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Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.


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Disappointed? Be Careful What You Do Next

Many people I love have suffered deep, crippling disappointments in life.  I have too.

Disappointment makes us feel like road kill on the side of the highway.  It leaves a scent that calls to the vultures of the spiritual world.   They nip at faith.  They feast on doubts.  They rip.  They lie.  But these spiritual vultures will quickly take flight when the disappointed sit up and show life.

Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.

Heed this warning y’all.  Don’t linger in despair.  Don’t find comfort in misery.  Yes, life takes its turns.  It  surprises.  It horrifies.  It doesn’t quite turn out the way you envision.  But God promises that that the life He gives you will be full.  He promises peace.  How?  Through prayers.  Through THANKSGIVING.   When we are fighting off those vultures, it’s hard to focus on anything but self preservation.  Thanksgiving helps you to see God.  You have to purposely thank Him for your blessings in order to receive peace.  Scripture says so.

Disappointed? Life not turning out quite like you planned? Heed this warning y'all! Be careful what you do next.

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And that’s what we need… a guarded heart while we live.  And let’s LIVE y’all!

Blessings, Alice

Watch my video about the time we were disappointed with the loss of a job.

Pictures:  +  My small next door neighbor was outside all day celebrating his third birthday and playing with his new airplane.    ++ Taken from the car window in New Mexico on a road trip.

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Sometimes all someone needs is an uncomplicated way of looking at the entire story of man and God. Read my version written like a parable. I also posted my latest video where I discuss what scripture has to say about what will happen to the body when Christ comes back. Please share with someone who is struggling with the death of someone they love, or their own mortality.


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Tripping Over Gravestones. A Happily Ever After Story.

 

 

 

 

Sometimes all someone needs is an uncomplicated way of looking at the entire story of man and God. Read my version written like a parable. I also posted my latest video where I discuss what scripture has to say about what will happen to the body when Christ comes back. Please share with someone who is struggling with the death of someone they love, or their own mortality.

This is a true story.

In the beginning there were beloved children, adored by their Father.  They were given the freedom to frolic and play, as long as they didn’t wander out of the light.  One day they noticed an expansive shadow that seemed cool and alluring.  It invited them into its satisfying darkness.   The deeper they wandered, the more lost they became.  Thorns ripped their feet and choked the soil.   They tripped over gravestones.  The lost children called out for their Father, but He was far away.   He was Light, and Light could not step into darkness.  But the Father did not abandon His children.  He called out instructions to them on how to live in the darkness.   Blood sacrifices were required, but  were never enough to cleanse.  Never enough to bring the lost back into the light.  The Father longed for his missing sons and daughters.  He would do ANYTHING to live with them again. ANYTHING.

And then the purist of Lambs stepped forward, His name was LOVE.  He walked resolutely into the darkness, lighting the way with His words from the Father, words of hope.  But not all the wanderers followed the Lamb.  Most were accustomed to the gloom, and had forgotten what the Father’s voice sounded like.  Many tried to silence LOVE,  and so spilled the blood of the perfect Lamb.

Finally a sacrifice that was enough.

It was finished.

But, LOVE could not stay dead.  Those who believed LOVE was the perfect Lamb were given the Father’s light to speak. A lure to the lost.  Words of a future…where darkness is banished…graves gone…thorns burned up.  And in that future, the Father walks with His children once again in glorious light. 

But for now we wait.

Let me speak of LOVE to you.  His name is Jesus.

Dear Friends, I have written this version of God’s LOVE story for you to share with others. Here is a PDF for you to print out. This is a true story PDF Sometimes all someone needs is just another way of looking at this love story.  I intend this story to be a seed.  Certainly there are missing pieces…scriptures that the next gardener will  use when they water the seed.  As I travel this summer, I plan to tape copies of this story on the inside of bathroom stall doors, hotels, my cruise, rest areas, and other stops all over America.

I would love for you to watch my latest video when I take a walk in a Neches River graveyard.  Have you been wondering what will happen to your body when Jesus comes?  You won’t stay dead that’s for sure.

Picture:  The title picture is of the Neches River  taken while walking in the graveyard featured in this video.

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Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.


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The White Cross. What a Peaceful Community Protest Means to Me.

I would love for you to watch my video before you read my post.  Go walking with me beside the Sabine Lake on the Texas coast.  Find out what my story about weed-whacking has to do with the white cross and what it means to me.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are  taking their faith very seriously?  And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage…to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth.  Their goal…to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity.  In their minds, Jesus followers are not only gullible, and stupid, but are  dangerous to the future of society.  Therefore, there are active campaigns all over the Internet with very logical, intelligent sounding discussions, refuting that beautiful name of Jesus.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

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There is an organized society called Freedom From Religion,  that has taken it upon themselves to make sure all religious icons are removed from public property.  In one of our local parks, a white cross has stood for 45 years.  This atheist organization is pressuring the city to remove it.  Our community has responded by posting white crosses in our front yards as a peaceful protest to this request, thanks to an area business that gives these crosses out free.  I took a walk on my street and took a picture of all the crosses just on my one street.  This silent protest is happening throughout my community.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

Let me tell you what the white cross in my yard means to me.

I believe that more than just torture and death happened on that cross.   Yes, it hurt physically.  Yes.  But there was something else at work there.  A burden was borne.  A great weight.  As if every man, woman, and child climbed on His bleeding back.  And once He steadied Himself with the heaviness of the world, He noticed He was alone.

Alone.

Hell.

For isn’t hell the absence of God?

This is what I believe was happening in the garden.  Not just distress over the coming pain, but absolute anguish of even one moment without His Father.  Crushed with grief over this death for billions.  Grief experienced without the tiniest fragment of sin.  Pure, beautiful, agonizing submission to His Father’s will.

The scriptures say that His Father heard His prayer in the garden, and an angel was dispatched to strengthen His son.  Have you ever wondered how the Savior of the world gets strengthened?  This is my imagination at work y’all, but I think the angels showed Jesus family pictures.

Of you.

Because after all, this cross was all about love.

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

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 What we do see is Jesus, who for a little while was given a position “a little lower than the angels”; and because he suffered death for us, he is now “crowned with glory and honor.” Yes, by God’s grace, Jesus tasted death for everyone.  God, for whom and through whom everything was made, chose to bring many children into glory. And it was only right that he should make Jesus, through his suffering, a perfect leader, fit to bring them into their salvation. Hebrews 2:9-10 NLT

Did you know there is a growing number of atheists who are taking their faith very seriously? And there are some passionate among the unbelievers who are using the media to their best advantage...to actively engage the world in this gospel of untruth. Their goal...to rid the world of the scourge of Christianity. Find out how a white cross in my community caused a peaceful protest.

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 Because God’s children are human beings—made of flesh and blood—the Son also became flesh and blood. For only as a human being could he die, and only by dying could he break the power of the devil, who had the power of death.  Only in this way could he set free all who have lived their lives as slaves to the fear of dying. Hebrews 2:14-15 NLT

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Pictures:  + the controversial white cross found in one of our local parks, ++my bridal veil bush that is in full bloom.  This bush only blooms for a couple of weeks and then it is gone until next year.

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Profanity on Christian blogs is a cultural trend that I want to make a comment on. This post is about Jesus followers...His teachers... the ones He has sent out... who deliberately chose their words and type them on the page. Then when editing, they say to themselves, "This is a good idea. I think these words will make my point."


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Since When is #@%! Holy? Profanity and the Christian Blogger

Jesus and Culture:  Profanity and the Christian Blogger

First of all, let me assure you that I have had my moments.  In a fit of anger I had said some not so pretty words, usually to my husband.  Those days, thankfully, have passed, but just so you know that this post is not about throwing out a few salty words as punctuation to overflowing emotion and then being regretful afterwards.  This post is about Jesus followers…His teachers… the ones He has sent out… who deliberately chose their words and typed them on the page.  Then when editing, they say to themselves, “This is a good idea.  I think these words will make my point.”Profanity on some Christian blogs is a cultural trend that I want to make a comment on. This post is about Jesus followers...His teachers... the ones He has sent out... who deliberately chose their words and type them on the page. Then when editing, they say to themselves, "This is a good idea. I think these words will make my point."

My Christian Alma mater sends out a quarterly alumni magazine and I noticed that a popular blogger (that I was not familiar with) had come to speak on blogging in today’s culture.  So naturally, I went to her blog to see what she had to say.  The current blog post was a rant about people who had annoyed her with stupid questions about a family activity.  At some point she felt it necessary to capitalize HOLY S***. to let the reader know, without a doubt, she was MAD.  I had assumed she was a Christian because of the title of her blog.  Y’all, after picking my jaw off of the floor, I went to investigate her ABOUT page.  Yes, she is a Christian…her husband is a pastor.  And this is not an isolated incident.  I have observed other Christian bloggers with just as much profanity.  I guess they are attempting to be relevant.

I have two points to make about this.

Teachers are Held to a Higher Standard

I think some have forgotten this verse.  Maybe their version of God is different than mine.  But from what I read in scripture, God is pretty serious about being represented well.

Dear brothers and sisters, not many of you should become teachers in the church, for we who teach will be judged more strictly. James 3:1 NLT

This one statement should cause all Christian bloggers to pray passionately before hitting the publish button.  The theme of this passage is taming the tongue.  In essence our keyboard is our tongue. Maybe you would like to read all of James 3 here.

It is possible that this blogger’s overall theme does not involve teaching.  That her select audience is clicking to be entertained not led in deep discussion.  Christians that find themselves in the national spotlight, like the Robertson family from Duck Dynasty, or Candace Cameron from The View, are also entertaining the masses, but make no mistake they too are actively teaching the world what a Christian walk looks like.  If you have confessed to belong to Jesus in your Bio, then you are a Christian blogger.

It is impossible to write a blog without teaching.   We are light.

 And so blessing and cursing come pouring out of the same mouth. Surely, my brothers and sisters, this is not right! James 3:10 NLT

I am sure I will not convince some of you that this is a big deal.  I am sure some will mark me down as out of touch.  But I can’t help myself y’all, it’s the mission of this blog to encourage holiness within our culture.

And speaking of holy…

#$%!  is NOT holy, God is!

I have heard the word Holy put in front of many not so nice words, even in front of hell itself.  It’s the culture y’all.

Profanity on Christian blogs is a cultural trend I want to make a comment on. This post is about Jesus followers...His teachers... the ones He has sent out... who deliberately chose their words and type them on the page. Then when editing, they say to themselves, "This is a good idea. I think these words will make my point."

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Maybe culture needs a review of what holiness is.  How about… perfection beyond comprehension, or purity beyond imagination?  It is the first name of the Holy Spirit.  He is what makes us holy and sanctified.  When Christians use holy in an unholy manner are they misunderstanding the Spirit within them?  Are they disregarding the unseen world, the heavenly places?  Just because we can’t see the invisible doesn’t mean our words are not effecting the unseen. I am just speculating y’all, but wouldn’t calling poop holy be an anti-prayer…the opposite of the living beings in heaven singing,” Holy, Holy, Holy?”

In the center and around the throne were four living beings, each covered with eyes, front and back. The first of these living beings was like a lion; the second was like an ox; the third had a human face; and the fourth was like an eagle in flight.  Each of these living beings had six wings, and their wings were covered all over with eyes, inside and out. Day after day and night after night they keep on saying,

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord God, the Almighty—the one who always was, who is, and who is still to come.” Revelation 4:6-8  NLT

Profanity on Christian blogs is a cultural trend I want to make a comment on. This post is about Jesus followers...His teachers... the ones He has sent out... who deliberately chose their words and type them on the page. Then when editing, they say to themselves, "This is a good idea. I think these words will make my point."

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I would love to hear back from you on this subject.  Have you run across profanity from Christian bloggers?  Does it bother you like it does me?

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Pictures:  +  a forlorn looking gate to the entrance of an old oil refinery that is no longer standing. Located on the Neches River in Texas.  ++original picture of the sun setting taken on my way home from Houston through the front windshield of the passenger side.  It was HUGE that day.  +++ taken inside the chapel at my Alma mater.  Many couples love to use this chapel to get married because of the exquisite stained glass.

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So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.


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Fight Like a Boss, Against Unseen Forces

Before you read my post, check out my video below where I walk on the Texas Inter-coastal Canal.  Click below to hear about the time I went DOWN 🙂

Spiritual Disciplines- Reading and Memorizing Scripture

 

 

 

 

 

 

I love that Jesus fought Satan with scripture while He was being tempted in the desert.  There He was…weakened and hungry,  and the only thing He spoke, besides “No” and “Get out of here!” were  “It is written…” followed by  a scripture.    See Matthew 4 

So really, if I want to fight like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy, pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.

Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place,  and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace.  In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God. Ephesians 6:13-17 NLT

Now here’s where those pesky distractions come y’all, at least for me.  In order to swing the sword, I must train.  Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.  There are three ways to handle the Word of God:  you can read it, study it, and memorize it.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss,  like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy.   Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me.  In order to swing the sword, I must train.  Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

Read

Reading scripture is not all that hard.  Instead of checking Facebook during the many times I am required to wait in the course of my day, I like to use the app from Gateway.com to read the Word on my phone. One idea is to read the same section of scripture each day for a week, listening to the Spirit target specific areas of your life.  I guarantee the Spirit will help you use this same passage on behalf of a friend, while you use your voice to speak a counter attack against the enemy.This idea is great to use with your children too.  The strategy of repetition infuses the Word into your mind and heart so it can be pulled up and spoken at a moment’s notice.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

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Study

Studying the Word is more than just reading it, but might include doing research, thinking about context, embracing the figurative language, word study, cross reference, and relating your experiences.    Study is digging deeper.  Study is lingering in the Word.  I love to participate in Bible study groups, but I also wanted to learn to study on my own, so  I developed a Bible study guide for myself that I would love to share with you.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

The Deeper Study Guide is meant to be stapled on the front of a composition book. Look at the end of this post to find out how to get one for your personal study.

Memorize

To a brain on overload, sometimes it just can’t seem to hold anything else.  That’s what the enemy wants you to think.  Shove the trivial to the side and make room for POWER.  Because that’s what God’s Word is.  A sharp sword.  So sharp it can slice the head off of your enemy with one swipe.  So sharp it can surgically remove that dark stronghold that clings.  So sharp it can expose that which is hiding, maybe even from the one who wields it.  A sword is no good if it can’t be drawn quickly.  By the time you have accessed your Bible app, or Googled a verse, the perfect moment may have passed.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

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One of the first scriptures I memorized was Philippians 4:4-7.  On a bumpy flight this fall, I sat next to a woman who was outwardly expressing everything I was feeling on the inside…terror.  I comforted her by reciting my memory verse, “Do not be anxious about anything…”  Not only did it calm her, but it did me also.

So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too..

Look below to see how you can sign up to receive this MEMORIZE cover, and the table of contents template, along with instructions.

 

In conclusion, I want to offer one last reason why you should be in the Word.

For a time is coming when people will no longer listen to sound and wholesome teaching. They will follow their own desires and will look for teachers who will tell them whatever their itching ears want to hear.  They will reject the truth and chase after myths.  2 Timothy 4:3-4 NLT

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So really, if I want to fight like a boss, like Jesus, I need to chose my words like Jesus did, quoting scriptures to the enemy. Pulling out the sword of the Spirit, the Word of God.Now here's where those pesky distractions come y'all, at least for me. In order to swing the sword, I must train. Not only do I need military training and discipline to fight distractions, but my kids need to learn to fight with scripture too.

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Check out the first post in the Spiritual Discipline Series:

Spiritual disciplines will clothe you with depth, suitable clothes for the wedding banquet. Find out what these disciplines are, and battle the enemy as he tries to steal your time from you.

Pictures:  +taken at Gilchrist Beach in Texas, ++original picture taken from  the window of our car as we drove through California on the way to Los Angeles.

 

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