Tag Archives: Belief

Life’s Traffic Lights

There are times in life where we will have to make stops, slow down, or continue to move on. No matter what, as we live our lives, choices based on the colors of these lights will have to be made.

Another red light has come for this blog, and I want to thank everyone who joined me by reading, commenting, or liking what was written. I greatly appreciate it. 🙂 Thank you so much.

Just a few quotes before I go.

“Your view of life will determine your view of God. Your view of God will determine your view of life.” Pastor Tony Evans

“Better to write for yourself and have no public than write for the public and have no self.” Cyril Vernin Connolly

Make Grammar like a second language. (lesson learned)

“You shall judge of a man by his foes as well as by his friends.” from Lord Jim by Joseph Conrad

“What lies behind us and what lies before us are tiny matters compared to what lies within us.” Ralph Waldo Emerson

“The simple believes every word, but the prudent man looks well to his going.” Proverbs 14 vs 15

“Let us learn to show our friendship for a man when he is alive and not after he is dead.” from The Great Gatsby by F. Scott Fitzgerald

And remember life is more than learning, enjoy it as well. 🙂

Sunny Pessimist – Read Between The Lines

“When men have come to the edge of a precipice, it is the lover of life who has the spirit to leap backward, and only the pessimist who continues to believe in progress.” G. K. Chesterton

Bullying Conformity

Under attack

[My photo]

About this photo. When I was out and about one day, I heard this noise up in the air. When I looked up, there was this egret being chased by two birds. It took refuge in a tree, but those birds kept on pestering it. It eventually flew away. And this gave me the idea for this post.

Be yourself some people say . . . and then they go ahead and dictate who that self should be.

Should your actions follow your belief?

Are you what you say, what you do, or what others tell you to do?

Should you drop what you believe in to follow and to please others? To fit into the latest fad?

“That we henceforth be no more children, tossed to and fro, and carried about with every wind of doctrine, by the sleight of men, and cunning craftiness, whereby they lie in wait to deceive.” Ephesians 4 vs 14

You have the right to believe what you want, and my gosh, so do others.  No right to teased, coerced, twist, not literally, the arms of others. And this goes for everyone, and I mean everyone. 🙂

Then why pray?

I remember sitting in church a few years ago, heart broken and distressed, because of something that I was going through. And to me, at that time, it seemed the more I prayed about the situation, the worst it became.

And then I asked myself why am I praying? I stopped. Nothing changed except for the fact that I grew more miserable.

And then I discovered during one of my bible studies that I should not rely on my own understanding about anything. Proverbs 3 vs 5

That God’s thoughts and ways are not the same as my own. Isaiah 55 vs 8

That as Jesus prayed before his arrest and crucifixion, “Not my will but thine will be done.”

So why keep on praying to a God who is all powerful and all knowing? To a God that knows our beginnings, middles, and ends. To a God who has granted us humans the freedom to make choices and to live as we please.

So why keep praying to someone for something that we might THINK is right, when that someone KNOWS what is right? Is it belief? Is it faith? Is it trust?

Someone once said that there are three answers to prayers:- Yes, no, and wait awhile. So does it mean that we need patience, or perhaps, understanding? Or does it call for a greater degree of belief, faith, and trust?

‘That it will never come again is what makes life so sweet.” Emily Dickinson 🙂

We Make Ready

For Exams

Marriages

War

Retirement

Elections

School . . .

For Eternity?

Have a moon morning and a starry night. 🙂

Have a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

Somewhere around the world someone is having a birthday. Happy Birthday. 🙂

Faith and Works

“Even so faith, if it hath not works, is dead, being alone.” James 2 vs 17

Faith and works, sound like a law firm, but it is not. You can have all the ideas, desires and dreams in the world, but if you just sit back, sit down and not act on them, then you are wasting time.

You can be doing all sorts of stuff to get ahead, trying to make a dent into your dream, but if you do not believe in yourself, if you do not have faith to really dig in, then why continue?

Have a moon morning and a starry night. 🙂

Have a lovely, sunflower day. 🙂

Um . . .

A quote I discovered last year that I love was:-

“The truth is incontrovertible. Malice may attack it, ignorance may deride it, but in the end, there it is.” Winston Churchill

How do we expect a holy God to perform or condone unholy acts?

No matter what is said, God would never be a she.

Have a lovely, sunflower weekend. 🙂

 

Fit This Way

Is it difficult or easy to exchange who you are and what you believe in to fit into a mold of what a group of people dictate and try to mandate who and what you should be?

Perhaps it is best to be sure of what and why you believe in certain things.

If you do not believe in gay rights, does that make you homophobic? You do not advocate bashing, beating, torturing or any vile thing, does that mean that you can still be label as being prejudice?

If you believe that abortion is wrong, does that make you an advocate against the rights of women?

If you believe that one should wait until sex before marriage, does that make you out to be someone who is out of touch with the real world?

Fitting in, hmm, by what standards should we follow to do just that?

Unpopular Atticus

Would you hold on to something that you believed in even if it was not popular to do so? Would you do the right thing even if others around you threatened you?

“I’m no idealist to believe firmly in the integrity of our courts and in the jury system – that is no ideal to me, it is a living.” That was Atticus Finch, in chapter 20, from the book To Kill A Mockingbird by Harper Lee.

He was a man of convictions and the ability to act on them as a lawyer as he attempted to save a falsely accused man’s life. Amongst the sadness in the book was inspiration. Amongst the injustice and lies, a man trying to bring about honesty.

The movie starring Gregory Peck was excellent. Depicting not only his character with the position he held, but as a father and person of a community, of a society.  It was well done. 🙂

“Conformity becomes enforced not by the secret police at the door, but by the fear of majority opinion.” Anon