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In Perspective – Wrong is Wrong and Right is Right

Addiction to drugs or alcohol are not the only addictions to sin that steal, kill and destroy aspects of our lives.

How often have brothers and sisters indulged in the wine of self-righteousness and said things that hurt or destroy others? How often have we been so critical and judgmental/condemning, that we have assassinated another brother or sister’s character or reputation? How often have we said that we would never do this or that without one bit of compassion or understanding of what another brother or sister is going through or has been through in their life?

How often have we partaken of the tasty morsels of gossip, sopped them up in the gravy of embellishments with our own uninformed opinions being added to the details and then shared them with others – all to the detriment of our fellow man? How often have we been consumed with hurt and allowed bitterness to harden our hearts and remain unforgiving of others? How many times have we chosen to remain angry and all in the name of protecting ourselves from future harm?

How many times have we hoarded up wealth for ourselves just in case we may need it one day to be able to indulge in that bucket list desire that we have? Or how many treasures have we laid up for ourselves here so that we can enjoy life to what we think is the fullest while we see others going without food, shelter, and safety? How often do we praise our own children and walk in pride of what they can do while we see other children living in poverty or neighborhoods filled with violence? How often do we turn a blind eye and a stone-cold heart to those who are different from us and who seem to be failing at life?

How many of us wallow in self-pity and complain about how badly we have it when there are so many others with much worse circumstances? How many of us refuse to throw off our pasts and look to the future with the hope that the gospel gives to us? How many of us bury our gifts and talents because we don’t want to fail or appear stupid and so we just keep them hidden?

There are enough ways to fall short. We all fall short every single day in one way or another. The question really is whether or not any of us is dumb enough to believe the lie that we are better than any other person – and if we are, then we need our own wake up call.

If we can agree that we all need a Savior, then let’s stop playing the blame game and the comparison game and get our eyes on our Savior, Jesus. Let’s love and forgive and encourage and exhort one another. Let’s join together as one in a body of believers that knows our need of a Savior and gratefully praises Him every single day for another chance to know Him and to serve Him in love.

Let’s love one another as He first loved us and let’s lay our lives down for one another. Let’s let go of the past – all of our pasts – and let’s run to the future that He has for us. Let’s build this kingdom together – a kingdom of God where we know who He is and who we are in Him. Let’s start finding out more about that today than what our brothers and sisters are doing wrong.

Let’s start devouring His Word instead of the latest gossip or what the news has to say. Let’s start overcoming evil with good instead of wallowing in self-pity or self-righteousness. Let’s start giving to one another instead of looking down on one another. Let’s start building each other up instead of tearing one another down. The truth sets us free, it doesn’t subject us to ruling over one another.

Let’s walk in love that sees the best and hopes for the best and does the best for one another. Let’s live as Christ, filled with His Spirit, instead of fear. Let’s let go of trying to control or manipulate our own lives, our own blessings, or the lives of others. There is nothing to fear. He is with us and with God, these things are not impossible.

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Snooze Button Lesson – Dec. 1

I didn’t want to wake up this morning. I actually had an alarm set and I kept hitting the snooze button. There is a “dismiss” button for the real alarm and i was not willing to totally dismiss the alarm. But I was willing to risk oversleeping by hitting the snooze button in my “stupor” and not realizing how late it was getting.

At some point, I realized just how many times I had hit snooze and began to really wake up. That is when I felt like the Lord showed me something.

A lot of us have been that way with Him. We have not been willing to totally dismiss a relationship with Jesus. We have been willing at times or up until now, to just know Him enough to snooze through some of the spiritual battle that we are in. We want to snooze through going deeper in our faith walk with Him. There are days, like today, that I didn’t want to wake up and seek His face just yet. I was thinking, “Just a few more minutes of sleep, Lord.” But I also know that if I miss prayer and spending time in the Word and listening for His voice before I start my day with my family, that I usually end up frustrated in some way or grouchier or never get back to that sweet time with the Lord and I miss out on special time with my Father in Christ and by His Spirit. Yes, I can still pray and be in His presence, but there is something about not hitting snooze on our relationship and taking the time to go deeper with Him.

The example goes for daily quiet time and for our entire relationship with our Father through Jesus, our Lord. I think I would have snoozed on through for all of my life and missed out on the real deal salvation if I had not become desperate for solutions and an end to my afflictions and troubles. I am glad for the trials that brought me out of snooze mode! How about you?

~AD

13 But everything exposed by the light becomes visible—and everything that is illuminated becomes a light. 14 This is why it is said:
“Wake up, sleeper,
rise from the dead,
and Christ will shine on you.”
15 Be very careful, then, how you live—not as unwise but as wise, 16 making the most of every opportunity, because the days are evil. 17 Therefore do not be foolish, but understand what the Lord’s will is. (Ephesians 5:13-17)

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August 1, 2017 Update

Wow, it has been a while since we last updated you all about what’s happening with us!

This is Angela and I will share what is up with me! I really want to go ahead and share some news about Jerry, but I feel like his insight will be best to share what he has been up to, lately. I will say that we are seeing miracles and God has been answering prayers. There is a mountain moved that we have been praying to be moved for a long time. God is faithful. I count on my Lord because He who promised is faithful.

Some exciting news for me to share is that I just finished writing my first book and self-published it on Amazon as an e-book. The paperback is also available on Amazon and I used CreateSpace for it. The book has received two five star reviews and that is quite exciting to me. No, it has not sold a million copies, yet. But the people I have shared the free version with have said it is very helpful to anyone suffering from depression or who knows someone who has. The best comment I received about my book is that it does point people to the Word of God for encouragement. My purpose in writing the book was to point people to the same source of comfort and help that I have found and that is Jesus Christ, the Word of God, and the Holy Spirit. So, I am happy with the feedback, so far.

One thing going on with me is that my school closed and we are not sure yet if it is permanently closed or not. I pray that it re-opens but I am not sure how it will all work out. I do know that God is in control and has a great plan for each and everyone that this situation affects. I was going to continue my education at another college, but I have felt led to take at least a semester off to help my children with school, write another book, and help Jerry and his business partner with their new venture. We have a lot going on and we are trusting the Lord to continue to lead, guide, direct, uphold, and grow us.

Also, I am continuing to volunteer and serve with a couple of ministries and I have been invited to speak at a women’s conference this coming October. As always, I am available to speak to groups or share my testimony at anytime. You can contact me at angeladingler70@gmail.com if you would like more information. Also, I do have a Facebook page and the link is here.

May the Lord bless us all and keep all of us. May He turn His face towards us and shine His countenance upon us. May He be gracious to us and give us His peace.

Thank you for stopping by and we love you in Christ Jesus our Lord.

You can find the book here: Amazon “From Affliction and Refinement to Fulfillment”

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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