Peace & Perspective

Living in Peace by having the right perspective. Peace – ˈpēs Noun: Freedom from strife; a state of tranquillity or serenity. Perspective – per·spec·tive – pərˈspektiv – Noun: A particular attitude toward or way of regarding something; a point of view.


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Writer’s Block, Already? I wanted to write about Peace.

I was all geared up to write an amazing blog on peace. I had a vision of what it was going to look and sound like. I typed away, I deleted. I typed again, I deleted. I exited out and saved it for later. I began again, I deleted. I had nothing. I was completely blank. That is very unlike me. I am never at a loss for words – ever.

When I began this blog, thoughts flowed through me at such an incredible pace, I was thankful remembering that I was once clocked at typing 98 wpm so I knew my fingers were able to keep up with my mind. I created lists that contained lists within them of all the things I wanted to share my perspective on. It was an explosion of information and thoughts.

But not recently. I had nothing. I was all tapped out. And I know exactly why. My mind is not and has not been at peace due to some awful outside influences which have been sent to distract me. I haven’t been in the His word, I am not seeking His wisdom and my head has been filled with Satan’s lies and confusion. Satan knows my greatest goal is raising Godly children, having a Godly marriage, and living a life in obedience to God’s word. He knows that I know that if I do these things, God will provide all my blessings, including true peace. He’s thrown many things at us in the past 10 years and now he’s using yet another tactic to tear our family apart in the hopes we will just give up and give into his dark kingdom.

Corinthians 14:33

For God is not a God of confusion but of peace.

John 8:44

….when he lies, he speaks his native language, for he is a liar and the father of lies.

A great friend of mine always told me that when she gave me advice, it didn’t come from her but from the Holy Spirit. I was so thankful to have her give me truth in love and turn my thinking around. I admired her for giving credit to the Holy Spirit for her anointed words and they helped changed my life during some very difficult times. She was truly Godsent. As I’ve grown closer to God, surrendered to His will, meditated and sought wisdom from His word, I have also felt this anointing, mostly when speaking to my family. I don’t feel as comfortable sharing such deep and intimate wisdom with others who may not be ready to receive nor willing. But I feel that it is my role as a mother and wife to feed my family wisdom through God’s word. Many times, I stop and realize that I am being led by God with my words and am in awe of the wisdom that comes out of my mouth. This is not a prideful moment of me knowing it all, but it is a revelation of God guiding me with His wisdom. This wisdom that flows through me has proven to be real and true resulting in my children walking in righteousness and our family and my marriage being solid and whole despite everything sent to tear it apart.

Spiritual warfare is real and has been attacking our family for nearly 10 years. It is an unseen entity that tries to infiltrate a happy home, filled with love, unity, and righteousness and tries to destroy it through disease, turmoil, emotional pain, and people. I have seen it happen to my family and thankfully, we are a strong, convicted family and, by the grace of God, we continue to survive Satan’s attacks. If we didn’t live in obedience and surrender to Him, this wouldn’t be the case. I’ve watched it destroy families who are not as solid in their convictions and their obedience to God and they are left with nothing but devastation despite the façade they skillfully present.

If we let it, it can and it will consume us too. We must resist the temptation of Satan’s suggestions to participate in anything that is not of God. We know better. Satan knows he cannot get to my children, my marriage, and my family, so he is doing everything he can and using individuals who are spiritually weak to attack us on a continual basis. They are simply pawns in Satan’s game and are unaware of the stronghold he has over them. It’s quite sad seeing someone you once loved so deceived and unaware of the role they are playing in Satan’s kingdom.  All we can do is pray for their deliverance and only God can do that.

James 4:7

Submit yourselves, then, to God. Resist the devil, and he will flee from you

The reason I began this blog was because my mind was filled with such revelations on so many issues and writing about them and sharing them was very therapeutic for me. I’ve been stifled for so long by so many, not able to tell my truth and I’ve allowed others to paint a false picture of me and who I am. This blog is my truth.

When I write, I feel like I am removing something tangible from my body and placing it somewhere else, feeling relief that it is no longer inside me. I know that this is the only way I am going to achieve peace — by getting my truth out of me. I’ve come to the conclusion that true peace may never occur in our situation and know now that the peace we strived for as a family,  is unattainable despite our efforts. That alone needs to be our compass for what peace and resolution look like in this particular circumstance and we must accept, “It is what it is!”

Unfortunately, it’s not the kind of peace that is defined in Webster’s Dictionary and the kind we would ultimately desire but sometimes peace is accepting the situation despite the outcome. It’s finally letting go and moving on acknowledging that it is out of our hands and a door has been closed, locked, and the key is thrown away.

Acceptance of an outcome you did not desire is a difficult thing. I had written all these wonderful adjectives describing peace: serenity, tranquility, contentment, etc. in my first attempt to write a blog on peace. While I completely agree that those adjectives contribute to my definition of what true peace is, they are only attainable under normal circumstances. Sometimes taking our peace back is as simple as acceptance despite the outcome. Ideally, resolution, reconciliation and the removal of strife equates to peace to most people, but not to everyone. When left in the wake of someone else’s delusional idea of peace (i.e., without resolution and continued strife), there are no other avenues to explore for peace other than acceptance.

This began as a blog on writers block. I guess I just wrote a blog on peace….without me even knowing it. Thank you, Holy Spirt.

Philippians 4:8

Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable–if anything is excellent or praiseworthy–think about such things.

Peace!


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Perspective – Be very careful…

It’s a simple word. A view point. An opinion.

Everyone’s entitled to their own perspective. I am pretty passionate about my perspectives on issues. Some wholeheartedly agree with my perspectives while others vehemently disagree with them. That’s fair. I like to think that my perspective is true and accurate and based not on my own selfish intentions but from wisdom. I imagine everyone thinks that.

The question is, where does the wisdom come from that leads you to your perspective? The answer to that question is pivotal to the basis of your perspective.

Have you ever asked yourself why you believe the things you do? This is where it gets sticky and uncomfortable. When our perspectives are based solely on our own mind, motivated by our “feelings” derived from environmental, social and cultural influences, our family and friends, and/or even ingrained habits without ever gathering true facts and exploring all sides of an issue, then it’s time to re-evaluate the validity of our perspective.

Here’s the thing about truth. Your truth may or may not be the real truth. It may only be an opinion. An opinion is defined as: a view or judgment formed about something, not necessarily based on fact or knowledge. While truth is defined as: that which is true or in accordance with fact or reality. Again, I imagine everyone believes that their perspective is the absolute truth but this is very false.

In order for me to consider another perspective, I must be cognizant of the resources which were used to form the perspective and if it can be substantiated. I cannot do this unless I openly listen to and consider the other perspective. It’s difficult to change our perspective when we firmly believe in something so passionately because we are convinced our truth is, in fact, the truth.

At times, I am truly enlightened and a new truth is revealed ultimately changing my perspective. Other times, I find that the perspective was only formed by manipulating truth in order to pursue one’s own selfish desires.

Should we realize that our perspective was incorrect, and the new facts that we were once unaware of but are now privy to have been verified, the next step is admitting our error. And, if we admit that we were wrong, then it would or, at least, should prompt us to change our behavior or lifestyle. That change may require a change in friends, environment, morals and desires. That is when we find ourselves rebelling against the truth because we want to stay where we are and keep doing what we’re doing. It’s easier to bend the truth for our benefit than to submit to the truth and change who we are and the life we live.

Here in the 21st century, truth is left open to everyone’s personal interpretation in order to meet our own personal desires. There is no longer an absolute moral standard. The truth is now whatever someone wants it to be. It is cleverly spun and twisted, redefined, and manipulated to prove a point and win a case. This is not only done with great delusion but accepted with great delusion.

Have you noticed that whenever the truth is twisted and redefined, it is usually done purely out of selfish motives by the very one attempting to twist the truth? Let’s be honest, no one ever changes the truth to bring unpleasant consequences to themselves. The truth that is beneficial to us remains unchanged. But the truth that prohibits us from our fleshly desires requires manipulating.

Many cultural issues are based under an umbrella of these newly revised truths. We have become desensitized by this culture’s need, regardless of its content by completely eliminating facts, to accomplish our desire to “do as thou wilt.” (Please Google that quote. A link is below to further inform you about this quote and Edward Alexander Crowley who is primarily known for his occult writings and teachings and founded the religion of Thelema.) This is contrary to everything God has commanded from us. His desire is for us to do His will and not our own.

Unbeknownst to many people, there is a real reason for all this delusion. Bible believing Christians call it Spiritual Warfare. The world has fallen under Satan’s strong delusion. His work is effortless as we’ve become numb to matters that once shocked us and screamed at our conscience. We remain stifled so as not to be labeled a bigot or a hater, and therefore, too few are left to make a change this world desperately needs.

Some great resources on the delusion of this world:

1. GOTQUESTIONS.ORG has a great article, “Why is God going to send a strong delusion in the end times?” http://www.gotquestions.org/strong-delusion.html

2. Grace To You’s website, http://www.gty.org/resources/bible-qna/BQ012413/how-will-god-judge-the-world-with-spiritual-delusion, explains: “How Will God Judge the World With Spiritual Delusion?”

3. Jesus-is-savor.com provides information on “Do as thou wilt’ and Edward Alexander Crowley, who is primarily known for his occult writings and teachings and founded the religion of Thelema. http://www.jesus-is-savior.com/False%20Religions/Wicca%20&%20Witchcraft/aleister_crowley.htm

4. And of course, my source for all things, the Bible. A simple gauge in which to discern whether or not God condones or opposes an issue is, if the world is for it, God is against it.

Romans 12:2
Do not conform to the pattern of this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind. Then you will be able to test and approve what God’s will is, his good, pleasing and perfect will.

(Delusion)

Isaiah 5:20
Woe to those who call evil good and good evil, who put darkness for light and light for darkness, who put bitter for sweet and sweet for bitter.

(Wisdom)

Proverbs 1:5

Let the wise hear and increase in learning, and the one who understands obtain guidance.

James 1:5

If any of you lacks wisdom, you should ask God, who gives generously to all without finding fault, and it will be given to you.

1 Corinthians 3:18

Do not deceive yourselves. If any of you think you are wise by the standards of this age, you should become “fools” so that you may become wise.

Proverbs 18:2

Fools find no pleasure in understanding but delight in airing their own opinions.