Great Encouragements for Your Soul and Spirit

Words Mean Something.

They can change the direction of a person’s life for the worst or the best.  The power of how we use our words is our choice daily.  Watch how words can change a life and circumstances for the better!

 

I love to see how giving affects others lives for the positive.  Watch how a a heart that was once given to was repaid because they learned the valuable lesson of giving.

This week’s lessons for us all:

1)  Watch your words.  Choose to bring life and be a positive change to people.

2) Give without regrets because it is right to be part of the solution.  And, who knows? One day when you’re in a problem of your own, God may just use someone to give in your time of need!

Love, 

Spunky Pops

 

 

Why We Need God

Well, I don’t know what we would do without God. Do you?

God is the one who provides for us and the world. He is the one who heals the sick and gives to the poor. God is the one who made the world. He made us. Just remember, He made the beautiful days and animals.

I think we get distracted by our phones, iPod, and media mostly. When we’re watching TV God can’t get a hold of us because we are too focused on the TV.  Do you understand? If God was not here we would be doomed. We are His children and He expects more than this.

We need God no matter what happens. We always need Him in our heart, mind, and soul. We can’t do without God.

The lesson here is we need God, and we always will !!!!

Bullying

According to the dictionary the definition of bullying is:

1.     The use of strength or power to force,

2.     Or pressure others by fear;

3.     Persecuting or oppressing others by force or threat of force.

 It is forbidden.

Making threats, spreading rumors, attacking someone verbally and intentionally, or excluding someone from a group are acts of bullying.

Bullying happens nearly everywhere: in homes, nursery schools, preschools, elementary schools, middle schools, high schools,  homeschool groups, co-ops, neighborhoods, churches, city parks, online bullying, and on the streets. It happens in large cities and small towns. I have witnessed believers attacking or doing these things to other believers. I’m confident that when we attack or make fun of another believer’s life, what they believe, in private or online, or in front of any audience, that this is bullying.
When we share with others about another person’s sins in a way that slanders, gossips, or insults -this is also bullying.
The Bible talks about bullying, here are some of the bible verses regarding bullying:

    Deuteronomy 24:14 – You shall not oppress a hired servant that is poor and needy, whether he be of your brethren, or a stranger that is among you.

    Leviticus 25:17 – You shall not therefore oppress one another; but you SHALL fear your God: for I am the Lord your God.

 Leviticus 19:18 – You shall not take vengeance or bear a grudge against the sons of your own people, but you shall love your neighbor as yourself: I am the Lord.

 Luke 6:31 – Do to others what you would want them to do to you
 
  1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are over the righteous, and His ears are open unto their prayers: but the face of the Lord is against them that do evil
 

     Galatians 5:22-23 – The Fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, patience, longsuffering, gentleness, goodness, faith, Meekness, temperance: against such there is no law.

 Like I shared, these are only a few of the many verses that God instructs us about bullying, the consequences of it, and how we are to act in the face of bullying.

The schools, newspapers, television, and radio have been talking about this serious problem. As you can see, this is a very old problem since the Bible speaks against this in many different verses.

  • According to the American Medical Association, 3.7 million youths engage in bullying, and more than 3.2 million are victims of “moderate” or “serious” bullying each year.
  • Suicide is the third leading cause of death among young people, resulting in about 4,400 deaths per year, according to the CDC.
  • Bully victims are between 2 to 9 times more likely to consider suicide than non-victims, according to studies by Yale University.
  • According to statistics reported by ABC News, nearly 5.7 million children are either bullies or victims of bullying, and 160,000 kids stay home from school every day because of fear of bullying

Bully-related suicide can be connected to any type of bullying, including physical bullying, emotional bullying, cyberbullying, and sexting, or sharing inappropriate photos or messages about a person.

Here are just a few stories I want to share with you:

  •   A 13-year-old “hanged himself after leaving a lengthy note that detailed three years of bullying.”
  •  There was a girl named Arianna here is her story of when she got bullied.

“When I when I was in 3rd grade, I started getting bullied. I was called shorty. I was bullied, kicked, punched and laughed at. I didn’t do anything back. I didn’t want to get in trouble, so I just told my mother. She told the principal to stop this child from hurting me. But, I was still bullied and had to go to another school. Now I am in 6th grade, trying to stand strong. I don’t cut, but I was close to trying to hurt myself in another way. But I decided not to. I am still a victim of being bullied, but I’m stronger.

  • There was another girl, Skyler, and she was bullied and here is her story:

“When I was in the 2nd grade it seemed to start. I was sitting in class one day and these girls walked up to me and said, “Why are you sitting alone?” I told them that hardly anyone wants to hang out with me. They start laughing and saying mean things about me, which made me cry. Later on in 3rd grade those same girls told everyone not to hang out with me, I only had about 1 or 2 friends at the time, and it hurt. In 4th grade those girls acted a little nicer, but were still rude.

Even though I transferred they still make fun of me by calling me ugly, fat, annoying, and slow. I got really mad at that and I just snapped at them, but realized I became the bully. I learned that you really shouldn’t listen to the people who hate you and just be yourself. Who cares if they don’t like you for you, it’s just how you act!”

Like these stories I shared, unfortunately, some of us have had experiences with bullying too. For me, it was scary and it made me very sad at the time.  Why bully, especially if you’re a believer, when God gave us people to care for?  Care for others, don’t put them down and don’t make them do things against their will. Be a good person and not a bully to others. I have a family that I have to take care of and love on. God gave me this family as a gift, He did the same for you too.

It’s easier to be bad than good.  You will not be blessed if you follow the world and its ways of doing things. You will be blessed if you follow GOD and His ways. Don’t bully people who haven’t hurt you. Don’t bully your family, and don’t purposely hurt each other’s feelings. We are to love each other as God loves us.  Enjoy the people that God gave us to be friends with. I love my family so much. I don’t want to bully my brothers or sisters. I am thankful for the family that God gave me as a blessing. You should be thankful that God is here with us because without God we would always bully, fight and do everything bad we possibly could.  And I’m sharing this with you so that you don’t do it too.

We are supposed to show the love of God in the world to people. When God walked this earth, His heart was for those that were bullied, like when He said to the crowd who was bullying the woman, “He who is without sin, let him cast the first stone.” God cares for us always. Love each other. We are to do well and be an example to others and teach them good. Everything we do we pass on as an example to others. I try to do my best on being good so others do good too. Love each other as God does to us. Are we not supposed to show love? I love to share love don’t you?

WE are to be a light in this dark world, not bring more darkness to it.  Let God’s light and love shine through you!

Be Yourself

Do you know the feeling when you see someone pass you and you think, “Wow! They’re pretty or handsome!” Or, “I wish I could do that, be like that, etc.”

Well don’t try to be like that person, be yourself.  You are not defined by people. You are not defined by magazines, celebrities, television, radio, or even your family and friends.  It is God who defines you, not things or people.  God accepts you for who you are, remember that truth.

People mainly want to change the way they look because they want to look the same as someone else on the outside.  But, what about the inside? A person can look really great on the outside, but if they have a bad attitude and are mean then, that doesn’t look good anymore.  You don’t want to be around them.  You want to avoid them because of the ugliness coming out of them.  That ugliness makes their look on the outside ugly too.

The enemy wants you so busy focusing on changing your outside to look like someone else that you don’t focus on your inside, and you can’t enjoy the great and unique person God created you to be – yourself.  

“You were born an original.  Don’t be a copy.”

Sprinkling Love,

Spunky Pops