Saturday, December 29, 2007
"My little children, I am writing these things to you so that you may not sin And if anyone sins, we have an Advocate with the Father, Jesus Christ the righteous; and He Himself is the propitiation for our sins; and not for ours only, but also for those of the whole world. By this we know that we have come to know Him, if we keep His commandments. The one who says, "I have come to know Him," and does not keep His commandments, is a liar, and the truth is not in him; but whoever keeps His word, in him the love of God has truly been perfected By this we know that we are in Him: the one who says he abides in Him ought himself to walk in the same manner as He walked." I John 2:1-6
I am seeing people saying that they are Christians and then saying they are going to live with their boyfriend or girlfriend. Saying it's ok to lay on a bed together (though fully clothed) behind a closed door under the same blanket, while not being married. I see people saying it's ok to burn cd's even though it is breaking the law and is stealing. I see people hiding porn in their lives. I see people flirting with homosexuality. I see people getting completely drunk (even underage) and then going to church later in the week. I see people admiting their actions were sinful but then they say they can't help it, their just human. I see people doing drugs and going to church later in the week. I see people talking about living a holy life then listening to music that promotes and encourages sin. I see people giving God glory for things and then agreeing with evolution. I see people justifying items that give the appearance of evil. I see people calling someone who stood up for Christ prejudice or hateful just because their wrong actions were brought in to the Light. I see people talking about how much they love their Lord and then taking His name in vain... or using other vulgar language. I see people having sex outside of marriage and justifying it. I see people saying they can't stop sinning because they are just human. I see people saying it's wrong to have sex before marriage but then promoting condoms.
How big is your God?? What did Christ really die for?? Are we just staying a step ahead of the world or are we going to look at Christ as our standard??? Are we going to keep living this life as if it is our own or are we truly going to surrender to Christ?? It isn't a one time act and 'poof' it's all good. Die to Christ daily.
I Corinthians 15:31
Are you Christian in your words only??? Or are you actually living as Christ... walking as He walked. Stop playing games. The luke warm will be spewed out of His mouth. Revelation 3:16
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Be a revolution- "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect. " Romans 12:2
Tuesday, December 18, 2007
I had this read to me this weekend too...
Lucy is giving her friend, Charlie Brown, some advice. After listening to Charlie's problems, she said, "Charlie, some people's life is like a folding chair on a great cruise ship. Some people prefer to sit at the back facing backward to see where they have been. Others prefer to sit at the front facing forward to see where they are going. Others sit in the middle to take in the present. Now, Charlie, which way do you like to face your folding chair?" Charlie replies... "I don't know, I've never been able to get mine unfolded."
Monday, December 10, 2007
R U a good man? Is He ladies?
Ladies need to read this CAREFULLY!
Gents, read this also and ask yourself if you possess all of these qualities! It's all about loving Jesus! Great post!!!!
God's formula for a good man!!!
A good man is a SAVED man
When and if a person truly gets born again (John 3:3) then there will be a change in him. It may take time but there will be a evidence of a change. That is the outward evidence that a person is truly saved for only God knows the heart...
Therefore, the first quality of a good man is that he is saved, knows it and shows it. He will begin to look at himself and not like what he sees. He will make improvements in his life. He will want to please his Lord and Saviour.
A good man is a GOD-FEARING man
A man that is saved will fear the Lord. Fear in this sense does not mean to be afraid of someone but rather to have a healthy respect for that person
A good man is a STUDENT of the Scriptures
A man who takes at face value whatever he is told the Bible says, without ever studying it on his own, is lazy. A good man will not only read his Bible every day but he will also study it. He will not take what others say as "gospel" but will search the Scriptures, "A man won't be a real man until he knows the Book." - Dr. Michael E. Todd
A good man LOVES GOD'S WORD
A good man uses God's Word when trials and temptations come along. He can't do this unless he has committed God's Word to memory. A good man will talk about the things of God and his conversation will be directly affected by what's in his heart.
A good man OBEYS GOD'S WORD
(Psalm 37:31) The law of his God is in his heart; none of his steps shall slide.
It is not enough for a man to read, to study and to quote Scripture. He must also obey what He reads in God's Word. The more a man reads and studies the Bible the more the Holy Spirit will reveal to him. It is what man does with that revelation that is important.
A good man is a man of PRAYER
A good man will have a good prayer life. A good man will have an open line of communication with God. That means that he has to know what his sins are. You won't have to tell him. And he will constantly and consistently confess them to God. A good man will get things right with God first because God is most important in his life.
A good man will pray for his family, his wife or wife-to-be (even if he doesn't know who she is yet) and his children (even if he doesn't have any yet). If he is single then he is asking the Lord to send him a good helpmeet (Proverbs 18:22). If he is married then he is asking God to help him take care of the precious "ruby" he was given (Proverbs 31:10). If he doesn't have children he is asking God to give him a heritage (Psalm 127:3). If he has children then he is asking God for help in guiding their lives (Ephesians 6:4).
A good man prays for his pastor. If he does then he will not be tempted to criticize him. He will not wish to partake of "roast preacher" on Sundays. A good man prays for others. He is not selfish, only thinking of himself and his own needs. He will try to help others if the Lord lays it upon his heart to do so. Spiritually, he will be a Good Samaritan.
Lastly, a good man will pray for himself. He will ask the Lord to direct his steps and to be in His will. (Genesis 24:27 - And he said, Blessed be the LORD God of my master Abraham, who hath not left destitute my master of his mercy and his truth: I being in the way, the LORD led me to the house of my master's brethren.) A good man will not make a move unless he hears from the Lord. This will include his choice for a future wife, which will be to your advantage, should you be that choice
A good man WINS SOULS
A good man will not be ashamed to let others know that he is a believer in Jesus Christ. He will want to share with others the good news about what God did for them
A good man WORSHIPS God
(Genesis 24:26) And the man bowed down his head, and worshipped the LORD.
A good man attends church. That is a good place to worship God. At church he can be with other men who are like-minded in their beliefs. A man spends most of his time in the work force with ungodly people. Therefore one of the greatest times of spiritual refreshing for a man will be in church. A man needs to "recharge his spiritual batteries" every chance he can get.
Another good place to worship God is at the family altar. This is the time he spends in special prayer and Bible reading with his family.
A good man PROVIDES for himself and his family
A good man does not smoke, drink or gamble away his or his wife's paycheck or savings. He does not take food out of the mouths of his children or clothes off their back in order to feed his own shameful habit. A good man will put the physical needs of his family before his own.
Most men disable themselves by sin. Drunks and drug addicts find it difficult to hold down a good job. They are more interested in providing for their habit than they are for their families.
A good man is INCOMPLETE
(Genesis 2:18) Then the Lord God said, "It is not good for the man to be alone. I will make a helper who is just right for him." .
God determined that man was not meant to live his life alone. When God created the world he made everything in pairs. His command to them was to be fruitful and multiply. When Noah took male and female with him on the ark it was to reproduce and repopulate the earth after the flood. Likewise, when God made created Adam and Eve their primary responsibility was to populate the earth. They couldn't do that without the benefit and pleasure of having sex. God intended for a man and a wife to enjoy themselves. The shame and sin comes when a man and woman enjoy the benefits outside of marriage. (Genesis 2:24) Therefore shall a man leave his father and his mother, and shall cleave unto his wife: and they shall be one flesh.
A good man will love his wife as God intended him to. He will not put his family, especially his mother, above his wife. He will not side with his family or mother against his wife. He will not put his children above his wife. God's ordained order in the family is God as head, the husband under God's authority, the wife under her husband's authority and the children under the authority of their father and mother. Any deviation from this will cause chaos in the home. Once a man leaves his family to marry, even if he has to live with his parents afterward, he is to put his wife above all others, except God. The Bible clearly admonishes him to do this. If he doesn't he is in disobedience to the Lord. A good man doesn't beat up his wife physically, emotionally or mentally. Any man who beats up a woman is not much of a man. He is a bully. A good man loves his wife according to the example of Christ and His bride, the church, for which He died.
A good man will LEAD his family
Fathering children is not something to be taken lightly. Psalm 127:3 tells us that, "Children are a gift from the Lord; they are a reward from him.." Any man that has children and then does not take the responsibility of raising them or providing for them will have a lot to answer for at the judgment
A good man SERVES the Lord
There are many things to do in the Christian walk. They are many opportunities to serve the Lord. A good man will seek out those opportunities and take advantage of them.
A good man is a WISE man
A good man will definitely know the difference between good and evil. A good man will seek God's wisdom and not his own. A good man will also seek the advice of his pastor who may see things that he himself does not. Proverbs 11:14 - "Where no counsel is, the people fall: but in the multitude of counsellors there is safety."
A good man will try to avoid sin. Proverbs 1:10 - "My child, if sinners entice you, turn your back on them!." A good man will not seek the companionship of fools or allow others to talk him into something that he knows is against God's law or His will.
A good man is HUMBLE
(John 3:30) He must increase, but I must decrease.
A good man will be humble. He will not seek the spotlight but gladly let others who are more talented, more creative, or more knowledgeable be out front. A good man will not get jealous when others are praised or rewarded even if he should have received that praise or reward.
A good man is not known by his talents or his abilities, or by his looks or his appearance, his wealth, his fame, or his fortune. A good man is known to God by his heart. 1 Samuel 16:7 - "But the Lord said to Samuel, "Don't judge by his appearance or height, for I have rejected him. The Lord doesn't see things the way you see them. People judge by outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart
2 Corinthians 6:14-17 tells us, "Don't team up with those who are unbelievers. How can righteousness be a partner with wickedness? How can light live with darkness? What harmony can there be between Christ and the devil[? How can a believer be a partner with an unbeliever? And what union can there be between God's temple and idols? For we are the temple of the living God. As God said:
"I will live in them and walk among them. I will be their God, and they will be my people. Therefore, come out from among unbelievers, and separate yourselves from them, says the Lord. Don't touch their filthy things, and I will welcome you,"
Good and evil are opposites, so are light and dark. Opposites, in the spiritual realm, cannot exist together. They will be at odds with each other.
If you've messed up and asked God for forgiveness then He has forgiveness you. Now forgive yourself. 1 John 1:9, "If we confess our sins, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins, and to cleanse us from all unrighteousness."
A good man WAITS on God
(1 Thessalonians 5:21) but test everything that is said. Hold on to what is good..
A good man will check out any girl that he is interested in first before he takes that final step toward marriage. Are you faithful? Are you growing spiritually or are you at the same level you were the day you got saved? Are you in God's will? Are you willing to be submissive? Do you have a meek and quiet spirit? Are you seeking the Lord for a mate? Are you worthy to be the wife of a good man?
Psalm 37:23, "The steps of a good man are ordered by the LORD: and he delighteth in his way."
Saturday, December 8, 2007
You may not know Me, but I know everything about you. Psalm 139:1 I know when you sit down and when you rise up. Psalm 139:2 I am familiar with all your ways. Psalm 139:3 Even the very hairs on your head are numbered. Matthew 10:29-31 For you were made in My image. Genesis 1:27 In Me you live and move and have your being. Acts 17:28 For you are My offspring. Acts 17:28 I knew you even before you were conceived. Jeremiah 1:4-5 I chose you when I planned creation. Ephesians 1:11-12 You were not a mistake, for all your days are written in My book. Psalm 139:15-16 I determined the exact time of your birth and where you would live. Acts 17:26 You are fearfully and wonderfully made. Psalm 139:14 I knit you together in your mother's womb. Psalm 139:13 And brought you forth on the day you were born. Psalm 71:6 I have been misrepresented by those who don't know Me. John 8:41-44 I am not distant and angry, but am the complete expression of love. 1 John 4:16 And it is My desire to lavish My love on you. 1 John 3:1 Simply because you are My child and I am your Father. 1 John 3:1 I offer you more than your earthly father ever could. Matthew 7:11 For I am the perfect Father. Matthew 5:48 Every good gift that you receive comes from My hand. James 1:17 For I am your provider and I meet all your needs. Matthew 6:31-33 My plan for your future has always been filled with hope. Jeremiah 29:11 Because I love you with an everlasting love. Jeremiah 31:3 My thoughts toward you are countless as the sand on the seashore. Psalms 139:17-18 And I rejoice over you with singing. Zephaniah 3:17 I will never stop doing good to you. Jeremiah 32:40 For you are My treasured possession. Exodus 19:5 I desire to establish you with all My heart and all My soul. Jeremiah 32:41 And I want to show you great and marvelous things. Jeremiah 33:3 If you seek Me with all your heart, you will find Me. Deuteronomy 4:29 Delight in Me and I will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4 For it is I who gave you those desires. Philippians 2:13 I am able to do more for you than you could possibly imagine. Ephesians 3:20 For I am your greatest Encourager. 2 Thessalonians 2:16-17 I am also the Father who comforts you in all your troubles. 2 Corinthians 1:3-4 When you are brokenhearted, I am close to you. Psalm 34:18 As a shepherd carries a lamb, I have carried you close to My heart. Isaiah 40:11 One day I will wipe away every tear from your eyes. Revelation 21:3-4 And I'll take away all the pain you have suffered on this earth. Revelation 21:3-4 I am your Father, and I love you even as I love My son, Jesus. John 17:23 For in Jesus, My love for you is revealed. John 17:26 He is the exact representation of My being. Hebrews 1:3 He came to demonstrate that I am for you, not against you. Romans 8:31 And to tell you that I am not counting your sins. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 Jesus died so that you and I could be reconciled. 2 Corinthians 5:18-19 His death was the ultimate expression of My love for you. 1 John 4:10 I gave up everything I loved that I might gain your love. Romans 8:31-32 If you receive the gift of My son Jesus, you receive Me. 1 John 2:23 And nothing will ever separate you from My love again. Romans 8:38-39 Come home and I'll throw the biggest party heaven has ever seen. Luke 15:7 I have always been Father, and will always be Father. Ephesians 3:14-15 My question is…Will you be My child? John 1:12-13
I am waiting for you. Luke 15:11-32
Love, Your Dad.
Monday, November 26, 2007
Flywheel is amazing and God totally works those ways. It's about a dishonest used car dealer and his struggles without Christ. He was trying to 'be the man' and live life for himself. Then after everything came tumbling down he surrendered control of his life to Christ. His life still continued to tumble but he stood firm and God rewarded him. There are some great twists in the movie. The production quality isn't quite as good as in "Facing the Giants" but soon after the movie begins you forget about that because you are intent on what is happening.
Thursday, November 1, 2007
Or through this even though someone else suffered, maybe how you react in Christ will grow and strengthen them in their walk as well. We are told to count the cost before we pick up our cross to follow Him.
Any thoughts to be shared??
Friday, September 14, 2007
So we are creatures that God gave free will to. What would have happened a month and a half ago if God hadn't been listened too?? Who knows. I don't want to know.
So you may have heard. Well God knows the final outcome anyways (because He knows everything)... so what's the point of caring or trying?? Well are you God?? Do you know the outcome?? So you can carry on in your freewill and God knowing the outcome shouldn't change your actions. Right?? <---- This is the best way I had ever heard this put. Thanks to someone in my Wednesday night Bible Study. I probably explained it in such a way right now that the majority of the population still won't get it. But to my mind... it totally makes sense. Yes, God knows how things will ultimately turn out. But He doesn't make us do anything if we don't want to. Humans don't have to yield to the Father's will.
WHY NOT?? These last 3 weeks especially have been brutal. Work has been crazy (7.25hrs OT just last week) then life has been insane. Just a million things going on... deep things that cause the gears in my brain to start to smoke. BUT... I wouldn't trade it for anything. Not even the canceled event a month and a half ago.
God's way is better....
...Will you choose it too?????
Friday, August 31, 2007
So was I perfect in that instant?? No. One by one I was confronted with things in my life that weren't glorifying to Himself. I will also still be confronted with things I'm sure.
Now this is where the difference is compared to my blog yesterday. All of the items on the "I see people" list were speaking of my observations and then the people not willing to change when the awareness of their actions are made. It's the "this is how I am, I'm never going to change" attitude. Sadly I have heard that countless times from professing Christians. I'm sorry but I want to change. I long to change. Not changing means I'm missing an opportunity to get closer and more intimate with my Creator. The One who knows the number of hairs on my head. The One who knew my name even before my parents existed. I still burned cds. I still swore. I still watched movies I shouldn't. I still listened to music that I shouldn't. I had a young man over when my parents were gone. Albeit I kept my distance from him and I would have inflicted severe physical damage if he would have tried something stupid. Like getting within 5 feet of me. BUT... his car was in the driveway so the appearance of evil was there. (We live in a small community where everyone observes and knows everyone else). BUT... I have broken my offensive cds. I have gotten rid of my DVD's. I have taken down secular band posters. I have made the commitment that I won't kiss until I'm married (radical to most I know). I spend my hard earned money to buy the cds to support the artists that I enjoy. I had a traumatic accident at work the other day and I didn't swear.
So what is your heart condition?? Are you just saying that you are surrendered to Christ?? Or are you actually living it??
I was thinking of the onion analogy that Bruce made (Dr I work with and also an elder at the church I attend). He looked at us as an onion. When we become a Christian initially all of the visible dry ugliness it peeled off. It comes off rather easy and painlessly. There is no need to guess how it needs to leave and like yesterday. But then as we progress the Holy Spirit reveals other things to us. It's to the point where it isn't easy for us ourselves to peel it off. So out comes the knife to cut it away. Layer by layer. The deeper it gets the more painful it gets (and the more that you cry). BUT... the more pure you become. If it would have all left at once you wouldn't have survived.
There is also an analogy like this in the "Voyager of the Dawntreader" by C.S. Lewis. Eustance Clarence Scrubb, steals an arm ring made of gold. Because of his greed and general unpleasantness he wakes up as a huge scaley dragon. As a dragon the ring is much to small and begins to dig in the his scales causing endless pain. Though through this he experiences a changed heart and becomes compassionate for his traveling companions. He regrets the way he was previously. Then Aslan, the lion/ Christ figure, comes to Eustace as he is sleeping. Aslan begins to take his claws and tear off the thick scales. Layer by layer. Soon he is back to being a normal boy and his arm is painless. After Aslan has finished tearing off the scales he throws Eustace into the nearby well to cleanse him completely.
So are you open to having your flesh peeled away so you become completely who Christ wants you to be??? Or are you going to confront things in your life and admit defeat to yourself??? "This is how I am, I'm never going to change". If you choose that, congratulations, you just gave the devil a foothold into your life at any moment he chooses.
""Therefore, brethren, since we have confidence to enter the holy place by the blood of Jesus, by a new and living way which He inaugurated for us through the veil, that is, His flesh, and since we have a great priest over the house of God, let us draw near with a sincere heart in full assurance of faith, having our hearts sprinkled clean from an evil conscience and our bodies washed with pure water. Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful; and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds, not forsaking our own assembling together, as is the habit of some, but encouraging one another; and all the more as you see the day drawing near. For if we go on sinning willfully after receiving the knowledge of the truth, there no longer remains a sacrifice for sins, but a terrifying expectation of judgment and THE FURY OF A FIRE WHICH WILL CONSUME THE ADVERSARIES. Anyone who has set aside the Law of Moses dies without mercy on the testimony of two or three witnesses. How much severer punishment do you think he will deserve who has trampled under foot the Son of God, and has regarded as unclean the blood of the covenant by which he was sanctified, and has insulted the Spirit of grace? For we know Him who said, "VENGEANCE IS MINE, I WILL REPAY " And again, "THE LORD WILL JUDGE HIS PEOPLE." It is a terrifying thing to fall into the hands of the living God."" Hebrews 10:09-31
Sunday, August 26, 2007
Have you ever thought of that??? If you are single... you can still be faithful to your spouse that you haven't met yet. Not just should be but asked to be by God. Being faithful isn't just for marriage. Begin now. You won't regret it.
Dear Sir, may God keep you and bless you. May He give you the strength that you need in all things.
Monday, August 6, 2007
Sunday, July 29, 2007
Actually this whole week has been interesting and brutal. From sharing the Gospel in the beginning of the week to my bird dying. Now this. The whole Potter analogy. I definately feel like a big blob of mud.
Tuesday, July 24, 2007
4,219 teenagers get a sexually transmitted disease.
2,861 teens drop out of school.
1,377 teenagers become mothers.
1,106 teenage girls get an abortion.
1,000 adolescents begin drinking alcohol.
500 adolescents begin using drugs.
420 children are arrested for drug use.
6 teens commit suicide
One nation under God
70 % of all Americas
proclaim to be Christians
1 out of 2 marriages
end in divorce
Over 680 a day
In our Christian nation
95 people die a day from
270 a day from
1200 people die a day
300 a day from drug
In our Christian nation
5200 crimes are committed
Over 1100 people
Suicide is the second
leading cause of death
An average of 5 teenagers
commit suicide everyday
Abortion kills over 4000
babies a day
In our Christian nation
550 people are raped
1 out of 4 teenagers
has a sexually transmitted
8000 are diagnosed with a
But we blame that on the
porn industry right?
industry in America
10 billion dollars spent a
year on pornography
27 million dollars a day!
In our Christian nation
You don't think that 70%
had anything to do with it?
No, they're all Christians
They would never do
anything like that
Do you know what a
Well 70% of you do right?
You ask someone
what a Christian is
and they tell you
It's someone that
goes to church, reads the
Bible and prays
The Bible says that is you
are a Christian you should
live like Jesus did
Did Jesus go home after
church and watch
Did He listen to Snoop Dog
on His mp3 player?
Did He text message
people on His sidekick 2
Did He go to youth group
on Wednesday night and
gather up His friends
"Hey, there's going to be a
party at my place Friday
night, it's going to be
Jesus never would have
done any of those things
And yet alot of the
people who proclaim
to be Christians do
The word Christian was
made for the people who
followed Christ's example
Is the immorality in our
nation an example of how
So when you ask yourself
Am I a Christian?
You should ask yourself
Do I follow Christ's
Do I live like Jesus did?
Christianity is not a label
It's a lifestyle
92% of Christians are not
ever truly "born again"
John 3:3 I tell you the truth,
unless you are born again,
you cannot see the
Kingdom of God
Thursday, June 14, 2007
You look at a cardboard box and recognize its coffin potential.
You go out to a club and when the black light comes on, you check yourself for ringworm.
You can eat lunch while cleaning up a Parvo blowout.
You keep your milkshake frozen in the freezer next to the dead dogs.
After seeing what goes into the washing machine at work, your own laundry doesn't seem so dirty.
Your work clothes look just like your pajamas.
You open your lunch container and find a spleen.
All of your pets are either 3 legged, lame, or blind in one eye.
You've done an anal probe on a bird.
You can detect maggots at 100 paces just by the smell.
You find a hair in your food, pull it out, and keep on eating.
Pets are more recognizable than their owners.
The first thing you wonder when opening up a big cat abscess is, "Where are the Ritz crackers?"
You cough up hairballs.
You're the first one in the hospital and don't notice the smell.
You start to like the smell of anal glands.
You can play connect the dots with all your scars and puncture wounds.
Normal people won't eat meals with you.
You get the flu and begin to sympathize with the Parvo dog.
Your paycheck barely covers your food bill.
You've ever picked up dog poop with your bare hands.
You can put a muzzle on with one hand.
You know the term, "pink juice" doesn't mean Kool-Aid.
You get a rash just from LOOKING at a Shar-Pei.
You can take a dog's rectal temperature without looking.
You have cat hair all over your car, but don't own a cat.
You believe in the aerial spraying of Acepromazine.
You think that a temperature of 102 is normal...for a human.
You've ever run out of towels, syringes, IV fluids, meds and patience all at the same time.
You believe the best patients are SIR...Sedated, Intubated and Restrained.
You no longer have a gag reflex.
When the vet asks, "What color is the patient's diarrhea?" , you show him your shoes.
Half your wardrobe has bloodstains on it, and the other half has holes bitten/scratched/torn though it.
You believe all bleeding stops.....eventually.
You see someone's child throwing a fit and think it's nothing that a serious dose of Ket/Val wouldn't cure.
You've ever 'bare-handed' a mess.
Lint rollers are on your shopping list every week.
You carry dog treats in your pockets or purse at all times. (even more so if you don't actually own a dog)
When you go out to eat and find a hair in your food you don't even THINK of telling the waiter, because you're pretty sure the hair came off your clothes.
Everyone, including complete strangers, tells you about each and every little problem their pet has.
All your magazine subscriptions have animals on the cover.
You hear the word 'bitch' and automatically think intact female canine, rather than rude woman.
You can smell Parvo from 200 meters.
You think a good way to handle the obnoxious drunk that's hitting on you is with a catch pole and muzzle.
You say at least once a day, "What am I doing here?", but know that you wouldn't trade it for anything.
Wednesday, June 13, 2007
So a cat I was trying to force feed bit the first joint of my middle finger on my left hand. OUCH... both sides on the joint. This only happened 2 hours ago. I'm praying that I don't get the red line like I did the last time a cat bit me. I don't like shots given to me in places that just weren't made to get shots.
"Macavity" did end up eating the rest of what I was feeding him. I told him it was for his own good.... plus I wasn't gettting injured for nothing...lol
Look up the cat's name....- http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Macavity_(character)
""Macavity is a master criminal who is responsible for a multitude of crimes, but in the book he is too clever to leave any evidence of his guilt.""
I know he's guilty!
Friday, June 8, 2007
I think it's time to start breaking some hearts.
At least that way people would be aware. As with an interesting article about internet dating that I just read on Josh Harris' website. I am seeing this applies with all things regarding the internet. Kids online, online dating, porn addictions.
Lack of awareness and the ease of keeping things under the radar and unknown to others.
Deception. This is NOT a Godly way of living.
So ends my point of view for the day............
Tuesday, April 10, 2007
The instant I saw this I thought of the stump in Nebuchadnezzer's dream in Daniel chapter 4. The stump that had the bands of iron and bronze that bound it. But yet it was still alive and re-grew later.
This is a beach stump from a tree that was cut down last year. It's interesting because it is only growing around the edges. There is no growth in the center.
So concludes any semblance of something interesting....
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Monday, April 9, 2007
I was listening to my Skillet cd last night in my car. These lyrics seem to explain this place...
I hate feeling like this
I'm so tired of trying to fight this
I'm asleep and all I dream of
Is waking to You
Tell me that You will listen
Your touch is what I'm missing
And the more I hide I realize I'm slowly losing You
I'll never wake up without an overdose of You
I don't wanna live
I don't wanna breathe
'les I feel You next to me
You take the pain I feel
waking up to You never felt so real
I don't wanna sleep
I don't wanna dream
'cause my dreams don't comfort me
The way You make me feel
Waking up to You never felt so real
I hate living without You
Dead wrong to ever doubt You
But my demons lay in waiting
Tempting me away
Oh how I adore You
Oh how I thirst for You
Oh how I need You
Bridge: Breathing life
Waking up my eyes
Don't leave me alone
Thursday, March 22, 2007
Tuesday, March 20, 2007
We had a 3 year old cat come in a week and a half ago with renal failure from unknown origin. Fortunately we saved it but it was hospitalized for over a week. Then the owner called on Monday... they had been feeding the cat the gavy and bites food out of a pouch. Which actually when the cat was getting alittle better and we were trying to get it to eat... they brought some of it in to see if she would eat it. So I have seen some of that food.
I'm soooooooooooo glad that I'm not a receptionist though. Those poor souls have had countless calls each day. This afternoon we had a dog on the schedule. It was coming in because it wasn't doing well and had eaten some of the recalled food.
I went on some of my Veterinary Technician message boards tonight. It's all the buzz and there are countless posts with techs reporting their hospitalized patients. It seems that cats are being affected by this more than dogs. Which is interesting because on the schedule... the afore mentioned dog was coming in because it had eaten some of the recalled cat food.
Fortunately now us medical professionals are aware of the cause of this strange outbreak of renal failure and can act accordingly. It is just the gravy with chunks/bites food as listed on the website I mentioned earlier. If you suspect that your animal has eaten the recalled food and is showing signs of renal failure (one or more)... poor appetite, weight loss, dehydration, lethargy, depression, an increased thirst along with increased volumes of urine being produced, a poor coat, vomiting, bad-smelling breath, ulceration in the mouth and weakness.... call your veterinarian!!!
Ok.... I'm going to go do something else now. I don't want to have to think about this until I'm paid to do so at work..........
Saturday, March 17, 2007
SANTA ROSA, Calif. - When a few classmates razzed Rebekah Rice about her Mormon upbringing with questions such as, "Do you have 10 moms?" she shot back: "That's so gay."
Now there is a lawsuit pending. Not because the Mormon was picked on and stereo-typed. But because some classmates were told "That's so gay" in response to their insult. Now it's religion being assulted, not Christianity. But still. It's interesting to see how the power is switching in our country..... and it's sad.
Friday, March 16, 2007
"Step Up! I am a servant first and last. God has changed me from the inside out and today I am making it real. I will abandon my apathy and serve with all my heart and soul because I serve the King of Kings. Talk is not enough. It's show time. I will toil. I will sweat. I will care. I will view others with the eyes of Christ. How 'bout you? Got the nerve? The nerve to serve? Step Up!."
"Be a Revolution. It's time for a change. I will no longer be gripped by the world's warped mindset. I have been transformed by Jesus Christ & my thoughts and actions are subject to a higher standard. I can't change the past but I can make a difference today. In God's power I will be a revolution."
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Monday, March 12, 2007
My buddies and I finished it on Sunday. The recipient was thrilled.
The outer verses that we chose were:
Psalm 139:16 -Romans 8:28 -Ephesians 2:10 -Philippians 1:6
I discovered a creative side I didn't know was there. The picture that I have posted really doesn't give the scope of the piece.
The large letters spell RANDOM. Though they are all within names of God or Christ. The letters are made out of Rocks, the Alpha/Omega sign, Grape Vines, a Door, a miniature Bible and real Lamb's hide. The piece is surrounded by those verses denoting God's hand on everything. So it appearsrandombut it really isn't. The center lines are 'random' colors. Though really they are the colors of the rainbow (minus indigo). That represents God's first convenant with man.
Ostensibly = plausible rather than demonstrably true or real -to all outward appearances -
Unpremeditated = made or done without previous thought or preparation
So the piece represents the fact that us humans look at life as just happening but miss the fact that God has his hand on it all.
Thursday, March 1, 2007
For a project that I'm working on with some friends... we are looking for 4 Bible verses that best describe life as NOT being random. But rather God knows what's going on and we are in His plan. I have 8 verses listed below. Can you please let me know what 4 speak to you the most. Thanks!!!
Your eyes have seen my unformed substance;
And in Your book were all written
The days that were ordained for me,
When as yet there was not one of them.
There is an appointed time for everything. And there is a time for every event under heaven--
But now, O LORD, You are our Father,
We are the clay, and You our potter;
And all of us are the work of Your hand.
'For I know the plans that I have for you,' declares the LORD, 'plans for welfare and not for calamity to give you a future and a hope.Romans 8:28
And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose.Ephesians 2:10
For we are His workmanship, created in Christ Jesus for good works, which God prepared beforehand so that we would walk in them.Philippians 1:6
For I am confident of this very thing, that He who began a good work in you will perfect it until the day of Christ Jesus.
1 Peter 2:9
But you are A CHOSEN RACE, A royal PRIESTHOOD, A HOLY NATION, A PEOPLE FOR God's OWN POSSESSION, so that you may proclaim the excellencies of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light;
Monday, February 19, 2007
Appearance: outward aspect; outward indication ; a sense impression or aspect of a thing
of:used as a function word to indicate the object of an action denoted or implied by the preceding noun
Us as Christians need to be aware of the above when going about life. Now obviously I know that ...
--But the LORD said to Samuel, "Do not look at his appearance or at the height of his stature, because I have rejected him; for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the LORD looks at the heart." -- I Samuel 16:7
We also need to remember this though...
--But take care that this liberty of yours does not somehow become astumbling blockto the weak. For if someone sees you, who have knowledge, dining in an idol's temple, will not his conscience, if he is weak, be strengthened to eat things sacrificed to idols? For through your knowledge he who is weak is ruined, the brother for whose sake Christ died. And so, by sinning against the brethren and wounding their conscience when it is weak, you sin against Christ. Therefore, if food causes my brother tostumble, I will never eat meat again, so that I will not cause my brother tostumble.--I Corinthians 8:9-13 Also Romans 14:20-22
Even if our actions aren't bad, we definately need to be aware of how other parties close to situation could be affected or perceiving the situation.
I was thinking about this lately because of a young man who just got married. He came up to me at camp and started talking to me. He wanted to 'reconnect' because he hadn't seen me in awhile. His wife was sitting on the other side of the room watching. Guy who used to have interest in me but is now married talking to a single female. NOT APPROPRIATE. Call me a prude if you wish. You won't change my oppinion. I also have been witnessing something simular to this. At least in regards to a married individual being friends with a single individual. Unfortunately the single individual wasn't aware of the affects this relationship would have.
Here is something that I just wrote the other day while thinking about this... "Guys might not get how women are wired sometimes. Sometimes internal insecurities lead to irrational jealousies that lead to perceived actual reality that leads to mistrust that leads to.... well you name it. Whether there is any actual basis for those thoughts or not.... if you are a woman... it probably has/is/will happen. Like it or not there is a little thing called HORMONES."
Watch what you do. Is it your life or Christ's life?? Treat every interaction as if it will have eternal consequences.
Friday, February 9, 2007
"Anna Nicole is not somebody we consider one of our own, one of the great citizens we're proud of," said the Rev. Marcus Sheffield, pastor of First Baptist Church, who did not know Smith. "If people connect her with what Mexia is, I'm not proud of that."
That really saddens me. Either the media really "fussy cut" his comments to make them fit what they wanted or the Christian compassion was not expressed as it should have been. He had such an opportunity to make a statement that would be carried around the world. Marcus, you are in my prayers.
Pray for those stuck in the lie of the sex industry (producing and consuming).
Thursday, February 8, 2007
"A woman's heart should be so lost in God that a man needs to seek Him in order to find her"
Amen to that. This goes along the lines with things I have been thinking about lately. So yes, God wants me to wait for the perfect guy. Not as in perfect= Tall, dark and handsome. But perfect as in= Loves God with all of His heart, wants to serve Him in ministry, knows he isn't perfect but admits his weaknesses and is striving towards Godly perfection with the Holy Spirit as his guide. Then again, who knows... God may have in His plan for me to remain single. I shall rest my trust in Him with this, as with all things. So Valentine's Day is coming up. My one friend calls it "Single Awareness Day". It used to really bother me too. But I'm content with where God has me. He is my husband. Isaiah 54:5
Sunday, February 4, 2007
From the news tonight with the Colts winning the Super Bowl.
Thus ended a historic meeting between Dungy and Lovie Smith of the Bears, the first black head coaches to lead teams to the Super Bowl.
They also made it notable by the way they conducted themselves- two quiet, churchgoing, kindhearted men who proved they could succeed and lead without shouting, intimidating, bullying or humiliating players to do it.
"I really wanted to show people that you can win all kinds of ways," Dungy said in the leadup to Sunday's game. "It's a good thing to see guys have success when it maybe goes against the grain, against the culture."
Their relationship dates to 1996, when Dungy hired Smith to coach linebackers for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers. They were a page-one story throughout Super Bowl week, discussing daily the laid-back personalities and Christian faith they share, as well as their groundbreaking success.
"I'm proud to be the first African-American coach to win this," Dungy said during the trophy ceremony. "But again, more than anything, Lovie Smith and I are not only African-American but also Christian coaches, showing you can do it the Lord's way. We're more proud of that."
Fittingly, Dungy's postgame celebration included a long embrace with Smith at midfield and a few whispered words, as they closed out their week together, but apart.
Friday, January 26, 2007
Where are you??? This is, as a Christian. Are you looking at yourself as a subculture. Just sitting there, doing your own thing, not really affecting anyone else. The Greeks are a subculture in America. They sit around and eat their lamb, listen to their music, have big families and in some areas dive for sponges. The Jews are a subculture in America. They all are lawyers and don't eat pork. They are wealthy and have their Sabbath on Saturday. Stereo-typing to make a point.... sorry guys.
Christians- Are we sitting around, going to church, singing our songs, sitting in our corner reading our Bible but not really doing a whole lot. Are we making an impact on society as Christians?
Romans 12:2 "And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, so that you may prove what the will of God is, that which is good and acceptable and perfect.."
Is there enough evidence in your life to convict you of being a Christian?? I pray there is in my life. Being a Christian isn't something that you do.... it's something that you are! You are the creation. God is the Creator! You are in Christ and Christ is in you. So your actions should emulate Christ in ALL things. By doing so you should be pointing others to Christ. Countering the decay of society around you brought on by sin!
OR.... are you blending in to society. People know there is something different about you but they aren't quite sure. You seem different yet you are the same in so many areas that they can't quite figure it out.
Titus 2:11-15"For the grace of God has appeared, bringing salvation to all men, instructing us to deny ungodliness and worldly desires and to live sensibly, righteously and godly in thepresent age, looking for the blessed hope and the appearing of the glory of our great God and Savior, Christ Jesus, who gave Himself for us to redeem us from every lawless deed, and to purify for Himself a people for His own possession, zealous for good deeds. These things speak and exhort and reprove with all authority Let no one disregard you."
Being a Christian shouldn't be something that you become to avoid Hell. It's not a choice of just Heaven or Hell. It's a choice of your life changing the INSTANT that you allow God to be the Lord of your life. You are no longer your own. You are moving in to God's perfect plan for your life. But free-will allows you to decide if you want to do that or not. "For God so loved theworld, that He gave His only begotten Son, thatwhoeverbelieves in Him shall not perish, but have eternal life." -John 3:16
BeThecounterculture!!!You have the most important gift to share. There is a God!! No wait.... there is ONE GOD!
"The fool has said in his heart, "There is no God " Psalm 14:1
As you may have heard before. Don't go to church... BE THE CHURCH!!
Culture--the customary beliefs, social forms, and material traits of a racial, religious, or social group;also:the characteristic features of everyday existence (as diversions or a way of life) shared by people in a place or time
Subculture--an ethnic, regional, economic, or social group exhibiting characteristic patterns of behavior sufficient to distinguish it from others within an embracing culture or society
Counterculture-- a culture with values and morals that runcounterto those of established society
Counter--to act in opposition to
In sociology,countercultureis a term used to describe a cultural group whose values and norms of behavior runcounterto those of the social mainstream of the day
As understood in sociology, asubcultureis a set of people with a distinct set of behavior and beliefs that differentiate them from a larger culture as a whole of which they are a part of.
Sunday, January 21, 2007
Bears and the Colts!!! The 2 teams I was rooting for won today!!!
No youth group the night of the Super Bowl!!! I was hoping that I wouldn't have a hard decision to make.
I've had enough of them in my life lately I didn't need to think about a hard one that is rather trivial.
Went through the story of Joseph in the Sunday School class that I sub-taught for today. WOW... to sit down and really think about that. In his life everything that by human standards looked really horrible (hated by brothers, slavery, false charges leading to imprisionment, the dudes in prison forgetting about him) turned in to something good (being put in charge of a household, second to Pharaoh, in charge of all of the food to helping out his family). God knows what the end looks like. Are you ready to put all of your trust in Him???
Monday, January 15, 2007
Ok.... once and awhile I figure I can post a random meaningless blog. That is not like my normal ones where I edge towards overthinking life. I say edge towards it because can you really overthink??
SNOW!! It snowed today. Not enough though. I still can't go snowmobiling :-( I want snow. I want to go snowmobiling. I want to go sledding. I want to go snowshoeing. I want to take my horse for a sleigh ride. I want to get cold wet feet when I walk the dogs at work in the morning........ Ok... maybe not the last one.... but I would live with it if it meant that I could do the afore mentioned activities.
Do you know that you can buy a snow maker on Ebay? You can really buy everything on Ebay....lol.
Pray for Snow!!!
Monday, January 8, 2007
Repost from Shelley Lubben:
Pornography is big business. It is evil. It is contagious. It is addicting. It is estimated that there are 4.2 million porn Web sites — 12 percent of the total amount of sites — allowing access to 72 million worldwide visitors annually. One-quarter of total daily search engine requests, or 68 million, are for pornographic material, where 40 million Americans are regular visitors.
People pay more money for pornography in America in a year than they do on movie and performing arts tickets. There were 11,000 porn video titles released last year verses 400 movie releases from Hollywood. The porn industry employs over 12,000 people in California and pays over $36 million in taxes every year. According to Websense, a company that tracks Internet content, the number of porn sites is 17 times greater than it was four years ago, growing from about 88,000 sites in 2000 to nearly 1.6 million in 2004.
Porn is a pandemic that is spreading across America fatally weakening the population. Men are losing their families and jobs. Wives are totally devastated and in shock their husbands of twenty years are addicted to porn. Women addicted to porn are having adulterous affairs and catching STD's. Teenagers are learning sexuality from porn and practicing oral sex on each other. Young girls dream of becoming porn stars and living the "glamorous" life. But the truth is...
Porn is Not Glamorous.
Excerpt below from Shelley Lubben's upcoming book "The Truth Behind the Fantasy of Porn":
Many believe the widespread fairytale that women enjoy making porn movies but in reality there are no happy endings for the women of porn. Women do NOT enjoy making porn movies and a closer behind-the-scenes look will show you several reasons why.
In the world of hardcore sex, an average day on the set for a porn actress is a long and tedious process. Women are told to come in around 8 am for makeup but it's only to make sure porn actresses arrive on time to work. Porn stars have a habit of arriving late because they're often hung over from drugs or alcohol from the night before.
After make up, porn actresses usually wait around long hours until it's their turn to do their scene. Some scenes take an hour and some take several hours to film. It really depends if the male actor in the first scene could "perform" or not. It also depends if female actresses have to stop the clock because they can't handle the pain of a hardcore sex scene.
While waiting around, jaded porn performers usually end up in the rest rooms with bottles of alcohol and lines of speed or outside in their cars for a heroin fix or gathered in the back yard with other actors to smoke marijuana.
To add to the mind-numbing process, women are never able to experience sexual pleasure because of the continuous cutting during sex scenes. In the background the director constantly yells, "cut" and the flow of action is interrupted in order to get a better shot, adjust lighting or to wipe up bodily fluids. Repeatedly pornographers stop the scenes and ask actors to "freeze" in position during very hardcore sex acts, which causes great physical and emotional pain for porn actresses.
I speak from personal experience when I say to be in the middle of a hardcore sex act with several actors at the same time and told to "freeze" in position for several minutes while lighting or cameras are adjusted is extremely painful and degrading. It's also very humiliating when scenes are stopped in order to wipe up bodily fluids such as semen, feces and blood.
Despite the fact that women do not enjoy making porn movies, they continue to lie to their fans and proudly insist they enjoy making porn movies. Of course they do. They get paid hundreds and thousands of dollars to lie because this is their occupation. Porn stars are paid professional liars who know how to "act" and they do it well. In fact, because porn stars spend a great deal time in front of the camera and never step out of character, they usually have greater acting abilities than mainstream Hollywood actors.
I used to brag endlessly to fans and pornographers about my extreme "Italian" sex drive and how I loved making porn movies. I would go on and on about how I needed more and more to fulfill my insatiable appetite. I lied 100% of the time to 100% of the people. Lying is the native language of porn stars because they can't afford to tell you the truth. Not only would it ruin the fantasy for their fans but more importantly, it would ruin the amount of their paychecks. Don't believe porn actresses when they proudly proclaim they enjoy making porn movies. They're ACTING.
Don't believe the lie. Get help for porn addiction now.
Thursday, January 4, 2007
Well, basically all sexual sins. Ticks me off and makes me mad. Oh how the devil can use it to destroy lives. I know he tried in mine with mastrubation, porn and homosexuality. Praise God that that Holy Spirit dwelling inside of a Christian is more powerful than anything the devil can throw at you.
Pornography is adultery. "but I say to you that everyone who looks at a woman with lust for her has already committed adultery with her in his heart."
Lust: an intense longing, wish, craving
If this is something that you struggle with.... Go to the Lord. Also check out my Top 20.
Ephesians 5:1-3 "Therefore be imitators of God, as beloved children; and walk in love, just as Christ also loved you and gave Himself up for us, an offering and a sacrifice to God as a fragrant aroma. But immorality or any impurity or greed must not even be named among you, as is proper among saints;"