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Leaders Are Shining Lights by Angeline Lawrence
I remember a time in my life that I eschewed the spotlight. I could sit quietly in meetings and listen to the rhetoric spoken by coworkers. I would write notes or protest by whispering to my neighbor. However, as I grew in my relationship with Jesus Christ, I realized that I could no longer sit quietly allowing issues to remain unresolved.
As a staff member in a municipal department, I was one of the few people that would ask the difficult questions. I could not just accept the norm, but I had to challenge the leadership when I knew we were going down the wrong path. After many heated staff meetings, my coworkers would come to me and say, “I am glad you spoke up about that issue. I had the same concern.”
I learned how to harness the power of the Holy Spirit to make a difference in the lives of people around me. Yes, as Christians we should always pray, but there is a time when we must speak out. The key is being led by the Holy Spirit to speak with authority to shift the atmosphere of injustice. Walking in the Spirit is our first priority as Christians. As we walk and are led by Christ others will see our integrity, fairness and passion for justice and will follow. Matthew 5:21 states, “Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works, and glorify your Father which is in heaven.”
I took this photo tonight when I went to take advantage of Hobby Lobby‘s 40% off sale on their stamps. I spent $40 bucks on some awesome stamps, mostly Christian.
I got home and noticed that I received a response regarding the photo you see here on my Facebook. It wasn’t bad, just their opinion that Hobby Lobby is “suing the federal government so they don’t have to do things like provide equitable health insurance coverage for their workers” and that the sign in the company’s entrance was merely a “window dressing”. That sign has been up there since I have been patronizing the store. I just took a photo of it because I thought it was cute. Who would have thought it would turn into a blog entry?
My response is as follows, respectfully:
I haven’t really followed this, but what i know is that Hobby Lobby is a Christian based company. They refuse, if i am not mistaken, to agree with the federal’s birth control mandate (paying for the “morning after pill”). I understand and respect that because they are Christians who standing by what they believe in. On their website, it clearly states they are “honoring the Lord in a manner consistent with biblical principles,”
Also, i understand that Hobby Lobby isn’t alone in suing the Obama administration over this mandate (new health care law by President Barack Obama). There are other groups fighting against this mandate, it’s just that Hobby Lobby is the largest.
I am a Christian and I love to craft. I support their decision. We are still respecting the First Amendment right? Not all insurances pay for abortions or anything that “causes” an abortion, such as the morning after pill. So why make this company do it? I don’t think that’s fair.
I spoke with some workers there tonight and they are not happy with what the government is doing. They are happy Hobby Lobby is fighting. I mean, $1.3 million in daily fines if he doesn’t pay for types of contraception. YIKES! It’s not like their employees are being mistreated. They are actually getting good insurance coverage and getting paid well. So, unless an employee had an issue with it, why did the government come after Hobby Lobby? This company refuses to pay for the morning after pill. They refuse to pay for “abortion-inducing drugs.” They are staying true to their faith. They will not be the first! Heck, my insurance doesn’t pay for it and I have GREAT insurance!
Ok, so now we have Walmart, who is a Christian-based company and Hobby Lobby. I wonder are they going to go after Kraft’s Macaroni and Cheese next. He’s, James L. Kraft, was a Christian and his company was founded on Christian principles.
Bottom line: We all have free will.
This is my opinion.
What are your thoughts?
The Grammy’s decided to not have any “near” nudity outfits allowed this year. Let’s have a review of some celebrities who wore some “barely” there or “it’s about to fall out” outfits.
This month’s, the focus will be on boundaries. If you are like me, you may have an issue with it. It’s hard to say no to some people. When doing that, you tend to lose control in some areas of your life. Can you relate to what I am saying?
I am currently reading a book called Boundaries by Dr. Henry Cloud and Dr. John Townsend. I highly recommend this book to those who have an issue setting boundaries in their life.
Don’t know if you are having issues with setting boundaries? The book asked the following questions if you ever found yourself wondering:
- Can I set limits and still be a loving person?
- How do I answer someone who wants my time, love, energy, or money?
- Why do I feel guilty when I consider setting boundaries?
Some of you may be thinking, “What exactly are boundaries when pertaining to me?”. Well, the book states that they “are personal property lines that define who you are and who you are not, and influence all areas of your life.”
The book discusses three types of boundaries: Physical, Mental and Emotional.
Physical boundaries help you to determine who may touch you and under what circumstance.
Mental boundaries give you the freedom to have your own thoughts and opinions.
Emotional boundaries help you deal with your own emotions and disengage from the harmful, manipulative emotions of others.
Does any of this sound familiar? Can you relate to any of this? Do you need help in setting boundaries in your life? Well this book is for you!
Here’s the book information and may it be a blessing in your life:
Softcover, Workbook: $12.99
Can you use a coupon for this? YES! Visit Family Christian website to see what coupon to use, if they have free shipping and so much more!
I am currently on a journey to embracing the word “no”. I have so many stories I can share on this topic, I could write my own book! It’s a journey that’s slow, especially when you are dealing with folks close to you. I know, with continued effort, I will soon have boundaries that I won’t regret.
You just can’t please everybody, you know?
Are you having issues with setting boundaries? What are they? Have you conquered the setting boundaries with family and friends? Share your thoughts and stories with us. We would love to know what’s on your mind.
Until next time…
I sometimes wonder, how would it be if I never existed? Weird huh? But, it’ll make you think. Seriously, think about it.
I wondered what happened if my mom never met my dad or if my mom decided, dare I say it, abort me! (:o) Reality is, those are valid questions. Am I right? It is what it is. So, now…how would it be if I never existed? Let’s do a run down shall we?
- I would have missed out on two of the GREATEST parents ever!
- My brother wouldn’t have a sister like me.
- My children wouldn’t have ever been born.
- In my Willie Nelson voice, “To all the men I loved before” wouldn’t have had a chance to love an awesome person like me! Yeah, I am pretty awesome! WOOT!
- My friends wouldn’t have had a friend like me.
- My church would have been one less of a fantastic worker!
- My jobs wouldn’t have progressed as much.
- My high school alumni association wouldn’t have a hard working board member that kicks behind on every task!
- Campaigns would have been won!
- Those who wanted to commit suicide just might have.
- Those who needed money might not have gotten it when they needed it.
- Those who needed someone to talk to wouldn’t have had someone at that time.
- Those who needed a place to stay because they had no where else to go may have been homeless.
- I wouldn’t have lupus.
- I wouldn’t be an auntie.
- I wouldn’t be here to help those who are ALWAYS needing help…FOR FREE! LOL
- I wouldn’t be here to piss some people off! LOLOLOL
- I wouldn’t be here to make people laugh when they needed.
- I wouldn’t be here to console those who needed it.
- I wouldn’t be typing this.
Wow, the list can go on! But because of God’s purpose for my life, He blessed my mom and dad with their first child together and allowed her to be born LaShawnda Denise Wrice. I was daddy’s little girl and mama’s bestfriend and homie, even till this day.
As I sit here and type this, tears are building up in my eyes. Why? Because when I look back over my life, I have had some awesome experiences and I continue to have many memorable moments.
The moments I cherish the most is with my family. I look forward to seeing my daughters. I can tolerate my brother…. sometimes. LOLOL But I love him to pieces. And I look forward to hanging out with my bestfriend and homie every weekend, my mama!
I often wonder how would it have been to have my dad alive, especially now. Man, it would have been some good times and I am sure some not so good, but what life is perfect? He was my bestfriend and what time he was on this earth, he instilled so much in me that to this day, I still tell everyone about my dad. He is still in my heart and I miss so much.
Ok, kinda went off the wagon there for a moment. 🙂
All in all, we are all here for a reason and whether you were born with both parents or one, you have a purpose on your life. You are here for a reason. You were born because someone loved you! IF you were adopted, you were so loved, that your mom wanted what was best for you. I know, sounds cliche’, but it’s the truth. Trust me, I know.
Love is what got me here. Love is what I give and show daily. Love is what I love to receive. And because of love, I AM HERE!
We apologize for the inconvenience, but we are currently working on a new blog.
We should be up and running by February 5, 2012.
Come back then and we look forward to your participation.