- Mysteries, polka dots, California Rolls, TJ Maxx, cozy blankets, rainy days and getting the first spoonful of peanut butter out of the jar make me smile. Spiders, rude people, cold fingers and toes, baby leashes, people that don't wrap their packages before going to the Post Office, poison ivy and Math (pretty much all of it) make me want to scream. My perfect day would be spent with my wonderful husband and sweet girls- watching movies in our jammies! Of course, having the movie theater to ourselves would be great, too. Please pass the popcorn and M&M's.:) I am saved by the grace of God. He is my constant companion and hears my every prayer. What a blessing! I'd love to hear from you! Lori at firstname.lastname@example.org
Thursday, January 16, 2014
God's Not Dead
My heart weeps for those who reject Christ. Do they believe that this earth is all there is? I desperately need to believe that there is more. So much more.
I was naive for the. longest. time. I truly thought that all my "nice" friends believed as I did. They were nice, after all, so of course they were Christians! Duh. Then one day the light bulb finally turned on...
I mentioned to a "nice" friend that my babysitter (at the time) believed in gods and goddesses. (Mother Earth, Father Sun, Zeus?) I waited for her to look at me with surprise/disgust/confusion but instead she said,
"I believe in gods and goddesses, too."
Then I discovered that a few other friends rejected the whole idea of God because of either:
a) past church members had been unkind
b) Christians had harshly judged them
c) the Bible didn't "fit"with their lifestyle
d) a loss of a loved one
How heartbreaking that church members can sometimes make people "quit God". This is SO very wrong. But It's not God's fault. He loves us all!
And... He does have rules. And this is where it gets sticky.
I break the rules. I sin. We all do. So, I don't run around condemning all my "nice" (but lost) friends.
But that doesn't mean that I agree that "it's all good."
If I condone sin when I know where it could lead, how I can call myself a friend?? Fire and brimstone is REAL. I want my friends and loved ones joining the celebration in heaven! So, like it or not, I'm praying for all my friends (Christian or not) because it certainly can't hurt. Hey, if you have a minute, would you pray for me, too?
Papa God IS real. He's alive! And He's rooting for every one of us. :)