Monday, October 31, 2005

In My Life, God Is Real

I believe. Does that mean I’m trying to convert you into being a believer? No. Can I simply display my faith in God on my blog? Of course. I would never disrespect your beliefs—for whatever they may be…you may comment as you please. I do appreciate opposing comments, because what fun would it be if everyone agreed with you? A healthy debate is okay. A debate where there are insults, name calling and/or derogatory assumptions made about another person, is just plain ignorant.

I would love to share my views as a Christian. (Dzer—not a word!) First of all, my faith in God was from experiencing His presence. It wasn’t from my parents, because we never went to church. I come from an Italian family. They are non-practicing Catholics. I turned to Christianity when I was twenty-three years old. My journey on learning about Jesus was amazing. I had to learn about Him first to experience the wonderful outcomes of his miracles. Not only have I experienced Jesus’ works by myself “alone”, but other people witnessed His presence while they were with me.

A lot of people believe that there is no scientific evidence that there is really a God. The whole concept of this is ‘faith’. “Blind faith.”

Jesus said, “You believe because you have seen me. Blessed are those who haven’t seen me and believe anyway.” ~John 20:29

Science is of this world. God, and spirituality is “not” of this world. God would never reveal His secrets of His plan. He created science, so it never correlates and will never hold weight as far as proving that God does really exist. It’s a test per se. A test of one’s faith.

Does faith in God comfort us? Of course it does. Whether or not you believe that God exists, studies have found that people are much healthier in body and mind when they have “God” in their lives.

People love to debate me on the existence of God. This is okay. I can only share ‘my views’ with you, as a believer. I once had someone try to get me into believing ‘the universe’ is our creator. My thoughts on this is, “Who made the universe?”

God.

1 Timothy 4:1-2 Now the Holy Spirit tells us clearly that in the last times some will turn away from what we believe; they will follow lying spirits and teachings that come from demons. These teachers are hypocrites and liars. They pretend to be religious, but their consciences are dead.

There are other people who believe that “The Universe” is their God. If you rely on the universe to guide you, then who made the universe to begin with? This goes for people who rely on astrology and the stars in order to go about their everyday lives. Yes, I think it is okay to study this, but as a guide to live life by? I guess everyone is 'different'---and I respect that...My guide in my life--is God--Not the universe or how the stars are lined up. (This is "my" belief)

There is a passage from Job that I want to share with you. Read this carefully, this is God talking to Job in the bible:

Job 38:1-39 Then the Lord answered Job from the whirlwind; “Who is this that questions my wisdom with such ignorant words? Brace yourself, because I have some questions for you, and you must answer them.
Where were you when I laid the foundations of the earth? Tell me, if you know so much. Do you know how its dimensions were determined and who did the surveying? What supports its foundations, and who laid its cornerstone and the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? Who defined the boundaries of the sea as it burst from the womb, and as I clothed it with clouds and thick darkness? For I locked it behind barred gates, limiting its shores. I said, ‘Thus far and no farther will you come. Here your proud waves must stop!’
Have you ever commanded the morning to appear and caused the dawn to rise in the east? Have you ever told the daylight to spread to the ends of the earth, to bring and end to the night’s wickedness? For the features of the earth take shape as the light approaches, and the dawn is robed in red. The light disturbs the haunts of the wicked and it stops the arm that is raised in violence.
Have you explored the springs from which the seas come? Have you walked about and explored their depths? Do you know where the gates of death are located? Have you seen the gates of utter gloom? Do you realize the extent of the earth? Tell me about it if you know! Where does the light come from, and where does the darkness go? Can you take it to its home? Do you know how to get there? But of course you know all this! For you were born before it was all created, and you are so very experienced!
Have you visited the treasuries of the snow? Have you seen where the hail is made and stored? I have reserved it for the time of trouble, for the day of battle and war. Where is the path to the origin of light? Where is the home of the east wind?
Who created a channel for the torrents of rain? Who laid out the path for the
lightning? Who makes the rain fall on barren land, in a desert where no one lives? Who sends the rain that satisfies the parched ground and makes the tender grass spring up?
Does the rain have a father? Where does dew come from? Who is the mother of the ice? Who gives birth to the frost from the heavens? For the water turns to ice as hard as rock, and the surface of water freezes.
Can you hold back the movements of the stars? Are you able to restrain the Pleiades or Orion? Can you ensure the proper sequence of the seasons or guide the
constellation of the Bear with her cubs across the heavens? Do you know the laws of the universe and how God rules the earth?
Can you shout to the clouds and make it rain? Can you make lightning appear and cause it to strike as you direct it? Who gives intuition and instinct? Who is wise enough to count all the clouds? Who can tilt the water jars of heaven, turning the dry dust to clumps of mud? Can you stalk prey for a lioness and satisfy the young lions’ appetites as they lie in their dens or crouch in the thicket? Who provides food for the ravens when their young cry out to God as they wander about in hunger?”

I person I knew well wanted me to wear a pentagram. The five pointed star. I always assumed that this was the pendant of the devil. They assured me that it wasn’t, and that it represented the five elements of the earth. The five elements symbolize wood, fire, earth, metal and water. Those five elements are of this earth…God is not. *In my belief* all humans are not of this earth—we are spiritual beings created by God.

There are so many faiths, religions and scientific theories that people rely on. If it works for you, then that’s “okay”. I respect that...I refuse to argue with someone who is a non-believer or of another faith. I can only share my thoughts and beliefs—that’s it. I’m not going to sit here and say, “Oh that’s ridiculous! Your feelings and beliefs aren’t valid!” We all come from different backgrounds and have our own thoughts and opinions.

I get flack for being Christian, because I’m gay. I get questioned a lot about my lifestyle and my faith in God. I don’t let that discourage me, because God made me the way I am. People will debate that, I know this, but He made me like this for a reason.

How terrible it would be if a newborn baby said to its father and mother, “Why was I born? Why did you make me this way?” ~Isaiah 45:10

The contradiction between sharing love with another woman and being a Christian, has stirred up some criticism while I was attending church. They wanted to lay their hands on me and make me a heterosexual—to ‘be fruitful’, to marry a man. Although I have no problems with men, I just can’t see myself living with one in an intimate relationship. Love between two people of the same gender is not the same as being promiscuous.

Why do many people think this?

This hasn’t changed my faith or discouraged me from my beliefs. I stand strong, knowing God loves me the way I am.

Finally, all of you should be of one mind, full of sympathy toward each other, loving one another with tender hearts and humble minds. Don’t repay evil for evil. Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you. Instead, pay them back with a blessing. That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it. ~1 Peter 3:8-9

I think that’s a great message from the bible, even if you’re a non-believer. It gives a general message that we should all be kind to one another, and not retaliate just because of differences.

Let’s just keep an open mind, and an open heart…

49 comments:

Jillian said...

Deb,

My faith in God is what has gotten me through many days both good and bad.

little sister said...

cool blog, deb! thanks for stopping by mine :D

and go figure why people instantly think homosexuality indicates promiscuity. I say get a life! I can't give particulars, but as a legal secretary I've done enough work on sexual harassment cases to say that promiscuity is RAMPANT in the heterosexual community.

really really rampant - lol!

and thanks for saying I don't look 44 :) uh, as to that fountain of youth I've been swimming in, it contains a lot of vodka, so maybe I'm just well preserved? ;-) Really, if I'd lived right, I might look a lot younger!

This was a great post! I'm definitely coming back! In the meantime, I've got to get back to my first blog review (stay tuned, and you might just find your blog on that list ;-)

peace out - lil sis :)

midwest_hick said...

I don't think sexual orientation should affect religious views. Actually I think I have lesbian tendencies myself....lol

kathi said...

I agree with you 100%, I've wondered so many times why God made you too. Sorry, couldn't help it.
I've shared this with you before, my faith. Raised an athiest, I didn't come to Christ till I was 26. I'll have to share this story too, sometime.
This was a powerful and honest post, Deb. I love you very much. I hope you know.
Hugs

~Deb said...

Jill: It's great that you appreciate what God has done for you. :)

Little Sister: Promiscuity is definitely among all sexual preferences, I do agree with you on that. I just feel really sad when I hear that people think all gays & lesbians are 'perverts'...that just tears me apart.

Midwest Hick: Unfortunately, sexual preferences has a great impact on a lot of 'Christians and Catholics as well as other religions' who believe that being gay is an abomination. As far as you having lesbian tendencies, I knew you were a dyke! ;)

Kathi: Better late than never. This only proves that we 'believe' in God--not because we were brought up with it, but because of our own understanding and faith.
Yes, I know I get a little ~deep~ sometimes with my post, but I have to mix it up a bit to show people who I truly am.
Love you too Kath!!!!!!
{{{hugs}}}

The Seeker said...

Hey, I read Faith and God and skipped right to the comments. Post what you like, it's your blog. :-)

Net's word said...

Hi there Deb - I just got back from my 4 days away and went to catch up with you on your blog site. Wow!!! Once again I am taken with your insight and honesty. I am a Christian also, but have no spiritual home with organized religion or church per se. My relationship with God is experiental and I am thankful every day that Christ came to show us how to find our way home. I also believe that Christ is a consciousness that is available to us all. I believe that God is Love and that if we live in Love energy we are on the right road. Thanks for sharing your thoughts - with such openess and candor.

PS - promiscuity is simply the action of 'looking for love in all the wrong places' it seems to me. Hetrosexual, homosexual, asexual - ???? We all want to BE IN LOVE - BE IN GOD - BE IN OUR TRUE SELVES.

I love you Girl - hugs and g'night.

Romeo Jensen said...

wow... we really are brother and sister

I also came from a Non-practicing Italian Catholic family (mom's side of course but they had the biggest influence on me because they're all here) and I didn't become a Christian til much later in life (18 and I will bew blogging on that in December) and of course I also take flack for being... well "me" and then the next moment saying Im a Christian... but we all have sinned and come short of the glory of God so Deb...


they can just bite us!
now lets go check out some babes :)

romey

DZER said...

I grew up Catholic and religious. We went to church every Sunday and on the holy days. Guam is VERY Catholic, so there were a lot of nobenas (rosaries) as well. This lasted well into my teens — in high school I, and one of my brothers, was one of the people the priest trusted to do the readings and take up the collection. And even though I knew about other faiths and was accepting and tolerant of them, I stayed very true to my faith, following the commandments and teachings as best I could.

Then I went to college and took Philosophy of Religion and it opened my eyes to so much — the different belief structures, the foundations of the various religions, why certain religions believed certain things, the differences between religions, etc.

I also started to see a lot of the hypocrisies within the church, and came to the realization that when men (and women) take over a religion, over the years they change it from what it began as. We take the word of religious leaders, such as popes, that God said this or God said to do that. And, most every time, these declarations were made for power, politics, greed and other base human feelings and desires.

I for one now live by what's pretty much my own creed. I think the most important commandments in the Bible, other than the 10 we were given, is Jesus' commandment that we love our neighbors. And everyone is our neighbor. Another on is "Judge not, lest ye be judged."

I don't care about a person's sexual preference, and I don't think God does either. If we were all made in his image, black or white, gay or straight, short or tall, this belief structure or that — we must all be accepted and loved. We must all realize that "in his image" is a variety undreamed of and unfathomable by mortal man.

"Blessed are they that suffer persecution for justice' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven."

whew ... OK ... back to the zaniness and humor that is the DZER ;)

Carla said...

Deb,

Great topic! I am glad you have your faith. It is something that society cannot take away from you. I think many people out there want to envoke fear when it comes to sexual preference, out of their own fears. If they put all of these negative stereotypes in the pot, well then maybe less people will make those "choices" and society will be closer to what THEY choose for it to be. (I have had many friends that preferred partners of the same sex and they, too, agreed that it was not a choice for them. That they were born that way.) What is really sad is that it makes society very twisted and unhealthy and everyone fears everything that is different, instead of embracing the differences and rejoicing in our uniqueness. Society needs to quit judging each other: God is the only one worthy enough of judgement. There is a reason for that!

How's your back?

Leesa said...

Deb: you said "*In my belief* all humans are not of this earth—we are spiritual beings created by God."

I see all humans as both of the Earth and not of the Earth. Sort of like Christ as being man and God.

I was raised a Catholic, and I get lots of grief from being Catholic as well (how the Catholic Church is sinful, pedophyle priests and the like). The Catholic Church is not perfect - because it is made of the people who are sinners. And sometimes there are rules made by men that are wrong. Just check out Deuteronomy and see how many of the "rules" are still enforced in the Catholic Church (answer = not many, sort of selective enforcement).

Loved your piece today.

~Deb said...

The Seeker: And that's okay. I'm glad you stopped by to say hello. :)

Net: You said it perfectly, "We all want to BE IN LOVE - BE IN GOD - BE IN OUR TRUE SELVES." Loving God comes first... Through experience, I too believe that there is a God...not through 'word of mouth'...Thank you for commenting--Love You Too!!!! :)

Romeo: Errr, are we brother and sister? (hehe) Don't you ever change! God gave you the gift of humor- you make people laugh; people who don't even know you personally. You've made me laugh many times, so thank you! Be yourself! I beleive what you said----"We all fall short"---we're all imperfect...God loves us anyway. Thanks for your comment sweetie! :) {{hugs}}

Dzer: Sounds like you studied a lot of other options, which is a good thing. There is a lot of hypocrites in the church, which makes it discouraging for people to go. And yes- I do believe God accepts all of us; He loves every one of us---regardless....but the fact is, He wants us to live a good life, loving one another and treating each other with love and respect... Thank you for sharing that with me. *muah*

Carla H: Fear is such a negative emotion, which I believe the devil puts in us to discourage us from drawing near to God. Whether or not being 'gay' is a choice, this is who I am. I remember being very little having an attraction towards women. I love men, don't get me wrong, can't live without my male friends, .......but---think of it like this (as you already know) If you asked Dzer (above) "Hey, would you be with a man?" He would say, "NEVER!!!" The same response I would give. Does this mean he doesn't like men as 'friends'? No. A lot of people get confused with lesbians and 'manhaters'. I can't stand that. Other than that, I really don't know if being gay is a choice or we were born with it. All I know is, I have had it in me since I can remember.
Thank you so much for your comment!!!!!

Leesa: Thank you for sharing that....that alone proves that even Catholic priests are not perfect. They have an 'illness' that keeps them sinning, and hopefully they can be able to overcome it. I had a priest in my town who got in trouble for the same thing. It's really discouraging to see your own priest get arrested...but keep in mind----they are "human", and we forget that, and then judge.
Thanks for your comment!!!! :)

Romans 3:23-24 For all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious standard. Yet now God in his gracious kindness declares us not guilty.

Love that quote! That says it all!

art said...

I beleive in God. Wth that said I think there is a lot of manipulation in orginized religion. I mean do they really want me to beleive if you've broke a commandment that God will send you to hell forever and ever?

~Deb said...

Art: That's why God is forgiving... You make an excellent point!

Nunzia said...

I appreciate your apologetics here. In the end, I suppose we are all sinful and do things apart from God's will, but I believe that if we are truly seeking Him, we will eventually become more like Him. Thanks for sharing that.

~Deb said...

Nunzia: Yes- if we look to Him more...whatever is 'sinful' of us--will be forgiven and will be fixed. Thanks for your comment. :)

Danielle said...

i was raised catholic but honestly i am not sure what i believe any more. Too many bad things have happened to me to believe in a god right now, maybe my opinion will change some day..

green said...

It's refreshing to read a blog of someone who is a Christian and not afraid to share their faith. Keep up the good work.

Leesa said...

Deb: I wrote my blog piece today before I saw yours - it is religious, which is part of who I am. My regulars I think, would rather me prattle on about some random thing or another.

Dan said...

I was never raised in a religious manner and therefore I don't attach myself to any one religion. I believe in God but I don't believe in attending church every Sunday to thank/worhsip/fear him. I live my life as well as I can and although I may mess up once in a while I know He'll forgive me.

We recently left the church we were attending because we noticed a great deal of hypocrisy. It's sad when someone tries to inflict their opinions and beliefs upon you and claim it's God's word.

In my opinion telling someone God will not accept them because of their sexual orientation is like saying Heaven won't take you because you're too short. If God truly is omniscient then how can we as mere mortals even presume to understand Him?

Now for some debauchery to lighten the mood. Deb, everytime I see your picture I can't help but be jealous of Hans Brinker!

pack of 2 said...

Nice post. I grew up in the Southern Baptist belt and went to church often as a child. I guess I stopped believing in organized religion when I started having my own belief system and no one could answer questions (such as...if God made me this way, why would he condemn me for it?) I still consider myself a spiritual person, though.

I don't get why any gay person would be a Republican, though. I'm not trying to be negative about your political affiliations or disrespect you at all. I just don't understand supporting a party that will do everything in their power to make sure that you and your lover have no rights and often equate homosexuality to child molestation and sex with animals. Maybe you can help me understand that?

Angie

Bert Ford said...

Congrats on finding a faith. It's harder than some people think.
I myself am a non-practicing Pseudoagnosticjudeochristianeccumenicalnondenominationalist

My favorite bible verse is "The heart of the wise inclines to the right, but the heart of the fool to the left." Ecclesiastes 10:2
God's a conservative (go figure)

Refering back to your reply to "Little Sister" I know that being gay doesn't make one a pervert, but, having been a practicing pervert since the late 1980's, I take offence to your inference that being a pervert is necessarily a bad thing. (hee hee)

for your amusement:
Q - How do you tell a Baptist from a Methodist in a liquor store?
A - The Methodist will say hey to you in the liquor store.

kathi said...

Bert ~ Now THAT is funny!

Saur♥Kraut said...

Thank you for an insightful and though-provoking post. I have friends who are lesbian, but their beliefs are not as defined or as strong as yours are. And, some are wiccan (which actually doesn't always contradict Christianity, depending on how you practice it, IMHO). My best friend is wiccan / Catholic.

kathi said...

I just realized that you posted this on halloween. Well done.

~Deb said...

Danielle: Sometimes when you experience negative things in your life, it does get discouraging. Hopefully that will change, if not, hang in there! :)

Green: Thanks! In between my crazy life and sharing my wacky life with others, I like to share the one side that I treasure the most; which is God.

Leesa: Stay 'who you are'. If one day, you want to write about your faith in God...then do it... And if another day you plan on writing something risqué--then that's "okay"... Breaking it up a bit is always good.

Dan: You said, "I believe in God but I don't believe in attending church every Sunday to thank/worhsip/fear him." You don't have to go to church to have faith in God or have a personal relationship with Him...that's a personal thing for everyone.
Ummm...errr....about Hans Brinker, (wrong dyke).... ha! Very funny Dan!

Packof2: Woooweee....the southern belt, huh? That must have been challenging as far as your lifestyle goes. I can only imagine. As far as my political views, they do lean more to the right- however I consider myself more of a moderate due to opinions and personal beliefs. I'm more right wing due to other factors other than my own lifestyle. I always find it amazing when people assume that all gays and lesbians should be left wingers... We may be born gay, but we weren't all born democrats. I do appreciate your input and opinion. :)

Bert Ford:Pseudoagnosticjudeochristianeccumenicalnondenominationalist???? Wow... As far as the liquor store, I'm always tappin' the communion wine. ;)

Saurkraut: Definitely, whatever works for your friend---I am not familiar with Wicca, although I know that many people do sterotype it and narrow that down to "Witchcraft"...So I really can't comment on it, due to my lack in knowledge of that religion. Thanks for your comment!

Kathi: Yes, I posted this on Halloween to ward out the bad spirits..... Didn't work, had some really bad wine and now a severe headache... :(

pack of 2 said...

I don't really assume that all gay people are Dems. anymore than I would assume that all people of faith are Rep.I know alot more Dems. that are active in church than Rep. And yes, I do have Rep. friends;). I still don't get voting for someone who is voting against you and your rights....that's all.

Have a great day.

Angie

~Deb said...

Packof2: I didn't say "all" people (or you) assumed that I was a democrat. I also didn't make it known for who I voted for. I'm not a Republican per se-- again, I'm more of a moderate. "To me" and my partner, voting for someone means what they can do for you "and" your community...Not just the gay & lesbian community. There are more people out there. Do I think Bush is the perfect president? No. It has to be a challenging job to be in his position, I will say that... Do you think Kerry would have been a better candidate? Who knows...He could have been worse. I have beliefs that lean left, and I have beliefs that lean right. I have dem friends, and rep friends...I have straight friends, I have gay friends---and so on. (hehe) Now I'm sounding like a wise@ss... sorry! ;)

I need sleep! ~

kathi said...

How's the headache? I woke up this morning wondering how your back is? Let me know, okay?
Hugs darlin, I hope you're feeling better.

Anonymous said...

I really enjoyed reading this blog. It made me think twice about sharing my beliefs with others, or in better terms, how to share with others my beliefs and have them share their beliefs with me. I never deny anything that rings truth and always remain firm in faith. I love your blog because you expressed your beliefs in such a delicate way.

Cherry said...

Deb - Great post!! I am sorry you get flack for being a Christian because you are gay. I am a Christian, and it's things like that that make me wonder if these people who give you grief are really Christians.

I used to go to a non-denom Christian church, but I left it because of their views on homosexuality. I could feel in my heart that this church was not for me.

And I have to agree with one of the comments above, that some organized religions are very manipulative.

It is sad.

Dan said...

Heehee....I'm glad you got the Hans Brinker reference!!

I know a person doesn't have to attend church in order to have faith but it sure seems to be frowned upon.

'What church do you go to?'

'I don't'

'OH!'

I've never been too concerned with how people view me regarding this issue anyway....

~Deb said...

Kathi: Thanks for asking, my back was great for the past two days--and knocked it out again by doing my hair...go figure! My luck!

Dear Anonymous: Thanks for commenting. I try to keep it delicate, because I have no business pushing my beliefs on someone, I can only 'share'... :)

Cherry: It's sad when people start judging you--they're hypocrites. No one is perfect. I guess these people 'think' they're all perfect. I now practice my religion and my relationship with God in the privacy of my home. Sorry you got discouraged too!

Dan: You're right. They even judge you for 'not' going to church. As if that's going to get them a faster ticket into heaven... :)

Opie Outlaw said...

I love your blog..followed you here from "mountain girl's" blog. Just thougth I say "hi"..and I'm glad I stoppped by.

Take care
GOD Bless
Op~

Opie Outlaw said...

Oh..based on some comment post above..I think some don't really care...but that's why GOD left it up to our "own free will" to believe or not. Get on the train..or be left standing at the station.

Op~
John 3:16

Tanisha said...

Wow Deb,
Didn't realize you were so spiritual. Many like you are (and don't take it wrong), proving again that the homosexual community is not without morals. Despite the church's snubbing of the homosexual community I find them to be more spiritual and godly then those "perfect heterosexuals" Although I am a jew by choice I pray HaShem blesses you for your endurance and faith. You are a wonderful person. Love you

~Deb said...

Opie: You are right- God gave us "freedom of choice"... I agree with that. :) Thanks for your input.

Tovah: You don't even know how much I appreciated that comment. To me, a prayer is the most wonderful gift you can give anyone. I thank you for even considering saying a prayer for me. Love you too! And thank you!!!

Tanisha said...

Deb you are the bestest...and of course a little meshugannah.
Ciao bella, buona fortuna

Geoffrey Hirschfeld said...

Deb, this is a wonderful post. I wrestle with my faith, as I am a Roman Catholic(and a convert at that), and yes, I do disagre with my church and I fear that I am becoming a "a la carte" Catholic. But with that, it is a hard but beautiful journey that we take, isn't it?
The older I get, the more that I doubt. But yet, at the same time, I will never deny, just doubt. There is a good reason that out of faith comes doubt, and most people have a hard time understanding that to question is not heressy-it is just a simple fact of Christianity. We were not fortunate enough to be walking with Peter, and listening to Jesus say, "Upon this rock will I build my church". We did not have the chance to be in the Upper Room when Jesus said, "Do this, in rememberance of me". But as it was said, "Blessed are those that have not seen yet believe". I love that!

BTW-I appreciate the fact that you are by far one of the most uplifting and logical people that I get to read each day. I understand the conservative bit(although I am a FLAMING progressive D), because your words are backed by concern, not rhetoric. And that sets you apart.

Peace be with you always, mon amie!

Oh So Wonderful said...

I believe there is a God...or at least a higher power. I can relate with Dzer - I come from the same patch of soil he lives on. Catholicism is strong in our community here.

This was a great read. Thanks!

~I believe in a merciful, compassionate God.

~Deb said...

Tovah: Did you just call me crazy girl???? hehe! {{hugs}}

Geoffrey: A bit of a moderate with left-wing tendencies.... I speak with down-to-earth tones, because I want to speak the way I 'talk'. If someone were to meet me from this blog, they would know these are my words. I sometimes don't understand why people get so rhetoric with their writing...To me, it just doesn't sounds 'natural'...then again, I'm not some intellectual professor of any sort...ha, far from it actually! Thank you so much for your comment!

oh so wonderful: I do believe that God is merciful- He is all forgiving. It's ashame sometimes when the Catholic or any other church discourages their people from seeking out God due to fear....and really due to judgment. No one should judge! Not one person can throw that stone. That I know.

God bless! :)

honkeie2 said...

Religion is a topic I refuse to go into....It usually starts a war....again and again

Tanisha said...

Shonuff honey bunches... How about "Fried chicken and Matzoball Soup" for my blog???

ken said...

i resisted the impetus to immediately read alll of your blogs deb....still have a few to ingest and smile with...this is awesome!!!! i love your spirit...you are genuine! beyond your physical body, no doubt of your striking allure there, but that is fleeting..it is YOU, the deb i read, and feel that moves me....glad to read something besides the standard "christianese" many espouse....here are hugs and a kiss to you and maddie!!
i CAN post and not write a chapter!!!! YESSSSSS....save a dance for the southern boy....

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