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My Absence

Hello Everyone and Happy Friday to you. It’s been so long since I’ve been able to access my blog thanks to an unmentionable search engine (internet explorer), but I’m back now.
It was so frustrating not being able to connect with you all. Those that come to my email I could read but not respond at all. So, look forward to some responses on some past blogs on my favorites.

So much has been going on. I’ve created some new fragrances and a couple new products. Of course I’m always reading and researching to see what I could come up with next.

Things are moving right along at the new church home, it’s been officially 5 months since we’ve joined now.

Of course you can’t have life without its ups and downs and I’ve had a few of those too. I’ve also had some very inspirational contact with old friends and new ones. I’m grateful for that.

Now tell me, what have I missed with you all…don’t spare any details.

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Posted by on July 20, 2012 in General

 

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What Discovery?!

Let the scientists tell it they’re always discovering some “new” planet or galaxy or whatever they want to call it….The fact of the matter is….It’s not new because God created it, it’s just newly discovered to them. We know that the human eye cannot behold all that God has created at once, and certainly will not discover all that He’s created in our lifetime.
Let us look at Hebrews 11:3 Through faith we understand that the worlds were framed by the word of God, so that things which are seen were not made of things which do appear.

Then take a look at Romans 11:33-36 O the depth of the riches both of the wisdom and knowledge of God! how unsearchable are his judgments, and his ways past finding out! 34 For who hath known the mind of the Lord? or who hath been his counselor? 35 Or who hath first given to him, and it shall be recompensed unto him again? 36 For of him, and through him, and to him, are all things: to whom be glory forever. Amen.

To me all of this says that Our God, which is the Creator of all things has created things that our eyes haven’t seen, but from time to time He uncovers things for the human eyes to see.

Thank you for reading. I look forward to your comments.

 
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Posted by on February 29, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Adventures On The Road Home-Landed

Well, we finally made it.  We’ve chosen a place to settle in as our “home” church.  It has truly been an exciting, fulfilling, and faith building journey.  In the beginning we called it a church tour, we had some ministries that we had wanted to visit for a long time, but religious thinking and allow others to control our actions kept us from doing so.  It feels so good to just really be free in the Holy Spirit. 

In the beginning we created a list of things that we want God to do for us in this year.  The first thing on our list is Confirmation.  We wanted confirmation of our decision and on some other things in our lives and God has been more than faithful to fulfill our request.

It seems that every time we visited a place God would use somebody to say “restoration is coming to your house.”  I mean yesterday in service must have been about the 5th time God used somebody to speak to us concerning all that we’ve been through spiritually over the years, naturally, emotionally and the list goes on.  What I love about God is that He wanted to make sure that get the message of Him saying to us “I’m restoring you.”   Since the beginning of the year we’ve have been given specific words that pertain to us personally and to us as people of God as a whole.  I have truly come up, and so has the hubby J, in a level of faith.  I have learned what it means to be free in God even more than what I thought it could ever mean.  I have also learned that some people that I thought were with an for me and what is best for me really aren’t ; that is a hard thing to accept, but God is faithful to heal all hurt and pain from the past.  He even said that He is going deep to remove some things that I didn’t even realize I had allowed to set in. 

God is so mindful and attentive of us and He will stop at nothing to make sure that we get what He wants us to have if we stay faithful in seeking Him and what His will is for our life.  My husband and I have suffered a lot in “ministry” and for a long time we thought that it was all just a test.  What a relief to know that we were on the right track about some things and not just being rebellious.  When God begins to reveal His truths to you, nothing in you will accept any different from that, but when you’ve allowed yourself to be steeped in one way of thinking for so long, when truth comes, sometimes its hard to break free.   I’m grateful to God for His faithfulness, of which He does not owe any person, to continue to chase us just as we chase Him…Now I know the true meaning of “blessed are they which do hunger and thirsted after righteousness, for they shall be filled.”  Shall is a promise and God keeps, always keeps His promises.

So, I say to those who are struggling to come out of religious thinking, be encouraged.  Keep your ears bound to the voice of God, keep your eyes on God and be ready and willing, however scary it may be, to just trust God and step out on faith to do what He has instructed you to do.  He will not lead you astray and He only wants the best for you.  Now I won’t tell you that you won’t be tested by the enemy when you first step out there because he wants to try and convince you that you aren’t serious about God.  I will tell you that when the enemy comes, humble yourself under the hand of God, resist the devil and he will flee…and even better than that, as you continue to trust God, He will continue to prove Himself just because He loves you. 

It feels so good to finally be “HOME.’

 
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Posted by on February 6, 2012 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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No More Religion

At first glance one would think that I am having a problem with God.  Not the case.

It is the complete opposite.  What I do have a problem with is the traditional way of doing things.  God began to deliver both my husband and I from  “religion” and “religious mind sets” a couple years ago.  Over the last 9 months He has really been opening our eyes to alot of things that concern us and what our place in Him should be.  I am one who has always believed and taught that God does not desire religion, but He desires relationship with us.  If we look back through the Bible we see where God spoke directly to those that He had relationship with.  He spoke and gave them direction, instruction and advice to those that sought to hear His voice, and those that had relationship with Him.

Most of the time we see where God gave instruction to people it was not always the popular or expected traditional thing to do.  God does not change, but His methods don’t always stay the same, I mean He is God so He can do that right? LOL!   For so many years people have been locked into a certain way of doing things, whether it be in our personal lives, in church, or ministry and even our work lives, but I wonder what would happen if we start to adopt a way of doing things for the reason of purpose, living life as God sees fit, and for the benefit of ministering to our family and friends; especially when it comes to those in our lives who don’t attend church.  How will we reach them with the love of Christ if all we do is sit up in church all the time? 

Now don’t get me wrong.  I believe that as believers we aren’t suppose to “forsake” the assembling of ourselves together.  For it is in fellowship with the brethren where we draw strength, hear from God and receive encouragement for a long anticipated week ahead, but we just can’t isolate ourselves from friends and family just because we have to “go to church” all of the time.  Jesus gave of His time to people in all situations, and we should be doing the same.  We show people who Jesus really is in our humanity.  Letting people see that believers are people that care enough about them to take off from “church” sometimes to minister to the needs of people whether it be naturally or spiritually.

Today is Christmas.  Normally my husband and I would already be at church making sure that everything in our respective “auxiliary” is in order.  We would probably be so aggrivated right now because since it is Christmas and “the world” is coming to church today, we want everything done in more excellence than normal, and getting no cooperation from the people around us, but we aren’t at church.  I’m sitting here with my laptop blogging, he is working on a photo project and I don’t feel any pressure to perform for people or any condemnation from others trying to make us feel guilty for not being there.  We recognize and realize that God is shifting us.  He has changed our thought process and the way we do things.  I know that there are those who would frown on “christians” not going to church on Christmas, but our being in service is not the grounds for our salvation from God or the basis of the relationship we have with Him. 

In a relationship you spend time with the one that has your heart.  You make time to talk to them and share your heart on a regular basis.  You find out what it is that’s important to them and you make it your business to make sure that they know that whatever is important to them is important to you.  Well, our relationship with God should be the same way.  We apply the word of God to our lives daily, spend time talking to Him and learning Him and His ways, and what pleases Him.  We have a mindset that matches His and practice those things on a regular basis to show Him that not only are we interested in Him, but truly interested in pleasing Him.

Religion on the other hand says go to church everytime your church has a service, make sure that you don’t put anything before God is what they tell us….but, let me help you with something, putting our family or even strangers before a church service is not putting them before God.  God has placed believers here to be reconcilers of people to Him and people to people and we cannot reach our family or other unchurched people if all we do is go to church evertime the doors open.  It is past time for us to be so in tune to the voice of God that He can direct us to do things differently than what is expected of us by man, and we not feel guilty about it.

Religion says “can’t nobody judge me but God” but a relationship with God says I want to think, act, respond, live, and be like Jesus all day everyday of my life.  God is still holy and He still expects us to be holy.  Now I didn’t say “spooky and deep” I said holy….simply put, whatever God considers sin so do we, and whatever calls right we call right.  It’s not in the clothes, the fine speech, or where we come from, but by grace are we saved through faith.  God wants relationship, and when we begin to tap into that relationship with Him, religion won’t have such a high place in our lives.

Merry Christmas to all and may you begin, if you haven’t already, walking in a real relationship with God and say….”No More Religion”

 
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Posted by on December 25, 2011 in General

 

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Titles Aren’t Necessary!

One thing that urks, and mean literally rubs me the wrong way is a person that is so religious that they have to address people by some sort of title…So, of course I’m speaking in terms of belonging to a local assembly or church.

I do understand that as believers we try and honor each other and reverance the gifts that God has placed in each of us, but the one thing that the Bible states that we are, and we always will be to each other, is Brothers and Sisters in Christ.

So for me, it is not necessary for a person to call me Deaconess, Minister, or even to address me with the common new thing to religiously say “woman of God.”  I know who I am in Christ.  I know the gifts that God has placed in me, but I really am one who seeks to remain humble in where God is taking me.  I often ask people to just address me by my name, Robyn, or Sister Robyn, or Mrs. Peoples.  I feel that it keeps me close to people and reachable to people. 

Now my problem is that there is a person who continues to address me with titles and I have asked them on several occassions not to do so.  I’ve done it publicly, and privately and they continue to just do as they wish.  I am seriously bothered by this because now I feel like they are being so “religious” that they can’t even respect me enough as a person to honor my request….

At this point I am stuck as to what to do.  Do I just grin and bear it since I won’t be there that much longer anyway? Or do I address it by other means by involving other leaders?  The second question I ask because I feel that if I don’t deal with this while I’m in this local assembly, I won’t know how to deal with it if it comes up where ever I may end up because I truly feel that….

Titles Aren’t Necessary!

 
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Posted by on December 22, 2011 in General

 

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Lady In Waiting

As I mentioned in a previous post “Transition” I have come to a time in my life where I recognize that I must separate myself from some things and some people. Now don’t get me wrong, for as much as I am ready to go, my heart aches for a few of those that I will be leaving behind. I wonder in my private moments how these people will continue to fair under the pressure that goes on in this particular place. I wonder how it will effect them in the long run to continue to subject themselves to the abuse that goes on in the name of the Lord.
I for one have studied, and studied my bible for years and still have not come across some of the things that people want to pass off as “Godly” actions. On the one hand they will preach and attempt to teach forgiveness, but in the same situation fail to show an example of it. On another hand they will preach and attempt to teach compassion, but only show compassion for those that are their favorites. I’m sorry, but I know for a fact that the Bible tells us not to have any respect of persons; God certainly doesn’t. Nowhere in the Bible that I read does is exempt Pastors and others in leadership from correction. Granted that it is to be done a certain way, but so it is with all correction….and can we please stop using the term “touch not God’s anointed” as a reason and excuse to treat people like they are beneath you just because they don’t live up to a certain standard in your eyes.
The Lord has given us a charge to be reconcilers. We are to reconcile people to God, and people to people. How in the world can we expect to reach and help those that we consider lost when we ourselves aren’t walking in the precepts and statues that God has laid out for believers. People need hope in this ever changing world and if they can’t come to the “church” and get hope, or compassion, or love…where will they get it? and what does that say about the God that we serve. We say God is love, and we say we are of God, but can we say we’re love too….would God call us love?
It is truly something that I continue to go over in my mind and heart as I wait these last few days before change really comes.
What have I learned from all of this? I’ve learned that loyalty and faithfulness can sometimes go hand in hand, but there needs to be a line drawn concerning our loyalty to people and things that don’t bring us happiness and hope. I’ve learned that if you allow people to continue to treat you a certain way and don’t make a strong stand against it, they will think that its ok to treat people that way. I’ve learned that my loyalty better be and and always will be to Christ first and then to man.
For now I observe, I serve, and ponder for my change…until change comes I’ll remain that “Lady In Waiting”

 
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Posted by on December 21, 2011 in Spiritual Encouragement

 

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Transition

Today is a day of deep thought for me.
Actually the past few weeks have been.

See I’m affiliated with a group of people and have been for the past 12 years of my life. The last few years though have been really, really hectic and it has been a real challange for me to remain connected to them.

As a believer, I have prayed and fasted and just plain old hoped for things to change and they’ve really only gotten worse.

I have been the subject of ridicule on several occassions (my husband and I), some of it brought on by my own actions and some just lies period. I believe that every person can be a better person and can change, but only if they wish too.

I’ve talked to others who’ve been involved with this group and they have moved on in spite of the slander, bad reporting, and character assasination that they’ve had to endure. While I’m in the mode in my thought process to just “move on” I would be lying to say that I’m not worried about that type of reaction for my husband and I should we decide to move on.
As we grow in life there are things, and situations that will come to test us to see what our character to reveal. I accept that. There are times when you may have to prove yourself a little more than others because of the past mistakes that you’ve made. I don’t agree with it, but I accept that too.

This time though, the things and people that are connected with this group of people tend to leave a bad taste in my mouth. I know that we are suppose to love, that I do know and practice everyday, although sometimes the love part is difficult.
The other day I was sitting and just pondering this group and the only thing I could think of is “when will it ever end?” I am one that seeks and pursues peace in my life. I’m 43 and I believe that having peace is essential to having a productive life.
I really would like to see change and growth happen in this place with this group of people, but I strongly believe that if I don’t disconnect and disconnect soon, my spiritual life and social or natural life with continue to suffer.
I know that it won’t be a right way, in their eyes, for us (hubby and I) to walk away, but I must move on if I am to pursue the happiness that God wants for me. My heart really is no longer there so, I believe in my heart that its time for a
TRANSITION!

 
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Posted by on November 30, 2011 in General

 

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