Monday, May 15, 2017

Concerns Between Liberal and Conservative Division Among Believers, and how Different Religious People can be Unified

There are so many Christians in this world. So many liberal thinkers. So many conservative believers. This often causes many concerns and conflicts within the minds of those involved. It’s sometimes difficult to get along with different “kinds” of believers, and in many cases each group tends to simply go their own way. Because of this, unification between these two groups is rare and sometimes nearly impossible. There are, however, ways in which liberal and conservative Christians can be unified. These ideas may be hard to turn into actions, or may go against what your mind is telling you to do; but quite honestly, in these situations, your actions must be derived from the desires of the Lord, and not from the ambitions and traditions of your own rules.

 FIRST of all, we must have an understanding between faiths. Not that we should be compromising in our own ideas, only open to the fact that there are so many different beliefs in the world other than just our own.
 
SECONDLY, we must be careful not to look down upon those who think differently than ourselves. And yet, we mustn't look up to their contradicting ways.
 
THIRDLY, we have to be sure to be good examples of the truth. And yet not to be a bad influence upon their faith. It is important to remember that as we might be confident in what we are convicted on, so might others; and we do not what them to “fall”, but to rise up in an even better faith. This can be accomplished if we are good examples and not bad influences concerning beliefs.
 
FOURTH, we need to be aware. As we share our thoughts to others around us, they may also get deep into sharing their own; and this could be dangerous to us if we are not careful with guarding our hearts and minds. It is polite and thoughtful to listen, but we have to also always be aware.
 
FIFTH, it is sometimes necessary to put our differences aside, depending on the situation. When we get together, meet up with someone on the street, etc., we can talk with friendliness and continually speak with kindness, showing with our actions and words our true love for Christ in the way that we feel it. All the while, being sure to set aside “heated” or “argumentative” conversations based upon “religion”. On the other hand, we shouldn't not be afraid to or avoid standing up for our faith. If differences are brought up in any way, we must be truthful and always ready to give an honest but polite answer.

If you truly are a Christian with a mind that wants to learn, ask questions of the opposite division in faith; find out the “whys” in their beliefs. In this way, you may or may not learn something in the way of changing your ways, but it may get the other person truly thinking. By cautiously digging into someone else’s religious life, you may end up planting strong roots of curiosity to the other’s mind; he/she might question their own ideas and “dig deeper” themselves after trying to correctly and biblically answering your questions.

So all in all, it is a difficult, worrisome, and sometimes all together confusing mess to deal with believers who have strongly different ideas than your own; but if done correctly,with the Lord’s help, and with a true desire, unification between the division of liberal and conservative believers is possible.

Tuesday, May 2, 2017

River Flows in You - Yiruma

Enjoy this SONG!!! This is my new favorite piece to play all day every day on the piano :) And I just wanted to share it with you.

#InLoveWithYiruma'sMusic

Happy music listening!

Monday, May 1, 2017

What It Might Have Been Like If...

...Delilah Had Been a Godly Wife to Samson

I, Delilah, live in the Valley of Sorek.
One day I met a man named Samson, and found myself falling quickly in love with him. The poor man had made a great many dreadful mistakes in his lifetime, one including the involvement of telling a riddle on his wedding day. On that special day, set aside to celebrate his marriage to a philistine woman, he had told all thirty of his companions that if they could answer the riddle correctly, he would give them thirty linen garments and thirty sets of clothes; and if not, they would have to give him the garments and clothes. For days and days the men could not figure it out, and in desperation, they coaxed Samson’s wife into getting her husband to tell her the riddle, that she might secretly reveal it to them. She did this, and Samson later was very angry when he found out, and did awful things to those philistines. Her Father, assuming that Sampon now hated his wife, then gave her to Samson’s friend. When Samson discovered this, he took revenge on the Philistines once again. In return, the Philistines went and burned Samson’s wife and her father to death! I am still horrified at the thought of these things as Samson had explained to me with such brokenness in his heart. Samson would not give up, though, and continued his vengefulness upon the Philistines. Again and again he killed men as they kept trying to kill him. I won’t lie, I am sickened by the realization that Samson has killed so many men, and still has a difficult time stopping. Though I myself am a philistine, I hear God telling me that I must be a comfort to this man in such a past and present mind, and to do him good. So I shall. Of course, he does not hate me for being a Philistine woman; He loves me as I love him.

One day we married and began a beautiful life together. We were faithful to one another and I began to notice that Samson grew softer each day he spent with me; I heard less talk about revenge and war, and more about how we could use such trials in life for God’s glory. I believe the Lord used my Christian character to help influence his thinking quite heavily, and that he began to close his mind from self-vengeance, and open his heart to God’s will and plan, realizing that God really did have a special story for him.

As we grew stronger as husband and wife, I tried harder than ever to bring good and not harm to Samson; but it was not always easy…

Once, when Samson had gone from our home on business somewhere or other, the rulers of the Philistines paid me a disturbing visit. They implored me to seek from my husband the answer for his unusual strength. Everyone around us knew that Samson was no ordinary man with strength like every other man in the land; and everyone desired to know why. Why these men asked me to stray to disloyalty with my husband, I could not clearly comprehend, but when they offered me eleven hundred shekels of silver, I knew it was bribery with every kind of evil intention. The story of what happened with Samson’s first wife was brought to my mind in a rush of panic, and I became painfully nervous. Surely I could do nothing of the sort.

I left the leaders with no sure answer, and when Samson returned, I explained the visit to him. I did not plead for him to reveal his secret, but rather enhanced his knowledge of the slyness of those around us. Seeing that I would never ruin or harm him, Samson told me his secret. Neither of us had any doubt of the other; I knew he trusted me, and he knew I could be trusted. His secret then, though I cannot tell you exactly what it was, is truly a gift from God, and will forever be safe with me.

No one, then, will be able to discover the secret, unless Samson or I reveal it; and that we mustn’t do. If anyone did find out, Samson could easily be destroyed and deprived of his gift. I have listened to God, and will forever be faithful to my husband. No amount of money or anything else of any worth could bring me to forsake the trust that Samson has in me. I am always to do good, rewarding, godly things that will make my husband proud of me; and one thing I must do, is forever honor and respect his desire to keep his special gift a hidden treasure. I know God does not want him destroyed yet; He has so much more in mind for him.
 
I hope you were amused by this random story! I wrote it a year or two ago... and I remember finding it really interesting to note how different things could have been, had Delilah been a godly and loyal wife to Samson. It was a joy to write! Very fun and interesting to look at things from a completely different perspective.
 
Cheers!! And Happy May to you!!!!
Your friend, Hannah :)

Monday, April 3, 2017

A Real and Personal Relationship


 
I love the Lord with all my heart, with all my soul, with all my mind, and with all my strength; because He first loved me...
 
My Savior, Jesus Christ, has captured my heart, has made a home in my soul, has become first in my mind, and is my ONLY source of strength. Without Him, I am nothing, and everything in me is empty. The intimate relationship we have can not fade away, because he holds me tightly. My Salvation is now secure in the hold of the Holy Spirit.
 
My relationship with God is Real because He has Saved me.
 
My relationship with God is Personal because He Loves me.
 
My relationship with God is Practical because He Created me.
 
I know these things because without Christ I'd be lost and dead. Without the love of my Heavenly Father I'd be in total darkness. Without knowing God made me and with a purpose, I'd feel worthless and empty. No man is without excuse that there is a God who loves us. My relationship with Him is this real because I accepted His Son, loved Him back, and am striving to live a life that glorifies His name.
 
"Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind. This is the first and greatest commandment." Matthew 22:37-38
 

 
My Letter of Praise to God (December 4th, 2016):
 
"My Almighty God and Loving Father,
 
I life my hands up to you now! Thank you for being who you are, and doing what you've done. Thank you for Loving me. You've saved me from myself, and have forgiven me for every wrong-doing. You are my Master and yet my Father; I am your servant but you call me your princess. You are my refuge when I am afraid, or when I must hide. You are jealous for me and you desire my heart.
 
Lord... I have weathered many storms; you have always been my shelter. Thank you for protecting me from everything that could have damaged me. You are my only source of strength and my one true stronghold. You are our eternal King, and You are sovereign. You are my Rock and my Salvation. You are of peace, grace, hope, glory, and love; You are an amazing God!
 
You are the Father of Truth, and God over all the Kingdoms of the earth. Your Will be done. Amen
 
My Lord, you are the only one who can keep me from falling. I stumble so many times :( Let me keep my eyes on you, let me want you, and help me to hold onto you first and foremost. So that I might stay standing in Your Name.
 
You are my ultimate comforter in sorrow. When my heart breaks... when I cry out in painful heartache... when I want to give up... YOU are always there, comforting me through the hurt, and pulling me safely past the destruction.
 
Heavenly God, you are my confidence. Without you I am nothing. If it weren't for You in me, I'd despise and hate myself. Thank you, Almighty Lord, for lifting me upon your shoulders!
 
You are my song. You give me peace and joy and Love. I sing praises to you from the bottom of my heart.
 
You are my deliverer. From my sins you have brought me up. From the enemies of this world you will keep me safe.
 
You are my judge. I'd rather be judged by the world than by you. Give me wisdom to follow your will above all else, and to stand against the temptations of this world. That I may do well in Your eyes.
 
Above all, you are the God who loves me. There is no one like you, Jesus. I love you more than anything in this world. Thank you for being the author of my story! Give me more peace and patience to see what you have in store for me in the next chapter of my life.
 
I praise Your Holy Name; I Magnify your awesome Splendor; I worship You Lord, with ALL of my heart. Amen. And again, I say:
                                                   Amen!!"
 
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So how is your relationship with God? I know I've struggled with many ups and downs in mine!! But just remember... He LOVES you. With real love. Let that truth wash over you, and you'll soon want to love Him back. When you've reached the point of loving Him more than ANYTHING else, then you know you're on your way to a relationship with Christ that will last forever. You may believe God exists... and you may call yourself a Christian; but what our Heavenly Father really wants from us, is a relationship that is real and personal. One that is so intimate that we can call Him Father, Friend, and our greatest Love.
 
Love God, and build a relationship with Him!! Setting everything else aside for a while... including religion, doctrine, and tradition... and really think about and concentrate on falling in love with the man who died for you. It's the most precious and beautiful experience that could ever happen to anyone. I know from experience, and I'm still in the middle of working on that as well!!! I believe it will always and only get better. Not necessarily to make us happy... simply to make us His. And that alone is all we will need, or want.
 
Thank you for reading. Have lovely day in the Lord!! And let God pursue your heart; open up and be taken by the love of our Holy, Almighty King.
 
 


Tuesday, March 28, 2017

God's Will


"What is it that God is purposing where I am?"

"Once I know what God is doing, then I will know what I need to do."

"The focus need to be on GOD, not MY LIFE."

I had never thought about this difference. But it really is an interesting and important point! I've always been so intent on my life and the choices I have to choose, and being careful to live a Christian life to represent me... when really, I need to examine CHRIST'S life, and follow Him and his example, so that I am better able to represent Jesus in the way I live as His child. To GOD be the glory forever!!! Amen.


"To know and do the will of God, you must deny self and return to a God-centered life." Focusing on one's own self-worth and what we have, is a self-centered view on life. But focusing on the Lord's power and what He has given us is a God-centered view on life. It's not about us or what makes us look good; it's about God's Will and what glorifies HIS name. As a servant of the Lord, I have been realizing that I need to remember this key understanding.



It's so easy to fall into the trap of thinking that you need to make yourself good enough in order to be called and looked upon as a good Christian. Yes, we need to follow God's rules and keep His commandments. We have to strive to live a Godly and Christian life-style. BUT... we can never be "good enough". EVER. That's why we will fail if we compare ourselves to other Christians or to what we imagine to be the "perfect Christian". Even our most righteous deeds or thoughts are like filthy rags to the Lord. We can never be clean enough, let alone "good enough". Instead, we have to compare ourselves to Jesus. And we must live our lives for Him; to live for anything else would be worthless. When we try our best to live like Christ lived, then our focus can better be centered upon The Lord's Will. And our strivings to a better obedience for our God will be more pleasing to Him, because when we look to Christ, we look to God. Therefore, with our lives, we can serve our Heavenly King. Not because we are accomplishing any great thing... but because we are allowing the Lord to accomplish great things in and through us. Our Father in Heaven has beautiful stories for each and every one of us; but our stories are only stories within His own. The whole purpose of this life, is to see the Will of God in everything. This is His World and His masterpiece. We are His beloved children. HIS WILL is perfect, and it is the whole centerpiece for our entire futures.

Give your heart, your life, and your desires to God. In His timing and in His way, His work will be done. We are His servants.



"Lord, whatever I know to be Your Will, I will do it. Regardless of the cost and regardless of the adjustment, as best I know my heart, I commit myself to follow Your Will ahead of time. Lord, no matter what Your Will looks like, I will do it!"

God has been working in your life since your birth. He was working out His purposes for your life prior to your birth. When God gets ready for you to take a new step or direction in His activity, it will be in sequence with what He already has been doing in your life. He builds your character in an orderly fashion with a divine purpose in mind. Give Him your life, and through it He will be glorified. Because when we make "God's Will" our focus, the Will He has for our lives with shine through and be beautiful. We must desire His Will, for us, for HIM. For us :) What a treasure His plan is!!

Now I'm not saying it's easy... living for God's Will can often mean dying to your own desires. It can hurt to draw closer to the Lord, when many times He will ask you to pull away from things you love the most. It will be difficult at times to understand why God asks you to make certain adjustments in your life, and you may not always be so willing. But when you obey, even when it's the hardest... God rewards you and in the end it is always best. His gifts are perfect. Our desires are sinful and selfish. His will is eternal and forever beautiful. Our own will is temporary and fades away with the world.

"What is God's Will for my life?"
"What is God's Will?"

It's not about ME and what I want, It's about GOD and what HE wants.

Lord, give me understanding on interpreting Your Will as the main key in living my life for YOU, instead of concentrating so hard on what your will is for MY life and ME. Amen



Thoughts and words inspired by "Experiencing God" by Henry T. Blackaby and Claude V. King

Monday, March 20, 2017

Happy Spring!


As today is the first day of Spring, and March is nearing a close, I figured I should write a new post!!

Life has been so busy for me... filled with ups and downs, laughs and tears, goodness and struggles. But through everything, God is wonderful, and His mercies endure forever. I praise Him for the happy times, but I thank Him for the sad times as well. Because in every situation, pleasant or bitter, I know He uses it for His purposes. All things work together for the good of those who love Him, and every good and perfect gift is from the Lord. What a comfort that has been to me recently!!

So anyway... Happy Spring everybody!!! As a new season arrives for us in this world, it reminds me of all the different seasons we have come through, and will go through, in our own lives. Whether you are going through a difficult season right now, or a beautiful season, just remember to hold on to hope, peace, and joy, no matter what. We should have hope in the promises of God, peace that He knows what He is doing and that the treasures He has waiting for us are worth waiting to see someday, and joy... because we are commanded to consider it ALL joy.

James 1:2-3 (NKJV)
My brethren, count it all joy when you fall into various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces patience.

Ecclesiastes 3:1 (NKJV)
To everything there is a season, A time for every purpose under heaven.
 
Praise God and enjoy this new season! Both in the Springtime, and in whatever present time you are in with your own personal life. God has a purpose for this "Springtime" under heaven. Be encouraged and have faith in the Love of our Heavenly Father!
 
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And now I would like to share a poem that I had saved on my computer. I wrote it last year :)
 
The Meaning of a virtuous woman
 
A beautiful white Lilly, always trying to remain pure,
A loving dove, ready to show kindness and compassion for to bad things cure,
An obedient servant, trying forever to remain faithful to her master,
A struggling soul, never ending in her fight against the evil tester;
These are of which describe a true woman desiring virtue.

To be a woman whose truths and graces never end,
Is to anxiously be ready for whenever God might call to send,
Is a fervent prayer and plea for an enemy’s soul,
It is a life to live and a heart to guard in commitment to your role;
It is to be a daughter of God filled with wisdom and willingness.

A rocker meant to cuddle close her children at night,
A fresh smile to send her husband off at dawns first light,
Eager hands to prepare a meal for her family each day,
Wisdom and encouragement with kind words to say;
Are the tools needed to be a devoted woman of Christ.

A gown of solid knowledge edged with humble lace,
Shoes fitting perfectly as to lead a straight and sure pace,
A flowing crown of rich locks to show the beauty God gave,
And above all, the words that adorn her tongue to heartache save,
These are of which a godly woman is to be clothed.

Smiles in which reflections cause her eyes to shine,
Laughter that brushes her cheeks to make them rosy and fine,
Words of wisdom and kindness decorating her lips to attraction,
Love for her Heavenly Father brightening her face above a fraction,
This is what makes a most lovely face ever longed to be seen.
 
A woman of virtue and honesty and love,
Is a gift of a wonderful and awesome power above,
Her heart is filled with a desire to serve and to obey,
Her soul is not easily fallen to the ground and left there to lay,
This is what I believe to be a woman, one that loves and honors the Lord Almighty.

By: Hannah Piotraschke
 

Thursday, February 2, 2017

~Trusting the Truest Love~


~Trusting The Truest Love~

No one truly loves me…

No one knows me…

No one cares for me…

No one trusts me…

What do I do?

Where do I go?

Who should I believe?

What do I need?

I’m all alone in this confusing world.

I have no friends who truly like who I am.

I’m living in darkness and fear for I know not what.

I’m barely hanging on and am still asked to prove what I’ve got.

Why do I feel afraid?

Why can’t I trust myself?

Why am I so depressed?

Why do I feel so angry?

I know life is not perfect.

I know that everyone has difficulties in their life.

I know…

But I don’t know why I feel like my life is purposeless.

I DON’T KNOW WHY I CAN’T TRUST ANYONE.

What is wrong with me?

I’m a failure…

I’m not deserving of life…

I’m a useless creation…

I can’t believe I’m me…

What am I?



Nothing really matters…

I’m going to die eventually anyway…

No one will know me…

Because I’m not going to let them know me…

It’s safer.

It’s easier.

It’s quieter.

It’s better…

IF I JUST DON’T TRUST ANYONE.

I want to have someone I can rely on.

I want to have someone to talk to.

I want to have someone I can show my true fears to.

I want to have someone who cares.

Why then do I feel like this is a silly thing to wish for?

Why does it seem like everything will only get worse?

Why can’t I let my heart be shown, to be open to just one person?

Why am I hiding so desperately?

I’m fighting myself…

I’m arguing with myself…

I’m trying to convince myself…

I’m only deceiving myself…

I know it and yet I don’t care.

I hear it but don’t want to listen.

I think it easier to put off my desires.

And yet I can’t stop wondering.

And fighting and arguing… over and over again…

Like I’m afraid of nothing but the person inside of me.

I’m angry of who I am and who I won’t let in.



Someone else might hate me…

Someone else might not care…

Someone else might hurt me…

Someone else might not be there…

I could get angry.

I could get mean.

I could get lonely.

I could get seen.

So it would only be easier to not love for real.

IT WOULD BE EASIER TO NOT TRUST.

It would be easier to not care.

It would be easier to not let someone be there.

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Then I hear a voice.

Then I hear a call.

Then I see a light.

Then I see a hope.

What is it that’s there?

What is it that’s holding me?

What is it that’s saying it’s okay?

What is it that I hear and yet refuse to see?

Something…

Somewhere…

Someone…

Is there.

He calls me quietly.

He touches me softly.

He holds me gently.

He cares for me compassionately.

Why do I feel ashamed of my feelings of loneliness?

Why do I feel warm when I sense He is near?

Why do I feel at home when I am in His arms?

Why do I feel so ready to appear when I hear His call?

I’m free.

I’m safe.

I’m comforted.

I’m loved.

WHEN I TRUST IN HIM.

So this is what I must do.

So this is where I must confide.

So this is how I must live.

So this is why I must lean on Him.

That I might be ready to trust…

That I might be ready to love…

That I might be ready to dance…

That I might be ready to let Him in…

I’m loved.

I’m comforted.

I’m kept safe.

I’m opened to be held and to hold onto others.

For I will TRUST the Lord, who is the truest love of all.

By: Hannah Marie