April 17th, 2008
The next two Wednesdays we will be discussing "Following Jesus" and what that means in our discussion group "Christianity Explained" at Church and I thought I'd post some reflection/notes from that group. So I'll do that on Thursday or Friday. We've been reading the book of Mark . . . any prayers for wisdom/insight would be appreciated-- I think I'm often a "doubting Thomas" and that's probably why I've experienced so many problems in my life and reaped undesirable consequences.
I'll post some comment/summery of what I'm learning in my class--
Would anyone like to post ideas from Scripture on "Contentment"? that would be helpful, too.
March 18th, 2008
Karim Amer is an Egyptian man currently serving a four-year term in Borg al-Arab Prison in Alexandria. He was sentenced on February 22, 2007 for making dissentient statements against Islam and his government on his blog. He made these statements in a peaceful and non-threatening manner, but was still imprisoned. Amnesty International has declared him to be a prisoner of conscience and has demanded his immediate release. I think it is necessary for the international community to come to his aid at a time when he is unable to do so himself. Please sign the petition for his release and spread the word.
February 8th, 2008
Hello ladies! I am forming a community that seeks to establish solidarity between Christian and Muslim women. It is a place to discuss universal concerns of women and to educate people about and encourage tolerance of other religions. If any of you are interested, I would be honored to have you join.
The link is:
Thank you very much and have a Blessed Day.
November 11th, 2007
Hey, it`s me again....
have you ever as a child of God said something to someone you love , that hurt their feelings?
Well i did...my husband was confessing something to me.....which i knew already.....and the first time that he spoke i stayed calm, and he said , he was amazed how calm i stayed...of course i was praying then.
but when he continued to talk to me about it the next day...which he never does, for a man, or most men, to talk....takes a lot from them.
But i reacted to him the second time in my own self, not in prayer, but i reacted in my hurt.
How many times don`t we react to somebody, not in wisdom, but according to what they made us feel at that moment.
And this is precisely what the LORD wants to change in us, being more like HIM,
but thanks to HIS patience and compassion and mercy towards us...we can get up and start again.
Now the hard part to ask my husband forgiveness.
And whether he forgives or not, i did what i had to do, and leave the rest to God. Which means, i am not responsible for the reaction from the other person, i am responsible for my reaction before the Lord.
This liberates us from a lot of guilt-feelings.
So i wait for the Lord to work where i cannot.
And in the meantime i go on with what HE wants me to do. We are being formed by the people that God puts around us, we are being made in HIS likeness, and most of the time our "school" is right at home.
It`s at home that we learn to give-up our "rights"
and to put the other person before us.
It`s a learning process, and most of the time it does not go without pain involved. Like a child falls down, when learning to walk...so we fall down when learning to walk with Christ. And we will keep on falling and strugling untill we meet HIM face to face.
Don`t give up girls!!!!!!
with love, Babs.
October 31st, 2007
Hello again my lovely sisters in Christ,
there is a new community called rebel_children
which i started for those women who have rebelious children, for instance grown children in their late teens or early twenties, or just teens
kids who do not want nothing to do with God,
and for those women who stand "alone"
we need each other and we need encouragement.
So feel free to share your feelings or your life with us
May you be encouraged in Christ.
with love, Barbara Ann.
October 30th, 2007
Hello my sisters in Christ, here i am again...with some more time to write.
Let me introduce myself to you, my name is Barbara Ann, and is already in use at LiveJournal, so i had to invent another name, as i liked the influence that grandma and mom had on Timothy, i copied their names, i was born on a island called Curacao the Netherland Antilles, it`s a tropical island....the sea is so pretty. I am 50yrs old, nearly 33 years together with my husband, we have 3 grown sons.
Two of them are living in Holland, the youngest is still here, he is 19, and is a student in training at this time of his live. In short , i became a christian 4 years before my husband did, he was into drugs and alcohol when we met...the Lord saved him, but he does not walk with the Lord, he is like the christians in Corinthian, they have not grown-up in Christ...they stayed like babies.
My 3 sons accepted Christ when they were young, but because of bad example, me including, they became rebellious, i was one of those christians that had a past that needed to be dealt with....but i did not know how to then, untill the Lord opened my eyes before i really did hurt somebody....and HE made me see my own sin!....it took some years for the healing process to begin, but with HIS help and quidance i am healed!
I had to change a lot of my ways, which by the grace of God i did...and learn to love and respect my husband, whether he deserves it or not...by putting "my rights" away, and obeying what my FATHER wanted from me(still learning to obey..)My oldest son went into a satanic cult, by prayer and trusting the Lord, he is out of that....now i believe with all my heart mind and soul that God is busy in the hearts and minds of my family, and HE will rescue them from themselves, they will turn back to their Heavenly Father.
God wants us to believe HIM like a child does....it will take time, but we will learn to do that, a lot of times that faith will grow in trials and tribulations, small or big. I am still a woman of little faith, but i am loved by my Heavenly Father...which with my healing process i`ve come to accept. Before i did not know what it meant to be loved, i reacted with aggression, now God is changing me into this gentle personality, (still not there, but on it`s way)
With God there is hope, please do not give up, and romans 12:1,2 says not to be conformed with our thinking to this world, even if you will be the only one with a diferent thought, let that thought be confirmed to HIS Word....let our minds be renewed to Gods Mind, that is why we have HIS love-letter! With sincere love in Christ, Barbara Ann Brugman-van Romondt.
October 28th, 2007
Hello and i am glad i found you,
i will write an entry soon,
but at the moment my son needs the computer
so , will write another day to introduce myself to you.
May we as a "community" grow together
and maybe even meet here on earth.
God richly bless you in all you do and say in HIS Name.
thanks , till later.
June 9th, 2007
Hi, my name is Samantha and I am in my final year of high school. . As a result I must do a research project called the PIP. My topic is on the online female Christian culture. I would appreciate your help if you could fill out this questionnaire for me. Your information will be confidential and published anonymously for academic purposes only. All comments/replies are screened. Thank you for your assistance! ( Questionnaire: Your help is much appreciatedCollapse )
May 20th, 2007
How is repentance an essential condition of salvation?
What is repentance?
In what ways is repentance expressed?
Who must repent? Why?
January 30th, 2007
Likewise, ye wives, be in subjection to your own husbands; that, if any obey not the word, they also may without the word be won by the conversation of the wives;
While they behold your chaste conversation coupled with fear.
Whose adorning let it not be that outward adorning of plaiting the hair, and of wearing of gold, or of putting on of apparel;
But let it be the hidden man of the heart, in that which is not corruptible, even the ornament of a meek and quiet spirit, which is in the sight of God of great price.
For after this manner in the old time the holy women also, who trusted in God, adorned themselves, being in subjection unto their own husbands:
Even as Sara obeyed Abraham, calling him lord: whose daughters ye are, as long as ye do well, and are not afraid with any amazement.
I was really sad when i first read this, but i began to agree with it as time went on. Autonomy and total freedom is not the only thing, God is far more important!!!