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Liar Liar

May I ask you a question? When did the very first lie occur? If you’ve read even the first chapters of your bible, you’ll know the answer. In the Garden. Eve heard it first. But what’s worse, she listened. The listening in and of itself wasn’t sin, it’s what followed next that’s the problem. She entertained what she heard to the point where she believed what I like to call “the alternate voice”. Which leads us to another problem. Believing the lie will always lead to bondage. We need to guard zealously what we allow into our eyes and ears; eventually it will eventually reach our mind and heart. It may take a while but it’ll get there.
Of course, it takes conscious effort to protect yourself from the world’s influence, when it goes contrary to the Truth. (Just in case you’ve forgotten, God says His very Word is Truth.) It’s worth it though. I ask you, what’s the alternative? Deception? No thank you. Been there done that got way too many T-shirts. I pray we recognize it quickly, and reject it just as quickly. I’d like to encourage you to carefully select who you allow to enter your life. Your mind. Your heart. May a healthy consistent diet of His Word alone shape our views, our values. There really is no such thing as a harmless lie. Belief produces behaviour. Every sin starts out small. And it starts with a lie. It grows progressively over time, and it gets easier to believe. But there’s a way out.
First, we need to identify the bondage that leads to the behaviour. Next, we need to attack the lie it sprung from. All that’s left is to repent, and exchange the lie for Truth. Few consciously realize they don’t believe that God is good, deep down in their soul. I’ve heard enough people say it to know it’s true. Once you doubt His goodness, you feel justified in making your own choices. He is good, whether it seems like it or not, so whatever your circumstances say today, I encourage you to believe this truth. There is often a disconnect in what we know intellectually and what we feel to be true. If the just shall live by faith, why are we so moved by feelings? He says in Psalm 119 verse 68 that He’s good, and that everything He does is for your good. You either believe that, or you don’t. May our hearts be quickened this day only by Truth, and never entertain the lie.

Kari, the Truth believer
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Hey There, Beautiful

He will ‘beautify the humble with salvation.’ Or at least, one Psalmist seemed to think so. 149 and verse 4 to be precise. The writer of Ecclesiastes on the other hand, a rather small an obscure book that makes great reading when ya can’t sleep, believed that God makes all things beautiful in its time. Not sure when mine’s due, but there ya go… Chapter 3 verse 11, FYI.
Beauty is in the eye of the beholder, or so I was told my whole childhood. Well, God thinks I rock. Even on my worst days. He thinks you do too. It all boils down to love. What’s love got to do with it? Everything. I owe a debt of love. A debt I’ll never be able to pay. But the holder of the note never asked me to. And that makes me free to be me. A dear friend once told me we’re human BEings, not human DOings. I call it “the Martha Syndrome”. So many well-meaning people are trying to do things to please their Father when, if they would just accept it, they already do. He knows all about me, the good the bad and the ugly, and He still loves me. If that doesn’t give a redhead confidence to face the giants in life, nothing will.
As a side note, Tony Dungy once said that there are two kinds of men in life: those who are humble… and those who are about to be. Just a thought.
I’ve been called many things in life – I’m sure you have too – but God says it was worth the life of His very own Son to get me back into the family. I have, however, learned that disobedience produces distance. If you have kids you probably already know this. It’s not that you love one more than another, you’re just closer to them at that moment in time. Been there done that bought many T-shirts. Wondering if they’ll ever learn the lesson. Then I remember that my heart is very “prone to wander”, as Robert Robinson so succinctly put it in his wonderful hymn, Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. On a regular basis. And that to get love I have to give it. I’m so thankful love covers a multitude of sins. Cos I sure need it. How ‘bout you?
For your listening pleasure: http://cyberhymnal.org/htm/c/o/comethou.htm
Kari, the beautified and gloried
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Sportin’ a ‘Tude

What’s going on in a redhead’s head today? I’m glad you asked. An awful lot, as usual, but mostly, irritation.
Patsy Clairmont might have been on to something when she said that she was “sportin’ a ‘tude”. Been known to do that myself. But I have to vent, and if it’s OK with you, I’ll vent in cyberspace where it won’t do too much collateral damage.
When people ask me what I am, I’ll tell them I’m a child of God. I’m so sick of titles. Everywhere I go right now it seems I meet a prophet, or an evangelist, or a preacher, but you’d never know it by their actions. You’ve never met a mean Christian in your life, I’m sure, but I have… I’ve even been them.
I’m not perfect, by any means; of this I am painfully aware. I’ve had my fair share of hedgehog days. Had one recently, as a matter of fact. I have, however, learned through painful experience to just man up and act right. Proverbs 18.16 says a man’s gifts make room for him, and bring him before great men. Not his mouth, his gifts. The gifts God gives He never takes back, but that doesn’t mean He’s always pleased with what we do with them. So I’ve decided that I don’t do titles. You will never have my respect by telling me your title, and you won’t demand it of me either. You can earn it, though, by your conduct.
I’m ashamed to admit there’s a reason I don’t have a fish on the back of my car. I don’t want to dishonour the One who gave His life for me, and calls me precious in His sight. Even on my hedgehog days. Days when I feel so prickly that if anyone anywhere says one wrong thing, I might blow up in their face. The rest of the day is often spent with introspective profound thoughts like. “Nice going, Einstein. Ya really showed them.” Or words to that effect. How thankful I am for Romans 8.1. Some days I live there. There is therefore NOW no condemnation. For those who are in Christ Jesus. And I’m definitely in. Like I’ve always said, never judge a God by His kids. They’ll steer you wrong. Every time. If I’m gonna be Jesus with skin on, so those around me will know me by my love for others, I think I might have further to go than I thought. But I’m on my way. Hope you are.
Kari, the ‘tudeless and titleless
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Silence of the Lambs

Something is terribly wrong in the land of the free and the home of the brave. When freedom of speech leads to kidnapping innocent girls and keeping them 10 years as a sex toy, Houston in my opinion we have a problem.
In 2008 over 1,900 youth under the age of 20 ended their lives by suicide. And it’s on the increase. A simple youtube “teen suicide” search produce ‘about 261,000’ hits and for google, the net is 194,000,000. One person in America commits suicide every 17 minutes. That makes it the 11th most common cause of death, even higher than homicide, and 3rd for those under-25. That just fires me up, it really does. To know that we are killing the unborn because they hold no value but we’re not stopping our teens from doing the same thing is enough to send anyone over the edge, doncha think? Maybe you’ve never really thought about it before.
Bishop Keith Butler has an amazing CD that covers many court cases over many years and shows the gradual but definite erosion of morals in this country. And surprise surprise, it didn’t start with Roe vs. Wade.
I did some research once on the power of one. One vote. One voice. You’d be surprised how much history it’s changed. People tell me all the time in a rather wimpy tone, “I’m only one person… what can I possibly do?” Well, in my opinion the time has come for SOMEone to do SOMEthing, and it can start with me. It’s that thinking that will keep us in this destructive cycle. God said it first, in Proverbs 23:7 – whatever you think in your heart of hearts is what you’re gonna be. Science is finally catching up with the Almighty, which is always good to know. Research clearly proves that destructive thinking leads to destructive actions. We all have a part in preventing outbreaks like Columbine.
How do we change our world? One person at a time. We need to all take ownership of this issue in society and do our part in preventing its affect those within our sphere of influence. All we have to do is look. The signs are there for anyone who cares enough and will take the time to see. I’m not a professional, I’m just someone who cares. Oh, by the way, go ahead and try to impeach me. I dare you. Last time I checked I still had the liberty of freedom of speech.
Kari, the passionate
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Just an FYI:
1. to accuse (a public official) before an appropriate tribunal of misconduct in office.
2. Chiefly Law. to challenge the credibility of: to impeach a witness.
3. to bring an accusation against.
4. to call in question; cast an imputation upon: to impeach a person’s motives.
5. to call to account.

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