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Name Brand Fetish

So the other day I had a conversation with a female climbing the corporate ladder. She was telling a story about a lady she knows who was excited about purchasing a name brand purse for a couple of bucks. The corporate climbing lady stated, “I would not be found dead wearing a cheap purse like that.” That made me think…
We support the big names like Coach (my personal favorite), Michael Kors, Vera Wang, and many more. As Christians, shouldn’t we set ourselves apart from the things that the world treasures? (Mind you I am asking myself all of this).
I remember going to a church meeting a few weeks back, and since I came straight from work, I was wearing black and white. Since I just worked 11 hours you can only imagine that my hair was a mess and since I don’t really wear makeup a lot, well I looked rough at best lol.
As I am looking around in the room, I felt a little out of place. All the other ladies were wearing their fashion clothes, and had their jewelry in place, they smelled amazing, and their designer shoes and purses were matched perfectly. For some odd reason, it made me feel as though we are no different than the ladies whom we like to call heathens. I mean seriously…If a non-believer were to be put in the middle of a group of “today’s Christian ladies”, and a group of “heathen ladies”, how would they see the difference? One would actually have to get to know these ladies before being able to identify their religious identity.
Now you can say anything you want but in some of the other religions that is not an issue at all. I am not saying that we all should run around and cover from head to toe (no disrespect to those who do), but I think it is time we start separating ourselves from the world and actually show it.
As for me, I have decided to feed two birds with one seed (better than killing two birds with one stone). From now on I am going to support Christian designers. Most of them are stay-at-home mom’s who aim to make a $ here and there. Instead of feeding my earnings to those who most likely do not invest in the kingdom of God, I will try my hardest to give to purchase my clothing and accessories from local, Christians who hopefully will do the right thing and pay it forward.
I know that it might sound a bit radical, but I think we need to make a difference and if that means giving up the name brand fetish than so be it!

It has come to my attention that some of you are getting really mad at friends who see the political world thru different eyes. I suggest you guys step back and really take a look at what is going on here. Satan came to kill, steal, and destroy and you are headed straight for his trap by eating every word these politicians are feeding you. I sure wish you guys would eat up God’s word the way you are consuming the news and speeches of those who want nothing but power. In the new testament, the “religious” folks accused Jesus of being possessed. he answered them by asking a question:

“How can Satan drive out Satan? If a kingdom is divided against itself, that kingdom cannot stand. If a house is divided against itself, that house cannot stand. And if Satan opposes himself and is divided, he cannot stand; his end has come. In fact, no one can enter a strong man’s house without first tying him up. Then he can plunder the strong man’s house.                    Mark 3: 23-27

What that tells me is, we are doing exactly what Satan wants us to do. We listen to the un-Godly and forsake our callings.

If you feel the need to clean your friends list because you do not agree with their point of view, I dare say you have not been friends in the first place. Unless of course, they all of the sudden turned into sadistic perverts who worship Satan…I can understand wanting to cancel a friendship in that scenario. Otherwise, you are simply selfish and have no clue how to be open-minded 🙂 It is precisely people like you who do not know the art of coexisting peacefully. People like you cause war and division. It is time, to be honest, and pinpoint the real issue in this country. You can build walls and get rid of the people you think are the cause of it all. But the fact of the matter is….If you refuse to see things differently and at least consider other truths of others, you will continue to live a life of separation and division. The root of a fight is always selfishness. One party does not get what it wants and therefore acts out of rebellion and selfish motive. Instead, it would be wise to come to an agreement where both sides are partially satisfied. No, you will not always get what you want, but if you consider yourself a Christian, you should be used to that. Our God does not always give us what we want, but rather what we need.
We are living in a world full of hate and discontent. You can blame the President, you can blame a certain race, and you can blame circumstances. However, the truth remains. People want what people want, and if they cannot get it, they throw a fit like a little 2-year-old.
You cannot honestly expect to be taken seriously as a Christian if you walk around with the attitude of having the one and only truth and knowledge in all things. If you really want what is needed in this country, then stop following the world’s demise, and start being a Paul. Do you really think Paul occupied his time with who will or will not become President??? Your ignorance is a bliss. In case you have not noticed…Neither of the possible Presidents is Christian. Who cares what they stand for, they do not stand for Christ. So instead of dishing your friends and dividing your homes, start seeking the will of God and for God sake, stop being so consumed with hate.
That is all I have to say.

Before I say what I have to say… Thank you #BiLoFoods for being so generous and thoughtful. I find it very refreshing to see action in supporting those who have served and are currently serving their country. https://www.bi-lo.com/about/Press/pressdetail.aspx?PrsArch=no&PressParam=100

For years I have been observing how crazy Americans go on 4th of July. Over and over I hear that it’s because America celebrates the victory of freedom, honors the fallen, and those defending the U.S.A.

While all that sounds really amazing and seems sincerely sweet, why is it  than that it is a non-working holiday? I mean let’s face it….If we celebrate those who worked hard for our freedom, wouldn’t it make more sense for us to work harder on this day? And why all the drinking and over 6 billion dollars in food consumption? How in the world is that helping a veteran or active duty soldier in any way? Every year there are fights, and even deaths because people get so drunk on this oh so popular holiday. There is no way that this is honoring to those who fought for our freedom. And what about God?

Here is a thought…If we who call themselves Christians, are supposed to be aliens in this world, how come we do all the things heathens do? I am not talking about going bar hopping either because believe it or not, many other religions and atheists don’t do that either. Fact is, if we do all the things everyone else does, how are those lost suppose to know the difference? They don’t. Now you can kick and scream, justify and excuse your tradition following, but the fact is…If you look like the world and act like the world, chances are…You are the world. Just because you post biblical truth on a Facebook page, or walk around preaching hellfire and brimstone, does not make you a Christian. Let’s not be blind to the fact that we are in this world not of this world. For some weird reason all of this men made holiday creating really struck me today. I see people purchasing firecrackers, food, and miscellaneous party supplies. Now call me crazy, but most who have served do not like the noises of fireworks because it brings back bad memories. So again…How is that honoring the ones we are celebrating. How about this…What if we were to take all that money we spend so selfishly on food, alcohol, fireworks, and all the other unnecessary things, and actually use it to help the veteran community and those on active duty? Sure, there would be no big benefit for us per say, but oh boy would that be a contribution to society.

So here is the thing. Are we truly celebrating and honoring those who brought/bring us freedom, or are we simply indulging in man-made tradition to yet again fulfill our selfish desires?

I guess we will see…By the way, before I get bombarded with how this is a tradition and America honors this tradition…I am fully aware of that. I am also aware of the fact that those who are Christians, should not follow the tradition of men, but instead be separated from them.

Oh and also…YES I greatly appreciate those who fought and the very brave ones who are currently on duty, I was an Army wife for several years. That is PRECISELY why I am more interested in being proactive. I want our veterans to be honored in action, not in theory. The simple fact that we have homeless veterans, and no sufficient healthcare for those who served, is a disgrace. Now you can blame the government all you want (and yes I despise their view and nonchalant behavior when it comes to this subject), but we as Americans have big part of it as well, and we can make a difference. So if you feel the need to continue this tradition, why not make it worth a soldiers while?

Worship

Worship

I would like to start out by saying this..even before getting into the meaning and definition of the word worship.

Most people know about Satan (Lucifer), but do not know what his responsibility in heaven was.

He was what we today would consider the praise and worship leader (not that there was such a thing at that time), I am comparing it to today’s world to make it a little bit more illustrated.

Isahia 14: 11-15

All your pomp has been brought down to the grave,
along with the noise of your harps;
maggots are spread out beneath you
and worms cover you.

12 How you have fallen from heaven,
morning star, son of the dawn!
You have been cast down to the earth,
you who once laid low the nations!
13 You said in your heart,
“I will ascend to the heavens;
I will raise my throne
above the stars of God;
I will sit enthroned on the mount of assembly,
on the utmost heights of Mount Zaphon.
14 I will ascend above the tops of the clouds;
I will make myself like the Most High.”
15 But you are brought down to the realm of the dead,
to the depths of the pit.

Ezekiel (in reference to the King of Tyre).

Ezekiel 28: 13-19

“‘You were the seal of perfection,
full of wisdom and perfect in beauty.
13 You were in Eden,
the garden of God;
every precious stone adorned you:
carnelian, chrysolite and emerald,
topaz, onyx and jasper,
lapis lazuli, turquoise and beryl.[
b]
Your settings and mountings[
c] were made of gold;
on the day you were created they were prepared.
14 You were anointed as a guardian cherub,
for so I ordained you.
You were on the holy mount of God;
you walked among the fiery stones.
15 You were blameless in your ways
from the day you were created
till wickedness was found in you.
16 Through your widespread trade
you were filled with violence,
and you sinned.
So I drove you in disgrace from the mount of God,
and I expelled you, guardian cherub,
from among the fiery stones.
17 Your heart became proud
on account of your beauty,
and you corrupted your wisdom
because of your splendor.
So I threw you to the earth;
I made a spectacle of you before kings.
18 By your many sins and dishonest trade
you have desecrated your sanctuaries.
So I made a fire come out from you,
and it consumed you,
and I reduced you to ashes on the ground
in the sight of all who were watching.
19 All the nations who knew you
are appalled at you;
you have come to a horrible end
and will be no more.’”

Why is it important that we know this?

Because once you understand what Satan’s “specialty” is, you might get a deeper understanding of how his main influence here on earth is.

He uses music as his primary way to reach us. We are exposed to music at all times (think about where all you here music).

Our children have a constant stream of music somewhere. The groceries store, TV, radio, alarm clock etc.

We are surrounded by it consciously and sub-consciously. Music is a powerful tool to use for or against someone. Just think a minute on how certain styles of music make you feel.

For those of you who deny the fact that music makes them a feel a certain way…Sorry I don’t believe you.

Music makes us happy, sad, it even empowers us sometimes. Than of course there is the type of music that sends us down memory lane.

Yes..Music is powerful. It is more important to pay attention to what we listen to than you think.

I heard it said…Well rap and heavy metal, that is evil stuff, but my country music don’t hurt nobody.

WRONG!!!

Country music is just as evil as a song from a heavy metal band.

Country songs talk about partying and having hot chicks by your side, cheating and even names certain types of beer they got drunk on.

Time to realize, bad comes in many shapes, sizes and you guessed it right….sounds.

Satan knows how to trigger certain emotions in us thru music because he knows that most of us walk by feelings and not by faith.

2.Corinthians 5:7

For we walk by faith, not by sight.

It is so easy to give into our emotions, weather it be sadness, happiness, or anger.

We need to truly get an understanding about praise, worship, and our role in the body as worshipers in the body of Christ.

I hope the following will give you exactly that…a deeper understanding.

The word “worship” has different translations, depending on what language we are taking it from.

Considering the fact that Jesus was Jewish, I took liberty to take the Hebrew definition of the word.

Worship – Shachah: “To depress, i.e. prostrate (in homage to royalty of God); Bow (self) down, crouch, fall down (flat), humbly beseech, do (make) obeisance, do reference, make to stoop, worship”.

In order o worship God, we have to understand what worship really means.

Most of us have adapted to the simple trend of worship being the songs the worship team in church sings as a preachers introduction on Sundays and Wednesdays.

Not quite so!

I think the most important thing we need to understand, is the fact that worship is more than a song sang by a team of musicians.

God calls us to worship him in spirit and in truth.

John 4:23 “But the hour is coming, and now is, when the true worshipers will worship the Father in spirit and in truth; for the Father is seeking such to worship Him”.

That is only possible if we walk in the spirit!

Galations 5:16 “I say then: Walk in the spirit and you shall not fulfill the lust of the flesh.

Galations 5:25 “If we live in the spirit, let us also walk in the spirit”.

There are more ways to worship God than singing songs.

To live in obedience and honor God’s comments. To show kindness and love when there is no reward in sight. To make sacrifices for those who hate you. To trust God when the world around you is crumbling. To completely give your live to Christ and rely on only Him, now that is worship.

If you do come together in the house of God to praise and worship as a body of Christ, do it with all your heart.

What I mean is this:

There is such a thing as ignorant worship:

Acts:17:22-23

Paul then stood up in the meeting of the Areopagus and said: “People of Athens! I see that in every way you are very religious. 23 For as I walked around and looked carefully at your objects of worship, I even found an altar with this inscription: to an unknown god. So you are ignorant of the very thing you worship—and this is what I am going to proclaim to you.

Know this: Ignorant worship is not pleasing to God. God desires to be worshiped by a conscious praise of his name.

God does not tolerate ignorant worship.

Acts 17:30

In the past God overlooked such ignorance, but now he commands all people everywhere to repent.

There is such a thing as vain worship:

Matthew 15: 7-9

You hypocrites! Isaiah was right when he prophesied about you:

“‘These people honor me with their lips,
but their hearts are far from me.
They worship me in vain;
their teachings are merely human rules.

Worshiping only where other people might see you, is considered vain worship and accomplishes nothing.

As a matter of fact, sooner or later it will not only burn you, but also burn you out.

What happens between you and God behind closed doors, when you truly worship him in all you do, makes all the difference in the world.

Understanding that you can feel the presence of God right in your own four walls,knowing that you do not have to wait to go to church for your spirit to be lifted, is very important in your walk with God.

There is such a thing as true worship:

Romans 12: 1

[ A Living Sacrifice ] Therefore, I urge you, brothers and sisters, in view of God’s mercy, to offer your bodies as a living sacrifice, holy and pleasing to God—this is your true and proper worship.

True worship is the essence of our successful walk with Christ.

Without understanding worship, we do not understand the heart of God.

God loves worship so much, and it is so important to him, that basically everything in heaven is based around it.

Revelations 4: 8-11

 Each of the four living creatures had six wings and was covered with eyes all around, even under its wings. Day and night they never stop saying:

“‘Holy, holy, holy

is the Lord God Almighty,’[a]

who was, and is, and is to come.”

9.Whenever the living creatures give glory, honor and thanks to him who sits on the throne and who lives for ever and ever,the twenty-four elders fall down before him who sits on the throne and worship him who lives for ever and ever. They lay their crowns before the throne and say:

“You are worthy, our Lord and God,
to receive glory and honor and power,
for you created all things,

 and by your will they were created
and have their being.”

Worshiping the most high God with all that is within us, that is what we are to do. Regardless of age, race or gender.

How do we start?

Ask God to fill you with the Holy Spirit.

Start praising him for all things.

Worship him while you walk and talk. Be under the influence of music that brings honor to God.

Make sure the writer of your favorite music is a God loving person. Because if he/she follows Christ, than the music he/she wrote is Christ like.

Be blessed!

Would you follow Jesus in today’s world?

Please note that no names are real…I just sorta grabbed them out of thin air. Also be advised that this blog is highly offensive so if your on the “I feel sorry for myself” side, Do Not Read This! And oh yeah..I am talking about myself as well…after all, I got the message before you guys did…think about it!

In a world where popularity rules and success is based on popularity and monetary things.In a world where speaking the truth is considered rude and uncalled for. In a world where bad news are sugar coated and swept under the rug. In a world where, as long as you wear the “C-Stamp” (Christian), you’re ok.

Would you follow Jesus in today’s world?

Now please don’t do the typical gesture everyone is expecting you to do and scream yes!

Fact is, most of you would be right there with the Pharisee’s, the doubter’s finger pointer’s, spectator’s and those making fun of him.

In the last few years it has been quite a ride in today’s church world. The simple fact, that a woman with multiple children and no job,or a homeless person with bad attitude is more excepted in the world than the church, it’s outrageous and quite frankly…NON-CHRIST LIKE!

When Jesus walked the earth, he invited the “scum”. he loved the very ones, church folks didn’t want anything to do with. Who are you tending to these days? When was the last time you bathed and fed a man/woman on the street? When was the last time you talked to Cindy the prostitute and prayed long and hard to help her to a better life?

When was the last time Edgar the gay guy was at your house because you are teaching him the word in love?

ALL BIG NO NO’S right? What would the neighbors think? What if someone from church see’s me talking to this “thug”?

Did Jesus care what the “CHURCH” thought??? NO!

You have this crazy idea that just because someone commits an obvious sin, they are worse than you. I hate to break the news, and you can turn it, switch it and try to fit the word of God to your needs all you want, but in the end it says this:

Romans 3:23 (NIV)
For all have sinned and fall short of the glory
of God…

Yeah…I know, it’s tough. But if you have told a “white lie” (no such thing Mister and Mrs, sugar coated), you have sinned! If you continue to take pencils from work because your too cheap to buy them, you have sinned! If you keep talking about Mrs.Sanders because she just does not do what you wish her to do, you have sinned! If you stand in front of an abortion clinic protesting and threatening people, you have sinned…the list goes on.

Phew…some of you really hate me by now…I dare say most stopped reading because the “offense flag” is raised HIGH!!!

We are eager to state we are Christians because for some reason the “C-Stamp” (thank you Ariella Wolfsohn for this awesome word), gives us some kind of leverage in the world.

But the truth is, if you are popular and loved by the world, chances are you’re just wearing the “C-Stamp” and you really do not apply. Because if you would…well…the world wouldn’t like you so much anymore…they hated Jesus and they will hate you.

John 15:18

18“If the world hates you, keep in mind that it hated me first. 19If you belonged to the world, it would love you as its own. As it is, you do not belong to the world, but I have chosen you out of the world. That is why the world hates you.

We judge other religions because of their acts but the truth is (and don’t you dare running off stating:”Bianca says it’s ok to follow other religions”), all I am saying is…if we would have half the commitment to our God and the human race as some of those religions ( I chose not to be specific but you know who I am talking about), we would have a better world  and we would run to God with our every problem, disgust and issue instead of telling (gossiping), to our neighbor, friend, Facebook.

Would you follow Jesus in today’s world? Pray about it…ask God if all you do is to glorify his name. Be an exception as Jesus was and join forces with God’s warriors…those who do not care what people think because you know your doing God’s work.

John states- Love one another-….that is huge people…not those who love you back…love those who hate you,,,those who don’t return favors (that is a big one ey?)

I pray today that God grants us the willingness to do as Jesus did. I pray our Father give us strength to be different (not indifferent) and make a difference today and the next day and so on.

If any of you want to add to this, please feel free to comment…I ask you to back it up in the word not in your own mind because quite frankly…opinion matters not!

Soul Winners India

Soul Winners India

I have not spoken about the death of my dearest friend Debbie Duncan…

It has been too painful because every time I think of her I regret not having called her back…not taking that time out of my busy (wasteful) day to communicate with the best spiritual guide (in the flesh) I have ever known.

I miss her….sooo much and the more time passes the more I miss her…we laughed…God did we laugh….we cried (which always ended with laughter)…but most of all we loved!!!!

Debbie Duncan was a lover…I am the most screwed up christian you will ever meet…yes I admit it no biggy at least I know and am not afraid to humble myself…I use bad words sometimes…I get angry and gripe alot (all ending up in feeling horrid and having to apologize a lot) lol.

But no matter what..Debbie has NEVER…EVER judged me.

She did slap me one time…LOLOL…the best slap ever!!! And even that, she did in love.

Now there are those out there who judged her because of her cheery spirit…all I have to say to you is..I feel sorry for you. You will never be anything close to what she was and you in your jealous little ways have always known that…you know who you are!!!!

Anyway….Debbie’s and my heart has always been going out to the helpless children and we had many talks about the situation on her very front porch. After she passed I learned that we both started the same thing independent from each other which only confirmed our kindred spirit and how much we had in common.

SOUL WINNERS INDIA MINISTRIES is an organization to help support the needs of the less fortunate in conjunction with delivering the word and therefore the love of God.

Debbie has been part of that ministry as I am part of World Help Ministries and I am telling you…WE CAN MAKE A DIFFERENCE!!!

If neither one of these organizations speak to you….fine…find your cause and join! Excuses are for selfish people…God’s people are called to give …those of you who do…thank you 🙂 those of you who don’t..now is the time…make a commitment ( I don’t mean sell your home and live in the street cause that would sorta defeat the purpose…lol)!

There are needs right in your backyard and if you don’t have the finances…donate your time 🙂 that is just as needed and important !

To get the details on Soul Winners India, click on the title!

To get info on World Help, visit http://www.worldhelp.net

God bless 🙂

Many Plans…

Finally…..the move is over. phew guys I am telling you if you do not know you’re getting older by any sign at all….TRY MOVING!!!

I did not know how many muscles and especially joints you use on a daily basis. I tell you what though, I am definitely more appreciative of my functioning body.

I have had so many plans for the next couple of years. I wanted to buy the house I lived in as of a week ago. I wanted to paint it inside out and do some other renovations such as making the basement livable for the teenagers. Well one phone call, one letter or better one post in the paper changes everything and next thing you know you are re-planning everything.

So here I was with my shattered plans and all I could think of was. “Many plans are in the mans mind, but it is the Lords purpose that will stand”!

Well so much for let’s plan something :-)!!! By the way…I have no idea where that scripture is so if any of you know…please advise me as where to find it because I want to read the whole passage of that script.

Now the thing is, it isn’t hard to admit that the Lord has a plan for you because quite frankly it seems pretty cool to me that I actually don’t have to worry about my future. The problem with that is , that I now actually have to ask God everyday what his plans hold for me and….here it goes….ABIDE  BY IT!!! Phew…just when I thought I got it all figured out right?! Just kidding I am the least to get things figured out quickly which is why I have good friends who will alert me :-).

So anyway..the point I am making is…don’t spend your life trying to figure your future out because you have only so much control over it. If  you decide to do it on your own, you are in for major disappointment and surprises. So go ahead and let the one who made you and knows everything about you do the configurations and plans for your future.

B.B.