The Persecution Of Today’s Christians

Hey guys 🙂

Long time no post but today I have to let this out because it’s been eating at me for awhile now.

I am not typically one to make waves but when I feel like my morals, values and beliefs are being stomped on simply because I won’t conform to certain mainstream thinking, I find it hard to sit back and let it happen.

Our current world preaches love, acceptance, free speech, self expression and unity…a global joining of hands. Yet as a Christian, in today’s society, I feel I might as well be burned at the stake for what I believe in and identify with.

My fellow brothers and sisters, this should come as no surprise. We are warned in the Bible that this would happen. As we prepare and wait for God’s return, we will be persecuted for what we believe more and more each day. It’s already happening at an alarming speed.

2 Timothy 3:12 

Indeed, all who desire to live a godly life in Christ Jesus will be persecuted,

We are being pushed into a global agenda that claims we should all accept the other for who they are, what they are, who they love, yet somewhere along the way, the Christian community got left out of this equation.

As a Christian, it seems as long as I am willing to shut up and put up with mainstream opinion, it’s Ok to be Christian. If I speak out, or promote an opinion that does not line up with the majority, I am unaccepting, unloving, unreasonable. I am a bigot, evil, selfish, ignorant, intolerant and the list could go on but I think you get my point.

One agenda currently at the front of it all is the transgender movement. Along with this movement, there is a genderless movement. Some people are identifying as aliens (no joke)

Just recently, the first birth certificate with no gender identification was issued right here in Canada. What has the world come to? It’s one thing to ask kids to decide which gender they most identify with before their first year of school, (which I don’t agree with) but to not even give the child a choice either way?

A new born child. They will never know or understand what it means to be a man or woman or even switch that role if they so choose. The parents made the decision of genderless for them before the child’s first words!

Where do we draw the line?

In other Canadian news, Nemis Quinn Mélançon-Golden of Montreal is an 8 year old drag queen. His parents (is it Ok to attach a gender label on this? I’m never sure anymore…) help him prepare for his shows.

I am going to tell you something…

At one point in time, I surrounded myself with many gay friends. I still have friends that are gay but what I am saying here is different….I was very much entrenched in the culture and lifestyle although not gay myself, I felt accepted in a time where I felt I didn’t belong anywhere and I don’t have any regrets there but I draw the line when you start putting kids in very adult and explicit situations.

One of my friends at the time was a drag queen. I used to go to shows thinking it was all great fun but after awhile you start to see the dark side of the drag community.

It’s derogatory in nature. If you think women are the stereotypical “catty” types, hang out with a drag queen for a day…or watch Rupaul’s Drag Race and listen to the insults and competitive low blows fly. It’s not completely exaggerated for TV folks, it is an accurate portrayal of a day in the life of a drag queen. At least from what I saw when I was around it.

The clubs I would go to were riddled with drugs and alcohol and yes most clubs are whether or not it’s a gay club. My point? You think it’s cute to encourage your 8 year old son to dress like a prostitute, be exposed to drag culture and perform provocative shows because “that’s who he is” Do you honestly know what you are exposing your child to? At 8 years old, does your child really know who they are?

No child on this planet should have to be exposed to explicit, adult content. This is not an innocent game of dress up. If you have seen a drag show it’s R rated at best. Highly sexual and explicit in nature yet the world rejoices as this little boy finds his identity as a drag queen. Aww, how adorable… This sounds more like child abuse to me.

In saying all this, I still come out of this the bad guy in most people’s eyes. Why? Because I don’t agree? I don’t have to agree. Just because I don’t agree does not make me a hater.

I am not interested in hate and this post is not about hate but if an 8 year old boy gets to be a drag queen and that is adored, encouraged and accepted then as a 33 year old woman, I am allowed to be a Christian and talk about it openly. In fact, I can talk about whatever I want…can’t I?

It works both ways (supposedly). The double standard and hypocrisy that exists around these ever changing agendas and forced acceptance is mind blowing.

You can be anything you want. Literally anything. If I wanted to identify as a toaster right now I could and probably get my birth certificate changed to prove I am in fact a toaster…but a Christian? Oh no, anything but that! That’s just pushing things too far…

1 Peter 4:4 

With respect to this they are surprised when you do not join them in the same flood of debauchery, and they malign you;

 

Take Care and God Bless ❤

Cavelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

You Don’t Have To Believe…

But don’t be an ass about it…

Hey guys 🙂

Today I was inspired to write this post based on something I read today on my facebook newsfeed it reads as follows…

“I just wanted to interrupt your scrolling to remind you that you are beautiful…

Also God doesn’t exist.”

There was much delight and a mockery of replies just egging the issue on which was the whole point of the post to begin with…simply to rile people up and basically slap believers in the face as if we’re fools or perhaps crazy to believe in God.

Many non believers will say this more times than I can count….

” I respect your beliefs just don’t cram them down my throat”

In other words shut up with your “God” talk.

However this post had little to no respect for a person’s beliefs and decided to cram their views down people’s throats publicly with the intent to mock those who believe and to me, that is just sad.

I believe in God, there have been times in my life where I have seriously questioned his existence but despite that, given the things that have happened to me in my life, I have reason to believe He exists. That’s my prerogative and anyone’s for that matter who chooses to believe or not.

I am not about to stoop to the same level and mock atheists simply because they think my beliefs are a bunch of garbage but I will call out people who use their words with the intent to hurt and attack peoples values and beliefs whether or not they believe it is truly hurtful. In this case it appears the people who participated in that post felt it was all great fun, even joking about going to hell.

To each their own I say. Why can’t it be left at that? It’s total hypocrisy to call out people’s beliefs as silly when you claim to have none of your own yet you post plenty of things about yoga and meditation etc…good for you there is nothing harmful or wrong in that but if I wanted to be “that” person I could start saying your yoga and meditation is nothing but hippy granola lululemon BS…pretentious even.

To the poster, my point is if you are going to dish it out you better be prepared to take it. I am surprised given the love of yoga and meditation you still don’t seem to understand the concept of karma at the very least.

Did I have to write this post in response? Nope. But I wanted to write this post because I am tired of people hitting others where it hurts just for a good laugh.

That’s Ok… Keep laughing 🙂

Jude 1:22

And have mercy on those who doubt…

 

Take Care ❤

Cavelle

 

 

 

 

 

A Christian With Bipolar Disorder

Hey Guys 🙂

I feel like I keep apologizing for this each time I post, but I am sorry for my absence lately.

I have been thinking a lot. There have been many changes going on in my life at the moment. Good changes but not without its growing pains.

To those of you who read my blog and relate to the challenges of mental illness, I am sure some of you can relate to what I am about to tell you.

As someone with bipolar disorder, I have moments where I have all the energy in the world. I can multitask like nobody’s business and about 3 hours sleep is all I need. I become super social and everything is rainbows and butterflies.Too bad those periods of mania couldn’t last a little longer!

Currently, I can safely say, I am not going through a manic phase right now. More like a “I don’t care” phase. Not super depressed to the point of suicidal thoughts or anything like that but just simply “blah”. Low energy, lack of motivation, lack of appetite. Content to hibernate in my house. It’s nothing personal…it just is.

I can feel this indifference starting to lift hence why you see this post today. I am slowly but surely starting to have the drive to write again but here’s the thing. I cannot promise consistent posting at this time.

I have tried this before and eventually I have to just go away for a bit. The catch 22 of the disorder. Trying to find balance and consistency. It’s certainly not easy and hands down the biggest frustration I have with bipolar disorder.

So yeah, if you see me fall of the map for a little bit, chances are I am going through a low period.

Like I mentioned earlier, I have been thinking a lot. I have been noting some of the ways having bipolar disorder effects things like my work, interests, activities, my relationships and yes even my faith in God.

Before I really started embracing my faith, I never really gave this concept much thought but I am starting to see that my faith becomes altered depending on which end of the bipolar spectrum I’m on.

For the most part, things are fairly balanced. I take medication. I see my doctors on a consistent basis. Despite that, it’s not a cure. I am still going to have bipolar moments.

When I experience mania, I notice my faith and desire to keep God at the top of my list quite easy. I make note of Him everyday. I am more willing to contribute and going to church is a happy social event for me.

When I am experiencing the depression side of things, I start to question my faith, going to church becomes a challenge, the main reason being, I don’t feel comfortable around people during that time. The public social outing I normally enjoy becomes riddled with anxiety and a lack of interest in general.

Sometimes I wonder, is it possible to be a true follower of God when your views and beliefs tend to shift because of mental illness?

I guess I throw the question out there because I honestly don’t know the answer. All I do know is I believe in God and I believe He is with me always. I have been posed the question “Are you a fan or a follower of God” At this point, I know I am not a true follower if I measure it against a list of criteria, however at the end of the day I do believe.

My fear is, if being a true follower requires more than simply believing then how I am ever going to achieve follower status when my brain has shifts in mood and thought that are sometimes very hard to control?

I would enjoy any thoughts or discussions on the matter. Am I the only one who has pondered this? Are there other Christians out there living with mental illness who face the same struggle?

Take Care ❤

Cavelle

Share The Love!

Hey guys 🙂

I apologize for dropping off the blogosphere in the last two weeks. As some of you know, I started a new job and I have gone from not using my brain in 3 months to now having it stuffed to the brim with information. I love it but it has not given me tons of time to sit down and write. I will get my groove back as I adjust so please bear with me in the meantime. 😉

Now that I have that out of the way, I want to share something with you. I have connected with someone who I feel could help a lot of people here and someone who has helped so many already!

Her name is Shannon Marie and I would like to introduce who she is and what she does. 🙂

Shannon’s story is truly inspiring indeed! She has managed to take the dark moments in her life and turn them around and create her own business in the process. Shannon is in the business of empowering women. ❤

“I guide women to activate healing within so they can live life purposely on their spiritual journey”

Shannon is a Self-Love, Mindfulness & Personal Development Mentor. It is Shannon’s goal to help women like herself leave that dark cloud behind them. As women, it is so important that we lift each other up. Shannon’s mission is close to my heart as I can relate to her past on many levels including abusive relationships and substance abuse.

I invite you to learn more about Shannon by visiting her via the link below 🙂

http://www.shannonhipson.ca/

Also, it just so happens Shannon has a webinar coming up! 🙂

April 7th, 2017 @ 8PM Atlantic Time

Shannon Hipson

https://zoom.us/webinar/register/b8173d85775e0dc2cde7dc3c8da9331e

This would be a great way to meet, connect and support Shannon. I plan to attend myself so maybe I’ll see you there! ❤

Take Care & God Bless ❤

Cavelle

Mustard Seeds To Mountains

 

Hey guys 🙂

I am feeling so blessed right now. It’s amazing how God answers prayers that you didn’t even know needed answering.

Since turning back to God nearly a year ago, it’s surreal at times how much my life has changed for the better. I have to say, aside from meeting my soulmate, going back to church has been a big part of this change.

Before that moment, you would not have seen me in church. I had no interest. In fact, I was cynical about the idea.

2 Timothy 3:1-5

But understand this, that in the last days there will come times of difficulty. For people will be lovers of self, lovers of money, proud, arrogant, abusive, disobedient to their parents, ungrateful, unholy, heartless, unappeasable, slanderous, without self-control, brutal, not loving good, treacherous, reckless, swollen with conceit, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, having the appearance of godliness, but denying its power. Avoid such people.

Wow Timothy, brutal words my friend. I can’t say I was all of those things but it stings to read this verse and in hindsight realise, I was one of those people you should avoid. I have always had good in my heart but God was not at the top like He should have been. He was more like a pang in my heart that I kept shoving down.

Turning back to  God was terrifying for me at first. I was at a rather low point in my life but…

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It’s never God’s intention to punish us. We are His children and like any parent there comes a time when you have to let your children go out into the world and hope they will take with them all the lessons you have taught them. God has that same hope and he’s waiting for you despite all of your mistakes and shortcomings. You think this would be an easy concept to understand but it was difficult for me to accept.

When I started going back to church, I became painfully aware of my sins. It had nothing to do with people in the church judging me (a misconception I had about church). On the contrary, I was accepted with open arms…new territory for me. I had never had that kind of support before.

I spent the first few months of church crying nearly every Sunday. The whole experience was overwhelming. All the emotions I felt as I started to face myself for the first time, knowing I had brushed aside God’s love. My faith had been suppressed for so long. I felt shame and guilt but also an overwhelming release of negativity.

As time passes, my faith in God becomes stronger more and more each day. My church is beyond supportive of this relatively new journey. I don’t feel like I am walking alone anymore. There are people who are more than happy to walk with me and cheer me on. It makes me cry for a totally different reason now. Tears of joy for a change.

What a difference it makes when you let go of the people in your life that hinder your faith and in turn, surround yourself with people who are not ashamed to walk with God and actually want to walk with Him. It was a huge step for me to walk through the church doors knowing the last time I went to this church, I was a child.

Now that my faith in God and the support of my church is a constant in my life, there is simply no way I can turn back. I am hanging on for dear life and God is not about to let go of my hand…it reminds me of the first time I was able to swim in the deep end of the pool without having to cling to the edge. God is my swim coach. ❤

What I take away from this transformation is that God is willing to work with even the smallest inkling of His presence in your life. There are times I still have to give myself a shake and realize that no, I am not dreaming.

As you build on your faith, God starts throwing more and more blessings your way. Sometimes we think we have to pray for these blessings and yes, prayer is vital but God I have discovered, is a cool guy. He likes to throw out random blessings just because. Bonus blessings if you will.

That’s what God has done for me and my fiance recently. We’re getting married this summer. Sooner than we had originally planned for.

I thought planning this wedding was going to be stressful but the outpouring of support in my church has made me realise there are truly good people in this world who are ready, willing and able to help.

My fiance and I are not used to this and we don’t even expect it yet there it is right in front of our face and it’s been there the whole time. We just needed to get real with ourselves. Get real with God and be true to ourselves for a change instead of compromising with people who are so far removed from our core values and most of all our faith in God.

If I had one piece of advice for anyone out there on the fence about their faith, just know that God has left you a trail of mustard seeds to follow. These mustard seeds lead to a mountain and if you are willing to climb that mountain, God is waiting for you at the top. Sky’s the limit after that and when God returns, there is a place for you beyond your wildest dreams. ❤

Take Care & God Bless ❤

Cavelle

 

 

 

 

 

Recharge Your Spiritual Battery

 

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Hey guys 🙂

Today I have decided to take a more spiritual approach to a post I had written about burnout in the workplace. If you care to read that post I will link it here

Just like there is burnout in the workplace, I feel you can also experience burnout on a spiritual level. As a Christian, I try my best to keep my faith strong but it’s not always that easy when you are faced with the struggles of everyday life.

If you have been keeping up with my blog, you know that I live with Bipolar Disorder and not only do I advocate for God but I advocate for mental illness.

Mental illness does not come without it’s challenges and in my case, when you are in the throes of  depression or mania (sometimes both, called a mixed episode) your mental state becomes skewed and leaves you vulnerable. It makes it difficult during those times to reach out to God and ask for His help.

I want share some ideas that I feel will help keep your faith and overall well being strong. Whether you live with a mental illness or not we are all vulnerable to the chaos that exists in this world. It is imperative that we protect ourselves from it. ❤

Pray And Practice Gratitude:

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I know. This seems obvious but many of us will only pray when things get messy. What about when things are going well? We should always acknowledge God in prayer good or bad. Prayer during the good times shows gratitude and practicing gratitude on a daily basis is scientifically proven to improve psychological and physical health. For more information on that I will link you to an article I found –

7 Scientifically Proven Benefits of Gratitude 

Even if you don’t believe in God, practicing gratitude will strengthen your overall well being and if you live with a mental illness, this is especially important.

For those of you who do practice your faith in God a simple verse from Psalms is a wonderful way to start your day –

Psalm 118:24

This is the day that the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad in it.

I also turn you to Proverbs (my favourite book ) –

Proverbs 3:6

In all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make straight your paths.

Prayer and gratitude is not only valuable but very powerful. Make a point to include it in your life daily. ❤

If you are in need of prayer or someone you know needs prayers I will link you to my Prayer Requests post. I would be more than happy to pray for you and with you. ❤

 

Keep Your Inner Circle Close:

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If you have God in your life, He is the center of that circle. Never let it stray from there. In general, nurture the people closest to you. If you are living with mental illness I know this can be tough to ask of you but it is important that you do not shut out the people who truly love and care for you. We all need love and acceptance. We all need a hug and someone to tell us “Things will be Ok” but it takes two for this equation to work. Make sure to put your best foot forward to reciprocate that love and acceptance.

Before I found God in my life, I was surrounded by the wrong people. I allowed them to drain me on many levels. When I accepted God into my life and made a point to move closer to my family, I purged a lot of negativity and people out of my life. I have started to keep my life as simple as possible as a result and I must say…it’s the best thing I have ever done for myself.

I am rather selective now of who I allow into my inner circle. In the past, I was a welcome mat for all kinds of negative, toxic influences which leads me into my next tip –

Create And Stick To Your Boundaries: 

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For me, it started with God. I make it a point to not let people get in the way of my faith anymore. My faith in God brings me peace and I refuse to let anyone mess with that.

As a rule, if it doesn’t feel right, if you have that nagging feeling in the pit of your stomach, if you feel something does not line up with your morals and values…stay the heck away from it. Do not let people walk all over you and bring you down to their level of negativity. You are worth more than that and saying no does not make you a bad person. It means you respect yourself enough to know what your limits are.

Creating boundaries will either make people respect you or send the ones who have a problem with it running for the hills…good… If someone has a problem with you respecting yourself then they don’t need to be in your life. Period.

Galatians 6:5

For each will have to bear his own load.

I hope some of my ideas help you to stay on a straight path. These are just a few of the ways you can protect your well being and your faith. I feel the three I have listed are the core values you should try and hang on to most. If you do that, the rest will follow.

In closing, I invite you to share any experiences  you have had that has improved your life and has helped to keep your path straight. Sharing with others is another great way to rejuvenate your spiritual and mental well being. Let’s help each other recharge those spiritual batteries! ❤

 

Take Care & God Bless ❤

Cavelle

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Prayer Requests

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Hey guys 🙂

I was giving it some thought and I can’t believe I didn’t think of this sooner. We offer it all the time in my church. Prayer requests.

Many times we forget that there is not only power in prayer but in numbers. Today I want to extend my blog to anyone who may need prayer today. ❤

I want to offer up my sincere prayers to you. Please feel free to contact me via my contact page and I will send you prayer personalized to your needs. ❤

Matthew 18:20

For where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I among them.”

I encourage you to share requests in the comments section as well so that others can pray for you and with you.

If you feel other people need prayer, please feel free to reblog this post. Let’s form a prayer chain today and come together knowing God is watching over us.

God hears our prayers and He’s ready to answer them. ❤

Take Care & God Bless ❤

Cavelle