Though I consider myself a very sociable person with the human side… I talk to my dogs a lot. In fact, I have theological conversations if they are hanging around when I’m studying or I need an “audience” to practice a sermon. Yes, I have asked both my dogs if they know Jesus. It gives me a nice laugh (especially their facial expression of “do you really have to ask me that…”)
So this got me thinking. We as believers need to interact with God’s creation more. Now I don’t necessarily mean talking to your dogs or fish or plants (even though there are tons of articles and philosophies about talking to plant life.) But I do mean going outside more, taking a moment to be thankful of the Creator that not only has created everything around but also given us as humans the responsibility to take care of it. Sometimes I think as humans we take advantage of this. We abuse our creation every day and sometimes don’t even take a second to acknowledge the blessings God has given use through His creation.
And that’s why I have dogs…that’s what my dogs remind me of. They remind me of God. They remind me to be thankful (they are rescues) and to be happy even for the smallest things of coming through the front door and being home among family. To be happy about even the simplest food….and to enjoy EVERY toy!
Tonight Shawn and I saw “Now You See Me“- a movie about 4 magicians who preform awe-inspiring tricks that end up getting attention of the FBI. (on a movie review note–you should go see it.) As a courtesy I will not spoil any of the movie but it got me thinking. About God & Magic. About the analogies and similarities and the people I know who love magic yet have the strongest faith in God. And when I get to thinking… I have started coming to my blog…
Some things to think about:
My brother, who is an amazing pastor, worked as a magician and still does the little tricks for his kids.
I have another friend who was is into magic yet is a strong believer in Christ.
Several fundamentalist shun magic stating it is affiliated with the devil.
Many people think of God as the Head Magician… “conning” people into believe some great giant trick.
So let’s look at some positives of magic & God/faith.
Magic is meant to entertain, deceive and to inspire curiosity. According to the movie it gives people a little bit of hope beyond what they can see. (again, go see the movie…) In working with religion and God. God is the source of faith, He is what is beyond what you can see. And maybe not to entertain for financial gain, I would arguably says God is definitely here to inspire. And (in a more blunt way) He is deceiving as the few things that we can see of Him are only a spark of what is to come–much like magic.
Another movie about magic, The Prestige, refers to 3 elements of an illusion–the pledge, the turn & the prestige. It’s the presentation of something ordinary, the change of the ordinary object into something extraordinary and the final presentation of the extraordinary proof. (See QuoteFromTheMovie) God can do these three things… God creates the ordinary, makes it extraordinary and then spends His time presenting the prestige to the world…. this can apply to every human including the Son of Man, Jesus Christ.
Just remember though–magic has bad elements and can lead to a belief in hocus pocus spells or an imaginative reality that leads to emptiness or lack of stability. Or even worse–bad spirituality (aka demons, “black…”) Remember that God is alive, in control, created reality and has come down to be with those He loves the most-humanity-through Christ. And remember that magic, though sometimes simply an illusion, can inspire that little bit of hope for a happier world through Him who Is.
On the way home today I saw a vehicle with “believe in coexistence” sticker. It goes along with the “coexist” and “tolerance” stickers that I have seen on several vehicles. And whenever I see these, I get this upset feeling that the platform that tries to push these titles are usually people looking for everyone to side with them.
Tolerance– tolerance is NOT the same as love. In face, love is much more powerful and engaging than tolerance. Love thinks of the other, speaks truth and kindness and peace. Not just acceptance and knowledge. I remember one time in church my pastor stated ‘would you tolerate your spouse or your children?’ or would you say so and so “I tolerate you”? I know I wouldn’t. I would not say to Shawn– “I tolerate you and your views.” So why would I want to be tolerant? I’d rather love… and so it gets me upset every time i see the sticker.
Then there’s Co-Existence. I’m not sure this describes this either. this doesn’t talk about engagement or interaction. It just talks about “existing.” I know i don’t want to just exist. I want to be alive. And I am thankful that my life comes from the Ultimately Living One but I will glad live with others who are living as well. Not just existing. I’d rather live in love than co-exist in tolerance.
Just something to think about … next time you’re driving 🙂
I pray that every married woman can at least strive to be the woman God created them to be. And may the same be for their spouses who have the same demand from Genesis, from God. Yay for being married! — I pray that everyone who is married can keep this shout of joy within their hearts year-round.
Part Two!–here it is!
So I know it is a PURE coincidence that I want to post blog about divorce right after I just got married… It was also shocking to discover the verse I wanted to discuss in this blog was a part of my previous blog on marriage. God working…who knows? 🙂 But I suddenly got this feeling that something productive needed to be said about the topic. Let me also preface this by saying that I have nothing but love and compassion for my friends who have sadly experienced the horror that can be divorce. I know it is never an easy process and for some not an easy decision given the circumstances.
Still… I think the Bible can provide a lot of insight on his subject. And definitely a lot of insight on what to do if a marriage has strayed.
One of my favorite chapters in Mark talks about divorce and what as Christians we are called to do. Mark 10: 1-12 states the following
At first this verse appears threatening and accusatory. However, look at where Jesus begins. He begins with reality–with truth. With honesty. A good quality and philosophy to have while married. Then he continues with a reference to creation…To Genesis where God creates woman out of man and explains the beautiful connection that is marriage. Finally, then Jesus points out that divorce is a sin against the one who the person was married to. (just a reference, not an accusation.) However, if I was listening to Jesus, hearing the words of Genesis… i would be saddened and would feel the heart to the same conclusion that Jesus comes to describing divorce as adultery. You don’t need to even be married to see this… just talk to the 50% of the population who has experienced divorce (Christian or not.) Pain. Separation. Anger. Hurt…. things opposite of being in a good relationship with another and reflectively with God.
So, I just wanted to say I pray that I always keep both these last blogs (on marriage and divorce) always present in my mind. It is the biblical way of reminding me of my commitment to Shawn. It is the truth and how the Lord calls us to reflect marriage. And I pray that the divorce rate goes down… seriously…it does suck.
So, being that i’m the home-making foodie… i decided after reading a friend’s blog (click here) that it may be time to try my shot at making some other items in the house. I know several people who make their own lip balm. So decided I was going to start with making my own deodorant.
Here’s my experience:
First I got out all the ingredients. Typical baker fashion. I mixed the powder together and realized that the coconut oil was really hard. So knowing from some advice it doesn’t take much to get it melt a little…so I just let it sit and mixed the essential oil in. [btw you can use your own combo of this… but I LOVE lime & mixed in eucalyptus lemon and it smells SOOO good i almost want to eat it (i wouldn’t though…)
So finally as the coconut oil was starting to “melt” i scrapped it & mixed it into the mix of the mason jar. Realized next time mixing in bowl first & then moving to mason jar. It’s crazy working through the opening.
But–i got it made & put it in the fridge to get it a little colder… so it hardens. But I already used some 😉
here are the photos.
so one item made—& the trail will soon begin I have to find a way to keep it cool since the oil is a LOT funky.