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Today....my heart is filled with joy! My precious, adorable, strong, beautiful little almost 4 year old niece decided that she wants to be baptized. I explained to her what it meant and that she would have to say why she wanted to get baptized. She told me "Because I love my Jesus!" She knows that Jesus is her savior, she loves him and loves reading her bible storybooks learning more about him as she does.

This was a decision made by her. I told her that she didn't have to until she was ready; she told me she's ready. For a long time-ever since she was a baby really- she hasn't liked the feeling of water being over her head. Whether we're washing out her hair in the tub or she's in a shower she has not liked water being over her head. Under her head she's fine. She's slowly gotten better over the years and I explained that the baptism meant that she would be under the water for half a second or so and then right back out. She says she's ready. I worry about her that she might get scared-and if she does I won't be mad if she decides she wants to wait. I want her to get baptized when she's ready; I don't want her to do it to please me or anyone else.

My niece...is one of the most important people in my life. I have seen her grow up from a tiny little day old infant to the beautiful, vibrant, independent young girl that she is now. I was an aunt before her and have been after, but my relationship with her has been something different than my relationship with my other nieces and nephews. Maybe it's the fact that I can spend more time with her than my other nieces and nephews-not that I don't try to spend time with them too of course. Some are in other parts of the country, others have a complicated relationship with my side of the family. Whatever it is I honestly never thought I could love someone as much as I love her. My heart swells every time I hear her voice when she sees me either coming to pick her up or I'm surprised by a visit of my sister and niece coming to visit us, or sometimes my niece even being at my home when I get home from work. Her hugs make the rest of the world fade away for just a few moments and the love I know she has for me is something that can never be broken.

I will continue to guide my niece as she grows in her relationship with God and comes to know how much God loves her and how much Jesus loves her. I love seeing the joy in her eyes when she rocks out to worship at church, or when she talks about her Jesus and recalls the bible stories she's read.

I am a Christian, I am an auntie, and I hope one day to have a son of my own and I hope that she helps me raise him to be close to God as well. :heart:
Disagreeing Does NOT Equal Homophobe by Twilightlover2007
Disagreeing Does NOT Equal Homophobe
The first thing I will say is: No one is forcing you to read this, don't agree? Please press the back button now. Any hateful comments will be deleted. I respect your opinions, please respect mine and others as well. You can't expect people who disagree with your opinion to sit there while you bash their opinions, yet at the same time expect us to respect yours. Golden rule Christian or not: Treat others how you would like to be treated.

Now, what motivated me to make this small very simple stamp is one thing. Bashing. I have just recently become comfortable with stating that I do not agree with gay marriage nor do I agree with the gay lifestyle. That being said, I have nothing against those who live that lifestyle. In fact 2 of my ex boyfriends from High School are gay, and I am still very close to one of them[the other has moved so many times we lost touch.] He respects my belief and I respect his, we don't see eye to eye on some things but we agree to disagree. Anyways, back to what I was saying; I have posted my agreement to a few peoples artwork on here, praising them for standing up for their belief, and time after time I have seen them bashed by those who chose to disrespect their opinion, call them names, and are extremely rude to them. What bothers me the most is that these people seem to be fine with bashing others opinions and beliefs, but as soon as their own opinions or beliefs are challenged, they throw a hissy fit that someone DARE attack THEIR belief; yet they're fine doing it to others. Not ok.

Over the months my pastor has spoken about how gay marriage, even if passed into law by the country, will never be a real marriage. Biblically, a man and a woman are to be together, and has been said many times in the bible that homosexuality is a sin. Now this being said, we're all sinners. Each and every person in this world that ever has been born[except Jesus] and ever WILL be born, is a sinner. Adam and Eve kind of screwed us on that one. BUT, no where in the bible does it say that God hates sinners. He hates the sin. God loved us all SO much that he sent his son to die for us. His son was perfect, never did anything wrong, yet died the most painful death that any of us could ever imagine. He was beaten till he bled, tortured, had thorns shoved into his head, was forced to carry a wooden cross to his death, and was nailed to that cross for us. He could've refused at any time, he could've given up on doing it. He knew the pain he had to go through, and he suffered through all of it because he could see all the faces of those that would be saved. Both those in the present and those in the future. He loved us enough to endure that kind of pain, to suffer through more than any of us could ever imagine, to save us. To give us a way to get to heaven and be with our Heavenly Father. No where in the bible does it say that God hates homosexuals/gays/lesbians/bisexuals/whatever. God. Loves. Everyone. BUT that doesn't mean that we can live a life however we want to. There is a heaven, and there is a hell. WE decide where we will go in the end; and no, being a 'good person' won't get you into heaven. Only Jesus, the son of God, can. Think about this: If the price to get into heaven was 15,000 good deeds in your lifetime, but you only achieved, 14,999 good deeds, where would you end up going? To hell. Plain and simple. But thankfully, it doesn't work like that. All you need to do is ask God to forgive you and for Jesus to be your Lord and Savior. That's all it takes! It doesn't have to be some cry-your-heart-out-till-snot-runs-down-your-face thing, it can just be a simple confession between you, Jesus, and God.

As our Heavenly Father, God only wants what's best for us. And like a good father, he will discipline us when needed. We can either ACCEPT his help and let him guide us down the path he's got planned for us, that has better blessings than we could EVER expect, or we can go down our own path and chose the way of death and sin. The choice is ours. God gave us free will and refuses to force us to do anything. He wants us to come to him willingly. If he wanted mindless robots to worship him he would’ve made us that way, but he didn’t. He didn’t want to force us to love him, he didn’t want to force us to worship him. He wanted us to do it of our own free will.

Now, getting back onto the topic I was talking about before; I have seen many a times, people assume that if you don’t agree with the gay lifestyle, that you hate every single person who’s gay, and/or that you’re a homophobe. This. Is. Not. True. Just like disagreeing with people who chose to cheat in relationships, or people who chose to have sex before marriage; disagreeing with the gay lifestyle has nothing to do with the people who chose to live it. It’s the action we don’t agree with. I have tried to explain this over and over again, yet it never seems to fully sink through. So let me tell you it this way:

~I don’t hate you because you’re gay and I never will.
~I don’t hate you because of your lifestyle

~If I don’t like you, it’s because I don’t like you as a person, not because of your actions.

~I disagree with your actions. That. Is. All.

My fellow Christian brothers and sisters, we need to stand strong, even though we’re being made fun of and bashed because we stand strong with our faith. It’s not easy, God never said it was going to be easy; but he did say it was going to be worth it. We may lose some friends because of our belief, yes that sucks; but we can’t let the things of this world destroy what God has planned for us in the next world. In order to get to what God has for us, we must stand strong in our faith, we must support each other and stay strong, even when the enemy tries to break us down and make us weak. We can’t let the enemy win, we need to stand on the rock that is Jesus and stand firm now and forever.

Now, if you've come this far, I'm proud of you. A lot of people would see something this long and just read a few sentences and then just quit. Everyone is entitled to their opinion. Please, don't disrespect others just because their views and opinions differ from your own. We each have gone through our own experiences in life and each have a different view on life. That's part of what makes this world so wonderful. Please, treat each other with respect. And as a reminder, I said this before at the beginning of this, that any disrespectful comments will be deleted. Thank you for taking your time to read this.

“You don’t have to disrespect and insult others simply to hold your own ground. If you do, that shows how shaky your own position is.” ~Red Haircow

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When did it become breaking a rule
To say your name out loud in school
When your names the only one that sets us free
When did it become incorrect
To speak the truth about life and death
When your life gave us all eternity

Even if it gets me convicted
I’ll still be on my knees with my hands lifted

If serving you’s against the law of man
If living out my faith in you is banned
Then I’ll stand right before the jury

If saying I believe is out of line
If I’m judged cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be Guilty

I’ll rise up and honor you
I’ll testify to all the good you do
Cause your Grace and your Mercy have overtaken me

So even if it gets me convicted
I’ll still be on my knees with my hands lifted

If serving you’s against the law of man
If living out my faith in you is banned
Then I’ll stand right before the jury

If saying I believe is out of line
If I’m judged cause I’m gonna give my life
To show the world the love that fills me
Then I want to be Guilty

Guilty by association
Guilty of being a voice proclaiming Your ways
Your truth
Your life
I’ll pay the price to be your light
I Wanna Be Guilty
I heard this song from Newsboys at my very first concert(aside from TSO). I was addicted to this song ever since! I jam out to it all the time in the car and I LOVE how it's done! I will never EVER be ashamed of who I am in Christ! I will never stop talking about him and all the amazing things he's done in my life! I will NEVER stop reaching out to the lost and showing them the amazing light that Jesus is! Nothing, NOTHING will ever stop me! :heart: #IWannaBeGuilty

Here's a link to the song: www.youtube.com/watch?v=qHroHb…
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Twilightlover2007
Tasha Gray
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Hello everyone! My name is Tasha, I've been drawing off and on for a few years. My inspiration mostly comes from God and from nature. My church has been an amazing part of my life, they are what's kept me going through some of the hardest times of my life. I am firmly planted in my faith and I will never be ashamed nor shaken from my faith. My God is my God and he will forever be by my side. I do not agree with homosexuality(hate me if you wish) but that doesn't mean I ever would wish ill will upon those who were homosexual. You can love someone without agreeing with their actions.

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SomeSpecialThings Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016
I'm getting baptisted tomorrow night. :)
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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner Jan 28, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
OMGOSH YAY! I'm so excited for you! I wish i could be there! <3
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SomeSpecialThings Featured By Owner 6 days ago
Thanks so much! <3 It went very well! :3 Thank you for telling me about god and answering my questions! :) You really helped! I wish you could have been there to! <3
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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner 5 days ago  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I am so very proud of you! :hug: I'm so glad that I could help you out my dear friend! I was there in spirit :hug: Stand strong in Christ! <3 <3 <3 :heart: :tighthug:
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AntiCultForce Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  New Deviant
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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
No one is to be worshiped but God.
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AntiCultForce Featured By Owner Jan 12, 2016  New Deviant
Is that all? :XD: Do you even know why I am showing you all these?
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Twilightlover2007 Featured By Owner Nov 25, 2015  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
I have a feeling you feel that God is bad because he doesn't stop bad things from happening. let me explain something. God gave control of the world over to Adam after creating him and Eve. Adam in turn gave the control over to the devil when he chose to listen to him over what God had told them what to stay away from. God had nothing but the best interests for Adam and Eve at heart, but they chose to disobey him. It is not because of God that bad things happen; these bad things break his heart more than it breaks ours. It is because of the devil that bad things happen. The enemy-the devil- is here to steal, kill, and destroy anything and everything he can. He doesn't care about innocent lives, he doesn't care about anything but himself. God, however, didn't want his children to be forever separated from him so he sent his son, his only and perfect son, to die a horrible death that none of us could ever imagine dying so those that were lost could have a way home. God gave us free will and he does not condemn us because of the free will. God hates sin, he doesn't hate the sinner. I don't feel that God is 'out to get me' because he's ready to smite me. No, I feel that God is reaching his hand out to me letting me know that he is there for me if I turn to him and ask for his guidance and accept his help. I don't see God in the same light that you do. I hope that one day your eyes are opened and you see the truly loving God that I see.
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