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48 weeks in Arizona. 1 family vacation-an unexpected 1 member of the family. Road trips. Heatwaves. Broken AC. I am thankful

6•19
1519. “No, your beauty should come from within you—the beauty of a gentle and quiet spirit that will never be destroyed and is very precious to God.” 1 Peter‬ ‭3:4‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1520. More fun at Zion.
1521. Utah mountains.

6•20
1522. “God, my strength, I will sing praises to you. God, my defender, you are the God who loves me.” Psalms‬ ‭59:17‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1523. The amazing beauty of the Lord’s creation.
1524. Even though the air in the car died for a few hours in the blazing heat.

6•21

1525. “Your love is wonderful. By your power you save those who trust you from their enemies.” Psalms‬ ‭17:7‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1526. Even though it cost a bit, I’m glad to have the AC in the car working again.
1527. Access to a swimming pool.

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1528. “But I am like an olive tree growing in God’s Temple. I trust God’s love forever and ever. God, I will thank you forever for what you have done. With those who worship you, I will trust you because you are good.” Psalms‬ ‭52:8-9‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1529. Cindy
1530. The Superstition Wilderness.

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1531. “I give you my life. Save me, LORD, God of truth.” Psalms‬ ‭31:5‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1532. “Love the LORD, all you who belong to him. The LORD protects those who truly believe, but he punishes the proud as much as they have sinned. All you who put your hope in the LORD be strong and brave.” Psalms‬ ‭31:23-24‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1533. Family dinners.

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1534. “I cry out to God Most High, to the God who does everything for me. My heart is steady, God; my heart is steady. I will sing and praise you.” Psalms‬ ‭57:2, 7‬ ‭NCV‬‬
1535. Crickets chirping
1536. Camping

6•25
1537. 23The Lord rewards us for the things we do right and for our loyalty to him. 1 Samuel 26:23
1538. Afternoon thunderstorms!
1539. Even though I really don’t think #1 likes me much.

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12.15.15

“For the whole law is fulfilled in one word: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.””‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:14‬ ‭ESV‬‬

Dear God,

Why does life have to be so full of contradictions? Paradoxes? Why does everything down here have to be a two way street? Mutually beneficial? Quid pro quo? I want to be loved, but in order to be loved, I have to love others first, but then I love them and the love is rejected, which makes me feel rejected so I withdraw my love which leads me back to being unloved. And I know I should love others anyway because I can’t be the only one on the planet who deals with this. Right? And if there’s one thing you’ve taught me these last ten years, it’s that I cannot live like a hermit. Even though my flesh screams to live as a hermit. It’s so frustrating to me that I need people. And it’s even more frustrating that I focus on the rejection instead of the acceptance because for every rejection there are ten acceptances. And what do I do with people who say they want to be my friend, but their actions say something different to me? Those are the most troubling of all! I’m so glad you know how to make sense of the things that trouble me Father. I love you!

Love Michelle

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So I’m out riding my bike today on a long ride, nearly 20 miles, because I got a new Fitbit (highly motivating people!) when I come to a corner with people standing with signs saying Honk if you believe marriage should be between a man and a woman and Pray the rosary and Hail Mary. 

Let me tell you why I wouldn’t honk my horn, besides the fact I don’t have a horn on my bike.

I’m tired of seeing the signs and the billboards that cast judgment and aspersions on people who don’t believe what you believe about your idea of what issues you think are important.

Jesus did not ever charge his disciples to go and put up billboards and signs about marriage or abortion or any other issue of the current culture we live in. He said make disciples. He said love your neighbor as yourself.

I love Jesus. I am for marriage between men and women. I am pro life. But do you really think those signs and billboards are loving in any possible way??? Do they promote peace??? Do they help any individual seeking love and support for the issue he/she might be struggling with??? Are we so hell bent on being a people who would take every issue in our culture and put them into such small small boxes creating an us against them mentality that we completely shut out the very ones Jesus came for???

Please don’t lump me in with that group. They are the religious church people I ran away from a long time ago when I was angry at the Lord. It saddens me to see them still pushing the same old agenda.

I’m so tired of seeing the signs and billboards that push people away from Jesus. Jesus is for people. All people. Anyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved. Anyone. He saved me, a lying, cheating, scheming, fornicating, hateful, bitter, baby murdering, adulteress!

Jesus is for people! Stop “helping” him out with your signs that scream judgment! Stop judging people because they sin differently than you do!

Just. Stop. It!

Carry on.

Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God. (‭Matthew‬ ‭5‬:‭9‬ ESV)

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