Archive | April, 2014

“If God Seems Distant”

18 Apr

Last year was a bad year for me. I went through a lot of different things. I would pray, but instead of things getting better they only seemed to get worse. I took my eyes off of Jesus. I let Satan make me think God didn’t care, and that He forgot me. I saw a saying on a church awhile back. The saying was, “If God seems distant, who wandered?” Short and to the point.
Don’t wander away from God. I can promise you from personal experience. You will regret it. God gave me the words to write about my experience. Please don’t follow my example. If you are going through a hard time, find some godly women to rally around you and pray for and with you.

“Letting Yourself Wander”

The road is long and hard,
You ask, “Where are you Lord?”
You wonder what happened along the way,
You can’t even seem to pray.
You are so sadden,
By what has happened.
You went outside of God’s will,
You can’t even believe it’s real.
You left Jesus in the dust,
And sin caused you to lust.
You never thought that you would go this far,
But here you are.
You don’t realize you are playing with fire,
And the consequences are dire.
You feel all alone,
Because your life has become undone.
Sin may seem “fun” for awhile,
Eventually, you lose your reason to smile.
You feel dead inside,
You just want to find a place to hide.
After all is said and done,
You try to find your way back to the Son.
You ask others to pray,
To help you find your way.
The only thing that will help,
Is for you to die to yourself.
It takes awhile for it all to kick in,
You repent and ask Jesus to remove all of the sin.
You are trying your best,
To move ahead.
It’s a hard lesson learned,
When you play with sin, you will always get burned.

By: Christina R. Blaney

1 Peter 5:8 ESV …Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.

It’s like I heard someone say awhile back, “Satan doesn’t want those in the world. He already has them. He’s after those that claim Jesus as their Lord and Savior. That statement is very true. Stay on guard. Make sure you have on the armor of God every second of every day. (Ephesians 6). I will tell you, God WILL discipline you, and it is painful. (Deuteronomy 8:5; Psalm 102:10).

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“Perfection; The World’s Definition”

3 Apr

As I read “Every Woman’s Battle” more, I realize more and more things that impressed upon our minds as women. It all starts at a very young age. I believe it starts with fairy tales and Barbie.

I have been thinking about fairy tales and Barbie since early this morning. I realized that the only ones that are rescued or get married are physically perfect in every way. They are skinny, have beautiful hair, and a beautiful complexion without a blemish.

Be it Cinderella, Snow White, Rapunzel, and even Barbie. They all are saved by their prince. Everything goes perfectly in these cartoons that we all grew up watching.

How come one of Cinderella’s step sisters couldn’t have fit the shoe? The book and the cartoon portray these young women as ugly. Why couldn’t Snow White’s Prince Charming be just a regular guy that’s a hard worker? Not one that has a kingdom at his disposal. Why are Barbie and Ken so perfectly made? Come on, real people don’t look like Barbie and Ken.

The more I think about it; the more I realize the image we are impressing upon the little girls in our lives. I’m even at fault. I’ve done the same thing. It doesn’t matter how young they are. One thing I’ve learned from teaching children at church, their minds are very impressionable.

Do we really want the girls in our lives to have a warped image of theirselves and happiness? Do we want to have the perception that life is perfect? No matter what, they will live happily ever after?

I can’t believe how we are putting the images in our little girls’ minds. This is not beneficial to them. This does not give them God’s image of the way they should be. We need to teach them that we all come in different shapes and sizes, and there is NOTHING wrong with that.

We need to teach them they aren’t perfect. They are perfect in the eyes of us and God. The world may not think they’re “perfect,” but we are supposed to teach them God’s standard of beauty and not the world’s We all know that God doesn’t look at the outside. (1 Samuel 16:7).

We need to teach our little girls about the women in the Bible. We should teach them how spiritually beautiful they can be. We need to teach them what matters is the condition of their heart, soul, and mind. Not necessarily the condition of their bodies.

Every time I see a painting of Jesus and the children that were with Him, I really think those paintings are misconceptions. First of all, these children had been playing in the dust and sand of the desert. Second of all, Jesus spoke a lot to the poor. I don’t imagine them with “perfect” clothes. I imagine their clothes are torn and tattered. I imagine their faces being dirty. I even imagine them being a little sweaty from running and playing.

I also don’t believe Jesus went through the crowd picking the most “perfect” children with the “perfect” clothes. Jesus didn’t care what someone looked like. After all, He did raise Lazarus from the dead. Can you imagine what Lazarus looked like after being in the tomb for 4 days? I believe his body would have had some decay on it. But once Jesus raised him, Lazarus was like new, physically.

So, I believe those of us that claim to be godly women, should be more aware of what we are trying to convey to the little girls in our lives. What message are we trying to send them? Instead of them watching one of these cartoons, we should read a bible story to them. Especially stories like Rahab, the Samaritan woman, the woman caught in adultery, Mary Magdalene; just to name a few. We need to let them know they can still be used by God even if they don’t look like the world. They need to look the way God created them.

By: Christina R. Blaney