Jul 5, 2015

Self Pity

I'm going to preach to myself for a minute, because this is a real area of struggle, not just for me, but many I know. Self-pity. Things are not going my way, boo hoo. This is not the life I signed up for! I was expecting something better than this! I don't know what, but better than this!

Joyce Meyer says: “Self-pity is actually idolatry because it is self-focus carried to the extreme. When we allow ourselves to fall into self-pity, we are essentially rejecting God’s love and His ability to change things.”

Tim Robbins says: “All depression has its roots in self-pity, and all self-pity is rooted in people taking themselves too seriously."

John Gardner says: “Self-pity is easily the most destructive of the non-pharmaceutical narcotics; it is addictive, gives momentary pleasure and separates the victim from reality.” 

Erwin W. Lutzer says: “Satan exploits pain by making it the central focus of the man’s (or woman’s) thoughts and attitudes.” 

Self pity leads to depression, it discounts the power of God, it is an arrow slung by the enemy to get us to be discontent with what we have....

When you think about it that way, it's more dangerous than you thought. Not just a bad habit. It can be deadly. 

Keep your eye on the prize, loved ones. Eye on the prize.

Jul 4, 2015

In God We Trust

"... that they are endowed by their Creator..."

Our founding fathers understood that there is a difference between the Creator and the creature. One made the other, and therefore has authority over the other. The creature is dependent on the Creator for his very existence.

I can't take my next breath of air, but for the permission of God the Creator.

Say that aloud.

I can't take my next breath of air, but for the permission of God the Creator.

Pause and think about that.

Jul 3, 2015

The Desires of Your Heart

Douay-Rheims Bible
Delight in the Lord, and he will give thee the requests of thy heart. -Psalm 37:4

Today's prayer:

Heavenly Father, please either grant me the desires of my heart, or erase them. Change my circumstances, or change ME, and help me be at peace, whichever you choose.

Jul 1, 2015

Obedience vs Honor

The 4th commandment "Honor your father and mother" is not about obedience. It's about honor. We bring honor to our family by behaving ourselves when we're out in public.

Your family gets its reputation in the community by what your children do (or fail to do) at Walmart. By what they wear. By who they hang out with. By how they treat adults and authority figures.

Teach your children that HONOR is important. Not because I say so, but because YOU live in this community, and our reputation affects how people will treat YOU.

Now, obedience, that's another topic. You cannot walk in disobedience and expect God to bless you. Sometimes He does anyway, but don't you expect it. And don't get mad when things don't go your way. Are you following the right path? Check and double check. You might want to change course.

Jun 28, 2015

In a Better World

In a better world, I'd be teaching middle school math. In a better world, I'd be certified to teach middle school math. In a better world, ALSDE would grant certification to teach middle school math based on my having passed the Praxis exam for middle school math, plus experience tutoring, and 9+ years in the classroom. In a better world, children would not be saying, "Mrs. Kennedy, I wish you were our real teacher, because you're good at explaining this." In a better world, I'd be their teacher.

And I would teach.

It's what I do.

It's what I do well.

And everyone knows it.

Except ALSDE. Anyone out there friends with Tommy Bice?

Jun 27, 2015

Nothing Has Changed

Each of us is called to either a Sacramental Marriage, or Celibacy.

No legislation or judicial fiat can change that.

Nothing has changed.