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Friday Favorites - 11/6/14: A Moment that Changed Our Family Forever

Well…It’s Friday, babies! WOO-HOO! The weekend is upon us and I don’t know about you, but I for one, am SOOOO glad! This has been a rather long week and I’m looking forward to sleeping-in tomorrow! 579 more words

Dreams

Context swap: helping others to see how their attitude offends

Recently, controversial Christian preacher Douglas Wilson took issue with women who disagreed with him. (You can read a fuller version of the story on Tim Fall’s blog and several others. 1,234 more words

Attitude

sandyfaithking reblogged this on multicolouredsmartypants and commented:

Something Laura wrote in the post below niggled me and has stayed with me the past few days. It coincided with certain news articles, particularly surrounding the Rotherham abuse 'scandal' and the mention of former 'national treasure' convicted paedophile Rolf Harris. I finally put my finger on what it was: When someone is convicted of a sexual offence, and then you casually or otherwise remark that you 'don't believe it', you imply that victims are at fault. Even if this is not what you mean, if you insist that you can't believe that a person could do such heinous acts, you disrespect - no, you dehumanise and degrade - victims and former victims like me. These crimes leave a legacy that lasts a lifetime. Anyone who would rather look the other way than look at the awful truth head on is, in essence, spitting in my face, and the faces of those like me. Spitting in the faces of those vulnerable young girls in Rotherham. They were children, for God's sake. And that is the politest way of saying it. We have an appallingly low conviction rate for sexual crime in the UK. An estimated 85% of sexual violence goes unreported. Of those that are reported to the police, only 7% result in conviction. That means that 1% of sexual crime results in conviction. I'd say it's a pervert's paradise, especially when police and social services look the other way (which is what happened to me, too). Also, whenever anyone says that a rape or sexual assault victim 'must be lying', this is incredibly offensive. The reality is that very few people invent stories of sexual violence. On the contrary, 'in March 2013, the Crown Prosecution Service published a survey confirming that false rape reports are 'very rare' and suggesting they could make up less than 1% of all reports.' 

source Rape Crisis

Abusers abuse and rapists rape and molesters molest and all of them blame the victim. That's how they get away with it! So many times I was made to feel as if everything I experienced, including sexual, emotional and physical abuse, were my fault, both overtly by the abuser, and less overtly by the fact that no one did anything (except my parents, who did all they could under the circumstances). The abuse tore our family to shreds. No bomb could have blown us apart any better. We are still picking up the pieces, all these years later. I thank God that we can. I thank God that it is indeed true what Paul writes in his letter to the church at Corinth (paraphrased rather movingly by Eugene Peterson):

...no matter what I say, what I believe, and what I do, I’m bankrupt without love.

Love never gives up. Love cares more for others than for self. Love doesn’t want what it doesn’t have. Love doesn’t strut, Doesn’t have a swelled head, Doesn’t force itself on others, Isn’t always “me first,” Doesn’t fly off the handle, Doesn’t keep score of the sins of others, Doesn’t revel when others grovel, Takes pleasure in the flowering of truth, Puts up with anything [except abuse] Trusts God always, Always looks for the best, Never looks back, But keeps going to the end.

Love never dies.

1 Corinthians 13:3-8

My thanks go to Laura, for prompting this. It's been cathartic. Any thoughts from any of my readers?

Defeat Your Giant By Kenneth Copeland

From Amarylis : I Declare Jesus Christ is Lord! He is Lord of all lords.

Amarylis : if you got Jesus inside in you then your giants are under your feet. 309 more words

Before anything else

My favorite part of the Bible is 1 Corinthians 13. The love chapter of the new testament, many call it. I love this passage because it so clearly summarizes who God is. 614 more words

Friday, second week of Lent

JMJ

Blessed Friday!

Entrance Antiphon:
In You, O Lord, I put my trust, let me never be put to shame;
release me from the snare they have hidden for me, for You indeed are my refuge. 187 more words

Humility

There is comfort in God's faithfulness & mercy. 

Psalm 77:1, 13-14

I cried out to God for help; I cried out to God to hear me. Your ways, God, are holy. What god is as great as our God? 19 more words

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