A COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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I had an amazing opportunity to attend a WOMEN OF FAITH conference in my hometown.  To describe the wonderful energy in that place would take every word in the dictionary!  It was definitely a highlight in my life and I felt so blessed that my very good friend saw to it that I got a ticket.  God makes my path cross with so many great people!

I was standing in the line for the restroom (well, of course I was – duh!)  I was not eavesdropping on purpose…  really I wasn’t.  I could not help but overhear a conversation between the lady behind me and her friend standing behind her.  Then I heard it – OH MY GOD!!!

I cringed…  I hear it in the “WORLD” all the time – and I deal with it because that’s what has to happen.  I’m not a baby – I know there are ignorant people in the world who don’t know they are offending a real person.  More than offending actually – taking His name – His Holy, Righteous, Name above all Names…  IN VAIN.  It’s a COMMANDMENT – one of the BIG TEN, in fact.THOU SHALT NOT

I expect ignorance OUT THERE – but I was IN HERE – in this meeting with WOMEN OF FAITH.  I wonder if people in the church remember that we’re supposed to be DIFFERENT than the ones outside the church?  Yes, I did think for a split second that maybe it was a non-believer who was invited by a believer – in hopes that she would come to know Jesus as her personal Savior.  That certainly could have been the case.  I hope it was – and I hope she did.

It just seems like so much of the world seeps into the church instead of the other way around.  It’s difficult to have to live IN this world and not be OF it.  Things slip out – oh I totally understand.  When they do, God’s Holy Spirit checks us – we repent and we go from there and do our best to keep it from happening again.  God is quick to forgive our transgressions – even when we take His most Holy Name in vain.

It’s just scary to think that the OMG has found its way into the church – and when it’s said there is no shame – no remorse – no regret.  Just because the world accepts it, doesn’t mean that God’s people should accept it.

I try to say OH MY WOW…  I get very strange looks when I say OH MY WOW…  but oh well.  I sorta kinda hope it catches on inside the church doors… because people of GOD don’t need to be saying OMG – we can say LOL all day long – but adopt the OMW.  Seriously – we need to be separate from the world – give it a try – you might like being different.  OH MY WOW!!!  🙂

 

COMMENTARY FROM THE HEART

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BLACK FRIDAY

Well, it’s that wonderful time of year again.  Oh, I don’t mean Thanksgiving (or as I like to call it, Thanksliving), but the day after…  the one day of the year when all the crazy people gather in malls and shopping outlets across the country for one express purpose… to get the bargain!  Black Friday has arrived!!!  Woot!!!

It just seems strange to me that we take a day to be thankful for all of our many blessings – then the next day (for some people, that very evening), the thankfulness gets replaced with a feeling of discontentment again.  I’m so confused!  If we’re so thankful, then why do we think we have to jump into that madness?  Ah… to get the perfect Christmas gift, right?  Well, give it up – there is no such thing as the perfect Christmas gift!  Perfection is highly over-rated, and quite frankly, a tad boring!

Some people will burn calories working out at the mall. They reason that surely the pounds will melt away as they scurry around frantically, raising their blood pressure and stressing themselves out in the process. It also gives the budget a workout. I know there are sales, but you’ll still spend money.

So, kudos to all the shoppers out there…  may the bargain fairy be with you!  But I think I’ll just keep my body busy a different way today – and maybe I’ll burn just as many calories and still have some money left over! Yay!

It takes a special brand of stupid. And I think if I hear one more OMG I will scream. Really not diggin’ on that phrase and it is everywhere. Please expand your vocabulary horizon beyond the OMG’s, people. I think this is what they call mob mentality. It’s a bit disturbing to say the least. Where are people’s priorities? We act like this with each other just to get the perfect Christmas gift for someone at a bargain price? Okay – let’s think about that thing. First of all, I don’t think the prices are all that great. Secondly, you push and shove and yell and curse at your brother in the name of Christmas (using Christ’s name in vain) and then at Christmas we speak peace to one another? Yeah, right – I got that. 😦

Before you walk out the door, make sure to do a few warm up stretches. Practice smiling and saying, “Excuse me, pardon me, oh, I’m so sorry, was that your shopping cart?”

Please shop friendly!  🙂