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VBS has been great this week with kiddos learning all about Jesus!  The theme this year is about asking questions and finding the evidence that JESUS IS REAL!  I was a little crazy about the theme at first, but once I got to really reading the curriculum and not just freaking out about the decorations I was going to create, I loved it!  It gets the students to thinking.  Those questions and investigations got some high-level thinking going on.  VBS is all about the ABC’S (admit, believe, confess), but in this curriculum the 3 D’s are used: DISCOVER, DECIDE, DEFEND.  I like this concept–Discover all the evidence, Decide for yourself and then get ready to tell others about Jesus by equipping yourself with all that evidence.  How awesome!

Everyone that knows me, knows that I LOVE JESUS.  I’ve had a few people challenge me here lately about that…and not with questions.  They are challenging me with their opinions and their views.  They somehow want me to debate with them about my God who they don’t even believe in.  

Our Bible verse for this VBS is ALWAYS BE READY TO TELL OTHERS WHAT YOU KNOW ABOUT JESUS. -1 Peter 3:15  This is the younger students’ version.  Here’s the New Living Translation: Instead, you must worship Christ as Lord of your life. And if someone asks about your Christian hope, always be ready to explain it.

I have this hope that only comes from my God.  I have this peace that only He can give me.  I can’t tackle life’s circumstances without HIS strength.  I don’t see how some people do?    Well, I know a lot of people don’t.  They escape by using drugs or getting drunk or doing things they think is “the answer” to all their problems. I tried for years doing stuff that I thought would be the answer to my happiness.  Why do we do that?  Why do people try to do this thing called life on their own?!?  Then when it doesn’t turn out like they think it should, they curse a god, my GOD even, whom they don’t even believe in like it’s His fault they are like they are.  Oh my…this goes back to taking responsibility for what YOU DO…not blaming something or someone else for your choices.  Ug!  They even blame God for all the bad in this world.  Why did God allow Hitler to kill all of those people?  *sigh*  It goes back to FREE WILL CHOICE…we all have choice.  Hitler CHOSE to do all those things he thought was “the answer” to all his problems.  He didn’t have GOD.  He didn’t ask God for help or use God to kill people.  People are so confused about who God is, but they still attack those who believe in God by asking such questions or throwing out all kinds of reasons why we shouldn’t believe in God.  If you don’t believe, don’t believe, but don’t condemn me for not believing!  I actually LOL at that!  They are condemning me?!?  HAHAHAHA!

WELL, I’m READY!  I’m ready to tell others about the Lord.  I’m not going to beat them with a Bible or judge them by telling them they are going to hell. (they already know that really) I’m not even going to attack them by getting all radical and crazy about what they believe in.  I’m not going to get red in the face when they tell me my God ALLOWED Hitler to do those things or allows bad in this world.  You know what I’m going to do!?  I’m going to SMILE.  I’m going to show them the attitude I have because God allows me to do all things through HE who strengthens me.  I’m going to love them.  I’m going to show them that I can love them no matter what they believe in.  Sure, they can hate me, they can cuss me, tell me MY GOD ain’t real, but I’m going to simply LOVE them.  We were not put in this world to hate.  Ain’t nobody got time for that!  Yes, I used ain’t twice today! and yes, I use that last statement a lot, but IT’S TRUE…don’t waste your time!  LOVE LOVE LOVE.  

Believe what you want to believe.  That is your choice.  As for me, and my house…WE WILL BELIEVE IN THE LORD!

My post today on facebook:

You ALWAYS have your choice to believe what you believe. For me and my house, we will believe in, on and through The Lord. My God is real. There’s no need for debate. 
I love you no matter what you believe in. 
Why constantly talk about and put down a GOD you don’t believe in? ((Rhetorical Q, please do not answer.))

Have an awesome day people!



with LOVE



If our response to anything we encounter would be LOVE, our lives would be so much easier.  I’m not saying that if we show LOVE to everyone, they will show love back.  We all know that won’t happen.  Some people can’t handle that.  Many people are skeptical of love.  They want to know what you want in return.  Some just feel uneasy about another person caring for them in any way.  I find that sad and, well, really, un-God-ly.  God meant us for love.  He put us here so we can love each other.

I know, in the beginning Adam and Eve messed up and their kids messed up as well and so on  and so forth … so we are in this vicious cycle where LOVE is not the center of our every day.  We can’t blame it on ancestry though.  We can only blame it on ourselves.  God gave us the FREE WILL CHOICE…we choose what we do.  (just as Adam chose to take the apple and Cane chose to kill his brother)  It is only our own faults when we don’t show love.  The devil didn’t make you do it.  Oh, I truly believe he whispers suggestions to us (just as he did to Eve about the apple), but in the end he didn’t push you.  YOU HAD TO CHOOSE.  You are in control of your decisions and you can ALWAYS CHOOSE LOVE.  It’s there, it’s an option—it’s YOUR CHOICE.

I had something happen to me about a week ago.  A person told my husband something that pretty much made my blood boil.  It was their opinion about a group of people in which my whole family is a part of.  Wow, did I get angry!  I was very angry and hurt toward this person.  Then I thought some more on the issue…I wasn’t so much upset with the actual person saying it, but at their confusion and misconception of the situation.  They are looking at the circumstances of their own life and basically lashing out.  They are selfish in their thought and angry about life in general, I believe; therefore “hating” on whoever they can so that they can make themselves feel better.    HA!  Does that ever work?  I’ve tried it myself.  I promise you it doesn’t.  Yelling and screaming or slandering others does not make YOU feel better.  Never.  It only adds to your pitiful state.  If you say it does help, you have deeper issues and should seriously seek counselling.  I know that sounds like I’m kind of joking, but I’m not.

So, back to my story here…I surprised myself by being able to  think about the person’s feelings more and not just allow my blood pressure to stay up every time I think of them.  I believe they need prayer.  I know they need more love.  I’m not sure exactly how I’m going to SHOW the love thing yet, but I’m working on it.  God has shown me over and over and over again that displaying anything other than love truly is a waste of my time.  All you do is spin your wheels and most of the time get stuck in a situation you didn’t want to be in.  Hate, anger, screaming and yelling do absolutely nothing to further your journey.  Hate cannot pave your way to a happy life.   Love is the only way.  They say “love is what makes the world go ’round” and I know that can be taken several different ways, but if we all took this literally, LOVE would make this world go ’round much more smoothly.  We wouldn’t see the horrible things we see in the headlines.  We would be subjected to more good than bad.   If more of us would chose LOVE, our lives would be so much easier.  


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