When a Choice Becomes a Death Sentence 

What else can be called right that is wrong?

I’m so sick and disgusted! FALSE? People are ACTUALLY claiming the PP videos are false? Then why did the Prrsident of PP step all over herself to explain why her doctors in those videos said what they said and make excuses for it all?

Besides, killing unborn babies is horribly evil!! Does it not surprise us that PP would then try to make more money from it?

We must pray that this end! And that God would forgive us all for letting it go on. And pray for anyone involved to seek forgiveness. I know because God has forgiven me for taking part in the demise of an unborn baby via taking a friend in high school to get an abortion her parents set up.

We must pray for abortion to end and for people to see the value of human life as God sees it, because He made it.
As for those -like Cecile Richards, the President of PP who are crying “edited videos!” – the full length videos have been publicly released and show no different attitude. That callous, evil attitude.
They can say all day long that they are not profiting from this, but who cares either way when BABIES ARE DYING? The joking attitude shows in all these videos and Richards apologized for that. How about apologizing for taking the lives of unborn babies?! How about stopping?!


Yes, I am passionate about this. Seriously, I can not fathom why every human isn’t.

Yes, I do literally cry and scream out over all this. And about how every person should be very vocal about how this is all evil. THE SILENCE IS DEAFENING.

‪I am thankful I’m forgiven and don’t have to answer for them and the lives they’ve stolen.

God is prolife from conception to eternity. So then am I.


The CEO of Planned Parenthood has visited the White House 39 times in the past six years. Living in the pockets of politicians and vice versa. How anyone can vote for any candidate who says it is okay to abort and kill babies is something I can’t understand. I can not fathom that either. And how our President is supporting PP makes me sick to my stomach.

I’ve listened to stories and I’ve listened to family and friends and strangers say why they’d vote for someone … Economics, jobs, health insurance, investing, war, foreign alliance, roads and bridges, schools….

But really… Is there ANYTHING more important than a human life?

I voted against life once in a presidential election when I was young and quite frankly uneducated and stupid. I helped a friend get an abortion back then. That was over 20 years ago. I woke up to the truth that all life has value.

I don’t label myself and I certainly don’t choose to be on any one side of politics – no I’m not Republican – but voting for a Democrat in any election has come to mean that human life has no value and legalized murder is their platform.

PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE vote for the value of LIFE.

“The silence of the many on behalf of the some will only breed evil that ultimately destroys us all.” – Ravi Zacharias


#VoteLife #AllLivesMatter #Prolife

The Shocking Reality of Misquoting the Bible {Especially About Sexual Sin}

I am shocked at those who claim to read their Bible that are taking to social media and the web to say that the Bible and God support homosexuality, fornication, or any other kind of sexual sin including sex outside of marriage. The jaw dropping kind of shocked.

However, my shock is not the “shocking reality” to which I refer in the title to this article. Keep reading for that.

Now keep in mind {as I’ve talked about before when telling my story}, that I lived in sexual sin even after I accepted Jesus into my life. I get how very easy it is to justify something just because we want it. I also know that everyone has to get to that point to where they want to find out and follow all that God says in His Word… if we are truly living for Him. But the truth is that I knew what I was choosing was wrong. And I think that most people do know that deep inside, even before following Christ.

The over arching truth from Genesis to Revelation tells of God making men and women specific and with certain purpose and individual plan from the womb. From beginning to end He identifies what relationship and purpose and plan is regarding each person in creation. We are made very specific.

He gives man and woman in marriage – the beautiful idea that only He created – and compares it all throughout to His Bride which is His people. Jesus Himself mentions this and also sexual sin of many kinds.

Do I think that Christians are going to win anyone to Christ by shoving their “sin” in their face? Of course not.

Please forgive my abruptness here…

but that is absurd!

No, wait.

I’m not sorry for saying it outright. It’s not a Godly thing to scream “sinner” at anyone whether it is in social media or blogs or in church or on the street. It is never ever a good thing to yell or call names or shame.

I’m guessing here, but I’d say most of us have done this in one way or another before. I will admit I have. And God showed me that is NOT working. I think that’s what the “log in the eye” verses are referring to in the New Testament. It isn’t that we can’t lovingly help others see and rid sin. It’s the yelling, the shaming, the higher-than-thou attitude… the big stuff. The logs.

And hey, I was glad that people were lovingly bold with me in my life regarding sins. I still am. But being loving and doing it in God’s timing is the only way. I am referring to how and when things are said. We have to be bold but loving. I talked about how in my last article. It isn’t always easy, but we must. The state of the world today is crying out for it.

Having said that I’ll get back to my shock and dismay about Christians claiming that God supports sexual sin.

I don’t only talk about one kind of sexual sin here on my site, but since the subject of homosexuality has become more and more prevalent, I will address it.  That and I’ve been asked numerous times in the last several years to speak about it. I wasn’t ready then because I wanted to carefully read what God actually said about it all. Now I’m ready.

I lost a FB friend because he tried to force me into a conversation about it when I was still studying the Bible regarding it. I just don’t talk to hear myself talk. I share what God has taught me.

And recently I was verbally attacked on social media by a real life friend who chooses to live a homosexual life.

I’m not going to sugar coat this… it hurt. I saw this friend often and he was kind and loving to me. Hugged me when my Fibromyalgia was dragging me down and laughed with me when I felt good.

What he did hurt me.

What did I choose to do in response? 

I chose to just love him instead of yelling back… after all, he had told me several times in two years of knowing him that our family was the nicest, most loving Christians he’s ever known. I just wanted him to know that love had not stopped even though he chose to be nasty to our family because of something I shared to Christians on my FB page as an encouragement after the supreme Court decision last month.

It was extremely sad to me that he knew we were Bible Believing Christians, that I write to Bible Believing Christians, and he had talked to us about God and church on many occasions – even going himself occasionally – yet still he chose to be nasty online instead of talking more in person.  But I saw his pain. Deep inside he is struggling. That right there is Truth trying to be known.

I asked him something he would not answer, and I’ll post the same question here:

You are asking a Christ Follower to go against what the Bible says to agree that homosexuality is okay. Why would you have any trust in me if I swayed with culture… to go against and twist what God says? I’d have no integrity.

Should I not follow completely what means so much to me? What I believe is Truth is life altering, so, of course I should follow it completely.

I shared with him this excellent article by Matthew Parris, a self-proclaimed gay atheist, who explains just that very thing very well. I’m not Catholic, but his point is true for all Christ Followers and everyone needs to hear it. Everyone.

The Word, which is Jesus from The Beginning, tells of near entire populations giving over to the sins of homosexuality and fornication – both which are sex beyond the confines God made when He put man with woman.

Matthew 19:4-6 (ESV) In Jesus’ own words.

He answered, “Have you not read that he who created them from the beginning made them male and female, and said, ‘Therefore a man shall leave his father and his mother and hold fast to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh’? So they are no longer two but one flesh. What therefore God has joined together, let not man separate.”


John 5:46-47 (ESV)

For if you believed Moses, you would believe me; for he wrote of me. But if you do not believe his writings, how will you believe my words?”


The red letter words aren’t the only words to live by, but even those spell out what Jesus taught about marriage and sexuality. 


God was not confused when He gave us each the bodies we have, being male and female.

God was not confused when He speaks against this time and again.

It is NOT taking things out of context to quote The Bible in the OT and NT when it comes to these truths. They are an arc of Truth in God’s Word… from beginning to end.

Christians should read it asking God to reveal His Truth.

I always speak against taking Scripture out of context. But this is not one of those times when that argument can be made. But twisting Scripture to justify it all is wrong. Maybe even deadly.

This is critical. People stay distanced from Jesus when they live with sin as if it is okay… especially lifestyle sin of any kind. 
Hear my heart here, please, lest you think I’m just yelling about sin just to yell. I’m 100% telling not yelling, because I lived it. Lived sin.

Sure, I still sin and hate that I do. But I’m not talking about doing something wrong, feeling remorse, and asking forgiveness from God. I’m talking about living in sin willingly. Lifestyle sin.

Years and years ago I lived in sexual sin willingly. I’ve written about it. I thought sex outside of marriage would find me love. I was deceived. It nearly killed me. But more importantly it kept me from Jesus. Even after I gave my life to Him, it kept me distanced from Him.

And it very well could have been the thing that made me choose to turn away from Him altogether.

It certainly kept me from blessing that He had waiting for me. I chose to have sex before I was married.

I chose. I lived in sin, choosing it over trusting God.

And it hurt.

It hurt badly.

So, Christians, when should we speak up about what God says in His Word?

We should speak only when God has us speak to others about this. That may be in public and that may be in private conversation – or it may be both for some of us.

But…

We need to be ready to explain what The Word REALLY says. We need to do it in love.

We need not confuse the world by saying that this is okay. It’s never okay. It will never be okay. God’s Word stands.

I told my friend the Truth. His response was crushingly sad:

I’ll give up my sin when you give up your god.

He feels emboldened now by the “law”. Because love is being skewed and used to justify something that has far reaching implications that many are missing, including my friend. Well, he exited our lives. He chose to not love us anymore. But, I will always be there when he wants to hear the Truth in love, because I love my friends.

The far-reaching implications are what are shocking. The Church – Christ Followers, Bible Followers – getting scripture wrong on this means that we are leading people down the path to destruction and eternal separation from God.

The shocking reality is we are leading people astray. Lord God forgive us.

G.K. Chesterton made a prophetic comment more than half a century ago:

 “For under the smooth legal surface of our society there are already moving very lawless things. We are always near the breaking-point when we care only for what is legal and nothing for what is lawful. Unless we have a moral principle about such delicate matters as marriage and murder, the whole world will become a welter of exceptions with no rules. There will be so many hard cases that everything will go soft.”

This is very serious. People’s eternities are at stake.

Let’s speak Truth and do it in love always.

#God #ALLIN #Jesus #Christianity #Bible #LoveWins #GodsLoveWins

The Psychic, The Hotel Room, and Me

It might be one of the stupidest things I’ve ever done in my life. But hindsight is 20/20; so yes, it’s all crystal clear now. And … I am still alive.

I walked in the hotel and nonchalantly found my way to the room mentioned in the newspaper ad. It was the nicest hotel in town so “how could it be dangerous” I reasoned with myself. I was 20 years old, but had already lived a life full of stuff so great and so horrible that people didn’t know whether to applaud for me or to fear for me. I thought I knew so much about life.

The truth is I was smart. Intelligence was my crutch. Too much for my own good is what I realized years later.

And with smart sometimes comes searching… and with searching sometimes comes just plain stupid crazy. That was me many times. No fear. Smart and stupid crazy.

I wanted answers about my life and the newspaper ad promised answers. Of course it did. 

The psychic was back in town and setting up shop in a posh hotel. I’d heard she “knew her stuff” …  or “your stuff” anyway.  She apparently had a “demand”. So I called right away so as to not miss my chance at answers while she blew through town. 

By that time in my life, I had actually studied several religions AND dabbled in the paranormal AND mixed what I knew about spirituality to form a New Age worldview… all when New Age was just starting to gain ground. I was always one step ahead of the pack. I lived there. 

And here is the kicker:

I had given my life to Christ a few years before. I mixed truth with lies. 

  

It was Christ that held me together, but I wouldn’t know that for years to come. And I also didn’t realize that answers were there all the time… just not where I was looking… in a hotel room, in the world.

Let me tell you what I did NOT know: 

“If a person turns to mediums and necromancers, whoring after them, I will set my face against that person and will cut him off from among his people.” ~ Leviticus 20:6 ESV 

{In case you don’t know what a necromancer is: this is someone who talks to the dead.}

God does NOT approve. 

“So the God I chose doesn’t give some people extra sensory perception? Extra brain power? Exceptional spiratual power as a medium? Really?”

Right. Really. 

But so many, many people ~ Christians and church goers ~ I knew were going to psychics, necromancers, believing that their loved ones were communicating with them somehow, even that they became angels that “watch over them”.  It was the norm. 

It still IS the norm. 

And I wanted in. I was 20 … I’d try anything just about. Of course I asked about love. I had been in a relationship with a guy whom I had hoped to fix, to marry. He was my other crutch. Yet, I wanted to help him straighten out his life. I thought I was the answer. {He was the same one who strangled me and drug me across the room. No, I was NOT making good choices then. Hence the psychic.} 

She “saw” things that I chose to believe were specific, because deep inside I knew they were vague and could be applied to anything in my life.  

But the very specific things these people tell… what about those? Well, Satan can’t read minds, but he knows by observation what we talk about out loud. He knows what goes on in our lives. Of course he would know specifics. Of course he would whisper those things into the ears of psychics and mediums. The spirit world is at war.

Beloved, do not believe every spirit, but test the spirits to see whether they are from God, for many false prophets have gone out into the world. By this you know the Spirit of God: every spirit that confesses that Jesus Christ has come in the flesh is from God, and every spirit that does not confess Jesus is not from God. This is the spirit of the antichrist, which you heard was coming and now is in the world already. ~ 1 John 4:1-3 ESV

But test everything. 

EVERYTHING

Thankfully that day set me in motion to test things. To trust God instead. To be watchful of Satan’s ways.

It may seem harmless ~ pyschics, fortunes, mediums, necromancers, all those types. They romance us. They fool us. They might even believe they are gifted or special or prophets. But they never proclaim Jesus as The Way. They proclaim falsehoods, “spirituality”, and “higher powers”. 

God is very serious about this. Thankfully His grace is there for us as we turn to Him and away from these things. But think about how serious He takes this:

So Saul died for his breach of faith. He broke faith with the Lord in that he did not keep the command of the Lord, and also consulted a medium, seeking guidance. He did not seek guidance from the Lord. Therefore the Lord put him to death and turned the kingdom over to David the son of Jesse. ~ 1 Chronicles 10:13-14 ESV 

How serious did the disciples take it?

As we were going to the place of prayer, we were met by a slave girl who had a spirit of divination and brought her owners much gain by fortune-telling. She followed Paul and us, crying out, “These men are servants of the Most High God, who proclaim to you the way of salvation.” And this she kept doing for many days. Paul, having become greatly annoyed, turned and said to the spirit, “I command you in the name of Jesus Christ to come out of her.” And it came out that very hour. But when her owners saw that their hope of gain was gone, they seized Paul and Silas and dragged them into the marketplace before the rulers. ~ Acts 16:16-19 ESV 

So serious they were persecuted. 

How serious should we get about it? 

As this becomes more prevalent by the day… 

Very very serious. We must guard our hearts and minds. 

  


Disingenuous {What It REALLY Means and Why It Hurts People}

We are called to live a genuine, sincere life. When we turn to making excuses then people around us get hurt. It’s easy to let emotion cloud our best judgment in a situation, but God’s people are called to be sincere and genuine.

We are not supposed to make decisions that lend themselves to the opportunity to then make excuses. When we commit we should keep our commitment or at least fully explain why we can not. “I’m too busy” is something we should all know before we ever accept. And that then-later “too busy” looks like an excuse for certain when people see something else being taken on that shoves a previous commitment to the side only to become a burden for everyone involved.

Then things can turn from bad to worse. When those excuses become dangerous is when they become the death of a relationship. And with the person being “one way” in private but then “another way” in public, it becomes the death of trust. It can become so bad that the person doesn’t see the pain they are inflicting and it all becomes very hurtful. Then come the excuses for hurting. This “one way” in private and “another way” in public is living disingenuous.

The real definition for that word is this:
not candid or sincere.

So we go to them in hopes of salvaging a relationship because they’ve hurt us by misconstruing things. We give them yet another chance even inside our pain.

When someone you think you can trust understands with clarity that what they did hurts you and they still make excuses instead of fully apologize, you continue to be hurt by less than sincere words.

Many of those people speak of it publicly allowing people to think lies about you then it takes it to a whole other level. And the hurt they cause is blinded to them because they participated in excuses so long that they believe they are right.

This is the moment we can have peace about dusting off our shoes and moving on.

Why make excuses – even small ones – that can certainly start to look dishonest when they compound? Why not keep our word and commitment? Why take everything to a level that someone else never meant, putting words in their mouth? All one has to do is ask for something to be clarified instead of making something out to be something else entirely. We can look like a fool rather quickly doing that.

Let’s take time to discuss and ask things as Believers instead of jumping to conclusions that can seriously hurt others.

Let’s not misrepresent them to others for self-gratification.

Let’s not let others speak untruths about them just to make ourselves feel better when we KNOW THE REAL TRUTH about the person.

And let us put the pain of being hurt by those who do these things to us in a place of trusting God. Because He knows the ultimate truth. No, this isn’t at all easy. It isn’t easy at all.

We are asked to speak the truth. Should we not?

Since you put away lying, Speak the truth, each one to his neighbor, because we are members of one another. ~ Ephesians 4:25 HCSB

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I write this today because I have been very hurt by someone I had trusted for quite a long time. Although for more than 6 months I had seen these excuses building and I grew leary of trusting, I decided to continue giving the benefit of trust from my vantage point. It turns out the excuses turned into more excuses with no sincere apology and the disingenuous (not candid or sincere) factor became evident. Make no mistake – I was VERY hurt and conveyed this to a person I thought I could trust. This person took everything I said to a level that misconstrued it to put words in my mouth I never said. They chose to be offended by something I never said. A relationship was lost over it. And now I ask myself: Should I have bothered to try to straighten out what this person misconstrued about me? Should I have even tried to speak to them in private about how they had hurt me and those around us? Is it worth it?

I still don’t have the answers. But one thing I do know is that it hurt to have someone let others make false accusations about me that I know God knows are not true. She even let people on her social media wall attack me. One called me a “hater”… with a hashtag #hatersgonnahate. A hashtag even. She didn’t defend the fact she knows I’m not. She didn’t delete it.

That was just one of the things I was made aware of. That is a painful knife in the back, friends, to this girl who tries so extremely hard to love others. When someone does not care that they hurt you, it’s obvious. I think excuses are awful when they cause pain.

I did decide to forgive this person right away. She is a fellow Christian, but even if she hadn’t been I’d still forgive.

It still hurts though. Obviously. But forgiveness will help heal my heart. Even if she and others choose to call me a “hater”, I choose to forgive.

I tell you what I learned though: I will not trust her or anyone so quickly ever again. We can never know what lurks behind an ego.

Social media can be great and it can be awful. I couldn’t stand the pain ~ and if you have read much of my blog then you know that stress like this causes the body pain to increase drastically. I won’t be on social media for a while. It’s just better for the heart right now. It’s shattered but God always heals.

The Distortion of Truth To an Accepting Culture

I found myself in a state of shock for an instant, but then remembered quickly that nothing should surprise me anymore. Even logic has found itself thrown out the window. This culture we live in around the globe has become so illogical, uncaring, and hideously distorted all while claiming the exact opposite … in the name of peace and tolerance.

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So what began as shock, but within seconds turned to heart wrenching pain, was what this pastor said. Yes. A pastor. Those who don’t believe in “religion” may or may not think that matters to the shock topic. But it does. Even in a secular environment. For if a person doesn’t go after and fully live with utmost integrity what they belief then how can anyone respect them? So when a pastor who claims to believe and follow the Christian faith says what this one is saying… even those who don’t follow or believe, those who appreciate the integrity factor, stop and shake their heads.

And if the so-called religious and faith filled people alike who claim to believe the same Bible have differing views of that same belief system, then integrity shatters across the board. Those who claim to believe the Bible who have compromised and “reinterpreted” it as this pastor is doing have no integrity in my personal opinion, because how can one who purports a specific belief system only to change it and pick and choose which parts to follow be trusted or respected? They don’t even trust or respect the very thing they claim but cherry pick from to fit their distorted views.

So what did this pastor say that sparked all of these thoughts in me?

I’m glad you asked, because THIS is a conversation that needs to be had.

This Presbyterian pastor (PCUSA) has sparked a controversy, an online debate. All because He has either lost sight of the very Truth that is in the Bible he claims to read or he never had it. His salvation is something I can not determine. Only God can and should do that.

But of course this distortion of truth which causes division in The Church is one reason I choose to not choose a denomination. Jesus did not support or promote one denomination so neither will I. And certainly not one whose agenda is more important than the Truth.

The best way to describe what this pastor said is for me to let you read it. So I’ll share the link. But first let me share my simple response to this man.

Why would you ever compare the Sovereignty of God with human choice? God making any decision is His right within His Justice and His Followers are to trust in that. To the contrary, any human taking the innocent life of a baby via abortion is never a Godly choice. It is a human killing a human. I speak from within an abortion experience unlike most – which you can find on my ministry site. I do not take this lightly as God does not.

By “hearting” PP in your light-hearted way, and saying you have supported what they do, is not a Godly thing to do. I should be shocked that you have a single person sitting in your congregation with your support of a place that boasts about their abortion stats, but anymore I am not shocked when I hear of people with such callous attitudes towards innocent lives. And sadly this world has become saturated with others that think like you do. It breaks my heart into a million pieces. I believe in helping the women find love and there within loving alternatives, because God loves.

Yes, he actually “hearted” Planned Parenthood. His words. Not mine. In fact that is what he titled his now viral post.

I Heart Planned Parenthood ~ by Pastor Andrew Kukla

It is quite amazing how even love has been distorted to an accepting culture. It’s almost as if they only see through distorted eyes. Or hardened hearts.

Still praying that the “Right to Choose” is finally seen by all as what it truly is… Destruction of life.

A Heart That Loves Is A Heart That Hurts

True connection is a heart thing. My heart is deep. It hugs hard, can be hurt hard, and soaks up love hard. It’s a serious heart beating for all that God gives me to do in this life. We’ve only got one, you know. One life. One heart. ❤️

Remember that “blogging” apology I made? I guess it turns out some didn’t like it. But many did, and you let me know you’ve been feeling the same things. Thank you for trusting me with those not-so-easy conversations.

And remember that goal of mine to change things back to my original calling? Well, my new site is nearly done and I am so excited to get it done! {If you’ve peeked at it… there’s more coming!}

I’m sorrowful I lost people. But it’s not my job to convict, and yet that is likely what it was. In all honesty, God convicted me too. That’s WHY I came to that place of “turn around and redo”.

I don’t like getting notifications when someone unsubscribes from my blog email newsletters. I’m certainly okay that they do. I just want that these softwares didn’t tell me. It hurts my heart in some ways.

I have done so – unsubscribed – and nearly always it’s because I’m reading the blog another method (readers, social media links, bookmarked it, etc) or it just changed and doesn’t seem to be much more than self-serving, or harsh in preachy tone, or full of “buy this” wording.

If I change my reading methods (which is usually the case}, then I still try to stay in contact somehow with that person -comments, likes, shares, etc. I believe in real connections, not just “I’ll follow yours if you follow mine”. I want to touch people’s hearts and souls for Jesus, and I want the same from their sharings.

I really appreciate those who message me privately about something I’ve shared. I do that too. It’s important that we connect through more than simple likes and quick comments.

But I’m concerned. Not because I have had 8 people I don’t know and 8 people I do know unsubscribe from my sharings since November. {Yeah, I know it is not something bloggers want to admit. But I carry no shame to tell you, because I’m convinced God has the followers, not me, and so He will bring those to me who need to hear Him through me. After all, if that weren’t how I believed then I might be in danger of going seriously off-track and I’d have to unsubscribe from myself. ;) }

What concerns me is the vast amount of people who subscribe/follow others just to see if they’ll subscribe/follow to theirs. It started to concern me over a year ago, because I realized I had fallen into that blogging quick sand trap! It didn’t take me long to stop that. And also concerning me is that “back scratching” mentality of “once I follow you you must participate in and share my stuff”.

No one says it out loud.
But I’ve seen it happen.

Connecting is great! But I don’t want to be “yoked” to someone who simply wants something from me. I’m not assuming those 8 aren’t reading in another way (actually there is no indication that most are}, so I will admit that it hurts the heart to have people leave in the middle of my sharing soul deep about my illness and what God is doing through it. I guess things will never stop hurting as long as we are here.

So to those who read my soul as I lay it out on the screen, please know I appreciate you and the love you have for the Body of Christ in testimony.

And to those who read to learn more about Christ, know that I am still learning too and applaud your efforts to do so. That is the way to fully living life.

And to those who just follow/comment/like to simply get others to reciprocate for your “recognition” or whatever reason…

Stop.

If you say you are doing this all for God, then make it true. That’s what I intend to do.

Lord, please keep me on the road to renewal and keep me off the road of “empty connection, participation, and recognition”. Search my heart and make it as pure as it wants to be. Ruin any fleshly desire to want the wrong road that destroys Your full plan for my life. Amen.

Live blessed and to bless,
Heather

Fifty Shades of Grey: Drawing the Masses

I am so proud of my daughter. I want to share with you that she has a great wisdom God has given to her at such a young age. So I’m not sharing because she’s mine, but because she’s His.
PS- Thank you. Your emails and texts and FB prayers have been overwhelmingly beautiful to me. I still don’t have results back yet, but God is with me. And so are those of you who are praying.

Into the Woods: We Couldn’t Wait to Get Out

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I rarely review movies … in fact I have only written about one here on my blog. And I know movies are subjective. But I must let people know about this, especially those with small children who would appreciate being warned.

Into the Woods… We couldn’t wait to get out. Disney, Disney, Disney. WHAT were you thinking?!

It was so creepy and the ending made no sense at all. We are Disney fans and stage theater fans, as probably everyone who knows us is well aware. This was so disappointing. WOW am I glad we didn’t take a young child. It would be a shame to have to explain, appropriately:

– a very creepy song which has the wolf/man licking his lips in anticipation of eating the little girl.

– the little girl saying that he was “exciting” but “scary”.

– the “swallowing” of the little girl.

– the baker’s wife saying that maybe cheating on her husband with the married prince and keeping her husband and baby was ok.

– the woods becoming a tempting “character” near the end.

– the wicked stepmother cutting off a toe and a heel on the stepsisters to attempt to get their feet to fit Cinderella’s slipper.

– random character deaths.

– the little girl (Red Riding Hood) questioned the killing of the giant as morally wrong but immediately that was dropped to kill the giant.

– no redemption as Disney movies have.

Of course I understand this was a stage play first, that original fairy tales were grim many times, but Disney advertised this as totally different.

We even appreciate fantasy stories {we are OUAT and Marvel fans after all} and the special effects were great … but the story was disjointed, there were plot holes galore, pointless songs, gratuitous parts… unfinished, and strange. The entire theater walked out with no smiles and we heard people apologizing to each other for going. It’s at least 4 songs too many as well. Oh how we agree with the tons of bad reviews on the web, and wish we could get those two hours back!

I don’t recommend any child seeing this. I really don’t recommend anyone seeing this. I’m not in the habit of nitpicking, because one person’s “art” isn’t another’s, so let me just say in a world where we have tons of creepy things in real life to explain to our children, as they are ready, this isn’t one that needs to be added to the list.

Plus… I was bored!

~ Heather

The Reason the Younger Generations Have Abandoned Christianity

There is a majority of a couple of generations out there that sees Christianity as a religion and not a relationship, a perch of self-righteousness instead of a doorstep of love, and a pulpit instead of a heart. Christ followers must all live each day so that humbleness, love, and compassion shows. We must show God’s heart.

Why are these generations turning away?

I believe it is because The Church has largely failed to acknowledge them, include them, and show them love. I certainly know a lot of churches (the people in the buildings) who are not failing at these things, but up until the past few years it appears The Church as a whole has really dropped the ball on these younger generations. The statistics of young people not living a life for Christ are staggeringly scary.

However, if we each meet these generations where they are with love that they recognize as genuine, then they won’t be on the outside looking away. They will be looking in saying, “I want that peace.” They will want to know who this Jesus is.

Live Blessed,
Heather

STANDING FOR TRUTH IN TODAY’S CULTURE

I agree in many ways with the observation that some Believers (not our place to judge if they are saved or not) have succumbed to a changing mind-thought. But I always, with hope, remember that God is the same yesterday, today, and forever. THANKFULLY! Solid ground for those of us who DESIRE to follow Him all the way can stand firm on.

Many are misinterpreting (to say the least) God’s Truth. This has happened throughtout history by those who claim to be (and may very well be) Born Again Believers. That doesn’t make them right. They can’t be right when they go against Truth.

The silent voices of Believers who stand in the Truth must not continue to be silent. We do not have to agree with the opposite of Truth but we are called to LOVE those who are confused by it and call out in LOVE those who distort the Truth. Sometimes God has us be silent… until His perfect timing tells our mouths to open. And that’s discernment we must pray for.

But let the voices of Truth be heard – in LOVE. He never promised easy. In fact He said to rejoice even in troubles.

More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope, and hope does not put us to shame, because God’s love has been poured into our hearts through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us. ~ Romans 5:3-5 ESV

Be Loved, Beloved.
~ Heather

Racism, Skepticism, and Other “Isms” {Why People Choose to Offend}

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The past week has brought heart and soul strife. The kind that leaves you just shaking your head in disbelief. The kind where you are so hurt that you just feel the return to peace is too high of a cost. You know what I am taking about, don’t you?

 

They hurt others because they choose to hurt others. And they twist words to a fit so pointed that the darts they throw are tiny shards of sin aiming straight at your heart.

 

I have a story to tell you… two in fact… from this past week. I usually don’t tell stories so quickly. I pray over things that happen, I forgive them, and I listen for God’s voice over all the clamoring gongs of turmoil. Oh, I’ve listened for God this time, as I always try to do. And this time His words and comfort came so quickly that my heart and soul are settled:

 

It’s time to dust off the feet, friends.

 

There are many “isms” that cause a spasm in our lives, aren’t there, Beloved Friends? There are some “isms”, like truisms, that carry the weight of Truth in them so as to shine light. I love those “isms” for they cause no spasm. It’s the many others – the bad “isms” – that inflict pain that cause this gal to run to pray against the temptation of a hardened heart. Racism, skepticism (of those speaking in love), absolutism, humanism. It’s a long list.

 

It is all just absurdism.

 

And social media makes it all worse. I use my social media wisely… to live, learn, and love… but others use it to spread their “isms”. You know. Those “social” places where even when others know their names, there is that wee-bit of anonymity that empowers them to jump out and attack. And even those people we know in real time… they aren’t “really” in our living rooms, so they answer their inner desire to slam their “isms” on us.

I love to discuss all things in respectful ways {there is that live, learn, love thing}, and anyone who truly reads my words here or on social media knows that about me. But when the bad “isms” start to fly like lies with wings fast and furious – as they did this past week – this gal wants nothing to do with it.

 

And so it goes…
She posted a comment {among many} that begged a certain a question:

If I didn’t have (class, homework, work, whatever), then I’d be at the protests in Ferguson.

 

Now when people post on social media, they want “social” interaction, do they not? Well of course. Other wise they would speak it to someone in their living room {ahem}. The question that comment begged for discussion? The one my daughter was bold enough to ask in a loving way to a person she had spent two years with at a common grounds place:

Why? When everyone waited for the evidence (some didn’t wait before spewing hatred), the officer was found innocent, and only practicing self and community defense, by medical examination of both parties and eye witness accounts that stood the test of scrutiny of truth, what is left to protest? And why would anyone want to be where property was being destroyed and people were getting hurt? How does that help?

 

Now my daughter wrote her question in a very loving way; I just paraphrased it above. If you follow my daughter’s writings, you’d know beyond a shadow of doubt how lovingly she engages people. Of course if you have an agenda as large as her friend did, you’d ignore the fact you know that Emerson is loving, just to throw out the bad “isms”. The AGENDA.  {I hate agendas. I might have mentioned that a time or two in my life and ministry.}

And this “friend” and her friends, some of which were well into adulthood, started hammering my daughter’s intent by telling her she was horrible for even asking. What they did was claim that my daughter was a racist, and not a good Christian for asking. Why did they say these things? All because she believed the evidence as presented by the governing body in charge of finding out the truth… all because she is white and so was the officer. Now tell me… isn’t that attack full of “racism” itself? Yes. Yes it is.

 

You believe them because they are white. – The Crowd raged on.

 

They totally skipped over the part Emerson wrote about how there are better ways to make changes to those things that need changed besides rioting and destroying property and lives. They totally skipped over the part about how loving one another means understanding that a family is hurting because they lost a loved one, but it also means treating all parties with fairness and respect. They totally skipped over the part where the boy wasn’t a boy, he was a man who made choices that brought him to the place of consequence. They totally skipped over the part where the “unarmed boy” was trying to take a weapon from an officer in a fight instigated by himself… taking a weapon means he would be armed. They totally skipped the part where one doesn’t have to have a gun to have a weapon… people are beaten to death with weapons called hands. I could go on and on, but these points are understood by rational thinking humans and moot to those who have an agenda to push. My daughter understands that there is evil in this world that people perpetrate, and that Satan is behind every bit of it. I also understand that. But people make choices to follow that evil and they pay the consequences in this life. It is all very sad. It is sad that someone died that day. And it is said that it almost was the other person. It’s all incredibly sad. But to attack someone in a genuine conversation on a post that is meant to garner conversation. They skipped over so much truth.

What they did not skip – but ran right over to – was the “racism” in an awful circular argument by using racism against my daughter. Racism goes both ways, folks.

Yes, slavery was horrid. Yes, equality discrimination in the last 100 years based on color is horrid. But so is lumping all white people together and destroying property and wanting revenge. By the way, it isn’t fair to say that white people have not experienced oppression and slavery. All one needs to CHOOSE to do is educate themselves on what the actual Pilgrims went through before they came here to be free. They were slave to a monarchy that told them they couldn’t have a Bible or assemble together in the True Word of God. Many suffered this oppression of inequality and slavery for years and years, before one hundred and two of them got on a boat and became half as many through disease on that trip… all to find freedom.

By the way…
No one can say this country wasn’t founded by Christians… except disingenuous folks… but that is an article for another day.

No one should even compare their past, or their ancestors past, since they don’t even know where the other’s ancestors came from. Some white people are decendents of the Jewish that were slaves to Nazism. Another horrid “ism”.

Please, why all the yelling at each other to say “my experience is worse than yours”? How about just lovingly share experiences, past and present, and try to understand the basics of each and the Truth that sets it all free?

 

The end of the matter; all has been heard. Fear God and keep his commandments, for this is the whole duty of man. For God will bring every deed into judgment, with every secret thing, whether good or evil. ~ Ecclesiastes 12:13-14

 

It’s hard, friends. Like this experience my daughter had was super hard, because she cared that much. These people? This “friend” of my daughter who claimed to be Christian (part of that common ground place where they met)? Her mother who “unfriended” me on social media after this… and all after she had reached out to me two years later from that common ground place we all knew each other to help encourage me through my illness? They didn’t care. Disingenuous, indeed.

They hurt others because they choose to hurt others. And they twist words to a fit so pointed that the darts they throw are tiny shards of sin aiming straight at your heart.

 

It’s no wonder the world talks about Christians the way it does. Christians throw “isms” around like it is fine, even ordained by God… who by the way hates the bad “isms”. I hate them too. Why? Because they hurt. But then I remember, as I have retreated to protect myself from the heart hardening effect those “isms” have…

 

Those people CHOOSE to offend. And in reality… I choose to be offended.
So today, I choose differently after contemplation and learning from God …

 

No more offending me. Offend my God though? And we will be having a talk.

 

Oh… I am spent emotionally. The other story has many lessons on this “racism” thing too. Perpetrated against me after I asked someone about a comment they left on social media to me that I didn’t want to make assumptions about. I truly wanted to learn, to get an answer. I will write about it in the next few days. I just don’t have the energy to pour it out today after this. It’s heavy stuff, friends.

Maybe you are reading this and you want to justify what people like this do? Maybe you are reading this and you do these things? Can you just stop and listen to the pain you cause? God never called us to that. Let us dialogue in loving manners.

Likely, you are reading this thinking about the times you have been mistreated this way. I feel for you, Beloved friends. All I can really say with certainty is this…

KEEP LOVING OTHERS.

He will bless you for it.

Live Blessed,
Heather

#Thankful Again {If I am Persecuted}

My daughter is … love lived out. Her words here strike me like a lightning bolt of love.

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“I never thought that the insults, lies, and persecutions would come so often from other Christians. I am in no way perfect, but I always try to follow God’s ways and not my own. It’s astounding how many Christians there are that will blatantly go against God and even try to twist His Words to fit their own agenda. I refuse to change God, or His Word, to make Him what I want Him to be. I will continue to seek His truth and speak it in love.

Label me what you wish. Reject me if you’d like. You do not define me. You did not create me… God did. You do not know what is on my mind… God does. You do not know what is in my heart… God does.

Only God.

I will serve only God – the One True God, whose truth will prevail regardless of how it is twisted and abused. I will keep speaking the truth in love. I will keep pressing on, and I will forgive those who hurt me as God has forgiven me.

If I am persecuted, even by other Christians who only want to hear their own “truth”, or if I lose everything in order to speak God’s truth… So be it. Jesus gave His life for me. I will give it all for Him.”

~ Emerson Mertens

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From even before the day she was born, as I carried her in my womb, I prayed:

God, You have changed my life so drastically that I could never say thank you enough. I give this child I carry back to You. You will do big things through her. I trust in that Lord.

Those “things” began very quickly in her life. I should write a book just about what all God has done through her.

And now, after all the trials she has come through with us and on her own, I see the woman of God that He has made her to be and is continually molding her into. I could not be MORE proud of her as a SISTER in Christ our First Love, and I could not be more proud as a MOM.

My daughter, my Sister, you will never stand alone, and you will never stand lonely.

Love,
Your Mom, Your Sister

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Happy Thanksgiving to all of you! I’m thankful for your love and encouragement as I pour out my heart and soul here and at GoingALLIN.org. You are an answer to a prayer!

Top 10 Joyous Answers to Share with Your Bah-Humbuggie Friends That Poo Poo Christmas

I studied this “Christmas or Not to Christmas” thing since my baby was young (she is 20 now!). I can find no reason not to claim it for God and celebrate Jesus and all the joy He brings. My husband and I did teach our child that Santa Claus is not real (she knew instinctively at age 3 and told me!) and who he is based off of in real life. We did teach her the REAL reason for the season. We did teach her joy and compassion and giving. She accepted Christ wholeheartedly into her life at age 4. She still celebrates Jesus everyday and at Christmas time. Having said that, here are my top 10 Joyous answers!

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Reason #10 to tell the Humbuggies who complain about anyone decorating for Christmas/celebrating early (or at all): Everything a Christian does should be from the heart. If a Christian celebrates the real reason for Christmas from the heart, then other Christians should allow them to do that and love. Let’s not give the world another reason to talk about us the way they do because we complain about each other. We are either celebrating Jesus or complaining so the world hears us and makes fun of us and doesn’t listen. Those are some valid reasons why. I just don’t want to give up those opportunities God gives me to love others.

Reason #9: Santa isn’t the enemy. Do you tell your children the real reason for the holiday and that Santa is merely a representation of a real man who gave gifts to children long ago in his town. Now he represents the gift of love that Christ offers. It’s what we teach our children from the beginning that will help them to live a Godly life. Don’t let society teach your children.

Reason #8: If Christians boycott holidays just because of their history, instead of taking them back for God, then we are handing them over willingly to the enemy. Let’s just not.

Reason #7: Gift giving, including decorating and celebrating, is a form of gifting love just as God gifts us love. Celebrate the gift of love.

Reason #6: Please don’t pick and choose from the Bible things that you want to emphasize and twist. That’s called an agenda. Christmas isn’t an agenda on either side of this coin. It’s a time to spread the love of Christ. {And if you are a Christian – don’t send “holiday season’s greetings” cards. Tell people about Christ! I realized that this is the one time of year that *nearly* everyone is tolerant when receiving a card or gift so let it be a seed planted!

Reason #5: You don’t accept gifts when they come from a person’s heart just because it’s a Christmas gift? Please. Accept the gift. They do it because they love.

Reason #4: Stop complaining about other Christians. Aren’t we supposed to LOVE ONE ANOTHER? You are always welcome at my house… even when I hang up a light early. I’ll probably have a gift for you even if you don’t want it. :)

Reason #3: It doesn’t matter who started the Christmas holiday. What matters is that people CHOSE to celebrate the birth of Christ and the peace He brought to this world. Don’t let the awful commercialism get you down. Jesus IS the reason.

Reason #2: God tells us that ALL things belong to Him. We should remember that and be wise to not let anyone take that away in our lives. No pagan god ever made a tree or an ornament or a light or a gift. Celebrate Jesus as the reason and He will know your heart.

Reason #1 : Take full advantage of the opportunities God gives to bless others in the Holy-day season. Most recognize the Christmas holiday. Some of those could be lonely, ill, without family, longing for joy in their lives, leaving to be deployed, moving away from family… and others just simply want to be cheery and bright!

Live Blessed,
Heather

HALLOWEEN

Halloween is tomorrow.  I don’t enjoy the arguing that goes on over it. I don’t enjoy arguing at all.

“Clearly no Christians ought to be glorifying death, because death was defeated, and that was the point of All Hallows Eve.” {Kirk Cameron}

I don’t “do” Halloween decor, but I think dressing up is fun even though I usually don’t dress up since it is so much work!! Sometimes we go to a Fall Festival party at church. And God certainly works through those things and community outreach is a wonderful thing.

But I wonder…

Why do those who follow Christ actually want to do the whole death and gore and destruction part of Halloween? Fun? I‘m certain fun can be had without it. {Come to my house. You WILL laugh. } I doubt if Jesus were there physically it would be fun. At least it would not be for Him – the One who died a gruesome death to defeat all that.


There I go again… Pushing “hot topic” buttons, right? It’s just me living #ALLIN and not part way in. I want to make my Jesus smile. And a princess outfit would go a lot further towards a smile then a gruesome killer costume.


We taught our daughter the truth about the holidays (Holy Days) that go into this and how it’s changed through the years. Obviously parents should make their own decisions – those who don’t participate are doing the right thing and those who do but tell their kids the truth about it and do it for the fun of gathering together in a non-death-celebrating way are doing the right thing too. God can be a part of both and most certainly is.

It’s what’s in each heart that matters, and our hearts celebrate what we let our brains throw a party for even if we know better. It’s all in the choice.

On the fall festival note: Many churches see fall festival parties (some on that night and others on different nights) as outreaches to the community where someone might come to know Jesus and even to church fellowship later. I would not limit God or put Him in a box so as to say He wouldn’t work through these things. If their heart and soul are in it for Jesus, then certainly He would bless it. I’ve seen many children benefit from these.

And no one could say my daughter was adversely affected by it when she lives for Jesus more at her age then most adults I know. I agree that Christians should have absolutely nothing to do with the horror and gore etc, but I also believe God when He says only He can see into the heart and know. I’m sad when Christians do the haunted house and other junk. Jesus wouldn’t do it or approve I believe.

But Satan is not in anything God doesn’t allow. He allowed him in the death and gore, but we don’t have to participate in that, nor do we have to allow him in the festivities that are not of those things.

The earth is the LORD’s, and everything in it, the world, and all who live in it; ~ Psalm 24:1

Live blessed,

Heather

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Could You Be Sharing Fake Christianity? ~ {Living #ALLIN for Christ}

Hi friends,
I’m “out” for my health for a bit. I am concentrating on my treatment and God. He sustains me. I’ve received so many beautiful messages and email and comments about my health – and my last several posts – that I’m still catching up! Thank you sooooo much for those and for your prayers! I feel them. I’ve not forgotten you and pray God blesses each one of you. ❤️ You have blessed me.

I received a beautiful message from a new friend and it contained this Scripture that goes well with one of those posts:

Do not be deceived, God is not mocked; for whatever a man sows, this he will also reap. For the one who sows to his own flesh will from the flesh reap corruption, but the one who sows to the Spirit will from the Spirit reap eternal life…Galatians 6:7-8

I will reblog the post that drew so much attention… some ignored me and left me, but the vast majority shared how glad they were to read it … some grateful for having eyes opened to this disturbing trend. Many shared they had come to this Truth as well and are glad to connect with others who are truly checking things with God.

In case you missed it… Here is what has been so very very heavy on my heart for a long time.
Blessings,
Heather

Heather Mertens ~ 40YearWander

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Should it take us so long in our faith walk to get to the point we are making every decision based in God’s Word? I realize it does … that it’s common. But I don’t think God intended it to be that way. Scripture mentions the renewing of our mind. I think we prolong that and sometimes avoid it in some areas.

Take for instance, the following and sharing of certain Bible teachers and their words. It’s running rampant among Christians to glean learning, and then share it, from those who’s Salvation theology is clearly not Biblical.

“Any theology which ignores Jesus Christ as the supreme Authority ceases to be Christian theology.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Let’s check everyone we follow and read and share. We can’t be lukewarm.

I’ve had this on my heart so VERY heavily lately. I’ve been sharing about it. I have received messages from Believers saying…

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Are You Sharing Fake Christianity? ~ {Living #ALLIN}

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Should it take us so long in our faith walk to get to the point we are making every decision based in God’s Word? I realize it does … that it’s common. But I don’t think God intended it to be that way. Scripture mentions the renewing of our mind. I think we prolong that and sometimes avoid it in some areas.

Take for instance, the following and sharing of certain Bible teachers and their words. It’s running rampant among Christians to glean learning, and then share it, from those whose Salvation theology is clearly not Biblical.

“Any theology which ignores Jesus Christ as the supreme Authority ceases to be Christian theology.” ~ Oswald Chambers

Let’s check everyone we follow and read and share. We can’t be lukewarm.

I’ve had this on my heart so VERY heavily lately. I’ve been sharing about it. I have received messages from Believers saying they see Truth in it and that my heart is to follow after Scripture all the way. Some very nice messages. Some “thank yous.” That is confirmation. God blesses me through you.

But I’ve also received bad treatment from other Believers. Even people who’ve unfriended and blocked me on Facebook. I just can’t help but think they don’t really want to hear the truth.

Avoidance.

And that concerns my soul for them.

Oh this is heavy.

I had one person ask me if I had a helpful list of these preacher/teachers to steer clear from. I think that’s a good idea – without cutting them down of course. That is not the way God would want it.

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I also only want to do that on God’s leading, because I don’t know the true state of some of these preacher/teacher’s salvation in their heart.

Some are clearly teaching and believing false doctrine. If they are preaching false doctrine and they’re not saved that’s one thing … a sad thing… a prayer is needed. If they say outright that Jesus is NOT the only way in some form or another… are they really saved? They are not.

But…
Maybe they’re Believers but just backsliding or lukewarm. But I’m not sure how God feels about all that ultimately. If they are preaching a false doctrine because they been deceived and they truly have given their life to Christ that’s another thing.

Jesus is crystal clear in The Word when He says He is the only Way. The ONLY WAY.

Christians sound like hypocrites to the world when they share a false teaching. If it matters to God, it should matter to us. We must be on guard. He gives us armor for a reason.

I DO NOT believe Christ Followers should go out on a hunt for those who are not speaking Truth in Christ. I do not do this. However it is rampant these days all over the internet.

It is extraordinarily important to listen to the Holy Spirit when He warns us. If we are constantly checking ourselves, and all that we take in, to the Scriptures, then we will be aware when we need to be. It is important that we should check into those we follow through reading and Biblical teaching. Should they turn out to be teaching a false salvation theology, then they are not people we should be learning from. If they have error mixed in with Truth, then Truth still prevails, but we are held accountable for what we share and base our complete theology on.

We can not ignore the Holy Spirit. The Church is being eroded from the underside with those who call themselves Christians, but then turn around and say that Jesus is not the only way to God and eternal life. Christ Followers, watch and proceed with God’s caution.

It is not usually difficult to find quotes from each teacher or voice speaking, about eternal life and spiritual things, in order to find their true beliefs. Don’t be lukewarm.

Here is a good question to ask ourselves:

How much does this person I am following quote from God’s Word?

If they rarely or never do, if they twist it, then check to see if what they teach is their agenda instead.

That’s why I’m so leery to share quotes and recommend anything from these teachers, because I just don’t know ultimately where someone might end up if they followed them based on my recommendation. I do not want to lead or be lead astray.

Not many of you should become teachers, my brothers, for you know that we who teach will be judged with greater strictness. ~ James 3:1

Ann Lamott (and many like her) are examples of this. She has said in interviews and writes in her very own words that while she claims to have found God through Jesus that she believes Jesus is NOT the only way to God and eternal life.

She is not the only writer/speaker out there who believes this. This should be obviously identified as a false salvation theology, and my heart is shattered over all the sharings and “amens” of these falsehoods by Christians. Why, oh why, are we not checking into a person’s full beliefs before sharing on social media, with our friends, and on our sites?

God warns in His Word. ONLY God knows the heart and salvation of someone, and just as I can’t determine that state of their soul, neither can these who say they “know” that all people go to be with God in Heaven at their death – as these people claim in their Unitarian and New Age Universalist views.

Troubling.

I’ve been very troubled since I’ve seen a storm of quotes by Christians on FB and the web in the last year by people such as Henri Nouwen, Marianne Williamson, Rob Bell, Ann Lamott and other Universalists/New Agers.

Universalism is Unitarian. It is not Scriptural. One may not believe in Christ as the only way to eternal life, but a Christian can not say it can be either through Christ or another way. That questions their salvation in and of itself. I do not claim to know a person’s salvation nor the salvation of these which I listed, but by their theological “fruit” I can discern with caution how to proceed.

— From Sabbatical Journey, Henri Nouwen’s book (page 51, 1998)

“Today I personally believe that while Jesus came to open the door to God’s house, all human beings can walk through that door, whether they know about Jesus or not. Today I see it as my call to help every person claim his or her own way to God.”

That clearly shows what Nouwen believes.

On another note some quotes sound so good! I hear this:

“I use them just because they are good and I hope people reading what I share understand.”

But aren’t WE responsible for what we teach? God says “yes”.

A quote from someone that is Truth in and about Christ is always Truth. It’s just troubling to think how many Christians might be deceived into following the whole of a person’s theology instead of a Truthful quote just because a person has lots of good quotes. And to those seeking God reading them, might it be a bad direction to send them in with no context? It very well might be. That’s why I’m so very careful who I quote. Should I find out later that which should be retracted… I’d do so and explain why.

For if someone comes and proclaims another Jesus than the one we proclaimed, or if you receive a different spirit from the one you received, or if you accept a different gospel from the one you accepted, you put up with it readily enough.
~ 2 Corinthians 11:4

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These past few years, I’ve been taken aback and the Holy Spirit has maintained my heart conviction that Christians are following *seemingly* Godly people. I can’t tell you how many times I’ve come across people liking FB pages, sharing teachings, and writing about what they’ve learned from people who claim Christianity BUT say that Christ is NOT the only way to Heaven and eternal salvation.

What they say sometimes might be truth in context to Jesus because Truth is always Truth, but PLEASE check their salvation beliefs. If what they claim ultimately about salvation is opposite of what Jesus says then run. Do not walk. Do not let yourselves be deceived even a little. If even the elect should be deceived.

They are many. And it’s much easier to be fooled by the enemy when the person we are listening to looks and sounds like us *most* of the time.

My daughter, Emerson, wrote a beautiful piece on her site that included this:

“And the fact that so many Christians are accepting that which should be obviously opposite of biblical truth is incredibly appalling and leaves me questioning who can even be trusted anymore. How can one claim to follow Christ, but ignore and negate His very teachings? If one verse of the Bible is false, is the entire Book not compromised in its integrity? If we believe it is divinely inspired by God Himself, but we do not take every word of it as true or correct, then how can we claim the rest of it to be true? If God were to allow errors in His truths and principles, how could we trust any of what He says? Would the only other option not be that He lied to us? If we read the Word in this way, we undermine its very authority and we lay a shaky foundation for our beliefs. We also inadvertently deny God’s holiness, righteousness, sovereignty, and trustworthiness, and we claim to know better than He does.”

Please share this everywhere you can if you agree in checking those we learn from and share. Please share if you know we must be more careful… especially in the times in which we find ourselves living. We need to get this word out there.

If you are in the “crowd”, you might consider that they have it wrong. Jesus didn’t follow the crowd… He led it.
It’s never easy to speak out for what is right in the eyes of God.

It’s always easy to follow a crowd. But is the crowd checking with Him?

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Live Blessed and #ALLIN,

Heather

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Why You Don’t Need to Fall from a Platform

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Why are you doubting yourself, your story, your calling?

My heart has ached over this for at least a year. I have poured it out like thick molasses streaming from a cup time and again hoping that more would catch this sweet fragrance of restoration.

If your calling is to share in writing, or music, or construction, or gardening, or whatever it is… this is truth for everyone. Just think of your life calling as you read this.

I’ve loved words I’ve read all over this internet. I’ve also had my spirit saddened because of the tendency I’ve seen to quickly reduce one’s story and God-given ability to tell that story. It happens consistently in most blogs I read. It goes beyond humbling and humility to putting the calling in a box. A nice tidy “I can handle it better this way” box.

That’s insulting to God.

Hear my heart, please.

You are beautiful. Your story is beautiful. It exists because of God. Why are you knocking yourself down in this race of life? Don’t you have enough others knocking you down to add to it yourself?

I have tried to speak this out to encourage, because, working in media as a freelance writer, I nearly fell into the same trap. It cracks my heart deeply to see others falling into it.

Stop Dear Heart…
Stop apologizing constantly for how you aren’t as good a writer as everyone else or even a writer at all.

God made us writers to share what He has allowed in our lives so that we could touch others for here and eternity.

BE GOD’S WRITER. He gave you a story in your life… now share it! Share Him.

Stop, Dear Heart…
Stop TRYING to be whom you think they want or need you to be.

BE THE ONE HE MADE YOU TO BE ALREADY. BE YOU.

STOP, Dear Heart…
Stop trying to find many. Write for whom God has given you. If it’s for one then you’ve likely already touched them, but surely it is for more or He’d have changed your course in His beautiful plan. That doesn’t mean ‘stop connecting’. That means let Him connect you. If you share with someone only to be ignored after you poured your heart out in your story or in something God gave you, then dust your feet ~ and heart ~ off and move along your journey. I’ve had plenty ignore me in life ~ on the web and in reality ~ but I’ve also been able to share His love through my story around the world, touching souls for His glory.

I’m not letting their inadequacies to fully love stop me! That’s like telling God you’ve only got one foot on the path of His plan for your life. Sometimes we have to dust off both feet, but we can’t live in balance with Jesus if we tread lightly by hopping on one foot down His path.

It’s time we live ALL IN our calling. Not HALF IN to FIT IN.

Not to be arrogant, not to be puffed up. But to recognize … we don’t have to apologize or wear false humility. We need to recognize it. Look deeply and objectively at how we talk amongst our fellow Brothers and Sisters.

God has not called us to be a FIT IN kind of people. He has called us to be an ALL IN kind of people.

If we spread ourselves all over, we wear ourselves too thin to be ALL IN. We can easily snap that thin stretched out frailty.

Discernment needed.

Reading too many opinions instead of His Word to form the answers we speak so adamantly about and calling that living ALL IN.

Knowledge needed.

Comparing ourselves to others in physical ways, gifting ways, and calling ways… being intentionally too self-deprecating, minimizing our God given skills and gifts, and reducing our unique stories to “I shouldn’t share because my story isn’t as ______, but I want to”… living a downtrodden ALL IN.

God honoring confidence needed.

Pre-apologizing and pre-asking for grace when we want something from someone, when all that is needed is to simply say it with the very grace we are demanding.

True humility needed.

Connecting with others with a “gotta’ connect” overloaded mind. True connecting in Christ should never be forced… especially when it’s just to promote yourself or your book or blog. Oh, I’ve seen this happen over and over and it hurts people.

Intentional Plan walking needed.

You only have so much time here to share Jesus. He gave you a story to tell. Just tell it.

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Living ALL IN doesn’t mean we have perfected anything… God never called us to strive for perfection {that’s His job}.

Living ALL IN simply means doing everything we have choice over in God honoring ways to become more like Jesus. ALL while living IN His plan.

Now… I pray writers everywhere open their eyes to this truth! Then maybe the publishers, even and especially Christian publishers, will focus on the gift each writer has to give and not platform and followers. Stats don’t make us writers. Platforms don’t make us writers.

God makes us writers. Walk in it with a smile and the mission.

It’s ALL in the choice.

Please… LIVE Blessed,
~ Heather

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Trading Hope for Sex to Find Love {50 Shades of Grey in Real Life}

I’ve got so many posts coming in the next two weeks. I’m doing at least one book giveaway, sharing a very special guest post from my author friend, Michelle DeRusha, participating in a blog tour interview, and a few other “big” things. For one, I’ll be revealing what happened to me when I traded hope for sex to find love.

I am so heartbroken over the women who have invested their hearts, minds, and souls into “50 Shades of Grey”. Its destructive wake across this world now must be corrected. And Christ Following women, that empty space can be filled by God instead. Our spirits know it’s wrong.

I’ll be writing about this … because years ago I lived believing similar lies that fulfillment like this is healthy on some level. It, and what I did because of it, nearly destroyed me. I know all the reasons women steal away to this type of story. I get it. Most of the time, at its core, it’s a hidden craving for simultaneous control and love… neither of which belong together in our souls, hearts, or minds. Feelings deceive us.

“I’ve noticed that some of the women who give me a hearty ‘AMEN’ every time I write a post condemning pornography, are the same ones gushing frantically about this film. They don’t want their husbands watching porn, but they’ll not only watch and read porn themselves — they’ll advertise that fact to the entire world. As if the hypocrisy isn’t bad enough, they had to add in a touch of public emasculation.”

That quote is from a Matt Walsh article. Yeah, it’s “in your face”. But it has every right to be. Because we should be falling our faces in prayer over this.

Go, Matt, go.

Coincidentally, regarding the quality of this book in quotes I’ve seen … I’ve read better literary treats on the back of a pickle jar.

This is an article you won’t want to miss reading.

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Love Blessed and #ALLIN,
Heather

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Why Am I Not Healed, Yet? {Mustard Seed Faith}

Thank you all for these beautiful, beautiful prayers you are sending my way! I feel them and not afraid to admit I need them. We should not forsake coming together for prayer… even asking for ourselves.

For those who have known me for a very long time, it is not a surprise to hear that my faith in being healed is completely strong, because I’ve been healed before. I was healed when I was 27 (for those who want to hear the story it’s here on my website), miraculously; after 20 years I was restored and made whole in my health. I saw my husband healed in the hospital ICU, miraculously, (that story is here on my website too). I call these Glory Stories. Had we not lived them in God’s glory, then others would not have been encouraged and blessed, for the past many years, by them for their own pain.

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~ Knowing that God does not want us to be sick or have problems or trials and tribulations

~ Knowing that Jesus has finished all

~ Knowing that He prayed, as we should pray, that God’s will be done on earth as it is in Heaven

~ And having experienced healing in God’s perfect will

I know that I am healed….
and I know that I know.

Sometimes God’s perfect plan doesn’t happen in an instant just because our faith is big enough or even as small as a mustard seed, which is all it takes He says. Sometimes it takes a little while to manifest because of what is in His ultimate plan. This “thorn” in my side, in my flesh, just as he talks about in His Word… reminds me that I know that He is sufficient for all in my life.

And that healing? Until that day comes, I will continue to know that I am healed and in waiting for that I will do my best with His strength in His power to live under His plan and bless as many people as He will touch through me.

The people that have reached out to me from around the world for encouragement and to encourage me, for prayer and to pray for me, is resoundingly glorious!! Glory to Him!

So as far as I can see (which is about a nano-second), I will not be demanding of my Jesus, my Lord, my God, but I will believe and continue to believe and know that I am healed and also know that glory is brought to Him on either side of this equation. It’s all for Him. He refines me.

Live Blessed My Friends!
~ Heather

http://www.40YearWanderer.com

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Patriotism or Godly-ism {Wisdom for the ALL}

God,

Please lead our country in Your direction;
not the Left nor the Right, only Yours.

Many say we should make decisions that make sense. I say we should be making decisions that glorify You God. We have gotten so far in a deep pit that we can’t get anything done one way or the other to help all who need help.

I pray the “all” turn to You for help. The only true Help that works. I know You have a way where no one suffers. Please forgive and heal our country and each of the “all” of us.

Wake us up to Your reality.

Amen.

A person can twist the Bible to say whatever supports their viewpoint ~ dangerous thing to do ~ but Jesus never labeled himself or lived as any of these things.

Conservative
Liberal
Socialist
Republican
Democrat

Jesus IS Jesus.
Jesus IS God.

I have had people I know treat me horribly for saying this Truth.
Other Christians.

When will they let Truth set them free?

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