Can We Talk About That?

December 15, 2012

Reasonable Service

Therefore, dear brothers and sisters, I plead with you to give your bodies to God because of all he has done for you. Let them be a living and holy sacrifice–the kind he will find acceptable. This is truly the way to worship him. Don’t copy the behavior and customs of this world, but let God transform you into a new person by changing the way you think. Then you will learn to know God’s will for you, which is good and pleasing and perfect. ~The Apostle PaulRomans 12:2

A wise man, someone whom I deeply admire His heart for Jesus, once told me that: “There are times when the people need a Prophet and other times when they need a Priest …” He may or may not remember the time in which this was said but it took roots and is especially remembered as this entry is written.

I have no stones to throw, neither have I arrived at this place of total surrender in which i am so oft compelled to write and speak of.. Nevertheless, I must continue, ‘being confident of this, that he who began a good work within will carry it on to completion.’

Yesterday our nation experienced a horrific tragedy — our hearts are broken. And yet, while we all sit in this broken state of longing.. longing to wake-up and discover this is only a very bad dream, an unreal nightmare perhaps, longing to understand the incomprehensible — questioning: “Dear God, WHY.!?” I am gently being reminded that what many of us (those who are Not directly involved in this tragic happening – indeed a parent’s worst very real life nightmare) are really experiencing, in general as ones who call ourselves Christians and as those who ‘are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people belonging to God’, what we are really experiencing is a state of shocked denial.

Denial of the truth, that by our collective and permissive will we have advanced the things of this world making them into idols unto ourselves and our children.  Denial of our neglect. Denial of our rebellion. Denial of our idolatry.  We have refused the offering of ourselves as a holy and living sacrifice — we have neglected to protect the gateways to our mind and heart, our eyes and ears as well as those of our children.  We have copied the customs of this world, deeply implanted them within our homes and within our communities – failing to worship in spirit and truth; failing even our ‘reasonable service.’

Luke 1:78,79

Mercy of God shine on those in darkness.

Many of us have taken this neglect to the extreme of rebellion. Resenting and rejecting any who dare to speak of this truth; labeling and writing them off as mere over bearing “do gooders” or as angry zealots. Voices of truth and reason are entirely tuned out while we tune in to the latest movie, sage, or song – inquiring minds need to be informed we foolishly assure ourselves.

We not only sit, watch, and listen to productions that demoralize, damage and destroy the holy institution of family; we actually pay for this deadly pollution to filter through the eye and ear gates of our homes and thus our personal being, plus that of our entrusted posterity.   We continue to thumb our noses in the face of God every day in our choosing what music we will listen to, what TV programs we will view and what movies we will go see at the theater; spending untold amounts of time weekly on activities that have not one desirable benefit for own selves, let alone that of any others. Meanwhile people, whom Jesus poured out His blood for, are perishing, literally dying, while we go about with blinders on, spiritually numbed and indignantly ignorant to the schemes of the evil one.

This, no doubt, sounds harsh.. But it is nonetheless a word spoken in love. It is not all negative. All is not lost. Jesus is still on The Throne. There is Good News, also! We have been given the Gift of Repentance aka the Gift of Turning, and the freedom plus the power to exercise it through His Holy Spirit.

Blessed is the one whose transgression is forgiven, whose sin is covered. Blessed is the man against whom the LORD counts no iniquity, and in whose spirit there is no deceit. For when I kept silent, my bones wasted away through my groaning all day long. For day and night Your hand was heavy upon me; my strength was dried up as by the heat of summer. Selah. I acknowledged my sin to You, and I did not cover my iniquity; I said, “I will confess my transgressions to the LORD,” and You forgave the iniquity of my sin. Selah. Therefore let everyone who is godly offer prayer to You at a time when You may be found…’ (Psalm 32:1-6).

We can repent; that is to turn.. turn away from all that is not of the LORD.. We can turn.. turn off our Cable, Satellite, TV and all other type services we call entertainment that support, promote, idealize, glamorize, and air apostasy, violence, sex, loose virtue, poor morals and the demonic. We could turn in and refuse to purchase those weapons that enable individuals to commit mass murders…

We can take the money we save from this [Gift of] turning and use it to support orphans and widows. We and use it to feed those who are literally dying from starvation and lack of clean drinking water in third world countries. We can use it to help buy immunization shots that prevent death in poor countries for children who desperately need.  We could help support the eradication of Human Trafficking and Slavery.  We can turn and if we truly desire Life, we will turn.

psalm-32-esv1 Furthermore, we could use our new found time which we would find ourselves having without these empty activities, to volunteer with low income and at risk children in our local communities. We could serve a meal to the homeless. We could offer our time to a single parent or sit with one of the many lonely elderly people among us – visit the shut-ins.  We could befriend that oddly different person or seemingly awkward, strange family we have been avoiding. We could help to stop stigmatizing those who struggle with life altering disabilities by becoming genuinely concerned and involved in the life of a special needs or mentally ill individual. We could go lay hands on the sick and intercede for their healing.  We could cook a meal for that family who just lost their Beloved to death.  And the list goes on of what we could do to show God’s love to others… We would be saving lives; our own and those of our children. Please, pause calmly, think on that, then act upon it.

Anyone who sets himself up as “religious” by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. ~James, brother of Christ  <– In other words: Go! Touch the Untouchable. Jesus certainly did and so must we.

Our God is not dead nor absent from this tragic world. HE is alive within ME, within YOU, within US. He is there enabling His body, the Church to use their freedom for the service of others by going about doing good, in His name, daily. This, after all His ‘tender mercies,’ is nothing more than our ‘reasonable service.’

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August 30, 2009

What’s On Your Bucket List?

Filed under: Blogroll,Children,Community Service,Faith,Family,Love,Student — canwetalkaboutthat @ 2:11 PM

Just felt inclined to post my bucket list today… So, without further a do:

Top 12:

1. Remember daily to completely and totally trusting “everything” to God. a.) be able to Reflect upon my greatest weaknesses, and realize how they are can also be my greatest strengths/assets because they draw me nearer to God.

2. (learn how to) Evangelize for Christ in my community and maybe one day nationwide. a.) Learn to use a microphone and to speak (effectively) in public.

3. Fall as deeply in love – as one human possibly can another – with my husband.

4. Become the type of Mom that helps her children and family to make life-time memories, which make them look back at 20, 30, 40, 50, 60 etc. and smile in happy reflection of days gone by.

5. (Save money to) Take our children to Disney World.

6. (Save money for) A Missions tour for Christ in another country.

7. Have a portrait painted of Juan and me – oil painting family heirloom style.

8. Be able to plant and grow a beautiful garden.

9. Be a mentor to young women ages 18-25 years old.

10. Teach illiterate people to read — what would life be like without the joy of being able to read a book? I can only imagine!!

11. Be able to give to charity abundantly – anonymously.

12. Get physically into optimum health & shape.

Not particularly ordered but still important to me:

    ~ Re-Learn to play my saxophone with some degree of skill.

    ~ Learn to sing in tune.

    ~ Read & Complete one book every 2 weeks.

    ~ Learn how to take a compliment.

    ~ Overcome fears of failure.

    ~ Accept self for who I am… who God made me to be.

    ~ Send mom a dozen white roses for Mothers Day each year.

    ~ Look into my children’s eyes, see myself, and smile.

    ~ Visit the Holy Land.

    ~ Masters degree.

    ~ Send a message in a bottle.

    ~ Learn to ballroom dance properly.

    ~ Attend at least one major sporting event: the Olympics, the U.S. Open.

    ~ Continue my language studies — Learn to speak Spanish and/or Arabic with better accuracy – fluently.

    Now then that’s mine…… What’s On Your Bucket List?

July 20, 2009

…look at your situation now?

Filed under: Blogroll,Life with God,Student,Uncategorized — canwetalkaboutthat @ 2:56 AM

I thought I’d share my [possibly] funny discussion board posting from my Christian counseling class with yall this week where we were told to “Describe how this module’s lesson(s) changed the way you look at your situation now?

We first talked about un-forgiveness and were also assigned to view lessons 9 + 28 and then to read chapter 4 in Caring for People God’s Way. Which begins by telling us that Generally “thinkers” tend to behave in logical, rational, deliberate, and systematic ways, while “feelers” generally tend to behave in emotionally expressive ways.

Which tells me that I am quite [literally?] a paradox! What I mean by that is that I am a big “thinker” and a [even bigger] “feeler” [an extraverted, thinking, but primarily feeling and intuitive – Persuader] according to the assessment from both a DISC and a MBTI [an enfj to be exact, it said]… as such the “thinker” [bit] apparently makes for a paradox as it is in direct conflict with my natural inclination to act or think according to perceived “feelings!?!”

How is this relevant? Well, it is my latest [self] discovery after reading chapter 4. LOL! :o) With all these “assessments” I’ve had done one would think I would have thought of this sooner though……!

As far as how it has changed the way I’m looking at my situation now — I’m just not sure about that yet. I’m thinking I will have to think – pre-contemplate – about it for a bit, do some more contemplation – through reading – Preparation – some research and then determine how I feel about the various avenues of action I could pursue in what I need to change and course I’ll be taking the [best known available] action of  continuing to talk to my Hallowed Father – Abba [a lot] regardless of the above contemplation during that whole “pseudo-code [like] process! It is no doubt a good thing that He really does understand us better than we do ourselves – therefore I think it to be wisest to just let Him take care of the maintenance. 😉

Please note [that although, these are real assessments] a large portion of this writing is meant to be comical not literal… I have it on reliable authority that the final assessments contained no alarming or elevated indications for concern… :o) but I couldn’t think of anything else to write about from the lessons as it pertains to the Professors query and this type “analytical” stuff [as contained in chapter 4] is of an [unusual] interest to me. Hopefully, at minimum — funny or not — it demonstrates my having reviewed the lesson! 🙂

The ENFJ –  clip from the Myers and Briggs Foundation:
Warm, empathetic, responsive, and responsible. Highly attuned to the emotions, needs, and motivations of others. Finds potential in everyone, wants to help others fulfill their potential. May act as catalysts for individual and group growth. Loyal, responsive to praise and criticism. Sociable, facilitate others in a group, and provide inspiring leadership.

DISC – Persuaders – a small clip from my 34 page assessment:
“Persuaders are integrative leaders who work with and through people. They have an outgoing spirit and high interest in people. A very creative person, makes friends easily, uninhibited in trying new things and prefers going by her feelings rather than just facts.”

DB4 – Subject: …look at your situation now?

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