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Archive for the month “February, 2019”

The Here and Hereafter

I’ve never really ranted before but I’m making an exception today. Here it comes.

Even though I shouldn’t be amazed at what folks do, because the Bible is clear we are to watch for the fruit of a life, I must admit all the shenanigans in this nation lately regarding the pro-life stance has me dumbfounded. Like I heard someone say recently, “ya can’t fix second-hand stupid”. How can you have an abortion midlabor? Forgive me but labor implies live birth, doesn’t it? The Oxford English Everyday Dictionary actually defines it as, “the pains or contractions of the womb at childbirth” (emphasis mine.) Which again implies to me the child arrives alive after its journey down the birth canal. This trumps ‘military intelligence’ as the biggest oxymoron I’ve ever heard.

Romans 8 verse 6 says we’re the ones who set our mind, and it gives the two choices available: here, or hereafter. Looking at the smug faces of those who chose to use their influence to legalize murder of the unwanted, inconvenient living miracle a woman’s body was created to produce, my heart was broken on a level I’ve never experienced before. Are we so blind, so stupid, as to think actions come without consequence? God warns us over and over we will reap what we sow, and I for one did not sow this. I value all life, be it planned or unexpected, adored or despised, accepted or rejected. What are we teaching the future women of tomorrow? Where does it end?

Why is the church silent? Does anyone out there have enough backbone to impact this generation and stand against the current tide of social norm and call it for what it is? Just plain wrong? So-called ‘Women’s rights’ has nothing to do with it. Research what that means; freedom from oppression and subjection to men, not the privilege to impose your will on another living breathing tiny human because you don’t like the result of your life choices. If the child makes it here alive and grows a little, then gets abducted and killed, we call it homicide, and justifiably so. Yet before they arrive here we call it our right to choose? I think not. May God forgive us.

Kari, the crusader-for-the-unwanted-unborn

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It’s Not About You, Boo!

1 Corinthians 7 verse 7 makes it clear: marriage ain’t about you! The One who created us tells us to find one, and keep ’em. Selfishness destroys all it touches, we know this deep down, yet I see so much of it in today’s culture. If we’ll ever needed an example of flesh warring against Spirit all we need to do is turn on the nightly news or pick up a paper. It’s there for all to see. Will we take note, and change our ways?

Everything in this world is designed to distract, and I admit I often fall for this subtle scheme. I forget to be patient and persistent, knowing that as long as I keep the Main Thing the main thing I will weather any storm in confidence and peace. I know we reach our destiny one step at a time, one day at a time but find I’m prone to make two huge errors in judgment: charge ahead into uncharted waters and leave my Father behind, or not step out to where I feel called because of fear. Am I alone I this? I don’t think so.

How can I live in Him if I’m not in tune with His leading? The older I get the more I can relate to David, who was quick to repent. I find I’m doing a lot of that lately. Yet I’d rather do what Joyce Meyer calls, “step out and find out,” than not step out it at all.

My greatest fear is not fulfilling my destiny, the reason He chose to birth me in the earth. My passion has recently become to bring others along for the ride. I know my core values and refuse to compromise them, despite what current culture or the ACLU say. I choose to let my little light shine and be true to my boo. My man as well as my God. I don’t want to stand before Him and hear, “Well …?” I want the “done”. How ’bout you?

Kari, the boo’d up

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7 Up’s

A preacher I’m rather fond of, Ed Young, had some really interesting things to say last Sunday and if you’ll allow me, I’d to share the love.

In Romans 13 verse 14 Paul admonishes us to make no “provision” for the flesh. That word provision is actually a legal term that basically means ‘loophole’. So I, along with Ed Young, would like to ask you something today: have ya left any loopholes?

There’s a reason God tells us to read His Word daily. Sin creeps in slowly because our enemy has refined his battle plan over the centuries. Like a magician doing slight of hand tricks he distracts and deceives; if he came at us honestly and openly most of us would recognize it and run a mile in the opposite direction.

Ed Young also had a few more tips you might want to think about too as you venture into this brand new year, which he called, ‘the 7 ups’. In that same verse God says to:

look up, pay up, straighten up, wake up, light up, clean up, and dress up.

That kind of short and sweet breakdown of a complicated theological concept really appeals to me, especially since I don’t want to leave any intentional loopholes in my life. My mind seems to do well with lists, for some reason, so now I have a game plan going into 2019. I’ll be working on doing these simple things.

Look up, because I know my redemption draws near.

Pay up, because I choose to give my tithe, the first fruits.

Straighten up, because I want to live in His a presence.

Wake up, because I want to be vigilant, so I’ll see the enemy coming.

Light up, because the Light of the world lives in me.

Clean up, because His mercy is new every morning.

Dress up, because my armour is available so I choose to put it on.

Whose with me?

Kari, the looking up, paying up, straightening up, waking up, lighted up, cleaned up, dressed up child of the living God

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