Off Topic

This whole post is off my normal topics, but I felt today that it was important to share. If you are easily offended, please read past this post and visit my other non-controversial posts.

I don’t normally discuss religion openly because I feel like the biggest challenge with discussing religion is religion itself. While I have my set of beliefs, I know many who share alternate views, and discussing my Savior and my very personal faith with others has come across as badgering in the past. I can sometimes come off abrasive, and the last thing that a new Christian or prospective Christian needs is my personality getting in the way of their salvation in the Lord.

Now that that’s out of the way, here’s what’s REALLY on my heart this morning: Ministry.  Ministry and ministering to others was something huge for me growing up. What we did to minister as teenagers was several-fold. I visited cities I may never have the chance to visit again, shared the Gospel through rebuilding/repairing houses, singing and dancing, or in local communities through helping set up vacation Bible school programs.  What I DIDN’T learn from church was how to minister locally. How to minister everyday.

I grew up in the doctrines of the Bible. I have a rich history of Bible study. I don’t know how to minister to someone who’s never opened the Bible, or doesn’t choose to on their own. I don’t know how to find local food banks. I don’t know where to go to be ministered to. It’s a big frustration when I find myself on the other side of the fence, needing that connection….and not finding it readily. It’s disheartening to move into a new place and find that none of the local churches have reached out to me. Not a single card or letter. I attended as a guest to one local church, and I’ve been back a few times, but still no personal reach-out to me. I have a few ideas for local churches to minister to their communities, but it will be a matter of me seeking out the church and convincing them how much their ministry dollars could go to their own communities and impacting the lives of those we see everyday at Walmart or the grocery store.

Okay, soapbox done. Back to regular happy programming!

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Valentine’s Day Obligatory Post

I feel obligated to finally celebrate Valentine’s and other holidays on my blog, so you’ll see quite a few of these this year. 😉

For the “holiday of love”, I want to compare it to a different holiday or two. The one thing Valentine’s Day is known for today is the cards, flowers, and candy that lovers are “supposed” to exchange. It’s highly commercialized. Think about the holidays we’ve just come through. Thanksgiving (where you are to give thanks and stuff yourself silly with food), Christmas (where you are supposed to give gifts to those you care about, and even those you don’t), New Year’s (which is a big party day, but isn’t celebrated universally except for a kiss exchanged at midnight), and now Valentine’s Day (where you are supposed to, again, spend money on superficial gifts and be kind to those not in relationships).

I was at the big W earlier today, and they already have St. Patrick’s Day “stuff” out. But mind you, not as much stuff as Valentine’s day. There were flowers all over the store, reminding those who’d forgotten that they might want to pick up a bouquet. There were balloons and stuffed animals everywhere. I think this is the one holiday where men are encouraged to “shop” for others. It boggles my mind that we have so many holidays that are so commercialized. I’m staying the rest of the holidays out of the stores this year to avoid the commercialism. Next holiday up, I’ll keep my post more light-hearted. Thanks for reading!

Photography Hiatus

I am thinking about picking up my camera again. I’m going to take challenges and create something from them to publish here. If you have any ideas for something of my life you’d like to see (in a challenge format), let me know. For example, one challenge I’m going to try to figure out how to capture is the feeling of sewing on a machine. Okay, so ideas…..GO!