Trying out for Mercy’s Stardom

I can’t help but revisit the possibility of God wanting me to become well known. I know he called me to represent His love and His grace and mercy towards people particularly disadvantaged youths using Mercy as a divine instrument. I wish to use Mercy and a future Golden Retriever to glorify God and build His kingdom. I would like to think I am putting God’s kingdom first, so I should not fear lack. Today I decided to search for audition opportunities for animal stars and I found a submission service known as Extras for Movies a.k.a. Hand me a Line, where I submitted a profile of Mercy with a few pictures including her talents and skills as well as her loving personality. I have been seriously begging God to show me a way out of my government job and into ministry full time as an Animal Assisted Therapist. I have been struggling to find opportunities to visit children lately too. Hopefully, I will be able to start a local Canines for Christ chapter through my local church in the meantime. I am not giving up that easily. I do hope I am given an opportunity to shine. I was interviewed in fact for another job in my career field, the only one that I believe I am qualified for that is located in Kansas City. I do pray that if God wants me to move there that He will greatly compensate me for the move. All I ask is that someone give me a chance to do better more meaningful work. I promise God that I will allow Him to use me to bring hope to others if He will provide me with an opportunity for a better life. I beg God to equip me for the calling and dream He has placed on my heart for being a world changer. I would love to present Mercy to children all over who could use some love and cheer. Let the little children come and pet me and do not stop them! Right now, we’re not even sure how we will survive ourselves sometimes, let alone give other people answers to their problems right now. But one thing’s for certain. We are putting our hope in God and His goodness. Faith is the substance of all things hoped for and of things not seen. We’re taking God at His word to not forsake the righteous. We know that nothing is impossible with God. Eat your heart out Disney! Mercy is coming to the stage for God’s glory!

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Act of Mercy to a homeless woman with service dog

I arrived at my train station on the way home from my job’s training site and saw such a sad scene. A dear woman with her service dog with a badge and harness was asking for donations. My heart exploded. When I couldn’t find change in my purse, I went to an ATM, which the train station thankfully had. I offered her my donation and told her I would be praying for her. She had a friend there helping her. The dog appeared to be a basenji/corgi mix. My heart breaks for those with service dogs due to a disability who are also homeless. In God’s word according the Matthew 5:7, it states that Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. I am banking on that promise. As mentioned in earlier posts, I have the gift of mercy, and it is my strongest suit, hence my dog’s namesake. It is my highest passion of all. I pray that more people will strive to end homelessness for disabled people.

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Depending totally on Him to come to your aid

I had a great adventure with Mercy yesterday at Prince William Forest Park. I have an annual pass there, so I wanted to make sure I was getting some good use out of it. We had a nice hike. As we were leaving the park, I noticed my car was making strange noises. By the time I reached the main road, route 619 adjacent to Prince William Forest Park, I knew I had a blown out a tire. For a while, there was no safe place to pull over as 619 is a two lane road. I was only a few miles north of the park entrance near the boundary of the park, when I knew I could not drive any longer. I turned onto a side street, that was also an entrance into Prince Wiliam Forest Park’s camping grounds which were gated off. I immediately took my cell phone out to call AAA. However, my phone was telling me I could only make emergency calls. There was no cell phone service where I was. I do have AT&T wireless, which does not have as much coverage as Verizon, but I think they are a much better wireless carrier. Suddenly, it felt as if I was being transported back to the 1980s, when there was no cell phone service. I was thinking about calling 911, since my phone reception only allowed for it. I was having a roadside emergency, not a life threatening emergency. I decided to see if there were any campers staying at either of the campsites. I turned my car off and took my keys out of the ignition and walked Mercy with me as I crawled under the gate to see if there might be any campers who could help me change my tire. I saw there were two enterances. I chose to turn right but then I came upon another gate, and the road path was still very long, so I figured it would be better to head back to my car and try to find reception or call 911. 

I did call 911 and asked them to transfer me to AAA. In the meantime, I decided to dig up my tire and jack. This was actually the first time this car, which I had owned for 8 years since it was new, had a flat tire. My previous tires on this car had outlasted their life span. I used to have flats all the time with the other cars I owned before this current car. I know a flat tire may not seem like a big deal to alot of you, but when you are alone in the middle of no-where with spotty phone reception when your car breaks down and you’re a female, it get’s a little scary. I remember the 1980s when we had to rely on the kindness of strangers to come help us. God had a lesson to teach me here; that he was still looking out for me. I struggle with doubting as to whether God is still looking out for me and has my back sometimes, since most humans have not had my back and I have had to do things all alone for so many years to get to where I am today. I ask God to help me not to doubt.

As it turned out, a good samaritan did come to my aid to to my rescue as I was removing things from the trunk to get to my never been used spare tire. He was an awesome guy! Very professional and kind. He even checked the air pressure of my doughnut tire, and when he was not satisified that it had sufficient air pressure, he got out his air pump, which he plugged into his battery, and inflated the tire to it’s proper pressure. We were both finally on our way. I was never truly on my own though. I had my God and his angels looking out for me and I had my faithful companion Mercy.  

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Higher Value – Making sure that people are blessed with Joy and Sweetness

God’s word states that if at all possible, to live at peace with everyone. I am grateful for some of the services and recreation that Fairfax County has for special needs kids. I wanted to celebrate that with my family today including the family dog, Mercy. I am a firm believer of ethics and morals. Obeying the rules is an important value to me. There are times though when we must overstep our boundaries in order to benefit or enrich the lives of others. We went to Celebrate Fairfax with Mercy, even announced on Mercy’s Facebook page that we were going there. Until we get to move to another area, we want to make the most of the area in which we do live.

People at the festival there were delighted to see Mercy. She was the highlight of many people’s day. We wanted to share of love of Jesus and be a blessing to the citizens of Fairfax’s diverse community. I had every reason to believe that it was a pet-friendly event. Mercy brought a lot of joy to people there. The map was a little confusing. We had not yet found the dog section. We were even meeting someone there who’s a fan of Mercy’s Facebook page who was also a volunteer at the festival. Even an offer from the Fairfax County Sherrif’s office pet Mercy. Our son also had a good time at the Petting Zoo, the train ride and the Moonbounce in the Children’s section.

Apparently, Celebrate Fairfax has a no dogs rule. I had not seen anything about it until we got there. I had the impression that they were very dog friendly, especially since they have dog attractions like the Fairfax County Dock Dogs and NOVA Dog Magazine. One of the other main reasons why I attended Celebrate Fairfax is because the citizens of Fairfax County tend to love dogs. I mean they have every dog business up the wazoo including the impressive VCA Fairfax veterinary center, where Mercy got a complimentary eye exam for being a therapy dog. And sure enough a lot of volunteers loved her. She made everybody’s day, except for a select few. We were in the children’s section watching my son enjoy the moonbounce when a member of the leadership team came in a golf cart like scooter and asked me if Mercy was one of the Dock Diving competitors and I said no. I hope for Mercy to become a part of more formal dog activities soon enough. I have been wanting to get Mercy into Dock Diving, but haven’t had the time. Mercy actually starts agility classes this Monday evening. I then told her I was meeting someone from Friends of Homeless Animals (FOHA) and she said okay and drove away. We met Sandra who is involved with the organization through one of my doggy meet-up groups. She is a follower of Mercy’s Facebook page. FOHA has a beer counter where proceeds from beer sales were going to help homeless animals. We were supposed to meet at 1:00. While I was at a booth entering another contest for a free service another lady from the leadership team walked right up to me and asked me if Mercy was in the Dock Diving competition. I said no, but that I would be interested in entering her. So we started heading that way even though it was less than 15 minutes before we were to meet Sandra. We started heading for the Dock Diving area. Mercy has put on weight, so she’s a little out of shape right now, and she plopped down for the umpteenth time. I told my husband to wait while I went to the FOHA booth to look for Sandra and ask her to meet us. She wasn’t there. As I headed back, I noticed that there was a security guy by my family. He told me that dogs were not supposed to be there and that we would have to leave. I explained to him that Mercy was making everyone happy and that everyone was benefitting from her being there spreading good cheer and that that should be more important and have more precedence than any rules that I thought were not even applicable to our situation. We headed to the Dock Diving area so I could enter Mercy in the contest, but the security guy was following us then he explained how the area was not the way out, (I knew that. We went there like we told the woman we would) but apparently the woman did not buy my story nor understand that Mercy was a (unofficially) a VIP dog. It was in this area where I noticed the other dog booths, regretting not having gone to this area before. In a sense I feel like we were misguided. The dog area was not even on the main map. Nowhere on the Celebrate Fairfax site do I see where dogs are not allowed. Seeing that there were dog activities while also not stating a no dogs rule on the website gave me the impression that they did not have a no dogs rule. It would have been wiser if I had called and checked, but I didn’t. I did see a sign that said no dogs allowed, but I thought it meant the carnival area since it also stated no strollers and there were plenty of strollers. When we first got to the festival, we were welcomed with open arms or so it seemed. I got concerned when I didn’t see any other dogs in the areas where we were.

I feel as though we were singled out. Yes, I broke the no dog rule, but what makes me feel so upset about this is the fact that we were treated with such reproach when there was no need to. Even when we told them that we had connections with one of the sponsors. I was fulfilling a much higher purpose (civil disobedience if you want to call it that) and priority, which was giving the other citizens celebrating the community joy, happiness and cheer, since Mercy is destined to be an ambassador of Jesus Christ. I plan to formally get involved with shows. I am still working on getting my own gig with Mercy to bring awareness to my ministry. I feel like we were ostracized because we were doing something different from the other dogs that did attend. I wanted to celebrate Fairfax to embrace a happy quality of life for citizens including the joy of dogs. My husband thinks they were out to get us, but that’s going too far.

I long for Mercy and me to have a deep involvement in not only the local community, but the global community at large. I long to belong, but it’s not about me, it’s about God being glorified. I know breaking the rules doesn’t usually glorify God, but the reason why I wrote this post, is because there are times when moral priorities must shift depending on the context. People got mad at Jesus for healing on the Sabbath. Corrie Ten Boom’s morals clashed with the so called Morals, Laws and Standards of the German Nazis when she hid Jewish people in her home. Not everyone has the same set of moral standards or values. I’ve known Fairfax to be tough sometimes, but they also have the resemblance of people who embrace the happiness of children and the joy of dogs and how they benefit the citizens. Most people were overjoyed to see Mercy and she made a lot of people’s day today. I do think however that we were being targeted because we were outcasts acting unorthodoxly. That is immoral. The purpose of this post is an outcry to show others that there are people out there who do not care what matters most (joy, happiness, love, beauty, sweetness), which I thought at least some Fairfax citizens valued. I thought that was the purpose of the festival and it is, but the leaders could not see me as a contribution to that overall purpose, but instead as a drawback to it. This saddens me dearly. The first person took me seriously, but the last two people not so much. We walked past the security booth on the way in and they didn’t stop us then. There must have been something strange about us that they didn’t like. In a sense I feel like we being wrongfully excluded from doing what matters a lot to many people, bringing happiness through the face of a therapy Golden Retriever, whose mission is to reach people with the love of Christ. That is the message I am trying to get out to protest the action taken at a festival against a dog and/or her handler who were supposed to be an instrument of peace, joy, cheer and the celebration of community.

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You should give your passion a higher priority than your budget

You only live once. According to Hebrews 9:27, we are appointed for a time to live and then to face judgment. God puts dreams on people’s heart and people need to be true to themselves and pursue what’s on their heart. My government job would not pay for my 2nd class towards  my Master’s of Arts in Human Services counseling, so I decided to take a leap of faith and get on the university payment plan for just this one class as I limp through towards my degree in Human Services, my passion. It was my lifelong dream to have a child, and now I have realized the dream, however we made the sacrifice of living on a single income so my son would be lovingly raised by a parent instead of putting him in daycare, but we are still feeling the pinch. Decisions such as these may not be what’s best for the wallet, but if God gives you a dream or a passion, go after it with all of your heart and trust God to provide. It is not irresponsible or foolish to take steps towards your lifelong passions, hopes, dreams or desires as long as they are God given, God glorifying, and aligned with His will. Those who seek the Lord shall not want any good thing. Psalm 34:10. I constantly earnestly seek God every day and I will say I am spiritually stronger than I was a year ago. I do consider myself very budget minded, and I do not take major decisions lightly, nor do I make them without much prayer.

According to Psalm 84:11, no good thing does God withhold from those who walk uprightly. I ask God to search my heart every day to see if there is any wicked way in me or impure motives, for the prayers of a righteous man avails much according to James 5:16. And I pray very earnestly and ferverently. I have been praying this way for my dreams to come true and for the desires of the things He has made me to love the most to be fulfilled, met and satisfied for many years and God has always come through. I know God will not fail us now. God did not bring us this far, only to not bring us the rest of the way. I am not putting God to the test like Jesus stated to Satan while in the desert in Luke 4:12. We should come boldly to the throne of grace like it says in Hebrews 4:16. I have been praying very earnestly and fiercely like the widow in Luke 18:1-8 to bless me with not only the finances to pay for those goals I have already pursued, but for the ones I still feed led to pursue, and I am not expecting no for an answer. I have asked, sought and knocked every day for God to finance my latest dreams for over 5-7 years non-stop day in and day out, and I am not stopping until I get an answer like Jacob said in Genesis 34:26 as well as stated in Matthew 7:7-11.

My decision to get Mercy was also a leap of faith. We were already living on a single income, but with my husband staying home, we could get a puppy. Money was tight. Even so, I pursued my God given dream of getting a Golden Retriever puppy so I could go for the gold so to speak. I entrust God to provide. In Luke 14:28, we are to count the cost to see if we are to pursue a major endeavor, and we did. But even if it does not quite appear on paper that it will fit into your budget, you need to go by faith and not by sight for faith is the substance of things hoped for, the substance of things not seen. I still believe to this day that God will provide for all of our dreams, even though in the natural it appears bleak. I am not advocating irresponsible money management or spending money you don’t have. How you steward God’s resources is still between you and God. If God is telling you in your heart that you cannot afford something, then by all means heed that direction. There are many times when God tells us to wait. There are times when we must delay the pursuit of our dreams if they are not being done in faith, for whatever is not of faith is sin. James 4:3 says that when we ask with selfish motives then we do not receive. Sometimes I have unbelief about the decisions I have made since they seem far fetched, unrealistic or perhaps even wrong, but James 1:6 says that if you ask wavering in your faith or doubting, he is like a branch being tossed by the wind and should not expect what he has asked for. Mark 11:25 says therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it, and it will be yours. I often pray to God, “I believe, help my unbelief”. I do consider myself a dreamer and many people might think that I am living in a fantasy world. However, what divides fantasy from reality when it comes to dreams requiring miracles is the measure of your faith. I understand if my approach might be unorthodox, but I believe in God’s gracious generosity. He will provide. Which of you fathers, if your son asks for a fish, will give him a snake instead? Luke 11:11 I am seriously expecting God to answer my prayers for my dreams to come true and then taking action accordingly. I do my best to not pursue pipe dreams, but to strive for what I believe is possible with God, for nothing is impossible with God. No action do I take without much thought or without first seeking God in prayer concerning it.

God has always been faithful. I do not consider myself to be putting God to the test like stated in Deuteronomy 6:16, Luke 4:12 or Matthew 4:7. I am serious when I pray, expecting God to answer. Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us. Let us therefore come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need. Hebrews 4:16 I expect and believe with as much faith as I can muster that God will not fail us, but will come through, equipping me financially, emotionally, spiritually, mentally and socially for my calling. I know what I’ve said tonight in this blog unlike any message you might have heard in any church, but I am standing on God’s promises as found in the Bible. I expect God to be strong where I am weak knowing that I am doing what I can and trusting Him to do what I cannot all the while trusting that I am doing the right thing and making good choices.

I admit, that I do struggle with doubts about my decision making. I often wonder if I made the right choices since according to the books, the finances are not yet lining up. However, I am seriously taking God at His word to the best of my knowledge and belief. I am currently making sincere efforts to earn more money to finance my dreams. I am working with an entrepreneurial spirit, the same spirit that will allow me to start my non-profit ministry in hopefully the not too distant future. I heard a song last night that stated that when one is on his or her deathbed they will be thinking without regret about the chances they took. I worry about my finances. No doubt about it. However, I choose to still press in and press on to new possibilities with a clear conscience and confidence not being afraid of the what ifs doing the best that I can. I am actually naturally a very cautious person who does not like to take risks. A lot of the dreams God placed on my heart by God’s grace came true after I waited many years and through much effort. I am still striving today towards a more promising future, hoping and expecting to empower others to do the same. I know that God will not only bless us with what we need to not go under financially, but that He will also provide what I need to serve Him full time, doing what He’s called me to do without having to worry about money. God will not forsake You. He has not forsaken us either. In Hebrews 11:6 it states that without faith, it is impossible to please God, but that God is a rewarder of those who diligently seek Him. I have been diligently seeking God for over 12 years now. My soul I believe is prospering more and more, and God desires that we prosper even as our soul prospers as stated 3 John 1:2 I can’t promise that God will give you all that you want, but He will give you what you treasure and hold most dear in your heart if you will obey Him. The Lord is my Shepherd, I shall not be in want. Psalm 23:1. In all actuality, I desire meaning more than I desire stable finances. Sometimes you gotta live on the edge!

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Why can’t all Christians be on the same page?

As a peacemaker, this confuses me as much as it disturbs me. The bible is proof that all of the members of the body of Christ are to be in unity. Here are some verses that support Christians being united and not divided.
1 Corinthians 1:10
10 I appeal to you, brothers, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that all of you agree with one another so that there may be no divisions among you and that you may be perfectly united in mind and thought.

Ephesians 4:1-3
1 As a prisoner for the Lord, then, I urge you to live a life worthy of the calling you have received. 2 Be completely humble and gentle; be patient, bearing with one another in love. 3Make every effort to keep the unity of the Spirit through the bond of peace. 4 There is one body and one Spirit-just as you were called to one hope when you were called- 5 one Lord, one faith, one baptism; 6 one God and Father of all, who is over all and through all and in all.
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Sadly, this is not what I am seeing in the body of Christ. In Galatians 6:1, it says that we are to restore fellowship to a loved one or fellow sister or brother who is sinning.

I am struggling with dealing with friends who are living in some sort of sin, but when I turn to the elders with the gift of prophecy, (my gift is mercy) whom are supposed to be unbiased ministers of reconciliation, they will tell me to turn against them as an act of responsible prudence, since “I don’t need” such people in my life.

A true peacemaker will not be biased and tell one Christian to get rid of someone else who is a Christian because they are not fitting into “their” definition of righteousness.

I admit, I am selfish towards my closest friend and we have our spats and disagrements, and yes, I do not trust her 100%, yet I chose to stick by her and see her through without giving up on her and turning my back on her no matter what the cost, unless she does something blatantly dishonest. I know God has called me and my friend, who is also a very helpful nanny to our 4 year old son to stick together in unity.

Proverbs 15:22 states that if you surround yourself with many counselors, your plans will succeed. But Jeremiah 17:5 says we are cursed for trusting in man (and whose heart turns away from God.) I have been seeking God as wholeheartedly as can be expected in these crazy last days. I do put my trust and faith in the Lord more than anything or anyone, seeking him in all I do asking for wisdom and direction, yet I feel as though I am not getting as far as I have been called to go. I still revisit the fact that I need the cooperation of other members of the body of Christ to be my allies and be interested in helping me promote unity in the church including between me and my Christian friends, whom God has put into my life. What God has put together, let no man separate. It just doesn’t talk about marriage.  

In Matthew 18:15-17 Jesus gives options about how to deal with someone who sins in the church. Some people I see clearly however are abusing what it says in Matthew 18:17, treating people who are struggling with sin as pagans, thinking that they don’t listen or care about the truth when they do care about what’s right in their hearts.

I know how hard of a challenge it can be for Christian leaders to tell what’s really in the hearts of people who are having struggles, e.g. alcoholics.

However, I just don’t see “kicking someone out of my fellowship” as an act of tough love as the appropriate answer when my friend(s) and I are having disagreements.

Galatians 6:1 encourages us to restore someone in sin to gentleness, but when I turn to an elder for assistance with a dispute I am having with a close Christian friend, it is drawn way out of porportion!

1 Thessalonians 5:14 also says to rebuke those in sin, but encourage the weak and be patient towards all. I don’t see this hardly!
If Christians are supposed to be in tune with God and the Holy Spirit, why is it that they are still in disagreement with each other? It just doesn’t make sense to me.

The very thing that I am passionate about, unity, fellowship and true friendship in the church, is also what’s affecting me in my personal life.

God brings people into my life, yet at the same time sends church elders to come in who disapprove of the behavior of friends He chose when I have a problem. This gives the devil a chance to use the situation for evil by causing seeds of discord being sown. Egads! We’re supposed to restore them to fellowship, rebuking them where necessary, holding them accountable, but don’t turn your back on them! True, when people are disobedient, we are to not associate with them, but too many in the church are judging fellows brothers and sisters as being disobedient where they are not.

In Proverbs 6:19, God hates those who sow discord among the brethren. Not to mention that members of the body of Christ or the “brethren” as I like to call them, especially those in the American church, are not all in sync or harmony when it comes to what matters most, the ministry of reconciliation, which includes having passion for those who have lost their way and wooing them by being the compassionate and merciful hands and feet of Jesus, giving them grace instead of so call tough love. Jesus didn’t die on the cross so that we would be divided Christians! The celebration of the resserection of our Lord, still rings in my heart as a time of peace, harmony, love, mercy, jubilee and inclusion.

There are some uncommon challenges that people face, which causes others to look down on them with scorn for not conforming to the mold. I am getting weary of seeing the church self-righteously pointing fingers at people instead of being understanding of their challenges. When we sew Mercy, we are to reap Mercy. I trust in God for His word not to return void in this area. I am being challenged by others right now because of the mercy I show my friends instead of giving them what they define as tough love. But I have to remain strong and villigant, trusting and believing that I am doing right by God.  I trust God to make all wrongs right, not just for those who obey his laws perfectly but also for those who stumble.

There is too much at stake and bigger fish to fry then people not conforming to the “natural social order of norms!”

What seems to matter more to the church is the manner in which people in extenuating circumstances are expected to behave, and other trivial irrelavant matters verses the importance and essential matters of the heart that are supposed to carry more weight such as reconciliation, acceptance, fellowship, compassion, mercy, forgiveness, lovng Christ-centered friendships, giving needed and very useful aid, giving wisdom that works and is beneficial and right for the person, and helping them heal from the hurts they have already sustained, thereby giving them new hope in what Christ our risen Savior has done for us!

Pray for me everyone! I am dealing with something that hits home for me right now, which influenced this article. I will close with this last verse.
James 5:16 Therefore, confess your sins to one another and pray for one another, that you may be healed. The prayer of a righteous person has great power as it is working.

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Autism Awareness, one of God’s Purposes

In case I didn’t tell you already, I am actually on the autism spectrum. This is why I have had the unique struggles and experiences that I shared in this blog. This is Autism Awareness month. One of God’s great purposes is to bring more awareness to people on the autism spectrum. It may seem like people like us might be living in a dream world, and in a sense we are. However, I believe we have more of a gift of seeing more specifically of how things were supposed to be in the Garden of Eden. All though we all long for the paradise that was lost, people on the specturm see things of what could be but aren’t. We learn life the hard way, not understanding why other people are not affirming our values, loves and interests. We subconciously believe the world is better than it really is. Some people on the spectrum therefore get a rude awakening about how fallen this world is exactly. We also can’t seem to be on the same page as nuerotypicals.

I am into culture, animals, nature, music, science which are all beautiful and therapuetic. These are things there are all the moreso therapuetic for people on the spectrum. The problem is these interests are not cheap. For me and for many others I am sure life has been a quagmire of an existence in which we desire lovely beautiful things that are considered to be a luxury to neurotypicals, who still take them for granted, yet our condition can cause us to not advance enough in life to afford these things that we cherish. This is one way life is cruel towards those with ASDs. For instance people on the specturm access these loves via entertainment, travel, and hobbies which are considered privleges, not rights by most people’s standards. The people who can afford these interests who have been able to work hard, earn and deserve them often don’t cherish these things like people on the spectrum do. Their motives are more worldy and materialistic, and so they chase after things money can buy to fill a void, a void that only God can fill. What’s interesting is that one not need to be materialistic to enjoy travel, pets, music, nature, cultural events, concerts, and other recreational enjoyments. The desires of people on the specturm, which for most are also emotional needs, don’t go away when they accept Christ. In fact, becomming a Christian can cause them to treasure them all the more. God is the mastermind behind nature, music, animals, dancing, romance, beauty, cultural performances, because they all related to His creation and relationships. I think when the Phillipians 4:8 tells us to focus on what’s lovely, noble, true, right, and admirable it is telling us to focus on things that radiate such qualities, such as the things I mentioned above. People on the spectrum, even those who are unsaved can see what these things are moreso than nuerotypicals. God has a reason for more people on the spectrum being born. God will be using this new wave of people on the spectrum to change the world, putting the wise to shame and helping Him bring the kingdom to earth. It will be based upon what he commands in Phillipians 4:8, which is no fantasy or pipe dream. Bringing the kingdom to earth, which consists of beauty, truth, people affirming one another’s true callings, joy, pure pleasure, peace, living in harmony is real and authentic. God is glorified by these interests we embrace so much. What makes paradise paradise is God’s presence as well as all of the qualities and characteristics that define Him like beauty, sweetness, goodness, wonder, awe, magnificense, splendor, truth, perfection and most of all love and therefore give God glory. Right now, we live in a fallen world where paradise has been lost and people on the spectrum in their childlikeness, see more of what’s missing. Yes, we need to accept the reality of this fallen world we live in, yet we do not stop believing and having faith of what could be. We are commanded to do what we can do glorify God on earth, being in the world, but not of the world, doing even more works than Jesus did. So let’s keep dreaming, believing in God’s promises and the truth of His word, using our unique talents to make this world a better place before Jesus comes back!

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