This past Sunday morning Pastor Abbott said he was going to teach a lesson "Guidelines for engagement" of course my ears perked up ANNNNNNNND since I was still sitting on the platform from praise singing, EVERYONE felt the need to look at me...not to sure WHY...buuuuut hey, if they're all believing in faith for me, I'LL TAKE IT!!! AHAHAHA!!! Even Pastor Abbott was like, Mary are you ready?! I'm like, YEAH... liiiiiiiiike, ten-years-ago-ready!!! BAHAHAHA!!
Soooo I figured the lesson was going to go something like this...
TURNS OUT THAT...
Pastor's message was completely SPIRITUAL!!! "Guidelines for engagement", IN SPIRITUAL WARFARE!!! LOL (Okay I know spiritual warfare isn't funny, it just was in this context! LOL) Sooooooo at the end of his message, Pastor was talking about how there are things that we will have to cut out of our lives at times, but then he read this scripture...
"When thou shalt besiege a city a long time, in making war against it to take it, thou shalt not destroy the trees thereof by forcing an axe against them: for thou mayest eat of them, and thou shalt not cut them down (for the tree of the field is man's life) to employ them in the siege:" (Deuteronomy 20:19)
He was talking about how we need to cut out the things in our lives that GO AGAINST THE THINGS OF GOD! The people that want to fight against God and don't want peace with God and His people. BUUUUUT we need to be careful that we're not cutting out EVERYTHING in our lives that see things a little different from us. We need to have good friends, good fellowship, family to spend time with...He was just saying, if you were to cut out EVERYTHING that isn't JUST LIKE YOU, your not even going to have somewhere to spend Thanksgiving this year.
And that's what Deut. 20:19 is talking about, if they destroyed the trees, they would be destroying their own shelter and food, their own life source. Annnnnnnnnnnd from that aspect, I GOT MY OWN, MARY-VERSION GUIDELINES CONCERNING ENGAGEMENT!!! Wait let me clarify that I didn't think this all up on my own, as I was struggling to make spiritual clarity between pastor's analogy and my own, THE COMPLETED word came through Stultz...Such an anointed brotha...AHAHAHAHA!!! Okaaaaaaaaaaaaay...Are you all ready for this???
So after church as Pastor was walking by, someone was like thanking pastor that message and I was like, YEAH, I'm sooooooo ready for marriage now!!! AHAHA!!! Then I was like, soooooo basically what I got from the end of that message was this, If I want to get married, the answer is NOT to destroy all my fellow single sistas standing in my path, BECAUSE IF I DO...then I was like, stumbling for WHY this wasn't a good idea, I'm like ummmm...The answer is NOT to destroy all the singles girls... BECAUSE...uh...And Stultz says, BECAUSE IF YOU DO...
YOU WON'T HAVE ANY BRIDESMAIDS TO STAND WITH YOU WHEN YOU GET MARRIED!!!!
Ok that was GOOD!!! ahahahahahahahahahahahaha!!!! YES, that is WHY I must NOT destroy them... They are NOT my enemies...I NEED BRIDESMAIDS!!!♥Mary Frances :)
Who would straighten my dress???
Who would carry my veil???
WHO WOULD CATCH MY BOUQUET???
Yes, yes, I'll refrain from cutting some of you trees down as I battle in the war of getting married...I just MAY need you for my wedding!!! BAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!! Sooooo basically, any of you girls that get to stand with me on my wedding can say thank you to Pastor Abbott and Stultz!!!! LOLOLOLOL
P.S. Really, I love all of you my single and NOT single sistas!!! Mar Bear Hug!!! Purrrrrr!!!