2 Corinthians 12:9-10

New International Version (NIV)

9 But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. 10 That is why, for Christ’s sake, I delight in weaknesses, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.

Friday, May 28, 2010

The Greatest Comeback

Now I am the type of person that always thinks of the perfect comeback hours later after the fact. Every once in awhile I will come up with something decent right away. The best comeback that I came up with recently was for mother's day. I wasn't feeling well and some friends of ours were having a get together at their house and my husband really wanted to go. Knowing that I wasn't feeling well and wanted to stay home to rest he asked me "are you going to be able to keep the baby, because I won't be able to do much with both kids". You can imagine I wasn't very happy, it was mothers day and I wasn't feeling well, so I said in a wifely, loving voice, "Sure, because it is all about you." He didn't say another word and yes he did bring both kids with him so I could rest.

The greatest comeback that I ever heard happened a long, long time ago. It happened around a place called Jerusalem. You see there was a Teacher there and he was in a temple teaching those that came to see Him. While he was there the Pharisees brought to him a women caught in the act of adultery. According to Mosaic law this was punishable by stoning. The Pharisees were testing this Teacher, they were trying to find some kind of fault with him. If He was really the son of God then He surely would not contradict the word of God. And in this particular case would be responsible for this women's death. After being continually challenged by the Pharisees, Jesus came back with the greatest comeback “Let him who is without sin among you be the first to throw a stone at her.” (John 8:7)You can imagine that they were speechless and the story continues that all were "convicted by their conscience and went out one by one". His words saved her life.

What if our comebacks had that much meaning and weren't just for sarcasm or a good laugh? What if our comebacks had the ability to change a life, better yet save a life? Jesus did.

Even though my comeback did get my point across and I did get what I wanted, could I have handled it better?

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Celebrities

Λεωνίδας / 300 the movieImage by Σταύρος via Flickr
I hate the way that celebrities are portrayed as superheros and all knowing, like they are perfect beings incapable of imperfection. The media loves a new rumor to gossip about, the world thrives on gossip. But I am guilty too. I love to hear the latest celebrity gossip, I find myself googling different celebrities to find out the latest gossip or rumors. But then I take a step back and realize that they are just like me and you. They are human and fallible. They have cellulite and stretch marks, they have weight issues and worries. No they are not really spartan warriors and no they do not fly around on dragons, they are not demigods that fight supernatural beings, and they are not mystical beings with magical powers. Actually, at the end of the day they are human and they have the same fears as you and me, they are not invincible, they have feelings too. The only difference is that most of them have a lot of money, but money can't buy happiness, it can buy you a lot of misery.

They are entitled to a life a personal life. Why are we so nosey when it comes to their lives? Like we can live vicariously through them. So what is our obsession with the rich and famous? We all want to believe that the grass is greener on the other side, but is it? When so many celebrities are going in to rehab for the craziest things, not just drug and alcohol addiction but now sex addiction (that is a whole nother blog by it self).

What is it about their lives that is so much better than ours? And why do we always focus on when the fall?

ECCLESIASTES 1:2-"Vanity of vanities," says the Preacher, "Vanity of vanities! All is vanity."
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Friday, May 21, 2010

Fortune Cookie

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I had Chinese food yesterday for lunch and of course I read my fortune from my fortune cookie, not that I believe in that stuff or anything, I was just curious what it had to say. It read "In this world it is not what we take up, but what we give up, that makes us rich." I was actually impressed, it wasn't something silly or off the wall, it was actually something that made me think.

I was about 7 years old when I decided that I was going to be a lawyer when I grow up. My dad told me that I would be the best lawyer because I could argue my point extremely well. So why not make money off of something I do well, right?? I was a senior in college when I decided that I didn't want to be a lawyer anymore. I wanted to have a family instead. I had been working for a very successful lawyer at that time in a very large law firm. I was only a file clerk at the time but, I saw most of these lawyers with no time for themselves, working 60+ hours a week just to make a name for themselves. It was then that I decided that I would rather be poor and happy then rich and miserable.(I would prefer to be rich and happy) I am not saying that you can't have both, but you do have to find a balance. And after awhile I just didn't have the desire for it anymore.

When I am old I am not going to look back on my life and say I wish I would have worked more and made more money, I just hope I don't say that I wish I would have spent more time with my family.

I have never regretted not becoming a lawyer, although I do have other dreams that regret not reaching for. But, I consider myself the richest women in the world, I have two wonderful, beautiful children and wonderful husband too. And that is something money can't buy.
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Tuesday, May 18, 2010

Because it needed to be done

Today was one of those days. I spent four hours this morning cleaning the kitchen at my job (my paying job), literally on my hands and knees scrubbing the floor. Why? because it needed to be done. My boss asked me yesterday if I could find someone to come in to clean it. The floor was, well disgusting and the whole room need to be moved around. I figured that there was no cleaning service that would be willing to tackle this project, so I offered to do it. Now I work for an attorney, I have 10 years of legal experience, a college degree and have always been one of the best at what I do. But this project really needed to be done. I decided along time ago that there was no task that was beneath me. It needed to be done, so I did it. I do admit it was a bit humbling and I felt a little like Cinderella, but it needed to be done. The kitchen looked so nice when it was all finished.

When Jesus walked this earth there was nothing that was beneath him, He was the teacher who washed his disciples feet, He spent his time with the theives, liars, the sick, the poor, the rejected, and He is the King who bore my sins for me. There is nothing that He wouldn't do for me so there is nothing that is below me. I can imagine that His journey was humbling, but it was an example of how we should live. And if people can see any kind of reflection of Him in me through my humility than it is all worth it.

Sunday, May 16, 2010

Machine Gun Preacher

Internally Displaced Persons in SudanImage by United Nations Photo via Flickr
This is an upcoming movie that is supposed to start filming this summer 2010. It is a movie that I am extremely anxious to see (and no its not because Gerard Butler is in it). The movie is based on the life of a former biker/drug dealer by the name of Sam Childers who found God and was called to go to the Sudan to save the children in that region. You can check out the website for the real Machine Gun Preacher, Sam Childers and his cause at http://machinegunpreacher.org/. I really hope that Hollywood doesn't miss the boat on this one and leave God out. Because Mr. Childers mission is God's mission and yes he carries guns, but I don't think that I would be caught in that area without one or a few for that matter.

How may people are willing to leave everything behind to do God's work?

"If anyone wishes to come after me, let him deny himself and take up his cross daily and follow me" (Luke 9:23)

I love Mr. Childers story simply because it shows the love that God has for us and that it doesn't matter who you are and where you have been you have a purpose.

Hollywood please don't let me down.
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Saturday, May 15, 2010

Sabbath

Jesus is considered by scholars such as Weber ...Image via Wikipedia
If you google Sabbath, you will get the following results:

Sabbath or a sabbath is generally a weekly day of rest and/or time of worship that is observed in Abrahamic religions and other faiths. The term "Sabbath" derives from the Hebrew shabbat (שבת), "to cease", which was first used in the Biblical account of the seventh day of Creation (Genesis 2:2-3). Observation and remembrance of Sabbath is one of the Ten Commandments.

I'm a sabbathkeeper, I don't do it because I think it will save me or get me into Heaven and I don't keep it to be a legalist. I keep it simply because I need it. God knew what he was doing when he created the seventh-day for rest. Do you think God needed a day of rest, I mean he is God, I doubt He gets tired.

Mark 2:27- Then he said to them, "The Sabbath was made for man, not man for the Sabbath.

I also grew up on a sabbathkeeping home and I always dreaded Sabbath coming around. I always felt like it was punishment more than anything else. My dad was really strict when I was growing up and my siblings and I couldn't do anything but take a nap. We couldn't watch TV or go to the mall or listen to the radio, it was pure torture. It was a burden.

As I got older I grew to appreciate it more and more. After a week of work my body and my spirit couldn't wait for a day off from the world. No TV or radio sounds so good to me now. But times do change and we do things a little different at my home. My children are allowed to watch TV as long as it is Christ centered programs and they can listen to music as long as that is Christ centered also, we also spend a lot of time outside, taking walks and sometimes we visit others. I don't ever want my children to feel the way about the Sabbath that I did when I was a kid. I do want them to know that there is a difference to this day and that it should be set aside from other days and hopefully when they grow up they will appreciate it as much as I do.

I urge anyone who is able to try it, your body and spirit won't know what hit them. Take a day off from the world.
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Friday, May 14, 2010

I'm a Sayer

Ok, so I am really doing this. I am one of those people who like to talk a lot but no action. I’m a sayer, you know I like to say a lot of things that I am going to do or want to do. But never really do anything. I have brilliant ideas but never do anything about it. I am a master procrastinator; it’s a gift I guess. Case in point, well I have been working on a book for about 8+ years now and I am determined to finish it this year. See I like to say a lot, but never do anything. I want to travel preferably to Scotland because it’s beautiful there, the land is absolutely breathtaking. I would love to see a castle up close. Also, it’s a part of my ancestry. Of course I would have to take a valium before leaving because I hate to fly, I’m extremely cluster phobic, but I would go if I had the chance. Ok, back to subject, I still don't know what I want to be when I grow up; I’m 32 by the way. I have been feeling a great push lately to write, even though I think a lot of stuff is silly or people wouldn’t care, maybe some will.

So I figured why not step out of my comfort zone and see what this has to offer, what do I have to lose. I promise my next blog will not be so cheesy.