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My Perplexing Unedited Thoughts & an Apple

“Blessed are those whose ways are blameless, who walk according to the law of the Lord. Blessed are those who keep his statutes and seek him with all their heart— they do no wrong but follow his ways. You have laid down precepts that are to be fully obeyed. Oh, that my ways were steadfast in obeying your decrees! Then I would not be put to shame when I consider all your commands. I will praise you with an upright heart as I learn your righteous laws. I will obey your decrees; do not utterly forsake me. How can a young person stay on the path of purity? By living according to your word. I seek you with all my heart; do not let me stray from your commands. I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.”

Psalms 119:1-11

And so, history will repeat itself and we are the authors of the story of a chaotic nation.

The pride of “we know more than you” and the re-interpretation of history and logic is getting us nowhere. Refusing the past yet placing it in the forefront. Demanding the rights of some while denying the rights of others. The “Understanding” of anger while excusing the “law breaking actions”. The sins of a few are now the sins of the group “via association”.  Words of hope and truth now being questionable, assumed as words of lies and doubts. The stories of the past being re-written to suit. Constantly judging, labeling and bullying into submission.  We called that “Woke”. “Woke” to what? (I wonder if that is how Eve felt when she took a bite of the apple).

Along with the crowds of anger and hate, Young Christians have become defiant in their supposed “woke” state, hurling insults and disrespect, forced arguments and more to the older Christians. Sometimes is the “progressive Christians” vs the “conservative, biblical Christians.” Some are written in a “respectful” manner, logically thought through. That is helpful but as one reads on and sees that it is all one sided you would think it is just simply passive aggressiveness. Some overlook the stories of others that may prove they are insufficient or incorrect causing a behavior of superiority instead of, “huh… I didn’t think about that or knew about that.” Refusing to take into consideration other views. Manipulation is becoming a tool, leading to bullying and insulting. Many people’s voices are now being quenched, even by friends and family members. The Christian community is losing their unity and with it their message of Christ. Christ is now seen by some, as a Christ who was crucified because of his race, because he wasn’t like everyone else and so on. The purpose of the crucifixion now rewritten and passed on as gospel is to justify the evil acts of today.

What concerns me more is that the enemy is taking advantage of the anger, naivetes, the re-interpretation of the Bible and wrong is right and the right is wrong ideas, the “gray” culture that we have allowed him to pave around us, to turn people into anger and eventually hate. Then we find many, little by little, falling for an ideology not realizing who they are in bed with. Walking on this very thin ice that seems to be breaking around them, maybe even around us, is my greatest fear. Little by little the 10 commandments, God’s precepts and law, and His righteousness seems to fade away. We get caught up in an area that seems to be only one way out. The thing is there isn’t just one way, there are always choices. Yet we are forced to be, or blindly, carried by the current of hate and if we don’t fight against it we will all be lost.

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This “woke” ideology is creating a dividedness full of anger and hate. Placing brothers and sisters against each other. The ONE NATION UNDER GOD is falling apart. And I ask myself, is this “woke” from God. I doubt, for God does not create hate, violence and dividedness. He creates unity. If people will only STOP and just sit back and find UNITY under God once again. As history shows, revolution will be in our hands and many Christians be part of those who carry the blood of the innocent on their hands. Because we were led astray by a group who so desires to bring about the destruction of this government to enact their own laws which slowly will lead to the loss of our civil rights and liberty. So they say they fight for “freedom”, for “rights. Remember, Satan also told Eve the “truth” in the garden… it sure sounded GOOD. Eve and Adam also “Woke” when they took a bite of the apple after given the “truth” by the serpent. Apparently their “Eyes being opened” was not what GOD intended nor wanted for them.

Is this ideology against God’s precepts? If the ideology is to reinforce the unity under God, then definitely not. However the root of those behind it, the anger and hate, responses, actions and more of others tells me that their motive is not to strengthen a nation under God but on the contrary, they aspire to create a nation WITHOUT God. Be fearful, be careful, for they are wolves among sheep and they are looking to devour and we are letting them in the pursuit of “justice”.

As Wesley expressed to his Methodist friends in the colonies before the American Revolution, “Be no longer dupes of designing men! I do not mean any of your countrymen in America; I doubt whether any of these are in the secret. The designing men, the Ahithophels, are in England; those who have laid their scheme so deep, and covered it so well, that thousands, who are ripening it, suspect nothing at all of the matter.” …”They love neither England nor America but play one against the other, in subserviency to their grand design to overturning the English government.”https://www.jstor.org/stable/3164266, pg 321. Though he strongly believed in the civil rights and religious freedoms he feared the onset of a revolution, the effects on England and the destruction of the monarchy. He insisted on a mediator.

We are being “duped” by a group who neither loves the Blacks nor the “Whites” (however you want to group people), the minority nor the majority. We are being duped by a group that all they want to do is to make this country their own, with their own agendas and the constitution will be nulled and void. The values and dreams, a thing of the past and our liberties a story told to children at night like many countries around the world have seen. “One Nation Under God” will be as it was in the planet of the apes, a history of long ago with humanity enslaved.

We all want so bad to help so we decide to join the movement not realizing that the apple has been poisoned or that this is the tree we aren’t supposed to touch.

Instead we ought to pray, pray and demand for a moderator, someone to speak for both sides. We need a win-win solution to UNITE us back again in finding a resolve that will not lead us to a death of our country, liberty and rights. We can not fall into the repeated, bloodshed, and dividedness of history. We must stand UNITED without a win-lose or compromise but a win-win. We must see past ourselves and see what the enemy does not want us to see. We must humble ourselves, see each other through the heart of God who is Jesus Christ. We must stand for UNITY. (Is in the name “United States”). We should not go backwards in history but forward. We must stand our ground faithfully holding on to Christ. Using our Wesleyan quadrilateral as our format for decision making: Scripture, Experience, Tradition & Reason. We must continue to live the great commission that Christ has impart us. Being a beacon of HOPE and striving for peace. Asking for WISDOM like King Solomon and not being impetuous in our action but living the Fruits of the Spirit.

There are so many ways to help. Being part of a solution, not a verbal one, but as Paul said, live among the people. Teach, love, help encourage and more. Introduce Jesus to them, help them find peace by granting grace. Help them forgive by forgiving. Helped them love like Jesus by being Jesus. Let us be Like Jesus of the Bible, not the progressive Jesus that many want us to believe in. Help them find the Uniqueness that only God created them to be.

Just…Don’t bite the apple.

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When life throws you boxes…

I’m aware of my lack of blogs these past 6 weeks. I have a good excuse. At least I think I do. My husband and I accepted a new call, to a new church, to a new place we’d never heard of. But God has plans for us, and we humbly (with some uncertainties) accepted the call. With that, we find ourselves surrounded with the perils of moving, and boxes, boxes, boxes…

Now, life is funny this way. The unexpected happens. It throws you monkey wrenches that you never saw coming. Yet it happens. You pick it up and make the best of it. You realize that the changes are taking place faster than you expected. You are surrounded with questions, problems, and lots of chaos.WIN_20190509_16_24_22_Pro

With the changes of moving come questions. How does this effect other family members? What about schools? How does this change schedules? What about events? Then other questions arise. What can we take? What do we get rid off? What do we need? On it goes.

There is a tendency to procrastinate the moving announcement as much as possible. No one wants to say goodbye from their church, friends, family, neighbors, co-workers and acquaintances. We had to play rock, paper, scissors to decide who would deliver the news. We knew we couldn’t delay the announcement because it would take time for the church to stop hyperventilating, and slow down to avoid fainting.

It seems to me that moving can be very overwhelming, sad and chaotic. For a person like me who has a tendency to see all possibilities from every side (even the edges and the invisible sides), it can be down right stressful and just short of panic. I have, however, become very astute in the strategy of moving. I kind of thank my parents for that.

So, here is my strategy: (Prayer should take place from beginning to end and in between). Note: This is my 2 month process. If I have more time I stretch it out. If I have less time I work faster, longer hours. Regardless you will need a calendar.

  1. Foresee the changes that must occur, how long it will take to accomplish the changes, and plan the moving date. Most of the time it surrounds the school year. When is the next break? Can it wait until the end of school, or semester? We must also consider our present ministry’s needs, so as not to affect important calendar events.
  2. Before anything else, I like to research about the new place to which we are moving. I like to research about the location, the city, the church. Others might research their new job’s history. I like to research the county, activities, things to do, and even places to visit. I have even gone as far as reading about every town from point A to Z when visiting the new location. This allows me to feel more at ease and understand the people in the new location.
  3. I look at the potential of the new location, the church, and if there is a parsonage. There should always be a parsonage, or else you will have another burden and hurdle to go through, adding more stress. I have gone through this before. We had to wait to find a place to live after moving. That church had a temporary place for us, that little more than a hallway with rooms. That said, it was more difficult and time consuming. Moving, home searching, starting a new job, living out of boxes all at the same time. I may be OCD, here but it really helps me know the size of the rooms so I can plan a place for everything. I even do a model to help me, seeing as I’m visual.Some people think that I go too far, but the reality is that laying out the space allows me to foresee what I cannot use, and gives me time to sell it or donate it. It also lets me know what I will need ahead of time, so additional plans for purchases can be made. Visualizing makes it more “real” to me. This allows for an easier, and in a crazy way, fun transition. (I am aware that not everyone will understand what I mean.)
  4. Next is separation time. Divide everything into 4 categories: Keep and pack, sell, throw away, and leave out until 2 days before moving. This is when you find your long lost sock’s mates, gifts you’d hidden too well, and even that high school shirt you forgot you couldn’t wear since who knows when. This process is easier if it is broken down by room. I like to start at one end of the house and move slowly to the other end. Make sure to start in an area where the “moving sale” can take place.This way, little by little, you can add things to this room as you go through the other rooms. I have learned through experience not to schedule the moving sale one weekend before moving. Give yourself 2 weeks at least, that way you still have time to get rid of stuff while you are doing the last week packing.
  5. When packing, label your boxes writing on 2 sides of the box the new location like kitchen, hall closet, and so on. Write contents on top. Now, don’t forget writing the word “FRAGILE.”I write it on every side because you never know who is going to dare to carry more boxes than they should. This will allow the movers, or volunteers, to know where it goes when you arrive, and for you not to be opening every box looking for your espresso machine, which you will need your first day.
  6. WIN_20190509_16_29_01_ProGive yourself time to relax. This time, thanks to my friend who dared to come and help me pack everyday, (maybe she really wants me gone…), I worked until 4 or 5 pm packing and sorting and more. This gave me time to relax and do other less physical stuff. Maybe I should have written this blog during those times. In reality, I just got worn out at times. 🙂

Now that we are already, I can enjoy the last few days before the big moving day. Not that all is packed, all but the minor everyday essential items are packed. For the most part, we are 98% done. I still have to wash my last loads of clothes and sheets, pack the snacks and breakfast stuff, and of course, gotta leave that espresso machine out until the last day. 🙂

So now that I’m surrounded by boxes, big and small. And thank goodness I still have my TV out for 2 more days. I can sit back and relax and take a last trip around town… maybe I can find that screen for the fireplace because the new house has one, and see about…  never-mind. Point is, I can sit and write and thank God for this unique opportunity that God gave me here in Abilene. Learning to love this town and the people has not only been a blessing but a gift. I plan to visit often, especially since my little sis is still here and I can’t forget my sweet little nephew. All that said, yeah, it has been a unique experience. A wonderful chapter to my life. To my friends I’m leaving, you are not being left behind. You are being given your own new unique experiences and blessings. I love you all!! Thank you for being part of my “Uniquely Raqui” life. ❤ ❤ ❤