September 13, 2014

Are You So Foolish?

You foolish Galatians! Who has bewitched you? Before your very eyes Jesus Christ was clearly portrayed as crucified. I would like to learn just one thing from you: Did you receive the Spirit by the works of the law, or by believing what you heard? Are you so foolish? After beginning by means of the Spirit, are you now trying to finish by means of the flesh?  Have you experienced so much in vain—if it really was in vain? So again I ask, does God give you his Spirit and work miracles among you by the works of the law, or by your believing what you heard? So also Abraham “believed God, and it was credited to him as righteousness.”    Understand, then, that those who have faith are children of Abraham. Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: “All nations will be blessed through you.”  So those who rely on faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.   For all who rely on the works of the law are under a curse, as it is written: “Cursed is everyone who does not continue to do everything written in the Book of the Law.”  Clearly no one who relies on the law is justified before God, because “the righteous will live by faith.”  The law is not based on faith; on the contrary, it says, “The person who does these things will live by them.”  Christ redeemed us from the curse of the law by becoming a curse for us, for it is written: “Cursed is everyone who is hung on a pole.”  He redeemed us in order that the blessing given to Abraham might come to the Gentiles through Christ Jesus, so that by faith we might receive the promise of the Spirit.

Galatians 3:1-14

July 16, 2014

July 10, 2014

Signs of Real Repentance

People sometimes tell you they will change when they won't and that they are sorry when they are not. Here are some of the signs of real repentance:

  • The person will take full responsibility without blaming someone else or making excuses.
  • The person will be self-motivated to do whatever it takes to change and to heal the relationship.
  • The person will be able to hear and care about your concerns including your emotions about the problems without getting defensive. There will be genuine remorse for your pain.
  • The person’s behavior will be different and if there is a slip to the old behavior, they will acknowledge it and work to heal the distrust that results.

You can watch how the person acts to see if the repentance is real.

H/T: Karla Downing 
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July 9, 2014

This Is NOT My Problem

Toxic people lie, triangulate, twist the truth, and then lie some more. After all, they have to keep up their appearances. Their flying monkeys wear blinders and stupidly do their bidding OR they adjust because they know if they go against the grain there will be hell to pay. This is not my problem.

The Reality of the Situation

Detaching doesn't mean you stuff your emotions. You face the reality of the situation, feel the emotions, and then recognize that you have choices. You recognize that even if the other person is making bad choices, you don't have to fix them. You recognize that even if the other person is upset, angry, or unhappy that you don't have to be. You recognize that everything the other person says and does isn't about you and doesn't have to affect you. You recognize that you can choose how to live your life. ~Karla Downing

June 13, 2014

Tomorrow's the Big Day!

Tomorrow’s the big day! My daughter and I are walking to help raise money for mental illnesses through the 2014 NAMIWalk Nebraska as we know families who have been personally affected. It would mean the world to me if you could donate a little something to this important cause. When you click on the link it will take you to the “support me” button where you can safely and securely make an online donation. Thanks again!