Thursday, December 29, 2011

The signs of autism and aspergers

I just wanna say before you read this if you think you have autism or aspergers please please please get yourself officially diagnosed. DO NOT DIAGNOSE YOURSELF. That is a bad idea cause what may look like autism or aspergers could be something else. I suggest that if you think you or someone you know has autism or aspergers please get 3 or 4 doctors opinions and make sure they are in agreement. The reason I say this is you can be misdiagnosed. Doctors are not perfect.... If you or someone you know have just recently been diagnosed with autism or aspergers please keep in mind its not a death sentence. It's not the end of the world. There are many books and things out there to help you understand autism and what to do....Please keep in mind that even if you think you have every sign and symptom I list down that you could be wrong and I strongly encourage you to get an official diagnoses with the agreement that you have autism or aspergers by 3 or 4 doctors.

Signs and symptoms of aspergers in children.
Unable to pick up on social cues or body language. Not able to start or maintain conversation or take turns talking. May interrupt alot. Dislike in any changes in routines. Appear to lack in empathy. Be unable to notice subtle differences in accent, speech tone or pitch. May find it hard or impossible to understand jokes. May take sarcasm literally. May speak in monotone. May have a formal way of speaking that is above their age such as saying "beckon" instead of "call", or the word "return" instead of "come back." Avoids eye contact or stares at others. Has unusual facial expressions or postures. Be very preoccupied or obsessed with one certain interest or 2 or 3 interests. Talks alot about only one subject and conversation can be with them very one sided. Has delayed motor development. May be late in learning to use a fork or a spoon or ride a bike or catch a ball. May have an awkward walk. Their handwriting is often poor. May have a heightened sensitivity to light, sound, taste or touch.

Signs of aspergers in teenagers.
May start to learn social cues but communication may still be very difficult. May still have alot of trouble reading other peoples behavior and understanding behaviors. May be very introverted and shy and may feel different from others. Teens with aspergers may act younger then they are and may be very naive and to trusting. Is very vulnerable to depression and anxiety. Teens with aspergers very often are uninterested in following social norms, fads or conventional thinking.

Signs of aspergers in adults.
Usually by adulthood people with aspergers have a better understanding of their strengths and weaknesses. Able to learn social skills and many do marry and have children. May have a high interest in little details and may be a bit of a perfectionist. Will probably have focused interests.

People with aspergers will often have other disabilities such as Bi-poler, ADHD, ADD, anxiety disorder, depression, nonverbal learning disorder, Obsessive compulsive disorder and social anxiety disorder.

Signs of mild autism in children.
Bad communication skills. Bad inter-personal skills. May not answer when their name is called or when directly spoken to. The child may seem not to hear the person speaking to them. Sensitive to touch or anything on the skin. Very often won't hug anyone including family. Poor eye contact. May very often be in their own world. May seem to have no sense of empathy. May suddenly lose their knowledge of how to say words or sentences that they knew how to say before. Talk without looking at the person they are talking to. May sometimes use a singsong voice and other times a monotone voice. May repeat words or phrases alot. May flap their hands, twirl, rock back and forth, tap their foreheads, touch their eyes alot, walk back and forth, snap their fingers, click their tongues or tap their feet. May make repetitive movements. May develop very specific routines and is very upset when their routine is disrupted. May become fascinated with moving objects such as fans or wheels. Many children with mild autism can't feel pain. But can have a heightened sensitivity's to light,sound,taste and touch.

Signs of mild autism in teenagers.
May engage in long one sided conversations and not notice if the person they are talking to is not interested in what they are talking about or not listening. May have a lack of eye contact. Has few facial expressions and may have awkward postures or gestures. May show intense obsession of a certain subject. May seem to have a lack of empathy. May not understand humor. May speak in monotone and may speak very quickly. Usually clumsy and trips over things that aren't there. May have two left feet.

Signs of mild autism in adults.
Impaired social skills. Unable to understand body language. May be very literal. May refrain from joining in a conversation or starting a conversation. May avoid eye contact. Often doesn't like hugging. May be very introverted. May do random monologues on an obsession they have. Often repeats things they read in books or heard in songs,movies or tv shows. May repeat certain gestures. May exhibit a need for repetition. May deeply emotional but unable to express it. May have mood swings. May have a sensory overload and may be unable to concentrate. If that happens it can lead to an outburst, meltdown or shutdown. May not by co-ordinated. May have two left feet. Trips over things that aren't there. May have an IQ of 85 or above. Some have a genius IQ. Most often they are able to take care of themselves and some people with mild autism do marry and have children.

Signs of severe autism in children.
Has great difficulty with social skills and learning things. May hurt themselves purposely and may be aggressive. Often will spin, rock back and forth, flap their hands and walk on their toes. They often will not communicate at all. May also have epilepsy. They often don't express any emotion except anger. May wring their hand alot. May have trouble walking and may have an awkward walk. Very repetitive in what they say if they say anything. Lack of non-verbal gestures. Unable to control improper behavior. Avoids eye contact or uses it in odd ways. Very much a loner and an introvert. Has an inability to imitate body movements and how to talk. Has an under or over sensibility to light,sound,taste and touch. May not like any physical contact. Unusual displays of emotion such giggling or weeping for no reason. Impulsive. Has an unwillingness for things and may appear lazy.
Many of those signs of severe autism will stay for the rest of their lives and chances are they will not marry or have children and may have to live in a group home.

Also people with autism and aspergers are able to learn and understand the Bible. Some people think they can't and also can't love GOD. NOT TRUE. I have mild autism and I am a Christian and I love GOD. My brother has severe autism and he's a Christian and he loves GOD... People with autism or aspergers can often smell things others can't. They can often smell soft drinks or different kinds of weather or the seasons. People with autism or aspergers may also to be able to feel an earthquake 10 to 15 minutes before others do. People with autism or aspergers all often will rock back and forth, twirl, click their tongues, tap their feet, tap their foreheads, touch their eyes and walk on their toes. People with autism or aspergers are often vulnerable to depression, anxiety, meltdowns and shutdowns. People with autism or aspergers are often very clumsy and very awkward. People with autism or aspergers will sometimes fidget. People with autism or aspergers will often speak in monotone or a singsong voice. People with autism or aspergers find it hard to understand and use social skills and social cues. People with autism or aspergers often have an under or over heightened sense of sound,light,touch,taste and smell. People with autism or aspergers will often not like the smell of certain foods or won't like the texture or taste of certain foods and can appear to be a fussy eater. People with autism or aspergers will often find it hard to say things such as one time I went to talk with my Pastor and when I saw him nothing came out. Not a thing. It happens. It may be easier for people with autism or aspergers to communicate in other ways such as blogs or e-mails, txting or writing letters. People with autism or aspergers can be very impulsive and go off on tangents and easily distracted. People with autism or aspergers are often visual learners....

Well I hope you enjoyed reading that. As I said before please DO NOT diagnose yourself. If you think you or someone you know has autism or aspergers please get an official diagnoses with the agreement that you or someone you know has autism or aspergers from 3 or 4 doctors. If you have been recently diagnosed with or autism or aspergers its not the end of the world....

Monday, November 21, 2011

Have a happy Spectrum Thanksgiving

Well Thanksgiving is on its way. So now I will do my best to tell you how to survive Thanksgiving and enjoy it and look forward to it. I know that when you have autism its hard to accept the routine changes around holidays. But its ok the world is not ending. When you start to feel anxoius or upset just pray the serenity prayer which goes like this... GOD grant me the serenity to accept the things I cannot change the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time enjoying one moment at a time accepting hardship as a pathyway to peace. Taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things all right if I surrender to Your will. So that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.... Now on to other things. One thing I love to do on Thanksgiving is watch the Macy's Thanksgiving parade on tv. That is so much fun to watch! If your male though you'll probably wanna watch football. Um as for the food I think their maybe gluten free Thanksgiving foods out there but I dunno as I have not gone gluten free myself so I haven't looked. And weather you stay at home or go somewhere else for Thanksgiving remember that is your family you are sitting with. They love you. They don't wanna hurt you and the reason why some of the younger family members may laugh at you is cause they don't undestand and dunno why your different. And even if your family is chaotic remember that Jesus is right there with you. You won't see Him physically but He's there. He will always be with you even until the end of the world... Also heres a fun game for the dinner table. You could have everyone take a turn and each say one thing they are thankful for. That's fun to do. Also maybe you'll wanna give the blessing this year. I useually do the blessing at Thanksgiving and it feels really good to do that. Don't worry about what to say. GOD understands you and He loves you. But I will give you an example. Sample grace blessing prayer "GOD thank You for everything. Thank You for my family and friends. Please bless this home and this family and please bless us for another wonderful blessed year. In Jesus name I pray. Amen." If you wanna say more go for it... Well thats all. HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Friday, October 21, 2011

Have a happy spectrum Halloween

Hey. Well Halloween is here soon and so the routine will change for one night. Do you wanna enjoy Halloween but dunno how?? Cause right now the seasons are also changing. It's getting colder out. The sun is setting sooner. It makes it hard to enjoy Halloween. But you still can if you want to. It might be hard but not impossible. First off remember Halloween is only one night and the next day things will go back to normal. You might wanna watch some Halloween movies in order to get into it. Now I know its hard to find good ones cause alot of them are very scary. But I have my own favorites and I'll share them with you and maybe you'll like em to. 1. Twitches one and two. 2. Charlie Brown and the great pumpkin. 3. The Halloween Town series. 4. BettleJuice. That's all I got for now. But hopefully that'll help you out. You can also dress up for Halloween. I know some of you have issues with how certain clothing feels and I understand that. But I really dunno what to suggest to help you out. I'm sorry. If your to big to go trick or treating you can always give candy to the kids. I will voluinteer at my Church at something we call Harvest Fair and its really fun. So maybe your local Church will do something like that. Can always ask and hear what they have to say. It might be called something different so just ask them if they are doing anything for Halloween and if whey are ask them if you can volunteer and join in. And you don't have to dress up for Halloween if you don't want to. There's no law that says you have to. If you do dress up please wear something bright so that others can see you if your goin out trick or treating. Also take a flashlight with you. Be aware of whats going on around you and you might also want someone to go with you to help you stay safe. When you take your candy home please check every single piece for any holes. If there appears to be a tiny hole in the wrapping throw it out! Do not eat it! Do not eat any candy apples! Doesn't matter who gave em to you. This is for your own safety cause there are weirdo's out there who do poison candy. Well have a happy and safe Halloween....

Tuesday, September 6, 2011

Salvation

Did you know that you need to be saved?? Yes you need to be saved from sin. Sin is every wrong thought,word or deed. Sin is rebellion against GOD. If you believe that saying,thinking or doing a certain thing is sinful and you think,say or do it anyways then you are sinning. If you break one commandment in the eyes of GOD you have broken them all. Sometimes we sin and don't even know it. Psalm 19:12 says "People cannot see their own mistakes. Forgive me for my secret sins." Everyone has sinned. There is no human being that is without sin. Psalm 14:3 says "All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one." GOD hates sin. He can't even look at sin. If you have not yet been saved you are under His wrath. If you are not saved before you die you go to Hell. The wages of sin is death and its the same wages for every person. Do you wish to be saved from this?? Well you can't earn it. You can't buy it. Some of you might say "well I've done some good in this life so it'll balance out." Wrong! GOD is infinitely perfect, holy, pure and just. (And so much more but there is not enough room on this blog to list everything that He is.) You and me are finite and not perfect. Nobody is perfect. To be acceptable to GOD you gotta be perfect. Some of you go by a list of rules or by the Law in the Old Testament. By observing the Law no one will be justified. And the reason is in order to be justified by it you would have to obey it perfectly and make no mistakes your whole life. I don't care who you are that's impossible to do. Before you are saved you are chained to your sins. You are enslaved by them. They control you and you can't free yourself. Think of how many times you may have tried to quit drinking, smoking, doing drugs, etc and always wind up back where you started. Your trapped. Do you wish to be free?? Cause you do wish to be good don't you?? But you can't do good. Romans 7:18 says "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." So you can't do good you can't save yourself. And sin is controlling your life. And as time goes on your sins will just pile up more and more. Never letting up and being worse then before. The weight of it holds you down. You try to stop it you try to fix it but nothing you do helps. Maybe your thinking "I want outta the mess I've made. I've made so many mistakes. I wanna start over." Maybe right now your at the end of your rope. Maybe your contemplating suicide cause you just wanna give up. Your so tired from carrying your burdens and you've had enough. You think that you just can't do this anymore. Do you wish to be free?? Do you wish to have joy?? Do you want help?? If you want freedom your not the only one who wishes you were free. GOD wants you free to. He has plans for you and hope and a future. So how do you get free?? Jesus sets you free. Jesus is the only begotten Son of GOD and your Saviour. He came and died for you cause He loves you. He loves you more then words can say. He doesn't want you trapped and chained down. He wants to free you. Romans 4:25 says "He was delivered over to death for our sins and was raised to life for our justification." Yes He died for you then three days later was raised back from the dead. He is alive and He loves you and wants you free. So do you wanna be free?? Well in order to be free you need to be born again. John 3:3 says 'In reply Jesus declared, "I tell you the truth, no one can see the Kingdom of GOD unless he is born again." So what is the way to being born again?? John 14:6 says 'Jesus answered, "I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me." GOD sent Jesus His only begotten Son to die for you and be the way for you. John 3:16-18 says "For GOD so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life. For GOD did not send His Son into the world to condemn the world, nut to save the world through Him. Whoever believes in Him is not condemned, but whoever does not believe stands condemned already because he has not believed in the name of GOD's one and only Son." And John 3:36 says "Whoever believes in the Son has eternal life, but whoever rejects the Son will not see life, for GOD's wrath remains on him." In John 5:24 Jesus says "I tell you the truth, whoever hears My Word and believes Him who sent Me has eternal life and will not be condemned; he has crossed over from death to life." And Jesus says in John 6:47 "I tell you the truth, he who believes has everlasting life." So you are saved by faith in Jesus as your personal Lord and Saviour. Romans 10:9 says 'If you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord", and believe in your heart that GOD raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." That's it. Once you have done that you are saved. That's all you need to do. There is no mention of a sinners prayer in the Bible. So you can pray if you want but all you need to do is what is stated above. Once you do that you will be set free and forgiven. Romans 10:13 says 'For, "Everyone who calls on the name of the Lord will be saved." GOD will not reject you. If you have done this congratulations. All your past, present and future sins have been forgiven. GOD has adopted you and He is now your Father. Now isn't that nice to know?? And He is way better then any earthly parent you have ever had. And He loves you just as much as He loves Jesus. And not only does GOD love you but He is proud of you. Galations 3:26 says "You are all sons of GOD through faith in Christ Jesus." And Romans 5:8 says "But GOD demonstrated His own love for us in this: while we were still sinners, Christ died for us." Cause if GOD waited till we were perfect then He would still be waiting and would wait forever cause we will never be perfect. But Jesus was perfection for us. Cause only GOD is perfect. So I want you now please to write down the following "I am a child of GOD. GOD is my Father; Heaven is my home; every day is one day nearer. My Saviour is my brother; every Christian is my brother or sister. I am GOD's special precious adopted son/daughter. GOD loves me. GOD forgives me." I got that outta a book. I think it was J.I. Packers "Knowing GOD" but I'm not sure. But please write that down and recite it to yourself every night before you go to sleep and every morning when you wake up. John 1:12-13 says "Yet to all who received Him, to those who believed in His named, He gave the right to become children of GOD - children born not of natural descent, nor of human decision or a husband's will but born of GOD." And Galations 4:6-7 says 'Because you are sons, GOD sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, the Spirit who calls out, "Abba, Father." So you are no longer a slave, but a son; and since you are a son, GOD has made you also an heir.' Abba is Aramaic for Father. So you are a child of GOD. How great is that!? 1 John 3:1-2 says "How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called the children of GOD! And that is what we are! The reason the world does not know us is that it did not know Him. Dear friends, now we are children of GOD, and what we will be has not yet been made known. But we that when He appears, we will be like Him, for we shall see Him as He is." This is great news isn't it!? And also nothing can separate us from His love. Romans 8:38 - 39 says "For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor and powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of GOD that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Once your saved your saved. Once you are forgiven you are forgiven. Be assured and certain of this. 1 John 5:13 says "I write these things to you who believe in the name on the Son of GOD so that you may know that you have eternal life." And remember that it is not by works but by faith you have been saved. Ephesians 2:8 says "By grace you have been saved, through faith - and this not from yourselves, it is the gift of GOD." Also Titus 3:5 says "He saved us, not because of righteous things we had done, but because of His mercy." So we are rescued and freed from the slavery of sin. Colossians 1:13-14 says "He has rescued us from the power of darkness and transferred us into the Kingdom of His beloved Son, in whom we have redemption, the forgiveness of sins." So we don't need to do anything to get into Heaven but believe in Jesus. Jesus is the final sacrifice. No other sacrifice needs to be made. But this doesn't mean now you can sin all you want and its ok. It's not ok. Because now you are free to not sin. Before you had no choice but now being free you have a choice. You are now dead to sin and alive in Christ. Your body does not belong to you now that you are saved. Your body is now a home to the Holy Spirit to Jesus to GOD. Don't grieve Him by sinning. 1 John 2:1 says "My little children, I am telling you this so that you will stay away from son. But if you sin, there is Someone to plead for you before the Father. His name is Jesus Christ, the One who is all that is good, and who pleases GOD completely." So you are to try not to sin but if you sin by accident or if your in a struggle with alcohol, drugs etc then Jesus intercedes on your behalf. Temptation to sin is sure to come. And you will be made fun of,teased,bullied,picked on and maybe prosecuted because of your belief in Jesus. But don't worry He was beaten and went through all of that first before you did. And He will give you the strength and inner peace and serenity to get through it. Now that you are a Christian there is still tons more to learn about GOD and the Bible but there isn't enough room on this blog to put it all. So I have some suggestions for you. First after becoming a Christian go and share this news with another Christian. We love hearing about that. Second get yourself a Bible. Preferably the NIV version. I would suggest you start in the book of John. Third find yourself a Church home that you are comfortable with. Pray about this as well and trust Father GOD to lead you in the right direction. And finally find yourself a Celebrate Recovery. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered recovery group for any hurt, habit or hang-up. They are wonderful people and will help you out. If you haven't yet committed your life to Christ then please so so now. Don't wait till later. Jesus says in Revelation 3:20 "Here I am! I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears My voice and opens the door, I will come in and eat with him, and he with Me."

Monday, July 25, 2011

Autism and Christianity

Public opinion seems to be that those with autism can't be Christian or GOD can't get through to them because of the disability. That people with autism are unable to understand and learn the Bible at all and unable to seek GOD and have a relationship with Him. I have to say that well... YOUR WRONG!! Here is why. First off thinking that GOD can't do anything is stupid. He's GOD He created the universe and everything and everyone in it. Nothing is to hard for GOD...Second off well no one seeks GOD. Psalm 14:2-3 says "The LORD looks down from heaven on the sons of men to see if there are any who understand, any who seek GOD. All have turned aside, they have together become corrupt; there is no one who does good, not even one." So why do you expect people with autism to be any different?? GOD reaches out to us because we as human beings can never understand the infinite. So unless GOD reveals Himself we will never learn anything about Him. This goes for every single human being on this earth disabled or not. Philippians 2:13 says "For it is GOD who works in you to will and to act according to His good purpose." So again its GOD who really does the work not us. But still we need to tell people with autism about the Gospel. And don't worry if at first they don't understand just keep trying and pray for them. Also keep in mind Isiah 54:13 "All your sons will be taught by the LORD, and great will be your children's peace." So GOD will also be teaching them in His own way on His own time. So people with autism can believe, learn, and understand the Bible. People with autism can love GOD. After all I have mild autism and I believe and am learning and day by day gaining understand of the Bible and yes I do love GOD. Its possible because GOD is really doing the work. It takes GOD to know GOD. It takes GOD to understand GOD. It takes GOD to love GOD. But you still need to teach people with autism the Bible. People with autism need help because we think differently so the Bible is harder for us to learn and understand but it is not impossible. Anything is possible with GOD. So what will you do then?? Will you just walk past and ignore us?? Will you turn and look at us with pity and then walk away?? Or will you help us and bandage out wounds and pay for our care?? Because we have wounds. The world doesn't treat us very well. Many of us have been bullied very severely. Many of us are outcasts and are just not accepted. Does any of this sound familiar?? It should. Jesus when He came to this earth was an outcast. He was also badly beaten. The world didn't and still doesn't accept Him. Some of you though though might say "well autistic people don't know the difference between good and bad and therefore unable to do good cause they dunno any better." Well guess what you also unable to do good as well. Romans 7:18 says "I know that nothing good lives in me, that is, my sinful nature. For I have the desire to do what is good, but I cannot carry it out." Remember from the Psalm I quoted earlier that there is no one that does good not even one. No one is good except GOD alone.... So again you need to help autistic people learn and understand the Bible but also make us feel welcome in the Church. One way to do that is to set up a special needs ministry if there already isn't one at your Church. Have small classrooms for children with autism to have Sunday school in. One on one teachers. Visual aids. Lots of music. No distractions such as paintings all over the walls. Please when teaching the Bible to those with autism please keep it simple and straight to the point. Also make sure that the adults with autism have a place in your Church's Celebrate Recovery if your Church has one. I think the Celebrate Recovery's need to have pan flits for learning how to deal with autism and for getting out of denial of autism. And depending where on the spectrum the adults with autism are you might wanna set up there own Celebrate Recovery but do try to integrate them with everyone else first. Make sure the CR is well structured and has a set routine. Now as for Sunday morning services again try to help the adults with autism to integrate with everyone else. Make sure they are able to handle the service. I would recommend starting off with Traditional or Contemporary services. Please be available for them after services if they have any questions. Also ask them about the service and what they learned even days later just to make sure they learned and that it stuck in there heads. And if there is no special needs ministry at your Church and you don't start one yourself let me just ask you something. Do you have any idea what you are saying to autistic people if you have no special needs ministry?? To those who are autistic it seems as if your Church is saying "Your not welcome here. There is no place for you. GOD doesn't love you. You don't belong in His Church." Even if your Church is not tryin to say that intentionally that is in fact what your Church is saying. Don't give me any excuses either. Such as "we can't afford it, we have no room, well lets wait and see, we dunno how to do that or get that started." If your Church believes in prayer at all then just lift all that to GOD and pray until something happens... To those who are autistic who are reading this. GOD loves you and He is proud of you and He will use your autism for His glory. If you haven't let Jesus Christ into your heart yet please say the following prayer. "GOD, I'm sorry for my sin. I turn from it right now. I thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross for my sin. Jesus, I ask You to come into my heart, and life right now. Be my Lord, Savior and friend. Help me to follow You all the days of my life as Your disciple.Thank You for forgiving and receiving me right now. Thank You that my sin is forgiven and that I am going to heaven in Jesus name I pray, amen." I know some of you with autism don't understand what amen means. Amen basically means "it is true" or "I am finished." If you have been a Christian but have walked away and wanna come back please say the following prayer. "GOD, I am sorry for my sin. I am sorry that I have strayed from You. I ask You to forgive me now as I repent of my sin. I don;t want to live like a prodigal any longer. Renew and revive me as I once again follow You as my GOD. Thank You for Your forgiveness. In Jesus name I pray, amen." ... Now there are many autistic people out there who haven't read this blog or have and need help learning and understanding the Bible... What are you gonna do about it??

Monday, July 18, 2011

A handbaskets journey through Hell

What come to your mind when you think about Hell?? Most people think of fire, brimstone, gnashing of teeth, A Justin Bieber concert, algebra, etc... I'm about to give my view of Hell so prepare to get into the fetal position, suck your thumb and wet your pants. Or all three at once...
"Hell is a concept that many people stridently reject because it makes sinning less fun." Page 137 of A Comedians Guide To Theology by Thor Ramsey. And I totally agree with him. Sin tends to lose its allure when you think it will set your rump aflame for eternity. Alot of people though don't believe in Hell. In fact some Churches and I'm not naming names but some Churches don't preach about Hell at all. Hey guess what! To those of you who are removing Hell um removing Hell from the Gospel changes the Gospel. Sorry dudes but there is no way around it. "Hell makes a distinction between righteousness and unrighteousness, between justice and oppression, between gracious help and exploitation, between what GOD loves and what GOD hates. Take away Hell and GOD is no longer holy, repentance no longer matters and Calvary becomes a sham." Page 143 of A Comedians Guide To Theology by Thor Ramsey. And I'm just gonna say one great big AMEN! Cause if there is no Hell then what the Hell did Jesus die for?? Without Hell it wouldn't matter if we sinned or not. Without Hell Jesus died for nothing... Some people after being saved or before being saved will continue to strive to be good enough so they won't go to Hell. They think they can save themselves from Hell. If you can save yourself from Hell then what the Hell did Jesus die for?? They think they can make up for there mistakes or that there righteous acts will save them... Wrong! Jesus plus something equals nothing. I forget who said that but anyway its true. Tell me something. If you are one of those people who think they can be good enough for GOD then please explain how a finite, messed up, sinning human being can possibly make themselves good enough for an infinitely holy,just,righteous,good and perfect GOD. (There is more to His character but this blog doesn't have the room to go into every aspect of His character because He never ends.) The disciples asked Jesus who can be saved and this is His answer 'Jesus looked at them and said "with man this is impossible but with GOD all things are possible." Matthew 19:26 NIV translation. Even Jesus said we can't save ourselves from the fires of Hell. And just to clarify Jesus didn't come to save you from Hell He came to save you from sin which in turn saves you from Hell. We sin in thought, word and deed. We can't help ourselves. But we do have hope. Jesus is the way, the truth and the light. Jesus came to this earth and paid the full price for our sins. Because Jesus died for us on the cross we can be forgiven for every past,present and future sin. Jesus died because He loves you. GOD loves you more then words can possibly say. In fact I'll go one step further and say that GOD is proud of you. You are precious in His sight and He wants nothing but the best for you. If you haven't accepted Jesus into your heart then please do so now. Don't wait till tomorrow. You might die in the next few seconds. No one know for certain when they will die. So if you are ready to accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior then please say the following prayer "GOD, I'm sorry for my sin. I turn from it right now. I thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross for my sin. Jesus, I ask You to come into my heart and life right now. Be my Lord, Savior, and friend. Help me to follow You all the days of my life as Your disciple. Thank You for forgiving and receiving me right now. Thank You that my sin is forgiven and that I am going to Heaven. In Jesus name I pray, amen." Of if you've been away from Jesus and wish to come back then please say the following prayer "GOD, I am sorry for my sin. I am sorry that I have strayed from You. I ask now to be forgiven as I repent of my sin. I don't want to live like a prodigal any longer. Renew and revive me as I once again follow You as my GOD. Thank You for Your forgiveness. In Jesus name I pray, amen." Welcome to the family or welcome back to the family... If you didn't pray those prayers and haven't yet accepted Jesus Christ as your Lord and Savior then I want you to focus on the alternative. Hell where there will be weeping and gnashing of teeth. Eternal torment. Being punished for eternity. To face GOD's wrath forever. Forever misery,pain,anguish and sorrow. Never ending torture...

Saturday, June 18, 2011

I'm a religious fundamentalist and proud of it!

First of I would like to thank Hannah for her compliments. Thank you so much you have made my day! The only reason you said those things is cause you saw GOD in me in my blog and I feel so blessed by what you said. I will be praying for you Hannah and I've asked others to pray for you as well. GOD bless you and your home and your family Hannah... Dictionary.com says that Religious means.. devout, pious. indicate a spirit of reverance toward GOD.... SO YOU BET I'M RELIGOUS I LOVE GOD! WOOHOO! I'm dancin in my chair! ... Dictionary.com also say that a fundamentalist is ... strict adherence to any set of basic ideas or principals: The fundamentalism of the extreme conservatives.... Simply put extremly stubborn when it comes to believing in GOD. You can bet on that sister! Ya I am very stubborn. I am a greatful beleiver and follower in Jesus Christ. And I'm about ready to shout that from the rooftops! So yes I'm a religious fundamentalist in every single way. Thank you Hannah you have made my day. I hope everyone who reads this blog sees GOD in me like you do. GOD bless you and your home and your family Hannah. I'll be praying for you...
Jenny =^.^= moo :D

Wednesday, June 15, 2011

Funeral Home Slogans

Twitter is trending funeral home slogans and I thought I'd put some here. Some will be mine and some aren't. Enjoy!

"you stab em we slab em."

"We're just dying to help you out."

"We make you look good cause GOD don't like ugly."

"You shouldn't be caught dead anywhere else."

"Had a heart attack? We have a casket for that..."

"You kill em we seal em."

"Bury your problems with us."

"Everyone is dying to have there funeral here."

"We put the FUN in FUNERAL."

"Garbage collectors don't die. They just kick the can."

"Can you trust us?? Of corpse you can."

"Your pockets won't hurt when we put you in the dirt."

"There dead. Spend the bread."

"Kids coffins. Drown three get the fourth one free. Ask for the Andrea Yates special."

"Hit em with the glock we put em in a box."

"You kill em we fill em."

"When death calls add us on in 3 way."

"We're dead serious about our buisness."

"When your organs stop ours start playing."

"Your loss is our gain."

"You kill em we chill em."

"Drive carefully we'll wait."

"Discounts to die for."

"We're just dying to meet you."

"Service you'd die for."

"You drop dead we drop dirt."

"We think outside the box."

Saturday, April 23, 2011

The real superhero

I am going to blog about who the real superhero is. Who comes to mind when you think of a superhero??

Superman?? Popular fellow. Bullets bounced off of him. He leaped tall buildings in a single. And faster then a locomotive. Pretty cool but not good enough and not the superhero I'm thinking of for there is another who more powerful then him.

Spider-man?? Another popular fellow. Had superhuman strength, speed, stamina, agility, reflexes, and durability. Accelerated healing factor and an ability to cling to most surfaces. And was also able to shoot spider weds out of his wrists. And had a precognitive spider sense. Also had a genius level IQ and was a master at hand to hand combat. Pretty impressive but in my mind doesn't even come close to making the cut. For there is another who is more powerful then him.

Aqua-man?? Also a popular fellow. Had the ability to speak to sea life. Also had the ability to sense of primal emotions of aquatic creatures through telepathy which also allowed him to control creatures. Also had a sonar power which allowed him to detect things when blinded. Can also swim underwater at rates up 100mph. Could also withstand extremes of temperature and pressure. Also excels at hand-to-hand combat and has leader ship abilities. Pretty cool but I know of one more powerful then him.

Batman?? Now he's very popular. Has a very cool bat-mobile. Has an indomitable will. Also a martial arts master and weapons master. Also with a high IQ and peak human strength. But I know one who is more intelligent and more powerful then he is.

Captain America?? Interesting name. Also another popular guy. Has no superhuman powers but as a result of Super-Soldier serum he was transformed from a frail and sickly young man into a "nearly perfect" specimen of human development and conditioning. He as a strong,fast,agile and durable as possible for a human being. Has battle experience and training. His reflexes and senses are also very keen. Also he is skilled in unarmed combat and several martial arts. He also has a shield that he can throw at a great distance. Kinda cool but I know of one who is even more powerful then him.

There are many more superheros. Weather fictional or nonfictional but I know who beats them all. He didn't do what those other superhero's did but He did one thing that no superhero can ever do. His name is...Drum roll please....

Jesus Christ. The best name of all. More popular then any other superhero that has ever existed and ever will exist. He humbles the exalted and exalts the humble. When He came to this earth in the flesh people left everything they had and followed Him. He overcame this world. His perfect love casts out fear. He also casts out demons. But there is one thing He did that is the most wonderful of all. He died for YOU! Yes You! No one made Him do this He gave up His life of His own accord. He has the power to take away life and give it back again. He was whipped,beaten,teased,mocked,pushed around and was nailed to a cross. But the greatest pain of all was the separation of His Father. You see He was separated so that you wouldn't be. His Father turned away from His Son so that He could turn to you. Through the death of Jesus we have forgiveness of all past,present and future sins. But Jesus did not stay dead. On the third day He rose again and now Jesus sits in Heaven on the right hand of the Father. Jesus is the best superhero of all time. HE HAS CONQUERED THE WORLD AND CONQUERED SIN AND DEATH! Rejoice and be glad! Lift up your voice and shout praise! Life up your hands and dance! Spread this wonderful news to everyone you know!

"For GOD so loved the world that He gave His one and only Son, that whosoever believes in Him shall not perish but have eternal life." John 3:16

"That if you confess with your mouth, "Jesus is Lord," and believe in your heart that GOD raised Him from the dead, you will be saved." Romans 10:9

"For I am persuaded neither death nor life, nor angels nor principalities nor powers, nor things present nor things to come, nor height nor depth, nor any other created thing, shall be able to separate us from the love of GOD which is in Christ Jesus our Lord." Romans 8:38-39

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

We are the body

This is something that suddenly popped into my head and I wrote it down and now I will share it. This is based off of 1 Corinthians 12:16-27.... Every body needs a command center. The eye needs to be told "look over there." The eye can't do this on its own. Also the eye does not say "no I will not." It just does what its told to do. The eye does not question the command. The command comes from the brain. The brain is the center of all activity that happens in the body. Whatever the body does the brain is behind it. Nothing in the body is out of the brains control. And nothing goes on in the body that the brain does not know about. We are the body. The body of Christ. We all do different things but are designed to work together as one. Just as the Holy Spirit,Jesus and the Father do different things but work as one cause He is One. Every body needs a command center. We all need to be told what to do. GOD is our command center. We must listen to Him and obey. Notice I first said listen. Listening is key. We have two ears and one mouth for a reason. We need to listen first in order to know what to do. Then once we know we must go forth and do it! Don't just sit there and hum and haw and go "what if" or "ya but." GOD will not give you more then you can handle. GOD will not give you a command that He will not help you do. Remember His grace is sufficient and His power is made perfect in weakness.

How to have a happy spectrum Easter

Well Easter is coming up very soon and so I decided to do a post on how to survive and have fun with Easter. Family might come over but don't panic. Just like on Christmas you just put on ya best smile. Be the official Easter door greater if ya want. Might be fun. Now some of your brothers or sisters or cousins might still believe in the Easter bunny and might wanna look for eggs. No harm in that. So how about the night before you help hide the eggs. When the children find the eggs the next day help them to paint them. It doesn't have to be perfect. Now as for the adults in the family you could watch some Easter movies together. My favorites are The Jesus Movie and The Robe. I dunno of any Easter movies for children but I'm sure there will be lots of specials on that day so I wouldn't worry about it. Also please check you local Church to see if they'll do any special Easter services on Good Friday or Easter Sunday or both. And on Good Friday and Easter Sunday read in the Bible of Jesus crucifixion,death and resurrection. There are also Easter songs. So please do listen to them on Good Friday and Easter Sunday. These songs are the ones I love and they are... 1.Petra. King Of Kings 2. Petra. Judas Kiss 3. Steve Green. He hold's The Keys 4. Steve Green. Enter In 5. Kari Jobe. The Revelation Song 6. Skillet. Forgiven 7. Abandon. Hero 8. Relient K. Forgiven 9. Petra. I will Celebrate/When The Spirit Of The Lord 10. Dallas Holm. Rise Again 11. Aaron Shust. My Savior, My God ....So those are the Easter songs that I recommend. That's all I can say for Easter. So have a happy spectrum Easter!

Saturday, April 2, 2011

Autism and Christianity

Temple Grandin once said that people with Autism are unable to believe and understand religion in anyway shape or form. I am autistic and I am Christian and I tell you the truth that she is wrong. Just because someone is disabled doesn't mean they can't believe. My brother believes in Jesus and in GOD and he has sever autism. You see its not not people who help others to believe. Its GOD. It has always has been always will be. It takes GOD to believe in GOD. It takes GOD to learn about GOD. It takes GOD to know and understand GOD. It takes GOD to love GOD. GOD chooses the people. They never choose Him. No one seeks GOD on there own. No one ever has no one ever will. GOD chose me. I did not choose Him. I did not look for Him. Because of Him I believe. Because of GOD I love Him. GOD has no limitations. We have the limits. But we can do all things through Christ who strengthens us. And don't dare say to those with special needs "if you had faith you would no longer have a disability." GOD created them and they are all fearfully and wonderfully made. GOD loves them to. GOD gave them that disability so that He will get glory in a new and different way. It's in John 9: 1 -3. It says (in New Living Translation) "As Jesus Walked along He saw a man who had been blind from birth. "Teacher" His disciples asked Him "why was this man born blind? Was it a result of his own sins or those of his parents?" ... "It was not because of his sins or his parents." Jesus answered. "He was born blind so the power of GOD could be seen in him." This is why I was born autistic or why anyone is born with whatever disability they have. GOD made me autistic. He wanted me to be so that He would get glory in a new and different way. Some people think that if someone is disabled GOD can't get through. Umm can't?? With GOD all things are possible. What is impossible for man is possible for GOD. Jesus said this. Some say it would just take to long for someone disabled to learn about the Bible. If your any sort of Christian at all then you would know 1 Corinthians 13:4 -13:8. "Love is patient, love is kind. It does not envy , it does not boast it is not proud. It is not rude, it is not self-seeking, it is not easily angered, it keeps no record of wrongs. Love does not delight in evil but rejoices with the truth. It always protects, always trusts, always hopes, always perseveres. Love never fails." So no the excuse it would take to long it will not do... Right now there is no special needs ministry at my Church. And for every rat you see there's 50 that you don't. There needs to be special needs Sunday school. Gluten free bread so that those who are allergic to gluten can take part in communion. For some who are either sensory seekers or sensory avoiders they might need special Sunday services. Or even those who aren't might struggle with Church services and need special services. I got nothin in mind at the moment of how it could be different so that they could take part. But I'm sure someone out there can think of something. There also needs to be something for special needs at the Celebrate Recovery's. I've seen stuff about all sorts of struggles except anything to do with struggling with any disability and havin the faith. You know that is very much a struggle. Faith and understanding of the Bible does not come easy to anyone disabled or not. That's where GOD comes in. He stands at the door and knocks. Are you gonna answer??


Saturday, March 26, 2011

Anti-bullying

When I was a kid in school I got bullied constantly... Except for one year of public school but that's a subject for another post... One of my first memories of being bullied is when I was in the corner of the school yard. Don't remember how I got there. And there was one kid on each side of me and they were taking turns slapping me across the face. I did not have time to react and run or say anything or do anything... (Since I have autism I have slower reactions then normal.) ... I saw the teacher and she just stood there. She saw what was happening I saw her look over. But she didn't do anything. Suddenly in the background I saw my Mom. My Mom just happened to be visiting the school that day. I dunno why. She was all dressed up in a dress and high heals and when she saw me she jumped over a very tall fence that surrounded the playground and ran over and got those kids away from me. She took the kids by there coats and took em to the teacher who was supposed to be watching. And she asked the teacher why she didn't do anything. The teacher just shrugged. So my Mom took those kids to the Principals office and demanded that something be done. The teacher was only reprimanded and the kids had to miss school for a day or so. My cheeks hurt for a week and my face was even swollen for a while... Then I went to another school. Well that whole class of kids did not like me and I'm not exaggerating. See I was misdiagnosed with ADHD but they could tell I was not of there world. Something else was different. I was never left alone. They pulled my hair. They pushed me all the time. They pinched me. They hit me and punched me and kicked me. They threw things at me and called me names. Called me retard and spat at me. They called me a freak. Said I was ugly. Said I was stupid. They even locked me outside so I couldn't get into the classroom to have my lunch. And this was in Canada where it is sometimes minus 30 Celsius. And the rule at my school was you weren't allowed to eat outside so I always got in trouble. And I couldn't explain it at the time because I couldn't talk. Even if I could my bullies constantly threatened me that if I told anyone they would hurt me even more. And I believed them. Even in the classroom they kicked me from under the desk or pulled my hair. The teachers never did anything. They just told me "if someone is bullying you just walk away." When I walked or ran away they followed me. I had no escape from them. They rode the same bus with me to and from school. They even lived in my neighborhood. Every time I walked outside there they were ready to attack and make me feel miserable. I remember one time when I was going on the bus and one big kid was assigning seats. He made me sit on the steps of the bus. If that bus had crashed I would have been killed. I got trampled over when the bus stopped and the kids got out. One time the teacher put a note on my shirt that everybody could see that said in big bold letters "I did not pee my pants today." Everyone laughed at me and I couldn't figure out how to take it off so I had to wear it till I got home. One time during gym someone got at my clothes cause I changed to shorts and t-shirt for gym and they got at my other clothes and soaked them all in the sink in ice cold water and I had to wear ice cold wet clothes home in minus 30 weather. I was sick at home for I dunno how long. I didn't get phenomena. GOD was surely watching over me. One time literally the whole school ganged up on me. I'm not exaggerating. I wish I was but I'm not. Every kid in that school one day ganged up on me and just beat me up till I couldn't even move and even then they were still kicking me. They would have beat me to death but they stopped cause of one tiny little girl. She looked maybe 4 maybe younger. She told them to stop and helped me get to the nurses office. I never saw her before and haven't since. But the teachers nor the principal never did anything about it. Even the school board wouldn't even do anything. The bullying got so bad that I started getting migraines on a daily bases. From the stress. My grades were falling rapidly. I wasn't even passing anymore. The teachers gave up on me said I wasn't trying. Said I was unable to learn. Even the Principal agreed with them. Then one morning my Mom was getting me up for school and I was so frightened I couldn't even get outta bed. I couldn't even move. That's when my Mom decided it was time to home school me.... Being bullied isn't fun. It damages how you think of yourself. You know the saying sticks and stones can brake my bones but words can never hurt me?? Nothing could be more untrue. Words are very hurtful and harmful. Putting someone down doesn't make you cool. If you see someone getting hurt please either do something about it or tell someone who can do something about it. Don't ever just walk by and ignore it. Bullying is not just physical. You can bully someone emotionally and mentally. This treatment could make them in later years become bitter and resentful. They might even need therapy. And you know physical scars do go away but the emotional ones sometimes never do. The person bullied in later years may become more introverted and fearful of others. When you bully someone you could possibly change who they are for life. The person being bullied does not just shrug and forget about it. They remember it weather they are disabled or not. Most people thought I wouldn't remember cause I'm disabled. I do remember. I remember it all like it was yesterday. Some said cause I was disabled it didn't really hurt me cause I didn't say anything. It hurt me and I didn't say anything cause I wasn't able to and even if I was able to I was afraid the bullies would hurt me more. If you see someone being bullied and put a stop to it please make sure to get both sides of the story. Even if the other can't talk please realize and remember there's two sides to everything.... To those who have been bullied... Your not alone. GOD loves you and Jesus also got beaten cause He was different. He suffered before you did. If you have been bullied in the past and are still dealing with the hurts of being bullied I encourage you to please go to a Celebrate Recovery. It's a Christ centered recovery group for any hurt,habit or hang-up. And please know its not your fault. You did not choose to be bullied. You did not make the bullies pick on you and hurt you. Nothing you said or did made you deserve being bullied... To those who are bullies.. You need to stop what your doing cause you are causing more damage then you are aware of. Some people bully to make themselves feel more important or just to get attention cause there not getting it at home. Some people bully cause there living in an abusive home. If you fall any of those categories then please I encourage you also to go to a Celebrate Recovery and even if you don't fall in those categories then I encourage you to go anyways... To those whose advice is to just walk away... This advice is useless. Please get some new advice cause trust me that doesn't work. And don't use the "just ignore it" advice. Trust me that doesn't work either. Or the "just don't give them the attention" advice. That won't do it either. Believe me I avoided and ignored my bullies as much as I could and I still got bullied everyday. And please parents don't bring your kids up to feel nothing if they are being bullied cause you think it might protect them more. Believe me that will not work. Pushing feelings away and bottling them up just makes things worse... To all who have read this. Put a stop to bullying. You see anyone getting picked on or put down or hurt in anyway please do something. Don't just walk away and do nothing that's the worst thing you can do. If you can't do anything then tell someone who can do something as quick as possible. Never wait and see if it'll just end on its own cause it won't... STOP BULLYING

Serenity Prayer

GOD grant me the serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can and the wisdom to know the difference. Living one day at a time enjoying one moment at a time accepting hardship as a pathway to peace. Taking as Jesus did this sinful world as it is not as I would have it. Trusting that You will make all things right if I surrender to Your will so that I may be reasonably happy in this life and supremely happy with You forever in the next. Amen.
Reinhold Niebuhr

Friday, March 11, 2011

What this blog is about

Some of you out there may have wondered what this blog is for and about. The World Of Mismatched Socks is for and about a few things. 1st is GOD. I will always post up prayers of mine and I will post up other peoples prayers if I think it necessary to do so. I will post thoughts on the Bible and GOD. I will post Spiritual experiences if GOD tells me I should. I will also sometimes post up a who to follow list of pastors and Christian orgs and other Christian people that I think you should follow on twitter. 2nd is autism. This blog I will use to post up autism and asperger's research. I will post up any statistics on the spectrum if I think I should. I will post up any therapies that would help those on the spectrum. I will also sometimes post up a follow list of those struggling with the spectrum in anyway weather a parent or if they have it or whatever the case may be. I will post up a follow list of spectrum orgs to follow sometimes. You can follow whomever I post on twitter. 3rd This post is about my own life experiences of having autism and how I see things and experience things. Or past things that I have been through. I will post up memories that I feel like sharing. 4th This is also about my brother who has sever autism and I will post up what he does every once in a while. 5th Every once in a while I will do a random blog on a subject such a friendships or bullying. These I do when I feel like it. 6th This blog is also about cool storms. I love thunderstorms so sometimes I will share YouTube videos of thunderstorms I think are cool and blog about them. 7th This blog is also for any advice that I have for those struggling with the spectrum. 8th This blog is also advice that I have on how to grow in a relationship with GOD and understanding the Bible. 9th This blog I will also use for remembrance days such as 9/11 and other events. 10th I will also use this blog on how to survive and enjoy the holidays such as the ones I did for Thanksgiving, Christmas and New Years..... So that is what this blog is about. I will also once in a while do a blog for WorldPrayr but not the whole The World Of Mismatched Socks will NOT be donated to WorldPrayr... This will never change unless GOD tells me to do otherwise.... GOD bless you. Have a nice day.

Jenny =^.^= moo

Thursday, February 24, 2011

GOD I love You and thank You for blessing me!

GOD surely has blessed me in many ways. Yes big change from what I said in my last post isn't it?? Well after I blogged about I prayed about it and talked about it and thank you all who gave me advice about it. GOD bless you all... I was thinking about all the change and a thought came to me. I believe this thought was from GOD. And it was to not think of the pastors who are leaving as my pastors but as my brothers in Christ because they are. They are my brothers. And the same Father who is telling them to go is the same Father who is telling me to wait. He has my best interest in mind. He has plans for me hope and a future. He knows whats best for me and He loves me. Isaiah 49:16 says [God] loves you so much that He engraved your name on the palm of His hand. Matthew 10:30 says He loves you so much that He knows how many hairs are on your head. Psalm 56:8 says He loves you so much that He saves your tears in a bottle. Jeremiah 31:3 says He loves you with an everlasting love.God's love is very personal toward you. It doesn't matter where you've been, it doesn't matter what you've done, it doesn't matter what you've experienced - God loves you. It doesn't matter what you have thought about yourself or what other people may have said about you - God loves you. This is what God says about you! You are honored, you are precious in His eyes (Isaiah 43:4). Isn't that an amazing thing?? Isn't that wonderful?? And in case your wondering you can't be separated from that love ever! Romans 8:38-39 (New International Version,)38 For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord... NOTHING! For who or what is more powerful then GOD?? No one and nothing. Therefore nothing can separate us from His love. So when your kicking your heals and throwing a tantrum or worrying or upset about something turn to GOD, give it to Him,don't take it back and remember He loves you and has plans for you hope and a future and wants only the best for you.... GOD is love 1st John 4:8

Monday, February 14, 2011

A love letter from GOD to you

Since today is Valentines Day here is a letter from GOD to you. I didn't make this up. This comes from the website http://www.seekgod.org/bible/letterfromgod.html and they used verses from the Bible to make this letter. Hope you enjoy it and remember that GOD loves you.
To My precious child:
Because I knew even before I created the earth that you would accept My love for you, and that you would seek to know Me thus…
In the beginning I created the heavens and the earth. Then at the right time and in the right place I created you. I created your inner most being, I created every part of you, I knit you together in your mother's womb. You were carefully and wonderfully made; my works are wonderful, and you My precious child are my work. My eyes saw your unformed body. All the days planned for you were written in my book before one of them came to be. How precious are my thoughts for you, How great is the number of them! If you were to count them, they would outnumber the grains of sand.
Listen to me, My precious child; I created you and have cared for you since before you were born. I will be your God throughout your lifetime, until your hair is white with age. I made you, and I will care for you. I will carry you along and save you. I will carry you in my arms, holding you close to my heart. For I know the plans that I have for you plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.
My precious child there are some times of suffering in your life. But the temporary suffering of this life does not compare to the glory that shall be revealed in you. Know this that I am with you and I will help you. Your help comes from me, I am the God who created the heavens and the earth, and the one who created you. I will never leave you, I will never reject you. When your parents fail you I will pick you up, hold you close, and adopt you. Nothing can ever separate you from my love for you. When you are in trouble and distress my love is with you. When you are persecuted my love is with you. When you are hungry and cold and naked my love is with you, I am always with you. When you are in danger and threatened with death my love is with you, I will be with you forever.
My precious child know that nothing can separate you from my love, no matter how high you go, no matter how deep you sink, nothing in life and not even death can separate you from Me, and My love for you. No demon or any other power in hell can separate you from my love. My love for you is revealed through Christ Jesus your Lord. In all things and every situation you will have victory, you will conquer, because the victory of Christ Jesus is your victory.
But now, My precious child, I the LORD, who created you and formed you, says: Do not be afraid, for I have purchased you. I have called you by name; you are mine. When you go through deep waters and great trouble, I will be with you. When you go through rivers of difficulty, they will not over flow you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned. I command you to be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid; do not be dismayed, for I, the LORD your God will be with you everywhere you go.
My precious child, know that everything will work together for your good, because you love me. You have been called according to my purpose. For I knew you before you were born and I predestined you to be conformed to the likeness of my Son, Jesus Christ. This is your destiny, and this is your purpose, that you become one with my Son Jesus, and thus one with me. I created you in my image so that you and I can express love to each other. The most intimate relationship you can have is with me because you and I are becoming one. You and your brothers and sisters that believe in me are becoming one with Jesus, and thus one with me. You in me, and me in you, together, unified by my love for you. You were designed for this purpose, nothing else will ever satisfy your deepest needs, your deepest desires, only I can. Because you seek to know me I satisfy your heart with love, joy, and peace that only I can give you.
My precious child if you should forget me, and enter into sin, and not turn back to Me on your own then I will punish you. Because your sin will separate you from feeling My presence, and My influence, and I want you to return to your first love, the One who loves you. I the Lord discipline those I love, and I punish everyone who I accept as my child. Just as a good Father disciplines His children to turn them away from a dangerous path, so I shall discipline you for your good, that you may share in My holiness. No discipline seems pleasant at the time, but painful. Later on, however, it produces a harvest of righteousness and peace for those who have been trained by it.
My precious child, When you confess your sins, I am faithful and just and will forgive you of your sins and cleanse you from all unrighteousness. In repentance and resting in Me is your salvation, in quietness and trusting Me is your strength. I will create in you a clean heart and renew a right spirit within you. I will not send you away from My presence, and I will not take My Holy Spirit from you. I will restore again the joy of your salvation, and make you willing to obey Me. Then you will teach My ways to sinners, and they will return to Me also. Humble yourself, therefore, under My mighty hand, that I may lift you up at the right time.
My precious child do not forget all my benefits, I forgive all your sins and heal all your diseases, I rescue your life from the pit of destruction and crown you with love and compassion. I satisfy your desires with good things so that your youth is renewed like the eagles. I The LORD work righteousness and justice for all the oppressed; I The LORD am compassionate and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love. I will not always accuse, nor will I harbor my anger forever; I do not treat you as your sins deserve or repay you according to your iniquities. For as high as the heavens are above the earth, so great is My love for you because you fear Me; as far as the east is from the west, so far have I removed your transgressions from you.
My precious child, call to Me, and I will answer you, and show you great and mighty things, which you do not know. Always pray to Me about your every concern, pray from your mouth and pray from your heart, I hear every thought that you think. Everything that you care about, I care about also because it concerns you. Cast all your cares and anxiety on Me because I love you. Trust in Me, the LORD YOUR GOD, with all your heart, do not depend on your own understanding; In everything acknowledge Me, And I will direct your paths. Do not worry about anything, but in everything big or small, by prayer, with thanksgiving, present your requests to Me, the Most High God. And I will give you My peace in your heart, peace that is beyond all human understanding, and it will guard your heart and your mind in Christ Jesus. Always be joyful. Keep on praying always. No matter what happens, always be thankful, for this is My will for you because you belong to Me.
My precious child, Study My Book of law and truth, the Holy Bible, do not let My words depart from your mouth; meditate on it day and night, so that you may be careful to do everything written in it. Then you will be prosperous and successful. My words are Spirit and they are Life. If you remain in me and my words remain in you, ask whatever you will, and it will be given you. For the word of God is living and powerful. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart. The most important thing you will ever own is your Bible because it gives you knowledge of Me, The Most High God. It makes the poor rich, it gives hope to the hopeless, faith to the fearful, food to the hungry, water to the thirsty, love to the despised, comfort to the lonely, freedom to the prisoner, health to the sick, light in the darkness, and life to the dying.
My precious child I have set up circumstances and situations in your life to cause you to seek Me and find Me. I desire that you know Me. I am The Lord your God, full of compassion, and gracious, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness. Let not the wise man glory in his wisdom, Let not the mighty man glory in his might, Nor let the rich man glory in his riches; But My precious child glory in this, That you understand and know Me, That I am the LORD, exercising compassion, lovingkindness, judgment, and righteousness in the earth. For in these I delight and take pleasure.
All things are created for My pleasure and My pleasure is to show forth loving compassion. I have compassion on the poor and needy, and I am a Father to the fatherless, I help them, and I defend them. Far below Me are the heavens and the earth, I stoop to look down, and I lift the poor from the dirt and the needy from the garbage dump and I set them among princes. My precious child I want you to do these things also, have compassion on the poor and needy and help them, this is what it means to know Me. For I am Love, and when you live in love, you live in Me, and I live in you. Loving compassion is good, and this is what I require from you, to do what is right, to love compassion, and to walk humbly with your God.
As a father has compassion on his children, so I your LORD have compassion on you because you fear Me; for I know how you were formed, I remember that you are dust. Forever and ever My love is with you because you fear Me, and My righteousness with your children's children; with those who keep My covenant and remember to obey My laws. My law is to love. You shall love the LORD your God with all your heart, with all your soul, and with all your mind. This is the first and great commandment. And the second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself. On these two commandments all of My laws are based. When you walk in love you are obeying all My laws. When you walk in Love you are walking in My Holy Spirit for I AM LOVE!
My precious child come and live in My shelter, in the protection of the Most High God, you will find rest in the presence of the Almighty. You will say, "This I declare of the LORD: He alone is my refuge, my place of safety; he is my God, and I am trusting him." My precious child I will rescue you from every trap and protect you from the fatal plague. I will shield you with My wings. I will shelter you with My feathers. My faithful promises are your armor and protection. Do not be afraid of the terrors of the night, nor fear the dangers of the day, nor dread the plague that stalks in darkness, nor the disaster that strikes at midday. Though a thousand fall at your side, though ten thousand are dying around you, these evils will not touch you. But you will see it with your eyes; you will see how the wicked are punished.
Because you My precious child make the LORD your refuge, because you make the Most High your shelter, no evil will conquer you; no plague will come near your dwelling. For I order My angels to protect you wherever you go. They will hold you with their hands to keep you from striking your foot on a stone. You will trample down lions and poisonous snakes; you will crush fierce lions and serpents under your feet!
My precious child, My servant, and My friend, whom I have chosen, I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will hold you up with my righteous right hand. All who come against you will surely be ashamed and disgraced; those who oppose you will be as nothing and perish. Though you search for your enemies, you will not find them. Those who wage war against you will be as nothing at all. For I am the LORD, your God, who takes hold of your right hand and says to you, do not fear; I will help you. Do not be afraid, for I myself will help you declares the LORD, your Redeemer. You will rejoice in the LORD and glory in the Holy One of Israel.
My precious child, when you asked Me to forgive your sins and come into your heart I sent My Holy Spirit into you to comfort you, to give you power, and as proof to you that I have adopted you as My child. The Holy Spirit shall lead you into all truth because He shall testify of Jesus, and He will give you power to testify of Jesus. I will speak to you through My Holy Spirit that is in you, He will tell you what is right and wrong, what is love and hate. My Holy Spirit is a gentle whisper inside your heart telling you the path to walk in. If you walk in My Spirit you will walk in love, you will not sin. And you will see great and mighty things happen before you, they will not be accomplished by strength, nor by outside force, but by My Spirit says the LORD ALMIGHTY. Through My Holy Spirit I shall give you supernatural gifts that you may be blessed, and that you shall bless others through demonstrating My love for them. My Holy Spirit will be with you through out your whole life, and after I will receive you into My glory.
I your LORD say to you I will rescue you because you love me. I will protect you because you trust in my name. When you call on me, I will answer; I will be with you in trouble. I will rescue you and honor you. I will satisfy you with a long life and give you my salvation. Call upon Me in the day of trouble; I will deliver you, and you shall glorify Me. It is your destiny.
Thus Says THE LORD Your GOD !

Sunday, January 9, 2011

My list of who GOD is

One night I decided to make a list of who GOD is and so I will now share it with you. It's not done yet and I don't think it ever will be but here it is and I hope you enjoy it.


Who GOD is
_________

- Father
- Son
- Holy Spirit
- GOD
- Lord
- Jesus
- love
- fortress
- rock
- salvation
- friend
- comforter
- teacher
- Creator
- Mighty
- Holy
- just
- merciful to those He chooses to give mercy to
- shepherd
- leader
- shield
- protector
- patient
- all seeing
- all knowing
- beautiful
- perfect
- Savior
- good
- peace
- order
- truth
- way
- light
- great
- wonderful
- giver
- Father of the fatherless and of the born again
- director
- wisdom
- knowledge
- compass
- GPS
- map
- faithful
- faith
- trustworthy
- trust
- Name above all names
- worthy of all praise
- King of kings
- Lord of lords
- tender
- caretaker
- doctor
- healer
- wise
- a jealous GOD
- slow to anger but does not hold back forever
- caring
- care
- judge
- jury
- advocate
- glorious
- glory
- kind
- hope
- never fails
- always there for you
- He is everywhere
- not of this world
- listener
- reasoner
- path
- road
- warmth
- baptizer
- forgiving
- accepting
- writer (wrote the Bible and the book of life)
- inspiration
- inspirational
- wellspring of life
- food for the Spirit and soul
- counsellor (was gonna put therapist but this fits better)
- Ruler
- lifeline
- huge and not just in a physical way
- wants only the best for you
- miracle worker
- law giver
- compassionate
- understanding
- fun
- funny
- helpful
- help
- librarian (He's got the Bible and the book of life)
- helper
- finder
- nurturing
- past
- present
- future
- power
- purifier
- pure
- same yesterday, today and forever
- inside you
- close
- encourager
- holder of the keys (the keys of life and death)
- coach
- singer (does say in the Bible somewhere that He sings)
- music
- fruit (sweet and good for you)
- planner
- alive
- watching
- does not keep a record of wrongs
- refuge
- Master
- right
- factual
- fact
- life
- infinite
- expert
- forever
- omnipotent
- omniscient
- pointer
- art
- artist
- destiny
- nice
- vitamin (good for you)
- strength
- tower
- safe
- awesome
- colorful
- ONE
- protection
- ageless
- Maker
- Prince of peace
- Messiah
- everlasting Father
- beginning and the end
- Alpha and Omega
- lion
- lamb
- Yahweh
- Jehovah
- deliverer
- Hallowed
- bread and water
- Everlasting GOD
- living water
- everlasting
- justifier
- cleanser
- Hosanna
- Immanuel
- wonderful counselor
- Redeemer
- ABBA (This is Aramaic. Translated into American terms it means "Papa" or "Daddy."
- Jehovah Jireh
- Elohim
- Son of Righteousness
- Lord of all
- The coming King
- Horn of Salvation
- Stronghold
- Faithful and True
- Messiah
- Companion
- Friend
- understanding
- accepting
- Heavenly
- precious
- able
- strong
- strength
- protective
- compassionate
- Adonai
- El Shaddai
- I AM (not saying that I'm GOD. When Moses goes up on the mountain and asks GOD what His name is GOD replies "I AM." So that is why I add this one.)
- GOD of Abraham, GOD of Isaac and GOD of Jacob
- Vine ( " I'm the vine your the branches John 15:5." )
- Sponsor
- Accountability partner

Friendships

This blog is about my view on friendships. Very hard to define friendship. There is no one right definition. Some say your only there friend after they get to know you a while while others say your there friend right away. Friendships are difficult for me and always have been. I tend to only get along with those older then me. Not sure why its just the way it is. I remember my very first friend. His name was Thomas. He was the only friend I ever had in public school. I met him in grade 4. We just clicked right away. I wasn't able to talk much but he seemed to know what I was thinking or feeling without me having to say it. Whatever game I wanted to play we played. He sat next to me in class and he sat next to me on the bus on the way to school and on the way home. Well soon the year ended. I never saw or heard of him again till this day. I used to be mad. How dare he leave me and abandon me like he did! I felt abandoned. I felt alone. I was alone. I had no other friends. No one understood me or even wanted to. No one else even made the effort to get to know me... Well that's another post about bullying that I'll do some other time... Onto more about my friendships. We'll skip ahead in time to where I'm 13 and living at my Nana's house with my Mom,sister and brother after my parents divorced. Well there was a teen dance across the road. So I joined that but no one there ever danced. I love dancing ask anyone I know so this was just really odd and weird to me. Why would you go to a dance and not dance?? This makes no sense to me at all. None of the teenagers talked to me or tried to get along with me. So I talked to the lady who served the drinks. I forget her name but she was really nice to me and we were friends. At least in my view we were friends. She tried to help me be friends with the other teenagers but they wanted nothing to do with me.... Skipping ahead again to around now and I am 23 and have lived in California seven years. I made lots of close friends at my Church and this is how it happened. I joined a Celebrate Recovery last year. Celebrate Recovery is a Christ centered recovery group for any hurt,habit or hang-up. There like a second family. They welcome me with open arms and accept me for who I am and don't try to change me. To me that is friendship. Acceptance. Period. We are there to support one another we are not there to fix each other. Confidentiality and anonymity are basic requirements what is shared there stays there and will not be talked of outside of there. When I first got there I was shy and didn't hug anyone. I didn't wanna get near anyone. They accepted this though. They didn't make fun of me or bully me they just accepted me. They accepted everyone else to. Not once have I seen them not accept someone. The leader go in front of everyone and say there names and what they struggle with and do it without fear. That takes guts to do. It really does. To even go into the doors of a Celebrate Recovery takes guts. Cause its admitting you have a problem and need help. I made alot of friends there and I will now just say a thank you.

I thank you all for accepting me and not judging me. I thank you for welcoming me and making me feel like apart of your family. You are all very special. You mean the world to me. And I dunno what I would do without you. Thank you for being the very best friends I ever had. I love you all.

They are all the example of what friendship is.

Friendship is acceptance. Friendship is kinship. A true friend makes you feel like family. A true friend does not judge or hurt you in anyway shape or form. A true friend is someone you can feel free to tell anything to. A true friend welcomes you and never puts you down. A true friend is always there for you no matter what. True friends stick together and support one another and true friends don't try to fix one another. True friends don't try to control one another. True friends are not bitter against each other. Friendship is open and understanding. A true friend tries to pick you up when you are down. When your outside looking in then friends open the door and let you in. When your lost and in dire need then friends are there at lightning speed. Friends will always defend you and help you out. Friends share your sorrows and your happiness. True friends are always willing to listen and give advice if they can. Friends pray for you and pray with you.... That is the definition of true friendship.

Tuesday, January 4, 2011

How to get closer to GOD and get to know GOD on or off the spectrum

Alot of people seem to think you can only get through to GOD if you pray certain prayers or worship certain ways or read the Bible certain ways. WRONG! There is no right or wrong way to do any of that. The only wrong way is to tell everyone that your way is the right way. Some of you may ask "how can I get closer to GOD??" Cause He does seem very far away in Heaven. He's closer then you think trust me. In fact He's inside you. Before I go on I must tell you before you worship or pray or read the Bible please if you haven't accepted Jesus yet please do so now. Your very soul depends on this. For the Christian only dies once the non-Christian dies many times. For Jesus knocks on the door and is waiting for you to answer. Please answer Him now. For nothing is as important as accepting Jesus as Lord and Savior. Please don't wait till later. You might not have a later. No one knows when they will die they only know that they will. We all like to think we'll live till were 100 but sometimes that doesn't happen. So again please accept Jesus now as your Lord and Savior. Jesus came to earth and died on the cross for your sins because He loves you. Please love Him in return and accept Him. If you don't how then please say the following prayer and accept Jesus as your Lord and Savior right now. "GOD, I'm sorry for my sin. I turn from it right now. I thank You for sending Jesus Christ to die on the cross for my sin. Jesus, I ask You to come into my heart and life right now. Be my Lord,Savior and friend. Help me to follow You all the days of my life as Your disciple. Thank You for forgiving and receiving me right now. Thank You that my sin is forgiven and that I am going to Heaven. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen." If you have already accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior but have fallen and feel like the prodigal son/daughter and wanna return to Him then please say the following prayer. "GOD, I am sorry for my sin. I am sorry that I have strayed from You. I ask You to forgive me now as I repent my sin. I don't want to live like a prodigal any longer. Renew and revive me as I once again follow You as my GOD. Thank You for Your forgiveness. In Jesus' name I pray, Amen." Weather you made the commitment or re-commitment you have made the right decision... Now on with the lesson. Some of you are wondering how to grow deeper in your understanding of and love for GOD. Now here's the cool part that there is no right or wrong way to grow deeper in your understanding or love for GOD. So I will list some ways you can possibly grow and understand and love GOD. If one of these isn't you don't worry about it just pray about it and GOD will show you the way.

1. Naturalist. Loving GOD out doors. -The naturalist sounds like exactly what is is: someone who prefers to leave everything behind and head into the great outdoors to connect with GOD. A walk beside the river or through the woods can quickly turn into a moment of worship. Naturalists seek GOD by surrounding themselves with all that He has made. Creation is a sanctuary, a Holy place. You see Spiritual truths by being outside and allowing creation to bring illustrations of GOD and Truth. Let creation remind you of GOD,His power,His judgment.

Activity suggestions for the naturalist.

-Read and.or reflect on Scripture outside, while feasting your eyes and spirit on natural beauty.

-When you are outdoors, create it as a space of time that is quiet and you are alone where you can "see" GOD.

-Consider how creation reflects GOD and points up to GOD: Consider the greatness of creation (mountains,ocean, ect.) and then think about how much bigger GOD is. Think about the multitude of creation (how many different kinds of plants,animals etc.) and then think about what a creative GOD we have and how He is able to manage so many things at once. Soak in the beauty of creation and reflect on how GOD loves beauty.

-Go on a praise walk and thank the Lord for everything you see.

-Reflect on nature described in the Bible as you are outside. (Isaiah, 40: Genesis:1 Psalm:33 etc.)

- The way I worship GOD through nature is when there's a thunderstorm. I can sense the storm coming. I can feel it in the air. I feel the electricity in the air from the lightning and feel the vibrations from the thunder. When I watch one I think of how powerful and mighty GOD is.

CAUTION! Naturalists may ten to escape "real life" and responsibilities. They should also be careful of idolizing nature, or believing things that are not based in Scripture. Let nature remind you of who GOD is as He is revealed in the Bible,not apart from it.

Resources:

Jonathan Edwards. - The language and lessons of nature.

David and Marc Muench. - Francis of Assisi: Cantical of the earth: The words of Francis of Assisi Celebrated in the photography of David Muench. - St. Francis of Assisi, Frank Missant shambbala, Cantile of the Sun. 2002. - Heaven on earth: The inspirational writings of Saint Francis of Assisi. Song of creation. (2003) - Laughing elephant

Dr. Pamela Reeve - Parables of the forest, Parables of the sea.



Sensates: Loving GOD with the senses

Experiencing GOD through the five senses is a most effective inroad into the heart of the sensate. Sight,sound,taste,touch and smell are viewed and enjoyed by you as gifts from the Lord. A sensate desires to connect with GOD through a sensory experiance, and the more senses used, the better. They use their five senses to worship GOD. These are folks who are typically inspired by art,music and aesthetics. They could be deeply affected by a beautiful piece of art,music,smell etc.

Activity suggestions for the sensate.

- Sound - Worship GOD with music, Listened to or sung. Listen to Scripture being read.

- Touch - Draw,Paint,Sculpt about GOD and/or while praying and listening to GOD. Eg, Draw a basic picture of a current struggle in life and how you hope for GOD to intervene. based on His promises in Scripture.

- Sight - Meditate on Worship producing art. Create space that visually calls you to Worship, a sacred space, whether it is the colors or pictures, etc. Spend time with GOD there. Allow your posture to reflect your heart,kneeling,open hands, etc.

- Taste - Allow creative ways to bring associations about GOD and His Truth. (Salt,sweet,sour,bread.)

- If you like to flap,tap your forhead, rock back and forth. Then by all means do these and pray at the same time or just think about GOD while you do them. If you hum then while you hum think or pray to GOD. If you like to spin wheels or watch fans then do them and pray and think of GOD.

CAUTION: A sensate needs to use discernment when listening to music,looking at art, etc. Not everything that is sensory stimulating worships GOD. Beware of idolizing beauty, or doing things without GOD as the audience (e.g, being a great pianist and playing piano and not having the heart or condition of worship.)

Resources:

Whitfield and Stoddart - Hearing,taste and smell. Pathways of perception.

Henri J, Nouwen - Return of the prodigal son.

Sybil Macbeth - Paying in color: Drawing a new path to GOD.




Traditionalists: Loving GOD through ritual and symbol.

Traditionalists are fed by the class and historic dimensions of the faith: rituals,routines,liturgy,sacraments, and symbols. The traditionalist have a desire for worship to have a ritual and structure; without these, they feel disconnected from GOD. Traditionalists tend to be very disciplined and organized in their faith. Religious practices,rituals and types of sacrafice enable you to grow in your relationship with GOD. Rituals enables them to make order out of chaos because they provide fixed points to orient yourself to a sacred space.

Activity suggestions for the traditionalist:

- Schedule a regular time for Spiritual practices such as prayer,Scripture reading and study, etc.

- Create a personal and/or family calender of traditions and sacred Holy days to celebrate.

- Make a liturgy for yourself to read regularly that incorporates different aspects of prayer (like drawing things from The Book Of Common Prayer), Scripture reading, response, etc.

- Find a picture or object (or a symbol like a cross, or a color) that you can use to remind you of GOD at your home or workplace. (MAKE SURE IT DOES NOT BECOME AN IDOL. WORSHIP GOD ONLY AND NOT THE OBJECT.)

- Choose portions of Scripture to study and specific practices (e.g, fasting) that correlate with the church calender such as Advent/Christmas,Lent/Easter,Pentecost or Ascension. These remembrances inspire and help you worship.

- Say grace after every meal or at least after every dinner.

- Say the Lord's prayer every night before you go to sleep and/or every day when you wake up.

- Read from the Bible every day. See if you can read it from cover to cover by the end of the year. If you can't don't worry but you might have fun trying.

- Set a time for Communion every day. Communion is where you break bread and dip it in wine or red juice to remember Jesus dying for your sins. Eat of His body and drink of His blood to for if you eat and drink of Him He will be part of you.

- Say the Serenity prayer every time you feel stressed,worried,upset or angry.

CAUTION: Traditionalists may fall into mechanically repeating rituals and just going through the motions without the fresh vibrancy of the the Spirit's power. They should also keep from judging others who don't follow their rites and rituals.

Resources:

Sidney Heath - The romance of symbolism.

Joseph Jungmann - Prayer through the centuries.

Evelyn Underhill - Worship.

Walter Wangerin - Reliving the passion. The Book of Common Prayer.



Ascetics: Loving GOD in solitude and simplicity.

The 2 main areas of this pathway.
1- Solitude - Quiet and solitude nourish you. Spending time alone is essential to deepening your walk with GOD. A certain amount of time apart on a regular basis is a non-negotiable to really recharge you. This person deeply enjoys and needs their times of "space" from others. 2 - Simplicity - You regularly seek to see how you can simplify your life of all the distracting clutter of the world so you can give yourself more to GOD. Your are deeply aware that all the "stuff" around us can get in the way of devotion to GOD. So you take a somewhat strict approach of getting rid of it, especially the "worries" of material possessions.

Activity suggestions for the ascetic.

- Take a retreat - This is a main practice of an ascetic where you spend time away from everyone to draw near to GOD. Find your daily "retreat," your weekly "retreat," your quarterly "retreat" etc.

- Live simply - take an inventory of your material possessions and your events calender and downsize some things in order to have more time,energy and focus for GOD.

- Try fasting - The idea is to give up something that you enjoy for a time to seek GOD more (i.e. coffee, chocolate, french fries, favorite food, tv, radio, facebook, myspace, twitter, cell phone, favorite website, ipod, CD player, movies, etc.)

- Be still. Trying to be silent is quite a struggle at first, yet reveals how distracted most people have become in our culture.

- What I like to do for more silence if put my fingers in my ears so I can get more silence. If you like to do this go ahead. Earplugs will work just as well if you have them.

- If you want plug your ears and close your eyes and just think of GOD.

CAUTION: Ascetics may overemphasize personal piety and forget about reaching out to others. They should also beware of doing things to earn GOD's favor, or seeking pain for its own sake, or judging others who don't find life in the same practices they do. You can't earn salvation. You can't work towards it. You are saved by grace and not by works.

Resources:

Brother Lawrence - Practicing the presence of GOD.

Richard Foster - Freedom of simplicity: Celebration of discipline.

Thomas Merton - Basic principals of monastic Spirituality.

Henri J.M. Nouwen - Solitude.

Basil M. Pennington - A place apart: Monastic prayer and practice for everyone.



Caregivers: Loving GOD by loving others.

Giving care is a form of worship for you. You love GOD by serving others. You experience GOD's power when caring for someone and feel close to GOD while serving others. The caregiver is a servant. Serving someone is a natural way for this person to connect to GOD. The caregiver sees Christ in those who are needy,poor and downtrodden. The caregiver's faith is built by serving others. Caregivers often display deep compassion, seeing the needs of others and identifying practical ways to meet those needs.

Activity suggestions for the caregiver:

- Look for needs and go help meet those needs.

- "Adopt" someone - A prisoner,neighborhood child or elderly person.

- Open your home - Show GOD's love through hospitality

- Support a friend through a crisis

- Counsel at a crisis pregnancy center

- Make meals for a needy family or the homeless

- Sponsor/mentor/befriend someone battling an addiction.

- Volunteer for a rescue squad, after school program, for your church, homeless shelters, soup kitchens, elderly homes, special needs homes, insane asylums, sported living places, etc

- Fix someone's car, do house repairs, or clean for someone in need

- Donate blood

- Donate a kidney if you have one to spare

- Put in your will that your body will be donated to science when you die

- Give to charity if you have the money to do so

- Donate clothing,books or whatever it is you can do without to Goodwill or Salvation Army

- Become a pen pal to someone who is in prison

CAUTION: Caregivers can be judgmental of people who aren't serving. Can neglect those closest to them (remember that GOD gave you a family first!) Can "serve others to serve themselves" -- Serving in order to get a sense of self-worth as opposed to actually serving out of worship. They can also easily become co-dependant if looking after someone. If who there looking after isn't happy then the caregiver isn't happy and they feel they have to make everything perfect. No one is perfect.

Resources:

Mother Theresa and Becky Benenate and Joseph Durepos - No greater love

Henri J.M. Nouwen - Can you drink the cup?

Steve Sjogren - Conspiracy of kindness



Activist: Loving GOD through confrontation.

You are Spiritually nourished through the "battle" of confronting what you see as something wrong or unjust. You want to address it, confront it and press others to reconsider the truth or situation. You confront issues and situations out of a love for GOD, not just to be confronting or contentious. Activists love to set things right, even if that means confronting someone or something head on. The activist feels closest to GOD when fighting a battle for GOD and calling people to action that honors GOD.

Activity suggestions for the activist:

- Lead by example and then find a role in which you have the opportunity to call people to action

- Fight for social reform that reflects GOD's heart for justice (i.e. sex slavery and human trafficking, poverty, care of creation, etc.)

- Begin or join a non-profit organization, a community group, or a church that actively makes a difference for others.

- Study up on current local and global issues that are an affront to GOD's heart. Gather others around you to fight together for that cause.

- Prayer walking - pray at a location where you desire to see change - local schools,government offices, problem areas in the community, etc.

- Run for president or senator or something else political if GOD wants you to

- Volunteer for jury duty

CAUTION: Activists tend to see the world and its issues in "black or white". Because they are people of action, their "shadow-side" shows itself in not waiting for GOD, tactlessness, judgmental attitudes, and running over others and those who seem to be "doing nothing."

Resources:

http://www.piconetwork.org

Shaine Claiborne - Irresistible revolution

Martin Luther King - The strength to love

Ron Syder - Just generosity and/or Rich Christians in an age of hunger

Jim Wallis - GOD's politics


Enthusiasts: Loving GOD with mystery and celebration.

The enthusiast loves the excitement and mystery of GOD. Joyful celebration is crucial to the growing faith of this type of person. GOD moves by moving their hearts. If they don't feel moved during their worship, they wonder if they've experienced GOD at all. With some similarities to the sensate, the enthusiast doesn't want to just know concepts, they want to experience them to the fullest. They see GOD's answers to prayer and celebrate through enthusiastic worship (think of David dancing before the Lord!). They are also often more then open to GOD's supernatural working and mystery - they may be more expectant in looking for GOD to work, and they may have had experiences where GOD spoke to them (through unexplainable circumstances, dreams and visions, etc.)

Activity suggestions for the enthusiast:

- Find a church home where you can powerfully experience GOD's presence during the worship service, this keeps you filled up.

- Spend time with children: use your excitement and passion to act out Bible stories for then or lead them in music.

- Use your imagination to put yourself into the scene (how they were feeling,thinking,acting, etc.) when you are reading Bible passages.

- Cultivate the mystery of expectancy: ask GOD to bring a person or opportunity for a "divine appointment."

- Keep track of your dreams and visions and be open to GOD speaking through them. Write down any that seem significant. Talk with someone about them.

- Spend time just listening to GOD. Keep a prayer journal.

- Keep a dream and vision journal.

CAUTION: Beware of "spiritism" and things like sorcery,witchcraft, etc. Just because enthusiasts might be more open to GOD's supernatural work does not mean that they should dabble in occult things! Because enthusiasts are feelings-oriented, they should beware of just looking for an "experience" vs. truly seeking GOD. They may wrongly equate "good feelings" with "good worship."

Resources:

Merlin R. Carothers - Prison or praise or Power in praise: Sequel to prison or praise. or - Answers to praise: Letters to the author of prison or praise

Ann Kiemel - I love the world impossible. and - It's incredible

Matt Redman - The unquenchable worshipper




Contemplative: Loving GOD through adoration.

The person who is a contemplative seeks to love GOD with their entire being. The contemplative deeply connects with life with GOD being a "relationship," desiring above all else to know GOD and be known by GOD. Therefore certain images of that relationship may be fundamental to them such as being a "child" of GOD, GOD as "Father", being the bride and bridegroom, being GOD's friend, etc. They are energized by resting in GOD's presence. They crave solitude and quiet to "gaze upon the beauty (Psalm 27:4)" of the one they love.


Activities for the contemplative:

- Practice just "being" with GOD - sitting quietly with Him, without trying to pray "for" anything or do anything, just take a thought or two about Him and "gaze on His beauty", resting in His presence.

- Practice cultivating an awareness of and experience of the presence of GOD throughout the day.

- Do secret acts of devotion that are just between you and GOD (anonymously help someone, prayer walk, sing alone in His presence, dance alone in His presence).

- Speak simple words of relational prayer: "Lord, You are all I really need." or "Jesus, I love You." or "I need Your help" or just cry out "ABBA Father."

- Study scripture passages that speak of life with GOD in relational terms and images. (My pastor recommended to read the Psalms and the Gospels.) Get to know those well as they will probably strike a cord in you and be foundational for you.

CAUTION: They may become addicted to internal spiritual experience and neglect action. Contemplatives may be so used to "listening to GOD" that they ignore GOD when He speaks through other people or through Scripture, etc.

Resources:

Brother Lawrence - Practicing the presence of GOD

John Eldredge - The sacred romance

Jeanne Guyon - The song of the bride

John Piper - Desiring GOD: Meditations of a Christian Hedonist

Tricia Rhodes - A soul at rest: A journey into contemplative prayer

A.W. Tozier - The pursuit of GOD


Intellectuals: Loving GOD with the mind.

They are thinkers. Intellectuals live in the world of concepts. Studying and learning are a prime way that this type of person experiences GOD to the fullest. They love to learn new things about GOD, Theology,history,ethics, apologetics, etc. GOD may speak to them powerfully through in-depth Bible study. The intellectual gets fed when they learn or grasp something new about GOD or their faith. They choose to intentionally build up their mind as a way to draw close to GOD.

Activity suggestions for the intellectual:

- Learn how to study the Bible in-depth and do it regularly.

- Read good Christian books.

- Get training and classes in church history,Biblical studies,systematic theology,ethics,apologetics,the ancient creeds, etc.

- Intellectuals may find it helpful to teach what they learn to others, either in a formal "speaker" setting or as a discussion group leader.

- Read about social issues (war,poverty,euthanasia etc.) in a Christian context and write a thorough Christian response. Blog it.

- Write books, prepare lessons and studies about life with GOD.

- Use your mind for GOD!

CAUTION: Intellectuals might love controversy for the sake of and get embroiled in "stupid arguments." They may also be guilty of knowing but not doing, or being proud and arrogant. They need to intentionally not allow their "head" knowledge about GOD get too far of their "heart" experience of GOD lest they become a Pharisee. They also need to beware of becoming a know it all. No one knows everything. Only GOD knows everything.

Resources:

Stanley Grenz - Theology for the community of GOD

Kenneth Scott Latourette - History of Christianity

C.S. Lewis - Mere Christianity

Josh McDowell - Evidence that demands a verdict

J.I Packer - Knowing and doing the will of GOD

John Piper - Think: The life of the mind and the love of GOD

Glen Stassen - Kingdom ethics: Following Jesus in contemporary context


Well I hope you enjoyed reading all that and I hope it benefits you. For more please study Sacred Pathways by Gary Thomas. Develop these, try them,explore,test,use them. Help others to discover this as well. Resist temptation to compare yourself to others. No pathway or gift envy.