Month: June 2015

Why I am proud of my “straight” marriage

straight but not narrow

I believe gay marriage is wrong. This is based on my religious beliefs. (I am also aware, of course, that many people do not consider the bible as authoritative for them or they erroneously think the bible doesn’t address it, or more importantly, that Jesus didn’t. But I won’t get into a shouting match with anyone. Read ALL, every word, of Scripture if you don’t believe me. But don’t bother if Scripture isn’t authoritative for you.)

However, I believe the law had to be interpreted in this way. A couple can’t be legally married in one state and not another.It’s a civil matter, not a religious one.I read the fourteenth amendment and the Supreme Court’s majority opinion. I understand the logic even t, while not agreeing with, their decision.

It doesn’t affect me or my marriage in any way. It doesn’t threaten my faith.

The only issue would be if it somehow threatened freedom of religion. And I don’t see that happening either because gay people can be spiritual just like straight people can be non-spiritual. I’d like to think gay persons would defend those rights as well.

I think there are so many more important issues in this world to be upset about: hunger, abuse, depression, Alzheimer’s, cancer, orphans, terrorism, etc.

So let’s, on both sides, quit reacting so much. It seems petty to me no matter what your beliefs. But let me have my beliefs without calling me a “homophobe” and I won’t call you, well, I can’t say because I’ve never called a gay person anything other than gay. I’ve never laughed at a gay person or been rude to one. A gay friend school played an important part in my life at one time.

But I have a right to my beliefs. I have a right to express them. If I don’t have that right, then how can anyone else?

Oh, and  I should be able to state my pride in my straight marriage without receiving any hateful comments. And I don’t have to display a rainbow on my FB page to refer to anything other than the rainbows God created.

So there, I’ve weighed in.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

You know you’re tired when:

Yesterday’s post was about how I survived the day after not sleeping well at all the night before. I shared how God gives us his strength when we have none of our own.

I was experiencing some significant discomfort but that may have been from taking on too much at once.

My husband and I have been working really hard on many home improvement projects.

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And for my part, it’s been while recovering from surgery.

I’ve stained our big deck which took days.

(By the way, when I refer to the size of this house and yard, etc., it’s not to impress you. It’s to make you feel sorry for me. :()  feeling sorry for me

We’ve cleaned out our garage-a massive undertaking. We’re now getting ready to paint it. So far we’ve bought six gallons of paint and don’t know if that will even be enough. My husband is finally putting up trim around the doors and windows.

Goodwill has benefited greatly from our efforts.

Then there’s the kitchen. Don’t get me started. We are getting ready for an update. The decision-making alone is wearing me out.

You know what it’s like. Many trips to many stores trying to find the right backsplash, countertop (would you believe I’m not choosing quartz or granite),flooring. And then there’s the all-consuming search for the exact right paint color.

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Just to let you know how tired I am. I found the scotch tape in the refrigerator yesterday and today I took two vitamins instead of the much-needed two Tylenol. (No, there’s nothing wrong with me. I’m just really tired.)

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Then there’s my mom, managing all her health issues, which means her pills, her appointments, visiting with her, etc. While I love her and am glad to do it, it can wear me out because I’m always trying to anticipate her physical and emotional needs.

Then there’s the projects at the cabin.

But I am pleased with how everything is turning out. Plus, it’s kind of exciting. It’s been twenty-five years since we’ve remodeled the kitchen so I guess it’s time.

God has been an integral part of every decision, every quest. When I’ve needed certain necessary information, like deciding between a granite or stainless steel sink, he’s provided me with the answer. I prefer the granite but it’s stainless as I learned from a contractor tonight that a composite granite sink requires a lot of upkeep.

Bingo! God intervened.

I’ve asked for wisdom for every step of the project and God has been right there guiding me through the maze of make over madness.

Now if he’d swoop down and just drop the right wall color into my lap. Hey, I think he just did! Here it is:

how to choose a paint color tips and tricksGod bless and have a good day.

(And, of course, I’m going to post before and after pictures but that will be a few weeks off.)

Don’t you hate it when you don’t sleep good?

I had a really rough night last night. Lots of pain for lots of physical reasons. So I woke up exhausted.

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Plus, my hubby and I are tackling a dozen house projects all at once. I’ll you about that tomorrow.

I wondered how I’d get through the day. I prayed for God to give me special strength.

I wrote a little song many years ago:

When I am weak, God is strong.

When I am strong, I make him weak.

What a mystery, what a wonder.

Oh, what a joy.

So when I am weak, I won’t despair,

My God is strong, he’ll meet me there.

What a mystery.

What a wonder.

Oh, what a joy.

(By the way, when I refer to making God weak, I’m meaning that when I take things into my own hands, I don’t access God’s power.)

It turned out to be a good day even though I felt like I was sleep walking. So if you find yourself exhausted some days,

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remember God knows and is always to give us just the right amount of strength we need so we can “rise up on wings of eagle.”

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New American Standard Bible  Isiah 40:31
Yet those who wait for the LORD Will gain new strength; They will mount up with wings like eagles, They will run and not get tired, They will walk and not become weary.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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