minding his own business, tending his flock, when BOOM he lost everything….Joseph never laid a hand on that woman, “I did not have sexual relations with that woman”,  but spent two years in prison for a crime he didn’t commit….Christ died on the cross because a bunch of legalistic scholars controlled the block He was trying to convert….so YES….God gets that mean people SUCK….YET, He say’s, “Let not your heart be troubled”, you won’t get it, if all you’re doing is reading His Word when you’re in crises. You gotta read it, get it into your soul, let it bleed through your veins, then when the POS’s come into your life, you’ll have your Ace of Spades…The Trump card….God say’s, “You’re going right here…I got you…right here”….and He does…but you won’t get that, if all you ever do is read it, when you have a headache. Okay, I gotta go. It’s another day of trying to be famous, and not beat someone up!….Oh look, a Guardian…Hmm, interesting choice. 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 Tuesday.

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I’m Not The One

I'm Not The One
I’m Not The On

Friends, 6:00am is too early to get into a Christian pissing match with a woman I have never met, however, I have strong feelings and opinions, and the motto for today is, “I’m Not The One”. Really, I…AM…NOT…THE…ONE. I suppose one could successfully argue that FB is not the place for Despair Statuses, yet I content, if not FB then where? Where else do we have a better chance to let the light of Christ shine…. Through our Works…!
When, “The Life of Brian” arrived in American theaters several decades ago, Monty Python, I am sure, had no idea just how prophetic and offensive it would be, or maybe they did….they WERE wise beyond their years. I guess, when you’re not Christian, you have the luxury of sitting back, and quietly observing the weaknesses in The Faith. We DO have weaknesses, but lets be clear here, the issue is with US, not HIM. Even Christ gets annoyed with our actions and inactions, and after this mornings debate, I’m pretty sure, I have some explaining do do….SMH…if  He even wants to hear it.
As Brian hung from the cross, his hours numbered, a slew of well-wishers walked by to thank him for his Sacrifice. Except he didn’t want to BE sacrificed, he was just trying to get some play. The Christ Life, is only as good as His followers. We are human, faulty, fault-filled beings and we screw up…like A LOT. Argh….what’s right here? Well in absence of a clear mandate, we default to The Love Rule; which is to cause no pain, where pain already exists. If we come across a “despair filled” status, it may be best to say nothing, because friends, (this is the part where I piss you off), quoting scripture when someone is homeless is not comforting, even to the most ardent of Followers. I think that’s where Python had it right with the crucifixion scene (egg shell walking here). We get our panties bunched up by the implication that we’re a group of disingenuous hypocrites, but saying the wrong thing at the wrong time, does come off as fake, and well intentioned or not, The Road To Hell is paved with the Scriptures of the Faithful……feel me? In other words, it’s okay to say NOTHING. Please understand how it’s going to be perceived by others..you know, the ones who are NOT followers. You may mean well, but it isn’t about YOU….its about the Hurting Brother or Sister in Christ. I contend it’s okay to offer a Blessing and pray in silent, or send a PM, which we’re told to do anyway (the prayer in private, not the PM, although I’m sure Christ knew FB was coming one day). The Life of Brian…Hmmm…..it was hilarious, now it just makes me sad, because it’s kinda true……I may never watch it again. I’m not the one…..nope…..not today. 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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You Have The RIGHT…..

I am a Child of God...Therefore, I should know better.
I am a Child of God…Therefore, I should know better.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

I feel like I need a vaca from that great oasis we call Facebook. Honestly, if I didn’t have an anxiety issue before I do now, and I don’t post that lightly considering I have friends with anxiety issues, they’re horrible and traumatic. I wonder just how much of the stress, in the world is caused from “Us” The Brethren, and if it’s greater than, lets say, 1%, are we going to change knowing that we’re hurting others? From the “Sky Is Falling” pastors, to the false meme passing Brother, The World is not ending. Good Night, we haven’t had the False Prophet yet, but to read some of you, he’s here, and his name is Obama….I don’t think so…..so exactly who is responsible for World Peace?

The Christians that’s who. At least according to the Bible I read anyway. My Bad and forgive me, but seriously, I have atheist that don’t cause as many flare ups as we do (well I have one, but he’s just a goat getter, doesn’t count). When The Brethren begin their hateful ascension to that great plane we call, JUSTIFICATION, we’re in trouble. Can you imagine what would have happened had Paul written, “Fellow brothers, you must KILL Nero”?  It would have been a fools errand to bum rush him (Paul knew that), because Nero would not have been killed, but many a Christian Brethren would have. Nero, the man responsible for the deaths of Peter and Paul, was in power, and Paul admonished US to respect HIS office. Paul would have been very justified, in calling for the dictator’s death, but God had Nero in power. “For all authority is God given authority”. We forget that when we foolishly share the horribly photocopied memes of our President and call him the Antichrist. The Bible and The Constitution often do not see eye to eye. So, who trumps?

For us, the Bible Does. To the extent we have control, we are to live in Peace with each other. When you look at Facebook, do you feel Peaceful? It’s a constant barrage of feeling like I’m in Times Square, which is a great place to visit, but I wouldn’t want to live there. The Bible is very clear in what we, followers of The Way, are to do. We are to be Lights….Beacons to those who’ve lost their way. I really don’t know how I feel about Syrian Refugees. Honestly, the picture of the 3 yr old Toddler washed ashore still haunts my memory, and Poor Obama. I’m not fond of his policies either, but what do you think would happen, if we all stopped our bickering with him, and just prayed for him? What would happen to Facebook if we, The Brethren, stopped posting for a week? God I’d love to find out. It’s a pity really, because as a group, we are so very powerful, Satan knows that too, that’s why he gave us so many rights. Free Will is a bitch…and yes….I SAID IT. You have the Right….to do anything you want…..Ya know, even the USSC affirmed that speech had limits. I feel like we’re screaming the room is on fire, (the room, the room, the room is on fire) but we’re blocking the exists….just saying. Just take a step back, breath, then ask yourself if what you’re about to post, glorifies and pleases Him.  Okay, gotta go. Merrill is finally home, and I own him a punch in the face. It’s my right….Don’t Judge Me. 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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The Big Picture

The Big Picture
The Big Picture

Dedicated to the girl who knows who she is 🙂

I was running an hour behind schedule when I rushed into her house that morning. The house was a mess, and as I clenched my teeth, my tongue clicked three times in a “tsk, tsk, tsk” sound. How on earth was I going to keep the schedule today? Sigh….my first order of business was to start the laundry then from the laundry move to the dishes maybe muttering a “Good Morning” in between. From the dishes I headed to the trash, creating a grocery list in my head, as I went. “Damn I’m late” I thought as I put the trash in the container and rushed back into the house to make her breakfast. Only as I was setting her oatmeal on the table did I look at her for the 1st time that morning, and FROZE. She was in trouble…big trouble, and I hadn’t noticed the slur in her voice until she said, “I don’t feel so good”.

Crafty little cuss as he is; the devil really is in the details. I had ONE job, ONE…SMH. We all do it. In her quest to ready dinner, Martha was so busy with details that she failed to realize what her sister Mary had already knew. “Jesus, make her HELP me!” Martha pleaded as Mary sat at the feet of Christ and ignored the help her sister needed. Jesus, knowing the “detail” character of Satan, simply responded, “What she does is right”. The Rule of Love doesn’t mandate we complete as many projects as we can in a given time, but that we just simply Love first. The Big Picture, John 3:16, makes our job very clear. “For God so loved the world, that He gave His only begotten Son, that whomsoever believes shall not perish, but have everlasting life”. In other words, God wants to lose NO ONE, therefore, He doesn’t give a hill of beans when the dishes get done. Only you and SATAN actually care about the housework….(smile). Martha had spent so much time in the prep work for a dinner attended by Jesus, that she forgot that Jesus was already THERE….and there sat The Devil, hiding in the details, laughing at his job well done. Listen, I’ve done it too…..smart phones in a church with WiFi….and there sits Jesus….waiting…..

Before He left; Jesus gave Peter an insight into how he would serve Him. Peter, looking at John asked Jesus, “What about HIM?”. I can see the look on the face of Christ as He gave an inward sigh and said, “Don’t worry about him…do what I tell YOU to do”. Peter knew Jesus better than anyone else, and still worried about John. It’s amusing, because that’s how we act in the back seat of the Family Truckester. It’s like my kids yelling, “She’s bothering me” or my personal favorite, “I’m not touching you” with God up front threatening, “I swear to ME if you don’t knock it off; I’m going to turn this world around”. We worry, we stress, we strain about everything ELSE; but what we’re supposed to be worrying, stressing and straining about. He’s gay, she’s a tramp, he’s a dog, he’s cheating, she’s lying, THEY’RE stealing, ”but Daddy….what about THEM?????” and there goes the eye roll and inner sigh of the Father. Take your eyes off John 3:16, and all you have is WORKS. Jesus had it right. Mary was doing what she should have been doing at the feet of Jesus. Ironic that like Mary, we have Christ with us everyday, and still chose to be BUSY…..tsk, tsk, tsk. The Big Picture comes with one simple, set of instructions…. To Love…….so that He loses no one….everything else, is details. Excuse me a moment….”No Merrill, you STILL have to do the dishes”. Sheesh, he’ll do anything to get out of them. 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 Day.

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Take This Man to Prison

Take This Man To Prison
Take This Man To Prison

When the jailer awoke and saw the prison doors opened, he drew his sword and was about to kill himself, supposing that the prisoners had escaped. But Paul cried out with a loud voice, saying, “Do not harm yourself, for we are all here!” And he called for lights and rushed in, and trembling with fear he fell down before Paul and Silas,…(Acts 16:27-29). At the darkest hour of the day, there was a great earthquake, and the chains that bound the men of God (and every other criminal in the prison) opened up and fell. It was this scene that the Jailer, a man who easily had the most thankless job of the culture, encountered as he awakened, and then attempted to commit suicide.

We too go through the quakes, and isn’t it ironic that the tremors come upon us, in our darkest hour as well? The jailor was terrified because not only did he lose control of the jail, but the consequences from the Roman Government was going to be swift and severe…He’d RATHER DIE…..Paul understood his FEAR, but instead of walking out; which was his right, he stayed, and honored God. When we hear, then follow, the small still voice in the dark, we too can be comforted, knowing that like Paul with his Jailor, God too…is here with us. We can panic, or we can wait, either way, Fear is not from the Lord. It’s how we react to our “DARK”, that determines the effects of the His Light. Paul could have left….He didn’t…..”Do not harm yourself, He is here”…..May your Dawn rise soon. 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.

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