Carrigan’s Joy

Carrigan’s Joy was born on the day I discovered I was pregnant with Maddie. It then became the place I documented my pregnancy and birth, morphing into my primary blog, leading recently into my hobby of reviews and giveaways. I’ve shared over a year and half with this blog, never once thinking I’d cause anyone harm or pain by it.

This blog is not a platform for anger, arguments, or dislikes. Honestly, if you don’t like what I have to say, move on, but try not to circulate the pain by making comments that will lead to more pain. Email me if you’d like to help me grow in some area, leaving me a message if I’ve upset you, and you and I can deal with it, privately.

That being said, I was lead to these verses today with the intent of meditating on these ideas until they sit deeply in my heart. Meditating until the moment when I’m done wrong, I instantly begin praying. Meditating the moment I run into my enemy and rather than thinking bitter thoughts, instantly I’m praying for that person. And, yes, I have some enemies, sadly. Meditating, the moment I’m offended, hurt, or even midly bothered, relying solely on my Lord for His comfort and peace.

Luke 6:27-38
Love for Enemies
27″But I tell you who hear me: Love your enemies, do good to those who hate you, 28bless those who curse you, pray for those who mistreat you. 29If someone strikes you on one cheek, turn to him the other also. If someone takes your cloak, do not stop him from taking your tunic. 30Give to everyone who asks you, and if anyone takes what belongs to you, do not demand it back. 31Do to others as you would have them do to you.

32″If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ love those who love them. 33And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ do that. 34And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even ‘sinners’ lend to ‘sinners,’ expecting to be repaid in full. 35But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be sons of the Most High, because he is kind to the ungrateful and wicked. 36Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

Judging Others
37″Do not judge, and you will not be judged. Do not condemn, and you will not be condemned. Forgive, and you will be forgiven. 38Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you.”

6 thoughts on “Carrigan’s Joy

  1. Toni, I would like to apologize again for obviously offending anonymous and I apologize if I have upset you as well. I have sent you a couple of emails on facebook. I can promise you that I will not respond to anyones comments again and therefore will not offend anyone. Karen

  2. Hi Toni, missed all the ‘excitement’. My only comment after reading all of that is: Don’t be so touchy and defensive people! My dearest mother would have said: “me thinks thou protest too much”
    We all try to be the best parents we can be and I know from experience that we make mistakes along the way. Except criticism when it applies to you and when it doesn’t, just ignore.

  3. Karen, everything’s fine, I was just a little surprised how far it all went. Carrigan’s Joy isn’t a debate team, these are my views and opinions and even though I dont’ mind people disagreeing with me, I just dont enjoy people being upset.

    Tertia, thanks for your words. 🙂

  4. Wow, I guess I missed the fireworks too! One thing you are so right about is that this is YOUR forum. YOUR place to say what you want and feel and believe. I support you, even though we have discovered that there are things we think differently about. And ya know what? I love that! I love hearing other opinions than mine, other perspectives in parenting and being a wife…we enrich each other each time we *listen* to someone else. Listening doesn’t mean agreeing, it just means listening and processing. I am sorry that some folks got icky. You and your wonderful blog don’t deserve that. Hugs to you and know that I appreciate ALL of your blogs!

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