Posts Tagged ‘Religion’

My Stomach Sank Just A Little

June 29, 2015

Pamela Kay Noble Brown

Update:  On Friday, June 26, 2015, the Supreme Court ruled that same-sex unions are now to be recognized as legal marriages in all 50 states. This original blog below expressed my thoughts three years ago when it was up to individual states to decide the legality of it all. It even more so reflects my feelings now that it has become the law of the land, and I feel compelled to post it again. Thank you.

“My stomach sank just a little”. These were the words spoken by a pastor Wednesday evening after President Barack Obama infamously became the first sitting American President to support same-sex marriage. I have to admit that these words also come very close to describing the tightening feeling knotted in my own gut the moment I heard the President’s interview. I’ll tell you why.

Every since I first heard of Barack Obama, I…

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Keeping Easter Real

April 4, 2015
Hallelujah, Christ is risen!  (photo credit:  selaluonline.com)

Hallelujah, Christ is risen! (photo credit: selaluonline.com)

Easter brings different feelings for different people.  For some it means a time of great festivities as the whole family gathers around to break bread together. For others, isolated or even newly grieving, it may be a time of bittersweet memories of holidays past spent with loved ones no longer here with us on earth. The key to getting through the holiday sane and whole is to remember that there are no one-size-fits all ways to celebrate Easter.

Easter is a day when Christians recognize the resurrection of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, three days after He was crucified on a cross to pay for the sins committed by mankind. Here’s a nice detailed guide about Easter and its history. It is actually a very spiritual holiday. But sometimes it is easy to get carried away by the trappings of what we think Easter is supposed to look like. Not every Easter dinner has to be reminiscent of a Normal Rockwell painting to be considered successful.

Do what makes you happy and makes you feel grounded. If you’re tired of going to gatherings where well-meaning aunties gently ask are you still single, don’t go.  If you are tired of being asked why your spouse once again couldn’t make the family soiree, tell them to call and ask him/her. If you’re hosting and can’t afford the high-priced honey hams, put on a huge pot of spaghetti and call it a day. Beautiful memories are created by the quality of the time spent laughing and conversing with family and friends, not by the expense of the food.  Above all celebrate Christ and each other, and let go of the negativity. You will fill much better having alleviated the pressure of living up to superfluous expectations.

Happy Easter and God Bless.  🙂

 

 

Husband: Ibrahim won’t renounce Christianity despite 100 lashes, death sentence

May 30, 2014
Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian.  (Photo Credit:  Meriam Yehya Ibrahim via her own Facebook page)

Meriam Yehya Ibrahim was sentenced to 100 lashes for marrying Daniel Wani, a Christian. (Photo Credit: Meriam Yehya Ibrahim via her own Facebook page)

CNN is reporting today that Meriam Yehya Ibrahim, 27, is not likely to back down on her Christianity despite the death sentence hanging over her head.  Her husband Daniel Wani described her as moody and frustrated during his recent visits.  She is distraught that exercising her choice of religion has landed her in a cell.  The moodiness is not unheard of given the fact that the prison-bound Ibrahim gave birth last week to a baby girl.

What is unheard of is the two-for-one policy the Sudanese government is displaying.  Not only is Ibrahim in prison, but her 20-month-old son is being held captive with her.  (Continue reading full story here.)

Toni Braxton: God punished me with autistic son because of my past abortion

May 25, 2014
Toni Braxton makes some startling confessions in her memoir "Unbreak My Heart".   (Photo Credit:  Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

Toni Braxton makes some startling confessions in her memoir “Unbreak My Heart”. (Photo Credit: Slaven Vlasic/Getty Images)

The Huffington Post reported today that six-time Grammy winning singer Toni Braxton was weighed down for years under a load of guilt.  Braxton revealed that she felt so guilty about a 2001 abortion of ex-husband Keri Lewis’ child, that she believed God had punished her by giving her son Diezel Ky Braxton-Lewis, 11, autism.

Braxton shared her struggles in her new book, a memoir called “Unbreak My Heart”.  Braxton said that she was raised in a very religious household.  Viewers of her reality show “Braxton Family Values” are familiar with her parents Michael and Evelyn Braxton, now divorced.  Even though their children are adults, Mom and Pop Braxton often appear on the show and do not bite their tongues about what they feel is right and wrong in their children’s lives.

Both Michael and Evelyn are pastors and Toni said that bible study was more important than school homework when she was growing up.  (Continue reading full story here.)

Should I Stay Or Should I Go?

October 26, 2011

October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month.  Previously, I explored the issue of why some men abuse in “What Gives You The Right?“.  Today I read a very interesting article discussing some of the reasons that women stay in an abusive relationship.  The article was posted on the Surviving Abuse website and entitled “Why Women Stay In Abusive Relationships“.  I totally agree with these reasons.  In my post today I would like to add a few of the reasons I think some women stay in an abusive relationship. continue reading more

Inspirational Story of Love, Faith, and Romance

March 13, 2011

Greetings Book lovers, 

Do you enjoy reading Christian Fiction Romance with a twist of mystery and suspense thrown in?   I would really appreciate it if you would please support me and share this information with your book club members, and family and friends on email, twitter, facebook if you enjoy the book. 

And if you do get the chance to read it, I would really appreciate it if you would go back in and write a one or two sentence review of the book for me, as in if you would recommend it or not.

The book information is:

Revelations

by Pamela Kay Noble Brown

On Sale for .99

Description: 

Melanie has finally met the man of her dreams, but life is never easy for one who has suffered a lifetime of horrific loss. She was compelled to return to her hometown, sure that enough years had passed since the tragedy. Continue reading more

Sooooooo Anxious!!!

January 4, 2009

Wow!!! This debut novel by Sharon Oliver is as mouth-watering as the tasty dishes whipped up by character “grandma” Mattie Mae. There were several things that I really appreciated about the book.
For one thing, as a Christian, I can’t remember the last time I had such a guilt-free pleasurable read. Ms. Oliver is so talented that she conveys the gamut of emotions from anger, despair, joy, and longing, without resorting to the use of profanity. The author explores every emotion of her characters. They are Christians, being perfected, but not perfect. Ms. Oliver presents them as they are, as we all are really, an incredible mixture of faults and faith.

Another aspect of this novel that really resonated with me was the fact that it’s so easy to care about the characters and what will become of them because we all “know” them. Ms. Oliver’s characters are immediately recognizable as people we have met, will meet, or will become ourselves. You can easily imagine sitting around the table talking with them over a cup of coffee, feeling comfortable and welcome.
Ms. Oliver is also gifted in the areas of scene and details. Her description of Turtle Bay Island is so vivid that you can see it as you’re reading. So much so, that I was shocked to learn that it is not a real town.
As for that “chutch” (as the older southern characters call it), Ms. Oliver does a wonderful job of showing it’s not just a building in which to take a quick nap on Sundays, but how members reaching out to and embracing the community is what really draws people to God’s love.
Now to the “dirt” (just kidding). Without so much as a smidgen of x-rated naughtiness, Continue reading more