Let's be reasonable with one another, shall we?

Friday, May 02, 2008

I was going to close the blog....

Yesterday I was seriously considering closing my blog down, at least temporarily. I have become really busy. I post things and don't seem to have the time... or even worse, the mental energy to carry on the discussions that I bring up.

The other thing is, the last time I looked in my "sitemeter" I saw that certain people who have said some really disturbing things to and about me actually visit my blog almost every day. ... and sometimes more than once.

It is sickening to think someone is watching you who thinks you are a really bad person, and actually imagines all sorts of evil intentions FROM you towards others. Even more sickening is when you read their theories and gossip about you publicly on blogs where you participate. It happens, you forget about it after a while and then you read the person saying these bizarre things again and it all comes back. They yack and yack about their opinions about things that are none of their business. You could feel like they were looking for things to accuse you of. You might have a thought like "I posted on my blog today and commented on other blogs. I wonder if anything I said could be taken the wrong way and be interpreted to mean something bizarre. Will _____ read it and then spout off somewhere else about me..."

I was discouraged by all of this.

Then, when I woke up this morning, in my inbox was an email notification of a new comment on my blog. It was on an old post from my TULIP series. The last comment from someone other than me on this post has given me a renewed interest in staying afloat. :~)

Maybe ______ is disspointed that he wasn't able to discourage me permanently, but God sends affirmation when needed. My conscience is clear... regardless of what darts the Devil tries to throw at me.

23 Comments:

  • Oh, dear! Rose, I have to tell you I would panic slightly if you shut down. Between you and KC, I have finally found safe places to ask my questions - and get responses from all kinds of opinions. I definitely agree with Pointnine. You ask the questions I would ask and I love the audience that responds here - most of the time. [c;

    By Blogger Missy, at 5/02/2008 6:17 PM  

  • Rose, the quality of the blogosphere would be greatly diminished if you were to quit. I hope that you will continue to tackle the tough questions with the same grace you have always demonstrated.

    Don't worry about the stalkers, your heavenly Father has their number.

    By Anonymous GordonCloud, at 5/02/2008 10:47 PM  

  • Your blog is the best out there, Rose.

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 5/03/2008 9:27 AM  

  • You all are kind.

    I am glad that I ask the same questions that you would ask, Missy, because I have noticed that youa sk good questions!

    Gordon, I really appeciate that comment.

    Matthew,
    You are the best. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/03/2008 10:54 AM  

  • A blogsphere without Rose's Reasonings?

    Banish the thought!

    Hang in there, my friend!

    (Oh, and for those jackels that sniff around your blog, give 'em a double load of buckshot.)

    Have a good one.

    A carry-on in the grace of God.

    By Blogger tjp, at 5/03/2008 12:10 PM  

  • Rose,

    How could such a reasonable person have such an unreasonable thought?? Seriously, keep at it. God Bless.

    By Blogger David Wyatt, at 5/03/2008 12:57 PM  

  • Hey Rose,

    Keep at it! There are a lot of loud and obnoxious blogs out there - I appreciate the friendliness of your blog.

    Regards,

    :0)

    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at 5/03/2008 2:10 PM  

  • Rose,

    I understand the work and business. The reason that some others may lurk and slander you is that God has used you and your blog to advance his kingdom. Some people get very jealous about that and wish to have the glory directed towards them. Your presence is a thorn in their side, that I think God will use to irritate them so much that they will finally begin to soften.

    I may not see eye-to-eye with you on some things, but it would be a shame if you were gone. However, don't let us pressure you to keep going if God is leading your away from this. But I think God is using both you and John in advancing his kingdom.

    God bless you!

    By Blogger Earl, at 5/03/2008 3:46 PM  

  • Dear Rose,
    I do appreciate your graciousness and your thought provoking posts. It's too bad the thing with Lou has become so personal. I do think that he has been faithful to the Lord by pointing out some real problems in the theology of some FGers who are denying basic doctrines. I am very glad that you have not endorsed some of their wrong views. It's too easy for things to turn personal in the blogosphere, even on Christian blogs. The spirit is willing but the flesh is weak. I pray that God will correct all our errors and give us allteachable spirits and help us to edify one another.

    May the Lord continue to guide you into all truth.

    Every Blessing,
    Susan

    By Blogger VA ~Susan, at 5/03/2008 9:16 PM  

  • Hi, Rose,

    And here I was pretty convinced you wouldn't even see my comment! I occasionally do silly things like comment on two-year-old blog posts -- it guess it's not always so silly. I'm so glad my words encouraged you.

    No one but my best friend ever reads my blog (and she not often anymore because she doesn't have internet at the moment -- it's mostly a way for me to remember interesting things I found, or to get my friend's thoughts on something)...but I think I kinda prefer it that way. The ego says "hey, look out Tim Challies, here I come!" but the realist says, "yeah, but a good portion of the comments would be seriously non-congenial. I don't want to deal with negative stuff on my blog (I don't mean disagreement, I mean mean-spiritedness). I don't think I could help being personally hurt by it, or deal with it appropriately. And it happens to everybody whose blog gets traffic. I have never been so impressed with someone's ability to deal patiently and graciously with this as you -- and on TULIP, no less! (No one feels very strongly either way on that, right?) ;)

    By OpenID pointnine, at 5/03/2008 10:37 PM  

  • In the spirit of the title of this blog; Come now, Rose, let us reason together. Though your blog may seem as scarlet to some, it is white as snow to us.

    It is very reasonable to keep this blog open. I always read this blog in lou of all the others.



    yes, yes I did do that on purpose, I can't help it.

    Thank you :)

    By Blogger Kris, at 5/03/2008 11:20 PM  

  • Do I smell gas?

    By Blogger GOODNIGHTSAFEHOME, at 5/04/2008 3:40 AM  

  • Rose~

    Just wanted to offer some thoughts on this. The person who has been harassing you is the reason I found your sight. Smiling. God works like that - often. Essentially, I came across one of this persons non-apologies concerning what he had done to you on 'Earnest Contender' blog. I left 2 comments, then deleted the second, after I calmed down. ;-)

    But I went to the various sites concerned and looked to see what all the ruckus was about, I found that the whole thing was (to me) about splitting theological hairs. Humble opinion, this person feels more like a Pharisee than anything else. More than anything, I was saddened that someone felt the need to single a fellow believer out for this kind of harassment.

    I'm glad you have decided to stick around.

    By Blogger Katherine Gunn, at 5/05/2008 3:53 PM  

  • Hi Rose, I'm so glad you've reconsidered. I would miss you dearly if you closed your blog.

    Hopefully people who read your harrasser's comments will find you like Katherine Gunn did and see that you are very reasonable and should be seen as a dear sister in Christ.

    God Bless You Rose!

    By Blogger Dawn, at 5/07/2008 4:16 AM  

  • I don't know how I missed all these comments!

    TJP,
    Thank you for the encouragements, brother. I consider it an high honor when you visit this blog. :~)

    David,
    Thank you. I take "reasonable" as a high compliment. You know I put a high premium on "reasonable" and "nice." You are nice.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/07/2008 10:31 AM  

  • Goodnight,
    Where is the gas - on the other post? Thank you for your nice words too. :~)

    Earl,
    You are too kind brother! I can only hope that God is using me. That would be the highest honor. I am considering your insights. You could have something there. I never thought of that. Thanks again.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/07/2008 10:34 AM  

  • I really didn't post this to try and get compliments or affirmation. (Although I certainly appreciate it all... of course.)

    I was sort of just letting off a little steam.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/07/2008 10:35 AM  

  • Susan,
    Honestly, I won't say that Lou was not part of what frustrated me into writing this post, (and he was part of the "people" I wrote about in the second paragraph) but _______ is not Lou. I just wanted to clarify that.

    Thanks for your appreciation and wisdom, Susan.

    "pointnine",
    Thanks again for your finely timed words! I will visit your blog very soon.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/07/2008 10:53 AM  

  • Kris,
    See my comment to Susan about reagrding "in lou of" hehehe.
    You are funny! Thanks for the comment. :~)

    Katherine,
    I wanted to tell you that I saw your comment on the Earnest Contender and I read your blog a couple of weeks ago. I started to read thinking I would read just one post to see who you were. I was sucked in, though, and read the entire thing about your life story. Thanks for sharing that with everyone. I hope you find continued peace.

    Oh, and thanks for the nice and encouraging words here. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/07/2008 10:58 AM  

  • Dawn,
    You are a sweet lady... and very smart! I enjoyed reading your blog this week. Thanks a bunch. :~)

    By Blogger Rose~, at 5/07/2008 10:59 AM  

  • Rose~

    Thanks for reading my blog. And, for the record, I think you are very reasonable. :-)

    By Blogger Katherine Gunn, at 5/07/2008 11:30 PM  

  • Glad you didn't quit Rose!

    By Blogger Kansas Bob, at 5/11/2008 4:09 PM  

  • Rose,

    I am sorry that I never commented here on this post.

    You see, I actually began writing something but saw that the content could've been taken the wrong way, so I deleted it and never got back.

    Anyway, I just wanted to let you know my philosophy:

    I am not going to let any snapperhead keep me from what I enjoy. My popcorn is potty-proof.

    Antonio

    By Blogger Antonio, at 5/14/2008 1:38 PM  

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