SPARE THE ROD

The Hot Topic of conversation on the radio this morning was:

“Should You Spank or Whip A Child?”

My analysis of spanking and whipping are different.

In my days of growing up I did not receive spankings, which to me is a pop on the hands or legs.

I received whippings, which consisted of a switch ( a limb from a tree that was very thin and would make a whistle sound when it would strike you), extension cord, a belt with a buckle, or any object my mom would see. I loved my parents and I know they  raised us based on how  they where raised. No, it’s not right but people emulate what they know. The whippings I received today would definitely be considered child abuse. I have always believed that form of discipline was bad, but for me that was my life.

Whippings in my opinion came from slavery. The generations born into slavery past it down through the years. The Master would whip the slave into submission. So, my forefathers passed it down, because that was all they knew and thought this was the way to discipline their children into submission. This is my analysis of a whipping.

Now that I have children of my own I did spank, but I soon learned what worked for my children was they had to experience for themselves. I can say don’t run you will fall and hurt yourself,  but until they fell and hurt their knee they would never realize the consequences of running.

I know there will be someone that don’t agree, but yelling at the top of your lungs does not change the thoughts of a child. Reason being, is they will stop for a moment and the next second they are back at what they were previously doing.

I know this is a touchy topic and some believe the biblical scripture “spare the rod, spoil the child”. I don’t  believe it means to abuse the child. All children are different, some are easier to train than others. As parents we do what works for us, but I say consider the outcome when it comes to whippings.  Selah!

I really would like to hear your thoughts on this issue.

The Avid Reader

I am an “Avid” reader and even though the e-readers are high in demand, I still love the idea of holding an actual book in my hand. With my  love for reading, I have always wanted to design bookmarks. I did not just want to make the regular card stock style and I recently had an “A-Ha” moment. I wanted to make bookmarks with a different twist. With some inspiration from my daughter-in-law I made a few just to share.Check out some of my designs.

Football with name, Purple Flower with design, Orange Flower with love.

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 Bedazzled with purple center

 photo 4

 Ballerina 

bookmark

Purpose

On this journey of life there are challenges along the way, but the Creator has given us all the ability through his grace to overcome every obstacle we face. It is up to each of us to accept the path he has chosen for us individually.

Only the creator knows your purpose and destiny. I have learned over the past few years that you can not let man dictate your life. My experience people have stated you should do this or that, but that was not what I was drawn to. Therefore, if you don’t feel it more than likely it is not your path.

We all “do not” have the same purpose in life, but I do believe we have similar purposes. We all need somebody , yes we are all different whether personality, or shades our common bond is we are all “human”. We are made for each other.

So while you pursue your purpose on this journey learn the lesson from each challenge and continue to move forward. Every situation there is a lesson to be learned. Keep your eyes on whatever you deem your prize.

Selah!!!!

Faith Without Action

I deem myself a Christian, but I also question clichés Christian folks make.

Conversing with a lady and the scenario of her situation was she is being mistreated on her job of twenty-five years,having to take on responsibilities for her co-workers duties and expected to have all her projects completed on time as well.

She made the remark: “I’m not going to complain, because God is going to give me my reward in heaven.” I thought, what the ham and cheese (to put it nicely)!

You are telling me God has no desire for you to prosper or have rewards on earth? I truly disagree!

I understand being patient and doing what you have to do when on a job, but when is enough, enough. I don’t understand why we as Christian are taught to just wait and take whatever is thrown your way. My opinion that is not biblical. The bible clear reads: “faith without works (action) is dead”.

This is total lack of knowledge. In a lot of cases we as Christians do whatever the preacher says instead of reading the word for ourselves to know if he/she is misquoting the bible. The bible also clearly reads: “study to show thyself approved”.

I have been on the band wagon of ignorance before, but not anymore.

I have learned in the past year to stand up for myself, especially if I feel I am been mistreated. I defend myself decently and in order, you do not have to be irate to get your point across.

You can not just sit and wait for something to happen, the bible also reads:”God gives you the power (ability) to get wealth”. You can not just go to work and sit at home and expect anything to happen if you do not apply yourself.

Bottomline: I have never met a rich person that sat at home and did nothing and became wealthy. You have to put faith with action.

All this to say is there is a time and place for everything. As a Christian, I do not believe you have to be mistreated or abused and think that if God wants me out he will move on my behalf.

I do not believe it works that way.

I leave you with this thought:” If you are believing to win the lottery and you have not purchased a ticket, how do you expect to win?

Selah!