Equality

Not much to say this week. I had successful surgery to remove two lipomas…..Thanks God! Still love my job, but I never heard back from the other one. Guess God has something else in mind. The best part of the week was the Supreme Court’s vote to make gay marriage legal in all states. To my gay friends, congratulations!!

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Romans 13:10 (NIV)

Love does no harm to its neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.

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Roller Coaster

That is the definition of my life right now. I have to remember, everything happens in God’s time! My life partner is currently unemployed, we are at risk of losing our house, all the stress is getting unbearable…..and then I get a phone call. My best friend owns a Christian bookstore. I actually applied to work for her awhile back, but the timing wasn’t right. Now, when I most desperately need a job, she needs another employee. I’ve worked four days now, and I can honestly say I LOVE my job!!

Here’s irony….Monday, the day I found out we may lose the house, I applied for a bunch of jobs. That night is when I got the job at Logos. The next day, my first day working, I got a call from one of the other jobs I applied for! So, after being in despair, I not only have a job, but possibly two of them. I interviewed today, and I think I made a good impression. I may not always understand God’s timing, but I need to learn to trust it. God is good, all the time!

Knott's Berry Farm Silver Bullet
Knott’s Berry Farm~Silver Bullet

Ecclesiastes 8:6 (ESV)

For there is a time and a way for everything, although man’s trouble lies heavy on him.

Storms

It’s been a rough week. God didn’t put anything on my heart to write about today. I’m going through some personal and relationship struggles, and I wonder if these storms are a test, or an indication that I’m not following God’s plan? I was so sure He wanted me to move to Ohio to be with my life partner, but we aren’t communicating very well these days. I was sure He wanted me to become a Christian counselor, but I can’t even get financial aid to go back to school. Pray for me to see the light…..

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Jeremiah 29:11 (NIV)

For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the Lord, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.

Call me conflicted

I’m sure everyone has seen the Vanity Fair cover, where Bruce Jenner introduces us to Caitlyn Jenner. As a Christian, I’m supposed to be offended by this. God created us to be male and female; who are we to change the gender God intended us to be? Granted, I don’t understand gender identity issues. I was born female and never wanted to be anything else. I don’t pretend to understand the struggle transgender individuals go through. I don’t have this problem with homosexuals. I truly believe people are born either gay or straight, and God must have a reason for it. He doesn’t make mistakes, so if a person is born male and believes he is actually female, is that a mistake? On whose part?

It’s a polarizing topic. I have friends on both sides of the transgender debate, and both have made valid arguments defending their stance. I also happen to be personally acquainted with (at least) four transgender individuals. I think my biggest problem with all the hype about Caitlyn Jenner is this: how many people are “choosing” to be transgender just because it’s the trendy thing to do? I don’t have any answers. While I admire Caitlyn for being true to herself, I wish the publicity would go away.

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Galatians 3:28
There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is no male and female, for you are all one in Christ Jesus.

God’s Gift

Each day is a gift
given to us by God,
and life cannot be returned
to the store for a refund,
or exchanged for another
size, style, or color.
It’s up to us
to make the most
of what we have received.
(A poor, starving child
will find delight in a doll
made out of a stick).
Never take for granted
God’s precious gift of life.
Respect it–
your own,
and the lives of those
who touch your heart.
Honor it
by giving freely
love to everyone you meet.
Live it,
until He decides it’s
time for a recall.
Love it.
We only get one chance;
be sure to make it count.

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Ephesians 2:8-9
For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, not of works, lest anyone should boast.

Colorblind

I have a confession to make, something I’m quite ashamed to admit. I am a racist. I wasn’t raised to be one. I had friends of other races while growing up. My parents weren’t racists. My mom, as a little girl visiting relatives in Georgia, horrified her grandmother by drinking out of the “colored” fountain. She wanted to drink the rainbow water! I still have friends of other races, but when I see a young black stranger walking in my direction, I feel nervous. Post 9/11, I cringe inside when I see a Muslim on my flight. How did I get to be this way? The media has a lot to do with it. Ferguson, Baltimore, and today Cleveland….whenever there are riots or even the threat of one, the news shows angry black men. We are bombarded by images that encourage us to fear what we do not understand. I don’t want to be this way. Inside, I know there is nothing to fear. Jesus walks with me.

Lord, I ask you to make me colorblind. Calm my fears of the unknown. Help me to look at what is inside a person, not their skin or religion.

John 7:24 (NIV)
Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.

Sunset in San Diego 7/6/14
Sunset in San Diego 7/6/14

The Gay Problem

I am a Christian. As such, I am supposed to at the very least disapprove of homosexuals. Here’s the problem: I don’t. Yes, I’ve read Leviticus 18:22 “You shall not lie with a male as with a woman. It is an abomination.” This is the same book of the Bible that says I’m going to hell because I like crab legs and rare meat. Oddly enough, it’s also the same book that  sums up why I don’t have a problem with gay people: Leviticus 19:18 “You shall not take vengeance, nor bear any grudge against the children of your people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.” So, homosexuality may very well be a sin, but that is between the person and God. I’m not going to judge anyone based on who they love. I know far too many good-hearted, kind, Christian gay men and women for this to even matter. Quit judging, people. Accept others for WHO they are, not WHAT they are.

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Psalm 27

Of David.

The Lord is my light and my salvation—
    whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life—
    of whom shall I be afraid?