Christian Persecution and a Call to Action

Therefore, since we are surrounded by such a great cloud of witnesses, let us throw off everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles. And let us run with perseverance the race marked out for us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith. Who, for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinners, so that you will not grow weary and lose heart. In your struggle against sin, you have not yet resisted to the point of shedding your blood.” – Hebrews 12: 1 – 4

A Syrian, Catholic church official wrote a letter asking persecuted Christians in the to remain strong in their faith, and stay where they were in order to keep the light of the Holy Spirit from completely disappearing from that part of the world. Full story below:

A man carries a girl as they rush away from a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria's President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh
A man carries a girl as they rush away from a site hit by what activists said were airstrikes by forces loyal to Syria’s President Bashar al-Assad in the Douma neighborhood of Damascus, Syria August 24, 2015. REUTERS/Bassam Khabieh

http://www.christianpost.com/news/syrian-church-leader-begs-christians-to-stay-despite-war-and-persecution-warns-christianity-is-disappearing-144439/.

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#1 Fan-Girl

Since I was 11 years old, Harry Potter has always been right there with me, becoming more than just a fictional book character that I enjoy, but a defining part of the image I display to the world. “Wife, mother, Harry Potter fan-girl,” is what my twitter bio currently reads.

As a sidenote, I would also like to add that I am a member of the body of Jesus Christ. Saved by grace through faith in the death and resurrection of the one and only Son of God, who chose to leave his place of power and authority in heaven to become a servant of men and obedient to death for the sake of sinners like me. Put an asterisk on the end of my Harry Potter resume and at the bottom of the page, in tiny italicized text, please add, “She is also forever forgiven and redeemed, and will live for eternity with an Almighty God.”

That Time I Went to Prison & Thanked God for it

How God used 26 miserable hours in a prison cell to humble me, and teach me the lesson of personal accountability. proverbs 312

Well, first of all, you may be surprised to hear that I went to jail at all. I didn’t talk about it to very many people & I definitely didn’t share it on Facebook. Normally, I’m pretty transparent about what is going on in my life, but this was a situation I’d rather nobody voiced their opinion on, so I’ve kept it kind of quiet. I have been wondering for a few weeks why all of a sudden I’m reluctant to be open with people, and I’ve discovered 4 reasons.

  1. I’m embarrassed – Plain & simple. I was arrested in a crowded parking lot on Mason Road. Handcuffed and put in the back of a police car, which was humiliating to say the least. Not only that, I was crying like a ninny. Definitely not acting my age.
  2. It was traumatic, and I haven’t felt like reliving it – I’m not joking, jail is scary as f***. It’s not a scene from OITNB or Legally Blonde, y’all. You are in serious trouble, and in close proximity with some serious criminals. That one experience has basically been the stuff of my nightmares for the past 5 weeks.
  3. Appearances matter, I suppose  – While this is one reason that I can honestly say does not concern me, I have family members who would prefer that I didn’t broadcast my criminal record to the world. Well, sorry folks, I don’t seem to have a mute button. Out of respect, I’ve tried to keep it under wraps. But now I’m talking about it because God taught me an important lesson – and I want to share that with you.
  4. (This is the doozy) I DESERVED IT. – Yup, no justifying or blaming here. I deserved to go to jail according to the laws of the State of Texas. This has been the hardest fact to come to terms with because it’s easier to act like a victim than it is to behave like an adult. And believe me, it’s taken a while. But I deserved the time I spent in that cell, and now, looking back, I’m actually GRATEFUL for it. Crazy, right? I’ll tell you why.

I was arrested for driving with a suspended license – which in Texas is a Class B Misdemeanor. I didn’t know that it was such a serious offense, but to be truthful, I would have driven my car all over the damned place even if I had. Why? Because I did not respect the law.

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Good Company

Wow. The weeks (or months?) since my last post have been…interesting to say the least. I have been seeing a therapist once a week, and her advice, while very well-intentioned, really rubs against the doctrine in my soul. I guess this is the price you pay for being a Christian in the secular world – […]

A Little Liquid Sunshine

My posts tend to be emotionally loaded, heavy, and saturated with spiritual passion. Today, in Houston and the Gulf in general, we are facing the largest, most catastrophic hurricane ever recorded… And all I wanna do is silly dance with my son, make crazy faces, play Go Fish with an Old Maid deck, and read. […]

#SongLyricSunday: Socially Acceptable

Socially Acceptable by DC Talk is eerily relevant, altough written when I was…what… two? Three? The truth does not change with the times, which is what makes it so inconvenient to those who are living without the love of Christ.   “And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned […]

Let Me Pencil You In… A Challenge

An Umbrella in a Hurricane As a working mom and a woman who has always struggled with effective time management [and, let’s face it, general organization], I feel like it’s hurricane season and I’m the patio umbrella you forgot to bring inside…laughably inadequate at weathering the onslaught of tasks at hand. On top of that, […]

Monday Martyr of the Week: Siao-Mei, Child prisoner, China, 1990

An excerpt from Foxes Book of Martyrs “Amelio Crotti, who had been a prisoner in China wrote about his experiences. Among other things, he wrote this: ‘From my cell I heard a mother speak soothing words to her child of five, who name was Siao-Mei. She had been arrested with the child because she had […]

#SongLyricSunday

I cant remember who inspired me to do this, but whoever it was…thank you. |Sunday, October, 11, 2015| Lay it Down – Sanctus Real  “I know you have your problems ‘Cause everybody’s got ‘em If you get lost in your sorrows Then you could hit rock bottom But if you smile in face of trivial […]