Monday, September 1, 2014

Start the Week Off Right!!

Good morning, Ya'll!!
I hit the ground running (literally!) this morning and my day is off to a crazy start! But I would hate to leave my terrific readers without their Monday morning jams!



Good Morning - Mandisa



I am a Friend of God - Israel Houghton



Take It All - Hillsong United



When the Crazy Kicks In - Francesca Battistelli



Somos la Luz


Enjoy!! :)

Until the Next Time, 

~Dios les Bendiga~
Kristine

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

Pixel for a Picture

We love terms.
     Terms tell us in one word all of the details of an object, procedure, ideal, etc... Terms are great! but what if the details of the object/ ideal are not so concrete? What if people don't understand what the true purpose or the definition is? In such cases, the individual fills in the blanks with opinion or previous experience. As society changes, so does the definition.
   
     So has it been with courtship. In the olden days, there were no questions as to what it was. For hundreds of years, society had clear, regulated views on the subject. When an honorable, young man desired to pursue a young woman, he would ask permission to call. Not as in telephone calling, but as in to visit at her house, where he would be received by the young woman and a chaperone (generally another family member). This part is NOT courting. This is simply the young man getting to know the young woman better as well as making friends with her family.





If a more serious relationship is desired, then the young man would proceed to ask her father for permission to pursue courtship. If the father said, yes, then the couple would get to know one another with the intention of a future marriage.




If the father said, no, then an honorable gentleman would leave it be. Later, if the feelings were still strong, the young man could try again. This form of romantic socializing held on well into the 20th century.

     With the 1940s, however, things dramatically changed. A new sense of urgency emerged. Boys and girls were men and women much sooner; the fathers who originally would have overseen the courtship were away fighting, leaving the young women to learn on their own. Life was cut off in swift, abrupt droves.


 Often times, women became brides and widows within the same month. Life wasn't the same and society adapted to prepare for the worst case scenario.

     Then the war ended; the men came home and life life slowed down, but the idea of a slow courtship was gone. Life was too short for such a long relationship and modern youth didn't "need" their parents to pursue attractive options. Courting was simply not conducive to modern life.
    
   So is courtship really applicable to modern society? 
Or is it just Christian coinage for dating?
Does it really matter if I date rather than court?

     Grab your Bible and flip to Mark 12:30-31.


30 Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’[a]  

31 The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] There is no commandment greater than these.”


     We can get wrapped up in the benefits of courting vs dating or visa versa. We can argue till the Rapture which one is more godly, more pure, more etc... But then we would be like the Pharisees and the Sadducees, arguing over trivialities while our people starve for God's Word. We want to do what is right and holy. Great! But let us not miss the greater picture for a mere pixel! 


 

     The name is not the point! It is the mindset! You can court and be only interested in getting holy marks with surrounding Christians. You can date and be a powerful force for God's kingdom. Whatever you prefer to call it, ask yourself these two questions:

     Am I loving the Lord my God with ALL of my heart, with ALL of my soul and with ALL of my mind and with ALL of my strength? Am I loving my neighbor as myself? 

     There are no halvesies here. You cannot serve two masters. God must be at the center of all you are doing. When you love God with all of your heart (your emotions), with all of your soul (your innermost being), with all of your mind (your dreams and plans) and with all of your strength (your physical body), then loving your neighbor (your family, friends, special "friends," complete strangers, etc...) will follow. God first, others second, you last. 

     If you are in a relationship right now, let me ask you:
Why? What is your motivation to be with the other person? Is the Lord leading both of you in the same direction? Is the other person an idol in your life? Are you two pursuing God as we are called to do in Mark? Are you seeking the other person's good above your own?  Would you be willing to give them up if that would be best for them? 

     If you are not in a relationship right now, let me ask you:
How are you spending this time? Are you seeking the well being of others above yourself? Are you serving? How do you treat your family? Are you pursuing God as we are called to do in Mark? Is the idea of being in a relationship an idol in your life? Are you content in the Lord? 

     On Judgement Day, the Lord will not ask you if you courted or dated, but if you followed His commands. Courtship and dating are methods created by Man. Neither one will ever be perfect, but Scripture comes from God. It was, is and always will be perfect. Study His Word and you will know what do.



    

Monday, August 25, 2014

Start the Week Off Right!

Good Morning, Everyone!

     I hope you enjoyed the weekend! Here are some videos to get your Monday morning kicking off on the right note! :)




Piano Fantasy - William Joseph


Interrogation Song - Muppets Most Wanted



Mona Lisa - Studio C



Six Awkward Situations for Shy People - Blimey Cow



Friend of God - Philips, Craig and Dean



God's Not Dead - Newsboys

Enjoy!

Until Next Time, 

~Dios les Bendiga~

Kristine