A Biblical Standpoint On Christians and the New Law

I want to start this off by saying this:

I do NOT have an issue with Gays or Lesbians. I trained a horse for two guys and they were some of the best clients I have had. To be honest, those two guys were probably my favorite clients just because they were easy to work with, they were kind, they helped where they could, and they were just great to be around. I knew a lady who was a friend of a friend and client that was a riot to talk to! I very much enjoyed her company and she would rattle off many stories about other gays and lesbians and drag queens that she would come across. She lent me her Canon when I was looking to buy a camera and my mom and I helped her with horses and she helped me with my dog. I also have a friend of mine who is a lesbian, she’s got kids and a whole life of her own.  So in all of this post, please understand, I have NOTHING against Gays or Lesbians. They are all people and all deserving of equal treatment. I am simply stating my standpoint from a biblical perspective. Honestly, I don’t even like putting stuff like this out there because all it does is work everyone up. However, the topic that I’m getting at, isn’t the marriage between a man and man or woman and woman. It’s more angled at Christians who are encouraging same-sex marriage.

Now that I have that out, I want to point out a couple things from a biblical standpoint.

Genesis 1:27 So God created man in His own image; in the image of God He created him; male and female he created them.

Genesis 19:4-5 Before they had gone to bed, all the men from every part of the city of Sodom—both young and old—surrounded the house. They called to Lot, “Where are the men who came to you tonight? Bring them out to us so that we can have sex with them.” (the Reason Sodom was destroyed).

Mark 10:6-9 But from the beginning of creation, God made them male and female. For this reason a man shall leave his father and mother and be joined to his wife, and the two shall become one flesh, so then they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together let not man separate.

Leviticus 20:13 If a man lies with a male as a woman, both of them have committed an abomination. They shall surely be put to death. Their blood shall be upon them

1 Corinthians 6:9 Do you not know that the unrighteous will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor homosexuals, nor sodomites, nor thieves, nor covetous, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit the kingdom of God.

Let’s look at the story of God destroying Sodom and Gomorrah in Genesis chapters 18-19 and in Jude verse 7 “As Sodom and Gomorrah, and the cities around them in a similar manner of these, having given themselves over to sexual immorality and gone after strange flesh, are set forth as an example, suffering the vengeance of eternal fire.

Now, granted, the raining down of fire on Sodom and Gomorrah and the scripture from Leviticus are Old Testament and now after Christ’s death and resurrection there is much more forgiveness and love and grace for people who are truly repentant of ANY “sin.” Whether it’s homosexuality, stealing, lying, adultery, drunkenness, or anything of the sort.

1 Corinthians 6:10 And such were some of you. But you were washed, but you were sanctified, but you were justified in the name of the Lord Jesus and by the Spirit of our God.

However, from the standpoint of someone who believes the Bible and is trying to follow in the footsteps of Yahweh, it is not a biblical lifestyle. I have been told that I need to get into the Word and check myself and I have… So my challenge to that is this. Get into the Bible and find me ONE passage that says God Agrees with or Loves homosexuality…. Because I can’t find one. Yes! He LOVES the person but not the sin. We are called to love no matter what, doesn’t matter your lifestyle, your beliefs, your skin color, it doesn’t matter, if it is a living breathing person we are called to love everyone. Even those who hurt us. And to those who have said that the Bible says nothing about homosexuality, look up those scriptures that I listed… It’s right there plain as day.

I’m not even trying to say we can’t be friends with them sure, we can be friends with them. We can even be supportive in every other area of their life. But when a small child lies, you don’t tell them, “It’s ok honey,” and pat them on the back… You love them as they are and support them, but you don’t have to condone the way they live.

Honestly I was going to keep my mouth shut about the whole thing because what is my opinion worth on a topic like this? I don’t want to upset anyone or hurt anyone. But then I saw a young lady who has said to be a person strong in the Lord who was excited that same-sex marriage was finally passed nationwide and then I had to say something. Simply because as people following in the forgotten ways of Yahweh, we should not be encouraging it. At least not in my opinion. Don’t get me wrong, I’m not saying she’s not a follower of God or she isn’t a Christian, no, no, no… I know this woman and she’s been an inspiration to me as far as my walk with God goes.

The Bible says all sins are equal… To me, legalizing same-sex marriage, it’s almost like legalizing thievery. Just because as a “nation” (I can guarantee several states are not happy with the decision) we have decided to legalize it, doesn’t make it right.

However, to those who have little to no tolerance for gays and lesbians they are people just as you are. No they may not have the same lifestyle, but they are simply trying to get through life just as you and I. So love them, even if you don’t agree with them. Just because your kid or your parent or your spouse disagrees with you, doesn’t mean you are going to disown them. Find a little compassion in your heart and love them anyway.

To those who say they are Christian, I have given you my thought, backed up by scripture… It is now up to you. And I challenge you, if you question my viewpoint, number one, that’s ok… I know not everyone agrees with me and that’s ok. Number two, get into the bible, look at those scriptures, find a concordance and look up the meanings of the words…

My note to anyone who may know me, that may be gay or lesbian (whether I know or not). Just because I have written all this, doesn’t mean I won’t love you. I wrote this to get at the Biblical side of things. To make a point to the Christians who are encouraging something that outright goes against the bible. I am in no way trying to attack your lifestyle or point fingers. You all are bright and wonderful people!

Have a Great week!

God Bless,

Jessica

Also, if anyone is going to comment on this, please know, I’m tired of all the name calling and defensiveness that has been being displayed over the past several days… So if you comment, in the words of Thumper “If you can’t say something nice… Don’t say nothing at all.” Please comment with respect and love 🙂 Thank you!

Drivers and Horses

Yes, I’m going to rant, but hear me out please. This first one is good information for EVERYONE and I hope is spreads like wildfire…
1. If you are driving down a road, whether it is a highway or backroad and you see a horse, PLEASE SLOW DOWN!!!! Most people expect that if we are riding, or walking our horse down a busy road then we trust that our horse is capable of handling it… Or there’s the other people who just don’t care…
a. The horse only learns by experience, so though we believe the horse is ready for it, we don’t know till we are along the side of a road.
b. We got lost on the trails and the only way home is down a busy road, we may or may not be on a trustworthy horse.

c. There was some emergency that is causing us to HAVE to take our horse down the road.
d. Our horse had done this hundreds of times but a piece of grass is misplaced and that makes our horse act willy.
Now, with that being said, sometimes we don’t have a choice as of to whether we are next to a busy road or not, and especially at night, it would be greatly appreciated if you would keep in mind that we are trusting our lives with a REACTIVE PREY animal that could either, jump off the bridge we are on OR jump out in front of your vehicle at any given moment.
On top of that, if there’s a firetruck with flashing lights in the back and a police vehicle in the front with flashing lights, likely it’s because there is a problem. When you see the person and horse wedged in between the two please don’t take that as a pass to fly by at 50 mph. It not only puts the horse and the person leading the horse in danger, it also puts you and whoever is in the vehicle in danger if you hit that horse. Also, when someone is on the other side of the road asking you to slow down because she’s trying to protect the horse that is losing his mind because he was pulled out of flood waters and his owners decided to rub his hind end raw and then flip him over on the concrete because they wanted to load him in the trailer their way….. and now his hocks are bloody and he hates the trailer even more than before…. PLEASE don’t run her over!!! Yes… I nearly got my butt ran over today because this horse was panicking and this crazy driver refused to slow down… If it wasn’t for being paranoid that I would’ve gotten in trouble by the officers there, I would’ve pitched the snap and reins that I had at their window.

2. If you own horses, please, please make sure they load well into the trailer. Because when emergencies come, by flood or fire… or an injured horse. They need to be able to hop into a trailer. When horses are stressed or rushed they are less likely to go into a trailer anyway, so you add one thing to another (I.e. firetrucks, police trucks, flocks of people who are staying to watch the commotion, crazy horse owners who think butt ropes and hollering at the horse is beneficial, torrential down pour, and thunder), and you have a horse that WON’T go into a trailer. I know we all have our hold ups, trust me. My mom has four kids and she barely has time for her horses. BUT she doesn’t let that stop her from making sure her horses can be handled and loaded. I could pretty much bet my life that any one of our 14 horses would load instantly in an emergency situation. Now, I understand if you just got the horse and you were working on getting him trained to load, but I have come across far too many people who just assume they won’t have to load their horse…. It makes it really hard for those of us who are willing to help you if an emergency does present itself.

So there you have my rant for the day… Actually yesterday’s rant, but the internet was down.. If there are two things I would like to get across to people right now it’s these two things… But mostly just that as horse owners, handlers, or whatever you’d like to refer to us as, we would greatly appreciate it if you would kindly either move to the other side of the road when possible and/or slow down. If you did both, especially on a bridge we will love you forever!
God Bless,
To those of y’all in Texas, Stay safe.
Jessica

There’s Always a Light

Four weeks ago, I would’ve told you that I would be going to school to become a sports therapist and the man who taught me to barefoot trim would’ve told you that I was slowly leaving the horse world. In all honesty, if I was truthful I didn’t really know where my life was going. I have been struggling this winter to get money saved for school only to find that not only was my work inhibited by all the rain, but I had over a thousand dollars in vet bills, and I need a new vehicle… Due to the vet bills and lack of work, I’m not as far along as I would have liked to be financially.

However, what is amazing is this… I still don’t know exactly where I’m going with my life because four weeks ago God brought me across one of the greatest men that I have had the privilege of knowing and it seems slowly but surely he’s flipping my world… Right side out…

Things feel like they have been caving in around me, between the rain, the lack of work, having to put down both my dogs, all three of our vehicles breaking all at once and multiple times on some of them, having lost two of my kittens two days before I left for Missouri last week and having one that I was afraid to leave home by herself, injuries to my Azteca mare, the trip to MO consisted of a tire with a giant bubble, a shredded tire, and one that was falling apart, and then coming home we found a tire that had nails and screws in it (Our trailer only has four tires…).. Then there’s the coggins issue for state lines, and the trailer tags… Holy crap, and that’s just a portion of what has gone on in the last few months…

Four weeks ago I had it. I needed a break so I told mom we were signing up for this clinic I happened across. Never hearing about this particular clinician, I was taking a chance. Which is something I never do… If I’m learning from someone, I have followed them closely for many months, or off the opinion of close friends that I trust. However, I called him to pay him, and the conversation was long enough that I decided he would be a good person to learn under.

Anyway, to say the least, after learning from this clinician, things I was using as excuses to not work with the horses are fairly nonexistent being that I’ve been out at the barn rain or shine, wind or not pretty much every day.. Shoot, yesterday it rained all day was sloppy muddy, the wind was 40 mph and I caught up my horse and played in the barn, it was fun!

So all that to say this, life has felt like it’s been crashing in around me for years, the last few months have felt like someone’s been slamming doors in my face and dropping giant boulders around me that were not only nearly crushing me, but also shaking my world. My love for my horses was diminishing, the one thing that kept me going when all else felt hopeless. My love for those horses who have cared for me, was slowly disappearing.. Then school seemed like it would be years before I could attend, and so, I was just pretty much done trying other than just continuing to save. I knew where I wanted to go, but had no idea of how or when.

Though as my story would have it, my passion for horses was ignited. My career is being pushed. I am being challenged. And I finally have someone who cares enough and has the potential to make a difference in my life. What I did to deserve it, I’m not sure. But the only family I can get to help me with my life is my mom. My father disowned me, and the rest of the family, I don’t really know, they don’t seem  interested in helping… Then there’s this person who is stepping in and telling me, “We can push this forward. I know we can make this work.. Not sure how just yet, but we shall.”  And reminding me that God has got this…  It’s amazing the feeling of having someone who has a big enough heart to care about someone like me. Someone who’s never been anyone important, just a… uniquely ordinary person.

So when everything is going to pot, and your world is caving in. Try to remember this… If it hadn’t been for the 7 months of rain, I would have never met this person. Had I not met him, I never would’ve made a trip to Missouri (which, has probably been the best road trip and vacation I have had). Had we let the vehicles and other circumstances stop us, I wouldn’t have met him and I wouldn’t be on a road to reaching my dream of becoming a sports therapist and loving and training horses.  Yet, here in my world that feels like it’s falling apart, there is a light. A light that I have questioned if it was there or if I was imagining it, but now a light that I am dang near sure of. This one person who God is allowing to fill me with hope and life.

When you feel like you are going through hell and back, if you stay resilient, and you always look for opportunities and TAKE them, and you always keep God insight maintaining a relationship with him. God will take care of you. Sometimes he may take care of you through animals or people, or both. He’ll never abandon you. Things happen for a reason, and sometimes when things don’t go as planned, if you roll with it and don’t worry about it, it may work out in your favor. It may be a while before you start seeing the bigger picture, but remember, what you are seeing at the moment is only a piece of a much bigger picture.

Y’all have a good weekend,

Keep smiling,

God Bless,

Jessica