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Not Just Gun Control, but Sin Control

By now we have all heard of the tragic loss in the Connecticut shooting.  I can’t begin to fathom any rationalization of any acts of this nature, other than to know that Satan has struck again.  Not only have the people of that community lost their children, but the children who witnessed the shooting will suffer psychological impacts for years to come.

I’ve seen posts on Facebook rallying for the ban of guns, all guns, period.  The argument is that guns kill.  While I fully support the control of all semi-automatic weapons (in my opinion they should be relegated to the military), I do not support the outlaw of guns as a whole. What I do support is the outlaw of sin, and I offer than instead of complete gun control we exercise “sin control”.  If more people were to turn to Scripture and truly believe that God has the ultimate judgement of all of our sins, the world would improve one person at a time. When we control our sin, the gun control will fall into place.

For ease, I’m copying and pasting what I posted this morning on my Facebook in response to my family member’s comment about me defending my Constitutional Rights by keeping the guns that allow me to have food on my table for we depend on that to feed ourselves.  Rightfully, she argued the rights of the children that were taken and never given any rights and that semi-automatic guns are indeed part of the problem.  However, my original post was to defend my right to keep the hunting weapons we need to sustain this life in my house.

 I work in a preschool and have had to call the police 3 times in 3 months, most recently this week due to a mentally unstable man. Being the first person to see people approach & enter my building you better bet your pants off that I wish it were permissible to have a concealed weapon to defend not only myself, but every 168 of the 3-to-5 year olds I care for and am responsible for protecting. There is NO justification for violence, period. Perhaps if there was more outreach by people who know the plagued with insanity, maybe if the country as a whole could have a sense of responsibility to be held accountable, we might make some impact. I know how easily guns can fall into the hands of nutbags, need I remind you of our recent ordeal being robbed of our weapons? Living in a world like this, you need to be prepared to defend yourself. It’s not getting any better. Do you know if someone comes into your home & robs you blind you have more rights letting them get away with it than if you were to defend yourself? Gun control is totally necessary. The point of my post was directed to those who have jumped on a bandstand arguing the outlaw of guns completely. Bottom line for me, personally, is to abide by the Bible and treat others with kindness and compassion, meanwhile i have to be alert that the devil works in all forms, and I, for one, won’t back down. Will I break the law? No, of course not. Will I pray that our country starts heading in a better direction so we can have some sense of security? You betcha! Again, I pray for anyone and everyone affected by this tragedy, especially for the innocent babies and their devastated families.

What I ask of you today, of all of us, is to turn our lives over to God, to come to a better world where we know that we have a higher calling.  We are not meant to hurt each other, judge each other, least of all kill each other.  To cope with this loss I’m relying on my faith.  I pray that this kind of event is prevented in the future because God enters the hearts of all who need Him.  I pray that our nation uses this as a wake up call and instead of being passive about religion turns their lives over to the Word of the Bible, God’s Word, and abides by it.

My heart and prayers are with the families, friends, and all of the people in this country that have been touched and devastated by the loss of so many loved ones due to the instability of humans and Satan’s power over them.  I pray that God comes into our hearts and minds, that we keep mindful that our duty is to treat each other as we want to be treated, with kindness and compassion, respect, and dignity.  I pray that we can all rely on God to get us through this and all tragedies as we face a world that has turned it’s back on the Church and God in general. I pray for forgiveness.  I pray for comfort.  I pray for protection.  I pray for the widespread blessing of God’s love to enter the hearts of all who need to know Him. In Jesus’ name, I pray, AMEN!

Stronger Faith, Stronger Prayers, and Justice Served

Those that are close to us know that we’ve been through some very trying times in the past few months. Today was the day we’ve been waiting for, praying every day that things would go our way.  We’ve asked for prayer from our friends, family, church family, coworkers, anyone who we know are deeply rooted in their faith.  We’ve prayed that the person who pressed charges against my husband, falsely accusing him, would have God come into his heart.  We’ve prayed that justice would be served and that Clay would be cleared of these false charges.  We’ve prayed that we wouldn’t have to worry anymore that we would be robbed in the middle of the night by this man or any of his accomplices.

Our prayers were answered today.  All of them.  We waited patiently as the judge called each case and heard their testimony, gave her ruling, and moved on to the next dramatic incident.  We heard lies, we heard pleading, we heard truth.  I noticed that the judge was wearing a small cross on the outside of her robe.  I knew that God was in that courtroom and that His hand was on us, just like we’d prayed for.  Finally, they brought out the man dressed in a bright orange jumpsuit, the one who robbed us of our sleep, our possessions, our sanity, and our security.  But he didn’t rob us of our faith.  If anything, this whole ordeal has made our faith stronger.  I never thought I’d say it, but I’m thankful that because of this experience we are better Christians.  God promises that He will bring us through the difficult times not only answering our prayers, but propelling us to a better destiny for keeping our faith in Him.

This man is facing 10 felonies as it stood today.  Tonight I pray that God comes into his heart, into the heart of his girlfriend, and anyone else that was involved with his crimes.  I pray that they get to know God as we have and can begin to trust in Him to turn their lives around.

Tonight I give thanks for a loving, honest, amazing husband.  I give thanks for his freedom, cleared name, and renewed happiness.  I give thanks that tonight we can relax and sleep well knowing that God is ever present in our lives and that our prayers and the prayers of those who care for us have been answered.  I praise and thank Him!  Thank You, Jesus, not only for dying for our sins, but for hearing each and every prayer, bringing us through adversity praying stronger prayers with stronger faith in You and Your Power in our lives.  For all of our blessings and so, so much more… I praise and thank you, In Jesus’ name, AMEN!

The Blessing of Friendships

I haven’t written this week. I’ve been sulking and mourning the loss of my friend and coworker. My days of sorrow have now ended, much thanks to the beautiful “homecoming ceremony” I attended yesterday for Tammy.  We were reminded by her Pastor of Tammy’s infectious smile and told that each smile we receive or give is a blessing from God.  It brings happiness to both the giver and the recipient. Tammy had one of the best smiles I’ve ever seen and that’s exactly how I’ll remember her.

I was blessed to know Tammy for a few minutes in this lifetime.  I’ve become more aware this week of the other friendships I’ve been blessed with since I started my job in September.  God truly does put the right people in your life right when you need them.  The women I work with are all very strong in their faith, which helps me stay strong in my own faith when I have difficult days.  I have been blessed with friendships based on the love of God, a shared faith that He will provide exactly what we need when we need it, and a respect for the blessing of discernment.

My family has expanded since I married my husband last year.  I have been blessed with new cousins on his side of the family, one in particular.  We share the same name (I like to call us “Team Lisa”) and we share the same belief in the Power of God in our lives.  We are blessed to share the same church family as well as our married family.  We even got hired with the same company at the same time.  God has shown me on more than one occasion that He put Lisa in my life for a reason.  We support each other and love each other, not because we have to due to church, work, or familial obligations, but because it’s just natural.  I know that God put us together, just like He put my husband and me together, at just the right time. He made my family bigger and stronger, through our faith in Him.

"Team Lisa" - my friend, family and blessing

“Team Lisa” – my friend, family and blessing

Today I am thankful for my friendships, each and every one of them.  I have many; I am blessed in that way.  I am thankful for God giving me discernment so I will know a true Christian from a false witness.  I am thankful for the blessing that is God’s love through friendship and family.

If you have someone in your life that has touched your heart in a way that you know could only happen through God, let them know how much you appreciate them.  We aren’t promised a tomorrow, but we’re blessed with today.  Take a minute today to thank the people in your life for their love and kindness, give them a smile… a blessing in turn for being a blessing to you.

I pray today that we all have a minute to acknowledge the love and favor God has blessed us with. I pray for my friends and family that we all can appreciate each other and give credit where credit is due: to God. I pray that He keeps us all in his grace and favor and that He strengthens our bonds, in Jesus’ name, Amen!

My Day of Sorrow, Turned to Hope

I learned this morning that one of the angels I have been blessed with has gone to be at the hand of Our Father.  When I was watching Joel Osteen this morning before church she came to my mind strongly, and I recalled a recent conversation we had about a mutual loved one. That person called me with the news minutes later that Ms. Tammy had passed during the night.

My day started full of sorrow, not because I hurt for Tammy, but because we lost such a wonderful example of God’s love here on earth.  I know that she’s looking down on me and being an angel over me, in a much better place than we are.  She was a very holy woman and I was blessed to have her with me for the few minutes in this life that we knew each other.  We spoke boldly about our blessings and how Satan works to try to dissuade us through many forms, even our loved ones.

My message received at church today was that I have to ask for forgiveness and to extend forgiveness myself.  We are not guaranteed a tomorrow.  We need to verbalize to people how we feel, apologize for any wrong-doings, and forgive the transgressions against us by others, family, friends, whoever.  It’s not our place to judge anyone.  It is our place to forgive so that when it is our time to go home, we can enter the Kingdom of Heaven without regret or sin tainting our souls.

When we got home this afternoon I turned to the book, “God’s Promises For Your Every Need” that our Pastor gifted to us.  We’ve been studying it each day, and I’ve found that it’s given both my husband and myself great comfort in several personal situations.  Today I was seeking answers about what to do when you feel deserted by a loved one.  This was the message I received:

Be strong and of good courage, do not fear nor be afraid of them; for the LORD your God, He is the One who goes with you. He will not leave you nor forsake you.

Deuteronomy 31:6

I was asked by God to forgive today. I have forgiven. I asked for forgiveness myself because that’s what God asked me to do.  I know that regardless of what happens next I did exactly what I was asked to do and that God will not forsake me.  I know that as long as I always do as Jesus would do, I cannot go wrong.  We’re not always going to agree with everyone, but we can agree to disagree, forgive and move on.  Don’t harbor ill feelings; it only hurts you and God will lift your heart right when you need him to.  He did it again for me today.

I will miss my friend, Ms. Tammy. Because of her I have been blessed even more in the eyes of God. I am forever grateful for her kindness and for her words that encouraged me to keep on my walk of faith, to not be deterred by those who will try to tear me down to fulfill their own selfish desires.

For if you forgive men their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you.

Matthew 6:14

Dear Heavenly Father, I ask that you forgive me of my sinful thoughts and actions.  I ask that you welcome Ms. Tammy into your Kingdom with open arms and that you use her memory as an example for all of us to follow. I ask that you keep joy in the hearts of the people who seek ill will towards me and my family. Please forgive me, forgive them, and let us all live in peace and harmony during this Christmas season.  In Jesus’ name, I praise and thank You, Amen!

I started my day off reading this post by Rebekah A and my heart and soul sang right along with it to the point I had to reblog it for her. Thanks, Rebekah!

Being Rebekah

This might quite possibly be the coolest thing I’ve ever seen ever. I mean ever. In the whole entire history of ever. Well, maybe not, but it’s definitely up there.

Ever see a flash mob? When one person starts randomly dancing in a public place, and then more people join in as the song goes on? Well this one was singing instead of dancing. And not just any singing – Christmas singing! And not just any Christmas singing; this one has full-blown rejoicing in Jesus Christ kind of singing! In a mall, of all places!

I’m from the politically correct northeast, so my first thought upon seeing this clip was “this is going to last about 10 seconds until mall security shows up and stops them.” When that didn’t happen, my other thought was “this is definitely not a mall in New England.” When I saw the reaction of…

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Undeniable Signs: More “First You Say It” & Other Stuff

Part of this endeavor of blogging is to recognize and acknowledge the signs that I’m given as they come to me and the meaning behind them as I interpret it.  Come to think of it, it’s most of the endeavor, not just part of it.  So much of it is based on “First you say it, then it happens”.  I’ve had lots of that lately, so I thought I’d share.

Just before Thanksgiving while playing Yahtzee with my favorite 6 year old niece, I told her to say out loud that she was going to get a “Full House” on her next roll.  She said it, and rolled it on the next turn.  She was tickled pink as I reiterated to her, “See, first you say it, then it happens.”

Last weekend we visited with more of our favorite people and their oldest daughter had a loose tooth that she was determined to wiggle out for us while we were there.  I told her to be patient, and I promised in 3 days it would come out.  Her mom reported to me today that sure enough, 3 days later, that tooth came right out.  First you say it, then it happens.

I wondered today about a colleague that wanted to read to me about my astrological moon sign (which apparently is a Pisces moon?).  She pegged my personality after looking up my birthday in her book of astrological meaning, and I mean she had me to a “T”.  She knew that I have premonitions, my dreams come to fruition, and that I can see Spirit when no one else can.  This woman is new to my workplace and doesn’t know anything about me.  The message I got immediately following her reading was that her words were not words of God, that Satan comes in many forms and will appeal to the parts of me that he can get to, where he thinks there are weaknesses.  I wondered about it through the afternoon, then another coworker (who knew nothing about the “reading”) mentioned about how Satan works through the smile of foes, trying to appeal to your weakness, and that when you feel that gnawing gut feeling that something’s off, it is.  This was my sign not to listen to the tongues that try to tempt me, that try to lead me away from my path of faith.  I’m paying attention and taking heed.

My husband and I were making a difficult decision this week about our living situation.  Right when we had come to a conclusion and decided to go one way, we got a phone call that very next moment that told us that where we had planned to go was now considered a flood zone.  You don’t have to hit me with a ton of bricks to get that point.  

We’ve prayed in the past few months after being robbed of possessions from our own yard that justice would be served and that the things of my husband’s sentimental value would be returned.  After much prayer and lots of emotions, we got a call last weekend to come identify one item.  It was his and I was happy to announce it on my Facebook to my family and friends.  My sister asked if it was the sentimental item and I replied, “No, it wasn’t his daddy’s but it’ll turn up soon.”  Yesterday my husband got the call that his treasure had been found and it was returned to him, and to give us more to rejoice about, the crook was locked up.  It was the first night either of us has slept in months.  First I said it, then it happened.

Speak what you want to come to you.  Speak positively about yourself, about your life, even if you can’t see the forest through the trees.  God will answer your prayers if you put your faith and trust in Him.  I am living proof that prayers ARE answered and that God is listening to each and every one of them.  He keeps me safe in my travels, He keeps my intuition sharp, He loves me unconditionally, He provides everything I need in life.  He will for you too.  All you have to do is ask.

In Jesus’ name, I praise and thank Him for all of my blessings, Amen!

Premonitions Through Dreaming

When I was younger, in my childhood, I had a recurring nightmare.  It would leave me physically and emotionally wrenched.  I still remember it clearly. So does my mother, since she would have to calm me when I would wake up from it shaking and scared, sometimes still hearing the dream even though my eyes were open.

In it, I was in the corner of a dimly lit room, very small compared to a heavy force I couldn’t describe to my mom when she asked what it was. I could barely see it was so dark. There was screaming all around me, like people were suffering, and I was scared beyond belief. I could hear a voice whispering quietly nearby, “It’s going to be okay.  It’s going to be okay.”  This would repeat until I’d wake up, feeling scared and suffocated.

I had this dream/nightmare repeatedly through my childhood into my teen years, and then it stopped.  I described it in detail to my mother every time it happened, so she was very familiar with it.

When I was about to turn 25 I got very sick with Ulcerative Colitis.  Two days before Christmas we had a snow storm and lost power. At 4:00am I was in my mom’s bathroom, a candle lit for light, and I was screaming at the top of my lungs from the pain I was in (my guts were in the process of rupturing).  All of a sudden, out of desperation, my mom started whispering, “It’s going to be okay.  It’s going to be okay.”  I stopped screaming.  It was dimly lit, and I was the person in my dream that was in pain.  I recognized it as soon as it happened, said to my mom “Do you remember that dream?” (I didn’t need to tell her which one, she knew what I was talking about without question)  I told her if she didn’t get me to a hospital right then that I was going to die.  She knew.  We both did.  Thanks to that recurring dream. I spent the next two months in the hospital recovering from the surgery that saved my life, leaving me with a permanent colostomy and at age 25, not a whole lot of hope.

That dream was only one of several I’ve had that have come to fruition.  As of late, I’ve been having the most awful nightmares.  I had one again last night and was unable to sleep after that.  I can’t help but wonder if because my faith is stronger now and I’m more vocal about it, spreading His word here and sharing with the people around me, if it has deterred the evil that lurks about me so it has to come to me in dream form, or if possibly God is warning me again about how to protect myself.  Either way, it’s an awful feeling.

Some people call it de’ja vu.  What do you call it?  Have you had similar experiences?  I want to know if other people receive messages though dreams, and whether it’s clear or you have to search for the meaning deeper.  Most of my dreams have been pretty accurate, like the one i described already.

Since my dreams haven’t been so pleasant lately, and I know that you have to project what you want to surround yourself with, let me declare this right now: I will not cave to any of Satan’s wishes, in dream form or physical.  I am a Child of God, the most High, Jesus is my Lord and Savior.  I am strong and faithful, a good and kind person, and no evil will defeat me!  In Jesus’ name I praise and thank Him, Amen!


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