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Changes

This morning as I washed the breakfast dishes I watched the leaves fall onto the ground drifting from the tall oak trees in our back yard. I thought about how life changes come and go sometimes very fast and other times, very slow. Seasons in our lives make up the bigger picture but oh how difficult some of the lessons are! I am certain as I write this that the new year ahead will bring many changes into the Gott home. We have a senior this  next year, we are believing to have a new baby this next year, these are just a couple of things that will bring certain change. With every change in our lives comes a level of uncertainty. Sometimes we see people become depressed, or anxious over changes approaching. I need to know that God does not change. In fact in His word He says, “For I the LORD do not change..” Malachi 3:6a Can you just stop where you are and lean on these facts?

He is faithful, forever. Why? Because He does not change.

He is good, forever. Why? Because He does not change.

He is gracious, forever. Why? Because He does not change.

We change. Our friends change. Our relationships change. Our bodies change. Our lives change. BUT, He does NOT change. We can rest on that! Praise His Holy name! No matter what you are facing right now, He has not left you. He has not changed His plan for you. Rest in this my friends, as I am learning to do.

“Blessed is the man who trusts in the LORD, whose trust in the LORD. He is like a tree planted by water that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” Jeremiah 17:7,8

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Christmas 2010

 Merry Christmas to all of our, neighbors, friends and family! Our prayer is that this finds you well and living in the fullness of all the Lord has for you! 2010 has been a challenging year and yet as we look back through the days past, we can see God’s hand in so much of what has happened in our lives. We are thankful for His continued provision for His people and the peace that knowing Him brings into our lives. No matter the heartache, no matter the loss, no matter the questions we have, we know that He is in control and we can lean on His understanding. As we come up on this new Christmas season we are reminded of why we all desire to give to those we love; John 3:16 says, “For God so loved the world that he GAVE his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.” We are created in His image and so we desire to give. The greatest gift ever given was the gift of Jesus Christ to the world. We as a family remember this day every year in this way… God loved us while we were still sinners and knew we needed a Savior so that we could know this love… He sent His precious, perfect, Son as a baby who then lived a sinless life and gave that very life as a payment for our sins, when we accept this gift we become the children of God. We love Jesus. We love the Gift we have been given and we desire to share this Gift with everyone we know… God does not choose favorites. He desires for all to come to know Him… if you do not know Him, won’t you please let us know how we can help you? He loves you. He loves you enough He gave Jesus, the very reason we celebrate Christmas. May your new year be full of growing in the knowledge of Him and His love and purpose for you. Merry Christmas! The Gott Family

May you all be blessed!

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Hello there. It has been a while since I have written. I will be getting back to the Proverbs 31 woman but over the past couple of weeks I have been acting on the Word and not just studying. 🙂 If you are interested to see what we have been up to, hop over to this site and check us out! The following post was a paper written by a friend of ours who is in college. He has given me permission to use it here as I thought it would be a blessing to some of you out there.

 

Mass Media: by Jace Verdin

     The most effective way to advertise any and every product or service. Anyone who watches TV or surfs the web is bombarded by countless ads advertising everything from diet pills to hair growth formulas. Elizabeth M. Perse states, “Media companies derive profit by promising that they are effective vehicles for advertisements or product placements, messages designed to persuade consumers to purchase” (4).  These ads are flashed in front of millions of people every day. People are influenced so drastically by what mass media says is right or acceptable. The Journal of International Business states,” Influence is often a key in managerial success” (Yukl, 2002). The reason people are influenced by this, is because they allow this to mold how they view things which in turn affects their choices. Many argue that as time changes people change too. Some even say that the influence of the media is due to subliminal messages. These both hold relevance in this debate, but only to a small extent. The truth is instead of everyone being grounded in the Bible, the Book this country was founded on; too many people are concerned about what other people think instead of what God thinks. Mass media influences people because people allow themselves to be influenced by mass media.

     A very common reason people are influenced by mass media is because they just go with the flow because everyone else is. They are not aware of how the media controls the society. It seems fine to them because everyone else is doing it. They never stop to ask themselves if it really is the right way to go or the correct thing to do. It is taken at face value and never thought twice about. This shows ignorance on society’s part. It is very interesting how most movies made today have at least one sort of promiscuous sex scene in it; yet, they hardly ever show the possible consequences that can be suffered from sleeping around. They portray sleeping around as romance and fun. They do not show the accidental pregnancies and STDs that happen because of it. These are just a few among the many consequences of promiscuity that mass media shows as perfectly normal and ok.

     Besides the people who are either consciously or unconsciously ignorant and unaware, there are those that go with the flow because they want to fit in with the crowd. These people are terrified of not being accepted into the clique. They refuse to be the one to say something opposing common belief fearing that they will be pointed out and made fun of. Instead they follow everyone else because they would rather stay in their comfort zone than be cast out for doing the right thing. Something that mass media advertises more than anything else is attractiveness. This is how sales are made. It is implied that if it is not attractive, then it is not wanted. This includes women. It is portrayed that women have to look, act, dress, and speak a certain way for them to be attractive and worth something. This could not be farther from the truth. Because this has been believed as true, there are girls that starve themselves and search for validity in ways that will never give them the satisfaction they are looking for. Having a certain figure or status does not compensate for knowing you have done the right thing on the inside.

     Some are not completely influenced by media, but do not take a stand against faulty media because they have the mistaken idea that it is someone else’s job or responsibility. They feel like standing alone will not make a difference or get the job done. This belief is very unfortunate because it is quite contrary to the truth. A huge chain reaction can and must be set off by one person. Take the Montgomery Bus Boycott for example. Rosa Parks was the main person who sparked the desegregation movement. I doubt that she expected her actions to have as big of an impact as they did. It was something as simple as not giving up her seat on the bus. Rosa was not ashamed of what she did. She had confidence in what she was doing. Not because people told her it was the right thing to do and certainly not because society and common belief said so. She was confident in what the right thing was to do and did it. Society desperately needs to get to the point where it does not depend on mass media to tell it what needs to be done and how to do it.

     Mass media changes daily. Everyday there is a new fashion and a new way in which society is being influenced to go. As long as this is followed, those who choose this path will go around in circles until they are gone. By no means is all mass media bad. In fact, there is quite a bit of it that is good. It is crucial for one to be able to distinguish and discern between the two. If anyone wants to follow something worthwhile that is not wishy-washy, different everyday, and actually profits something when it is all said and done, the Bible is what needs to determine influence. As the Bible states, “For I the LORD do not change…” (Holy Bible, E.S.V. Vers., Mal. 3:6). If God’s Word is what someone follows, they will never be wrong.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Works Cited

Perse, Elizabeth. Media Effects and Society. Hillsdale: L. Erlbaum Associates, 2001. Print. Reuters, Thomson. “Journal of International Business Studies.” Palgrave Macmillan 

    Journals. 2004. Web. 02 Dec. 2010.

 The Holy Bible, E.S.V., Good News Publishers. Wheaton, Illinois: 2009. Print.

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