Could it Be Your Arrogance that Makes You Think God Owes You an Explanation?

Could it Be Your Arrogance that Makes You Think God Owes You an Explanation?.

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Could it Be Your Arrogance that Makes You Think God Owes You an Explanation?

Could it Be Your Arrogance that Makes You Think God Owes You an Explanation?

I saw this on a Facebook meme. I began to question myself if I could. I have been dealing with issues in my life that I am not sure how to deal with. I had begun to worry and question God! I was asking God where are you? I need your help and answers. Speak plain I am just an Appalachian girl that doesn’t understand eloquent, fancy, speach or riddles. Why ask for your help if you are going to do whatever anyway? <That one scared me! I knew at this point my attitude wasn't right. I was basically telling God if you do things the way I think would be best for my family that then I could count on him and trust him.

I know this is contrary to the word! So it is sin! My mother is ill she lives 175 miles away. I can't be there to take care of her. No excuses! I know the just shall live by faith. That God works all things to my good because I love him and his banner of me is love. He didn't tell me that I could gaze into a crystal ball and he would enlighten my path. He told me his word would light my path. God does not owe me an explanation, nor do I have to comprehend or know his next move. I am, however required to be willing to move and trust him.

“Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path”~
Psalm 119:105.

He brought me to the banqueting house, and his banner over me was love.~Song of Solomon 2:4

At times like this we can only rest assured if we know his word!

Paul prayed “that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of glory, may give to you the spirit of wisdom and revelation in the knowledge of Him, the eyes of your understanding being enlightened; that you may know what is the hope of His calling, what are the riches of the glory of His inheritance in the saints” (Ephesians 1:17,18).

Parasitic Poop Twig!

Ask Our Generous God

Did you know the word Mistletoe essentially means Poop Twig and that it is a devastation to trees around the world? It made me wonder, how in the name of all that is pure and lovely that we romanticized that! Think of all the Christmas Movies we see and how those in love dream of that kiss beneath the mistletoe. It kind of puts a new perspective on things. 😀

This made me think of how often we have almost made the Christmas Story too cute. I am from the Appalachian Area. We are no strangers to barns around here. We see these soft, clean images of Jesus laying in the manager. Anyone who knows what a manger is knows that this is unrealistic. A manager is a trough in which animals are fed. Have you ever watch a hog, horse, or cow eat? They drool, slobber is stringing down…

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Parasitic Poop Twig!

Did you know the word Mistletoe essentially means Poop Twig and that it is a devastation to trees around the world? It made me wonder, how in the name of all that is pure and lovely that we romanticized that! Think of all the Christmas Movies we see and how those in love dream of that kiss beneath the mistletoe. It kind of puts a new perspective on things. 😀

This made me think of how often we have almost made the Christmas Story too cute. I am from the Appalachian Area. We are no strangers to barns around here. We see these soft, clean images of Jesus laying in the manager. Anyone who knows what a manger is knows that this is unrealistic. A manager is a trough in which animals are fed. Have you ever watch a hog, horse, or cow eat? They drool, slobber is stringing down from their mouth into the feed. No matter how many times you clean a stable if there is animals in them there is going to be poop. When you read this does this resemble the manager scene we see in movies or on the front cover of our Sunday School literature?

Jesus The Saviour of the World was born in a barn in Bethlehem. I do not imagine that barn varied tremendously from our barns today. His first smells could have very well been that of animal dung and hay. How is that for humble beginnings?

Not everything needs to be storybook clean and romanticized. We need to be realistic. We need to understand what really happened to appreciate what Jesus really did do for us from the manager to the cross. We need to reflect to appreciate his true love for us.

And this shall be a sign unto you; Ye shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes, lying in a manger.
~Luke 2:12

The Big Hill & a Yard-Sale Come Spring

Today while I was standing in my little alley kitchen washing dishes and making sweet tea. It was dark and pretty gloomy looking out over the Appalachian Big Hill area. I was thinking about Christmas and feeling inadequate at buying what children of my family would want. I was doing it again comparing myself to my sister and her fabulous ability to find and buy the perfect gift.

I then began to think about children in classrooms that I had taught in throughout the years. I began to look at my big hill I was facing with a better perspective. I am not my sister. I do not have the ability to pick out the latest in fashion or the highest tech items, but what I do know is children. I know that through raising my own and being in classrooms what they want. It isn’t the latest in fashion. (unless they have been taught that makes them who they are) It isn’t the highest going tech item. What they do want is our attention.

Just as we as individual adults want to be treated like we count or we seek validation, so do they. They need our reassurance, a confidence builder, a positive speaker with the ability to speak life over them, an encourager. I found here in the Appalachian classrooms children, if given a choice of to watch a movie or me reading to them almost ever child chose me reading.  They would be a few that would rather watch a movie. Usually, these were children who did not have a TV in their home or was only allowed limited time watching it.

Should a child be permitted to watch as much TV as they choose? I personally think it is overused, because parents in today’s society feel pressured to buying everything their child’s friend has or what is advertised on TV. They are working for a house they cannot afford, because of social status. They are paying for a house that they nor their child lives in. They are doing good if they sleep in it 6-8 hours a night, because they work so many hours they are too tired to interact with their own children and they use TV to pacify them.

Why do we buy into it? Why do we choose social status above raising our own children? Is it benefiting them or us? Have we been successful if we allow our children to be raised in daycare? Shouldn’t they supersede all other thoughts of what is acceptable in society? Family Matters! Balance does as well. I realize many of us have had no other choice, but to work and leave our children. If you are blessed and do not have to leave them and can make it on one income I would encourage each of you to do it. I speak from the point of once being a single mother who worked, went to school and cried as I dropped my daughter at daycare.

As I had a big hill in my life not knowing what to buy and thinking back what children liked most in classrooms. It was someone who cared enough to take the time to read them a story, or make one up as they went along. The second item that younger ones loved was play-dough. Children like to feel as they are, our top priority. I did go buy toys that my niece and nephews would like. I bought tech toys, Octonaut launching toys, educational toys, but I decided to buy what I know which is books. I realized I didn’t have to compete with anyone when I purchased a gift and I didn’t want them to believe that I did. I wanted them to know I cared and loved them. I am hoping this helps someone facing the same big hill that I did this afternoon. We need to teach time is important. More important than expensive gifts that will be thrown in a mount in a closet or in a yard-sale come spring. Frugal is our responsibility!  Time -we will give an account of how we spend it. Spend it well!

So then every one of us shall give account of himself to God.~Romans14:12

 See then that ye walk circumspectly, not as fools, but as wise,~Ephesians 5:15

Do not Conform to the things of the world!

And be not conformed to this world: but be ye transformed by the renewing of your mind, that ye may prove what is that good, and acceptable, and perfect, will of God.~Romans 12-2

Here is a play-dough recipe I found, as we say here in on the big hill it kills to birds with one stone. You get to spend time with your children and they get a fun gift too. They will cherish the memory more than the play-dough. It may be a tradition they carry on into parenthood.

I also recommend this book as a great way to spend time with your kids this Christmas.

http://www.amazon.com/Crippled-Lamb-Max-Lucado/dp/1400318076/ref=sr_1_2?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1418942629&sr=1-2&keywords=max+lucado+christmas+books

I also recommend this as it is one of the gifts I purchased for my niece.

http://www.amazon.com/LeapFrog-Read-Me-Violet-Toy/dp/B00CZBHQ5Y/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1418944465&sr=8-1&keywords=read+to+me+dog

Give Generously

“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.” ~ Charles Dickens

Give generously to them and do so without a grudging heart; then because of this the Lord your God will bless you in all your work and in everything you put your hand to. Deuteronomy 15:10 (NIV)

We hear so often of all the stories of giving to the financially poor at Christmastime. It cross my mind that they are not the only ones in need. Furthermore, it doesn’t mean the financially poor doesn’t have anything do give. It is a proven fact that people who have more money are more apt to commit suicide and more suicides happen during the holidays than any other time of year. If you know someone that is alone this Christmas that has money invite to your home or take them a meaningful gift. It doesn’t have to be expensive to be impressive. Many financially rich people are just wanting to know someone cares about them, that they are thought of and appreciated without expectation of getting something out of them. Remember one of the most generous gifts that can be given is your time. When we give time to a material wealthy person they understand that time is valuable. Time is money to most of them. They understand if you care enough to give your time, that you have given a portion of your life to them. They value investment.

Christians need not wait for others to be loving, caring, generous,friendly, or forgiving. We should be taking the love of God to a lonely world regardless of a social status.

Here are Six Ideas that You May Try:

1. An Invitation to Participate in a Christmas Program at Church
2. Or an Invitation to Watch your children in one
3. Spend time with the person
4. Make it personal, if you know a particular food the person likes make it for them.
5. Invite them to participate in a tradition that is personal to you and your family, such as cookie making, skating, tree decorating, pancake breakfast, or pizza. Do not try to make it fancy or fake. They have enough of that in their lives, many of them want real.
6. Make them feel loved by including them is Key! Make just one, someone happy! 🙂

“The bank of love is never bankrupt.”~Steve Maraboli

A Baby Changes Everything!

A baby changes everything~ We find out we are expecting and immediately we think of all the things we must do to prepare. We have to plan a shower or delegate it to our friends, we must decide on a theme of what we are going to do our nursery in. Then finding everything possible to match that theme from pacifiers to mobiles, to bedding and rugs. Not to mention many of us have been guilty of matching all the mobile devices with that theme and clothing. We proceed by planning a day to release the gender of the baby and spend hours on Pinterest for the most creative way to do this to out do our peers. From releasing pink or blue balloons to doing something outlandish as announcing it on a largely viewed media source. Then we can never know what to expect when the day arrives to meet our newborn baby. We must come to a final decision on a suitable name.

When Jesus was born he changed everything! To our knowledge he didn’t have a baby shower to welcome him. He didn’t have a furnished nursery, or soft bedding with a sterile white environment awaiting him. There wasn’t balloons released at a party to announce his gender.

He did however have angels announcing his birth to shepherds in a field! In Luke 2:8-12, the Bible describes the scene in the Bethlehem area during the first Christmas: “And there were shepherds living out in the fields nearby, keeping watch over their flocks at night. An angel of the Lord appeared to them, and the glory of the Lord shone around them, and they were terrified. But the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger.

The King of Kings born to be the Saviour of the World lay to rest in a manger!

When we are down about what is fair and isn’t with our babies, and think we can’t get them this or that for Christmas or for their nursery think on these things~ A baby born in a barn in Bethlehem. As he continued to age the Bible teaches us he didn’t have a place to lay his head. It stumps me why we believe we should have and deserve better than the God of the universe was born to! Jesus was God in the flesh and came into the world with a barn of animals. Jesus came and left this world without a place to call home because he was only passing through as we are. Value the gift of salvation not the thing you won’t remember next year!

Era of Redemption

We can be redeemed because of the birth, burial and resurrection of Jesus Christ! Good News!!We no longer have to live without hope, because of Jesus! Exit Egypt forget about the past! Accept the hope of new life that is offered to us all freely and equally!

Remember ye not the former things, neither consider the things of old.

19 Behold, I will do a new thing; now it shall spring forth; shall ye not know it? I will even make a way in the wilderness, and rivers in the desert. ~Isaiah 43:18-19 KJV