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Not Surprised   Leave a comment

I’ve been hearing about how remarkable in American History the past week has been.  As heart-breaking as I think the Supreme Court decision was to me, I have to agree.

God was not surprised by what happened last week.  He didn’t say, “Whoops!  Didn’t see that one coming!”  And the thing is (and I am quoting someone else here) — Love Wins.  Love has already won.

You have no doubt heard talk about how we should hate the sin and love the sinner. Others have turned that around and insist no one has any right to judge anyone and if you don’t fully agree with me well, then, you are a hater.

To God, all sin is sin.  Stealing is sin.  We should be against stealing.  Adultery is a sin.  We should be against adultery, and not do it ourselves.  Idolatry is sin, and we should not have any idols.  Lying, coveting, drunkenness and swindling are all sins.  Homosexuality is a sin.

Jesus loved the sinner and yet he recognized their sins and knew they were wrong.  He didn’t dance around it – he simply acknowledged they were sinning.  And he loved them anyway.  Sat down at a table for a meal for them.  Went into their homes, walked with them along the road.

We don’t have to hate.  We can readily acknowledge the person is a sinner.  Has sinned, is sinning.  Guess what?  So do I!  So am I.  I am a sinner — the only difference is I am saved by grace.  There is no hate there, there is only acknowledgement and recognition.  And the love and grace of God that is open to everyone.

Love wins!

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Posted June 29, 2015 by Maureen in Christian

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FRAME   Leave a comment

I recently bought a new car.  Not just a new car to me, but a brand new car.  It had 6 miles on it when I bought it.  It is the first brand new car I’ve ever had, and only the fifth one I’ve ever owned.  Have you bought a car in the past few years?  They have sure made a lot of technological improvements on them!

I can’t have a Christian license plate frame on my car.  You know – “Honk if you love Jesus” or “Pray for our troops”.  Especially not here in the San Francisco bay area, where I might get hurt by advertising I’m a Christian.

No, I can’t have a Christian license plate frame because of the way I drive.  I love my new car.  It is comfy and has things like blind spot indicators, and it corners really well.  And sometimes…. I follow too close.  I drive too fast.  I pull in front of someone closer than I should.  I shake my fists sometimes.

I can’t blame those things on my new car.  Nope — that’s me.  Flawed, imperfect, God-is-still-working-on-me me.

If you have one — I salute you.  I applaud you.  You are an example to me.  I’m gad you do.  But not for me.  Nope.  I’d give Christians a bad name if I had one.

Posted June 15, 2015 by Maureen in Musings, Randomness

FORGIVENESS   Leave a comment

I recently sat down and talked with one of my sisters about two things that she had said and done that really hurt me.  It was hard for me.  Our family does not share feelings among ourselves.  We were taught well by our parents not to.  We have the feelings, and I’m sure all my siblings have people in their life they can share those feelings with.  We just don’t often share them with each other.

I don’t know if I am unique in this, but when something (or someone) makes me mad or hurt, the deeper I feel hurt or mad, the longer it takes for me to be able to talk about it.  I know from past experience that I have to really think through my feelings and not start talking about them right away.  If I do, it turns into incoherent, disjointed, and non-logical emotional rambling (or even raving) that leaves everyone confused and me feeling horrible with no resolution.  I don’t stew about it – I process it.  Examine myself and my motives.  Pinpoint my feelings and why I’m feeling that way.  Think about and pray about my response.

This one sister had hurt me very deeply on Christmas day.  Yes, that means I took about 5 months to process.  Like I said – I was hurt deeply.  Once I got over the worst of my hurt and also got past the self-righteous aspect of my feelings (“She had no right!  She was in the wrong!”) I was able to spend time asking God what I could have or should have done differently, and what my response should be.  Miscommunications and hurt are very seldom only one person’s fault, and if I was in any way at fault I wanted to own that and admit it.  And I wanted to respond in a Christian way, since this sister is not a Christian.

It took me almost 5 months, but I was at the point where I could talk about it without getting all emotional and incoherent.  So I sent an email.  Probably should have made a phone call, but with an email I can be sure to put my thoughts down, reword them, change things around, and all without being interrupted.  So yes, I will often write things down in an email when I have to communicate something that is hard for me.  She responded, and then we decided to meet face to face.

I was surprised that she thought I hated her.  She was surprised that I was hurt by her response, as she thought I had different motivations than I did.  We explained to each other.  She didn’t apologize, but then I never expected her to, nor was it why I met with her.  We communicated.  We cleared the air.  We saw things from the other person’s perspective.  And I think it made a big difference in our relationship.  And, I was able to do all that in love and non-hateful way, which I believe was a good witness to her.

So I give glory to God that He was able to heal me and help me be a better person, and use an opportunity to witness my Christian walk to someone.

Posted June 5, 2015 by Maureen in Christian, Memories

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