Hi all. I know it has been a while since I posted. Been dealing with a lot of hard times. I know many do not believe you can be trans and also believe in Christ as Lord and Savior. Well, my life is proof that you can. I know with all that has been going on and the way things are happening, it is God working in the midst of it all. I had to rush my Dad to the emergency room on New Year's Eve. He had a second stroke. From the emergency room at the VA, he was sent to a rehab center that gave him no care at all. Thankfully I do have POA, and I moved him to DHMC. He was close to death at that point. From there, I have been able to get him into the best rehab/elder care center in the state. How does that all involve God in my life? First, by giving me the strength and wisdom to be there for my Dad every day and make wise choices for him. Through the power of prayer, my Dad's Medicaid came through in 2 weeks. A process that normally takes up to 6 months. And the rehab he is going to. That is a place that normally has up to a year waiting period. It took 1 month to get my Dad a place there. Yes, God does work in the lives of believers. Will he try our faith through hardship? Oh yes. Read Romans 5:3-5. God has taken me through each step.
First, as others have said, your parents do not hate you. They just do not understand. And God does not hate you either. I am a born again, Christian, transman. I struggled with the same things you are struggling with now. In fact, I prayed constantly for 2 years before I transitioned. Wanting to stay in God's will for my life. I knew I was male from the day I ever had a thought. I also have always had a very strong belief in and relationship with God. You don't have to give up on God to be who you are. I do belief that being trans is a birth defect. Just like a child born with any disability. One Bible story that I used when dealing with my parents years ago, is the story of the potter and the clay. It's a story that most will use against you. but if you read the end, it says, " and God remade the clay into something good."
You do not need a church to be all God would have you to be. I have not attended church for years, but I do believe in Jesus as my Lord and Savior. And I know that without Christ in my life, I would have no life. I do not need some religious sect telling me how to live or who to be. I have the Bible that tells me all I need o know.
Hey Gennee. As for all believers, the enemy will look to deceive. One thing that I have heard is that, when you feel under attack, it is because you are on the right path, and the enemy doesn't want you there. As Joyce Myers says...'New level, new devil.' Also God promises that if we ask for wisdom, He will give it to us, without reproach. It's one thing I pray for every morning. Wisdom. In the decisions I make. the things I say and do. God, give me wisdom.
So, I am not going to go into detail. My Dad fell the other day and was able to get to the phone and call me. I know it is only God being my strength that I was able to lift this 200 pound man up off the floor. He is doing ok now. A lot of pain his arms. He only wanted my help. I know he fears being put in a nursing home. And I will honor his wishes. I know God will give me the wisdom when he needs more. Say a prayer
Yea Westboro Baptist church has no idea of what it means to follow Christ. I will not judge Phelps or his followers. Not my place. I only know that God does not hate anyone. Search the Bible. You will find that to be true. The Bible says,God is Love. God hates sin, but not the sinner. If God hated sinners, I would be at the top of the list. . And as Lori said, don't waste the time. He will be judged.
Not sure if any of you like contemporary Christian music. I just got the Newsboys, 'He reigns, Cd. It is awesome. Two songs I like are titled, 'He Reigns,' and 'Strong tower.' You can check out the songs on youtube. The song titled, 'Strong tower ,' is a favorite. Lifts me up in hard times.
Hey Gennee. Wished I lived in an area where I could listen to your broadcast. Amazing you were talking about the fruits of the spirit. It is something I have been reading about for the past week. In 1 Corinthians 12 it talks about diversity of Spiritual Gifts. I find in praying and studying, that my gift is the gift of faith. And I have been sharing that with my Dad. It's so great now, that when he starts complaining he will look at me and say, "Well you tell me God Is in control and I am trying to remember that."
I agree with you. That is why I chose Daniel as my middle name. The meaning of the name is 'Judged only by God." I agree too many people use religion as a way to put others down. Those are people that really don't know God at all. I don't have a religion, I have a faith. I can understand why people chose not to believe considering there are churches like Westboro out there. And I look to judge no one but myself. By looking at my own shortcomings I can work on those and become a better person..
Hey Summer. I have no problem with people that have views different than mine. I do have to say it is misleading to blame God for all the wrong and hurt in the world. We do have an enemy that looks to deceive all. An enemy that wishes none to believe. Also, God gives us free will . Meaning we can chose weather to do harm or good. And based on peoples choices, government choices,people suffer. All I know is Christ. The Christ that gave his life for a wreck like me.
Just thinking about this today. I think that a lot of non-believers expect that Christians are supposed to live a perfect life. Yes, God does want us to be conformed to the likeness of Jesus, but as humans, we can not achieve this. In a lot of ways it is harder for someone that believes in God to live right. Because we have an enemy that wants us to mess up. Mess up our lives and testimony so that all will be turned away. I wonder if this is the reason some don't believe. That they expect Christians should be perfect.
So I called my Mom today to ask if she would contact this Baptist minister we both know. she told me to call him myself, that he knew of my life changes. So just called him. My questions being basically about caring for my Dad. It was scary calling him. He knew me in my past also . And he was very respectful. And I appreciate that he asked if he could contact me in a couple days. To take the time to think about my questions. Felt really good to be accepted by this pastor that I have always had great respect for