Until God ordains otherwise, a man ought to bear patiently whatever he cannot correct in himself and in others. Imitation of Christ by John Kempis

Archive for December, 2018

Liberated Woman

I was young, cowboys and Indians fascinated me.  We had 4 channels pm our black and white t.v. that showed movies about the old west.  My first Woman role model was Anne Oakley a sharp shooter on the road in the late 1800’s.  It is very exciting to me that she is still a great role model after all these years.

For some time now it has troubled me that we women think they can be just like men which is impossible.  Men are stronger and think totally different than women.  Why would anyone want to deny being a woman?  How could a profession and power be that important?  Women’s lib says we can do anything the same as a man.  Well that is a lie.  I feel that they are trying to get respect the easy way by intimidation.  I believe that Anne Oakley (Phoebe Ann Mozee) was able to be a liberated woman in the late 1800’s.  Anne Oakley was top shooter in the Buffalo Bill Wild show. She was a capable marksman, better than the men, with a career showing off her ability.  The men in her life respected her and accepted her shooting ability.  She did not dress or act like a man and never lost her femininity.  She did not have children however, her nieces and nephews had all her love.

Anne Oakley is remembered as one of the leading women of the American West.  Her father and her stepfather died when she was a child, and she went to live at the Dark County Infirmary, where she received schooling and sewing instruction while helping in the care of the orphaned children.  She returned to living with her mother and her second stepfather in her early teens, when she was able to help the family by hunting game for a grocery store.  She earned so much from her skills that by the time she was 15, she was able to pay off the mortgage on her mother’s home.  A young woman so skilled she independently helped her family.  What a testament to true womanhood.  A helpmate who supports to the best of her ability her family.

Frank E. Butler a top vaudeville performer and top shooter, Anne Oakley beat him in 1875 at a Thanksgiving Shooting competition.  They Married the following year.  They were married 50 years.  After Frank’s partner became ill in 1882 Anne Oakley took the partners place in the show.  How amazing is it that she was even considered to take his place at that time in history.  She must have been a competent woman.  Not a threatening domineering person.  This is why I admire so much.  She allowed men to be men and she was not threatened by them.  However continued to be the best at her skill.  For 15 years they traveled with the Wild Bills Wild West Show.  Anne Oakley was the star of the show and her husband worked as her manager.  She amazed the audiences by shooting off the end of a cigarette in her husbands mouth.  She also shot things by looking into a mirror and shoot wholes through cards.  She entertained Queen Victoria and Shot a cigarette out of Kiaser Wilhelm’s mouth.  We are now seeing the courageous accomplishments of a liberated woman.  A woman that never acted and dressed like a man but was equal and was true helpmate.

Anne and Butler were in a railroad accident in 1901, even though she was partially paralyzed, she recovered and continued to work on stage in The Western Girl and also a Buffalo Show.   She shared money that she made with her extended family and giving donations to charities for orphans.  During World War 1, Oakley volunteered to organized a regiment of female sharpshooters, but her petition was ignored so, instead, she helped raise money for the Red Cross with exhibition work at army camps.  She was a generous giving woman, who cared about her family, and community.  Never forgetting to share her knowledge with other women to improve us all.

Anne Oakley’s legacy was captured in the Irving Berlin‘s musical Annie Get Your Gun in 1946, based on her life story, with Ethel Merman and later Broadway incarnations staring Reba McEntire and Bernadette Peters.  In 1935 another film which was historically inaccurate called Annie Oakey.  Finally in 1950 a film was made Annie Get Your Gun staring Betty Hutton.  Many books for kid and adults as well.

My life was impacted by a strong competent woman that Men admired.  Woman do not need to change their feminine and nurturing and become more like men.  We need to do what we do best and change the world with who we are meant to be.

Healing the Soul

Healing the Soul

Heal all the wounds that have blocked me from loving.

Open my blocked heart and heal my wearied soul.

So that your Joy can fill my life with abundant peace.

Give me patience to accept my cross.

Help me to be understanding with myself and others, and give me self control to stop my tongue from evil, so that I may be kind and generous to all.

That my goodness will be an example and my faithfulness will console you Lord.

I am weak and sinful but I love you and trust you completely to heal my soul.

I am weak and sinful but I love you and trust you completely to heal my soul.

Man not only has a living soul but he is a living soul. The Bible says: “And the Lord God formed man of the dust of the ground, and breathed into his nostrils the breath of life, and man became a living soul” (Genesis 2:7)

Ezekel 18:

Behold all souls are mine; the soul of the father as well as the soul of the son is mine: the soul who sins shall die.

We must never take God’s mercy for granted.  He has given us the word to guide us to the truth in our lives.  When we are dead in sin it is easy to be deceived.  We begin to slowly move toward evil.  It does not take long and we are doing all the evil we have worked to hard to quit.  A good example these words came into my mind during prayer.  “I understand your frustration.  Why are you so mean to me?”   I began to feel sorry for myself remembering everyone who had been mean to me. The next day I thought that God may have wanted me to write about understanding those who are mean.  Then today I realized that he was talking to me.  I had been mean to family.  God was telling me. “Why are you upset I am understanding and giving you grace to deal with these frustrations.  So stop being mean to those who upset you.  Now I am ready to repent.

2 Peter 3:9

The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance.

We should always remember God loves us.  He does not expect us to be perfect only sorry, not ignore our imperfections and allow Satan an open door to punish us.  We must have sincere regret and remorse with sorrow to grieve and lament our sins.

Jonah 3:10

“And God saw their works, that they turned from their evil way.  and God repented of evil, that he would do unto them , and He did not.

Be proactive and confess your sins and let God love and forgive you.  We receive mercy from God scripture says we should be merciful in return.  It is not Gods will to turn us over to Satan to torment us.  Pride is our biggest problem in letting go and being merciful.  Pride allows satan to humiliate us.  We are deceived into thinking we are better because of our status, wealth, education, our calling, and Godly acts.  We excuse our bad behavior and even justify our evil actions.  Yet we are not willing to do the same for those we refuse to forgive.

Take a different course of action that causes radical change of moral conscousness.  Which causes us to agree with God.  Directing our emotions to urge to change our will and turn away from sin.

Holding grudges causes us to have bitterness.  Change your thinking of condemnation and guilt, forgive immediately.

Hebrews 12:15 Watch out that no poisoness root of bitterness grows up to trouble corrupting many.

Our daily examination of our attitudes and actions, allows the Holy Spirit to convict us to see our true human nature causing us to be more balanced.

Matthew 6:15 But if you refuse to forgive others your father in heaven will not forgive your sins

Prayer

Holy Spirit as I read your commandments bring to mind any sin I need to ask forgiveness and give me courage to repent.

The Ten Commandments

1. I am the Lord, your God.

2. Thou shall bring no false idols before me.

3. Do not take the name of the Lord in vain.

4. Remember the Sabbath and keep it holy.

5. Honor thy father and thy mother.

6. Thou shall not kill/murder.

7. Thou shall not commit adultery.

8. Thou shall not steal.††

9. Thou shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.

10.Thou shall not covet‡ your neighbor’s wife (or anything that belongs to your neighbor).

Sins with the TONGUE

Did I engage in any form of Lying?

Proverbs 8:7-8

” My mouth speaks what is true, for my lips detest wickedness.  All the words of my mouth are just; none of them is crooked or perverse.”

Did I flatter someone?

Job 32:21-22

“I will show partiality to no one, nor will I flatter any man; for if I were skilled in flattery, my maker would soon take me away

Did I manipulate someone for my gain or advantage?

Judges 16:15

Then Delilah pouted, “How can you say you love me when  you don’t confide in me?  You’ve made fun of me three times now, and  you still haven’t told me what makes you so strong.”

Did I speak too hastily?

Proverbs 29:20

Do you see a man hasty in his words?  There is more hope for a fool that for him.

Did my words cause division

Matthew 5:9

Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God.

Was I argumentative or Contentious?

Proverbs 20:3

Avoiding a fight is a mark of honor, only fools insist on quarreling

Did boast or speak with pride?

Proverbs 27:2

Let another praise you not your own mouth; someone else, and not your own lips.

Did I engage in self putdown?

Exodus 4:10

Moses said to the Lord, “:O Lord, I have never been eloquent,  neither in the past nor since you have spoken to your servant.  I am slow of speech and tongue.”

Did I slander someone?

Philippians 4:8

whatever things that are true, noble, just , pure, lovely, and of good report, if there is any virtue and if there is anything praiseworthy about someone, I comment only on these things.

Did I gossip?

Proverbs 18:8

The words of a gossip are like choice morsels they go down to a mans inmost parts.

Did I meddle in anybodys affairs?

2 Thessalonians 3:11

Some of you are living idle lives refusing to work wasting time meddling in other peoples business.

Did I betray someones trust?

Proverbs 11:13

A gossip betrays a confidence, but a trustworthy man keeps a secret.

Did I belittle someone?

Ephesians 4:29

Do not let any unwholesome talk come out of your mouths, but only what is helpful for building other up according to their needs, that it may benefit those who listen.

Was I cynical, scornful , or sarcastic?

1 Samuel 17 28-29

Now Eliah his oldest brother heard when spoke to the men; and Eliahs anger burned against David and he said

“Why have you come down? and with whom have you left those few sheep in the wilderness?  I know your insolence and the wickedness of your heart; for you have come down in order to see the battle.” But David said

“What have I done now?”

Did I speak as a Know-It-All?

Proverbs 12:23

A prudent man conceals knowledge.

Did I use harsh abusive words?

Proverbs 15: 1

A gentle answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.

Did I fail to speak with tact or diplomacy?

Colossians 4:6

Let your conversations be gracious and effective so that you will have the right answer for everyone.

Did I attempt to intimidate with my words?

1 Samuel 17:44

The philistine said to David.  “Come to me, and I will give your flesh to the birds of the air and the beasts of the field.

Was I rude?

Isaiah 35:8

There will be a highway called the Holy road.  No one rude or rebellious is permitted on the road.  Its for Gods people exclusively.

Was I critical or judgmental?

Matthew 7:1-2

Do not judge, or you too will be judged.  For in the same way you judge others, you will be judged.

Was I self absorbed in my conversations?

Philippians 2:4

Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others.

Did I use profanity?

James 3:10

Out of the same mouth proceed blessing and cursing.  My brethren, these things ought not to be so.

Did I complain?

Psalm 142:1-2

I cry aloud with my voice to the Lord; I make supplications with my voice to the lord I pour out my complint before him; I declare my trouble before Him.

Did I retaliate?

1 Peter 3:9

Don’t repay evil for evil.  Don’t retaliate when people say unkind things about you.  Instead, pay them back with a blessing.  That is what God wants you to do, and he will bless you for it.

Did I accuse someone?

Revelation 12:10

The accuser of our brothers, who accuses them before our God day and night, has been hurled down.

Was I discouraging?

Job 29:24

When they were discouraged, I smiled at them.  My look of approval was precious to them.

Did I express doubt and unbelief?

Mark 11:23

For assuredly, I say to you whoever says to this mountain, “Be removed and be cast into the seal.”  and does not doubt in his heart, but believes that those things he says will be done, he will have whatever he says.

Did I talk too much?

Proverbs 10:19

When words are many, sin is not absent but he who holds his tongue is wise.

Was I discreet in my discussions?

Proverbs 2:11

Discretion will protect you and understanding will guard you.

Did I keep silent when I should have communicated?

Ecclesiastes 3:1,7

There is a time for every activity under heaven…. a time to be silent and a time to speak.

I don’t know about you but I did not do well with this list.  I am overwhelmed with my tongue control.  I need self control.  I need self-compassion right now, if I am able to be successful in changing my bad habits with my tongue.  I think that making a gratitude list will be helpful in reminding myself of my many blessings.

Outcast

In My Fathers house, were wolves ready to devour My sheep.  My leaders in the faith were filled with pride.  My shepherd’s were drunk with power and my sheep were being devoured by all forms of evil.  My grief was great as I was not accepted.  There was nowhere or no one that really cared to know me personally.  I was a threat to their perceived power.  They could not see the truth.  They had lost their way.  There was no life in them only death.  How I longed to love them all but their hearts were closed.  I cried out to My Father and He answered me, “Son you must sacrifice all to save them from their sins.”  I said. “Let your will be done.” J.C.

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