rambling child of God…

March 31, 2012

how dare I…

You know as well as I…we’ve all been there…

We judge others. It’s true. No one wants to. It just happens. You see how someone is behaving or hear something they’ve said and without even thinking about it, a judgmental thought about that person or that situation pops into our head. Then we feel guilty about it…at least I do.

How dare I judge someone else about how they are behaving when I have my own imperfections to deal with!

Matthew 7:3-5 – – 3 “Why do you look at the speck of sawdust in your brother’s eye and pay no attention to the plank in your own eye? 4 How can you say to your brother, ‘Let me take the speck out of your eye,’ when all the time there is a plank in your own eye? 5 You hypocrite, first take the plank out of your own eye, and then you will see clearly to remove the speck from your brother’s eye.

My prayer is that God will give me a heart full of love and compassion…and forgive me. Maybe someone reading this needed to hear it as well. People we know and even those that we don’t know deserve respect…not judgement from a friend or a perfect stranger.

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March 16, 2012

rain…

Creed – Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3k3jxi4JhXA

I can’t remember the last time I experienced rain for an entire week straight. Has there ever been rain for that many days in a row in southern California? Not sure. However, I am not in SoCal right now. I am in NorCal with family.

We came up for the week so we could check out the neighborhoods and job opportunities. Looks pretty good from what little we’ve seen…since we’ve been indoors for the vast majority of the time we’ve been here. lol. Who wants to get all wet? Not me. But, I suppose we better get used to it. It’s going to be home soon.

Because of all the rain, I just couldn’t help myself. I searched “Rain” on Youtube and came up with a few good videos.

This first one, I had not heard before today. It’s by the band Creed. When they first emerged, many people thought they were a Christian band. While Scott Stapp is a Christian (not sure of the other members), the band was not a Christian band, per se, but many songs were obviously spiritual. Over time the band broke up…stuff happened…I didn’t know what had happened to them. Apparently Scott Stapp got things together again. And by the sound of the lyrics, he could possibly have renewed his faith in God. Of course I don’t know his heart, but the song sounds good.

MercyMe – Bring the Rain

This song is great. I love the fact that God speaks to us in so many ways. Sometimes it’s a wonderfully exciting situation. But there are times when He speaks to us through not so wonderful circumstances. As the lyrics say, if that’s what it takes to make me praise You, bring the rain!

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=e8HgAVenbUU

These other videos I just threw in for the sake of the rain outside. Enjoy!

Guns n Roses – November Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8SbUC-UaAxE

Milli Vanilli – Blame it on the Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NwrL9MV6jSk

Blind Melon – No Rain

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3qVPNONdF58

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March 11, 2012

rock and worship…

“That was totally wicked!!!” so says the little boy in “The Incredibles” who just witnessed the most awesome thing ever. But he didn’t mean it was actually wicked in the sense we think of wickedness…he thought it was extraordinary! The same could be said of the concert I attended with some family and friends.

The Rock and Worship Roadshow came to Sacramento last night. It is a concert tour that includes several Christian singers and groups like Tenth Avenue North, LeCrae, Disciple, and my personal favorite of the night…MercyMe…man I love those guys!


The entire show was like a huge worship service at church. Each artist and group is so totally on fire for the Lord. It’s amazing. One moment that I remember well was during MercyMe’s performance. At one point everyone was having a moment where we were feeling all “We are the World-ish” and would give a hug to anyone, according to Bart Millard. But Bart pointed out that even though we know how we ought to be living our lives, we don’t always do it…especially in times of trouble or tragedy. And that is so true. But what is also true is that even though we may mess up in those times, God still loves us. He is still there for us. Hallelujah!

I can only hope that the performances we witnessed were as moving for the others in attendance as they was for me. What a great way to be reminded that I have already said, “So long self!” and that I am going to continue my “Move” in the right direction…cuz God may just “Bring the Rain” but I can feel His presence “Here with Me.”

LOL! I know…cheesy but true! What can I say? I couldn’t resist. 🙂

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