A Man Called Christian

My windows were wide open, but tears resonating from the house next door  hampered the refreshing molecules. I wondered… what kind of man makes a wife cry? The sobbing was an every night occurrence. He arrived home again and again, in the wee hours. She told me he worked late, but I doubted it.

He opened the door and kissed the kids goodnight while they stood at the mirror, brushing their teeth. Without a kiss for her, he told his wife he was going out back to work in the shop. “It relaxes me after a hard day’s work,” he claimed. She made dinner, so he grabbed the plate of food and headed to his hideout. The pain sharpened as a dagger twisted, once again, by his careless appearance. The back door slammed again and silence.

He locked himself away safely in the shed and pulled out a knife to snap off the top of a bottle buried in the chest. Whittling his world away, he hid his sorrows in the bottom of a longneck bottle. His state of mind included carving the names of his exes in the bottom of his soles so he could save himself from sin. Several hours later, he staggered to bed and slammed the door shut again. So, the screaming begun behind the blinds. It’s a horrible life for a wife to witness and endure, and only God could save the innocent from the terror of his conscience.

What kind of Christian man puts his family on a bus Sunday morning and stumbles to the shed for his own benediction? He opened another bottle for his personal communion. As he stared at the ground, he chuckled at the buried empties; meanwhile, a poor twenty-something mother of three, put on a face and filed into the aisle of a sanctuary. She has no money for the offering plate and seeks only the strength to make it home.

I ask God in heaven for His mercy. My heart is wrenched by a man named Christian who carves his past in the bottom of his boots. His days are numbered… he will soon discover if God doesn’t show His wrath first, then the bottle will. His wife bears a name she hates so much, and her three little ones will have to endure the legacy of their father’s misfortune. Are there prayers in heaven for a man who calls himself Christian? I wonder… 

The day will come when the blood he bled will be no more. Three little children will have to fend for themselves while their mother struggles to support their mere existence. Her sacrifice is to put on an apron and do her best every single day. The kids now sit on the porch and carve their past into the treads of their own little world. I watch and pray God will bless this mess – the man called Christian, now left beneath his unmarked tombstone. A coward at best, he carved his memory into his children, and his reputation branded them for life.

I have changed the names in this story. I ask God, in the name of Jesus, to save this family. God bless the innocent, abused wife who slaves her life away and waits for Christ’s return. She prays for the forgiveness of the hatred boiling inside her for a man she thought she knew named Christian.

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Allow me to ask you Christian women and men, does this resonate in your heart? Or does it familiar? Please use these verses to enlighten your soul and know you are not alone:

“Husbands, love your wives and do not be harsh with them.” Colossians 3:19

“A man shall eat well by the fruit of his mouth, but the soul of the unfaithful feeds on violence” Proverbs 13:2

“Do not envy a violent man or choose any of his ways.” Proverbs 3:31

“Beloved, do not avenge yourselves, but rather give place to wrath; for it is written, ‘Vengeance is Mine, I will repay,’ says the Lord.” Romans 12:19

“When you lie down, you will not be afraid; Yes, you will lie down and your sleep will be sweet. Do not be afraid of sudden terror, nor of trouble from the wicked when it comes; for the LORD will be your confidence, and will keep your foot from being caught” Proverbs 3:24-26

“The Spirit of the Lord GOD is upon Me, because the LORD has anointed Me to preach good tidings to the poor; He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to those who are bound” Isaiah 61:1

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Look for a way

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If a massive boulder lies
On your path;
And no way you have to proceed;
What are you to do?
Who can advice;
You want to go on to your
Chosen destination,
But there lies this boulder;
An obstacle so large;
You feel discouraged;
And confused;
What are you to do?
Give up and go back to where
You come?
Not my advice at all;
You must look for a way;
You cannot give up;
You have to do everything
To look for a way;
Once you’re in, you’re in;
No turning back.
You have to stay,
And look for a way;
To your destination
You must make sure you go.

God is the solution

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Tears fill my eyes;
Who will wipe them for me?
My heart is shaking with fear;
Who will calm my fears;
I am dying of confusion;
Who will clear my doubts?
No human being can;
God will do it;
Who will resolve my worries?
No human being can;
God will do it;
I kneel before almighty him.
On you O Lord,
I count to wipe my tears;
On you O Lord,
I depend to calm my fears;
On you O lord,
I rely to clear my doubts.
You are everything;
You are the solution
To all our problems here below
You are encouraged to rely on him.

Clear the confusion

Very often spouses and lovers are confused about what to do to satisfy the other person.

They get confused about the other person’s expectations.

There are times you think you are doing your best, but the other person will take it very badly.

This leaves you confused and some people even become frustrated and angry.

You may know about the wife who liked boiling ripe plantains to satisfy her husband not knowing the man hated ripe plantains but would not say it fearing to hurt his wife.

Each time ripe plantains were cooked, he was angry but did not say why. His attitude was repulsive and that hurt the woman who felt her work was unappreciated. This usually developed into stress in the relationship.

The problem was solved only when they understood each other’s expectations.

This is what has prompted this post so we see how we can clear some of this confusion.

What I would like us to do is to think of the things that you expect from your spouse or lover. List as many as can come to your mind. Let our spouses be clear about our expectations.

Over to you!

Hope it does not happen

I saw what happened in Russia;
In the year of our Lord 2014;
I simply could not believe my eyes;
The people were having a great time;
And out of the blues,
Rain-stones started to rain heavily.
There was nowhere to hide;
No roof anywhere;
You could see them running
Like frightened goats;
Goose pimples took hold of me;
I worried about them;
How it ended, I do not know;
I was left with fears;
What shall I do
If this happened to me?
It’s a thing I fear to think about;
I hope it does not happen
To me one day.

DAILY PROMPT
Sudden Shifts
You’re at the beach with some friends and/or family, enjoying the sun, nibbling on some watermelon. All of a sudden, within seconds, the weather shifts and hail starts descending from the sky. Write a post about what happens next.
(If you need visual inspiration, this happened in Russia in 2014.)
https://dailypost.wordpress.com/prompts/sudden-shifts/

Who is like me?

I am confused;
I am very confused;
I mean very confused;
I am a confused and indecisive
Blogger;
Is there another blogger like me?
Who is like me?
How many themes have I chosen
For my site
And changed?
How many background colors
Have I chosen
And changed?
And then the blog title;
See how many times I have changed it;
Don’t mention the tag line;
This today; that tomorrow;
What a confused man!
Is there anyone like me?
Unable to take a simple decision
And stick to it?
I really can’t believe
There is another like me;
Is there some blogger like me?
Who is like me?