Yes, I’m frustrated. I’m discouraged. I need a break.
Not from blogging, but from the news and Facebook.
I like to know what’s going on just as much as the next person; although I’ve never really cared about the lives of celebrities. I just like to keep up with current events and see how my friends are doing.
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I’ve written about this before:
Christian Women Bullies – although bullies do come in both genders.
Truth, Opinions, and Popularity – what’s most important?
Do You Know What Jesus Despised Most? – you might be surprised.
Last night, as I read through comments about current events, specifically Bruce/Caitlyn Jenner and the Duggars, that were both hateful and condemning; I decided I’ve had enough.
Of course I have opinions about both those situations, but my opinions won’t influence or change anything. They are just—my opinions. That doesn’t make them true or right. And even if you believe with all your heart you’re giving the “Christian” view, it’s still through the filter of your personal experiences and understanding. And that doesn’t make it true. I’m sorry it just doesn’t.
So for now, I’m taking a break from people’s opinions and I’m running head long to the Truth.
Jesus answered, “I am the Way, Truth, and the Life. No one can come to the Father except through me.” John 14:6
Our opinions don’t really matter. I know. I’m sorry. You want your opinion to change the world. I’d like that too. But unless our opinions are perfectly aligned with His, unless they perfectly point out the way to the Father and life eternal through the truth of Jesus . . . they’re just not helpful.
Always be full of joy in the Lord. I say it again—rejoice! Let everyone see that you are considerate in all you do. Remember, the Lord is coming soon.[c]
Don’t worry about anything; instead, pray about everything. Tell God what you need, and thank Him for all He has done. Then you will experience God’s peace, which exceeds anything we can understand. His peace will guard your hearts and minds as you live in Christ Jesus.
And now, dear brothers and sisters, one final thing. Fix your thoughts on what is true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable. Think about things that are excellent and worthy of praise. Keep putting into practice all you learned and received from me—everything you heard from me and saw me doing. Then the God of peace will be with you. Philippians 4:4–9
I need His peace, and I’m not getting it through the news and Facebook. I need to focus my thoughts on what is “true, and honorable, and right, and pure, and lovely, and admirable.” So, I’m taking a break…
I want to pray for you. Celebrate your joys and lift up your struggles. So, please keep in touch. I will do my best to reach out and stay in touch with you too. If we interact primarily on Facebook, please let me know other ways we can connect.
I wonder . . . Are you as discouraged as I am?
1st Week in June 2015
Esther has done a beautiful redesign of her site
She writes about adoption, womanhood, homemaking,
natural living, and sustainability.
Take a few minutes to go over and check out their
beautiful adoption journey, or click on one of the other
links at the top for a topic that interests you.
Rachel Quigley inspires her readers at
Tripping Over Typeset – Walking in His Grace
She says, “With our oldest in college and our youngest in
kindergarten, my heart swells with the beautiful plan
of the Savior who knows all too well what we really need,
even when we think we have it all figured out.”
Check out her great analogy . . .
What Can We Do When We Don’t Get Our Way?
Cindy Fincher writes
Speak Hope – Be Brave . . . Speak Hope
“I am passionate about
Her post, Be One Who Makes Others Brave blessed me.
I loved this . . . “in the ‘no judgement, no criticism zone’
there is a space that fosters acceptance & kindness.”
Even when the road looks bleak and desolate, and
you struggle to see what’s ahead . . . God knows what
lies on the other side of the ridge. He’s already there.
He’s walking with leading us to His better way.
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