“O wretched man that I am!
My soul grieveth because of mine iniquities.”
-2nd Nephi 4:17
I count my sins there one by one
Replaying careless things I’ve done
I wear them like a heavy stain
What did I add to Christ’s pain?
My weakness is glaring, staring me in the face
Imperfections are taunting me, haunting my space
Looking for a break from this world of self-doubt
But Lucifer never does call time out
Though a wretched girl I am
There’s hope and healing in the Lamb
So head up, play on, game’s not over yet
And even in a war, savor a little respite
Stop carrying that weight, and save guilt for sin
And even when you fail, you can be forgiven!
No matter what wiles the devil may employ
Remember this: “[wo]men are that they might have joy“
to forgive, divine.
*I like that first video A LOT (although the title is misleading). Also, another BYU athlete was unfortunately involved with a recent infraction of the Honor Code. Similar to Mr. Davies, this athlete is making amends, both spiritually and academically. Read a smashing article about him here.
than they likely already do.
(wish we could change this to “Don’t feel stupid”!)
If you know anything at all about me by now, you know that I know that while John Mayer is a writer, musician, and poet who is talented beyond measure, he clearly has had his share of sins. But Mr. Mayer still is a son of God, he still deserves another chance, and based on what I’ve read and seen about him (which is a LOT!), he truly is sorry. If the Savior died for everyone, John isn’t left behind. And just so you know, Shakespeare loved the idea of redeemed playboys. So do I.
Nor does slavery* of any kind need be permanent.
“Through the Atonement of Jesus Christ,
we can proclaim our emancipation from the slavery of trials and sin,
and thus (re)gain the freedom that is rightfully ours.”
Read more here about how I became emancipated from a kind of slavery
through an expression found in a John Mayer song.
1. What things have you enslaved (figuratively or literally)?
2. What ideas, resources, people, awesome blog(s) can be a Christ-figure and help emancipate you (figuratively or literally)?
*Slavery of any and all connotations (but particularly institutionalized racial slavery) is something that makes my heart heavy with pain. Please know that I never intend to be flippant or insensitive concerning these issues (read more here about how racism is absolutely 100% NOT compatible with true Christianity).
Also, I in no way mean to compare myself to Abraham Lincoln or to the Savior. And still I am expecting a thunderbolt of blasphemy…
but let us remember that even he is of divine origin.
“O Jerusalem, Jerusalem”
As you can probably guess, I had an internal struggle of whether or not I wanted to include a picture of this “book.” But the juxtaposition is powerful enough that I feel it is justified.
Men, women, and children all over the world experience sexual/ emotional/ physical abuse. And now one of the best selling books in America (and soon to be film) tries to make this stuff look hot?! I think I just threw up a little bit…
Read more here about my VERY strong feelings concerning “50 shades of disgusting/filth/trash.”
And as is always the case, if you believe what I’m saying, don’t be afraid to PASS THIS ALONG!
Really Awesome Readers!
What does the stuff you read say about you?
For good and for bad?
and since you are what you read,
KathBath knows that you are at least somewhat awesome!
(since you’re reading my blog!)
Even classy women,
can make BIG mistakes.
and people who make mistakes
can be redeemed.
And even good, strong, beautiful women
don’t always look show-stopping hot in every picture.
Glad we could have that little talk.