Friday, November 27, 2009

s and peace to you from Darryl & Catrina Blount
Everyday is a day of Thanksgiving, but today we are most thankful for those God has given us to love. That includes you and your awesome family! Blessing

Friday, November 20, 2009

Praising the Lord, Elohim, the one who is worthy to be praised! What or who do you ascribe worth to?

Tuesday, November 3, 2009

I am considering a career in coaching. How about you? Go to for more info.

Monday, November 2, 2009

Freedom

I am sitting here without the benefit of my extra eyes writing about freedom. Just because the topic popped into my head.

What is freedom? How do we know when we are truly free?

Some say that freedom is when you reach a certain age. Then, they say, you can do whatever you want to do. But is that true? Is there ever really a time in your life when you can do whatever you want? I haven’t found that time so far in my life. When you are a child, you do what the parent wants. When you are an adult, you do what the employer wants, or if you own your own business, you do what the business needs. When you are a parent, you do what the child needs (isn’t that something? I switched from wants to needs). It is the truth.

When you are not saved, you do what the devil wants. And the killing part is you think you’re free. Until you find out that you can’t just stop. Until you discover that you just can’t help it. That’s when you realize you are not free at all.

But once you come to Christ, you experience true freedom (Galatians 5:1). Jesus promised that he came that we might have abundant life (John 10:10). Does it mean that you are free to do whatever you want? Not really, but in a way. If you develop the desire to please God, you are totally free to do that. You are totally free to live without fear, without addiction, without bondage. You are free to come to the throne of God, free to worship the Lord.

The Bible teaches us that where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is liberty. (2 Corinthians 3:17). And what is liberty? It is freedom. Freedom from tyranny and oppression. As Patrick Henry, one of the founding fathers of America said, "[G]ive me liberty or give me death!" I don’t know if he knew what he was saying, but it is so true. Without liberty, there is death. Check it out in Romans chapter 8 – you will clearly see the contrast between life in the spirit (liberty) and life in the flesh (death).

Having said all that, I wonder why people choose to live death (sort of an oxymoron, isn’t it?). God told the Israelites to choose life so that they and their children might live (Deuteronomy 30:19). It is a choice. He even asks them why they would choose to die (Ezekiel 18:31).

In the same vein, I want to know why people choose to be down and depressed – concentrating on the negative things in life rather than the positive. I have discovered, and trust me; I have lost a lot in this life, that for everything you can name that you DON’T have, there is something you can think about that you DO have.

But, as usual, I digress. The subject is freedom. You have been given the opportunity for freedom when you have been exposed to the truth. Jesus said that you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free (John 8:32). Some versions state that the truth shall set you free. In other words, the truth is liberating. It breaks shackles and fetters and gives you the opportunity to come out of the box, to move out of the cage.

No one can ask questions better than God. He said, why would you die, O house of Israel? (Ezekiel 18:31; 33:11). And I believe the Spirit of God is impressing upon me the need to ask the same questions – why would you die?

Here is the answer – you don't have to. Choose life - that you and your children may live.