Don’t kick them when they’re down…

There, but for the grace of God, go I….John Bradford quoted this and it is my favorite saying. I don’t label myself as religious….religion sends people to Hell. I am a blood bought, born again, sinner saved by His grace. Period. There is nothing good in me at all, but Him. God loves the sinner, not the sin, but it’s His place to judge, not ours. Christians all have different convictions and vices.

It really angers me and makes me feel (wrongly but the flesh is strong) judgmental toward pious people who claim to be Christians and all they do is bash other people and run them down. So often, I have to bite my tongue to not say something about their sins from past or present… I have my opinions of certain things and people as well, and I try to just keep quite if someone is saying something, I may even agree with, but it’s not my place to judge them.

I have sinned so many times, and guess what?? I still do!! And I bet, if we are all honest, can say the same thing.

For people who do this kind of behavior, really turns people away from wanting to know God, and I can see why. I wouldn’t want to be associated with people who talk about everyone, then invite them to church…what kind of message does that send? One who gossips to you, will gossip about you.

Think before you speak, that person you’re getting ready to run down very easily could have been you!!

Convicted

Yesterday, we got the privilege to go out and vote. There have been so many men and women who have died fighting for our freedom to do just that. We live in a country where we can go to any church we want to, work where we want, and pretty much do whatever we want…for now.

I didn’t vote…I never have….and I feel very convicted over this.

I have never been a political person, I don’t know enough about the government system and politics, and had really never given it much thought. The last few years though, with all the things I see in healthcare, in the justice system, and in this country with all of the different “movements” going on, I’m starting to take an interest.

I grumble a lot on this blog over a variety of things, and while I still feel like most all politicians are liars, something has got to change…and I do feel some of that change has to come from our leaders.

I’m going to start PRAYERFULLY investigating political things and people, so the next time we have an election, I will be ready and can confidently walk in and cast mine. I strongly feel America was founded on Christian principals and it needs to turn back that way.

So many people are trying to boot God out because they don’t want to be accountable to Him, but guess what…they will be anyway, whether they believe it or not.

A letter…

Dear Little Family,

You don’t know me, and I promise I’m not some weird stalker lady, but I couldn’t help but watch you last night. As we sat in the super crowded local Mexican restaurant with my husbands family, I was at the table in the center of the room and you were in the booth directly across from me. So it’s almost like I had to watch. I usually only have negative things to say about kids and the parents that don’t discipline them, but you are different.

I noticed the baby carrier at the end on the table sitting in the upside down high chair right as I sat down, because I always notice babies. But then I noticed the three other little blonde headed children sitting there too. Dad had a boy and a girl sitting on his side and Mom had, what I’m guessing to be the oldest boy who is maybe six or seven. As I sat down and situated into my seat and saw this across from me, I have to say my initial thought was, “great, brats, here goes dinner…” As I sat there a few minutes and mentally prepared myself to get my sparse amount of patience out, I realized I had not heard a peep from your table.

So, I watched, and listened. You two parents were talking to each other and the kids, and the kids were actually sitting there eating. Amazing. I don’t know if this was a rare moment for your family, but it seemed like normalcy to you. The fact that you are a very young couple with four children, eating out in a public restaurant, and your kids weren’t throwing fits or food, really touched my heart. It’s rare now. You two worked as a team as Dad took the boys to the bathroom, then the little girl, while mama finished her meal. That’s a good daddy!

Towards the end of the meal, the baby must have woken up and Dad got her out of the seat. The other three did get a little antsy as children do, because they are kids and they are supposed to, but they were still not screaming or being terrors. I didn’t hear Mom or Dad have to raise their voice to calm them down. I am so impressed, I just can’t say it enough!

So what I really want to say is this, I know you’re exhausted…you have to be with raising four children…but you’re doing a fabulous job! I hope you have a beautiful joy filled life for your efforts and thanks for letting me see a glimpse of good parenting, it does still exist!

Thank you!