Wednesday, May 25, 2016

Do Not Despise Small Beginnings

Are you a mom who has dreams but very little time to work on them? Me too.

I carve out space here and there, wondering if the day will come when I will have more time.

I know I will miss the dirty socks thrown across the living room floor, the dishes piled high threatening to crash to the ground below because of it's massive pile up (HaHa- Yeah right!).

I know my days are numbered when I will no longer sit through little league baseball games, junior high dramas, and ensuring all the homework gets done.

My littles are not so little anymore. The eldest is fifteen and the youngest is eleven.

Time is slipping away; and it feels as if my dreams are too.{Click to Tweet}

I'd love to write to you right now that I have it all figured out. That I keep all the balls in the air and don't even coming close to dropping one.

I'd love to write that my dreams are progressing and my family life is amazing, but I can't.

But do you know what I can write?

Wednesday, May 18, 2016

Trust in His Bigger Ways

"Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding. Acknowledge Him in all your ways and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6

I will trust you Lord. I promise to show up each day and do my part, and I trust you will meet me here.

I will not try to figure out what you are doing and skip ahead. But I will rest in the fact that you go before me. Your ways are not my ways and your thoughts are not my thoughts.

I acknowledge You as God. The only real and true living, loving God.

As I do these things I believe you will make the path before me straight.

How are you trusting God when you aren't sure what the road ahead looks like?

Linking with: Coffee for your Heart, Three Word Wed, #TellHisStory

Tuesday, April 26, 2016

Loving people to hell

Every year my church does a survey, they call it the A, B, C, D's to gauge where people are in their faith who attend the services. The questions go something like this:

1. Are you ready to admit Jesus died for your sins?
2. Begin your journey, be baptized?
3. Committed? To being a part of the church and discovering His plan and purpose for your life?
4. Do nothing. I don't plan on ever being baptized or admitting Jesus in the only way into Heaven. I only come to make my loved ones happy.

Each year they have noticed a trend. A thru C usually doubles with little to no change to D. However, in the last few years they have noticed D has doubled. People are content to attend service and say they are a church attender, but have zero desire to live a life that speaks to this.

I shouldn't be surprised this number has doubled, but it did take me back.

And, then I read this article (I'm only linking to it for you to read for yourself. I contemplated not because I didn't want to bring it anymore attention than it has. But chances are you have probably ready it too) by Glennon Doyle Melton. Glennon for a while has been one of my favorite online bloggers.

I think this is why I was so shocked, sad, and then somewhat angry.

Thousands of people agreed with Glennon in her post (please go read, if you would like to know fully what I am referring to). While I agree that we are to love and live like Jesus. I do believe that Jesus died for us on Good Friday so that all who believe will go to Heaven.

Believing and preaching any differently is only loving people to hell. It's popular to "preach" peace, love, and unity-because that is the way of Jesus- but to leave out a very important component that there is only ONE way into heaven-not many, like she believes, is downright dangerous.

You can't say, "heaven" is what we make of it, so go find your way to heaven, whichever path that may be and whoever God is to you, and one day we'll all link hands and be together in the after life.

And we also can't say, "Heck! Why can't heaven be something we create, right here?! By golly that sounds like a wonderful idea! Let's do that! The Bible didn't really mean what it says, let's change it to make it sound better and to be something we are comfortable with. M'kay?"


So many people, so many shouted, "Hallelujah, Thank you!, Good Word, Truth!" in the comments.

Sadly, even Christians.

We all know some Christians have gotten a bad rap and have tarnished the good name of what being a Jesus follower is all about. They use their Bibles as a weapon, slinging verses at the sinners hoping they burn in hell, there are hypocrites, and fear-mongers.  But we also know, these are a loud few.

"But how can they call on Him they have not believed in? And how can they believe without hearing about him? And how can they hear without a preacher? And how can they preach unless they are sent? As it is written: How beautiful are the feet of those who announce the gospel of good things!" Romans 10: 14-15

We are carriers of the word of God. We are able to spread the gospel in ways that generations before us could not imagine. We hold the keys to influence a fire for the gospel in our realm of influence.

And, we have freedom of speech.

It's dangerous to use influence to tell people what they want to believe and hear. I believe Glennon loves others deeply and I believe she is a "spiritual" person. A christian? I'm not sure (only God knows another person's heart).

You can either love people to heaven in the name of Jesus or you are going to people please and love them straight to hell.

Fear of man is a proven snare, but fear of God leads to freedom. (Proverbs 29:25-27)

When our fear of not getting man's approval is stronger than not getting God's, we are in trouble. Big trouble.

I prayed for Glennon, and then I unfollowed her. Was this right or wrong? I don't know. But I do know I felt strongly convicted not to support her New Age, Oprah-y message of create your own heaven on earth, Jesus is whomever you think he is, and the many paths into heaven.

It's not truth. 

Tell me...what is your opinion on the New Age message? If you read the article, what is your take on it?

Here's another link you might be interested in...Do All Paths Lead to God?

Linking with: #TellHisStory, Coffee For Your Heart, Three Word Wed, Thought Provoking Thurs


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