Monday, November 29, 2010

Making Memories









                                                                              

              
What about you? Did you celebrate Thanksgiving this year? With who? What did you do?
                                                                             


                                                                               







                                               






























































Monday, November 22, 2010

Marriage Takes Three


Two are better than one because they have a good return for their labor.
Ecclesiastes 4:9
Our Wedding Celebration: June 27th, 2009 

In today's society men are the women, and women are the men. Is this Biblical? Is this right? Absolutely not. God created man for a woman and woman for a man. Not, woman for a woman, and a man for a man. A lot of you may be reading this and thinking..."Are you talking about homosexuality?" Yes, I am referring this to same sex couples. But it goes much deeper than that issue. I am also talking about the great desire now a days to become a feminist. Men, us women need you to be men: Strong, Wise, godly, Caring, Sensitive. Men, act like men...you can and will never fully take a woman's place. Ladies, us men need you to be dependent, compassionate, submissive, hard workers at home and or other places, loving, kind, considerate.You can and will never fully take a man's place. God has designed men and women much differently.  


God's plan:

"So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female He created them."

"And the LORD God said, 'It is not good that man should be alone; I will make him a helper comparable to him.' Out of the ground the LORD God formed every beast of the field and every bird of the air, and brought them to Adam to see what he would call them. And whatever Adam called each living creature, that was its name. So Adam gave names to all cattle, to the birds of the air, and to every beast of the field. But for Adam there was not found a helper comparable to him. And the LORD God caused a deep sleep to fall on Adam, and he slept; and He took one of his ribs, and closed up the flesh in its place. Then the rib which the LORD God had taken from man He made into a woman, and He brought her to the man. And Adam said: 'This is now bone of my bones And flesh of my flesh; She shall be called Woman, Because she was taken out of Man.' Therefore a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and they shall become one flesh. And they were both naked, the man and his wife, and were not ashamed."


God's image is both male and female and is reflected in a godly union between male and female where the creative power of God, His life-giving, His self-giving and His moral nature are perfectly expressed. This is only possible in a heterosexual union. This is what God desires for us!  The Holy union between a man and a woman, who are in the confines of marriage is part of God's divine plan and purpose. Those who are not following this divine plan, are not in the Lord's will. Women be women, and men be men. 


When God created a partner for Adam He created Eve - not another Adam. It's not, Adam and Adam or  Eve and Eve. It was Adam and Eve, a perfect Holy union. This means that perfect partnership takes some level of difference as well as a level of similarity so great that Adam could cry out loudly, "This is now bone of my bones and flesh of my flesh". Sexual intimacy between a man and a woman is the normal method of male/female bonding (emotionally and physically) because it corresponds to the design of our bodies and because it is the normal means by which offspring are created. Life is precious! Why taint God's perfect and Holy plan? This is the way we were truly designed! 

If God had intended the human race to be fulfilled through both heterosexual and homosexual marriage, He would have designed our bodies to allow reproduction through both means and made both means of sexual intercourse healthy and natural. What drives same sex couples to want to begin a "relationship" is lust...not love. (It is no relationship, if there is no true love in it). It's a game, filled with selfishness and rebellion. Homosexual intercourse carries a high risk of disease, this is recognized in Scripture where gay men are said to receive in their bodies the due penalty for their error. Women are not exempt from getting a disease. These diseases are deadly!

"In the same way the men also abandoned natural relations with women and were inflamed with lust for one another. Men committed indecent acts with other men, and received in themselves the due penalty for their perversion." 

"For this reason God gave them up to vile passions. For even their women exchanged the natural use for what is against nature. Likewise also the men, leaving the natural use of the woman, burned in their lust for one another, men with men committing what is shameful, and receiving in themselves the penalty of their error which was due."
-Romans 1:26-27


"Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God."


"Knowing this: that the law is not made for a righteous person, but for the lawless and insubordinate, for the ungodly and for sinners, for the unholy and profane, for murderers of fathers and murderers of mothers, for manslayers, for fornicators, for sodomites, for kidnappers, for liars, for perjurers, and if there is any other thing that is contrary to sound doctrine,"


These three references from the Scriptures indicate that homosexual passions and acts are unnatural, shameful, wrong, contrary to sound doctrine and deny entrance to the Kingdom of God. This being so they cannot be the basis of a Christian marriage sanctioned by God's Church. The Church exists to save people, not to bless the means of their damnation. No marriage can be sanctioned by the Church if the very basis of the marriage involves acts that put the couple outside of eternal salvation.

 No matter what our society may legislate, the law of God is clear - that a marriage is not a godly marriage if it is a same sex union. Same sex marriage and "relationships" are all sinful in God's eyes. We are all sinners and we all sin and fall short of the glory of God. God sees all sin the same. Stealing something to God, would be just as bad as killing someone or raping someone. We are all equal in God's eyes. God is no respecter of persons. He loves us all the same. He hates all sin the same. God doesn't hate the sinner...He hates the SIN because He is a just God, who cares for his creation, and desires for us to live right lives, and to follow his will. 

Marriage is a fundamental social institution that does not exist just for the emotional satisfaction of two individuals but for the greater good of the community which stands under the blessing or curse of God. Societies that put emotional fulfillment before right actions and principles will soon give way to a multitude of addictions and deep corruptions and collapse.

 God will judge any society that institutes same sex marriages.
I also believe that God will judge a society that permits adoption of children or the use of sperm banks by same sex couples. His Word stands over society and when it is deliberately flaunted in the name of progress and enlightenment, then it is not light but deep darkness that results.
We cannot bend the principles of God's Word to suit vocal minority groups. While some nations may enact laws permitting these evils, the true church of God must stand resolutely firm and never allow the sanctioning of same sex marriages by Christian clergy.
 No church that takes the Bible seriously can sanction a union between homosexuals or lesbians.


THIS...IS WHAT TRUE LOVE IS:

Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy, it does not boast, it is not proud. It is not rude, 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. - 1 Corinthians 13:4-7, NIV

*Note, this is really in the Bible. :) 


                                                                        
THIS...IS WHAT TRUE LUST IS:

Lust is impatient, lust is not kind. It does envy, it does boast, it is self-seeking, it is easily angered, it keeps record of wrongs. Lust does delight in evil and rejoices with the lies. It never protects, never trusts, never hopes, never perseveres. 
-2 book of opinions

*Note: 2nd book of opinions is not really a book in the Bible just FYI. ;)





 Do you agree with God's way, or disagree?









Thursday, November 18, 2010

Emotionally Dying



My wonderful Husband Jon, and I.

For several months prior to this time my Husband had noticed my emotions shifting. It appeared to him that after we suffered the miscarriage month after month after month...I continually got worse. Everything began to alter in a negative way, my eating habits, my focus, my Spiritual life appeared to be shriveling up. Etc. Etc. There were a whole lot of things that we had talked about concerning me. Jon was very worried about me. I love my Husband Jon. I love how he cares enough to sit me down and talk to me for while, even if it's not the most convenient time. So we talked and talked and talked...and cried, and laughed, and prayed. It was nice. That was just a couple weeks ago...now I am happy to say I have never felt so free. There was this certain program that he went through (Jon) when he was on a missions trip in the UK. The program was called RTF. He explained to me that it was some sort of meeting session...sort of like how a psychologist meets with a burdened down person. However, RTF is different because there is a lot more deep communication and prayer that goes on...it's a Christian thing...not a brainy science thing. One night Jon and I were talking and I was just letting some things of my chest about certain stuff. He looked at me and could tell all of those things were really bogging me down. He looked at me, and said, "I know what you need, I'll be right back." He hurried off and went scrambling in the living room or somewhere for what I had come to find out was old RTF papers from the the RTF he had went through on his missions trip. He went over that with me, and counselled me similar to how he was counselled. The RTF really helped me. I gained a clearer understanding of what it was that I was really feeling and facing, and even why I respond to things in the way I so often do. RTF, really gets to the core of a person. I found it very freeing.

As I was saying, Jon had come to me and talked to me about all of this, and we prayed together, and talked and talked. He really encouraged me. He mentioned that I was running. That I was running away from reality. But most importantly He said I was running away from God, that I was hiding from Him and everything. I agreed with him after thinking about it for a bit...I didn't realize it until right then that, that was so true! I was hiding away from the world. In my own little safety bubble. I was very sad and depressed before Jon and I had this talk. He really opened my eyes. He showed me who I've become ever since the loss of our child. I was slowly fading away...I was emotionally dying. I was allowing those dark thoughts to take over. I was allowing the "shadows" of depression to feel welcome and become my friends. Because of that, choice, I slowly fell deeper and deeper into a heavy depression which resulted in choosing not to eat hardly anything, be quiet and off to myself doing my own thing, not talking very much about anything, going about my life blindly "living" (at least I thought I was)...but reality opened my eyes and God showed me I was really walking in death the whole time.

Lately, I have been feeling great. I am no longer walking in death. I can now see, the scales have been taken off my eyes. I am free! It feels very good to be able to say that--and mean it. I am so grateful to God! He has used my Husband so powerfully and is working through him each and everyday so mightily. If it wasn't for that man of God in my life I honestly can't tell you where I would be right now. God has truly blessed me with a wonderful Husband. Recently, now that I am feeling alive and awake again, I have been so much more active Spiritually, Physically etc. you know...getting up and doing things, not being afraid to be spontaneous and try new stuff! I feeling like I'm 16 again. I am so glad the day has finally come where I can just feel and know I am OK. I am OK. All of this goes much deeper than just my Husband and I suffering a miscarriage...

I love my parents. Don't get me wrong, I wouldn't trade them for any other parents. Growing up, I had a really rough life. That life is where most of all this stems from. I would rather not get too in to detail about my childhood and my past. I will share with you though, that I have walked through I'd say, too much too fast for such a young woman. I was a very rebellious girl as child...and up into my teens. I spent most of my life searching for love. I grew up very poor with little to eat, and not a comfortable place to sleep. I was homeless for sometime in my teen years during middle school. My Father is a great man but, growing up wasn't easy because of some of the decisions he chose to make. My Mother had mental illness almost all of my growing up years. When I was just a small child, my Mother was possessed by demons. It wasn't an oppression, it was possession. It was very traumatic for me as a child not to be able to have that Mother-Daughter bond I was longing for. My Mother was delivered, the demons left her in a Church service back in oh...97', 98' ?

My Mother has always been disabled, ever since I can remember. She has had several medical hurdles she has been trying to get over. She is a sweet woman. I have an older brother, I have only seen him once in my whole life. The first and last time I saw him was when I was 8. Since then...I have spoken very briefly over the phone with him off and on. My brother is mentally ill. He has been in prison. And, has been homeless (I guess you could call a gypsie...(a traveler by foot) most of his life from what I understand. He is a very sweet brother. I have one of the letters he wrote my Father and Mother when he was incarcerated. I try and cherish the vague memories I have. They are vague memories but, at least there memories. I was almost molested by a man in the Apts. I lived in when I was a girl. I lived in the ghetto most of my life. To me, it felt somewhat safe...it was just "normal" for me, I was used to it. I have been tormented and abused mentally, emotionally and physically by complete strangers, and acquaintances...even "friends" as a small girl, and as a teen. Living life in the ghetto as a small girl, and living life in the suburbs near Mexico in a boarding home...wasn't easy. It was very stressful. And scary. I had attended a Bi-lingual school, when I was a teen in middle school. I liked the school but, had lot's of trouble concentrating because of all that was going on. My focus was not fully on God at that time...it was on guys. I have been hurt deeply by several young guys in my past relationships. I regret dating off and on so much. I was searching for love, just someone to care about me and tell me I was beautiful is all. We all want that, but ladies, trying to use men to fulfill that desire is not the route you wanna' take. If you already have...it's never to late to change. There is someone who is madly in love with you and thinks you are beautiful. His name is Jesus Christ. He wants a relationship with you. Jesus is the only person that can fill that void in your soul. His love is not temporary--It's eternal.

It's FOREVER. Wouldn't you love to be loved and taken care of, and told you were beautiful and cherished and worth something..for the rest of your life? Then ask Jesus into your heart to be your personal LORD and Saviour today. Why are you running from Him? Why wait any longer...start that beautiful relationship with Jesus today. He has saved me. Men, women...all of you out there...GOD IS ALIVE AND REAL. He is waiting for you to take his hand! He loves me...and He loves you just the same. If he set me free from all my worries, doubts, fears, hurts, depression, emotional issues, eating disorders, mental blocks, suicidal thoughts, anger, bitterness, frustration, confusion...HE CAN DO THE SAME FOR YOU!

God is good and all the time. I am grateful that I stand where I stand today. For those of you out there who know me, even those of you who don't, who have been praying for me. THANK YOU! You all are amazing. Be free today all of you...all who are weak and heavy burdened. Jesus will give you that rest and peace you need. JESUS IS THE ANSWER for the world today.

God Bless You.


Have you ever heard of RTF? Are you allowing God to order your steps? Or are you walking blindly through this life in the dark? Are you Emotionally dying? Dead? Feel free to share your heart...







Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Being Intentional With Our Thoughts

Being Intentional With Our Thoughts


Recently, I have really been struggling with my thoughts. Thinking about things the way I shouldn't. We must think about things that are true, pure, lovely of good report. God has been really convicting me about what I am choosing to do with my time. Like, going on Facebook until sunset, watching YouTube videos and not guarding my eyes as much as I should, Thinking negatively about myself and my looks, etc. All of this stuff has really been effecting our marriage...and not in a good way. However, thank God! For He has revealed all of this to me and I am now changing my ways...and I am doing a million times better, and so is our marriage as a result. I didn't feel so alone when I went to my Husband to tell him all this...because he was struggling with these issues as well. It helped to know I wasn't alone. It's very important to share, open up and communicate...if not, hiding these things will only cause the guilt to grow and make your marriage fall apart. I've decided to guard my eyes, and my heart...ears...everything! To protect myself from the plans of the enemy. When I'm constantly on guard, it's a whole lot easier to be aware of what's of God and what is not. Satan is sly and can be tricky...subtle...But, all of those things are like night and day when I am striving to live a pure life and am striving to guard every part of me with Christ, for Christ. Sometimes, it can be a real challenge! But as the Bible tells us, 

"We can do all things through Christ who gives us Strength" ! Phil. 4:13 (Paraphrase).

I encourage you today to guard your hearts, and ask God what are the things that are keeping you away from HIM, what are the things that are distracting you? What are those temptations that you know are wrong that you have been giving into? It's time to put a stop to those things today, and obey the LORD and follow his leading. Never let your heart lead you...Let Christ lead your heart! The link above entitled, "Being Intentional With Our Thoughts" is from the Goodmorning Girls website. I copied and pasted this link for you! Please take the time to read it, it greatly helped me and I know it will greatly help you as well! 

In my thoughts and prayers, I pray many blessings over your life! Until next post, 




What about you? What temptations are you struggling with? How are you going to overcome them? Be open, be honest...admitting is your first step to freedom. Don't be afraid to share, it could be a real blessing to someone

















Saturday, November 13, 2010

Doggy Troubles


Benji's Barf!

Oh me oh my! What a story I have to share with you. Mr. Benji Button's tummy got upset today. He puked on our expensive furniture. He is now an outside doggy. My Hubby is going to try and find him a dog house. Benji will probably be happier outside anyway. I don't know what got him sick...I did find grass in his puke. MAYBE THAT has something to do with it...lol. Just might. 

Benji is relaxing outside, while I'm inside trying to get things together for Thanksgiving. It's coming up right around the corner! My sister and her Husband are planning on coming up for the holiday, it's gonna' be fun! There is much cooking that needs to be done before the big day! I am not worrying about the cooking at the moment...right now I am trying to get the guest room all spic and span for there arrival. It's fun! I am having a blast getting things all ready. My sister is in the Marines so, I never ever get to see her or visit with her. This thanksgiving is going to be extra special because of that! Also, along with my sister..my mother and Father and grandfather will be coming over for the holiday! More family...more food...more fun! 

It's gonna' be great! I hope all of you out there enjoy your holiday season! God bless! Until next post, 




Do you have any pets that cause you trouble? What are you going to be doing this holiday? Do you celebrate Thanksgiving? 



                                                                          

Friday, November 12, 2010

Facing Fear









                                                                           






 






































What about you? Do you struggle to simply have faith? What do you fear? Feel free to share, it might be a blessing to someone! 








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