“There is a sacredness in tears. They are not the mark of weakness, but of power. They speak more eloquently than 10,000 tongues. They are the messengers of overwhelming grief, of deep contrition, and of unspeakable love.” ~ Washington Irving
Write to Laodicea, to the Angel of the church. God’s Yes, the Faithful and Accurate Witness, the First of God’s creation, says:
Look at me. I stand at the door. I knock. If you hear me call and open the door, I’ll come right in and sit down to supper with you. Conquerors will sit alongside me at the head table, just as I, having conquered, took the place of honor at the side of my Father. That’s my gift to the conquerors!
~ Rev 3:14, 20
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The recent domestic terror in Charlottesville was described recently as “and act of terror by racist, violent hateful, Christians.” I may not have that exactly right, but you get the gist. A friend of mine saw it and responded, “There is no room for hate in the life of a Christian.”
I was so happy to see her response. I do NOT post political commentary as I feel in my role as a public educator, those opinions are best kept to myself. There is enough opinion in the world and plenty of folks who love to express it. This is an awful act. But to have the word Christian involved is scary. And many groups have committed violence in the name of Jesus. We must rise above the political and unite in Jesus Christ. Our lens must be how it affects the Kingdom of Heaven and those who want to get there.
He stands at the door church, and is does not pound, or batter down, or remove the hinges, or use a battering ram. He knocks. He wants to come and and sit and eat and talk.
Please, please, invite him in. Unstuff your ears and try, try, try to listen in love. Let your actions reflect your power base. Let Him in.
Because of Him,
“Life is about not knowing, having to change, taking the moment and making the best of it, without knowing what’s going to happen next. Delicious ambiguity.”
God isn’t late with his promise as some measure lateness. He is restraining himself on account of you, holding back the End because he doesn’t want anyone lost. He’s giving everyone space and time to change.
~ 2 Peter 3:9
Beloved – Feliz
I know we are not God. God can see us changing. God is loving us as we change, forgiving us as we learn the new “ropes.” We are thinking our new changes so hard, we are (sometimes) sure EVERYONE can see the new us. And yet, it takes longer for folks to see what we know is happening within us. We can feel the Master’s hand gently encouraging us to follow Him, showing us new things about himself and about ourselves.
Be patient. The fruit is there, the buds are not going to burst forth until the perfect time, which God knows. The thistle in our front yard, considered a weed by many, is about to bloom. I am looking forward to this prickly plant sending forth a bloom.
At some point, we are all prickly, and God knows in just what time we will burst forth, as we trust the Master Gardner. We cannot know what is next all the time, so it is ours to make the best of it and look for the sun shining on the prickles, illuminating them just before the flower shows itself.
Beloved, oh you are. So loved. Let it wash over you. Go ahead. There. That’s it. The cool morning breeze refreshes and reminds us God can make all things new. Prickly plants included.
Because of Him,
Preview YouTube video Jordan Feliz – Beloved (Lyric Video)
Jordan Feliz – Beloved (Lyric Video)
~ Florence Griffith Joyner
“Don’t look for shortcuts to God. The market is flooded with surefire, easygoing formulas for a successful life that can be practiced in your spare time. Don’t fall for that stuff, even though crowds of people do. The way to life—to God!—is vigorous and requires total attention.
~ Matthew 7:13-14
Just like with our bodies, change takes time. We alter our behavior, we eat a little less, increase our activity a bit at a time. Following God can be whole hog, never look back. For some that works, and for others, it is like a familiar scent that you keep encountering and you look for the source. Little by little, the path changes, the focus on the sounds around one changes. We go from hearing the clink of a coin on the pavement, to hearing a whisper in a cricket’s song.
Once God has our attention, and we want more, we must exert more effort, and once we do, as with a new regimen, we are feeling better, following more nearly, hearing more clearly, loving Him more dearly.
Inch by inch, step by step, Day by day.
Because of Him,
Day by Day
“Faith is like radar that sees through the fog — the reality of things at a distance that the human eye cannot see.”
~ Corrie ten Boom
God didn’t set us up for an angry rejection but for salvation by our Master, Jesus Christ. He died for us, a death that triggered life. Whether we’re awake with the living or asleep with the dead, we’re alive with him! So speak encouraging words to one another. Build up hope so you’ll all be together in this, no one left out, no one left behind. I know you’re already doing this; just keep on doing it.
~ 1 Thessalonians 5:9-11
It is so easy to tear down. So easy. Before 2010, I had never heard the word snarky.
(of a person, words, or a mood) sharply critical; cutting; snide.“the kid who makes snarky remarks in class”
Since then, it is close to replacing “sarcasm” as a way of life, at least where I live. It is so easy to grab a gavel and judge, point that finger and pontificate, shake one’s head in disgust and forget to pray.
cranky; irritable.“Bobby’s always a bit snarky before his nap”
Where we are now in the world, we cannot afford anything but to pray. Build up, vocalize that word of affirmation, that compliment. It is important to build up those in the body of Christ. Sometimes we are the only thing standing in the gap between life and death. No matter what front we are on, standing together in Christ is integral and more important than any other way one can stand. Jesus has to fill us up, wash our core, be our core so that He is the lens through which we see, hear and speak. In HIM we live and move and have our being. How can we afford anything else but to build up the body of which Jesus is the head?
Today, use your faith radar to see, to hear, and to speak. Build up another believer, or the one that God prompts you to build up.
Fix My Eyes
Lord, help me to accept praise in the light of your word, help me to give praise, encouragement according to your love. Keep my faith radar in working order, that I may use it for your glory.
Because of Him,
“The world is full of obvious things which nobody by any chance ever observes.”
~ Arthur Conan Doyle
It is absolutely clear that God has called you to a free life. Just make sure that you don’t use this freedom as an excuse to do whatever you want to do and destroy your freedom. Rather, use your freedom to serve one another in love; that’s how freedom grows. For everything we know about God’s Word is summed up in a single sentence: Love others as you love yourself. That’s an act of true freedom. If you bite and ravage each other, watch out—in no time at all you will be annihilating each other, and where will your precious freedom be then?
~ Galatians 5:13
I sit in the corner, if given the chance.
Back to the corner, I can sweep with a glance.
The room full of people, relationships bare.
A room full of strangers or church members there.
Then he enters in, and all I can see,
is his reflection, the room is all free.
The gift is not opened by all in the place.
But this day, I open it. That pendant marked Grace.
A New Hallelujah
Because of Him,