Category Archives: forgiveness

Be a Kinder, Gentler You

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I have no passion for religion or politics.

I do have a passion for helping others, saving animals and cuddling. Anything furry.

Therefore where my passions lie, my thoughts and actions come from that mindset.

I don’t know much about politics, therefore I don’t care to talk much about it.

For religion, I can talk, discuss and debate with the crowd but would need help finding the verses to collaborate the discussion.

I don’t watch the news and only see what’s happening on FB news feed.

I can tell you everything about being vegan, where to adopt an animal, how to do basic care for pets and will jump out of my car to catch a stray.

I give away lots of things, much to the chagrin of my hubby. I know where to find resources for people in need and would give the coat off my back to someone if asked.

All this to say, as the years go by I realize people don’t have the same heart for things as I do. They grow up differently. They maybe had no pets, were in the military, politics, were hunters or activists. Some had terrible childhoods that shape who they are. Some had a wonderful life and that shapes who they are.

Some hearts get hard and cynical as they grow older, some soften. Some wild hearts grow calm when families and kids are made.

Some hearts find God and things change. No longer the cares of their world matter. Matters of eternity are forefront. Things like

Love the Lord your god with all your heart, mind and soul:

The Parable of the Good Samaritan

25On one occasion an expert in the law stood up to test Jesus. “Teacher,” he asked, “what must I do to inherit eternal life?”

26“What is written in the Law?” he replied. “How do you read it?”

27He answered, “ ‘Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength and with all your mind’c ; and, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’” 

FROM:

LEVITICUS 18“ ‘Do not seek revenge or bear a grudge against anyone among your people, but love your neighbor as yourself. I am the Lord.

28“You have answered correctly,” Jesus replied. “Do this and you will live.”

29But he wanted to justify himself, so he asked Jesus, “And who is my neighbor?”

30In reply Jesus said: “A man was going down from Jerusalem to Jericho, when he was attacked by robbers. They stripped him of his clothes, beat him and went away, leaving him half dead. 31A priest happened to be going down the same road, and when he saw the man, he passed by on the other side. 32So too, a Levite, when he came to the place and saw him, passed by on the other side. 33But a Samaritan, as he traveled, came where the man was; and when he saw him, he took pity on him. 34He went to him and bandaged his wounds, pouring on oil and wine. Then he put the man on his own donkey, brought him to an inn and took care of him. 35The next day he took out two denariie and gave them to the innkeeper. ‘Look after him,’ he said, ‘and when I return, I will reimburse you for any extra expense you may have.’

36“Which of these three do you think was a neighbor to the man who fell into the hands of robbers?”

37The expert in the law replied, “The one who had mercy on him.”

Jesus told him, “Go and do likewise.”

So, how do we ‘culture-ize’ this to today?

How do we deal with people with hearts not like ours? Do we only deal with the bleeding and broken ones? Do we only help the ‘elect’?

[Answer: since WE don’t know who the elect is, only God does, we should help them all]

How do we deal with people who put animal rights over human rights?

or people who have a passion for equal rights?

or people who put on form of political involvement over another?

or people who love one sports team over another?

or people who are passionate about a certain job or career? or people who adore their children and grandchildren?

All these people have a right and partly an obligation to have these passions.

But we seem to think that if someone else has a different passion, we can scorn them. Mock them.

Sometimes these passions get out of hand and become idolatry. If this is the case, we lovingly and kindly set them on the path of knowledge and truth.

I don’t know, maybe, just maybe, we should ponder where that other passionate person came from? What sparked the ideals they cherish? Maybe be kind and gentle even though their passion might be the opposite of yours.

Maybe.

Merry Christmas!!

 

 

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Musings on… Toxic Parents by Dr. Susan Forward

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This book has been very eye opening, sad, depressing and painful. Yet a very, very good read.

I can only read a chapter or two at a time. I have discovered I am way more of a toxic parent than I originally thought.

And my own parents, especially my mother is very toxic. Which I knew. Most of the techniques I have already ‘done’ in healing, but it is hard to fully heal with the toxic parent still being toxic.

With that being said,

http://www.amazon.com/Toxic-Parents-Overcoming-Hurtful-Reclaiming/dp/0553381407

http://www.carovnezrcadlo.cz/TOXIC-PARENTS.pdf

Musings on… God’s Justice

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I was reading on FB someone posted this scripture, well, only verse 6, and wanted to see what it was in context.

Sure it is comforting to know God is just and God will payback those who trouble us, BUT what if that person or persons come to have a saving relationship with the God of all? What happens to that person? How are you gonna feel is the just God forgives the person, saves them and gives them a seat in heaven?

5 All this is evidence that God’s judgment is right, and as a result you will be counted worthy of the kingdom of God, for which you are suffering.

6 God is just: He will pay back trouble to those who trouble you

7 and give relief to you who are troubled, and to us as well. This will happen when the Lord Jesus is revealed from heaven in blazing fire with his powerful angels.

8 He will punish those who do not know God and do not obey the gospel of our Lord Jesus.

9 They will be punished with everlasting destruction and shut out from the presence of the Lord and from the glory of his might

10 on the day he comes to be glorified in his holy people and to be marveled at among all those who have believed. This includes you, because you believed our testimony to you.

Paul is discussing man of lawlessness, standing firm, requesting prayer, warning against idleness, 2 thess 1-3.

So Jesus will pay them back when He comes back and not a minute sooner. We are to wait on His time. See verse 8?

Who is He going to punish? Those who do not know Him or obey His gospel. Pretty compelling?

So, say someone really really hates me because I troubled them in high school. So I should get paid back by God because God is Just.

But I came to saving faith through Jesus, now I obey Him and love Him. So what justice wins out, the payback justice or the saving faith promise to forgive sinners?

Makes ya think, eh?

You are Beautiful In His Eyes~!

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Listening to this song whilst on the treadmill this morning, thinking of a certain someone who needs to hear this:

Days will come when you don’t have the strength
And all you hear is you’re not worth anything
Wondering if you ever could be loved
And if they truly saw your heart they’d see too much

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful

Praying that you’d have the heart to fight
‘Cause you are more than what is hurting you tonight
For all the lies you’ve held inside so long
They are nothing in the shadow of the cross

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are made for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful

Before you ever took a breath
Long before the world began
Of all the wonders He possessed
There was one more precious
Of all the earth and skies above
You’re the one He madly loves
Enough to die

You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
In His eyes

You’re beautiful
You were meant for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You’re meant for so much more than all of this
You’re beautiful
You’re beautiful
You are treasured, You are sacred, You are His

Read more: Mercy Me – Beautiful Lyrics | MetroLyrics

Jesus Tattoo Video

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Here is where you will find all the negative comments.

[ you will need to have a Facebook acct.]

“What If Jesus Became a Tattoo Artist? ” He’d be sinning, which is impossible for God and would defeat the purpose of salvation, holiness, etc if it were possible.

Talk about missing the point and message, wow. Stop acting so angry, and you wonder why people persecute us now

blasphemy!!!!The Lord will not disobey his own word..have you come so low in your humanity that the God of heaven..the creator of all will come down and do such filthy work..No you have all gone mad and think that you can do whatever you have in your puny minds how you think God is..You all have lost the concept of who God is….God have mercy on you!!

Wow, how close minded can you guys be. I’m glad I serve a God who doesn’t think like you all do. My Jesus tattoos and enjoys spending time with me. We wonder why people won’t step foot in our churches when we have such a hard time thinking outside the box. So much for loving everyone for who they are or what they came from.

Know your Bible.
1 Corinthians 11:14 KJV
Doth not even nature itself teach you, that, if a man have long hair, it is a shame unto him?

What If Jesus Became a Tattoo Artist?… I am unliking this page and their hidden agenda, that way I am closer to Jesus who minds you would have never been a Tattoo artist.

Leviticus 19:28

Perhaps He is a “tattoo artist”…Isaiah 49:16 says: “See, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands; your walls are ever before me.” Sounds like some sort of inscription He has placed on His own hands. We might refer to it as a tattoo.

Jesus worked as a _carpenter_ until he was around 30 years old. He might have worked on making fishing boats as well, or cabinets and lockers for them, since the Sea of Galilee was nearby. Why can’t film-makers simply accept and depict the Biblical record?

Doubtless some bulging muscles and sturdy-frame material therein for those perverted Hollyweird folks…

I could go on and on with the stupid comments, but since I have big mouth and a blog, I get to throw my 2 cents in:

What if, Jesus came back/was as/ lived as  a tattoo artist? PEOPLE! Jesus was a carpenter and the son of God. He came once to be a servant and take away our sins and he will come back, once, to bring His flock in, to be a warrior, judge, executioner, KING!!! Read your scripture!

PEOPLE! have you not read your bible or know anything about writing styles? this is a metaphor. For the sins HE took away from you!

I got chills when he took his shirt off at the end.

Who are all these people to say what Jesus would be? argh. And the people who are bitching about tattoos have their ears pierced.

RANT OVER

Anywho, watch the video and give me a comment. I likes comments.

Be blessed

Musings on…..Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible

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Marriage, Divorce, and Remarriage in the Bible

Back of the book:

”If the church is going to use the Bible to decide whether divorce is legitimate in certain cases and whether divorced couples have the right to remarry with the approval and blessing of God’s people, then the Bible must be studied without prejudice toward a particular answer. The author examines the relevant passages in both the Old and New Testaments so that his readers can consider the many issues and interpretations that arise in trying to establish a consistently biblical position. As a result, readers can see more clearly and accept more firmly the truth of Scripture. The book succeeds at being exactly what the author wanted it to be: ‘a comprehensive, lucid, accurate study presented in a readable and practical style. . . .’ It is a valuable resource for the pastor, counselor, church leader, and others who are struggling to understand and apply scriptural principles to the problems of divorce and remarriage.”

This book was amazing. Really. It set me straight on a few things and made it clear to me what God desired of marriage, what Jesus said and meant about divorce and when someone can remarry.

My husband was married before [I have not been], so I immediately skipped to the divorce section. I thought God thought one was always married to their first wife in His eyes. Wrong.

Basically this is what I got out of the divorce section: Ya can’t get divorced unless someone is unfaithful and then it’s not mandatory, reconciliation is better.

If there is no infidelity then the one who wants the divorce and will not repent and work on marriage, gets schooled, I mean counseled and if still unrepentant then they are to be considered an unbeliever and excommunicated. Then if the non-believer does not want to stay in the marriage, the christian is free to divorce with no penalty.

Sound complicated? If you are a christian and long to know what God desires of your relationship with your spouse, READ THIS!!

Love and stuff, Kristina