The Change in Church Policy Affecting Children of Homosexual Couples

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(Forgive the bland title, unfortunately that’s what attention getting at the moment.)

Alright, I’m about to throw syntax into the wind here and just be raw, because this is too urgent and too important to worry about being anything other than just completely real. If you haven’t been caught up in the adversarial crap storm of the Church’s recent handbook change, lucky you, enjoy the fresh crisp air wherever you are and carry on. For the rest of us, I’ve got to tell you what I’m seeing and it is this-

1. The pain caused to real people because of this change in policy is not to be disregarded. Some of the choicest spirits out there are being tried like mad right now because of this. They are loved. Please pray for all who are pained because of this change. Every life matters. Our Father and Mother in heaven love EVERY single one of us as though WE WERE THEIR ONLY CHILD. I wish everyone to have complete and perfect knowledge and feeling of this. There are no exceptions.

2. There is NOTHING God does that is not out of pure and perfect love for his children.

3. God does nothing save it be out of His perfect wisdom. He sees around corners we cannot. We are children. We do not have full knowledge and understanding. He does.

4. What I have seen to today is the epitome of the prophecy that in the last days men will call evil good and good evil. What I am seeing today is people directing blame to the wrong person. If I make any point or impression let it be this: YOU GOT THE WRONG GUY. God does not hurt. God does not exclude. God does not corrupt. God does not change. God does not tempt. God does not repress. God does not stifle agency. God does not move people to anger. God does not contend. God does not disappoint. God does not shame. God does not deny blessings. If you heard about this change and perceived it as negative, you can be sure where that came from, and it wasn’t from God.

5. The church doesn’t come up with stuff just to bring on more persecution and drive more people away. They’re not a bunch of evil men trying to make us the weirdest possible culture on the planet so everyone else will hate us and harm us. Are Mormons weird? Heck yes! Hate to break it to you but GOD IS WEIRD, the WAYS of God are weird… or rather God is weird to the WORLD. The world is Satan’s domain. Of course things of God are going to seem nutzo here. Common sense.

6. Ever hear Jim Gaffigan’s bit on McDonalds? If not, you’ve missed out on some seriously priceless magic. We all have our “thing.” We can put any name on it, its all the same. Every one of us comes into this world with a weak spot, a specific inclination toward a type of sin. I think the amount of attention homosexuality gets over the others is ridiculous but it happens because its the sin people are openly proud of. My McDonald’s, or we might say my “homosexuality”, is food addiction. Its a serious sin against my body, it could easily kill me. It kills many people every day. All us gluttons aren’t throwing pride parades and wearing tshirts and packing around insignia proclaiming our awesomeness in how much we can put down in one sitting, demanding special rights in restaurants that every restaurant has to serve us all we can eat because, dang it, we were born to eat big! Maybe your “homosexuality” isn’t food, maybe its a sex addiction (pornography, masturbation, affairs, etc) -I work with sex addicts, this is a huge one. Maybe your “homosexuality” is gaming, connecting to video games as an out to life. Maybe its robbery. Maybe its habitual lying. Maybe its making an idol of your body by obsessively dieting and working out and showing it off. Maybe you’re a hoarder. Maybe you just love stirring up contention between people and watching it play out. Maybe you’re obsessed with appearing to be perfect to gain approval. Its all “homosexuality.” We’re all sick, we’re all broken. This is how its supposed to be. It is not okay, in fact its downright a sin in and of itself, to hate someone because their broken in a different way than you are. That’s all this is. It goes like this: We are weak (human). We are in Satan’s domain. He messes with us in attempt to control us, to get us to sin so we will submit our agency. We sin. We have a choice to make, indulge in that sin and stay in bondage or repent and be free. If any one of us turns from our sin, gets the help we need, and repents, it will not mean that we are free from that WEAKNESS, we are still human. It just means we’ve learned to draw strength from Christ via the atonement to keep ourselves safe from natural consequences of indulging in that sin. An alcoholic who stops drinking will always be an alcoholic. A sex addict who stops taking lust hits will always be a sex addict. A homosexual who stops sexual interaction with people of the same sex will always be homosexual. Not one of these people is more or less than the other. Not one of these people ought to be judged or shamed. But also, not one of these sins ought to be embraced and accepted and encouraged because they ALL harm the individual and the collective. We stand up AGAINST SIN ***BECAUSE*** we love the individual, NOT the other way around.
Though my upbringing was to accept homosexuality as a normal, natural, healthy thing, I understand much more deeply now. My heart has not changed. I still love people. I’m supposed to love people. Loving people does not mean loving them doing things that can harm them or take away blessings from them. I give my kids rules because I love them, our Heavenly Father gives us rules because he loves us. This entire thing is about His love for us. He is protecting children from the anguish of being torn between their love for their parents and their love for the gospel until they are old enough, mentally developed enough, to handle it. I see no fault in that, I think good can come of it. The problem is in all the hurt people who are justifying to themselves and the world that this church is so cruel and unChrist-like. That is a flat out LIE Satan is telling people.

To you who do not yet see or feel energies let me tell you this- Satan and his minions are have an all out HEYDAY today. They are about as pleased as they can be and are totally stoked to watch this cascade in to absolute tragedy. They’ve got people committing suicide over this. They’ve got people leaving the safety of the church over this. They’ve got people breaking spiritual contracts over this, who will now not fulfill the missions they came to earth to fulfill, they’ve got the world in an uproar of persecution toward the church.

If you think this won’t bring about the same, even worse, persecution than was endured in the first days of the restoration- WATCH. Watch and see what happens.

As for me, my testimony will not waver. I know my Father. I know my Mother. I know my Savior. I know that there are things I don’t know, but they know. I trust them completely. There is nothing that could convince me that this church is not led by a true prophet of God. When God tells me something, I believe it. I know what he’s told me, and he’s told me over and over and over, countless times. I know The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints IS Christ’s church. I know we’re in the very last days, even the tribulation as described in the scriptures. What is going on right now is part of that, and it is wisdom in God to be strict on this thing. He has a wise purpose, I guarantee it. What we can all do until that purpose is made known is to take up our shield of faith to withstand those fiery darts. This war is REAL, friends. I work as a healer in it every day. I encourage you to stand strong. Harsher storms are coming than this earth has ever seen. The only safety is in Christ, and the greatest safety is in His church, following the Prophet. Its up to you if you will be left standing to greet Christ when those storms have raged the world to absolute destruction and he comes for you. And he IS coming.

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POSITIVE ENERGY BOMB!

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My kids and I like to start our homeschool day off by “energy bombing” each other.  We build up balls of energy in our hands, like snowballs of light, and crack ourselves up coming up with various ways of assailing one another.

This week has been so negatively charged.  The acceleration of signs of the times and evil in the world just kicked into high gear, and we’re not even in it yet.  Like, the race hasn’t even started, this is just the warm up!  I’m feeling like I really need to slough off this bad energy and let my light shine, so I’ve been seeking out all the positivity I can.  This post is my energy bomb on the internet… PLEASE feel free to drop your own bombs wherever you can!  We need to rise up the good in the world, it is ALWAYS far more powerful than the bad!

A few months ago I attended a Christ Centered Energy Healing Conference where Kirk Duncan was the keynote speaker.  He talked about how fear comes from blanks in our mind.  We cannot actually have a blank spot, so if there is an unknown and we don’t fill that space with a positive story then a fearful story will impose.  He was taking about the calamities before us during the Tribulation and how completely scary those can be, IF we do not put a positive story in our minds.  If we allow the unknown or the negative images to dominate, we will feel fear, which is not of God.  BUT, if we keep our minds focused on the REASON for it all- Chris’s return- and create a detailed story of that moment in our minds, we will not fear.  We will be in a much better place!  He told of the story he’s created in his mind of when he meets the Savior again, which was absolutely adorable and involved a little wrestle and tickle fight with Jesus Christ, his big brother, and then he said with conviction, “He IS coming!”  He had everyone repeat it multiples times, he inspired us all to get EXCITED about it, we ought to be!  There has NEVER been ANYTHING more exciting in the history of the world, nor will there ever be- HE IS COMING!!!  I strongly encourage you to imagine, as vividly as possible, what that meeting will be like for YOU.  Today as I was driving I was listening to the hymn Now Let Us Rejoice.  One line says, “In faith we’ll rely on the arm of Jehovah.” That line put the image into my mind of Christ’s arm.  I thought about how I knew those arms before this life.  I’m sure they encircled me countless times.  I imagined what his arms will feel like wrapped around me in a sure embrace- that’s what I’m talking about!  Lets fill our minds with more of that!

And now here are some high vibe videos and images to lift you up!

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Who You Are, Why You Matter

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   Its common discussion in missionary efforts to cover the questions most human beings have in common- Where did we come from?  Why are we here?  What will happen when we die?  It seems in general members of the The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints feel confident they know the answers to these questions.  If you ask us why we are here the standard answer is, “To gain a body, to be tried, tested, and to return to our Father in heaven.”  That is not incorrect, its a great answer.  But in our day to day lives, do we really get WHY we are here?
   Most of  us tend to be people who get so caught up in the little things we forget about God.  Most of us don’t forget Him completely, but He is not our focal point most of the day.  Even those of us who are obedient, who make it habit to read scriptures and pray and such, often don’t really grasp and realistic perception of who we are and what this life is all about.   We may know it in our heads, but do we feel it in our hearts?  Are we compelled as though by a fire to seek after and fulfill the missions we covenanted to before we came to this earth?
   God has a plan for your life, a marvelous plan! A plan that YOU, with our divinely gifted agency, sat across from Him and thoughtfully mapped out.  Most of us can’t remember that at the moment, but imagine the excitement!  I happen to love to plan and achieve the results I set out to, and I can visualize this moment in time quite vividly.  I can clearly see evidence in my life that, right in alignment with my nature, I made the choice to take on one heavy load.  I am always overflowing with confidence that I can do just about everything there is to do… then I get in the trenches and doubt myself. Overwhelm nearly devours me.  I bet most of us do that.  The great news is, our Father knows us.  And He never leaves us alone.  I testify to you that I KNOW that we are constantly surrounded by loved ones eager to assist and comfort us, if only we will ask, because of course they will not cross the boundary of our agency.
   We are here to fulfill personal missions, and those missions have our spiritual (Heavenly) family at their core.  We are here to get ourselves and our brothers and sisters back to our parents.  In the process we progress by learning.  Period.  That is the point of all of this.  If we are not daily seeking to know and follow our own specific mission, we are asleep.  If we are not daily seeking our own salvation through utilizing the atonement, we are asleep.  If we are not daily seeking to comfort and uplift, protect and provide for our brothers and sisters, we are asleep.  And in this world of wolves if we are asleep, we are dead, both physically and spiritually.  It has been said, “Get your fire back. Its not over until God says its over.  Start believing again. Start dreaming again. Start pursuing what God put in your heart.”
   But how can we know our missions?  By following our interests.  By “pursuing what God put in your heart.”  If there is anything pure and good that you are passionate about, it likely has to do with your mission.  Now is the time to make diligent and daily effort to identify and refine your gifts.  You came here with many gifts and you will need them for your mission.  I honestly think the saddest thing I can imagine is passing through the veil at the end of my life and being told by the Savior that I failed to complete my part of the grand plan, and to know that I didn’t complete it because I was too busy sleeping my way through life.  Wasting time like I can get it back.  It happens to too many people.  Time is most precious.  Its spends itself speedily and can never be earned back.  We do not get infinite chances to do things right.  My husband came home feeling very pained today.  He had attended a funeral for a man in our church ward.  He had never met this man, who only occasionally attended, but he saw him in the hallway of church last Sunday.  My husband got the impression that he should go say hello and introduce himself, but he was busy chasing our very energetic toddler around and he hesitated, then the man was out of sight.  This man later killed himself.  He left behind a wife and a little one.  My husband returned home briefly after the funeral to sit with our children and explain to them why it is so important to quickly obey the promptings of the Holy Spirit.  He shared with them that he never again wants to hesitate in obeying.  My heart broke for him.  Who knows what would have happened had he spoke with that man that day.  It may not have changed the outcome, but knowing my husband as I do it no doubt would have left a positive impression.  At the very least, he would have no regret.  My guess is, these two men knew each other before this life and that that connection being made would have been very meaningful.  But we cannot know.  I am so grateful for my husband and the example he is to so many people.  I am grateful that he took the time to come home and share this heartfelt message with our children.  I am grateful that he humbly accepted this lesson and I don’t doubt that he will never hesitate again.  Some things you can’t get back.  This may have been part of his mission.
   Please do all that you can each day for the great plan that was laid out before the foundation of the world.  We are all depending on you.  You are important.  Every moment matters, we are only given so many.  If each of us comes here with a job to do and you decide you don’t feel like doing yours, then what?  I don’t want to have to answer to that when I return, and we know that we all will return.
Here are some other things you can do daily to come to the ever increasing knowledge of what God expects of you:
-Pray always.  Pray to know your mission.  Pray to know what you can do TODAY.  Pray for protection.  Pray for discernment.  Pray with gratitude and meekness.  Never stop praying.
-Study the scriptures, prayerfully and deeply.  Write down impressions as they come.
-Seek Priesthood Blessings frequently.  Write down those impressions as well.
-Read your Patriarchal Blessing frequently, study it just as you do the scriptures.  These are YOUR personal scriptures.  If you have not received your blessing, DO SO.  Do not procrastinate.
-Live worthy and always hold a current temple recommend.  Make consistent effort to attend the temple as often as possible.  Your ancestors on the other side will bless you are you have blessed them.  You will also have the added benefit of the unfiltered personal revelation that it inherent in the temple. AC
-Make an effort to get to know Christ more and more all the time.  He is not an abstract idea, he is a real, warm, compassionate, humorous, intelligent, humble man.  He is literally your elder brother.  There is never any reason to not come to Him for anything you might be in need of.  He is always there waiting.  He rejoices when you come to Him.  Christ is REAL.  He is as real as you are.
-Make an effort to get to know yourself.  You may know your worldly self (your habits, favorite things, etc.), but how well do you know your spiritual self?  How closely do you see yourself to the way your Heavenly Father does?  Do you see your divine potential?  Are you aware of your gifts and their purposes?  Do you understand your primary expression of energy?  Do you know your aura color and what it means?  Here is the true test, do you love yourself?  If you do not love yourself completely and without condition and treat yourself as you would treat someone you love dearly, then you are not seeing yourself as God sees you.  When we see ourselves for who we in truth are, we naturally love ourselves.
-Journal.  It may seem tedious and insignificant but put in a little faith and try it for a while.  You will find that the law of attraction is at work here.  The more you write down of what matters, the more will be given to you.  Also, you have a responsibility to record your life for your posterity and for the records in heaven.
“Inspiration exists, but it must find you working.”  -Pablo Picasso
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A Note on Sharing

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I plan to write a more indepth post on this soon but I’m feel prompted to take the bit of time I have at the moment and give you this little morsel of food for thought.

We need to practice sharing.

That isn’t meant to be patronizing.  What I mean is, in the near future our survival will depend on sharing, not on being the receivers, but on being the GIVERS.  When we give what we have, it becomes consecrated, and it multiplies.  Any of us who have experimented with the Law of Abundance/Attraction see this first hand frequently.  The ONLY way to ensure we have what we need is to GIVE what we have.  There is no way around that.  If you hoard what you have you will never have enough.  If you lovingly and with an open heart and a little faith share what you have, no matter how little you have, you will always have enough.  Simple as that.  Think about some stories you know from the scriptures and you will see this principal laid out for you.  I urge you to read those stories, ponder them, and pray for personal enlightenment.

Emulating God’s Pattern of Forgiveness

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Growing up, I saw a lot of counselors who talked a lot about forgiveness.  I read about forgiveness, I thought about forgiveness, I prayed about it… I still could not understand how to apply it practically.  I felt like no one could tell me HOW to do it.  What does it look like in daily life?  What does it feel like?  I just kept being told the same thing over and over, “Forgiveness isn’t about the other person, its something you do for you.  You’re releasing yourself from the burden of the poor choices of others.”  I understood that aspect of it, but it still felt very empty and impractical to me.  I practiced forgiving in every way I could think of- telling the person who wronged me that I forgive them, writing them a letter and the destroying it, praying about it and giving it to God, saying it aloud to myself- but never once did I feel any different or any better.
I have been blessed with the opportunity to serve as a Service Missionary for my church (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-Day Saints) and I work with the Women’s Addiction Recovery Program.  All of these women are working on healing wounds inflicted by loved one’s addictions, and several are recovering from their own addictions.  The Spirit in these meetings is unlike anything I’ve felt before, and these women are some of the very best I’ve ever met.  They are SO loved by our Father in Heaven.  Somewhere between their courageous sharing, the teaching of the Spirit, and my own experience with addicts and abuse, I’ve come to view forgiveness a little differently.  I think I’m only just beginning to understand it, but the little treasures of understanding I’ve been given are beautiful, scared, and powerful to me.
Forgiveness Not Acceptance of Wrongdoing
True forgiveness does not send the message that the sin is okay.  It does not give permission for it to continue.  It does not put the person forgiving in danger of being hurt again.  In fact, true forgiveness ONLY occurs from within the safety of personal boundaries.  It is only within the safety zone we set up for ourselves that we can be vulnerable enough to forgive.
Forgiveness Flips Perspective Upside Down
When we are unforgiving we are clinging to anger, resentment, sorrow, frustration, feelings of abandonment, etc.  Our perspective is that we trusted someone and they hurt us.  They took advantage of us.  They damaged our heart, and now we are forced to put up walls of protection.  We want them to understand what they have done to us, we want them to taste our pain.  These are completely normal human emotions, and they are the only emotions we are likely to feel if we’re viewing the situation from a human perspective.  We can broaden our perspective by recalling the reason we are each here- to receive a body, to be tried, tested, and to return to our Heavenly Father.  Can we do it alone?  No, you might say, we need Christ.  I would add that we also need EACH OTHER.  Are we working to return only to our Heavenly Father?  No.  We are returning to our Heavenly FAMILY.  If I am the only one who shows up, that will be a very sad day.  I want all of my family together.  If that is the case, then I need to look around me stop viewing flawed people with contempt.  After all, I am one of them.  I make mistakes.  I hurt people. I am no different or better than anyone.  I need to look around me and see people who are struggling.  People who have been hurt.  Life is a rough journey.  I am so busy trying to understand myself, I don’t have time to worry about judging why other people make the choices they do.  All I need to know is that people fall off course.  They make decisions that often hurt other people.  People who I am very close to have made decisions that have hurt me deeply.  I feel a responsibility to mentally remove myself from my human place in their life (wife, mother, daughter) and view my fellow beings as exactly what they are- my brothers and sisters.  In this light, it is my responsibility and my joy to feel for them, to understand that I can’t understand, to not judge or shame, to stop accusing them of hurting me and ask what I can do to help them in the struggle that has led them to harmful choices.  We do not get back to our Heavenly Family without each other’s loving support.
Forgiveness Does Not Neglect the Self
Ultimately we are only responsible for ourselves.  I don’t mean to imply that we set ourselves aside and concern ourselves only with our brothers and sisters- NO!  We set up boundaries and we do what we can for them within the safety of those boundaries.  We work on our own healing and progression.  Gandhi had it right, we must be the change we wish to see in the world.  We can only effect change in those around us by changing ourselves.  That is no small thing, it is VERY powerful.  We all learn by example, that is why Christ came to show us what to aim for.  He was the ideal example of being the change.  That leads me to my next point…
Forgiveness Utilizes the Atonement in Our Own Lives
We need to be forgiven ourselves, and we need to forgive ourselves, before we can forgive others.  When we feel deeply the gift and power of the atonement in our own lives we witness God’s love in a very real way.  When we begin to see how strong God’s love for us is, we will also see it in other people.  We become humbled.  We experience gratitude for Christ’s sacrifice and for having our own sins removed, and so we want those we love to feel the same relief.  It comes naturally, then, for us to be forgiving, because we are passing on the gift that has been given to us.  If God is willing to forgive me of all the wrong I do every day, surely I can be forgiving of others.
Forgiveness Creates Safety
Often we hold on to anger as a protection.  Sadly, holding on to anger is extremely damaging to us spiritually, mentally, and even physically.  Anger can cause all kinds of disease.  Anger is a defense, but it does not create safety.  Love cannot grow in the presence of anger, and relationships break down and we are left alone.  This is not protection!  All holding on to anger does is hurt us more, by holding on we allow the wrong doing to go on hurting us day in and day out for as long as we hold on to it.  That doesn’t mean anger is entirely bad, its the hanging on that is harmful.  Anger does an important job, it shows us what we value.  If my husband commits adultery, I will be angry because I value my marriage and my family above anything on earth.  I can go through a grieving process and express that anger (without shaming or judging, I need to own my anger), but I then have a choice of holding on to it, or healing.  My boundaries involve making space for bad to pass out and good to pass in.  When bad invades my boundaries, I remove myself and let it out.  That is the choice I make.  I can then safely forgive.
Forgiveness is a Process
It would be great if we could just say “I forgive you” and be done with it, but forgiveness doesn’t work that way.  It is a process, especially with people who are in our lives for the long haul.  There will be triggers, and there will likely even be new hurts and repeated ones.  No one is perfect, we certainly aren’t and we can’t expect others to be either.  We will need to forgive in little measures over and over and over, maybe for as long as we live.  That doesn’t mean that we never reap the reward of the relief of forgiveness.  Our reward comes through not holding on to all that pain and anger and carrying the weight of it with us through life.  It comes from setting up safe and healthy boundaries and the ease that comes into our lives as a result of that.  It comes from giving love space to grow.  It comes from enabling the formation of deep and meaningful connections with other people.  It comes from learning all the time to become more Christ-like.  If comes from deepening understanding of what the atonement is and does.  It comes from widening our spiritual perception (which is reality). It comes from strengthening our testimonies.  It comes from enabling healing in our lives.  And it comes from obtaining forgiveness from and for ourselves.
As with all things, we can gain a deeper understanding of forgiveness by pondering how our Father forgives us.  When we don’t know how to act or be, we can always look to Him. He gave us Christ and Christ gave us the ultimate example of forgiveness at the moment of his agonizing death, “Father, forgive them; for they know not what they do.” (See Luke 23:34)  His life was all about love and forgiveness and He left a legacy of examples of how and why forgiveness is essential.
I hope this post got you thinking and I’m sure there is much more to forgiveness than I have shared here. As always, please feel free to add your thoughts!

The Sifiting

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It came up recently in a Facebook group discussion, someone asked when we think we might begin to see the sifting of the wheat from the tares described in the scriptures in the last days.  The sifting has been so obviously happening over the past year or so that I hardly knew how to answer, so I just said that I’ve been seeing it happening all over the church.  Several people asked me for more specifics.  Where do I even begin…

First of all, most of us are led away so subtly by the adversary there’s no way to tell how or when it happens exactly. I have frequently seen hearts turn cold and people go their way.

I’ve seen many people challenged since the church posted on lds.org about the history of polygamy in the church.  They have felt its either new information, or information that has been hidden, because it wasn’t talked about in their families growing up.  That is truly sad for them.  I assure you, none of it has been hidden.  I have researched the subject extensively and the truth of it is almost as easy to come by as the untruths.  If the subject makes you uncomfortable, search, ponder, and pray.  That’s what I did.  All is well.

We have seen several amazing women leave the church (and their families with them) over the Ordain Women ordeals.

Denver Snuffer has lead many away by appealing to those who want the blessings of the gospel without any of the sacrifice.

As persecution has risen (and will continue to rise) many have been stifled by their own inability to answer tough questions and defend their own faith.

Pornography addiction has drowned many souls and torn apart many families, hardening hearts all over the place.

Many have become very comfortable in the modern church.  It has become a place to visit with friends, to talk about the worldly things of life, to show off their fancy hair and clothes and jewelry, its become a group of people to plan home sales parties with and a place to find popularity with the in-crowd (yes, sadly there are many wards with cliques).  Once church ceases to be a comfortable place with nice buildings and parties with food and abundance and once we’re living in the dirt and we’re all equal and lowly, these people are going to have a very difficult time.  Probably the difficulties will start once our prophet asks something of us which requires a good amount of faith.

These examples are enough because I am not speaking to or about the TARES.

I am all about the wheat!

The greatest thing about the whole plan is there is still time to CHOOSE which you would like to be!

No matter who you are, what your past is, what mistakes you made today, how far you are from being the person you’d like to be, how unprepared you are to meet Christ, you can be wheat if you choose to be.

Here is the greatest part. As much as I’ve seen people weaken and fall away, I’ve seen even MORE new sheep come into the flock, and lost sheep return!  Is no one else seeing inactives come back to church in droves?  I am seeing it in a huge way!  Not only that, but the strong members are getting stronger!  We are all growing spiritually at a rapid rate.  Some speculate it will take many years after the tribulation for Christ to return because it will take a very long time for us to become ready for him.  I respectfully disagree.  The growth going on is so rapid that especially once we’re thrown into tribulation (which will be the most refining experience we could have) we will catapult spiritually right to Christ’s feet.  We are THAT awesome!

A woman the other day told me that she sat by her grandfather’s side as he passed away and the last thing he said was, “I am not a perfect man, but I am good enough.”

That is true for any of us from the moment we choose to be “good enough.”  I promise you, Christ has already made up the part that you cannot. All we can ever be is good enough, it is in and through Him that we become perfect.

We’re playing the final inning of the game and we already know who wins.  You have been given the opportunity to join the winning team, and receive joy and glory forever, or the losing team.  What’ll it be?

That We Might Have Joy!

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Today I am resurrecting a post from my personal blog from several years ago.  It goes so perfectly with the intention of this blog and my resolve to uplift and inspire. See it through to the end!

August 9, 2012

I don’t often speak from the depths of my soul.  I think most of the world will not understand.  But maybe I’m not giving the world enough credit.  We are each, after all, the same.  And within each one of us is the gift to recognize truth, and good, and things that are of God, our creator.

So here is the secret of my soul.  Here is the unsheltered reality by which I live.  It is a painful thing to behold the world.  The depth of unnecessary misery is torture to witness.  I see a world of pain, where joy is meant to be.  I see us creating our own disharmony.  I see us intentionally manufacturing and attaching ourselves to dangerous distractions.  I see us allowing the forces of evil to penetrate our hearts.  I see us poisoning ourselves and our children.  I see an, ironically, barbaric civilization.  One that is so far distanced from its inhabitant’s pristine origins, it now sees them as barbaric, and shuns them.  If a person dares to attempt to live as the Creator intended, he is weird, crazy, a “hippy.”  A peaceful person who views the earth with wonder and gratitude, who treats others with love even when that love is harshly rejected, who nourishes himself from the earth and does not inflict violence on any living thing is so foreign to us we might actually fear him.  We wouldn’t know how to relate to such an individual.  But we are perfectly comfortable in our social circles, going on about which brand of crackers our children prefer, how to best clean our ovens, which fictional novel we are currently reading, what happened on last night’s episode of Bones… but none of this matters!  Stop feeding your kids death!  Stop poisoning your family with ovens and all that comes out of them!  Stop filling the space of your mind with these distracting and often scandalous inventions of unrealistic existence!  And, please, stop staring at flashing lights on a screen for hours a day, allowing your life to slip by while you live vicariously though someone else’s life, which may or may not even exist!  Why allow your life to be wasted away?  Because it’s all you’ve ever known?  Because you’re not aware of what is real?  Because it’s one of the few comforts you’re aware of?  Because the way you live your life is so unnatural and as a result the stress so high you feel the need to zone out?

Stepping off the soap box now.  Please realize my irritation is with myself.  I am as guilty as anyone, and yet my consciousness is evolving.  And as it evolves I find myself questioning the activities I choose to include in my daily life.  I’m analyzing why I make the choices I do, what the payoff is, as well as the cost, and most importantly I’m asking myself if these things are serving greater good.  Do I need them?  Can I give them up?  What might I replace them with?

The unfortunate truth is that we are natural beings living in a way that is completely unnatural to our species.  We tend to prefer not to see ourselves in such a way, as “animals” so to speak, as part of nature.  We surround ourselves with destruction.  Do you get what I’m saying?  We surround ourselves with DESTRUCTION.  Take a moment right now to look at what surrounds you.  How many things can you count that were created by the robbing of life?  How many things were created in a factory?  How many things were once living that are now dead?  How many of these things will decay with time? How many are capable of their own reproduction?  Are you surrounded by anything that is living in its pristine form?  Human beings are meant to be part of the natural world.  It is this world that was created for us.  All things within it are intricately linked.  All things work in harmony.  Every needful thing is provided for us there.  When we live true to our nature, we need not ask God for anything.  We need only rejoice and praise Him with gratitude for all that he has given us from the beginning.  Not because we ought to, not because He says, but because we would be so overflowing with the pure love available to us, that we would not be able to contain it!

What can we do, in our modern society, to tap into this joy?  Here are a few ideas for you to condsider.  Walk barefoot outdoors daily.  Grow a garden.  Eat food in the form in which it is offered from the earth.  Cleanse the toxins of the modern world from your body via colon hydrotherapy and eating as mentioned previously.  Make a habit of viewing your life with gratitude rather than despair.  Allow enough quiet into your life that you can hear the whisperings of truth all around you.  Choose to love others just as they currently are.  MOVE your body.  They are designed to be moving most of the day!  Detach yourself from electronics as much as possible.  Connect to the people, plants, and animals around you.  Don’t allow fear to be a part of your experience.  Where there is love and faith there is no fear.  Get to know yourself.  Find our callings in life.  What are you most passionate about?  What can you do to assist others?  Go to bed with the sun and rise with it.  Release the past, it is no longer happening.  It only exists in our lives if we choose to hold on to it by focusing on it.  Look for the growth opportunities in your suffering.  Allow what’s in your heart to have a voice.  Do not fear vulnerability.  Do not concern yourself with that others think of you, they see through their own set of filters, they cannot know your true heart.  But your Father knows it and loves it.  Women, you are DIVINE!  You are daughters of GOD!  YOU are His greatest creation, the absolute pinnacle of perfection!  You are equipped with gifts that enable you to take the world from its current state of destruction, back to its pristine origins.  Bond yourselves together, there is power in numbers!  Do not allow the forces of darkness to come between you and your sisters.  Turn away from pettiness, judgment, superiority, control.  Look at the people around you as people, not as objects.  Every person you interact with is just like yourself, in fact they are a part of you.  Treat them as such.  Do not destroy God’s creations.  Do not kill his animals.  They have been entrusted to you and are here to serve you.

My only hope as I write this is that someone will come away pondering.  Some spark will ignite in the depths of a soul which, as he focuses on it, will grow into a force for good in his life.  Each life on this earth is an essential part of the big picture, the Master’s Plan, and if I have said anything that might bring more power to the forces of light, I have done well in the sight of my Creator.  And ultimately, that is what matters.