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Sharing Testimonies- “The best things happen on the other side of fear!”

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I pray all my testimonies will bring inspiration to further the Kingdom Of God.

I was going to just post this on my Facebook page but I guess I have quite a lot to say on this subject so I decided to post it to my blog. Sharing my testimony (My first book Discovering True Love) has been a real struggle for me. I had to jump over so many hurdles and walk past so many fears. I just watched a video of Will Smith talking about fear and one of my favorite quotes that came from him is, “God placed the best things of life on the other side of terror!”

Will Smith’s experience of jumping out of a plane is the exact same for me with sharing my testimony. I jumped into the unknown! Why fear? God knows who I am and I know who I am, yet I still struggle with moving past fear. I don’t struggle from just one type of fear but many different fears- the fear of rejection, judgment, being hated, and more. I now ask myself, “why do I need to fear these when I know that an ever loving and righteous God accepts me for who I am? His grace and mercy are there to sustain me.”

My relationship with Jesus grows every day. I cannot live without Him. I go to Him over everything. He is my best friend. This is where salvation is.

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Party Time with my Best Friends

“I decided to throw a party so I sent out my invitations. I wanted all my close friends to come. I sent them out to Judas, Hagar, and Saul. We always have the best time, we are closer than family. While I wrote my invitations I didn’t realize my sub-conscience was on overload on why I didn’t even think to send an invitation to any of my acquaintances- like Jesus or Paul. I don’t even know them well. They’re really not a part of who I am. They don’t belong in my group and I really don’t belong in theirs. I can be who I want to be within my small group of close friends, I don’t have to worry about showing my true colors to outsiders. I can choose to be fake around those who don’t know me well. In my narrow way of thinking I didn’t realize that the outsiders can discern who I really am. I didn’t realize that I’m hurting myself by not inviting them, they could’ve turned out to be the best of friends who would’ve helped me see and grow. I may have known that they existed but they were just not a part of my world. My party was a blast as usual, we had so much fun! However, I heard that Jesus decided to throw a party as well but I was not invited.”

One cannot be saved by believing there is a God or just by being good. Satan knows there’s a God and he’s still going to hell, and even the good people sin. Life in salvation is about being true and real through Christ with God, yourself, and others.

Life is not about feeding our flesh death and destruction (There is so much of it in the media today and no, I don’t mean physical death- but the negativity that drags us down emotionally or feeds our flesh with ungodly desires). Life is about seeking to feed our soul the light of truth which brings healing. Testimonies resurrect the dead things in us and in others. Sharing our stories bring ourselves and others closer to God.

Revelation 12:11 – And they overcame him by the blood of the Lamb, and by the word of their testimony; and they loved not their lives unto the death.

What is a testimony? Titus chapter 3 says-For we ourselves also were sometimes foolish, disobedient, deceived, serving divers lusts and pleasures, living in malice and envy, hateful, and hating one another. But after that the kindness and love of God our Saviour toward man appeared, Not by works of righteousness which we have done, but according to his mercy he saved us, by the washing of regeneration, and renewing of the Holy Ghost; Which he shed on us abundantly through Jesus Christ our Saviour; That being justified by his grace, we should be made heirs according to the hope of eternal life.

Psalms 66:16- Come and hear, all ye that fear God, and I will declare what he hath done for my soul.

A testimony is sharing the truth of yourself and how you overcame by the grace of Jesus Christ- It is baring your naked soul for all to see- It is confessing sins of being lost and how you were found unto salvation- It is proclaiming Jesus Christ to the world and furthering the kingdom of God.

In sharing our testimony we will be judged and we will be hated. Matthew 10:22 says, “And ye shall be hated of all men for my name’s sake: but he that endureth to the end shall be saved.”

All of us who have had a life changing experience are called to share our testimonies. Our testimonies differ from the where to the how, but that is the beauty of our individual relationship in Christ.

Things we need to know about sharing testimonies;

  1. We will feel fear- “Fear is not of God, it is one of the greatest tools of the enemy. Satan does not want us to share our testimonies to inspire others for the glory of the kingdom of God.”
  2. We need to let go of our past and forgive all, including ourselves- “Hanging on to the past will keep us bound and will most likely prevent us from moving forward in our testimonial journey.”
  3. We need to fear God more than men- “This type of fear is completely different than the tool of the enemy, it is out of love and respect, it is placing God above all others by caring what He thinks over what people think. We need to place God’s judgment over the judgment of men. God judges righteously while the judgment of men comes from hate, envy, bitterness, and jealousy. Remember God holds our soul in his hands, men do not.”
  4. We need to speak from truth- “Share from our personal truth, the truth of how we viewed things, truth of how our emotions made us feel, and the truth of our inner struggle in comparison to the truth of the word of God. Other’s (family and friends) my feel differently because each individual has their own way of thinking and viewing things. They may remember things differently. Their testimony may differ but that is their personal truth and their journey.”
  5. Don’t let opinions sway your testimony. “God knows your heart, He knows where you’re speaking from, stand in its complete truth. If you become unsure about something then ask and seek, God will provide the answer if you are wrong, and He will confirm if you’re right. Never be afraid to be wrong, grow from it.”

God Bless and Much Love,

HE Olsen

 

2017: A Limitless Life (HappyNewYear)

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By H.E. Olsen


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It’s human nature to set limitations, to put limits in our relationships, throughout our emotions, and in or around everything that touches our lives.

I have lived in a world of limitations. I now sit at the center watching it destroy lives around me. I, myself, through past hurt, pain, fear, and out of frustrations have set limitations. Through the boundaries I created from these limitations I realized that this is all just another form of control. We try to control our world by placing limitations on people and emotions around us. We set boundaries to try to protect ourselves from the hurt and pain around us. The biggest limitation creator is fear. I have been so afraid to move forward out of the fear of what others may think, fear of the unknown, and the fear of creating and sub-coming to hurt and pain. Fear is hard to…

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Beyond the Birth of Jesus

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The Nativity story is found in Matthew chapters 1-2

(I researched some of this info on google and also found this picture there :)…I had to use it!)

Joseph, a man of God, was tossing and turning stressing over the condition of his betrothed Mary, in their world of strict traditions- to be pregnant without a husband brought shame to one’s home and a reason to cancel the commitment of marriage. Joseph felt deep inside that Mary was no longer a virgin.

To be a virgin is to be pure, to have no blemish. Demons use the act of sex to create havoc spiritually and mentally which can affect us physically. When our acts of sex are not done in love, true love, it allows strongholds for demons to grasp on to. Mary, a virgin who was with child, was pure.

Joseph Loved Mary. He didn’t want to lose her. Besides the blood line of David I believe God saw this love and knew that they could handle the situation and circumstances that would be placed on them by Mary’s pregnancy. He saw their love for Him and the Love for each other. Theirs is a true love story.

God saw Joseph’s restlessness and confusion. He sent an angel to comfort him. Joseph finally drifted to sleep. In his sleep he entered the world of dreams- a place where the spiritual realm can communicate to our physical forms. This angel appeared with the glory of heaven behind him and before him.

The Angel gently spoke, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take to you Mary your wife, for that which is conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. And she will bring forth a Son, and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their sins.”

The name Jesus stands for ‘the messiah’, and ‘the Christ’ which refers to the anointed one, the central being of Christianity. Jesus is the center of the trinity (Father, Son, and Holy Ghost) and he was a little infant inside a woman that was pure.

Joseph woke from his dream with new revelation and a desire for the will of God. He took Mary as wife then left for Bethlehem for the census. Even though Mary was his wife Joseph did not know her intimately until the child was born (Even in a marriage of true love the act of sex can be smeared with feelings and emotions not made out of true love giving the demonic an opening to work). Mary’s womb stayed pure.

The worldly view of a prince being born would be in a castle surrounded by royalty and servants, not Jesus. Jesus, the prince of peace, was born in a barn, laid in a manger with hay, animals, dust, and manure.

Here is a precious baby with no generational curse attached to Him. An infant wrapped in swaddling clothes that held an innocence of heavenly divinity. God had a reason for this lowly birth. He wanted to show the world that our clothing and circumstances do not matter. What we hold inside us are of true richness and treasury. Inside each one of us there is a light that can shine brighter than the gems in the night sky.

At the birth of this Good Shepherd an Angel appeared before shepherds living in the same country who kept watch over their flock out in the fields.

The Angel joyfully said to them, “Do not be afraid, for behold, I bring you good tidings of great joy which will be to all people. For there is born to you this day in the city of David a Savior, who is Christ the Lord. And this will be the sign to you: You will find a Babe wrapped in swaddling cloths, lying in a manger.” (Luke 2)

And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host praising God and saying:

“Glory to God in the highest,
And on earth peace, goodwill toward men!”

The shepherds, in awe, excitedly go in search for this precious baby.

I’m now seeing that being born in a manger also allows one comfort to come unto the lord. This humble birth gives place to acceptance. If Jesus were born in a castle surrounded by guards and slaves this would not have brought acceptation but division.

While Joseph and Mary enjoyed the antics of this infant son- (Who isn’t going to coo and caw over a baby?) God had a plan to set into place gifts, physical gifts to represent the spiritual. Three wise men came to bring gifts to the baby Jesus. These gifts though in physical form, were rich gifts. They also represented the richness of His spiritual gifts. One wise man brought gold- gold is associated with illumination, love, compassion, courage, passion, miracles, and wisdom. Gold is a precious metal that is associated with wealth, grandeur, and prosperity. (Remember this applies to our spiritual gifts not our physical forms of circumstances, finances, and popularity- though the physical side will definitely be blessed by the spiritual side.) The second wise man brought frankincense. Frankincense (the best is pure white but some can have the color of yellow) represents an emblem of prayer, whiteness, cleanliness personified, the ultimate in purity, light, goodness, innocence, and virginity. It is considered to be the color of perfection. White means safety. White has a positive connotation- righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, and angels. Yellow represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The third wise man brought myrrh. Myrrh is the first mentioned ingredient in the holy anointing oil. Myrrh is part of the custom of the Jews to give those who were condemned to death by crucifixion (Mark 15:23) It is rich brown or reddish-yellow, brown represents Humility, compassion, pastoral color. Red represents Blood atonement, sacrifice, power, anointing, and wisdom for battle. Yellow again represents positive-hope, faith, strength, and gifts from God. The fragrant resin is obtained from some species of the “rock rose”, the usual varieties being with pink petals, and white petals. Pink represents Positive- Child-like love, or faith. White again represents purity, righteousness, holy power, Spirit of the Lord, angels and the garments of Heaven.

These three wise men show up as Joseph and Mary held the infant and most likely were listening to the story the Shepherds were probably telling about the miraculous happenings they experienced.

I often have always pictured a somber atmosphere surrounding the baby Jesus, one where everyone is quiet and constantly bowing. Getting to know human nature through psychology I’m now sure that was not the case, maybe the wise men, but defiantly not the shepherds. I like the picture of maybe a wise man or two having a bit of humor.

The scene at the manger was probably one of storytelling and rejoicing. With each telling of their stories there were most likely tingles running up and down the spine giving off excitement where each individual reacted in their own way of praise, worship, and rejoicing. I now see a happy and festive atmosphere surrounding Jesus’ birth.

“The virgin will conceive and bear a son, and they will call him Emmanuel, meaning God With Us.”

Jesus came to change the world, to cross the lines of tradition and make believe. He came to give life, hope, love, peace, and joy. He was not poor- he had riches (wealth, family, and friends) but He left them behind to be the Good Shepherd yearning to find the lost sheep.

His birth put into motion the conditions of our rebirth. To become born again through the salvation of Christ Jesus our Lord means we accept and partake of all His gifts. When we choose the Will of God over our fleshly will we walk in the comfort and protection of the Holy Spirit.

Every word that is written in the Bible- the physical and supernatural has a deeper spiritual meaning- from the Old Testament to after the birth of Jesus. We need to see beyond the words. So, when you think about the birth of Jesus this Christmas, look beyond His birth into the deeper meaning it resembles for your spirituality.

Give thanks and praise for the gifts the baby Lord Jesus has bestowed upon you from His birth alone.

H.E. Olsen

 

 

A Nation United or Divided

I know many are so tired of all the posts going on but I want to take this time to write as a third party, stepping out, viewing two boxed-in worlds. I will be viewing these two worlds as a Christian, a mother, and with love.

I’ve been reading and watching many political posts on facebook for the last couple of days. My heart has become broken for our nation. I’m not going to share who I voted for because of the division it creates from differing views. I love my family and friends regardless of who they voted for. My relationship to family and friends are above my emotions and thoughts on who they chose. I respect them enough to respect their choice.

I have not been one who has talked much of politics. I have, however, addressed fear, hate, and hurt. These three issues seem to be flying extremely high. I shake my head, Sitting at my table, scrolling facebook with my laptop. I almost want to turn it all off and not come back for a long while. I then happen onto a young woman’s post. A person I remember as a child- who I babysat in my early 20’s.  Her post touched me deeply.

 

Rachel Matlock wrote,

“I have to say that I feel like we have lost something by not being able to disagree with our friends and family. I’ve seen a lot of post saying things along the lines of, “If you voted for this person I hate you!” or “If you voted for this person you’re not a Christian!” and “If you voted for this person please unfriend me and stop following my page!”- The truth of the matter is we have lost both maturity and intellectual capacity if we have come to a point where our political views can condemn our friendships. If we are consistently around people who continually agree with our point of view how do we grow? How do we learn to reason, empathize, utilize common sense, research, and exercise our intellects with the gaining of knowledge and application thereof? More than the state of our minds what does it say about our hearts? Are we so selfish as a people group that we can’t choose to love someone and empathize with them while still respectfully disagreeing? I think we can. There are many things I think are disgusting, for instance modern comedy. But I can still appreciate that my sister and father and friends like to watch comedies and I am grateful that they sometimes accommodate me by not watching a comedy when I watch television with them, but when they want to watch a comedy and I don’t the option is for me to suck it up and join in or leave. I still love them and every once in a while they watch a comedy that I actually enjoy and we come to a common understanding even if in general I disagree with them about what is comical. It breaks my heart that we have given up the ability as a people to reasonably disagree with one another while maintaining love for one another and respect for people’s opinions. It boggles my mind to think that people are so petty as to destroy valuable friendships and other relationships because they disagree about something. I understand that Politics are a huge controversy because they direct the course our nation will take not just for the next four years but for the next generation, and the generations following. However, I have not once seen a dispute or debate about politics in which people did not speak over one another or feel the need to use raised voices, or humiliate, disrespect, and ignore the other people involved. I think it’s selfish. I think Americans have spent way too much time trying to figure out how to love themselves and not enough time learning how to show love for their neighbors. Maybe if we had- things would be a whole lot different. What I know is that I will be the change I want to see, and I will pray because I trust a God who is bigger than anything this world has to say”.

Bravo Rachel! Her heart beats in the right place. Reading here post brings my mind to think on the word ‘Christian.’ What is the meaning of the name Christian? It stands for being Christ like. It’s about having a relationship and growing in Christ. That’s it! Who is Christ? He is the Son of God who came to serve and die for us all- friend or foe. He even healed the ear of an enemy. He came to bring comfort, healing, and love- to light the world with life. This means that both presidential candidates can have legit Christians. Being a Christian has nothing to do with who we vote for; this has to do with what we chose to believe about each candidate and what views we have accepted. Humans complicate Christianity through religion and expectations. Humans then become frustrated and let down from their own sense of right and wrong developed by one’s own beliefs. I will be the first to admit that I have had a closed mind from my own beliefs. This type of closed mindedness almost destroyed me. I have since grown to a maturity that allows me to step out and step back and view things on a grander scale. While I study Psychology and mental illness I’m becoming more and more aware of how lost people can become. How our emotions can blind us when we think and react from emotion alone. While all this was going through my head I came across a post that brought me to think how our actions cause reactions. I can see why republicans or other decided to take a stand.

 

“We did it with ballots, not bullets”

Dear Democrats and Liberals,
I’m noticing that a lot of you aren’t graciously accepting the fact that your candidate lost. In fact you seem to be posting even more hateful things about those of us who voted for Trump. Some of you are apparently “triggered”. Because you are posting how “sick” you feel about the results…
How did this happen you ask.

How did this happen you ask?

You created “us” when you attacked our freedom of speech.

You created “us” when you attacked our right to bear arms.

You created “us” when you attacked our Christian beliefs.

You created “us” when you constantly referred to us as racists.

You created “us” when you constantly called us xenophobic.

You created “us” when you told us to get on board or get out of the way.

You created “us” when you forced us to buy health care and then financially penalized us for not participating.

You created “us” when you allowed our jobs to continue to leave our country.

You created “us” when you attacked our flag.

You created “us” when you confused women’s rights with feminism.

You created “us” when you began to emasculate men.

You created “us” when you decided to make our children soft.

You created “us” when you decided to vote for progressive ideals.

You created “us” when you attacked our way of life.

You created “us” when you decided to let our government get out of control.

“You” created “us” the silent majority. And we became fed up and we pushed back and spoke up. And we did it with ballots, not bullets.

PLEASE COPY & SHARE EVERYWHERE ~ Cliff Mansfield

On this post, I have to say, the majority looks to be republican. But, I’m not so sure because I know of a few democrats or liberals who voted republican because they were not impressed with the direction our country has taken in the last decade. Many want drastic change. Media tries to say that it’s the college uneducated white male that made up the majority. What is the meaning of college? College is a place of learning where a group of individuals study and learn for a special purpose. This just means that one goes to school to further study their choice of career. This does not make them smarter. They only become knowledgeable of their career choice. I once met a city couple who went to college and they didn’t even know that an egg came from a chicken. You can imagine the fun I had as I explained how chicken’s poop out the egg. I’m not sure if they’ll eat eggs again but this goes to show that one will not know all- college educated or not. Ranchers and farmers who were raised in that life style do not need to further seek an education after high school unless they want to further their learning in a specific area. There are jobs and careers that don’t call for college learning skills. This doesn’t make them any more or less educated than anyone else. Every person excels in some areas while they lack in others. THIS, nation, is why we all need each other. We, the people- no matter what we believe, are family. America is our home. A house divided will not stand and neither will a nation. I also see that the word ‘white’ is brought up. I want to say, “Um, But- excuse me, I see people of many color on both sides. That doesn’t really stick!” It’s amazing how warped things can become.

I move on and continue scrolling facebook. I continue to see a lot of hateful outbursts from both sides. I see unhappy posts but respectful from few friends. I see joyous yet humble from a few others. I see many people from both sides complaining about the hateful posts, videos, and actions, coming from both sides. I soon happened onto a post from a long ago friend.

Lester Crutcher wrote,

“My take-away from this election- Uncertainty breeds anxiety and fear. Fear cripples, divides and creates extremes. I’m certain what makes America great is We-the-People. If you, me, and we actively listen to one another common ground will be found. Lady Liberty’s foundation will remain strong and her light will kindle bright in the hearts and minds of the people. My hope is in its people from the founding fathers (our constitution, bill of rights, etc.) and to the millennials (our future). If the young listen to the wisdom of the old and the old listen to the new ideas of the young we will have the makings of a bright future. Peace is made by listening to opposing views and finding common ground. Everyone wants to be respected and listening is the key to respecting our fellow Americans. I will do my little part to give respect to those I believe to be wrong and or whom I don’t understand by actively listening to hear where they are coming from. Side note: when people know you care then they may hear. Give respect to get respect through a simple daily exercise of listening to let people know you care enough to hear them. We all have bias to some degree or another therefore listening has the power to shrink the gap that divides. The profound power of the tongue that divides can be harnessed by the quite power of the ear. I’ll be the first to admit I have a lot of listening and learning to do.”

FEAR is right! Fear creates a lot of negativity. Fear is a powerful emotion that allows little room but to react in a negative way. Fear is a controlling factor. One can be controlled by fear and one can control by using fear. This is not done out of love and it doesn’t allow choice. People won’t change if they don’t want to change. We can’t force people to behave. Also, those who choose to miss-behave have no one to blame but themselves for the consequences caused by their choice. I can, however, love and show respect. I can have integrity for one and all. I can listen to both sides. I can pray and hope. I can do these things no matter who is president.

God Bless,

H.E. Olsen

Interview With Author HE Olsen

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H.E. Olsen is an author whose first published book Discovering True Love is coming out ithis month. I had the privilege of asking Mrs. Olsen some questions about writing, inspiration, and a whole host of other questions. She has some great insights to share. I had a great time getting to know her. Check out our interview below. Her answers are in bold.

Where is your hometown?
I live in Oldtown, ID.

Is your hometown where you started writing?
I began my book Discovering True Love in Oldtown, but I began writing little stories from a young age in Newport, WA. I would often write at school when I was supposed to be learning.

You are a Behavioral Psychiatrist. Where did you study?
I’m not a behavioral psychiatrist yet. I’m working my way there. Starting next year, I plan on studying at Liberty University…

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Your Family Tree

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I have been really struggling with a heavy heart these last few weeks. This is not what I usually do but I’m going to rant a little- Family is important! Your whole family is a tree. I’m not talking about a normal family tree that show’s how you all are connected. I’m talking about a spiritual tree that lives and breathes. Every person in the family is responsible to keep this tree healthy and alive. It can take one family member to make the tree suffer, but- it can also take one family member who knows love to heal the tree.

Every family member is a root to this tree. Whatever is absorbed by the root becomes part of the tree. There may be some family members who feed hate and bitterness into this tree. This will cause some branches to die. When this happens the family members that have become the strong healthy roots need to lovingly prune back the dead branches to allow new growth. This tree will only survive if you work together, support each other, be there for each other when you need to, and to give time and space when needed. Time and space allows growth.

The family members who love, forgive, are peaceful, joyful, kind, good, faithful, gentle, and long-suffering – in working things out, will keep the tree alive. They are the gardeners. I see so many posts about if you don’t like the situation then run, if you don’t like the person then leave, and if you don’t like the path you’re on then choose a new one. What if God is using the situation, person, or path to mold your character? What if he’s trying to refine you into a jewel? If you run what becomes of it? Not only that- but what if you are the one needed in that life of the person or family member that you don’t like? What if you were placed in someone’s life because God saw that you have what they need to grow or heal? When we run we prevent the work of God. If you neglect and run from your garden it will die. Jesus did not run from the cross. He was tortured, called names, and abused. He stayed- we are to be Christ like. Think about your family members and how you’ve acted toward them. Only you can answer for yourself.

If you hold any bitterness, unforgiveness, and hate toward a family member it doesn’t just affect you. It affects all the family close to you and even some who are not so close. When family lets you down it hurts the worst. When they fight among themselves around you it creates frustration and the feeling of abandonment. The family tree quivers and shakes out of distress and leaves fall. Families need to heal and become strong again, whether if they are broken or torn apart- Divorced or remarried, this just means more people added to the family tree. We all need each other in some way or form.

Love and heal your family today!

H.E. Olsen

“I would love your comments on this post.”

*My next post will be about divorce and why God is against it and why he allowed it*

Abusiveness…1/20/2016

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Galatians 5: 13-15

For you, brethren, have been called to liberty; only do not use liberty as an opportunity for the flesh, but through love serve one another. 14 For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this: “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” 15 But if you bite and devour one another, beware lest you be consumed by one another!

When I hear the word abuse I often picture someone who is black and blue from a beating or someone being verbally beat down by a bully. But the word abuse has a larger platform than I realize.  I have hated parts of my body that aren’t perfect. I have stuffed my face with unhealthy food. I have gone a few days without brushing my teeth. I have brought pain, stress, and hate into my body. No one has abused my body more than I have abused it. Abusing myself was acceptable because I allowed it to happen. I gave myself permission. But when someone else becomes abusive towards me or crosses lines I don’t want them to cross, my anger and hate for those lines being crossed rises and I just might lash out…

Lashing out in anger and hate is also a form of abuse, where we bite and consume, so …I become abusive to someone other than myself. It’s hard to see that we are in the wrong when we feel justified and self-righteous in our own thinking. But, the honest truth is, everyone is abusive in one form or another… whether it is self-abuse, neglect, lashing out in hate and anger, control, over affectionate, to cold, over indulgence, under indulgence, and many more…

Some abuse is viewed as normal- where people don’t even think of it as abuse, some abuse is hard to go through but we carry on- fighting the good fight until the end, and then …there is the dangerous abuse- where it could bring death to our body or soul- where whatever choice that is made will greatly impact our lives. No outsider can tell you which is which (unless it’s a professional) …this is something everyone has to realize for themselves. Some people are strong enough to carry on and others are not. Some view abuse different than others. It comes down to asking ourselves what abuse is and what it isn’t? …


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A Good Life… 1/19/2016

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Psalm 34:12
Who is the man who desires life, And loves many days, that he may see good?

My mom used to tell me, “Life is what you make it!” I remember being on my 6th grade field trip as I sat on the bus sulking over something. I can’t even remember what that something was. But I do remember mom giving me that advice. I thought she was crazy. I didn’t understand what she was saying, not until I became an adult.

Life is what we make it! We can make a bad life, where we’re miserable and try to make everyone around us miserable, where we only see the bad. We allow the darkness to consume us, bring us down, and tare us up inside and out. We can become depressed, hateful, and bitter as we live a life of negativity …or we can make a great life. We can smile like the sun, warming the souls of others. We can see the good in life, enjoying it to the fullest. We can be good, do good, and reap the rewards of good …The choice is ours.

This doesn’t mean that life will be easy if we choose to live a life of goodness. It means we can bring good from our hardship and struggles. It means we can smile through the pain, knowing things will turn out alright, to give someone in need your good pair of socks even though all your others may have holes, to bless someone else, who is struggling, with a hug- even though you are going through your own hardships. There is strength in a life of goodness.

Think about a couple moments when you were sulky and having an attitude. Did you have to react the way you did? Could you have reacted differently? Take those moments and let them teach you what needs to be done differently …You just brought good from those negative reactions!

Author H.E. Olsen