I can honestly say that nothing in my life matters a hill of beans, if I don't have my relationship with my Heavenly Father. I can ruin anything I touch in my own power, including my marriage, the raising of my children, my career, my home. I cannot honestly say I cannot handle these things alone. When I try, I bring complete and utter caos to everything around me. Even though we were created in His image, we are also very tarnished in our way of thinking by this world, and the one who tries to tempts us away from what is good.
I have been moved by many things in the last month. Paula and I were chatting online via email, and I was so moved by her convictions on television. Since that one conversation, I was just in awe of what God was showing me that I was literally spending my time on. JUNK! C'mon let's be honest. How much JUNK tv do you watch? I challenge you, while one of your "favorite ` can't miss an episode" comes on, ask yourself if you would allow your 6, 8, or 10 year old to watch it. I am convinced that if my kids had to sit and watch what I have on the tv, there are times I would blush. Now, ask yourself, if Jesus was sitting in your livingroom, would you watch that show? There are many that I would not. I already do not go with the mainstream on watching alot of tv, but there are still some, I would be embarassed to have on if He stopped by to visit. Well guess freaking what!?! He does! HE is! And, I can tell you there is alot I won't be giving my time to anymore.
And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you. Pil 4: 7-9It is challenges like these in life, when we realize who we are, and what we want. Do I want to be up in the know and know, or do I want to be able to accept my choices? I honestly can't accept the choice of watching, or allowing our children to watch, anything that speaks against modesty, saving themselves for marriage, choosing healthy lifestyle because of health and not reward, not accepting booze or drugs as a way of "dealing with life". I just can't. I see the devistation that comes from all of these circumstances, and I can no longer allow our children, or myself to be influenced a moment longer.I used to watch "The Bachelor" as a way of having my "junk" fix, but that is done. I LOVE "The Biggest Loser" but there is something about this season that has kept me in tangent for one reason or another. What's the point? Did I lose my weight because of that show? Heck no! Did I join the biggest loser club and feel like i owe them something? NO! I did it through Christ alone, he deserves the glory and attention. Will I stop watching it? Well, I may DVR it, and watch it when I have "free time" on the weekend, but I will not be making sure everything in our house is done by 7 so it is quiet and I won't miss a beat. Not a very good attitude is it? And I dont' even watch some of the tackiest shows on tv right now! YUCK! I am thankful I never felt like a 'Desperate Housewive" or felt like I belonged in a "Bad Girls' Club". TV is not bad ~ but the options that are available for wholeseome tv, are really becoming less and less. (That is probably why I watch of old reruns on TvLand like I love Lucy and Andy Griffith.) And if you allow your children to watch what they want, shame on you! There I said it. EVEN teenagers. I used to allow my kids to watch anythng on Disney, or Nick. Now? NO way! Some of that is awful and has so many hidden messages that if your not watching it with them, they are absorbing it like water! I don't know what it is, but Spongebob is the worst! My kids after watching that fight, and are very disrespectful which are NOT qualities we allow to be shown in our home, let alone outside of it. How about you? Are you controling what your kids are watching, or has the tv become a "babysitter" for you to have the "ME" time you deserve?
I know this post may sound harsh to some, but I am arising to a new place, and I am excited! I am sharing the changes that *I* am making, and why. We have to stand up for our homes, and what we allow to become of them. What kind of music do you allow your children to listen to? That is a whole other post! But I will tell you, that while working out I allowed myself to believe that I needed a different kind of music to "get me through it". What a fool I am! There are LOTS of options to listen to. I may even download a book onto my MP3 player, and enjoy that experience, or perhaps a sermon from one of the many GREAT pastors out there.
I am done playing "house", and am ready to enjoy the experience and enjoy every moment that God has given me. I just realized that I am ready to take my life to the next level. Not for anyone else, but to experience all that God has for me. I am ready to be open to new things, new experiences and stop holding onto things simply out of comfort. I need to let go of the things that allow me to live a "normal life" and instead push forward to live a life that is "extraordinary"!
This is so typical for me. Realizing that all I need to do is let go and quit trying to control everything, and instead allow God to do what only God can do. Now... if only I can move past ONE minute on this freedom journey of mine! LOL
Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am gentle and humble in heart, and you will find rest for your souls. Matthew 11: 28-29
As you begin to enjoy your weekend, may God bless you and yours!