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Can it really altar my attitude/mood?

I’m currently reading this:

“Love Finds You in Sunset Beach Hawaii” By Robin Jones Gunn

Now, first let me say that I stopped reading romances about a year or two ago. Why? Convictions mostly.
I also loved the “Love Finds You” series, and owned tons of them (which was included in the “book purge” led by God in 2010 I think it was). But after I stopped reading romances, I pretty much lost interest in them. However, when I saw that this certain Love Finds You book, was a continuing story of Sierra Jensen, one of my favourite characters in Robin Jones Gunn’s Christy Miller series, as well as the Sierra Jensen series, I ordered it from the library.
I just started it today, and I’ll probably finish it – depending on…well things.
It’s not a bad book (at least it isn’t so far, and I doubt it will be, from all R.J.G’s past works). But it’s a romance. When I read romances I didn’t notice the effect they had. Only when I stopped did I know the effect they hold over a person. And it is now evident as I read a romance.
It affects my mood. And soon enough the attitude. I can’t exactly explain it, but I feel…down. Like I’m just kind of sad. Why? Can a book really alter my mood?? Yes. And I’m not saying that it is just romance books. All types of books are capable of such. That is why it is vital to watch what is put in front of our eyes, because it doesn’t just end there; no, it effects our person. So yes, I may not finish this book. Which I admit would be a tough one for me, because now that I’ve started, I want to know what happens. Although I can pretty much guess the outcome. But still.
What does God say about this? Go find out. Line everything up with Scripture, because that is the only Truth.

“I will set no wicked thing before my eyes: I hate the work of them that turn aside; it shall not cleave to me.” – Psalm 101:3

“And fear not them which kill the body, but are not able to kill the soul: but rather fear him which is able to destroy both soul and body in hell.” -Matthew 10:28
If something – anything – can hold “power” over our minds, we need to seek God about it, because it is important that we do not defile ourselves by wickedness. We need to seek Him for and on everything, to be kept holy as He is holy.

You know that song…”Be careful little eyes what you see”? (which is part of “Slow Fade” by Casting Crowns) It’s true. We need to guard not only our hearts, but our very beings, to be the blameless and spotless bride that Jesus desires and requires.

Take some time to listen, and think about the lyrics. What we do now, makes a difference of where we’ll be later. My heart aches for those who don’t care, who have the potential to fall away. My prayers are with you.

Slow fade – Casting crowns

Lyrics:
Be careful little eyes what you see
It’s the second glance that ties your hands as darkness pulls the strings
Be careful little feet where you go
For it’s the little feet behind you that are sure to follow

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
It’s a slow fade, it’s a slow fade

Be careful little ears what you hear
When flattery leads to compromise, the end is always near
Be careful little lips what you say
For empty words and promises lead broken hearts astray

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day

The journey from your mind to your hands
Is shorter than you’re thinking
Be careful if you think you stand
You just might be sinking

It’s a slow fade when you give yourself away
It’s a slow fade when black and white have turned to gray
Thoughts invade, choices are made, a price will be paid
When you give yourself away
People never crumble in a day
Daddies never crumble in a day
Families never crumble in a day

Oh be careful little eyes what you see
Oh be careful little eyes what you see
For the Father up above is looking down in love
Oh be careful little eyes what you see

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I am a 22 year old homeschool graduate who is passionately in love with my Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. I love writing, reading, knife/tomahawk-throwing, and letter-writing, among other things. :)

3 thoughts on “Can it really altar my attitude/mood?

  1. I totally understand this post! I don’t read many romances or anything, but I can see where your thoughts and emotions are coming from!

  2. Thanks, RaeAnne for the comment! :)

    Oh and I realised that I had a typo – or rahter left out a word. I meant “I probably WON’T finish this book” not, I “probably finish this book” . Whoops. :P
    And for the final decision, I have decided not to finish it :)

  3. Just reading through some of your posts and I certainly can relate to this one Rae. I had to throw out lots of my books because of the effect they had on me and my moods. Not just romances either.. lots of the books I had included children arguing with each other and talking back to their parents. I realised that I would almost copy their behaviour unconsciously after reading them. I would be really irritable after reading them too. And yeah romances left me discontent, wistful and lonely. It’s funny, but I was just listening to Slow Fade as I read this! Well God bless xx

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