Monthly Archives: July 2016

What’s Your Plan, Stan?

Monday, July 25, 2016

It’s Blog time, Everyone—Welcome!!

Today, I’m going to be positive! With all that’s going on at home and abroad, We The People need to consider the WHAM Factor: What Here Affects Me?

Frankly, as I see it, pretty much everything affects me! I’ve been in a funk lately and I’m thinking, What’s Your Plan, Stan? It grieves me so to see all the hate, pain and suffering which exists today all over the world. What’s  happened to us? Where’s the LOVE? Where’s the Hope, Joy and Happiness?

Okay, so for me personally, I’m going to stop thinking about the negative, what’s wrong, I’m just one person—what can I do to fix it? That doesn’t mean I’m going to stick my head in the sand as though it’s all good, cause it’s not; however, I’m going to start praying in a more positive way…so here’s one of the most positive prayers I’ve found which is made up entirely of Bible verses, and I’m sharing it with you today. I invite you to use it.

“Lord thank You for each day of my Life.

This is the day which You have made;

I will rejoice and be glad in it.

Thank You God that no matter what I am going through, I can still have hope.

Weeping may endure for a night, but joy comes in the morning.

With You, I am full of joy and happiness.

Lord, even in hard times, we can remain joyful.

For the joy of the Lord is our strength.

God, I am thankful for Your Word—that when the righteous cry, the Lord hears, and delivers them out of all their troubles.

You will make a way even when there seems to be no way.

Thank You Jesus for keeping me in perfect peace, as my mind is stayed on You, because I trust in You.

Lord, bless us, and keep us.

Lord, make Your face shine upon us, and be gracious unto us.

Lord, lift up Your countenance upon us, and give us peace.

God, thank You that all things work together for good to them that love You, to them who are the called according to Your promise.  Amen.

PRAYER is the one action we all can take no mater what’s going on in our lives, regardless of where we are or what we’re doing. All we have to do is speak His holy name as we call on Him—He’s the only one who works 24/7, 365 days a year, year after year, after year… Hallelujah!!

My personal prayer this week is for ALL of us to get on our knees often, and pray this prayer for Inner Peace and Happiness. It’s amazing what Prayer can do and it’s so easy…Make A New Plan, Stan…get down on those knees and pray!

God is Good!God is Great!!Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

SUFFERING…WHY!?

Monday, July 18, 2016

Welcome to my Monday Blog, my dear Friends!

Gosh it seems it’s been rough-going now for a very long time…not only for our beloved Country but for our Nation as well! Then add in the every-day trials and suffering we all face in our own personal lives as we human beings do while here on this Earth. Obviously the back story for all this unrest and turmoil is in some ways over our human heads…no matter what we do to prevent the suffering of so many, the suffering will continue…period.

Looking for some logical and reassuring words to share with you all today, I  was led to the following outlook, by one Christian whom I follow and admire:

“Why God Doesn’t Create a World With Less Suffering— Probably one of the most difficult objections a Christian faces to his or her faith is how an all-powerful, all loving God can allow so much suffering in the world. I’ve talked at length about the Free Will Defense, which is the most common response to the problem of evil.

This means in order for human beings to be free, we must be free to do what is wrong as well as what is right. As I’ve explained, God cannot do what is logically impossible. That means he cannot make a square circle or a light-filled darkness. To have the ability to freely love God and obey him, an individual must also have the ability to reject God and disobey his laws. If I grant my son the freedom to drive my car while I lock him in his room to prevent him from crashing it, I’ve certainly not given him freedom. That means if God wants to create free creatures, they simply must be able to do evil acts as well as good ones.

Alvin Plantinga argues in a similar way, arguing if God wanted to create creatures that are significantly free, he must give them the ability to do things that are morally evil. Thus, Plantinga concludes, “The fact that free creatures sometimes go wrong, however, counts neither against God’s omnipotence nor against His Goodness.”

“Why Can’t an All Powerful God Make People Only Hurt Themselves?”—While the Free Will Defense has convinced philosophers that there is no logical contradiction between an all loving, all powerful God and the fact that evil exists in the world, many atheists still object to what they perceive as too much evil or the wrong kinds of evil in the world today. Of course, explaining just how that would play out is a much more daunting task, one the atheist is usually incapable of so doing.

Richard Norman feels that God should have created a world where people are still free, yet if they do evil things, they will only inflict suffering upon themselves. In the abstract, this sounds reasonable, but it really isn’t. It strikes me that in order for God to create a world where evil acts hurt only the perpetrator, one of three scenarios must exist.  The first is that the perpetrator lives in a world where his or her actions have no significant consequences to any other being. Think of a person taking a sword and slicing another in two but when he does so the sword passes through the other person’s body like a an apparition. We have a good model for this kind of world in the video game area; you may lose your lives and lose the game, but you harm no one else.

But we know that any virtual world isn’t as valuable as the real world. We are appalled by those who would shun actual relationships so as to see sexual gratification only through virtual reality apparatus. It is because video games don’t provide real world consequences for one’s actions that we understand them as an occasional pastime activity and not what should be driving and informing our humanity.

The second scenario is to reduce the choices people can make to those that are non-meaningful, save self-destruction. In this case, a person would have no choices available to him or her regarding others. We could not choose who we love, if we love, if we walk, if we work. Everything would be run off a program. The only choice we would have is a “harm thyself” button on our chests. That one we can push, knowing that if one did decide to blow himself up, the machine-maker would immediately replace him with another so no other cog in the wheel would fail. This obviously denies the significant portion of creating a significantly free being, which doesn’t make it much of a choice.

“We Need Suffering to Be Human”—The last option available in order for no one to harm another is a world that I think God could actually construct. That is simply to create a world where every single human being is isolated from one another. If one has no relationship with others, it becomes impossible for any emotional attachments to develop and for one’s actions to produce any suffering upon another. In such a world, we would perceive ourselves to be alone. God would basically be creating billions of worlds of single individuals. But again, this robs humanity of one of its distinguishing features—the ability to develop meaningful relationship[s, empathy, and love for one another.

The fact that people suffer in this world is difficult to understand. However, the fact that it bothers us is hugely valuable.  Empathy is part of what makes us human and it is part of what it means to be made in God’s image. To be human means to understand that suffering is a bad thing, which requires us to be rational beings who can make free choices. Take away our freedom to choose to do evil and you are left with beings who are less than human.

Perhaps more than ever, our culture is waging an all out assault on Christianity. The rejection of truth and resulting collapse of moral values are quickly eroding the foundation of Christian principles on which our nation was founded. In this chaotic and sometimes hostile environment, Christians are being bombarded with difficult questions about their beliefs, and many are struggling to hold onto their faith.” (Come Reason Ministries) 

My friends, Shangri-La does not and never did exist. However, Heaven does!!

Suffering—Why!? Because of Heaven.

My prayer for us all this week is that we will embrace the knowledge that suffering is part of living…it is not a curse, it is in fact a blessing and as God’s children we shall accept our blessings—all of them, and follow Him, our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ—He knows all about suffering. Amen.

GOD is Good! GOD is Great!!Always!!!

I love you,

Margaret

A special “Thank You” to my friend in Christ, Lenny Esposito, founder of Come Reason Ministries, for his astute & articulate help with our suffering today.

 

 

 

 

I Don’t Know!!

Monday, July 10, 2016 

It’s Blog time Everyone, Welcome!

You know, I’m realizing the older I get, the easier it is to say, “I Don’t Know”…which is a little peculiar, since I used to know everything. As I continue to grow in myself through my faith in the Lord, I’m finding that I don’t have to know everything. You know that little saying that’s been around for a while now, “Let Go, Let God”…well, it’s finally sinking in and Thank God—I’m tired. Amen!!

Actually I’m embracing my new-found freedom and forming some other good habits too. I believe we can all benefit by accepting these as truths and honoring them:

You are loved. You are wonderfully made. You have purpose. You are a masterpiece. God has great plans for You.

What if we all looked in our mirrors every morning and told ourselves this?!

Just try it!

I, for one, accept the fact that I DON’T KNOW everything, but here’s one thing I do know for sure:   

“With man this is possible, but with God ALL things are possible.” —Matthew 19:26 

My prayer for all of us this week is that we would all come to know Jesus personally and have the opportunity of a Life on Earth which is truly worth living. He gave His Life for us to have this Life, so LIVE it for Him – He’ll never disappoint you – Trust Him!🙏❤️

Accept the risen Jesus into your Life. Even if you have been far away, take a small step towards Him; He awaits you with open arms.”  – Pope Francis 

God is Good! God is Great!! Always!!!

I love you,

❤️Margaret

“The happiness of your life depends on the quality of your thoughts.” —Marcus Aurelieus

Question: Do your thoughts include Jesus Christ?

Answer:

 

Happy Fourth of July—USAUSAUSAUSAUSA

 

Monday, July 4, 2016

Author Margaret McBride

Saturday, July 4, 2015

Have you ever wondered what happened to the 56 men who signed the Declaration of Independence…and what guts it took to live the life of a true Patriot?! Well, I believe today is the day to reflect upon this, as “reflection” is part of this country’s greatness!! Here’s the story with some very interesting facts you just may not know…

*Five signers were captured by the British as traitors and were tortured before they died.

*Twelve had their homes ransacked and burned.

*Two lost sons serving in the Revolutionary Army & another had two sons captured.

*Nine of the 56 fought and died from wounds or hardships of the Revolutionary War.

They signed and they pledge their lives, their fortunes and their sacred honor. Just what kind of men were these 56, anyway?

*Twenty-four were lawyers and jurists.

*Eleven were merchants.

*Nine were farmers and large plantation…

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