Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Better To Give Than To Receive!

Selfishness. The act of being concerned excessively or exclusively with oneself : seeking or concentrating on one's own advantage, pleasure, or well-being without regard for another. That definition explained me and sad to say it still does rear it's ugly head on occasion. I mean, if I don't look out for numero uno, who will, right? Wrong. When we trust Jesus He will look out for us. It's amazing what happens when you forget about yourself for 2 minutes and do something for someone else, not out of selfish ambition, but out of love. The saying "it's better to give than to receive" really is true. When I was going through depression a few years back I started to go and visit people in a nursing home. If anyone had a right to be depressed it was these people. Most of them are put there by family members with good intentions of coming to visit but life happens and the visits get fewer and far between. Most of the people have a room-mate, 1 dresser, 1 tiny closet, a bed, a small t.v. and maybe a recliner. That's it! This is home. Some are happy and thankful, others are, well not so happy. But I learned that a smile from me or a visit from me could brighten up their day. So, I started going more often. Got to know people's names. Started smiling again. Started to realize that I was not concerned with my situation as much. I started coming out of my depression. You know, when someone has too much time on their hands, I think it can sometimes become stomping grounds for the devil to come in and mess with you. So get busy! Do something for someone else. There are so many lonely people in nursing homes that would love to have a visitor or a neighbor that is going through a hard time. Someone that's been out of work that needs groceries or even a home-cooked meal. A friend going through a divorce. A couple that never get a date night because they don't have anyone to watch their kids. Maybe you know someone in prison. Come on - get creative. Get your mind off of yourself and let's make this world a better place to live. Let's start acting like Christians instead of telling everyone we are. Let's truly be the hands and feet of Jesus!

Meet some of my friends at the nursing home!!

MARIE - 92 years young - had a heart attack a year ago but God wasn't ready to take her home yet because she's back to her old young self!
Praise God!

This is my adopted grandma! She was introduced to me on my 1st visit. Always a smile on her face! Mary will be 84 on April 20. Happy Birthday, Mary!

This woman has a mansion or 2 waiting for her in heaven. She's anxiously awaiting the meeting of her Father in heaven. Tears come to her eyes when we talk about this. It's not fear but joy. Emma is 92 - every time I visit she is either reading her bible, a devotional or praying. Thanks for praying for me. Can't wait to spend time with you, my dear sister, in the Presence of Jesus!

Tuesday, March 8, 2011

A Nerve's Been Hit

Yesterday I received a notice from a Christian organization that monitors what's going on in our society. I was informed that a new pilot t.v. show was being worked on - it's called "Good Christian B*tches". Have you ever felt like your blood was boiling? My blood was boiling. It's still pretty hot. I signed a petition and posted on Facebook to get the word out. The sad thing is that obviously there is a desire for people to want to watch this crap! I say fine to those that aren't Christians, if that's how they want to fill their minds, hearts and souls. But for the Christians, I will be bold and say we should be ashamed of ourselves! The bible tells us to guard our hearts, for everything you do flows from it.(Prov 4:23).  We need to monitor what our eyes are intentionally looking at and our ears are intentionally hearing and if it doesn't line up with God's word, then we need to stop watching or listening. It's as simple as that! Do you think our heavenly Father is pleased with us when we watch shows like Desperate Housewives, Sex in the City or even Oprah? Yes, Oprah! She believes that there are many ways to God and even promotes this. Her following is large and therefore she is leading so many people astray. Why would you want to promote that? We have become a society so desensitized by what we see on television. Hollywood has programmed us to think that adultery is something that most married people do and it's no big deal. That there is nothing wrong with sleeping with someone before you are married (heck, the more sex partners you have the better) and that it is not wrong to have relations with someone of the same sex. The Bible calls all these acts sexually immoral. It says that these acts are wicked and the wicked will not inherit the Kingdom of God. (1 Corinthians 6:9). 
I know this is very controversial but someone needs to be controversial! We need to take a stand against what Hollywood says about Christians. We can not be silent. Look what silence brought to the public schools. We, as Christians, are to be holy not tolerant! 1 Peter 1:14-16 says, As obedient children, do not conform to the evil desires you had when you lived in ignorance.  But just as he who called you is holy, so be holy in all you do;  for it is written: “Be holy, because I am holy". The world doesn't know any better. They are in the dark. (Ephesians 4:8 - They are darkened in their understanding and separated from the life of God because of the ignorance that is in them due to the hardening of their hearts.) But we do, or should, because we have been brought out of darkness and into the light. (1 Thessalonians 5:5 - You are all children of the light and children of the day. We do not belong to the night or to the darkness.) Be holy then! Stop conforming to the world. (Romans 12:2 - Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is—his good, pleasing and perfect will.) How are we supposed to transform our minds if we are still putting in the junk we watched or listened to when we lived in the dark? The day you accepted Jesus as your Savior you became a new creation. (2 Corinthians 5:17 - Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, the new creation has come: The old has gone, the new is here!) When are we going to start acting like what we say we are? When are we going to start looking different from the "world"? Truth be told, we should've started looking and acting different the moment we accepted Jesus as our Savior. His Holy Spirit now resides in us and therefore we are being transformed into His image from glory to glory. (2 Corinthians 3:18). I know we all have our convictions and passions for what is right and what is wrong and while you can tell this subject has hit a nerve, I am praying that it has hit a nerve with you, too!

If this has hit a nerve, I urge you to go to the link below and sign the petition. Let Hollywood know that you don't like what they are doing!