Bring It

i may differ than most when i say trials are welcomed in my life. here’s why, i know the Lord is doing a work in me when they occur and He’s molding me into more of the woman He’s designed me to be. more times than i’d like to admit, i fail but that’s exactly how we learn! i like to believe, He is “trial-ing” me because He thinks i’m ready. and if i fail, it just means i’ve got more to learn!

thank you Lord for picking on me!

Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters, whenever you face trials of many kinds,
James‬ ‭1:2‬

always giving thanks to God the Father for everything, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ.
Ephesians‬ ‭5:20‬

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Better Version

“But What?”

we have excuses for everything, don’t we? especially when we are wronged or hurt by others. our initial, human response is to return to them “what they’ve got coming!”

in a word … don’t!

there is no excuse that makes us qualified to judge the situation. we have the perfect example of a Man, in His own right, who could have fought back, but didn’t! 

He did not retaliate when he was insulted, nor threaten revenge when he suffered. He left his case in the hands of God, who always judges fairly.
1 Peter‬ ‭2:23‬

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No Matter How You Slice It
= growth

Be The Light

as Christians we are called to love everyone and show kindness to whomever crosses our path but we need to be careful about those we call friends and those we choose to spend our time with. there’s a very thin line between being the light in someone’s life and them being the one to dim yours… watch out!

“You are the salt of the earth. But if the salt loses its saltiness, how can it be made salty again? It is no longer good for anything, except to be thrown out and trampled underfoot. “You are the light of the world. A town built on a hill cannot be hidden. Neither do people light a lamp and put it under a bowl. Instead they put it on its stand, and it gives light to everyone in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, that they may see your good deeds and glorify your Father in heaven.
Matthew‬ ‭5:13-16‬

Do not be misled: “Bad company corrupts good character.”
‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭15:33‬

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Bad Medicine

“If we were here to be obedient, wouldn’t Jesus have been delighted with the religious leaders of his day?” ~Susan Cottrell

wOw! in my opinion beautifully stated! 

to me, this really drives home ‭‭1 Corinthians‬ ‭13:1-3‬:
If I speak in the tongues of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast, but do not have love, I gain nothing.

Susan Cottrell is dedicated to “helping LGBTQI heal from family, religious and community wounds; and helping those in the faith community love and include.”

her entire article follows:

“One of the biggest lies perpetrated throughout Christendom is that God is primarily interested in our obedience. Not true. Patently false.

To say our first responsibility to God is to obey is a big fat lie and distortion of the relationship God wants with us. God’s paramount interest in us is a relationship. Didn’t Jesus say simply, “Follow me!”?

How quickly we complicate things by adding cherry-picked list of right and wrong behavior and focus our attention on that. By the way, focusing on EITHER list is still eating from the same tree – the tree of the knowledge of good and evil, instead of focusing on the Tree of Life.

Let’s say that a couple is about to have their first child, and you say to them conversationally, “What is most exciting to you about having a baby?” and they answer, “Making sure this child obeys!” You’d be shocked. Really? That is the main point in having a child?

You would wisely identify that something is seriously wrong, and you would suggest they run, not walk, to a qualified therapist who could help them unravel this unhealthy obsession with power and rule.

The amazing thing about bringing a baby into the world is the new life this person gets to emerge into, and the astounding relationship we get to enjoy with them! That’s the main point. Anyone whose primary interest is that their child obey them is a narcissistic sociopath.

Do we want them to learn to heed our voice, lest they burn their hand on the stove or dart in the street and get smacked by a car? Of course! Because all of that protects them and facilitates relationship. But that is not the same as enforcing “first-time obedience” in some sort of patriarchal power structure so they know who’s boss.

Humans in their folly can be very drawn to fortifying their power this way. Some of us endured parents (or coaches, teachers, pastors) who imposed their will in the name of “obedience to authority.” And we wonder why many of us have “authority issues”? Yeah, we can stop wondering!

This path leads to death – of the soul of the one made to submit, and to the relationship itself.

God created us for community.

If we were here to be obedient, wouldn’t Jesus have been delighted with the religious leaders of his day?

They were extremely obedient, but without love. Indeed, they were the only group Jesus blasted, for their selfish, prideful and loveless focus on legalistic adherence to rules without relationship, and for marginalizing, oppressing and excluding those who did not adhere to the list.

Remember, it’s God’s kindness that leads us to repentance. Kindness is relational.

We are here on planet earth to be in relationship – with God and others. Period.

Blind obedience to parents, to a pastor, to the Bible, is not healthy. It’s idolatry.

Set your heart free… focus on relationship.”

FreedHearts

Listen To Your Heart

there is so much (too much if you ask me) debate these days over the bible, its meaning, its translations over the centuries and its relevance for today. although most of you know where i sit on this, i’ll try my best to steer away from my thoughts on the topic and what i believe He has revealed to me.
but i will say one thing that has been a mini revelation to me. we talk about Psalm 119:11 when the author writes how he hid the Word in his heart “that I might not sin against you.” and yet the “written” word hadn’t been penned yet. hmm, got me thinking…

if Jesus equals the Word as the bible says He does in John … it seems logical that it is Him we should be “hiding” in our hearts. not necessarily the written word, seeing as the author of this particular Psalm hadn’t even had it (the bible) to refer to when writing.
for me, i’m hiding love in my heart. Jesus, Himself, said the greatest command is to love Him and love others. He IS love! if i love, all else will fall into place as He deems fitting!
Amen and thank you Jesus that the only translation of the Word that is completely accurate is quite simply, You!

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God, and the Word was God. He was with God in the beginning. Through him all things were made; without him nothing was made that has been made. In him was life, and that life was the light of all mankind. The light shines in the darkness, and the darkness has not overcome it.
‭‭John‬ ‭1:1-5‬

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us. We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son, who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
‭‭John‬ ‭1:14‬

For the entire law is fulfilled in keeping this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”
‭‭Galatians‬ ‭5:14‬

Love the Lord your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your mind and with all your strength.’ The second is this: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ There is no commandment greater than these.”
‭‭Mark‬ ‭12:30-31‬

It Shouldn’t Have To Be This Way

let me just say it like it is … having to grieve sucks! you can’t dictate how or when you’re going to feel whatever it is you’re feeling. oh man it’s tough!
if there is one thing I’ve learned, you’ve got to go with it, whatever stage is hitting you. there is no sense in trying to pause it or push yourself to the next stage, that just prolongs it altogether. all we can do is feel it and trust Him at His word:
The Lord is close to the brokenhearted and saves those who are crushed in spirit.
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭34:18‬

in times like these, it’s even more important to cling to His promises!
getting to step 5: acceptance, can seem so far away, but all the experts say we’ll get there!

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Motion Sickness
At A Loss

Necessary Upkeep


many years ago I hurt my back beyond complete repair. without regular chiropractic visits I become somewhat immobile. I got thinking, this is not unlike our Christian walk, if we don’t regularly study His word and learn His principles on how to live and love others we become unable to really move in the direction He would have us move. we will become complacent or unsure of what to do or where to go or how to act. to prevent this from happening, we must daily seek Him and hide His maintenance in our heart!

I have hidden your word in my heart that I might not sin against you.
‭‭Psalm‬ ‭119:11‬

Is There Any Other Way?

I love this quote by that brilliant Unknown character: “Treat everyone with politeness, even those who are rude to you- not because they are nice, but because you are.”
can you imagine a world where this was actually put into place? choosing to be kind, whether the situation warranted it or not. causing others to scratch their head and wonder: how can this be? all the while pointing them to Jesus: that’s how!

Therefore, as God’s chosen people, holy and dearly loved, clothe yourselves with compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness and patience. Colossians 3:12

How Do You Come?

who is, you? are you different for different people? does it matter what crowd you‘re in as to what version of you shows up? of course it does. that’s tiring, isn’t it?
good thing we have a Heavenly Father who accepts you in any particular moment or circumstance. you‘ll be met with complete grace, understanding and love. but in order to accept all He has, you must come as you are. open and ready for God to show up, not hiding any part of you. He already knows! it is you standing in the way because you come as you think He wants, not as you truly are.

“Come now, let us settle the matter,” says the Lord. “Though your sins are like scarlet, they shall be as white as snow; though they are red as crimson, they shall be like wool.‭
Isaiah‬ ‭1:18‬

Three Sixteen

I’m a numbers girl, that’s no secret. but let me tell you something about the number 316 not many people know: it calms me! it’s true. whenever I see it, whether on a digital clock or a sign of some sort, an address on a building or a page in a book. it doesn’t matter where I find myself in life: sad or happy, frustrated or content, angry or joyous, one thing is constant … when it comes to seeing 316, a smile comes to my face as I am reminded of Him. His love for me. what He did for me. and that He is in control!
those who know this about me, have poked fun saying “it’s because it’s your birthday date” but I’m here to say: no it’s not! it’s because these numbers remind me of the most famous verse in the bible, the foundation of my faith. along with that, a verse that gives simple instruction on how we are to live. check it out …

For God so loved the world that he gave his one and only Son, that whoever believes in him shall not perish but have eternal life.
John‬ ‭3:16‬

This is how we know what love is: Jesus Christ laid down his life for us. And we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers and sisters.
1 John‬ ‭3:16

see also:
Facts Of Life
IF this, THEN that