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 1. Where to pray
“And when you pray, you must not be like the hypocrites. For they love to stand and pray in the synagogues and at the street corners, that they may be seen by others. Truly, I say to you, they have received their reward. But when you pray, go into your room and shut the door and pray to your Father who is in secret. And your Father who sees in secret will reward you.” -Matthew 6:5-6

-Sure some people are very gifted in how they pray in public. Group prayer is not bad, but there are those who try to pray in order to seem holy and in order to draw attention to themselves.  They are not praying with a true heart, but for prideful intent. When you are to pray, we should do it privately.  It is really cool to think that our Father is in secret and when we pray in secret to Him, He is the only one who will see you and knows your heart. That’s so wonderful.

2. Length of Prayer
“And when you pray, do not heap up empty phrases as the Gentiles do, for they think that they will be heard for their many words. Do not be like them, for your Father knows what you need before you ask him.” -Matthew 6:7-8

– When I was 13, I used to pray at night with my mom in her room. I’d pray for a good 30 minutes.  She would fall asleep as I’d pray.  It is better to pray short prayers from the heart and say little, for the burdens you have in your heart have already been heard by God.

SONY DSC3. What to Pray (Matthew 6:9-13)
“Pray then like this: ‘Our Father in heaven, hallowed be your name.”

-Recognize who God is and where He is. Acknowledge His holiness and mightiness.

“Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven.”

-Long for the establishment of God’s kingdom to be here in how you live and as you live.  There is great peace in heaven, and to long for that here on earth is beautiful!  We should live what we hope should be here.  Make sure that God’s will is always first.  We need to seek Him and His kingdom first.  This is so important!

“Give us this day our daily bread,”

-He knows your needs.  Ask for them to be provided for you.

“and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors.”

-We do wrong every day. We need to acknowledge our sin and long for freedom from it.  Because He forgives you of these things, you must also forgive people who have sinned against you, no matter how hard it is. For God doesn’t hold anything against us when we are forgiven, nor should we.

“And lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil.”

-Pray that you do not have the ability to even be led into temptation that leads to sin.  For when we are tempted, our testing of our faith can come about and we might get trapped and ensnared.  We should not want Satan to have any hold on our lives at all.

4. Important conclusion
“For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses.” -Matthew 6:14-15

-This is extended from the Lord’s prayer’s explanation a bit.  Can you imagine how powerful forgiveness is here? Jesus saved us from sin and we are called to be like Him. He did not kill those who physically accused Him or killed Him at all but instead forgave them. In living like Jesus and being like Him, we need to definitely do this.  Imagine not being able to be forgiven simply because you held things against others? That’s intense! We should live this out!

yourwillbedoneI struggle so much lately.
With people. With myself.

The most valuable lesson I’ve been learning over the past few months is something I’ve been struggling with like crazy: to focus on my own relationship with Christ & to show love to others, meeting them where they are.

What does this struggle look like?
Jesus loved me and everyone so much that He wanted to prove to us all that He is Truth, that He is God, that He loves us and knows our hearts.  That’s the kicker there: He knows our hearts. I don’t know the hearts of others as He does.

We are told to seek His kingdom first (Matthew 6:33). We can encourage others to do so as well.  We can’t however think that we know better than others or know where they may or may not be growing or stumbling.  We need to think as Jesus did. While He was hanging on the cross to die, and through all that was done to His body beforehand, and the fact that He did no wrong at all, He didn’t look down on us or show anger towards us or hold our sins against us.  Instead He said, “Father forgive them, for they know not what we do.” (Luke 23:34) That’s what we need to have an attitude of.  Forgiveness. Everyone is seeking for answers and they/we don’t know what we do time and time again.

I sometimes wonder where others stand with God. This is not what we are called to do.  I can’t change people’s minds and hearts, only Christ can. I have done wrong in having this attitude and it is being worked on now. Today.  I can show compassion on all and try to help them, but I am not to believe that I know where they are in their faith.  I don’t.  I also don’t have the answers for everything. I can only point to Christ. May they seek Him out and may He transform us all. I am sorry for hurting people with the old mindset I once had, for I truly did not know what I was doing. I want to look at everyone for now on and know that Jesus loves them and that I must also, no matter how difficult it might be. May His will be done here on earth as it is in heaven (Matthew 6:10).

Pray with me:
“Our heavenly Father, I truly know that I am in need of work.  Help me to seek you out. Help me to go to your Word for guidance on my life rather than focusing on the people around me.  Show me how you love others. In your son Jesus’ name, Amen.”

scripture29In reading 1 & 2 Samuel, 1 & 2 Kings, and 1 & 2 Chronicles in the Bible, I see loads of bloodshed.  God warned the people of Israel to not even bother having a king because He was their ruler, but no one listened to Samuel as He spoke in God’s defense. God warned them what kings produce: oppression & bloodshed.  They didn’t care.  God said he’d choose a king for them, but throughout these books we see multiple failures and problems with kings (even the anointed ones).  King David wasn’t even allowed to build a temple for the Lord because he had too much blood on his hands, while Solomon had a complete peaceful reign to bring about the building of the house of the Lord.  Afterwards the bloodshed went on. 

Between Solomon’s rule and Israel’s divide and through the fall of Israel & Judah, there is a span of about 400 years with many kings and loads of wars and murders and deaths.  The high majority were terrible kings.  I have grown quite fond of a king in particular in which God said that there was no king of Judah as great as him to ever reign (2 Kings 18:5).  In 2 Chronicles 28-32 we learn how God helped Hezekiah.  So many people spoke evil things against the king because he was destroying the loads of idols set up, was fixing up the temple doors and bringing restoration to it, he brought back the Passover, and he just served God pretty wholeheartedly.  The king of Assyria threatened him to no end.  The Assyrian king was going to come to destroy him and the people of Judah.  When he was coming up towards Jerusalem, It bothered Hezekiah so much that he got Isaiah to pray with him and they cried out to heaven.  They decided to put their trust in God.  What happened? God sent an angel who destroyed the Assyrian army (32:21).  When the Assyrian king returned home, his own sons killed him.  This helped the people of Jerusalem to fill their hearts with praise to God.

I recently had a one-on-one/face-to-face discussion with a woman who asked me what I’d do if I saw a woman being beaten across the street.  She said how she would totally want to go over and hurt the person hurting the woman rather than letting her die.  When I told her I’d pray first, this woman was upset with me (and didn’t let me finish explaining myself), as if prayer wasn’t a worthy enough act.  Though she believes in Jesus, she basically wanted to put her trust in using her own strength than the strength of our Creator. It truly broke my heart and I let her know later on in person that I feel we need to have more trust in God and more faith in the power of prayer.  Hezekiah saw that there was no hope in an army or in man to get him through.  The only way to defend him was to get together with a prophet of the Lord and pray and cry out to Him.  They had such a leading of the Holy Spirit and a love for God, that God sent just one angel to destroy an entire army.  We need to have such faith to trust that God is the one who will take care of us.

I want to take it a step further. When we think of Jesus, not only did He pray to The Father to help Him, but He put himself in line for us all when He could have easily have wiped out all those who tried to & eventually killed Him.  I was one of those people, though not physically there, but I was one who crucified my Saviour. Instead of destroying me to defend Himself, He died for me.  That woman on the other side of the street should not only have me praying for her, but going in her place to take the abuse she received.  I also need to pray for the person beating her.  That is the beautiful story of Jesus and what He did for us, so we are expected to do the same for others.  We need to put our trust in Him to take care of us all. Jesus is God and returned from the dead.  We must realize that loving other people might have a price, but eternity is so much greater than our own comfort.  I can’t fathom the idea of spreading the gospel of Christ through harming others (because if I were to beat anyone even to save someone, I doubt it would show that I love Jesus. . that person needs Jesus as much as I do in that moment – and if I accidentally kill the person oppressing the other, then I have condemned that person to hell rather than helping give them a chance to transform their lives over to Christ and I have just broken a commandment too).  Vengeance is the Lord’s to repay, so let Him take care of things.  Let us show love to those who hate others and hate us so that they too can possibly have a chance to taste the grace of Christ.

Most people only focus on two of these verses, but I really love the ones surrounding it. Let us savor it together!
“My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you.  Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart. So you will find favor and good success in the sight of God and man. Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths. Be not wise in your own eyes; fear the Lord, and turn away from evil. It will be healing to your flesh and refreshment to your bones.” -Proverbs 3:1-8

I was taught the pledge of allegiance at the age of 5 as well as the pledge to the Christian flag that sounds similar but is really completely different. . .so which was I supposed to really be standing for?

In that same time frame I was healed by Jesus in a dream of my partial-deafness that caused my speech to replicate what I heard (which was extremely muffled and low-tonal and nothing like what “normal” people hear or sound like).  Therefore, some of the first things I learned to say and was taught to think were the following: To do as the “Romans” (Americans) do while living as Jesus wanted.   Jesus came into my life FIRST, and I should have gone to Him before doing what society had in store for me.

Let’s look back at the Romans of Jesus’ day for a minute.  They were highly regarded with their great Roman pride. Americans highly regard themselves today.  Romans thought they were the best and most blessed people.  Americans tend to have that same mindset.


I was taught (by those calling themselves Christians) that immigrants were less than me and shouldn’t be in our country, even though my great-grandparents on my dad’s side were from Ireland and France and my great-great-great grandparents came from all over the place on my Mom’s side – all once immigrants.  It seemed as a child that it was okay for Americans to travel wherever they wanted, but God-forbid anyone outside of our nation comes here without knowing English.  They aren’t as worthy.  While The Bible tells me, “You shall not wrong a sojourner or oppress him, for you were sojourners in the land of Egypt.” -Exodus 22:21

Jesus Himself did not belong to this world! He created it, but came down into it and served others even though He is King! In fact we are told in John 15 that we are not of this world as His children.  Therefore we must show kindness to all people no matter where they come from and accept being hated for being from outside of this world; of God’s kingdom!
 “If the world hates you, know that it has hated me before it hated you.  If you were of the world, the world would love you as its own; but because you are not of the world, but I chose you out of the world, therefore the world hates you.  Remember the word that I said to you: ‘A servant is not greater than his master.’ If they persecuted me, they will also persecute you. If they kept my word, they will also keep yours.  But all these things they will do to you on account of my name, because they do not know him who sent me.” -John 15:18-21

I grew up in two churches that seemed to be all about missionary work, but when missionaries came to speak about their work, they never seemed like the rest of the people I ever knew.  There was a huge difference between their stories of “the church”, where it seemed that they were living out the teachings of Jesus, and the way I was raised in “the church” (far too comfortable in comparison).  My soul has always eaten up missionary stories and I am so glad to know many who are missionaries today.  When my own uncle and his family were missionaries in Colombia to tell the gospel to unreached tribes, it was so different to me.  It made no sense that they lived outside of everything I was taught.

After my uncle was killed, family members started to complain that my uncle KNEW he was going to die. They felt he betrayed them. They were surprised.  As far as I remembered in reading the Bible, we are to understand that it is definitely possible that you’ll die in the mission field.   Isn’t that how soldiers in the military train too?  People accept the training and death of a worldly soldier but not a godly one?

The question of loyalties and where mine stood, always came at play in my head.  People made a huge deal about my dad being a war veteran (I admit, lately it has been irritating me how often people pump up his being a veteran).  Many consider him a hero.  As a young girl, I compared two different soldiers on a regular basis and their lives.  My dad lived like the world in my own presence. My uncle stood out as someone who was humble and kind and preached the gospel and was beautiful inside that is showed out of his eyes.  My dad had so much anger, never taught me about Jesus by word of mouth or by example, never spent time with me, and had darkness in his eyes.  He was a church go-er, but not a church live-er. When my uncle would come to visit family members, it seemed he would go out of his way to spend time with the children, rather than the adults.  Perhaps he had a hard time around adults who weren’t willing to discuss Christ, but were just set into society.  I am unsure.  He was the acting principal of missionary kids where they were in Bogota (because no one else seemed up for the job), so perhaps it was just his heart was for the youth.


My last memory spent with him was when he came alone without his family visiting my family right before he was kidnapped.  I was probably 9 or 10 and my mom (who was his sister) and dad were excited that they were going to spend time with him alone. Instead, he played basketball with my one older brother and me (my other brother was in college). He talked to me and showed so much love through asking me questions and getting to know me. My own father wouldn’t ever do that.  It blessed me so much.  My dad killed many people in Vietnam.  My uncle’s body showed visible signs of torture from the 17 months he had spent in captivity.  He didn’t kill his captors, but all I think about in the many times I’ve had dreams of my uncle, is him laughing with the men (he was a very funny man) and telling them he (and Jesus) loved them with every painful act done to him.  There have been ex-guerrillas who have come out to proclaim the gospel of Christ, giving up their lives, and many times I wonder if my uncle told them about Jesus. My dad didn’t even get to know his enemies other than where they were stationed so he could shoot them out, while my uncle wanted to get to know his enemies peacefully and love them as himself, so much so that he did not fight when they took him hostage (and he was probably double their height – as he was maybe 6’7″ – yes, really tall).  My dad was upset when I told him I wouldn’t want his medals after he died (he asked me if I’d take them) & I told him to give them to one of my brothers who would probably appreciate them.  My dad (unfortunately) has left no legacy with me yet (I love my dad, just saying how it is).  My uncle left one and I want to live life as he did, which was just doing what Jesus stated (since Jesus is the ULTIMATE hero of heroes with the greatest legacy of all time)!

Family_0004There are no greater heroes than missionaries and than someone who lays their life down for the sake of the gospel of Christ; not one who lays down his life for his country (though I understand that they believe they are doing the greatest duty, and I have known many many many people who have served in the military, or are still currently serving).  God is far greater than country.  God created all people.  We are told to go into all the world to preach to all people and to show love to them (baptizing and discipling them so they can do the same work).  Jesus laid down His life for us when He could have destroyed anyone who tried to touch Him with just a word. He created them and loved them still while they (and we) were brutally murdering Him.  Aren’t we to be willing to do the same as He did for us? His disciples endured it, and considering they KNEW Jesus in person while also having HIS Spirit inside of them, I’d trust that they did the best thing as well.

Why is it that there are far more people (Christians included) in our society to praise and admire and thank soldiers of country and it seems like no one seems to thank the missionaries?  There are loads of people each day signing up to “defend their country”, but how many are signing up to “live and die for Jesus” on the mission field?  I am rewiring my entire love to be for ALL nations and ALL people.  I mourn when I hear of the destruction done to ALL sides in wars.  I will not stand for the murders of people whom we are meant to show the love of Christ to in sharing the gospel to them as servants. Christ came to us, instead of wiping us out.  We are to share our love to our enemies.  We are to show compassion to a people who might seem to not want any part of Christ.  My life has changed because of Jesus.  My trust and life are His.

My husband was telling me the other day something that was so interesting.  If David Wilkerson decided to not go into meet a bunch of gang members from two different gangs and went with knives to defend himself, how much different would his story have been? He went in with nothing but Christ.  He had the powerful weapons of prayer to get him through it. He put his trust in Jesus.  Could they have killed him? Absolutely.  He didn’t go in with guns trying to wipe them out for the crimes they committed, but instead offered the Word of God to people who were lost and “unreachable”. That must have been so difficult to do!  The gospel of Christ is only going to affect the people that you try to get to know while working along side of them to help them.  Murdering people won’t end violence and war,  it just makes more people angrier and wanting to spread more bloodshed. Only Jesus has the power to change others when His words penetrates their souls!

“Repay no one evil for evil, but give thought to do what is honorable in the sight of all.  If possible, so far as it depends on you, live peaceably with all. Beloved, never avenge yourselves, but leave it to the wrath of God, for it is written, ‘Vengeance is mine, I will repay, says the Lord.’  To the contrary, ‘if your enemy is hungry, feed him; if he is thirsty, give him something to drink; for by so doing you will heap burning coals on his head.’  Do not be overcome by evil, but overcome evil with good.” -Romans 12:17-21

[Note: My own personal experience with a former soldier in the military doesn’t reflect how all soldiers are. I have known some very wonderful soldiers who love their kids and spend much time with them]

[Photo #1 is from New Tribes Mission – which is what my uncle was involved in.  Photo #2 & #3 are of my uncle – the first of him is holding a Colombian child. The second of him is when he visited my family when I was about 7 and dressed as a tribal man from Colombia to explain the work they were doing there]


In my own recent personal study of the Passover (aka Seder which means “order”) as a Christian, I have been learning about the unleavened bread and how all leavened bread has to be completely removed from a home before the beginning of Passover. This is called “bedikat chametz” which means “search for leaven”. Children are usually sent to use a  candle, feather, and wooden spoons to gather it all up (crumbs and the like). It has to be burned or disposed of from the home.

The Jewish people say that the presence of leaven is likened to the presence of sin in one’s life or household. In Galatians 5:9, Paul mentioned that just a little yeast can leaven a whole batch of dough. This can be thought with our whole, “one bad apple spoils the whole bunch” mentality. When we have allowed sin to partake in our lives. Our sinful nature will just grow and grow. When Yeshua/Jesus comes into our lives, He removes all the leaven from us with His sacrifice. This leads to exactly what Jesus says in His “Last Supper” which was during the Passover time! We are to observe this forever that He gave His blood & body for us!

“Cleanse out the old leaven that you may be a new lump, as you really are unleavened. For Christ, our Passover lamb, has been sacrificed. Let us therefore celebrate the festival, not with the old leaven, the leaven of malice and evil, but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth.” -1 Corinthians 5:7-8

How cool this is that God set this up so perfectly to observe how God freed His people from slavery, while also observing how Christ Jesus freed us from slavery to our own sin!

Another interesting part of the Seder is that a veggie called karpas (like parsley) is dipped in salt water early during the meal to symbolize the new life that came out of the Israelites’ tears.  Charoset is a paste of chopped fruit, nutes, wine, and spices to symbolize the mortar used by Israelites when they were in slavery to make bricks. Beitzah is roasted egg which is the hardness of Pharaoh’s heart.  Hands are washed before the meal to eliminate impurities.  Of course the matzah/unleavened bread would be in a seder plate lifted up which hid under all of these things.

The wine symbolized the blood of the lamb put on the doorposts, and we know that Christ’s “blood” is the wine during the last supper, since Jesus’ blood cleanses us.  4 cups of wine are to be consumed (their wine wasn’t nearly as strong as ours today at all, and drunkenness is wrong).  These cups represented God’s deliverence in 4 ways: removal of burden, deliverance from bondage, redemption, and restoration! This goes completely in line with the following passage:
“Say therefore to the people of Israel, ‘I am the Lord, and I will bring you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians, and I will deliver you from slavery to them, and I will redeem you with an outstretched arm and with great acts of judgment.  I will take you to be my people, and I will be your God, and you shall know that I am the Lord your God, who has brought you out from under the burdens of the Egyptians.” -Exodus 6:6-7

Many also compare this to Pharaoh’s cup in Joseph’s time in the book of Genesis with the story of the butler who brought him to interpret the dreams of Pharaoh.  Others believe it is representing Babylon, Persia, Greece, and Rome who oppressed Israel.  Some believe it to represent 4 worlds: the world, the days of the Messiah, the revival of the dead, and the world to come.  Drips of wine on one’s plate represents the 10 plagues to help deliver them.

3 pieces of Matzah are placed on the Seder table during the meal.  These can represent different things such as 3 divisions of Israel (priest, Levite, Israelite), 3 “Patriarchs” (Abraham, Isaac, & Jacob), 3 measures of flour Sarah used to make cakes for visitors (Gen. 18:6).  And the 3 matzot from Messianic views to represent God’s Divine manifestations of Father, Son, and Holy Spirit.  Some add a 4th pieces of matzah is added for those who are living under oppressive parts of the world (specifically Jewish people).

The leader of Passover takes the midde matzah and breaks it in two.  One half  is hidden & known as the 4th piece of matzah or known as “afikoman”.  The 3 unhidden are Yeshua’s death, burial, and resurrection. The Messianics believe the afikoman was the piece Yeshua held up to say “This is My body”.

“And he took bread, and when he had given thanks, he broke it and gave it to them, saying, “This is my body, which is given for you. Do this in remembrance of me.” And likewise the cup after they had eaten, saying, “This cup that is poured out for you is the new covenant in my blood.” -Luke 22:19-20

We are to celebrate by believing we were with the people who were free from Egypt.  We need to thank, praise, glorify, honor, exalt, extol, and bless God for what He did for those who were there in that time, as they saw His miracles being done before their own eyes.  He brought us from slavery to freedom, anguish to joy, mourning to festival, darkness to great light, subjugation to redemption.  As believers in Christ, we need to have this same mindset for seeing what He has done for us and how He has delivered us!
[Background info: This year, Rob and I decided together to celebrate many of the Jewish celebrations but in a Messianic way (those who believe in Yeshua/Jesus fulfilling the prophesies of the Old Testament). We aren’t celebrating the “Christianized” holidays. We know this sounds absurd to many people we know. We are not Jewish, but our Lord and Savior was in fact Jewish and He celebrated Purim, Passover, and Hanukkah. Scriptures prove this for when he goes to the temple for many of these observances. We aren’t telling anyone else that they should celebrate these too, but when we read certain verses in the Bible that stated to keep certain ones in observance forever (such as Passover and Purim in the scriptures), even though we are not of Jewish blood, we have been adopted by God and think it is really awesome to learn the grand connections between Old Testament observances and Jesus! We started to see that pagan & “Christian” holidays just don’t make as much sense to us anymore (even though we used to love those, and even obsessed over a couple of the holidays). We have been really excited about this new understanding of God and our own lives and what He has prepared for us.]

[Recommended reading from where I learned and reference much of this post: Messianic Spring Holiday Helper
photo from here]

gangespujaI don’t think we understand the intensity of idols and gods in our world.
Perhaps you don’t even realize that they are there.

With preparing for however long it will take for us to go to India, I have been learning about the gods and goddesses in the area we plan to be involved in.

For instance, the Hindus pretty much worship the Ganges river by believing they’ll be cleansed by sins each time they bathe in it, as it symbolizes purity (granted it is in the top 5 ranked “most polluted rivers of the world”).  They cup their hands with “her” (goddess Ganga’s) water and let it fall back into it and give “her” flowers and light (cups with oil lit).  People from around the country “pilgrimage” there to take “her” water to use for rituals.  They put the ashes of loved ones into “her” waters which grants them salvation.

How much would it change these people’s lives to know that God, creator of the world sent His son and covered our sins so we can have cleansing?  How much more effective could baptism be to these people to know that Christ can cleanse them and they’ll find true salvation in Him after death?

I showed my sons pictures of the idols and the drawings depicting the gods/goddesses in the area we are learning about and told them that people worship them.  I showed them dozens of photos and my six year old was shocked.  The Hindu people are extremely devoted to their gods there.

Let’s look at the USA.  Our gods take on a different form. We do not literally bow to our gods, but there are some who are so taken in by success, that it is their idol. There are some who long for fame, and that is their idol.  There are others who spend all day long in front of their Televisions, or at least not being able to miss a day of seeing their favorite show that it is all they can think about doing.  There are others who deify an interest they have or a famous person or a sports team.  I honestly feel that with the many things within the Smithsonian museum that have been kept that people long to see and adore, those to me are idols, as are statues of famous people who once lived and monuments that people travel from across the country or world to see (seriously, think about it, it is just like the “pilgrims” who travel from afar to see and bathe into the Ganges River in India).  Are these not idols that take hold of our lives that we need to give up to Christ?  It will be extremely difficult for the Hindu man or woman to give up their daily rituals of worship towards their idols, but Christ can transform us.

ganges2There are idols everywhere we go. It is not a joke.
I honestly told my children when showing them the pictures mentioned, “They might look lovely, but they are truly demonic.” While some might think nothing of these images or idols in our own country, they possess the people who do worship them.  It is just as how we are possessed by the things that take a hold of our lives.

“You shall not make for yourself a carved image, or any likeness of anything that is in heaven above, or that is in the earth beneath, or that is in the water under the earth. You shall not bow down to them or serve them, for I the Lord your God am a jealous God, visiting the iniquity of the fathers on the children to the third and the fourth generation of those who hate me,  but showing steadfast love to thousands of those who love me and keep my commandments.” -Exodus 20:4-6

What are you holding on to?
A year ago I was heavily convicted by the re-reading of the Ten Commandments. I had a whole cabinet case filled with pretty faeries and unicorns I collected since I was a teenager and other carvings of people and angels. I got rid of them. I didn’t literally worship these things, but for me, I felt there was no reason to have them any longer because I felt it went against this commandment.  I don’t think Christians or our culture take it seriously enough and I wanted to.  You’ll find no statues of people or animals in our home or crosses even. They are all gone. We don’t normally talk about it to others, but Rob totally understood my heart about it and we have changed a lot in how we lived in the past year or two.  People might believe we are “legalistic” but we never tell people they NEED to do this too.  We’ll share what God let us know through His word, but it is up to Him to convict one’s heart, not us to change a person’s lifestyle against their will.  We are changing so many things that we believe our culture raised us in that we now can’t believe we fell victim to for so long.  We’ve found freedom.  We are allowing God to raise us all over again while trying to teach our children what we were failed to be taught.

[photo credit: 1 & 2]

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