Spiritual Ramblings from a Modern Day Husband and Dad

Month: July, 2015

Its a Heart Thing

RAMBLINGS from Lacy’s dad – We were sitting around the TV the other evening and hearing once again about a tragic shooting. A confused individual goes in to a movie theatre and ends the life of several innocent bystanders and then himself. My heart grieved for all those who were impacted by this evil.

I must admit though, I am starting to grow weary of some of the garbage that we are fed on the news. I don’t know if its intentional or coincidental, but over and over I hear it’s a “gun issue”. We are told we have to take the guns away.

I am dumbfounded by the lack of common sense shown these days. But maybe that is no accident. Maybe they know that many of us blindly believe what we are told.

I was reading in the ancient writings of Isaiah again this morning. For a minute I thought it was describing, not a land 2500+ years ago, but present day America. People turning their backs on God and worshiping anything and everything but The Creator. They were looking for satisfaction in all the wrong places. Much of it brought satisfaction, but only for a fleeting moment. People who claim to be “open minded” are speaking lies and deception, many being taught as truths, while little tolerance is allowed for the real truth. (Seems kind of ironic from one claiming to be open minded.)

My conclusion is this:
-It is not a “gun” issue.
-It is not a “flag” issue.
-It is not a “race” issue.
-It is not a “choice” issue.

It is nothing more then a HEART issue.

And just like in Isaiah where the people turned their hearts away from God, for a time, He turned His back on them. I see it again today. We have removed Him from the schools, removed Him from the courts, and even worse, removed Him from our daily lives. And then we are shocked and shout at that same God when these tragic events do take place.

Here’s some good news to cheer you and me up. God is still on His throne. None of this is catching Him by surprise.

Every praise is to our God!
He is our Saviour.
He is our Healer.
He is our Deliverer!…



Patience and Love in a Darkening World

RAMBLINGS from Connor’s dad – Christians worldwide seem to be under attack from all sides these days. If not from the liberal left with barbed verbal attacks and hate filled speech, then from extremist that desire physical harm and death to us.

It is so hard sometime not to lash back out at those who attack us with their words. Don’t get me wrong, we need to be able to defend our beliefs. But we need to do so with respect for the other person. We need to talk and reasonwith them like Jesus did with the woman at the well, with compassion. Over the years this thick headed boy from Lithonia has argued vehemently points to prove my perceived knowledge of the Bible. In those fights, I might have won on points, but lost on the results. The person might have seen that I thought I knew something, but didn’t see that I cared two cents about them.

I am sure I still screw up a lot. I probably run my mouth at times more then I need to. I try to remind myself what Dr. Jim always told me, “There is a reason God gave us TWO ears, and only ONE mouth!” That’s right those ears aren’t just to hold up your sunglasses, they are there for listening.

Last night Connor came in and was sharing with us his day at work. His summer job is as a CNA at an assisted living facility. He is learning that as we get older, we can get cranky, set in our ways, and have very strong opinions…that often are wrong. What he does over and over with these residents is hear them out, reason with them in a way they most likely will understand, ALWAYS with COMPASSION, sometimes firmly, but ALWAYS with LOVE.

He was laughing about a cantankerous resident that the other CNS’s fear. One of them was shocked when he walked in to the room and got a smile out of said resident. They were surprised…I’m not.

There are a LOT of cantankerous people out there. Some of them are friends of mine. I hope today if we interact, that if they don’t see Jesus in me, at least they’ll see Connor….

He says, “Be still, and know that I am God; I will be exalted among the nations, I will be exalted in the earth.” The Lord Almighty is with us; the God of Jacob is our fortress. – Psalm 46:10-11

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