“Drop Dead, Creep!”
“An accident has happened”
“You are so beautiful”
“I’ll never stop loving you, ever!”
I wonder if we even make use of words, like we should. What I mean to say here, is that we don’t. We play “Words with Friends”. We talk all day. We tweet and blog and text in profusion. If words are a man, he is without respect in our generation. If they are instruments, they’re out of tune and if tools, then we find them rusty in the shed out back.
I’m not talking about using words more or using more words, but a better and strategic use of them. Less is good. Sometimes more can be good too, if it’s the kind of good that hits its mark.
We might all have the same kind of friend. You know her. She is much-o-matic when she speaks. She is flowery and fluffy in her verbosity, which is unnaturally corny. She pulls the groan from inside you. Her use of senses and tastes draws you unwillingly into her smooshy emotions, leaving you violated by things you did not want to know or even think about. By the time you get to the end of the first sentence, you’re planning your own funeral. She lovingly puts 90% of her readers to sleep by overly nurturing them and alternately knocking them out with life-instruction-overload. Continue Reading
The reason that I can sit here and write this today is because of the Lord. I am a wife, a momma, a college graduate (twice), a “retired” teacher, a counselor, an advocate for teenagers, an adult, because of the Lord.
Before college, I had what a lady once described as a “vanilla” testimony. I had good parents, was raised in church, graduated HS with honors and a brand new car.
After becoming a Christian and being baptized at age 10, for the most part I tried. Not because I had to. Not because I was told to. But, because I loved the Lord. My childlike faith carried me far into my teen years. I always wanted to do right by Him.
Don’t get me wrong. I was NOT perfect. I had the common HS stumbles. And, I would get grounded occasionally. Usually for my smart mouth. But, I wouldn’t say I was a bad kid. My parents never had to threaten me with military school.
Eventually, I graduated HS and went to college. College away from home! I found myself out in this world without forced structure, or others making decisions for me, or curfews. I could do what I wanted, when I wanted. I’m free spirited by nature, and when I got to college… I WAS FREE!
You know that scene in the Disney movie Aladdin? That amazing scene where they are riding the magic carpet and Aladdin is singing “A Whole New World” to Princess Jasmine. That was me in college! That was my scene. If I were to ever make a soundtrack of my life, A Whole New World would be the song to accompany my freshman year.I met and became friends with so many new and interesting people. People that did not go to my HS. People that I felt I could really be myself around. People who chose to be friends with the real me. The me that was always to afraid to show my nerd side. The me that hid her brains behind a big smile and a carefree attitude. The hidden funny girl. These were my people! A whole new world of them.
The king and his men marched to Jerusalem to attack the Jebusites, who lived there. The Jebusites said to David, “You will not get in here; even the blind and the lame can ward you off.” They thought, “David cannot get in here.” Nevertheless, David captured the fortress of Zion, the City of David.
On that day, David said, “Anyone who conquers the Jebusites will have to use the water shaft to reach those ‘lame and blind’ who are David’s enemies.” That is why they say, “The ‘blind and lame’ will not enter the palace.”
David then took up residence in the fortress and called it the City of David. He built up the area around it, from the supporting terraces inward. And he became more and more powerful, because the LORD God Almighty was with him.
Now Hiram king of Tyre sent messengers to David, along with cedar logs and carpenters and stonemasons, and they built a palace for David. And David knew that the LORD had established him as king over Israel and had exalted his kingdom for the sake of his people Israel.
After he left Hebron, David took more concubines and wives in Jerusalem, and more sons and daughters were born to him.
-2 Samuel 5:6-13 NIV
This is the first instance in Scripture where we see David’s sexual addiction take root. David captures the fortress of Zion and God sets him up as King over all of Israel. So, what is the first thing he does? He breaks one of the three rules God gave to Kings.
He collects more concubines and wives, sleeps with them all, and has more children. And little does he know that this is just one more step towards hitting rock bottom.
Where did your habit take root? Was it when you found your older brother’s stash of Playboy’s? Did you watch a friend’s sister undress? Were you sexually abused? Did you do a Google search and stumble on a website? There are many different scenarios that could have been the starting point, some that are typical, some that are heartbreaking, but the vast majority of men started their sexual life with a skewed idea of what sex was. But beyond that, we got the wrong idea about sexual intimacy, also.
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