Chubby, Vaping Heretic

Chubby, Vaping Heretic

Chubby, Vaping Heretic

Chubby, Vaping Heretic

I’m changing blog plan up a bit (again). Friday Favorites is now Friday Fitness Update. Tim and I are doing P90X. For anyone who needs inspiration for their own healthy lifestyle, this blog series will let you know what works and what doesn’t (for us, at least).

In addition, Wednesday’s Word is now Wednesday Wrox. Yes, “wrox” is a word. I found it here. It means, “to decay; to rot.” Let me explain.

The recent blog post, Shunning Rules, drew a significantly higher number of unique visitors than average. This demonstrates that people identify with the content. It has been my personal experience that when my thoughts, feelings, or observations are put into words by someone else, it creates a deep sense of satisfaction and unanimity between me, the reader, and them, the writer. It basically communicates to me, “Hey, me too. I get it. I understand. We have something in common.” I hope to do the same for WhatGodDoes readers.

Wednesday Wrox a play on words for Wednesday Rocks, and I chose it for two reasons:

  1. It demonstrates that specific spiritual-police types of rules found in organized religion have a way of taking caring, generous, friendly people and convincing us to do or say things that stand in contrast to who we are in Christ. This is a type of spiritual decay or rot — a decomposition of spiritual fruits (Paul talks about this in his letter to the Galatians).
  2. It demonstrates how specific spiritual-police types of rules found in organized religion have a way of creating opportunities for rock throwing — i.e. accusations, condemnation, shunning, etc. — in the direction of the nonconformist Other.

Now back to Friday Fitness Update…

On my Facebook page, I wrote,

…Tim and I decided to do “before” photos and use Facebook as a way of being accountable for some healthy transformation doing P90X. I saw the before photos and thought there’s no way I’m posting those on Facebook. So for now, no photos.

After taking a few days to think it through, I suspect that I’m letting my ego get in the way. By not posting pics, I’m protecting myself from others who would judge my appearance. That’s not how I want to live — building up walls so I don’t get hurt. I’d rather be vulnerable and real.

Smoker on Church Staff

I went through a similar situation back in my church days. I picked up smoking again, after having avoided cigarettes for seven years — the entire time I was on the church staff. At first, I hid it, taking 2-3 showers a day, washing my hands and excessively using perfume and gum. I prayed for God to take away my cravings, but He didn’t. So I prayed some more, and here’s what I heard God telling me: If you are a person who chooses to smoke, then why are you pretending to be a person who chooses NOT to smoke? God wasn’t concerned with what I was putting into myself, He was concerned with what was coming out of me.

During that particular season of my life, I was a person under tremendous stress, who had made a poor decision to return to a nasty (and oh-so-satisfying) vice. Why was I pretending to be someone other than I was? To be accepted by others. This led me to analyze my emotional environment. I claimed and was surrounded by people who claimed to love and accept one another. My biggest question then became, “If I smoke, will you still accept me?” It wasn’t that I wanted them to accept that smoking is good or bad. Spiritually, this was not their concern; it was between me and God. And if God still approved of me as a person, then that was all that should matter.

So I decided to smoke indiscriminately, and let people who wanted to judge and condemn judge and condemn. Needless to say, this ruffled some feathers.

We love Him, because He FIRST loved us.

I feel the same way about the before photos. During this season of my life, I’ve been on and off again when it comes to healthy eating and exercise. And this shows outwardly. Why should I hide it? I am who I am, faults and all. If you love me, you love chubby and unhealthy me or trim and fit me, smoking me or nonsmoking me, perfect me or imperfect me. Period. This is how God loves us. We are works in progress, learning to count the old us as dead, and slowly awakening to the new us.

God loves us BEFORE we fully become who He created us to be.

That’s why I find it good and right and productive (although uncomfortable) to share the before images BEFORE my appearance has changed. God makes me want to be brave. And while I’m at it, let me say I’ve put down the cigarettes, but I still vape, and I don’t plan on quitting any time soon. I don’t care who approves or disapproves. God loves. Eventually, everyone will love. That’s all that matters.

 

Comments
  • Rachel October 17, 2014 at 7:15 pm

    I love you And I think you are gorgeous! I am trying to be more health conscious myself and I look forward to reading Friday Fitness. You are the wind beneath my wings lady, truly inspirational. And I am not talking about P90x; I mean you, the person that you are. Much love my friend, to you and your precious family.

    • Alice Spicer October 17, 2014 at 8:16 pm

      Thanks Rachel. I kind of like you too.

    • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 11:51 am

      Rachel, Alice is not the wind beneath your wings; she’s the preview of the fire and brimstone everlasting torments you are about to suffer without remedy in the darkness of the Lake of Fire reserved for the likes of you who call themselves Christians but are not. It is almost inconceivable how blind to truth you are apart from God’s perfect literal Holy Bible which ends with that Lake of Fire populated without remedy. You’ll never get out, you poor soul.

      • Rachel October 18, 2014 at 8:10 pm

        Thank God I am not a Christian like you; the word is tainted on your lips. Please do not address me again. You are a mean person and I would like nothing to do with you.

        • Lanny A. Eichert October 19, 2014 at 3:07 am

          Rachel writes of herself, “Thank God I am not a Christian” is where she means to end her self-appraisal and her “thank God” is taking God’s name in vain.
          She’s written on this site previously and displayed an unregenerate bias, but is not willing to own it. That’s self-deception and living a lie. Somebody tell her.

  • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 1:53 am

    Alice, here’s a perfect description of you found in God’s perfect literal Holy Bible {Romans 3: 10 – 18}
    There is none righteous, no, not one: There is none that understandeth, there is none that seeketh after God. They are all gone out of the way, they are together become unprofitable; there is none that doeth good, no, not one. Their throat is an open sepulchre; with their tongues they have used deceit; the poison of asps is under their lips: Whose mouth is full of cursing and bitterness: Their feet are swift to shed blood: Destruction and misery are in their ways: And the way of peace have they not known: There is no fear of God before their eyes.

    It is a pity you have neither respect for what you put in your body nor what comes out of your vulgar mouth in the presence of other people. You display bad fruits by which you are judged and justly condemned. Since you can’t get the victory over your sins, you’re going to live in them without a care for others.

    Also, a double minded woman is unstable in all her ways. {James 1: 8} You can’t even see {Matthew 12: 40} Jesus’ three conscious days/nights between His death and resurrection proves your soul-sleep bent false and you are incapable of knowing the truth of salvation.
    For as Jonas was three days and three nights in the whale’s belly; so shall the Son of man be three days and three nights in the heart of the earth.
    Interesting enough as proof is that you recently blogged Jonah 2: 2 sort of claiming Jonah was in sheol without you realizing Jonah had NOT even physically died. That’s sloppy enough observation to discredit all of your opinions, especially because you harp on pictures and parables without being able to discern them properly. Picture/types/ensamples do not apply in every earthly detail to their counterpart. Yet you make your ceasation of fire and brimstone upon Sodom and Gomorrha significant to mean there’s an end to everlasting torment contrary to Biblical Scriptural useage in Psalm 11: 5 & 6 and Jude 7. God said in Psalm 11 it is their final portion and Jude tells you the Old Testament people understood it to be a set forth example of eternal fire and brimstone for the sinner.

    Stop deceiving yourself: everlasting torment of the sinner will never end and those damned will be forever damned without hope and they will wail and gnash their teeth without rest day and night. You’re going to be there and that will be your everlasting portion, poor Alice.

    • Alice Spicer October 18, 2014 at 12:57 pm

      Regarding Jonah, if the story is a literal one, how do you know he did not die?

      • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 2:14 pm

        Alice, what do you mean by “if the story is a literal one”? How did Nineveh repent and get converted by Jonah’s preaching and the story not be literal? What a gross display of unbelief on your part and you think you are a Christian? Look at yourself and see the reality of your inability to believe in Jesus.

        Read the next verse Matthew 12: 41
        The men of Nineveh shall rise in judgment with this generation, and shall condemn it: because they repented at the preaching of Jonas; and, behold, a greater than Jonas is here.

        You certainly like calling Jesus a Liar, don’t you?

        • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 2:31 pm

          And the LORD spake unto the fish, and it vomited out Jonah upon the dry land. {Jonah 2: 10}
          Nothing spoken of his death and resurrection, just an alive Jonah.

          You rebelliously refuse to literally believe {1: 17} Now the LORD had prepared a great fish to swallow up Jonah. And Jonah was in the belly of the fish three days and three nights.

          You’re no Christian.

        • Alice Spicer October 18, 2014 at 6:35 pm

          I don’t doubt that there was a guy named Jonah who preached to Ninevah. I personally believe the story to be true, but I know there are those who don’t, who view it as a mix of legend and truth. It’s totally a faith thing.

          • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 7:40 pm

            Alice, how can you believe the story is true and doubt the existance and ministry of Jonah? Legend and truth together are the devil’s toolbox. Again you make Jesus a Liar at Matthew 12: 41

            You have no faith in Jesus Christ, Alice, and you need to admit that to yourself and stop living a fantasy. All you have is faith in your foolish self. Faith is trusting what God said. Jesus spoke of Jonah as a real person with real issues but a faithful minister. Reread your answer and see how contradictory it is. Are you now willing to deny the supernatural and be a double-minded individual? If you believe in the supernatural, why are you having trouble believing Jonah preached to Ninevah and saw a revival as Jesus said? You are so far from believing Jesus and being saved. You’re lost and going to hell, wicked Alice.

            • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 7:46 pm

              Oh, Alice, did you write ” don’t doubt ” yet I read it without the negation. A faith thing is believing what Jesus says and that includes Judas Iscariot is lost and the Bible ends with a populated Lake of Fire without remedy. That also means believing the many perish and the few are saved.

  • Mary Vanderplas October 18, 2014 at 5:02 am

    I like what you say – and what you did by posting these “before” pictures – about dropping the masks and pretensions and being the real you. I agree that God’s love and acceptance, which has no qualifications or preconditions, frees us from having to be something we’re not in a desperate attempt to win the love and respect of others (and to convince ourselves that we’re okay). Of course, for most of us, this is a struggle. In spite of what we say we know about God loving us as we are, we still try to win approval in one way or another; we still try to make ourselves worthy by our own efforts.

    Thanks for posting the pictures and for making public your journey to becoming healthier and fitter physically – for the purpose of encouraging your readers on the path toward better health and demonstrating that God’s love for us is all that matters.

    • Lanny A. Eichert October 18, 2014 at 11:38 am

      Mary, (and to convince ourselves that we’re okay) is fighting against the innate knowledge that “ourselves” are NOT okay. Can’t you see Alice is suggesting you all deny reality with her in accordance with her heretical universalism? You’re falling for the devil’s lies listening and agreeing with her. Don’t you have any backbone to resist her? There’s no truth in her liberalism or your liberalism as I written you all numerous times. The only place you’ll find the truth is in a Fundamental Baptist church like her dad’s church. If you at all value your souls you’ll go there and get saved once and for all time and eternity. Then you’ll stop squabbling about words, plus you’ll know every spelt word of God’s perfect literal Holy Bible is true. See, that’s how I know you all are lost and going to hell right now without a doubt. It doesn’t take a rocket scientist to know that, buit it does take a genuinely born again Christian to know your lost and perishing condition and how badly you need the real Jesus Christ of the Bible.

  • satan's lapdog October 18, 2014 at 8:34 pm

    Don’t worry, Alice, if you go to hell, we have cookies AND cable t.v.

    • Lanny A. Eichert October 19, 2014 at 2:54 am

      Lapdog, there’s no “if” about it and it is no joke. Everlasting torment is not nice. Wise up.

  • The Hueman October 21, 2014 at 4:39 pm

    As much as yall want to deny The Truth, what Lanny speaks of is true. The Word is, and it is perfect coming from The One who Is and Is perfect. Its certainly not “easy” walking with and within Christ when living on earth in complete sin. But you are here and you must make a choice. your wants or salvation through Christ. Its a dangerous gamble to put The LORD to the test and so simple to put yourself to the test instead.

    • Alice Spicer October 21, 2014 at 8:20 pm

      Thanks for your comments, “The Hueman.” Is that name a play on words (the human)?

  • The Hueman October 21, 2014 at 4:41 pm

    It is also dangerous, Lanny, to take the role of The LORD. For he is the ONLY One who judges those to be condemned. 👌

    • Lanny A. Eichert October 22, 2014 at 12:53 am

      Hueman, it is so obvious and easy to conclude to them: you all are lost and going to hell right now without a doubt; since they have such little confidence that the God of the Holy Bible does surely preserve His Word from human tampering so that His saints are able to trusted every word as spelt in the original autographs, though they have not survived, yet the comparison of what has survived has laid the foundation for nearly a perfect duplication of the originals WELL BEYOND 95% ACCURACY. However surviving manuscripts are not the reason for our faith, but the faithfulness of God to His Word is; and He had long ago promised to preserve every jot and tittle so that every generation would be able to trust their lives on every word of the Holy Bible. Without that hope they have no anchor for their faith based on popular human evaluations of the Bible which changes with the times. No anchor means no faith at all and no salvation. As you rightly wrote, “your wants or salvation through Christ.” Their wants are to believe God is Love in Himself so much so that He would not punitively punish beyond physical death, but that His punishment is purely remedial; and they have so constructed a model thereafter. They refuse to believe God allows people to everlasting refuse God and that they will do just that in the majority without remedy. Alice, especially doesn’t want to know that all the people she has loved who have died without confessing Christ are burning in the torments of hades and will after the Great White Throne Judgment burn everlastingly in the Lake of Fire without remedy or hope as the volume of the Holy Bible leaves them as it concludes.

      I am not taking Jehovah Elohim’s role in judgment, but just confronting them with the reality of their unbelief and where it will get them if they don’t repent = change their minds to the truth found in every word of the Holy Bible. They claim to believe in Jesus Christ as their Savour and God, while yet denying He does protect His Bible from error. They don’t seem to understand their Jesus God is impotent, hence no god at all, and therefore cannot save them. They think they are “enlightened” which I suppose means they have personal and private revelations from God which corrects the Bible, especially in the matter of total reconciliation of all creation including Satan himself. How they are able to believe their god saves everybody, the majority after physical death by purging with fire and brimstone, and yet cannot maintain the text of the Holy Bible perfect in every spelt word is a contradiction of their god’s power; and of that they are ignorant. Their god can save everybody, but he cannot save his own bible. That’s funny and their doom: everlasting torment.

      Do you know, Hueman, that God’s saints look forward to the “day” when He will avenge His saints? His saints will rejoice when their opponents are judged. That means I look forward with happiness to seeing them thrown as the trash they are into the Lake of Fire. If that means Alice and Mary, in that day I will rejoice in God’s righteousness the moment they feel the heat. Are you going to rejoice with me in that day?

      Meanwhile, I’ll try to scare the hell out of them with truth in hopes of their salvation before they physically die.

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