Over the course of the past five years I experienced a shift in my thinking in terms of what I thought I knew about salvation. I knew that my belief in Jesus Christ’s blood sacrifice saved me from the penalty of sin, which is eternal death in hell, but I was always taught at church from the time I was a little girl that you could lose your salvation because of sin. For days, months, and years of my life I was always on sin patrol and constantly asking God for forgiveness of anything I said or did because I never knew when it would be my time to die and I wanted to be sure I would go where He is. Looking back I can see how this was not the way to live in the freedoms that God made available to those that believe, but that is not the understanding that I had up to 2010.
As a writer and author I experience many days where I have difficulty in putting the thoughts in my head into words on my blog or current writing projects. When this happens, I become discouraged, defeated in my mind, and paralyzed in my body about whether or not I am the right person to write on the topic at hand. Weeks at a time can go by, and I am unable to produce anything on paper or on my computer. I summed it up as the famous phrase "writer's block", which is a writer's inability to think of what to write or how to express his or her thoughts into words. However, I discovered last week that my problem was not writer's block.
I send this as a message of awareness, enlightenment, and action. As Christian parents and caregivers we are to train up our children in the way that they should go so that when they are old they will not depart from it (Proverbs 22:6). Likewise, Christian parents and caregivers have a responsibility to protect our children from the evils of this world, so when they are of age their decisions will align with the ideals of Christ. Many of the media images that are presented before us today are the very representation that we are to guard our children’s spirits, souls, and bodies from, as well as our own. Glorification of the world of darkness, vampires, wizards, witches, morphing from animal to human forms (and vice versa), and zombies has caused parents and children to become desensitized to the reality of demonic spirits and activities, leading to deception and participation in these activities.
One of the phrases that I often say during my talks with God is, “Thank You Lord for protecting me from dangers seen and unseen, known and unknown.” On Saturday, November 29, 2014 these words took on a new meaning for me.