Carrie Mueller: God loves her, but so do we.

Carrie Mueller
Carrie Mueller

When someone so close and influential in your life passes on, it just doesn’t seem fair. A life so beautiful of someone so loved. A life of a person who has been a blessing for so many, ended. It never seems fair. For those still left on the earth, there is now a hole in which that one life once filled. A hole that one will feel when they remember them, think about them, and wish they were here with us to do those activities they had always done with us. To refine the lessons they were in the midst of teaching us, until the point it is like second nature. Nonetheless, through their loss, we go into the midst of learning a whole new lesson. Things we once had help with, we now have to on our own. We have our part to write, and our story does not end when our friend passes, but it continues with them as a chapter or few in our life book. The things they were able to teach us have impressed on our souls so deeply, that we should never forget.

Carrie Mueller, a lady who shared her love and wisdom with those who were all around her, but with teenagers and young adults the most. Her influencing mentoring and blessed abundant love, not only greatly stained my life with joy and blessings, but the lives of my friends those young people I didn’t even know. She shared her earthly wisdom, that we all needed to know, like education, because she was a talented and beloved educator and mentor. When it came to craftiness and design, she could tell who she would love to spread her wings over and teach her tricks and give her tips to, so that whatever the project was, it looked its absolute best.

I was one of those who she spread her wings over. Carrie let me into her home, into her life, and into her heart. She made me feel like a daughter of her own. She scolded me if and when I needed it, in a loving, motherly way. However, what she taught me, I always treasure. She could see me. See my God given gifts and everything we ever did together centered on them. Her design talents and my artistic talents were combined into something beautiful: a focal wall for the high school room at church. We honored God there. She and I designed it together, and she guided me in the ways of which it would look best painted. So, with my natural artistic ability that cross we drew upon that wall looked like real wood, and those squares and rectangles looked like wallpaper; after many short lessons from Carrie on how to paint them. The wall is still in tact today, but the room is not longer the high school classroom, but and adult Bible study classroom instead.

A beautiful lady, inside and out. Her eyes lit up with smiles, all the way to her final days. Her helpful heart, joyful spirit, and abundant love cascaded over the hearts, minds, and souls of so many teenager, young adults, and everyone she met. A treasure to me, and I person, I and so many others will miss so deeply. My life was changed for the better after meeting Carrie, and I know so many other lives were changed for the better as well. A woman who spread her wings over me on earth, is now spreading them up in heaven. I love you Carrie Mueller, now and forever.

Reformation 500: A Short Tidbit

Reformation 500:

A Short Tidbit

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Today is the 500th anniversary of the Lutheran Reformation, or the day that Martin Luther nailed his 95 theses to the door of the Wittenberg Castle Catholic Church. It was a time of great change. Many were beginning to come out of the dark and middle ages, as books became more readily available, to the higher classes, as the printing press had been invented by Johann Gutenberg sometime before 1450, and it was improved over the years, so the copies could more readily come out. Martin Luther was one man who took advantage of the idea of books getting printed for the masses. He pianistically translated the Holy Bible from Hebrew / Latin to German, so that those in Europe could finally read it for themselves, instead of relying on Catholic priest, dictated by the pope, for what the Holy Bible said and how it should be interpreted. He used all the ways in which people could understand the Holy Bible, such as simple illustrations (like movie posters today) for the masses that were illiterate, small pamphlets, which were so popular, that they made for easy transferal of new thoughts and ideas, just printing off The New Testament, that could be bought with one week’s pay, and the whole Holy Bible, that would take an entire month’s earnings to purchase. Luther wanted to get out the good news, but why?

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In a time of poverty, death, exploration, enslavement, manipulation, and revolt, the Popes of the time wanted to control the people, even to the point to them believing where they would go after death, so that a new church could be funded and built for them. “In 1517, Pope Leo X declares indulgence for rebuilding St. Peter’s Basilica in Rome, a rebuilding that began in 1506 under Pope Julius II. John Tetzel raises much money for the new basilica by telling people they must buy indulgences, or they and their loved ones will suffer in purgatory,” (LutheranReformation.org). Luther, a Catholic Priest, had been influenced by the Bible and the writings of the early church philosopher Augustine, and retained the simple and true belief that one cannot get to heaven on good works alone, but on the blood and salvation of Jesus Christ. Jesus in the only way into heaven because he is, “the way, the truth, and the life,” ( ). Therefore, because of all the abuse the Popes of the days were exploiting on the masses, for newly remodeled church, Martin Luther decided to end it and he nailed his 95 Theses or, “Disputation on the Power and Efficacy of Indulgences,” on the door of the Castle Church in Wittenberg 500 years ago today, October 31, 1517.

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Luther Rose

Bibliography

Editors of Encyclopædia Britannica, The. “Reformation.” Encyclopædia Britannica, Encyclopædia Britannica, Inc., 15 Feb. 2017, www.britannica.com/event/Reformation.

History.com Staff. “Martin Luther and the 95 Theses.” History.com, A&E Television Networks, 2009, www.history.com/topics/martin-luther-and-the-95-theses.

Missouri Synod, The Lutheran Church -. “Reformation 500th Anniversary | News, Resources, History.” Lutheran Reformation, Lutheran Church Extension Fund, The Lutheran Church Missouri Synod, Thrivent Financial Foundation, 31 Oct. 2017, lutheranreformation.org/.

Waugh, Barry. “The Importance of the Printing Press for the Protestant Reformation, Part One.” reformation21.Org, Alliance of Confessing Evangelicals, Oct. 2013, reformation21.org/articles/the-importance-of-the-printing.php.

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God Changed my Mood, And it was Simple

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Over the past week, I have been trying to concentrate on my blog and getting about a thousand-other thing ready for Halloween and other Fall festivities, with normal things thrown on top of that. I was concentrating so much on other people, all things I had to do, and my blog, Romantic Remedies and Fairy Tale Treasures (yes, I have two), that I just had not spent the time with God that I needed. I did pray consistently, but there was something in his word that I was missing, and I did not figure it out until I did my Bible study this morning. I was talking to God, telling him all my woes and my reasons for doing what I want to do, blah, blah, blah, but I didnot take the hint and look inside my Bible. Well, after going through the Bible study today, I felt a surge of energy, inspiration, and the will to do the things I have been telling myself to do for the past few weeks. God changed my mood from blah, to “Let’s go!”, and He can change yours too.

All it took was listening to him, and aligning myself with hisword, so naturally I wanted to obey. Naturally, I wanted to seek His face, and not my own desires. Do not get me wrong. God still cares about my desires and my little woes, but without trusting our Saviour, I was falling short on the whole inspiration thing. Any blogger knows how much time it takes to build a blog, acquire a following, post all sorts of things to social media (and if you are not consistent, people get mad and quit following you, even if you just miss a single day), there is all sorts of pressure, however, the silver lining in all of that is when you follow more experienced bloggers’ advice and learn to schedule your stuff, but it still takes long hours of hard work and meticulous planning, every month or whenever. I feel like the only way I am going to get-it-together is if God is involved in every step of it. When I wake up, I do so with Him. When I start a new blog post or photoshoot, I need to do so with Him. We are told to, “. . . pray in the Spirit on all occasions with all kinds of prayers and requests. With this in mind, be alert and always keep on praying for all the Lord’s people,” Ephesians 6:18.

We are told to pray on ALL occasions, this means that we can pray as we work. Should we pray for our work, YES! God wants us to bring everything to him, because he knows what we are struggling with, and he will realign us with His word every time we need realignment. He tells us, “I will instruct you and teach you in the way which you should go; I will counsel you with My eye upon you,” Psalm 32.8. Guys, God has given us a destiny! How awesome is that? We have choice though, we get to choose our careers and what we do with our lives, God will shape us from the inside out, so that we choose His desires for us, because He loves us. We must let him, and it is easier if we love him back, so that he is able to shape us, and we choose what aligns with his desires for our lives. We will be reshaped by the renewing of our minds. How do we renew our minds? We do that by reading and studying His word. The word of truth.

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Dear Lord,

 

I thank you for realigning me with your Holy Spirit. You have given me such wonderful talents, and I am so grateful for them. We ask you today to realign our hearts, our mind, and our souls with you and your will for our live. Please protect our loved ones, and guide us through any tragedy, big or small. Help us to live day-to-day in your presence.

 

In Jesus Name,

Amen

 

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A Prayer for Us All.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for all of your blessings and favor.

The United States is hurting right now,

from massive forest fires in the west,

to the hurricanes in the southeast,

to an attempt at our history to get erased,

to all of the bad, the hate, the lies, and the illegal cheating,

we need you, Lord.

We need you to shine in the hearts of all of the good people,

saved or not.

We need you breath your life into our souls,

cast your light into our darkness,

give us strength, courage, and humbleness

to help those we can.

Take away our selfishness.

Our lack of vision to care for our fellow neighbor,

even if they are miles away

across state lines.

Help us to reach out,

even in the smallest ways,

because those ways still matter.

Lord, we pray for all of the animals involved,

those who had to flee.

We pray for their habitat,

that it will grow back,

and that nice people will go in

and help them out.

Their homes are important too.

Trees that give us fresh air.

Shrubs that conceal burrows.

Rocks for coolness and for sunbathing.

The grass which feeds so many,

and gives the earth its softness and beauty.

Dear Lord, grow it all back for them,

Let it flourish.

Let it be.

We Thank You.

We Love you.

In Jesus Name,

Amen.

 

 

 

 

Finding Normalcy in the Wake of a Disaster

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           In the wake of this horrific hurricane, remember that God is still here and that He hears you. He hears your cry out. He can feel your pain, understand your grief, and see your struggle. Do no discount God. He has not abandoned you or forsaken you. Even though in the mist of this flood, left here by Hurricane Harvey, it seems as though God unleashed His furry over Houston and the Gulf Coast, but that is not the case. No matter how horrifying, devastating or extreme things seem, God’s plan is perfect and supreme. Although, we do not understand everything God is  doing, he promises that all will be revealed. For now, let us look at Psalm 16 as it gives us hope when we are feeling hopeless.

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            This Psalm of David begins with asking to be kept safe. “Keep me safe, O God, for in you I take refuge.” Once we become a Christ follower, we have give our souls to the Lord. Their new address is His address. This is where our peace is found. Then, David Praises the Lord saying, “. . . apart from you, I have no good thing.” The Lord is perfect and good. Nothing will ever be bad that is from Him, because He loves His people unconditionally. David goes on to  address the mounting sorrow of unbelievers, “ the sorrows of those will increase who run after other gods.” Anything that always seems to be more important than God is an idol or another god. This can come in many forms, such as panic, anxiety, fear when not dealt with through prayer. Those emotions can take over and send you spiraling further and further into darkness until you have lost all hope and faith in anything good, eventually leading away from God and towards Satan. Nothing good ever comes from Satan, no matter how beautiful, perfect, and how wonderful the timing is. Evil breeds evil, but God is good and He will give you goodness and light.

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            Next, David speaks of that goodness and light, “Lord, you have assigned me my cup; you have made my lot secure. . . surely I have a delightful inheritance.” This verse speaks about our place in heaven, knowing where your are going is a simple step to gaining your inheritance. For all those in pain because they lost a loved one or loved ones, note that as long as they gave their life over to Christ, they have no more pain, no more suffering, no more fear, panic or anxiety. They are safe, happy and at peace. Know that today.

            Lastly, David rejoices, because God has, “. . . made known to me the path of life. You will fill me with joy in your right had.” David was secure in the Lord. Hopelessness did not overtake him, but the Lord did.

 

Love Others; Judge Not

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Love Others; Judge Not

“Owe no one anything except to love each other, for the one who loves another has fulfilled the law. For the commandments, ‘A person shall not commit adultery, A person shall not murder, A person shall not steal, A person shall not covet,’ and any other commandment, are summed up in this word: ‘You shall love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore love is the fulfilling of the law.”

Romans 13:8-10

Let’s talk about love.

Love is a four letter word that can either be taken for granted, not meant when said or the most meaningful thing in the world for a person. Now, let’s talk about homosexuals, of all sorts. Not too many people actually want to keep reading, but hear me out. We learn, as Christians, to love our neighbor as ourself. It is actually a commandment. However, there are far too many Christians who do not follow that commandment as they should, particularly, in connection to the LGBTQ community. Are they not still people? Do they not still possess the natural and normal human emotions, like love, loss, envy, sadness, emptiness, happiness, and so on? Why does a person judge them because they have feelings for a person that the person does not think they should not have emotions for? God taught us to love. End of story. So, condemning a person is the same as condemning yourself:

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“Therefore, you have no excuse, O man, every one of you who judges. For in passing judgment on another you condemn yourself, because you, the judge, practice the very same things. We know that the judgment of  God rightly falls on those who practice such things. Do you suppose, O man – you who judge those who practice such things and yet do them yourself – that you will escape the judgment of God? Or do you presume on the riches of his kindness and forbearance and patience, not knowing that God’s kindness is meant to lead a person to repentance? But because of your hard and impenitent heart you are storing up wrath for yourself on the day of wrath when God’s righteous judgment will be revealed.”

Not exactly homosexually, but some sort of sexual immorality that was not completely washed clean, or hate, or and other range of reasons or emotions for why a person feels like a person needs to judge another. This goes far beyond being anti-homosexual, these are feelings deep inside that need healing. Broken people tend to lash out at others because of their brokenness, thus judging, criticizing, and complaining about others. The best thing a broken person can do is to be open to reminders about how much God loves them. If there is a righteous reason for their complaint, they should pray to God about how to fix said situation, then do it. Every little inconvenience in a person’s life can be brought to God, and He, creator of all, will orchestrate how it is to be fixed. Pray to Him and he will lead His people out of the deepest waters and the worst Hell – on – Earth situation they can find themselves in.

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I know this is what He did for me, and I am getting better for it. He made me stronger, in so many ways. Leaning on God gave me back the “play button” for my life, and He gave me the power to push it in my own time. When a person is one of God’s fruit, He will let you ripen, before He cuts you off. For me, I have a long way to fully ripen. I do judge others. I do complain. However, I do also pray, and I listen, and I am working towards better, more healthy relationships with people, and I am trying, ever so much, to use that wisdom that he has bestowed on me to make the best choices for me and my boys, that I can possibly make. So, I might have been away from this blog for a while. I may have distanced myself from my friends, but, God has His hand on me and my family, and I know, He will never remove it. Originally, this post was about treating the LBGTQ community with love and respect, but, really, we need to treat all people will love and respect. And if they do not return the love and respect you give them, just keep going with it, and, well, eventually, they should, in turn, return the love and respect you sent them.

Dear Lord,

Thank you for redirecting my path, and setting an article in the newspaper that had a headline that called for my attention. Thank you for leading me back to you and back to this blog. Thank you for orchestrating my life, and giving me time to heal and breath before taking me back into the deep. Thank you for friends and family who have helped me through this rough time. Thank you for loving me and for me to feel your love, so deeply, before all of this became this. Dear Lord, I pray over all who are broken, that they may so very deeply feel your love for them. Please, express to them your love for all people, and please bless them with reminders that you sent your one and only son to die on the cross for all of our sins. That anyone who confesses with their mouth and accepts you in their heart is saved, and their sins have been washed clean. I pray that people read this to the end. Thank you, Lord.

In Jesus Name, I Pray,

Amen.

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Satan, you are Not welcome Here

Satan, you are Not welcome Here

“In their case the god of the world has blinded the minds of the unbelievers, to keep them from seeing the light of the gospel of the glory of Christ, who is the image of God.”

Have you ever entered a home where you can just feel the presence of peace and holiness, and then walked into a home and you feel the anxiety of something weighing you down and as if something is lurking just below the surface that isn’t good? That is the feeling a person gets when they enter a house of God, in which Satin in not allowed in, and one of which he is. It becomes straining on a Christian when they tell Satan to leave daily and there is someone else in the house who is praying to him. I bet you have heard the saying that, “A house divided cannot stand,” well, it is true. It is true that the house will divide, because if two people are polar opposite in their faith, then what do they have to hold the house together? Loving each other sometimes doesn’t seem to be enough to hold the “house” together. Satan can shatter love. He is good at it. However, since God made people in the image of him, the believer, born again Christian is strong enough to hold onto that love, and that belief, that faith is what will conquer Satan, and save the non-believer’s life.

It may not be an easy fight, but it is a fight nonetheless. It gets even worse when the Christian is close to God, because Satan likes to raddle his chains even more, because he wants nothing more than to separate a Christian from God. He takes pleasure in distracting a Christian, giving them the silliest reasons to not want to go to church or just making them extra tired that morning. Satan will even use the Christian, when they are off their guard, to say the one hurtful thing to a non-believer that will delay the non-believer to come close to Jesus.

Satan will use the non-believer to cause the Christian pain, because they are incapable of forgiving quickly and whole heartily.

However, no matter what kind of pain the Christian might feel they have been given power and authority by Jesus, “Behold, I have given you authority to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy, and nothing shall hurt you.” Therefore, the Christian can tell Satan to hit the road and go to hell, in Jesus name. For example,

“You are NOT welcome here Satan! Leave and take your demons with you in Jesus Name! Go to HELL and Never come back, IN JESUS NAME! Jesus, I thank you for sending Satan and his demons away, please send in your angels, send in the Holy Ghost, and cover me in your love. God, you are ruler of my life! In Jesus name, Amen.”

That is what we must do, and it doesn’t matter how many times you must do it, because sending Satan away is the only good thing you can ever do with him. Taking back your life and then placing it safely back in God’s hands, is the best thing you can do. God understands. He gets it. Sometimes Satan gets the best of us. Sometimes Satan just won’t seem to leave, and you must be persistent, constantly using the authority Jesus gave you to make him leave, and surrendering to God. It might seem like an infinity loop, but it you claim victory in Jesus Name, you will receive victory, but you must make Satan and his demons leave for Good. Draw close to God and He will draw close to you. God knows you are serious, and God is seriously working for your victory.

Dear Lord,

Satan is a nasty trickster, I don’t like him, and I will send him away whenever I feel like his coming near. Keep me close to you. Change my heart oh, God, make it ever new. Please, free my husband from Satan’s grasps. Soften his heart to be receptive to you. Cover him in your love and mercy. Please give him a heart full of forgiveness. Captivate him. Send him people into his life who will pray for him and not be afraid of sharing the gospel with him. Give him good, true Christian men to model after. Ones with families and strong faith.

For anyone reading this post, Lord, lead them to salvation. Bring them victory. Let them find peace and joy. Give them a heart full of grace.

I pray these things in Jesus Name,

Amen.