Truth vs. Lies

October 20, 2014

My heart breaks today. In fact, I’m even angry. But, more than being angry, I am just sad. I’ve been seeing more and more posts on social media, and just talking with people who claim to be bible believing Christians say and write stuff that clearly does not reflect the Bible. These people claim they have received more revelation and now believe (fill in the blank). Yet, these so called revelations go directly against scripture. The Bible is very clear that it is the final authority on all matters and we are not to add to it. 2 Tim. 3:16, Proverbs 30:6, Revelation 22:19.

We, as the Bereans in Acts 17 did, need to be faithful by searching the scriptures when we hear of any teaching. We don’t want to be manipulated by teachings that sound good and are ‘just a little off’ because that is where satan gets a foothold. Teachers who claim anything other than what scriptures say are heretics and will be judged for leading Christ’s sheep astray.

The Holy Spirit dwells within us to convict and comfort us and I am thankful for this as we are in times with lots of false teachers around us. I am confident that God’s word will continue to stand true and Christ will continue to be exalted despite satan trying to distract us.

Shonda Land

October 5, 2014

For those who do not know, Shonda Rhimes is the woman who created Greys Anatomy, Scandal, and now How to Get Away with Murder among others. She is an amazing storyteller with relatable characters. I enjoy her over the top story lines and character development. She has done a great job at captivating audiences and leaving us wanting more.

The more I analyze her work, I have to wonder if she is really accomplishing what she sets out to do. She wants strong, female leads while tackling social and political issues. While her story lines continue to draw me in, I notice they all have a huge similarity. The characters all sleep around…in a major way. I suppose sex sells and that is the thing that brings in viewers, but doesn’t that take away from trying to build strong, confident, female leads? Having the characters succumb to casual sex, shows me that these characters are not the confident women Shonda wants them to be. It shows me they are so insecure and lack self control that they will give into temptations of the moment instead of sticking by moral values. Sleeping with a married man because it feels right and we are in love? Sure!! Keep ‘em coming! These shows are based on the premise that the end justifies the means. Do whatever it takes to come out on top without consequence. These women are not role models, they are sluts!

Of course this is TV and it’s not real and it’s meant to entertain. I watch these shows, but am wondering more and more what my justification is in doing so. Food for thought from a TV Junkie!

I did it again!

October 5, 2014

I deleted my facebook. I appreciate the good that comes of it but need a break from the bad. I have a bad track record of actually being able to stay off it so we will see how long this lasts. I’m still on Twitter and Instagram @shortcakessheep so send me a shout!

Proving Yourself

October 3, 2014

I’ve been noticing lately how Facebook has turned into one big Ad. My newsfeed is stuffed with one post after the next of people building themselves up. Facebook has always been about self promotion, but I have noticed it so much more recently. I do enjoy seeing what people are up to, but posting everyday, multiple times a day about your business you want people to join or what causes we need to donate to is a little much.

Then there is the “I have something to prove” category. When we constantly feel the need to post about our amazing workout, how busy we are, etc…it screams “I need approval!!!” It has really made me think about how I seek approval from others. I am usually an open book and like to think I have nothing to prove to people. However, my Facebook posts may give off the appearance that I do care what people think and am trying to prove myself. And seeing others try to prove themselves to a faceless Internet causes me to stumble as I start to question things I wouldn’t normally give a second thought.

I would give up Facebook all together but I have great people who post encouraging, uplifting things along with fun pics of their kids and what God is doing in and they them. Not to mention my amazing support group for my disease. Lots of very helpful advice comes from there.

So, I’m left thinking again about how I portray myself on Facebook as to be encouraging to others instead of annoying!

Laughter

September 18, 2014

Laughter is the best medicine. In the middle of the hard times with my health, the Shepherd gives me so much to laugh about, be thankful for, and enjoy. God is so good!

Newness

August 23, 2014

I feel like I have a whole new life. Within the last month I’ve moved, started a new job, gone to a new church, and hang around tons of new people. As I adjust to this new life, I am so thankful. The Shepherd’s mercies are new each morning. I make so many mistakes, rebel against the Shepherd and ignore His guidance. He leads me back. He loves me. He wants me. Lord, give me the grace to keep loving others and to expect nothing in return. We have all been deeply hurt by those who were supposed to love us. Praise God for newness. Hurts can be healed. Damage can be mended. The Lord is my Shepherd, I have all I need.

Birthday List!

August 21, 2014

I got my very first birthday card in the mail today, so I figured people would want to know what they can get me for my birthday. I’m confident that if everyone puts forth effort, I will get everything on my list this year!!

-Tony Shalhoub and Gary Busey at my front door.
-a ride on the zamboni at Joe Loius Arena
– Johnny Cash’s star from the Hollywood walk of fame
-to be an extra in an episode of House Of Cards
-be on the Ellen Show

No worries, I will act surprised when I get these gifts!!!

Public

August 19, 2014

I am amazed at the stuff people post on Facebook when they have their privacy settings set to public. I am an open book, so I am not one to talk, but I did a little experiment…I looked up random people who have been in my life at some point, who I am not friends with on Facebook, and did a little stalking to see what I could find. Sure enough, many people have everything in their profile set to public so I could read every post, see every picture, and figure out who the person knows. While nothing is really private, this is an easy thing to fix and is a potential disaster for a persons safety. If I was up to no good I could commit many crimes with the little information I have. I may be hyper sensitive as someone who goes into the prisons and also has been watching criminal minds. Lol. But, my biggest pet peeve is middle aged women who constantly complain and/or simply talk about their jobs in a public forum like Facebook or twitter. Not only is it unsafe but it’s just plain tacky. It’s disrespectful and only makes you look bad. I obviously blog and share a good deal of info about myself, so I have to be careful as well. Facebook is such a good way to stay connected to people. Let’s just do our part to cut back on potential ID show ideas :)

Flooded

August 12, 2014

I have much to thank the Shepherd:

-insane floods in Detroit. Like insaaaaane. Go to wxyz.com for pics. Thankful my car and place I live has not been damaged. Freeways closed and 3 feet of water in people’s basements. Lots to pray about.

-feeling less pain since going gluten free. Hard work but worth it. Amazing how the immune system works…and doesn’t work.

-injection tomorrow. I need it. PTL.

-starting new job. Very excited.

-rest

Robin Williams

August 12, 2014

My heart breaks over Robin Williams death. Like most people, he shaped my childhood entertainment. My closest connection to him is that he went to my small prep school’s rival school here in Detroit. I stared in disbelief at my screen when I read the reports of his apparent suicide. I’ve known he has struggled with deep depression. I think that’s what has touched me the most. It saddens me to know how much pain he must have been in. He made us all laugh but hurt deeply inside. I get it. I’ve been a mental health advocate ever since getting diagnosed with both panic disorder and bipolar 2. I’ve been in verrrrrry dark places. It’s by the grace of the Shepherd’s hope, family and friends and a great medical team that I am alive and joyful. Things can look so dark, but there is always, always hope. I pray for Robin Williams family. May they find peace in Jesus Christ and know they are not at fault. Depression is ruthless, it’s not their fault. They probably didn’t see it coming. I pray that since seeing the devastation suicide causes through a public figure, people reach out for help if they are feeling like life is crashing in around them. I also pray we will be kind to people. I usually never know what is going on in someone’s mind who is passing by me, so I pray I will have even more compassion through the power of Christ. Reach out if you are hurting, to me or someone else. This isn’t a well written or profound post. The joy of The Lord is my strength, and it has to be esp during the dark times. Joy comes in the morning! Robin Williams wasn’t able to see himself the way God sees him. I pray you can see yourself how God sees you.


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