Tuesday, July 26, 2016

Are You Divergent?

As I type this I am watching the movie "Divergent".  The heroine is Tris, who is divergent.  In the world that Tris lives in no one is allowed to be divergent (in other words, be a unique thinking for themselves individual).  In the movie, anyone who is divergent is done away with.  So when Tris takes her test and finds out she is divergent she has to watch her back.  After testing the children have to pick a faction, Tris picks the faction of Dauntless (the brave).  She is of course dauntless, but within her individuality.  At one point in the movie, the hero & boyfriend named "Four" tells Tris that she is fearless.  This struck a cord in me.

Have you been watching the DNC?  Did you watch the RNC?  To be honest the whole thing scares me.  There is a deepening chasm within our nation and the world for that matter.  In my mind a great delusion seems to have taken hold.  In 2 Thessalonians 2:10-11 it says:  "He will completely fool those who are on their way to hell because they have said "no" to the Truth; they have refused to believe it and love it, and let it save them, so God will allow them to believe lies with all their hearts..."  As a nation, we have turned away from God and thus it looks like this verse of scripture is happening before our very eyes.

I decided to dig deeper, thus I looked up the word "divergent" and found two meaningful definitions by Webster's dictionary.  First "divergent" can mean a differing from each other or from a standard.  I see more and more that there is a standard rising in this world, a standard that is called "politically correct".  Believe it or not, it has become a religion.  Of course, as in the movie, if you don't fit into this mold then you are "divergent". Which I realize I don't fit the mold, so thus I am divergent.

Looking back at the second definition of "divergent" (which is mathematical), it refers to an infinite sequence that does not have a limit.  My mind had a spark, God is infinite!  Thus, could we say that our Lord is divergent?  When Jesus walked this earth He was indeed!  Looking at the direction of this world I see that more and more it is necessary for a person that calls themselves a follower of Jesus to be divergent.  Acts 17:28 says, "For in Him we live and move and having our being...".  The world dictates otherwise.

Finally, just like Tris in the movie, we have to watch our backs as our enemy lurks about like a hungry roaring lion.  Tris had to be on her game, so we must also be with the armor the Lord has given us as spoken of in Ephesians 6:10-18.  And as Tris had Four helping to watch her back, so we have Jesus, as Hebrews 7:25 says, "Therefore He is able also to save to the uttermost those who come unto God by Him, seeing He ever liveth to make intercession for them."  So knowing He has got us covered, we can keep calm and carry on being divergent in this world and thus be dauntless in Him.

So dear reader I ask again, "Are you divergent?"

If you need more encouragement, here is a link to a great sermon by Pastor Jack Hibbs:  Why Should You Believe in the Rapture 

Monday, July 11, 2016

Use It Up Update

Hello from hot & dry Colorado!  It is definitely summer here and thus it feels really good to take a shower or bath at the end of the day.  Thus I began thinking that I need to do a Use It Up Update as its been a long while since I have posted one.  I can say that I have made progress in reducing my products in storage, but not as much as I would like.

In retrospect, I was using the EO Rose scented body wash and a rose scented lotion.  Well I used up the rose scented lotion and by that time was bored.  So I decided to switch to A La Maison ~ Coconut scented soap and the matching lotion.  I have to say that the soap is great, but the scent is not really coconut smelling to me.  It smells good, but seems more on the masculine side. I am nearly done with the lotion (which smells like coconut cream) and once I am I will probably switch again.

In my bathtub I was using the A La Maison ~ Lavender Aloe scent.  It is 2/3 gone and I have nearly used up the lavender lotion (3/4 gone), but I got bored and decided to switch to A La Maison ~ A Thousand Flowers and the matching lotion (which is 2/3 gone).  I know its probably confusing because I keep switching, but I assure you I am making progress.  As for hair care products, I used up a Kiss My Face hair conditioner and I have almost polished off another bottle of the Ren-pur Co-wash.

So in conclusion, during the past two months I only managed to use up a rose scented lotion and a Kiss My Face hair conditioner.  The only temptation I had this month was a bar of lemon scented soap.  It was such a bright pretty yellow and smelled so good, but I resisted the temptation.  I just enjoyed it in the store.  So that is my update.  Hopefully, the August report will show more progress.