So you wanna work from home?

More and more people are turning to the Internet these days in search of something, just about ANY thing, to help them get out of the financial mire. Whether they created their own mess, or they’re a victim of the recession, or not even in a mire but are simply looking for the exit ramp from the dog-eat-dog expressway, or headed for retirement without a clue or a means to support themselves for the next 20-50 years.

Even in good economic times, people just get tired of the rat race! The lousy boss, the office politics, the long hours, the long commute, lost time with family and friends… Not having freedom just to LIVE! Sure you gotta make money to pay the bills, but at what cost? That’s not living – that’s slavery!

What they really need is a real Plan B.

Big House and Fancy CarWe hear that people make a killing online and we want to know how they do it so we can do it, too. We want to stay up late and sleep in, spend our days shopping or watching TV or “playing outside” and still be able to afford the good life: a big house (or 2 or 3), fancy cars, a maid, weekly spa treatments, long vacations to exotic locations, etc.

But slow down a moment… is that REALLY what you want? Or is that just someone else’s fantasy life they’re trying to sell you? Maybe it IS what you really want. Or maybe, you’re like I was and only want FREEDOM! Financial freedom to stop worrying about how the bills are getting paid, and time freedom to enjoy life.

So before I help you find the path to the life you desire, you gotta do some thinking. Strike that! You gotta do some soul searching. Here are some questions you need to think over and be deadly honest with yourself on the answers. If you get these wrong, you’re only setting yourself up for disappointment later.

  • Do you want a job or a business?
  • Are you dependable and self-disciplined?
  • What are your passions? If time & money were no object, what would you do even if you weren’t being paid to do it?
  • Most importantly, are you teachable? To get what you want, you gotta learn how to get it from someone who already has it. If you’re not teachable, you’re setting yourself up for frustration & failure.

But if you’re willing to learn and you can follow the leader, click here and fill out the form on the next page. I’ll get back in touch with you and introduce you to a system that works. In 20 years of experience, this is the first thing I’ve found that is fool-proof.

Hello, World!

DanniOct2014This is Dannielle Romaine Wood Hixson. Most people know me as Dannielle, but I’ve known myself as Danni since birth (yes, I remember it well! LOL). My name and pictures of me have been on the Internet since 1996. So, this really isn’t my first hello to the world. Just maybe my first hello to you.

Why did I start doing this blog? Because quite a few of my friends and business associates convinced me that I have something to say, and that the way that I write is engaging. In other words, they made the suggestion, then I found reasons to justify the efforts.

This blog will mostly be about Network Marketing and related topics. Since it belongs to me, it might contain other completely unrelated topics. Your feedback will help me know in which topics you’re most interested. It will also let me know whether or not those friends and business associates lied! ;)

Don’t look for political correctness, in my writings. I don’t believe in it. For example, pronouns will be “he” or “she” depending on my mood (but consistent within the context), and I will point fingers. I can at least guarantee that my posts will be mostly grammatically correct, usually contain proper sentence structure, and usually use proper punctuation. It’s hard to believe that an Alabama redneck could be so snobbish about such things, but I am. Both – an Alabama redneck and a grammar snob.

I’m a Mom-preneur of one, specializing in coaching others to succeed more easily than myself. If you’re looking for, or struggling with your Plan B, request a no-strings-attached, free <a href=”http://www.danniellewood.com/consultation.html”>consultation</a>.

Ok, that’s my hello. You’ll be hearing from me again…

Danni

United Methodist Church: Homosexuality Behind the Pulpit

In the past few years, some churches have been calling themselves “relevant.” Some, including me, argue that God calls us to be Holy, not relevant. People don’t need their ears tickled. They need the truth contained in God’s Word.

Homosexuality Behind the Pulpit

This is a blog post that I’ve been meaning to write for over a year. You’ve probably heard rumors that some churches have ordained homosexual pastors. Maybe you have, and maybe you haven’t, noted that some of these churches were Methodist. More specifically, United Methodist Churches. And if you have heard and have noticed, you may or may not have cared either way or the other.

It matters to me, though, because I’m a member of the United Methodist Church (UMC).

See the problem is that the UMC operates under a code of governance called The Book of Discipline. This book sets up the organizational structure of the church, and the rules by which it will be governed. Contained within this book are guidelines for who may be ordained as pastors in the UMC, and how to go about doing so.

Homosexuals are specifically denied Ordination.

The Book of Discipline also enumerates disciplinary actions that may be taken against members and/or churches that “disobey” these rules of governance. So you would think that the Churches and Districts that Ordained homosexual pastors would have faced swift disciplinary action.

That is not the case.

As is customary in other organizations, higher levels of leadership are filled by promoting candidates from within this pool of pastors. The result being that, not only have churches Ordained homosexual pastors, but at least one Jurisdiction has gone so far as to promote one to the position of Jurisdictional Bishop. (http://www.umc.org/news-and-media/bishop-oliveto-god-has-been-in-control)

In these cases, to my knowledge, neither the pastors, the Churches, the Districts, the Conferences, nor the Jurisdictions have faced disciplinary action.

This has the rest of the Congregations, Districts, Conferences, and Jurisdictions at a loss as to what we should do now that our CHURCH has failed it’s duties under the contract that forms our organizational membership. Many churches have already withdrawn membership from the UMC.

The UMC is on the verge of a schism that will change its future forever. Not just in the USA, but world-wide, as it is a world-wide organization.

God’s Word Hasn’t Changed!

Jesus is the same yesterday, today, and tomorrow.

Yesterday, Today, and Tomorrow

I, myself, have often said that the only constant in life is change. But one thing never changes: God. The Bible itself says “He’s the same yesterday, today, & tomorrow.” (Hebrews 13:8)

As God does not change, neither does His Word, no matter what is “socially acceptable” within a society. Human sexuality itself has not changed since creation. Only what a particular society or culture considers “acceptable sexual expression” has changed.

First, a simple statement of inarguable fact: The Scripture clearly denounces homosexuality (in all its forms: LGBTQ). (Leviticus 18:22. Leviticus 20:13. 1 Corinthians 6:9-10. 1 Timothy. 1:9-10.) Anyone who would argue against that argues against the very Word of God, and thus God Himself.

Pastors Aren’t Sinless

I’m not saying that Homosexuals don’t love God, and aren’t His Beloved. I know quite a few who love Him. Who’s to say God hasn’t called them to do His works, spread His Word, fulfill His Will on Earth as in Heaven? I could never speak to that.

But the Church, as an organization that is called to be Disciples, must uphold the Bible, the Word of God. As an organization, we must stand on Biblical Principles or we will surely fail. And we have to ensure that those we choose to stand in the pulpit, as representatives of us and God, not only love God, but are able to live lives as Godly as possible, so as not to be a “stumbling block for the flock.”

Sure, no pastor is without sin. But when they accept God’s Call to the Pulpit, they are accepting a role to lead by example, to willingly and intentionally, as best as they can, with God’s help, live a Holy, Sanctified life. (Look those words up to help in your understanding of why The Ordained must be held to a higher standard.) We all know it is humanly impossible to live a sinless life. They sin. And we know God is changing them from the inside to help them resist whatever temptations may come.

But when a (practicing) homosexual is standing behind the pulpit, their very identity says that they choose to live a life in direct disobedience to the God’s Word. That choice is contradictory to the Oath they take as Pastors, and contradictory to their vow to God.

WWJD

Next month (February 2019), the UMC will hold a special session of the General Conference to address this issue, supposedly deciding what to do about:
a) the member churches that have disregarded our organizational contract called The Book of Discipline,
b) the Ordained Ministers who are living openly homosexual lives,
c) what if any changes should be made to the Book of Discipline that will “maintain and strengthen the unity of the church.” (Their words.)
You can read up on the Commission here: http://www.umc.org/who-we-are/commission-on-a-way-forward

In the past couple of years, there have been many conversations in Sunday Schools, Bible Studies, dining tables, and inside and outside the Church walls regarding homosexuality both within the church and behind the pulpit. Code words have been uttered to try to calm the masses and gently guide us toward acceptance of whatever decisions the Commission may reach.

One thing we hear often is “WWJD.” What Would Jesus Do?

Yes, Jesus would open his arms and lovingly welcome them into the congregation. All are welcome.

But lets not forget His words! When He healed and/or forgave, He said:

“Your faith has healed you. You are forgiven. Go an sin no more.”

“Go and sin no more.”

Not, “It’s ok, keep living the life you choose. I love you enough to die on the cross for you and will take you to live in Heaven with me, no matter what.”

If you’re standing behind the pulpit, your identity is in God, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Ghost. You have chosen to live a life in Obedience to God’s Word.

By definition, a practicing homosexual has chosen to live a life in direct disobedience to God’s Word.

What Jesus would do just might not save the United Methodist Church. And that might be God’s Will, also.

 

How much does God love us? Really?

People go around saying, “God loves you” all the time. To the point that it has become an expression devoid of any real meaning and power to most of us. You’ll often hear that we can never know HOW MUCH he loves us. We all grew up singing “Jesus Loves Me… for the Bible tells me so.” John 3:16 tells us how much God loves us: enough to sacrifice His own Son to atone for the sins of the entire world, past, present, and future, so that we could all have a relationship with Him for ETERNITY. That’s a kind of love that none of us can fathom. To love others more than yourself… even more than your own (favorite) child.

Yet most of us really still don’t get it.

In 2008, I had an experience during which God, Himself, SHOWED me how much he loves us. He has requested that I to share this experience “any chance I get.” One day, it occurred to me that, since I have a blog, wouldn’t that be the best way to share this message from Him with the most people at the same time. Since then, I get the feeling God’s been nagging me to “get it done.” Therefore…

I was Lay Delegate to the North Georgia United Methodist Church Conference that year. It’s a three-day Conference with twice daily worship services… and a lot of Church business & meetings, of course.

At one of the morning worship sessions, the speaker (I don’t even remember who… Pastor, Bishop, whatever) had us all bow our heads to pray. First to consider the person to our right, without speaking to them, nor knowing what their need was, offer their need up to The Lord.

Being the smarty-pants I can be, I said, “God, I know you love Claudette. Being our Heavenly Father who loves her, I know you want her to have anything and everything that is good…” He gently told me to shut up and listen.

He said, “Let me show you how much I love Claudette.”

God Is Love

God Is Love

If I hadn’t been sitting down, I’d have fallen down. Immediately, I was absolutely floored by how deep is God’s love for Claudette!!! She is the most important person on Earth! I knew instantly, that God would indeed move Heaven and Earth to provide for all of her needs. Feeling His overwhelming Love for her, I was astounded at how SPECIAL Claudette is! Words fall pitifully short for describing HIS LOVE, and the sense of urgency and priority attached to CARING for her and her daily needs.

While I was still reeling at how special Claudette is, the speaker had us consider the person on our left, which was someone I didn’t know, offering up their needs to The Lord.

And God said, “I love this person just as much as I love Claudette. They are both My Children, who love me, and I them. And their every need and hope, in My Name, is already fulfilled.”

Then He said… to this wretch… “Danni, this is also my Love for you.” And I was “done.”

As my own worse enemy, I felt unworthy. HOW could He love me as much as He just showed that he loves Claudette?!? To this day, I’m still reconciling myself with that reality.

I have to be honest in saying that this love he showed me is deeper than my love for my own child! Which is the deepest love I have for anyone!! Nobody else even comes close!!

We are all our own worse enemies, and beat ourselves up as unworthy of God’s Love. And that may be true by our human standards. But His ways are not our ways. And thank The Lord, HE LOVES us more than we deserve. HE LOVES US so much that anything we ask in His Name, according to His Will, He will move Heaven and Earth to Provide!

This Experience (yes, it deserves to be capitalized) has served to show me, and keep reminding me, over and over and over again, that:

  • If He be for us, then who can stand against us? (Romans 8:31)
  • Fear and doubt have no power over us. (1 John 4:18, 2 Timothy 1:7, Isaiah 43:1-2, Isaiah 41:10, Psalm 23:4)
  • I CAN do all things through Him who strengthens me. (Philippians 4:13)

Imagine what you could accomplish in your life, knowing these things, and how much God Loves You and wants to provide for your every need.

Most important, this has served as a reminder to LOVE.

Love everyone. Some people are hard to love, but God tells us they are His and He loves them, so even when we have hard hearts, we should share His Love for them. Love everyone as if they’re the most important person in the world. Because to God, they are.

And love yourself!! It is not selfish to love yourself as He does! You are His. Your body is His Temple. Care for His Temple. Keep it in His service in all ways, even if only by example. You represent Him and His Love, so when you don’t love yourself as He does, you’re not being a good steward of the best Gift He gave you: your very life. (Preaching to myself on this one.)

I hope that the next time you say or hear, “God loves you,” it will have a more powerful meaning for you as it does for me now.