Eating and Giving Thanks

I’m working on a new habit of praying before I eat at least once a day.  It’s important to give thanks to God and it’s important to pray as well.  Giving thanks and praying helps a relationship with God strengthen and grow.  God is the one who provides us with everything and makes sure our needs are taken care of, and it’s important to remember this.

It’s important to be thankful for the things we have and not take them for granted. Thanksgiving is not just for holidays, it’s for every day. Many of us don’t know what it’s like to go without food or water, but we must be appreciative.  We must also think of those who have to go without and pray for them and help them in any way we can.

Whether you give thanks before or after you eat, it’s important to give thanks.  Whether you give thanks in your heart or out loud, God will hear it.  If you’re ashamed of talking to God at work, take into account that God is ashamed of those who are ashamed of him.  It can even be a way to reach out to those who don’t know God and make fishers of men.  I can only speak for myself but my food tastes better when I give thanks for it.

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Unconditional Love

If you have pets or had them in the past, you know how they love their owners unconditionally.  They’re loving creatures who don’t judge, criticize, blame or find fault.  Pets are affectionate, devoted, and faithful.  These are the reasons that  owners so attached to their pets.  It’s hard to understand if you’ve never had one yourself, but it’s the truth.  They’re creatures created by God, and they’re just as they were intended to be.  Before falling from grace, humans were sinless and faultless as well.  God loves us all unconditionally, and He wants us to love unconditionally as well.

God tells us not to judge one another and to not hate one another.  In fact, we’re even supposed to love our enemies and show them kindness.  While we may dislike the sin, we should not hate the sinner.  We all sin so it’s not right to hate one person for sins and not another.  It may be hard to love sometimes, but when that happens it’s best to turn to God for strength and comfort.  Next time you feel the desire to hate, think about your pet or a relative or friends pet if you’ve never had one yourself.

Don’t make hasty decisions part 2

A main reason I decided to try getting a masters of art in teaching was foolish pride.  I was told that I can’t become a teacher and that made me angry.  Instead of taking the time to think about what’s best for me, I decided to press on and prove them wrong.   If I never tried to get my masters I would have always wondered what would have happened.  Now I’m left wondering how things would have turned out if I had waited to pursue my  masters of if I had picked a different school.

Don’t let anger, pride, or frustration lead you into making hasty decisions.  Sometimes when people tell you that you can’t do something it’s really God trying to tell you that it’s not part of his plans for you.  I will always regret the choice I made and I can’t take it back.  If I could undo the hasty decisions I made I would in a heartbeat.  The best I can do is move on and hope that others can learn from my mistake.

I constantly regret what I did, but I know it’s not good to harp on the past.  What is done is done so I have to live with it.  Don’t let what other people tell you cloud your mind.  Worry about yourself and your future.   There is a calling that God has for you, and nobody can tell you what it is.     The choices you make will stick with you for the rest of your life, so take the time to think about them and make them wisely.  Take the time to listen to your heart as well, your heart will steer you in the right direction.

Christians and Love for the LGBT

I’ve been hearing a lot of reports on the news lately regarding the lgbt community and hatred.  I don’t condone gay marriage, but I believe that what other people do is none of my business.  Yes, God takes a strong stance against gay acts in the Bible, but what people do is between them and God.  God gave us free will, and what we chose to do with it is our decision.  The Bible also tells us not to judge others.  According to the Bible, we will be judged according to how we judge others.

There are those who say that legalizing gay marriage will only lead to catastrophe.  While this may or may not be true, it’s all in Gods hands.  Perhaps catastrophe is a part of Gods plans.  Does allowing gay people to marry really take away from the sanctity of marriage?  How much sanctity  does marriage have  as a whole these days with all the cheating and divorces anyway?  A marriage between a man and a woman can still be seen as sacred even if gays are allowed to marry too.

The Bible’s biggest commandment is to love one another.  This includes people of all sexual orientations and preferences.  Jesus never hated anyone when he walked the earth, and we shouldn’t either.  No matter who we are, we are all children of God.  We all sin, and all sin is equal in Gods eyes.  Hate the sin but don’t hate the sinner.