The Measure of a Mighty Man

In a perfect world everyone is content.  But we live on a fallen planet.  All our “green” thinking can’t stop the red blood of betrayal from spilling into the streets.  Hooray for recycling, but relationships can only take so much.  We can tell ourselves that our choices are our choices, that it’s nobody’s business what we do.  But we can see how “nobody’s business” is disintegrating the very fabric of our lives and all in the name of “Happiness”.

My dear friends, life is not about doing what makes you happy.  Life is about doing what is right.  True love is about considering the consequences and the ripple effect of our choices.

One of the reasons the Christian lifestyle is often rejected,  is because it is perceived as an authoritarian view.  People are afraid they won’t have the freedom to do as they please.  But doing as we please, is just history pathetically and brutally repeating itself.  God showed the Israelites in Old Testament times,  a better way to live, but they always defaulted to “as they saw fit”.

Kinda sounds like our attitude today, and where has it got us?  Broken pieces trying to nurture broken pieces.  We need to be humble enough to admit our human heart needs divine intervention.  Then we need to be patient enough to hear God’s voice.  Then we need to be sober enough to admit we need His instruction and wise enough to trust Him.

I think the measure of a mighty man, is the humble man who admits he needs Christ’s help to build a life worth living, to make decisions he can be proud of, and choices that bless others instead of tear people apart.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Taking Responsibility

We can be thankful that our opportunity to speak freely and truthfully, still exists in our nation.  I would like to bring our attention to specific television programming we are allowing on our airwaves. My main reason for speaking out on the influx of violent and immoral programming is to warn parents of the damages that occur, both mentally, physically and spiritually, in our lives and our children’s lives.  I want to take responsibility for what our country has deemed acceptable.

The center of our being (our soul), can be masterfully destroyed in a few seconds of viewing damaging material.  As a child, I grew restless one evening and wandered out into the living room where my father was watching an “action” show.  I cuddled up beside him for consolation but instead witnessed a graphic scene of violence that catapulted me into a future of recurring nightmares. These life changing “seconds” may occur while you are studying on-line, or folding laundry in front of the television.  You don’t have to tune in to an entire program to be assaulted and abused.   You may just catch a glimpse of something horrific, but a glimpse is all that is necessary to begin the erosion process…and the dumbing down.

We know that once an image is captured by the lens of our eye, it is engrained in our brain forever, available to recall at any given impulse.  As the images replay, the erosion continues and spills over into every area of our life.  The violence that we call entertainment creates fear and anger.  We may find ourselves unusually irritable. The blatant sexual displays so evident in all secular programming today creates restlessness, dis-contentment, and doubt.  Soon, if we are not aware, we can develop patterns, and addictions to these pictures and thoughts.  We then join, what is no longer a select few, but a growing number of the “tormented” and the LOST.

We are experiencing a backlash of uncontrollable behavior due to our unwillingness to recognize God and stand up for what He has commanded.

Those who haven’t been on the battle front, do not recognize the enemy!

Today, I would like to bring our attention to the television series “Lost Girl” which is described as a supernatural crime drama.  It premiered in 2010 and after positive reviews was renewed a second, third and fourth time. This program has been privileged to play on the airwaves for four years!

Who is reviewing this material and why are we trusting these reviews?

The plot summary of  “Lost Girl” can be found on http://www.imdb.com.

“Lost Girl focuses on the gorgeous and charismatic Bo, a supernatural being called a succubus who feeds on the energy of humans, sometimes with fatal results. Refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system and its rigid hierarchy, Bo is a renegade who takes up the fight for the underdog while searching for the truth about her own mysterious origins.”Written by M.A. Lovretta

Allow me to tell you how the dictionary defines “succubus” – “a demon in female form who has sexual relations with men in her sleep”, it can also mean – prostitute.

Now I ask you, is this material useful towards any positive growth in your life, spiritually or otherwise?  Whether you are a follower of Christ or not, is this material something that can bring about any positive effect in your children’s lives?  Perhaps it will fuel the fire for our future generations to aspire to become sex slaves?

In order to promote a program such as this, a positive slant has to be manufactured.  You will notice in the plot summary, how we are lead to believe that this main character possesses some righteous quality, because she is searching for “the truth of her origin”, “fighting for the underdog”, “refusing to embrace her supernatural clan system”.

I refuse to embrace any of it, and what does that make me?  RESPONSIBLE, and more informed, willing to commit to learn about the inner workings of the Canadian Television Fund and what their process is for accepting public programming.

In the meantime, I suggest:

  • “test everything” (1 Thess 5:20-22)
  • measure everything against these words….(Philippians 4:8) and your minds will be protected and have peace.
  • question whether owning a television in 2013, is wise?
  • and choose the success that comes only from Godly discernment which is cultivated within a relationship with Him.

If you don’t own a Bible and want to look up these verses, you can use http://www.biblegateway.com on-line.  There are other websites as well dedicated to helping you look up specific Bible passages.

Cindy Palin -Music for the Soul, “Christmas Hope” available on iTunes.

Happiness is….

I use to say happiness was finding a matching pair of clean white socks, and it still is, but I can sure add a thing or two, to that phrase today.  I turned 50 this year, a milestone moment, or how my youngest says “Mom – you’re half dead”.  But I feel more alive and happy than I ever have before, and I think I know why.

It isn’t that all my dreams have come true.  Some haven’t and some may never come true.  But my best friend’s dreams for my life are well under way and I have to say – He knows best.

Trust in the Lord and do good;

dwell in the land and enjoy safe pasture.

Take delight in the Lord,

and he will give you the desires of your heart.

(Psalm 37: 3,4 NIV)

God seeds His dreams (purpose) in our hearts while we are formed in the womb.  We get a glimpse of those dreams when we are children.  As we get older we begin to try to understand who we are, and where we fit, and how we might live out those dreams.  As a wife and a mother today, I know that without my full surrender and trust in God’s will, I would have wandered off chasing a dream that wasn’t intended for me at all.

I believe as we seek first His Kingdom, we get to know the dream giver better.   As we get to know Him better, we want nothing more than to glorify Him.  And that is the magic moment, when we realize He is the dream fulfilled.  He is more than enough, and everything else we thought was so dang important just fades away.

Kind of blows “happiness” out of the water, doesn’t it?

You will keep in perfect peace all who trust in you, all whose thoughts are fixed on you! (Isaiah 26:3 NLT)

Christmas Traditions for November

It’s late Friday afternoon.  Opening my shop door is like opening our refrigerator, without the food of course.  Instead of milk cartons – towering naked trees, I shiver just looking at them.  Where leaves use to swoop up in the corner of the front step, now lays our ice cube tray, or rather a foot of snow!  Winter decided to make a grand entrance last Sunday, without my permission.  Two can play at this game, I’m giving him the cold shoulder.

Yesterday I watched “You’ve Got Mail”.  Nothing more heartwarming for the winter blahs.  Each time is better than the first.  There I stood working on the final details of our Tree Festival entry “Polka Dots and Holly”, laughing out loud as if I were in the coffee shop with Tom Hanks and Meg Ryan.  These are two Christmas traditions I would like to keep up, the Tree Fest and You’ve Got Mail.  Everyone should plan a seasonal community activity and pick a favorite Christmas movie.

Here’s a snippit of the writing in “You’ve Got Mail”

“I have a very thirsty date, she’s part camel”, or “The whole purpose of places like Star Bucks is for people with no decision making ability what so ever to make six decisions just to buy one cup of coffee, short, tall, light, dark, caf, decaf, low fat, non fat, etc.   So people who don’t know what they’re doing, or who on earth they are, can for only $2.95 get not just a cup of coffee but an absolutely defining sense of self.  Tall, decalf, cappuccino!” 

Gotta love that sass!

Late yesterday afternoon I purchased a Christmas album off  iTunes.  Another new tradition as of last year.  December 2012 “Contemporary Christmas”, with my favorite tune on the album; I Bought You a Plastic Star. It’s never going to become a classic, but it makes me smile.  This year I bought “the Holiday” soundtrack, by Hans Zimmer.  Music that takes you to the moon and back!

Oh yes, and who can go without the tradition of watching the scene from Charlie Brown’s Christmas, where Linus explains what Christmas is all about?  I just watched it a few minutes ago and now…….. I’m right as rain.

Next weekend Midnight Madness comes to town.  People gather in droves and shop ’till they drop.  The girls and I always skipped the shopping and decorated our Christmas tree while Lloyd sold camera’s all night long.  Our son was usually away skating.  This year it might be just Lloyd and I decorating the tree.  I’m sure he’s gonna love it as much as he loves perusing car lots:)  Not.

Well it’s time to leave the shop and go open our real refrigerator to decide what to eat for supper.  I’ll turn on the fireplace, play a few games of scrabble and wait for hubby to come home and try to think of new Christmas traditions we can introduce to our family this year.