I like to read it too, but I'm fairly hit or miss on it.
I found it interesting that neither my husband nor Janan commented on my blog entry regarding me sharing my testimony, which you'll find here.
When I asked Shane about it, he said, "Is God leading you to share it?"
Never fails. That guy can nail just about any situation that stumps me with one sentence.
I love him dearly, and I dearly love seeing his gift of leadership at work. For me, as well as for his company.
Both of us are darn blessed to have him!
When I asked Momma-Nan if she was going to comment on it, she promptly said,
"No, I'm not going to comment on it!"
I mean, she is my top comment gal. Why in the world would she not comment on that post?
So I asked her why...
"Because. When you're supposed to share it, you'll know it. You won't have to ask me or anyone else if you're to supposed to."
I do love having accountability in my life!
Though the next time I look for another partner, I'm considering searching for one with the soft approach.
I like to be balanced, that's all. ;)
Nah...God knows me too well. He knew my needs before I ever asked for them. (Matthew 6:8)
So then Momma-Nan tells me I need to read this blog post of Beth's.
Wow! Could Beth have any better said all that's been rolling around in this head of mine the past few days?
I seriously doubt it.
I'm going to break it down for you a bit. Part two will be in a few days. That will be the fun one...the one about my own grandmother.
But for now, I'll address the idea of being the Momma of this blog...
1. This is my blog. I've often considered securing a name for another one called,
"Any Idiot Can Have A Blog," simply because I think it's a hilarious name as well as a serious truth.
But alas, I didn't want to take the title from someone who might really need it. :)
Since this is my blog, I get publishing rights. And since I get publishing rights, I don't have to allow every comment that comes through to hit my blog. I get to reject the ones I choose to.
I use this right very judiciously. I've only had to use it a few times, but use it I will as I deem necessary.
Sadly, you wouldn't believe some of the ugly stuff that gets sent to me in the form of a comment, that is clearly spam. If you have a blog of your own, and you get comments like "lovely blog you have here...please visit mine at "anyidiotcanhaveablog" and become a follower"...know almost for certain that it's either an invite for a virus, or it will be a blog you don't want to open up to your sweet eyes.
If you're unsure, just Google the comment, or the name of the "blog"...if you quickly see that the same comment is posted on other blogs, just quickly reject that comment from your own, and don't visit the site.
Also, since I get publishing rights, and since the purpose of my blog is very clearly defined in my opening intro, I don't have to publish those comments from people who have what I believe to be a false understanding of Scripture, and want to use my blog to teach their own doctrines.
You see, I grew up under a false teacher. A person who skewed God's Word so bad, that it led to the heartache of many, many people.
He taught that abortion was a woman's right to choose, and he falsely used Scripture to support this lie from satan himself.
He pounded the fact that we were under grace and that if we sinned we just needed to "confess it and move on," yet he never once talked about what it means to grieve over sin, that we might not want to return to it. Heck, he didn't even teach that there was benefit in pausing to consider the sin...which led to a sin cycle of sin, confess, same sin, confess, same sin, tired of confessing...God must be tired of hearing from me...will I ever be free of this?...doubtful...God's out to get me anyway...He's a tyrant like this "pastor" is...I can't ever walk in victory...I might as well just forget God and submit to the sin once and for all...
This is what happens when we don't stop to consider the cost of our sin...when we don't ask God to make us grieve over it, to BEG Him to help us hate it the way that He hates sin, so we won't want to return to it.
He belittled and berated people who would dare to show up to his "Bible classes" even minutes late, waiting until they were seated and then stopping his "teaching" to call them to their feet and humiliate them in front of everyone present by telling them that they were distracting others from their study of the Word by being so inconsiderate. "What time does this class start?!," he'd yell from his bully pulpit.
To this day I can't believe that someone didn't stand up and give it right back to him! That no one took him to the book of James and showed him what true wisdom looks like:
Or to Paul's admonition to Timothy to make sure that he taught others this way:
2 Timothy 4:1-2
Am I the only one who sees the irony in this man's words to his congregation, and Dear Lord, to their guests?!
Can you even IMAGINE Jesus doing that? Or the Apostle Paul? Peter? James? Timothy? John?
He built his army of followers by holding nightly classes....yes, nightly! There was only one day a week off from "Bible class." All true followers were to be there the other 6.
Hmmm...just wondering what kind of impact those dedicated followers made with their lost neighbors who needed Christ?
Pretty hard to impact the lost when you don't spend any time with them.
I know how we did...we isolated from just about everyone. Especially the Baptists in our town. I remember going to church with one of my little friends from school one night, and when the invitation was given, I was pierced to the heart...I went down front and told them that I wanted to have Jesus in my heart.
Then, I bawled uncontrollably all the way home, just terrified of what my parents were going to say because I went and let myself get "emotional" about Jesus. I'd been taught and taught that conversion wasn't an emotional thing, and here I'd gone and fallen for the "deceived" Baptists' bait!
As a child, I was made to listen to his lies by tape every night, and take notes on them. If I hadn't done a good enough job on my notes, they would be returned to me and I'd have to listen to his garbage all over again.
He taught me all about the impending war with Red China. He taught me that if I were to be captured by one of these communists in the war that we'd soon be in, I needed to be prepared to give only my name, my rank, and my serial number.
Uuuuh...I was 7. I didn't even have a social security number yet!
I suppose I should be happy that the Holy Spirit has erased all the "teaching" that this false teacher poured in, other than those lies that I can easily discern as such today.
Oh, my all time favorite....and I say this in jest.
He taught me that God is done with the Jews, until the 1,000 year reign.
Can you imagine God being "done" with His chosen people? Our covenant keeping God, done?
Our God who never lies...never breaks a promise...and Who, when He says, "everlasting,"...really means it?
He taught me that there is only 1 right man for every woman, and that if I should fall into sin outside of marriage, that the person I fell into that sin with would then become my right man, and I'd miss out on the real one God had for me.
Now that, "we're under grace" teaching just fell apart at the seams. No grace for the person who commits sexual sin.
All other sins we just "confess and move on" from....but sexual sin...we'd be bound to that one for a lifetime..in the form of a spouse that might have been a horrid pick for us.
Oh, I forgot my other favorite...
Everyone who didn't believe his interpretation of the Bible was WRONG!
He graduated from Dallas Theological Seminary, but I'm told by some other DTS grads who have been my friends or pastors, that he is the black mark on the seminary.
When I tell them whose teaching I grew up under, they all get this very sad and heavy look on their face, and then they tell me oh...you were raised a "------ite. I'm so sorry! How are you doing now?"
Yes, they even have a name for his followers that some DTS people have coined. It's not Davidianites, but it's close, and the gist is certainly the same.
Seems they must discuss this man's false teaching ways at some time during the training at DTS, possibly to prepare them for how to minister to the desperately broken and hurting among the brethren who they may one day have in their own churches?
All that to say, if someone sends me a comment full of false teaching, I'm not required to post it.
I won't be posting it.
Because this is my blog for Jehovah God, and Jesus Messiah....and it will stand for truth!
I love how my friend little momma said, in her comment about whether or not to share my testimony,
"I think we must always use discretion and tell our stories in a way that is relatable and yet does not steal the innocence of our listeners..."
That's such great wisdom, and I find tonight that it also applies to how my blog is to be used.
God forbid that I should post someone's comments that I believe to be a false interpretation of the Word of God, and find that it has stolen the innocence of my reader...or been used of the evil one to bring confusion!
Nope. It won't be happening here.
Mini rant coming...rather a FIRM REBUKE, fully rooted in God's call on a given situation in my life...most readers may want to just skip the red lettering here...
And, when someone sets up a false blogger profile, under the name of one of their friends, in the hope that they'll fly under the radar and I won't be smart enough to figure out what's going on, you can be absolutely assured that I won't be posting those comments!
And, to the aforementioned person, in the heart of Christian charity, I rebuke you...who clearly cannot honor a single boundary Shane and I have laid down for you with regard to our family...to once and for all STOP IT!
Let it go.
Put it in God's hands.
Trust Him and His timing.
He is sovereign.
If you care for me or my family in even the least bit, STOP IT! The emotional energy that you steal from our lives is indescribable, inconsiderate, inexcusable!
YOU NEED TO QUIT!
Nope, I won't post false doctrine, and I won't post comments from fake blogger profiles.
Because this is my blog for Jehovah God, and Jesus Messiah...and it will stand for truth!
Can I get an "Amen?"
Seriously..."Amen" is a postable comment!
Now, I was going to move on to a lighter post about how being at the farm always brings back such sweet memories of my Grandmother...Nina Aline.
My daughter is named after her...she has her middle name.
I love what Aline means...beautiful.
Brennan - brave.
Brave Beautiful Brennan.
Should've seen her out on the wave riding tube today, taking the wake of the boat in stride! She's as much of a lake girl as her Momma is! We've both agreed that we could LIVE on a boat for the REST of our LIVES!
How cool would it be to be on a houseboat in the middle of the lake, fishing off the side or skiing from behind, when the rapture happens?
Brave Beautiful Brennan...
In her black and white polka-dotted, pink trimmed bathing suit.
With her legs that go on for days, and days, and days....
And that curly hair with auburn highlights, just glistening in the sun..
You'd have found her to be Brave Beautiful Brennan, too!
Yes, my next post will be about my Grandmother, whose name Brennan bears....Nina Aline.
Nina has it's roots in the Hebrew language, and it means Grace.
Gracious and Beautiful.
That was definitely my grandmother!
I'll write about my gracious, beautiful grandmother soon.
Much love to you tonight in Messiah Yeshua...my Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ,