Monday, March 22, 2021

When You're Bold Enough To Be Yourself

"But Peter and the apostles replied, “We must obey God rather than any human authority."   --- Acts 5:29


Recently I became a bit cranky, for a relative insinuated (twice over a month) that my writing is insignificant. Accomplishing nothing.


Anyway, eventually I grabbed the humorous Mrs. Appleyard's Year (published in 1941 and yes, it matters) and while reading, oh my! This perfect paragraph about her English aunt fluttered into my heart like confirmation from Heaven: 

"But perhaps the deciding factor will be Aunt Hildegarde--her courage, her obstinate refusal to let Hitler change her way of life, her conviction that it is the best way and worth any sacrifice that it costs. Mrs. Appleyard is rather proud of being related to Aunt Hildegarde: not because she is unusual, but because there are so many women like her. Mrs. Appleyard would not care much about a world where Aunt Hildegarde could not say what she liked. She wants her aunt to keep on writing letters--those letters on thin paper that hold the empire together."

Wow. How remarkable that words many-times-reread can emit fresh meaning according to our present circumstances.

This pandemic era, this takeover by hostile, censoring, next-door-to-communism types? What an opportunity for us to fight back by insisting upon living Life our way. By boldly speaking God's word even though it's opposite of the general consensus of evil.

Don't let anyone/anything change you into someone else, ok? With freedom and wisdom, follow God's personalized plan for you. 

be old-fashioned,
listen to God,

--and view Life as an ongoing adventure. Why? Because it still is, even so, even now in a crazy 2021.

"What I love most about this crazy life is the adventure of it."

Juliette Binoche

Are you being you or who They want you to be?


A perfect movie to confirm this post? Me Again. Tom and I enjoyed this special film last night. 

Oh, and yesterday afternoon I could not put down this kindle book. So good, I finished it and wished for more.

Times have changed for the worse, but with God's help we as His people can change for the better!


Please remember: My posts are ALWAYS about more than they appear to be. 


 "For if you forgive others their trespasses, your heavenly Father will also forgive you, but if you do not forgive others their trespasses, neither will your Father forgive your trespasses." ... Matthew 6:14,15


Angela said...

Me! I am being me!

Oh I think I have that book somewhere in my many boxes of books... must find!

OK I am off to watch that movie. I painter crown molding for four loooong hours and have made supper so I think that is just the ticket!

Thank you for being you!

Carrie said...

I am very grateful for your writing and am so glad I
found you. The Bible speaks of exhortation. You encourage people. That's a gift. Thanks for using it.


Pam said...

People are a mystery. Case in point, your misinformed relative. One thing I know for sure, we'll never understand those types of folks. Debra, your posts have impacted me in a very positive way, MANY times!! Yes, life is a wonderful (sometimes difficult) adventure. Thank you for your encouragement along the way!

Robin in New Jersey said...

Don't stop being you, Debra! You are an encouragement! Ditto what Carol said.

Debra said...

A very special thanks to each of you who took the time to encourage me. I appreciate your kind words more than you realize! My only goal in life (pretty much) is to let God encourage people through me, to help keep them going, so I feel especially blessed that He's doing that through this blog. If I were writing without Him? Well, forget it. Disaster-City. :) Thanks again so much to each of you! Blessings, Debra