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I heard a riddle a few years ago and it has stuck with me all this time in my Christian walk. Goes like this: A man walks down the middle of a road. There are no lights, no moon, and he is dressed in all black. A car is driving straight at the man from […]

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#Momstoo – We are a movement Adulting Tee Teacher Mode On Pumpkin Halloween Shirt  

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Prescott As Cool Breeze by Cool Breeze - 1y ago

“What, then, shall we say in response to these things. If God is for us who can be against us?”– ROMANS 8:31

I lay in bed one night, next to my wife, thinking about my life. I realized that I am going to work most of my life in order to clothe, feed, and put a roof over my family’s head just so they can come over and call my house “grandma’s house” someday. Not grandpa’s.

But then I realized I was being selfish by calling it my house. My wife and I built this home together. We’ve laughed, we’ve cried, and we’ve loved together in this home. We formed a triumvirate that included God, me, and her. Our base is strong. Our foundation has been through some storms, but it is still standing. We are still here.

There are enough enemies out there that would love to see a Christian couple fail. Satan has tried his best to get us to give up and take the easy way out, but if God is for us who can be against us?

Don’t get me wrong. My wife and I have a long way to go, and sometimes we stumble and grow weary. There have been many challenges that have tried to knock us down, but none succeeded in pulling apart what God put together.

I don’t know about you, but this makes me feel powerful. I know that when trials and tribulations come our way we have the MVP leading our team and victory is guaranteed. I can feel comfortable calling it “grandma’s house” someday because we are in it together for the long haul, and God is on our side.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for reminding me that you plus nothing equals everything. And that nothing can prevail against us if you are for us. In Jesus’ name I pray, amen.

Go Deeper — Sometimes we have the bad habit of telling God how big our problems are instead of telling our problems how big our God is. What giants are in your life right now that you need to speak victory over? Make a list and pray about it immediately.

Read Further — It is tough to stay together and make a marriage work. Here are some common-sense ways you can keep from drifitng apart.

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I was watching the movie the Equalizer II with Denzel Washington as the lead actor. Denzel is awesome in this movie. He starts off on a train, with a room full of gangsters with thick accents, who had just kidnapped a little girl. There are like nine of them and only one of Denzel. He confronts the leader of the gang with his transgressions and gives him a chance to hand over the girl with no consequences. Of course, he is not going to do that because there are ten of them and one of Denzel. So, like every other bad guy he walks off and leaves his goons to dispose of Denzel. Denzel very aggressively kills all nine of the goons in spectacular fashion and once again sits in front of the gang leader. Then he says the best line I have heard in a while, he says “There are two kinds of pain, a pain that hurts and a pain that alters. Today you have a choice.” Did I mention that Denzel is awesome in this movie?

That line resonated with me because it makes you answer the question of who you are. Are you a victim or a survivor? A glass half empty or glass half full person? Sociologists see it all the time with siblings who grow up in the same broken, abusive families and come out completely opposite. One of them continues the cycle of brokenness and abuse and the other is determined to live the opposite way and do something positive with their life. Pain that hurts and pain that alters.

If you are like me, my entire life can be summed up in one sentence “It didn’t as planned, and that’s ok!” We aren’t talking about physical pain today, we are talking about emotional pain. The “we just found out we lost the baby after trying for ten years” pain. The “my family just found out everyone’s favorite uncle has been abusing all the little girls in family” pain. The “my spouse just left me for another person after 20 years of marriage” pain. It’s going to hurt. But those serious pains, the ones that alter our entire life, how do we deal with that?

Jesus suffered through pain that alters. It probably started with a conversation like this: (I am just guessing. Bible historians please do not email me with complaints)

Judas: Hey Jesus, still on for Friday?

Jesus: Friday?

Judas: Yeah, the last supper.

Jesus: The what?

Judas: Supper…just normal supper with the fellas.

If you don’t know the rest of the story I recommend that you watch a critically acclaimed movie called “The Passion of Christ”. It goes into very graphic detail of pain that alters. You do not have to deal with it alone. One of my most favorite bible verses is Psalms 23:4 Yea though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death I will fear no evil, for though art with me, thy rod and staff they comfort me. If I were not so averse to the pain of a needle I would get this verse tattooed on my ribcage. It has gotten me through so much pain. Even when I felt lonely I was never alone and never had to go through it alone. Take that pain and use it as motivation to continue with your life.

For example, I am overweight. Let’s say you are overweight and now have health problems like I do. You can let the pain of those problems hurt, or you can let it alter your lifestyle. I am not the type to brag but I finished my 14-day diet in 3 hours and 27 minutes. I tried a less painful way to escape but now I am determined. No more fad diets. I changed my eating habits. I started exercising more, and now I make better decisions. Your parents/spouse/sibling/friend/pastor hurt you? I get that. I also get that hurt people hurt people. You can let it hurt or you can bounce back, shake it off, and let God drag you forward until you are ready to walk with him. My wife says the most hurtful things to me all the time. Things like “let’s go for a run” and “try this sugar free version”. This is the hard part of marriage that most people don’t talk about, but I will love her through this. I said that to say this, through much prayer and faith in God things don’t hurt me as much as they used to. That is only because I know who I am in Christ. I turn my pain in to praise, a life-altering praise.

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Prescott As Cool Breeze by Cool Breeze - 1y ago

“And by him everyone who believes is freed from everything from which you could not be freed by the law of Moses.”– ACTS 13:39

For all the times I said, ”I can’t wait to move out and be free from my parents,” I wish I could write a letter to 12-year-old me and send it back through time.

Early on, as a newly-free adult I bought the entire cake and did the thing where you can just eat it. Here’s a running diary of my experience:

  • 6:40 pm: I am eating the cake and I am so excited.
  • 6:43 pm: Best day ever. I can’t believe my parents never let me do this.
  • 6:47 pm: There is more cake than I imagined.
  • 6:52 pm: I now see why my parents never let me do this.
  • 7:12 pm: I regret this decision immediately.

I took freedom to mean I could do whatever I wanted, whenever and however I wanted to do it. Even though that is true, there is so much more that goes along with it. Choosing the right way to live your freedom is what being free is all about. The consequences of your actions play a huge role.

In today’s world, people like soldiers, firemen, and police officers give their lives so others can be free. But freedom is not free, and it is not to be taken lightly. You can have freedom in Christ, but it will cost you your entire life. It already cost Jesus His life, so we should treat it with respect and honor.

Honor God today by using your freedom the right way and displaying His love to someone else. Don’t keep the whole cake for yourself.

Dear Heavenly Father, thank you for sending your son to pay the ultimate price for our freedom. Thank you for reminding me of others who have also paid that price. Help me to have a heart of gratitude. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Go Deeper — Make a list of three things that Jesus set you free from that no longer hold you captive. Meditate on that and thank Him for setting you free, and then ask Him how you can help someone else become free today.

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We all have one. That strong friend who always seems to have their life together. While it seems like your life is in shambles, they always seem to have the just right motivational quote, or bible verse that helps lift you up at the right moment. They know how to talk you off the ledge when you are being completely irrational. They calm you down and remind you to be professional when you are this close to committing felony murder on a co-worker. It actually gets on your nerves a little bit how they have it together, and seemed to have had it together since 1998 while you were still trying to figure out how to use the remote control in your house (I still remember when I bought my first universal remote control, I thought to myself, “this changes everything”). How do they do that? How are they so strong? How do they stay motivated their entire lives? I got out of bed once and I have been exhausted ever since.

My wife is my strong friend. She has helped me through all my shortcomings. She always has these little sayings that fit the situation perfectly. For example, when things are just not going my way she will remind me of that old saying “When life gives you high fructose corn syrup, citric acid, simulated flavors, potassium benzoate, gum Arabic, Yellow 5…make lemonade (apparently no one uses actual lemons in lemonade anymore). Or when I get upset about little things, throw a pity party for myself, and blow things way out of proportion. She is there to calmly remind me that cowboys who ride off into the sunset quickly run out of daylight and have to make camp right outside of town. Probably should have stayed the night in town instead of being all dramatic. She is like an in-house Confucius. Like most people who have a strong friend, I take advantage of that and I lean on her a lot. She has her own stuff going on but she is a rock when it comes to me. Sometimes I am even offended when she is not there for me. That’s why I am writing this.

Take care of your strong friend. Find out what they need and be a strong friend for them. They weren’t always strong. No one starts off with muscles except maybe The Rock and I am convinced he was born with muscles. Other than him everyone else must train. Strong friends had to go through some ups and downs, trials and tribulations. Sometimes we don’t see what they had to go through we just get to see the finished product. We don’t know the weight their souls had to carry that made them so strong. Remember, when you are praising the butterfly don’t you ever disrespect the caterpillar. Those hard times before the cocoon happened are important to your strong friend. Don’t you ever forget that.

2 Corinthians 12: 9-10 says God’s grace is sufficient. Paul said he would boast gladly about his weaknesses, for when he was weak that’s when he was strong. Your strong friend accepts their weaknesses, gives them to God and in return he gives them strength. You may see your strong friend and they may not be sick but they are not well because they feel they must be strong always for everyone. Take care of your strong friend.

I always knew I could help people but I had to learn how to help them the way they needed to be helped, not the way I thought they needed to be helped. My wife helped me to become a strong person because she allowed God to help her use her weaknesses to turn them into strengths. There was a time she would worry, nag, bother…she is probably going to read this so let’s go with “encouraged” me to be better. She is my strong friend and I am going to spend the rest of my life taking care of her. So, when she tries to feed me salads (or as I call it “expensive leaf nonsense”) I let her because taking care of myself allows me to take care of her. Take care of your strong friend. Don’t abuse, misuse, and/or take advantage of them. Take care of your strong friend (read that last sentence again because it’s important). If you allow God to use you, and you aren’t already, then one day you will be the strong friend and you will need someone to take care of you.

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This is such a touchy subject. Abortion. Whenever I write something I try to keep things light and in good humor, but today might be a bit different. There are such strong emotions about this topic. Is it a sin? Should Christians advocate against it? For it? Stay out of it? What does God think? Will I go to hell if I have one, or make my girl get one? So many tough questions that people demand answers for. With that being said let’s talk about it.

Is abortion a sin? That is the big question. The bible does not specifically mention abortion like it does murder or blaspheme. But there are several verses that you can extrapolate from, that God recognizes babies inside the womb. Psalm 139: 13-16, Jeremiah 1:5, Job 31:15 just to name a few. One side argues that when we are conceived that is when life is formed, and that is when it is murder to get rid of the baby—at any point. But if life is at conception, why is it when a baby is born it is one day old? Why isn’t it considered nine months old? I’m just asking questions. The other side will argue that it is not life, it is not a baby, just a collection of cells that will later form a baby. So up to a certain time it is ok to have an abortion because it is not considered life. They say in the first few days/weeks it is not life so don’t let “these people” tell you what to do. I would argue that if a scientist found those first few days/weeks cells on Mars wouldn’t they be heralded with finding “life” on another planet. To me basically it comes down to what you believe, and what you can live with. Then that is between you and your God.

Most of the heroes in the Bible (Paul, Peter etc) have no problem speaking out on topics they deem necessary. Such as adultery, homosexuality, greed, and lust just to name a few. Did they choose to ignore this topic or did they  not view it as an epidemic like we do today? Who knows? That is an excellent question to ask God when we get to heaven. The bible mentions acts of love for our fellow man so many times in the bible. Such as feeding the hungry, taking care of orphans and widows. There are several instances of loving one another as opposed to condemning someone who has had an abortion, or facilitated in one. But there are no “love your fellow man” rallies that move the needle like abortion does. I say we focus on what the bible explicitly says to do and make that a priority and the implicit things that aren’t talked about will take care of themselves. If my house is on fire don’t tell me my front porch light is on during the day time, and that I am destroying the environment. Grab a hose and help me put out the fire because that is more important at the moment. The bible says the greatest commandment is to love the Lord your God, then love your neighbor as yourself. Take care of what is the most important first and I believe the gray area topics like abortion take care of themselves.

This topic is so powerful it helped swing an entire election. There are thousands of people who voted for Donald Trump solely because he is pro life. Think of all the crazy headlines from the porn scandal, to the space force, to locking kids up, to calling NFL players mothers the B word on national TV. This is so polarizing that people will still vote for him over another person because of this single topic. Some people are opposed to it because they view it as barbaric based on the actual procedure that is done. Maybe if it was a cream you rubbed on yourself and woke up the next morning and it was taken care of it would be more acceptable. I do know that if you go so far to say that you are going to die on the “For/Against” hill, and don’t care about what the other side says, then you are on a slippery slope my friend. And that is a big problem.

To anyone reading this I need you to understand something and I cannot stress this enough. No matter what side you are on, I care about you more than trying to understand where you are on this issue. Now, don’t hear what I am not saying. I do care about trying to understand where you are on this issue, I just need you to know that I care about “YOU” more than I care about which side is right or wrong. So even if I don’t understand you I still love you with the love of Christ. For the record I do not believe in abortion except in some extreme situations such as medically necessary procedures. And even then I think it should be on a case by case basis.

Like I said a very heavy topic with so many moving parts. I will go back to my original premise. I don’t know if its wrong but I don’t think that it’s right. I do not believe it is what God wants and I could be wrong. But like on I Love Lucy he is going to have “some ‘splaining to do” when I get to heaven. Let me know what you think.

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This article was first published by Faithfully Magazine and can be read HERE

When I was growing up I was a more “in the moment” guy. I didn’t necessarily have goals or dreams. I just knew I wanted to be rich and successful, have a pretty wife, well behaved children etc. You know the usual stuff most people want when they are teenagers. I had no idea how to achieve any of that. My wife, God bless her heart, got me on the right track. When we started dating in my 20s she asked me what some of my dreams were. I told her one was about a T-Rex who didn’t get a job because he couldn’t tie a tie. She almost broke up with me because she was talking about goals. I made her a mixtape of Boyz II Men songs and it worked, she talked to me again. So, in honor of them I am going to make 3 important references to Boyz II Men before this article is over.

We all know the usual suspects when it comes to our goals/dreams failing. The Hall of Fame answers are drugs, alcohol, corrupt friends, procrastination, and no ambition. There are more but we know those ones good because we know someone who has fallen because of them. Maybe even someone reading this. One thing I have learned is that for your dreams to work out they must be in line with the will of God. You don’t decide what you want to do then include God. You start off by including God then he directs your steps. But what about the things in our lives that seem very helpful or beneficial that stunt your dreams from becoming a reality? How do we successfully deal with those without coming off as spoiled or entitled? I am so glad you are here. Let’s dive in with 3 things that seem good but once you and God are in lock step, they can derail your dreams if you let them.

Having Kids            

In my house my Netflix account has profiles set up as “Guy who pays” and for my two kids they are labelled “Parasite 1” and “Parasite 2”. I let them fight over who is who. Someone out there is probably saying “But…but children are a blessing from the Lord”, and they are right. Especially during “tax return” time and “come in here and hand me that remote that is 5 feet away from me” time. I am sure they are beneficial during other times but those two are the most recent memory that I have (Being a parent is so much easier if you are comfortable with bribery and lies). Kids use a tremendous amount of resources, time and energy. A normal day is after you get off work then (insert activity) practice, then dinner, then help with homework and this cursed new math. Somewhere in there you should remember you have a spouse/significant other. By the time you clean up and take a shower its already 11:39pm and your dream that you were supposed to be working on becomes a literal dream because you fell asleep in the closet while you are supposed to be trying on clothes for tomorrow.

Or maybe you had a budget for your dream, and you are ready to start and you get that “I’m late” text from your wife. Or perhaps you were the one that sent that text and now the only dream you have is of dollar signs with wings leaving your bank account. Clothes, food, tutors, sport, violin, college, house instead of an apartment, SUV instead of a Honda Civic. Kids demand so much. How am I supposed to start my coffee shop now when this kid needs a yard to play in. Cue Boyz II Men singing “It’s so hard to say goodbye” while your dream packs up and leaves.

Don’t worry God has got your back. He will send you help (accept it), signs (pay attention to them), encouragement (embrace it) and resources (use them). He wants your dream to flourish. If your dream is God’s will the God will make a way. One day your kids will see your dream become a success and it will make them better people. And at worst they will grow up to be professional remote-control retrievers, if that ever becomes a career.

 Love

Wait, what? I thought love “was a many splendored thing?” It is, but it will make you do some insane things. For example. I don’t understand how God can have 10 commandments for the entire world but my wife has 172 rules just for our house. It is because she loves me (or so she says). When I consistently break approximately 169 of those rules and she looks at me with what can only be described as “divorce eyes”, but she never actually calls the attorney. That is healthy love. But what about when you are on step 4 of your 6-part plan for your dream and your significant other must move five states over because of a promotion? Or things are so bad in the marriage that you must spend more time working on things instead of your dream. And you have to say those magical words “But I love him/her” Siri, please play Boyz II Men “It’s so hard to say goodbye” as you watch your dream drive away.

A lot of times we love our dream or what our dreams can bring us more than we love God. God is a jealous God. You start and then continue to love someone or something more than him and it might as well be a low rated sitcom. He/she/it is getting cancelled. Learn to love God, and you will learn a healthy love for anything else in your life. Trust me, I have about 87 love songs on my playlist. (I made a mixtape once).

How you were raised

I am going to tread lightly here before I get angry emails about how I disrespected someone’s mother. My mother called me the other day to fix her computer and I was so happy about that. Not because I got to help her but because I was like “well, well well, if it isn’t Miss “get off that computer” years 1994-2006. Imagine if I had just gotten off the computer like she wanted, and never kept at it. I would be in terrible shape right now. Your grandparents, parents, crazy uncle, and sophisticated aunt all had a hand in raising you. The good and the bad. But only the truth they teach you about God will help you the most. I had an uncle who gave me excellent advice and said, “If it’s one thing video games teach us it’s that when you meet enemies that means you are going in the right direction, so do not give up on your dreams”. But this is also the same uncle who calls a chicken tender a “ranch shovel” so I don’t know. So, my advice, use what you were taught growing up wisely. That could be the difference between your local newspaper writing an article about how you overcame adversity and succeeded in your dream or you sliding down a wall crying asking Alexa to play Boyz II Men “It’s so hard to say goodbye”, as your dream rides off into the sunset (that’s three references and you are welcome). God places people in your life throughout your life to help you (let them), but don’t let them destroy your dream. Make sure they are helping you.

These are three things I have personally let end one dream or another. I wish I hadn’t but it happened. All three are things people would say are excellent things to have in your life. They are, but if used incorrectly it could be a major detriment. Make sure your dreams line up with God’s will. Seek his wisdom, and obey his commandments. God is the real answer you are looking for because one day you will be in a dream and you will see a toilet. Don’t use it…it’s a trap.

 

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“The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom shall I fear? The Lord is the strength of my life; of whom shall I be afraid?” Psalm 27:1

If I am in a crowded room and someone starts shooting, I’ll become scared and run. I am also afraid of failure and letting my wife and kids down. These are what most people would consider normal fears.

I also have irrational fears. Especially of bears. Why? Because bears can run 30 miles an hour and the Ft. Worth zoo is 30 miles from my house. So that means a bear can be outside my door in an hour. Why would a bear come to where I live, you may ask? Because they can smell fear, and I fear them.

It sounds so ridiculous when I say it out loud, but we all have irrational fears. Crippling fears are really only lies that hinder us. I’ve heard it said that fear is “false evidence appearing real.”

It is powerful to know we serve a God who is ready to tackle both our real and imaginary fears. Fears the devil will remind us of every day of our lives. Fears like, “Don’t start that business because you will fail.” Or, “You are the worst person in this room and everyone knows it. That’s why no one loves you.”

The Lord is your stronghold, and He will strike down every single one of these fears. He will give you the spirit of confidence and courage to handle anything the devil throws your way, and to do it with a smile. Anytime you start to feel afraid just say, “FEAR NOT! God is always with me.”

Heavenly Father, thank you for being my rock, my sword, and shield. Thank you for reminding me that you have not given me the spirit of fear. Help me to remember to walk in your light and in your salvation. In Jesus’ name, amen.”

Go Deeper — Choose something you are afraid of, whether it be talking to a stranger, joining a small group, or taking a class. Before doing anything, pray to God about it. If you sense he is encouraging you onward, ask God to give you strength, then step out in faith and do it, trusting Him with your fears.

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