Posted in Poetry, Uncategorized

The Hole and the Answer

One time this guy met this girl

She became his world

She meant everything to him

But soon

Trouble started

She told him there was something wrong

Definitely something wrong with him

And she’d be leaving, soon

He was shattered

He couldn’t bear to see her go

So he began to look

For ways to fix himself

Someone told him he had a hole

Right there in his chest

Where his heart spot is

So he started putting stuff there

To cover up the hole

Maybe that’d fix it

And she wouldn’t leave

He put newer clothes on

And that worked for a few days

She said, “Nah, something’s still wrong.”

Then he put huge jewelry over the hole

That was even worse

She was jealous and took it for herself

He wanted a tattoo

But you can’t tattoo a hole

So he started wearing signs

To cover up the hole

They said how he felt

About various topics of the day

That kept things interesting for her

For a little while

She loved to disagree with his signs

And confuse his mind

But even that bored her

And she said, “Yep, something’s still wrong.”

One day he found another guy

Who mentioned he once had a hole

And that everyone has this hole

And he knew how to be whole

So, this guy asked that guy

What is the way to fix this hole

And so, he was told

The hole you have is round, like a circle

There’s a cross that you put over the hole

And it keeps things from falling through

It’s magnetic and it draws things to it

So that good things you want, hang around

And help keep the hole filled

There’s a bigger part behind the cross

And it grows the more you wear it

It is shaped like a heart

And there’s another part attached

To the cross that you can pull out

You can touch others with it

And see if they need a hug or a hand

You can touch things with it

To use it to tell if something’s good or bad

It is really a useful piece

It also gives you a lot of peace

Because when you put this cross over the hole

Once you get it there, it will stay

And you won’t worry about having a hole

Not one more, any other day

So this guy asked that guy

Why didn’t I know?

About the Answer and the hole

And that guy said

That people kept covering their holes

And using different things for so long

And just moving on from thing to thing

And person to person

Until everyone just forgot

We all have a hole

And the way to fill it

Sure enough, this guy was shocked

To see, this girl had a hole, too

When he really looked close

And they tried out a cross

And their heart shaped parts grew

And they became dependent

On the piece attached

They used to know if the other needed a hug

Or a hand or a smile

And they used it to see if things were good

Or bad for them

And their crosses became even more magnetic

And they drew more good

People and things and situations

Into their lives

And they realized they had found the fix

To the something that was wrong

With both of them

The holes they had in their chest

Where their hearts were

And they began to tell others

About how all people have this hole

And how to be whole

written by Angela Dingler June 23, 2017 4:00 a.m. Not to be copied, shared or reproduced without crediting the author.

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A Father’s Love

I am a father who loves my children very much. I am so glad to have been a part of bringing these children into the world. I am so proud of every moment of growth that I have seen in my babies.

From the moment that their mom gave birth to them, I was excited to see how they would grow and who they would be when they grew up. Even as they grew older, I always thought of them as my babies. My little girls will always be my little princesses and my sons will always be my princes. I knew that they would make mistakes as they grew up, but I knew that it was my job to teach them and show them how to live. I knew that they would need my protection and my guidance. I knew that I would always love them and want the best for them. I wanted us to always be close and to be able to talk about every concern that they would ever have.

I loved the innocence of their childhood when they were ignorant of all the consequences of their actions and they laughed and played with all that they were. They fell when they were learning to walk but they got right back up and kept trying, trusting me and their mom to help them up again without question. Eventually, they were running and they began to touch and feel and taste everything. Every moment was a learning adventure. They learned so much, so fast. I had to keep an eye on them and make sure that no one was around that could hurt them. I made things as safe as I could for them. I wanted to protect them so that they could grow strong. There are dangers everywhere in this world and I knew that as they came in contact with certain things that I would need to be there for them and teach them how to get past those things or avoid them.

So many times, when my babies were young, we would run into a problem. One would forget not to touch the hot stove, one would run too fast down the hill, or one would forget the rules about putting away their toys and end up stepping on a Lego. Each of these times I would be there to wipe away their tears, clean up their booboo, and put healing ointment and a bandage on it. It made me smile to be able to calm them and hold them and ease their fears. I would gently remind them to be careful and how to take care in these situations. I would remind them of the rules if I needed to. I would remind them of my love and tell them how much they were growing. I loved to see them feel like they were learning and growing up when I encouraged them. I loved seeing them become more self-reliant and self-assured as they leaned on me and learned from me. I cherished seeing them put their spin on things and succeed.

As my children grew older, we ran into different problems. One child would have a friend choose to end their friendship and we would soothe hurt feelings and explain that some friendships are only for a season. We would talk about cherishing the moments that we have with our friends and that sometimes it is time to let go and make new friends. Another child would choose to lie about a mistake and try to cover it up rather than face the truth. We would then talk about taking responsibility for our mistakes and face them so that we could learn from them and become more mature. We would talk about how me and their mom would always love them and there is no reason to lie to us. We just want what is best for them. We would explain to our children that they never need to hide anything from us because we will only try to guide them in the way that will help them the most. Another child would have a little trouble in school and we would encourage her to keep doing her best. We would let her know that we expected wonderful things from her and the she was going to be able to overcome any difficulties if she would just keep trying. We would assure her that we would be right there with her to help her and cheer her on.

My children are such a joy to me. Even though they often need guidance and correction, the love that I have for them overcomes any frustration that goes along with being a parent. The joy of seeing them succeed when they put into practice what I try to teach them is something that fills me up and overflows and pours back into our relationship. I love to give them gifts and things that they love. I especially like to give them gifts that will help them do positive things like sharing them with others. Even something small like bubbles, when they were little, was so enjoyable because they would take turns blowing the bubbles and the other would run after them to pop them. They would laugh and so would I. It was a joy to see them having fun together.

Yes, the joy of being a father outweighs the frustration that comes with the guiding and the correcting of them. With the guiding and correcting comes the growth and maturity that they need to be happy and well-adjusted adults. With them becoming adults comes another whole new aspect of being a father, one in which we can be more like good friends who share life together. I will always be there to listen and to advise and to rejoice in every success. I will always be there to lend a shoulder to cry on and a hug to mend a heart. I will always be there to bounce off ideas and to give a different perspective if they want it. I will never stop loving my children. I will always want to be there for them in any way that they need. Yes, even if they need to be rescued from a situation from time to time, I will be there. After all, these are my children, the ones that I and their mom made together. They are a testimony to our love. They are my legacy and my pride and joy. They are mine and I am theirs. Our love will go on and on. It is my greatest hope that they will always know these things and keep them in their hearts as they grow.

Written by Angela Dingler © 2017

Posted in Uncategorized, Warnings

From Blessings to Curses

Stop allowing what God gave as a blessing to be used as a curse.

There are many examples of this and the examples can range from recent blessings to ancient ones. For example, a Bible study and fellowship gathering that has lost its focus and has now just become a duty filled burden because the season has passed but you want to hang on to the tradition of the meeting.

Marriage is a perfect example of this. That is what God put into my spirit this morning. God gave marriage originally in the Garden of Eden to be a blessing. But we have allowed the beauty and the blessing of marriage to be made into a curse. We have allowed it to become known as an invention of man and to be tainted. We have not taught what the original design and purpose for marriage was and we have trampled on the sanctity of marriage. I am not even talking about whether it is between a man and a woman. I am talking about one woman and one man. I am talking about how the divorce rate is as high among Christians as it is among non-believers. I am talking about how even those who are married tend to talk about it and view it as a burden, curse and hardship. Marriage was never intended to be something that we did on our own, without God’s guidance and without God’s power. But we have lost sight of what God did when He gave us the blessing and therefore we have turned it into a curse.

Another example is the Law and the Bible, as a whole. This holy book was given to us and preserved for us as a blessing. To be read and consulted and heard as the whole counsel of the Word and not pick and choose a verse here and there to justify our views. The Bible is a love story, full of grace and mercy and is to inform us of who God is and His intentions for us. It is also not to be used to beat people up or to condemn them. God so loves the world that He gave His only Son to die for us so that whomever believes in Him should not perish but should have eternal life. That is the good news we should be sharing but instead we like to tell everyone about how wrong they are. Even within our faith we argue over minor details instead of sharing the love of Christ.

I may not be sharing this adequately or getting the point across exactly right. The Lord put this on my heart around 2 a.m. and I was trying to go back to sleep but all of this kept coming back up as I would doze in and out. The main thing is to stop allowing things that God does to bless us to become stale, stolen, just traditions or curses to us. And I wonder, why am I supposed to share this? Why do I feel so compelled to post these things? I am one person with not that many friends and not much of a platform. LOL But I know that if one person reads this that is the one that God intends. And who knows if that one person may know another who can share more articulately and with more people. So I am just going to be obedient and share this and trust God to bless it for His glory and use it as He wishes. If you read this far, maybe it is you who can share when and as needed. Have a blessed day!!!

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Truth in Love about Homosexual Behavior

When I say that I would like to share the truth in love about homosexual behavior, I mean that I feel compelled to share the truth about homosexual behavior because I love those who are involved in the behavior.

To believe that anyone who disagrees with practicing alternative sexual or homosexual behavior is one who hates the people who practice the behavior is FALSE.

Let me restate that: It is FALSE to believe that anyone who says that homosexual behavior is wrong or dangerous is one who hates the people who practice the behavior.

I am a Christian, a follower of the teachings of Jesus Christ. I believe in the Word of God, the Bible. I stand on what the Bible says. I love my fellow man. I love people. People are different and have different beliefs and we can still love one another without agreeing on everything or behaving just alike. I can love someone without participating in or endorsing their behavior.

That does NOT make me a hater of anyone who thinks differently than I do. No, it is the opposite. I am called to LOVE and I do LOVE others who believe differently than I do. That is why I am called to share TRUTH with anyone who has ears to hear. That is why I am compelled to speak the truth and share the truth and expose the truth. I am sharing on this subject because I love people and I love them with the same love that Jesus has for me. Jesus died for me even before I ever knew Him. He extended His love to me and I accepted it and I receive it, even though I am not and will never be “perfect.” But, His love for me has not left me where He found me – He has raised me up to walk in love and in truth. In loving truth, living to please myself and from a place of fear and insecurity was destroying me. Jesus, by His Spirit and His Word has and is changing me and I thank Him for not leaving me where I was.

That same love that I found in Jesus is available to everyone and that includes the entire LGBTQ community. Most people know the most memorized verse in the whole Bible: John 3:16 For God so loved the whole world that He gave His only begotten Son, Jesus Christ, that WHOSEVER believe in Him should not perish but would have eternal life. Whosoever includes anyone and everyone that will. Anyone who is practicing sexual behavior that is outside of one man and one woman joined together by God and in dedication to Him and in honor of His purpose and design for human beings can choose to receive His love. However, if a person does practice this alternative lifestyle and they do choose to receive God’s plan and love, then they are not going to want to continue to do things that do not honor His design and purpose for humans, His creation and His children. He designed us, He created us and He has a purpose for us. He knows best for and that is why it is best to choose His love and His plan instead of what may seem right to us.

Christians make a mistake and are wrong when they try to tell others of what God wants by condemning without understanding. We are wrong when we pronounce judgments instead of loving advice and wisdom that is shared from a place of compassion. I am sharing all of this because my heart is truly hurt by some of the ways that I see believers and non-believers treating one another and the language that is used surrounding this issue. We are called to speak the truth in love, though (Ephesians 4:15, Matthew 5:13-16). That is what I will attempt to do here.

Yes, homosexual behavior is wrong. Yes, bisexual behavior is wrong. It is wrong for us as humans to take what we have been blessed with and use it for purposes that were not intended. It is wrong because it causes harm. It is not wrong just because the Bible says that it is wrong. But the Bible says that it is wrong because it causes harm and destruction follows.

I will share a couple of articles with you. One article is written by a doctor. These articles describe what kind of sexual practices accompany the LGBTQ lifestyle. You cannot refute that the human body was made and created in such a way as to accommodate heterosexual behaviors. You cannot refute that the sexual behaviors are damaging and cause destruction to the physical bodies and ultimately the lives of those practicing them. It is with the utmost love and compassion that I share this information. I pray that it is received with the intent that I share it. Because I am truly concerned for the welfare of those whom are caught up in the middle of this fight between good and evil, I share the TRUTH.

These two articles are addressing only the physical consequences of alternative sexual practices and that is what I feel gives some of the most eye-opening truths regarding why the Bible does say that it is wrong.

Dr. Paul Cameron, Ph.D., in his article “Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do,” writes: “Homosexuals are sexually troubled people engaging in dangerous activities. Because we care about them and those tempted to join them, it is important that we neither encourage nor legitimize such a destructive lifestyle.” Here is the link to his article: Medical Consequences of What Homosexuals Do

Dr. Eowyn, in his article “Medical Consequences of Homosexual Sexual Behaviors,” writes: “Beginning in the ‘gay’ culture, anal sex has now been ‘popularized’ among heterosexuals via systematic propaganda of pornography. But the simple truth is this: The human body was not designed to accommodate anal intercourse.” Here is the link to his article: Medical Consequences of Homosexual Sexual Behaviors

Check out the two articles and just see the truth of what this kind of behavior does to the human body… Then you can decide if it is perfectly acceptable and good for practical living. You can choose life or you can choose to walk blindly. The choice is yours. In love and in truth I pray that you choose life and love – real life and real love, not as this world gives, but as the One who created you gives.

Humbly,

Angela

 

Posted in Addiction and Alcoholism, Uncategorized

Addiction (from May 4, 2015 Angela)

Addiction

for so many people this becomes a matter of literal life or death

for others, life is ended not by physical death

but by death

death of their personality

death of their conscience

death of their intellect

death of their heart

causing death to

death to relationships

death to friendships

death to marriages

death to careers

death to hobbies

and the list goes on…

But I know a Savior

who is the Resurrection and the Life

and the Giver

Giver of new life

Giver of healing

Giver of restoration

His name is Jesus

and He is more

more than enough

more than willing

more than able

to make all who call on His name whole and to keep those whom He loves.

He is more than able

to keep us.

It doesn’t depend on human desire

God grants repentance

Pray therefore for God to forgive, be merciful and grant us a willing heart and spirit to sustain us.

We think if we’ll/they’ll just get in church, read the Bible and start trying harder to do better and think of everyone else’s feelings then we’ll/they’ll get better and do better.

But God wants our hearts. His ways are higher. He knows way more than we do. He sees more. He knows how to reach us. He knows how to please our hearts desires better than even we do, also. He longs for us to truly know Him and trust Him and He will satisfy our heart’s desires above what we ever even dared to dream or imagine.

Also – when a person is in the worst/height of addiction and they are addicted to something, they have lost control – to the point that they are not really themselves and they aren’t rational or logically thinking.

Don’t take it so personally when they lie to you, let you down, break a promise, relapse or make a mistake. Try to remember that they are hurting inside and that they are probably sick of their behavior and addiction, also, but they are scared and do not know where to go from here. Try to have the compassion of Jesus Christ and pray to have a heart of compassion from Him. Ask Him for grace and mercy and wisdom in the situation.

Give credit to those in recovery who ARE TRYING and making progress.