God treats us like a toddler learning to walk

This is a quote from a friend of mine talking about how much God loves us and believes in us, even amidst our failings.

So know that today, God is cheering you on!

You are his adorable, beloved, little child.

When you fall, He will say, “You’re OK,” scoop you up, give you a hug and a smile and put you back on your feet for another go at it.

When you get tired, he’ll let you nap on His shoulder. He will cradle you until you are squirming impatiently.

Then He will gently set your feet on the ground so that you can go on another adventure with Him at your side.

Why media is so hard for people with autism

The typical person’s brain has chemicals in it that naturally help that person filter out what content they want to be affected by, from the content they don’t want to be affected by.

MIT and Harvard University neuroscientists have found a link between a behavioral symptom of autism and reduced activity of a neurotransmitter whose job is to dampen neuron excitation.

Anne Trafton | MIT News Office
December 17, 2015

For example, most people can handle watching a TV show or movie that has some questionable content in it. The normal population can just let those questionable things go and remember the good parts of the show.

People with autism aren’t able to easily filter out content that is disturbing, so even the littlest bit of less-than-good content can cause psychological torment for someone with autism.

But watching TV and movies is a big part of what people in the US do to build relationships with one another. So, having a relationship with others often involves subjecting ourselves to very difficult situations.

So the next time your autistic friend says that they aren’t comfortable with a particular show or movie, be kind. They aren’t trying to be a baby. They have an actual medical condition that makes seeing traumatic images or hearing off-color language more damaging to them than to the typical person.

Thank them for requiring you to find more gentle forms of entertainment when you are spending time with them. Just think of the PTSD they are saving you!

Man up

Pound for pound, just because of differences in bone and muscle mass, men are, precluding any individual disability, stronger, physically, than women.

Once I taught Sunday School for a group of 10-year-olds. The boys were inches shorter than the girls in the class, and almost a foot shorter than me. One day the superintendent stopped by and asked if our class could help move some materials from one room to another. The boys were able to carry almost twice as much as me or any of the other girls, and several of the girls were athletes.

So men, be the protector you were made to be. Help your girlfriend stay pure. Be the man she can trust; not the man she has to protect herself from.

Men, if your girlfriend is trying to seduce you, be a man and resist her. Show her what real love is, not just lust. If she isn’t interested in real love, she’ll move on. But maybe she has never experienced real love before, and you have the opportunity to bless her with that, to change her life for the better.

Men, you were put on this earth first. You have the responsibility and the ability to take the lead in making this world a safe place for all women and children.

You, with God’s help, can do this.

So proud of you as you Man Up!

For our Posterity

“We the People of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defense, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.”

Preamble to the Constitution of the United States of America

I am horrified to read that yet another governor, Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs, vetoed a bill that would’ve required that infants born after a botched abortion be given life-saving medical help – the same medical help any doctor has sworn to give to any other human being, except those who were able to decide for themselves that they didn’t want to be resuscitated.

Her argument was this:

“It’s simply not the state’s role to make such difficult medical decisions for patients,”

Arizona Governor Katie Hobbs

Please explain to me what is difficult about deciding to make sure that a human being is safe and alive?

This has nothing to do with medicine. It has everything to do with adults only wanting to “secure the Blessings of Liberty for Ourselves,” and not “our Posterity.”

Without “our Posterity,” our children, we will cease to exist as a nation. Without our children knowing that they are valuable just because they exist, they will continue their spiral into depression, drug addiction, gun violence, etc.

We need to be about securing the “Blessings of Liberty for … our Posterity” first. That will then bring us the “Blessings of Liberty for Ourselves”.

For whoever desires to save his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it.

Matthew 16:25

Light and Life

Mist rising off Lake Superior on a January morning

So God made the horizon and separated the water above and below the horizon. And so it was.

Genesis 1:7

The lake and sky were one when I first opened my eyes in the dim predawn light. Then as the sun touched the water, the mist began to stream to it’s warmth, almost as if it were longing to become one with this great source of life.

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome[a] it.

John 1:1-5