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As you may know, we are expecting our new baby soon. My due date is August 12th. As I was preparing for her arrival, I ordered a crib from Walmart. I really wanted to be able to go to the store and pick it up, but this particular crib had to be ordered online. So, I patiently waited.
Once it finally got to our house, I was so excited! I rushed to the door and let the delivery guy put the box inside. I asked my husband to open it, only to find that the crib was beautiful and…brown…cherry wood and not what I ordered.
That was such a disappointment. I called Walmart to let them know and here’s what happened. I got a $20 credit towards another purchase and they told me that there were no more like it in either color. I was also notified that if they sent me out another one it could not be expedited and there would be no guarantee that it would be the color that I ordered.
Can you say “disappointed again…”
I really like shopping at Walmart, but this has but a sour taste in my mouth. This is no time for mistakes. My little girls’ will be here soon and I can put her room together because its missing a crib and changing table.
Now I have to figure out something else to do.
Oh the agony and the horror…I am upset, but moving forward…thanks Walmart…
I just watched the half time show of Super Bowl 2013. The center of the show was Beyonce. Although many looked forward to the show, I wondered what position this artist would take knowing that families across the globe would be watching. I must say that I was not shocked to find that she did what she has done for years.
She wore an outfit that would only be in the adult section of most stores and acted as if she were in a room with her husband, trying to turn him on. Her dance movements were inappropriate, which I’m sure caused the millions of men watching to lust after her and the other women dancing on stage. Gyrating across the stage, I felt sorry for the families across the globe that have to now fight with themselves as to how they will explain the scene to their children.
Appalled…YES! I am appalled. More so, I am saddened for the state that our country is in…and the world. I am also saddened for Beyonce. I remember when she first came out with Destiny’s Child and they proclaimed that they would be different. Now here we are 10 or so years later and they look no different than the rest of the artists out there.
A part of me does not care to do anything but to say my opinion, but there is another part of me that is aware of the individuals that actually take part in these actions. I think of their hearts and their feelings. I don’t want to embarrass anyone, but I don’t agree with what they are doing. I want to challenge Beyonce and the other women, Kelly and Michelle, to ask themselves what they stand for. Who do you represent? Would you look up to who you are now, if this were years ago? When your daughters grow older and you are raising them, will you be proud of who you are today? You have each been given gifts by God and although those gifts won’t be taken away, what you do with them will cost you something. Are you willing to pay the price?
For the women,mothers, wives, men, husbands, and fathers out there, don’t be ashamed if you don’t agree with what our world is standing for. Know that you are not alone. I stand against the filth that is prevalent in our world right now. I wish it were a better place for my children. I pray that God would touch the hearts of all the people in our nation and produce integrity in each one.
Who knows what the next Super Bowl Halftime show will be like…
Let me start off by saying that I have not thought this post through. I am just writing because I feel like it. I have no idea where I’m going or how this will end. What I do know is that I feel this.
There are times in life when things just don’t make much sense. The events that occur are not pretty or pleasant, but they happen. When that time comes, we are faced with a serious decision…
How to handle it?
Seriously…I feel like tht question has slapped me in that face. How will I continue to be myself and love those I love without changing. Some people change in the midst of making this decision. They become harsh and mean. Some become arrogant and prideful. Others become so broken by the situation that their life is drastically affected, by the event and the decision.
I know that God loves us even when we are wrong. Yet, He does not turn a blind eye to our sin. He sees it for what it is and deals with us accordingly, but with mercy. This is how He loves us. Our prayers may be hindered, we may have to walk through some hard places, but the truth is that it could all be over quicker that a twinkle of an eye. That all depends on us. All God is waiting on to meet us, help us, and forgive us is repentance. If we decide that we are beyond repentance, He take a few steps back because the Bible says that sin effects people in steps. The ultimate step is death. He longsfor us to live abundant lives and to continually be connected to Him, but the choice is ours.
I said all that to say, God never changes and since God is love, I want to love they way that He loves. There is no magic formula as to how to love someone when it gets hard besides, love like He loves. With this knowledge, I have chosen to seek Him about my current situation. I have to understand how to love someone that has hurt me without destroying who they are or becoming someone else, myself. I want to imitate God and love the way He does. I just see His way as freeing to both the lover and the lovee.
I am almost positive that this will not be easy. I kinda think this is going to take a while. With the little inlking that I have, I pray for the dedication to remain loving throughout this whole process. I realize that this is natural…sometimes loving is hard to do
There are times in life that we will have to make decisions. We will have to take a stand and even say no. With this we must understand that our opinions won’t always be accepted. Everyone won’t want to be sour friends and sometimes we just won’t be invited to the party.
That being said, I am sitting here right now and I know that there is a birthday party/ semi-celebration taking place a couple of doors down. My son found out and got upset. I had to help him understand that we won’t always be invited. What a hard lesson for a kid to learn. Learning this is not easy. As children, adults…people, we all want to get along with others. We actually want the whole world to love us, but the reality is that some people won’t like us. Some people won’t want to be around us. Especially if we are upholding a standard.
Now that is something that we do. There are a few issues that I have had to talk to this other mother about. If I were anything like her, my children would be over there uninvited, but I’m not. I am teaching my kids manners and it’s hard some times, but they are also learning to respect other people.
The truth is that I would rather be here in my house with my kids than in another’s house, that doesn’t believe the same things that we believe. If we were there, I’m sure that my children would be exposed to things that are against God, our beliefs, and our lifestyles. Life is just like that sometimes. Sometimes things seem unfair, but it is the best thing for us. This is what’s best for us…its ok, even good, that we’re not invited.
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