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Posted By Harolene

There's an expression I'm sure you've heard, I searched to find its origin and found it in Wikipedia: ”Talk to the hand" (or "tell it to the hand") is an English Language slang phrase associated with the 1990s. It originated as a contemptuous way of saying one doesn't want to hear what the person who is speaking is saying. It is often elongated to a phrase such as "Talk to the hand, because the ears ain't listening". A variant is "talk to the hand because the face don't understand!"  The article goes on to say, "The phrase is often considered to be sarcastic or obnoxious." That saying took on a very personal meaning to me recently and I did find the user way too pushy and obnoxious for me!

I don't like confrontation and will stay away from it that is until I feel pushed in a corner and then you might see a little fire in my eyes. I was in the office of a professional, he addressed the issue for which I had gone very briefly and then said, "I know all about that, now let's talk about something more important" at which time he set in to discuss the faults with Christianity as opposed to the wonderful Muslim faith.  I kept a smile on my face as I reminded him of all the blood shed that was going on the very name of that religion, all the Christians who are being slaughtered right now because of their faith. I told him of how my father's ancestors were slain because they wouldn't give up the faith that Jesus is the Son of God and claim their own prophet. It was when I said the name of Jesus the hand first went up, long, tapered fingers shaking a stop signal. He persisted in trying to indoctrinate me and refused to listen to what I was saying. I could see in his eyes that he is a confused soul, then I spoke, "Wait a minute, let me speak" hand lowered momentarily, I continued talking before he had a chance to stop me again, "If Jesus appeared to you personally, would you accept Him?" Without hesitation he said, "No, I would not!" At this point I wondered why I was still sitting there; was he hoping to push my buttons until I got angry and proved my Christianity had failed? I told him that it was obvious he did not want to hear me by holding up his hand every time Jesus was mentioned and he said it was purely coincidence, I found that was almost too laughable to hear. Whatever happens to him now he had the chance to meet Jesus as I presented Him and he chose to reject any idea of Him.

 

 
Posted By Harolene

Was that wasted time? I think not, because any time you have the opportunity to witness you must use it with the love that Jesus would show to a sinner. What made it so easy to speak up about God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Ghost? It is because I know them personally. I would love to have told him about a good friend of mine, who was a devout Muslim who somehow reached God's heart and Jesus appeared to her in a vision and her life forever changed, she is a most devout worshipper of Jesus as the Son of God and can witness to anyone because she knows Him personally, as do I.

As I stood to leave finally freeing myself from his frenzied attempts to convince me, he said, "How often have you been coming?" "Every three months," I answered, he thought a moment and said "Please come back in one month, no longer than one month,” with that he walked into another exam room and I wondered if he wanted me to come back sooner because he wanted to try again or if somehow his heart was touched and he might want to hear more? However, I will never go back!

If you want to talk against Jesus I will hold my hand up and say, "Talk to the hand, my face isn't listening!”

 
Posted By Harolene

Point one: No two people are alike not really.

I am thinking of two songs right now, one is by Dave Mason, and says, "there ain't no good guy, there ain't no bad guy, there's only you and me and we just disagree", speaking of friends that have been separated for a while and find that they no longer agree on many things, they are good friends becoming "former friends." The other song by Joni Mitchell says, "But now old friends are acting strange, they shake their heads, they say I've changed. Something's lost but something's gained in living every day. I've looked at life from both sides now, from win and lose, and still somehow it's life's illusions I recall. I really don't know life at all." Both of these songs find friends at odds, looking at the same things in a different way. One agrees to disagree and the other is just disillusioned with life, period. I know both of those emotions up close and personal. Sometimes people take a different path, one that you find you cannot or will not walk down, so you go your separate ways. It doesn't take away from the good times you used to have, it just means there are no more good times to be had, with them. A lot of things you can just let go, like whether you prefer Chinese or Mexican food for take-out, but things that make a difference in your life or the way you live it cannot be compromised. One thing I hate is to be around someone who takes for granted that I agree with their stance on some things I may consider outrageous without ever really talking to me about it. It makes me think of some of those "fighting" talk shows where someone addresses the audience, which is booing them, with "You don't know me!" The man who wrote the greater part of the New Testament, Paul, and Peter, the disciple that recognized Jesus as the Son of God, had a major disagreement concerning Kosher vs. non-Kosher! Paul had an argument with Barnabas over young John Mark, who got homesick! Yes, these "holy" men had major conflicts, we won't even talk about the one concerning circumcision!        

 

 
Posted By Harolene

Point two: You can disagree on minor things and still have communion. 

Denominational differences? Stupid! What difference does it make to your eternal salvation what you wear or how you sing? Will it damn your soul to hell? No! What does matter? Matthew 22:37-40 Jesus said, "'Love the Lord your God with all your passion and prayer and intelligence.' This is the most important, the first on any list. But there is a second to set alongside it: 'Love others as well as you love yourself.' These two commands are pegs; everything in God's Law and the Prophets hangs from them." I can love my family the way I love myself, it gets a little harder with some others, so I look to God for strength! Philippians 4:13 I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.      As long as you believe that Jesus Christ is the Son of God, that He was conceived by the Holy Spirit and born of the Virgin Mary, that He died on a cross for our sins, was buried and raised again in three days to live eternally with Father God and that one day He will return in the clouds, as He went away, to take us home with Him, and that He is the only door by which we can reach God then “there ain't no good guys, there ain't no bad guys, there's only you and me and we just disagree!”

I’m looking at life from both sides now; I have been young and now I am, well, a little older!

 
Posted By Harolene

We need to guard our spiritual life as jealously as we guard our loved ones. When we let things slip in that takes our attention away from serving God with our whole heart guess what, HE gets jealous of us! Proof is found in ten different places in the Bible, I will give you two examples: Exodus 34:14 “Don't worship any other god. GOD—his name is The-Jealous-One—is a jealous God. Be careful that you don't make a covenant with the people who live in the land and take up with their sex-and-religion life, join them in meals at their altars, marry your sons to their women, women who take up with any convenient god or goddess and will get your sons to do the same thing.” Deuteronomy 4:24 “The Lord your God is a devouring fire; he is a jealous God.”

What about the people who are teaching that our One God Jehovah and our Savior Jesus Christ is only one of several ways to get to "Paradise", Heaven! The same way that you are jealous over your partner or family, God is jealous over you! He loved you so much that He sent Jesus to be our personal savior.

1 John 3:1 “What marvelous love the Father has extended to us! Just look at it--we're called children of God! That's who we really are. But that's also why the world doesn't recognize us or take us seriously, because it has no idea who He is or what He's up to.”

He loves us and all we need do is to return that love to Him! Do not let anything stop us or divert our attention to other "ways", and very important is we have to love each other, because God is love and if we are to be like Him, then we have to love each other whether we want to or not!

One last thought, Love is not Lust. You can lust after someone because their body is pleasing to your eyes and senses but the true description of love is found in,

1 Corinthians chapter 13

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything, Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.