Sunday Devotional: 1/6/19

Happy New Year! For this week’s second edition of the Sunday Devotional, a passage for you from Proverbs 23:9…

“Speak not in the ears of a fool: for he will despise the wisdom of thy words.”

 

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What a lot of people still don’t realize is that the Bible has many words of wisdom in it that anybody can apply to their everyday life. My take is that in that way, it’s unlike any other religious book out there. The lesson that can be taken from Proverbs 23:9 is that some people, no matter how hard you try, are set in their ways and cannot be taught differently, even when they’re wrong. You may know something that they don’t know, but they don’t care. They will not see you when you take action and set an example. They will not hear you no matter how clearly you explain to them why they are wrong. The problem with fools — or ignorant people — is that they believe they already have enough wisdom or at least more wisdom than you. Ignorance is an unfortunate condition of the mind, like having blinders up while driving. For too many people, this is a permanent condition.

Therefore, what God is telling us here is don’t bother trying to show a fool/ignorant the light. Trying to will only result in a waste of your own precious energy. Leave it up to God — because yes, some people change, but on their own accord. They only change the way they live their lives by acts of God known as miracles. The Lord blesses those who want to change for the better. You do not have that ability. So as soon as you discover the person you’re interacting with is an ignorant person, discontinue any argument or debate with them and if you must, walk away from them. Do not tell them that they are ignorant or use any other triggering language. Otherwise, things can get out of hand quick. After you’ve successufully done that, remember that not everyone can be saved. Remember too that the only thing that could have been accomplished was them bringing out the worst in you. We all get judged in the end. Just leave it at that.

Have a blessed day!

 

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30-Day Song Challenge: Day 27-30

I saw this on a post from The Haunted Wordsmith and thought I’d join in on the fun! I’ve also fallen a little behind lately so here is my Day 27-30:

Day 27

Concrete Angel – Martina McBride

SO many in the Country category that fit this description to a T. Still, I think Concrete to date might take the cake.

Day 28

American Child – Phil Vassar

I love artists like Phil who’s voices are just pure and crisp. This is probably my favorite from him because it has so much passion. My favorite part is the ending verse where he talks about his grandpa.

Day 29

We listened to old school Rock ‘n’ Roll and 90s/early 2000s Country growing up. I’m going to have to pick 2 out of each category:

Winds of Change – Scorpions

I’m Alright – Jo Dee Messina

Day 30

Who I Am – Jessica Andrews

This song makes me feel so good in such a way that I can’t describe.In the beginning of the chorus I like to change the name to Doris Jane — Because that’s my grandmother’s name. As a whole, though, this song reminds me of all my family and loved ones that I’m still close to. These people are who I am and where I came from.

Sunday Devotional 12/30/18

I wrote this three years ago to a friend I had at the time. She was going through a hard time and it was causing her to have a negative outlook on life. She seemed to be forgetting about life’s greater purpose — or she never knew it. I wrote this to help her. Unfortunately, she did not see it that way and did not, it seems, accept my words as the truth. I found this in my archives today and with it being Sunday decided it appropriate to share with all of you… Hopefully this helps even just one person, the way it didn’t help my former friend.

Why must you torture yourself with these thoughts???
Don’t you know the devil speaks in your ear now, as you think this! Don’t you know your words are an echo of his. An echo. Nothing more.
AND DON’T YOU KNOW THERE’S A GREATER PLAN FOR YOU?!?! The Lord is good, almighty and powerful. He can do all things, He can even heal you. And He NEVER makes mistakes!
HE.
NEVER.
MAKES.
MISTAKES.
You are not an accident. Please know what I say is the truth. Love the Lord your God with all your heart. And put ALL your trust in Him.

30-Day Song Challenge: Day 21-26

I saw this on a post from The Haunted Wordsmith and thought I’d join in on the fun! I’ve also fallen a little behind lately so here is my Day 21-26:

Day 21

Sweet Annie – Zac Brown Band

Day 22

I’m Movin On – Rascal Flatts

Day 23

Bloodshed – Ryan Upchurch

Day 24

Back In Black – AC/DC

Day 25

Love Is A Long Road – Tom Petty

Day 26

When You Kiss Me (Red Version) – Shania Twain

This song was the very first one that made me think of my husband. At the time I first started listening to it, we had just started dating. It was sort of the soundtrack to me falling in love with him — as corny as that sounds. Now whenever I hear it, I fall in love all over.

Merry Christmas! ➕🎄🎁

I hope everyone has a Merry Christmas! I have not been on as of late since preparing for the holidays has kicked into overdrive, taking up all my time. I should be picking back up on the 30-Day Song Challenge posts and other new material later in the week — I predict staring Wednesday. Before I sign back off, I do have a piece of advice for my fellow Christians out there:

This is based on my own experience. I am in no way trying to say that I know more than the next person.

Stand firm. Be proud.

In 2018, too many people are trying to change society in a big way, and that’s how it looks at Christian holidays. The bottom line is to take Jesus out of the bigger picture while painting His followers as crazy outcasts. It’s new-age persecution. We must fight this by standing up for our holidays and the real reason they are celebrated so that generations after us can know.

How can you play your part? First of all, be proud of your beliefs, not ashamed. If you want to wear a cross, or a shirt, hat, etc. that reflects your faith while in public, then do it. If you want to say “Merry Christmas” to people instead of “Happy holidays,” say it. If you want to decorate your home or your cublicle at work with a manger or a cross while everyone else is decorating theirs with snowmen and Santa Claus, DO IT! Don’t be afraid of what people might say or think. It’s their choice if they want to become uncomfortable. You don’t have to be obnoxious and rub it in their faces, most especially because nine times out of ten no one’s even going to care. But when the occasion arises, and that one person acts on their audacity, it’s good to remember that we are still protected under the First Amendment. We will always be protected and given our birthrights, as long as this country wants to stay together as is. Don’t let other peopels’ opinions become overly important, or oppress your sense of expression. Don’t let them bully you. Stand up for yourself and your God, the way that Muslims stand up for their religion, or anyone else.

Now, at the same time, do not feed hate to hate. That’s not what God wants us to do. God wants is to live for Him no matter who comes against him. That’s why he sends certain people to us as tests. So just remember that. I wish you all joy, peace, and happiness this holiday season. Merry Christmas and God bless in Jesus’s name! Amen!