Blind

Blind

As I sat and read my local paper this morning, I was extremely saddened by the state of spiritual blindness that people right in here in my own community are in. As I read the “Sound Off” where people call in with there opinions on current events. There has been a lot of chatter on the now obvious holy wars that are not only raging in the Middle East but also right here in our own country. There are so many who call themselves “Christians” They say “I believe in God”, I just don’t totally believe the bible. This is a new brand of Christianity that has crept in unnoticed, crept in while we were sleeping. Crept in while we yeah have faced some hard times, are still living in homes, with warm beds, hot water, and food. We live in our cul-de-sac rivaling over teams as if that is the end all be all to make our existence complete. Yet half way around the world there are Christians who have not had a tenth of the blessings we have enjoyed in America, and they are turning to Christ by the hundreds of thousands, AND are willing to die for their faith….DIE…. They are not dressing pretty with their “perfect’ families and going to church every Sunday.

Then you will be handed over to be persecuted and put to death, and you will be hated by all nations because of me Matthew 24:9

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Then there are the “Other” group that doesn’t go to church. They are angry for many reasons at God, they are angry at the sheer hypocrisy in the church, they are better off in their minds to just be as moral as they can be. Religion is a crock they say.

Guess what?? Religion IS A CROCK! It is a lie from the pits of Hell. What we have seen for centuries now was never what Jesus called us to be or do.

So hear me out. Not only do most practicing Christians not know what truly following Christ looks like, either do the people that have been disillusioned by these “Christians”. It’s the blind leading the blind.

We are living in the last days and there is no time for sugar coating. Either your for Christ or against him. There is no MIDDLE GROUND. Are you willing to die? This is not saved for the ancient martyrs that we put up on a pedestal, this was meant for us. This generation.

2 Timothy 3:1-5 ESV / 40 helpful votes

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people

Luke 21:25-26 ESV / 27 helpful votes

“And there will be signs in sun and moon and stars, and on the earth distress of nations in perplexity because of the roaring of the sea and the waves, people fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world. For the powers of the heavens will be shaken

“People fainting with fear and with foreboding of what is coming on the world”

Look at the faces of the people on the news, what do their faces say? They are fearful, they are in awe of the things that are happening. When have we seen mass crucifixions and beheadings?

Luke 21:10-17 ESV / 16 helpful votes

Then he said to them, “Nation will rise against nation, and kingdom against kingdom. There will be great earthquakes, and in various places famines and pestilences. And there will be terrors and great signs from heaven. But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer,

But before all this they will lay their hands on you and persecute you, delivering you up to the synagogues and prisons, and you will be brought before kings and governors for my name’s sake. This will be your opportunity to bear witness. Settle it therefore in your minds not to meditate beforehand how to answer.

We see this taking place, and whether you want to believe it or not it is coming here. We are no longer a blessed nation, we have served our purpose and we will be judged. Are you ready to bear witness?

Matthew 24:42-44 ESV / 12 helpful votes

Therefore, stay awake, for you do not know on what day your Lord is coming. But know this, that if the master of the house had known in what part of the night the thief was coming, he would have stayed awake and would not have let his house be broken into. Therefore you also must be ready, for the Son of Man is coming at an hour you do not expect

We have slept for too long. It is time to awake. Where will you stand? For Him or against Him? This is your alarm clock. WAKE UP!

2 Peter 3:3 ESV / 9 helpful votes

Knowing this first of all, that scoffers will come in the last days with scoffing, following their own sinful desires.

There are many that think I am off my rocker, they say she is over the top. Nothing is going to happen, this will all work out.

Everything that the Bible says to the tee.

People say “Well so we are suppose to live by the old testament” There are too many crazy rules. We can’t do that. But, have they ever given their hearts to the Lord? Have they followed Him and allowed the Holy Spirit to take the scales from their eyes?

Deuteronomy 29:4 ESV / 11 helpful votes

But to this day the Lord has not given you a heart to understand or eyes to see or ears to hear.

Ask the Lord whole heartedly to give you these gifts. You can’t understand what all this means without His spirit. Beg Him to give it to you.

Acts 28:27 ESV / 4 helpful votes

For this people’s heart has grown dull, and with their ears they can barely hear, and their eyes they have closed; lest they should see with their eyes and hear with their ears and understand with their heart and turn, and I would heal them.’

Grab on to the Ark, the unrelenting waves are coming. If you are not holding onto Him, The way, the truth and the life, you will drown.

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Working in lending? Or swimming with sharks?

So, I started this new job, It was so overwhelming! My boss was a great boss and wanted all 5 of us in the office to do well, since such a big part of our pay came from sales. Unfortunately we are in this small town where real estate was definitely not booming. We were up against a huge district that were all larger towns and cities, it seemed like a no win situation to actually even keep up with the monthly goal of 260k per person.

Yet, our office continued to be successful. Not without catty fights between women, lots of crying, really big highs and really big lows. But in the midst of all that, again I was learning that what seemed an impossible situation was actually quiet possible; and successful. This job was definitely like swimming with sharks the nature of the business in general, and we all know how that panned out (2008, hint, hint). But, in the midst of all of that craziness we had formed a bond all of us women. And, even in the midst of this extremely stressful job we still were women with families and husbands and hearts. And I now had another person in my corner who believed in me when I didn’t, my manager Bella who was not only my boss but my friend.

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28

Here Goes!!

I have been tinkering over the idea of writing a book for about 2 years. 8 months ago I came up with a name for it, ” Extraordinary moments in a Ordinary Life”. All good in theory, but scary considering I have never been a scholar. But, nonetheless here I go!

When I was a child I had an experience that would change me forever. At 8 years old my Mom and “Dad” sat me down one night to talk to me. I couldn’t have imagined what was so serious, they began to to tell me in the best way that they could that the “Dad” that I had known was in fact not my Dad and that he loved me very much but that it was time that I know the truth. That there was a man that was my Dad but had decided to not be in my life for whatever reason, I don’t remeber the reasoning that was given. I was stunned beyond belief, it was a game changer. All of these feelings were flooding my mind, Who am I really? Why did my real father not want me? Would this father end up leaving me too? This was a definate defining moment in my life, I went from a confident child, to having an insecurity so deep in my soul that I felt that I was just not good enough, good enough for my “real” father, nor the father that I knew and ultimately throughout my life not good enough for just about anyone I came in contact with. It was a heavy burden and yes ultimately (like 6 months later) That Dad I had known and promised to never leave me, did just that. Fortunately, I had a mother that was wonderful, loving,encouraging, and believed in me ALWAYS even when I did not believe I was worth much. Consequently, I craved attention from everyone. We had moved around alot trying to get settled somewhere and I continued at every new school I would go to, to prove to all the “cool” kids that I was worthy of their friendship even though I was lacking most of the qualities they considered cool. Even though it was hard and I had times as a teenager of feeling really depressed, I had a drive in me to prove to everyone that I was Good enough. Little did I know that this drive was given to me for a reason, and that it was actually vitale to my future and the future of others.

Jeremiah 29:11 ” For I know the Plans I have for you, declares the Lord, Plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.” (NIV)