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Hmm.

Romans 16:17 – 18

17 Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them that are causing the divisions and occasions of stumbling, contrary to the doctrine which ye learned: and turn away from them.18 For they that are such serve not our Lord Christ, but their own belly; and by their smooth and fair speech they beguile the hearts of the innocent.

Do you know how many people I should cut out of my life after reading these verses?! Seriously. Most of them. Unfortunately, that’s not a joke.

I was raised to be around people who are encouraging and uplifting, who will help hold you accountable. In essence, those I could introduce my family to. Never-mind the fact that my parents don’t know the majority of people I consider friends. Neither do my children. Taking that into consideration, I need new friends! Or, I need to encourage the few friendships I have that are of like mind, people I actually want to be around.

Somewhere along the line, my definition of “friend” got skewed. Very skewed. I’m not sure when but at some point it became okay to be friends with people who don’t respect me, people who I don’t trust implicitly, people who only care when it’s pertinent to themselves.

And the friends I do have who are encouraging, uplifting, and good true friends who keep me accountable – yup, they’re all out of state. Well, nearly all of them that it.

Flipside.

What kind of friend have I been? Have I been trustworthy? Have I been encouraging and uplifting? Have I held anyone accountable for anything? Or have I caved and failed at being the friend I know I should be? Am I the kind of friend who other people are truly glad they know? The one everyone can bring home to meet their families without cringing?

I’m not perfect. Far from. And I can tell you that I have not been the best friend I can be. Or the best daughter. Or the best sister. Even the best mother. I’m not the best at anything except being me and as such, I still have a long way to go.


Hope Neverending.

January 12, 2010

This is a date that will forever live on in history as one of destruction and desperation.

This is a date that will also be remembered as a triumph over evil as it lead people to search themselves and find the one true God in the midst of the pain.

There are stories even now, nearly a month later, of people being found alive in the rubble. Here is just a glimpse of hope.

It doesn’t seem to matter that the government type people called off all search and rescue operations on January 23, 2010, not even a full 2 weeks after the earthquake. There are still people searching and there are still people being found alive.

After his rescue 28 days after the devastation wrought in Haiti during a 7.0 magnitude earthquake, Mr Muncie told doctors that a man in a white coat was bringing him water.

The doctors have suggested Mr. Muncie is hallucinating. However, I believe in angels and very much believe that an angel was delivering water to Mr. Muncie.

Then there’s Daline Etienne. A 16 year old girl who was found 15 days after the earthquake. She survived that long by sipping on Coca-Cola. One of the passers-by said, “It’s a miracle. God has watched over her and Jesus got her out.”

Even with the good that is coming out of Haiti, the messages of rescues and of all the children finding adoptive homes and such, there are still naysayers. There are those people who will come back and retort, “how could God allow this to happen?” or “God caused the earthquake”.

To those people I say this:

I don’t know if God caused a massive earthquake to hit Haiti or not. I know that in the end, we win. I know that my God, the God of Abraham, Isaac, and Jacob, is the same yesterday, today, and forever and if miracles were prevalent in the times of the disciples then they are prevalent even now. These stories of hope in the midst of destruction are just the beginning for the people everywhere. We are in the last days and either you will choose Christ or you won’t. But you will be responsible for that choice.


Fear.

Fear. I remember in youth hearing an acronym that has stuck with me throughout all of these years. It’s so very true. The real definition of fear is:

False

Evidence

Appearing

Real

FEAR.

There’s not many things I’m truly afraid of. I mean, a spider falling in my face while I’m driving will make me scream but that doesn’t mean I’m afraid of them. I really just don’t like spiders, at all. This may be why I taught my children to step on them at very young ages!

Heights are a relatively common fear. Me? I like heights. I can can fly in planes, climb trees, go rock climbing, even go up in the attic and I’m okay. I can remember so many instances from my youth that involved climbing trees. Even to the point I’d take a book out with me and read until my parents needed me.

Falling, however, is a completely different matter; and one that raises my heart rate considerably. The thought of falling from a distance of any sort and landing square on my bum isn’t so bad but then when I go up into the attic and have to climb up that ladder holding stuff at the same time (usually an awkward shaped box) just the thought of looking down freaks me out. And rock climbing, oh how I love rock climbing but it may take me some time to make it back down. That is, unless I’m attached to a few lines and can rappel down the cliff-side.

Failing is another one. I don’t mean failing tests or things like that but failing in life and more importantly failing my children. God gave me the most precious not-so-little boys and has entrusted me with their well-being. This is an incredibly daunting task. And right now, my biggest fear is that I don’t know how to truly teach them about God.

  • There is no fear in love: but perfect love casteth out fear, because fear hath punishment; and he that feareth is not made perfect in love.

Guess that means I have some work to do!

10 Fear thou not, for I am with thee; be not dismayed, for I am thy God; I will strengthen thee; yea, I will help thee; yea, I will uphold thee with the right hand of my righteousness. 13 For I, Jehovah thy God, will hold thy right hand, saying unto thee, Fear not; I will help thee.

However, God is by my side and I’m so not doing this alone. I can trust that He will direct me and my words so that I am more encouraging to my boys as well as lift up His name.


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