Good evening, lovely blog readers. First off, let me just thank you all for continuing to read my ridiculous compilation of random thoughts. I’m so blessed to have so many people who like to read my writing, and I’m thankful to be able to share my point of view with so many different people.
You may have noticed in the last few days there haven’t been as many posts as normal. Before anyone started worrying, I wanted to just let everyone know that I missed a few days due to some unplanned things that happened. And I just haven’t been able to get that momentum back (hey, I’m being honest here).
So I’ve decided for the next few weeks to take a bit of a hiatus. I’ll do my best to get some blog posts out, but taking a break is sometimes good for us. And, frankly, I could really use the next few weeks to work solely on New Name: The Destiny Trilogy Part Three. I’ve got 75,000 words left to write on it, and I really want it done before the end of the month. I managed to crank out 11,000 words today, so if I can get to similar daily word counts in the next week or so, I can definitely make it. But that means I need to devote all my brain power to getting that done.
I’m hoping you all will forgive the absence. There’s tons of stuff to read on here, and I just put in a search feature. So search for your favorite Bible verse or topic, and I bet I have a blog post about it. And I’ll be back regularly in a few weeks, and I’ll probably be in a much less stressed frame of mind.
Blessings to you all. Thanks again for all your love and support and encouragement.
I thought I’d better put this in just because I raised a pretty big theological, religious sort of topic in today’s post. Again, I’m not going to get into a discussion about this. I believe people waste a lot of time talking about God and trying to understand the way God thinks, but that’s my opinion. I would much rather just trust that God has everything worked out and then take a glass of water to someone who is thirsty.
God chose people to be saved, yes. That’s what the Bible says. But it’s also our choice to accept Christ. The Bible says that too. As far as our little brains are concerned, sometimes the true answer to our questions is yes, even if both questions seem to lead to a mutually exclusive solution.
But I thought I’d share this anyway, just for giggles and grins.
I don’t agree with everything Rob Bell has written or said (especially recently), but there are a number of his older books and some of his videos that I find challenging and very interesting. One of his videos, Everything Is Spiritual is particularly thought provoking. And this is the best example I’ve ever heard to describe the entire Predestination vs. Free Will discussion.
Please don’t take this as a recommendation to read/watch his materials, but if you’re curious, watch the clip. Whatever you watch or read, though, make sure you are solidly grounded in Scripture. And that goes for anything and everything you read–including this blog!
Challenge your own faith. Don’t be afraid to examine what other people believe or have discussions about what other people believe. It’s a good idea to test what you have always been taught so you know for sure what you believe, but some theology can get really complex and convoluted. Personally, I don’t believe the Gospel was ever intended to be confusing, but a lot of people like to make it that way.
Just remember that the Bible is God’s Word, wholly and completely, and we don’t have the right to cherry pick the verses we like and ignore the ones we don’t.
Box o’ Devos – Safe Haven Farm, Haven, KS
Dear AlwaysPeachy readers (in the Wichita, KS area),
I’m a goober. And I put the address for the local order form in wrong. The ACTUAL address is this:
Apologies for that.
Teach me to post this late. I forget how to type!!
I don’t usually do this. But this morning I was so caught up in blogging about the first part of 1 John 1:9 that I totally ignored the last part of the verse.
And the last part of the verse is the most important.
9 But if we confess our sins to him, he is faithful and just to forgive us our sins and to cleanse us from all wickedness.
If we confess.
If we say we’re sorry and we meant it and we repent and turn from the bad things that we’re doing . . . .
God is faithful.
If we confess, He’s faithful. He won’t turn us away. He won’t scorn us. He won’t reject us. No matter how far away we have fallen from Him, He is always faithful to us.
He is faithful to forgive us.
How? Because He’s perfect.
Why do you have to apologize the person you’ve wronged? Because you are the one who’s done wrong. You are the one who needs to be forgiven for something you’ve done or said. You have to ask forgiveness of the innocent person you’ve hurt.
We have all turned against God. To be forgiven, we have to ask for it.
And not only will He forgive us, He’ll restore us.
Getting to the point where you’re willing to confess is important, but knowing that God will forgive you no matter what is even more important.
And I just thought I needed to mention that.