Saturday, August 25, 2012

Sorry, Bill.

Just wanted to share a wonderful comment I happened across under an article on NBC news online today.

Basically, a bride got swept away in a river while having photographs taken in her wedding dress, in Quebec. I was reading through some of the comments below the article and, of course, some guy named "Bill" makes a comment about this being America so a lawsuit will soon follow. And then the rest of the commenters (NOT a real word, my spell check just said so) jumped him for not knowing Quebec is a part of Canada, NOT the United States.

Then, as it always happens, someone else dogs the education system and how this "Bill" guy should know that Quebec is a French speaking part of Canada, and teachers aren't doing their jobs anymore...etc.

So, a teacher gets involved and gives the BEST little essay on our current family and education problems. Read on:

Don't blame this teacher for Bill's dumb comment!

When Bill was in my classroom, I taught Bill and the 37 other 15-year olds all about the US, as well as its neighbors. I had to tell Bill to get his head off the desk 3 times, then had to take his cell phone away, so he'd stop texting his gf and pay attention. When I asked them all to get a book off the shelf for our next activity, Bill told me to "go "blank" myself", as he didn't need to learn this "stuff", and was promptly sent from the room, so that the other 37 could learn in a peaceful environment.

Later, when I called home, I suggested that an adult ask Bill daily if he'd done his homework or if he had any schoolwork he should be working on. I was told that they "didn't have time" for silly stuff like that and that at 15, he was "responsible for himself".
Sure our public school sytem is flawed. As a teacher, I could talk for hours on this subject.
Please don't allow the blame for Bill's ignorance to rest solely on my shoulders.
I can't reach Bill or his grandparents (who had their child dump Bill on their doorstep to raise in their "Golden Years"). I'll keep trying, though, because it's my job.

At least 37 of my students know where Quebec is and which language is predominant there. All in all, that's not a bad percentage (98%).

Now at 32, Bill wishes he'd paid attention in my class at 15. He can't understand why he keeps losing his job and why he only makes minimum wage. As I told the entire class back then, ignorance has its consequences!

(Sorry Bill, I don't know you, but thank you for good-naturedly taking part in my rant!!)
 - A Teacher

Isn't that pretty accurate but sad picture of where we are today? I do apologize for the hint of language, but that's much, much kinder than what our kids hear on the bus and all day long in public schools and I wanted to convey her point. When we don't teach our children respect, boundaries, and consequences, the teachers suffer. And in the end, our children suffer. And the grandparent, is that ever going on all around us! How many grandparents do you know that are helping to raise their grandchildren now, so the parents can work, have more time for themselves, or whatever reason. It's so sad. 

Anyway, just wanted to share. You can read the actual article for yourself here.

Friday, August 17, 2012

Just Asking...

My sister forwarded the following to me in an email. I have no idea who wrote this but it's pretty spot on, I think, of just all that God is doing for us behind the scenes and how we should view every single thing that happens to us throughout the day.

Me: God, can I ask you a question?

God: Sure.

Me: Promise you won't get mad.

God: I promise.

Me: Why did you let so much stuff happen to me today?

God: What do you mean?

Me: Well, I woke up late.

God: Yes.

Me: My car took forever to start.

God: Okay.

Me: At lunch they made my sandwich wrong and I had to wait.

God: Huummm.

Me: On the way home, my phone went dead, just as I picked up a call.

God: All right.

Me: And on top of it all, when I got home I just wanted to soak my feet in my new foot massager and relax, but it wouldn't work!!! Nothing went right today! Why did you do that?

God: Let me see, the Death Angel was at your bed this morning and I had to send one of the other angels to battle him for your life. I let you sleep through that.

Me: (humbled): OH...

God: I didn't let your car start because there was a drunk driver on your route that would have hit you if you were on the road.

Me: (ashamed)

God: The first person who made your sandwich today was sick and I didn't want
you to catch what they have, I knew you couldn't afford to miss work.

Me: (embarrassed): Ok...

God: Your phone went dead because the person that was calling was going to give false witness about what you said on that call, I didn't even let you talk to them so you would be covered.

Me: (softly) I see God.

God: Oh and that foot massager, it had a short that was going to shut down all of the power in your house tonight. I didn't think you wanted to be in the dark.

Me: I'm sorry God.

God: Don't be sorry, just learn to trust all things, the good and the bad.

Me: I will trust you.

God: And don't doubt that my plan for your day is always better than your plan.

Me: I won't God. And let me just tell you God, thank you for everything today.

God: You're welcome child. It was just another day being your God, and I love looking after my children.

Kind of makes you feel like giving Him a big, embarrassed, "I'm sorry!", right?!

"Oh for grace to trust Him more!"

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

~ Sweet Baby A ~

I am so excited about these pictures! I do not get  Baby Fever anymore (thank you, Bossy Pants Ben); instead, I get Baby Picture-taking Fever ☺. So I emailed a friend last week and begged her to let me take pictures of her newborn. Thankfully, she said yes...and here's what happened next: (To me, they tell a beautiful story!)

I know my editing is a little bit off in a couple of them, I'm learning as I go...but these are my favorite pictures I've taken to date! Just wanted to share ☺.

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

 One night I dreamed I was walking along the beach with the Lord.
Many scenes from my life flashed across the sky.
In each scene I noticed footprints in the sand.
Sometimes there were two sets of footprints,
other times there were one set of footprints.
This bothered me because I noticed
that during the low periods of my life,
when I was suffering from
anguish, sorrow or defeat,
I could see only one set of footprints.
So I said to the Lord,
“You promised me Lord,
that if I followed you,
you would walk with me always.
But I have noticed that during the most trying periods of my life
there have only been one set of footprints in the sand.
Why, when I needed you most, you have not been there for me?”
The Lord replied,
“The times when you have seen only one set of footprints in the sand,
is when I carried you.”

Some things never get old, cannot be rewritten, and bear repeating. He's carried me a lot.

(Pics taken by me at Folly Beach, SC)

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Ipad fever!

Fingers crossed and prayers sent up, I am hoping to win an Ipad 3 tomorrow! Oh, places I could go with that electronic devise from Heaven! Did I mention I'm like the ONLY one without an Ipad?! All the kids are pointing and laughing at me!

All shameless begging aside, go sign up. I don't want to drool & hope alone!

MCP Actions is an awesome site for free and for sale actions for Photoshop & Lightroom. I love to read their articles and posts on Facebook. They are helping promote Sticky Albums which, for you lucky dogs reading this on your ipads, is an excellent app for viewing and sharing your photos on the ipad. My face is so green with envy right now!!!

So, go, check it out. And pray I win ☺

Friday, May 11, 2012

Stirred up!

Yesterday's post has stirred me up to fight. 

Not fight a human, who is only being guided by the spirits he yields to, but against principalities and powers, demons from Hell, bent on destroying souls. My family's souls. 

And not to fight with weapons of mass destruction, or guns, swords, or knives...but with the Sword of the Spirit, the Word of God; it's sharper than any two-edged sword and has the power to destroy demon spirits.

Funny how it seems like words in black ink on a piece of paper to some...but it's literally the words of God, given to us by inspiration of the Holy Ghost, as a weapon. And what did He promise about weapons? No weapon formed against us shall prosper! And what else did He promise? "Be of good cheer, little children, for I have overcome the world." 

We are literally fighting from victory, not to it! He has already won this war, He's just letting His children fight out the victory.

I just read the story of David and Goliath this morning. As Goliath cursed David by his many gods - like that would accomplish anything - David calmly picks up his 5 smooth stones and prepares himself to fight. And when Goliath laughs at David's feeble weapons, David responds by telling him, I don't fight you with a spear, shield or a sword, but with the name of the Lord of hosts...and today the earth will know that there is a God in Israel!

Listen at little David, approximately 17 years old, standing up to a giant! I think that's where I am today. The spirits that are in this world seem to be giants to me. They look almost impossible to overcome. They make me long for Heaven. But there is a fighter rising up on the inside and He's telling me, You can do ALL things through Christ Jesus! And, Greater is He that is in you than he that is in the world!

I'm realizing it's up to me, and you, to fight these things that are attacking our children, keeping our loved ones in mental torment, or filling their minds with untruths. Telling them sin is right and right is wrong. Telling them God is love so there is nothing He hates...which is a lie from the devil. God is love, but He hates sin. Not the sinner, but SIN. 

So, yes, I'm stirred up to fight. I'm tired of hearing the world's point of view out of my children's mouth. And I'm ready to fight it.

Watch out, ya'll...the sleeping giant in me done woke up and joined up with the LORD's Army! 

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I am not ashamed!

Yesterday one of our southern states, North Carolina, voted against legalizing marriage between two men or two women, defining marriage as being between a man and woman only. And immediately, our President (I had to make myself capitalize that word) went on record on national tv as supporting gay marriage. Meaning, he disagreed with the state of North Carolina. Like we didn't already know that, but apparently now he is willing to say those exact words in one sentence, instead of always beating around the bush.

And I kept my mouth shut. 

And then I got on Facebook, and started reading all these rants about how close-minded North Carolina and the south is. How bigoted, ignorant, and just plain MEAN Bible thumpers are. 

And I kept my mouth shut. Because, really, who cares what they think. I know I'm right. I know the Bible says about homosexuality. So, why should I care who disagrees?

But then I read some things that made me mad. Righteously mad. Indignant. I read Christians using the Bible to defend their "equality for all" stance. Preaching a God of love that hates no one and no thing. And I got mad.

So, I posted the following on my facebook status, after a quick, and one-sided, prayer to God that He help me shut my mouth. Instead, I think He anointed my fingers, because I couldn't stop.

A very good friend asked me to post this to my blog so she could share, so I have condensed my "rant" just a bit, taken out the personal replies to friends who commented. I read through this just now and I don't even know where half of this came from. It poured out of me against my will and I can't add one word to it, except the part at the end. This is my heart:

One day we are all going to be judged on what we voted for or against. Why? Because it's a loud statement on what you believe, deep down in your heart. And if you support something that God hates, you think that's going to end for you? So, yes, vote for all the equality you want...but you won't be judged on how equal minded you were...but on whether you followed HIS laws, HIS commands, HIS heart. And telling someone the truth in love IS love. Going along with something that will lead someone to hell is NOT love. And it is possible to love someone and tell them that.

You know the only time God allowed one of His chosen tribes to be almost completely wiped out? Read about it in Judges 19-21. The tribe of Benjamin lost all but about 600 men, because of homosexuality. But because of His great love, even then He had mercy & the story! That's just ONE story of how He feels about it. So yeah, it matters if you support it.

I'm so tired of non-christians telling Christians how quiet and loving we're supposed to be, and how to support sin so that we don't offend. YOU support it and look God in the face and tell Him why one day. Honestly, you cannot "decide" what to believe because it feels good, or your uncle is gay, or you want everyone to be happy & equal. If you are a Christian, it's supposed to be based on the Bible and what God says. Or why be a Christian? People are making up their own gods and religion and calling it Christianity. 

What a scary time to be on the face of this earth. I dread what is going to happen to our nation as a result of the past few years of policy that's been made against God's laws.

I am not shocked by the world. I'm shocked by other Christians. Who in the world is going to be the LIGHT in these dark times? The Christians are all falling for the same lies as the world! 
This is why we have a Holy Ghost, a Spirit of Truth, to lead & guide us. If it was so easy you could just make the decision based on the facts in front of your face, we wouldn't need a spirit of truth. But these choices are hard, they involve people we love, so we HAVE to follow truth...or you'll fall for a lie.

And if you fall for a lie, who is going to help your family and friends? You're down in a ditch with them! So for goodness sake, be strong, Christians! Know your Bible, KNOW your GOD...and stand up for truth. Yeah, you won't be popular...but when did it become more about being liked than it did about winning souls???

My kids are growing up in this world. A world that doesn't want a RIGHT way, they want all ways to be right. That sounds great but it doesn't get you to Heaven. Truth offends. And they offend me DAILY with their propaganda. You know it's not wrong to offend someone by standing for truth. That's not hate. That's love.
I'm for equal rights in that you can believe whatever you want. But just like you have a right to tell your truth, I have a right to tell THE truth.

Every time a vote goes against something that extremely affects Christians, we are touted as ignorant and close minded. Who in the world made THEM the open-minded group? And if that's the case, call me close minded. To me that means I base my morals on convictions on something besides myself and what feels good.
Which means, tomorrow, the next day, 10 years from morals are the same. Cause I didn't make them up. I didn't base them on what someone said would be the more "equal" thing to do. I've tried to base them on the Bible.

And I'll add this, which I did not put on Facebook, but it keeps coming to my mind right now:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ: for it is the power of God unto salvation to everyone that believeth..." Romans 1:16