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Trusting Jesus as your Lord and Savior is a dangerous thing! Walking Away from God.

Like the prodigal son who decided to walk away from his family, we too have a free will. When we make the decision to commit to Jesus Christ as our Lord and Savior we gain both responsibility as well as great liability. The responsibility involves being a witness to the love of Jesus, following His Word and doing what the Lord tells us to do. It is a disciplined life; like it or not. The liability occurs when we walk away from God. Those who do walk away decide to live their lives for themselves or to be free from restraint. But why? Sometimes it's anger or even an unforgiving spirit. Ask a woman who is experiencing divorce or a homeowner who feels cheated by the current housing market.

When someone walks away from God they begin to think differently then personal desires, deception, wrong decisions and finally departing from God occur.  A wandering and wondering spirit takes hold. It's important to understand that God doesn't give us a totally free will -- only He has that. God gives us a limited free will to pick and choose.  And when we choose incorrectly He will allow heartache to enter our life and most certainly bring situations that are unpleasant to deal with. Sometimes there are emotional or physical repercussions which create pain and painful memories. Sad but true, the scars from sin can last a lifetime.

Always remind yourself that living for Jesus Christ brings life both here and in eternity. When you walk away from God you will be in want for everything so.. don't do it.  I would rather live a "dangerous" life in Christ knowing that I'm protected by Him than live for myself while waiting for a life changing time bomb to explode at any moment. God will forgive your sins and if you're saved and living in rebellion He will change your life too. Trust Him.

GBY!  Barbara

- This biog is an extension of HOPE Ministry and "The Secret Place" -- if it has sown a blessing in your life please consider sowing back to the ministry at the website link below.

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Comment balloon 50 commentsBARBARA RIES • July 25 2010 07:54AM

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This post is completely inappropriate for a real estate website.  

 

Scott Miller, Realty Associates, Boca Raton, FL

Posted by Scott Miller, ifoundyourhome.com (Realty Associates!) over 7 years ago

True how true it is and I'm getting ready to go to services now.  See you when we are called

Posted by James Dray, Exceptional Agents, Outstanding Results (Fathom Realty AR LLC) over 7 years ago

Hi Scott: Thank you for reading today's blog. May God's love overflow in your life with blessings too great for you to comprehend. GBY! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi James: Thanks for your post! Enjoy your morning in worship and all He has for you to enjoy! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Barbara! Thanks for not being ashamed of your faith! May God bless you!

Posted by Carol Ryniewicz, Associate Broker - CT & MA (Coldwell Banker Residential Brokerage) over 7 years ago

Hey Barbara, I enjoyed your post, it is your blog, you write for your readers. If someone doesn't like it they can move on and not comment.

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 7 years ago

Hi Carol: I appreciate your visit and post! What I have learned is that life is fleeting and placing my trust in Jesus Christ is everlasting. Enjoy your day! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Missy: Thank you. I'm glad you stopped by and wish you a beautiful day in Him! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara,  A beautiful day to praise and worship!  This Realtor is headed ro church and fellowship.  Have a Great Week!

Posted by John Howard, GRI, Mountain Home, Arkansas 870-404-3614 (Century 21 LeMac Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi John: It is a great day to worship the Lord. Enjoy! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

I'm having coffee at Starbucks with Moses and Jesus.

Posted by Scott Miller, ifoundyourhome.com (Realty Associates!) over 7 years ago

Scott, we own our blogs and can express ourselves as we see fit. There is nothing inapropriate about sharing yourself. Marketing comes in all shapes and sizes. People Google what they are interested in and that is how they find us. We write to be read. It is okay to disagree with people but you should be more cautious about making such pronouncements on other people's blogs. It reflects poorly upon you. We are people first. Our profession is what we do but it in itself does not define who we are and how we feel. People read our blogs to discover something about us and if they want to work with us or not. Remember that before you fire off inappropriate comments on someone else's blog.

 

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Barbara. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Featured @ Club Chaos

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

C Tann: :)

Posted by Missy Caulk, Savvy Realtor - Ann Arbor Real Estate (Missy Caulk TEAM) over 7 years ago

Good morning Barbara, Carolyn (#12) nice reminder.  (I love your gentle ways)- Do I see a hi-jack coming?  I'm headed out the door to worship with the saints but will be back to see the fun.  Have a blessed day.  cheryl

Posted by Cheryl Willis, MO Broker - Mt Vernon, Monett, Aurora, Barry & Law (RE/MAX Solutions- OZARK MISSOURI) over 7 years ago

Cheryl, nothing like a good high-jacking to make my day. Yeah... I'm in the mood for one (LOL). I've been inspired and sent out the Club Chaos invites. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Barbara,

Missy said it first, and I'll second the motion!  Right now, I'm working through a book regarding Moses, Jesus and Starbucks.  Check it out:

Posted by Mike Jones, Mike Jones NMLS 223495 (SUNSTREET MORTGAGE, LLC (BK-0907366, NMLS 145171) ) over 7 years ago

Barbara - Thanks for sharing a little about yourself.

Active Rain provides a wonderful opportunity to learn more about people that we may have a refferal for somewhere down the road.

Scott - for a relative newby here in the rain you have a lot to learn about this community, it is more than a real estate web site blog and each and every one of us posts differently depending on our own particular interests and the things we want our potential customers to know about us. Active rain is much more than a simple real estate blog it is 1/ a real estate network 2/ a social network 3/ a local network (localism) 4/ an educational tool and I could go on.

The bottom line is your comments here and your disrespect of others and their views says more about you and the type of person you are than any post you have or will ever write.

Posted by Kathy Clulow, Trusted For Experience - Respected For Results (RE/MAX All-Stars Realty Inc. Brokerage) over 7 years ago

God bless you.   Have a good Sunday.

Posted by Jewel Swinton (Wilkinson & Associates, ERA Greenville) over 7 years ago

Mike, cool link. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Interesting how strong opinions surface when God is mentioned. He's here to stay, and He is everywhere. We have the choice to deny Him or welcome and obey Him. I pray that this blog, and all blogs with God in them, creep into the hearts of non-believers and transform their lives!

Posted by Barb Fischer, San Diego and La Mesa Real Estate (Big Block Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara, a great post for today...,well for anyday really!  What I like about AR is that we can write what is on our mind, and like C says move on ... move on...if you don't like it, but please lets play nice!

Posted by Rebecca Gaujot, Lewisburg WV, the go to agent for all real estate (Perry Wellington Realty, Adam Conrad, Broker) over 7 years ago

Hi Carol and thank you! Faithful are those friends who are as water in a dry land. I appreciate you and your love and the CC feature! I am a blessed and highly favored woman today. GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Missy: Don't you love the "Carols" in our lives? They are like getting a birthday present every day! GBU! -Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Cheryl: I've never been hijacked before but I guess it doesn't matter since my destiny is heaven anyway and thanks for your post.  Everyday is another reason to worship the Lord! GBU! -Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Mike: Thanks for your comment and the link! Awesome! I did and still do ministry at a local Panera Bread in Lancaster since 2002. Too cool! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Kathy: Thank you and you are very welcome! I am officially adopting you as my new sister! GBU! -Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Jewel: What a beautiful name! .. and thank you for stopping by to say hello. I hope you visit often! GBU! -Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Yay Barb! This Barbara <-- loves that ---> Barb who stood up for our Jesus! Thank you for being His voice. It put a huge smile on His face today. Please come back often and GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Rebecca: Thank you for the encouragement. Our real job is working for the Lord. Real estate is a benefit He gives us to use for His glory. Enjoy your day and thanks again. GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara: Awesome to show your faith in any way you can! Congrats on your character, and welcome back!

Posted by Aaron Vaughn | Builder | Investor, If the deal makes sense, the cash will follow. (Conifer Homes) over 7 years ago

Barbara and Carolyn (C Tann):  All is ok.  I spoke with God just now, and She is just fine with this post... so not to worry.  <smile>  You all have Her blessing.

Posted by Karen Anne Stone, Fort Worth Real Estate (New Home Hunters of Fort Worth and Tarrant County) over 7 years ago

Big cool aid grin at Karen Anne. :-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Hi Aaron: Thanks for your post. I'm glad you stopped by and it's always a pleasure to talk about the Lord. Please come back soon! GBU! -Barbara :)  

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Karen: Indeed He lives! Thanks a bunch for stopping by! GBU, Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

<---- doing some vocal exercise for a duet with Carol ... and Ms Carol, be encouraged!! I am praying this for you tonight --> that you will "run with perseverance the race marked out for you. Let Carol fix her eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of her faith, who for the joy set before him endured the cross, scorning its shame, and sat down at the right hand of the throne of God. Consider him who endured such opposition from sinful men, so that Carol will not grow weary and lose heart." (personalized with permission from the Lord) ():-) Hebrews 12:1-3

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Thank you, bay-bay. ;-)

Posted by C Tann-Starr (Tann Starr & Associates, Inc.) over 7 years ago

Thanks for your post Barbara.  I too am a follower of Jesus Christ and I applaud you for your courage to post about your faith.  I have also shared my faith in my Blog and never let comments like those from Scott keep me from sharing.  Scott does indeed have a lot to learn.

Blessings~

 

Posted by Amy Jones Group, 4 Time BEST OF OUR VALLEY Winner (South East Valley - www.AmyJonesGroup.com) over 7 years ago

Barbara- whether you are a follower or not, whether you are a believer or not, we can all learn something from what you wrote.  It is your blog and you are free to express yourself.  As I see it, no person or group was harmed.  And, you just never know.  If one sentence or phrase of what you wrote helped just one person today, wasn't it worth it. 

Posted by Kathy Streib, Home Stager - Palm Beach County,FL -561-914-6224 (Room Service Home Staging) over 7 years ago

I am living proof that if you are saved and living in rebellion He will change your life. If you don't let him, he will eventually take you home. I think that I was really close to that line when I hit bottom and finally, in desperation, turned back to Him. So thankful I did!

Posted by Joni Bailey, Your Huntsville / Lake Livingston Area REALTOR¬ģ (Berkshire Hathaway Home Services - Anderson Properties) over 7 years ago

Hi Amy: Thanks for your comments. It's always a joy to share my faith. I hope you stop by again! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Kathy:  Planting seeds reaps a harvest in due season. I have always believed that when people know your stand they can expect to hear more! Thank you for your post and I invite you to visit often. GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Joni: I love your testimony of trusting Jesus with your life to renew your relationship with Him. Wow!.. how cool is that!! Thanks for your comments and profession of faith. Please stop by again! GBU, Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Barbara,

God has a special place in many of our hearts, certainly in mine! Have a blessed day.

Posted by Marzena Melby, Realtor, Twin Cities Minnesota Real Estate (Coldwell Banker Burnet Realty) over 7 years ago

Hi Marzena: First, I love you name!, and thanks for your post. The Lord certainly owns my heart as well. He's the only One who will not break it. Enjoy your day and thanks for stopping by! GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara, I was driving all day yesterday, coming home from a funeral. I wish I had read this before I left. My current Bible study is on trusting God when things go wrong. It sure helps you see the big picture, and not just what you're going through at this moment. Thank you for inspiring so many yesterday with your lovely words.

Posted by Connie Harvey, Realtor - Nashville TN Real Estate (Pilkerton Realtors) over 7 years ago

Hi Connie: Thank you for stopping by. Faith in action is at times challenging but it is the only way I know how to live my life as a Believer. Everybody has stressors that can put them over the edge or cause one to lose faith. What I have learned is to 'press in' to the Lord especially during times of uncertainty. God is faithful always to take someone's situation and bring peace to it, if they trust Him. I hope you stop by again! GBU! -Barbara :)

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

Barbara, what a blessing to read your post and all the comments! Welcome back and God Bless You today and always!

Posted by Sharon Alters, Realtor - Homes for Sale Fleming Island FL (Coldwell Banker Vanguard Realty - 904-673-2308) over 7 years ago

Hi Sharon: Thank you for your comments and encouragement. Please stop by again. GBU! -Barbara

Posted by BARBARA RIES, Your Cool Agent in the Coolest Small Town, Lititz! (Berkshire Hathaway Homeservices Homesale Realty) over 7 years ago

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