Faith is Love; Love is Having Faith

4 years ago, but it still has a point….

Our Life Is Not Ours, It's God's

When I was living with my grandparents, the only safe school for this Protestant to attend in a 10 mile radius was a catholic school in South Orange. I was taught that God punished and gave and took etc… So I thought God took my mother away and made my father sick for some good reason.

Fast forward to a night when I had a night mare. I was probably around 13 I guess. I wondered down stairs and my uncle was up doing some paperwork or watching a movie or something.  All I remember is  that at some point I made a comment about how I understood why God took my Mom. My uncle looked at me in shock and said, “Is that what you think, that God took your mother?” I was a little taken back because I thought this man should understand, after all , he was…

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Success: What is it?

success-definition-10820480     I apologize for not as often as I should….my only excuse is that this past year has been more difficult to get time to myself and my writing. In December there were some deaths of people that got me thinking. What will I be remembered for when it’s my time? Have I been successful? What is success?

Then I realized that this is what everyone thinks about. So let’s start with the definition.

Webster’s definition is:  favorable or desired outcome; also :  the attainment of wealth, favor, or eminence

I believe there are 2 realms of success: success of the world and success of the spirit. you can have one or the other, you cannot have both. Though if you do have success in one it will lead to success in the other but only one way: Spiritual success must come first.

For me, success has come in many forms that most don’t think about. I was successful to not become an alcoholic like my mom, when all the statistics said otherwise.  I was successful in surviving for 10 years on my own, with very little pay, and bills that exceeded my income. I was successful to find a church that I wanted to be a part of which led me to my husband. God orchestrated all of these successes and he’s not finished yet.

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Now, many people believe that being a success is having a home, paying the bills, being able to save a little and give a little, as well as not having to worry about every little penny. They believe that if they don’t have a $50,000/yr or $500,000/yr job that they are not successful. Really??????

I tell my students that if they want to be able to live on their own they need to earn at least 25, 000/yr or $14/hr . The only way they can get to their dream is to figure out what God’s dream is for them to do……

 

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For me, no matter what job I was in, be it retail or hospitality, I was always teaching someone something. I finally got the hint from God that I was to stay in teaching, one way shape or another. I have tutored, been an assistant teacher, been a middle school teacher, been a GED teacher, and now a teacher for adjudicated youth. This is what God was preparing me for. My goals are to succeed at what God wants me to do. Teaching and writing are 2 of those things I know God wants me to do. I guess I need to work on some daily things, like patience and stress,  for that teaching before I will be a success at writing.

God has plans for U

So, what is success for you? Do you really need to have that 5 bedroom 2 story house to feel successful? To be successful do you need to just have someone recognize your gifts and say, “I have a job that pays only $10,000/yr or $3/hr more than what you are earning now but there will be room to grow.”?    Is success just being able to get all the chores done, dinner cooked, and animals fed?  Is success taking just the right photographs that someone would want to purchase? Is success bridging two organizations so that one takes care of the other?

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For me, if I can inspire people, to do God’s will and to do good things and love others, then I am a success!!!!

What is Success for you???? What will your obituary say about you and your successes here on earth?

 

Humans Tolerate, God is Acceptance

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   I remember stories of a time long ago, when a church put in microphones, to record the pastor’s sermons, so that people who could not come to church due to illness or whatever, could get the tape and still be given the message. There were people who opposed this technology entering the sanctuary and they left the church. I always thought it was so silly for people to leave a church because of microphones or other technology. Why do you go to church? For the place, or for God? Those people eventually returned and tolerated the technology since all the churches were adding microphones…then later it was movie screens…then sound systems ….then people of other colors, races, or sexual orientations……. and people would leave then return.

   It all comes down to tolerance or acceptance. There is a big difference and it has to do with our human side and our faith.

    To have tolerance means to “put up with” certain people or behaviors. I have a high tolerance for certain behaviors that I expect out of my students and very low tolerance for behaviors that we are trying to help them with. Humans tolerate other humans.

    God is all about the acceptance.  God sent his only son to accept our sins, to accept us, warts and all. This is why he sent his only son, to live among us, to understand our reasoning, and teach us how we got it all wrong.  At that time, I believe, Jesus knew he could only reach a certain number of people. He also knew that, when the time came, only a handful would be there to teach others abut his one message of love.

    If you recall, Jesus had a core group known as the disciples. They had flaws like fear, lack of faith, and a little judgement. Jesus accepted this about them and just kept teaching and repeating the same thing, in different ways, t o love everyone.

just love God’s got this!!!!! Who are we to judge!

  Jesus even accepted the fact that there would be people, “stuck”, in their old teachings and thought that was the only way to heaven. We call them the Pharisees. He tolerated their persecutional questioning of his every move at every turn. He was patient with them and had the insight that his followers would go through the same persecution for generations to come and he had to show them how to respond to these Pharisees.

I also think that, even though the Pharisees seems confident, Jesus saw their fear. Maybe the Pharisees were afraid that people would no longer listen to them if Jesus was the Messiah. Their “power” would be gone.

     We all know some “pharisees”  of the modern day. Those people who say things like, “That’s not right, this is the way we have been doing it for generations.”   or   “If they start putting all that new fangled technology in the sanctuary, I’m leaving!”  or ” If they let THOSE people in, I may have to go to a “real” church.” All of these statements are paraphrases from people in the stories I was told way up in NJ.  Evidently, every generation has had some “pharisees” in them.

your most powerful testimony....   It’s our human side that has a fear of change. It’s our human side that Jesus accepted and died for. We can tolerate certain human things like fear, anger, violence, etc… but our faiths, be it Christianity, true Muslim, or Judaism, mean that we believe in God and God is all about the LOVE. We need to overshadow our human side with the acceptance that God shows us every minute of every day with love.

   God is love, love is God. Heaven is love. If we are to live on earth as we will in heaven then we must trust and obey. Our job on this earth is to love. Leave the judging to God.

    Please Lord, tell me if I am doing your will or am I pharisee too?  I pray that I show love to all as you show us. Amen

It’s Memorial Day……..Again

 

Memories can be foggy

I was looking back at a blog I posted, New Traditions: What Is Memorial Day?  It was pretty good, if I do say so myself.

Memorial Day was known as Decoration Day after the Civil war. It was a day to remember all the people who served in the military and who died. This is different than Veterans Day when we pay tribute to all the living  men and women who are currently serving or have served in the military in the past. Memorial Day Graves

Memorial Day should be a day for family to gather and remember other family members who have served them in the past. To just remember those who were in the military, who served at some capacity in a war or military movement. My Dad was in the Korean War. I’m not sure what he did but I’m pretty sure it wasn’t shooting a gun…. My granddaddy was a guard in Newark, NJ. I’m not sure what he guarded but he served. My Pappa’s father was in the army…..they moved a few times even to Alaska.  So, you see, all families have some relative who served in our military forces. The stories of these family members need to be told and handed down to the next generation. This is what Memorial Day should be about, the remembering of our military in our families shared with others. This way they are never forgotten and will live on.

 

Memorial Day should be about the people who sacrificed a part or all of their lives so that you could live a free life of faith. Wait, didn’t Jesus do that? He sacrificed his life so that we could live. Jesus also need to be remembered on this day, and everyday. He gave strength to many soldiers, around the world.

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Here are some thoughts to  ponder on when you comment on this post.      Why is Memorial Day important to you?   What do you do for Memorial Day? How can you make this a better family day? Who do you remember on this holiday?  How does God fit into your Memorial Day Weekend?

Until next time, God bless!!!!

New Traditions: What Is Memorial Day?

Memorial Day Weekend: It’s not just about the military.

Our Life Is Not Ours, It's God's

Memorial Day can be defined as a day established for people to remember significant people or events. We inherit memories of people and events that effect us as individuals, families, and as a country.

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As a country we remember the military who sacrificed their lives in the Revolutionary War, the Civil War, WW 1, WW2, the Korean War, Vietnam, the Gulf War, and of course the most recent war in the Middle East. What we forget are the little “battles” and assignments that military personal still have to do such as “man” the bases we create after a war. There may not be any physical battles in Germany or Australia but ask any military personnel and they will tell you they are fighting to learn how to be better soldiers. They are learning from the soldiers that fought in the previous wars. That is their “inheritance”.

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