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“There is that Place” Narnia?


Years ago I remember watching “The Chronicles of Narnia” with my daughter.

Her young enthusiasm for the “Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe” brought out her talent of art and imagination.

She could rattle off and draw every actor, character or whatever the strange and whimsical animals C. S. Lewis made up.

How interesting I thought one could open the doors to a wardrobe and enter a mythical magical forest. The intrigue continues into the land of good and evil; only to be stuck in winter by the White Witch. For 100 years she reigned in Narnia until the great Lion, Aslan appears on the scene as her worst enemy.

C. S. Lewis was a genius of imagination. Whether he meant it or not, the stories lay out a pattern of talking animals, ugly creatures and “Turkish Delight” in a line-up of Biblical proportion.

Yes; it is a parallel of God himself with a twist.

Narnia was supposed to be a place of love, contentment, peace and a whole lot of fun. At least that was the original plan.

Reflecting on the story in many ways we in this present world are now living in Narnia with the wicked White Witch.

The place God intended for good has been beaten up, lied to and given over to sinful ugly creatures.

However, for the wicked white witch, Aslan, the good King of the Forest appears ready to take back his kingdom.  She believes she will fight to win only she didn’t count on the weapons used to stop her.psalm 91

Besides the full armor required, is the heart of Aslan.

A heart full of love, mercy, grace and forgiveness.

Wisdom and knowledge so profound it can’t be matched.

Understanding, compassion and healing that cannot be found anywhere else.

A sacrifice so pure nothing at all can ever take its place.

There really is that place; a hidden wardrobe only known to the individual heart and God. No authority on earth will ever be able to find this dwelling between the Father and his child.  Just as finding Narnia, seeking his presence daily is the only way to enter and abide in the shelter of the Most High God.

The shadow of the savior rests in that place covering the fears, doubts worries and stresses of the attacks of the wicked witch. If they creep in then it is due to venturing out of that safe security.

Reach for Jesus again; crawl back in under his wings of protection. And stay. Rest.

Remain in Him.


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Can’t find your keys? or the Remote? what about your brain?


One of the great novelties about God is he really is interested in every detail of our lives. I am convinced he loves flare.

Joyce Meyer writes about how she is always losing her keys.  She was in a rush to get out of the house only to have no idea where she placed her keys. She stopped and prayed. In her heart God showed her where the keys were.

Another time she was having guests over. The remote control to the TV was no where to be found. She prayed,

Holy Spirit, show me where the remote control is, please.”

God gave her a Word of Knowledge and led her to the remote.

If you have family members like me who forget to put their brain in first gear,  do as Joyce and I do.

Pray for God to reveal where they lost it! LOL!   It works.

Just imagine. If God gives us his time for our own forgetfulness of such trivialities, how much more do you think he wants to communicate with us about that which is important?

John 14: 26 “But the Advocate, the Holy Spirit, whom the Father will send in my name, will teach you all things and will remind you of everything I have said to you.”

Excerpt from Joyce Meyer’s book: Trusting God Day by Dayday by day


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Never Underestimate the Underlings


Loyalty comes in all shapes and sizes until questionable disruptions rise to the surface.

The definition of loyalty is: devoted attachment or affection for another, a feeling of allegiance.

The bond of sincerity or homage works both ways.  All parties involved uphold each other through integrity and honesty.  Such a relationship is of utmost importance and considered in some instances as almost sacred.

Often, one is considered a subject or subordinate to a person of notability or in a position of authority.

But….what happens when that trust is broken?

The person in authority may eliminate the subject quietly and subtlety from their life or remove them in a show of prestige.

The underling stands by observing the crumbling of their allegiance due to less than honest motivations. Drama unfolds before their very eyes leaving many questions unanswered.

As time passes information dribbles out like a leaky faucet. The underling remains devoted all the while analyzing data looming over the exposed jurisdiction.

Sometimes it is better to keep quiet.

Yet, for the inquisitive mind remaining subdued is not always easy.

Snooping around in the authority figures fans of admiration can place a mark on your forehead. Treason!  The underling is quickly viewed as the ultimate betrayer even if the drama is true.

The day arrives when the underling notices beady eyes and evil frowns staring as if your lunch splattered all over your face.

Co-workers stop texting.  Facebook friends un-friend you.  The few phone calls you received suddenly stop.

The next in line is the pink slip on your office desk from your most worthy ally; or so you thought.

How could you do this to me?” you scream at your boss.boss

“Sorry, but it wasn’t up to me” he says.

Then who? Who did this?”  Looking up at the ceiling and running his hands through his hair your boss avoids your hurt face.

NOOOOOOOOOOOOO!” the underling screams and begins to weep.

“How could he? I have been his most loyal and ardent associate standing up for his actions and protocol even when I didn’t agree.  How about all those thhinnngggss I, well you know, sort of hid? What about risking my reputation, job and personal integrity for his fraudulent activities?

 I have given up my personal life, weekends and much time missed with my family to support his plans and this is what I get?”

“You were asking too many questions. We tried to tell you to keep your mouth shut. In this business challenging his motives or agenda is the wrong thing to do.”

Colossians 3:23 “Whatever you do, work heartily, as for the Lord and not for men.”

Months later the clout of seniority is fractured, crippled by his lack of involvement or incompetence.  Interrogations into lawlessness and illegal violations set the stage for a major breach of conduct. Practice of inequality, favoritism and the abuse of privacy are at the center of controversy.  Whose job is on the line now?

Incrimination becomes the name of the game. “Pass the buck” interferes with “the buck stops here.”  Directives begin at the top.  Lowly subjects carry little influence.  They only do what they are told.  Forget honesty and integrity.  Everyone else is a scapegoat.

Throwing an underling under anyone’s bus is not a good idea.

my boss is a carpenter

http://www.foxnews.com/opinion/2013/05/21/president-obama-ceo-who-knows-nothing/?intcmp=trending#ixzz2TydM2ctu

http://www.humanevents.com/2013/05/20/fox-news-reporter-monitored-by-justice-department/

http://www.ijreview.com/2013/05/53781-president-obama-met-with-anti-tea-party-union-head-day-before-irs-conservative-group-targeting-began/

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Newsbusters of Jilted Contemplation


My weekend was busy so I tried catching up on the news.

Mistake.

Surfing the net the following are hot topics;

Unmarried Jessica Simpson has her baby.

Jilted Dentist extracts teeth of ex-boyfriend.

The Dutch don’t want to sell marijuana to tourists.

And of course the “occupiers” took another day off.

Who could doubt the significance of the above Newsbusters?

The less significant are:

While the “occupiers” took a day off, many were standing in the un-employment lines.

One year ago, Our Navy Seals ended the life of the worst terrorist.

United States Naval Special Warfare Developmen...

United States Naval Special Warfare Development Group (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Mark Zuckerburg comes up with idea to help eliminate the critical shortage of organs for patients desperately in need of life-saving transplants.

The President makes a surprise visit to Afghanistan setting in motion the end of the war.

Ugh….

I don’t think I missed much.  Sadly.

Reading headlines from online newspapers, venues of journalism or so-called journalism, nothing is surprising.

Not too happy with Jessica Simpson.

The jilted dentist lost her license to practice dentistry now. Ummm…I guess her ex is looking for dentures a little sooner than he thought!

And I can’t understand why the Dutch don’t want to sell marijuana to tourists? I would be offended if I went there and they labeled me a tourist.

I wonder how many “occupiers” who had a job yesterday and protested will have a job tomorrow. Did their employers give them the day off? Do they get paid anyway? If so I want a job like that. Only I want protest against capitalism, I will protest why facebook wants a timeline. Just for the record I never got it!

The Navy Seals who killed the world’s worst terrorist are heroes. Like the rest of the military who sacrifice 24/7 a life most could never live. Or the missionaries who forsake family and friends to serve God in other countries under who knows what kind of living conditions. Or the many who preach the gospel in the most dangerous places on earth.

Mark Zuckerburg….you may not know it, but God is using you.

And the President goes to Afghanistan. Did he take 2 Billion dollars they want from us with him? And if he gave them our hard-earned money what are they using it for?

He announces he is working directly with the Taliban. What? Tell me he doesn’t really believe terrorists are peace seeking thugs? We don’t negotiate with terrorists.

BTW: The President keeps telling people he’s bringing all the troops home. The AFB here keeps deploying my tenants or moving my property owners who will be deployed.

Nice news? Good news? Our mindset knows only evil as journalists continue to report the “bad and the ugly.”  The fallout of the John Edwards trial, the Ohio bridge bomb and the suicide of an NFL player shine on the covers of the front page. And the beat goes on….

And once again facebook comes to the rescue of a dying veteran who wanted his ticket refunded from “Spirit Airlines.” The despicable act has waged a boycott war of the airline in support of this kind man who can’t fly to see his daughter now due to his declining health.

Life is tough enough without a daily bashing from journalists and news media whose joint effort is to promote anguish, calamity and tribulation.

My guess is they don’t read the Bible. Ratings trump anything worthwhile to the point of exceeding the limits of drudgery and wretchedness.

1 Timothy 4: 4 “For everything God created is good, and nothing is to be rejected if it is received with thanksgiving.”

The news is categorized as the same as vile music, detestable movies and shameful TV.

So just turn it off and soak in some peace.  You know, like “Peace Brother.”   lol

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/growing-up/

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/05/02/quote-toward/

http://theriverministries.net/2012/05/01/spiritual-wrestling-and-the-armor-of-god-part-2/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/slavery/

http://birdmartin.wordpress.com/2012/05/02/bird-almost-gets-hustled-today/

 

 

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“To Like or Dislike” (Brussel Sprouts)


Wouldn’t it be nice to have a dislike button? On facebook, WordPress, email, in your home?

Brussels Sprouts

Brussels Sprouts (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Benefits of a dislike Button:

No comment required.

You dislike it whatever it is.

Your expression is a simple opinion to deter fights, bickering or assault. Or not.

For the most part you are safe from physical attacks unless they track you down.

You can dislike but not hate.

The result may change your life.

Examples for the use of a dislike button:

I don’t like brussel sprouts, licorice and deer meat. (yuck)  Instead of having to describe in detail my disgust for these non-edible, detestable so-called foods I can press the dislike button. The nasty deer meat aroma cooking on the stove makes me feel guilty my husband killed Bambi. So if pressing a button eliminates my emotional trauma so I don’t have to ponder the suffering of poor Bambi, I am released from one less debilitating distraction.

Or….facebook Timeline (I didn’t opt for it)

Or…Football. No comments please.

Or…..Horror movies, Harry Potter and his un-soulish goonies or I can’t even speak it.

Or ….Dr. Pepper (taste like cough medicine), camping or anything the government runs. Or tries to.

These buttons might make life in cyber space a little easier, less complicated or formidable foes depending on how you take it.

Who’s to say pressing the “dislike” button won’t end a friendship because you disagreed with their recipe for meat loaf?

Who’s to say disliking one’s political views won’t start WWIII?

If you dislike another culture, does that make you intolerant?

If you dislike one soft drink over another is that discriminating?

What if you dislike my blog should I be offended?

If you dislike your spouse, does that make you an ogre?

If you dislike Charter schools does that mean you like public schools?

If you dislike Baptists, does that mean you like Presbyterians?

“To like or dislike, that is the question.”

Either way, it doesn’t really matter. What counts is God’s truth.

We either like it or we don’t. Whether we like God’s truth or not doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.

Rationalizing God’s truth is as silly as believing God is counting how many brussel sprouts I’m not eating.

The atheist/agnostic can argue the non-existence of God all day long; it isn’t going to make God go away.

The worldly skeptic rationalizes the validity of God’s goodness by asking “If God is a good God, why does he allow bad things to happen?” I don’t know. Go ask him yourself. Ya think it may have to do with the fall of man? Duh…..

Then you have the eroded soul of Christ. The saved soul who believes the Bible condones living with someone outside of marriage. Sorry……you either like what the Bible says about marriage or you don’t.

You either like what the Bible says about stealing, lying or taking another life or you don’t.

God formally set his rules in place to be “liked” not “disliked.” The Bible is clear on how God determined for us to live from the Ten Commandments to gossip, to how we treat others. Believe me; he didn’t leave a single sin out.

God doesn’t give waivers. He isn’t going to make me eat brussel sprouts and let my husband off the hook.

God is no respecter of persons. No waivers. No Deal. No Bargains.

Got it?

Exodus 20 The Ten Commandments

1 And God spoke all these words:

2I am the LORD your God, who brought you out of Egypt, out of the land of slavery.

3 “You shall have no other gods before[a] me.

4 “You shall not make for yourself an image in the form of anything in heaven above or on the earth beneath or in the waters below. 5 You shall not bow down to them or worship them; for I, the LORD your God, am a jealous God, punishing the children for the sin of the parents to the third and fourth generation of those who hate me, 6 but showing love to a thousand generations of those who love me and keep my commandments.

7 “You shall not misuse the name of the LORD your God, for the LORD will not hold anyone guiltless who misuses his name.

8 “Remember the Sabbath day by keeping it holy. 9 Six days you shall labor and do all your work, 10 but the seventh day is a Sabbath to the LORD your God. On it you shall not do any work, neither you, nor your son or daughter, nor your male or female servant, nor your animals, nor any foreigner residing in your towns. 11 For in six days the LORD made the heavens and the earth, the sea, and all that is in them, but he rested on the seventh day. Therefore the LORD blessed the Sabbath day and made it holy.

12Honor your father and your mother, so that you may live long in the land the LORD your God is giving you.

13You shall not murder.

14You shall not commit adultery.

15You shall not steal.

16 “You shall not give false testimony against your neighbor.

17You shall not covet your neighbor’s house. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, or his male or female servant, his ox or donkey, or anything that belongs to your neighbor.”

http://larrywho.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/are-we-pawns-or-knights/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/the-mountain-of-god/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/04/16/following-the-shepherd/

http://refusingtotiptoe.com/2012/04/16/sharing-sunday-taking-care-of-business-before-its-too-late/

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Mom, You want to Join facebook?


Here it is January 1, 2012. I am posting an article published on  believersbay.com  on  March 8, 2011. I have a confession. I never wanted to become a blogger. It was after I wrote this article God really began nudging me to start a blog. I remember thinking, “what would I name it?” Sooner than later God showed me to name it “Did Jesus Have a Facebook Page?” I knew then he wanted me to pursue this adventure; and adventure it has been. Now I am hooked and absolutely love blogging! Thanks to all you fellow bloggers who have paved the way for me to enjoy this great communication!  This post is really how it started for me!


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Mom, You Want to Join facebook?

For all of you out there who are either computer literate or illiterate, facebook is now everywhere. You don’t even have to know how to use it, or know how to find it on the internet. To be honest you don’t even have to own a computer to know what facebook is!

When I got the idea 2 years ago to join facebook, my college age daughter looked at me rather astonished and lowered my self-esteem by remarking,

“Mom, you aren’t in college. You can’t join facebook.”

My hearing aid heard her really telling me I am too old to join facebook. My response to that was, “Does facebook have an age limit? If so what is it? Is facebook discriminating against middle age women who want to spy on their college age daughters and all of her friends?”

Immediately I rushed to my computer and joined facebook. At least I tried to. Once I registered I realized it was one more user Id and password I would have to remember. Questions like, “what is a news feed?” and “how do I get pictures on facebook?” became my next quest.

I answered my own question about the pictures because I didn’t own a digital camera. Even then I would have to learn how to use a digital camera before I could upload pictures on facebook. What chores!

Next I would venture into setting up my own profile. But how could I do that without a picture?  Then I remembered that our college age daughter has a digital camera with her at college.  I would have to wait on the picture so I began filling out my personal information. That was relatively easy so I thought I was really on a roll and would check into the Privacy Settings, Networks, etc. That area was rather boring so I really didn’t read it.

I decided I needed to find out how to find friends.

What do I do if someone friend’s me that I don’t remember (age again) or that I don’t want to be friends with? Do I just “ignore” them?

The list was a mile long of people who were supposedly my friends or friends of friends.

Why would I want to be friends of friends that I don’t even know? The confusion continued.

FarmVille

Image via Wikipedia

Moving on to the facebook apps as they call them I started playing “Farmville.” At night I would go to bed wondering who was gardening or who had more cows and pigs than me. The list went on and on of actions and activities you could do.

I was amazed that through cyber space I could throw things at people who I didn’t really like. You could even throw things at people who you do like.  You could throw food, shoes and even Mardi gras beads. It was like an online food fight.  Another nice feature is you can hide certain people who you don’t want to read about or make it so they can only see part of your profile. I soon found out it was not difficult to eliminate those that annoyed me.

Seriously I found some of the apps like the Birthday Calendar to be a nice way to recognize my friends.  Also you can send personal messages to friends or write a note on their “wall” which is a public post. Facebook offers groups you can join or post your status of your daily activities. It is a great way to find those you have lost touch with over the years and catch up on their lousy lives.

The facebook frenzy has caught on as one of the most popular modern-day connections.  Outside of texting it is one of my favorite avenues to find out the latest news or gossip.

I wonder what God thinks about it?

I know there are those who believe facebook is nothing but harmful, a waste of time and ungodly. Actually before I started it I felt that way but mostly it was out of fear that I couldn’t keep up with my college age daughter’s computer literacy. Once I joined and began getting friends I felt pretty good about myself.

God can use anything to get our attention. The enemy of this world will begin his attack. I am not disputing that Facebook has been used for the wrong motives, but it can be used for God’s motives too. God allowed computers to be invented for his reasons, not the enemy.  Our world is moving so fast technologically it is difficult to keep up. I am happy texting and posting. The internet is a tool God is using to send his word across the world.

Mark 16:15 says, “Go into all the world and preach the good news to all creation.”(NIV)

Just think you wouldn’t be connected to believersbay.com if we didn’t have it and you wouldn’t be reading this article.

Facebook has allowed me to become an Online Missionary. I have prayed for people who post prayer requests that I would not know otherwise to pray for. It has given me the ability to join Christian groups that shed light through facebook to others who may not know Christ.  It has connected me with people in my past that can see a conversion in me they did not see years ago.

No matter where we are geographically on this earth, God has given us the tools to reach into places and the hearts of people who just a few decades ago seemed unimaginable. His ways and thoughts are surely higher than ours.

By the way, my college age daughter does not mind me posting on her wall as long as I don’t embarrass her!

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