Monday, March 28, 2011

Friends? If I EVER...

Friends, if I ever preach or 'encourage' you like this (Christian?) commenter did, PLEASE flog me. (This comment was left on my blog this weekend, on my 'ceiling has a stain on it' post:)

you focus on the negative allot in your life - I do see some positive sprinkled in but I believe it's only an afterthought after you first write the negative. Have you thought of seeing a psychiatrist? Seriously, it may help. I've commented before here last year and I came back to see what was up (similar to rubbernecking at a car crash) and not much has changed. Maybe God is not happy with how you look at things and that is why you (seem to) have so many bad things in your life? His punishment?

Exodus 34: 6-7 "The LORD, the LORD, the compassionate and gracious God, slow to anger, abounding in love and faithfulness, 7 maintaining love to thousands, and forgiving wickedness, rebellion and sin. Yet he does not leave the guilty unpunished; he punishes the children and their children for the sin of the fathers to the third and fourth generation."

Gal 6:7 Be not deceived; God is not mocked: for whatsoever a man soweth, that shall he also reap.

Dear Anonymous... please don't tell ANYONE ever again that God is not happy with them. And don't come roun' here no more. There are rats in my attic because of generational sin? My camera and lawnmower don't work because of something I sowed in my youth? I live in a broken, fallen world. Bad things are bound to  happen. Possessions break. Chances are I'll whine about them. 

But I am loved by a big, caring, Holy God who blesses me with all good things and perfect gifts. I live under grace and have been forgiven. I write about those things too. 

It's a free world, and this is an open blog. So you're free to stop by and look at my car crash of a life anytime. But please. Don't comment again. 


Tricia said...

I never thought of you as having a negative attitude.
I have a dear Christian friend, who never ever mentioned a single problem in her life, to anyone. After 20+ years of friendship she mentioned an issue she was experiencing. I was shocked.I told I always thought her life must be perfect because nothing was ever wrong...and that was pretty discouraging to me. She had never seen it that way. She had thought keeping her problems between her, God and her husband was the right thing to do.
Keep sharing your trials; that is how we see God working.

Anonymous said...

Amen Sister!!!
Been praying for you all weekend. Hope it's gone well so far.

Anonymous said...

Unless you've walked in her shoes, please don't leave such a cold message. We are to encourage one- another and above all love each other.

Anonymous said...

I can only pray that this person is not in a position of leadership anywhere. what an arrogant man! If he truly believed any of that, why wouldn't he have signed his precious name? Jane, I laugh out loud at the way that you describe your situations. Situations that we ALL face and have to react to. thank you for your posts! Heather

halee dams said...

what?!?! this person is insane. you end every post with things you're thankful for!? please please ignore everything they said, i think they need serious help.
your positivity is an inspiration to me everyday :)

Anonymous said...

Hi Jane.
Want my ten cents?
I think you're just fine. Lovely, actually. I enjoy reading your blog regardless of the content. And that comment irritated the crap out of me on your behalf because after following you daily for like, 4+ years, I feel like I know you.
Whenever I feel irritated like that though, it makes me wonder if there's something there. So maybe take the time to ask Father if there's something you needed to hear, despite the insensitive way it was said. He's the only one who really knows. And if the answer is no, well, then I hope that person has a nice life. But if the answer is yes, you'll be glad they were so rude. John talks about seeking the praises of God, not men, and I think that's applicable here.
Love September
PS, I'm smiling at the thought of what that person would think if they read MY blog! Can you imagine?!

Anonymous said...

It's called "deferred maintenance." Most of us have issues around the house that need doing, and that we keep putting off because we don't have the money, the time, the solutions, or the manpower. As a single mom, you alone shoulder the burden of putting these things off, so that's why you have more stress about it. Has nothing to do with sin, with the old testament, with god, with anything but the fact that you're busy and these ugly bits of maintenance get pushed down to the bottom of the list. That's all!

Anonymous said...

ok - is it wrong that I secretly hope that "Mr. Sunshine" checks out these comments ..? maybe it will give him more material to cover next time he visits his shrink? Goodness knows that he probably doesn't have many friends to bounce this off! :) Heather (and proud to add my name!)

Kathy said...

I always enjoy a visit to your blog - although I don't comment often. I think what a lovely friend Jane would make. She does such mentally and spiritually stimulating things like attending lectures and reading, and travel. She's smart and she loves her family well.

So - there's my 2 cents worth.