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Why is everyone so mean?


In all my 62 years on this earth I have never known people to be so mean and hateful.

Sure, there have always been bullies but not to the extent there is today. It has become extreme and belligerent.bully

As one who was always smaller than most of those in my class age group, I was picked on a lot. Many gave me nicknames like, “little bit” or “shorty’ or “redhead” but it was rare the accusations were directed to annoy or offend me. That isn’t the case today.

We have become a society of loathing and abhorrence because of a lack of discipline, not to mention the enemy has been on a roaring rampage for decades.  That’s no excuse. We have to change this hostile atmosphere.

My daughter was going through a lot during her younger years. As a child of a single parent in an area where divorce had not hit to the high percentage rates of today, she was bullied by a classmate. She was only 6 or 7 when this young girl began insulting and tormenting her along with a few of her miserable friends. For a while, I paid little attention to her complaints. As time passed, it was quite noticeable she wasn’t making any of this up.

My concern grew to a breaking point when I would pick her up from school only to find her crying. She was already dealing with enough without the harassment of an obviously spoiled and jealous child.

The next day I called the principal and asked to meet with her teacher along with the student in question. The appointment was made for that afternoon.

The teacher, appeared to have no idea at all this had been happening. In fact, she made it clear to me this child I was accusing was a perfect student with top grades but so was my daughter. Only my daughter wasn’t hateful and mean to the other students.  The bully watched me speaking to her teacher with total dread in her eyes.

She knew she had been caught. It was apparent she played the innocent, sweet child with the teacher but treated others with distaste and mockery when the teacher wasn’t around.

I made it clear to the teacher what wasn’t going to happen any more and if it did there would be consequences for her and the student. The teacher allowed me to speak directly to the bully. She sheepishly approached me as I laid the groundwork for future classes with my daughter and that she would never again speak to her much less bully her. I told her I knew exactly what she was doing and to stop it immediately. I  told her  I would not hesitate to call her mother and inform her of her obstinate behavior and get a restraining order against her. The child left the room with the fear of God in her by the time I finished. The teacher was very appreciative of my visit but also quite aware that I meant business.

That child never bothered my daughter again.

For years, many childish bullies like this one have been getting away with their distasteful rhetoric and in some cases violence. We have laws that haven’t been enforced but should be that would help close the door on such vile conduct.

The decision I made to handle this the way I did, came about after much prayer and seeking God for answers as to how to deal with it. As a nation, we need to be searching God’s heart for His guidance to find solutions to steer people in His direction.

NO one gets away with anything. Any maybe that needs to be preached on every street corner in America.

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A Bored Break


Lately life has taken on a whole new curve.

During these seasons of unexpected busyness, I need God more than ever.

At times I feel like I am just trying to keep up looking for the moment when I can “just breathe.”

It is then I hear or read where someone has posted “I’m bored.” What?

How can anyone be bored?

I would pay to be bored.

Do you think Jesus was ever bored? I doubt it. In fact in the Bible it appeared
at times he was trying to run away from the crowds.
Maybe he wanted to go away and “just breathe.”

Maybe he needed a bored break.

Maybe he just wanted to be with his Father.

Time alone with the Father is like a reward of freshness; a natural balance or a gentle breeze.

If he needed it, we most likely need it a whole lot more.

The truth is we don’t know how much we need it until we start doing it.

Somehow boredom doesn’t fit in the life of a disciple.

There is always God’s college to attend; he is opening new classes every day.

The amount of knowledge and wisdom required is infinite; and best taught by the Holy Spirit.
Your desire to get to know the Holy Spirit is a pre-requisite to learning the ways of God.

Once you graduate which takes years, you have an internship with a seasoned disciple.

The internship can be teaching, preaching, evangelism, childhood education, prayer warriors,
or whatever your elected call may be. God will make the needed arrangements for any one
of us to fulfill months or years of tested work.

After the education, you are given the go-ahead for field work.

Matthew 9:37 “The harvest is plentiful but workers are few. Ask the Lord of the harvest to send out workers into his harvest field.”

Day to day life, along with the apprenticeship God extends to us alleviates any ideas of becoming bored. Again, we may be seeking that hideaway of silence.

Igniting the fuse of God’s wisdom and knowledge is like fireworks. Like a sponge, you begin soaking in the vastness of information and insight you can only acquire from knowing God.

Knowing God on a personal level is the best advice I can give to anyone. The privilege we have to deeply communicate with the Creator of the Universe is the branch he extends to us. All we have to do is reach for it.

Relationships take time, effort and continuity. Expressing ourselves to God from the heart is what he is looking for. Once we do this, he begins to reciprocate with that which you would never expect. Most likely it is different with everyone; and that makes it difficult to describe or explain. It also shows the ingenious originality of our God.

For me, my relationship with God stems from many branches. Adding to the nature of God, I found he is not at all what I thought he was; or who I was taught he would be.

The branch of boredom was more of a void; an emptiness that never seemed to get filled. The puzzled pieces of who I was taught God was, what the world has made him out to be along with my emptiness, had to be filtered and sifted out of my life.

It wasn’t all wrong, but I couldn’t make sense of God until getting to know him intimately became a priority.
Still very far off from all he is, at least I left the podium of the fixture of God as I viewed him for so many years.

He is unexplainable.

Photo by Randy Harrison
http://www.pbase.com/jrandyh

He is mysterious.

He is exciting.

He is not boring. In fact, he is the opposite.

If God isn’t the centerpiece of your life, nothing fits; nothing works, nothing exists.
There is no point in anything.

If your life lacks meaning, is full of deep empty pits or boring, get God.

You will never be bored again.

http://thewayeverlasting.com/2012/08/23/the-sculptors-shop/

http://goodchristianfiction.wordpress.com/2012/08/21/the-eyes-that-see/

http://settledinheaven.wordpress.com/2012/08/23/his-faithfulness-makes-us-able/

http://samuelatgilgal.wordpress.com/2012/08/24/focus-on-gods-kingdom/

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The Badgered Hounds of Society


The Bible is the spirit filled word of God. Some of the stories would make Hollywood blush.

A key ingredient is the characters; many of whom were a lot like you and me.

The following are a few movie titles to go with some of the most notorious.


Adam and Eve
: Hello Mother, Hello Father…

Cain and Abel: A Tale of two Brothers

Noah: How to Build a Ship

Moses: Fire Starter

Joseph: The Ultimate Betrayal

Solomon: A Man for all Seasons

David: The King’s Dilemma

Esther: The Favored Queen

John the Baptist: The Itinerant Preacher

Paul: The Menaced Missionary

Mother Mary: Ordinary Life: Extraordinary Woman

The sins range from betrayal to deception, murder and polygamy. Yet, this crowd of chosen ones of God had some important connections.

The inspiration of God was their livelihood, their driving force for good, the reason they were born. In the midst of a burning bush, pre-meditated death and the beheading of the forerunner to Christ, God was there. God showed up. God was in control.

Life for these elect was the fulfillment of Biblical history; preserving the lineage of Christ.

It just doesn’t get any better than that. No Hollywood movie could write a script comparable to the flood of all centuries or the richest and wisest man who ever lived.

My perception of these Biblical Kings, Queens and ship builder were set as examples for us.

Hard as that is to grasp, I find myself in many of their travels, dreams or a lover of all 2 and  4 legged creatures.

I can see myself on the ark with all those animals. Wonder if Noah had any Lysol?

Moses has always intrigued me. I relate to him as he told God he would not be a good deliverer. No desire here to deliver anything or anyone, but understand his position of
“Not me Lord, pick someone else.”

Esther was wise. Handpicked by God to become Queen to save the Jewish people, she still felt uneasy about her purpose. Who wouldn’t? Women were not respected. Sound familiar?

God instructed Joseph as a young man in a dream that one day his brothers would bow down to him. That went over well. Joseph knew God’s plan but did he know the suffering he would endure before it came to pass?

Joseph suffered heartbreaking betrayal at the hands of many who simply misunderstood him. He was sold, became a slave prisoner, was accused of adultery and subjected to vile and wicked treatment.

He never gave up. He stood with God and his promise for him. Ultimately his loyalty paid off placing him in the position of the 2nd most powerful man in Egypt.

God saw the whole picture. Joseph was the key to saving the lineage of Abraham.

Deuteronomy 28:9, 10 “The Lord will establish you as his holy people, as he promised you on oath, if you keep the commands of the Lord your God and walk in obedience to him. 10 Then all the peoples on earth will see that you are called by the name of the Lord, and they will fear you.”

The lesson learned here is to wait on God to teach us how to conquer.

The force of intimidation is widespread today. These men and women of God learned over time demoralizing a bully requires only a slingshot.

God’s plan doesn’t change. As we walk with him, the coercion of those who desire to thwart our journey is stopped dead in their tracks. The appeal we display is a mighty contending warrior for Christ even in silence.

The badgered hounds of society are no match for the Holy Spirit. The Bible says,

Luke 21:15 “For I will give you words and wisdom that none of your adversaries will be able to resist or contradict.”

In other words, your Philistines won’t know what really hit them.

http://theriverministries.net/2012/05/22/the-apostle-paul-part-1/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/who-is-the-holy-spirit/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/05/19/looking-to-christ/

http://highlyfavored74.wordpress.com/2012/05/22/serve-notice-to-satan-%e2%99%a5/

http://goldenbible.wordpress.com/2012/05/21/discipline/

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