Category Archives: My Thoughts

A Christian perspective of every life, politics, and family.

Hurt and Betrayal

Many people have used scriptures to push their will on others. God is and will be their judge.

Husband love your wives, wives respect, trust and rely on him to care for you and your children. Marriage is a relationship between two imperfect people. God created you as a person first to have a relationship with him. Then you are defined as male or female, with many roles, gifts, and talents. It is easy to blame God, the church, and ourselves for not truly understanding His Word or the correct application. My husband can wash a dish just as well as I can. That is not what makes me put my trust in him, rely on him, get mad at him too.

I have learned life consequences can take you beyond your emotional ability to handle, especially if it involves family and their decisions that cost so much. Grief and sadness are natural and break the heart in two. Tears well up, and loss overwhelms and hopes dashed. These emotions are overwhelming and indisputable, know that. But also know that God’s heart for you is real.

The truth is she (Anna Duggar) has experienced real trauma from betrayal, and disappointment from the one person who was supposed to be there for her. She doesn’t need our judgment…let us shut our mouth and not be so quick to judge. We do not possess the clarity of vision in their lives.

She needs our heartfelt prayer. She needs to know that she can heal from the trauma. She is worthy of having a true partner, she is worthy of true love, she is worthy of having her heart held safely by her partner, she is worthy to be cherished, she is worthy. Not because of all the mistakes made, not that it is earned or bargained for; it is that God created each of us to love and be loved, cared for, valued. The family is where this is learned first, not the church. The family was established long before the church. Let us not be quick to judge her or the church but let us look to each other and be determined and wise in how we raise our kids. Today, we must be as innocent as doves, (run from evil) and wise as serpents, (know what evil looks like even when disguised).

Photo by RL Brown

In Job, God rebukes Job’s counselors by saying, “Who is this that darkens counsel by word without knowledge (of ME)? (Job 38:2) Have you ever in your life commanded the morning and caused the dawn to know its place? (v.12)

I stop here thinking the science behind that statement is immense. God set boundaries for the sea and made a cloud its garment. He binds the chains of Pleiades and loose the cords of Orion (v. 31). Is it by my understanding that a hawk soars or nature fulfills its course? Of course not.

Then God asks Job (paraphrase) Do you condemn me to prove yourself right?

Job’s reply: (paraphrase): Whoa, I shut my mouth!

The book of Job is a lesson in perspective from heaven to earth, earth to heaven. God’s Presence is everywhere.

How many people do we shut down, disown just to prove ourselves right?

High Hopes/ Expectations

High hopes, youthful dreams, and expectations come true with planning and hard work. Dreams without feet are balloons that float away or go pop. Youthful dreams need honing, just like our thinking needs honing.

Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron so does one man sharpen another. God calls us to train each generation.

WE NEED strong leaders in our church. We need men to be the spiritual leaders at home, at the church, in the community, and in our government. OMGosh, I think of our Founding Fathers who form our Consitution on biblical principles. These men weren’t alone. Women took a stand too. They argued, worked, and honed this document as a construct for all people to live. America was the country that ended slavery and the country that was the catalyst for ending it worldwide.

Perfection may be a goal usually unattainable but a goal to work towards.

I heard a true story once about the African Elephant. Men hunted for the big bull elephant, which had a devastating effect on the herd. The young bulls went wild, attacking the herd, villages, etc., and had to be put down. The big bulls were gone to train them. Today, I see young bulls (young men and women) running around without purpose or directions. Some find causes to fight for, and others fight self-serving avenues but most get into trouble. God designed the family with a man and a woman to train their children. Remember, the family was established as the basic unit in society from which the community grows.

The Jews waited for their Messiah to come.
Some believed and some did not.
Some could see the beauty of his arrival,
scriptures to attest and authenticate.
We wait today for his return.
Some believe, and some do not.
Our expected hope is in Jesus.

I remember this song as a child. The ant doesn’t work alone. Hard work and determination lead to success. Train up a child and they will find their way- through life’s problems. I believe God’s Word is true.

Just what makes that little old ant
Think he'll move that rubber tree plant
Anyone knows an ant, can't
Move a rubber tree plant

But he's got high hopes, he's got high hopes
He's got high apple pie, in the sky hopes

So any time your gettin' low
'Stead of lettin' go
Just remember that ant
Oops there goes another rubber tree plant

When troubles call, and your back's to the wall
There a lot to be learned, that wall could fall

All problems just a toy balloon
They'll be bursted soon
They're just bound to go pop
Oops there goes another problem kerplop
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Wander

Veteran’s Day is a day to say- I see you.

To wander is to move about aimlessly or to stray or get lost. We ought to look and see how our veterans wander and are at a loss for words by pulling out in Afghanistan. The 13 soldiers who died, Americans left behind, supplying the enemy with the ammunition used to kill our citizens who were left behind.

It takes time to look and see the tangible sacrifices that veteran families endure daily. The effects of war on military families are vast, varying, and lasting. We enjoy the liberties today at a cost we are unaware of paid by others who serve to protect our freedoms.

Wondering where to start, look a little deeper to find a veteran that you can support and encourage. Pray daily for honor and peace over our nation’s military, our brothers and sister who are on the frontlines, keeping the peace.

This is how we remember and how we heal. To really stop and say I see you and will listen to your stories.

Veteran/D-Day
My Step-Dad: S E Pierce

For my brother, Marcus Bronte, and James Willis Bronte (my Dad-Korean war), Charles Riley, Thomas Ballard, Donald Beel.

Freedom -the ability to think freely/by RL Brown

A mind free to think 
Imagines, reasons, then decides
to act with forethought.
Haiku by RL Brown
C S Lewis/PIC: stories.gordon.edu

CS Lewis said that imagination is key to reason. But your mind must be clear, lucid; looking beyond instant gratification to see a reasonable danger. Reason trains the mind, imagination helps you see beyond what you know. Reason will test, decipher, and separate subtleties that snare. You are ready to think -to act beyond just yourself.

The drug trap. A mind clouded by dreadful need. The loss of love for others and cherished memories turns to disdain. Careless attitude of life that drags you down into the depths of despair. Despair, so great that it takes you over an unimaginable cliff. Drugs trap you in a body and steal your life and freedom.

To imagine means to explore possibilities, reasons is to weigh actions with consequences with a depth of understanding and proceed with full knowledge, ready to bear consequences. Marx was an elitist fool who lived off others and yet abandoned his children to starvation. Marx was a type of man who celebrated the death of his uncle, so he could live off his Uncle’s wealth without producing any of his own. China and Russia only pulled out of poverty because they allowed for free enterprise. Our country is not perfect but it allows for everyone life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness… and all that goes with that, great success or great failure.

A mind free to think will imagine, reason, and then decide to act. R L Brown

Philippians 4:8 Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is honorable, whatever is just, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is commendable, if there is any excellence, if there is anything worthy of praise, think about these things.

Romans 12:2 Do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind, that by testing you may discern what is the will of God, what is good and acceptable and perfect.

Teach and Teachable by applying Bloom’s Taxonomy to the Christian life.

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As a teacher, my first thought when I saw the word teach was Bloom’s Taxonomy which is very applicable to the Christian life.

Knowledge is remembering, discovering, naming, and labels. Hearing the Word is the first step. Matthew 28: 19 & 20, Go, therefore and make disciples of all the nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I have commanded you; and lo, I am with you always even to the end of the age. (This is the church’s directive now and will again be Israel’s directive after the rapture with the 144,000 Jewish men.)

Comprehension is understanding and discussing. I Peter 2:1-2 Therefore, putting aside all malice and all guile and hypocrisy and envy, and all slander (judgmental attitude) like newborn babes, long for the pure milk of the Word, that by it you may grow in respect to salvation if you have tasted the kindness of the Lord.

Application or applying is your testimony, young and immature but yours. Allow the Holy Spirit to work in your life to change the desires of the flesh. 2 Peter 1: The whole chapter. As you grow in God’s Word, expect a more profound understanding, but you must move away from things found in I Corinthians 3:2-3.

Analysis or analyzing is to break apart the whole to grasp a deeper meaning. Inspect God’s Word compare scripture to scripture, don’t rely on others to tell you what to think. Romans Chapter 5 illustrates this progress or growth beautifully- Peace, introduction by faith, tribulations produces endurance or perseverance, to proven character to hope. And hope does not disappoint. Also, read Romans 5:8-9

Evaluation- measure what you know by God’s Word with understanding, with application to your heart and soul by standing on the solid rock of God’s Word, not being an ignorant doormat—calling sin a sin. It’s adultery, fornication, murder, and it’s a lie, it’s is a depraved mind, it is witchcraft, etc. It is a deception, subtle and insidious. John 14:6 Jesus said, “I am the Way, the Truth and the LIfe, no one come to the Father but through Me.” Time to measure scripture by scripture, if you believe there are many ways to God; know that it is not so. Scriptures call for you not to be subtly deceived by the empty philosophy of this world. God calls for the renewing of your mind by faith and understanding will come. Hebrews 5:14 But solid food is for the mature, who have their senses trained to discern good and evil because of practice. (Ouch!) Colossians 2:8.

Synthesis. Go and tell the world with full meaning and understanding, no longer babes on the milk of God’s Word but dine on the meat of God’s Word with full awareness, able to stand against the winds of empty philosophy.

I moved this paragraph to the end instead it being the first paragraph because blaming teachers for what a student isn’t learning is just wrong. Kids must come to school with basic skills. I will say teaching children to be quiet on Sunday morning is a skill that kindergarteners need. I agree that a teacher is full of knowledge but may not have excellent classroom management skills. Management skills comes with experience. Today, teachers are not allowed to discipline students, fail students, and are mandated what to teach. But that story is for another time. But even an inexperienced teacher can teach what they know, they may not manage a class well at first, but they can still teach. What a student learns is always up to them, not the teacher. The rate one learns is always depends on the individual: willingness, ability and determination. Teachers know this. So does God.

Drive: How to fix a flat.

Have you ever been on a drive then have a flat?

Writing picture books seems like that afternoon drive on the Natchez Trace. Car windows down, trees limbs hanging over the payment, casting shadows with intermittent sunlight. You and your best friend chatting and laughing away.

Road down the Natchez Trace Parkway in fall

Boom! Screech, and you wheel-off to the side of the road. FLAT Tire!

Sometimes your best dreams get flattened. Goals you have struggled with go a rye. You get another rejection letter in the mail.

What do you do?

Well, you fix the flat, sometimes with a bit of help from a critique group, talk to a friend, listen to the positives more intently. Discover what is good about your dreams and hold on for the ride. It is hard work to attain your dreams. Drive and perseverance go hand in hand.

Then work on your dream, fix the flat(s) in your stories, and resume your drive down the Natchez Trace. Happy Writing!

Every Once in a While-

Willow Creek State Park Photo: RLBrown

Inspiration hits!

A desire is lit

to convey a message

deep within one’s soul.

Every Once in a While

Misery accompanies loss.

Difficulties attack.

Hurt strikes deep.

Disappointments mellow the soul.

Every Once in a while

Love overwhelms!

Satisfaction reigns!

Memories comfort!

Friends appear-

Sadness disappears.

A face-to-face connects the soul.

Every once in a while we grasp…

…that discerned truth divides the soul and spirit

…the sameness of God’s impossibilities and unchangeable nature.

…the revelation of our salvation in the depths of our soul.

…the depth and breath of God.

…assurance of hope seen.

..the rallying cry of faith.

…and hear the tongue of a doubled-minded man

and your soul knows it very well.

Every once in a while…

Endurance is perfected

Wisdom is perceived

Faith is steadied.

Peace settles within.

By God’s Design

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When your soul has lost the fear of God’s design, you travel the road of fools.

When your soul’s meaningful purpose is lost, you search for your significance.

When you separate your soul from your heart, you fall into depths of despair.

When your soul is empty, you fill it with things.

When your soul yearns for love, you sacrifice your character.

But . . .

When your soul listens for the whisper of God, you discern the words of the fool.

When your soul is filled with meaning, you find your purpose.

When your soul is linked to Jesus, you are filled with understanding.

When your soul is full, you pour out God’s wondrous love.

When your soul is loved, you stand your ground.

Truth-

Jesus is the solid rock, immovable and perfect.

God’s design is for you to know HIM.

A simple fix

God established Israel for his love for man. America was established on man’s love for God. The 10 commandments are the basis for our laws. The Constitution was written not to be fixed but to ensure the progression of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness for all men. ‘Men’ as a term is a generic term for humanity. To say we need to fix our nation is incorrect, we are a nation becoming…. God transforms man’s heart, and the nation is healed.

It is such a simple fix but so hard to grasp when a heart is set against God.

Not so simple to fix when a nation’s heart is set against God.