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Us vs. Them

Let me start with a confession.  The things I am going to write about in this post I have been or am guilty of.  It is something that I have been thinking about as I have been surfing the blogging world.

Right vs. Left, Emergent vs. Evangelical, Protestant vs. Catholic , Male vs. Female Charismatic vs. non or post Charismatic. These are issues that divide us, the Body of Christ.  This last week or so, I have been shocked at how vicious the comments have gotten on some of the blogs I read.  The hatred that spews out from people is very mind boggling.  Why are these such hot buttons?  Why are we not finding common ground, things we can agree on?

I believe in God, the Father Almighty,
    the Creator of heaven and earth,
    and in Jesus Christ, His only Son, our Lord:

Who was conceived of the Holy Spirit,
    born of the Virgin Mary,
    suffered under Pontius Pilate,
    was crucified, died, and was buried.

The third day He arose again from the dead

He ascended into heaven
    and sits at the right hand of God the Father Almighty,
    whence He shall come to judge the living and the dead.

I believe in the Holy Spirit, 
    the communion of saints,
    the forgiveness of sins,
    the resurrection of the body,
    and life everlasting.

Aren’t these the non negotiable?  If I am a Republican, or if I believe is the Gifts of the holy Spirit, or if I am Catholic, are those the things that make me a “good” Christian?  Can I not be a “good” Christian and vote for a Democrat, or do I have to stay to the right?  If I lean to the right am I not enlightened?

Are there things that we as Believers will disagree on.  Absolutely.  Isn’t that what iron sharpening iron means.  I have had many people who have challenge me in regards to my believes and have caused me to really think about what it is I believe and why.  For most of my Christian life I have believed things only because that’s what I was told and not because I had sought out the truth.  I am at a place in my life where everything I thought to be truth is being shaken, and I am questioning everything except that God is God and He is who I choose to live my life for.  I want to love God with my whole heart, mind and soul, and my neighbor as myself, not spew hatred and anger at people who may not see eye to eye with me!  I want and need to be challenged, I want to question the things I believe and why I believe them!  I think this is the working out of ones salvation.

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As I sit here writing this post, it is with a heavy weary heart.  We recieved the news we hoped would never come.  This is from Isaiah’s web site overcomeaml.org

:: TEST RESULTS, NOT WHAT WE EXPECTED ::Our family is burdened & devastated, but hasn’t lost all hope after getting recent test results for Isaiah post-transplant.  Meaning, the AML leukemia has returned after a Day 80 exam at Seattle’s Cancer Care Alliance. Therefore, we are going to fight & remain vigilant as we keep praying, caring for & nurturing Isaiah back to total health, wellness & toward becoming cancer free!Join us, today, and every day after you read this by saying a prayer for Isaiah & others who are fighting for their lives & battling cancer.
Once again I find myself confused by this devastating news.  This little man as fought hard for the past 18 months, and I can’t help but ask why.  Why hasn’t God healed him.  As we sat at our kitchen table to try to break the news to our kids, I had to admit that I have no answers to thier many questions.  Yet, I will continue to go to the foot of the cross and plead for his healing. I would like to ask two things of you, my readers:
1. If you have been praying, thank you and please continue.  If you haven’t been praying, would you please take a moment and say a prayer for Isaiah.

2. Would you pray, and consider a financial donation?  As you can imagine, this has taken a toll on the family in many way, one being financial.  You can donate at the overcome website, click on Support Isaiah.

Thank you! 

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Please join us in prayer

Once again I am asking for prayer for our friends son, Isaiah.  Today is crucial as they are doing a bone marrow test.  It is vital that it comes back with NO traces of the Leukemia.  Your prayers are greatly appreciated!

http://www.overcomeaml.org/

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Oh, what’s a girl to do?  I really feel that my home is to be a safe haven for the neighbor kids.  I try, really I do.  But, it is hard to be Missional, and grumpy at the same time.

We have some kids that my son, I’ll call him vikingK, plays with.  Every time they come over, they use vikingK’s scooter, helmet, skateboard, whatever.  Every time I ask them to please not use them.  Not because I’m mean, but because they don’t have helmets, and I don’t want them to get hurt, and us be responsible, and I don’t want them using our helmets, (YUCK).  We also have a neighbor kid who has the mouth of a sailor.  That, and he is just a brat not a very nice little boy.  He hits and kicks my son and his friends, not to mention cusses them out.  Another neighbor kid breaks my sons toys. 

My other son, I’ll call him vikingJ, as a friend who is quite possibly the most annoying kid on the planet.  He calls ten times a day, if we don’t answer, he calls the cells.  He shows up at our house every morning before school, and follows my son around saying dude, bla bla bla, dude, bla bla, dude.  It’s enough to drive me mental.

So, I’m in a bit of a delima.  I know that God called us out of the church, and has called us back to our neighborhood.  So, how can I be a safe haven for these kids who need to be shown Jesus, and keep my sanity?  Anyone, anyone? 

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Book Meme

I was tagged by Kingdom Grace, and Brother Maynard tagged the entire Internet, for the book meme that’s been going around. I have seen it on quite a few blogs already. It is always interesting to see what others are reading at the moment.

  • Pick up the nearest book (of at least 123 pages).
  • Open the book to page 123.
  • Find the fifth sentence.
  • Post the next three sentences.
  • Tag five people

The nearest book to me right now is:  Mother Teresa Come Be My Light.

I have been trying to get into this book for awhile now.  I really am excited to read it,  but can’t seem to find the time.

So, here are my three sentences:

Her destination was the Holy Family Hospital of the Medical Mission Sisters in Patna, where she was to learn the basics of nursing needed to serve the poor.

Determined as she was in the pursuit of her new calling, she still found it “much harder to leave Loreto than to leave my family.”

After arriving in Patna, Mother Teresa wrote to Archbiship Perier:…

So, there you have it, now I tag:

Vikingson

Cindy

Peggy

Brad

Rob Dugall

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Please pray for Isaiah!

We received this latest email from our friends who’s 11 yr. old  son continues to battle leukemia.  We would appreciate your prayer.  Please pray for God to touch this little man and heal him.  Check out the link at the end and learn more about Isaiah.

Family & Friends:

This update comes w/ a sigh of sadness, a bit of panic & ultimately the unknown until another bone marrow test is done in order to see how successful Isaiah’s transplant is up to this point (Day 70).  The new news our family needs desperate prayer on, today, is this:

Isaiah’s blood counts, now in ALL areas, are gradually dropping.  In some cases by 2x the amount from three (3) to four (4) weeks ago

This could be, God forbid!, indicative of (you guessed it) another, yes…another relapse of leukemic cells in his newly transplanted/established bone marrow

OR

This could be a sign of something called GVHD (Graft vs. Host Disease) which is common after a patient battling cancer undergoes a transplant & experiences fighting internal, normal bacterial, fungal & other complications in the body.  It’s a fancy way of saying, Isaiah’s getting used to his donor’s marrow cells having grafted into his in order to take over & give him a new immune system & blood fighting cells.

We’ll know more after speaking w/ his lead physician, today, yet just wanted to put EVERYONE on alert that we need some direct prayers against leukemia coming back & that this would just be symptomatic of a normal, gradual drop in Isaiah’s blood cell counts & that he’ll be able to recover from all this very soon!

Post-haste,

The Rodriguez Family

http://www.overcomeaml.org/
http://www.myspace.com/overcomeaml

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