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A premonition

Published June 7, 2017 by thinkinbout

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Have you ever had a premonition? I guess we all have at one point, but I mean a full blown, dreadful feeling of impending doom? I have…and this past Sunday, on which we celebrated the Day of Pentecost, reminded me of it. Now, I’m no holy roller. I don’t handle snakes and I have never had a laughing fit “in the Spirit,” or whatever, but I have had an experience that I can attribute only to the Holy Spirit.

In the summer of 2004 I was volunteering on a First Nations Reserve in Canada. It was a 7 week trip, so I really got to know the people with whom I worked. I worked with two other gals, one from TX, another from Canada, and our main job was to run a summer camp for the kids on the res. Two days a week we worked with the little ones and two days a week we worked with the teens. On one particular sunny, peaceful day, near the end of our trip, the three of us decided to take the kids (teens that day) to “the beach.” It was a lake, not an ocean, just so we’re clear. I had not packed a bathing suit, so I sat out and kept an eye on the other kids who didn’t want to play in the water either. There was a playground and some other fun stuff around.

And then it hit me. Like a ton of bricks.

Even though the sun was out, it was dark. There’s no explaining that, but it was. My chest felt heavy, I couldn’t breathe. I began crying and praying. I just asked God to please protect me, please, please protect me, something horrifying is going to happen, please, God, please protect me!!!!!!!

And then it was gone.

The drive back to the res was not on a paved road, but a gravel one, and our driver began fish tailing. She could not right the vehicle (a school bus), and the fish tailing became wider and wider, until I knew: this was it. I said it aloud: “This is it!!!” And flipped and we flipped, and we bounced, and my head hit a window. I was praying aloud the whole time, and one of the few who was not knocked out. When we landed, I was on the bottom of a pile of big teenage boys. My neck was positioned in such a way that it should have been broken. It was between the ankles of one of the boys, at an odd angle. But I was alive, and I was not knocked out, and, as someone responsible for these kids, I got up and got to work. I first made sure no one was dead or injured, and then helped to wake them up and get them off the bus. I don’t know who called emergency, but they eventually arrived. Some kids were thrown from the bus.

No one died. No one died!!!! Honestly, I have never heard of a crash that bad where no one had died. Someone had a concussion, and one girl broke her arm and collar bone, and nearly everyone needed a neck brace, but we were ok, after all.

That is one experience I attribute to the Holy Spirit; there really is no other explanation.

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Blog 9 of Lent

Published March 19, 2016 by thinkinbout

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Ok, well that whole attempt to blog each day of Lent went out the window real fast. That’s ok though.

Tonight I want to write about something that is on my heart, not something I read in Scripture. It’s about the proper attitude for a Christian. These days, negativity, hatefulness, rudeness, and intolerance abound. It is so very easy, and often much more desirable, to have one of the above attitudes. This has been on my mind due to the political climate in America right now. The political strife is probably a better way to term it. And that, in turn, made me think about the nasty attitudes we see everyday.

One of those nasty, and unfortunately growing, attitudes is entitlement. Entitlement is the opposite of humility. Humility is growing more and more rare. Listen to me: You CANNOT please God and not be humble. Everyone, it seems, feels entitled to something, and when they don’t get the desired result, they get mad. They get mean. They sometimes lash out physically and hurt people without a prick of the conscience. If someone flips you the bird, you feel it’s ok to hurt them. Someone’s wearing “awesome” new shoes, and you think you deserve them, so he’s killed for a PAIR of SHOES. This happened a couple weeks ago in the city where I live. Let this sink in. A TEENAGER WAS KILLED FOR A PAIR OF SHOES.

Someone’s rude to you, you’re more rude back. It just escalates.

It’s the opposite of humility.

Do you know how many times the Bible mentions humility? It certainly is a big deal to God. I’m only going to mention 3 here:

Philippians 2:3- Do nothing from rivalry or conceit, but in humility count others more significant than yourselves. Let each of you look not only to his own interests, but also to the interests of others. Have this mind among yourselves, which is yours in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, did not count equality with God a thing to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the form of a servant, being born in the likeness of men. …

James 4:6 But he gives more grace. Therefore it says, “God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble.”

Colossians 3:12 Put on then, as God’s chosen ones, holy and beloved, compassionate hearts, kindness, humility, meekness, and patience,

A thankful heart, a servant’s heart, and a humble heart are what are pleasing to God.

Also, going back to the political climate, I am shocked at the vile comments I see on Facebook about candidates in these people’s own preferred party. I am in a bunch of conservative groups on Facebook, and after each of the Republican candidates who have dropped out, many of the members of the FB group make cruel, hateful, abhorrent comments about that candidate. I have seen the most vitriol saved for Marco Rubio. After reading such detestable comments, you’d think it was a liberal saying these things. Let me gently remind you that whatever you do for the least of these you do to [Jesus]. That includes names you call people. That includes how you treat people. When you insult or comment that this loser should have dropped out sooner and curl up and die, you are saying this about a sacred soul created in God’s own image. In essence, you are saying it to God Himself, and that must be repented of. That goes for Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and Donald Trump too.