Tuesday, June 10, 2014

Talk Back Tuesday: What Does It Take?

Here's a quickie.


I'm determined to jump start these engines of mine for one simple reason:

I like blogging.

I mean I really, really do like it. I like the part where I get to do the talking, but I also like the part where I get to do the listening.  I am edified and encouraged more than you know when I read your words. Simply put, the blog experience has not only made my home prettier, it has made my spirit a little prettier too.

I like to read your blog thoughts. I like to read your comments, too...

So here's the thing:

Sunday, I posted a quote from one of my favorite quote-sters, Jesse Mercer.

And I took the comment function off, just like I always do on Sunday. 

Today is Tuesday, though, so I thought I might do something a little different. I'm handing you the microphone.

In my head, I look just like this guy...

In reality, I'm nothing whatsoever like that guy, but that's irrelevant. 

This morning, Debbie Donahue wants to know:

Is there anything in this world that makes you want to stand up and cry?


Angel said...

YES!!! Quite a bit, actually, which is why I've been on my soapbox lately. :)

I really wanted to comment on your previous post and I'm thankful for the opportunity now to say that I couldn't agree more.

We, the church, have been given the duty and privilege of being a light in the darkness. Sharing the hope and truth of the gospel must be our top priority.

Ignorance is not bliss. People need Jesus. Bad stuff happens every day and you said it well..."Our lack of interest doesn't change their reality."

Thanks for writing this post, Debbie and reminding us to wake up and read the signs that are flashing right in front of us.

Have a blessed day!

Lorrie said...

Yes! But where to begin? I am so angered, hurt, bewildered by the way humans treat other humans. We are all created in God's image whether we believe it or not. Yet there is human trafficking, children are used for sexual perversion, drugs are rampant, we wear clothes that are made by virtual slaves, and on and on.

How do I live a godly and ethical life? I don't have any solutions other than God's grace, do you? But how do I put it into action?

Sorry if this is a little heavy, but it's what I've been thinking about lately.

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Sharon said...

Last week I posted about my granddog Marty, and how he hurt his leg, and how seeing him hurt just broke my heart.

This is one thing that just makes me want to cry my eyes out. Seeing how sin has affected animals, and how mistreated they are sometimes. We were given dominion over the animal kingdom in the Garden of Eden. Dominion, not domination. I am sickened by what we do to animals. Domestic and wildlife. It just isn't right.

However, it's a sign of the basic sinful flaw that permeates all of creation. Man sinned, and everything and everyone has to suffer.

One day, God will make it right again. Until that day, I intend to do what I can to take care of the precious animals that God created.

Christine said...

Abortion! Makes me stand up and cry!
Yes, the world needs to know that Jesus loves them and they need Jesus.

On a more personal note...
My mother makes me want to stand up and cry. She is narcissistic and growing up I got the brunt of it. I need a mother!

Whew, I feel better, THANKS!

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Oh dear, Debbie, how much time do you have? I'm half afraid to answer, in case I get started and can't stop. Many, many things make me want to cry nowadays. I mainly worry about the mess our country (and our world) is in, and the fact that this is the legacy our children and grandchildren will inherit. I could go on, but it would probably be best not to. :)

It's good to put questions like this out there, as I believe people have strong feelings about many of the things going on in the world right now. Have a good week, Debbie!



Barbara F. said...

Oh my word, yes! And it does, and I do. On. a personal level, being single at 60. Nightmare. And of course all your friends are married, with children, and grandchildren, and pulled in 20 directions. World events, and I cry more that they are so out of our control. Politics, ugh. Climate changes, these I kind of believe are somewhat in our control, but it is not being taken seriously. Lack of family values and modesty in entertainment. I do love my pop culture. But I am tired of saying, seriously? On national television you are doing this? ugh. The pressure some bloggers feel to post each and every day, it has to be the "cha Ching", because it is not worth it. Taxes, the IRS, immigration, all make me cry!!

Mrs.Rabe said...

I really want to cry out and warn people before all of our God given rights are gone! Parents are the ones who should decide what's best for their children, we must uphold the Constitution…should I go on?

I am furious about sexual abuse in missions and in churches and the poor responses to it by those in authority.

Now I'm done.

Thankful for you Debbie!


Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

Deep breath....
Lack of accountability, entitlement mentality, lack of integrity of current administration, those that espouse tolerance being intolerant of opinions that differ from their own.
And when I see a young girl dressed immodestly I really want to stand up and cry, "Who is looking after her?!"

Joan said...

Girl, it's been ages since I've visited your blog, but I saw your comment on Angel's and decided to pop over.

I'm soft hearted, so I cry easily. I especially hate to see people and animals mistreated. That really makes me cry.


Vee said...

Do you live in the same country I do? Every day is a new shock. I feel like crying for the little children who are being dropped off by the busload...I feel like crying for those who will lose their lives because of decisions made by fools in high places... I could weep for the state and cost of healthcare and for the effects it is having on our finances. How many lives lost to abortion? The horror of it overwhelms. And how many soldiers have died to buy our freedom only to see them eroding rapidly day by day? We are in a huge mess. I can't believe how quickly this country has gone down the slippery slope.

Oh my! You did open the floodgate. And yet I know that God is still in control.

Mevely317 said...

I was initially saddened when your comments were turned off ... then I realized there were no words to adequately convey my emotions. 'Wow' pretty well sums it up ... and doesn't that sound lame?

Anyway. To answer your question, I mourn for the land that made me, me. It seems those to speak out about our lost values/morals, whatever you want to call it, are held to ridicule as a curmudgeon. The apathy. Oh my gosh, you can almost reach out and touch it - is truly frightening. Finally, the current occupant of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. makes me want to cry. Ah, I'd better stop right now.

Thanks for the soapbox, Debbie!

corners of my life said...

I want to stand up and cry every time I read one of my daughter's posts about the injustices in Cambodia.

kitty said...

I want to stand up and cry for our country and the mess it's in, but I know God is in control. On a personal note, I'd like to stand up and cry for my family. Don't they know that accepting and loving is what family's do? I know God is in control on this, too, and I'm praying with thanksgiving.

Susan Nowell @ My Place to Yours said...

Oh, where to begin…

Negligent parents, drug babies, parents spending more time on their phones than paying attention to their children, abortion, families in crisis, animals elevated to human status, money spent on excess when people are starving, human slavery, trafficked children, 1.1 million kids in subhuman prisons, 153 million orphans.

Loss of godly priorities and morals, compassion that makes problems worse (I think I’ll write a post on that!), self-focused Christians, religious leaders who don’t speak Truth, the Church’s dimmed light/lost voice, Christians/churches who’ve forgotten WE are/have the answer to the world’s problems.

Blessings I miss when I’m afraid to step out of my comfort zone – or when I focus on myself rather than on God and others, when I judge rather than love, when my faith is a sanitized, sterile version of “the real deal” rather than dirty. When I act like God loves me more than “the least of these” – the ones he called his brothers and sisters.

Creations By Cindy said...

I could give many answers to this one my friend but for the sake of time I will share something that is near and dear to my heart right now. It saddens my heart to see so many people that the word "Commitment" is not in their vocabulary. Marriages falling apart daily because of lack of commitment. Something more appealing comes along and the attitude is, Oh well, toss out the old and grab the new. Commitment among families! What happened to families to sticking together in the good and the bad times? What happened to your commitment being to YOUR family FIRST and then others? Commitment to your job! WOW! I am amazed at the lack of commitment on the job site. My list could go on and on but my heart cries out at the lack of commitment in the world today! Hugs and blessings, Cindy

kitty said...

Oh and one more thing... over twenty+ years ago, while visiting San Antonio, on a park bench was a painting of two baby whales. The words on the bench said, "Save the baby humans". Why are animals treated more compassionately than humans?

Debbie said...

Not sure how on earth I missed this yesterday. I WANTED to comment on Sunday. The list is soo long and soo overwhelming on what tugs at my heart strings and makes me want to stand up and cry out I honestly don't know if I could single out just one. I could pick anyone of the subjects and then go on and on. Health care, abused children, abortion, the lack of REAL attention and care being given to our children, and replaced with a sense of entitlement at the same time. The focus on animal rights while children are starving. And the list could go on and on. I have to focus my heart and head on the fact that Jesus will ultimately conquer ALL of these horrors and make all things right. And until then we are living in this fallen and sinful world where Satan has rule. But in the meantime as Christians we MUST do what we can when we can, pray without ceasing, and never lose sight of what is to ultimately come. GREAT post!

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InGodzHandz7 said...

Yes, I want to cry! Yes, I have been crying! The apathy of those who call themselves Christian make me cry more than anything. God is in control of everything - even these apathetic Christians; but I don't understand why He allows them to be so apathetic. What will break their hearts and cause them to turn to Him and to do His will?!

Mostly these days I have been crying "Come, Lord Jesus, Come!" at the top of my voice. Kinda self-centered of me, I think.

Denise at Forest Manor said...

Hi Debbie, I'm back. :) I've read all these comments on your post this morning, and I just want to say "Bravo" and "Amen." I agree completely with almost every one of them.

This morning I had to take Duncan to the vet, and I pulled in next to a car sporting a bumper sticker from the 2012 election. Said bumper sticker was supporting the re-election of a certain president and vice president. I came so close to saying, "So how's that working out for you now? Health care still affordable? Still gainfully employed? Still feel like we're being properly protected against terrorist attacks on our home soil?" But of course, I said nothing. The current resident at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue makes me want to stand up and cry, as does the state of our nation right now. I put my Amercan flags out on the porch this morning for National Flag Week, but I have to say, I'm finding it harder and harder to put that flag out. I fly it for the things our country used to stand for in the hopes that one day it will stand for those things again.

Well, that's all for me today. I'm much more content when I just don't think about these things, but we shouldn't bury our heads in the sand. Hope I don't lose all my followers for being honest about how I feel.

Have a good day.


Anonymous said...

Debbie, Thanks for allowing us the time and space to vent. I want to cry over all the school shootings. As a past educator, and parent, I can't imagine a school not being a safe place for our children. What is happening to our society? Why do children think voilence is the answer to their problems? I don't know what the answer is, but I just want to scream and cry!

Gina said...

There are so many things to stand up & cry over, I wouldn't know where to begin. I'm also afraid once I start, I might not be able to stop!

Barbara Neubeck said...

Hello Debbie, One of the things that make me want to cry is people not taking responsibility for what they do or say.
There are so many injustices in the world today,but History tells us that there always has been injustices.
This, I believe is the 'sin nature' of mankind as a whole.
All we can do is uphold the Lord and do the best we can to show and spread God's Love.
Hugs and Blessings...
Barb xx

xinex said...

I would like to stand up and cry for something, Debbie, but right now, all I can think of is my granddaughter, thank you so much for the prayers for our family and especially for Rea....Christine

The Polka Dot Closet said...

Girlfriend you drive me crazy when you turn the comments off, sometimes they are your best posts, but that doesn't make me cry....What makes me cry is technology in the hands of children, always on the phone, computer, video games. No idea how to go out and play and entertain themselves, have dinner conversations with families...You see them all the time at restaurants, the whole family is on their Iphones. OK, wait I am not done....I really hate the younger generation that is over indulged and consequently their feelings of entitlement....OK, I am stepping off my box now

XXOO Carol

Dayle Allen Shockley @ A Collection of Days said...

Oh, dear friend, there are so many things that make me want to stand up and cry. Our nation seems to have forgotten God, our morals have drifted, our children have been devastated by divorce and abuse.

But in the midst of the turmoil, I want to cry that Jesus is Lord!

Thanks for letting us have our say on the Debbie Donahue Show.

Alycia Nichols said...

I know exactly what you mean about making your spirit a little prettier. I feel the same. I think it's because I've been able to meet so many wonderfully supportive and kind people since I started blogging. The world is not always so kind. It's a gift when you meet people who go out of their way to be sure you don't feel less than zero. I take that gift seriously.

Like several ladies said here, the list is long. But what REALLLY makes me want to stand up and cry is the rampant ignorance that exists in this world. It's so far-reaching and varied that I cannot even begin to detail it. It crosses all color, socio-economic, religious, gender and political lines. Just a couple of examples: (1) Stupid boys wearing their pants down past their butt cracks. Nobody wants to see your dirty drawers, and you shouldn't WANT anyone to see them!!! (2) Stupid girls who actually find themselves attracted to these stupid boys. Worse yet, those who would go so far as to parent a child with them!!! (If you can really call what they do "parenting.") (3) Parents who let their children say and do anything they want because they want to be "their friend." YOU ARE NOT YOUR KIDS' FRIEND when they are young!!! You plenty of time to be a friend to them when you are both bonafide adults, and even then you are still THE PARENT in the relationship!!! (4) Hollywood. 'Nuff said. (5) Crybaby athletes who end up losing it all because they can't keep their nose out of a crack line, their pants zipped, or their mouth shut. (6) Crybaby celebrities who think the world owes them something just because they had a hit movie. (7) Justin Bieber. (8) Nikki Minaj (9) People who text and drive, drink and drive, do drugs and drive, or do anything else they shouldn't be doing while driving. JUST DRIVE, for heaven's sake...and for the sake of those around you who are innocent in your ignorance!!! (10) Blatant impoliteness.

OK...That's about 1/1,000,000 of what makes me want to stand up and cry. For now I'm going to stand up and go take a shower because I've had a long day of working hard around here and smell like a garbage truck. Oh...that's another thing that makes me want to stand up and cry: people who don't want to give a fair day's work for a fair day's pay...and the people who don't want to PAY a fair day's pay for a fair day's work. OK, I'm done now. I promise! Have a great weekend!

Laurie Ritchey said...

Debbie, I want to stand up and cry almost every time I log onto the internet. So many times, the first news story I see is about a tragic loss of life, and often more than one life. Dealing with the legal world, I want to stand up and cry every time a parent comes in whose child has been lost to drugs -- usually after one or more times in treatment. Recently, I wanted to stand up and cry when I read about the lavish parties that people are throwing to celebrate their divorces. So many times, while shopping, I hear a parent yell at and belittle their child --not something I can remark about or turn them into an agency for, but something I do want to stand up and cry about. Sadly, I've also heard it with teachers in a classroom. I believe it is one of the main reasons for all of the other problems that cause me to want to cry. Thank you for your insight and this quote (which I love) and for the opportunity to express my "stand up and cry" moments. laurie

Sharlotte said...

Standing up and crying...shaking my fist...and yelling at the top of my lungs...
#1 - "our" culture seems to be based on media - ugh...when are people going to turn to the Bible? Everything we need is there in black and white.
#2 - salvation - Doing a study in the book of Daniel really opened my eyes to the end of times. Looking back over the past generations, one can truly see that times are/have changed.People need to get in to The Word to know God and realize that He's soverign.
#3 - morality - why does it seem that the bad guys always win and the good guys get the short end of the stick? I have to remind myself that it's God job to judge and He will. I just have to put my trust in Him - He will guide my path.

AND - I'm glad you're back feeling better - I've missed you!! Here's a big blogging hug ( ) just for you.

viviene @ thejourneyofawoman said...

Nice question.
Shallow answer: When my internet is slow!
Real answer: When moms intentionally choose formula milk over breastfeeding.
Serious answer: When I hurt God ='(


Cheryl @ TFD said...

I agree with most of what the others have said that makes them cry. I've really been bummed out lately over what's happening in our country and around the world and the fact that no one seems to want to do anything about it. I know God is in control, but I still can't help but worry not so much about myself, but what our children will have to face.

Ann said...

Ah, you've seen my FB pages, so you KNOW what makes me cry in anger and what makes me cry in sadness.

My biggest prayer is that my grandchild grows up in a better world, but right now, I don't see that happening any time soon.

bj said...

Lots of things make me want to cry but MORE things make me want to DO SOMETHING ABOUT IT...I don't mind saying that the Commander in Chief that we have right now has screwed our country up so much, I'm not sure we'll ever pull out of it.
I cry for Bengazi..I cry for the IRS mess...I cry for all the little kids coming across the border ALONE because of such a poor choice in Washington...so many many things.
WHEW.....*slinging sweat from my brow....

Debbiedoos said...

Yes Debbie,in fact just standing up these days makes me cry lol. I told my husband the other day, not sure if I am just getting old or lazy but everything is an effort. It's simple chores, simple making a bed, etc. Maybe I am just tired of it, not sure but I need an attitude adjustment LOL.

Kathleen said...

It is good to know that so many other bloggers are fed up with what is going on. I need an hour to write what makes me cry. I will spend the hour praying, because I think God may have a tear in His eye too.
God Bless you, Debbie!

Suzy Handgraaf said...

Yes, there are lots of things that make me want to cry! I agree with every single thing that Barbara F. mentioned. BUT, I know it is all in God's hands, not mine. Thankfully. I'm sure I would make a much larger mess of things. lol

Sue said...

How did I not comment on this post? I've been missing your blogging voice so I thought I would check in and say HI Debbie!
As for things that make me cry ~ so so many things. I know that sometimes I am the ostrich, I see the church get all worked up about the current hot topic, and I know that these issues are something, but the really BIG things, like orphans and divorce aren't talked about much. I am so sick of being politically correct. Jesus sure didn't care too much about that. Please keep up your writing as you can put into words what so many of us think and can't say!

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Sue said...

Stoping by to say hi, like you I have been a miss in blogland, just way so busy, and family visiting. As far as the question I read the other commenters, and I would say mine would be the same on most. I am so burdened over where this country is going or should I say gone! Hope to see a new blog post soon from you dear Debbie.

Kathryn Ross said...

AH! I do this every morning after I read the newspaper. That's when my husband tells me to cancel the subscription. But, it's a local paper and I feel compelled to keep it since we want to stay on top of local issues - which are at a boiling point of late, not unlike the country or world at large. I purposely deflect my thinking or I will spiral down and be useless. A long time ago, I removed myself from my soapbox and put away my baseball bat. I was so tired. What I said was correct - the effectiveness of HOW I said it was no necessarily so. It was then that the Lord re-adjusted my lenses to see things from another facet - I am called to DEVOTION, not DEBATE. I am called to expose the darkness by shining so brightly as the pendulum swing opposite of it. So, I have spend the last decade or so refitting myself into my comfort zone and taking joy in it. I am the poster child for innocence, goodness and beauty - ministering Philippians 4:8 in story and visual art. Whatever is true, noble, just . . . etc . . . that's where I'm hanging out. That's what my writing has centered on. It's the theme of my current manuscripts. If I don't put my attention there, I will get sucked into all the ugly and ignorance. I don't do ignorance. Others have been prepared for those trenches - God bless them in the fray. It's not my calling. But, the gross injustices of the headlines do make me cry, too. And, He tells me - "Get out there and SHINE!"

And, that's when I put my pretty vintage dress and hat on with pearls and sing out with a smile, "Once upon a time . . ."

bj said...

I always try to comment before reading every one elses comments... my reason may already be written here somewhere.
I want to stand up and cry to the top of my lungs about the lack of LEADERSHIP of our president, the mess he has created for our beautiful country and his indifference he shows for all those little children coming across the borders.
P.S. I hope your mom is doing better ea day. :)


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