Jesus acted as a translator. He got His message from the Father, then translated it to those around Him. He heard a voice others were missing. And because He could hear it, He acted differently. Remember when everyone was troubled about the blind man? Jesus wasn't. Somehow He knew that this situation would reveal God's power (John 9:3). Remember when everyone was distraught about Lazarus' illness? Jesus wasn't. Rather than hurry to His friend's bedside, He said, '...This sickness will not end in death...it is for God's glory...' (John 11:4 NIV).
How could a relationship be more intimate? Jesus had unbroken communion with His Father. How did He do it? He rose in the pre-dawn hours to pray. He communed with His Father through the night while others slept. He turned from the incessant demands and expectations of others to be sure that His agenda lined up with God's agenda.
Do you suppose the Father desires the same for you? Absolutely. Paul says that you have been 'predestined to be conformed to the image of His Son' (Romans 8:29 NRS). Such a lifestyle is promised, but it's not guaranteed. It comes at a price. Are you prepared to pay that price? John writes: 'We proclaim to you what we have seen and heard, so that you also may have fellowship with us. And our fellowship is with the Father and with His Son, Jesus Christ' (1 John 1:3 NIV). Only when you have spent time in God's presence, when you have 'seen and heard', will you be able to talk about Jesus in a way that compels others to listen.
My blog is about to get interesting. I think.
The day before yesterday, on May the 2nd - i received a letter advising me that my stalker and the psycho that has left constant and abusive comments on my blog for the past 16 months is going to sue me for defamation and harassment.
I found this rather amusing as despite her best efforts - and her even getting her friends to make comments on my blog that name her - i have never named her nor have i published those comments. In the past week since the court case with her last victim ended - i have received a constant barrage of abuse and threats from her. She has pretended to be several different people - including a man from my past who threatened me and made sexual references to me, called me by the name that i used during that time, and threatened me to "tread carefully". This woman had gone to the length of befriending a prostitute that i once knew in order to get information regarding that time of my life.
Because the comments had become threatening, i installed an IP tracker on my blog. Once i did that, i was able to see that all of the comments had come from the same IP addresses. I could even tell exactly when she left home in the morning, arrived at work, left work, and then arrived back home in the evening and that she had spent 13 hours in one day on my blog.
The next day - i received this letter;
|Notice i STILL refuse to name this woman|
This letter was written and - i assume posted - on the 30th of April. I received it at snail mail's pace on the afternoon of May the 2nd. Simon Buckingham has advised me that i have to remove something from my blog - what he wants me to remove i have no idea - by the close of business the day prior to receiving this letter (the day after he posted it) or else he is going to file proceedings against me at lunch time on the day that he has given me until the close of business to remove whatever it is that he is asking me to remove!
WHAT. THE. HECK.
Simon has also advised that his client is going to join her proceedings against me with other actions that are taking place against me at this time. I am unaware of any other actions being taken against me at this time. When i queried this with him via email he has responded saying that he is unable to comment regarding the other actions. But - he already HAS commented on them - hasn't he...(my question mark is still not working)
I responded to Simon advising him of his client's behaviour and that i have no desire to be focusing on something like this when all of my focus right now should be on my studies. I asked him exactly what it is that i have said about this woman that is defamatory or harassing that would warrant legal proceedings and for him to threaten to have my blog removed from the internet and to remove my right to free speech from me.
I have not received an answer to that question.
I was initially advised that proceedings against me have already been filed and that because i did not comply with his request prior to being aware of it - that there could be no resolution. Then i was advised that if i agreed to whatever he and his client are asking - that they will withdraw those proceedings.
When i advised Simon of his client's behaviour, the proof that i have of it, the threats that she has made towards me and that i was seriously considering contacting the police regarding her actions - which i suspect have also included creating a blog in my honour implying that i am on drugs - he failed to respond to me.
A funny thing has happened though. My blog has gone wonderfully peaceful and quiet. No nasty comments and no visits at all from the IP addresses that i had advised Simon were his client's since i sent that email.
The last i heard from Simon was this;
And that has left me wondering - who made Simon Buckingham the blog police...He thinks my blog is ok when i am writing in favour of left wing politics but other than that i should only comment on news items because that "would be ok".
Someone tell me this guy is joking.
I have forgotten to mention that this woman's other mad lawyer is also threatening me with defamation despite me never naming her on my blog as well - after doing nothing more than referring to something that happened to me in a pub one night.
Since i write about most significant things that are going on in my life every day...i will be writing about the outcome of this. This is pretty significant really and has nothing to do with my opinion of the woman that has refused to just move on with her life and leave me alone since i decided that i no longer thought it was healthy for me to have her in my life.
This is not about her.
This is about my right to write on my blog what is going on in my life and my opinions. My right to free speech, and how some nutter and her mad lawyer out there are trying to remove that from me by removing my blog from the internet and also my right to be on the internet at all.
This is not about anything that i have said about them - or about this woman seeing that i am happy and healthy and because of that she has not stopped stalking my blog for the past 18 months - making negative and abusive comments when i am happy, when i am sad, when things are going bad - but mostly when things are going good. The better things are for me - the more enraged she becomes.
This is not about that though - this is about my right to write in my blog and my right to free speech. I have nothing to lose - except those rights.
On that note - i better bloody well get moving. I am going to be late for lectures. This has already taken more focus off my studies again today.