Now, on something completely different: we often hear that (Black) women nowadays are not very marriage minded. But what does this really mean? Those of you who agree, care to give some examples of this?
I think procrastination has a lot to do with it.. "when I get my degree" "just a few more years before my clock starts ticking" "let me get my traveling out the way" "gotta get my career on lock", etc., almost as if fixated on waiting for the perfect time, and it keeps them "single-minded"... not realizing men pick up on this and won't approach or try to date. If you look around, even on this very board, you see lots of threads on marriage and just as many, if not more, on being single... but I think procrastination (which is of the devil, IMHO) is a major factor.
Hi @Maracujá - I'm hoping others can chime in.. but by procrastinating, I'm leaning more on mentally putting of marriage specifically and not waiting on God... waiting on God isn't procrastinating lol.. I don't want to be misunderstood.. A marriage-minded woman can be "busy" living life, but I believe men can tell when someone is not open to marriage and will seek out someone who is.
I can totally relate to what you are saying. It's difficult to explain, but I get it. I recently learned the difference between hope and faith. Hope is more akin to wishing or dreaming, whereas faith requires action.A thought came to my mind today about how I believe God can change things but I don't really act like I believe that God can change ME.
I'm working on building my hope. I don't ever recall having hope.
It is not enough to teach children about Our Father; they have to be shown Him as much as possible. They need to see His supernatural works, demonstrate His will in us, and to point out His work in them. Find an event that they have observed and show it in Scripture. Present them with the hard questions before someone else does and answer them. Challenge their view of the world and point out why this or that doesn't work with what Father Yah has ordered. Even go as far as telling them when the Lord has corrected you.
Just a small example of this: no matter what, my mother prayed, regardless of whatever sin she was in. She let her children know constantly she was praying for them. Even when we stopped going to church, she prayed. She still talked about God, the Bible, and various concepts we kids didn't have a clue about until adulthood. Decades later, the script got flipped and we children ended up giving her answers about Our Father she had wanted to know. All of her children are on different paths and levels of maturity, but we all believe.
OTOH, DH's mother was somewhat neglectful and rarely prayed or discussed belief. My DH was the family member who made sure everyone went to church in his youth. The difference between my DH and me is striking. Life beat both of us up, but I fared miles better than he did.
Prayer for children and demonstrating your trust in Him is paramount for their spiritual success.
I agree, but people tend to turn prayer into a routine. We need to go beyond the routine and the typical to really grab a child's heart and mind.Good point but I’d go even further my mom always says if a a child can talk then they can pray a little prayer for themselves mommy and daddy too and start to learn how to speak to their Almoghtly Father. Don’t wait until their 8-10 We shouldn’t sleep on this.
... and Jesus was the connector. I know certain denominations only rely on either, but now charismatic and nondenominational preachers are saying OT is not needed. A move in another direction that is noteworthy...sign of the times?"Without the benefit of the knowledge presented to us in the Old Testament, we would be totally unable to understand the Jewish customs that are mentioned only in passing in the pages of the New Testament."
Do you mean other than Jesus clarifying and refining what the OT taught and foreshadowed?
Oh my, Yah help us! The reason people are leaving Christianity is the same reason I don't like religion: believers are not showing people Jesus (in the natural or supernatural), just religion, church and morality. Here is a direct quote from the article:Here's an interesting article for you... your thoughts?
In every case, what disturbs these folks who have left the church or are considering leaving is the church’s failure to do the good in the world.
In modern day vernacular: Get up off you butt and go do something. Quit sitting around over-analyzing this stuff because your opinions and viewpoints change constantly. Seek the will of Yah and obey (listen and do). You see all these people who need help; go help them. Your life is a mess; go fix it.22Be doers of the word, and not hearers only. Otherwise, you are deceiving yourselves. 23For anyone who hears the word but does not carry it out is like a man who looks at his face in a mirror, 24and after observing himself goes away and immediately forgets what he looks like. 25But the one who looks intently into the perfect law of freedom, and continues to do so—not being a forgetful hearer, but an effective doer—he will be blessed in what he does.
26If anyone considers himself religious and yet does not bridle his tongue, he deceives his heart and his religion is worthless. 27Pure and undefiled religion before our God and Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.