Silent Destiny?

“No trumpets sound when the important decisions of our life are made, Destiny is made known silently.” 
    ~ Agnes De Mille
    Linda
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Community of the Spirit

“Keep close to Nature’s heart… and break clear away, once in awhile, and climb a mountain or spend a week in the woods. Wash your spirit clean.”
      ~ John Muir
 
If you’ve gotten anything at all out of following Christ, if his love has made any difference in your life, if being in a community of the Spirit means anything to you, if you have a heart, if you care— then do me a favor: Agree with each other, love each other, be deep-spirited friends. Don’t push your way to the front; don’t sweet-talk your way to the top. Put yourself aside, and help others get ahead. Don’t be obsessed with getting your own advantage. Forget yourselves long enough to lend a helping hand.
     ~ Philippians 2:1-4
 
     We are a community of the spirit. We need to walk together in times where we agree, and times where we don’t. As these recent natural disasters have shown, all the walls fall away when trouble abounds.
 
     Lend that helping hand, be kind to that miserable creature who vexes you. It will raise both of you.  Walk and wash your spirit clean, run along the shore of a lake, walk the shoreline.
      You will rise.
 
I Will Rise – Shawn McDonald.
 
Lord, help me to love my enemies, and find common ground to walk upon with you.
 
Because of Him,
Linda

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The Shoreline and our Words

“And Charlie, don’t forget about what happened to the man who suddenly got everything he ever wanted… He lived happily ever after.” ~ Roald Dahl
 

Summing up: Be agreeable, be sympathetic, be loving, be compassionate, be humble. That goes for all of you, no exceptions. No retaliation. No sharp-tongued sarcasm. Instead, bless—that’s your job, to bless. You’ll be a blessing and also get a blessing.

Whoever wants to embrace life
    and see the day fill up with good,
Here’s what you do:
    Say nothing evil or hurtful;
Snub evil and cultivate good;
    run after peace for all you’re worth.
God looks on all this with approval,
    listening and responding well to what he’s asked;
But he turns his back
    on those who do evil things.

Forgiveness – Matthew West

 

     I am beginning with a song this morning because it is the first thing to spring to mind as I consider this impossible scripture.  The rocks that line the shore are not sharp, do not cut our feet as we walk along the water, even the glass is worn down over time.  Wood is splintered, bark removed, smoothed into pieces, drifting to the shore line. It is all accomplished  by the constant contact with the sea, the sound, the lake, the water.

     Imagine our tongue, the words lining its shore, in constant contact with living water.

     Lord, be our tide, our force in the giving over of our tongue, the most difficult shore line we navigate every day.

 

Because of Him,

Linda

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El Exigente is Coming!

“A really great person is the person who makes every person feel great.” 
 
Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!
 
     ~ Philippians 4:4
 
    I chose the Message version of the Bible for the text this morning.  You are probably more familiar with “Rejoice in the Lord, always, and again I say rejoice.”  When I read the translation in The Message, I got caught on “make is as clear to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them.”
     The hard part for me is, I believe I am doing that.  But there are always those who have no idea what I am doing, or how I am working for them.  For that matter, I often have no idea when someone is working for me, because those wonderful introverts do many things behind the scenes and only in review do I see their handiwork.
     We are infusing a method into our district that some have been doing for years, and others are just becoming familiar with. It is called the Responsive Classroom.  (Responsive Classroom is an evidence-based approach to teaching that focuses on engaging academics, positive community, effective management, and developmental awareness. Our workshops and books help elementary and middle school educators to create safe and joyful learning communities where students develop strong social and academic skills and every student can thrive.) The bottom line is it means that we must model each activity and the behavior we want to see…
    So the world is our classroom, and we are to model the behavior that helps others to see that the King is coming!  Changed my mindset immediately, or shall I say refocused.
     Today, Lord, help me to do my  best to live in the celebration that signals your coming!
   Because of Him,
     Linda

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Where My Help Comes From

“Everybody hurts.
Take comfort in your friends.
Everybody hurts. Don’t throw your hand.
Oh, no. Don’t throw your hand.
If you feel like you’re alone, no, no, no, you are not alone.”
Michael Stipe
 
  I look up to the mountains;
    does my strength come from mountains?
No, my strength comes from God,
    who made heaven, and earth, and mountains.
                                  ~Psalm 121:1-2
 
     I visited two friends yesterday, albeit briefly, who just got released from the hospital. They were just happy to be alive and home. We have been through alot together, as I have known them for most of my career.  I am so thankful for their influence in my life and the lives of many here on Long Island.
     The scripture reminds us that in the midst of storms, horrible circumstances, loss of relationships, difficult change, international incidents, that it is the Lord, who is the place to look for comfort.  
      Like a child, I want to bury my nose in his shoulder, feel his loving arms around me, and know that it’s all going to be okay.  I want to un-bury my nose and look into the eyes of love and be comforted.
     And I am. Because I know where my strength really comes from.
 
     Today, be strong, thank God for ordinary things, and for the extraordinary things. He’s making diamonds. Out of dust. He is still with us in every storm.
 
Praise You In This Storm
Because of Him,
Linda

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Above All Things

Criticize by creating.” 

                          ~ Michelangelo

 
Teach me how to live to please you,
    because you’re my God.
Lead me by your blessed Spirit
    into cleared and level pastureland.
           ~ Psalm 143:10
 
     Oh how the words spring to my lips!  But the Lord held his gentle hand over my mouth yesterday, when yet another interesting encounter came.  Instead of reacting to the person who expressed an opinion meant to sting, I responded as kindly as I could.  No tears, no crazy talk, there was an actual discussion. And then, moving on.  My uncle often says that you can only help those people who want to be helped, and you cannot help those who don’t want to be helped.  I was able to able his wisdom yesterday, and I had a great day. 
     The kids are so excited to be in school, and happy to be in the Library.  The love flowed back and forth all day long.  
     What would have been a stumbling block last year, became a stepping stone.
      Today, create, clean, get ready for something wonderful.  God is with you.
 
Lord, thank you for being the balm for my soul, the covering for my brokenness, the defender you have always been.
 
Because of Him,
Linda
 
Above All – Michael W. Smith

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Diamonds

“There is no such man as a oneperson hero.”
 
The mystery in a nutshell is just this: Christ is in you, so therefore you can look forward to sharing in God’s glory. It’s that simple. That is the substance of our Message. We preach Christ, warning people not to add to the Message. We teach in a spirit of profound common sense so that we can bring each person to maturity. 
   ~ Colossians 1:28 
 
     Blood is in us.  It is something we all share.  Not all of us can give blood that another might live, survive an operation, have a transfusion.  It is something we all share. We all have it, and we share the life that it enables.  When you ask Jesus to be in your life, you become part of a body.  A body that runs on Christ that way that we run on blood.  We all have different parts to play, but we all have something to do, just like in our humans bodies.  Our job is to connect with the head (Jesus) and move according to the direction we are given. 
Today, love one another.  
Yes, even _______________.
But cycle your existing feelings through Jesus, and let Jesus process them into something that can be used for the good of the whole body.  Be crushed by love.
 
Diamonds – Hawk Nelson
 
Because of Him,
 
Linda

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