Tag: religion

Jesus on the big screen

Why Jesus shouldn’t be on the big screen

(I wrote this post a few years ago when the movie “Son of God” was playing. I was scroslling through some old posts and after I read it, I still felt the same way. I like what I wrote so I decided to post it again.)

Majesty

Majesty

Long post warning!

OK, here’s where I get into trouble. A lot of you are not going to like what I say.  But I promised to be honest. This is about as honest as it gets. It is not my intent to discourage anyone from seeing the movie, the Son of God,  but just to get people to think before they jump on board. If you’ve seen the movie, then please read no further. I don’t want to rain on your parade.  Continue reading “Why Jesus shouldn’t be on the big screen”

don't worry about the stock market

Why I’m not worried about the stock market.

Today is Tuesday tidbits. Usually that mean some helpful hints about something. But tidbits can mean anything.

So today my tidbit is my reaction to the wild stock market ride.

The last time this happened my husband and I were in Paris. We really didn’t know how bad things were until we got “stateside”.

Now we’re planning another trip (sadly, not to Paris, but at least French Montreal so it will feel a little like Paris) and what happens?-the stock market goes on a wild ride once again.

What’s with that?

But you know what. The stock market is not where my security lies. At one point in my life, it might have been all about “assets” but not for a very long time.

My security is in the fact that God is in charge, not in ways I might always understand because God’s ways are not my ways.  I don’t like seeing our 401 K take a nose dive more than anyone else. But I’ve learned that life is all about learning how to ride on top of the waves, not fight them.

I love the last three chapters of Job and the vividness in which God describes how he is in control. I think it’s the most beautiful portion of scripture and I read it whenever the news is kind of scary. If you haven’t read it, you might want to.

All I can say is I’m glad most of my clothes comes from thrift shops as does most of the decor in my house, with the only exception being upholstered furniture and large appliances. But even then I shop discount stores.

I pay $12.oo for my haircut. I keep our home cooler than most in the winter and warmer than most in the summer. I think I’ve only paid full-price for a book once and that’s because I forgot to bring by books for an overseas trip and actually bought a couple at the airport. I was so mad at myself. I did enjoy the books though.

I buy a lot of my make-up at Dollar General. Their eyeliner is just great.

I’m not bragging. I’m just pointing out why the “swingin” stock market doesn’t concern me all that much. I’m used to living frugally and will be even more so now.

Oh, I forgot. I drove my last car for sixteen years. Wished I could’ve made it a few more.

Here’s a picture of my living room which shows you don’t have to spend a lot of money to have a beautiful room.

living room

Living room, The black and white pillows are pillow covers I sewed and covered up older pillows. The lamps I’ve had for at least twenty years which I spray painted in Heirloom white. I covered my sofas with covers from Kohls. Everything on the mantle and in the corner are items I’ve collected over the years from thrift stores and garage sales. The paintings are mine. The black table, $10.00, garage sale. The swags-fabric from Goodwill, $10.00. The blue bottles on coffee table I’ve collected and painted, about $1.00 each. The white rug, $20.00, garage sale.

 

Black secretary

this secretary I’ve had for years. Everything you see in or on it are from garage sales or thrift stores. Maybe a total of $10.00 for all.

 

close up of buffet in dining room

Close up of buffet in dining room. Everything I’ve either re-purposed or made. The buffet was “clearanced” at Hobby Lobby for about $40.00. I repainted it. All the pedestals I’ve made. Art work is my own.

 

Hobby Lobby hoop art

Hobby Lobby hoop art

 

circle of hoops

Circle of hoops

 

 guest bedroom/ everything from thrift stores except round piece ($10.00)form Hobby Lobby which was on clearance. Had a nick I touched up with craft paint.

Guest bedroom.  Everything from thrift stores except round piece ($10.00) from Hobby Lobby which was on clearance. Had a nick I touched up with craft paint.

The wild stock market doesn’t get in the way of my joy of doing what I love to do. And besides, these are just rooms. They have no eternal value.

God bless and I hope  you have a good day.

For those of you who lump all us “religious conservatives” together. Shame on you.

I am so tired of hearing how “Bible Thumpers”,  and “Religious Conservatives” are mean-spirited. The very same people that condemn “bashing” of certain groups of people do it to us all the time. I’m tired of the derogatory terms and the ridicule. Why is free speech only for liberals? What does free speech have to do with political correctness? Why are Christians belittled for their faith by the same people who would condemn the same behavior for just about every religious segment in America?

What’s with the double standard?

Yes, I’m a “Bible Thumper” if by that you mean I belief the Bible is the Word of God. I’m a “Bible Thumper” if by that you mean I believe the Bible teaches right and wrong.  I’m a “Bible Thumper” if by that you mean I believe in forgiveness, love, grace, mercy, compassion, Heaven and Hell, sin,  etc.

Yes, I’m a “Religious Conservative” if by that you mean my political views are shaped by my religion. Yep, they are. And my religion tells me that God loves us all. My religion tells me that while judgement comes from God it doesn’t mean I can’t voice my opinions about what I believe. In fact, my faith says I should. We are all going to stand in judgement someday. I have enough of my own “stuff” to worry about anyway. I don’t have the time or energy to worry about yours.

political correctness

political correctness

Now,…………………………… ask me if I think the Indiana law is right?

Of course, not!!!!

I don’t feel the LGBT community is infringing on my religious freedoms at all. No one is stopping me from praying, going to church, etc. If that should ever be the case, I will become as militant as some of those from these groups  to defend my faith. I just don’t see that happening because of this law. Seriously.

But no one has the right to limit my free speech either.

So all of you “religion” bashers out there, could you give some of us a break? Please? Just like you are not the same as all the others who share your ideology, we aren’t either.

Quit doing to us what you abhor for every other group in America.

I can’t speak for everyone, but my husband and I don’t “hate” any special group of people no matter how wrong we might think their behavior is. I can disagree with someone’s behavior and at the same time treat them as Jesus would. (Which by the way is to show kindness while not feeling the need to change how I or they believe.)

Do I have strong views about this subject? Again, it’s “yep.” I have a right to express those views without being called hateful, bigoted, etc.. And by the way, there are hateful, bigoted people on both sides of this issue.  I don’t feel the need to convince you of anything so why do you feel the need to convince me?

Let’s have intelligent dialogue. None of this knee-jerk reaction stuff. Listen to why I believe the way I do. I can honestly say, I have done my homework. I have followers to my blog who believe and live very differently than me. I follow bloggers who believe and live very differently than me. My only caveat is that our conversations are civil, and thoughtful. Just don’t spout “rhetoric”. Do your homework. I’ve done mine.

There’s probably no way I’m going to change my beliefs but when we know a “person” not a “group”, we are better equipped to treat each other kindly and with compassion.

So there.  I said it.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

ps. I almost didn’t insert this picture below. But really it says it all.

pc1

This would be a great example of  how we should get along if it weren’t for the last scene. Except the last scene kind of makes my point. A decent conversation that went right down the tubes with the name-calling.. Also, one could juxtapose just about any other  words and get the same idea.

 

 

why pretense doesn’t help

A lot of people pretend during the Holidays. They pretend:

that they don’t care if they have to sit home alone

that the Holidays really aren’t that important to them.

that it’s ok if family ignores them

that it’s ok if they ignore family

that they really just don’t care.

Christmas lightes

Christmas lights

Of course, these same people pretend at other times as well but this kind of denial is heightened during the Holidays. All those pictures of happy families, happy people on Facebook and in the media only make our pain worse. We have to pretend or people will see our pain and that’s harder for us to deal with than admit it really bothers us.

happy families at Christmas

happy families at Christmas

People who struggle with depression are particularly likely to try to fool themselves. They figure if they ignore the pain, it will just go away. It actually does work for a while. Now that I think about it, it can work for a long time-at least on the surface.

I’ve known some people who’ve ignored the obvious their entire life. I suppose we all do to a degree. It’s a coping mechanism. But when we ignore the important issues, it absolutely will impact us negatively whether we ever admit it or not. It will affect our mental and emotional health.

sticking our heads in th ehands

sticking our head in the sand

It will impact our relationship with God. That’s not coming from me. It’s what God says throughout Scripture.

The most obvious example is the person who is fired from one job after another and it’s always “that rotten company” not his own poor work ethic as evidenced by his absentee and late-start record. Until he quits pretending, his life will continue in a downward spiral.

Or the person who has unhealthy relationships with most people but doesn’t see the part they play. When they realize they are the “constant” in all their relationships, their relationships will improve. But first they have to quit pretending it’s the “other guy.”

Or the person that claims not to have a drinking problem and yet there are way too many references to drinking sprinkled throughout their  conversations.

I’ve done my own share of pretending, too.

I struggled with depression for years. But I finally worked my way out of it. It was a lot of work. If you search the word “depression” you will find many posts addressing this subject. One of the biggest hurdles I had to overcome was getting real with myself and quit pretending.

hard being human

hard being human

I could always justify why I was hurt, mad, frustrated, etc. It was never my fault. It was my childhood. It was my health. It was my depression. When I admitted my own insecurities and that I “owned” some of the problem, I started to feel better.

I think one of the gifts of the Christmas season is “possibility”. The possibility of change.

But change always begins through honesty with ourselves. (Notice I didn’t say others. Getting real with ourselves is never an excuse to spew our new-found awareness onto family and friends as a cathartic way to make ourselves feel better. )

Christmas is tough for many. But pretending we don’t care about anyone or anything when the truth is we care very deeply, doesn’t make it any easier. It only makes it avoidable.

May this Christmas season find you hopeful that things can change as you look deep within yourself for some of the answers.

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

 

 

 

praying without actually praying

I had something interesting happen yesterday I wanted to share with you.

It’s Christmas right? That means busy, busy busy.

Yikes.

Yikes.

I had one of  those days on Monday. From the minute I woke up till I crashed around ten, I had not a moment to spare. I kept telling myself I would find time to sit down and spend some time with God.

It didn’t happen.

I felt ashamed. How could I, especially during the Christmas season, not make time for God?

starting the morning right

starting the morning right

But as I lay in bed that night and thought about my day, I realized something. I think this is really important.

Just as God’s timing is not ours, the twenty-four hour cycle is not His either.

Do we really think God is keeping track of whether we have a “sit-down” time with Him each morning?

Really?

really?

really?

Isn’t He far more concerned with who we’re becoming than whether we’re “on schedule”?

God's sense of time

God’s sense of time

I “communicated” with God all day about any number of things. In fact, I think I might say that because I hadn’t had my usual time with Him, I was hypersensitive to His voice all day.

Is it good to set aside time each day with God? Of course, it is. It’s good for us. It just starts our day off better and we feel good knowing we’ve done it. But there is nothing in Scripture that says God demands or even expects it.

In fact, isn’t the goal to always be in touch?

spirit of prayer

spirit of prayer

When we try to fit God into our way of thinking, we will always get it wrong. God does not think like us and we limit Him, when we assume He does.

The older I get the more I challenge what I’ve believed in the past. I challenge what I hear from the pulpit.

I listen, I read and I process but I don’t buy anything carte blanche anymore.

I’m presently reading the gospels, concentrating on what Jesus did and said. Not what other people say He did and said. (It’s a real eye-opener when you read this way.)

I hope you’ve found this post helpful if you’re spiritually over-sensitive. If you are, you know exactly what I mean. If you’re not, you have no idea what I mean and that’s probably good. 🙂

God bless and I hope you have a good day.

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